6 years ago

How to sell books in today’s market

You’ve heard all the bad news about book sales: with more and more titles available, and the world’s attention drifting from the printed page to the tiny screen, nobody but a handful of best-selling authors is selling much of anything these days, no matter how good it is. As writers, our competition today aren’t just the […]

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6 years ago

What’s the future of publishing?

Business as usual is no longer possible. Not in publishing, anyway. The book publishing world is in a never-ending state of turmoil. The industry’s margins are thin. The business is highly complex. New technologies constantly appear, morph, and disappear, only to be followed by yet newer technologies. Meanwhile, other media proliferate, some of them growing […]

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7 years ago

Who has written the most books?

You’re gonna love this. Once upon a time, back in the distant reaches of the twentieth century—well, actually it was 1984—one of my clients assigned me to ghostwrite a fundraising letter that Isaac Asimov had agreed to sign. I approached the task with some trepidation, both because I knew Asimov’s reputation as a prolific author […]

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7 years ago

Innovation: Look beyond Silicon Valley

Today the popular website Virgin Disruptors, one of Richard Branson’s innumerable activities, posted the following article of mine under the title “Innovation — Look beyond Silicon Valley.” I had answered the challenging question, “Have entrepreneurs lost the will to innovate?” Innovation is alive and well among entrepreneurs—but not so much where you’d expect. Take Silicon Valley, […]

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7 years ago

How much is a Pulitzer Prize worth?

If you’ve ever written a book, you might be shocked by the vanishingly small sales, whether your book was fiction or nonfiction. Like me, though, you’ve probably imagined that winning a big prize such as a Pulitzer or a National Book Award would make all the difference in the world. Here, then, as a cold […]

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7 years ago

Surprised? Here are the REAL bestsellers

Most of the time I turn to the New York Times Book Review when I want to know which books are selling best. Today, on a lark, I checked out Amazon’s list. Boy, was I surprised! First, understand why I decided to do this. The reason is summed up in a sentence from an online […]

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7 years ago

How many Americans read books?

If you’re convinced that the combination of television, video games, social media, longer work hours, and accelerated lifestyles has caused Americans to read fewer books, you’re right. Recent polls reveal that around one in four U.S. adults read no books at all last year—a proportion that is three times as great as the eight percent […]

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7 years ago

Are bound books destined to disappear in the future?

These days it’s fashionable to predict the demise of the traditional bound book – not just because of continuing inroads by the e-book but also because, we’re told, people these days simply don’t have the time or the attention span to read a 300-page book, much less one that runs to 600 pages or more. […]

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