I was going to title this post “Well, I have a problem.” Y’know what’s also problematic? I’ve already used that title and this post is about the same problem.
(Dear Future Employers: actually, I’m not that repetitive in real life. This is a pressing and recurring issue.)
My to-read book shelves are now overflowing by 18 books. That’s right. 18 books. I counted twice to be sure. Two of them are quite large. Two of them are on the small side. The rest are your average-sized books in both paperback and hardcover forms.
The funny thing is, I only got one book for my birthday.
I kind of don’t know what happened.
To give you some perspective, there are three shelves, each slightly over two feet long. They hold a lot of books on their own.
I’m a little too nervous to count how many there are total.
Thank goodness I’m taking the train twice a week now so I have more reading time!
I have several jobs (and in this economy, that means I still live at home). All of them involve social media in some way. This is neato. I like this a lot.
Trouble is, I now have about eight hundred accounts I need to maintain.
I know to use applications like HootSuite for some of it. Twitter is very HootSuite-friendly. But I have yet to see anything for Pinterest there. Or Tumblr, for that matter.
So there’s a lot of logging out and logging in. For one of my jobs, I at least don’t have to use my personal computer, so the majority of the time those accounts won’t be an issue.
But for the others? Groan. Especially with Pinterest, when I have to click the “Pin It” button to see which boards come up and then know if I need to log out or in.
Come on Pinterest, come up with a way to toggle between accounts.
I’m considering downloading another browser to use for work and then just use my current one for fun. Perhaps that’s not such a bad idea.
And that’s your random complaint of the day.
So I just had an awesome birthday.
I went with three of my friends (one being the lovely inthewrongstory) to WizardCon. It was amazing.
Pictures of our costumes to come.
- Captain America shield pin
- Doctor Mew Tenth Doctor pin
- Captain America For Class President ‘41 pin (and when the guy saw it was my birthday, threw in another pin for me)
- Small drawing of dizzy Iron Man laying on the ground saying Shawarma, anyone?
- Small drawing of Captain America wishing me a star-spangled birthday compliments of the artist above
- Alderaan 5-day weather forecast shirt
- Hello, Sweetie keychain with lipstick print
- Avengers babies eating shawarma
It was pretty amazing. Saw lots of incredible artists and took pictures of some fan-freaking-tastic costumes. We also went to the Tom Felton panel and he actually seemed like a really nice guy. Aaannnnd we stood about eight feet from Stan Lee.
Pretty great birthday, if I may say so myself.
Oh, awesome! I’ll definitely keep you posted as we know more too. She’s going to start a Tumblr soon (I KNOW) - I won’t spoil the premise because I think it’s pretty great and very her. Once things are rolling I’ll definitely post the back-of-the-book description and much more.
But trust me, it’s a really fun and exciting YA fantasy.
You know what’s ridiculous?
The state of the publishing world.
My mom has written several books and (in my unbiased opinion) they are really good. Seriously though, these books are genuinely fun, entertaining, and gripping. Most of them are for kids and the age range is quite wide.
The most concrete one, though, is The Door In The Sky. This is a great YA fantasy that has been enjoyed by everyone who’s read it. I’m not making this up - not only do me and my brother and all of our friends love it, but when my brother was younger his class read it and devoured it, and one insisted that a relative’s class in New York read it and they all loved it too.
My mom has sent The Door In The Sky out to publishers and agents many, many times over the last ten years or so. And every time she gets very polite rejection letters that display a) clearly it was not read by any humans, and b) the industry is truly idiotic for “not wanting to publish something too much like Harry Potter at this time” (this is ridiculous on so very many levels, not the least of which is that the only things this book has in common with Harry Potter are that it is written well and is a YA fantasy).
Finally, she decided to self-publish recently. Everyone’s on board and it’s quite exciting. We went through about a hundred edits, before and after typesetting, and then things came to a screeching halt.
The way the book was typeset, my mom would have had to price a paperback YA book at about $17 to not lose money.
Why, you ask? Well, the publishing company she’s self-publishing with takes a set fee plus a per-page fee. And big retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble take a giant percentage chunk.
Which leaves the author, who did all the work and actually wrote the book, a very small dollar amount per book.
So we had to re-typeset and re-edit the whole thing. This put us back several weeks.
This is outrageous. This book is good. Really good. In my view, the person who made it really good should get a fair share of the profits. I guess I’m old-fashioned like that.
Now the book is priced at $12.95, which is much more reasonable. But my mom will make a grand total of $1.13 per physical book.
Anyone else annoyed by this? Obviously the point here isn’t to become filthy stinking rich, but credit where credit is due, I say.
(If you’re interested in the book, let me know! Perhaps I can arrange for a free e-copy for you in exchange for a review and some fan-blogging… No guarantees, mind you, but it’s a possibility.)