Watch your back!
What I'm reading this week: The Gods of Greenwich
by Norb Vonnegut.
Don't forget. This Friday, Her Highness
, Jeanne Stein, and I will be signing at the Boulder Barnes & Noble as a fund raiser for the Longmont Theater Company
. Jeanne posted the details last week and you'll find them here
And this Thursday, it'll be a literary beat down with writer pals, Warren Hammond and Cort McMeel, at Noir@theBar
. 8 PM. Juanita's Eat. 32 S Broadway. Pack heat and bring bandages.
It wouldn't be the holiday season without someone playing Grinch. In this case, that shame goes to one of the NY Big Six, Simon & Schuster, who teamed up with the notorious Author Solutions to screw unsuspecting writers
. Basically, S&S has gotten into the vanity press business and has hired Author Solutions to fleece the unwary scribe's pockets. Knowing that it's a tough gig to get published and make money at it, Author Solutions dangles the promise of a publishing contract with S&S and then pulls the old bait-and-switch, and you're out thousands of bucks paying for over-priced self-published books no one wants. And worse, they use fake people
(via Facebook) to sing the praises of their services. Sad, so sad, that a major player in America publishing stoops to scams that would make a Nigerian banker say, "Why didn't I think of that?"
People are going schizo with this Mayan end-of-the-world paranoia. Believe what you want but at least get the details right.
This is the infamous Mayan calendar.
This is an Aztec calendar. It looks like a bar coaster. It does not predict the end of the world but it does note the best times for Happy Hour.
Labels: Cort McMeel, Noir at the Bar, scams, sucking chest wounds, Warren Hammond, Writers Beware