I'm trying not to let the little things bother me...
… but it drives me BANANAS when people in the publishing industry misspell names of well-known authors. If you know enough about Paulo Coelho to mention him in an article, why are you calling him “Paulo Coehlo”?
“This is not a publishing industry worth fighting for, not least because it isn’t the publishing industry as we have been taught to think of it—a high-minded cultural enterprise facilitating the flow of books from writers to readers—but because the woeful state of publishing today is the industry’s fault—and when I say “industry” I include, most especially, writers, because it is we who have allowed publishing companies and retailers to dictate the terms by which we turn our words into books and deliver our books to readers. And those terms, to put it as bluntly as possible, are fucked.”—the daily beast: dale peck criticizes publishing industry, says writers must stand up. full article text here. (via paperbackgirl)
Part one of two. From International Creative Management’s Josie Friedman (Co-head of the Media Rights Department):
“We’re selective with the material we decide to take on,” explains Ms. Freedman. “We don’t flood the marketplace with endless submissions…”
This exclusivity, she proffers, translates to a more serious consideration by prospective rights buyers. “There’s a certain standard…Most of the time, it’s material that people pay attention to. I’m not saying it’s the easy material. Some of it, in fact, is quite the opposite. It’s very difficult…It certainly either has some sort of patina to it, or it may be wildly commercial at the moment, but at the end of the day, it’s all great stuff.”
I don’t think I’ve ever seen built-in bookshelves in like, FOREVER. This is why I’ve been such an enthusiastic consumer of e-books as it means that I’ll never have to buy another flimsy bookshelf from IKEA. The less I have to pack when it’s time to move the better.