Monthly Archives: September 2016


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 […]


THE FAULT IN OUR STARS–A Perspective on Why the Novel Was Such a Huge Success

First, if a person has a blog with two million acolytes, it does not require the skill of Truman Capote or Ayn Rand to sell a lot of books.  I’m not being facetious when I say that Mr. Green could write a book titled “Let’s All Step in Dog Poop […]


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 […]