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Category Archives: Publishing stories

Murder by the Book, a darkly engaging new series for crime writers and mystery lovers

Court TV opens normally closed windows and allows viewers to peer into the inner landscape of five top crime writers. James Ellroy, Faye Kellerman, Jonathan Kellerman, Michael Connelly and Lisa Scottoline are top in their field, and these crime writers take their story-telling skills to a new level with their deeply-felt reactions to specific crimes…

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DWP Guest Op-Ed: Tales From the Bookstore or Why Real Life Should Have Arcane Intellect

(While the following piece is funny, it does say something about today’s reading public. And if you’ve ever contemplated working in a bookstore, you may want to reconsider. Publishers spend a lot of time chosing titles, crafting choose me covers, editing cover flap remarks and gathering endorsements. Sometimes, if you work in a bookstore, you…

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Millions mourn children’s author Stan Berenstain

Today children young and old mourn the death of Stan Berenstain, co-creator of the famed children’s classic stories about the Berenstain’s Bears. The 82-year old cartoonist died Saturday in Pennsylvania and is survived by his co-author and wife, Jan Berenstain. Philadelphia-born Stan met Jan while they attended the Phildelphia Museum of Industrial Art in 1941…

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Dan Brown and J.K. Rowling’s creations continue to generate new “firsts”

J.K. Rowling may have the books flying off the shelves, but even Harry hasn’t been able to get the Catholic Church to institute a website for Potter fans. The Book Standard reports that the Catholic Church, in a bit of a “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” spirit, has launched a new website dedicated…

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New novel out? Put down your books and pull up a raft, light a grill, and take to America’s highways

This summer authors are taking to the water, the air, and the grill as they promote their new books. John Wray has built a raft and will navigate down the Mississippi River from Memphis, Tenn. to New Orleans, and stop at five inland bookstores along the way. Why? Apparently Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi…

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Caution: Is Book Millionaire the latest scheme to bilk writers out of their last few cents?

As if being a writer doesn’t have enough pitfalls, enter Lori Prokop and her “Book Millionaire” scheme. I caught wind of Prokop’s endeavor via TV writer and novelist Lee Goldberg’s blog A Writer’s Life scam of the month post. This paid infomercial disguised as a reality show is sad, really sad. Goldberg does a great…

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M.J. Rose’s The Blogging Thing and Joseph Finder’s new promo twist

If you’re wondering why writers, who are already using up their time to write on their novels, stories or projects, even consider creating a blog, stop by M. J. Rose’s blog Buzz, Balls and Hype and read the The Blogging Thing series. Granted, I’m featured in Part 5 on April 5th, but that’s not the…

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A writer, Amazon.com, a new book out, and a marketing experiment

Having a new book come out causes all kinds of activities. A week or so ago I received my author copy of the new travel book, Exploring Texas History: Weekend Adventures, scheduled for a May release date. Book in hand, I went to the computer and signed on to Amazon.com, typed in the book’s title…

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Writer Beware: Publish America and the big “bad book” sting

There’s a new twist in publishing lore that involves a group of science fiction authors and nonauthors and the infamous publishing house, Publish America (PA), and chronicled by Critters Workshop, the on-line workshop/critique group for serious Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror writers. Now, Publish America promotes itself as a legitimate publisher in the manner of the traditional publishers…

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MJ Rose gives the backstory on Backstory

Have you ever wondered where authors get their ideas? Well, that is pretty much the most-asked question a writer receives and MJ Rose has now come to the rescue with her new blog called Backstory. In the first edition, Katherine Neville shares the inspiration for her novel “The Eight,” and I have to tell you…

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Signatures: The John Hancock Dilemma

For those of you who think writing the book is the main work of a writer, think again. The true labor occurs when the book hits the stands some nine months to two years later. For the past several weeks writing copy for postcard mailers, press releases, and all the other sorts of marketing material…

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“Plagiaphrase”–Is it a new plague hitting the writer’s community?

First it was plagiarism, now it’s “plagiaphrase.” Thanks to Geoffrey K. Pullum’s “Plagiarism and Coincidence” over at Language Log today, I came across this interesting article by Joseph Bottom in the Weekly Standard. You’ve probably already heard the rumblings via newscasts but once more we have reports of another highly regarded author, this time it’s…

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Turning unpublished manuscripts into art

If you’ve been writing for any length of time, you’re bound to have a collection of unpublished manuscripts stuffed in drawers, packed in boxes, organized in binders, or shoved into closets. Most, you assume, will never see the gleam in a publisher’s eye. But what to do with all this pithy prose? I mean, you…

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Patricia Kay discusses the value or writers organizations

Yesterday we talked about writing in the romance genre, today I’d like to focus on writers organizations. Pat, you’ve been involved in several organizations. If I remember correctly, you were newsletter editor for the West Houston RWA chapter and held several offices in the local chapter before you went on to hold a number of…

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Patricia Kay answers the rap given to romance writing and then some

My continued thanks to Pat for such a wonderful indepth interview. This might give everyone some idea of Pat’s dedication and commitment to her work. We are now halfway through the interview. Remember, if you’d like to ask Pat any questions or comment on what she’s said so far, please use the comment feature at…

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