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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

Marathon Man: Will Boston Billy Rodgers Ever Stop Running?

(6) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 3:56 PM

Just 40 years ago, when Bill Rodgers won his first Boston Marathon, running was considered a bizarre thing to do. Truckers threw beer cans at runners' heads.

Employers wouldn't let workers go for a run at lunchtime. Women seldom ran marathons and were barely welcome at the Boston.

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Am I The Only Parent Who Thinks Today's Homework Load Is Insane?

(5) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 1:00 PM

A long time ago, I was a kid.

And when I was a kid, I played.

There was some homework. I did it, or I put it off until the next morning and raced to get it done before school, but somehow there was plenty of time to go out...

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Is That Legendary Ballet Edward Villella Choreographing Ice Skating? Yes, It Is!

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 10:08 AM

So it's Saturday night, date night, and I'm looking for somewhere fun to take my wife. Then I see there's something called Ice Theatre of New York. And The New York Times has called it one of the 10 best cultural experiences in New York City.

The New York Times...

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Jews Return, In Gladness and Song, To... Berlin?

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 1:09 PM

Louis Lewandowski may be the greatest German composer you've never heard of. But hearing his setting of Psalm 150, just once, launched the career of America's leading conductor of Jewish music. And hearing his music, just once, launched a festival of his Jewish music... in Berlin.

Which means that from...

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Ode to Thanksgiving, 2014

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 12:00 PM

I could decry the stores that open on Thanksgiving Day,
Or how, among the young, antisocial media holds sway,
Ferguson's cry for justice that the system will not heed,
The millions in our country who will spend the day in need.

The House of Representatives that fails...

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Jeff Kinney Gets Boys to Read Books. What's His Secret?

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 4:17 PM

Time Magazine named Jeff Kinney one of the 100 most influential people in the world, but if you have adolescent sons, he's probably among the 10 most influential people in your household. That's because he's the creator of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, which has sold 150 million...

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At 78, He's Still the Toast of Fenway Park

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 5:18 PM

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Everybody knows the Boston Red Sox boast three World Series rings in ten years, the oldest ballpark in the majors, and the most rabid fan base in organized baseball.

Who knew...

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50 Years Later, Peter Yarrow Still Asks, 'When Will They Ever Learn?'

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 2:50 AM

Peter Yarrow has every right to be disappointed with our war-torn world. At 76, however, he remains hopeful that things can improve and that he, and music, can still be the catalyst for change.

Yarrow is now promoting his new book, Peter Paul and Mary: Fifty Years in...

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Why I Am Your Hero (Today Only)

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 8:18 PM

2014-11-03-MichaelMarathon.jpgAchilles International Guide Runners Tommy Thompson and Michael Levin flank cancer survivor Mouldi Fehri prior to the start of the 2014 NYC Marathon

Yesterday I ran the New York City Marathon as an Achilles International guide runner for an...

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A Seventh Edition of the Mother-Daughter Book Club? If You Can Wait Until 2016, Author Says

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 1:38 PM

Mother-Daughter Book Club fans, rejoice. Heather Vogel Frederick, author of the erudite and beloved series of novels for and about girls who love to read, has reversed her decision to end matters after six volumes and will publish the seventh--and absolutely final book--early in 2016.

Frederick had committed to closing...

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Book Review: Rendez-vous With Art by Philippe de Montebello and Martin Gayford

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 5:56 PM

Rendez-vous With Art by Philippe de Montebello and Martin Gayford
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Imagine if you had all the time, money, and knowledge of art to fly around the world, visit museums, galleries, and churches in the company of the world's top art critics, and then describe...

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Hey, NFL -- I've Got Your Good News Right Here

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 12:31 PM

It's been a very trying couple of weeks for the NFL. Domestic violence, child abuse, a weakened commissioner, and sponsors and governors alike criticizing the League's handling of the sociopathic headlines, have all but taken the focus off the games themselves.

Operative words in that previous sentence: all but.

The...

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Pussy Riot Comes to Harvard and Gets an Incomplete

(2) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 3:17 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 | 6:08 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

(129) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 5:33 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 | 2:11 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 | 2:04 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 | 11:09 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 | 1:49 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 | 1:55 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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