When it comes to book promotion, getting caught up in metrics can be the quickest way to kill any marketing endeavor.
There's been a glut of addiction memoirs released of late but none have made quite the impact of Sarah Hepola's masterpiece, Blackout: Remembering The Things I Drank to Forget.
My conversation with Marshall about his latest book Triggers, which airs this week on most of our PBS stations, is all about finding the "je ne sais quoi" -- that uncertain quality that cannot be easily described or even named, but that we know exists.
Here's a preview of the exciting new books on work and psychology. Instead of just spouting their opinions, these authors bring us real data.
Today, 60 years on, Guinness World Records - as it was renamed in 2001 when it was finally sold by the brewery - continues to top the best-sellers lists. In 1974, it overtook Dr Benjamin Spock's Baby and Child Care as the biggest selling copyrighted title of all time, and it remains the world's best-selling annual book, with accumulated sales to date of more than 132 million copies.
Hyphenation can be tricky. There's widespread confusion, it seems, about when and how the tiny line segments should and shouldn't be used. With so many instances in which people guess wrong, covering all the misuses would take acres of the Internet.
Of late, meaning the last few years, coming to myself in the dark woods in the middle of my life, I read autobiographies of interesting women. They are my guides as I navigate a way that is lost only because it isn't found yet--because I haven't lived it.
She is famous for her recipe perfection and for testing and refining and escalating each recipe until it will work sumptuously for you in your home kitchen. Yes, there may be a few steps here, you may have hours of work, but the results will make you proud.
This summer I listened in on an editorial panel at a writers' conference where I'd been invited to speak. The room was packed with aspiring authors who wanted answers to their editorial questions.
When I first met author W. Bruce Cameron, I spit goat cheese all over him. Now, in case, you weren't 100% sure, this is not something people generally do in fashionable social circles, at least in our country, and certainly not when they're trying to make a good impression on a famous writer.
Maybe it was his initial dismissal of Oprah's Book Club. Or perhaps it was his claims that "Twitter is the ultimate irresponsible medium." The Time magazine cover with the slogan "Great American Novelist" probably did not help neither.
Chris Tusa was born and raised in New Orleans. He watched in disbelief as the Hurricane ravaged his hometown. The 2005 disaster, weighed heavy on his heart and mind, and he began working on a novel in pursuit of capturing the emotional and physical distress inflicted by Hurricane Katrina.
British writer Virginia Ironside is determined to convince people that getting old is not so bad -- even for a Baby Boomer who interviewed the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix early in her career.
In his new book, Coexistence and Reconciliation in Israel: Voices for Interreligious Dialogue , Ronald Kronish has drawn together a broad range of reflections on inter-religious work in Israel from a fascinating array of practitioners and thinkers.
We first met Melissa Cistaro when she pitched her book to us at a Pitchapalooza we did for Book Passage (one of America's great bookstores) in Corte Madera, California. We've been doing this so long we can usually tell when someone has a book in them and is capable of getting it out successfully.
There was the time this summer when my 13-year-old daughter asked me questions that I didn't know how to answer: "Will the police help me if I need help? Will they kill me, mom? Will they kill you?" I didn't want to answer her, because the truth of the matter is that I could have answered each of those questions with, "It's possible."