Just a quick note to answer a FAQ: all of these contests are open internationally, and you have until close of business on Friday, December 19th to enter them all. I may not be able to ship anything until after the holidays, but you’ll at least know if you’ve won.
There’s been some really interesting comments on yesterday’s post about Lev Grossman‘s article on Modern Book Publishing. I was particularly taken by Joe’s comment. “The existence of a publishing hurdle will make the accomplishment of getting published a more meaningful one when it finally comes and, beyond that, will make it more likely that I will actually enjoy some success in connecting to readers, because it keeps me from inflicting my worst work on people.” That’s really close to what I was getting at!