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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An Apology. An Old Jock Hits Some Limits

First off, I want to apologize to the fine folks at Writers of the Future and the friends in LA we were scheduled to see. I had been really looking forward to the trip and seeing and talking with a … Continue reading

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Almost Gone for the Week…Time for Agent Story

Before I hit the “away from this computer” road, a new post from another writer who has learned about agents. This person is very smart, a fine writer, and is learning quickly. The link is the first of three posts … Continue reading

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Gone Fishing

Well, not really fishing, but away from this computer. Actually, over the next few days I’m going to really be powering on a major deadline on my writing computer, then headed off to Writers of the Future because I am … Continue reading

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The New World of Publishing: Special Reading

Michael A. Stackpole just posted a fantastic blog about the nine provisions that he thinks must be in a digital rights sales contract. And let me say this: I 100% AGREE. With every word. And all nine provisions. As soon … 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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Smashwords Founder Interview

Mark Coker, in an interview on NINC said the following thing when asked about self publishing or vanity publishing: “The height of vanity, in my opinion, is perpetrated by authors who refuse to publish their works unless those works are … Continue reading

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