Tools of Change in Publishing Livestream and Other Links

Tools of Change in Publishing - Link to Livestream I'm heading to Tools of Change in Publishing today, and will be tweeting the hell out of the conference (#toccon). Today, the Author ( R)evolution Day is being livestreamed. You can read more about it here:

To paraphrase Todd Sattersten,  “Every Author is an Entrepreneur” so we all need to start thinking like one. The publishing shift we see coming has most authors picking their publisher, not the other way around.

In order to be well-equipped for this new environment, we think authors and content creators need as much training in business and publishing expertise as they do in writing. They need to understand deep structural issues like the way data flows around the industry, new modes of discovery, new thinking about consumer behavior, how to read the numbers, the potential of new technology, and how to build an effective team around themselves so they can run their businesses.

I'll be writing up my impressions of ToC as usual. You can watch the keynotes on Wednesday and Thursday online as well at

The keynote I'm most looking forward to is Barbara Genco's presentation Wednesday afternoon at 2:25pm ET. She'll be sharing information from the Library Journal library patron research project.

Mmm. Delicious data about readers.

Via Melissa and Reddit: this guy made a sexy calendar for his girlfriend. He put the entire portfolio of pictures up, too. 

That is so completely awesome in many, layered and fascinating ways. 

I am sorry that I didn't correctly note the source of the following link, but whoever it is, you're grade-A awesome. 

Suppose you bought a penis cake pan, because who doesn't want to eat a sponge cake weiner, right? What do you do with the pan once the bachelorette party is done? 

Penis Pans is here to help, with cake designs from the “No, that still looks like a dong,” to “Hey, nice lighthouse!”

To whomever sent me the link – thank you! 

Via Janice and the NY Daily News book blog: author Jo Baker is working on a book titled “Longbourn,” retelling Pride and Prejudice from the servants' viewpoint.

This could either be interesting or horribly, horribly not. 

Anne of Green Gables as a BlondeSo pretty much everyone saw the horrible Anne of Green Gables cover with the blonde cover model, right? 

There are two lessons to be learned from the hoopla surrounding this cover: 

1. Do not fuck with beloved literature, especially about redheads from PEI. 

2. Do NOT fuck with Canada

The CBC community page outlining the outrage is great – and polite – fun. They rounded up a bunch of Twitter reactions, including the production company that created the original television series based on the books (which I think I've seen 60+ times). 

The cover has since been changed to a lot of ugly green letters, but please note, it could be worse. 

Anne could be a blue and white alien lady, like on this cover.

Thank you to Meghan for the CBC link. 



“What are you doing? Why didn't you get any work done today?”

“Oh, I was reading the original manuscript of Beowulf online.”


Because I can.




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  1. 1
    Carrie Gwaltney says:

    The blue Anne? SCARY! Blech!

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    Cee Marsden says:

    Sexy calender guy is adorable, but I am too filled with blonde-Anne induced rage to appreciate him properly at the moment.

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    ksattler says:

    The blond chick on the cover reminds me of the blond chick from Dawson’s creek.

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    Lenorej says:

    I adore calendar guy. I especially love the reading in the library in his banyan shot, so HistRo!

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    AnnaRichland says:

    I love Beowulf online! I never ever read it in school – majored in Japanese, so I read Genji – but I am a total fan girl of the Seamus Heaney abridged audio book. Do NOT listen to the unabridged – it’s a “reader” and he’s terrible; Seamus Heaney reading it himself is to die for. Transported me there to a hall with firelight and mead and brawny men with swords. That’s the one to listen to at night while you do dishes. So after that I started reading it everywhere. And wondering if 40+ is too late to learn Old English.

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    regencyfan93 says:

    I liked sexy calendar guy.  He was a regular guy with a sense of humor or a sense of the ridiculous.

    Re:penis pans, I liked the farm and the light house.  Well disguised penis pan.

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