First Week at Simon & Schuster

Not a very exciting picture, I know, but it is a really large cubicle for an intern, and it's mine! I started working at Simon & Schuster this week as an ebook production intern, which means I'll finally learn how to make ebooks in all formats. From what I know so far, you can have …

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Borders Liquidation = Cheap Assets

Borders has been going out of business for a while, but until last weekend I hadn't stepped foot in one of the going-out-of-business-stores. The one in Minneapolis is two floors and almost empty. While it's sad and a little scary for people in the publishing biz to see such a huge brick-and-mortar store go down, …

Book Review: Damned

Damned by Chuck Palahniuk "'Are you there, Satan? It's me, Madison,' declares the whip-tongued thirteen-year-old narrator of Damned, Chuck Palahniuk's subversive new work of fiction. The daughter of a narcissistic film start and a billionaire, Madison is abandoned at her Swiss boarding school over Christmas while her parents are off touting their new projects and adopting more …

Book Review: Eromenos

Eromenos by Melanie McDonald "Eros and Thanatos converge in the story of a glorious youth, an untimely death, and an imperial love affair that gives rise to the last pagan god of antiquity. In this coming-of-age novel set in the second century AD, Antinous of Bithynia, a Greek youth from Asia Minor, recounts his seven-year affair …

Getting Support for Your Projects

I've been researching ways regular people like me might be able to get their projects off the ground. One of these ways is via Kickstarter. The site is a funding platform where people can post their ideas for projects--anything creative involving Art, Comics, Dance, Design, Fashion, Film, Food, Games, Music, Photography, Publishing, Technology, and Theater--and ask …

Editing: How Much is Too Much?

The more I learn about editing, the more I realize it's like walking a tightrope. And that rope is as thin as dental floss. As a book editor (magazine editors have much more leeway), you have to watch for structure, grammar, and spelling, but you also have to look at stories from both a macro …

This Week in Publishing

Oh no! Spam has made it to the Kindle! Content farms, which some people hate and think are scams and others see as a new and successful business model (think Associated Content and DemandMedia), are packaging articles in the form of multiple, "original" ebooks, selling a few copies of many ebooks for a tidy profit. …

The Ultimate Father’s Day Present: Go the F to Sleep

Ok, maybe not the ultimate present, but it's a pretty good one. This hilarious picture book for adults has been getting a lot of buzz, so I got it for my dad. Unfortunately, the book only came out June 14 and could not be shipped in time for Father's Day (he got it today). Luckily, …