I’ve been remiss updating my blog for the last two months because the real world has been too real. I would like it to stop now, but it isn’t. But in the meantime some things have been posted online I would like to draw you attention to being the self-promoting whore that I am:
- I had a longish interview conducted with Heidi Broadhead that was posted at Publicola earlier in February. Her introduction is very nice (and makes me blush) and I think it gets across how addled I’ve been and how I wish I haven’t been so addled.
- As part of the whole 110 shindig for the hundred and tenth birthday of Seattle’s perpetually great bookstore, The University of Washington Bookstore, which now goes by University Bookstore, I think, because of it has stores in Bellevue, Bothell, Tacoma, downtown Seattle and elsehwhere, I spoke with Garth Stein, Maria Dahvana Headly, and Steve Sher at KUOW about the future of books and bookstores. Last three books I’ve bought have been for my Sony e-reader and one of these was small press impresario’s Kevin Sampsell’s fantastic memoir A Common Pornography (an expanded version using the same methods as he used with the initial version of the same name; however this version lacks Mike Daily’s marginalia.) So I am converting myself more quickly than I thought to the digital world.
- A blog called Marketing Musings has opened a discussion about my book, Shoot the Buffalo, in relation to the late Clear Cut Press and Matthew Stadler’s newest publication effort, The Publication Studio, which recently re-issued Shoot the Buffalo, my first novel, and will be sometime in this half of the year releasing my next novel, The Strong Man. I for one am happy to be engaged with another of Matthew Stadler’s publication experiments. This version seems more suited to the unpredictable and disperse interest in literature. My novel has been selling very slowly and steadily since it has re-released in November at numbers that I am happy with, but would probably make even the most patient small press publisher re-think the idea of re-publishing anything. Clear Cut’s model was well suited to book and the reading public as well, but the subscription model and even the care they took with book production created a kind of inflexible matrix in which authors, readers, and books had to fit. It could not be responsive in the way for instance that the Publication Studio responds to the possibilities of the community of artists, writers, musicians, and designers who have found a way to make something with the Publication Studio. In any case, Marketing Musings has some interesting things to say about it.