Monthly Archives: July 2014


Best-Selling Fiction Writers During the Past Decade 2

I saw this list recently and posted it in my Newsletter, and I’m curious if most folks, even if they follow the industry closely, would have selected each of these same names. My surprise is Nicholas Sparks, and I didn’t think Dr. Seuss’s material would still sell in these numbers. […]


Mark Driscoll’s Hook-Up with Result Source Leads the “Go Figure” Column

As a follow-up to the section in last month’s Newsletter on Mark Driscoll, the pastor of the Mars Hill megachurch in Seattle and his using Result Source to provide grossly distorted “real” sales figures, as I thought about this further another issue came to mind.  According to what was documented […]


Pronouns That Cause Problems for Even the Best Writers

A number of people have written me about my recent articles on pronouns to ask, in essence, if two accepted authorities express diametrically opposite views, what’s a writer to do? This is a tough one to answer, but what isn’t in the world of English grammar, ha ha. My suggestion […]


How to Write What People Will Pay to Read! by Robert L. Bacon

I’m proud to announce that my Newsletter broadcast last month marked the five-year anniversary of The Perfect Write® Newsletter, and I’m equally pleased to mention that this edition was special for another reason.  At the request of Newsletter subscribers, in a single e-volume I’ve published the articles I wrote to […]


Kirkus Review Hokus-Pokus and Writer’s Digest Ending Relationship with Abbott Press

Several times in Newsletters during the past several years I’ve commented on my opinion of Kirkus Reviews and what I perceive as their lack of value.  My contention is that the integrity of these reviews is suspect since the service is vended to authors for $400 by the Kirkus organization.  […]


A Book’s Becoming a Movie Is a Difficult Proposition for Even Million-Seller Writers

An author switching literary agencies might not seem like something remotely worth mentioning to a writer trying to break into the industry by landing a bona fide agent and an equally reputable publisher, but I found it rather remarkable that Nelson DeMille switched agents.  Nicholas Ellison had handled Mr. DeMille’s […]


Copyright Issue Authors Need to Understand

Not long ago I wrote an article on copyright nuance, and I devoted a short section in a recent Newsletter to the issue, as it’s ultra important and very confusing.  First and foremost, since 1989 no work requires the copyright symbol © after its title to be legally considered the […]


Author’s Alliance and “Open Access” and Understanding A New Self-Publishing Wrinkle

If any subscribers might have clicked the link in Publishers Marketplace to the new Authors Alliance that’s in its formative stage, it apparently is operated by four Berkeley professors who believe in the Cory Doctorow mandate that anything, once published in any medium, is immediately public domain. These professors all […]


” 101 Quick Actions You Can Take to Build the Writer’s Platform of Your Dreams,” by Kimberly Grabbas

Whether self- or mainstream-published, every new author is bombarded with ideas on how to develop an author platform on the Internet, and I’ve found this plethora of advice to quickly burgeon into information overload.  I’ve stumbled upon this link that I believe many Newsletter subscribers might want to “bookmark” as […]


Good Storylines Sell Books Regardless of the Publishing Medium

Client Mike Hartner’s Historical Adventure I, WALTER has sold 929 e-copies and 300 softcovers thus far, with 102 of the print-version sales occurring in June.   What’s extremely significant about these numbers, other than the gross sales figures exceeding 1,000, is that Mike’s readership is not only remaining steady but […]