March 1st, 2008

Freak out!

So Googlebooks has scanned lots and lots of books, including two of mine – Learning to Fly and Buried Diamonds.

Some authors have freaked out, and have demanded that Google take them down, especially if their publisher did not hold electronic rights. I've gotten several forwarded emails from authors who think it's terrible.

Others think that this kind of exposure is good. Look at how HarperCollins just let everyone download a PDF of Beautiful Children - a very hot book - for free for a few days.

What do you think?

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It seemed like a good idea at the time

Okay, anyone remember this scene from The Exorcist:

REGAN/DEMON: What's that?

KARRAS: Holy water.

REGAN/DEMON: You keep it away.

Karras uncaps the vial and sprinkles its contents over Regan. Instantly, Regan writhes in pain and terror.

REGAN/DEMON: Ahhhhhhhhhhh! Ahhhhhhh! It burns! Ohhhh! It burns!

Regan's head falls back onto the pillow as she rolls her head from side to side shouting out indistinct gibberish.

Only for Holy Water, substitute Nair for Faces. And for REGAN/DEMON, substitue APRIL/IDIOT.

Lately, in certain bright lights, I had thought my upper lip had looked a little dark. So in the great American tradition of fixing stuff, I decided I had better fix it.

The Nair package says you should test a spot and wait 24 hours. Who has time for that? So I slathered on some of the pink goo. You were to leave it on for 5-10 minutes. After two minutes, it began to burn. But it was no where near five minutes, which was the shortest time the package talked about.

At five minutes exactly, I took it off.

You know that expression "bee-stung lips"? Well, I have that, only a little farther north. Plus it's red. Definitely red. And swollen. Like a rash 'stache.

Now I feel like Kramer: "Look away, I'm hideous!"

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