Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is getting a 30th anniversary makeover with tamer illustrations? Are you fucking kidding me? The illustrations MADE these books. I checked these out of the library over and over again COMPULSIVELY just to get freaked out by these illustrations. I had terrible night terrors and nightmares as a kid (some of them hallucinatory), so it was oddly comforting to see images that were as scary or scarier than the ones my own brain cooked up for me every night. I don’t think I would’ve loved these books nearly so much without Gammell’s influence. HarperCollins, ya mooks, what the fuck.
5:15 pm • 21 August 2013 • 9 notes
(via Worst Client Comments Turned Into Posters | Bored Panda)
Oh god, I’m not even a designer but SO much of my job bullshit is represented here, it’s making my eye twitch.
8:02 pm • 18 February 2013
The 10 Most Mentioned Songs in Books « PWxyz
10. Bohemian Rhapsody
9. Smells Like Teen Spirit
8. Billie Jean
7. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
6. Stairway to Heaven
5. Blue Suede Shoes
4. Dancing Queen
3. We Are the World (really?)
2. Heartbreak Hotel
1. Hey Jude
1:54 pm • 4 October 2012 • 2 notes
10 Of The Worst Portmanteaus I Have Ever Seen, Courtesy of Trendwatching.com
I compulsively portmanteau everything (much to the annoyance of friends and coworkers), and even I think these are bad.
Example of my sickness: I work in rights and permissions in publishing (which is exactly as fun as it sounds). Every now and then — okay, daily — we get a real doozy of a project, where the author is like, “oh hai, can I include the full text of all the Harry Potter books in my book, and also various pictures of children I took at the park who were unaware I was photographing them?”; stuff that makes our jobs a real pain in the ass. I have dubbed these projects “rightsmares”. And they are. Coining this term may be my only lasting legacy at this company.
11:33 am • 21 September 2012 • 43 notes
Playboy Strikes Amazon Exclusive for Interview Collection
99 cents per interview, for a total of 50 interviews, plus cover designs and photos. Not bad!
3:25 pm • 5 September 2012
You should be nice.
I work in a not-very-glamorous publishing job (spoiler alert: most of them are not very glamorous). In the course of my work, my colleagues and I often have to deal with famous authors and other important figures — usually through their literary representation, but not always.
It’s very, very interesting who turns out to be wonderful and who turns out to be a real dickbag. And I tell you, every time we get chewed out by some self-important jerk who’s livid because they have to fill out a simple one-page tax form for us to pay them — sometimes very large sums indeed — it becomes more and more tempting to start out an anonymous blog outing the litjerks. At the very least, it would save others the trouble of trying to republish their (usually mediocre) work.*
In the meantime, when you treat us like shit and dick us around when we try to pay you? We actively discourage our editors from putting your shit in their publications. And maybe, one day, some of us cube-lackeys will reach positions of influence, and we’ll remember your fuckery. And we will not publish your work.
* Which would probably get me sued. On the other hand, I would love to promote the people who are a dream to work with, except usually it’s the authors who are so successful they don’t need the money. Go figure.
3:39 pm • 30 August 2012 • 3 notes
And write the book with hands that know typing.
Finally, a Tumblr that knows my pain.
6:27 pm • 9 August 2012 • 73 notes
OUT OF MY WAY YOUNGLINGS! I have no time for your foolish prattle.
10:20 am • 14 May 2012