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Short Saturday: Don’t Worry about Piracy

Are you worried about someone pirating your work and selling it as his own? Plagiarism exists, for real. But I think this article—a guest post on the brilliant Joanna Penn’s website, The Creative Penn—has a great point: The biggest challenge facing a new author isn’t piracy; it’s obscurity. Think about it. Imagine a genie appears […]

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Short Saturday: Jane Friedman’s Key Book Publishing Paths

I can’t keep up with all the trends and opinions in the publishing industry. I just don’t have time for it. I’m interested in these things, though—so there are a few people I follow to get an overview. Jane Friedman is one of them. She’s more a fan of digital publishing than I am, but […]

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Short Saturday: A Considered Discussion of Traditional Versus Self

You know what I mean. A friend of mine—a professor of English lit at a local university who is just weeks away from having her first book (traditionally published nonfiction) in her hand—recently asked me about traditional publishing as opposed self-publishing. It seems even in academia, the “publish or perish” expectation is pushing some authors […]

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We Can’t Go On Together With Suspicious Minds (2/2)

The Hachette/Amazon standoff seems to have fanned the flames of the traditional vs. self-publishing discussion. Actually, it’s not much of a discussion any more. As I noted recently, publishing journalist Porter Anderson reported abuse—in the form of comments on a post—for something he’d written. Similarly, publishing consultant Mike Shatzkin notes, I don’t see the “Amazon […]

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Who Ya Gonna Call? An Update on the Hachette/Amazon Brouhaha

It’s dragging out, folks, this impasse. And it seems to have dragged otherwise good people into a shouting match. (I thought only politics did that. But then, everything is politics, no?*) Even the delightful Porter Anderson—a journalist who follows the publishing industry—reports “a volley of abuse” for something he’d written. “This person and I will […]

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Short Saturday: Interesting Comments About Self-Publishing

I’d intended to give you another article today (and we’ll get to that in a minute), but then publishing thought leader Mike Shatzkin issued an interesting post that arrived in my in-box this morning. It’s got a long title—“New data on the Long Tail impact suggests rethinking history and ideas about the future of publishing”—and the […]

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Legal Issues (An Update, Sort Of*)

When I’m working on an edit, one of the things I’m most conscious of is the possibility that the publisher (who hires me and cuts my check) could end up in a lawsuit or—and this is almost worse—have its name, its book, its author bandied about on the interwebs by interest groups who take issue […]

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Short Saturday: Evaluating Self-Published Authors

There’a always something interesting going on at Writer Unboxed. I read this article, “Ten Things I’ve Learned from Evaluating Self-Published Books for a Year,” when it was published last winter. The evaluating (and endorsing) was done by two publishing professionals, Jessica Bennett and Leslie Ramey, who’d formed a company—Compulsion Reads*—to “shine the spotlight on quality […]

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Short Saturday: What About Self-Publishing?

I often read an article and think, Hmmm, that’s good; my peeps would like this. So I put it in my Short Saturday file to save for next week. Or the next week, or the next. Because I come across a lot of interesting, informative articles. Sometimes it’s a long time before you see it. […]

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It’s Always Something*

I got an inquiry through my website a while back from a writer who said he’d self-published but it had “become apparent” he needed an editor. (The e-book had been available on Amazon for about two years.) The absolute first question that crossed my mind was, Why are you only just now thinking about editing? That’s interesting, […]

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