Monthly Archives: August 2010

Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing: You Can Only Sell What’s Hot

This myth kills careers, this myth stops thousands and thousands of book sales, this myth destroys careers. And it’s just stupid, even though the myth seems to have a logical base in publishing. Out of the mouth of top professionals … Continue reading

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Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing: Special Chapter…A Top Agent Answers

Yesterday  I got a nice note from Joshua Bilmes about these chapters. As I have said before, I knew some top agents were reading these chapters and I hoped that a few of them would take the lead in some … Continue reading

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The New World of Publishing: Books Are No Longer Produce

What in the world do I mean books were produce? Well, they have been. And before you go shouting at me because I just insulted your golden book and said it was a banana, let me try to explain what … Continue reading

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The New World of Publishing: Introduction

For almost a year now in the book chapters of Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing I’ve been pounding on some of the problems I see with traditional publishing and the myths that writers have to deal with. I still … Continue reading

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Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing: You Must Give Your Money to an Agent First

The myth is simple: All your money must first go to an agent before you can have it. Oh, wow, is this myth buried deep in this business, so deep that no writer thinks of questioning it, often even after … Continue reading

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Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing: Editors are Evil Myth

Off and on for years I’ve been hearing from newer writers that editors were evil, that they didn’t want to send their manuscripts to editors to be butchered, that they wanted an agent to help protect their work. As a … Continue reading

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