The Daily Square – Train In Vain Edition

April 4th, 2007 · No Comments
by Kassia Krozser

Today’s links of interest:

  • How Few Books Must One Sell For A Flop?
    Gawker breaks down the apparent disappointing sales of "Because She Can" (the so-called Regan roman a clef) and offers this insight: 5,300 copies sold for a heavily promoted book is only a flop if the initial print run is massive. Meaning we need to be nice until we learn that number. Okay, we don’t have to be nice.
  • Bloomsbury looks for new media to replace Potter
    A MySpace for books — probably doesn’t require the massive infusion of cash Bloomsbury is suggesting, more like a massive infusion of creativity. We’re available!
  • The Creative Commons Confound: Whether releasing your book for free will help boost your sales
    A study of the pros and perils. Plus! Bonus! A brief examination of the Boing Boing effect.
  • Don’t feel bad about abandoned books
    More advice for those who don’t always make it to the end of their books (the ones they read, not write).
  • Insider novels push the envelope
    A look at the rise of the insider, workplace novel for those of you stuck, well, in the workplace today. While you read, we will ponder the weird links that float in the middle of the article where sub-headlines, etc should go. Very confusing for the mentally feeble (that would be us!).
  • NAL Launches "Obsidian Mysteries"
    Publisher’s Lunch tells us that NAL is launching Obsidian Mysteries under the capable hands of senior editor Kristen Weber. The imprint will consolidate the publisher’s mystery offerings. We, being use, will wonder how the imprint will outrank the publisher’s own "Obsidian Butterfly" in Google rankings. Also, darn it!, why are publisher search engines so awful?
  • Beach walk that could cost author £2,000
    File Under: Cautionary tales.
  • hotmetalbridge » Number One
    The University of Pittsburgh MFA progam has launched a new online literary magazine. Issue number one is available now, featuring some great stuff including pieces from Michael Martone and RoseMarie London.

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