A huge and gloomy list, outing PR spammers http://prspammers.pbwiki.com/
I am told that this wake was put together by Gina Trapani, editor of Lifehacker.com, but somehow I don’t think this will stem the flow. Trust me, idiots who take the corporate buck will always attempt to push their luck, sometimes with disastrous ends. Beware, as it can be a tearful reality.
A big thank you to my cuddly diarist pal Madame Arcati who has pointed out a Will Self rant on Tony Parsons – his claim that Parsons “focus-groups” his plots before he turns them into novels – a diatribe against targeting one’s audience in the art process – http://madamearcati.blogspot.com/2008/05/will-self-tony-parsons-focus-groups-his.html
It proves how important a media aphrodisiac is to many scribblers, especially before they set out on the epic quest of writing a book. It’s sad to report that without a hook, an author can be condemned to the frustrating reality of a mammoth amount of work counting for relatively nothing.