Articles from April 2006

Author Branding

April 6th, 2006 · 4 Comments

Whenever authors talk promotion, usually author branding comes up. Let’s be honest, my writing career is in its infant stage. We’re still paying off the college student loans, so throwing a lot of cash into publicity is just not in the cards for me right now. I’m just doing the standards of booksignings at the […]

File Under: Jill's First Blog

Same Old War, New Twist

April 6th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Ron Hogan of GalleyCat is taking a deeper look at science fiction and fantasy. After this week’s column in Publisher’s Weekly (also featuring a column by the inestimable Gwenda Bond), Ron continues to explore the idea of science fiction, reviews, and respect. We will forgive you if you find that many of the pro and […]

File Under: The Business of Publishing

The Difference Between A Website and A Business

April 5th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Sheesh, barely a half cup of coffee into the day, and already we’re ranting. Tina Engler’s story is well-documented — girl can’t find a publisher for erotic stories (because, let’s be honest, good girls don’t), decided to strike out on her own, becomes publishing phenom while turning the model on its head. Also, if you’ve […]

File Under: Publishers and Editors

Someday, Maybe, The End Of “If Only I’d Written It Down When I Thought Of It”

April 4th, 2006 · 1 Comment

At last: the invention we would have invented had we an inventing kind of mind. Yes, kids, it’s brain-wave typing. You know how all the great lines are in your mind, but never quite translate via the fingers? No worries. Downloading your brain is just a few years away . Okay. Fine. So writers aren’t […]

File Under: Square Pegs

Books Without Borders

April 4th, 2006 · Comments Off on Books Without Borders

It is an interesting concept, targeting publishing efforts toward major audiences. Rayo, an imprint of HarperCollins, is focused on providing good books to the Latino community — in both English and Spanish. Yes, yes, we know, such radical concepts require more warning before being dropped in your laps. That fact that it wasn’t until the […]

File Under: Publishers and Editors

After 28 Years, Nothing But Memories

April 4th, 2006 · 1 Comment

We cannot conceive of working the same place for 28 years — much less the challenges that arise when giving notice after said 28 years. Of course, if we ever find ourselves in that position, we’ll call Molly Friedrich, who is leaving the Aaron Priest Agency to open her place, The Friedrich Agency. Yeah, we’ll […]

File Under: Agents

Counting The Unknowable.

April 3rd, 2006 · 1 Comment

This may be the most delightfully absurd story we’ve read in, well, hours. Paul J.J. Payack, an amateur something-or-other, has calculated that the English language will acquire its millionth word sometime this year. Of course, the experts, you know, the ones who count all the words and keep careful statistics, they say not so fast. […]

File Under: Square Pegs

Copy Editing For Fun And Profit

April 3rd, 2006 · Comments Off on Copy Editing For Fun And Profit

For those of you who greeted the time change with aplomb, we salute you. Messing with time is a dangerous thing, and we are of the belief that no good can come from it. Except maybe the opportunity to drink wine in the backyards on lovely spring evenings. We figure that if you’re the type […]

File Under: Square Pegs

Sitting This One Out

April 1st, 2006 · 1 Comment

The Booksquare household* celebrates April Fool’s Season with a vengeance. Like it’s Christmas. Over the past twenty-four hours, we’ve been hearing choice bits of tomfoolery. Also, we got to hear about something called “SQL on Rails”. Apparently, it’s hilarious. Needless to say, we’re stepping away from the laptop until this unfortunate season passes. Geeks and […]

File Under: Square Pegs