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An editor’s work is never done

Ah, the things I do for the Wapshott Press… In hopes of bringing our books and journals to more and more worthy readers, I’ve been studying SEO. Yes, me, your beloved editor, Ginger Mayerson, has been learning things I never even knew I wanted to know. Well, there is an upside to all this, in addition to better SEO: I invented a new word that doesn’t seem to be found on Google.

Things the Google spiders and bots like to eat for improved SEO health could be called

BOTNIP or botnip or bot-nip (yes, you got it, like catnip or cat-nip)

Yes. Very much yes. Please, experts in all things, fact-check the hell out of me. I love it.

Thanks, Freddy Tran Nager and his Atomic Tango for getting me hipper to the SEO scene. A painless, useful, information packed session. I feel so much smarter, happier, and better-looking, too.

Wapshott Press Europe and Japan

Wapshott titles on sale in Europe and Japan





United Kingdom


Link round up

E-Books and the End of Literature or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Analytics

Pomona Public Library: From endangered to uncertain

The Best Short Stories: PW Staff Picks

Where Wal-Mart failed, a library succeeds Books have a big future. Readmill is a curious community of readers, sharing and highlighting the books they love. Welcome to a world of reading. is a website for ebooks, compatible with your computer, tablet, smart phone and ereader.

New Wapshott Releases:

Molly Kiely Selections 1991-2012 Ta Da!

Darkness at Sunset and Vine Trilogy (more on this later, but it is on sale as a book and on Kindle)

Wapshott Press is seeking a book publicity intern or two to blog about books and book industry, like this, for us. Please drop me a line at editor AT wapshottpress DOT com if you would be interested. Thanks.

Books and publishing news and seeking a book publicity intern

“California college students who have been hit by tuition increases may get a financial break from the state after lawmakers approved twin measures Wednesday to make textbooks more affordable. The state Senate approved a bill that would seek competitive bids to create an Internet site where students could read textbooks from the 50 most popular classes for free and get print copies for $20 each. A separate measure would create a California Open Source Digital Library to house the textbooks. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said his two bills are needed because it costs an average of $1,000 a year for textbooks purchased by students of the California State University, University of California and California Community Colleges systems.” California lawmakers pursue affordable textbooks on Internet, by Patrick McGreevy, LA Times, May 30, 2012

“Terry Pratchett has won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction after being shortlisted on three previous occasions.” Pratchett wins Wodehouse Prize

“Brent Council has faced mounting criticism for its midnight raid to strip Kensal Rise Library of books and plaques, with the Royal Society of Literature the latest to condemn the act as “philistinism”. A spokesperson for the RSL has called the removal of books from Kensal Rise Library by council workers guarded by police between 2am and 3am yesterday (29th May) as “an act of philistinism bordering on vandalism”. The spokesperson said: “The council of the Royal Society of Literature, which has consistently opposed the closure of public libraries, is appalled to hear of the action taken by Brent Council in the former Kensal Rise Library in the early hours of this morning.” He added: “We gather that a council group, guarded by a dozen policemen, unscrewed from the wall and removed the brass plaque commemorating the opening of the building by Mark Twain in 1900, and the plaque marking the centenary of the same event. “This appears to be an act of philistinism bordering on vandalism, and we wonder what the justification for it can be.” RSL and authors line up to condemn Brent and ‘Cowardly’ midnight raid on Kensal Rise library

Take a 666 chill pill: ‘Barcode at birth’ author was just joking

“Why take down those pages? Could it be that fan fiction is in the crosshairs?” The origins of ’50 Shades of Grey’ go missing

Wapshott Press is seeking a book publicity intern or two to blog about books and book industry, like this, for us. Please drop me a line at editor AT wapshottpress DOT com if you would be interested.

Notes and ephemera

Congratulations to Storylandia author Paullette Gaudet for her essay, Academic Barbie being choosen the featured essay at Intellectual Refuge on May 18, 2012.

Congratulations to Storylandia author V. Ulea for being Poet Laureate of the Akhmadulina International Prize.

“More than 100 protesters rallied outside’s annual meeting Thursday at the Seattle Art Museum, where the company told shareholders it planned to improve warehouse conditions and drop its membership in a conservative public-policy organization. Amazon, addressing some of the criticism, told shareholders that it planned to improve warehouse conditions and drop its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).”
Amazon addresses criticism at meeting

“Academic publishing, as Michael Eisen remarked to me recently, does not require $1.1 billion in investments – that being Elsevier’s profit from its 2011 fiscal year, never mind its total revenue. Universities are on a mission now to “detox” scholarly publishing of the monies that make the commercial academic marketplace viable: the system where publicly funded research is written and edited by faculty, and then re-sold by publishers back to publicly funded libraries for billions of dollars.”
Storm Clouds in Academic Publishing

“Egan’s new story, ‘Black Box,’ will be serialized on Twitter over 10 nights. Each night, it will be tweeted from @NYerfiction over the course of an hour. Each evening’s Twitter postings constitute one installment, and that installment will appear on the New Yorker’s revamped book blog, Page-Turner, after the installment has finished. Read it there or complete, in the magazine, when it hits newsstands May 28 — look for the science fiction issue, dated June 4 and June 11.”
The New Yorker tries Twitter fiction with Jennifer Egan

Publishing: the way we live now

The mail is still coming in about my review of Barnes & Noble’s latest e-book reader, the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight. Very little of the mail is actually about the reader, though. Most of it challenges the statements I made when I characterized the state of the e-book world right now. How Compatible Are Rival E-Readers?

It’s Not So Easy Giving Away Books: World Book Night US. Oh, my God, I missed World Book Night US again! Of course it would have helped it I’d known about it.

‘Madame Bovary’ in Pie Chart Form.

Can You Survive without Amazon? I wonder.

Attack of the POD people. Hey, pod is the wave of the future. Too bad the Xerox Espresso machine is $250K.

Every writer’s nightmare: the wordless Web. Oh, it’s not just writers that hate it. I know I hate having to watch a video when I’d rather just skim some writing.

Thursday, May 17, 4 p.m. Gregg Allman signs his memoir “My Cross to Bear” Book Soup. Just FYI.

Elsevier’s Publishing Model Might be About to Go Up in Smoke. And good riddance.

The Coming Collapse of the Academic Publishing Model. POD to the rescue!

Handsome young men in Stuttgart adapting an episode of Jason Yungbluth’s “Clarissa” comic. Yes, that J Yungbluth, of “Weapon Brown” fame, but, alas, these cats in Stuttgart aren’t doing that masterpiece. StuffedFriend

It’s going to be a strange world for those of us over 40 if book writing is going to become an unpaid vocation like composing, poetry, and most of the fine arts. Publishing today

Not only has she got a new book out, Are you my Mother?, but she won a Guggenheim and I just found out about both of those things. I must get out more. Congratulations, Ms. Bechdel.

On the heels of yesterday’s news that Microsoft is investing $300 million in Barnes & Noble’s Nook and college businesses, B&N CEO William Lynch says that the company plans to embed NFC (near field communication) chips into Nooks. Users could take their Nook into a Barnes & Noble store and wave it near a print book to get info on it or buy it. That could help someone gain quick information on their Nook about a book, making it easy to go from browsing to buying. Consumers could also choose to just buy a printed book in the store with the additional information gleaned from the Nook. The model would help ensure that showrooming leads to sales through Barnes & Noble, whether users ultimately purchase a print or e-book, instead of sending them online and possibly Amazon. Soon you’ll be able to use your Nook to buy books in Barnes & Noble stores.

Drug smuggling on the internet

“A multinational police force last week arrested eight men on suspicion of running a secret online store called “The Farmer’s Market” that sold more than $1 million worth of narcotics, including LSD, ecstasy, fentanyl, mescaline, ketamine, DMT, and high-end marijuana.

“According to a 66-page, 12-count indictment that was unsealed last Monday, The Farmer’s Market provided a fully functional e-commerce experience, including a storefront, order forms, online forums, customer service, and various payment methods for the different sources of supply.”
Tor-hidden online narcotics store, ‘The Farmer’s Market’, brought down in multinational sting, by Lisa Vaas, Naked Security, April 23, 2012

And I thought I was making that up. Well, it’s more drug smuggling than e-commerce in Electricland. But still… What will those crazy kids think up next? I’m afraid to find out.

Putting my Hackenbush where my mouth is. Or someting

I will be donating $10 to First Book for every four copies of any Hackenbush novel sold. That’s a book for a book.

I’ll also be keeping a tally on the sidebar.

Getting books to kids who don’t have any is a wonderful thing to do and I salute First Book for doing it. Now, if there was only a way to get a ukulele to every kid…

Fresh From Twitter this week

Celebrate Small Business Saturday: (And Buy Nothing Day Friday) Small Business Saturday. Not sure why AmExp is i…

Happy Thanksgiving: for those who celebrate it and have a nice day for those who don’t.

AAC Tour Postcard 2010: 6″w x 4″h
I made this postcard on the Arroyo Arts Collective Tour on November 21, 2010

Dali at Disney: “As fascinating as the film itself is the juxtaposition of the two creative geniuses behind it, …

Fresh From Twitter this week

Just call the cops: “Based on my experience at the four universities, administrative decisions on a range of mat…

AAC Tour Postcard 2010: 6″w x 4″h
I made this postcard on the Arroyo Arts Collective Tour on November 21, 2010

Han shot first (about 13:00 in): 2011/05 Maria Popova from CreativeMornings on Vimeo. Maria Popova at Creative M…

The difference between science and religion: Science wins! Okay, that’s enough Terence Mckenna

Gamers Unlock AIDS Protein

“In just three weeks, gamers deciphered the structure of a key protein in the development of AIDS that has stumped scientists for years. According to a study published Sunday in the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, the findings could present a significant breakthrough for AIDS and HIV research.

“Using an online game called Foldit, players were able to predict the structure of a protein called retroviral protease, an enzyme that plays a critical role in the way HIV multiplies. Unlocking the build of the protein could theoretically aid scientists in developing drugs that would stop protease from spreading.”
Gamers Unlock Protein Mystery That Baffled AIDS Researchers For Years, by Leslie Horn,, September 19, 2011

Gamers for good!