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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Lately (okay, for the past two days), I've been getting up when my husband does, which is extremely, mind-numbingly early, in an attempt to get myself to exercise because I have been slacking very badly on that as of late.

I have to say, being so sleepy is rather helpful--it's like I'm too tired to protest, so I just exercise to get it over with. (I still don't know how people love exercise, but maybe that will kick in at some point???)

On the minus side of this equation, getting up so early means I'm super tired and yawning non-stop by nine p.m. Which, even for me, the queen of uncool, is pretty darn uncool! Next thing you know, I'll be going to bed at seven, getting up at three a.m.---nope. Won't go down that road. (I don't want to get up at three in the morning!!!)

Since it's the holiday season, the blogs are slowing down a bit, but there's still stuff to share:

Editorial Ass on losing an author to another house -- I don't think I've ever seen an editor talk about this before, and it's a very interesting post!

Agent Jessica Faust on negotiating advances -- Thoughtful post, and interesting comments too.

Agent and soon-to-be-author Nathan Bransford on the continuing problems of publishers and their problems finding sure-fire bestsellers -- "...from a publisher's perspective, they're often willing to pay big advances because their profits hinge on a relatively small number of hits and bestsellers. Thus the authors/celebrities who can reliably deliver an audience become hugely valuable. If a publisher doesn't pay a healthy advance they risk losing their bread-and-butter authors and the most promising new projects to their competitors.

From an agent's and author's perspective, there's not always a strong incentive to move away from traditional advance/royalties either, simply because it's often appealing to bank the guaranteed money and head for the desert.

In economics they call this the Winner's Curse, which is the theory that when you don't know what an object is truly worth (e.g. how many copies a book will actually sell) the winner of an auction will tend to overpay relative to the actual value of the object. The theory goes that someone who wins an auction is often worse off than if they hadn't bid at all."

Finally, as it is the holiday season, and this, quite frankly, looks amazing--if I could eat chocolate, I'd be making a batch today--Triple Chocolate Cookies n’ Cream Peppermint Bark


OpenID x-memoirs said...

Oh my gosh, those cookies look so good. I've a friend who bakes, and I might just nudge-wink her into brewing some up. I'd try myself, but who am I kidding?

December 16, 2009 12:07 AM  

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