Monthly Archives: August 2014


Writer’s Digest and BookBaby–What This Amalgamation Provides for Authors

Writer’s Digest, after abandoning its relationship–and it’s my opinion wisely so–with Author Solutions as a self-publishing arm, had hooked up with BookBaby.  Digital can be done for around $400, and a print component added to it will cost a writer approximately $3,000.  Anyone can do digital, with a clean draft, […]


“The Giver” As an Example of Why Infanticide and Other Forms of Child Exploitation Pose a Specific Set of Problems That Authors Must Acknowledge 2

I have long discussed the problems with integrating infanticide and other heinous forms of physical child abuse into a storyline.  If Lois Lowry’s THE GIVER doesn’t demonstrate the problem in abundant terms, I don’t know what does.  The book was first published in 1993, so it’s taken 21 years for […]


“Fiery Seas Publishing” Principals Enter Historical Romance Fray After Abandoning Entranced Publishing Relationship

I’m a huge supporter of Publishers Marketplace, and I continue to believe it’s the best $25-a-month investment any serious writer can make.  One thing however I’ve noticed of late is that Mr. Cader’s “Daily Deal’s” report is displaying placements to little-known independent imprints by well-known agents.  In some cases, it […]


Amazon “Prime” and Royalties for Self-Published Authors

Amazon has formally launched a program that makes all its e-books, of which my compendium of articles falls into this category, available to subscribers to this program for a single fee of $9.95 per month.  This means unlimited downloads.  According to the many press releases I’ve read, publishers will be […]


Amazon/Hachette Issue Impinges on Every Writer Platform

A longtime client and Newsletter subscriber sent me a recent article on the Amazon and Hachette mishmash that’s consuming, as it should, so much space devoted to book-distributor and book-aggregater relations.  Here’s my response, and while it should be judged solely as another person’s opinion, I hope my brief answer […]


Why Editing Is As Much About the Author Relationship As It Is About the Material Itself

Once in a while I’ll have a client ask me whether or not I’ve been harsh enough in a critique of mine.  To some of you who have hired me, that statement might seem rather odd, since I’ve often been referred to as being brutally honest regarding my assessments.  Granted, […]