Is the Publishing Industry Thriving?

Is the Publishing Industry Thriving?

This month’s issue of the New Republic is dedicated to the theme of books, with a special feature section entitled “The Book Industry Is Thriving! Somehow.” It’s well worth a read for anyone who cares about books, and presents interesting...

5 Ways To Start Building Your Platform Today

Following my last post, What Is An Author Platform?, here are some low-cost, practical tips for how you can start platform building. Map Your Network This one’s fun. Get some sticky notes, and find a big empty surface (I prefer a large whiteboard, so I can draw on it...
What Is An Author Platform?

What Is An Author Platform?

If you’ve even dipped a toe into the waters of publishing, you’ve likely heard the word “platform” being thrown about. Publishers don’t buy books anymore, we’re told. They buy platforms. So what exactly is a platform, and how can you, an aspiring author, build a...
Of Myths & Misattributions

Of Myths & Misattributions

I recently went through the rather painful process of rechecking the endnote citations for the second edition of a book I worked on many years ago—back when I was younger and more naive about the veracity of things found on the internet. As I suspected, some of the...
Why I Don’t Call Myself a Ghostwriter

Why I Don’t Call Myself a Ghostwriter

People often ask me: are you a ghostwriter? And I usually reply, well, not really. Not because I don’t do what ghostwriters do: write books that get published with someone else’s name on the cover. But because the idea of ghostwriting carries a connotation of secrecy...

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