Ah, publishing. The one industry where there's never a dull moment. Between federal lawsuits against legacy publishers for price fixing to the feud between literary authors and genre writers to the battle to save bookstores even as e-books continue to gain popularity, publishing can be like the best -- or worst -- roller coaster you've... Continue Reading →
Amazon strikes again — or did it?
I've been laid low this past week by a bug that was both nasty and persistent. It's been a very long time since something has knocked me out the way this did. What I didn't realize was how long it had been working up to the final knock-out blow. Now, as I start feeling human... Continue Reading →
More Random Penguin and other thoughts
It's election day in the U.S., so thoughts are scattered, to say the least. So, in the closest I'll get to politics on this blog, I'll simply urge those of you who haven't voted yet to do so. And so ends the political bent of today's post. Now onto the continuing saga of Random Penguin... Continue Reading →
Last week I received an email from a friend -- hi, Taylor! -- who asked if I'd seen what was heating up the twitter feeds from a lot of folks in publishing. That was the first I'd heard about the possible merger between Random House and Penguin. I read the initial articles and then read... Continue Reading →
Have I fallen through the rabbit hole?
In my room hangs a poster that has to be close to 30 years old, if not older. It shows a group of gentlemen in Victorian dress, hats in hands, looking down the railroad tracks to the bridge that has failed and the steam engine has gone off the bridge into the river below. The... Continue Reading →
On publishing lemmings, second books in a series and other random thoughts
As you can tell from the title of this post, my brain is populated by idea bunnies hopped up on too much caffeine. Worse, they are being selfish and not sharing the caffeine. That would usually result in some bunny sacrifices -- after all, it is very dangerous to get between me and coffee in... Continue Reading →
Do they really think we’re that stupid?
by Amanda s. Green I've tried writing this blog several times and have deleted it each time. Why? Because I'm having a difficult time keeping it in the "everyone can read it" area. This past week or so, legacy publishers have stepped up their campaign to show just how little they care for their readers... Continue Reading →