Radio Interview

I had a nice interview today on Cowgirl Life radio. It was fun. Blog talk radio is a great networking too.

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The Future of Book Publishing: Risk Shifts To Author

This is a cross-posting of an article that originally appeared on the Smashwords Blog on 4/21/09. In my last post, I wrote an allegory on why book publishing is like venture capital. Publishers, in exchange for investing their cash, talent and connections, become part owners of the author’s book project. Authors agree to share ownership […]

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Why Indie Bookstores?

I received this from my favorite indie bookstore here in Tucson, Mostly Books. The shop is a bibliophile’s dream: floor to nearly ceiling shelves of books covering all genres, used and new, hardcover and mass paperback and everything in between. Run by two sisters, Mostly Books is one of the final few indies left standing […]

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Why Do You Need an Editor?

Nabokov said, "My pencils outlast my erasers."   Writing well means trial and error and learning to master the craft. And that’s an on-going journey. I keep learning new things every year. You’re never “there.” You’re never perfect. And sometimes I think the more I learn, the less I know. 

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Sandy Nathan's book, Numenon, wins the 2009 Nautilus Silver Award––now it competes for the Gold!

Numenon, by Sandy Nathan, is a Nautilus Book Awards Silver Winner!

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The Point of Pedantry

This post, by John Dougherty, originally appeared on An Awfully Big Blog Adventure on 4/1/09. We had a science teacher at our secondary school who, on this date every year, would send some hapless first year to one of his colleagues with a request for a long stand. Or, occasionally, a big weight. Even then, […]

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The Future of Book Coverage

This piece, by C. Max Magee, originally appeared on The Millions on 4/22/09. This week at The Millions, we’re attempting to gather some of our thoughts about the ongoing transformation of literary journalism. Today, Garth looks at the death of the newspaper book section. Tomorrow, Max considers revenue options for literary websites, including affiliation with […]

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Starting Your Own Indie Publishing Company

This piece, the first in a three-part series by Amy Rogers, originally appeared on the Publishing Renaissance site—an excellent resource for indie authors and small imprints—on 4/21/09. or How I Learned to Stop Grousing and Make Something Happen in My Own Backyard – Part 1 of 3

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Setting Stories Free…For Free

The following piece is Lynn Viehl’s introduction to a recent reissue of her short story collection, Sink or Swim, which is now available for free on Scribd—a site on which any author can make his or her work available for online reading, whether in full or excerpted form. In the introduction, Ms. Viehl explains how making […]

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Rejection, the burden of all writers

This article was originally posted at Alan’s blog – The Word.  

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Vonnegut's Rules of Writing

This piece, by P. Bradley Robb, originally appeared on the Fiction Matters site on 3/23/09. “Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.” – Kurt Vonnegut

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Dan Gross Finds the Win-Win Publishing Solution

This article, by Marion Maneker, originally appeared on The Big Picture website on 4/16/09. In it, Ms. Maneker describes how author Dan Gross exploited ebook technology to get his very time-sensitive book about current economic conditions out to the public far ahead of competing books scheduled for traditional, hard-copy publication.

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"It May Be Forever" Cover by Lewis Agrell

From Sandy Nathan & YourShelfLife.com: Award Winning Book Covers: Your Book WILL Be Judged by its Cover. Make It Sing!

Most of the Indie book contests, like the Benjamin Franklin Awards, IPPYs, Indie Excellence, and all the rest, are closed for the year. The books have been submitted and they’re being judged. Will your book win? Two factors have a very large weight in determining whether you walk away a winner––or get passed up: Your […]

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How to Start (or Start-over) Building Your Personal Brand

This article originally appeared on the Skelliewag site on 3/31/09. The article is about personal branding, which is a key component in building your author platform.  A ‘personal brand’ is in many ways synonymous with your reputation. It refers to the way other people see you. Are you a genius? An expert? Are you trustworthy? […]

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How Independents Will Save Literature From The Recession

This article, by Hirsh Sawhney, originally appeared on The Guardian UK Books Blog on 3/11/09. While the majors are in terrified thrall to the bottom line, the shoestring passions of the small presses will carry on regardless It’s not a good time for New York’s books world, or so they tell me. I’ve just returned […]

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