Category Archives: Publishing

Speaking of data

Kristine Kathryn Rusch has a terrific blog post up that looks at a number of publishing metrics that have been reported by industry peeps lately. I’ve just added this line from the post to my list of favorite quotes: There’s … Continue reading

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writers, writers, an ungovernable bunch …

Megan McArdle has a column up about the meltdown at The New Republic. It’s an interesting read in general for anyone in the writing or publishing business. But in particular, I chuckled to myself when she began describing some of … Continue reading

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so how’s this cover?

Thanks to the tremendous feedback I got a week or so ago, I decided to hire a professional to redo my Can Job book cover: Derek Murphy of Creative Indie Covers. We’re still tweaking, so it’s a work in progress … Continue reading

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“When Libby . . .” A romance novel. Sort of.

Like many of us writers, I’ve finished more than one novel — if by “finished” you mean there are files on my hard drive with lots of words in them. I’ve also done what “they” advise writers to do: after … Continue reading

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She self-pubbed, got a Harper Collins contract . . . and now is self-pubbing again

That sound you hear is another old taboo exploding. It used to be that authors with book contracts pretty much had to do what publishers told them to do. Right? If you got big enough you might be able to … Continue reading

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At tale of beer and books

Only imagine: MSNBC has a story up about beer sales, and lo and behold, they’re plummeting — for mainstay brands like Bud, Old Milwaukee, and Michelob. Of the 23 “largest selling beer products” in the U.S., “eight . . .  … Continue reading

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All hail the book machine

Those of you who know me personally know that for many years I’ve worked as a marketing communications professional supporting some pretty big, name brand companies, including one fondly known as an anchor company here in Rochester, NY. And as … Continue reading

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“I’m out of the advance business and I’m out of the inventory business”

Just watched a 6-minute interview with Jane Friedman, former CEO of Harper Collins. She’s now CEO of Open Road Media, a publishing company she co-founded to so she can play exclusively in the digital space. Key things in her remarks … Continue reading

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Pop goes the book bubble

In NY Daily News, Alexander Nazaryan — writing about Border’s troubles — makes an this observation: What happened to real estate is now happening to books: An industry colluded to push an overpriced product on a public whose purse strings … Continue reading

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New Kindle feature a soft sell tool for writers?

Article on the MSNBC Technoblog by Wilson Rothman leads with the news that the next Kindle OS is going to support “real” page numbers. That’s a good thing — but what really caught my interest is another upcoming new feature, … Continue reading

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