Wednesday Midday Links: Local news reporters jeopardize author’s career as schoolteacher
File under the awful things news people do, WNEP, a news organization out of Pennsylvania reported that a junior high school teacher of 25 years writes erotic romances on the side. Who gave them the tip and why they thought this might be important isn’t clear. What is clear, however, is that the news of this may place the author’s career in jeopardy. So she is a great teacher but because she writes stories about sex she’s a danger to her teenaged students? COME ON PEOPLE!
Parent Deanna Stepp said the evidence is clear. “She is teaching children that are under the age of 18 and definitely the books that she is writing are adult books. I think she needs to make a decision as to what she wants to do. Either be a school teacher or author,” Stepp said.
“I was shocked. If you are a teacher you shouldn’t be doing that,” said former student Shanette Apple.
“I was sort of shocked.Sitting in her class I had no idea. She is a good teacher but I had no idea what was going on behind the scenes,” said former student Drew Hollenbach.
Sarah Wendell has contact information on her site including WNEP’s facebook page and their station’s phone number (570-346-7474). All Romance eBooks has a link to all the books by Judy Mays if you want to support her financially.
Penguin launches Book Country, a site for authors patterned after Ravelry. Readers can join to read original fiction, rate it, and even offer editorial suggestions. The NYTimes suggests that Penguin will monetize this site by offering self publishing options, for a fee, for the members. Will this lead to RWA decertification for Penguin books? Probably not.
I can’t remember if I linked to this before but Orbit, the SFF imprint of Hachette, has launched its own digital first program but this is designed to showcase existing authors rather than an arm to acquire new original digital fiction. I think Orbit has the coolest site around and some of the best covers, even for books I don’t like!
Amazon announced its quarterly results. Its sales are up but its profits are down. Whether this is the result of its low pricing or whether it is reflective of the reinvestments into company growth remains to be seen. Amazon is going to open new fulfillment centers to meet increasing demand both here and abroad.
Technology has resulted in some serious privacy scares lately. Sony has come out and acknowledged a hacker has obtained the Name, Address, Birthday and password of Sony’s 75Million memberdatabase that uses Play Station Network. Borders was so blase about its customer information that one could look up the Borders Rewards members and email addresses on a public non secured website. Finally, programmers last week revealed that there is a file on your harddrive that is created every time your iPhone or iPad is backed up. This file reveals that the Phone/iPad is tracking your every movement. Apple has come back to say that they aren’t tracking anyone and that this file is used to monitor cell towers and satellite signals. Apple said that an update would be pushed which would secure this data and allow users to opt out.