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Link Love

Simon at Constant Revision has three great posts about Twitter and how to use it. I’ve been tweeting very little lately and these posts made me want to get back into the groove.

Last week, Publisher’s Weekly announced that Vook is releasing 19 titles for the iPad. I’m very happy about this because my husband owes me an iPad and because as I said back in November when I bought my first (and only) Vook, I want an e-reader device with video. Steve Jobs heard my prayers and answered them.

And while we’re on the topic of ebooks, Galley Cat reports that author John Scalzi defended Randy Cohen after Cohen wrote a controversial column in the New York Times stating that it’s okay to pirate an e-book once you’ve already purchased the hardcover. Scalzi says once you’ve bought one copy of the book, you’ve fulfilled your contract with the author. I wish I’d known this the last time I purchased multiple hardcovers of an author’s book. I could have just bought one and stolen the others. Damn.

For those of you who are disappointed that you’ll never get to be on the Oprah Winfrey Show, there’s hope. Also via Galley Cat, there’s rumored to be a book club show on Oprah’s OWN cable channel: the Oprah Winfrey Network.

I wrote last night about elevator pitches and Nathan Bransford’s vlog, but I forgot to include these great tips on crafting your pitch by Alan Rinzler.

The Millions has a great essay on what it’s like to cease to exist (on the Internet).

Eric at Pimp My Novel gives his two cents about self-publishing, and a guest blogger for Intern, Lindsey Carmichael, writes a fantastic post about how to make your book jump off the shelves of bookstores. READ this post. It’s fabulously informative.

Don’t forget to enter the latest Writerland contest to win a copy of the hot-off-the-presses Secret Miracle: The Novelist’s Handbook and a critique of 20 pages of your work. I’m dying to know where y’all are from and what kind of ice cream you like!

And now, just for fun: If you’re a fan of Death Cab for Cutie, as am moi, and you’ve always wondered where they got their name, here’s a video sent to me from RJ Squirrel by The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (duh), who performed this song for the Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour” movie.

6 comments to Link Love

  • I wish they would keep inventing so many things– I can't keep up with them. I'm still a twitter hold out — need to be convinced of its absolute value. Love Death Cab for Cutie but right now my computer doesn't like to play videos it finds on blogsites. Someday I'll figure this out. May after the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge is over.


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  • Carolina Valdez Mill

    Excellent links!! Love the layout of your blog. Very simple and direct, but very effective. I tried to subscribe to the RSS feed, but got a jumble of weird code on the next page. Looked for a follow button, but couldn't find one. I'll try the RSS feed again, though.

    Great video, by the way. So very strange and quirky, but fun–cool to know where Death Cab for Cutie got its name. But what is that hanging out of the guy's jacket pocket?

  • Carolina Valdez Mill

    Never mind; all I had to do was open my eyes and shake off the stupid. Found the follower button….

  • Carolina – thanks for letting me know about the RSS feed. I'll look into that. And I think that's just a silk scarf hanging out of his pocket – like the one around his neck. I love weird old videos like this one – and with John Lennon sitting there watching.

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