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Archive for May 2006

Why I like writing groups

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I knew I needed a writing group. Where I could read my new stuff in a safe environment. I participated in a GREAT writing group in Santa Fe and another good one in Corrales. But I hadn’t found one yet in San Francisco. It all takes time and luck.

Well, I found one. Last Sunday, we met at one members’ house out by the ocean. It was a lovely day and we met in the afternoon. We did a bit of catching up, then we wrote bits about ourselves including 1 lie that the others had to guess. Then we read our new work.

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Written by phwebnet

May 10, 2006 at 7:26 pm

What I am reading today: 5/9/06

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I am reading a new author, Allison Brennan. The book is The Kill. Another mystery. I am also reading Under and Alone, by William Queen. And I have just finished Skinny Dip, by Carl Hiasen. He is so funny. I loved Stormy Weather.

Written by phwebnet

May 10, 2006 at 4:26 am

Pocket books no longer fit in my pocket

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This is a rant. Many new mass market paperback books are being issued in a larger size. These books are taller and often wider than the old mass market paper backs I usually buy. They also cost about $2 more, bringing the cost of a paperback to almost $10.

On some of these books there is a sticker that says this design is for more comfortable reading. I have spoken with employees of Borders and written to Simon & Schuster. I have been told that these books have been designed for easier reading. I suspect they mean the baby boomers are getting older and finding it more difficult to read small print. Okay, I get that.

But, I am a baby boomer. I carry books around with me in my shoulder bag (I use public transportation and walk), so I’m literally carrying books with me every day. I am a voracious reader. I also read in bed. One reason I resist buying hardbacks is because they are heavy. I can’t easily carry them around with me. My hands are small and they are heavy, making them uncomfortable for me to read, especially at night in bed.

I am pissed. I am angry. Some of my favorite authors like James Lee Burke now have new paperbacks out only in the new size and I refuse to buy them. I can read the small print okay, but I do not want to add any weight to my shoulder bag and I want to continue to read in bed. What’s a girl to do.

I suspect this is also about money. The new size books are priced higher. I’m sure the publishing industry is looking at ways to increase income. So, greed is involved here, too. I returned the first book in the new size I bought by mistake and I refuse t buy new ones. I am searching for authors who publish in my size.

I mean they already had the trade paperback size. It is bigger than the mass market size and cost more than $13 or $14. Some books I see now are available in several sizes: hardback; trade paperback size; this new size; and some in mass market size. That’s what I recommend. Don’t take away something I am happy with and replace it with something I can’t use. I buy new books. I buy a lot of new books. I want my books. Give them back to me.

Who said, “Make it easy for your customers to do business with you?” I’m offering them money, but I want my books. My smaller, mass market paperbacks. Give them to me.

Written by phwebnet

May 1, 2006 at 3:39 pm