Articles from July 2008

Once More With Feeling: The LATBR Publishes Its Last

July 28th, 2008 · 36 Comments

Rumor has it that I’m going to be on News Hour with Jim Lehrer tonight. I’ll be talking about the demise of the Los Angeles Times Book Review. Eight minutes isn’t near long enough to cover a topic this broad; it’s barely enough to get started with the conversation. Yesterday was the last day for […]

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Lost in Blogland

July 17th, 2008 · 10 Comments

[BS: Today, we bring back debut author Jennifer Epstein, whose lovely novel The Painter from Shanghai has garnered some great reviews and accolades. Despite glowing words from the NYT, Jennifer has learned that to market a book, one has to market herself. Follow her up and down the blogosphere…and special thanks to Jennifer for her […]

File Under: Wrapped Up In Books

Sittin’ Here, Watching The Market Go By

July 14th, 2008 · 21 Comments

Associated Press headline: “Apple sells 1 million iPhones in first 3 days”. Add to that the six million phones already in the hands of customers (all of whom, I should note, chose to update their software…right when I was updating mine). Doing some quick, nearly caffeine-free math, that’s 7 million web-enabled, application-ready phones in the […]

File Under: The Future of Publishing

Social Media Thunder: The Gary Vaynerchuk Interview

July 10th, 2008 · 3 Comments

So, okay, it’s street date for your book and you’re 35,000 miles above ground and out of touch with your audience. What to do? Send a quick “hey, it’s available on Amazon” post to Twitter and turn off your cell phone for the duration of the flight. That’s what Gary Vaynerchuk did. There’s a reason […]

File Under: Podcasts · Square Pegs

Pretty Girls Can’t Write Serious Non-Fiction

July 7th, 2008 · 4 Comments

BS is moving into its shiny new headquarters today (as long as the Internet gods shine upon us!), so all thoughts are focused on frantic last-minute packing. Only the cat has completed her move-related tasks, though, in all honesty, she didn’t bring as many clothes. Frantic minds need distractions, and we have a fun one […]

File Under: Square Pegs