Many of my friends and even some of my clients are looking for work. One of the reasons I know is because they ask me if I know of anyone who’s hiring, since I have so many connections in the design and publishing field.
If I know of any openings that would be a good fit for them, I tell them, of course. (And sometimes it even works out — my referrals get hired, and I get thank you letters from the seeker and the hirer — and I feel like the Yenta of publishing gigs!)
The problem with Amazon reviewers is that they’re often too laudatory. Not every book is perfect. That’s why I find it refreshing to encounter well-written 1 star reviews there.
Such as the one I just found for a book I was considering buying, Audrey Niffenegger’s (The Time Traveller’s Wife) graphic novel for the YA market, The Night Bookmobile. I like graphic novels, I like YA literature (Hatchet, My Side of the Mountain, etc.), I liked The Time Traveller’s Wife, and Niffenegger’s from Chicago, so how can you go wrong.more >
On my way to the park with my dog this morning, I stopped off at her dog-sitter’s house to pay her for last week. Cory lives just a couple blocks over from me. I pulled up to an empty spot on the street, got out, and then saw two chickens walking down the sidewalk, a couple doors north of where I was going.
They were not trying to get to the other side, I noticed.more >
One of the reasons I have a Referral Details and a Comments field on my DesignGeek subscription form is because people often regale me of the circuitous route they took to find the newsletter. Here’s a good one that just came in:more >
So Publishing Secrets is now signed up as an eBook provider — a publisher, really — to Apple's iBook store. We use a later version of the same iTunes Producer application that music producers use to upload songs to iTunes.
There are tons of screens of metadata info they want you fill out, like this one:
One of my Google Alerts (like an old school clipping service … do those still exist?) is for “designgeek,” and it’s kinda fun to see how many forum users and bloggers call themselves a designgeek or sometimes give themselves that login name. (There are no other blogs named designgeek, though … otherwise my trademark lawyer would have to stomp on them. And she’s a triathlete or something. Watchale.)more >
Oh gosh, while reading the often hysterically funny web comic xkcd I became inrigued by something he was making fun of, "TVTropes," so I looked up TVTropes in Google, went to the site, and emerged 45 minutes later.
In other words I became the subject of the guy's comic. He wasn't kidding!
Check out this trope, "Writer on Board." You'll soon see what I mean.
I have a love/hate relationship with PDF portfolios, the Acrobat 9 PDF format that turns a PDF into a handy ZIP container with a slick front end. I love the interface for customizing it, because it makes me feel like I'm a programmer. "Hmmm, the interface should present thumbnails of the enclosed files on the bottom that you can flick left and right; and a Flash movie should be on the "home" page, with a "Fall leaves" color theme. Or wait … let me arrange them in list order like the Finder."more >
Probably not the biggest pet peeve I have, but the most recently encountered: I cringe at the sound my Morton's salt container makes when I need to pull up its metal tab embedded at the top of the cylinder. I pulls open with such a rough, high-pitched squeak sound that the hair raises on my arms and my back teeth ache. Why can't they make just a normal, embedded plastic tab opener?
Fingernails on a chalkboard are only slightly worse.more >