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Pointing to Scalzifeed

John Scalzi is at it again. His tongue-and-cheek categorization of "real world" deals, a poke at Publishers Lunch (which impressed me in large part because I confess I've read exactly 2 paragraphs of Publishers Lunch; it's eye-glazingly boring, and transmits not a lot of useful information. Well, to be fair, not a lot in the paragraphs that I managed to take in the single time I tried) seems to have caused a bit of annoyance.


Scalzi says some of what I've said here, but in more concentrated form, and with his usual dollop of wit & observation.


Sep. 14th, 2004 10:18 am (UTC)
Pub Lunch is useful for those who work in publishing, but I'd never call it required reading for aspiring writers. I'm astonished anyone outside the industry would bother to subscribe to it.

I ran into it as a Strongly Suggested Resource on someone or other's blog (yes, this is my lame memory kicking into gear, why do you ask?), and I was curious. So... I joined up and somehow get both the Daily Lunch and the Weekly Lunch in my in box. I can sort of see how this might be of general use to someone working in publishing -- but given the non-event which is the actual dollars for any of the deals, I can't see how it would be enormously useful; it will give you an idea of what's being acquired, yes, but I imagine PW does that as well, and everyone is already reading that.

I'm not in publishing, so I could be so very wrong about this, but I find Lunch a tedious. I think that writers read it to get a sense of whose selling what -- or I think that's what the original point of the poster who raved about how useful it was, was.