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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

If the Presidential Election Were Held Tomorrow, I'd Shoot Myself

(133) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 8:30 PM

The most amazing thing happened yesterday.

I ran into a registered Republican who was not running for president.

In case you've just joined us, the Democratic nomination appears to be sewn up by the scandal-surfing Hillary Clinton.

The Republican side is a clown car with no less than sixteen notables...

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Backstage With Boston's Celebrity Series - What It Takes To Make A Season

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 7:17 PM

Bostonians know that one of the greatest purveyors of culture is the Celebrity Series of Boston, offering 45 events a year across 8 venues.

Yo-Yo Ma, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, David Sedaris, and new, lesser-known performers all grace Celebrity Series stages.

So how do you put together all those...

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Friends In High Places at Fenway Park

(5) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 1:18 PM

Took my wife to a day game at Fenway Park yesterday, and there are few things better in life than day baseball. Especially at Fenway.

I'm glancing at the standings on the Green Monster when I notice an error.

The sign has both the Blue Jays and the Red Sox...

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SCOTUS: Wrong From The Start?

(4) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 3:25 PM

From slavery to segregation, from Jim Crow to George Bush, the Supreme Court has been consistently on the wrong side of the law.

The critique comes not from some outraged, isolated blogger, but from one of the most respected voices in Constitutional law: Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the UC Irvine...

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Mama Said Knock You Out

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 12:05 AM

Even if you're not a boxing fan, tune in for this column.

It's not so much about boxing.

It's about men.

Men love fights.

We're competitive on an instinctual, visceral level.

And we're also laydowns when it comes to really good marketing.

So when they told us this would be...

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250 Books Later, I Finally Tell Mom's Story

(1) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 3:27 PM

You might ask what took me so long.

My mom, Jenny Graubart, a Holocaust refugee who spent World War II in Havana with her family before entering the United States, finally has her life story inside hard covers.
It only took her son, the author, decades to get...

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Marriage Fantasy Camp Founder Facing Prison Time

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 4:46 PM

The Marriage Fantasy Camp, funded by an astonishingly successful Kickstarter campaign and founded by an unhappily married man attending a New York Mets Fantasy Camp, has collapsed in a series of criminal charges and investor lawsuits.

Alan Lindenman, a Little Neck, New York attorney whose adult children had given him...

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Nothing Wimpy About Jeff Kinney's New Bookstore

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 12:37 PM

Imagine that you are the author of one of the most successful franchises of children's books in publishing history: To date, nine books and three movies, and more to follow. You're happily married, raising your kids in a small New England town. So what do you do next with your...

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Meet Ingrid Nilsen: Becoming a YouTube Sensation and Supporting Women Across the Globe

(3) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 10:10 AM

Ingrid Nilsen's popularity reaches into the millions. She's a top YouTuber -- one of an elite cadre of young video stars whose focus on makeup, fashion, and lifestyle attract a vast audience of girls and young women.

In an interview with HuffPost, Ingrid displayed her belief that beauty is much...

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Elephants Hit the Bricks

(16) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 10:42 AM

"Ringling Bros. Eliminating Iconic Elephant Acts From Performances"
-- Associated Press

"How can I help you?"

"I'm an elephant."

"I can see that."

"I just got notice I'll be out of work."

"What do you for a living?"

"Walk around in a circle. Sometimes I carry a pretty girl...

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'Zero to One' by Peter Thiel

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 11:31 AM

There's a reason why Peter Thiel and his merry band of "PayPal Mafia" members have created seven companies worth a billion dollars each, including PayPal, SpaceX, YouTube, and a few others you may never have heard of. Ever wonder what makes a guy like that so smart?

You can...

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#StopTerrorPorn

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 2:45 PM

Why do the major television networks - CNN, Fox News, and so on - allow themselves to be used as recruiting tools for terror networks?

Why do they permit themselves to carry messages for the worst people on the planet?

Because terror is big bucks for the news media, I...

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Ailey Dancers and the Kids With Disabilities: "If A Finger Can Move, They're a Part of It"

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 3:58 PM

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Photo courtesy of Alvin Ailey Kennedy Day School. Photo by Robert Torres Photography.

On a recent Friday afternoon, the people who can move the most freely came to visit the people who can move the least.

Three dancers from the...

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Dude Perfect: Come for the Trick Shots and Stereotype Videos; Stay for the Message of Faith

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 5:54 PM

Dude Perfect, five buddies who recently graduated Texas A&M, have become one of the hottest sensations on the Internet for their trick shot and "stereotype" videos. They've done videos with Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll, among other sports stars, and have gotten product placement deals with Gatorade, car...

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Make a Level Ground

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2015 | 6:36 PM

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Ali Fuller with Level Ground

"My name is Jovanni. I am 16 years old. I used to struggle with being hungry. Level Ground taught me that the protective shell I'd built was hurting me more than the things I thought it was keeping...

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What Can a Deaf Composer Teach Hearing Impaired Kids About Music? More Than You Might Think

(2) Comments | Posted January 17, 2015 | 12:43 AM

Even casual fans of classical music know of Ludwig van Beethoven's deafness. But could his hearing loss actually have been his greatest advantage as a musician?

Maybe so, says Leif Ove Andsnes, the highly acclaimed Norwegian pianist touring the world playing Beethoven with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Perhaps hearing impairment...

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A Counter To Terrorism

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 9:57 AM

Here are two things we can say with statistical certainty about terrorist acts in 2015.

First, there will be more of them.

Second, you will not personally be involved in any of them.

We could take it a step further and say that you are more likely to be hit...

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Is Peace Coming to the Middle East? Not So Fast, Says Lawrence Wright

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 9:57 AM

Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright has just published a thrilling, compulsively readable account of the 1978 Camp David accords titled Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin and Sadat at Camp David.

The New York Times named the book, published by Knopf, one of the 10 best books of 2014.

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Here's to a Better and Peaceful New Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 9:14 AM

Our poor old world lurches from crisis to crisis:
Ebola. Ferguson. Syria. ISIS.
So New Year's most welcome. Let's start again
With peace on earth and goodwill toward men.

Putin and Ukraine; a nuclear Iran.
We can't even get out of Afghanistan.
Yet no matter...

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Marathon Man: Will Boston Billy Rodgers Ever Stop Running?

(6) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 2:56 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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