Legendary NYC rock and roll DJ Pete Fornatale died last year, but his last book is about to be released: Jigsaw Puzzle, an oral history of the Rolling Stones. Click here for a lengthy excerpt on the Bronx Banter blog.
Finally, a biggie: John Scalzi has written several blog posts on his Whatever blog on the subject of Random House's onerous contract template for its new eBook-only imprints. John rips into this far more effectively than I can, so I'm just going to point you at his (many) rants on the subject, and I will add only that I agree with him completely and in all ways:
- Scalzi ripping apart the Hydra contract templte.
He does the same for Alibi.
A followup discussing whether or not this is the direction mainstream publishing is taking.
Random House's letter to SFWA.
SFWA responds to Random House.
Scalzi on advances. To this last blog post I will reply that the only time I have accepted a book contract that didn't have an advance it was for a small press where nobody was getting paid upfront money. The publishers did not draw a salary as such, and they run the small press as their "night job" because they need the day job to pay rent. So yeah.