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Pedestals Are for Statues

Edie Weinstein | Posted 03.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Edie Weinstein

Throughout my life, my wise father used to say that "They put their pants on one leg at a time, just like you do," so that I wouldn't be intimidated by anyone. Little did he know what he was preparing me for.

Are Health and Fitness Magazines for Men Only for Straight People?

Renato Barucco | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Renato Barucco

One can't help but wonder: Are these magazines for straight men only? I am unaware of their average reader's sexual orientation, however, at least statistically, surely conjecturally, a portion of the readership must identify as gay or bisexual.

Why the Definition of 'Good Writing' Needs a Transformation

Janice Sands | Posted 02.27.2015 | Books
Janice Sands

Carey Salerno, Executive Editor of Alice James Books and a Literary Arts Curator supporting the launch of Pen and Brush's new programming, shares what she has learned throughout her career in publishing and her experience as a poet and a writer.

Book Review: Conspiracy Theory by Mike Enemigo

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.24.2015 | Books
Christopher Zoukis

Conspiracy Theory is a gritty story of drugs, crime, and the underground rap music scene in Sacramento, California, written by someone who knows whereof he speaks. Mike Enemigo, a Folsom Prison lifer is the Impresario of The Cell Block, an up-and-coming publisher of crime, urban fiction, and non-fiction.

Book Reviewing is a Giant Scam!

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.25.2015 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

I've positively reviewed Patricia Cornwell in the past, but when I had negative things to say about one of her books, some of her fans accused me of being jealous. OK, I have a confession. It's, like, 100 percent true, since she sells more books than I ever will. You know what else? It's true of all book reviewers.

Creativity Over Coinage: Why Making Money Is Never My Objective For Writing Literary Fiction

Warren Adler | Posted 02.11.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

Must literary writers, including myself, quell the urges of our pen unless and until it includes a monetary transaction? Should a literary writer not be published unless they are paid for it? This implies that our writing must be bought before it qualifies as real writing.

The Secrets of Publishing Success

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.08.2015 | Business
Lev Raphael

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.

How to Publish Short Fiction

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 02.05.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

So you want to publish a short story? You want to read the journals and magazines that publish short fiction to see where your work would fit. You want to find people that like writing like yours.

A Writer's Motto: 'Get to work'

Janice Sands | Posted 02.04.2015 | Books
Janice Sands

It's my pleasure to share a conversation I recently had with Kate Angus, who is a founding editor of Augury Books, as well as the Creative Writing Advisory Board Member for The Mayapple Center for Arts and Humanities and a teacher at the Gotham Writers' Workshop in New York.

What's Your Time Worth as an Author?

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.28.2015 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

Years ago, a much more experienced writer helped me start thinking about what my time was worth when I was invited to speak somewhere. It's not just the day of the event, she said, if it's only a day.

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.28.2015 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

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Investor Carl Icahn Nominates 2 To Gannett's Board

AP | Posted 01.22.2015 | Media

NEW YORK (AP) — Activist investor Carl Icahn has nominated two people to the board of USA Today publisher Gannett Co. Gannett says it...

How Much Can a Self-Publisher Make?

David Kudler | Posted 01.20.2015 | Books
David Kudler

Self-publishing isn't a get-rich scheme for anyone. Book publishing -- whether you're doing it by yourself, through a small independent publishing company, or through a Big Five publishing conglomerate -- requires an enormous amount of work before, during and after publication to pay off.

Why Tyndale Should Keep Malarkey In Print

Eric Simpson | Posted 01.20.2015 | Books
Eric Simpson

But worse than a six-year-old making the stuff up is Tyndale House self-righteously taking the book off the market because it isn't literally true, as if that should be a big surprise! It's not real? No kidding. Keep selling the book. People enjoy it.

Women in Business Q&A: Christina Lessa, Founder, Creative Director, CEO : FLATT

Laura Dunn | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
Laura Dunn

Christina Lessa is a journalist, photographer and production and marketing specialist. Christina has been engaged in the arts and production market fo...

That E-Book Is Not a Cat! 10 Tips About Digital Books

Ellen Freudenheim | Posted 01.17.2015 | Books
Ellen Freudenheim

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.

Behind the Issue: Sinister Wisdom 95

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 01.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

I titled Sinister Wisdom 95 "Reconciliations." Many of the pieces in this issue of the journal address the different types of reconciliations in our lives.

Going Against the Flow: Trip Adler, CEO of Scribd

Charu Sharma | Posted 01.23.2015 | Technology
Charu Sharma

John R. "Trip" Adler III started the social publishing company Scribd in 2013. Adler grew up in Palo Alto, California, and then attended Harvard Unive...

f in 2014 Content Was King, Where Will 2015 Take Us?

Lucy Cooper | Posted 01.07.2015 | Media
Lucy Cooper

Readers of this blog will be aware of the macro trends we see as we move into 2015; mobile first, identified and measurable distribution channels and the need to change behaviors both internally and externally in order to execute.

You Can't Keep a Good Book Down: Finding Success in Today's Publishing Landscape

Janice Sands | Posted 01.07.2015 | Books
Janice Sands

In a recent conversation with Joni, she shared some important insights into the evolving literary landscape, and how authors, agents and publishers can adapt.

Rejection Is Good For You

Ellen Goodlett | Posted 01.05.2015 | Women
Ellen Goodlett

What I did not realize, as I started down the long hard road to finding an agent and attempting to sell my writing, was how much these rejections would help me in other aspects of my life

When Should You Settle For Your Second-Choice Literary Agent?

| Posted 12.24.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: So you’ve written a (stupendous) novel and you’ve submitted queries to multiple literary agents. Now all you have to ...

Twitter Campaign Takes Aim at Charles Johnson's Publisher

Nathan Robinson | Posted 02.16.2015 | Books
Nathan Robinson

In July, Johnson announced proudly that he had inked a deal with St. Martin's Press, a veteran New York publisher and part of the global giant Macmillan.

Inherent Vice: Danny Gabbai, Executive Creative Director of Vice LA, Talks Publishing, Lists and Theorists

Jocelyn Jeffery | Posted 02.09.2015 | Media
Jocelyn Jeffery

"The more we immerse ourselves in a virtual representation of reality, the more important signifiers become."

Why I've Decided to Opt-Out of Finding an Agent for My Memoir, "Accidental Soldier"

Dorit Sasson | Posted 02.03.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Frankly, I always envisioned my memoir among some of the biggest publishing houses in the world. In fact, it's been my dream. I couldn't think of going any other route.