Articles from May 2006

Talkin’ Copyright Blues

May 30th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Just before we headed off for our long weekend of fun, fun, fun, we paused over Sara Nelson’s comments about Kevin Kelly’s New York Times Magazine article “Scan This Book”. Nelson specifically takes issue with Kelly’s comments on copyright — even as she agrees that there are serious problems. Copyright in this country is a […]

File Under: Our Continuing Fascination With Copyright

Highly Effective Blogging: Just Like Highly Effective Writing

May 26th, 2006 · 3 Comments

Though we are (typically) late to the game, we are going to play along with ProBlogger’s “Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers” game. This, of course, suggests that we are a highly effective blogger. As it turns out, the habits that make for good blogging also make for good writing. Who knew? So, what does make […]

File Under: Tools and Craft

Following Up On Unbridled’s Innovative Project

May 25th, 2006 · 2 Comments

We are very enthusiastic about the current online serialization project going on at Unbridled Books. This is a really cool, innovative project — and that more independent publishers could benefit from this model. Briefly, Unbridled is serializing Golem Song by Marc Estrin. Subscribers will be able to access new chapters of the book every week, […]

File Under: Non-Traditional Publishing · Publishers and Editors

There She Is

May 24th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Over in LBC-land, Yannick Murphy, author of Here They Come has taken the stage. Her first post delves into the process of writing and pruning a book — the choices an author must make for the story. And the regret an author feels when favorite moments must give way to the narrative flow. She describes […]

File Under: Books/Mags/Blogs

Authors At BEA: Probably Not

May 22nd, 2006 · 6 Comments

In a recent comment, author Mia Zachary asked, quite rightly, why some people think authors shouldn’t attend BookExpo America. After all, from her perspective, she made good contacts with booksellers, got some quality time with her editor, and the price was right. All excellent points. Any time you, the author, can get yourself in front […]

File Under: Marketing For Introverts

When Thinking Out-of-the-Box, Actually Leave The Box

May 22nd, 2006 · 6 Comments

We have a bit of snark to work out of our system this morning, and what better way than to get all cranky on a poor, innocent soul who quite possibly had nothing to do with titling her article “Novel Ways to Publicize Your Fiction Book”. Our issue, of course, is that these are not […]

File Under: Marketing For Introverts

Print-on-Demand Becomes On Demand

May 22nd, 2006 · 2 Comments

As we continue to process our BookExpo America experience, we’ll be posting all sorts of exciting news. We did want to start your morning (it’s always morning somewhere) with an introduction to what we believe was one of the coolest announcements of the conference. (you may have heard of them) unveiled a complement of […]

File Under: The Future of Publishing

A Little Bit O’Name Checking

May 19th, 2006 · Comments Off on A Little Bit O’Name Checking

So, let’s say you’re in the French Embassy — should you expect to run into all of your friends? Oddly, the answer is yes. We started our round of what we have been assured will be non-stop partying (oh, to be young and energetic again!) with a visit to the French Embassy, courtesy of Dalkey […]

File Under: Square Pegs

A Parallel Between Wireless Connectivity And Publishing

May 19th, 2006 · 4 Comments

Not that we’re the type to complain*, and we’re going to be talking more about this as we get our thoughts in order (one thought, we have discovered, got on the wrong train last night and is somewhere in Virginia — as the rest of the thoughts are safe in Maryland [it turns out the […]

File Under: The Future of Publishing

And You Make How Much?

May 17th, 2006 · 13 Comments

I’ve mentioned this before here on Booksquare. There’s an odd thing that happens when someone learns you’re a published author. This can be friend or complete stranger it doesn’t matter. Once they know you have a book on the shelf they now have a complete license to ask you anything. This can be your sex […]

File Under: Perennials