News Flash: Outlook Dismal for New Authors

Sorry to be Capt. Bringdown today, but I found a few articles that shed light on some ugly truths about the publishing industry. First, and not exactly breaking news: it is extremely hard for new writers to find agents and publishers. However, when celebrities like Rush Limbaugh can get their children’s books published, it’s a […]

Another News Flash: Writers (Still) Don’t Make Much Money

Salon has a great article by Patrick Wensink bemoaning the vast difference between what being an “Amazon bestseller” ought to be vs. what it actually is. His book is published by a small press, and he made it to Amazon’s bestseller list with “somewhere around 4,000 copies sold.” For that, he earned $12,000. It’s important […]

Book Review: “The Whole Death Catalog”

An appropriate title for Dia de los Muertos, ┬┐no? “The Whole Death Catalog: A Lively Guide to the Bitter End” by Harold Schechter is sort of a tour of all things death, from attitudes toward death in our culture and others, to the history of cemeteries, to the best death-themed poems of all time. Schechter […]

Writing by Committee?

Sept. 12, British author Silvia Hartmann will lauch the “Book Live” project, where she will allow readers to “not only see the manuscript being typed, but to also comment on the storyline and provide feedback as the novel develops,” according to her website. Hartmann explains that she will start with a blank page, a publicly-accessable […]