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Michael Levin
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New York Times best selling author Michael Levin is a nationally acclaimed thought leader on the subject of the future of book publishing.

Michael believes that the traditional publishing model is dead, thanks to the long-term foolishness of the major houses and their willful ignorance of new technologies for the marketing and distribution of books.

Levin appeared on ABC's Shark Tank for his ghostwriting company, BusinessGhost, Inc., which has authored more than 120 books. E-Myth creator Michael Gerber says Levin has created more successful books than any human being in history.

He has written with Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, football broadcasting legend Pat Summerall, football stars Chad Hennings and Maurice Jones-Drew, NBA star Doug Christie, and Fox News broadcaster Chris Myers, among many others. He also edited Zig Ziglar’s most recent book, Born To Win.

Michael has contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, Forbes.com, The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and many other top media sources.

He blogs at The Future of Publishing. You can ‘like’ his company's page on Facebook here.

Michael has also launched a free resource for writers on YouTube. Over 200 videos, with Michael Levin, discussing every aspect of fiction and nonfiction writing and publishing. Visit http://www.BooksAreMyBabies.com for more.

Entries by Michael Levin

Pussy Riot Comes to Harvard and Gets an Incomplete

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 2:17 PM

Two members of the Russian protest/music group Pussy Riot came to the Harvard campus Monday night to describe their thinking behind the movement that captured the world's attention.

The panel discussion at the JFK Jr. Forum at the Harvard School of Government drew a packed house of more than 150...

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Hey, Which One of You Wise Guys Teleported Me Into the Future?

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 5:08 PM

The last time I worked in Boston, I worked for a law firm that specialized in high tech and venture capital. This was 30 years ago. The head of the firm insisted, however, that attorneys not have computers in their offices, fearing that we would turn into our own "secretaries"...

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Smart Guns, Guts, and the NRA: Shoot-Out at the Massachusetts Corral

(128) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 4:33 PM

America doesn't have a gun control issue. It has an impulse control issue.

Gun control advocates came to realize that if they couldn't push legislation through Congress in the wake of Newtown and Aurora, it wasn't going to happen anytime soon.

And yet, mass killings continue to haunt the headlines...

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What Do 4,400 Kids With Disabilities and One Crazy Irishman Have In Common?

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 1:11 PM

Over four thousand kids with disabilities are going back to New York City schools this week, wearing running shoes they won for having run a virtual marathon 26.2 miles over the course of the last school year.

They suffer from partial paralysis, cerebral palsy, are on...

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If You Don't Have a Billion Dollars, You Might as Well Not Vote in 2016

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 1:04 PM

What's the latest fun thing to do with that extra billion dollars gathering dust in your wallet or purse?

You've taken that trip around the world, you were ferried up Everest by native porters, and you've eaten yourself into Weight Watchers by gorging every three-star restaurant in France.

Here's the...

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Who the Hell Put These People in Charge of Popular Culture?

(7) Comments | Posted August 16, 2014 | 10:09 AM

An Asian-American group in Seattle has appointed itself the Lord High Executioner for culture, pronouncing the Gilbert and Sullivan classic light opera The Mikado repugnant to their sensibilities.

One of the Mikado's most beloved numbers features Ko-Ko singing that he's "Got a little list...of society offenders...who never would be missed."

...
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Why Tony Stewart's Going to Daytona, Not Dannemora

(21) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 12:49 AM

Not sure if you're a NASCAR fan, but something unusual happened this weekend.

Tony Stewart is one of the top owner/drivers in the sport, makes $20 million a year or more. In his spare time, he likes to race at the smaller tracks around the country, the kind of places...

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Hey, Whiny British Authors... You Want Fries (Ahem, Chips) with That?

(2) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 12:55 PM

Whatever happened to that steely British resolve, that famous Churchillian stiff upper lip? When did the English become as whiny as we Americans?

Evidence has arrived in the form of an article in the Guardian, a leading British newspaper, that British authors are earning Dickensian starvation wages, and that such...

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Are There 5 Reasons to Stick With Major Publishers? No, There Are Zero Reasons

(43) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 5:41 PM

A HuffPost blogger with expertise in publishing suggests there are still 5 reasons to get a deal with a New York publisher: partnership; quality; legitimacy; distribution; and advances.

Respectfully, there aren't five reasons to go with New York. Actually, there are zero reasons.

If they can't do a...

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Is There One Right Way to Achieve Creativity? (Spoiler Alert: No)

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 3:35 PM

Michael Jordan's high school coach told him that there is "no I in team," to which the budding superstar replied, "Yes, but there is in win."

These two contradictory approaches to creative success are on display in two new books -- Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in...

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What Makes 'Phineas and Ferb' the Most Original TV Show Since Ernie Kovacs?

(7) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 12:16 PM

Trouble in the Phineas and Ferb writers' room. The Disney Channel had ordered up a fourth one-hour special, in which the Phineas and Ferb characters would interact with the story of Star Wars. The show had aired more than 110 22-minute episodes, each comprising two 11-minute stories, a feature film,...

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The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

(2) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 1:37 PM

The best business book of the year is Brad Stone's The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon. If nothing else, it's a fantastic relief to read a book about a massive technology company that took the world by storm and was created by someone other than Steve...

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Why Books Stink

(6) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 4:58 PM

The dirty little secret of the publishing industry is that virtually every new work of fiction and nonfiction hitting the market today is a piece of garbage.

Publishers have always had a strategy of throwing a lot of spaghetti at the wall and hoping that something...

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The Real Donald Sterling

(2) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 5:21 AM

The Donald Sterling story is perfect for our times, since it involves sex, big money, racism, sports, celebrity, social media, gossip, a wealthy villain cut down to size, and even the opinion of the President of the United States.

And yet.

Super sports agent Leigh Steinberg said on KABC...

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Are Smartphones Hurting Our Kids?

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 4:01 PM

Howard Gardner and Katie Davis, two Harvard educators, just published The App Generation: How Today's Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World, which details the depressing inner lives of young people who have been raised on smartphones.

They coin the term "App Generation" to define young...

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Kardashians in Jock Straps: Why Sports Books Strike Out

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 4:12 PM

Once upon a time, sports books were revelatory. They told inside stories of competitive greatness, with a little bit of humor, sociology and male bonding thrown in.

Today, most sports books are a disaster, devoted to self-justification, special pleading and settling scores.

Athletes once were sportsmen and sportswomen. Today,...

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Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot by Masha Geesen

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 2:34 PM

The Olympics Moment Putin Doesn't Want You To See

The most significant viewers' guide to the Sochi Olympics has nothing to do with luge, bobsled, or snowboarding. It's a compulsively readable book that explains in unflinching terms the tragedy that is modern Russia.

Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of...

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I Hate Thanksgiving!

(1) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 4:33 PM

There, I said it. So deal with it.

Thanksgiving was a day I dreaded as a child. My family included some very serious drinkers, and Thanksgiving was their day to cut loose. I remember my uncle's barbed tongue (he would pass away from alcoholism at age 52), other relatives...

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Overpaying High-Flying Indie Authors Fails; What Will Those Silly Major Publishers Try Next?

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 2:56 PM

"Where's my Fifty Shades of Gray?"

You could hear disgruntled publishers pounding their desks from one side of Manhattan to the other. They all recognized, even though they didn't want to put it in words, that their ability to identify the next hot book had withered. Little that they...

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When Apple Became Microsoft, and Other Business Tragedies

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 12:52 PM

Steve Jobs was a hologram -- you could see in him whatever you wanted to see. Visionary, mean boss, bully, genius of the century -- all were true.

The sad thing is that his company, just a year after his passing, has surrendered what made it special.

The...

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