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The Book Business

As a writer, sitting all alone at your desk or tapping away on your laptop in a coffee shop, you’re in a one-on-one relationship with your book. There’s really no alternative. You can’t constantly be jumping up, dashing over to … Continue reading

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Running with Scissors

Over the weekend I looked at a hundred websites and made a preliminary list of a dozen literary agents to whom I might submit my historical mystery novel. I then sat back and asked myself, in all seriousness, “Why bother?” … Continue reading

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Now How Much Would You Pay?

For years I’ve resisted joining our local branch of the California Writers Club, but I’ve started to feel that being snobbish isn’t helping me, so I sent in the form and the check. At today’s meeting, my first, there were … Continue reading

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DIY Publishing, Part 1: e-books

There are, I’m sure, many ways to self-publish your e-book(s). I’m not an expert, but I do have some recent hands-on experience, which I may as well pass on in case anyone is interested. In a future post I’ll cover … Continue reading

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NaNoPubMo: The Sandbox

For a few days, I thought I was going to use draft2digital to upload my novel(s) in ebook format to all of the leading online retailers. No up-front fees, I can use my own ISBN, and they do the file … Continue reading

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NaNoPubMo: Day -8 and Counting

I don’t mind working hard when I have a reason to. Right now my back is aching a bit because I’ve been at the computer all day, but that’s okay. (I do get up to brew more coffee, thanks for … Continue reading

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Procrustean Publishing

I was very pleased, a few short months ago, when a literary agent said she loved the first book in my YA fantasy series and would like to market it. Who wouldn’t be thrilled? The book was a bit long, … Continue reading

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Staggering into Tomorrow

Tonight I uploaded the first big chunk of my redesign of my personal website, MusicWords. There’s still a huge amount to do, but I got the important information about the cello lessons up there (including a new page with some … Continue reading

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Bull Sheet

The demise of the brick-and-mortar sheet music store is one of the lesser-known but keenly felt tragedies of the late 20th century. Perhaps not quite on the scale of Serbian atrocities in Kosovo, but the degradation in quality of life … Continue reading

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Brave New World

This morning’s email served up a surprise announcement from Gino Robair that he has been laid off as editor of Electronic Musician. “Due to a corporate restructuring,” he says, “my position was eliminated.” Let’s see, now … the corporation¬†publishes magazines. … Continue reading

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