Trade Shows, Authors, and Expectations

What If We’re Asking Too Much of Our Book Fairs? When our good colleague Jael McHenry wrote What You Would Have Learned at BEA earlier this month, she did a fine job of listing some of the common views and assumptions among many writers about the industry’s major trade shows. Excerpting here: If you’re an aspiring […]

The Dreaded Training Debate: What If It Can’t Be Taught?

No, this is not about talent vs. skill. Let’s just set that aside for today, shall we? There’s no need to engage the ineffable this time. “Like toadstools,” one seasoned observer called it in a note to me recently — this sudden proliferation of “author services,” especially the ones there to teach you, instruct you, […]

‘Take Charge of Your Own Book': Writing a Personal God

‘One of those guys who refused to enter temples’ Bear with me, I want to quote an author to you at a little length: My books are historicals. They’re set in the India of 4,000 years ago…My books are based on a premise that Lord Shiva was a real historical man, who lived 4,000 years […]

If the ‘Elastic Mind’ Snaps: A Lenten Lullaby

    This will be my last post until Monday, April 13,2015. No, not me.  (You wish.) No, that’s a colleague, the memoirist Kathy Pooler. She’s a good, cold-weather Catholic, mind you, so Lent means a lot more to her than it does to troppo Protestants like me. Following a retreat with some author-colleagues, Pooler has […]

So Shall You Reap? Success and ‘Investment’ at #DBW15

Shot Out of a Cannon I’m told that there are people who find the holidays restful. I have yet to meet one of these extraordinary creatures, but I think they would find holding the publishing industry’s first grand-slam conference of the year in the second week of January to be a dandy thing. Bright-tailed and […]