Tips for authors: A new year of writing

With another new year having arrived, my new list of writing goals now reads: Writing Goals of 2011 2012. Sometimes we don’t accomplish everything we hope to — but that doesn’t mean we can’t re-evaluate and move on. So I thought I’d offer a few writing tips as we welcome 2012 (though I admit I …

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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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The Kindle Fire is a great deal as tablets go, but I’m sticking with the old Kindle

I like the Kindle Fire. Though many tech gurus have criticized it for not living up to the Apple iPad (and it doesn’t), the Kindle Fire is an incredible deal at $199. I played around with the Fire for a bit. And despite the name (Fire? Really?) the device didn’t feel cheap at all, as …

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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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Celebrating wild turkeys on Thanksgiving

For the last several months, I’ve been watching a family of wild turkeys as they meander around the hills and trails of Ashland — which makes the Thanksgiving holiday bittersweet in that so many of these beautiful animals end up on people’s plates rather than remain out in the wilderness where they belong. In the …

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