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Are Authors Abused by Used?

This Wired Story talks about used books sales now that sites such as eBay and Amazon have been listing used books next to the new ones. They say publishers and booksellers take sales figures, among other factors, into account when they make decisions about future advances, print runs and orders on the author\'s next book. Unfortunately for the authors, proceeds from preview copies, remainders and used books don\'t go to the publishers; and thus aren\'t counted by the publishers as sales.

\"\"I have to admit, a little piece of me died each time,\" said Ursu, who has tracked sales of her book since its release three months ago. \"For a first-time novelist, every sale matters, and I think those used books that are right there on the page attract people who normally would buy a new copy.

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Author\'s Attempt to Promote Book Backfires

NYTimes Story on David A. Vise, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The Washington Post and author of the new book \"The Bureau and the Mole.\"

He bought 20,000 copies of his book, then returned about 17,500 copies and asked for his money back. A rival publisher grumbled that Mr. Vise appeared to be trying to manipulate best-seller lists by bolstering sales of his book.

He said he never meant to manipulate best-seller lists or to profit from reselling his books, and conducted all transactions in the open, under his own name. \"My goal was to increase awareness of `The Bureau and the Mole,\' \" he said.

Dispute leaves author puzzled

Russell Banks can\'t understand why some parents of Canandaigua Academy students objected to the use of his book, \"The Sweet Hereafter\", in English classes.

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\"\"Anybody who picks up a paper and reads about the priest being indicted for pedophilia knows this goes on, and to pretend it doesn\'t, is to lie. It\'s the same thing with drug abuse, domestic violence and school bus accidents and then the question becomes, \'How do you deal with that?\' To some degree, everyone has to deal with these issues more or less.\"

Virgina Hamilton Dead at 65

Someone passed along This NYTimes Obit on Virginia Hamilton, Writer for Children.

They say \" an internationally recognized writer for children whose work celebrated the African- American experience as an essential component of American life, died yesterday in Dayton, Ohio. She was 65 and lived in Yellow Springs, Ohio.\"

Michael Moore On Tour

Michael Moore is hitting the road in support of Stupid White Men:

On Tuesday, populist filmmaker-writer Michael Moore will start out on a 13-city book tour that almost never happened - for a book that was nearly shredded.

The saga of \"Stupid White Men\" (HarperCollins), Moore\'s book lampooning President George W. Bush as well as much of Establishment America, is one of a major U.S. publisher flirting with self-censorship in the wake of Sept. 11.
\"They wanted me to pay for the privilege to censor myself!\" Moore says. \"Suddenly, you\'re in Kafka-land.\"

It\'s also a tale of how an intransigent author, a host of angry e-mail-writing librarians and a nascent outcry within the publishing world itself turned the contretemps into a 1st Amendment triumph - and the book itself into a best seller . . .

More from The Chicago Tribune.

Stephen King ready to close book as writer?

CNN Says Stephen King will only publish five more books, and a limited series for ABC, and then, he\'s ending his career in publishing.

Most people could hope to do that much in a life time.

\"You get to a point where you get to the edges of a room, and you can go back and go where you\'ve been and basically recycle stuff,\"

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PUSH is dedicated to new authors and new voices.
They say... \"These writers tell it like it really is. No preaching. No false endings. No stereotypes or contrivance. Just an honest dose of reality. These books are funny, observant, heartbreaking, and heartstopping.\"


The Tm & © says Scholastic Inc, but there is little in the way of any more info.

Pippi Longstocking creator dies

Bob Cox sent along the Salon Story on the death of Astrid Lindgren, creator of the braided, freethinking Pippi Longstocking, died Monday. She was 94.

\"I write to amuse the child within me and can only hope that other children may have some fun that way too,\" Lindgren once wrote.

Author pays `tribute,\' without attribution

First it was Stephen Ambrose, and now, Olaf Olafsson has been caught paying \"a little bit of tribute\" in his book \"The Journey Home\".

Seems like I\'ve been seeing more and more Plagiarism Stories.

\"If you knowingly use somebody else\'s words, and those words are covered by a valid copyright, you are infringing the copyright,\" says Jeffrey Craig Miller, a New York attorney who specializes in publishing and intellectual property.\"

Lillian Hellman Birthplace Celebrated

Tanya writes \"One of the reasons I\'m often homesick for New Orleans is that I miss the history and richness of the city. It seems around every corner there is a house or place desginated as an historical treasure of one kind or another. And the best thing about it is that most of these places have resonance for all of American culture and not just the local area. With the help of the ALA yet another piece of New Orleans is being recognized, the birthplace of Lillian Hellman. Today at 3pm the house will become the next in a growing number of National Literary Landmarks recognized in the U.S. Previous National Literary Landmarks in the city include the home of Tennesee Williams and the home of William Faulkner.


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