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Category: Publishing

Gatekeepers & Good Books: Trophy Fishing in a Literary Tsunami

Without gatekeepers, we may have hit a point where self-publishing could start doing irreparable harm to our industry. A ‘bad book’ from 1999 is not the same creature as the ‘bad book’ of 2019.

The Breakout Novel & Why Publishing is Desperate for the Next BIG Thing

The breakout novel is the novel that breaks the rules. These are the books readers never knew they always wanted, and ‘non-readers’ never believed would interest them in the first place.

Barnes & Noble SOLD: Goliath has Fallen & What This Means for Writers

Now that a hedge fund has acquired Barnes and Noble (and its debt), this is a seriously tenuous time. They wouldn’t be the first giant beheaded by the PE (Private Equity) sword. Writers? Remain vigilant.

Play to Win: Authors, Empires & Why Amazon is Killing NYC Publishing

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Play to win. For me, this is a tough phrase. Maybe it’s culture or society or sunspots, but ‘winning’ feels like a suit cut for someone else. No, worse. Playing to win feels more like the pants I once wore to a conference. Even though they were too tight, I wore them anyway believing they’d …

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Drudgery: What Separates Those Who Dream From Those Who DO

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Drudgery—enduring the tired, tedious and unremarkable chores—is what makes the difference between those who dream and those who do. Why am I talking about this? Because recently I saw some quote scroll past on social media. It was something (of course) posted by one of those super happy ‘life coach’ people. Though I’m certain the …

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