Being the first book fair I have attended as an author, I have to admit how ill prepared I was. That being said, I was curious to learn from the experience and discover how other authors successfully market and sell their books.
I have the utmost respect for editors. It is their job to see that your book is readable and flows from start to finish. There will always be times, however, when disagreements about characters, lines, and scenes are going to happen. And those disagreements are a good thing.
Erica Jong is one of the writers who helped define a generation. Forty years ago her book, Fear of Flying, became an iconic classic that pierced the consciousness of all.
I was humbled by the great response to last week's post, "How to Steal Your Co-Workers' Ideas." Close to 10,000 readers took time to read it on LinkedIn, and nearly 60 shared their thoughts.
Cindy Crawford, the iconic name alone resonates beauty, strength, longevity, health, supermodel, businesswoman extraordinaire, work out video maven, and now adding to her boundless list of resume? Mastering the skills as an inspirational author.
Paul Beckman's stories are widely published in print and online in the following magazines amongst others: Connecticut Review, Raleigh Review, Litro, Playboy, Pank, Blue Fifth Review, Flash Frontier, Metazen, Boston Literary Magazine, and Literary Orphans. His work has been included in a number of anthologies and published in a dozen countries.
We often discuss how to be better stewards of time, money, and resources, but have you ever considered the importance of stewarding criticism?
Forget those gotta-dos, author Anne Lamott was saying. Forget about those things we should have done, and, crap, the things we never should have done in the first place.
Scott Deitche, the author best known for Cigar City Mafia and The Silent Don, has put together the definitive work on booze, bars, gangsters, and those that chronicle the exploits of the underworld; the crime writer.
The man I once viewed as "the strongest daddy in da' world" was now too weak to defend himself against the young dope boys in the community. Overnight he became less entertaining. His jokes became irritating. His singing and dancing morphed into buffoonery. He could do no right in my eyes.
When I was a child, one of my least favorite phrases was, "You should be grateful." So, I'm not telling you that. What I am suggesting here is that this month is a great time to say these five thank yous. It's a heartfelt endeavor. You'll see. It does a soul good.
As an example of what separates successful people from the rest of the pack, take a look at some of the daily routines of famous writers from past and present.
You know your book so well -- and you've now read so many edits and copy edits and galleys -- that you might think everyone does. But they don't. Let your audience know who the characters are and their relationship to one another.
I won't let go of the closers. I must admit, I'm obsessed. I just continually see nonsense and I can't help myself. When will I rest content? I guess when the baseball world abandons this newly-minted position and the teams use whom they think are their best relievers when it really matters instead of wasting them in the ninth-inning when most times it doesn't.
I speak and work to promote authors online and almost all of them feel that their needs are not supported by their publishers. As someone who has worked in-house, I know how hard everyone works and how passionate they are about their books. So I wonder why there is this disconnect?
This Sunday over 50k runners will be running the New York City marathon. Along the streets at any given point spectators will be cheering on thousan...
The Story of My Teeth, on every level, is obsessed with artifice and the slipperiness of identity. Now translated by Christina MacSweeney, in collaboration with Luiselli, the book mimics her own play with authorial identity. In the book, Gustavo Sánchez Sánchez, also known as Highway, claims to be writing a “dental autobiography,” though the question of whose words we’re actually reading later becomes complicated.