Articles from February 2005

We’re Not Suggesting Anything

February 28th, 2005 · Comments Off on We’re Not Suggesting Anything

Was it just yesterday that we sat cross-legged, scribbling notes on a post about Penguin, etc (and, today we realize that we missed “Pearson” in our alliteration game; such is the problem with karmic bliss)? At the time, based on our hobby of analyzing corporate woes (hey, we could drin–oh, never mind), we realized that […]

File Under: Publishers and Editors

The Other Side of the Dream

February 28th, 2005 · Comments Off on The Other Side of the Dream

They say that selling your second book is sometimes harder than selling your first. After all, you are a known commodity. People have expectations. You need to rise to a moment that someone else defines. That first book, you didn’t have all that extra baggage. This one, the second, now it’s for real. Yes, yes, […]

File Under: Books/Mags/Blogs

Me And My Crappy Book

February 28th, 2005 · 10 Comments

Despite the open invitation to blog whenever I felt the need – it’s been awhile. After the near frantic pace of my release date month, I really needed to take a bit of time to catch up on things. E-mail, housecleaning, actual writing. Okay, not really the cleaning. My husband has been a little shocked […]

File Under: Jill's First Blog

Penguin Problems

February 27th, 2005 · 1 Comment

Publisher’s Weekly is taking a long, hard look at the problems plaguing Penguin Putnam (the fact that we dove headfirst into alliteration makes us as uncomfortable as it does you). The problems are myriad: recovering from a lousy implementation of a distribution system, ye olde balance sheet problems (outflow exceeds income), and changing of the […]

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One Of Those Business-Oriented Posts

February 26th, 2005 · 2 Comments

Around here, there are a lot of discussions about how the inherent inefficiencies built into music distribution benefit record labels. The same could be said for book publishing. The model was developed a long time ago, when printing presses were slow, computers occupied entire floors of large buildings, and Amazon was either a river or […]

File Under: Square Pegs

Truly Without A Point

February 25th, 2005 · 2 Comments

What with one thing and the other, we don’t get as much reading done as we should*. For the past year or so, we have tried to figure out how a person without a day job works so many…days. It’s like every time we turn around, we’re heading for this office or that office. This […]

File Under: Square Pegs

Taking A Break

February 24th, 2005 · 1 Comment

As we promised ourselves, we have spent the afternoon feverishly hacking. One should never underestimate the fun involved with taking a scene and completely rewriting it. Except for that one bit of really funny dialogue. It is amazing how even the most ruthless moments are felled by sentimental attachment to one’s witticisms*. We were struck […]

File Under: Books/Mags/Blogs

Practically The Last Word on the Topic (Today)

February 24th, 2005 · Comments Off on Practically The Last Word on the Topic (Today)

So, yes, we’re moving on, but had just one more thought. Sure, we could have caught Tom Dolby’s Virtual Book Tour last week. If we didn’t have an evil overlord named Kevin and cats who demand only the finest in Friskies and a novel by a dear friend to critique. That’s the problem with free […]

File Under: Tools and Craft

Further To The Virtual Book Tour

February 24th, 2005 · Comments Off on Further To The Virtual Book Tour

So, the concept piqued Brenda Coulter’s interest. Frankly, we expected lots more excitement, and we’re going to keep pounding on the subject until sufficient numbers pretend to be as enthused about Virtual Book Tours as we are. Why, you might ask, do we need to get worked up when that your job? Because, we might […]

File Under: Square Pegs

In The Spirit of Public Interest, Not Prurient Behavior

February 24th, 2005 · Comments Off on In The Spirit of Public Interest, Not Prurient Behavior

Now, we don’t normally stoop to cat fights…wait, we do. Quite often, that’s us, racing out of the house in our pajamas, trying to figure out what all that howling and hissing is about. You know how boys can be. A Booksquare tipster pointed us to this little exchange (one suspects she was avoiding work), […]

File Under: Square Pegs