Tag Archives: publishing-a-book

E-Reading or E-Viewing?

Soon there’ll be as many e-readers with added features as there are books on how to write a book. Yesterday, Barnes & Noble announced a new turbocharged version of its Nook, priced at $249, the same size as the new Kindle Fire, with 1 gigabyte of RAM. It’s become more of a tablet than an […]

The Digital Tipping Point

We’re at a tipping point in the distribution of entertainment. Soon, almost everything will come to us when we want it, in digital form. Following electronic readers from Sony, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon, we’re likely to have a new tablet-style computer from Apple by the end of the first quarter of next year that […]

Simple Publishing Secrets

I started to explain all the complicated reasons why I pull back a little every time I go to the Poetry Slam. “I don’t just want to compete for the score. I want to say something meaningful, to be more about community than about trying to win. The scores are so unpredictable, and I never […]

“Eets Going to Be Au-K”

Rain crashes and slides down the windows. We rock gently in the belly of the mini Air Canada jet as the wind thrashes everything on the runway outside. The guy in front of me curses, worrying that he won’t get to Toronto in time to pick up his rental car. I exchange jokes and smiles […]

More Profitable Online Publishing

Publishing’s strength has shifted from the media elite to the masses. It began in the late ’90s with sites like GeoCities. In 2005, we witnessed the explosive emergence of the blogosphere. And in 2006, video and social websites drew the attention. Today, anyone with a browser and a digital camera can be a publisher. This […]

Covering Your (Publishing) Bases

Choosing an obstetrician is one of the first steps a woman takes when she thinks she’s pregnant. Some women feel more secure selecting a medical doctor. It’s customary and they have all the technology and equipment at their disposal. Other women like the idea of calling the shots themselves with the help of a midwife. […]

How to Nurture a Happy, Healthy Book

In a previous post I had a little fun comparing publishing a book to having a baby. As I posted the article, I realized I was opening myself up to the potential backlash of a thousand angry mothers who remembered pregnancy as being anything but humorous. Yet here I type, a few weeks later and […]

Your Little Binder of Joy

I’ve been a book promoter for seventeen years and a father for ten, and I’m convinced that publishing a book is a lot like having a baby. Guess What, Honey——I’m Writing a Book! Nothing compares to the shivering exhilaration of the day you first put font to document. Your mind skitters uncontrollably from one question […]

Elie Wiesel and the Holocaust

I was surprised, a while back, to see a picture of Elie Wiesel staring back at me from the essay page of the Sunday New York Times Book Review. The picture was an old one, but he had the same pained, prophetic look that he did thirty years ago when he lectured in the basement […]

Surprising Broca

e Key to Creating a Message That Is Heard and Acted Upon Broca’s Area resides in the left hemisphere of your brain, just over the southeast corner of the Motor Association Cortex. It’s the brain’s center for action words. It produces verbs, builds sentences, and predicts what people are going to say. “Gee, Mike, that’s […]