While in a downtown Manhattan Barnes & Noble bookstore one day, I noticed that an entire book case was devoted to poker. Pretty good for a game that was — until somewhat recently — thought of as the pastime of middle-aged men desperate for a couple of hours away from their wives, where they could […]

Show, Not Tell

Fiction writers are urged to show, not tell, that is have the characters do something that demonstrates their personality, state of mind and the situation, rather than simply describe these things. Dan that work in a nonfiction book? In a business book? Yes. Rather than think in terms of how characters display their personalities, think […]

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 […]

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, […]


McLEAN, VA – Here’s the latest book buzz from USA TODAY with a highlight of tomorrow’s Best-Selling Books list: ·         The mother-daughter duo of Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark has three spots in the Top 100 on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list.  Mary Higgins Clark, who is celebrating 35 years with Simon & Schuster […]

The “Book Business” from a True Veteran’s Perspective

A publishing career spanning half a century is my dream, and Jason Epstein is the icon and achiever of this goal. Epstein’s career is illustrious within the publishing world, boasting an impressive breadth and impact. Unlike many of the famous writers with whom he’s worked, including Auden and Nabakov, Epstein is still around to enjoy […]

Runaway Bestseller ”The Last Lecture” is Sold Out Everywhere, But Not For Amazon Kindle Owners

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 19, 2008–The extraordinary national best seller “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow has become so popular that it is sold out everywhere, but not for owners of Amazon Kindle (NASDAQ:AMZN), a revolutionary portable reader. Kindle owners can get “The Last Lecture” downloaded wirelessly onto their Kindle and be reading this […]


Ever hear of Sudoku? If you don’t like puzzles, you probably haven’t. Not only is Sudoku the biggest thing to hit the puzzle world in years–perhaps ever–it is also a bona fide book publishing phenomenon. Iin 2005, there were seven crossword puzzle books on Nielsen BookScan’s list of the 50 bestselling adult game books. A […]

Classic Literary Fiction

In 2004, the National Endowment for the Arts published “Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America,” in which it predicted that the precipitous decline in literary reading in this country since the 1980’s would lead, ultimately, to its extinction within a generation or two. Given such a gloomy assessment, it was reasonable […]