Articles from August 2004

Dealing With Agents

August 31st, 2004 · 5 Comments

It is said that to get published, you must have an agent. And to get an agent, you must be published. We’ve taken classes where instructors have implied that the only path to publication is through an agent — yet this always seems to be news to the editors we encounter. Yes, like everything else […]

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Stock Signing

August 31st, 2004 · 5 Comments

I’m headed out to do a stock signing today. I won’t sit at a table and wait for people to ask me to sign it for them (or ask me where the bathroom is), or anything like that. No, I’ll go to the storage room and sign all the books the bookstore has before they […]

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Trends That Must Stop

August 30th, 2004 · Comments Off on Trends That Must Stop

We cannot be any more plain: the fashion of taking historical figures and making them into gumshoes must end. It was cute and clever for about five minutes. Now it’s an eye roller. And not in a happy, good way. We cannot believe Aristotle dusting for fingerprints. We are skeptical that Elvis Presley possessed the […]

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The Source of Discomfort

August 30th, 2004 · Comments Off on The Source of Discomfort

We went into this article on the woefully misnamed dick lit (woefully misnamed because, well, we expect it to be about private detectives; plus, we were rooting for lad lit simply because no male we know will pick up a book marketed as such) fairly certain it would be yet another been there, done that […]

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Book Rankings

August 30th, 2004 · 15 Comments

If you want the down and dirty truth, I’m obsessed with book rankings. I spend way too much time stalking and And what gets me is that the rankings can change by thousands in a matter of minutes (seconds, if you want to be technical). How does that happen? Canceled orders? A mad […]

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The Point of No Return

August 30th, 2004 · 4 Comments

We’d like to thank Gena for her time — and remind her that we are the Master now. She must dance to our tune until we tire of toying with her. We will, however, give her a few minutes off to eat. Well, that seemed like enough time to us. Now it’s back to work. […]

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A Random Thought

August 30th, 2004 · Comments Off on A Random Thought

Like the rest of our thoughts are so well-planned. For weeks now, we have been titillated with stories about the Booker Prize. Judges have written about their experience (for those who missed the articles, we’ll summarize: you read a lot of books) and oddsmakers have done whatever analysis oddsmakers do, resulting in predictions of winners. […]

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A Truth

August 30th, 2004 · Comments Off on A Truth

To see the truth of a nation divided, you need look no further than our family. On one side, we have the mother, the youngest sister, and us. We are The Readers. On the other side is another sister and two brothers. They Don’t Read. Well, the sister sort of reads, but not so you’d […]

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What was I thinking?

August 30th, 2004 · 22 Comments

What was I thinking. . . well, I think we can all agree there was absolutely none of that going on. Images of my name of the cover of those books got in my way. No, I honestly love having so many books due. I’m time obsessive, so deadlines work well for me. Here’s the […]

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Naked Came The Author

August 29th, 2004 · 3 Comments

As mentioned, debut author Gena Showalter is spending the week with us, and has fearlessly (if one can consider terror to be fearless — we do) agreed to answer any and all questions. No really, she said (and we’ll paraphrase in the interest of space), “I’ll talk about anything. Consider me an open book.” We […]

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