What the Font?

What the Font?

Did you ever see an awesome typeface and think, what is that, I want to use that? There's actually a great resource through MyFonts (which is like Amazon for fonts) called "What the Font." You just upload an image of the font and it analyzes its letterforms and gives...

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Pro Tip: Don’t Call an Agent

Pro Tip: Don’t Call an Agent

Normally I use this blog to share relevant advice on writing and publishing and marketing and book sales, and today's no different, just more fun: Don't be like oddball genius Mark Baumer and call an agent and say anything like he does in this video:...

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The Mystery of Book Sales, Explained

The Mystery of Book Sales, Explained

At Electric Literature, which is a fantastic blog about books and publishing, editor Lincoln Michel has put together a long piece about book sales, how they work and how they are tracked. It's not so much about how to sell books (though along the way some practical...

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Sending Review Copies

Sending Review Copies

This is a picture of 100+ books that I recently sent out for one of my great clients. It's a photo of some of the review copies he very thoughtfully put together. Review copies are essential for achieving any sales goals in publishing. While they don't guarantee...

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Thank you, clients!

Thank you, clients!

I interrupt today's regularly scheduled workflow to pause for a moment and say: Hey, thanks, all you amazing clients who never fail to impress me with your imaginative writing and exciting publishing goals. Thanks for invigorating my love of books with our meaningful,...

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Lithic Books in Colorado

Lithic Books in Colorado

Here's another link to a piece I did at Real Pants, this time about a fledgling bookstore. I thought their story would be interesting to writers who are also devoted to getting their work out into the world. I interviewed Kyle Harvey about what kind of books they...

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A Good Printer at Work

A Good Printer at Work

Interested in seeing how printers make books? At Real Pants, there's an interview with Jess Bornstein of Spencer Printing, where I ask her about all the various steps in the bookmaking process. Here's an excerpt: What’s a typical day like for you in the office? This...

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How Books Are Made

How Books Are Made

This is probably not how your book will be made, but it's a beautiful video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuFV5196dYQ But to check out the step-by-step process of digital printing, check out this interview I did with Spencer Printing, a great company based in...

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