It’s a bit of a grab bag post today, but I think you’ll like the interesting links.
First, last week saw John Scalzi (author and soon-to-be outgoing President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA)) blogging about the awful contract Random House’s new science fiction e-book imprint, Hydra, was offering. Ultimately, SFWA de-listed Hydra as a qualifying publication market. Around the same time, the Wall Street Journal printed a story about Hugh Howey. Howey wrote the e-book bestseller Wool series. The key takeaway from the WSJ article? While Random House was trying to screw over new authors, Simon & Schuster created a brand new, and very intriguing, contract with Howey: Simon & Schuster would get the print rights, but Howey kept the e-book rights. It was an interesting study in contrast.
Second, for those writers who are considering/fearing showing off their pasty bodies in public this summer, maybe it’s time to start thinking about getting into better shape. While I’m not going to list any workout plans, I will suggest reading this article from The Atlantic about writers getting fit. Perhaps you can read it while on the treadmill. Or maybe while having a coffee and snack break later today. Either way.