links for 2009-11-11

  • "We’ve all heard the stories of people pretending to be legitimate literary agents, then charging bogus fees to unsuspecting writers, or recommending freelance editors who give kickbacks in the form of crisp US currency. There are websites where authors can go to compile information on these people, to help prevent it from happening again, to educate, to make one another aware…."

    Find a list of them at the Backspace blog. You may have seen these before, but the warning bears repeating.

  • "Danvers High parents recently got an automated call from the principal warning them that if students say or display the word "meep" at school, they could face suspension."

    No punishment is too severe for this sort of infraction. Meep.

  • "An unusually robust crop of books from some of the biggest names in literature has landed this fall. Kazuo Ishiguro, Orhan Pamuk, Mr. Powers and Nicholson Baker have new books out this fall, along with a host of other prominent authors. Behind the scenes, many of these writers say they struggle with the daily work of writing, clocking thousands of solitary hours staring at blank pages and computer screens. Most agree on common hurdles: procrastination, writer's block, the terror of failure that looms over a new project and the attention-sucking power of the Internet."

    Glad to hear it! I mean, I'm very sorry to hear it. Here's how they cope.

  • "Today, Inc. (AMZN) launched a free edition of the Kindle digital reader for PC users–bringing 360,000 books to U.S. readers on home computers and laptops."

    Hmm! Might be worth checking out.

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