Publishing


Espresso Book Machine Formatting Templates

My meme for some time has been the same.  We’ll see the Espresso Book Machine or something like it taking the place of a great many brick and mortar bookstores in the not too distant future.  And “Espresso” is now touting its self-publishing capability and offering easy-to-apply templates for formatting […]


Client Published by “Big 5” Imprint

Client’s debut novel published by major house! Publishers Marketplace reported that one of my clients has had a debut novel signed by a Big 5 publisher.  I am prohibited by a confidentiality agreement from discussing the book or its author.  Regardless of this restriction, I’m of course delighted. This is […]


Anthony Doerr’s ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE

I found Anthony Doerr’s ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE to be a remarkable read.  But, as with THE GOLDFINCH, not for the reasons routinely cited in the reviews.  Many who hated ATLWCS said that the latter half of the narrative fell apart.  One reader, a particularly abrasive soul, even […]


Funke Drops Little Brown Over Genre Dispute

A hugely successful Children’s writer, Cornelia Funke, recently dropped publisher Little, Brown, citing editorial differences. Her publishing-house editors wanted her to gear her stories more toward a YA audience.  She believed this change would eliminate much of her established Middle Grade readership.  Ms. Funke refused and plans to publish her […]


“Redemptive Character” Meaning

I often write about the importance of creating characters who are redemptive.  A recent article in The Atlantic pointed exclusively to female protagonists.  Indeed, “Female Characters Don’t Have to Be Likable” implies that a character’s potential for acceptability involves gender.  I found the material about as sophomoric as it gets.  […]


Amazon Prime Reference Book Royalties?

One of my ongoing rants involves Amazon’s payout structure for books lent to its Prime customers.  I’ve contended that the author of a reference manual such as mine, H OW TO WRITE WHAT PEOPLE WILL PAY TO READ!, sits at a decided disadvantage.  Most folks are interested in specific topics […]


Bennett Cerf/Famous Artists Resurrected

The Bennett Cerf error on my part deserves proper chastisement.  I’m particularly pleased when a reader of my hoodoo corrects my miscues.  It matters not if this rebuke comes a Newsletter subscriber or from outside.  Anyone who picks up something I wrote that linked to a meta tag on the […]


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 […]


DeMille Cites Five Editors for “Radiant Angel”

One of my favorite contemporary writers is Nelson DeMille.  I’ve often discussed UP COUNTRY in my Newsletters and that I consider this a work of Literature, it’s that well written and thought-provoking.  I don’t know of a writer who is better at holding a reader’s interest, which is no easy […]