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How a High School Student Wrote and Published a Book at Age 16

MeiMei Fox | Posted 06.03.2016 | Books
MeiMei Fox

Deep Patel wrote and published a business book called A Paperboy's Fable at age 16. He reached out to me a year ago to provide him with a blurb ...

Authors Guild v. Google Ruling: An Expansive View of Fair Use

David Chavern | Posted 05.03.2016 | Business
David Chavern

The Supreme Court's recent decision to deny review of the Authors Guild v. Google, Inc. ruling was a blow not just to the suit's plaintiffs in the book industry but to all of us in the business of writing and publishing content.

Should You Self-Publish or Pursue a Mainstream Publisher?

Loolwa Khazzoom | Posted 03.14.2016 | Business
Loolwa Khazzoom

Over the past month, I have fielded numerous inquiries about book development and promotion, so I figured it would be helpful to share with you my tips for both. In this first installment, I'll focus on the starting point question of whether to self-publish or pursue a mainstream publisher.

What Does It Take to Be a 'Best-Selling Author'? $3 and 5 Minutes

Brent Underwood | Posted 03.08.2016 | Books
Brent Underwood

It's about time that readers -- and the media, which breathlessly repeats the best-selling claims of these authors -- wised up. So let me show you exactly how I became a became a #1 Amazon bestseller for $3 and a photo of my foot in less than five minutes (with screenshots and proof).

Think You Need a Website? The Debate Is Raging More Than Ever.

Joshua Macht | Posted 03.01.2016 | Media
Joshua Macht

We've all witnessed the explosive growth of social media during the past decade. Now, a growing cadre of sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Instagram and others are morphing into professional publishing platforms.

Self-Published Book Bumps 'The Girl On the Train' Out of the Top Spot

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 02.10.2016 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

photo by MTA The day my book got to the number one spot on the psychological thriller best seller list, I knew it finally bumped The Girl On The Train...

Can You Land an Agent or Book Deal at a Writers Conference?

David Henry Sterry | Posted 01.26.2016 | Books
David Henry Sterry

If you're an unknown quantity, and you aren't sleeping with someone at a literary agency--or even if you are, in some cases--it's virtually impossible to get face time with a publishing professional, be it an agent, editor, or publisher.

5 Big Questions for Publishers in 2016

Joshua Macht | Posted 01.21.2016 | Media
Joshua Macht

Much of what we thought motivated web users in the beginning, such as speedy pages, has now become a hygiene factor that you simply must have, but which won't motivate a customer to become a loyal follower.

How to Make Your Book a Best Seller

Chuck Boyce | Posted 12.16.2015 | Books
Chuck Boyce

Nothing makes my mom prouder than when she hears me introduced as a "Best Selling Author." Know who else is impressed? Prospects and clients. The title "Best Selling Author" doesn't go away, and in my experience has never lost its luster.

Morning Glory: The Real Opportunity Behind the Daily News Roundup

Joshua Macht | Posted 12.10.2015 | Media
Joshua Macht

Just about every news outlet is looking to capture your attention when you wake, amassing email lists, analyzing the open rates and trying to steal your valuable time away from the competition. All to get you hooked.

The Keys to Publishing Success Are in Your Hands

Kristen Houghton | Posted 12.04.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Getting your book published is no longer a 'wait-and-hope' proposition. There are so many ways to get published today that no author has to go through the process of submitting a proposal (non-fiction) or a full manuscript (fiction) to literary agents and endure the agonizing wait to see if it's accepted by them and then wait some more for the agent to make a deal with a publisher.

WordRates Seeks To Become Yelp For Freelance Writers

The Huffington Post | Gabriel Arana | Posted 11.05.2015 | Media

Every freelance writer has a horror story -- or several. For Josh McHugh, a former contributing editor for Wired who now runs a digital agency, the wo...

8 Ways to Use College to Become a Great Editor

L.L. Barkat | Posted 10.16.2015 | Books
L.L. Barkat

"What's the opportunity here?" This is the phrase that was playing in my mind after a conversation with my daughter, who is, in her own right, a talented writer and editor -- with the possibility to also become a publisher in the future.

Josh Funk on the War Between Pancakes & French Toast, SCBWI & Getting Published

David Henry Sterry | Posted 10.15.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

It's called Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, and it's a ripping barnburner full of outlandish action, heroic and dastardly characters, roller coaster rhymes and some absolutely fabulous illustrations by Brendan Kearney.

Why the Muppets May Hold the Key to the Great Ad Blocking Debate

Joshua Macht | Posted 10.07.2015 | Media
Joshua Macht

For my column, I'd rather talk about the Muppets -- ok, ok, I'll eventually make my way back to the great Ad Blocking Controversy of 2015, but let's start with the Muppets, Jim Henson's invention from the '50s that changed children's television forever.

5 Ways to Engage Your Readers

Dorit Sasson | Posted 10.06.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Spend time crafting and perfecting your book so your storytelling shines. Invest in a high quality editor who is well-versed in your genre and can help take your book to the next level.

Ann Ralph on the Joys of Fruit Trees, Taking Care of Mother Earth, and How to Get a Book Deal Writing About Something You Love

David Henry Sterry | Posted 09.24.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We first met Ann Ralph when she won our Pitchapalooza with one of the great elevator pitches we've ever heard: The Elements of Style for fruit trees. It made total sense even as it was counterintuitive.

The Hard Case Crime/Lawrence Block Connection

Paul Bishop | Posted 09.22.2015 | Books
Paul Bishop

Hard Case Crime editor Charles Ardai has professed both his admiration for Mystery Grandmaster Lawrence Block as a writer and as a friend. With the publication of The Girl With The Deep Blue Eyes, Ardai has agreed to face the bright lights and rubber hoses of the interrogation room.

Interrogating Lawrence Block

Paul Bishop | Posted 09.21.2015 | Books
Paul Bishop

After almost a hundred novels, an uncountable number of short stories, and cherished collections of writing advice and lore, Lawrence Block can lay claim to being the respected grand patriarch of the mystery genre.

Building a Case for the Data-Driven Publisher

Joshua Macht | Posted 09.10.2015 | Media
Joshua Macht

Back during the earliest days of the web, it seemed as if publishers would be able to transform their businesses using the magic of cookies. But the gold proved elusive. All these years later, we are beginning to see results that are finally impacting editorial programming.

Melissa Cistaro on Horses, Mothers, Bookstores and How She Got Her First Book Deal

David Henry Sterry | Posted 08.26.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We first met Melissa Cistaro when she pitched her book to us at a Pitchapalooza we did for Book Passage (one of America's great bookstores) in Corte Madera, California. We've been doing this so long we can usually tell when someone has a book in them and is capable of getting it out successfully.

My Pay off for Writing for Free

Deborah Plummer | Posted 08.07.2015 | Books
Deborah Plummer

When I read the admonishment, "The more we write for nothing, the more people think that's just what we deserve," I took pause to reflect. Was I diminishing myself as a writer by sharing my ideas in this space? And by doing so was I also casting disregard on professional writers?

Authors Beware of Publicity Scams

Kristen Houghton | Posted 07.21.2016 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Every writer is aware that the job doesn't end with just writing a book. There's a heck of a lot more that needs to get done; editing that seems endless with back and forth correspondence with your editor, cover approval, layout approval, and printing.

Putting an End to Returns: Utopian Publishing Dream or Eventual Reality?

Brooke Warner | Posted 07.15.2016 | Books
Brooke Warner

It's time to blog about returns. Not because it's a glamorous subject, but because it's an important piece of the book publishing business that too few authors (and readers) understand. And the fact that books are returnable in the first place is cause for frustration.

Defining Popular -- Not What You Think It Means

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.29.2016 | Books
Maria Rodale

Stepping away from my typical brooding and introspection--such as it is--about my own life, I find myself incrankulous (incredulous + cranky) about the latest news to sweep the publishing industry.