Publishing


Four of the Five Major Publishers Have a Relationship with ASI, Inc. 2

Major publishers and ASI, Inc., (Author Solutions) sadly seem to go hand in hand. When I write about the pitfalls in this industry, and publishing seems to have as many wolves in sheep’s clothing as Carter’s has pills, my remarks generally aren’t wild ravings but tales based on my own […]


Bestselling Books of All Time

  The bestselling books of all time? Here’s a “loose list,” compiled on Wikipedia, of the top 100. It’s far from absolute, as THE DA VINCI CODE is almost universally ranked number-one in contemporary material for a single title. The sequence on this list, however, shows HARRY POTTER first and […]


Reedsy and Blurb–Problems with Editing Mills in General

With Reedsy and Blurb, the hits just keep on coming. Here’s another outfit bursting onto the scene to save the day for weary writers. Notice I didn’t say “wary,” but I’d rather have used that word. An outfit named “Reedsy” has launched a start-up. Much like Blurb’s “Dream Team” concept, […]


Successful Authors Choosing Disparate Routes

An issue I’ve discussed often during this past year was the various routes successful authors are now taking.  Some, like John Locke, have set up their own publishing companies.  I predict we’ll see a more of this trend next year and in years to come.  Some very successful self-published authors, […]


Mainstream Publisher Still the Best Path to Pursue

Seeking a mainstream publisher first continues to remain the best choice for most writers. And, yes, even with all the self-publishing options now available. One of the best articles I’ve read in a long time is by agent Howard Yoon on “How to Make a Bestselling Book.  I believe that […]


Darwinism Invades Mainstream Publishing 2

Longtime client, Sirena Gibson-Ross, wrote me recently regarding her experiences and opinions related to the current state of the publishing industry.  She titled her piece “Publishing Darwinism,” and it’s my contention that her thoughts could not be more accurate or prophetic: She says, “I have a suggestion to up your […]


Favorites Seldom Win Book Awards

Favorites seldom win major book awards.  To this point, an aspect of publishing I concentrated on over the years involves bestseller lists.  I mentioned in a Newsletter, originally broadcast on November 18, 2014, that the National Book Awards were being announced the next day, and to look for the winners.  […]


Path to Published Author

The path to becoming published is sometimes all too clear.  It’s easy to understand why a writer might opt for self-publishing rather than send out the 400 query letters that’s now seemingly the threshold for landing a bona fide agent.  I pulled a random day from Publishers Marketplace to show […]


Authors Dissatisfied with Publisher Relationships

Publishers Marketplace recently provided a flood of statistics on author/publisher relationships.  Surprising to me, half the author respondents expressed dissatisfaction with their respective publishers.  It must be mentioned, however, that the poll was potentially skewed. While Writer’s Digest sponsored the survey, 40 percent of the author respondents were from Hugh […]


Author-Illustrated Children’s Books/Pricing

Author-illustrated Children’s submissions have a huge advantage, as I see it.  During the past 10 years, I’ve had supposed insiders tell me that a Children’s publisher does not want an already-illustrated book, preferring to do it in-house.  Yet I’ve had other folks, including authors of published Children’s material, advise me […]