Month: April 2012

The biggest problem facing book publishing

The biggest problem facing book publishing

…has nothing to do with the Justice Department or agency pricing. No, the challenge the big book publishers are facing is that a perfect industry is being replaced by one filled with chaos and opportunity. Perfect? Limited shelf space plus limited competitors plus well-understood cost of creation and production meant that stability reigned. The industry…

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Books have characters

Books have characters

And the book business has them too. Brilliant, compelling, motivated and remarkable ones. One of my dreams was to have Chip do a book cover for me, and perhaps one day he will. All I know is that the time I spent talking with him in February was energizing and reminded me that yes, we…

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Bring on the kiddie dentists!

Bring on the kiddie dentists!

Tom Robbins, ranting in the Times, conflates the difficulty of making a living with the challenge of doing the writing: “What’s next…kiddie architects, juvenile dentists, 11-year-old rocket scientists?  Any parent who thinks that the crafting of engrossing, meaningful, publishable fiction requires less talent and experience than designing a house, extracting a wisdom tooth, or supervising…

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