Tuesday, July 26, 2005


Reviewer David Kipen complains about hostile e-mailed criticism he's received for his "mixed" review of the latest Harry Potter novel. He does welcome non-threatening e-mails, though, implying in the article that he's somewhat attention-starved. So while Dave can say whatever he wants, he chafes at being criticized and prefers favorable e-mails only. Got that?

Sarah Weinman states she was only being deliberately provocative when referring to publication in paperback original as a ghetto, and now would simply like to know if PBOs are a marketing strategy change or a backward step for writers published in hardcover. See, Monica? We're not Eastern European orphans of the Publishing Ghetto after all. We're a marketing strategy, or maybe we're backward. Stayed tuned to find out!


  1. From strategy to backward is a pretty wide range that encompasses most possibilities. So I'm going out on a limb to suggest it's a strategy to backward market you as East European orphans of the Publishing Ghetto. To which I suggest you roll with it and make it a rapidly growing trend, and everyone will wish they were you.

    Just get plenty to eat and stay far away from Israeli fashion runways.

    Oh, and if you write backward, does that mean your readers will be infected with demons when they read your work? Well, Monica's might be, but what about yours?

    (These thoughts brought to you by a mind that's just read PBW, Monica, and Tambo blogs in rapid succession. Don't do this at home without proper supervision and safety gear.)

  2. These thoughts brought to you by a mind that's just read PBW, Monica, and Tambo blogs in rapid succession

    Now we can be glad that you didn't check Stuart McBride's blog as well. :)

    As I said on Tambo's blog, I'll be glad if I ever make it to publication, and I'll happily live in the ghetto of mass market paperbacks. Heck, it's the ones I buy most of the time, poor moneyless but well rounded woman that I am.

    Oh, and no demons in my work, though I have a selkie in one of my short stories - and probably my family tree as well.


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