The bionic book worm – My head is quite large today. It was inflated after I read this article quoting Sir Peter Stothard who opined that book bloggers would ruin literature because, like snakes in the garden, we are leading the enlightened down a dark path to literary destruction. I’m quite honored Sir Stothard believes I can ruin anything. I shall be insufferable now that I know how much dominion I have over this huge cultural thing called Literature. My, I am like a Jasper Fforde character. I shall be forthwith called Wednesday After.
“Criticism needs confidence in the face of extraordinary external competition,” the former editor of The Times says. “It is wonderful that there are so many blogs and websites devoted to books, but to be a critic is to be importantly different than those sharing their own taste… Not everyone’s opinion is worth the same.” The rise of blogging has proved particularly worrying, he says. “Eventually that will be to the detriment of literature. It will be bad for readers; as much as one would like to think that many bloggers opinions are as good as others. It just ain’t so. People will be encouraged to buy and read books that are no good, the good will be overwhelmed, and we’ll be worse off. There are some important issues here.”The Independent
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Royal Society plans Wikipedia ‘edit-a-thon’ to honor female scientists – In order to correct the gender imbalance regarding historical entries of female scientists, The Royal Society will hold an “edit-a-thon” on October 19th,” to celebrate the contributions women have made to science by ensuring that their Wikipedia profiles are comprehensive — or exist at all.”The Verge
Book Publisher Goes To Court To Recoup Hefty Advances From Prominent Writers – Penguin has filed suit against several writers seeking repayment of advances for books not delivered. This is unprecedented as far as I know and I haven’t read the petition so I don’t know the exact grounds upon which the following suits have been filed. I am also surprised that these aren’t arbitration cases.
The authors include
Elizabeth Wurtzel sued for $33,000 and interest
Ana Marie Cox, blogger and current writer for the Guardian, sued for $81,250 plus interest. Her contract was for $325,000
Rebecca Mead, sued for $20,000
Herman Rosenblat for $30,000. Rosenblat lied about being his romance during the Holocaust.
Conrad Tillard for $38,000
In the comments, agent Robert Gottleib said that if an author was represented by Trident and Penguin attempted to see redress, Trident would strike Penguin from all its submissions which I actually think is quite a bit of bluster. The Smoking Gun
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