Well some more stuff rolled in, so we’re rolling it right out:
§ Journo Rich Johnston was laid off from his copywriting job and is looking for a new opportunity in the UK:
For the past six and a half years I have been a very happy advertising copywriter at a radio advertising agency in Soho, London. Worked with wonderful people, created award-winning work, made a lot of money for a lot of people, and enough for myself to get a mortgage on a house and bring up a young family.
I, along with other copywriters here, have been handed notice. Business has fallen of late and the company has had to take drastic steps. And economically it’s a bit bleak right now.
So I am using this opportunity to ask anyone and everyone who reads and enjoys Lying In The Gutters, if you work in a London or London-ish ad agency, if you know people who do, or if there’s anything you think you might be able to do to help, please call or e-mail. Even if it’s just for a chat.
§ SLG’s Dan Vado had a lot to say about the way the world works now at WonderCon:
SLG had planned to start publishing more books at a lower price point, as Vado said it was getting “harder to sell a graphic novel by a new guy who no one’s ever heard of that costs between 12-15 bucks.”
Vado said if sales start to drop due to the economy and the preponderance of higher-priced books, even a $10-15 graphic novel may have a hard time meeting Diamond’s minimums. “I’ve done this for 23 years,” Vado said. “I can’t say we’ll make it to the end of 2009. And that’s shocking to say because I’ve lived through a lot of crap.”
The new policy also affects SLG’s backlist and what they can list multiple times in “Previews.” “Where we live and where we do our best is in selling stuff that’s come out and selling it over and over again,” he said. “In the book business, most of the business is backlist. Now we’re all being shoved over to being a frontlist publisher of more expensive material that’ll never get another shot in ‘Previews.’”
Vado said he thinks the change will eventually lead to competition for Diamond. “They need to do what they’re gonna do,” he said. “It sucks, and in the end, what they’re going to end up doing is creating the competition they’ve been trying to squelch for years.”