Daily Archives: June 5, 2007

Listen to Wrecking Ball

New music site Lala.com has reached some sort of licensing deal with Warner Music where it streams music and pays Warner a penny every time a song is played (you can also apparently also buy the music to download straight to your iPod).

What this agreement means is that I can point you to one of my favorite albums of all time, Emmylou Harris’ Wrecking Ball, and you can listen to it and bow down to the unspeakable awesomeness that is Emmylou. Start with album opener “Where Will I Be,” which is just monumentally great, and just let it play all the way through. If you’re not ready to buy it by the time “Waltz Across Texas Tonight” is done, well, I don’t want to say I’ll respect you less, but, yeah. I probably will.

Seriously: Great album. Listen and enjoy.

Toby Buckell’s Author Advance Survey

Author Tobias Buckell has been keeping tabs on author advances for the last couple of years, and now he’s asking for authors to contribute more data to the survey, the better to help us all keep tabs on what authors are really getting paid, across publishers and genres. Toby will keep all data in confidence (he’s done a fine job of doing that over the last couple of iterations).

If you’re interested in participating, here’s the link to Toby’s entry on the survey.