May Day Ramblings
It's already May? They say time flies as you get older, and I suddenly feel like I'm riding in the back seat of an out of control car.
I just read this piece in Publisher's Weekly about Amazon.com's ongoing march to take over the world. Most of the POD publishers have caved to Amazon's demands of either using its BookSurge program or sending five copies to stock. Now, traditional publishers are worried the online retailer is going to start wooing authors directly to publish their titles. Amazon's Kindle reader has also proven more popular than expected and you can download a book that costs $21.95 for half that, such as the bestseller The Last Lecture. A friend of mine has a Kindle, so I had the chance to play with it a bit earlier this year. I have to admit, I thought it was pretty cool. It was easy to hold, the pages easy to read and you just pressed your thumb against the nav bar and it flipped to the next page. The gadget is not as esthetically pleasing as it could be, but just give it a year or so, and it will probably be as chic and sleek as an iPod.
While waiting for After the Poison to come out, I'm still trying to figure out where to send the full manuscript. So many people are just choosing to self-publish now. I loved Reb Livingston's new interview where she answers Nic Sebastian's 10 questions on the Very Like A Whale blog. Her ideas about publishing and giving up the whole cycle of abuse, as I like to call it, on submitting to contests mirror my own. With the economy in the shitter, I really don't have $25 to be throwing around on entry fees. I'm submitting to free open reading periods for the time-being. What about you, readers?
Work has been a total bitch this week as I race to get everything done before going to the Saints and Sinners Lit Fest in New Orleans next week. I'm going to be selling the last few copies of Slow To Burn and giving out postcards promoting After the Poison. Finishing Line started mailing postcards last week, and I've heard a few of you already received them. If you haven't pre-ordered a copy, please do. Please and thank you.