Random Publishing Stuff

Over the past couple of days, I’ve run across several interesting book-publishing-related stories, articles, and posts, which I’m linking here for two reasons. One, because one of my thoughts in starting this blog was to hold onto random things I wanted to remember. Two, because of the feeling that if all of these things are showing up on my radar at once, there’s probably a reason for it.

If the books they’re talking about here don’t tend to make money, take it from me, you’re not going to get rich writing books for librarians. But, on the other hand, any supplement to a librarian salary is nice…!

I don’t know how I can even comment on this one. But, sure, why the heck shouldn’t Starbucks publish books. Coffee, books, it’s all a commodity, right? As our P&L post above tells us, “Books are like toilet paper to a Butson’s grocery store. Books are stock to be moved to consumers. Toilet Paper X sells better than Toilet Paper Y, therefore Butson’s stocks more of X.” If I were waxing philosophical here, I’d say something about how this underscores the importance of libraries…

I like the term “biblioblogosphere.” I admit it, I do. But I draw the line at “blooks.” Nevertheless, it’s interesting to watch the blog-to-book fad and wonder how long it will last.

You have to admire anyone who can crank out 9,000 words/day! This is definitely not my secret to writing a book… But a nice snapshot into the competing demands of writing and life.

Walt Crawford’s take on my previous post on books vs. blogs, plus pointers to a number of other relevant posts for librarian writers.

So, there you have it — some reading material to keep you busy while I really do get back out to admire the Montana mountains!


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