Pulling the Sword from the Stone: Amazon’s Kindle Books to be Available on Mobile Phones
Friday, 02/6/09 | 5 Comments

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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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
The Problem with Book Outlines - Advice for Authors

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 …

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 …

Google Knol as an Instant Author Platform
Friday, Dec 14, 2007 | 7 Comments

Late yesterday, Google made an announcement about an upcoming product called knol, a free platform for creating authoritative articles on any subject. Knol will have a variety of social features and will let …

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 …

DIY Marketing For Authors
Friday, Oct 5, 2007 | 3 Comments

This past week I connected via Twitter with publishing and social media consultants Jon Reed and Suzanne Ashley. Their Publishing Talk blog is right up my alley and I recommend it for anyone …

5 Ways To Get Me to Quickly Reject Your Book Proposal
Tuesday, Sep 25, 2007 | 25 Comments
5 Ways To Get Me to Quickly Reject Your Book Proposal

I review a lot of proposals - some I have requested and some I haven’t. I am fine with receiving unsolicited proposals - every so often you do get something amazing you weren’t expecting. …

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 …

From Blogs to Books - Questions from BlogHer
Monday, Aug 13, 2007 | 4 Comments

Marketing Director Ellen Gerstein attended the Blog to Book and Back Again session at the recent BlogHer conference and asked me to share my thoughts on some of the questions raised there.
1. Can blog content …