Vanity presses tend to get a bad rap as being platforms for unscrupulous scammers to promise would-be authors a publishing opportunity, for unsanctimonous nobody hack writers to spend gobs of money getting their pet-project dreck into print, and just generally for not having very high standards in terms of publishing “literature” (although, one might argue that traditional publishers haven’t got much room to talk in that arena either). 621 more words
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I was asked the other day why I don’t write titles like Yahoo! or other news sites. My titles can seem a little bland sometimes, sure; perhaps they’re a little too utilitarian, a little too “vanilla.” They don’t do anything to stimulate the imagination. 716 more words
Uber-Agent Andrew Wylie sees amazon employees going to work.
by Beth Wareham
When Andrew Wylie, literary agent to the stars, declared amazon an “ISIS-LIKE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM” at the Toronto Book Fair, it was the metaphorical gunshot that alerted the world that publishing had indeed gone around the bend, was no longer the sharpest knife in the drawer, or even had all its lightbulbs in the chandelier. 319 more words
If you haven’t already checked out Ursula K LeGuin’s National Book Award acceptance speech, I recommend you do so!
Honestly, I think that writing is an art, and should be kept as an art. 306 more words
In the competitive world of publishing, there always have been, and will always be, authors who are bathed in spotlight. Their names will always attract attention, magazines will fight for a five-minute interview and they will be such a household name that even a non-reader will know them by sight. 1,196 more words