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  • 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.

  • Building a Better Amazon

    Amazon, Amazon, Amazon. I’m tired of hearing about Amazon, aren’t you? I know—I’m not helping.

  • Why Publishers (Still) Matter

    Publishers play a vital role in the lives of their books.

  • Four Tips For Successful Book Promotion

    There’s no recipe to guarantee attention for your book, but you can at least have a hand in its destiny. As an author and a publicist, here are a few things we’ve learned.

  • Brand Building in Your Jammies

    At the beginning of the movie Sleeper, doctors peel 200-year-old tin foil off Miles Munroe’s face and feet, and he reawakens in the year 2173.

  • The Art of Fiction Writing

    I learned how to write fiction by understanding the language of visual art.

  • What Happens When a Writer Purges His Library

    Long before e-books and the cloud, I got rid of my library. I didn’t regret it.

  • After Getting Laid Off, a Publishing Professional's Second Act

    With help from friends, a publishing lifer starts a retirement career.

  • The Invisible Latina

    I am surrounded by Latinas—at the college where I teach and the schools that I visit.

  • The Perfect Setting

    I’m about to publish my first novel, Small Blessings.

  • The Brutal Truth About Writing About a Father's Alzheimer's

    I have come to believe that real love involves deep honesty, and honesty demands my acknowledgment that my father's life is over.

  • The Myth Of the Gatekeepers

    A publishing veteran assesses the industry's diverse ecosystem.

  • Staying Vigilant

    As executive director of Media Coalition, it is my job to defend the First Amendment rights of the book community.

  • 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.

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