RIP David Bowie

One of my earliest memories was checking out my red glitter nail polish as my girlfriends and I tottered--in hot pants and 4" high-heel wedges--down the hill towards the Tower Theater to hear David Bowie perform as Ziggy Stardust.

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Have Indies Finally ‘Arrived’?

Yes, they have repeatedly cracked The New York Times best seller list and are being picked up by traditional publishers for lots of money at a blindingly fast pace. But most mainstream media still won’t review their work. In other words, they are still not viewed as equal to trad pubbed authors (this, despite that fact that Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, has just released a memoir by the 25 year singer, Ke$ha).

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Everybody Pays for It

Paying for book reviews is not just the pervue of indie authors. Traditional publishers not inclined to paying outright for services find other, more socially acceptable ways of racking up positive reviews. There are fancy lunches and plenty of swag.

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Indie Book Makes Cover of the NYTimes Book Review!

The fact that Eggers happens to have "established" McSweeney's Books—responsible for publishing the title that the Times reviewer calls, "a kind of Death of a Globalized Salesman', alight with all of Arthur Miller's compassion and humanism"—is casually mentioned on the inside page, as if writing and self-publishing a great book was a regular occurrence. Which, we’re here to tell you, it is.

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