Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Quick hits

More good news regarding book review sections

PW Daily reported today that the Los Angeles Times is "folding its standalone Sunday book review section, laying off two dedicated book editors."

Not to be outdone, the Hartford Courant decided to hand a pink slip to its book editor, Carole Goldberg, as well.

Though we've all become a bit jaded by stories about disappearing book editors, it is especially disturbing to see the LA Times make such a move. It's hard to imagine the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books coming out of this unscathed.

How to link when a long URL won't work (think Twitter)

Yen Cheong, Assistant Director of Publicity at Viking and Penguin Books, has a great write-up today on the Book Publicity Blog about a website, Tiny URL, that condenses your long URLs to exactly six characters.

Those of you who Twitter know the value of such a service. It should also help with email pitches that are bogged down by out of control links.

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Anonymous Breanna said...

Actually, TinyURL has been around for a while - since about 2002, I think. But it's a really useful tool, especially when linking to those super-long Amazon.com URLs...

July 23, 2008 at 8:13 AM  
Blogger Will Howard said...

Yes, that's bad news, but I bring good news. I have published for over two years "Will's Texana Monthly," a free e-journal for book reviews and other Texana matters. I also host three blogs
I'm now compiling a bibliography of "Texas Historical and Literary Blogs," including yours. Can we talk? Will Howard

July 25, 2008 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger Rusty Shelton - Managing Director said...

Hi Will. Good to hear from you. I'd love to chat. Shoot me an email at rshelton@phenixpublicity.com and let's set up a time to talk.

July 28, 2008 at 2:01 PM  

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