Books in this week!
First, big congratulations are in order to Bryce Daniels, who correctly picked UConn to win it all in the Bracket Challenge and came away the winner! Nicely done!
Next year will be my year. NO REALLY this time.
Also, thank you so much to everyone who weighed in this week on Virtual Witch Hunts. There were some other friends of the blog who weighed in on the subject of dealing with reviews, Internet mobs, and how we should conduct ourselves online, so be sure and check out the posts by Sommer Leigh, Matthew MacNish, and Livia Blackburne.
I’m a little late to this post, but writing for Salon, Laura Miller takes a look at the symmetry of Barry Eisler leaving St. Martin’s and Amanda Hocking signing with St. Martin’s and notes that the one thing they have in common is that they’re great at promoting their own work. So, what about the authors who aren’t?
ABC News is the latest news outlet to notice this whole self-publishing thing, and it leads with a quote from Zoe Winters, who you may know from this blog and others.
Is it fair for readers to leave one star reviews when they haven’t read the book in order to protest high e-book prices? My colleague (and author) David Carnoy wrote an article about that happening to Michael Connelly. His article is very interesting, as is the wide spectrum of opinion in the comments section.
Meanwhile, an independent publisher in the UK discloses the steep terms they have with Amazon and how they actually lose money on every sale. Though her math doesn’t actually add up, and it begs the question: If you’re losing money on every copy selling through Amazon why sell through Amazon? Not sure I understand the business model.
Agent Jenny Bent, for one, is very happy that we’re now seeing what readers really want, and celebrates that self-published books are bypassing the gatekeepers. Why does she feel that way as an agent? She sees herself as a conduit, not a gatekeeper, and herself sees the difference between “reader taste” and “publisher taste.”
And a reader passed along some phenomenal book art cut from the pages of books.
This week in the Forums, your must-follow blogs, sci-fi book recommendations, and speaking of sci-fi, is that a poisonous label?, do you worry about word count, and, of course, where to go in the event of a zombie attack.
…Here’s an Oscar Wilde quote for you:
“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much”.
And finally, I think it’s safe to say that most of us love print books. So please steel yourself for the the video in this post by Sweet Juniper, who filmed the inside of an abandoned book depository in Detroit. Never before have books looked this creepy.
Have a great weekend!