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Julie Barrett is a freelance writer and photographer based in Plano, TX.

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Taking a break from work just because I need to blog. Or just do something else.

Why yes, it has been a bit busy around here, and I anticipate I'll be swamped on and off for another month. Work is good, but I need to remember to take time to rest. And speaking of rest, an update on the new mattress: I'm sleeping better, overall.

Reminder: Just because you buy an ISBN your book doesn't automatically get on the shelves of bookstores. I was reminded of that the other day when someone tried to tell me that they had distribution through Ingram. No, please, you don't. Ingram does offer distribution services, and bookstores can order through them for shelf placement. Think of a distributor as the sales force that actually convinces bookstores that they need to put your book on their shelves. If you're doing that job, you don't have distribution. It's as simple as that.

Hey, Sprint! (As if this is going to do any good. They don't respond to my tweets and don't respond on their message board.) Where are the damn smartphones? I'm not talking about a crappy Palm or last year's Android. And where in God's green earth is Windows Mobile 6.5 for the Touch Pro 2? It's been out since, oh, October? Verizon and AT&T have it. Oh, and while you're at it, lower the price. Or better yet, bring in some more smart phones. The Imagio would be nice. You seem to have completely abandoned your core market.

And while I'm at it, here's a rant to all carriers: What's the deal with exclusive phones, non-portability of devices among carriers that use the same network technology, and early termination fees that cost more than the phone? You're all acting like you're the only game in town, and then act shocked, shocked I tell you, over market churn. Don't you guys remember the days of landlines, when the government stepped in and forced you to stop acting like the only game in town? It'll happen again unless you get your acts together. This hurts consumer choice.

(As if anyone will pay attention to what a D-list writer toiling away in a home office has to say, but I had to get it off my chest.)

Now, it's back to work. I have to earn my D-list fees.

Tags: Technology Writing Publishing

Filed under: Technology   Writing   Publishing      
1/26/2010 10:56:19 AM
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