karen_w_newton (karen_w_newton) wrote,

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No mints on the virtual pillow?

My Helpful Friend sent me a link to an article in the New York Times Fashion & Style section. It's about how authors are finding that real book tours are a thing of the past. Instead of traveling the country, staying in hotels, and doing readings and signings in big cities, they're staying home and navigating the blogosphere.

It's not that surprising when you think of it. Web "ink" is much cheaper than plane tickets. One thing that did surprise me was the two photographs of authors that accompanied the story. Both writers certainly reinforce the theory that it helps to be young(ish) and attractive (not the surprise), but both are also using MacBooks!

When did that happen? I know my writer's group only has one or two Mac folks out of a dozen or so. But then, maybe it's the new generation? If you spend your teenage years with an iPod earbud stuck in each ear, maybe you gravitate to the MacBook? Maybe Apple has subliminal ads piped in at levels too low to hear consciously?

Well, the story ran in the Fashion & Style section, after all.
Tags: publishing, the web

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