New Publishing

Today, the Association of American Publishers released their findings for February sales figures in publishing. They are both encouraging and daunting. I think the most important trend is the simplest: For the year to date (January/February 2011 vs January/February 2010), which encompasses this heavy post-holiday buying period, e-Books grew 169.4% to $164.1M while the combined … [Read more…]

Writers Without Borders

Yesterday, I went to a 70%-OFF-WE’RE-CLOSING-GET-DEAD-TREES-NOW Borders location. It was big bold letters on Day-Glo yellow and Blood-Spatter red, empty shelves and fixture sales. You know you’re in trouble when you have to sell the shelves as well as the books. The books were all shelved like authors would ideally hope: each book with its … [Read more…]

Review: Austin Grossman’s Soon I Will Be Invincible

First, it’s completely coincidental that my most recent review before this one was of Austin’s brother’s novel The Magicians. Truthfully, I read them several months apart, and it really doesn’t matter, anyway, because they’re so different. I’ve read a few superhero novels lately. Superpowers disappointed; it started well, but then it failed to really come … [Read more…]