Yahoo! News - Self-publishing will spur book industry to modernize

Anonymous Patron writes "This One Says long the pooh-poohed province of would-be writers who couldn't find traditional publishers, new-generation self-publishing is attracting established writers, such as Kessler, who prefer to skip the hassle.

Self-publishers now offer print-on-demand technology (which keeps costs under $1,000 by making books only as they're bought), and anyone can sell on Amazon. So books come to market cheap - and fast."


The confessions of a semi-successful author

An anonymous patron would like to share with us this article from; however, it requires a paid subscription to read it. For those that can, go for it. For the rest of us, here's a snippet from the free part:

"By the end of this story I will have broken the most sacred rules of modern authordom. I'll tell you how much my publishers have paid me for the books I've written. I'll tell you how many copies each of those books has sold. I'll share with you some of the secrets, lies and euphemisms told to me by my publishers, editors, publicists and agents in their efforts to comfort, pacify and motivate me, and I'll share some of the salient facts that make those secrets, lies and euphemisms such common industry currency."


Publishers, Note: Novelist Available

Anonymous Patron writes "Martin Amis has a story in the current issue of The New Yorker, a twisted and profane tale of a despot's body double in the midst of a collapsing regime. It is in many respects a typically Amis affair, an exercise in extreme fiction rescued from puerility by taut, cutting prose. But in the wake of a novel that was panned by critics and that concluded his American publishing contract, the story conveys another message: Mr. Amis is alive and kicking and, in case anyone's interested, up for grabs.

Read It Here"


Dr. Suess: The Marketing Phenom

Bob Cox sends "this piece from the WSJ Editorial Page which celebrates the work and legacy of Dr. Suess while lamenting how his work has been coopted by Hollywood. Writer Eric Gipson finishes with:

'And now, through this month's celebrity canonization, Geisel himself has become a commodity. But he doesn't need a postage stamp or a star, or more cheesy souvenirs. He needs to be left alone, like innocence itself, so his writings can speak for themselves.'"


Kinky to run for Governor of Texas

egy writes (and rochelle embellishes) "With the wonderful headline of Texas governor's race gets Kinky, the Houston Chronicle is reporting that author Kinky Friedman is planning to run for Texas governor as an independent in 2006.

Friedman is a columnist, author, musical performer (one of his bands is The Texas Jewboys), and runs an animal rescue ranch. Get the full, Kinky scoop at
From the article:
"There are no skeletons in my closet. They are all bleaching on a beach somewhere," he said. You want to know Kinky's stand on gun control? "I do not carry a gun myself, so if someone is going to shoot me, they better remember to bring their own weapon."
On abortion? "I am not pro-life, I am not pro-choice, I am pro football."

My, my, my. Do I have to wait until 2006? I could use some of this levity this year."


100th anni-Seus-sary

Bob Cox writes

Nearly 13 years after her husband's passing, Geisel leads the global enterprise that has sprouted from Seuss' beloved books - watching over the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch and all the other critters and characters who live on in movies, toys, games and ventures that perhaps not even the imaginative doctor could have envisioned. Wonderful Dr Seus!!

Murdoch's Lover Takes Posthumous Revenge

Charles Davis writes " Elias Canetti, lover of the late Iris Murdoch has taken posthumous revenge on the author, who is regarded as one of the most accomplished writers of post-war Britain. The touching tale of her life with her husband John Bayley, her descent into ill-health and her eventual death five years ago in the film Iris only
served to strengthen her standing.

Canetti, a Nobel Prize-winning writer, has savaged her in newly
published posthumous memoirs, in which he rubbishes her writing, her intellect and even her love-making.
Story at
the Independent."


John Graves at home

Bob Cox writes "A Article on author Jon Graves.

Graves, the 83-year-old author of the classic Goodbye to a River, a National Book Award finalist in 1961, and several other impeccably crafted titles about man and nature, was an obvious recipient. But he agreed only after a close friend (Fort Worth behind-the-scenes power Ruth Carter Stevenson) talked him into it."


Collected artifacts of author Nabokov could go homeless

Bob Cox writes " that the St. Petersberg (Russia) museum which houses the artifacts of author Vladimir Nabokov is fixing to go belly-up without the help of major infusion of cash. Stories at the Miami Herald and St. Petersburg Times


Author's view of e-books, paper publishing, and why we need both

Peter Murray writes "Found on Slashdot:

xanderwilson writes "Author Cory Doctorow has released his paper/speech

for the O'Reilly Emerging Technologies Conference this year into the
public domain. A very interesting read about his experience with Magic
Kingdom (which he is soon re-releasing under a more lenient Creative
Commons license), the failure of e-books, and filesharing as a tool for

I found the following story and ensuing discussion
on Slashdot interesting. The story is a writers perspective on dealing with issues such as e-books coexisting with traditional books, releasing material under a Creative Commons license and the impact on sales, and the positioning of various formats of an item under the premise that the work is not an 'object' but a 'practice.'



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