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Free Speech or Hate Speech?

The following news story from about a month ago (Jan 2017) tackles the argument: do publishers, in this case Simon & Schuster, get to decide what is published despite a clear concern that the book may contain flagrant hate speech? 286 more words

Macdonald Kelce Library

"Onward and upward"

A funeral. Luis Dominguez was my old boss at The Spectator (and the first person to ever employ me in a freelance capacity), a gent of the old school – debonaire, elegant and more charm than a coach-load of French aristocrats. 226 more words

Publishing Industry

Poem of the Week: Talent is NOT Overrated

Talent Is NOT Overrated
February 12, 2017

“Talent is overrated.” Such is what certain insiders say.
“So long as the concept is catchy enough, people will come to pay. 662 more words


Smashwords' Predictions for 2017

Hey Squiders, we’ll jump back into the nonfiction stuff on Thursday to answer the question “How many rejections is too many?” but for today, I’d like to share Smashwords’ 2017 predictions for the book industry with you. 186 more words


Most Anticipated Spring Children's and YA Books

Drawn from PW‘s Spring Children’s Announcements Issue, Their editors’ selections for 15 children’s and young adult books that can’t arrive soon enough. Be sure to check out their picks for… 1,044 more words

Picture Books

Writers' Freedoms and Freedom.to for Writers

Today, I’d like to share a couple of things that are, in a way, at opposite ends of the “engagement” spectrum:

On the #writersresist front, PEN America’s Daily Alert on Rights and Expression (aka: DARE): 648 more words

Writing Life

Finding Funding: Writing in a Kickstarter World

Readers and writers are living in a crowdfunded world. Where once publishers oversaw which books came into print now writers just need to convince potential readers to support them. 401 more words