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  • A Tribute to Barb Burg and Barbie

    After struggling to sell my debut book for two decades, I’d finally made a deal with Delacorte Press at age 42 and was nervous to meet Barb Burg.

  • Remembering Maggie

    The buoyant, loving, and generous Maggie Castanon passed away last month.

  • I Just Want My Books Back: A BEA Story

    Sudden and inexplicable manifestations of the Almighty in the affairs of ordinary people have been extensively chronicled by students of the occult. Such events have been known to occur, unexpectedly and unbidden, at any time, any place.

  • Why You Should Read 'Ulysses'

    When I first set out to read "Ulysses," it interrupted a long-standing relationship I had with novels.

  • No, the Character is Not Based on You (Or Me)

    As the author of a contemporary novel about four women who are roughly my age, I’m often asked how much of my book is autobiographical.

  • Remembering Bill Adler Sr.

    Adler was a book packager who could conjure up an idea while reading the morning newspaper, hire a writer with a phone call, sell the book over lunch, and seal the deal with a couple of martinis.

  • Between Traditional and Self-Publishing, a 'Third Way'

    A hybrid publisher makes her case for "third-way" publishing, blending elements of both traditional and self-publishing.

  • Ten Years Later, Publishing a Rejected Book

    A publisher finally gets to publish a much-admired book -- ten years after first rejecting it.

  • A Novel of My Own

    I worked as a writer for almost 50 years before my first novel was published.

  • The Eternal Question: What to Wear on Book Tour

    I’m a bit of an Ernest Shackleton nut. I never tire of accounts describing his polar exploits. I also feel like a kindred spirit, because few expeditions test your endurance and require that same indefatigable lust for discovery more than a book tour.

  • Violence in Books: Where Do You Draw the Line?

    S.E. Green, author of the forthcoming YA novel "Killer Instinct," examines whether teens are likely to imitate the violent behavior they read about in literature.

  • How to Judge Short Story Contests

    Larry Dark, the director of the Story Prize, offers insight about what goes on during literary prize deliberations.

  • How Independent Publishers Do More With Less

    An independent publisher takes a nod from Buckminster Fuller in finding ways to do "more and more with less and less, until eventually you can do everything with nothing."

  • Psychology, Philosophy—Let’s Hear More

    The reading world would greatly benefit from wider book coverage that pays attention to all genres, not just the most popular ones.

  • In Praise of Editors, Agents, and Every Other Gatekeeper in Publishing

    Maybe the deprofessionalization of publishing isn’t just a looming disaster for the book business—there are, after all, not that many of us left in the industry—but for the millions of readers.

  • Writers Unplugged: Going Underground, for Productivity's Sake

    In the cave, there is no texting or tweeting. There’s no networking or developing one’s “author platform.” You are forced to stop talking about your writing and just do it.

  • How to be an Effective Mentor in Times of Change

    I’d only been in publishing a few years when the great Ian Ballantine engaged me in conversation and suggested, in his signature circuitous fashion, that he was willing to mentor me.

  • Life After Amazon

    In February 2012, Educational Development Corp. stopped selling its books on Amazon. This is how that decision turned out.

  • 100 Candles for the Crossword

    “At 100, the crossword shows no signs of slowing down. On the contrary, the puzzle has adapted to the Internet’s thriving games culture.”

  • The Crossword Puzzle Turns 100

    Do the world's first ever crossword puzzle!

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