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At the Millions, Reasons Not to Self-Publish in 2011-12

I was surprised to see what ire the post generated. Sample comment:

I really hate “articles” like this. Sorry, Edan. There is whiff of anti-technology and that old MFA brainwashing of “if you don’t publish with a real press then you aren’t a REAL writer” mentality going on here.

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In case you aren’t finished making fun of Twilight, Reasoning With Vampires (via @deadwhiteguys)

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A really nice list of Twenty-one Midwinter reads from Nath at Things Mean a Lot, including Max Jones, Connie Willis, and Susanna Clarke.

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William Morrow sent a letter to bloggers that has given a lot of bloggers, including Katiebabs of Babbling About Books, serious pause. For example, review within a month of release or no more ARCs for you!

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I’ve been enjoying reading Fangs for The Fantasy. Today they have a post on The Difference Between a Negative and a Bad Review which addresses the Anne R. Allen Amazon Reader Reviews: 12 Things Everybody and His Grandmother Needs to Know kerfuffle.

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Angela Toscano posted her McDaniel Popular Romance Conference Paper, The Liturgy of the Cliche:

Romance is a genre that deals in the ineffable—the ineffable nature of love, the ineffable nature of sex, of identity, of God, of beauty. Yet, how does one tell a story about something that cannot be uttered? How does one narrate the experience of, the encounter with the ineffable?

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As did Amy Burge, on her Hands on Harlequin Workshop.

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And Jonathan A. Allen at Teach Me Tonight on his paper Romance, Readers, Affect:

What romance does differently than lived romances is that it guarantees a happily ever after, but that happily ever after is only possible because the relation is itself a journey in which the reader and the heroine encounter barriers to the relationship, conflicts intrinsic to the relationship (which often enough reflect very real conflicts that can translate to the reader’s own life), and points of ritual death. The point of romance fiction, I argued, is less the happily ever after (though we demand this) and more the journey towards the happily ever after.

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And the world’s TOP NORA ROBERTS SCHOLAR, An Goris, another conference participant, is now Dr. An Goris:

Congrats!

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Why Heroines Die in Classic Fiction, from BBC NEWS, about Wuthering Heights, Sense and Sensibility and others.

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From Big Think, Top Ten Relationship Words that aren’t translatable to English, like this one:

Cafuné (Brazilian Portuguese): The act of tenderly running your fingers through someone’s hair.

I have no idea how accurate it is, but I loved reading through the words.

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Bethanne “oops, it became a business when I wasn’t looking!” Patrick addresses the #Fridayreads fritatta here. (seriously, though, I think she handled it as well as anyone could, once she realized there was something that had to be handled.)

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I linked to Wendy (Caribousmom) in my last links post, but her comment on the Patrick post was so thought-provoking, I’m giving it its own link.

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Jennifer “dog with a bone that says #Fridayreads” Weiner, here (and kudos to her for admitting why this particular bone is so personally tasty)

I do have one question. Some folks I follow on Twitter said that just as the displays in bookstores do not have a disclosure that placement is paid for by publishers, so #Fridaysreads did not need disclosure. Maybe I am thick, but when I walk into a bookstore, I  know every single aspect of that place, including the locations of the bathrooms and colors on the walls, is designed to get me to buy product. Entering Twitter is not exactly the same as entering a retail space. Is it?

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At the Guardian, Fan Fiction Can Be an Eloquent Tribute — It Deserves More Respect (via @victoriajanssen)

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This one is more for my memory than for you guys, but here’s a link to Michael Zimmer’s presentaton Advancing Ethical Research from the conference held by Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R).

I’m actually quite interested in this. I was chatting with a fellow bioethicist last year, and she casually said she planned to use posts from an infertility discussion board in which she participated for a paper, without explicit consent. That struck me as a potentially problematic thing to do. I am glad folks are working on this.

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And finally, a picture of my new office chairs. I’ve been sitting on these babies since I was about 7 years old (thanks Mom!). Yes that’s my office. Can you see Krusty the Clown?

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