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Hey, Look! A Story Publication!
Well, this has been on Amazon for a while, but since the press release has hit the virtual street I guess I can officially announce that I will have a story in The Further Crossovers of Sherlock Holmes&n...
4/17/2017 9:16:42 AM
Publishing Myths Series, Updated
About once a year I try to go back and update my Publishing Myths series. I'm kind of surprised at how well things have held up since 2009. (2011 update) (2014 update)

I've gone through and added a few updates plus rechecked and updated broken links.

There are some major trends I've noticed in the last few years:

3/12/2015 10:50:53 AM
Publishing Myths Series Revisited (Again)
Way back in 2009, I wrote a series of blog posts on publishing myths, with a quick update in 2011

Changes in the industry have rendered some of my information out of date, but I'm leaving it up for archival purposes.

The biggest news since then is the continued rise of ebooks and self-publishing. We've also se...
1/21/2014 12:53:41 PM
Writing Credits, Professional And Otherwise
I'm facing a deadline so this may be a tad disjointed. I wanted to get this down on the journal and will probably revisit this in the next couple of weeks. Comments are welcome, though. I also have a question at the end.

A friend and I have been discussing exactly what would be a professional publishing credit. With the caveat that your mileage may vary, here's how I define it:

You submit a work to a third party. It gets accepted, goes through an editi...
11/15/2013 3:30:50 PM
Dear Author Looking For Editing Services...
The Editorial Freelancers Association recently released their guide to common editorial rates. This is what you should be paying an editor to review and correct your work.

Want basic copyediting for your 100,000 word tome? A fast copyeditor using the lowest rate should charge you $1200, if I've got the math right. (That would be about 400 pages at 10 pages an hour, at $30 an hour) I've had people tell me $300 is too much for b...
11/7/2013 8:32:47 PM
Today's Self-Promotion Fail
I was reading the comments on an editorial at our local paper (not going to link), and among the "usual suspects" comments on either side of the issue (which is why I'm not going to link. It's depressing) was a post suggesting a book. The post read like jacket copy, and failed to mention the author. I went to check it out. The author of the post and the author of the book are one and the same.

But of course.

Hey, it may be a good book. But that sort of...
7/25/2013 10:23:41 AM
New Terms For Random House Digital Imprints
Over at Writer Beware, Victoria Strauss has the details on Random House's new terms for their digital imprints. They now offer a more "traditional" contract with an advance plus royalty as well as their "profit sharing" deal. 

I'm still not enamored of some of the terms, but at least they have a stated sales level to trigger reversion of rights at the request of the author.
3/12/2013 9:39:49 AM
Writer On The Bottom
I'm on a deadline, dashing this out while the morning caffeine sets in. This week has brought one piece of bad news after another for people trying to make a living (or at least a pittance) by their words.

First, the SFWA has declared the Random House Hydra imprint to not be a qualifying market for membership. John Scalzi (current SFWA president) posted a 3/7/2013 9:14:34 AM
Class Action Suit Against Publisher Dismissed
I can't believe I didn't blog about this earlier. Oh yes, I know why. I was busy prepping for two back-to-back conventions. Back in June, a class action suit was filed against PublishAmerica.

The suit was dismissed about a month ago. Victoria Strauss has some good analysis of the decision and what it means for PA authors and authors in general. 

Bottom line: Alwa...
10/1/2012 12:34:00 PM
On Choosing A Publisher
Recently, conversation on a writing board I frequent turned to choosing a publisher. How do you choose a publisher?

Well, you don't choose a publisher. A publisher chooses to publish your manuscript.

If you're self-publishing, you may choose from a number of services. 

One fundamental difference is in who holds the rights to publish your book.

If your'e self-publishing, you hold the rig...
8/6/2012 6:40:38 PM
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Hey, Look! A Story Publication!
4/17/2017 9:16:42 AM

Publishing Myths Series, Updated
3/12/2015 10:50:53 AM

Publishing Myths Series Revisited (Again)
1/21/2014 12:53:41 PM

Writing Credits, Professional And Otherwise
11/15/2013 3:30:50 PM

Dear Author Looking For Editing Services...
11/7/2013 8:32:47 PM

Today's Self-Promotion Fail
7/25/2013 10:23:41 AM

New Terms For Random House Digital Imprints
3/12/2013 9:39:49 AM

Writer On The Bottom
3/7/2013 9:14:34 AM

Class Action Suit Against Publisher Dismissed
10/1/2012 12:34:00 PM

On Choosing A Publisher
8/6/2012 6:40:38 PM

My Fellow Panelists...
6/4/2012 2:43:08 PM

A Few Links, A Little Commentary
4/16/2012 11:07:11 AM

A Few Links, A Little Commentary
2/28/2012 10:46:54 AM

Yog's Law: It's Not Just For Writers
10/8/2011 5:25:14 PM

The Wrong Stuff
10/4/2011 8:58:48 AM

Why Is It...
6/30/2011 2:25:16 PM

Following Up on SoonerCon Epublishing Panel
6/7/2011 11:12:09 AM

Need a Literary Agent? Watch Your Step
5/28/2011 2:23:02 PM

One Sekkrit Projekt Revealed!
5/26/2011 1:26:37 PM

Digging into Amazon Rankings
5/12/2011 2:14:43 PM

Yog's Law, Revisited
4/22/2011 1:03:11 PM

Smart Words on the Price of Ebooks
3/20/2011 12:41:57 PM

Monday Mumblings Has A Conspiracy Theory
3/7/2011 11:23:16 AM

Publishng Myths Series, Revisited
3/4/2011 2:38:33 PM

A few publshing links to keep you warm
2/3/2011 12:21:18 PM

More Twitter Spam Aimed at Writers
12/9/2010 10:36:28 AM

A primer on rights and copyright
10/1/2010 5:00:34 PM

Dear Aspiring "Indie" Writer:
9/29/2010 10:15:40 PM

Who Is The Publishing Industry's Gatekeeper?
6/11/2010 11:03:36 AM

Would You Rather Take and Advance - or Royalties On the Backend?
5/24/2010 8:02:50 PM

Author Self-Promotional Fail # .... Oh, I Forget
5/11/2010 12:26:30 PM

I Have A New Book!
4/1/2010 10:53:29 AM

How to Get Rich in Self-Publishing ... Or Not
3/9/2010 2:26:15 PM

How Not to Promote Your Self-Published Book, Part ... Oh, I Forget
2/12/2010 3:36:43 PM

John Scalzi is Full of Win Tonight
2/3/2010 10:07:14 PM

First Macmillan, Now HarperCollins?
2/2/2010 7:01:31 PM

More Amazon, More Fail
2/1/2010 10:02:31 AM

My Take on #Amazonfail
1/31/2010 4:28:33 PM

Monday Mumblings, Tuesday-style
1/26/2010 10:56:19 AM

Do Readers Care About How Publishing Works? Should They?
1/7/2010 4:05:46 PM

How to Schmooze at a Convention
12/16/2009 4:54:44 PM

In Which I Probably Alienate A Few Writer Friends
12/7/2009 6:39:34 PM

Publishing Myths Part 10: Realistic Expectations, Anyone?
11/23/2009 4:30:40 PM

More on Harlequin Horizons and Vanity/Subidy Publishing in General
11/19/2009 9:20:26 PM

Harlequin Enters the Self-Publishing Field
11/18/2009 5:00:54 PM

Publishing Myths, Part 9: Everyone Has to Start Somewhere
10/29/2009 1:59:32 PM

Why you need a good reversion clause in your publishing contract
8/20/2009 11:30:27 AM

Monday Mumblings
8/17/2009 9:14:33 PM

Writers (And Readers!) Making A$$es of Themselves?
7/2/2009 10:38:27 PM

Watch for rights grabs
5/30/2009 10:41:23 AM

Poking my head out of the (virtual) hole...
5/27/2009 4:19:15 PM

Publishing Myths: Lies, I Tell You!
4/1/2009 3:13:02 PM

Publishing Myths, Part 8: You Can't Tell A Book by its Cover
5/22/2009 2:34:00 PM

Catching Up On A Few Things
4/28/2009 8:35:14 PM

Wonder Why Many POD Publishers Have Such A Bad Reputation?
4/24/2009 8:39:26 AM

Desert Rose Literary Agency Gone?
4/22/2009 4:32:16 PM

Update on Yesterday's Viral Marketing Post
4/18/2009 5:16:11 PM

Does Viral Marketing REALLY Work for Authors?
4/17/2009 3:25:54 PM

Just Got A Call Offering To Promote My Book
4/2/2009 12:01:52 PM

Publishing Myths, Part 7: My Publisher Has Distribution!
3/19/2009 10:04:09 AM

Writers, Follow This Twitter Feed
3/5/2009 1:56:26 PM

Publishing Myths, Part 6: If I Could Just Get My Name Out There...
3/2/2009 10:40:01 AM

Why You Shouldn't Give Up After A "Not Right" Rejection
2/27/2009 8:31:04 AM

Publishing Myths, Part 5: The Publishing Industry is Broken
2/11/2009 4:50:53 PM

Publishing Myths, Part 4: My Book Deserves Publication
2/8/2009 3:40:53 PM

Costs of Self-Publishing Your Book
2/3/2009 9:20:11 AM

Publishing Myths, Part 3: Self-Publishing is Great! (Except When it Isn't)
1/29/2009 1:09:44 PM

Publishing Myths, Part 2: Definitions
1/27/2009 8:55:01 AM

Publishing Myths, Part 1: Background and Ground Rules
1/24/2009 10:23:03 PM

1/12/2009 4:00:10 PM

Harry Potter and the Lingering Legal Opinion
9/8/2008 6:58:44 PM

Can this bookstore idea work?
8/2/2008 2:46:10 PM

A little shameless self-promotion
6/12/2008 11:30:32 AM

Catching up on some writing/publishing news
5/8/2008 11:52:59 AM

Great News!
4/1/2008 1:12:36 PM

Continuing to Update the Amazon/BookSurge Story
3/30/2008 11:17:41 AM

Amazon Sticks it to Some POD Publishers
3/28/2008 9:49:33 AM

Publishing Rant, Part the Second
3/25/2008 10:00:21 PM

A Follow-Up to Yesterday's Publishing Rant
3/24/2008 11:19:07 AM

A Couple of Publishing Tidbits While I Procrastinate
3/24/2008 10:06:40 AM

Time for a publishing rant
3/23/2008 5:40:10 PM

Hell may have just frozen over
10/3/2007 5:21:40 PM

Writer Beware's "Two Thumbs Down" Publishers List
2/14/2007 1:39:02 PM

Mammas, don't let your babies grow up to be vanity-pubbed
8/8/2006 1:57:27 PM

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