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Twitter Users Missing the Point with Automated Follow Responses
Monday, Nov 17, 2008 | 20 Comments

Like many of you, I use Twitter. (@chriswebb) I use it for a variety of reasons, both personal and professional but have always thought of it as a very ‘personal’ tool. By that I mean …

Why Word of Mouth Matters
Tuesday, May 6, 2008 | 2 Comments

I have held this in for too long, and it is time that I finally admit it to myself, and to you.
I am a Vayniac.
Seriously, Wine TV is great, but trust me - the real …

Publishing Contracts - Understanding Reserve for Returns
Monday, Jan 7, 2008 | 2 Comments

I had a conversation with an author recently about the Reserve line on his royalty statement, and thought other authors might benefit from a quick primer.
Books sold to most resellers - stores like Barnes and …

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 …

Book Marketing for Authors: The Author Questionnaire
Thursday, Oct 11, 2007 | 6 Comments
Book Marketing for Authors: The Author Questionnaire

One of the global complaints I hear about the Publishing industry revolves around book marketing - or the perceived lack of it. This issue deserves a post of it’s own and this one is …

Ants and Grasshoppers: Honest Advice for Authors
Tuesday, Sep 4, 2007 | 5 Comments
Ants and Grasshoppers: Honest Advice for Authors

Author JA Konrath reminds us of the parable of the Ant and the Grasshopper in his very straightforward and honest advice for authors.
If your blog is only relevant to a few close friends, and your …

Charles Petzold’s Light Summer Reading
Thursday, Jul 12, 2007 | No Comment

When Windows programming legend Charles Petzold told me last week that he was going on vacation, I assumed he was off on a summer trip - perhaps the beach, or a nice resort.  “No, I’m … as a Social Network
Monday, Apr 23, 2007 | No Comment

Joshua Porter over at UIE Brain Sparks has a great post about as a social network.  His examination of the product page for iPod found no less than 16 social features including user reviews, …

New Author Question: Do I Need an Agent?
Monday, Mar 12, 2007 | 5 Comments

A question that comes up often in conversations with first time authors is “Do I need an agent?” My answer is “maybe.” Honestly, it makes absolutely no difference to me and in fact …

Crowdhacking: 10 Simple Ways Authors Can Help to Increase Sales at
Friday, Mar 2, 2007 | 31 Comments
Crowdhacking: 10 Simple Ways Authors Can Help to Increase Sales at

More from the March 2007 issue of Wired - Annalee Newitz’s piece entitled Herding the Mob explores the influence of online crowds like Digg and eBay, and how the mobs themselves can be influenced, and …