Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tuesday's Tip for Flailing Writers

Print On Demand Authors Beware:
Easily offended politicians will find you, no matter how pathetic your print run is.

Via BoingBoing.net: CNN reports that an Australian author has been sentenced to three years in prison in Thailand for publishing a book which contained passages perceived as insults to the country's royal family -- a crime in Thailand:
"Harry Nicolaides was arrested last August over a 2005 book called
Verisimilitude, which includes a paragraph about the king and crown prince that the authorities deemed a violation of the Lese Majeste law… Only 50 copies of the book were published, and only seven were sold."
I'm making jokes, but this guy's story is actually pretty effed up. To read the CNN article in its entirety, click here.