Category Archives: Self-publishing

Why I Signed the New York Times Letter

Send to Kindle  On Sunday, August 10, an open letter to readers signed by over 900 writers appeared as a full-page ad in the New York Times. The letter does not take sides in the merits of the business dispute … Continue reading

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Insider Tips from a Publicity Pro: Positioning Books for Success

Send to KindleI’m delighted to welcome to In Cold Ink Brian Feinblum of Media Connect, a major book publicity firm with a tent large enough to include Al Gore and Dick Cheney on its client list—so you know that’s got … 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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New Author Study Shows Preference for Traditional Publishing

Send to KindleAn interesting study about publishing and writers recently came out, and one thing is clear: writers are not a happy lot. The study, called the 2014 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Study, is based on responses … Continue reading

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An Experiment in Genre

Send to KindleWhen I was 22 and fresh out of college, I got a job as a copywriter with Fawcett Books, one of the top three paperback houses of the time. They published several lines of romances that sold very … Continue reading

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Editing: Brain Surgery for Writers

Send to Kindle  If you needed brain surgery, how much time would you invest in searching for the right brain surgeon? Knowing that outcomes vary, experience and dexterity matter, competence is paramount, and an incompetent practitioner can leave the patient … Continue reading

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Rejection: Good for the Writer’s Soul?

Send to Kindle  There’s a schism in the writing world. Messianic advocates of self-publishing tout its benefits; skeptical opponents counter with the lack of all the services provided by publishers. As a novelist, blogger, and former literary agent, I’ve read … Continue reading

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The Inside Scoop: A Publicist’s Take on Book Marketing

Send to Kindle  No one writes for his desk drawer. Books are a means of transmitting stories, ideas, history, experience, and emotion; and that transmission can only succeed when the books are read. But to be read they must first … Continue reading

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Completing the Circle: From Idea to Book to Audience

Send to KindleIf you’ve ever gone to a writers’ conference, chances are you’ve met Elizabeth Lyon. As the author of half a dozen widely-read guides to the craft and business of writing, including The Sell Your Novel Took Kit: Everything … Continue reading

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