Genre for Children’s Books Remains Strong

Anyone who follows book sales results that are tracked by the major booksellers and others will notice just how strong the Children’s genre remains.  I remarked recently that Thrillers are flat to down (sadly, since this is what I write).  This pattern follows the entire Suspense category, while Children’s and […]

Franchise Writers, How Much Material They Really Write

The rapid rate at which certain franchise writers can churn out material is truly astounding.  The current franchise king, James Patterson, admits to utilizing a team of writers who flesh out stories for which he provides just an outline.  Some literary franchises, such as the long-dead Robert Ludlum’s, utilize material […] “Word” Indexing/TOC Links

Kimberly Hitchens, the founder of, provides this link for anyone interested in learning Microsoft Word the right way.  I find the material amazingly comprehensive.  For anyone not proficient with the nuances of Word, this is one link that’s a must to bookmark. You might want to tell Kimberly how […]

Grammar Question Tops List of Anomalies

I’m just as befuddled by grammar anomalies as anyone.  I marvel, after all these years, at the oddities that still crop up to make editing interesting.  Olusola Akinwale, a longtime Newsletter subscriber from Lagos, Nigeria, who works as a research analyst in his country, asked about this line he’d seen, […]

Free Opening-Chapter Critique

An opening-chapter critique from The Perfect Write® discusses in detail the pertinent issues related to publishability.  Never has this been more important than in today’s fiercely competitive marketplace. The specifics of any critique are of course dependent on the actual narrative.  However, the analysis normally includes most if not all […]

The Washington Post “Best Book of the Year” List and the Smell Test

I reported (a strong word for what I do, I know, ha ha) that The Washington Post has placed a self-published  Romance, SERVING PLEASURE,  on its “Best of the Year” list.  Boy, did I miss on this.  Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post–and this book’s an Amazon favorite.  Coincidence?  Come […]

CreateSpace “smallpdf” Link

I don’t believe many people have registered stronger opposition to Amazon’s monopoly status than I.  Indeed, the firm’s reach extends to virtually all aspects of consumer commerce.  But I’ve also pointed out what I consider the positive of what the company has created with respect to entities such as CreateSpace.  […]

Zora Neale Hurston’s Personal Story Is a True American Tragedy

One author who received unimaginably poor treatment when one considers her contribution to letters was Zora Neale Hurston.  I recently watched a documentary and learned that The Works Progress Administration under FDR initially funded her writing.  During her lifetime, she was vilified for the oddest of reasons (in my mind).  […]

“First Sale Doctrine and “Fair Use Doctrine” Clash in Digital Environment

Anyone who’s ever worked in a book-resale environment knows of the “First Sale Doctrine.”  It essentially means that once the book has been purchased it can be resold without compensating the author or publisher.  There are wrinkles to the law, but that’s essentially what it means. Digital books create a […]