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Did you feel that? That was a tremor in the publishing world. There have been many of them over the past several months, but yesterday’s announcement from Amazon could be especially game changing in my …

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Digital Books: Digital FAIL?
Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 | 4 Comments

This week I had a lively conversation about Amazon’s recent Kindle mobile phone announcement with Wiley Author Reto Meier. I invited Reto to share his thoughts with readers on why he believes digital books have …

The Evolving Experience Expectation of Customers
Thursday, Jul 10, 2008 | 6 Comments

Note: The following is a portion of a presentation given at the recent Wiley EMEA Sales Conference by Christine Dunn, Director of Marketing.  She was kind enough to allow me to share it here.

I’m …

Alan Cooper on Becoming a Better Marksman
Monday, Jun 2, 2008 | 2 Comments

I was speaking with author Alan Cooper last week, and the topic rolled around to business axioms. If you have ever read any of Alan’s books you know that his business and design axioms …

Author Charles Petzold on Deadlines and Letting Go
Thursday, May 22, 2008 | 2 Comments

Author Charles Petzold discussing our forthcoming book, The Annotated Turing:
In an ideal imaginary world, a book is finished only when the author is fully satisfied that every word and comma is perfect. In the real …

The Problem with Book Outlines - Advice for Authors
Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 | 4 Comments

I was speaking with a potential author on the phone today who was having trouble with the outline portion of his book proposal. Of course, building the book outline is one of the most …

DailyLit Begins Syndicating Books Pre-Release
Monday, Apr 14, 2008 | 3 Comments

Earlier this week DailyLit announced its first pre-publication deal for House Rules which will be published in 139 installments for $9.95. This marks the site’s first opportunity to syndicate a book before the print …

Looks Like We Are About to Get Bum Rushed by the Age of Conversation
Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 | No Comment

Chris Wilson over at Fresh Peel has put together a very social-media centric marketing blitz for the upcoming Age of Conversation book by Gavin Heaton and Drew McLellan.
Age of Conversation is a self-published work that …

Border’s Face Out Strategy May Hurt Their Web Sales
Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 | No Comment
Border’s Face Out Strategy May Hurt Their Web Sales

Ever since Border’s announced that they would be leaving partner Amazon.com to build their own web presence, I have been eagerly watching to see what features they might bake into the new site.
After all, Amazon.com …

Inside the Mind of a Business Book Publicist
Monday, Dec 3, 2007 | 2 Comments

Business book publicist Barbara Cave Henricks has a new blog.
On Kindle:
While the purist in me refuses to imagine a world without physical books, I can’t help but think of my children and the entire generation …

The Book Proposal: Tips for Writing a Winning Book Proposal
Tuesday, Nov 27, 2007 | 3 Comments
The Book Proposal: Tips for Writing a Winning Book Proposal

You will find quite a bit about writing winning book proposals on this site - but you wont find them all in one place. All the posts are tagged book-proposal, but I thought it …