How many of us really know how to use all this writerly advice? Particularly when much of it is written by writers for other writers, how much of it is a case of the sight-impaired leading the hard-of-hearing? Does anyone ever worry (you may remember that I like this analogy) that all these how-to books for writers by other writers start to come across like John Updike’s ladies of the church who fund-raise by selling cupcakes to each other?
In Writing on the Ether–read each Thursday at JaneFriedman.com–Porter Anderson looks at outworn ideas of publishing’s black hat “villains,” through the decline and practices of bookstores.
Porter Anderson, at Writer Unboxed, paraphrases the old Marshall McLuhan line to ask whether we’re more concerned with how we publish than what we write.
In Writing on the Ether, Porter Anderson examines recent calls for authors to stop linking to Amazon and instead focus on selling through local bookshops.
On the Ether at JaneFriedman.com, Porter Anderson looks at Amazon Publishing’s latest strides — $110,000 in author awards and a new million-copy seller.
Porter Anderson, in his weekly (Tuesdays) Ether for Authors column at PublishingPerspectives.com, looks at the field’s bellicose pleasure in crises.
Authors at BEA seem welcome, but only in their place. They’re not expected to be doing business. BEA started in the era of publisher-controlled authors. Ether for Authors from Publishing Perspectives — with Porter Anderson.
By Porter Anderson | @Porter_Anderson From May 9, 2013 Part of my series of columns on publishing, Writing on the Ether, appearing Thursdays at the invitation of Jane Friedman at JaneFriedman.com Shirtless Men Kissing Beautiful Women. How long have I been going on about these romance covers that choke the ebook lists? The trend is somewhere […]