One Week Later, Publisher’s Weekly Discovers The Truth

January 25th, 2006 · 9 Comments
by Booksquare

Okay, we shouldn’t make fun. Much. But PW just got around (yesterday) to noting that Mad Max has been revealed. And we thought we were behind the curve because we were six hours late in discovering the news. You live, you learn. You now know it’s Dan Conaway. As he’s already proven himself to be a regular internet user, it makes sense, though we preferred thinking of Max as a mysterious, magical being.

What doesn’t make sense, if we may, is this:

“I’m stunned that anybody at a senior editorial level—let alone someone with [nine year-old] triplets—had the time to do anything like write a blog,” said Doubleday/Broadway’s Gerry Howard.

Though we are loathe to make fun of senior editorial staff at any publisher*, we would be remiss that quite often the authors published by Doubleday have children and full-time jobs with lots of of heavy-duty responsibility. We’re not going to name names, but there are even a few bloggers out there with the same workload (including the short human aspect).

But like we said, we hesitate to make fun of other people. It is not nice.

* – This is a theoretical loathing, naturally.

File Under: Publishers and Editors

9 responses so far ↓

  • ed // Jan 25, 2006 at 1:01 pm

    Oh do make fun of them! Please! They’re still living in 1999, most of them.

  • Brenda Coulter // Jan 25, 2006 at 1:08 pm

    PW indicates BookAngst was launched 2-1/2 years ago, but that’s incorrect. Mad Max did burst onto the blogging scene in October 2004 (I know because I was there–his was one of the first blogs I ever bookmarked, right after BS), but that was just over one year ago.

    The site went dark after just nine months. Which would suggest that Mad Max couldn’t bring up triplets, save the (publishing) world and keep a blog going.

    Bet a woman could have done it.

  • Bethany // Jan 25, 2006 at 1:14 pm

    Oh Lord… like one cannot have a life, job, and um, blog. Has this person EVER been blog surfing?

  • Karen // Jan 25, 2006 at 4:45 pm

    You people (please pronounce as if in quotes) — and by that I mean daily (or near daily) bloggers — are unnaturally productive. Superhuman, even. And not to defend editors, but some do have ungodly workloads. Still, that’s a lame-brained response.

  • Booksquare // Jan 26, 2006 at 12:43 am

    You people? You make us sound so…cool. As one with an ungodly workload, I cannot accept that as an excuse. Of course, I don’t have small humans to deal with. I understand that they often have soccer practice, and that is time consuming.

    I knew the timeline was wrong, but since I can’t remember Monday, didn’t want to test my luck.

    Ed, you’re tying with Brenda for best laugh of the dreary day. I will award two gold stars.

  • ed // Jan 26, 2006 at 3:59 pm

    Karen: Just because you have referred to me as one of “those people” and you remain strangely entranced at what seems a preternatural proclivity for doing it all, I will unleash the magical secret that keeps me superproductive. (Although if truth be told, I consider myself damn lazy.) And I will do this in four words! I will reveal just how it is possible to blog, have a life and to have a job. Okay….

    get ready….

    are you still with me? Here goes:

    I don’t watch television.

    And it’s really as simple as that!

  • Booksquare // Jan 26, 2006 at 4:47 pm

    No television? That is inhuman. Not even cartoons? The good ones, I mean, not just any cartoon.

    I thought never leaving the house was a pretty good reason. Must try to surpass Ed.

    Nah, too lazy.

  • David Thayer // Jan 26, 2006 at 5:49 pm

    Not even Rocky and Bullwinkle, the sum of all wisdom?

  • ed // Jan 27, 2006 at 3:43 am

    Funny you mention that because I do happen to own two seasons of Rocky & Bullwinkle on DVD. 🙂