Newsletter 4 October 2023: Content to make content; starving artists; Banned Books Week; fake agencies
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Newsletter 4 October 2023: Content to make content; starving artists; Banned Books Week; fake agencies

Newsletter Week 12: Delving into the “content” debate, the record spread of book banning, plus 3 people to follow, 3 books to read, and plugging yourself in. The difference between creative work and “content” There is none. OK. Put down the pitchforks, people. You and I work in the content industry, whether we admit it…

Newsletter 27 September 2023: Publishers’ promotional prejudices; women’s advances retreat; Amazon’s crap limit
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Newsletter 27 September 2023: Publishers’ promotional prejudices; women’s advances retreat; Amazon’s crap limit

Week 11: publishers vs. authors on marketing; book advance gender differences; Scribe rises from the dead; plus 3 people to follow, 3 books to read, and the bullplug. Your publisher focuses on bookstore marketing. That’s not what you need. I’ve worked with dozens of traditionally published authors. Nearly all were disappointed in the work of…

Newsletter 20 September 2023: Visible ghosts; authors embrace AI; Texas book banners trounced
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Newsletter 20 September 2023: Visible ghosts; authors embrace AI; Texas book banners trounced

Week 10: writers, authors, and credit; top AI tool tips; poorly written book ban undone, plus 3 people to follow, 3 books to read, and plugcasting. Let’s stop pretending that writing books is a solitary activity The actress Millie Bobby Brown has written a book, Nineteen Steps, based on her family’s experience during World War II. She…

Newsletter 13 September 2023: A.I. changes everything; SOS for S&S; optimize/pessimize

Newsletter 13 September 2023: A.I. changes everything; SOS for S&S; optimize/pessimize

Week 9: George Colony nails it: reading stuff for us is AI’s job. Also: leveraged burnout at Simon & Schuster, KDP spies on your toolbox, plus 3 people to follow, 3 books to read, and pluggerating. Why A.I. upends everything, according to George Colony There are two common perspectives on the rise of generative A.I.,…

Newsletter 6 September 2023: Lying labels; bad blurbs; cable reflux.

Newsletter 6 September 2023: Lying labels; bad blurbs; cable reflux.

Week 8: Food shouldn’t lie and neither should you. Also: blurbing out of context, media’s redux, plus 3 people to follow, 3 books to read, and a plug just for women authors. Lies on food labels are deplorable. So are lies on people’s labels. Food shouldn’t lie. Understanding the food you eat is essential to…

Newsletter 30 August 2023: The next-job mindset; blurban outfitters; books that move

Newsletter 30 August 2023: The next-job mindset; blurban outfitters; books that move

Week 7: Prepare to quit, blurb ethically, op-ed opportunity, three people to follow, three books to read, and plugging away. Change your job? Maybe. Change your mind? Definitely. The US unemployment rate is 3.5%. And it’s been that low for months. So it’s time for you to start looking. If you love everything about your…

Newsletter 22 August 2023: Think twice before automating; corpus-robbers; ification-ification

Newsletter 22 August 2023: Think twice before automating; corpus-robbers; ification-ification

Week 6: Railing against automation, purloined corpus, everybody’s -ificiationizing, plus 3 people to follow, 3 great reads, and plugliness. Automation: how to eliminate employees and annoy customers There’s a massive technology industry — both big old tech companies and startups alike — dedicated to the idea that all humans must be eliminated. This is automation,…

Newsletter 16 August 2023: Leave a crater; newsless Canadians; purloined permissions

Newsletter 16 August 2023: Leave a crater; newsless Canadians; purloined permissions

Week 5: Why books are worth doing, Canadian social media sites eschew news, the revenge of copyright, plus 3 people to follow, 3 great reads, and how to ghostwrite a business book. Work on a project with heft: a book, for example Some people dream of singing on stage or teaching in a classroom —…

Newsletter 9 August 2023: Passion distraction; Banned books spread; AI spawns travel drivel.
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Newsletter 9 August 2023: Passion distraction; Banned books spread; AI spawns travel drivel.

How to grow a great career by not following your passion, private equity and AI roil publishing, plus 3 people to follow, 3 great reads, and plug nuts Don’t follow your passion “Follow your passion” is terrible advice. Your career develops over years and decades. As you live through it, you have to make a living. People…