Archive for the 'Publishing' Category

The Medium is NOT the Message

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Seth Godin has at least one book that is basically a hardcover printed copy of dozens of blog posts. I may or may not have one of these. You see, I thought it would be a great idea to have it with me while I was in a long lineup at the bank. I accidentally left it there. While the information in the book was just like a blog, the hardcopy medium enabled me to leave it somewhere. Two things happened, this information is no longer accessible to me AND the information is sitting in the bank being readily accessible to its employees and customers. This is not how blogs work.

Woman’s World Magazine Apologizes

Monday, February 18th, 2008

The seven figure sales at Kimkins.com were due in no small part to the favorable coverage in Woman’s World Magazine. This publication has huge circulation, and the print versions will often sit in waiting rooms and salons enjoying months or years of repeated perusal. People seeking to expose the Kimkins fraud did not get very far in trying to convince Woman’s World to make any kind of reversal or apology. We personally received no answers to our questions last year and instead got a cease and desist order. In response to the letter, I made changes to the cover image that I was using to make it arguably transformative. There was no follow up from the magazine. I didn’t send any further correspondence to them. Many, many interested people did.

After a long wait, the magazine has finally apologized in detail, on their website. A print apology is also forthcoming. I thank them for it.

James Frey Will Now Be Paid For His Fiction

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

James Frey is the man who almost made Oprah give up on books. I am embellishing a bit. When TSG revealed the fact that his memoir was in large part, fiction, she was not happy with the man who had previously received the magical gift of her endorsement.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that HarperCollins is set to publish a novel by James Frey next summer. Novels are, by definition, fiction. I’m not sure what will transpire if portions of it are later revealed to be true.

It is not surprising that this man was only untouchable for a short time. I’m sure most major publishing houses had closed door meetings to decide how long to wait before approaching him.