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Raison d’ Etre

I’ve always loved books and I’ve always loved writing. That’s why I became an English Literature major at Boston University and why I spent the next 40+ years in the publishing industry, why I started writing novels and why I started one of the first hybrid publishing operations. I’ve worked in senior positions for some […]

Why Authors Are Turning to the Hybrid Publishing Alternative

Following is a reprinted article by David Thalberg from Bookstr.com about hybrid publishing Why Authors Are Turning to the Hybrid Publishing Alternative Hybrid: /hīˌbrid/ Defined by Google as: “a thing made by combining two different elements; a mixture.” That’s the second definition. The first is: “the offspring of two plants or animals of different species […]

What Do I Do After Tate Publishing’s Closing? A Self-Publishing Caveat

If you are one of the authors who was affected by the shutdown of Tate Publishing in January or are one of the many authors disappointed by having published their book with a self-publishing company, I feel your pain. Over the past several years, writers have been led to believe that self-publishing was the answer to their prayers […]

What is the difference between a hybrid publisher and a self publisher or traditional publisher?

Hybrid publishers are an emerging breed of experienced publishers who are an alternative to traditional publishing or self-publishing. Traditional publishing generally requires having an agent; and both agents and traditional publishing houses are extremely hard to break into because they select very few of the manuscripts submitted to them, especially if they are written by […]

What’s the theme of your story?

In her recent series of posts on theme, C.S. Lakin explores the importance of theme in your writing. She says,“without theme, plot is just a string of scenes, with little purpose. And although such a collection of scenes could be exciting to read, theme takes that plot to a much higher level and ultimately gives […]

Even JK Rowling needs a good publicist

The following is a guest post by book publicist, Alison O’Leary. If you’re not JK Rowling, there’s work to be done If your book received “withering reviews’ that included an assessment like, “so willfully banal, so depressingly clichéd” you’d never sell any copies, right? Unfortunately, writers with gold-plated names like JK Rowling can overcome such […]