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April 18, 2005

Jessica "Whoreblogging" Cutler Makes Cover of USAToday

Am I jealous? Oh, of course not. (See changing pictures in upper right corner of front page.)

How stupid is the opening of this story?

Conventional wisdom would seem to suggest that bloggers β€” people who post personal stories and fiction on their Internet Web logs β€” would turn up their noses at the brick-and-mortar world of book publishing.

Riiiiiight. Because we're all so filled with "blogging integrity" that we would never, you know, stoop to actually making money off a book nor enjoying the prestige that comes from having written something that actually gets typeset onto real paper.

So much for conventional wisdom. From Washington tell-alls to people on the front lines of Iraq, bloggers are jumping on the publishing bandwagon in a trend that industry insiders say benefits both writers and publishers.

What a shock. I think this was "conventional wisdom" in the same sense that my hanging out with a friend all day yesterday was a "man-date."

But the story just keeps getting more and more interesting:

"Anything that helps someone who is writing come to the attention of the public is going to help them on their road to being published," says Robert Miller...

Mr. Miller also claimed that, counterintuitively enough, being superhot, superfamous, or superhot AND superfamous could "really help launch a title." He then dropped some further Zen wisdom on this reporter, noting, for example, that "glass is nice and shiny, but I wouldn't want to eat it."

The article signs-off with a big "Eff You" by listing bloggers with book deals... the name "Ace of Spades" does not appear to be on the list.

Uccchhhhh. Take my life, please.

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