Monthly Archives: May 2010

Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing: Talent is a Myth

The word “talent” has been used for a very long time to destroy writers. I have always believed that the word is the worst myth of them all in publishing, so here goes a chapter I’m sure will be annoying … Continue reading

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Finally Some Sense on Piracy

J. A. Konrath finally spoke in a blog what I have been thinking about internet piracy of books and stories for a long time. Thank you, J. A. Konrath for making sense in a world of writers running around screaming … Continue reading

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What is a Publisher?

WHAT IS A PUBLISHER? I thought I would put this question as a post here, on the main page, because of an interesting discussion that went on in the comments of another post. I have always known there is a … Continue reading

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Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing: Only 300 Writers Make a Living

This myth is so solid, I hear it repeated over and over again. And just today, a person I follow on Twitter repeated it yet again, sending all her followers to a web site that had some writer say simply … Continue reading

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My Agent Position Clearly Stated

I got the following question from a top writer who knows the answer, but I am sure he wanted me to make this very clear. So here I go. Question: Are there good agents who perform according to the guidelines … Continue reading

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Agent Oops

For those of you who don’t think an agent can screw up, even after all the posts Laura and I have done here, and who don’t think an agent can really hurt you, this came across both Twitter and Facebook … Continue reading

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Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing: Rejections

There are so many myths around rejections in publishing, I figured I might as well try to just bang into a bunch of them all at once and put some basic structure on the topic. And right up front let … Continue reading

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Scary Agent Post

A bunch of top editors were asked about agents and their answers should flat scare any writer to death. Almost without fail, the editors talked about what they liked from an agent by mentioning all the mistakes agents make and … Continue reading

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