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March 1, 2010 | Uncategorized
The website person kind of left without notice, but I’m hoping things will get back on track soon. Sorry about the loooooong wait.
September 9, 2009 | Uncategorized
I doubt anyone’s even out there any more because I’ve been such a horrid blogger, but I thought I’d give this a try. I’m in computer hell. It’s all about my wireless internet connection, and how crap it is, and how ignorant I am – I don’t even know the names of things to try and look up fixes. Totally intermittent signals. I have to unplug my router and replug it in several times a day to have any luck at all with actually getting to a site after I click on it. Time outs are a constant.
The worst is that I have this tiny little house, one router that supposed to let me connect with my laptop and desktop. Now it’s not letting me connect to anything. It just laughs and mocks me when I try to go online in the other room. Problem is, I look up stuff as I work, and I’m deep, deep into this book, but sitting at the desktop all day is killing my back. I want to do half my pages and desktop, then half on laptop, but because my laptop connection sucks so hard all other suckage is embarrassed, I can’t. I also can’t afford to have someone who actually knows about this stuff look at said stuff until after the book is accepted.
Whine, whine, whine. Totally first world problems and I should be ashamed of myself for talking about it. But I am a spoiled child and I am an internet addict.
Hope everyone’s doing really well. And I mean that!
Astatalk.com’s piracy policy.
August 26, 2009 | Uncategorized
They call it their Takedown Policy:
For complaints or abuse by Astatalk.com customers.
To make sure we will investigate abuse reports effectively, we need you to give us sufficient information. If you have gathered the necessary information, you can send it using the form below.
Below you will find details of the information that is required in order to investigate abuse.
Please note that it will not always be possible to send a personalised request for more information if the required information is not provided.
All information should preferably be sent in normal text format (plain text).
Depending on the seriousness of the case, we may decide to cease our services to the user concerned. In cases where services are not ceased, we may decide, at our own discretion, to send the user an official warning. This will always be done in accordance with Astatalk.com’s General Terms & Conditions.
To file a copyright infringement notification with us, you will need to send a written communication to us with all of the following information in it:
* your statement telling us that you have found data on our site which you believe infringes your copyrights, or any other right;
* detailed information about your (copy)right;
* the title of the content concerned and the full URL for its page;
* a detailed explanation about how the content infringes your (copy)right;
* your contact information, so that we can get in touch with you (email address is preferred).
We reserve the right to ignore your complaint, if you provide us with insufficient information.
Astatalk contact form
(all fields are required)
The Google of Romance?
July 21, 2009 | Uncategorized
I’ve been learning about connectivity, social media and the mathematics behind it all in my own limited way, but some things that are true about the rules of connectivity and in particular internet social media is that information flows through hubs.
The easiest example of a meg-hub on the internet is Google. Google is where everyone goes to find anything. It’s so ubiquitous that it’s become a part of the international lexicon. Whether you’re looking for a picture, a movie, an obscure text, a knitting pattern, a scientific study, a way to make dangerous things or wonderful things, you tend to start with Google. Microsoft used to be a major hub, and it still is, but it’s not the king hub any longer, and that’s why they’re bringing out Bing. Because being the biggest hub is powerful, and the information streams both ways.
The thing about Google is that it’s inclusive. It doesn’t care what the topic is, just that you come to your information via Google.
It occurred to me that if an organization or individual wanted to be at the forefront of the digital age, then hub technology is the way to go. Become a hub, the biggest possible hub you can be, and no matter what you’re selling or who you’re trying to influence, you will reach the maximum number of eyes. Build it right and they will come. Look at Amazon. It’s not just a bookstore anymore, is it? Yet books are still at the center of their business plan.
In my limited knowledge of the romance internet, there are several smallish hubs. Some blogs (Smart Bitches, Dear Author, AAR to name a few) and one publisher (Harlequin) with Tor stepping up to the plate in a very smart way. It’s a damn shame that RWA isn’t even on the radar. It’s tiny, not inclusive and in focusing so hard on it’s old paradigm, in my opinion, they’re missing the opportunity of a generation. Alas I think RWA is not of a mindset to rethink their position on the internet. I sometimes get the feeling that they rather wish all this electronic business would simply go away. Not that they don’t do terrific things – I just don’t believe the new technologies are a primary area of perceived opportunity for the organization.
Harlequin, on the other hand, is doing so many, many things right. They’re stepping forward and looking at ways to exploit the available media. And they’re doing some things not so well. Their website, for example, is clumsy and difficult and not intuitive.
But what if Harlequin decided that instead of just wanting to sell books they also wanted to become The Romance Industry Hub? It would be a radical process, but the only way to become a hub is to be inclusive (see Tor for examples). To become a king hub in the area of romance novels, you would have to be one click away from everything to do with romance novels. Even if someone is looking for other books from other publishers, the goal is to have them come to you to look for it. Before typing in the other publisher’s name on Google.
And, I say this easily, but have no delusions that it would be easy, any hub paradigm would have to include pirating. Not endorse it, but include it as a fact. It’s there. DRM is not making it go away. What, then would a new concept of selling ebooks look like if a publisher wanted to sell as many books as possible knowing pirates are going to have their way?
Social media is so new, so exciting, so volatile that it’s a crap shoot for all the players. It’ll be fun to watch the information flow and change as it happens. Twitter it is today, what will it be tomorrow? Personally, what I’m trying to figure out is how to use hub tech to increase my online presence with an eye on a re-launch of my website in Nov. in time for my next Blaze.
What turns me on
July 13, 2009 | Uncategorized
I think I’m finally getting a handle on what turns me on about a story. Especially one I’m going to write. I’m bedazzled by the idea of a simple premise with surprising layers. Nothing pleases me more when reading than being blown away by the complexity of a character I’d assumed was one-dimensional. Unexpected depths. Which lends itself to giving those characters ethical, moral and self-identification decisions to make. Starting from, ‘Whoa, he’s hot and we’re here so why not?’ and ending up with the most profound experience of two lives. In around 250 pages.
This is such a cool job.
Winners – Caption the Kitties
July 10, 2009 | Uncategorized
Our two winners are:
TAMARA HOLBERT who said:
“MOOOOOOOM, SIMON LOOKED AT ME”!!!! “DID NOT” !!!
Nikki who said:
“I can’t believe how big your butt looks in that fur coat!”
All the entries were wonderful, thank you!
Tamara and Nikki, send your snail mail address to me at email@example.com. We’ll get the books out to you shortly.
June 15, 2009 | Linkage,Uncategorized
Holbrooke Says Taliban Money Will Be Traced to Its Sources – NYTimes.com
“Identifying the sources of money for the Taliban has been one of the most elusive goals for the United States since Sept. 11, 2001, but the task is central to the American war effort in Afghanistan, and to fighting militancy in Pakistan. But American officials have had limited success.”
“We want to focus on where the money really comes from,” Mr. Holbrooke said. “I will be adding a member of the Treasury Department to my staff within two weeks so we can focus more heavily on this area.”
That new staff member? MY NEPHEW!!!! WOOT!
(Kvelling – Yiddish for swelling with pride)
June 8, 2009 | Uncategorized
In case you missed it:Neil Patrick Harris being incredible!
Big Important Announcement!
March 31, 2009 | Uncategorized
The brand spanking new BLAZE AUTHOR BLOG is launching tomorrow! Here’s the link
The very first blog will be by Brenda Chin, Blaze Senior Editor, and she’s starting off with a HUGE CONTEST! You can win the Entire First Quarter’s Blaze Books! (Now you see the reason for all the !!!)
So click on over starting tomorrow, April 1, 2009, bookmark the site, and keep coming back. Someone new will be blogging every day.
I’m going to be popping in on the 19th of every month, just in case you were interested. :)
See you there!