Youmans (pronounced like 'yeoman' with an 's' added) is the best-kept secret
among contemporary American writers. --John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture Marly Youmans is a novelist and poet out of sync with the times
but in tune with the ages. --First Things

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Running with the Amazons

That interesting formal poet, A. M. Juster, just tweeted a link to a writer talking about Amazon: "if you've left me a review on amazon.com or amazon.co.uk or any of the other amazons you can be sure that I've read the review and thought about it and that those reviews have a surprisingly important impact both to book buyers and to editors." Huh. "Surprisingly important impact both to book buyers and to editors." So go comment. I don't, usually. But maybe I should start.

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  1. I'm concluding from Facebook responses that Adrian McKinty's remarks hit home with others--and one comment was from a writer and housemate of his, back in Oxford. The internet is so strange, collapsing time and space.

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  2. I have long had a love-hate relationship with Amazon. I love the inventory, service, and comments/reviews; but I hate the fact that it has made so many neighborhood bookstores distant memories. I wish I could reconcile the paradox/problem. It seems, though, that authors really need everything Amazon represents and offers.

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    1. It seems especially important for the self-published. And even indie bookstores use it for reference--or so at least one owner had told me.

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Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.