Sometimes I get less upset that I am not part of trad pubbing yet

Whew. What a mess goin’ on with Amazon vs Macmillan, if the press/blog-o-sphere is to be believed (and I have no reason not to believe it). Tough part is I can kind of see the reasoning behind both sides’ actions.

Making Light’s Teresa Nielsen Hayden (also on BoingBoing regarding the (latest) Amazon debacle. She seems to say, in part, that the industry uses that best-seller money to continue publishing the midlist and the oddball books that I (in particular) love. I understand that. Editors are not doing this crazy stuff that’s happening. But the bean counters who are probably DOING all this machination don’t care about books. To them, a book is a widget to move in return for profit. I knew this would eventually happen once the publishing companies started being run mostly for profits, after all the consolidation. (sigh)

Many people have closed their Amazon accounts and say they will never get a Kindle because of this price dispute and the attempted power grab(s). Just my luck . . . I jinxed the Kindle by putting books on it! Hey, I am powerful? Wanna see me pull a rabbit out of my hat? Nothin’ up my sleeve except this fancy arm with the flyin’ fingers! And maybe a couple of extra aces left over from last night’s game! Whoopsie!

And here’s an update on the big old mess that’s the Google Books Settlement.

Whoever/whatever it was has stopped tweeting/squeaking now, BTW. That means I don’t have to know right away if something’s amiss. Yay for blissful denial!


Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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