Deadlines, deadlines and more deadlines

That seems to be the life of not only authors but editors as well.  It’s stressful enough being one, but wearing both hats is enough to drive any sane person over the edge.  So I guess it’s a good thing I’ve never made any claims on sanity.

The Borders watch continues.  Barnes & Noble has issued an open letter to Amazon associates in an attempt to lure them into the BN fold.  Then there’s this article about McNally Jackson Bookstore in NYC and its new expresso book printer, or “book robot” as they call it.  This is yet another step in the new world of publishing, a step that authors need to keep an eye on because it is being billed as a way to keep books “in print” forever.  As with e-books, there are going to have to be contractual changes to define what “in print” means as more and more bookstores install these expresso machines and more and more titles are made available to them.

Don’t forget we put up two new short stories yesterday (and they should go live on Amazon and Barnes & Noble sometime today).  Check out Legion: The Enemy Within, by Dave Freer and Kate Paulk, as well as Free Surprise in Every Box, by Ellie Ferguson.  And don’t forget the e-arc of Dave’s middle grade/early YA novella, Without a Trace, is also available now.

 

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  1. Stephen J. Simmons

    Segues, segues … you slid very nicely from the comment about being driven “over the edge” to the story about Borders …

    The book robot strikes me as being a lot like The Force — I can see both a light side and a dark side inherent in the tech. It’ll be a matter of how it’s implemented, and will bear very close watching.

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