In Lieu of Lifeway

The news of another bookstore chain going under is sad news, indeed. As the author of a book that never appeared in brick-and-mortar stores apart from the occasional customer request, I can speak for newbie authors everywhere that the demise of the paper book store tolls a sad bell for writers unknown. Think about your... Continue Reading →

Friends and Books

Maybe you have felt that reading a book is like making a friend, or that, picking up someone else's pages, you have made a connection across miles and time with the author.  You read someone else's words and you think, Yes!  I feel the same.  As C.S. Lewis said, "Friendship ... is born at the... Continue Reading →

Souped-up Slush Pile

Here's a quick tutorial on the publishing industry for those of you who've never had a compulsion to stick pins in your pupils. Step One: Pour weeks, months, years into heartbreaking work of staggering genius (thanks, Dave Eggers) Step Two: Submit baby to publisher to be kicked back with rude note -- get an agent!... Continue Reading →

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