Spent the morning researching some of the things Rain needs: a barcode, a preassigned control number from the Library of Congress, copyright registration. FAQs can be pretty funny! I like that the answer to this question, by accident or design, really seems to address Elvis sightings particularly. Read more
Update: Published on July 19, minus the final sentence. Read more
I used to think that authors who self-published didn’t have the literary chops to make it in the “real” publishing world. I have spent my whole intellectual life grasping for the gold ring of publication by the literary establishment, with everything that means to me—not retail sales but a modest succès d’estime: a half-page review in the New York Times Book Review, “Briefly Noted” in The New Yorker, perhaps a short interview on “Fresh Air.” Many people advised me to self-publish, and I always replied politely that I was too invested in the old system.
Until Wednesday. Read more