There have been so many things happening in the world of romance that I felt compelled to talk about it.
On Monday I received the news that Kensington Publishing's editorial director, Kate Duffy, had passed away. It seemed to me that Kate helped jump start some pretty terrific careers. She was a serious force in this business. My only personal experience with Kate consisted of a rejection letter she sent me a few years ago. It was my first, if I recall, and painful as it was to read, Kate didn't send a form letter rejection, but a personal one. I appreciated that! Also, she had good things to say about my writing, ending the letter with the words, 'Keep working though, your writing has serious potential'. The publishing industry will not be the same without her.
In other news, I read an interesting article about piracy the other day that had me giggling. Over at agent Nathan Bransford's blog he discusses the issue of pirates being scammed. According to Nathan, "...a site that purports to contain all sorts of pirated material, including books, that you can download very easily and holy cow thousands of people have already done it. All you have to do is install the right software. And, of course, the software is a virus. Or they're phishing for credit cards. Or some other nefarious activity. I didn't stick around long enough to find out. But! There's nothing being pirated. Essentially: they're scamming pirates."
Am I the only one who finds that funny as hell? The pirates are getting screwed! That's justice, as far as I'm concerned!
The last bit I want to discuss is the iRex. Have you heard about the new ereader device that will have 3G wireless (Verizon) and you'll be able to buy it directly from Best Buy? You can purchase the ebooks off the B&N site, similar to the Amazon Kindle now. The thing I like about this is that it gives Amazon a run for their money. Competition is a good thing! Check it out here
To wrap things up...I want to say once more how sorry I am to hear about Kate Duffy. I never had the chance to work with her, but her name will certainly live on.