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  • Coming Home to the Books of Childhood

    The winter I moved home to Wisconsin, after living in the West, the East, and abroad, was the worst Wisconsin had seen since I left for college 12 years before—or at least that’s what everyone said.

  • Space Travel: The Perils and Prizes

    Of all the major news stories that have broken during my lifetime, the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo disaster in late October was the first that made people eager to hear my opinion of a big event.

  • How a Bestseller is Made, According to a Sales Rep

    One major rule of selling books is that once you have the order, shut up. The other important rule? If you love an author and no one is paying enough attention, never shut up!

  • At the Sharjah Book Fair: A Lot of Deals and 1 Million Visitors

    Ever since I started Interlink Publishing 30 years ago, I’ve been a passionate advocate of literature in translation.

  • Self-Publishers on the March

    I have been a literary agent since 1987 and have written 25 editions of the book currently titled Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors & Literary Agents.

  • The Science of Writing a Memoir

    A science writer moves out of her comfort zone to write a memoir.

  • The Cure for Literary Melancholy

    By the time I was 23 years old, I had written five unpublished novels and received more than 500 rejections.

  • The Advent of a Bestseller

    If you’re an independent publisher in want of a bestseller, you need 1) an extraordinary book that everyone else in your territory has overlooked or passed on, 2) a well-respected advocate, and 3) a willingness to have lunch at the Union Square Cafe twice a week for six months.

  • Facing the Monsters

    One need not read very far into the stories of H.P. Lovecraft to find themes of xenophobia and eugenics.

  • Less Boring Art, More Diversity

    It makes me cringe that, in 2014, I have to make an argument that we need more diversity in fiction.

  • In a Good Place

    My memoir, "The Good Luck Cat: How a Cat Saved a Family, and a Family Saved a Cat" (Lyons Press), pubbed on October 7.

  • How Bookstores Survive in the Age of Amazon

    The Co-owner of San Francisco's Green Apple Books explains how e-books and Amazon and indie bookstores can coexist in America.

  • Why the World Needs Controversial Books

    As publishers, booksellers, and writers, our collective mission, more urgent than ever in today’s climate of online advocacy and intimidation, must continue to be to bring the truth to readers.

  • Why Book Tours Make for Terrible Vacations

    We planned it for months, my book tour/family summer vacation camping trip. Of course it didn't go as expected.

  • If Only Pageviews Were Dollars

    An author turned content creator wonders how to get paid.

  • When (Writing) in Rome...

    A novelist reflects on the year spent in the Eternal City after winning the Rome Prize.

  • How a Pharma Exec Became a Publisher

    I am frequently asked how the publishing industry, where I am today, compares to the pharmaceutical/healthcare industry, where I spent the majority of my career.

  • A Scientist Makes Art

    When I tell people who know me as a geophysicist that I’m working on a novel, I often get this response: “Well, that must require a different part of your brain.”

  • Do the Hustle

    I come from a long line of hustlers. My family history is full of savvy merchants who sold their wares to put food on the table.

  • Working Together

    There has never been a better time to be a writer and a publisher. We are blessed with more good books than ever before.

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