I am named in a terrible book – A person and his family hosted an author in his home overseas. The author wrote a book. The friend read it and was surprised to find himself and his family and their place of living subject to a negative portrayal. The person wrote to Salon. Cary Tenis is an advice columnist for Salon. I don’t read him so I can’t say whether the tenor of his advice usually runs the gamut from snarky to mocking but his response to a reader who was disturbed that his privacy was exposed by an author guest addresses, in snarky terms, only the “asthetic badness”.
I’d think twice about having an author in my house. It seems that for some authors, their acquaintances and friends are merely fodder for any novel. I’ve often thought being friends with a comedian would be bad. Maybe underneath Tenis’ snark is a “buyer beware” warning. One of the commenters suggested that maybe the host should have done a better job researching who was staying at their home in order to avoid such problems in the future. Salon.com
‘A Memory Of Light’ By Robert Jordan And Brandon Sanderson Leads To eBook Controversy – Brandon Sanderson’s book “A Memory of Light” which brings Robert Jordan’s famous Wheel of Time series to a close was released by Tor, a division of Macmillan, this week. But only in hardcover. The ebook version will not come out until April 9th. Don’t worry, though, the pirated ebook version has already been created. The windowing of this book really makes zero sense and according to Carnegie Mellon data, windowing decreases ebook sales on Amazon by 52% and increases print sales by 0.4%. (Stats provided via tweets from Digital Book World) According to Sanderson, however, the decision was made by Jordan’s widow who was afraid that the ebook would eat into the hardcover’s sales, eroding the last book’s “success.” Huffington Post
How a ‘model’ employee got away with outsourcing his software job to China – This is amazing. Bob was a well reviewed, well promoted software developer who had actually outsourced his job to a Chinese firm. His subterfuge was discovered when the company was attacked by a virus. Bob (whose salary was $250000) was paying a Chinese firm about $50,000 a year to do his work, then spent the day surfing the web, watching cat videos and updating his Facebook page. The best part? He was consistently rated the best developer in the building which probably means that the entire developer department will soon be outsourced for a quarter of the cost. The Globe and Mail
Publishing CEOs on Direct-to-Consumer Sales and Marketing – At Digital Book World, two publishing CEOs spoke about the challenge of direct to consumer marketing and sales, a new era in publishing. Why? Because retailer space is shrinking and therefore avenues of discoverability of books which existed in the past are shrinking. Both publishers, HMH and Quarto, are medium sized but HMH is going to try to create a web presence to attract readers while Quarto is going to find “informed community managers who can hand-sell to key retailers and consumers.” Publishing Perspectives
Move Over, James Bond — Seven Decades Later, Lady Spies Receive Their Due – Jayne sent me this fabulous story at the Huffington Post which highlighted a tiny few of the over 7,500 women who spied for the US and Britain during WWII.
Khan joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force as a wireless operator, and was recruited by the SOE in 1942. She was sent back to Paris a year later. There, under the codename Madeleine, she sent vital messages to London while trying to evade the Germans. In October 1943, she was arrested and tortured, but she refused to talk. In September 1944, at Dachau, she was executed by the SS. She was 30.
As Jayne said in her email, why aren’t these being written about in romance novels? Code Name Verity is a story of a young female spy, born to privilege but endures immeasurable torture and suffering when captured. There is an appetite for well told stories about female heroines. Huffington Post