THE GOLDFINCH


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 […]


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 […]


Rigging Book Reviews

It’s impossible to understand what’s occurred with book reviews related to everything from relevancy to honesty without mentioning John Locke’s admission that he paid for somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,000 book reviews and found this perfectly all right. I’ve always believed that it’s easy to be enamored with something […]


Debut Big Literary Fiction Big Bucks

A recent article from The Wall Street Journal, “Betting Big on Literary Newcomers,” discusses advances paid for “debut” Literary Fiction–and last year four were in excess of one million dollars. This article flies in the face of naysayers implying that Literary Fiction is perhaps the toughest genre of crack. First, […]


Word-Count Bias in Literature

Literature and word-count.  Does it matter? I recently had two outstanding clients’ works of Literature rejected by agents I’ve worked with for many years.  In both instances, the books were niche-oriented and fit in perfectly with the boutique nature of the respective literary agencies. It’s always hard to get the […]


Quality Literature Major-Imprint Focus 2

Quality literature really does matter to the mainstream publishing houses.  In this long article I’m going to be discussing why mainstream publishers are crucial for the success of every writer, no matter how this author enters the world of becoming published.  My starting point is to suggest taking a look […]