A new documentary on JD Salinger illuminates the mysterious author in a light we are not accustomed and in a manner I am relieved to understand. Famously considered a hermit or recluse, the film features interviews with people who knew him, which demonstrates this was not the case. It’s true that his last publication was in… Read more about Salinger, a Documentary
If you’ll excuse me a moment while I throw on my film buff hat—I am the Hollywood Novelist, after all—I’d like to share an awesome video I came across on the history of the aspect ratio. If you’ve ever wondered why film and video come in different sizes (or aspect ratios: the numerical relation between… Read more about History of the Aspect Ratio (and How it Relates to Publishing)
The United States Constitution is one of my favorite works ever written. I don’t hold it in high regard simply because I’m American, although I am fortunate and proud to be a citizen of this country. Rather, the clarity of thought and purpose this document embodies is so wholly impressive that I cannot suppress my amazement.… Read more about Authors and the United States Constitution
Almost four years ago I wrote a blog post titled “Patience.” I initially wanted that entry to be a single word for it conveys much with very little. Having just completed my first novel, I had to keep this lesson in mind: I spent over four years writing the manuscript (not full-time, of course). With… Read more about Patience Redux
The Random House Research and Analytics team has assembled a helpful infographic that asks, “Who is the e-book consumer?” Based on their data, I match several of the e-book reader traits. Do you? Over a fifth of American adults have read an eBook. EBook consumers are likely to be book enthusiasts who read across digital and… Read more about Who Reads E-books?
It’s been one year since I founded the publishing imprint King’s Men Press. My decision to self-publish selected works, an experiment really, blossomed into a larger idea almost overnight. If I was going down this road, I was going to travel as professionally as possible. The press is named in honor of my favorite novel, All the King’s Men by… Read more about King’s Men Press: One Year Later
Pricing is one of the most difficult challenges for any product. Charge too much, no one will buy it. Charge too little, no one will value it. So where does the free model land in the publishing spectrum? Amazon’s KDP Select program grants authors five free promotional days in exchange for keeping their e-book exclusive… Read more about What Does a Free Book Really Cost?
Thriller novelist Barry Eisler has served as one of the leading examples of popular writers moving away from traditional publishing. First, he turned down a $500,000 deal from St. Martin’s Press. Then he signed with Amazon to publish his next book. Now, Mr. Eisler just gained much more control over the course of his career. Coming… Read more about Book Rights Revert to Barry Eisler
The past twelve months have marked a year of firsts and a year of growth. Let’s begin with the firsts. Hello, independent publishing In March I decided to self-publish a chapbook of previously published and premiere shorts called The Lookout and Other Stories. Many of my friends from grad school had become independent publishers, and the more… Read more about 2012 Annual Review