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  • Book Publicity -- It's Personal

    As our digital presence expands, the relationship between writers and readers is only going to intensify. Where do you draw the line?

  • Let’s Make Some Noise

    Recently, my company’s bookkeeper, who occupies the office adjoining mine, cautiously stuck her head into my room and gazed at me with a look of grave concern. “Are you all right?”

  • Much Ado About Nothing?

    I’ve been going nuts lately reading about the government’s prosecution—or is it persecution?—of Apple and five major e-book publishers (who account for the majority of trade book sales), and I feel impelled to get some things off my chest and clarify my mind about this confusing issue.

  • How Investment Banking Prepares You To Be a Writer

    When I decided to walk away from a 14-year career in investment banking to write a novel, I figured I knew what to expect: a devastating pay cut and the possibility that I would fail to write a good book.

  • A Call for Publishers, Libraries to Work Together

    The way people read is changing.

  • Summer Is for Readers

    As soon as San Francisco delivers its first stretch of warm spring days (as it’s doing, gloriously, right now), I start itching for Memorial Day weekend, the kickoff of summer—or, as I think of it, Reading Season.

  • Getting to Why

    Writing a book is an act of self-revelation, whether or not you mean it to be, and then once the thing is published you face a second act: self-explanation.

  • How to Find the Right Book Agent

    On a rare day of high-wattage sunshine that momentarily denuded the stygian gloom that is London in late winter, I spent an interesting hour at my U.K. publishers—Random House—listening to the sales and marketing team strategizing for the imminent publication of my 11th novel, Five Days.

  • Core Concerns

    If the Common Core fails, what comes next?

  • How Publishers Can Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Technology

    Progress surrounds us. We land rovers on distant planets. Satellites and wires that we will never see or touch allow us to connect with anyone anywhere. And we can read great literature on our phones—or play with pigs in space.

  • How Bookselling is Like Bartending

    Reflections on a saloon-turned-bookstore's former life. Plus a cocktail recipe especially for booksellers.

  • Stress-Testing a Hybrid Publishing Model

    A few months ago, I set out to use the tools of self-publishing to release my new novel, The Thief of Auschwitz, as much as possible in the manner of a traditional publishing house.

  • Tap-Dancing Authors

    Where does one acquire the skills the successful author now needs: ragtime piano, snake handling, banjo picking, or Indian classical dance? This is a serious question for writers in an age when self-promotion has become all-important.

  • How Do I Love Thee?

    To say that my mother loved poetry does not do her justice.

  • Waking the Dead

    When novelists resurrect the dead for a work of fiction, research is critical, but it’s only a starting point. Breathing life into a historical figure requires an elusive second step.

  • Reality Check: Does Market Research Work for Books?

    It’s January 2011 and I’m in a school auditorium in Ardsley, N.Y., standing in the aisle in front of 60 seventh-graders, reading from I Represent Sean Rosen, my first attempt at writing a novel.

  • All About the Book

    Today marks one year since I quit my day job as a bookseller.

  • Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy

    I love music but I can’t play it.

  • Discovery Begins on Authors’ Homepages

    For most authors the worst fate is to be ignored, and they spend long hours promoting themselves and their books on social media to make sure that doesn’t happen.

  • Overcoming Four Words That Can Chill

    Mike Joachim is the book buyer at the Paper Store. He’s previously worked for Hudson Group airport stores, Learningsmith, Interstate Distributors, and BJ’s Wholesale Clubs.

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