Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Man Booker Prize judge thinks book bloggers are killing lit crit.

"Eventually [book blogging] will be to the detriment of literature. It will be bad for readers; as much as one would like to think that many bloggers opinions are as good as others. It just ain't so. People will be encouraged to buy and read books that are no good, the good will be overwhelmed, and we'll be worse off. There are some important issues here."

Boo-fricking-hoo, I say. 

Does he seriously think readers don't know that not all opinions are created equal?

Has he not considered that bloggers are sometimes (often) beating professional critics because their opinions are more useful?Perhaps because they embrace more genres (e.g. romance) and more reasons for reading (e.g. entertainment).

High literary institutions are all very well, but they do not own the readership, and they do not autmatically get the right to lead, represent and determine the purchases of the entire readership. The don't get to unilaterally decide what is "good".  Or force people to buy books that don't meet their needs.

Frankly, Sir Peter needs to grow up and realize that we know that not all opinions are create equal.  And most people would not rank his opinion near the top of the personal list when it comes to deciding what books to buy and read.

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Monday, September 24, 2012


It seems that Google acquired Feedburner because they wanted to screw it up and close it down. Because of the way my feed is configured I was unable to retrieve the subscriber list. So if you were subscribed via rss or atom you will need to resubscribe via the feed option currently at the top of the left column.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Update: Now it is working again.  But still goes obsolete in less than a month....

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Market: Lonehouse

New epublisher Lonehouse has a call out for romance, erotica, women's fiction, and general fiction.  The material in the open call seems to be all there is at the moment.

Editor Cat #1

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Author Royally Screwed by Forever Amber

Remember Forever Amber a.k.a. 309 East 83rd Publishing, the rampant plagiarists? Well one tale has emerged of an author whose entire book was appropriated by these asshats, who managed to publish it before she did.

I do hope that puts pay to any notion that 309 East 83rd Publishing is in anyway legitimate.  I think they need to be put out of business as soon as possible.  And if they (he? she?) want me to think any different they should pay full restitution to all affected authors and prove the legal origin of any book they still offer for sale.

Although I personally would not take away the lesson that registering copyright is a necessity, unless you happen to have posted most or all or your work online prior to publication.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Didn't see that coming

Tina Burns seems to have left Liquid Silver and gone to work at Total-Ebound. Somehow I missed this until now.

Any other considerations aside, I am having a little trouble working out why a distinctively British e-publisher wants an American Editor-in-Chief.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Muso Update

My experience with Muso, the DMCA notice service, was pretty much a success. I joined for a few months and got every pirated copy they could find taken down.  I have not done an exhaustive search to see if they missed any, but I did check everything on the first 5 pages of Googling my pen name, and none of the listings had a live file.After there were no more 'hits' I terminated the subscription and just monitored the email updates on the account to make sure a whole lot more hadn't popped up.

I joined again this month because they have added a new service.  Now they will get even the listing of the file taken down from major search engines.  While having the file taken down prevents it from being downloaded, the junky file share listings and download button stay up, potemtially interfering with readers finding your websites and real points-of-sale.  De-indexing from Google is also a great strategy to use against fileshare sites that ignore DMCAs. So I think this is a great added service.

As long as you are comfortable with $15 a month and know how to start and terminate a paypal auto-pay, I would recommend trying this service.Once I have all the listings and files down I will try a more serious search and see if they missed any.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Harlequin and Fidelity?

I was rather surprised by a recent Harlequin desire I started reading last night. Specifically that the hero and heroine have sex despite both knowing that he is in a serious relationship with a marriage-minded girlfriend.

They are not in, nor do they expect to be in, a relationship at the time, and they don't use protection despite both knowing she is not on the pill. Oh, and the girlfriend is in another room of the same (admitted large) house chatting with the hero's mother and other family members at the time.

There a lot of boundaries I might encourage Harlequin to push, but I am not sure infidelity is one of them.  I would have thought that was rather central to the brand.  Is this popping up in any of their other books?

Sunday, September 09, 2012


A church put up a sign featuring a copy of 50 Shades of Grey being burned and the line "50 Shades of Grace".

One journalist stated that the church was trying to "grab book lovers' attention" and that "people who drive by the sign don't understand why a church would want to affiliate themselves with a book largely about sex."

My question would be: why would a church want to affiliate with book burning? And why they think such an image would have any kid of positive impact on book lovers?

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Revisiting Noble Romance

The new CEO of Novel Romance is, apparently, Jean Gombart (who seems to have no publishing experience). 

The pattern of non-response to most author communications continues. Tax documents have not been sent. Royalties seems to still be outstanding (?). Rights are not being reverted to author who are dissatisfied or consider their contract to have been breached.

But Noble has made at least some of the outstanding payments to authors.

Nevertheless the general situation still seems pretty dire with some authors requesting a boycott.

In my opinion the remains 'not recommended'.