Fair pricing

The fair pricing debate is cropping up again. According to the author of that post, e-books should be priced very low indeed, at 99c to $2.99, because the overhead is low, the author is usually unknown and working in a niche environment, and because they don’t have the expense of an agent or publisher. What […]

Behind the Curtain, Part 2.5: Slush

Before we move on to the next full installment of Behind the Curtain, I thought I’d do a little prep work. You see, the next section is about acceptance and rejection, and how manuscripts get read, sorted, and categorized for acquisition. In order to understand that, though, you need to understand a little bit about […]

Boring books

According to Martin Amis, awards only go to boring books. You know, he’s on to something here. I can’t remember the last time I actually enjoyed a book that won a Major Literary Award. Of course, I’m excluding things like the Hugos and Edgars and such here…I’m talking about the Man Booker, the Orange, and […]

Credit where credit’s due

In reading through the open letter on piracy I linked in my last post, I came across yet another reference to Richard Nash and Cursor, in which he’s cited as having all these wonderful new models for publishing. He’s referred to over and over again as being The Man for “innovating pricing and packaging models,” […]