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This is how we change the world…

“…the people can make [decisions], by choosing how and where they spend their money. If what a bookstore offers matters to you, then shop at a bookstore. If you feel that the experience of reading a book is valuable, then read a book.

This is how we change the world: We grab hold of it. We change ourselves.”

–Ann Patchett in “The Bookstore Strikes Back


Keepin’ On Keepin’ On

tongue depressor

I have stealthy strep throat, I’m pretty sure. The evidence: My kid had it last weekend. Now I feel like crap.

But I’m also pretty stubborn and want to keep my up with my publishing schedule.

So for today, I’ve pasted a quote below with a link to a really nice post from Dan Blank about how everyone, especially in publishing, should be “doers,” creating a vital community.

This is something I think we can all use reminding of – that the world is not happening TO us, we have the CHOICE to take the reigns and make change happen.

Penguin’s Sekret Projekt: Book Country

Book Country site

Colleen Lindsay has been dropping tweets about Penguin’s Sekret Projekt for months! First, when she spoke of moving over to Penguin’s Business Development Team. Then, when she tweeted the job requirements for a new assistant.

Yesterday, I just happened to see that she planned to reveal the truth behind the project at her panel this morning at the DFW Writers Conference. Am I in Dallas-Fort Worth? No! Boo! BUT I do have Twitter. And now I know what the Sekret Projekt is…finally!

Drum roll, please…

Book Country, an online community for work-shopping genre fiction. If you click on the link above, the only message available is that it is “coming soon.” I can’t wait to see how it works.

UPDATE: The site is live! Looks like there are lots of interesting elements to explore, and it’s open not only to all writers but to all publishing industry folks, too. (Not just Penguin editors!) I’ll be signing up for a profile soon so I can see what it’s all about. If you do, too, follow me on Twitter or like me on Facebook and let me know what you think of the site.


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