Category Archives: Writers beware

JUST SAY NO: A WRITERS’ MANIFESTO

Send to Kindle  Long ago in a galaxy far away, I was a literary agent. One day, a writer who was not yet a client came to me for advice. “I wrote a novel,” she said. “Mr. Blank, of Blankety … Continue reading

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Caveat Emptor

Send to KindleI’ve worn many hats, and with the exception of one ancient riding helmet, they all relate to publishing. I’ve been an editor (Fawcett Books), a literary agent, and a teacher of writing, in addition to writing my own … Continue reading

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What Sort of Publishing Is Right For You?

Send to KindleIn my last post, I wrote about the results of a large though unscientific survey of authors, which revealed a high level of dissatisfaction around the areas of marketing, sales and income. This struck me as profoundly unsurprising, … Continue reading

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David vs. Goliath

Send to KindleWriter Jeannette Vaughan ran an interesting blog post recently, entitled “The Amazon Ripoff,” in which she argues that Amazon And CreateSpace underreported sales of her book, released by indie publisher Age View Press. If she’s right, this is … Continue reading

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Don’t Bury Publishing Yet: 8 Self-Publishing Canards

Send to KindleLast week, David Vinjamuri wrote a thought-provoking piece on the future of publishing, entitled “Publishing Is Broken, We’re Drowning In Indie Books—And That’s a Good Thing.” The article is nuanced and non-partisan, the comments less so, as respondents … Continue reading

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Publishing Mosquitoes

Send to KindleIt’s a bad year for mosquitoes – or rather, a great year for mosquitoes, a bad one for their prey. On Long Island, where I live, I can’t step out to the garden without being attacked. There’s a … Continue reading

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