Is it time to call in the book experts?

If you have seen their “angry beaver” TV commercials, you will know what the Duluth Trading Company is all about: tough, durable gear presented with humor. Everything they produce solves a problem. One of my favorites is their Armachillo range of clothing, which has...

Permission to publish – who needs it?

There is no better time to be writing and publishing books than now. We’ve had the funeral when everyone thought books were dead, and now we’re in publishing paradise, where there are innumerable ways to write a book and to get it into the hands (five-fingered or...
What makes a bestseller?

What makes a bestseller?

Towards the end of this year’s San Francisco Writers Conference, a first-time author cornered me over coffee. “So what exactly makes a book a bestseller?” He was asking the million-dollar question. It comes up somewhere along the line at most writers’ events, and I...

Measuring success in self-publishing

Not a Gold Rush is the name of a 2012 survey about the success of those who publish their own work. One of the authors of the study, Steven Lewis, has written a book digging into some key findings. Here’s what I take out of it: The best results come to authors...
Why I Couldn’t Afford NOT to Go to a Ghostwriters’ Conference

Why I Couldn’t Afford NOT to Go to a Ghostwriters’ Conference

I am excited that I will soon be speaking at Ghostwriters Unite! (GW), the first book industry conference of its kind. Few people question going to BookExpo America, a writers convention or a general publishing conference. But why go to one like this? GW covers more...