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Publishing Predictions for 2017

Wow. 2016 sucked. In so many ways. I was never happier to kick a year to the curb than 2016. From David Bowie in January to Carrie Fisher in December, it seemed that each week brought a fresh tragedy to our lives. And all the while the nastiest election ever roared in the background. At […]

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Happy Holidays!

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Indie Authors: Make Your Book Work Harder!

Some smart literary agent is going to start a business one day that simply sells subsidiary rights for the millions of indie (aka self-published) authors out there and make a bundle. If you’re an indie author, maybe you didn’t realize that you’re leaving a pile of money on the virtual table by just selling your […]

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The Creature’s Cookbook Rebecca Interview

The Creature’s Cookbook debuted yesterday on the Tapas app (the app is free to download at Apple or Android app stores), and fans ate it up. So we thought it might be fun to interview author/monster Simon Alkenmayer’s first human friend, Rebecca (no last names please), about the chef. So, Rebecca, you seem like a […]

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Happy National Eat What You Want Day!

SAN FRANCISCO, California, May 11, 2016—In a literary nod to celebrating National Eat What You Want Day, Tapas Media and the monster known as Simon Alkenmayer today announced the publication of THE CREATURE’S COOKBOOK, a fictionalized diary of an immortal monster that deals with the human condition, friendship, love, murder, mystery, and recipes for cooking […]

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13 Predictions for Publishing in 2016

THE PUBLISHING REVOLUTION IS DEFINITELY NOT OVER (Regardless of what you’ve heard) From the title of this post, you can tell I’m at odds with the notion that the digital publishing revolution is now over, ebooks are slipping in popularity, print is once again king of the world, indie bookstores are back on a steady […]

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Happy Merry Joy!

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How to Survive Narroweve (Halloween)

The following excerpt came from a weathered old tome I found on the shelf of a tiny bookshop in Edinburgh. Both the bookshop and the street where it resided have long since vanished, and all attempts to find either have proven fruitless. Thankfully, I was so puzzled by the following passage that I made note […]

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World Teachers’ Day

As the child of not one but two teachers, I had to celebrate with this infographic. If you can read books, thank a teacher!

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Top 10 Ways to De-Stress in a Multi-Book Deal

My fantasy author/client, J.M. Frey (@scifrey), has landed her second three-book publishing deal in less than a year. Ambitious. Terrifying. She must have a plan or face total annihilation!!! And she’s nice enough to share her top 10 tips for surviving the next two years with six books to write, edit, and promote. THE STRESS […]

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