Counting Coup on the Net

image via jmcwd.com   If you've published an e-book, or are thinking about marketing a digital or print book on the Net, you will soon come across the mind-numbing jargon of how to evaluate digital ads. Bob Mayer's blog post, linked here will hopefully help you get started and keep you from making expensive mistakes….

The Millions : The Talking Cure at Work in Contemporary YA Fiction

I don't read YA fiction and I certainly don't write it – by my writing pal Lyn does. She's darned good at it, and she's working to make the genre stretch structurally. But what, really, does this genre of fiction mean to its youthful readers? This essay from The Millions book blog explains a lot of…

The Millions : War Games: On Roberto Bolaño’s The Third Reich

As promised, another review of The Third Reich. This one gets down to dotting "i"s and crossing "t"s on the gaming aspect of Bolaño’s book. Cherchez la différence!   image via themillions.com Gaming in literature tends to come in two varieties; the high-brow and highly abstract, and the demotic and irredeemably nerdy. Look to puzzles in…

It’s Just A Game

The Third Reich, by Roberto Bolaño     image via cleveland.com I'm posting a book review a little earlier in the week than usual – for the reason noted at the bottom of the post. Right off the bat, let me say that this book isn’t about Nazi Germany any more than Norman Mailer’s book,…

amazon barnes noble boycott indigo books a million : Book Business

The author of this by-line, Michael Weinstein, is no stranger to the book biz, and this is as accurate a representation of the current state of the industry as you'll find. Recently Barnes & Noble announced that it would not sell books in its brick and mortar store that are published by Amazon’s new print…

Had I Known Then….

image via pubmart.com   This week I've been reviewing the bluelines of a novel of mine – -my first one – first published in '97, and now in reprint mode. It's titled A REASON TO TREMBLE, and you'll see more about it here soon. (I'm choosing to publish it myself, but that's another story.) Out…

Below, None of it Matters

Hemingway’s Boat, by Paul Hendrickson   image via csmonitor.com “You know you love the sea and would not be anywhere else…She is just there and the wind moves her and the current moves her and they fight on her surface but down below none of it matters.” That’s a segment from Hemingway’s Islands in the…