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Jul 02, 2014
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The Electric Information Age Book: McLuhan/Agel/Fiore and the Experimental Paperback

A history of the context in which classics such as The Medium Is The Massage and I Seem To Be A Verb were spawned. (More over at Brain Pickings.) Recommended to me by Frank Chimero.

Filed under: my reading year 2014

Jun 19, 2014
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Mar 16, 2014
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What made The Scarlet Letter a bestseller

Interesting bit from The Writer’s Almanac today:

It was on this day in 1850 that Nathaniel Hawthorne’s masterpiece, The Scarlet Letter, was published. He was living at a time when there was almost no such thing as American literature, in part because the American publishing industry was so behind the times. In order to publish a book, a single printer would edit the manuscript, set the type, operate the printing press, bind the pages into books, and then sell them. It was remarkably inefficient, and so it was almost impossible to produce a best-seller, since so few copies were available to be sold.

But by 1850, books were being printed by machines. Long, continuous sheets of paper were fed into steam-powered printing presses, and factories of workers folded, pressed, and stitched the pages into books. The Scarlet Letter became the first great American novel in part because it was the first novel that could reach a large audience.

…On March 16, 2,500 copies of The Scarlet Letter were published, and they sold out within 10 days.

We think of “the classics” as all inevitable successes, but so often there was a specific cultural context that made or broke them. For contrast, see the fate of Hawthorne’s buddy, Herman Melville.

Nov 08, 2013
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The process of publishing a book is like telling a joke, then having to wait for 2 years to find out whether it was funny or not.
Alain de Botton (cf. “The Gulp”)

Nov 06, 2013
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Also, should you be lucky enough to publish a book, you’ll probably need to know about these.

Also, should you be lucky enough to publish a book, you’ll probably need to know about these.

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How to get a book published

I’ve sold three books now, so more and more I get a lot of questions from people who want to publish their own books.

I’ve discussed the subject previously, but want to point anyone interested to my agent Ted Weinstein’s audio workshops, where he discusses the business of publishing.

Beware! Any romantic notions of book publishing will be destroyed by Ted. He does not bullshit.

Here are his 3 key pieces of advice:

  1. All Publishing is Self‐Publishing
  2. Get Famous First
  3. You’re CEO of Your Own Multimedia Empire

What does he mean? Listen to the workshops to find out.

If all that sounds like a lot of work, it is, and it’s why in the very beginning, I gave up all hopes of publishing a traditional book and started a blog.

Filed under: publishing

Sep 03, 2013
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For a Classic Motown Song About Money, Credit Is What He Wants

Sad copyright story: Barrett Strong, who first wrote and recorded “Money (That’s What I Want)” for Motown, has never seen a penny of royalties for the song, because Motown executives had him removed from the copyright registration. (The single was Motown’s first big hit, and sold over a million copies, but you could probably live off the publishing from the Beatles’ cover alone…)


  In 2009, Mr. Strong had a stroke, limiting his ability to play the piano and sing. He now lives in a retirement home here, and hopes that by recouping rights to “Money” he will more easily be able to pay his medical bills and residence fees. But he also wants his accomplishments properly remembered.
  
  “Songs outlive people,” he said, with a mixture of sadness, resignation and anger. “The real reason Motown worked was the publishing. The records were just a vehicle to get the songs out there to the public. The real money is in the publishing, and if you have publishing, then hang on to it. That’s what it’s all about. If you give it away, you’re giving away your life, your legacy. Once you’re gone, those songs will still be playing.”


Filed under: copyright

For a Classic Motown Song About Money, Credit Is What He Wants

Sad copyright story: Barrett Strong, who first wrote and recorded “Money (That’s What I Want)” for Motown, has never seen a penny of royalties for the song, because Motown executives had him removed from the copyright registration. (The single was Motown’s first big hit, and sold over a million copies, but you could probably live off the publishing from the Beatles’ cover alone…)

In 2009, Mr. Strong had a stroke, limiting his ability to play the piano and sing. He now lives in a retirement home here, and hopes that by recouping rights to “Money” he will more easily be able to pay his medical bills and residence fees. But he also wants his accomplishments properly remembered.

“Songs outlive people,” he said, with a mixture of sadness, resignation and anger. “The real reason Motown worked was the publishing. The records were just a vehicle to get the songs out there to the public. The real money is in the publishing, and if you have publishing, then hang on to it. That’s what it’s all about. If you give it away, you’re giving away your life, your legacy. Once you’re gone, those songs will still be playing.”

Filed under: copyright

Aug 09, 2013
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If you’re going to publish a book, you probably are going to make a fool of yourself.

Jun 09, 2013
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We must strike down the insidious lie that a book is the creation of an individual soul labouring in isolation.

Apr 24, 2013
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Want your favorite (living) author to write another book?

The absolute best thing you can do is buy a copy of their most recent book and give it away. More sales and more readers mean it’s easier for the author to get the next one to you. (Here’s mine!)

Want a new book from your favorite dead author? You have to write it yourself…

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