July 17th, 2008

The people who can make you or break you – for $25

A Publishers Weekly review can easily set the tone for what everyone else says about your book. Reviewers pay was recently dropped to just $25 a review (which I believe is probably less than minimum wage). In return, contributors got their names listed on the masthead for the first time. The New York Observer tried to learn more about these people. While they are all involved in writing in some way, they are not necessarily the kind of individuals with years of experience and wisdom behind them that you might hope. For every Dick Adler, well-known mystery reviewer, there’s some 24 year old from Manitoba who hadn’t even heard of PW until he started doing some freelance reviews for the Winnipeg Free Press.

Read more here.



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Alcohol + cars + bikes = bad idea

Portland is usually known as a laid-back town – and a haven for bicyclists. But in the last few days, it’s been like the Wild West.

First, a cycling advocate driving a car yelled at a bicyclist who blew through a red light. The cycling advocate caught up with the bicyclist and chewed him out. The cyclist didn’t like that enough that he picked up his bike and used it to hit the car.

More recently, a cyclist didn’t like a driver who sped through a residential area – and told him so. The driver’s response – to run over his bike, and then to try to run over the bike rider. With no here to go, the cyclist ended up on the hood of the car for five blocks, clinging first to the windshield wipers and then the crack where the hood meets the windshield. He was finally able to get off safely.

Common factors? Strangers who complained about another’s behavior – and both of the bad guys were legally drunk. See more here.



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