Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Apparently nobody told Otto Penzler that he couldn't acquire manuscripts anymore.

Which begs the question: Do the folks at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt not talk to one another at all?


Julie Butcher-Fedynich said...

HAhahahahaha. Someone jumped the gun. Maybe this will keep the pessimists from all that poor-mouthing.

Arachne Jericho said...

I think it's more like

a) They stopped buying for a while, which is not unusual, and is actually true.

b) Their PR person made a boo-boo in actually saying this. That is DEFINITELY true.

c) Awareness of the Internet as a news-carrying mechanism that frequently updates and has defined areas like Every Single Publishing Website is not alive at this particular imprint. Considering the very visible hooflah of late, this is DEFINITELY true.

d) Communication along lines of the company are lacking. This appears to be true and unfortunate.

So they stopped buying; and this'll become more frequent. It's not bad-mouthing, it's just a very reasonable conclusion.