Tag Archives: Publishing

The Irony is Almost Too Much! “Amazon Killed the Bookstore. So It’s Opening a Bookstore.”

Not kidding, folks. [This just in from Digital Book World.  Click through and read the rest of the sordid, sorry story.  I confess that I myself many years ago owned an independent bookstore–before I went to NY and publishing.] “Bookstore … Continue reading

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The Pain and Perils of Revision

I just “finished” a book I’d been working on for nearly a year. Every writer will understand why I put the word finished in quotes, because, truly, it is never really finished until it is published, is it? The manuscript … Continue reading

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The Rigours of Publishing

I don’t know where this came from and I’d like to credit the source but can’t. Found it on Amazon.UK and had to pass it along.  The Big Ouch all writers go through countless times.  Get used to it. One … Continue reading

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“Authors are Upset at Amazon. Again.” — New York Times

[In a surprisingly candid and forceful piece the NYT 12/27/14 covers the widespread  Kindle author rage at Amazon’s latest bells and whistles–“enhancements” which cost ’em big bucks. Some best-selling authors have seen income drop by as much as 75%—] Brief … Continue reading

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Are You a Writer? Most of the Followers of This Blog Are…

I am too, have been for nearly 30 years.  I also own a Writing and Editorial Consultancy firm, Margaret Langstaff Editorial. I work every day with writers trying to make their books better before publication. But even the best book … Continue reading

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Writers & Reviews

Though many author friends of mine claim they “never look at reviews” of their books, assuming the transparently fake pose of pretending utter indifference and total superiority to what the mass of the reading public may actually think of their … Continue reading

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“Of the Making of Books There Is No End”

Of the making of books there is no end, and too much study is wearisome to the flesh. –ECCLESIASTES 12:12 NKJ Love this photo and thought you might appreciate it too. Don’t know who shot it, but I wish I … Continue reading

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Amazon Publishing Gets a Black-Eye from Other Booksellers and Publishers

      Amazon has annoyed and frustrated many over the years, particularly authors and publishers, with its insistence it was “their way or the highway.” And true to say, it seemed that Amazon could do whatever it darn well pleased, could … Continue reading

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