April 10th, 2009

Somebody had waaaay too much fun with this

Somebody had waaaay too much fun with this. This being a tongue-in-cheek glossary of publishing terms.

It begins:
ADVANCE: A secret code signalling to the marketing department whether or not to promote a title.

ADVANCE COPY: A bound book that when opened by an editor will instantly expose an embarrassing mistake.

AGENT: An intellectual property and contract law specialist who is unable to pass the bar.



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How a low-price made a five-year-old book a bestseller

JA Konrath spent years getting rejected. He’s making up for it by how much energy he puts into his writing his books, promoting them, and sharing everything he has learned with anyone who cares to read it.

Here he talked about one his ebooks is a best-seller for Kindle.

And if you don't regularly follow his blog, you should!



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A public service announcement

Go back up your stuff. Now. Or at least email yourself your latest work in progress.

I just lost some untold number of hours of work. It looks like our back up disk for Time Machine has been unplugged for a few weeks. During which time a book I was working on seems to have completely disappeared. I did evetually find a version of it I emailed myself (as a cheap backup) a few weeks back. I'm not going to think about what used to be in it. About how it used to be a lot longer.

I'm just going to be glad that I have it at all.



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A sign of the times?

I get this email a couple of times a day where reporters are looking for stories, experts, anecdotes.

Here's one that caught my eye today:

"The new magazine Edible Hudson Valley seeks all types of offbeat stories about food, those who grow it, make it and eat it. Right now, I am looking for Mid-Hudson Valley people who believe in the waste-not, want-not principle to the extent that they utilize road kill in their recipes."

Remind me not to eat with anyone in the Mid-Hudson Valley area. Which might include my agent.



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