Notes from the Manager
You've probably heard about this by now, but less than a month after Netflix announced it's (stupid) idea to split Netflix into two separate websites (and divisions), with "Qwikster" as the umbrella for its DVD offerings, they've backpedaled.
And, like before, they announced it in a blog post. Brilliant. While there's some merit to realizing when you've made a bad decision, the split was never a good idea and all three of these major announcements has been handled incredibly poorly. (Trying to pass off the price hike as a good thing was pretty insulting, I thought.) This whole thing is a PR nightmare that just won't end for them, and Reed Hastings is basically making himself look like a fucking idiot. It's pretty likely he's going to idiot himself out of a job soon, too, if their board of directors has been paying attention to the stock price…
Now, I'm a die-hard movie geek, and I think their streaming offerings and DVD offerings are still worth the higher price, so I'm still with them, but my faith in the company is pretty damned low at this point. (Full disclosure: I canceled my disc service when they announced the split and then reinstated it after they backpedaled.)
How about you? Are you still with Netflix, or have you abandoned ship already — after the price hike or the Qwikster announcement, or after this…?
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Sunday, March 29, 2015
I want to take a foray into electronic publishing.
I am looking for a (prose) writer to provide a short story, novella or non-fiction story that I will turn into an iBooks-formatted eBook for sale (in the iBookstore), released under my Chase Sequence publishing imprint. Chase Sequence published Multiplex: There and Back Again, which won the 2014 IPBA Gold Medal for Best Graphic Novel/Drawn Book–Humor/Cartoon, so technically it is an award-winning publisher.
There is no limitation with regard to genre, but I will say that my taste in prose leans strongly toward literary fiction and non-fiction, and toward characters, psychology, and well-written prose over plot. (Margaret Atwood is my favorite writer.)
What to Submit: A pitch for a 30+ page, prose short story/novella/non-fiction piece. No comics — no picture books. If you have already written the short story, great, but it must be previously unpublished. Please include links or URLs to a resumé and examples of previous published work would be helpful, to give me a feel for your voice.
Send questions (or submissions) to gordon at multiplexcomic.com.
The Terms: No money up front, but 50% of the cover price in exchange for one year of exclusivity (from the date of publication). The writer retains all other rights to their story. These will be sold via iBooks only (at least at first), which means that Apple will get 30% and I will get 20% for my contributions: I will edit the story; I will design and produce the eBook; I will illustrate a cover for it (or hire someone else to, if I’m not the best fit for the story); I will help promote it.
Please submit your pitch before April 30, 2015. I will notify the selected writer(s) I am interested in working with as soon as possible after that.
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