Category Archives: Misc

Ghost Novel: The Day After

I just finished close to a 70,000 words on a novel I was hired to do by a New York publisher.  Did it in ten days here and blogged about my days and how I did the words. The editor … Continue reading

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Ghost Novel: Day 10

The last day. As I said in every post so far, I’m going to have one post per day here for the “ghost” novel writing process that I was hired by a New York publisher to do. I have been … Continue reading

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Ghost Novel: Day 9

As I said in every post so far, I’m going to have one post per day here for the “ghost” novel writing process that I was hired by a New York publisher to do. I am now aiming for 10 … Continue reading

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Ghost Novel: Day 6

As I said in every post so far, I’m going to have one post per day here for the “ghost” novel writing process that I was hired by a New York publisher to do. I am now aiming for 9 … Continue reading

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A 1973 Picture for Fun

In the lecture on Heinlein’s Rules, I talk about my writing years between 1975 and 1982. But frighteningly enough, I had a couple of professions before I took up writing while in architecture and then law school. I was an … 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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Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing: The Power of the Myths

I thought for this chapter I’d talk about myths in general, why they are so strong, why they are often designed to stop writers. And give a study plan to help past some of them. So far I have done … Continue reading

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Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing: Writers Need to be Taken Care Of

The idea that writers need to be “taken care of” has become such a common phrase among agents, it has moved to being flat insulting for most of us out here. I talked about this a little bit in another … Continue reading

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Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing: The 15% Myth.

It’s time to step back and ask some questions. For decades writers using agents have just accepted the 15% fee amount without question. Before that it was 10% for five decades. And now there is talk of some agents starting … Continue reading

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