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From the Editor’s Eye: The 10 Most Common Errors Made by Writers

A ten-part series. Introduction The other  day I went to the dentist (yes, editing is a bit like pulling teeth) and my hygienist told me she had just read a book written by one of her other patients. She liked … Continue reading

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A Movie About Editing Books? Seriously?

I’m looking forward to this movie — Duos of ‘Genius’ — about legendary editor Maxwell Perkins and authors Thomas Wolfe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway. Biographer A. Scott Berg, left, and screenwriter-producer John Logan (Mel Melcon, L.A. Times)  Quote: … Continue reading

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Updated: Resources for Authors, Editors & Indie Publishers

I have updated my web page Resources for Authors, Editors & Indie Publishers. It includes my latest presentation “Using Social Media for Promoting Your Book: The Why, Where, When and How” — this is an introductory overview, with links to … Continue reading

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U.S. Civil War Christmas, New Year Holidays Described in Book Excerpt

Descriptions of the holiday season for soldiers during the U.S. Civil War give us pause for thought as we reside in safe, warm places, spending time with family and friends, and cheering in a new year this holiday season . . . … Continue reading

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Amazon Must Be Stopped? OK. Any Volunteers?

Re: Amazon Must Be Stopped: It’s too big. It’s cannibalizing the economy. It’s time for a radical plan. (Franklin Foer, New Republic, Oct. 9, 2014) All humans are self-serving and short-sighted to some degree; most humans are self-serving and short-sighted … Continue reading

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Book Events, October: Presentations by Award-Winning Author Larry Edwards

I am making two presentations in San Diego this month: today at the Descanso Branch Library and on Wed., Oct. 15, at the San Diego Writers/Editors Guild. In the presentation to the Guild, I will share the when, how and … Continue reading

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Book Update: Now that it’s out, what’s next?

Many of you have asked, What’s next? When’s your next book coming out? Lots of things happening, not just with Dare I Call It Murder? but with other books that are now an integral part of my life as I … Continue reading

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The Making of a Best Seller . . . and Other Myths

Re: Iowa Bookseller Pumps Up Sales for Author’s Memoir A best seller? Seriously? If I understand the math correctly, June Melby’s memoir, My Family and Other Hazards, became a New York Times best seller (sports) through the sale of the … Continue reading

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Amazon vs. the Cartel

Carolyn Kellogg makes several excellent observations [What Amazon’s e-book numbers are and aren’t telling you, Los Angeles Times, Aug. 4, 2014] regarding a recent blog post from Amazon. Yes, Amazon leans toward hyperbole. However, there is substance to the underlying … Continue reading

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Comment Re Kirkus Reviews

Excellent observations by Giacomo Giammatteo in his blog post: Watchdog: Is Kirkus Selling Dreams – or Do They Deliver? I got a Kirkus Review for my latest book—Dare I Call It Murder?: A Memoir of Violent Loss—and I believe (one never … Continue reading

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