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.”
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.