Borders Books and Music Declaring Bankruptcy Affects More than the Store

On Wednesday morning, Borders Group, the bookstore chain founded in Ann Arbor Michigan in 1971, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. It claimed more than $1 billion in debt and announced they would close 30% of its more than 600 stores....more

Hopefully more libraries will be able to host authors. Maybe schools can see ways to do this as ...more

The Truth About Writing and Publishing by Gina Barreca (Part 1 of 5) Your Shameless Friend,Ginawww.ginabarreca.comTwitter @TheGinaBarreca...more

The Revised. Whew!

To Self Publish or Not- Is it Worth Pursuing?

 Although this is probably not new to most of you I thought I’d share some of my research about the pros of self-publishing. 1-     The author keeps the rights to her book. 2-     She controls the design of her book. 3-     There are no long term contracts. 4-     The author gets a “paycheck” more often, mostly likely monthly instead of quarterly....more

Without libraries and bookstores, how "literate" can a city really be?

The annual survey ranking America’s Most Literate Cities was released this month, evaluating the USA’s 75 largest metro areas on six criteria that foster or support literacy: level of education, libraries, booksellers, Internet resources, and circulation of newspapers and periodicals. For the first time in five years, the #1 spot was not claimed by either Seattle or Minneapolis, although those cities still scored very well. Are you fortunate enough to live in or near one of the cities that made the top ten?...more

The full circle of author and readers

Beverly Pechin wrote for Reader Views of my book Soul Moments: Times When Heaven Touches Earth (07/06):...more

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2010 introduced technology that influenced the already changing world of publishing....more

Money, here's your mouth - on getting published in 2011

Today's prompt is Achieve. The scoopage: December 28 – Achieve What’s the thing you most want to achieve next year? How do you imagine you’ll feel when you get it? Free? Happy? Complete? Blissful? Write that feeling down. Then, brainstorm 10 things you can do, or 10 new thoughts you can think, in order to experience that feeling today....more

Book Promo: What NOT to Do

Google “writing forums” and set up profiles at as many of these as you can. Don’t worry if the focus is on different genres from yours –you’re giving them a chance to broaden their tastes,  the way you do when you send your collection of stories, say, to publishers who do not publish story collections.See where they ask for “occupation” in your profile?  They WANT you to promote yourself, so lie a little....more


My second multicultural literary novel, Rescuing Ranu, has been climbing up the Amazon Kindle Bestseller List in the category of mathematics research. It reached #7, and as of yesterday was hanging on at #10, so I guess it’s climbing back down again. It’s interesting to watch its brave little journey, and easier now that Amazon Author Central is making ourBookScan info available to authors who sign up for the program.....more