Instead of just dusting cobwebs out of me old blog, how about some cobweb art from artist Emil “Rocky” Fiore, who takes actual spider webs and funkily preserves them:
I’m happy to say that my new house seems to be mostly spiderweb free, not that I mind them in the garden. Instead, it is filled with boxes. Really far more boxes than one should have. And all apparently have to be unpacked. So for the moment, here are some interesting thoughts by others about book publishing and fiction publishing:
Laura Miller uses the saga of Harry Potter in “The Making of a Blockbuster” to give one of the most accurate portrayals of how fiction publishing works that has maybe been done in media. No Hollywood bombast, no books are just like fill in the blank failed metaphors. Instead, it talks about the realities of fiction readers and how that translated to a small children’s book purchase becoming the behemoth of fiction.
Richard Parks muses on different ways that people categorize the fiction they love in “Time for Some Name Calling.”
My online pal, author N. E. White, looks at some of the realities fiction authors are grappling with these days in “What It Means to be an Author in the Internet Age.”
We’ve been talking about how one of the things that publishers would eventually start doing with the development of the e-book market is bundling — putting print and electronic material together for sale. Angry Robot Books outlines how they are now doing a bundling program and doing it in partnership specifically with independent booksellers. This and the increasing removal of DRM from e-books marks the beginning of the e-book market headed out of the Wild West of childhood into a solid adolescence and the next stage of development.
Author Charles Stross looks at differences between how e-books and print books operate from different focuses in the market (no, not the price and cost thing,) in “Why E-Books Are Not Like Paper.”