Articles from May 2006

The Price Of Books

May 12th, 2006 · Comments Off on The Price Of Books

The first rule of car buying, other than don’t buy a lemon, is that only a fool pays sticker price. Everybody knows that is only the starting point in a long, irritating (“let me check with my manager”) negotiation. Actual prices are often the result of how much the retailer pays versus how much they […]

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Foxhunting and Underrepresented Characters

May 4th, 2006 · Comments Off on Foxhunting and Underrepresented Characters

Okay, before you read MediaBistro’s interview with Danielle Durkin of Random House/Ballantine, we would like to remind you (as if you need reminding!) that very few editors meet their authors on the subway. Durkin also notes this, but sometimes people think, well, it happened once… So did the Ice Age, and you don’t see anyone […]

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Final Mehta Thoughts (Probably Final Anyway)

May 3rd, 2006 · 3 Comments

We’re guessing that the publishing industry, like most industries, isn’t one for deep introspection. You know, a scandal here, a scandal there. Given the number of books published every year, the percentage of horrors is relatively low. But we like to think that the Kaavya Viswanathan story is starting more than a few discussions in […]

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Opal Mehta No Longer Living Wild

May 2nd, 2006 · 2 Comments

Publisher’s Weekly is reporting that Little, Brown has officially decided not to revise and re-release How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life. Apparently, the second book under the contract is also a no-go. PW also speculates about the status of the advance received for the book, wondering if the publisher will […]

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Encouraging Diversity At LATFOB

May 1st, 2006 · 4 Comments

We spent a lovely morning at UCLA yesterday, enjoying the overwhelming sights and sounds of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books — including, of course, being part of the rollicking Tod Goldberg entourage* — and we were absolutely amazed at the number of readers there are in a town that we’ve heard doesn’t read. […]

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