[links] Link salad, mostly publishing edition

I make #1 on a top ten list in Sweden — Ugliest fantasy writers, but I’ll take my honors where I find them. (And for the record, I think this is hilarious.)

Kelly McClymer is very smart about ebook inventory costs — In my comments section.

Scrivener’s Error on disintermediation, Amazon vs Macmillan and Google Books — Some dense, worthwhile thinking. Go read.

An alternative, very pro-Kindle view of Amazon vs Macmillan — A lot said here, I don’t agree with much of it, but worth the read.

On Sleekness — Pablo Defendini (of Tor.com fame) on production techniques, creative destruction, and professional sleekness. Fascinating stuff.

Bookstores may have to turn page — A depressing column about bookstores. (Thanks to .)

A writing career becomes harder to scale — An essay in the Los Angeles on what I call psychotic persistence as a critical success factor in writing. In the 20 years that I’ve been publishing books, I have fared better than most. I sold my first novel while still in graduate school and published six more books, pretty much one every three years, like clockwork. I have made my living as a writer. Obviously not writing in my genre…

British airship R33 in hangar — This photo from x planes has a nicely ominous cast.

An Early Warning System for CancerAutoantibodies could alert doctors to cancer development. A little late for me, but interesting.

Revisionaries: How a group of Texas conservatives is rewriting your kids’ textbooks. — More on how conservative, Christianist nonsense enters your child’s school, no matter where you live or what the truth actually is.

?otD: Read a good book lately? What format?

Writing time yesterday: 0 minutes (still stuck on chemo head)
Body movement: 60 minute suburabn walk
Hours slept: 6.0 (poorly)
This morning’s weigh-in: 224.4
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 5/10
Currently reading: [between books]

5 thoughts on “[links] Link salad, mostly publishing edition

  1. Stevie says:


    You might like to take a look at Peter Osnos column in The Atlantic; it’s headed

    With Thanks to John Sargent

    which is an accurate preview of the piece:

    ‘What Sargent did on behalf of Macmillan–there is no evidence that he was acting in consultation or collaboration with other publishers–is challenge Amazon’s policy of offering e-book bestsellers at $9.99. Based on the publishers’ list price, these were loss leaders designed to boost the sales of the company’s proprietary reading device, the Kindle, which retails for $259. The publishers’ concern was that Amazon was preparing to declare that it would no longer accept a loss on each sale and would insist that books be made available to it at lower cost. The result would be a precipitous drop in revenues for everyone–except Amazon.’

    It goes a little way to balance the Amazon fanmail in much of the media…


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