Category Archives: e-books

Reactions to Amanda Hocking’s SMP Deal

Writers, never ones to be quiet, are sounding off about Amanda Hocking’s lucrative deal with St. Martin’s Press.  Weighing in at $2 million, the deal is big by any standard and immediately raises Hocking to the very tippy-top tier of … Continue reading

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Pricing e-books: race to the bottom?

Writers clutch their chests at the idea of pricing their self-published e-books at 99¢.  Literature, they hiss, is worth more than gum. But is it? Let’s break it down: A newly released hardback book from a legacy publisher might be … Continue reading

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Eisler & Konrath: a counterpoint

The brilliant dialogue between thriller writers Barry Eisler and Joe Konrath has by now been read by almost everyone.  There are perhaps two or three people in rural Tibet without internet access who have not, but I am assured print … Continue reading

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Pub Crawl part 2: How I got my agent

Getting your manuscript before a good literary agent isn’t all that difficult. Getting them to agree to represent you, however, is another story. I’m lucky to have many, many friends in creative industries from music to advertising to film.  I … Continue reading

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Pub Crawl Part 1: the long, slow road to getting published

One of the reasons I resurrected this blog was to provide one writer’s experience of what it takes to get a book published. I’ve made a living as a writer for well over a decade now.  Note that I said … Continue reading

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John Le Carré asks to be removed from Man Booker International Prize shortlist

John Le Carré, father of the modern spy novel, has asked to have his name removed from the Man Booker International prize shortlist.  According to the Guardian, Le Carré released a statement saying, “I am enormously flattered to be named as … Continue reading

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The book is dead; long live the book!

The book has been around for about 1,000 years now.  Around 100 C.E., someone in the Roman Empire folded some parchment up into a convenient proto-notebook and called it a pugillares membranei. This rather useful innovation lived alongside tablets and … Continue reading

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