First of all, sorry to be late posting today. I could say it’s because I was busy writing on my new book. Or that I was performing my day job (editing a newsletter for Distinguished Brands International, a beer importer. I know more about the beer business than one person should.) Or that I just got in from a trip to Bora Bora.
Truth is, I’ve worked myself into a panic over this damned pre-book release stuff. I have a new publicist at Ace and after my experience with the former publicist who used to e –mail me with regular updates about reviews, etc etc, to not hear anything is driving me insane. I tell myself not to think about it. But that’s like not noticing the elephant in the room. I tell myself there’s not a thing you can do. If you don’t get reviews, you don’t get reviews. But I know that if I don’t get reviews, the book doesn’t have much of a chance. My husband tells me to relax. Charlaine Harris tells me to relax. My friends tell me to relax.
So DAMN IT—why can’t I????
Okay. Thanks for letting me rant. I don’t really feel better, but at least it’s off my chest.
On to book stuff. I guess it was only a matter of time, but Harry Potter will be coming to an Orlando Theme Park near you. From a press release
: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Universal Orlando Resort are partnering to create the world's first fully immersive Harry Potter themed environment based on the bestselling books by J.K. Rowling and blockbuster feature films from Warner Bros.
Fully immersive? Have no idea what that means.
And Simon & Shuster seems to be backing down from their new reversion of rights (or non-reversion of rights) clause and now says they are "willing to negotiate a 'revenue-based threshold'" to determine whether a book is considered in-print. Interesting the change of heart after shouting from the rooftops that it would be non-negotiable! Good job Writers Guild.
And this from a Whedon Loop: 2007-05-31
Livejournal Censors Adult Content, Fandoms Mass deletion sparks LiveJournal revolt
Thousands of LiveJournal customers are rebelling against the company’s recent decision to censor hundreds of sex-themed discussion groups, a broad swath that has led to the removal of literary critiques and fan-written fiction about Harry Potter.
has the full article and I must admit, I haven’t followed up on this one. Any LiveJournal participants out there who would like to comment?
I guess that’s it for today. By the way, the contest entries are pouring in so check out last Friday’s Blog for details. The Duck awaits. And an unsolicited comment from reader, Renee Sweet about the fangs: They rock. What more could you ask for in a contest prize! Deadline is June 15!