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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Great Agent Comments

Folks, on the first Agent chapter that you can find right here, Laura and Nathan, two established professional writers, have added in some great comments about agents and the state of the industry right now, started mostly from a post … Continue reading

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Coming Soon

A new chapter in Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing is coming soon. I’ve almost managed to pound it into shape. It’s about the myth everyone hears so often that only 200 people make a living writing fiction. Why isn’t … Continue reading

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Fantastic Post on Publishing

Nice guy and long time editor and freelancer in publishing, Tom Dupree puts in a single post a very, very concise and clear history of why publishing is the way it is today, with women in control. Brilliant post. A … Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day

Hey, Mom, happy Mother’s Day. And the same for all the mothers out there reading this. Hope you are all having a great day.

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Writers of the Future and Power of a Press Release

I got an interesting lesson on the power of the simple press release this last week. Not sure if you have heard or not but Kris (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) and I have been asked to be judges in the Writers … Continue reading

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