Amtrak writers and other literary links (#SFWApro)

As you may have heard, Amtrak is looking at giving free rides to writers (H/t to Consumerist). The Poynter Institute says that’s fine for fiction, but might be an ethical conflict for journalists.
•Another cookbook with food from the recent past (1969). Here’s one on a history of fish-and-chips.
•On a lighter note, here’s the cast for a 1950s greaser version of Batman.
•SFWA is going to participate in Copyright Office discussions of orphan works. This is a big issue because of Google Books ongoing efforts to digitize everything. Orphan works are ones where the copyright holder can’t be found or even identified, which can be a stumbling block for anyone wanting to republish or digitize them. But as SFWA notes here, it shouldn’t be enough for Google to say “we tried”—the Copyright Office needs to set a standard of due diligence searchers have to live up to. (Oh, one of my links here shows France is at least as bad or even worse about checking for parentage)
•I’m amused by the idea “binge reading“—tearing through multiple volumes of a series in succession—is something new. When I was younger, I’d routinely stumble across older series and read book after book until I caught up. Why else do publishers and book clubs put out omnibus editions with multiple books in the same series? That said, the idea of publishers scheduling releases so you don’t have to wait long is certainly new (though not unprecedented: IIRC, all three of the original Thomas Covenant books came out at once).
•Bad publishing tales: According to this article, Platinum Studios shot to prominence when its Men in Black comic became a hit movie. A lot of creators then signed deals with Platinum hoping for the same success. The company’s finances, it turns out, are … dubious. And according to Bleeding Cool News, the success of Cowboys vs. Aliens from the same company was due to the publisher paying comics stores to order massive accounts, after which they gave it away cheap.
•All the links to Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s series on getting people to discover your books.

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2 responses to “Amtrak writers and other literary links (#SFWApro)

  1. Liz

    Wow I really like the WIBBOW rule – would I be better off writing? If not, stop it and go write. Not typical advice for marketing activities.

  2. Yes, it is good advice. Particularly at our stage of the game.

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