A Thought for the Day
When the moon’s fullest pull beckons and the tint of Autumn touches the highest peaks, anything seems possible; unfortunately, such potent hope means no more than the direst despair in terms of effectuating transformation, which in its manifestation requires, in addition to favorable fortune, more or less correct analysis of what is happening, a coordinated collaboration to achieve particular ends, and the courage and fortitude to persist despite insistent calls to withdraw and plenty of slings and arrows that naysayers fire at one’s temerity to boot.
Quote of the Day
“In considering the rise of the Bolsheviki it is necessary to understand that Russian economic life and the Russian army were not disorganised on November 7th, 1917, but many months before, as the logical result of a process which began as far back as 1915. The corrupt reactionaries in control of the Tsar’s Court deliberately undertook to wreck Russia in order to make a separate peace with Germany. The lack of arms on the front, which had caused the great retreat of the summer of 1915, the lack of food in the army and in the great cities, the break-down of manufactures and transportation in 1916—all these we know now were part of a gigantic campaign of sabotage. This was halted just in time by the March Revolution.
For the first few months of the new régime, in spite of the confusion incident upon a great Revolution, when one hundred and sixty millions of the world’s most oppressed peoples suddenly achieved liberty, both the internal situation and the combative power of the army actually improved. But the ‘honeymoon’ was short.
The propertied classes wanted merely a political revolution, which would take the power from the Tsar and give it to them. They wanted Russia to be a constitutional Republic, like France or the United States; or a constitutional Monarchy, like England. On the other hand, the masses of the people wanted real industrial and agrarian democracy.
William English Walling, in his book, Russia’s Message, an account of the Revolution of 1905, describes very well the state of mind of the Russian workers, who were later to support Bolshevism almost unanimously:
‘They (the working people) saw it was possible that even under a free Government, if it fell into the hands of other social classes, they might still continue to starve….
The Russian workman is revolutionary, but he is neither violent, dogmatic, nor unintelligent. He is ready for barricades, but he has studied them, and alone of the workers of the world he has learned about them from actual experience. He is ready and willing to fight his oppressor, the capitalist class, to a finish. But he does not ignore the existence of other classes. He merely asks that the other classes take one side or the other in the bitter conflict that draws near.” John Reed: Ten Days That Shook the World
This Day in History
Today in labor history commemorates both the outbreak of miner’s struggles at Blair Mountain in 1921 and the formation in 1919 of the Communist Labor Party in Chicago under the leadership of John Reed; in Byzantium nine hundred fifty-nine years ago, the Macedonian Empress Theodora on this day died without issue, leading to a regime change that corresponded with imperial decline; six hundred thirty-nine years subsequently, in 1795, another imperial snafu took place as the English took over present day Sri Lanka from Dutch control, in the War of the First Coalition, to forestall its falling to French forces; three years subsequently, in 1798, French conspirators returned the favor, very briefly, in the establishment of the Connacht Republic during the Irish Rebellion of 1798; half a decade later, in 1803, Lewis and Clark’s expedition started out for the Pacific Northwest from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, then near the Western frontier of U.S. settlement; a century and a half and a year back, Union troops began their final assault on Atlanta, sealing the Confederacy’s fate and establishing the basis for the ravages of Sherman’s March to the Sea; three years beyond that point, in 1867, the acclaimed French
writer and poet, Charles Baudelaire, breathed out his final verse; three years thereafter, in 1870, to the South in Italy, the baby girl came into the world who would mature as the renowned educator Maria Montessori; fifteen years henceforth, in 1885,the baby boy was born in Charleston who would grow up as the writer and poet and lyricist, DuBose Heyward; twelve years still further along time’s trek, in 1897, Thomas Edison perfected his patent for a first moving film projector, the Kinetoscope; a decade after that juncture, in 1907,England and Russia signed the St. Petersburg Convention and thereby cemented the Triple Entente that would find cause to go to war seven years afterward; three hundred sixty-six days after that moment, in 1908, a male child entered our midst whose fate was to write about and dramatize the world as William Saroyan; five years hence, in 1913, a police attack on workers in the Dublin Lockout killed two strikers and further undermined chances of a union victory; three years nearer to now, in 1916, a boy child took his first breath who would operate in the realm of television journalism as Daniel Schorr; four years more beyond that conjunction, in 1920, the world’s first radio broadcast emanated from Station 8MK Detroit Radio; yet another decade and a half onward, in 1935, the United States passed an initial Neutrality Act, evincing an erstwhile determination to avoid the pending European and Asian wars that loomed just ahead, and the baby gave a first shout who would rise in the world as the militant thinker and activist, Eldridge Cleaver; four years subsequent to those happenings, in 1939, across the Atlantic on the Polish-German border, Nazi operatives faked an attack on a German radio outpost that the fascist government used the next day to justify its planned invasion of Poland; two years even closer to the present pass, in 1941,the iconic and beloved Russian poet, Marina Tvsetsaeva, took her own life after the execution of her husband; six decades before the here and now, the male child was born who would write fiery reportage as the investigative stalwart, Gary Webb; another dozen years past that point in time’s arc, in 1967, the prolific and admired Russian writer and thinker Ilya Ehrenburg took a final bow; thirteen years more proximate still to today, in 1980, labor and national activists in the Polish area of Gdansk succeeded in gaining recognition of their union, Solidarity, from the governmental authorities; just a year more than a quarter century afterward, in 2006, a Norwegian police contingent conducted a raid that recovered The Scream, the stolen painting by National hero and icon, Edvard Munch.
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REALITY-BASED SMALL-PRESS EVALUATION
Smaller publishers play an important role as an alternative to the giant conglomerates. More flexible than the corporate behemoths and the bigger independents, largely free of the shareholder expectations that drive the major houses in pursuit of profit, they can afford to take on authors and books that the larger houses may overlook or be unwilling to risk. They can serve niche or specialty markets that aren’t profitable enough for the big publishers to bother with. They may spend more time on their books and authors, through better staff-to-book ratios or an explicit publishing mission–personalizing the publishing experience in a way the conglomerates often don’t.
(One of many down sides is that), (o)perating on tiny budgets and with limited staff, small presses often don’t have the resources (or the skill) to effectively market their books. They may rely on their authors as an unpaid sales force, and justify this by claiming that ‘everyone,’ even bestselling authors with the biggest houses, must self-promote.
This is true. However, the book promotion that authors do–setting up signings and readings, booking appearances, blogging, maintaining websites, writing articles, social media presence, and so on–is intended to be done in partnership with the book marketing the publisher does–sending out ARCs for review, producing catalogs, attending book fairs, advertising. The author, in other words, doesn’t have to go it alone.
When small presses tell authors they must self-promote, however, they often do mean the author must go it alone, with the publisher’s only responsibility being to maintain a website, see that books are listed with retailers, and process royalties. Some presses won’t even provide review copies, or write elaborate promotion instructions into their contracts (and penalize authors who they perceive are not doing enough).
Any small press will expect you to actively promote your books. But the burden of promotion should be shared, and the press should never browbeat you or blame you for poor sales. It’s a very good idea to find out, before signing up with a small press, exactly what sort of marketing effort it puts behind its books–and what it expects you to do.”
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