Friday, August 19, 2005

Friday Tidbits

It’s been a busy week for me, so busy in fact I haven’t had time to post. But I’ve been reading, both the blogosphere and books, and these things have caught my attention:

For a developing catfight between an Internet heavy and a wannabe, check out the posts put up by Tao Lin Reader of Depressing Books. Apparently, he applied for the vacant blogging job on MediaBistro’s GalleyCat, felt rebuffed, and ranted on-line. Elizabeth Spiers, his would-be employer, weighs in on the posts (look at the comments on Ed’s site) and says in no uncertain terms the job WILL NOT be his.

And I thought the best part of blogging was its commercial-free, ambition-free aspect.

I love to spy and peek in on writing conferences. Last week, it was Mark Pritchard at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. This week it’s Laila from Moorish Girl at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont. Ginger Strand has been sending postcards from the McDowell Colony to Ron at Beatrice.

M.J. Rose of Buzz, Balls, and Hype has been running a great series by Barry Eisler on marketing your own books. It turns out you need to be a entrepreneur, not writer, to make it in the publishing business.

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