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1. No Coal in YOUR Stocking! A Big Thank You from Lynne W. Scanlon

<!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE <![endif]--> Happy Holiday and a big thank you to everyone who bought my book The Cure for Jet Lag over the past year and helped put Back2Press... Read the rest of this post

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2. Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF): It Takes a Tough Tailbone

I know the 18th Hamptons International Film Festival ran for five days, but if you saw my recent tweet, you know I got shanghaied into jury duty and spent two days in the East Hampton Justice Court listening to a NYC attorney trying to weasel out of... Read the rest of this post

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3. ART in The Hamptons — The Great, The Near-Great & The Great Pretenders

I’m not sure who was going to take the first swing at whom at Wolffer Estate during “Candlelight Friday,” last week, but David Buda, the tasting room manager, who watched my friends and me finish off our Cabernet Franc, quietly defused the... Read the rest of this post

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4. Jane Austen’s New BFs? Cornel West and Fran Lebowitz? I Think Not!

Jane Austen co-starring in a documentary with Cornel R. West and Fran Lebowitz? What in the world was The Morgan Library thinking? Ok, let’s admit it. Jane Austen has not been allowed to rest in peace. Quite the contrary! That poor woman has had... Read the rest of this post

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5. POD Lets Authors Resolve The Catch-22 of Publishing

Many thanks to Joe Shaw, Executive Editor, for allowing me to excerpt the following article from The East Hampton Press and The Southampton Press. The article was written by Tom Clavin and published on December 8, 2009. The Cure For Jet Lag by... Read the rest of this post

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6. Message to Chairman of New York Times Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr: Don’t Jump!

How dare Vanity Fair print such a cruel and heartless article about Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., the publisher and chairman of The New York Times? How can a man possibly summon the energy and enthusiasm to get out of bed, get dressed and face the... Read the rest of this post

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7. Eugene O’Neill’s “Desire Under the Elms” a Turn Off at the St. James Theatre

I’ve got a thing for the actor Brian Dennehy. No, not like the thing I have for Alec Baldwin. This is different. Alex Baldwin makes me laugh, too, but Dennehy brings out the Irish in me, just like the sound of The Chieftains and a penny whistle... Read the rest of this post

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8. White-Collar Playwright Denigrates Blue-Collar Workers in Reasons to be Pretty; Union Workers Should Storm Lyceum Theatre,

I’m on a theater binge: God of Carnage last week and Reasons to be Pretty and Mary Stuart this week. Two out of three were terrific, but Reasons to be Pretty was such a slam against blue-collar workers that this white-collar girl, sitting in the... Read the rest of this post

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9. eBooks Nudge Print Books Closer to Shelf Edge. Digital Book Publishing Wave Gathering Momentum!

Thank goodness I was given a Kindle for Christmas two years ago. I say that because the three-day O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference (TOC2009) in NYC this week was all about digital publishing and I could smugly raise my hand when... Read the rest of this post

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10. Mad as Hell and Filled with Night Terror—Investing by Last Book Read

I’m sending a lump of coal to my financial adviser. Are you sending one to yours? I’d like to know how stocks purchased over a year ago, like Citibank (C) or Radian Group Inc (RDN) or Irwin Financial Corp (IFC), could have been allowed... Read the rest of this post

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11. Holiday Special for Dr. Charles F. Ehret’s Famous Book “THE CURE FOR JET LAG”

Order in time for the holidays and . . . SAVE $19.50! ORDER TWO COPIES AND GET A THIRD COPY FREE! AMEX, VISA, MASTERCARD & PAYPAL! (...)Read the rest of Holiday Special for Dr. Charles F. Ehret’s Famous Book “THE CURE FOR JET... Read the rest of this post

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12. The Fix is In! 2008 National Book Award to Old Coot Peter Matthiessen

We all know I’m stalking Alec Baldwin, but what we don’t all know (or didn’t know) is that I’ve been stalking novelist Peter Matthiessen, too, in The Hamptons.  My eyes lit up when I first saw him about six years ago at the... Read the rest of this post

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13. Holiday Panic on Wall Street! There’s no Better Corporate Holiday Gift than the #1 Best Selling Book, The Cure for Jet Lag, to Prevent the Corporate Jetsetter’s #1 Complaint

Finding the Perfect Executive Christmas Gift Sure, you could pick up the phone and order an executive gift basket of Ruby Red Grapefruit to be delivered in time for the holidays. Or you could order the  perfect corporate gift online and send unique... Read the rest of this post

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14. 2008 Hamptons International Film Festival Blows into East Hampton, NY. ATM Machines Run Dry. Alec Baldwin Sighted!

They poured down RT 27 East in cars, tumbled off the Hampton Jitney and Hampton Luxury Liner buses and disgorged from MTA Long Island Rail Road double-decker trains that ripped past crawling commuter traffic exiting New York City on the Long Island... Read the rest of this post

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15. It’s All About the Book Jacket, Stupido! From No-Seller to Best-Seller

How important is the book jacket for your book? Critical, I’d say. If you are an unknown writer, your book must practically leap off the page and jump into the Amazon shopping cart all on its own. Of course, if you are a writer with a following... Read the rest of this post

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16. PRESS RELEASE: Back2Press Books Launched—New Imprint Seeks Unhappy Authors Whose Books Failed After Selling 100,000+ Copies

Contact: Lynne W. Scanlon Cell Phone: 917-685-9128 Land Line: 631-907-9001 Email: Publisher@back2press.com Website: www.back2press.com BACK2PRESS BOOKS LAUNCHED FOR “THE 100,000+ CLUB” —Authors with Books that Sold 100,000... Read the rest of this post

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17. What Do Authors Scott Spencer, John Irving and Gay Talese have in Common? Sexual Crapulence!

Oh, no. Not again. Another aging author uses writing a book as an excuse to enter the world of the sex-trade and pornography. Gay Talese did at age 49 in 1981 when he wrote the nonfiction book Honor Thy Neighbor’s Wife, and proceeded to spend... Read the rest of this post

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18. WWofP Stunned by Harold Pinter’s “The Homecoming.” Audience Throws Gasping Woman into the Street.

Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming is the kind of play for which you would do well to prepare yourself. This is no fluff ball diversion for the brain-dead like David Mamet’s November, nor a multi-generational tragicomedy with a pill-popping Mama... Read the rest of this post

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19. The First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All the Book Reviewers.

I’m happy that newspapers are cutting back on book reviews. Most of them are unnecessary and just take up space. Long ago, I stopped believing the majority of them.  No, I don’t mean every reviewer ought to be cashiered. I know a... Read the rest of this post

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20. Wicked Witch of Publishing is on Vacation

“Gone Fly Fishing”       (...)Read the rest of Wicked Witch of Publishing is on Vacation (6 words) © Lynne for The Publishing Contrarian, 2007. | Permalink | 7 comments Add to del.icio.us Want more on these topics ?... Read the rest of this post

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21. MediaBistro Rockets to Jupiter, The Publishing Contrarian Drydocks and the iLiad eReader Takes Tolstoy to the Beach!

I’m back. The streams are low. The fish are lying on their sides at the bottom of the river with their tongues hanging out. No self-respecting trout is biting. Whoops, ’striking.’ I’ve hung up my waders until the fall. So... Read the rest of this post

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22. So You Think You’ve Got a Film-Worthy Book or Script. Wicked Witch of Publishing Sees 10 Films and 20+ Shorts at the Hamptons International Film Festival and Begs to Differ.

I know that every book and every screenplay exists because of an heroic and obsessive act of creativity. However, after spending four days last week turnstiling into and out of and back into the United Artists 6-Plex in East Hampton for the 15th... Read the rest of this post

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23. Judith Regan, Editor, & Bernard Kerik, Author, and the Case of the Missing Red Garter Belt. It’s All About the Thread Count.

I’m all for illicit affairs in the office. To my mind, the more, the better. Sub rosa relationships just make going to work so much more fun. Not only do people take more pains with their appearance, but you can count on them to have upgraded... Read the rest of this post

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24. Nathan Lane Goes Straight. Laurie Metcalf Goes Crooked. Dylan Baker Comes Down From the Mountain. David Mamet’s play “November” Might be a Turkey!

What a comedy! Nathan Lane as the President of the United States cum extortionist. Laugh a minute. Not. November, written by David Mamet, author, essayist, screenwriter, film director and, for the past few years, cartoonist, opened last night in... Read the rest of this post

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25. Kindle, Anyone? Wicked Witch of Publishing Predicts End of the Era of “Used & New Books” Online.

I have seen the future and it is the end of “Used & New” purchases on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. I feel it. I sense it. I know it. All it took was for me to activate my new Kindle and download Jeannette Wall’s The Glass Castle for... Read the rest of this post

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