Posted on | July 26, 2012 | No Comments
A random mess of links today. I don’t know what will come out later since I’ll be writing up necessary paperwork for things, but if anything pops up, I’ll put them at the bottom of the post.
- Don’t forget about #RWA12 on Twitter for news.
- Dear Author has a great informative post about publishers and TV, gorillas being awwwesome, and a raper survivor that didn’t give up.
- Giveaways: Molly Harper (@SmexyBooks), Thea Harrison (@WickedLilPixie), Carol Tanzman (@thebookcellarx), Melissa Marr (@Goodreads).
- Melissa Marr has posted her book tour listings (and some time of the schedule involves Kelley Armstrong).
- Kelley Armstrong has given a statement about the Chapters/Indigo mess on the debut of Thirteen in Canada. Books should be in all stores by August 1, after a delay in the distribution center.
- Spend a couple bucks and have books scanned into a file. This seems like a good idea for a personal library, especially for books prior to e-readers and digital formats.
- Information about free pics for authors are found here. I haven’t posted about it, but there’s some back story on the whole use images wisely debate on the post.
- A pro-internet group has formed with Facebook, Google, and eBay as the big spenders so far. This is good news, actually, because it counters the limting SOPA and similar bills. When you commercial the internet to that degree, you lose community and let’s face it, most people are online to feel like they belong somewhere.
- We all know there’s a billion and a half reviews of RWA, but this is a good one with a wealth of information on authors and book series. I admit to be thrilled about Milan’s latest series. I’m right-handed but only because my dad forced me to be as a kid. When learning to write, my natural inclination was always left. Dad thought I’d be best as a rightie, due to the way classrooms are set up. Still kinda miffed about that, to be honest.
- In other news, stay safe in Anaheim, RWAers. It looks like it might get more unsafe as tensions stretch over the police fatalities.
- Goodreads has decided to cleanse the reviewing polices, which is I admit a little more than ridiculous, to fit the Nice Girl approach. I have so, so many problems with this. The biggest and most epic problem for me is the hiding of reviews deemed irrelevant. The Goodreads site may find the review as such but that doesn’t mean the reviewers and readers do not. Also, this need of not talking about an author is unrealistic, given the nature of social media and interactions. To be perfectly honest, I have friendships with authors online. One of my best feedback people I get for my daily life comes from an author. And I love her for it. But I also realize the flipside that some authors suck as people and I don’t want to patronize them. I simply…don’t and won’t. Those “Do Not Read” type listings allow me the option of being aware of many things I miss in my daily life. It’s a good thing, I think. And for Goodreads to pat me on the head and say “good girl” as my brain doesn’t function pisses me off, frankly. Grown ass woman, thanks. I can make decisions for myself. I read reviews all the time and can figure out the helpful ones with a little reasoning and deduction. – Thanks, @SmexyBooks for the heads up.