Articles from May 2004

What, Exactly, Is Very Established?

May 26th, 2004 · 2 Comments

Once we got past all of Noah Lukeman’s accomplishments and set aside our depression at what the man has achieved in very few years, we read the latest in the MediaBistro pitching series with interest. And not a little confusion. What if you think you’re very established but your neighbor thinks you’re only well established? […]

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From Blog to Book, Update

May 26th, 2004 · Comments Off on From Blog to Book, Update

We’ve been seeking an angle on this Washingtonienne story, and, because our luck seems unusually high this week, we found one. The tell-all (and we do mean all; see Wonkette’s reproduction and, um, analysis) blogger has been contacted by Pilar Queen from Carlisle & Company who finds “…the people who have these blogs and post […]

File Under: Books/Mags/Blogs

Taking It Like A Man?

May 26th, 2004 · Comments Off on Taking It Like A Man?

Alan Dershowitz didn’t like the review he received from PW, and now the trade is re-reviewing his book America on Trial. He felt the review crossed the line from critical of the work to critical of him. We’re going to admit we haven’t followed Mr. Dershowitz’s career nor did we have the energy to read […]

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Facing The Hard Truth

May 26th, 2004 · Comments Off on Facing The Hard Truth

We walked into this writing thing with our eyes wide open (while maintaining a healthy grip on the the fantasy life because that’s what keeps us sane), so reading about the financial realities of one author didn’t depress us. Much. This money conversation has been swirling on several of our lists for the past week […]

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The Patience of a Saint

May 26th, 2004 · Comments Off on The Patience of a Saint

We think the work of a translator is beyond tough. Sure, authors are slagged for, well, writing words that someone doesn’t like. Translators get it for, well, misinterpreting the author’s original meaning. We’ve had teachers who swear by one translation or another, convincing us that language truly is in the eye of the beholder. Or […]

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The End of Robinson Crusoe?

May 26th, 2004 · Comments Off on The End of Robinson Crusoe?

Our bookclub was feeling mentally deprived when it was established. Someone came up with the brilliant plan to read classics. And so we did. Our general conclusion was, despite our advanced years and intellect, a lot of so-called classics are pretty near unreadable. We had previously drawn this conclusion in high school. That’s not to […]

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Well, Yeah

May 25th, 2004 · Comments Off on Well, Yeah

Okay, so maybe JK Rowling doesn’t need our marketing advice. Maybe she’s the one author in a million who got lucky and earned billions without the necessary slog of self-promotion. Okay, fine, she did. But just as we believe all agents need websites (before they announce their intentions to the world) and all publishers need […]

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We’ll Take Vroman’s

May 25th, 2004 · Comments Off on We’ll Take Vroman’s

Our former instructor, Leslie Schwartz, is going on tour, and we think you should know about it. We’ve had the privilege of hearing a bit of her current novel Angels Crest, and, of course, spending time with her as she nurtured our fragile soul. We wish Leslie the best with her new book. Leslie Schwartz […]

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Reshelving Must Be Torture

May 25th, 2004 · Comments Off on Reshelving Must Be Torture

We think getting books into peoples’ hands is a great idea. In fact, we thrust printed matter on guests whenever we can. Mostly they’re too polite to hand it back to us, and we believe our favorite books are eventually read (we do this so often we actaully purchase loaner copies of books we believe […]

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Warning! Shocking Revelations

May 25th, 2004 · Comments Off on Warning! Shocking Revelations

There is a rumor that Las Vegas doesn’t want the Romance Writers of America annual conference because women don’t drink enough. Right, as if imbibing alcohol isn’t a time-honored writer’s tradition. While Jonathon Ames doesn’t discuss RWA’s particular situation, he does reveal a few things about the subject of drinking in an interview with Maud […]

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