Was it murder--or something serious?
Philip Marlow in Murder, My Sweet

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Book Biz

I received this announcement on one of the discussion lists I belong to, and for some reason it tickled my funny bone. Has it really come to this?

Good Morning Everyone,

I just wanted to share the latest news from XYZ  Books Publishing.

XYZ Books proudly announces that award-winning author Judy May Winnmahl is joining the XYZ Books family. Judy brings 20 years of dynamic, cutting edge storytelling to XYZ, and her achievements include: 2 ACLS awards and a Niche Award nomination. We are thrilled to have such an accomplished author on our team. Please share in our excitement by welcoming her to the XYZ Books family. We look forward to an exciting new chapter at XYZ Books with Judy May on board.

Look for Judy May Winnmahl's newest releases: Night Fall, in the Fall paranormal series, and Get Out, in the Get Off It series, coming from XYZ Books in 2013.

You can find more information about Judy May Winnmahl by visiting the XYZ Books website .

Not that there is anything intrinsically wrong with it -- what author doesn't want to be welcomed and fussed over by a new publisher? It's just this could have been lifted (and I suspect was) from someone's day job email loop. That line about bringing 20 years of dynamic, cutting edge storytelling to the company. It's so...corporate.

But then again, I'm always complaining that too many writers don't view their writing careers like a real job. It doesn't get much more running-your-writing-career-like-a-business than this.

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