First, from Philippa, a link to a re-reading of a very old Harlequin Historical, Unicorn Vengeance. Usually I’m prepared to grit my teeth when someone unfamiliar with romance takes a few pokes at it, but this book clearly deserved a righteous skewering, and Alan Scherstuhl gets a drink from me for making it through the chausses, the Sexy Yoda, and the worst line ever.
I do question the status of the worst sentence ever published in English. My vote still goes for Kaliq dismounted with the same speed and grace as he would remove himself from the body of a woman he had just made love to. Or perhaps the perfect symmetry of Fucking her ass. Saving her life. But Unicorn Vengeance makes a hard argument for bad Yoda prose. With chausses.
Next: I was having a very interesting email conversation with Kathryn S. about piracy and how it’s far easier to connect with authors than publishing houses, so authors hear about problems they have no power to fix. Kathryn sent me this fascinating presentation about the Trent Reznor business model, namely “Connect With Fans (CwF) + Reason To Buy (RtB) = The Business Model ($$$$)” In other words, if you connect with fans and give them a reason to buy (not an obligation or expectation to buy), they will. I would amend the “connect with fans” to also include the option for fans to connect with one another, but this presentation (the 15 minutes does go by very quickly) was really, really interesting.
Articulating my thoughts while they swim through the mud of my flu-addled brain is next to impossible, but I would love to hear what you thought of this presentation, and whether a similar model would work for authors, or already has in some cases.
From the Awesome but Not Surprising Department: Nora Roberts has sold 1.2 million Kindle books. There’s a list of the top Nora Roberts books of 2010, but I wonder which one is the best-est seller over all?
And finally, from author Sarah Morgan via Twitter, a story that will give you all sorts of “Awwwwwww” cuteness: Surprise Secret Baby…. giraffe!