I found out yesterday that one of my cousins died. He was 59, and was recognized by the Hemophiliac Foundation as being one of the oldest survivors of hemophilia. He was always a very upbeat, happy person despite all the health issues. He married my cousin Nancy when I was about eleven years old, and I remember older relatives telling her not to marry him because the hemophilia meant he wouldn't live long. That was 34 years ago; they had two kids and he had a very successful career as a pharmacist, and was still mentoring pharmacy students after he retired.
I can't remember if I linked to this already or not, but just in case:
From Writer Beware: Articles on Self-Publishing: The Need for Balance
3. Toss out a few random facts about self-publishing (not all of them necessarily relevant--Khatami notes that the self-published author "retains the copyright to his or her book," as if this were not the case with commercial publishing), while ignoring the issue of low sales (the average self-published book sells fewer than 200 copies) and limited distribution (most self-pubbed books are not distributed beyond the Internet).
May 27th, 2009