Posts Tagged ‘Print on Demand’

Person of Letters

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Have you ever been tricked but in a good way?  Last Saturday I was attending the La Jolla Writer’s Conference. I had been awardasked to provide seven minute critiques for about twelve authors. There were three other panelists, so this was not a difficult task. Conference organizer Jared Kuritz had asked me if I wanted to teach a class but I had never been to the conference before and felt more comfortable just giving the critiques and seeing the quality of the students. Co- organizer Antoinette had told me I had to stay for the dinner afterwards so I could meet the keynote speaker, bestselling author Dale Brown. Dale has not sold as many books as Dan Brown, but he has written more than a dozen New York Times bestselling books and was someone worth listening to. Dale explained how he rose from fighter pilot to bestselling author, and he concluded his speech with a focus on giving back. Dale now has the wealth to own his own plane, and he volunteers to fly medical patients in need to medical facilities throughout the western United States. Dale also serves as an emergency civil pilot, helping to rescue people in distress in remote locations.

The dinner had been enjoyable, I had been impressed with the quality of the writing students I had critiqued earlier in the day, and I had enjoyed meeting the other conference faculty members.  Dale’s presentation was applauded, and I assumed the night’s festivities were over. Then conference organizer Jared Kuritz took the stage.

Jared thanked Dale and then began discussing an award given each year at the La Jolla Writers Conference to someone who is not only successful in some aspect of the writing and publishing industries, but who uses that success to give back to others.  Someone who is generous to aspiring authors.  Someone who pays it forward.  Someone who stands out in the world of letters and in the writing and publishing community for their generosity. (more…)


Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

I love the publishing industry and have spent my life finding and supporting new talent; I love sharing what I have learned along the way.  This weekend I got to do that once again speaking to a large crowd at Author 101 – my reason for being a day late with this blog.    It was a wonderful weekend in LA with several hundred authors, some top agents, and book publishers exploring and explaining ways for authors to either self-publish or break in with traditional publishers. I represented the more conservative view that this is not the best of times for authors and publishers, but many speakers disagreed. Their logic was that since more books are being published than ever before and since more money is being generated from book sales than ever before, this is a wonderful time for authors. They also pointed out correctly that the cost of entry to self- publishing is down to almost zero from twenty-five thousand dollars or more just a decade or two ago, before the invention of print on demand. (more…)