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The annual cover contest is ready for your votes.  Go forth and vote for the best and the worst. The worst are really bad.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. LG
    May 07, 2012 @ 12:54:39

    “To entice customers, a third of whom don’t know what they’re going to buy when they enter the store, according to respondents, Half Price has begun adjusting its product mix. It is adding more puzzles and is testing other nonbook items like leashes in the pet section.”

    This doesn’t thrill me. Then again, the nearest Half Price Books to me is maybe 70 or 80 miles away, so my shopping habits there probably aren’t those of their usual customers. When I go, I go intending to spend a good chunk of money all in one go…on used print books, not lots of other things. Personally, I’d love to have a Half Price Books closer, so I could do regular trips to look for OOP manga. My dream would be for one to pop up in town, but I’d even take 45 miles away.

  2. Maili
    May 07, 2012 @ 13:13:46

    re: The Gift of Charles (what a lovely and inspiring family)

    I was seriously shocked to learn that the US has only three children’s hospices. I double-checked the number with my husband and found that it’s really just three. How can that be? It can’t be right. I’m so used to the idea of having a children’s hospice in every major town in Britain that I – this, I admit – took it for granted that it’s the same in the US and elsewhere. Quite a humbling moment for me.

  3. DS
    May 07, 2012 @ 13:42:41

    Wake me up when the tablet wars are won so I can find out if I bought the right ones.

  4. JoanneL
    May 07, 2012 @ 14:18:07

    Fan fiction promises to be a rich vein for publishers

    Won’t it be interesting when publishers start hiring ghost writers (like they often did did with ‘authors’ like Carolyn Keene and Leslie McFarlane) to write fiction based on the posted-for-free fan fiction?

    They can pay the writers nothing but a base salary. A small investment for what could occasionally be a huge payoff.

    If called to court to account for the ‘adoption’ of someone else’s work they can point to ‘that book’ and say “it’s all good, we used different names”. Fun times.

  5. Carrie
    May 07, 2012 @ 16:01:19

    RE: Tablet Wars– I’m sorry the iPad is trouncing the competition because I won’t buy Apple, but until someone comes up with a real competitor it’ll continue to happen. The problem is, the best-selling is not always “the best” product. Sometimes the best-selling is simply the one who got there first and had the money to create the buzz.

    I just bought a Fire, so I’ll play around with that until I find a better iPad alternative. ;-)

  6. MaryK
    May 07, 2012 @ 16:56:58

    I have a Transformer (not-prime) and just about every time I use it I wish it were an iPad. It’s not as intuitive as iThings or as precise when you’re typing or trying to select text. I have the worst trouble placing the cursor in a block of text; it tends to just go where it wants to go. It’s what? Six times bigger than my iPhone? And it takes me twice as long to type a message. Either Apple has all the good engineers or they’ve patented all the good tech building blocks. Maybe everybody is switching over after comparing other tablets to their iPhone/iTouch.

  7. eggs
    May 07, 2012 @ 19:33:54

    My 4 year old can use an ipad as easily as my 65 year old mother and neither of them have a clue about how “computers” work and, more importantly, neither of them WANT to learn how computers work. They just want to play games, watch youtube and skype. I suspect a good 80% of the tablet market feels the same way. They don’t want the best technology available, they just want an entertainment thing that is easy to use and predictable in behavior. That’s an iThing. If you know how to use one iThing (ipod/iphone/ipad) you know how to use them all. People like that.

  8. Melissa Blue
    May 07, 2012 @ 20:20:41

    The geek in me totally wants to buy those scripts and read them. If only Joss Whedon would do that for Buffy I’d be in hog heaven.

  9. Cindy
    May 07, 2012 @ 21:52:56

    I want to know when they’re going to discover MY fanfiction, which has so little to do with the movie/book it was based on it would actually be a breeze to turn it original. *sniffles*

  10. Sunita
    May 07, 2012 @ 22:19:09

    @Melissa Blue: You probably already know this, but printed script books for Buffy have been around for quite a while, and before that there were fans who faithfully transcribed the episodes. I had the first five or so seasons of Buffy and the first three of Angel on my Palm Pilot. I still have them all in a backup file somewhere.

  11. SAo
    May 07, 2012 @ 23:12:36

    I wish people would stop pretending iThings are intuitive. Figuring out how to turn off my iPod so the battery doesn’t drain has required a forage for the manual on a regular basis. So does changing the volume. Intuitive, my ass.

  12. Melissa Blue
    May 08, 2012 @ 00:09:02

    @Sunita: No! I did not know. Never thought to look for them. OMG, you have got to love fans. And still, I’d want them as e-books. lol I am rough on paper.

  13. Sunita
    May 08, 2012 @ 00:15:49

    @Melissa Blue: Oh yeah, e-form is mandatory. Amazingly, the transcripts are still around.

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