Category Archives: Publishing Commentary

If we are all “Slaves of the Internet” – How do we Break Free?

In the October 26, 2013 issue of the New York Times Sunday Review, Tim Kreider wrote a poignant article on the difficulties, if not impossibilities,  of making a living as a writer in this highly competitive, zero pay world of on-line publications. Slaves of the Internet is a wake-up call for anyone who believes that having  a career …

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Why Does So Much of Today’s Popular Fiction Have Crappy Endings?

As a writer, it’s very difficult to rationalize the popularity of today’s fiction. What is worse is when one spends time and money buying “into” these popular works only to be totally frustrated with the many plot errors and, ultimately thinking of alternatives to how the author could have, or should have, written a more …

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Answering the “Are You Self-Published?” Question

It happened again. Just after posting my last blog on the topic of  being labeled a “self-published” author, I was once again asked that very same question last night when I showed a co-worker a copy of the just released 2013 Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network (SPAWN) catalog of books which featured my latest …

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Writers Beware! Don’t sign away your soul just to be published!

The life of a writer takes many strange turns and on the way we meet many strange people. We love to hear that the time we spend typing our guts onto a computer screen is appreciated, and we are ecstatic beyond words when a publisher is enthusiastic enough about our work to offer us a …

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Why Write?

I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember and since the BIG 6-0 is less than a year away, I can’t remember what I ate for lunch let alone when I started putting my thoughts on paper and releasing them on an unsuspecting and, judging by the Amazon rankings, uncaring world. While …

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The E-Book Royalty Mess: An Interim Fix

From the Authors Guild – A perspective on what REALLY happens in the real world of e-publishing. It’s not a pretty sight: Negotiating a publishing contract is frequently contentious, but authors have long been able to take comfort in this: once the contract is signed, the interests of the author and the publisher are largely …

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Keep Your Eyes On The Road to Publishing Riches

There is a card posted on my computer which persistently asks: “Is what I’m doing right now taking me closer to or further away from my goal?” It’s an inspiration, and a curse. As a writer, the path to that goal on the “Road to Riches” is not always clearly marked. And many times, we …

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There Are No Shortcuts on the Road To Publishing Riches

The term “overnight” success, especially in publishing, has taken on a whole knew meaning since the onset of Print-On-Demand and Ebook industry a little over one year ago. Writers saw this new “Electronic Publishing Revolution” as a way to avoid painstaking submissions and endless rejection letters while seeing their works in print and available to …

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Running Out of Gas on the Road to Publishing Riches

With every two steps forward we take as writers, it seems we get pushed back three. It’s hard not to get discouraged and harder still to continue writing when the odds are being stacked higher and higher against us.

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The Olympics and the Loneliness of the Long Distance Writer

Watching the previews of the 2012 Summer Olympics made me realize how very much alone we, as writers are in own field of dreams. Each athlete has personal stories to tell about coaches, teammates, family, friends and sometimes entire towns cheering them on. When they had doubts, when they fell on the ice, or landed …

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