Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Doctor Is (Back) In

Dear Readers,

When I started this blog one of my motivations for doing it was that very few trade publishers or editors were actually on the web talking about what we do or how the book world looks from a publisher's perspective. Since that time I've become aware of one reason why: this blog-writing thing takes a lot of time! We do things in the office all day, and then go home to read and edit; somewhere in there we might see our spouses or children, but an editorial job tends to fill up a lot of hours that could otherwise be devoted to exciting activities like blogging, tweeting, and Facebooking. 

I keep hoping I will develop the skill of tossing off the pithy 100- or 150-word blog post like Seth Godin or Chris Brogan, but I seem to be doomed to crank out 300 or 800 word posts that take me hours to write (partly because I can't help myself--I edit them). All of which is a longwinded excuse for the hiatus since my last post. It wasn't that I got lost in the ash cloud on the way home from London--I got submerged in the manuscript pile. I'm happy to say that the manuscripts I neglected this blog to edit over the last several weeks--one on the Pythagorean Theorem, one on health care reform, and one on the morality of animals--were all terrific books that I can't wait to see in print. But I will save writing about those until they get closer to a bookstore near you. Meanwhile I will do my best to resume posting at a regular, not-quite-blistering pace. There is much to discuss, from the mysteries of flap copy to the latest maneuvers in the e-book world and question of whether this week's developments are really "game changing." 

Yours very truly,
Dr. S. 


M Clement Hall said...

Happy to see your blog again. Look forward to more, especially if you can guarantee a good antique cartoon with each of them.

Renee Miller said...

I am constantly told to make my blog posts shorter, but I just can't. I'm relieved to know I am not alone.

I have friends who post daily and I can't imagine doing that. One blog post takes me a couple of days. I do know how to keep it simple, I write articles for a newspaper and an online site, but when it comes to my blog I just can't seem to keep it simple. Apparently I can't keep my comments simple either.

I'm glad you tended to those neglected manuscripts. They must have felt lonely.

Renee Miller said...

By the way, today is repetition day. Yeah, they just made it, just now. So my comment was to honor that. ;)

Peter Ginna said...

Thanks for the encouraging comments--and Renee, thanks for the encouraging comments!

V.R. Leavitt said...

Nice to see you back!! Can't wait to see what more you come up with.

Renee Miller said...

You're welcome, Peter. You're welcome.

Holly said...

The book on the pythagorean theorem looks fabulous. Be sure to say more when you get a chance. @history_geek

May the K9 Spy (and KC Frantzen) said...

Thanks Peter.

Ah. Time management.

A Vulcan Mind Meld would be a wonderful thing!

Not to worry. We look forward to reading when you have the time to send. I would much rather have intermittent, useful material to read more than daily blathering.

I don't have TIME to read everything I want to anyway.

This is a good thing you're doing!

Congrats on the up and coming manuscripts being out there!

KC Frantzen

Sharon K. Mayhew said...


I find that shorter is better when it comes to posts. It limits your space to get across a point, but often increases your readersip. I've noticed on my blog that the longer the post, the fewer the comments...

Glad to see you are back to share your wisdom. :)

Peter Ginna said...

Holly--you'll see more about HIDDEN HARMONIES: THE LIVES AND TIMES OF THE PYTHAGOREAN THEOREM when it comes out this October.

Terry, KC, and Sharon--thank you. I fully agree that shorter is better post-wise. I keep trying.
On the back of an old Tom Lehrer LP it said, "If you don't like this record, you will *certainly* not enjoy these other albums by Tom Lehrer." In that spirit, if you don't like long posts, you will certainly not enjoy the one I put up today...

Stacy Boyd said...

Glad to know I'm not the only person whose blogging pace is slow due to self-editing. I envy those folks who can write quickly and often.

Glad to see you posting again.