So it’s back to work today. Because it makes so much sense to re-open the university–the largest employer in town–when all the public and county schools are still closed and at least half your work force is going to have to take off work because there’s a shortage of babysitters in this town. I’m just a little bitter because I wanted to sleep in again. All the snow is going melty and slushy and we’re in for a hard freeze until Thursday. There shall be lots of hot beverages and soup because, baby, it’s COLD outside.
Still, I used yesterday’s gift of unexpected free time to knock several things out that have been lingering for weeks or months because there’s just not quite enough time to get it done on the weekend. Rewired a lamp. Hung a new shelf for the laundry supplies. Took down the Christmas tree and packed all that stuff up. Cleaned house. Did a beta read for someone. Watched Shakespeare In Love because I’ve had a hankering since I started reading Anne Fortier’s Juliet (which is excellent). And got in my daily wad of words for Red. All in all, a very good day.
Devil’s Eye has solidly overtaken Forsaken By Shadow in sales, on at least. I credit this to somehow winding up in the top 100 Bargain Books–was up to number 12 this morning. Sales reporting on Barnes and Noble continues to be spotty. I certainly hope that this gets corrected soon.
I think that BN has the potential to be a true competitor to Amazon in the self-pub market, but only if they get their crap together. I mean, really, the entire process has been marked with screw ups. Pubit launched months after it was planned. There was that whole issue of listings being initially combined with original Smashwords listings until they were removed. Incorrect descriptions. Missing covers. The fact that the entire Nook system was flat out DOWN over Christmas so that all those new Nook owners had to WAIT to buy their books. And the continued muck up of sales reporting as they try to make up their mind how they want their reporting system to look and work. Tip: BN, what you’ve got, it ain’t workin’. Yer doin’ it wrong! They would do well to create a dummy account to see how Amazon’s DTP displays and follow their example.
In other news, I just saw that my long time writer pal Sarah Rees Brennan (whom I’m delighted to say I knew when), had her Demon’s Lexicon trilogy optioned for a movie, which is just friggin’ awesome. I also noticed that she has a thing where she gives out little snips of her current work (the third in the trilogy) as reader cookies. Evidently with a poll to help determine what readers want (i.e. a scene from Nick, Alan, or Mae). I thought this was a really fun idea. As we are just about to run out of installments for Forsaken By Shadow for Free Fiction Friday (I believe we have 3 remaining), I wondered if y’all would like something of the kind for Red?