Monthly Archives: December 2015


Defending Editing Vocation

Over the years I’ve accepted the task of defending editing as both a vocation and discipline necessary for any mortal with the intent of becoming published by a royalty imprint. Then as self-publishing became more common and eventually routine I championed the use of a professional editor as a means […]


FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, Analysis by Robert L. Bacon

In the past few Newsletters I’ve included an analysis of a major bestseller, with the idea of giving subscribers some ideas of why the book was such a hit with readers. In some instances this involves rereading material, as was the case most recently with FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. I […]


Declining E-Book Sales

A number of reputable sources have recently reported declining e-book sales, and client and longtime Newsletter subscriber Ali Alebrahim sent me a wonderful article that succinctly explains what I too believe are the reasons for the softer numbers. As I recently said regarding my personal library, if I desire credibility […]


Alliant International University/AuthorSolutions, Inc. 2

Author Solutions, Inc., has teamed up with Alliant International University. According to Andrew Phillips, ASI president and CEO, “. . . the efficiencies of supported self-publishing to the university-press model could dramatically reduce barriers of entry, ultimately resulting in learning institutions disseminating scholarship for the greater good.” First, I didn’t […]