Thursday, December 28, 2006

DB Buys Seagull and Covenant

It was announced today that Seagull Book and Tape and Covenant Communications was bought by Deseret Book. For those that aren't really familiar with the LDS fiction world, this is kind of like Microsoft buying out Apple.

As an author with Covenant Communications, I for one, welcome the new overlords.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. On the one hand, maybe this will mean I can do book signings with Deseret Book. Maybe my next book will be displayed in the front of DB stores as well as Seagull, instead of in the back. Maybe I'll see my book in Wal-mart, Smiths, and other places were DB is.

On the other hand, what about the customer? It was rumored that DB was a bit peeved at how much SB was 'slashing prices'. With DB owning everything on God's Green earth, they can now set the prices as they see fit.

One could argue that one of the smaller publishers now has the chance to shine, but I don't think so. The reason Covenant has done so well is because they owned so many book stores. No other publisher is in this position.

It will be very interesting to see what happens over the days and weeks to come.

More coverage of the story.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Frankly, It's About Time

I've been passed over too many years now, but finally, Time magazine get's it right.

I am the magazine's person of the year. I know, hard to believe, but there it is.

Oh, and you are too.

I see this as a very good thing. The internet has empowered the little guy. I can publish my own blog. I can make a video and post it to YouTube. We can now all do it oursleves. We no longer need The Man, because we are The Man. The Man of the year, that is. :)

Unless you're a woman, in which case you no longer need The Man because you are The Woman. This is a gender neutral blog, brother.

Friday, December 15, 2006


I just recieved word that my book is going to be reprinted. So if you want a 'first edition', better run to the stores now. :)

It's a small second run, so they aren't making very many changes. The only thing I'm aware of is fixing a small error we found after the first one printed. If you've read the book, you'll notice that all of the chapters have a name except for the last one. So if you ever want to tell the difference between the first edition and the second, look to the last chapter and see if it has a title.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Book Signing

I just did a book signing at the Ogden Standard Examiner on Saturday, and should have mentioned it here. I don't do too many signings anymore. I'm more likely to do a book club or elementary school visit. And those are a lot of fun. But I am doing a second book signing. The Book Table, right here in Logan Utah, has a midnight madness sale this Friday from 7:00 to midnight. Should be fun. I think they usually have a dozen or more authors, all in one place, so feel free to drop on by!