Top Twos-Day: Literary License

Many have commented to me personally how my two have stretched a bit lately for these weekly posts. So much is happening I find it difficult to weigh news on the scale of importance to each of you readers. Top Twos-Day began almost a year ago, and it’s evaluation time:

I would like some feedback about the Top Twos-Day posts: do you enjoy two snippets or would you prefer more news?

That out of the way, let’s move to the news this week…a trilogy of sorts.

Think of the first one as a Public Service Announcement.

Recovered from Black Friday? Did you have any cash for the day after…Small Business Saturday? Perhaps you have a bit jangling in the couch or under your bed, grab it and your credit card because this coming Saturday, December 1, is Take Your Child to a Bookstore day. More than 45 states in the U.S., along with “…three Canadian provinces, England, and this year, even the Gold Coast of Australia,” will join in this 3rd annual celebration of the printed book. Many stores are featuring merchandise gifts, author readings and signings, plus opportunities for young readers to ring up their purchases on the cash register. Find participating stores here…

Trending: history. NBC plans to launch a series in the spring of 2013 about President George Washington. With the popularity of Lincoln, and from such greats as “…Barry Levinson, who will executive produce and direct the pilot,” comes  the “…new series based on the acclaimed book “Washington: A Life” by Ron Chernow.” Speaking of TV, in the category of Stranger Than Fiction, can anyone say they’ve seen “Killer Karaoke”? TruTV premiered the show hosted by Steve-O on November 23, which some are calling a cross between American Idol and Fear Factor – not for the faint of heart. “Contestants will sing while standing in a pool of snakes, getting shocked, fending off attack dogs, and many more fearful, extreme circumstances.” Who’s up for this one?

In the publishing sphere, HarperCollins/News Corp is slinking around again, this time they’re sniffing up the skirts of Simon & Schuster. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, HC wants to streamline and focus more on editing and marketing *snort*…I smell another merger. “News Corp is in the process of splitting into two listed companies, one containing entertainment assets, the other containing publishing assets including the Journal and HarperCollins. The new publishing company, according to the Journal, is expected to have a significant amount of cash on hand,” The Wall Street Journal quotes, and remember, they’re part of the package of conglomerate News Corp, though they say a deal is not imminent *double snort*. From where is all that significant cash pooling?

More Top Twos-Days…

And please let me hear your feedback via comments about these weekly posts, long, short, omit?

namaste 🙂

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14 thoughts on “Top Twos-Day: Literary License

  1. RoXie! I have enjoyed most of your “twos” no matter what topic you’ve put the spotlight on. They’ve led me to some excellent reading –and other ideas too. I like that you’re fingers are on different pulses than mine–helps to expand my world. Thank you.

    • So glad to hear that Eva, thanks! yes, keep the finger on the pulse to make sure we haven’t all passed out, mergers to the left, closures to the right…

  2. Snippets are great and the links if something sounds interesting..
    Oh, just heard about McGraw-Hill selling off the educational branch. McGraw has been a powerhouse in edu publishing forever it seems – they bought up a good number of smaller companies that were competition. Textbook industry is trying to figure out the new market with digital – and if core standards come in that will be a big game changer
    If you care, here’s more. http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/marketplacek12/2012/11/mcgraw-hill_sells_education_division_to_private_equity_firm_for_25_billion.html

      • Everyone loses when the big edu publishers gobble up smaller companies. Not only the writers and authors who produce the materials, but also the kids/schools as many good book/programs get shelved, discontinued, and not updated ( or “new editions” created without the original author being involved). I know authors who stay with edu publishers despite being badly treated because the company absorbed their original company. One actually weep after a training session/presentation set up by the new company – so frustrated at the loss of control of their material/ the lack of promotion by the new company – but they felt they couldn’t leave/abandon their work – mainly for fear that others would come in and “update” it – and their name would still be on an inferior product.
        Hard being an author in that situation. – (sorry, probably more than you ever wanted to know, but the recent sell off dredged it up)

  3. Hey Roxie, It is always good to read materials and become informed in unique ways that I don’t hap upon in my daily searches. My blogging, especially my writing have had limited time, so I always appreciate snippets and brief, concise readings as it helps to keep me an honest reader and keep up with all the blogs.

    Thanks for keeping on keeping on…
    Reno

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