Articles from January 2005

We’re Going to Find The Eleventh, Just Give Us Time

January 18th, 2005 · Comments Off on We’re Going to Find The Eleventh, Just Give Us Time

We’re intrigued by the mixed focus at Sarah Lazin Books — narrative non-fiction and womens’ fiction? Sure, it makes sense in a way, but in another way? Well, that’s diversity for you. Besides, we’re focusing all of our energy on the fact that there are only ten stories in the world. Surely there must be […]

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That 24-Hour News Cycle

January 17th, 2005 · Comments Off on That 24-Hour News Cycle

It has come to our attention that despite the long weekend (hmm, our brain is asking, are we having a holiday…and why didn’t anyone mention that earlier?), news continues to flow. So, for the four or five of you who took the weekend off from your mailing lists and other news sources, Arabella magazine has […]

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In Which We Wonder if There Is An Explosion of Artistic Output

January 17th, 2005 · 2 Comments

We’ve all heard the stories: far more books are written than published. The same goes for motion picture screenplays. Far more musicians than necessary. And probably there’s a huge surplus of poetry. So what gives? Why are so many people out there trying to get creative with it? Seriously, is the world filled with artists […]

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True Stories Often Make Us Want To Throw in The Towel (But Then We’d Be Without A Towel, and That’s Even Worse)

January 14th, 2005 · 2 Comments

Hard as it is to believe, sometimes we think being a published novelist is worse than being an unpublished novelist. After all, people sympathize with the downtrodden, and we’ve pretty much perfected hangdog expressions. Published authors face all sorts of trauma (which Jill has helpfully detailed…we’re waiting for her latest adventure and accompanying life lesson). […]

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A Lesson in Foresight and Planning

January 14th, 2005 · Comments Off on A Lesson in Foresight and Planning

Richard Curtis continues his series on publishing in the 21st century with a review of how the paperback industry imploded in the mid-1990’s. What many perceived as streamlining and efficiency actually adversely impacted the entire publishing industry. As they say, not bad for a day’s work. Curtis details the previous manner of distributing books to […]

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Anyone Else Feel Like We’re Assigning Homework?

January 13th, 2005 · 4 Comments

It was this Reading Experience post that sparked this new journey for us, and, after you’ve read it, we highly recommend reading other recent posts because Dan Green continues to explore the idea in different ways. While we find we’re more cynical than Green about the publishing industry, his questions are excellent. Rewards and Remunerations

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Continuing With Theme Introduction

January 13th, 2005 · Comments Off on Continuing With Theme Introduction

Yes, we know, and in theory we’re in the car, driving to a client’s office. Here’s hoping they don’t check in here this morning. Here’s another post that started us on on our New Year’s theme (we’re still desperately seeking a catchy title, so anyone with title karma, feel free to chime in). While we’re […]

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Thinking Of The Future

January 12th, 2005 · 3 Comments

For a moment there, we thought we’d give Sara Nelson a chance to settle into her new job, make some changes, that sort of thing. And maybe it’s because, for some reason*, our well-used copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was not where it’s supposed to be. The other four or five books […]

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Actually, We Didn’t Need Convincing

January 12th, 2005 · Comments Off on Actually, We Didn’t Need Convincing

It is our belief that lazy people accomplish far more with less energy than non-lazy people. Lazy people work efficiently. After all, one does not want to burn precious calories on effort, when those same calories can be put toward important activities like sleeping. So lazy people — the ones who invented the printing press […]

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In Which We Enter Into A New Thematic Arc

January 12th, 2005 · Comments Off on In Which We Enter Into A New Thematic Arc

Over the past few weeks, we’ve read various articles and blog postings about the state of the publishing industry. While each author focused on a different aspect of the whole mess, a bunch of common ideas surfaced. At first, we thought we’d address the matter with one of our patented lenghty-beyond-belief posts, but have you […]

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