When I first started this site with Candy, I didn’t know much about anything concerning publishing. Then I learned a lot, and a lot fast, and I’ve met amazing people – such as Malle Vallik, Dictatrix of All Things Digital (that’s totally not her title, obviously) and one smart person when it comes to looking at how women read, and thinking about and predicting how the way we read is changing. I call her The Oracle of eBook. It was her idea to have blogger bundles, collections of Harlequin backlist titles loved by romance bloggers and romance readers, for example. She was one of the earliest speakers at publishing and technology conventions to talk about romance, female readers, and what women want from digital reading, and reading in general (us women, we are such a mystery, wrapped in an enigma, and possibly a Snuggie. Ok, I am, it’s freezing here).
Malle is one of those people whom I learn from whenever I meet her. And I heard a rumor that today is her birthday, and that she seriously covets a Smart Bitch Title™. Heh. Happy Birthday Malle – please kneel and receive your new title, and welcome to the Smart Bitch Peerage™.
Now, I rarely manufacture stories about the titles, but I imagine the Duchess Nouque d’Auremme is one of those terrifyingly smart and savvy women at a ball who keeps her eye on every alcove, peeks behind every potted plant, and never lets a chaste maiden go for a walk on the terrace. She’s the type that must be protecting the (ahem) respectability of every woman in the room, I expect. Heh heh.
Happy birthday, Malle!