Articles from March 2006

When Editors Get That Funny Feeling

March 21st, 2006 · 1 Comment

The best thing you can do to Kate Nitze of MacAdam Cage is give her a stomachache — you now, the kind of pain that says a story is good, really good. The worst thing you can do? That thing about drinking no wine before its time? Same for stories — don’t submit until the […]

File Under: Publishers and Editors

Pentultimate Dan Brown Update: The Ideas Weren’t Original, Then Or Now

March 20th, 2006 · 1 Comment

We are, as you can see in the headline, leaving open the possibility for one more story on this topic. Not knowing a thing about British law processes, except the thing where they wear 18th century style wigs, we don’t know how long things will take to wrap up, and cannot guarantee any manner of […]

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Pandemic In A Good Way

March 20th, 2006 · 1 Comment

And here we bring you a surprising story about chicklit, or, in other words, a thoughtful essay about the impact of fiction aimed at young women around the world. While the American media focused on the frothy layer of chicklit, the writers were actually exploring topics of importance to today’s women. What’s being exported to […]

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Dan Brown Update: It’s All In The Execution

March 17th, 2006 · 3 Comments

It is difficult to admit, but the Da Vinci trial has become one of our most-watched (or, in our case, read) events. Unlike all the other silliness in the world, this trial is exposing an important issue: who owns ideas? Or as the Los Angeles Times puts it: If it were a run-of-the-mill copyright claim, […]

File Under: Our Continuing Fascination With Copyright

Why “Lunch” Is As Important As Breakfast

March 16th, 2006 · Comments Off on Why “Lunch” Is As Important As Breakfast

Membership has its privileges, except, of course, when membership means that really cool insight is inaccessible to others. Though it is inconceivable to us that not everyone is a Publisher’s Marketplace member, we must face reality. And also do a post will sketchy attribution and limited access to source. Life is funny like that. So […]

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Same Bat Channel

March 16th, 2006 · Comments Off on Same Bat Channel

The Bat Segundo Show continues its frenetic pace of podcasting (do they ever sleep at Segundo headquarters?). This week, William Vollmann tries to keep up with the craziness, managing to discuss everything from Copernicus (no podcast is complete without that) to the use of narrators in fiction (helpful, if you’re wondering). BS would like to […]

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Dan Brown Update: Authors Rely On Sources

March 16th, 2006 · 4 Comments

We have reached a new level of bemused. And are feeling the slightest bit of pity for Dan Brown. Which, given all of the other stuff we’ve been reading, writing, and hearing for the past week, leads us to worry about the state of research and fair use in this world. Setting aside the notion […]

File Under: The Business of Publishing

The Good Karma Post

March 16th, 2006 · Comments Off on The Good Karma Post

Sometimes we do have nice things to say about other people. Like the inimitable Jayne Ann Krentz. For those who think we spent our evenings in Texas hanging out at bars, uh uh, not us — we were working hard with the lovely HelenKay Dimon on a Krentz appreciation. Then we hit the bars. Perfect […]

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Leaving Austin In The Dim Morning Light

March 14th, 2006 · 5 Comments

Our Austin journey, as all Austin journeys must, has come to an end. Only one more night of drinking and carousing (we, of course, always watch from sidelines or something like that) and then it’s back to the Center of the Universe and real life. We’re still writing up our thoughts on various sessions — […]

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You, Life, and Digital Preservation

March 14th, 2006 · 2 Comments

It is the year 2006, and librarians, historians, and archivists have a serious question: are they too late when it comes to archiving blogs. Oh sure, you might ask if blogs are worthy of such weighty thought, but unlike a diary written in the 1800s, today’s world moves too fast to wait to discover what, […]

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