Timelines Elude “The Lost Ship” 1

Timelines really matter, contrary to what we see on TV.  Every professional editor on the planet looks closely at story continuity related to timelines.  Yet what’s a writer to think when watching TV shows that demonstrate zero regard for how long it requires to get from one place to another? […]

“ASME” Suspends Fiction Award

“ASME,” the American Society of Magazine Editors has now made it to the top of the bizarre list.  ASME suspended its fiction award for this year because of a paucity of entries.  Huh?  And here’s where it becomes even weirder.  The association’s president said that his organization also didn’t feel […]

Printed Book Popularity Holds

Printed books remain the gold standard, at least according to a recent article (fall of 2016) in The New York Times.  Sixty-five percent of the more than 1,500 people surveyed said they’d read a printed book in the past twelve months.  This repeats the number from the original survey in […]

Megabook Syndrome Remains Intact

The megabook syndrome remains alive and kicking.  Anyone who views the “next big book syndrome” as a myth need only read a recent Random House press release. It reported that the market will be soft for the firm because there’s no megabook in the current mix.  A CEO from another […]

OMICS Group FTC Probe?

OMICS Group.  Who?  Talk about trying to snag a goldfish when several bloated carp are available for easy netting.  The FTC has cited an educational publisher, The OMICS Group, for deceptive practices.  Purportedly, this company misrepresented its services to scholars.  The FTC argument contends that OMICS, and a couple of […]

Whole Nuther Olympics’ Announcers’ Speech Miscues

Whole nuther.  Really?  The Olympics in 2016 were particularly hard on book editors.  An announcer during The Olympics uttered “whole nuther” instead of “whole other.”  He also misused “further” instead of “farther” (twice, I noticed) while discussing distance.  And the same announcer said “comprised” instead of “composed” when meaning “consisting […]

Nitpicking Editing–Lunacy or Necessity?

Nitpicking or necessity?  When providing a comprehensive critique or when editing a draft, I commonly apologize to my clients when I discuss or revise something that I believe is likely going to be viewed as nitpicking lunacy.  However, if I didn’t consider the revision of value I certainly wouldn’t make […]

The Authors Guild, Advocacy for Writers

A positive aspect of The Authors Guild’s platform is its treatment of self-published writers.  I clearly remember when anyone who self-published had to utilize a vanity press.  This relegated that writer to pariah status.  This attitude has now changed diametrically.  A self-published writer, meeting the organization’s threshold for membership, which […]

Hammon’s List of Literary Agents Seeking Authors

I stumbled upon an independent Web site, Bill Hammon’s List of Literary Agents and Their Books.  This site offers a list of agents currently seeking authors. I’m familiar with the agencies listed (in May of 2016), of which there are four.  I cannot suggest strongly enough that anyone with a […]

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 […]