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 […]


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 […]


David McKenna’s Personal Blog Assists Authors

David McKenna’s blog is a fine offering that writers might want to consider adding to their “file.” David has been a longtime editing client.  And I’ve found him to be a talented writer with a gift for weaving a complex and entertaining story.  He added a post recently that served […]


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 […]