Aug 29, 2011
Dreams, Books, E-Books, Writing and Other Random Thoughts From My Publisher’s Life
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Dreams, Books, E-Books, Writing and Other Random Thoughts From My Publisher’s Life

The start of random thoughts: I recently spent three days as a faculty member at the Midwest Writing Center in the Quad Cities and lots and lots of ideas floated through my mouth for both wanna be writers and established authors. The field of...
Aug 29, 2011
Myths and Rumors About Book Cover Blurbs
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Myths and Rumors About Book Cover Blurbs

Would I put a blurb on the back of book that was not positive? What do you think? People often say that they do not trust book blurbs? Readers, book buyers, reviewers even seem to wonder these days why publishers and authors bother. Worse...
Aug 29, 2011
Future of Publishing
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Future of Publishing

I am frequently asked what I think the future of publishing is. As a book publisher I am somewhat nervous about the answer I might give. I am do absolutely believe that publishing has a future. On the one hand I do agree that...
May 27, 2011
Who published your book? The Publisher’s Life Blog
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Who published your book? The Publisher’s Life Blog

As a beginning author and a beginning publisher, the most dreaded, insecure question you can be asked is: “Did you publish it yourself?” As I wrote in the previous article, sure, being self-published leaves you in good company and there is really nothing inherently...
May 16, 2011
You Think Self-Publishing Is a Joke? Not So Fast
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You Think Self-Publishing Is a Joke? Not So Fast

What do Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, even William Blake all have in common? Yes, they were each self-published. If you were going to choose some remarkable role-models these folks wouldn’t be the worst ones you could choose. So why the scorn...
May 13, 2011
The Publishing Life, 3
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The Publishing Life, 3

Part Three: So I started my newsletter, got some remarkable feedback from some well-known authors and my confidence was high. I grew my mailing list to 500 for Sycamore Roots. I sort of used the newsletter as a business card really. That is, I...
May 10, 2011
The Publisher’s Life #2
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The Publisher’s Life #2

I left off Part One with deciding I would submit my newly thought-of newsletter Sycamore Roots to a variety of readers. The easiest part of becoming a publisher is actually saying you’re going to do it. The hard part, as it is with anything,...
May 04, 2011
The Publisher’s Life Blog
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The Publisher’s Life Blog

#1: I plan to introduce the beginning of my life as a Midwestern publisher on Midwest Living and Experiences in several short articles and then explain what I think it means to be an author and/or a book publisher in this day and age....