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Dear Author

Wednesday Links Round Up: S&S Layoffs

emoticon_smileConfirmation of the layoffs of three Simon & Schuster editors has been made. (We had some concerns about layoffs on Monday). News of the Star Trek editor had leaked out last week with a suggestion that there were others in the offing. Yesterday publisher Louise Burke sent an email notice that Maggie Crawford along with another editor (the Star Trek one) and an editorial assistant were given the pink slip. Any more forthcoming?

One thing I find interesting about the Crawford layoff is that she was a well known women’s fiction editor and I know that Pocket was looking for women’s fiction writers.   Will McKenna take the lead in this or will Pocket hire someone for less money than they were paying Crawford.   Maybe Friedman can hire Crawford for Friedman’s new publishing venture.

eyeRoss Rubin offers up his opinion that Sony can become a leader in the ebook industry if it can squeeze a 3G or wifi capability into the midrange units. Rubin also suggests that the Pocket Edition will be the big winner this fall with the bad economy.

emoticon_surprisedJapan is spending $21B to build a power plant in space that will beam power back to Earth. Sounds very SFF to me!

emoticon_tongueShannon Stacey responds to the article by Candy Tan at SmartBitches who was riffing off Meg Cabot’s hatred of the required reading list. Given the number of commenters at the Smart Bitches site who claimed that their teachers killed every desire to read, it’s a miracle that they are reading today. As for me, I read Romeo and Juliet, Beowulf, and Ayn Rand in high school because my English Lit professor made us. I still remember her instilling in me a love for the classics. Required reading lists are like vegetables. Good for you and an acquired taste. I think our friend Robin might have some further thoughts on this in an op piece later this month.

eyeiRiver is working on cutting a deal with European and US Publishers to bring its iRiver Story eink reader to the US. It’s currently priced at $300 but only available in Korea. The Story looks like an elegantly designed device.

emoticon_tongueGMAIL went down yesterday and I feared that half the world ground to a halt. It signals the danger of cloud computing. When your access to information depends on someone’s computer health, it can mean problems from time to time.

emoticon_smileJMC has a post about characters’ names and authors seeming desire to make them more and more unpronouceable and exotic.

Naming your protagonist Jayné and then telling that it is pronounced Zha-NAY? Monumental WTF moment.

emoticon_tongueCellStories.Net believes the future of publishing rests in cell phone delivery of short content. Having experienced Daily Lit which delivers short chunks of text in one sitting, I have to say that I am not a fan of this type of publishing but it’s something to watch for. When we did our digital publishing seminar in D.C. Kassia Kroszer of Booksquare talked briefly about chunking and I could see a number of blank looks in the crowd.

emoticon_smileIn distressing news, BBC wrote up a survey regarding girls and dating:

Nearly 90% of 1,400 girls aged 13 to 17 had been in intimate relationships, the NSPCC and University of Bristol found.

Of these, one in six said they had been pressured into sexual intercourse and one in 16 said they had been raped.

emoticon_smileLynn Raye Harris writes in her blog about winning the Harlequin Presents writing contest and gives her insight as to what she thinks makes a Harlequin Presents book. (There are three parts starting with this one.). Having read Harris’ debut book, I’m inclined to think that she knows what she is talking about as the Spanish Magnate, Red-Hot Revenge fit solidly into the HP ouvre.

Dear Author

August Harlequin Presents Lightning Reviews

Naughty Nights in the Millionaire’s Mansion by Robyn Grady.   This book violated the number one HP principle. It was boring.   By chapter five (which is about the half way point in an HP), I noted that there was amost no conflict and that the biggest issue thus far was the heroine being coy about whether she was going to spend another sexually fantastic night with the hero. (um, yes, why not?).   The plot is that pet store owner with a big heart delivers some dogs to a rich man’s home. Rich man takes one look a dog lover and gets excited.   Pet store owner is in need of money. Rich man has it but has complications in getting it into the hands of pet store owner. (This part of the story was clumsy in that rich man is head of a bank and facilitates a loan bypassing appropriate loan guidelines which could lead to trouble for him. Why not just give her a personal loan?)   The conflict contrived by pet store owner at the end was a bit of a headdesker.   She doesn’t want to be a distraction in his life so they can’t be together? Meh.   C-

This book can be purchased at Amazon or in ebook format from Sony or other etailers.

Ruthless Billionaire, Forbidden Baby by Emma Darcy.   This book had conflict although it took a while for us to get to the Forbidden Baby part.   Unfortunately, I found the heroine to be shrill and selfish. Her biggest complaint appeared to be that her Ruthless Billionaire didn’t want to attend the myriad of group functions the heroine partook of with her girlfriends and that his refusal to be part of that clique was insensitive of him. After reading the banal exchanges the girlfriends exchanged (which mostly consisted of ‘who are you dating now’ and ‘I’m so in love with x’ and ‘this is what will be at my wedding’) I was in full sympathy for R.B.   The book is styled around the weddings of six friends.   The heroine and R.B. hook up at the first wedding and see each other at successive weddings until they fall into the sack with one another and get to the babymaking but R.B. isn’t a full fledged social creature like the heroine which leads to ARGUMENTS! TEARS! UNHAPPINESS!   C-

This book can be purchased at Amazon or in ebook format from Sony or other etailers.

Spanish Magnate, Red-Hot Revenge by Lynn Raye Harris. This is a classic Presents with the uber alpha asshole hero doing his domination and revenge act upon the hapless heroine.   Rebecca Layton struggled to keep her hotel chain afloat after her father died and left the company in shambles.   Unfortunately for Rebecca, her ex lover Alejandro Arroyo Rivera de Ramirez has been waiting and even facilitating the extinquishment of the Layton hotel empire. Alejandro demands her presence in Madrid or her entire company will be torn into little bits and sold off, putting hundreds of employees out of work.   Rebecca concedes to his demands in hopes of negotiating at least one hotel from Alejandro.   Alejandro blames Rebecca’s abandonment of him five years ealier for all the unhappiness in his life but he’s unsure of what he really wants from Rebecca other than to see her miserable.   Rebecca makes half hearted attempts at standing up to Alejandro which frustrated me because he was really mean to her, not so much in his actions but his words.   I know I would have responded better had there been more equality in the relationship if only from an emotional standpoint. C+

This book can be purchased at Amazon or in ebook format from Sony or other etailers.