Sunday Roundup

1. At 10:00 p.m. last night, I typed “THE END” on the first draft of Snow Queen.  First draft is done!!!  So, time to start reading and marking things up for rewrite #1.

2. HUGE thanks to everyone who suggested titles for Snow Queen.  You had some wonderful ideas, and I’ve e-mailed my top picks as well as a few crowd favorites to my editor.  I’ll let you know what I hear back.

3. Catherine Shaffer believes I should be smothered with a pillow in my sleep for writing “The Creature in Your Neighborhood.”

4. The CEO of Macmillan explains their side of the Amazon incident:

“This past Thursday I met with Amazon in Seattle. I gave them our proposal for new terms of sale for e books under the agency model which will become effective in early March. In addition, I told them they could stay with their old terms of sale, but that this would involve extensive and deep windowing of titles. By the time I arrived back in New York late yesterday afternoon they informed me that they were taking all our books off the Kindle site, and off Amazon.”

4b. Charlie Stross and Tobias Buckell offer two good essays on Amazon’s move.

4c. I don’t think I could offer anything more articulate than what’s already out there.  But I did want to point out that my previous post has already generated one angry comment which reads, “will not be buy macmillan books. it is ridiculous to pay such a big price for virtual books. will look for other authors.”

Brilliant.  Let’s punish the authors for something they have zero control over.  But it’s a good reminder that most people are pretty ignorant about how the business works, and a lot of those people are going to see Amazon as some sort of hero standing up for cheap e-books.

4d.  I was happy to find a short YouTube clip which I feel better captures Amazon’s attitude toward these negotiations.  This is my first-ever attempt at embedding a YouTube clip, so my apologies if I mess it up.