Monthly Archives: March 2010

LibraryThing Member Giveaway Thing

Wow, LibraryThing.com just gets cooler by the minute:

So, here’s the deal: I put as many books as I want on the Member Giveaway program, and people sign up for them. As you can see (if you squint or click on the image for a larger version), on March 27, 2010 at about 2:45PM, like, 22 LibraryThingians have signed up for the 10 copies offered of “Dr. Hackenbush Gets a Job.” Yay! I feel so loved! Okay, where was I? Yes! As you can also see, the offering time ends on April 23, 2010, at which time, through some arcane LibraryThingamy process 10 books are awarded/assigned/allotted to 10 lucky applicants. Then I get a list of those 10 lucky folks to whom I’ll send the book, and whom, I hope, will do 10 lucky reviews of it. I also put up “The Lady Actress” and “The Wizard’s Son,” so the Post Office will be seeing a lot of me in late April.

So, if you’re on LibraryThing, head on over and sign up. Or whether or not you are on LibraryThing and want to play Review Book Roulette, if you’re reading this and you want a review copy, just drop me a line to get in touch with you. Or just grab the free pdf, which, I should let readers know is going away in favor of a 28-part serialization. So, act now; the full pdf is going the way of the dodo soon-o.

And, just so you can have a good laugh at Publisher Opportunista, when I did this late on March 26, I also put up copies of the Wapshott adult content books. Yeah… I woke up on March 27 at 5AM realizing that there was no way I could check the I.D.s of the awardees/assignees/allottees, and canceled those offerings post-freaking-haste. I have a vivid imagination, but I just simply can’t see myself in the middle of an obscenity trial for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. [Shudder] I had a flash of it this morning, but I was able to suppress it. Besides, I don’t have the wardrobe for it.

Why the Wapshott Press exists

The Wapshott Press was founded in 2007 to publish the work of an online friend who was having a run of bad luck. And the cherry on top was that a story that had previously been accepted by a small press was sent back to her. She got the “sorry you’re fucked” letter the day she got out of the hospital. Oh, and she would be back for surgery and had no health insurance. Well, I couldn’t do anything about her health or finances but I could certainly publish her story. And so the publishing world was gifted with a charming collection of gay cuddle porn written by people with two X chromosomes, a handsome volume called “Chase and Other Stories.” And because that was so much fun, Wapshott published a similar collection, “The Tagger and Other Stories,” about a year later.
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The Horrors of Social Networking

“Social networking just became a little riskier to your privacy. MySpace has begun to sell user data to third parties ranging from academics and analysts to marketers.

“The data will include any activity or information that is attached to an account. That includes blog posts, location, photos, reviews, and status updates-among others. InfoChimps, an Austin, Texas company that collects and sells structured data, is one of the firms that is selling the data.”
MySpace Selling User Data, Information being sold to third parties includes blog posts, photos, status updates, and more, by David Worthington, PC World, March 17, 2010

They know! They know all about you! Muwhwhhaha. Thanks, MySpace and News Corp, thanks a lot.

My virtual “tribe” (wtf?)

“The role of the author would be forced to change radically: No more E.B. Whites tucked away in a Maine writer’s shack. The new author, Krozser suggested a little scarily, ‘has to prove their worth’ from now on. According to Stier, it is no longer acceptable for authors show up by themselves; instead they must come with their virtual ‘tribe.’ Authors will need to demonstrate a facility with social networking, or foster an ongoing relationship with the text that continues beyond the official publication, through crowd sourcing and customer feedback (imagine Thomas Pynchon adding chapters to ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’ as a premium to loyal fans).”
At SXSWi: A panel on the future of publishing, by Peter Miller, LA Times Jacket Copy blog, March 15, 2010 (ooh, Ides of March)

I have two thoughts on this:

1. Isn’t it hard enough to write and publish (and publish well) these books?
and
2. It’s a good goddamn thing I can play the baritone ukulele since writing a good book isn’t enough anymore.

Oh, and yes, I am fangirling Peter Miller. He’s so cool, I get frostbite just reading his posts. But I digress and I don’t have time because now, in addition to Social Networking, I’ve got to get a virtual posse, no, cabal, no, tribe! Yes! That’s it! A virtual tribe! Y’know, I’m just not sure the baritone and I are up to that.

Can writers whose writing emerges from antisocial tendencies become social networkers?

“In all the talk about the failure of publishers to get with the times, secondary questions arise. Can you turn a J.D. Salinger into a Mark Cuban? Can writers whose writing emerges from antisocial tendencies become social networkers? Should we encourage them to be more smug? Should we punish them if they don’t?”
At SXSWi: Could future J.D. Salingers learn from Mark Cuban?, LA Times Jacket Copy blog, by Peter Miller, March 13, 2010

Will success spoil Rock Hunter? Aw, so what? Social Networking is all I care about.