Monthly Archives: January 2012

The New World of Publishing: Pen Names

I get the “pen name” question more than any other question. Period. And that’s because I am very open about writing under different names and I have varied reasons for doing so. And weirdly enough, I have written under pen … Continue reading

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A Great Post About Social Networds

Susan Kiernan-Lewis does a great post trashing the idea of using social networks to sell books and it is well-reasoned and well-written. Worth the read, folks. She is wrong about me and Konrath and Eisler and Meyer. She thinks our … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget Real Readers

My wife, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, on her blog today called “The Business Rusch” did a great post I feel is important for all writers to read. It’s about not forgetting readers. Publishers are doing so and writers tend to do … Continue reading

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Even More Real Data

Verso did a very good and pretty solid study on e-reading public, buying new devices, and resistance to even buying a reading device.  Some fantastic data in this new study. One thing I find interesting is that over the last … Continue reading

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Real Data

As I was asking some writers in the comments a few posts ago to back up their claims of fact with real data, Nielsen in Great Britain was doing just such a study. Amazing stuff. What they did was first … Continue reading

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A Report From Digital Book World

In case you haven’t been following the reports on Publisher’s Marketplace, Digital Book World conference is going on right now in New York.  And Bob Meyer is there and speaking.  His two write-ups are worth the read. http://writeitforward.wordpress.com/ And once … Continue reading

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A Number Of Things I Am Confused About

Here are a list of things I just get confused about, that I don’t have answers to, and that I thought I would just toss out into the air. — I am confused at why a writer gets happy when … Continue reading

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You Don’t Need To Be a Bestseller

Folks, not only is the message to go slow and let your books grow coming from me, but my wife, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, just did a blog about bestsellers. The Bestseller Lists and Other Thoughts. And this morning Joe Konrath … Continue reading

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You Don’t Need Publicity

J.A. Konrath finally said in a very clear fashion what I have been saying over and over and over. Forget publicity on your books, forget being an “author” and work on writing better books and more of them. Don’t believe … Continue reading

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But Why Would You…. Not Publish to All Bookstores???

I was stunned by an e-mail I got from a writer who said he seldom bothered to publish his work to Pubit (B&N) and Smashwords and trade paper format. I was so stunned, I have yet to respond. The Amazon … Continue reading

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