Buzz Worthy News: 29th April 2013

29 April, 2013 Buzz Worthy News 44 comments

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This week in Buzz Worthy News: Fifteen-year-old Bella Thorne signs a series deal, Wikipedia messed with the wrong novelists, Amazon don’t want you 2,500 word or less novel, Deborah Copaken Kogan gives us an insight into what many female authors suffer through in the publication process and the first reviews are in for ARCs given away as part of Cuddlebuggery’s LBBA Project!  All this and more on this week’s Buzz Worthy News!

Buzz Worthy News is Cuddlebuggery’s weekly news post bringing you all the best information about the book and blogging world, particularly for the venn diagram of people who overlap between the two.  For new releases and cover reveals of all the best Young Adult fiction, check out our Sunday post: How New Titles.


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Bella ThorneFifteen Year Old Gets Book Deal and… No!

I’m sorry publishing industry.  I think there comes a moment when everyone loses faith in their idols.  And I’ve idolized the publishing industry and published authors since my childhood.  Even when they gave Snooki a book deal and published Justin Beibers memoirs even though he was born half an hour ago.

But now, I’m kind of really disillusioned.    Teen Disney Star Bella Thorne (IS THAT EVEN YOUR REAL NAME?!?!?!) as been signed for a book deal with Delacorte Press and will be released in 2014.  But who wants to bet me that this series won’t, by definition, suck salty sea otter balls?

Or, if it’s not a complete failure, is it crass to suggest this won’t be because Elise Allen who co-wrote Hillary Duff’s Elixir is on the project?  And this is nothing against Bella Thorne.  She’s fifteen years old.  Of course she thinks she can write a novel!  Hell, if someone had offered to P2P my Harry Potter fanfic from when I was thirteen, I would have jumped at the chance for it!  And, by the way, I encourage Bella Thorne and Elise Allen to prove me wrong.  I want them to.  That would be awesome. Do it, peeps!  Make me eat my words!

And here are the details in case they do:

“AUTUMN FALLS is the story of a 14-year-old girl whose high school life unexpectedly changes after an encounter with magic. AUTUMN FALLS is Thorne’s publishing debut, and she will co-write with Elise Allen. A multitalented teen star, Bella is best known for her lead role playing aspiring dancer “Cece Jones” on the hit Disney Channel original series Shake It Up, which is in its third season.”

Titillating premise sure to rock the Young Adult world.

Did I mention that Jason Segel also landed a book deal for a Middle Grade series a few weeks back.  The only difference being that his has a bit more chance of succeeding because he is not fifteen years old.

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WikipediaWikipedia is Fucking with My Novelist Pals.  This Must Stop.

So a few days ago it came to light that Wikipedia was quietly rearranging its American Novelists List.  See, it was moving all the women OFF the American novelist’s list and moving them to the American Women Novelist lists because, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Except everything.

Wikipedia has a category for “American novelists”, but it runs to so many names that the site has said “pages in this category should be moved to subcategories where applicable”. Yesterday, the authors – and females – Amanda Filipacchi and Elissa Schappell noticed that editors had begun moving women “one by one, alphabetically, from the ‘American novelists’ category to the ‘American women novelists’ subcategory”, wrote Filipacchi in the New York Times. “If you look back in the ‘history’ of these women’s pages, you can see that they used to appear in the category ‘American novelists’, but that they were recently bumped down. Male novelists on Wikipedia, however – no matter how small or obscure they are – all get to be in the category ‘American novelists’.”

Oh yeah!  Nice to know that in 2013, a man is still a person, and a woman will always a be-vaginaed mystical creature who is lucky if they can be included with Teh Real People.

Obviously, Wikipedia’s antics have caused some controversy amongst… everyone.

Luckily, there are a few reasonably Wikipedia editors who are thinking critically about these things and thus, when confronted with intense backlash, are willing to cave to the pressure!

Wikipedia editors have now begun the task of adding the female writers back into the wider category, while debating the situation among themselves. “This is embarrassing us on a global basis. If you don’t segregate males and gender unknowns, then don’t segregate women (and that’s how it’s being perceived),” wrote one.

Another said: “Removing women from the list of novelists is like removing black or foreign-born novelists. Its effect is inherently biased. For those who want to find women novelists, a sublist is acceptable, but it cannot fairly involve removal from the main list. The effect is too discriminatory and drastic. The same applies to all women-nationality lists (not only novelists). I think this kind of category, based on the characteristics of the novelist, is very different from a subcategory based on the characteristics of the novels, eg, mystery novelists or science-fiction novelists.”

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Publishing


do-not-wantWrote a Short Novel? Amazon Don’t Want it

An author on the Kindleboards reported receiving an email from Amazon saying:

Dear Sucker Self-published author,

We don’t want your book because it’s too short.

Suck it!  Ha!

Okay, that wasn’t the email.  It looked more like this:

Hello,

During a quality assurance review of your KDP catalog we have found that the following book(s) are extremely short and may create a poor reading experience and do not meet our content quality expectations:

Name of Short

In the best interest of Kindle customers, we remove titles from sale that may create a poor customer experience. Content that is less than 2,500 words is often disappointing to our customers and does not provide an enjoyable reading experience.

We ask that you fix the above book(s), as well as all of your catalog’s affected books, with additional content that is both unique and related to your book. Once you have ensured your book(s) would create a good customer experience, re-submit them for publishing within 5 business days. If your books have not been corrected by that time, they will be removed from sale in the Kindle Store. If the updates require more time, please unpublish your books.

So rumour has it this is a legit letter and Amazon is cracking down on books under 2,500.  This basically means the my unpublished memoir, Kat: The Awesome Years (i.e. All of Them) may never live to be self-published on Amazon.  You can see the thread here.

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KoganIf The Rest of The World is Too Enlightened and Equivocal for Your Taste -The Publishing Industry is Always There

I guess it’s easy to look up to publishing as something on the forefront of social issues and lateral thinking.  Because the vast majority of authors, publicists and publishing people I know are awesome and amazing.  It’s hard to imagine that the publishing industry in general can really suck hard for women.

But if the Vida statistics for books by women reviewed in professional publications didn’t depress you enough, this article by Deborah Copaken Kogan, certainly will.

Here’s some choice quotes for remembering how much the world sucks:

“The book is sold on the basis of a proposal and a first chapter under the title Newswhore, which is the insult often lobbed at us both externally and from within our own ranks—a way of noting, with a combination of shame and black humor, the vulture-like nature of our livelihood, and a means of reclaiming, as I see it, the word “whore,” since I want to write about sexual and gender politics as well. Random House changes the book’s title to Shutterbabe, which a friend came up with. I beg for Shuttergirl instead, to reclaim at least “girl,” as Lena Dunham would so expertly do years later. Or what about Develop Stop Fix? Anything besides a title with the word “babe” in it.”

Depressionville, here we come!  It’s a good thing none of us have any dreams of being publi-oh… fuck.

“I’m told I have no say in the matter. The cover that the publisher designs has a naked cartoon torso against a pink background with a camera covering the genitalia. I tell them it’s usually my eye behind the camera, not my vagina.”

You can read the rest of it here.

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James PattersonJames Patterson Wants to Bail out the Publishing Industry

The book industry, like many other industries, is failing.  James Patterson doesn’t think that should be the case and has, out of his own pocket, purchased ads to support the bail out of the Book Industry.  This has been received with mixed results.

“This past weekend, James Patterson took out ads on the cover of PW, in The New York Times Book Review, and in Kirkus asking the questions “Who will save our books? Our bookstores? Our libraries?” and listing a number of classic books like The Sound and the Fury and A Wrinkle in Time. PW spoke with Patterson by phone to find out his motivation for placing the ads.”

“Patterson cited books including William Styron’s “Sophie’s Choice,” Joan Didion’s “Year of Magical Thinking,” and Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” in service of his argument that the American publishing industry has, historically, been able to produce enduring classics — and that its power will be gravely foreshortened, and the number of classics limited, by  attenuated publishing and bookselling industries.”

He brings up a good point when he says:

“The Federal Government has stepped in to save banks, and the automobile industry, but where are they on the important subject of books? Why are there no impassioned editorials in influential newspapers or magazines?” The PW ad closed by stating: “Spread the word about our endangered books! Peel off this wraparound cover and share it with a friend or post it at your local bookstore or library.” SOURCE

However, Augustus Wainwright has some disagreements over Patterson’s ads:

“The publishing companies, to which I include Patterson among their ranks, are just like politicians; they hate the idea of regulations. They hate being told what they can and can’t do. They scream, “Stay out of my pocket because I’m a titan of industry and I’m creating jobs, creating wealth… hell, I’m creating America.”. They hate handouts. They hate when marketplaces evolve and the people at the bottom start to change the rules of the game.

But yet, as soon as they see things changing (which is always much much later than everyone else), they go running right to the government begging for help.” SOURCE

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Entertainment


GracelingGraceling to Become a Movie

I hope Kristin Cashore poured herself an awesome cocktail, put on her favourite song and looked out upon the world beneath her feet with a sense of triumph and justification.

It was announced this week that Graceling would become a movie.  Badass!

India-based Reliance Entertainment has acquired as a film franchise starter the rights to Kristin Cashore’s bestselling, award winning young adult fantasy trilogy Graceling in partnership with Kintop Pictures.

Producer Deepak Nayar (Paranoia, Bend It Like Beckham, Buena Vista Social Club) will oversee the project for Reliance and Kintop Pictures and will produce alongside Tabrez Noorani (Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi) of Tamasha Talkies and Leigh Ann Burton for Blu-Sky Media.

British screenwriter Piers Ashworth (Nostradamus, St Trinian’s 1, 2 & 3) has signed on to write the script.

Congrats, Cashore!

Clockwork AngelInfernal Devices Series Being Planned

So, to be fair, I’ve never been the biggest fan of the Mortal Instrument series.  Or the Infernal Devices Series (its prequel), or the Dark Artifices series, or the Bane Chronicles, or the TLH Sequel, or the Shadow Hunter’s Codex, or the Infernal Devices Manga, or the recent movie adaptation.

But that’s not to say that I’m not going to LOVE the prequel to the movie adaptation of the Mortal Instruments series.  Well, no, I probably won’t.  But it’s happening and here’s the deets:

Stephanie Sanditz has been hired to pen “Infernal Devices,” an adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s spin-off book series.

Young adult franchise hopeful The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones doesn’t open until August 23, but Constantin Films is already working on a prequel.

The company has thrown into development Infernal Devices, an adaptation of the spin-off book series written by Mortal Instruments author Cassandra Clare, and has hired Stephanie Sanditz to write the screenplay.

Little Blogger, Big Ambitions Project Reviews

Folks!  The first of the LBBA Project reviews are in!  Time to see the results!

Crap Kingdom

Crap Kingdom by D.C. Pierson Reviewed by Asti of A Bookish Heart Blog

Quote:

The story was never really funny, just strange.  For instance, the kingdom doesn’t have a name but instead is referred to by characters mumbling an unintelligible string of letters together for the length of the average kingdom name (such as Krrrgggghhrr).  Um… okay?  And everyone in the kingdom is pessimistic and has low expectations, because if you have low expectations then you’ll never be disappointed!  Ha?

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The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand by Gregory Galloway Add to Goodreads | Purchase  A groundbreaking YA from the award-winning author of As Simple as Snow Adam Strand isn't depressed. He's just bored. Disaffected. So he kills himself—39 times. No matter the method, Adam can't seem to stay dead; he wakes after each suicide alive and physically unharmed, more determined to succeed and undeterred by others' concerns. But when his self-contained, self-absorbed path is diverted, Adam is struck by the reality that life is an ever-expanding web of impact and forged connections, and that nothing—not even death—can sever those bonds. In stark, arresting prose, Gregory Galloway finds hope and understanding in the blackest humor.

The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand by Gregory Galloway Reviewed by Cain Freeman of No BS Books

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“The core concept, committing suicide, only to come back completely unharmed, I love. It opens up a lot of interesting possibilities for a character. But when you have a concept as unbelievable as this, you really have to sell it. That’s probably where Galloway missed the mark the most. Apparently everyone knows about Adam, how he keeps coming back after he dies. They’re cool with it though, I mean, nothing scary about a person who keeps living after blowing their brains out.”

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PhoenixPhoenix by Elizabeth Richards by Kaitlyn of The Bookworm

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“I’m impressed with the way Elizabeth Richards has written the villain, Purian Rose.  He’s so twisted and will stop at nothing to get rid of Ash and Natalie.  He’s a deliciously creepy villain.  And I love the way Richards holds nothing back – Natalie and Ash both suffer a lot in this sequel.  They lose people who are dear to them, and are betrayed by people they thought they could trust.”

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Thank you to all the LBBA Project winners who get back to us with their reviews!  It’s wonderful to see these ARCs going to good use.

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44 Responses to “Buzz Worthy News: 29th April 2013”

  1. Georgette
    Twitter:

    I’m a little sick at this week’s news.
    Infernal Cassie Clare- doesn’t deserve a movie. 
    Amazon- another reason they can suck it.
    Everyone seems to be able to get a book deal these days. I eagerly await the one that my pet goat is penning.
    Graceling- Good news!
    Patterson- I am not a fan of his novels, nor his creepy self-promotion ads urging you to buy his latest tome, but I am saying Right On to him with his annoucements and his crusade. 
    I am infuriated by the several bits of news about women not being a “valid”(I honestly can’t think of a better term this early in the morning) commodity in the publishing industry, and Wikipedia- what the hell is that about? Insanity!
    That’s all I got. Good week ladies!

    • KatKennedy

      Georgette And yet The Life of Kat is STILL not published!  It’s bullshit! That’s what it is!

    • KatKennedy

      Georgette And yet The Life of Kat is STILL not published!  It’s bullshit! That’s what it is!

  2. ADStarrling

    Oh God! At least the girl didn’t get a book deal to write her memoirs. But still, it’s yet another decision by the publishing industry that makes my eyeballs hurt. Seriously?! With the number of talented writers out there wanting to get their books published, the industry chooses to do a deal for THIS?! I wish the girl nothing but the best, but I can’t quite see that this is going to go anywhere. Of course, I’ll be more than happy to eat my boots if I turn out to be wrong. Okay, maybe not my boots. That leather is tough man! 
    As for Wikipedia and the Newswhore-Shutterbabe, words…fail me. The original article by Kogan made me want to cry. It’s difficult to believe that the year is 2013. 
    Ah, the James Patterson ad. That one has gotten a lot of attention, that’s for sure. On top of August Wainwright’s article on the subject, I also recommend reading 
    The Passive Voice Blog http://www.thepassivevoice.com/04/2013/james-patterson-speaks-out-about-his-aggressive-book-industry-bailout-ads/
    JA Konrath http://jakonrath.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/konrath-on-patterson.html
    The Digital Reader http://www.the-digital-reader.com/2013/04/28/james-patterson-thinks-that-books-are-precious-snowflakes-that-need-to-be-rescued-from-oblivion/

    Thanks for the Buzz Worthy News!

    AD Starrling

    • KatKennedy

      ADStarrling Oh!  Thanks for those links!  Some very interesting reading there.

    • KatKennedy

      ADStarrling Oh!  Thanks for those links!  Some very interesting reading there.

  3. Ashleigh Paige

    A celebrity’s YA novel published by Random House? Oh God, the Modelland flashbacks are starting! Not touching Autumn Falls. Way too much risk.
    To Wikipedia and the women-heating parts of publishing: -flips bird-
    The Infernal Devices movie won’t get made unless the City of Bones movie is a success, which is unlikely. I will continue to rock back and forth in my happy place and hold on to that hope for as long as possible.

    • Kate C.

      Ashleigh Paige I fear I am also feeling trepidation about the whole YA celebrity novel thing.  To me, this is just like when they do those pop albums, except it’s books this time. *shudder*

    • KatKennedy

      Ashleigh Paige Sometimes I like to read Modelland reviews when I need to be cheered up by vicious snark.

    • KatKennedy

      Ashleigh Paige Sometimes I like to read Modelland reviews when I need to be cheered up by vicious snark.

  4. Fangs4Fantasy

    So being a woman novelist means they’re no longer American novelists? And “novelist” means “man” unless woman is expressly mentioned? This… this… I have no words. What bullshit is this? And why is there a need to shuffle women off to a different section?
    I think it’s deeply shallow to judge a book by its length, though I admit that I’ve read books – paid for books – that i expected to be novels and then got a novella, or even a short story or not even that and was all kinds of pissed about it. But that requires more explicit labelling than anything – and perhaps more than just “x number of words”
    I’ve never considered the publishing world to be progressive, that’s one of the reasons at Fangs why we review self pubs (blatant ranting here: http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2012/01/self-publishing-sometimes-only-gate.html) BECAUSE the publishing world and its gatekeepers can be so hostile to women and minority writers and stories
    I have to say I rather agree with Augustus Wainwright. the publishing industry – as pointed out here – is hardly progressive and it’s also horrendously unwilling to change and adapt appropriately – especially in this era of epublishing and ebooks. I hate the fact that Amazon is taking over everything like the borg but part of the reason for that is that publishers are not adapting.
    “Infernal Devices Series Being Planned”. *curls up in a corner and sobs* I must now plot on a way to make Renee watch this so I don’t have to

    • Kate C.

      Fangs4Fantasy Pretty much everything you said here is spot on!  That wikipedia thing is crazypants!  To be fair, I read almost the entire discussion of the editors (found here if you have like 4 hours of free time or a toddler that’s teething and doesn’t sleep at night: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Categories_for_discussion/Log/2013_April_24#Category:American_women_novelists ) and it doesn’t seem like a malicious edit, based on the comments from the editor who made the changes.  That being said, however, the changes were against Wikipedia policy and have brought up a hole in categorizing overall.  It will be interesting to see how the big W handles these things in the future.  For now there is a American Novelist category and two sub-categories: American male and American female.  
      I hate it when I download an ebook and the other doesn’t give some indication that it is a short or a “single”-as the kids these days are calling them.  Labeling these is so important
      Self-pubbed books have become my “breath of fresh air” in book reading.  When I pick up yet ANOTHER YA book with the same exact plot as the last, I go back to the indies.  At least they still have some originality.

      • KatKennedy

        Kate C. Fangs4Fantasy Yeah, I agree.  A lot of the wiki users seem pretty good about it and have logically and reasonably debated the goodness of putting those novelists back on the list and creating two sublists for male and female authors.

      • KatKennedy

        Kate C. Fangs4Fantasy Yeah, I agree.  A lot of the wiki users seem pretty good about it and have logically and reasonably debated the goodness of putting those novelists back on the list and creating two sublists for male and female authors.

      • Fangs4Fantasy

        Kate C. Fangs4Fantasy At least things are being addressed. I do like the idea of subcategories as WELL because it is useful to be able to track down specifically marginalised authors – but not if it means removing them from the main list

        I will always read self-pubs. I know a lot of people think self-pubs are drek and, yes, I’ve read plenty of self-published drek, don’t get me wrong. But I’ve also read Fallen, The Mortal Instuments, Fade and Laurell K Hamilton’s entire series. Being traditionally published is no protection from the drek!

  5. Niinjax11

    Why, oh why, did someone decide that popular books absolutely must be turned into films? Stop it already!
    Will be interesting to get an update sometime onthe Disney kid and other woman’s (author? :S) “book project”, perhaps she learned something from the previous Hillary Duff incident.

      • Niinjax11

        KatKennedy Niinjax11 I have no idea and I do not intend to find out – I just read its description and then looked at some reviews, that was more than enough to warn me off!

  6. Kate C.

    Monday just isn’t Monday without snarky news commentary by the Cuddlebuggery ladies!  I seriously laughed out loud so many times when I read this.  🙂  Also, Kat, you know I would buy that memoir!!  (Tell me it has a turtle doing jazzhands on the cover and I will be one happy camper!)
    OMG, Graceling!  I loved that book, but it’s soooo long.  How are they possibly going to do it justice?  Oh, they won’t.  I’ll skip this because I was already disappointed when I saw The Host.  BAD.
    Never has it been more clear this week that the publishing industry is (currently, I still have hope) a dinosaur that deserves all it gets.  It promotes series like that Disney girl’s to pay for “serious literature” put out by men.  And we wonder the the self-perpetuating cycle of condescension towards women writers continues.  And don’t even get me started on Deborah Copaken Kogan.  I mean, SHUTTERBABE???  There are no words.  Ugh.
    Say what you will about self-publishing… (and many have) we don’t have to put up with that crap!  
    I’m probably the only person with this opinion, but I’m kind of glad that Amazon is saying “NO” to supershorts.  If you like writing stuff that is so short that it only takes a few minutes to read and takes up valuable cloud space, then package a bunch of those suckers together and sell it as a collection.  I love short story collections.  And honestly, if you don’t like it, publish that sucker on wattpad or scribd or on goodreads!  That’s the beauty of the internet.  There are always other options.
    So glad that your LBBA Project is working out so well!  I will be following that project with much interest.  🙂

    • KatKennedy

      EMaree God!  It was SOOOOO depressing, wasn’t it?  I just wanted to hug her and yell “solidarity!” for like an hour!

  7. angelasanxiouslife

    I am so so so so sosososoosososo excited about Graceling! ! Yeah .. now hoping it’s a good movie!

  8. veela_valoom
    Twitter:

    If I paid actual money for a book that was under 2,500 words I’d be pretty pissed so I’m all about Amazon having some standards. But I have been called cheap SO that could be me.  
    I’m glad nobody published the stuff I wrote when I was 15. That would be SO EMBARRASSING.

    • KatKennedy

      veela_valoom Yeah, I admit, I bought a book from Amazon the other day and finished it in an hour.  I was pretty disappointed and felt a bit ripped off.

      • Fangs4Fantasy

        KatKennedy veela_valoom It sounds so shallow to admit – but if you pay money for a book and you get 2 chapters strung together with a bit of padding… yes it feels like a rip off

  9. Heartless_Lyn
    Twitter:

    BRB, looking over my crappy RPing from my teen years. 
    I would not want anything I wrote at that age in print.  Just…wow.

  10. Heartless_Lyn
    Twitter:

    BRB, looking over my crappy RPing from my teen years. 
    I would not want anything I wrote at that age in print.  Just…wow.

  11. JeepinJaime

    As always, thanks for the Buzz! Didn’t know if you have heard about the whole Anne Rice debacle. You should check it out. Very sad. Here is a link in case you don’t already have it. Which I doubt, because you are Kat!
    http://hippiesbeautyandbooksohmy.blogspot.com/2013/04/an-open-letter-to-anne-rice.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HippiesBeautyAndBooksOhMy+%28Hippies%2C+Beauty%2C+and+Books+Oh+My%21%29&utm_content=Yahoo%21+Mail

    • KatKennedy

      JeepinJaime Hey JeepinJaime!  We did see that and we thought it was terrible.  I guess we just didn’t consider Anne Rice going crazy to be news anymore.  The sun rises.  The moon stabilizes the earth’s tilt.  Winter comes once a year.  Anne Rice does crazy shit.  But I’m glad you posted this here. Sometimes it’s easy to leave stuff out!

      • JeepinJaime

        KatKennedy JeepinJaime   I have never heard of Anne Rice crazy shit, so I reckon I am behind the times. I just feel terrible for that poor girl. Some of the comments that she has received have been brutal. I have never read an Anne Rice book, and I don’t think that I ever will now. Thanks for the reply!

      • JeepinJaime

        KatKennedy JeepinJaime   I have never heard of Anne Rice crazy shit, so I reckon I am behind the times. I just feel terrible for that poor girl. Some of the comments that she has received have been brutal. I have never read an Anne Rice book, and I don’t think that I ever will now. Thanks for the reply!

    • KatKennedy

      JeepinJaime Hey JeepinJaime!  We did see that and we thought it was terrible.  I guess we just didn’t consider Anne Rice going crazy to be news anymore.  The sun rises.  The moon stabilizes the earth’s tilt.  Winter comes once a year.  Anne Rice does crazy shit.  But I’m glad you posted this here. Sometimes it’s easy to leave stuff out!

  12. JeepinJaime

    As always, thanks for the Buzz! Didn’t know if you have heard about the whole Anne Rice debacle. You should check it out. Very sad. Here is a link in case you don’t already have it. Which I doubt, because you are Kat!
    http://hippiesbeautyandbooksohmy.blogspot.com/2013/04/an-open-letter-to-anne-rice.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HippiesBeautyAndBooksOhMy+%28Hippies%2C+Beauty%2C+and+Books+Oh+My%21%29&utm_content=Yahoo%21+Mail

  13. Jackie Farrow

    Now I’m going to have to read Graceling. I’ve run out of excuses not to read it

  14. Jackie Farrow

    Now I’m going to have to read Graceling. I’ve run out of excuses not to read it

  15. Lexxie
    Twitter:

    YAY for a Graceling movie! It will be very interesting to see how they do it – this is one of my favorite YA series!
    Wonderful to see that the LBBA bloggers are posting their reviews – it’s so awesome that you gals are doing this – sharing ARCs with smaller blogs is a wonderful idea, and it shows the community among bloggers.
    I read about the Shutterbabe thing a few weeks ago, and I think it’s so strange that the more serious books always have sexed up covers like the one the publishers tried to push on her! It is also not doing readers any favors, because with a cover like that, I, for one, would not think the book was about taking pictures in war-zones – you know… it would have looked a lot more like a fiction or pseudo documentary of a model.
    For once, I can actually understand Amazon – if I paid for a book, and it was only 2500 words, I would not be very happy! Especially because there are full-length novels for $.99 there.
    Great Butt as always, thanks for keeping us all informed about what’s going on 🙂

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