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A New Site for News: A Good Thing

A new journalistic site, or organization, is about to launch, and that’s good news.
We don’t have enough independent voices in journalism. And different voices bring different opinions and the search for the truth (whatever the truth is, but that’s another story).
The journalist Glenn Greenwald, who broke the news about the NSA leaks and much more,…

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Literature and Social Skills

We all know that reading books is a good thing. But apparently reading literary fiction is also good for your social skills (maybe not social media, but what works in the real world can work in the virtual one, too).
A study published in Science, and reported in The New York Times, has found that by…

Book Recommendations: Traditional or Not

Does your local newspaper carry book reviews?
Do you even read them if they happen to appear?
The answer to both is probably no.
Chances are you rely more on word-of-mouth and Internet browsing to come upon new works. Or you read blogs by favorite writers or entrepreneurs who might recommend something. Or you have your own platform,…

The Da Vinci Tweet

You may have heard that a new Dan Brown novel will be published in May.
This is a publishing event, certainly. I heard about it because I got an email this morning alerting me to the event, and that the title would be revealed on social media.
It’s a cute use of social media to get people…

Are Literary Agents Necessary?

Who holds the keys to your career?  You or an agent?
Do it yourself. The more writers who take their careers in their own hands, the more likely in the near future that the wider world will notice that self-publishing creates as many first-rate works as regular publishing.
A friend of mine, a writer whose short stories…

The Consolidation of the Lumbering Giants of Publishing

If you can’t innovate, consolidate.
That’s what two large publishers are doing as they face stiff competition from Amazon (as retailer, powerful publisher and enabler of increasingly popular self-publishing) and the world of e-books.
Random House and Penguin Books will combine forces to battle the… what? The fact that they couldn’t figure out e-books and so need…

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We vs. Me

While it may not single-handedly solve all the economic problems facing the world today, a new model of community and networking may well be the key to pulling the global economy out of the effects of the long-term global recession.
Networking has always been a powerful strategy to get business by giving business and connecting with…

How to Market Your Book to Bestseller

So, how do you write a bestseller?
That’s been a question that’s hung over aspiring and established writers ever since a magazine called The Bookman began running what’s considered the first bestseller list in 1895, according to Michael Korda’s book, Making the List: A Cultural History of the American Bestseller 1900-1999.
Since that first list, and…

Reading Grows, Physical Books Retreat

Hardcover sales are down again, and e-book sales are up. But you figured that.
How often do you actually buy a physical book nowadays? Even I myself, a published author who loves reading, hesitate now to add another to my collection. Last week at a large reading in New York for a celebrated writer, I chose…