First, from author Susanna Kearsley, Charlie Stross explains publishing:
Publishing is a recondite, bizarre, and downright strange industry which is utterly unlike anything a rational person would design to achieve the same purpose (which I will loosely define for now as “put authors books into the hands of readers while making a profit, to the satisfaction of all concerned”). So over the next few blog entries I’m going to make some notes about what’s going on …
Misconception #1: The publishing industry makes sense.
But wait, there’s more! His second installment is even better: Common Misconceptions About Publishing #2.
Sing it, Charlie. Sing it.
From Nancy, who suspects #3 might be an actual Harlequin Presents hero, live and in the (feathery haired) flesh. Seriously. He’s royal, multi-lingual (ahem), is a former pop star and is holding a giant curving phallusy thing that says “HEAD.” How much more excellent could this guy be? Nerve.com and Nancy and I are in complete agreement: “Basically, he’s one of the most awesome men we’ve ever heard of.”
Finally, from Gry:
the best computer manual in the history of the world.