Friday, June 29, 2012

The Morning Pages: 06-29-12


Pushing Perspectives writes a story abut an overseas English-language bookstore destroyed by the digital age: "Founder and owner Odile Hellier, along with a faithful team, has kept her shelves stocked with the best that publishers produce for three decades, running impressive literary events over the years with authors such as Raymond Carver, Edmund White, Don DeLillo, Mavis Gallant, or David Sedaris. Moreover Hellier succeeded in creating a veritable community of book lovers.But the deregulation of book prices in the Anglo-Saxon publishing world, the rise of Amazon, and more recently the advent of e-books, took a terrible financial toll on the bookshop and had Hellier battling for years. The Village Voice’s swan song began two years ago — Hellier spoke to people far and wide trying to find a financial solution, but no one stepped up to the plate. Now that she has finally made the decision to close the bookstore, customers are having a very hard time 'letting us go,' she says."

Dean Wesley Smith - Some Real Perspective on Publishing: "After all the comments on the last post about electronic pricing, it became very, very clear to me that indie fiction writers seem to think that pricing an electronic book is done in a vacuum. They just make up some number that feels right or is what they heard and then stick to that price without any thought of customers or history of publishing or what anyone else in publishing is doing.And most importantly, writers give almost no thought to the perception of the buyers. The decision is often made on pricing because it’s what the writer likes, or how the writer personally buys, or what the writer can afford. That’s usually as far as the thinking goes.And worse yet, indie books are often priced because a writer doesn’t think their work is worth the same as a traditionally published book. That’s just flat sad."

Writer's Digest - Lebron's Lessons for Authors: "In 2011, LeBron and his team suffered a humiliating loss in the NBA finals, which brought a load of doubt and criticism into his life. After eight seasons of basketball, he began to wonder if he’d ever win a title. But, he didn’t let his superstar status go to his head by retaliating and accusing other people for the defeat. Instead, he humbly took the blame upon himself. Accepting this burden positioned LeBron to fight back and win a championship this year.As an author, it’s humiliating when you can’t get someone to publish your book. Over the past three years, my proposal for Sell Your Book Like Wildfire was rejected by 15 publishers and 4 literary agents. Talk about humbling. It’s tough to keep writing when the setbacks feel endless. But, instead of blaming other people, I had to accept the rejection with humility and use it as fuel to propel me forward." - The (Hand)writing on the Wall: "I cannot write any more. Well, at least not as well as I used to. My handwriting, once round, neat and cursive, is now a disjointed, chicken-scratch mess.Earlier this week, I was partially relieved to know this degeneration was an unfortunate consequence of the relentless march of technology. A study commissioned by Docmail, a British company that allows you to upload and mail letters, revealed that one in three people of 2,000 people polled had no cause to handwrite anything for six months. Two-thirds said their only writing consisted of hastily scribbled notes or reminders to themselves."

A Knife and a Quill - Things Writers Shouldn't Google: "We get a lot of readers here at AKAQ that google weird and crazy things, like “How To Kill Some One With A Knife” or “How To Kill Someone Quickly”. I wrote one article called “How To Kill Someone”, which was about writing, and now we get all kinds of crazies visiting the blog. (Which is kinda cool.) So when you finally find that website that helped you kill someone and the police look at your computer and see your history, don’t look at me. I warned you."


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