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Odds and ends from my bookmarks…
I came across author Prioleau Alexander a year or so ago when his book You Want Fries With That? came out. He’d gotten a case of burnout in the ad industry and walked out one day. The book follows him through a snort-inducing assortment of minimum-wage jobs at fast-food restaurants, ice-cream parlors, and home-improvement stores.
Prioleau (who went to Auburn-War Eagle!) found his experience as a published author–the trip-to-Mecca for all writers, after all–wasn’t quite what he expected. So he decided to write a book-length, first-person account of his eye-opening experiences in the world of queries, agents, publishers, and the art of getting published. (“They don’t call it the submission process for nothing,” he says). Read it for FREE online at Author Rants.
It’s obviously people richer than me standing in line to buy the new iPad. I still haven’t embraced ebooks, and probably never will, but all Steve Jobs has to do is trot out a new Apple product, and I’m drooling. I WANT ONE. But at $500+…well, sheesh. I still cart around an early-generation video iPod. But 300,000 units sold the first day alone, plus a quarter-million eBooks from the iBookstore. That’s good…But do you know how many real books I could buy for $500? Any iPad users out there yet?
J.K. Rowling was puttering around at the White House Easter egg hunt last week and, thankfully, said she had no plans to add any to the Harry Potter series. Don’t get me wrong. I loved ’em. LOVED ’em. But it’s wrapped up. Move on. She does plan to have another book in the next year or so, but no details. Talk about expectations. What do you think? Would you like to see a Harry spinoff?