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How One Publishing Company Is Defying Digital

Publishing Perspectives | Posted 08.22.2011 | Books

PORTLAND: Mass-producing books for an ambivalent market has led to fears of the death of publication. With Kindles, tablets, and e-books thriving, wha...

Rebuilding Edith Wharton's House of Mirth

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.02.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

Certain books change your life, and Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth changed mine. The novel's brilliance blew me away in college, deepening my desi...

How Reading Can Survive In The Modern Age

FutureBook | Posted 08.02.2011 | Books

Last week, a consortium of Dutch publishers unveiled the so called "delay app", which allows the reader to choose a story to read while waiting. ...

How To Interpret Rejection Letters From Literary Agents And Editors

Writer's Relief Blog | Posted 08.01.2011 | Books

Rejection letters from literary agents and editors of literary journals can be discouraging—especially impersonal, one-line form letters. But reject...

The Perils of the Print Interview

Sam Harris | Posted 07.24.2011 | Media
Sam Harris

I'm entirely sympathetic with the desire on the part of journalists and their editors to print honest and natural speech. But it seems to me that very few consumers of media realize that print interviews present unique opportunities for distortion.

NYT Editor Slams Social Media, Sparks Twitter Blowback

Posted 07.20.2011 | Media


Tough Love: Things No One Is Brave Enough to Tell Self-Published Authors - Part 3

M.J. Rose | Posted 07.20.2011 | Books
M.J. Rose

As a self-published author you have the choice. Embrace the power to create a book that is truly yours. Don't be a whiner or a copycat.

A Rejection Is a Rejection

Daniel Menaker | Posted 07.17.2011 | Books
Daniel Menaker

If you're curious about what goes on inside the submission process of publishing, here are 8 edited examples of the rejection notes I got, through my agent, for 25,000 words of a memoir.

Tough Love: Things No One Is Brave Enough to Tell Self-Published Authors

M.J. Rose | Posted 07.17.2011 | Books
M.J. Rose

No writer can entirely devote him or herself to the muse. Not one who is traditionally published. And not one going the self-publishing route. So how much work are you are you going to have to do?

The Book Doctors Present: As You Like It, Or the Power of Facebook for Authors

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.17.2011 | Books
David Henry Sterry

Every day writers of all ages, races and creeds; published, self-published and unpublished, breathlessly ask us, "Do I really have to have a Facebook page, and if so, what the heck do I do with it?"

How Will Ebooks Change the Author Experience?

Jason Pinter | Posted 07.10.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

In the end, the act of writing a book will not change. Yet as the publishing world changes, as do the ways in which readers digest books, many of the most meaningful moments in an author's career will be lost or different in a way to make them unrecognizable.

My Mother's Books

M.J. Rose | Posted 07.07.2011 | Books
M.J. Rose

There's no question, I am a writer because of my mother's love of books. Until doing this list I didn't realize how much of who I am and what I write about was influenced by the books she loved.

Understanding How the Traditional Publishing Model Works

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 07.05.2011 | Books
Penny C. Sansevieri

In order to succeed in publishing, you must have a working knowledge of all facets of the market. Understanding traditional publishing is one of them.

Help Make the Encyclopedia of Gratitude Happen

Erich Origen | Posted 07.03.2011 | Impact
Erich Origen

I'm happy to announce the launch of the Encyclopedia of Gratitude -- a reference that changes how you experience life by giving you a world of things to be grateful for.

Gregory Beyer

Death Becomes Them: The Imperfect Art of Posthumous Publishing | Gregory Beyer | Posted 06.21.2011 | Books

When an author dies, what happens to his unfinished manuscripts? From Max Brod’s famous refusal to burn the papers left behind by his friend Franz K...

The Writer as Willy Loman

M.J. Rose | Posted 06.19.2011 | Books
M.J. Rose

How worthwhile is it for a writer to invest time in social media for marketing purposes, and how much time? Should we torture ourselves to do it if it isn't in our DNA? Does it really work?

Stones Into Dollars: Why Greg Mortenson's Math Doesn't Add Up

Jason Pinter | Posted 06.18.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

Perhaps there is a way to account for the massive discrepancy between what Mortenson claims he is making, and what the facts show he is 'actually' making, but again, like the 60 Minutes piece, there are reasons to doubt him.

Why 99-Cent e-Books Are a Bad Deal -- For Authors

Karen Dionne | Posted 06.18.2011 | Books
Karen Dionne

When authors publish their books electronically, most price their titles between $2.99 and $9.99. However, a growing number of authors are pricing their online offerings for as little as 99 cents. Why is this?

Beyond Google: The Art of Time-Effective Information Gathering

Geri Spieler | Posted 06.01.2011 | Technology
Geri Spieler

Conducting Internet research is a challenge. It's time consuming, often confusing and who ever thought too much information could be a problem? The I...

So How Do Fiction Writers Fool Readers?

Claudia Ricci | Posted 06.12.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

It is indeed a mystery and a marvel that fiction writers can fool their readers into believing in what they write. And it isn't only geography that we novelists can "fake."

Seeing Red -- "How Can She Be Tempted?"

Claudia Ricci | Posted 06.05.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

She tears the crust from a rounded slice of bread, begins nibbling on crumbs. She is having a war with herself, trying to decide whether to continue with the fabrication, or admit the truth.

The Agents Who Let Me Down

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.06.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

I started my career at a time when the conventional wisdom was that you couldn't even have a career without an agent. But experience has proven something different.

Publishing Guru Bets On Book-Making Machine

WNYC | Ilya Marritz | Posted 06.01.2011 | Books

In an era when e-books and tablets are gaining more traction, one long-time New York City entrepreneur has stepped into the fray with a device that we...

For Career Authors, Staying Published is the Real Challenge

Karen Dionne | Posted 06.01.2011 | Books
Karen Dionne

No one knows exactly how many books are published in the United States every year. Bowker, the leading provider of global book information, estimates 288,355 print titles were published in 2009.

Just Say No to Everyone But the Voices in Your Head

Melanie Benjamin | Posted 05.29.2011 | Books
Melanie Benjamin

Authors helping authors. That has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? Liberté, égalité, fraternité, and all that. We're all in this together. We ne...