In Publishing, This Week:
Ok, so I know I’ve been remiss in my TV roundups (I’ve been, you know, too busy to watch TV), but I was able to catch up a bit last night and HOLY BACHELOR. I had it taped since Monday, and little did I know that there would be 1) two horrendous singers, 2) a girl with chronic hiccups who not only has chronic hiccups but had hiccups at the most dramatic moments in the show, 3) a girl who didn’t receive a rose, started crying, and talked about how much she misses her cat, saying (AND I QUOTE), “It will be great to….. to have a purr again… because she’s the love of my life at the moment.” People, why wasn’t I warned?? It was dangerous for me to watch that show without proper preparation. I don’t even know what to say. Frankly it would be really nice to have a purr again.
Oh. This is a publishing blog? Ok.
Well, it’s Amazon’s world, we’re just living in it. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon is tightening the screws on POD publishers, announcing that they will have to use Amazon’s POD printing facilities in order to be sold directly on Amazon.com (thanks to Marti Lawrence for the tip). This move could have a significant impact on small and self-publishers, who have in the past been able to sell directly through Amazon but now face some tough choices. Yowsers, as they say.
Friend o’ the blog and author Kim Stagliano was on Good Morning America Now this past week discussing the needs of families with autistic children. Here’s a wonderful Janet Reid post about Kim, which details her awesomeness.
Via Shelf Awareness, The Indianapolis Star reports that Indiana booksellers are fuming about a new state law that requires anyone who sells sexually explicit material (and apparently this includes bookstores) to register with the state and pay a $250 registration fee. What year is it again?? I could have sworn it’s 2008. Did Indiana get stuck in a time warp or something? Do we need to send in Bruce Willis to save them?
And finally, you know that rejection you received from a big publishing house? Well, there’s a chance it didn’t come from a real person. GalleyCat is reporting that an anonymous publisher has been sending out rejections from a fake editor. I can’t decide if this is mean or a stroke of genius. Hmm… maybe it’s time to go and create that e-mail account for my new assistant Franklin McScaredofyourquery.
Have a great weekend!