Book Blogs

Check out Maria Schneider’s list of top 25 book bloggers. Useful if you are seeking reviews or just interested in learning more about the vast variety of lit out there. http://editorunleashed.com/2009/07/23/25-book-blogs-how-to-pitch-a-blogger/

Book rep blog

Added new link to blog from Ann Kingman, sales rep for a book publisher. Smart lady, and always talking it up about books.

Proposal to Publication

Agent Rachelle Gardner is running a handy little five part series on the steps an ms goes through. Definitely worth the read. Click over on her link to check it out.

Kindle Debacle and World Rights

Amazon’s recent (these are getting rather common it seems) flub involving the erasure of George Orwell’s 1984 from customer’s Kindles without any notification (smooth move Amazon), brought an interesting and difficult issue to light that I had not really realized before.  Orwell’s books are still copyright protected in the States. Amazon pulled copies from people who had downloaded an unauthorized version of the book put up in the Kindle store by a company other than the publisher. You can still get the publisher’s version, albeit at a higher price. The thing is though, you can go to sites outside of the U.S. and still get cheap downloads of the book.  Other countries don’t follow the same copyright law as the U.S. Orwell’s books are public domain in these other countries. This poses some dilemmas for publishers. How do you legitimately try to sell copyrighted books for regular ebook prices when it’s available in the public domain from other places around the world? While many are too lazy to go hunting around to take advantage of this, it certainly appears to be a money-losing situation for the publishers.

I personally don’t have much knowledge in the area of copyright law or all of the issues generated by this problem being faced by publishers regarding world rights conflicts, but it certainly is interesting, and I’m certainly far more likely knowing this, to go look for classics elsewhere (if and when I get an ereader) than spend my 6.99 for it at Amazon.

New Link

Interesting new blog added to the links “Pimp My Novel” from the perspective of someone in a publishing house about things that happen to the novel after it’s in their hands.

Free online writer workshops

For those interested, folks can learn from a veteran writer at her online workshops she is holding this coming week on a variety of topics. Certainly worth checking out. Click over on the Paperback Writer link see what author Lynn Viehl is up to.

Some Good Basic Info

Nice guest blog post on some good writing basics to always be aware of at Nathan Bransford’s blog. Click on Nathan’s blog to check it out.