Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Return of Book-Blogging Superheroes, or How You Folks are STILL Changing the World

After my post on the power of book bloggers, couple of you lovely reader-folk expressed an interest in learning more about how blogging has affected the publishing industry at large. I've kept an eye out for similar situations; here are two of my favorites:

After School Library Journal reported that Scholastic book fairs were censoring Lauren Myracle's Luv Ya Bunches because one of the characters has two moms, bloggers in the parenting and LGBTQ worlds took up arms and made their protests heard. The result? Scholastic reversed its decision and made the book available at middle school book fairs. Whether the newer decision reflects a full victory for the LBGTQ community or not is still up for debate, but it's hard to deny the power of an angry mob of readers and activists armed with the power of words and the accessibility of the internet.

This second example isn't really about blogging, and it's not really about sparking revolutions in publishing -- but, nonetheless, it's pretty wonderful for her (and for her agent, and for her future editor, wherever he or she may be, and for we readers!). What's more, it's probably of great interest to you Author-folk. On her blog, Write on Target, Debra Schubert has a funny and inspiring story of how she got her agent -- via Twitter.

How about you? Do you know of any other great stories of blogger activism that succeeded -- or didn't? I'd love to hear them!

1 comment:

  1. Agented via Twitter? How awesome would that be?! Thanks for sharing!