Hundreds of books have been written about Michael Jackson, but this is one of the very few must-reads to have been published since his death, forgetting his much-debated private life and shedding light on the one area most people appear least informed about; his work.
Will I read Hoffman's book? Probably not, even though I've been to Masada. So why not? Because I'm working on something told in first person, and I don't want to be influenced by the story-telling in Hoffman's book.
The Book Doctors first met Judith Fertig when she won our Kansas City Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for Books). She was commanding without being overbearing, powerful but warm, a total pro.
Perhaps you think I'm crazy for suggesting anyone let themselves fall into this pit of despair, that I'm an emotional sadist of the worst variety. But darling reader, I assure you I'm not, because eventually something happens to every single person who loves someone who doesn't love them back: they manage to stop being in love.
Because the University of Wisconsin Press had done such a bang-up job on my memoir My Germany--which got me three different tours, two in Germany--I gave them Assault With a Deadly Lie, and the cover they came up with knocked me out. So I decided the older Nick Hoffman books needed a makeover.
When I started out, an author friend warned me that publishing was a crazy business, and he was right. Ever since my first book was published in 1990, I've been seeing news items about one scary trend or another.
Authors tend to believe that their work has the potential to redefine literature and become a bestseller. This blinder will see a book to conclusion, but it will not aid the marketing and merchandising process. When presentation is everything, objectivity must be the transcendent mantra.
It's almost the end of the month. Those who have purposely developed some New Year's resolution last year (technically, last month), might want to re-visit those from now.
There's something interesting happening and it's almost like we're going back in time. According to many sources, I've read that Kindle and iPad sales are down.
You'll often read or hear the advice that writing is basically getting to it, sitting down and doing it, or more elegantly that 'The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.'
When I was a kid, a famous circus came to town. My mother arranged for me to meet The Human Cannonball behind the tent, after his show. I couldn't believe my luck. He was truly impressive, almost a god among men to a young, small town boy like me.
No matter your situation in life, you can change your circumstances. You have all the capability within yourself to make good things happen. And while pursuing your goals, you can enjoy every minute of it.
I took a three-day foray into the belly of the electronic publishing beast, attending the Digital Book World (DBW) Conference 2015. I emerged with a whole new vocabulary ("flowable") and some top line news for readers.
Next to the long and storied history of the print book, the eBook is still in early infancy, and that is what makes it so fascinating to study. In the coming years, the content and context of eReading are certain to evolve greatly.
If you're looking for a reason to get excited for the New Year, I've got ten for you.
It has been an honor to be involved in such a life-affirming project. To witness in print the bravery and honesty of these teens. They've taught me so much about life, love and what it is to fight, to win and sometimes to lose, but always to learn.