Monthly Archives: November 2016


Sterling Lord Literistics–Legendary Literary Agency

A true bastion of the book-agenting business, Sterling Lord, is the founder of Sterling Lord Literistics.  His agency is always among the leaders each year in titles placed, with well over one hundred.  And anyone checking out the Sterling Lord Literistics Web site will find a dozen or so agents […]


Grammarians–Rare Category of Scholarship

My remarks on legitimate grammarians elicited a lot of excellent commentary.  I never expected so many e-mails from subscribers in support of my contentions.  And specifically the issue surrounding “experts” who find it necessary to attempt to change writing dogma. I believe strongly in what I wrote.  While there is […]


Trends in Publishing

Trends, for anyone desiring publication for the first time by a mainstream publisher (the Big 5 and Kensington), please read the tea leaves.  I’ve mentioned the groundswell of Young Adult material currently consuming so much of the fiction market.  If what follows doesn’t support the trends I’ve routinely been outlining […]


Random House Severs Ties With AuthorSolutions

AuthorSolutions, Inc., affiliation with Random House ended as fast as it began.  On January 5, 2016, Random House announced that it sold its stake in AuthorSolutions, Inc.  An Indian outfit, Najafi, became the new shareholder.  This firm has been buying up political hot potatoes for some time.  It will remain […]


Editors Accommodate Challenging Responsibilities

Editors accommodate their responsibilities via a constant juggling act.  Material has to survive the sternest test of all: the reader.  Hence, we do look at things with greater introspection than some writers would like.  Especially since every author believes that his or her respective material is top-notch to begin with! […]