Category Archives: Mainstream publishing

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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Publishing as a Career for Writers

Send to KindleIn a recent blog post, Donna Shear, director of University of Nebraska Press, advised aspiring writers not to work in publishing, but rather to seek their day jobs in other fields. She offered a list of reasons to … Continue reading

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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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Diversity in Books

Send to Kindle  A group of authors concerned about the lack of diversity in children’s literature launched a campaign on social media recently to raise awareness and influence decision-makers in the publishing industry. On Twitter, their  hashtag,#WeNeedDiverseBooks, trended for several … 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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An Overnight Success In Four Years

Send to Kindle   It’s been a while since my last post, due to a combination of issues. I had a “quick, easy” medical procedure that turned out to be quick and easy for the doctor, while carving a month out … 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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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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Interview with Marysue Rucci of S&S

Send to KindleI was rummaging through some old files the other day and came across an interview I conducted with Marysue Rucci, now editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster. Marysue was kind enough to answer my questions back in 2002, when … Continue reading

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