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  • The Rights Question

    When books are no longer making money, authors who have signed away their copyrights should seriously consider asking their publishers for rights reversions.

  • A Ghostwriter Pens a Memoir

    All writers must face the page alone—or so I thought.

  • Philip Roth Saved My Life

    Philip Roth, with his focus on the testosterone-driven lust of red-blooded American men, saved my life after my prostate cancer diagnosis.

  • How Do We #GetKidsReading?

    Bestselling author James Patterson wants to hear your ideas about how we can get more kids reading.

  • Judging a Book By Its Spine

    Why publishers should pay as much attention to designing a book's spine as its cover.

  • Insuring the Well-Being of Bookstores And Booksellers

    For nearly 20 years, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) has served as booksellers’ safety net, providing short-term financial support for booksellers (and their families) when they face an unexpected financial hardship.

  • The Tao of Ruth Rendell and P.D. James

    I discovered P.D. James and Ruth Rendell while working at Pickwick Bookshop in Hollywood in the early 1970s.

  • A Cure for What Ails Poetry

    It’s no secret that the main audience for poetry is other poets. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

  • When Dad’s a Writer

    International bestselling author Noah Gordon is my father. His books have been published in 35 countries and in many of them his name is a household word.

  • How a Novelist Learned to Trust Cover Designers

    Authors rarely have final say over their book's cover design. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

  • Writing Commercial Fiction and Loving It

    I never meant to be a novelist, much less one who writes commercial fiction.

  • What Happens When a Book Publicist Becomes a Book Author

    After years of hearing authors ask about getting on Oprah, a book publicist experiences the other side, and wonders, “What about Oprah?”

  • Remembering Mickey

    I’d been talking too long with American Booksellers Association CEO Oren Teicher about the success of the Winter Institute and was late picking up my author Lynne Truss.

  • After Publication, the Book Isn't Yours Any Longer

    Lessons a memoirist learned from his poet father about life and literary criticism.

  • Why I Never Wrote for Money

    One of the greatest biographies ever written was James Boswell’s "The Life of Samuel Johnson."

  • More than Money: Learning What A Book Is Really Worth

    I made my name—or “built my brand,” as the saying goes these days—writing how-to books.

  • Enduring Value

    One of the many things I love about my work as a ghostwriter is the astonishing cachet that books still have, despite all the predictions of the medium’s demise.

  • How To Master Your Book's Amazon Description

    The most important words you'll write are not your book’s opening lines. They are your book’s description on Amazon.

  • Condemning the Return of Blasphemy Laws

    It’s disconcerting for a publisher to discover that a horrific tragedy has made one of its current titles more relevant.

  • Why I Wrote a Novel in Second Person

    I was six months and 60 pages into my novel, 'The Sweetheart,' when I knew I had a problem.

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