So if we know how to be the masters of time in the novels and stories we create, why not be masters of our career chronology as well? And why not create for ourselves beginnings that bring us the meaning and joy that we're looking for?
They're like the bullies on the playground. Those snot-nosed, mainstream-published authors who think indie writers are not real artists just because they don't have a traditional book deal.
Thousands of dynamic, unsung heroes of the cause are stepping forward and challenging the status quo. They are straight men and women, gays and lesbians, bisexuals and transgender individuals alike, and while their message is unified, their methodology is innovative and unique.
You're currently expected to have a strong presence on Goodreads and anywhere else on-line you can chat with your fans. How long will that be the new "best" way to promote your books?
As the Justice Department's so-called "eBooks" antitrust trial winds down in a Manhattan federal courtroom, it is remarkable how many people have failed to see how easy the case really is.
With the recent prevalence of Kindle, Nook, and other digital reading devices, short fiction has started to return as an acceptable, and salable form, in fact bringing back the form with a power and a popular respectability it has not had for some time.
Perhaps one of the greatest pleasures of summer is lying on a beach or in the grass reading a good book (Kindle, Nook, Tablet, iPad, whatever) that ...
John Green's YA novel The Fault in Our Stars is currently #16 at Amazon and the guy is a promotional genius. So how does he use his fame? To attack independent authors and tilt at windmills.
So how does the book world look? A little uncertain, I'd say. Approaching the Javitz Convention Center in New York City, you get the delicious feel for a minute of being in an alternate universe.
In 1987, as a young sports writer and newlywed, my dad met John Wooden while covering a talk Coach gave. A thank-you note from Wooden for the column my dad wrote led to a shared morning walk.
With traditional publishing, books might be pulled due to plagiarism or libel -- but rarely for content, and especially not without a widespread outcry.
Don't let data-driven decision-making cause you to make stupid decisions. If the data shows (and it does) that shorter book titles might give you a slight sales advantage, don't change your title to two words if the absolute best and necessary title is seven words.
For years publishers have insisted that what happened to the music industry won't happen to them. Yet when we see what's happening in publishing I fail to find an instance where publishers aren't subscribing to the same model music companies did.
Let's sit down, break bread, and figure out how to guarantee that books by all writers, big and small, will have a prosperous future.
I made this reading list for my granddaughter Meggie, and wanted to share it with you too, though I could easily add at least another ten to this list.
In Who Owns the Future?, Jaron Lanier is betting that technology will make the future better than the past.