Dark clouds (with a silver lining): Predicting the year ahead in publishing

When the CEO of one of the world’s largest publishing houses says he sees dark clouds ahead in 2012, this is big news. It’s big news not so much because there are dark clouds on the horizon, but because a CEO is saying so. That is, I believe he is preparing his employees for major …

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Tips for authors: On getting (or not getting) reviews

When Forgetting English was first published by Eastern Washington University Press in 2009, I learned — after the fact and much to my dismay — that it had never been sent out for reviews. It wasn’t long before I also learned that half of the press’s staff had been laid off and that the press …

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Tips for authors: How to set up a book tour

Thanks to the release of a new edition of Forgetting English¬†this spring, I’ve spent many weeks this year traveling to venues on both coasts and through the Midwest promoting the book. Among the best things I’ve learned, not only from this tour but from the events I did when the book was first released in …

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Happy Halloween – and welcome to the party!

Today we are thrilled to be celebrating the official book launch of Out of Breath, and to celebrate we’re hosting a day-long, virtual Halloween bash right here, on this blog. The nice thing about an online party is that it begins when you show up, and it goes all day — and all evening. To …

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