Popular Culture Association is putting out their annual call for papers:
We are considering proposals for individual papers, sessions organized around a theme, and special panels. Sessions are scheduled in one-hour slots, ideally with four papers or speakers per standard session.
If you are involved in the creative industry of popular romance (romance author/editor, film director/producer, singer/songwriter, etc.) and are interested in speaking on your own work or on developments in the representations of popular romance, please contact us!
SXSW will take place on March 12-14 and is a breeding ground for discussion about technology and media. A number of people have proposed book panels for the conference. If you are interested in promoting these, vote for the panels. The deadline for voting is September 4th.
Quartet Press is putting the call out for contract editors, both content and copy editors. You’ll have to take a test, at least for the copyediting position, based on the Chicago Manual of Style. It would be fun to do something like that at Dear Author.
Content editors’ compensation is per word as well as royalty-based pay on ebooks and print books. Residuals are paid quarterly on all of an editor’s backlist. Copy editors’ compensation is per word. Per word compensation for both content editors and copy editors is paid immediately upon receipt of an invoice and completed manuscript.
Whether this is a total rumor or truth, DigiTimes reports that ASUS is planning to put out an ebook reader by the end of 2009 and that MSI is considering an ebook reader as well. Both companies specialize in low priced netbooks so I can’t imagine that these ebook readers would be very costly. An e-ink device priced around $100 would be super attractive.
Samhain has announced their new changes in management after the departure of its executive editor, Angela James. Laurie M Rauch will be the new Executive Editor and Lindsey Faber will be Managing Editor.
Booklocker filed an antitrust suit against Amazon over its POD practices. Amazon filed a motion to dismiss the petition which was denied by the Court. This means that Booklocker can proceed with discovery which includes document production and depositions (oral testimony taken under oath). This case could get very interesting but also very expensive. It seems like Booklocker is in it for the long haul. I hope their pocket is fairly deep.
I saw a Tara Marie commenting yesterday, but I didn’t realize that it was “our” Tara Marie. When I started blogging, Tara Marie’s was one of my first blog stops of the day. It’s great to see you back, Tara Marie.
There’s an excellent article about how Politico’s digital success has enabled it to produce a print broadsheet that is essentially responsible for the funding of its entire venture and creating enough revenue to pay reporters about the same that the Washington Post pays its reporters. The lesson, Rex Hammock notes, is that print and digital are complimentary and the demise of the newspaper industry is not the print component but the business model. I think the same could be said for trade publishing.
Over at Lifehacker, Kevin Purdy gives a good tip on using Google Voice. Google Voice will transcribe voicemails and email them to you. Utilizing this service, Purdy suggests that you send yourself voicemail notes that Google will then transcribe. This is perfect for me as I will, from time to time, dictate thoughts about books for review. Now I can do that using Google Voice and have a handy transcript.