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Publishing Myths Series, Updated
About once a year I try to go back and update my Publishing Myths series. I'm kind of surprised at how well things have held up since 2009. (2011 update) (2014 update)

3/12/2015 10:50:53 AM
Publishing Myths Series Revisited (Again)
Way back in 2009, I wrote a series of blog posts on publishing myths, with a quick update in 2011

Changes in the industry have rendered
1/21/2014 12:53:41 PM
Publishng Myths Series, Revisited
It's been a couple of years since I posted the series on Publishing Myths. I had planned to revise the entire series this week, but Work got in the way. Ah, the freelancing life. Hard to say no to work when it comes my way, particularly in this economy. Oh,
3/4/2011 2:38:33 PM
Publishing Myths Part 10: Realistic Expectations, Anyone?
(Update at the bottom.)

After all the ranting about Harlequin Horizons* I did earlier in the week, I thought it would be a good idea to take a couple of steps back and talk about expectations.

Through this blog and the SF conventions I attend I encounter quite a fe

11/23/2009 4:30:40 PM
Publishing Myths, Part 9: Everyone Has to Start Somewhere
(Update at the bottom.)

Yesterday I saw the phrase, "but we everyone has to start somewhere!" on a forum post. I see that phrase used often in defense of bad or clueless publishers. Let's take a closer look, shall we?

(Remember, this series is aimed at fiction a

10/29/2009 1:59:32 PM
Publishing Myths: Lies, I Tell You!
(Note: Stupid me, I hit the delete button and lost this entry. Here is is, reproduced. And if you want to see the "cover art," look here. And comments are here.)

4/1/2009 3:13:02 PM
Publishing Myths, Part 8: You Can't Tell A Book by its Cover
I know, I've fallen down on the job. I haven't posted since that silly April 1 joke. Time to get back on track. The link that sparked today's entry actually jumped onto my radar screen a couple of weeks ago, but I managed to lose track of it. That's what I g
5/22/2009 2:34:00 PM
Publishing Myths, Part 7: My Publisher Has Distribution!
Book distribution is a sticky topic, and it means different things to different people, apparently, but for the purposes of this post, it means: "how books get to the bookstore." That still matters to most writers as some 80% of sales are still made through bookstores.

Of course, there are n

3/19/2009 10:04:09 AM
Publishing Myths, Part 6: If I Could Just Get My Name Out There...
(Update at the bottom.)

It seems that hardly a week goes by that I don't see a post from someone who has just signed with (or just had a book published by) a very small press. The post generally says something along the lines of, "they'll get the book at Amazon, and all I ha

3/2/2009 10:40:01 AM
Publishing Myths, Part 5: The Publishing Industry is Broken
(Update at the bottom.)

(Before I get started, allow me to express my gratitude to everyone who has said kind things about this series and spread the word about it via Twitter. If you're new, please see Part 1 for a disclaimer and b

2/11/2009 4:50:53 PM