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Stop Kvetching. Self-Publishing Is Here To Stay -- And Vaulting Ahead

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bernard Starr

Yes, there's lots of junk among self-published titles. Let's be honest though. Traditional publishing also releases a lot of pollution.

Seeing Red: "Ronda in Releve"

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Jesús leaning across the white tablecloth, his face framed by two narrow tongues of flame. The same two candles whiting the coal of his eyes. Ronda, heavy with wine, catching the blinking lines.

Seeing Red: "Sins Bleed Pink in the Kitchen Sink"

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Ronda staring. The young doctor has carrot hair. Eyes like a September sky. Face full of freckles.

American Publishing: A Lesson From Tolstoy's Inkwell

Dan Agin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dan Agin

The collapse of Borders is akin to the collapse of Lehman Brothers on Wall Street, and it suggests that too many people in American publishing don't know what the hell they're doing.

The Book Is Dead. Long Live The Publishing Industry!

Julius Wiedemann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Julius Wiedemann

The Book Is Dead, Although it is hard for many of us to emotionally detach ourselves from the book as an incredible medium, what with ...

Seeing Red: "Jack, Jack, Please Come Back!"

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

"Jack, please, Jack, please come back, Jack! Please." But Jack hasn't heard a word she's said, and before she can say another word, he has fled the room and all she hears are his feet sprinting down the hall.

Tel Aviv Stories

Ashley Rindsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ashley Rindsberg

At the end of the writing, editing, considering and worrying that makes a book, I have to think that every writer is left with a question: why did I write this?

You Call This Fast? The Long, Slow Birth of a Book

Alan Paul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Alan Paul

I wrote my book Big In China really quickly. I know this is true because everyone says it is so, but the process has felt anything but fast to me.

Seeing Red: "The Who-What-Where-When-Why-How Ronda Gets Pregnant"

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Ronda knows for certain when she got pregnant. And she knows exactly where she was. Provincetown. It was in May, the weekend of the 13th and 14th.

Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe: Brainiac Amours in Just Kids

Holly Cara Price | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Holly Cara Price

Only two pages in and I'm choked with sobs as I read how Patti Smith listened to her soul mate's breathing on the phone as he struggled in the hospita...

Seeing Red: "Jesús Just Wants to Play Guitar," Part Two

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Ronda blushed and Jesús bowed slightly. "I'm afraid I must go inside now. Otherwise, there is a bride who will have no music." He reached down and only then did she notice the black guitar case beside his feet.

Fans, Friends, and Followers: How to Build a Solid Author Platform That Sells More Books, Part Two

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Penny C. Sansevieri

Now that you know what you need to do to identify your platform, it's a matter of expanding it. But where to start?

Seeing Red: What's a Toilet Bowl Doing in This Love Story?

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

With both Ben Jr. and Jack, Ronda more or less felt OK. Mild nausea always used to hit late in the afternoon, right about teatime.

Seeing Red: "Wretch!"

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

She is weaker than she ever remembers being before. She can barely lift her head up above the white ceramic rim. She screams out, "Help me somebody! Help me, I'm dying in here."

Widening the Gender Gap: A Response to Salon's Laura Miller

Jason Pinter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

Salon's Laura Miller recently examined the long-argued notion that women are underrepresented in book criticism. Now, I will not argue Miller's thesis. My problem is where it goes from there.

Does an Author Really Need a Website? The Book Doctors Interview Annik LaFarge on How to Be a More Effective Author Online

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Henry Sterry

Annik LeFarge knows what she's talking about, so we asked her to share with us the benefits of author websites. She also shared with us her 10 ½ tips for being a more effective author online.

Seeing Red: "Sex and Cinnamon," Part Two

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

She went up onto her elbows. Stared into his gray blue eyes. The salmon-colored curls ringing his sweaty forehead. She saw the earnest look in his face. "So I think I would like the same thing," she said, not knowing her own voice.

Thoughts on Crafting the Unbreakable Writer

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kim Michele Richardson

The path to publication can be a gauntlet beset with trials that test a writer's endurance. By sharing my journey I hope to inspire other writers to stay the course.

Best Rejection Letter Ever! | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

This is a letter sent to Gertrude Stein by her exasperated editor, who had just ploughed his way through (or not) one of her rambling manuscripts (her...

Jason Pinter: Why My Next Book Is An eBook. Only.

Jason Pinter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

We went through numerous drafts, then began submitting to publishers. One editor offered to buy it--but only if I turned it into a chick lit novel and published it under a female pseudonym. I declined.

The Pen Name Is Mightier Than the Sword Name

Jeff Klima | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jeff Klima

Congratulations, you've decided to completely devote yourself to the endless, droning monotony that is professional writing. On the world's s...

LiveBlogging From Edible Institute 2011 (Highlights from DAY 2)

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kurt Michael Friese

Good morning and welcome to day 2 of Edible Institute 2011. I'm you're host, Kurt Michael Friese, publisher of Edible Iowa River Valley. You are inv...

Digital Book World 2011:

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Four of publishing's leaders filled a massive ballroom to capacity and then some in New York City on Tuesday morning as Digital Book World kicked off ...

Barnes And Noble:

Publishing Perspectives | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

B&N was the bookseller whose massive expansion into superstores in the '80s and '90s was seen as the catalyst for the closure of numerous independent ...

Smart Self-Publishing: How to Get Published Without Getting Scammed

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Penny C. Sansevieri

Author royalties vary greatly from publisher to publisher but don't be swayed by higher royalties because the calculation might be a bit tricky. Let me explain.