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Build a better business … with Stephen King?
July 26, 2014 | 12:25 pm

king.jpgBusiness Insider, that bastion of cultural and intellectual values, has just pulled together "22 Lessons From Stephen King On How To Be A Great Writer," for its Strategy section, more usually associated with juicy topics like "9 Traits Of Highly Promotable Employees" and "How To Reduce Stress Without Even Leaving Your Desk." Culled from King's celebrated primer On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft , the "valuable insights" are packaged as the insider tips that "earn him an estimated $17 million a year." Of course, in any list like this, it's always possible to pick out stuff to quibble with. Actually,...

David Gaughran announces Writer’s Digest split with Author Solutions brand
June 23, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Writer's DigestAs readers may remember, in February David Gaughran reported that UK book trade bible The Bookseller had severed its advertising links with Penguin Random House vanity press powerhouse Author Solutions, and would no longer accept advertising from any of its brands. Gaughran has now followed up with dramatic news that U.S. writer support and services platform Writer's Digest is also cutting its ties with Abbott Press, the joint venture it launched with Author Solutions to considerable criticism in TeleRead and elsewhere. As can be verified on the Abbott Press website, the company no longer carries any logo or other information specifically...

Authors beware: Do you need to think like a publisher?
February 7, 2014 | 3:31 pm

That's a reasonable question to ask, authors, when you see an advertisement like this, offering you an online teleclass to "Think Like a Publisher," courtesy of Randy Davila, president of Hampton Roads Publishing and Hierophant Publishing, and based on his book, also called "Think Like A Publisher: 33 Essential Tips to Write, Promote, & Sell Your Book." "Have You Written A Book? Or is there a book inside you waiting to come out?" the blurb asks. "If you want to know what it takes to be a successful author in today’s rapidly changing publishing world, this is your chance to learn from...

Random House figures out another way to make you pay them for your own writing
January 9, 2014 | 3:25 pm

Not content to have Author Solutions on board to take care of all its author-charging needs, Penguin Random House has apparently decided to go direct, with the launch, via the UK Writer's Academy, of the online " Creative Writing for Beginners" course. Offered at a price of £499 ($821), with an Early Bird Rate of £350 ($576), this course will run from March 14th, 2014 for 10 weeks of online interactive tuition which will, it is claimed, equip participants with "the essential skills and techniques you need to get started writing fiction." The Writer's Academy makes very positive play of the fact...

What we can learn from the troubles of Martha Stewart
November 13, 2012 | 12:54 pm

Fortune magazine, Martha Stewart, I cannot be destroyedI've seen reporting pretty much everywhere about the troubles facing Martha Stewart and her company these days. She's laying off staff and folding magazines, she's reporting a 17 percent decline in revenues and she's taking for herself the lion's share of her company's earnings. But is this just about money management and changing media directions, or is something else going on? An article in the Hamilton Spectator offers an intriguing secondary hypothesis. The trouble with brands based on a living person, they say, is that they come with a "high risk of calamity" as they rise or fall on the escapades...