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Ye gods. First we have to write a good novel - not just good, but really good, really distinct in some fashion that's not really quantifiable. Then we have to leap waaaaaay up to the arbor where the agents hang out (and hope not to get too many sour ones!) and wait and wait and wait until we've given up for someone to decide our work is good enough to grace a bookstore's shelves (or Amazon's, at least). And now we find out that we must have a deft hand with the makeup brush...or at least know someone who does.

Get a load of this:

http://dev-amartin.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=102821440

(Link goes to an NPR short clip about how the dust jacket's author photo affects the book's marketing--listen for the People Magazine quote about two thirds of the way through.)

Argh!
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According to the Galleycat web feed linked below, fantasy mass market paperback sales are holding strong. (Romance sales remain strongest amongst genre sales.) For those of us who write fantasy, this is good news amidst all the consolidations and layoffs in the publishing world.

http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/bookselling/not_everybodys_sales_are_going_down_103438.asp

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