Critical Linking: The Most Read Stories, June 24 – 30, 2012

Here are the most read stories from the last week in Critical Linking…

“I used to work for a large publisher where it was more or less common practice to game Amazon reviews. Marketing people had anonymous logons to Amazon and would go and post reviews of new titles. I sat in a few meetings about books which weren’t doing as well as expected and a few positive reviews would appear the next week. It was considered a fairly standard option to help out a book which perhaps hadn’t made the expected sales on publication.”



Call them the Gatsbabies: three dandyish gentlemen—but straight, mind you, very, very straight—who seemed to come out of nowhere. In this, they were not unlike the former James Gatz himself, on whom they unconsciously styled themselves, the emperor of West Egg, the subject of a million high school book reports and any minute now, a glistening slice of Oscar bait starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Baz Luhrmann.

These guys did get to the end of the book right?


I said that I wanted to write a book, and I did, but it was only once no one wanted to publish it that I realized that what I really wanted was to be a published author, and that I most assuredly am not.

I do wonder if the coming normalization of self-publishing will reduce the romance of having been published to the point that a bunch of people no longer really find it attractive.


Ms. Fenske originally planned to get rid of Daniel by sending him to prison and writing him out of the series. Then she saw the statistics. She decided 29.7 % was too big a chunk of her audience to ignore.

I think getting more information about readers is great in a lot of ways. But deciding how to shape your novels based on reader feeling? That’s not how it should be done.

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