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Amazon Publishing: The Road to Conquest & How Bezos Razed New York

Amazon Publishing, war, strategy

I speculated Amazon was waiting for the publishing industry to almost completely devolve. Only at that point would Amazon Publishing strike the coups de grace. That killing blow? Dean Koontz.

Science Fiction—More than Just Gizmos

In science fiction, all problems are human problems. Remember, science fiction is two words: science and fiction. Remove fiction and all we have is science. Science with no story is called a textbook, not a novel.

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.

Inner Demons: Soap Opera Drama vs. Story Drama

One key thing to remember about inner demons is they hide really, really well. If they didn’t, then shrinks would starve and be treated like writers.