Lawrence Block
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Lawrence Block

If you are interested in the publishing world, how it is changing, and what a popular, well-known author has to say about it, you must read this. All Changed, Changed Utterly I don’t know where all of this is going—which gives me something in common with everybody else in the world. The publishing landscape is … Continue reading

Just How Dead?
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Just How Dead?

So, if I miss a deadline, is my project dead? Or me? Or… (Mirror-posted over at Amazing Stories Magazine) Reading, writing, researching… I am hard at work on the novel in progress, and looking at my deadline for completion coming up far too quickly. Writing is a tertiary career, at the moment, behind my business, … Continue reading

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The Monks Vs Gutenberg

The Monks Vs Gutenberg Publishing: it’s always been a hard business. If you aren’t with the establishment, you’re against them. Then, it was lavishly hand-illustrated manuscripts (ever watch Name of the Rose? No? Go, do it! You won’t be sorry, even though most of Eco’s work is unreadable). Now, it’s ebooks and indie publishers against … Continue reading

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“What tradition…

“What traditional publishers don’t seem to realize is that their traditions are actually quite recent, historically. What we are seeing is a shift from a 20th Century technological model that requires manufactured media back to the earlier tradition of artisan media. At one time (not so long ago, no more than six generations) artist production, … Continue reading

Discoveries of the Day
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Discoveries of the Day

For writers, I give you this quote from Kristine Kathryn Rusch:  “Ultimately, though, it’s not about money. It’s about creativity and control. If you want to be creative, original, and surprising as a writer, then publish indie. If you want to forge your own path to bestsellerdom, publish indie. Indie allows for creativity and control.” … Continue reading

Keepers of the Gate
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Keepers of the Gate

I’ve been sent a couple of links today, by friends who know I’m writing and who are aware of the industry. One talks about a man who, when the gatekeepers of traditional publishing pooh-poohed his book on the Civil War “No one’s interested in the Civil War!” took it an published it himself very successfully. Frederick … Continue reading