Monday, November 30, 2009
Always Look on the Dark side of News (dum, dum, dum, dum--dah dah, dah dah, dah dah). But with news like this, what else is there to do?
Uganda proposes death penalty for HIV positive gays
"The Bill proposes a three-year prison sentence for anyone who is aware of evidence of homosexuality and fails to report it to the police within 24 hours. And it would impose a sentence of up to seven years for anyone who defends the rights of gays and lesbians."
Having mentioned some previous male-centric lists I should in all fairness mention that the all female Shortlist for BBC Short story Prize:
All-women shortlist for BBC Short Story Prize
"More than 600 entries were received for the award, which celebrates the best of contemporary British short stories and is part of the national campaign "story", which supports the form."
However the grinch in me wonders if it a coincidence that men dominate the financially lucrative and ostensibly prestiguous genres and formats, and women the more neglected ones? Short stories are, in literature, what romance is in genre--no matter how good bad or indifferent the quality is, they never seem to get the recognition they deserve.
And finally, many authors use their own royalties to promote their work. But how would it be a good thing for a publisher to contractually require that investment?
12 Steps to Better Book Publishing
"We all know that one of the big functions of today's in-house marketing professional is to explain why the publisher can't afford to do much marketing. So who has the money? Authors, from the advances we pay them. Publishers should contractually require that a part of the advance be allocated to marketing and promotional efforts supervised by the author."
Who has the money?! (*cough* *Splutter*)
Edited to Add: On a lighter note:
Bad sex award goes to Jonathan Littell's The Kindly Ones.
"...a mythologically inspired passage and lines such as 'I came suddenly, a jolt that emptied my head like a spoon scraping the inside of a soft-boiled egg' clinched the award for The Kindly Ones. We hope he takes it in good humour."