books

A Production Point of View

Over on the suddenly very posty YPG blog, Shirley Chan, a production coordinator handling reprints at Penguin, explains some of the challenges of her job. I’d like to see more of this kind of thing. Unfortunately, the YPG blog does not seem to encourage discussion, but you’re welcome to discuss it here. . . .

"No controles mis sentidos, no controles mis vestidos"

Everything else, though, may be at the discretion of Marketing. John Scalzi, Justine Larbalestier, and Miss Snark (in order of my clicking, not depth of coverage) are all talking about aspects of books over which their authors don’t always have control.

A Hard Case

Update: Now, with pictures! All right, kids. You like details? Here are some details. Pick up three hardcover books, preferably from different publishers, and remove the dust jackets. Look at the spines. Do you see the title, author, and publisher’s name or logo stamped on each spine in metallic foil? Probably. Are the colors of […]

Making Castoff

Last week I attended a reunion of people who used to work at a certain nonprofit literary organization. Some are in publishing now, many are writers, and all are bookish people who buy and read books—past page 18—regularly. Yet I was asked several times, while catching up with folks, what it is that a book […]