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  • In a Good Place

    My memoir, "The Good Luck Cat: How a Cat Saved a Family, and a Family Saved a Cat" (Lyons Press), pubbed on October 7.

  • How Bookstores Survive in the Age of Amazon

    The Co-owner of San Francisco's Green Apple Books explains how e-books and Amazon and indie bookstores can coexist in America.

  • Why the World Needs Controversial Books

    As publishers, booksellers, and writers, our collective mission, more urgent than ever in today’s climate of online advocacy and intimidation, must continue to be to bring the truth to readers.

  • Why Book Tours Make for Terrible Vacations

    We planned it for months, my book tour/family summer vacation camping trip. Of course it didn't go as expected.

  • If Only Pageviews Were Dollars

    An author turned content creator wonders how to get paid.

  • When (Writing) in Rome...

    A novelist reflects on the year spent in the Eternal City after winning the Rome Prize.

  • How a Pharma Exec Became a Publisher

    I am frequently asked how the publishing industry, where I am today, compares to the pharmaceutical/healthcare industry, where I spent the majority of my career.

  • A Scientist Makes Art

    When I tell people who know me as a geophysicist that I’m working on a novel, I often get this response: “Well, that must require a different part of your brain.”

  • Do the Hustle

    I come from a long line of hustlers. My family history is full of savvy merchants who sold their wares to put food on the table.

  • Working Together

    There has never been a better time to be a writer and a publisher. We are blessed with more good books than ever before.

  • Building a Better Amazon

    Amazon, Amazon, Amazon. I’m tired of hearing about Amazon, aren’t you? I know—I’m not helping.

  • Why Publishers (Still) Matter

    Publishers play a vital role in the lives of their books.

  • Four Tips For Successful Book Promotion

    There’s no recipe to guarantee attention for your book, but you can at least have a hand in its destiny. As an author and a publicist, here are a few things we’ve learned.

  • Brand Building in Your Jammies

    At the beginning of the movie Sleeper, doctors peel 200-year-old tin foil off Miles Munroe’s face and feet, and he reawakens in the year 2173.

  • The Art of Fiction Writing

    I learned how to write fiction by understanding the language of visual art.

  • What Happens When a Writer Purges His Library

    Long before e-books and the cloud, I got rid of my library. I didn’t regret it.

  • After Getting Laid Off, a Publishing Professional's Second Act

    With help from friends, a publishing lifer starts a retirement career.

  • The Invisible Latina

    I am surrounded by Latinas—at the college where I teach and the schools that I visit.

  • The Perfect Setting

    I’m about to publish my first novel, Small Blessings.

  • The Brutal Truth About Writing About a Father's Alzheimer's

    I have come to believe that real love involves deep honesty, and honesty demands my acknowledgment that my father's life is over.

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