What Do You Want?

Trying to get writers to agree on something is like herding cats. We are all passionate people. We have a tendency to flare up over minor disputes (especially online). And we can usually pen a tight argument for pretty much any position. But I also think a lot of disagreements spring from the fact that we are all very different people, with different dreams, goals, and ambitions. As such, what might be good advice for one writer could be bad advice for another. Especially if you are aiming for different targets. So, what do you want? It would be nice to sell a million books. It would be flattering to have every agent and publisher in New York clamoring for your signature. Read More…

Borders Inches Closer to Liquidation

The deadline to save Borders passed yesterday, meaning that they will now proceed to a bankruptcy-court auction tomorrow. It’s not quite over for America’s second-largest bookstore chain, and a bidder could still emerge in the next day-and-a-half to save the company – which employs nearly 11,000 people – from being liquidated. In fact, the Wall Street Journal reported today that Books-A-Million were in talks late last night about a deal. However, it seems clear that even if this move comes off, which is doubtful, it will only rescue part of the company, and a large amount of (further) store closures and layoffs is unavoidable. It seems likely now that the bones of Borders will be picked apart, and the remaining Read More…

Sneak Preview of My First E-Book: If You Go Into The Woods

Hi all, I just uploaded my first e-book to Amazon, Smashwords, and Xinxii. It should be available for download in a few days for the low, low price of $0.99. It will probably appear on Amazon first, by Tuesday I would think, barring any glitches. I’ll let you know when it does, in case you want to check it out. I wanted to give you a sneak preview of the cover and the description. The cover is on the left, and it was designed by my sister. It’s amazing, I can’t stop staring at it (but probably should). The blurb is below, but I just want to say something before I go: this feels great. Dave