Oh Noes. You Didn’t.
It’s about time I linked some non-book and non-twitter hashtag funage links here, but this is just awful. Kenneth Cole’s twitter-er made a gross error when they used the controversy in Egypt to promote their product. Way to go, KC. (To be fair, he did apologize later on Facebook.)
This Month’s Book Drama – Bitch Media
YA authors got mad. Or something. They got mad about this list in which some books were eventually taken off of because the originators of the list felt the books in question didn’t fit after all. People responded lots of places. And some were more frustrated than mad at what was explained on Twitter by one YA author as “nonsense” that the YA community routinely has to put up with and is tired of (which makes me wonder how many bad lists they have to put up with). Honestly, I don’t feel the need to link a bunch of the responding tweets and posts. If you are on Twitter and have been online in February, you likely have heard about it all and might be tired of it.
As for how I feel on the whole mess, I agree with many that Bitch Media could have handled the entire matter better from the start, mostly by having read all the books they were recommending before publishing the list (but I am in total agreement with the sentiment that it’s their list to do with as they see fit, and no other person’s right to expect that anything be changed should Bitch Media not wish to do so). I also feel saddened by some of the behavior that came after in comments on various posts and especially by some YA authors, and I no longer feel the need to read their work. I think if I wasn’t online as much as I am, it wouldn’t bother me so much, but when I go to buy books now, if authors have acted in ways that turn me off, that tends to be a big part of what I remember when I see their work. I know not everyone feels that way, it’s just a me thing.
On Bad Reviews
I thought this was a particularly well-written and honest look at bad reviews from an author’s perspective. I sincerely enjoyed reading it and appreciated the openness.
This Month’s Tutorial on How to Shoot Yourself in Your Authorial Foot
At this point, February looks to be all about the drama! (Or maybe I’m just prone to seeing it…) On a completely opposite tact from the link above: Author Sylvia Massara says she just wants to help other authors, but I think she really wants to boil in her own stew. Because she’s complaining about less than great reviews of one of her books, and one review was written months ago. Stew, indeed. I got a good laugh out of this one. And by the way – I make great grocery lists.
By the way #2, the Bookbinge ladies responded. Grin. This couldn’t have happened on a better day, which was Wednesday, or Hump Day as we often call it. Talk about time flying.
Do note that the author changed her post repeatedly, so if you go to her blog, you won’t be seeing the same, initial post many did. You can read a good rundown/recap at Katiebab’s blog.
I thought this was supposed to be the month for love… ?
Curating the Blogging Community?
The Tools of Change conference took place in February in New York City, and while I sort of tried to pay attention to anyone tweeting from there, this one definitely caught my eye from Kirkus Reviews:
“Kirkus will continue to review books BUT will now also be curating the book blogging community. #toccon”
I wasn’t really sure what this meant, as “curating” is an odd word choice and not one that sounded positive to me at first (as curating involves “managing” and “overseeing” a large collection of something), as it could possibly be seen as restrictive in some way. But then it was pointed out to me that Kirkus had responded to a question about their tweet with:
“We are currently in the process of building our network of bloggers. I will be in touch with details.”
Apparently this might be some kind of grand master list of bloggers, or some such large endeavor. If so, good luck, Kirkus! It sounds like herding cats. There’s so dang many of us. But I do like cats, so…yeah!
As we all know, the book retail giant has had to close many of its stores, leaving readers in the lurch and a lot less shelf space available to place books. As much as I already disliked Borders for buying up Waldenbooks (we’ve never had a Borders in my area), and then closing my beloved local store at the mall, I had to rethink my harsh feelings towards Borders recently.
I don’t remember where I saw this exactly, maybe Twitter, a fellow blogger’s site, but someone recounted how when they lamented the closing of their Borders to the clerk at a different Borders store, that clerk was gleeful that more customers would likely be going to their location now.
And I just had to pull back a minute, because that was pretty WTF? to me. I know we’ve got a tough economy, but 200 or so Borders closed or are in the process of doing so. That’s a lot of jobs lost. Shouldn’t we, even if we work at a Borders lucky enough NOT to close, feel a little more sympathy for those that are closing and HAVE NO JOBS IN THIS CRAP ECONOMY? Also, with less shelf space to place books, I don’t think still being open is necessarily a good sign for future open Borders retail locations (because that means ultimately that the number of books being published could be effected, in the long run). If Borders closes 200 stores, they can close more still. Lets hope that doesn’t happen.
All I know is that I’m extremely grateful that my local Books-A-Million is still down the street from my office, where I can slip away at lunch for a much-needed, book-infused break. There were fears that it would have to close several years ago due to the very beginnings of the bad economy, plus the development of a shinier mall circus parking nightmare at the other end of town, which includes a Barnes and Noble. Viva la BAM!
HarperCollins and Library EBooks
Read this article on how the publisher is capping library lending of an ebook file to 26 times before the license for that one ebook file expires. This has prompted some to call for a boycott of HC. Personally, I still don’t know how I feel about it, mainly because I feel the whole entire situation of how to treat, price, distribute, etc. ebooks is so confusing, messed up, etc. Though I know this new HC stuff isn’t going to help things.
Your February Twitter Hashtag Fun
After the rather depressing sample above, I’m not sure if this will lift your spirits or not, but at the beginning of February, this hashtag made its rounds: #FamousMovieQuotesMadeBetterWithHaggis. I dunno about you, but I had to agree that haggis helped! My tweets playing into this fun were:
Bring out your haggis! Bring out your haggis!
Nobody expects the Spanish Haggis!
If you can tell me what movie inspired me on those, you get a gold star or happy face sticker, right from kidlet’s stash!
Speaking of Kidlet
February was the month that the husband and I decided, after years of debating the pros and cons, to go ahead and see if kidlet might be ADD (there’s a family history and observed evidence of it in kidlet). I won’t go into details, but I will say thank God for wonderful pediatricians, ones who sit down with you and explain and discuss with you all the options, including ones that don’t involve medication. Ones that don’t leave you feeling like you’ve failed your kid. It was a very emotional month as a result, so wish us luck. We’d appreciate it. Seriously. This isn’t an attempt to gain sympathy through my child, I just hope that other parents know they’re not alone if they’re going through the same thing or something similar in figuring out how to best help their child.