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26. Should Writers Run the 26.2-Mile Publishing Marathon or Join Rosie Ruiz and Take the Subway to Success?

Two hundred thousand titles published each year in the United States, 40,000 publishers with books on shelves at Barnes & Noble. And you wonder why YOU can’t find a literary agent or an editor?  Two hundred thousand titles is a... Read the rest of this post

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27. Borders Group to Launch Book Publishing Company & Web Site. CEO George L. Jones Breaks Promise NOT to Copycat Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Boy, was I ever wrong! Last July I was practically turning cartwheels upon learning that George L. Jones had been hired away from Saks Department Store Group, where he had been earning $2,286,695+, to become the president, ceo and director of... Read the rest of this post

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28. Hoopla About a Woman’s “Hoohaa” in The Vagina Monologues at John Jay High School. Three Young Liars Make The Today Show!

Bill O’Reilly missed it when he talked about it on The O’Reilly Factor. Meredith Vieira, the Today Show host, missed it when she interviewed the three girls, young women really, future leaders of America all, who stood up in school on... Read the rest of this post

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29. Wannabe Author Syndrome: Cheap, Craven & Conned? How $300 Can Get a Writer a Brutally Honest Manuscript Review

I am so tired of hearing unpublished writers (I won’t call a writer an author until he/she can actually show me a bound book or a buyable online version) wail about not being able to find a literary agent or get published or get readers to buy... Read the rest of this post

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30. Wicked Witch of Publishing Joins Great Scrotum Debate of 2007. “The Higher Power of Lucky” Fuels Bonfires Across America

Fictional dog gets bitten in “scrotum” by rattlesnake. Censors evacuate their bowels over body-part reference and book burning begins! The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, winner of the Newbery Medal, the most prestigious award in... Read the rest of this post

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31. Wicked Witch of Publishing Finds Surprising Suggestion from Public & Pundits RE: How to Save Independent Bookstores. Short answer: Handsellers Must Take to Streets.

Sitting in the comfort of my New York City apartment, shoes off, feet up after a long and fruitless day at the New York International Gift Show looking for non-book product for TreadWaters (my pretend, inherited bookstore nestled in a small town in... Read the rest of this post

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32. Wicked Witch of Publishing Takes Over Pretend Independent Bookstore. Will She Thrive—or Just Survive?

Where do I find the mass grave of the 2500 bookstores that went out of business between 1990 and 2006? I want to stand beside it and bid adieu to Murder Ink, Coliseum Books and Micawber Books—bookstores-turned-white-elephants that have... Read the rest of this post

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33. Mystery Entrepreneur Offers Advice to Independent Bookstore Owners: Future Boils Down to ONE Question!

Let’s stop boo-hooing and get on to the business of conjuring up ways to reinvent those independent bookstores that are still managing to survive, while the big boxes and online retailers busy themselves trying to knock each other off with price... Read the rest of this post

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34. Wicked Witch of Publishing Clinks Glasses with Ron Hogan and Sarah Weinman of Galleycat.com, Dashes to Book Signings, Celtic and Chanukah Concerts, Writers’ Parties and Holiday Movies. Rings in New Year Unconscious by Midnight.

My plan for New Year’s Eve was NOT to go to Times Square, thank you. I’ve been there. Believe me, once is enough. If you’ve ever been, you know you dare not lose your footing lest you get trampled to death. Not to mention that when... Read the rest of this post

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35. Wildly Charming Holiday Greeting From Lynne W. Scanlon AKA The Wicked Witch of Publishing

  Should load quickly, unless their server is swamped, but worth the wait! http://www.elfyourself.com/?userid=16279111fbd6a8c4ea4a061G06122104   I note that every once in a while an ad is sneaked in from Office Max, the creators of this... Read the rest of this post

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36. Shock and Awe at HarperCollins! Judith Regan Ousted 21st Century-Style—Frog-Marched!

The publisher arrives at her office and boots up her computer. Her password doesn’t work. No big deal she thinks, those security-obsessed IT guys must be making everybody change passwords yet again. She reaches for the phone to tell them she... Read the rest of this post

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37. Wicked Witch of Publishing Brilliant Idea for Holiday Gifts to Needy: Warm Coats with Hot Books in the Pocket!

The Wicked Witch of Publishing has had a brilliant idea. Yes, a Christmas bulb exploded over her head while she was planning her December visit to the James A. Farley Post Office in midtown Manhattan in New York City to comb through letters to Santa... Read the rest of this post

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38. Wicked Witch of Publishing Swaps Broomstick for Semi-Automatic. Christmas List Includes Hair-Raising Thrillers by Samuel Huntington, Bernard Lewis, Daniel Pipes, Robert Spencer and Mark Steyn — and Ammo.

For three years my friend Gilbert (a retired physician and, he would be the first to agree, an intellectual) has been emailing me article after article about “the terrorists.” His belief is that the only good terrorist is a dead... Read the rest of this post

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39. Book Jackets Sink or Sell a Book! Editors Should Not Write Jacket Copy! What’s With Those Bogus Book Reviews? Rate the Jacket Copy!

If the first thing a bookstore browser sees when picking up your book is the book title and the jacket design, shouldn’t that title and jacket just blow him away? And once he plucks your book from among the thousands in the store,... Read the rest of this post

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40. Wicked Witch Overdoses on Films at the 14th Hamptons International Film Festival. How to Snag a Press Pass. Publishing Contrarian Stalks Alec Baldwin!

I hadn't even intended to go to any of the movies being shown at the 14th Hamptons International Film Festival... Read the rest of this post

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41. Are Black Authors Getting “Nigger Treatment?” Is “Niche” a Dirty Word? Is Millenia Black Really Suing Penguin Group Over White v. Black Characters?

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42. Can Your Blog Make Money For You While You Sleep? Google AdSense? Blogads? Sponsorships? Dare You Quit Your Day Job?

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43. Rage-Writing as Memoir. Is it a Book, a Blog or just BS?

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44. Did Lauren Weisberger Betray Anna Wintour by Writing The Devil Wears Prada or Did a Demanding and Difficult Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Deserve a Tall Latte in the Face?

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45. Press Release: Lynne W. Scanlon Hangs Shingle to Help Struggling Authors Reach Literary Agents & Book Publishers…and Get Published

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46. Borders Group Appoints New CEO from Outside Bookseller Industry. George L. Jones Will Not Copycat Chief Rival Barnes & Noble to Gain Market Share. What Is It Going to Take to Drive Customers Past B&N and into Borders?

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47. How to Get Published by Referral or Direct Hit with Literary Agents and Editors. Wicked Witch of Publishing Fluffs Up for Media Bistro Galley Cat Book Industry Party.

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48. Wicked Witch of Publishing ™ in Social Frenzy Meets Alec Baldwin, Lynn Scherr, James Brady, Tracie Hotchner at Novel Night. Literary Event Moves Old Books for Authors, New Books for Independent Bookstore and Pours Cash into East Hampton Library Coff

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49. Amazing Worldcat.org Database Locates Books, CDs, Videos in Nearest Library! Will You Buy or Will You Borrow? Pioneering Librarian, Frederick G Kilgour, Dead at 92

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50. Why The Memory Keeper’s Daughter was A Shoe-In for a Best Seller. Why One Book Takes Off Through Word-Of-Mouth and Others Fizzle. Show Me…The Hook!

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