Fun Fridays – June 14, 2019

Today is a series of photos that create a picture of the writing life:

What prospective authors think the road ahead is like:

What the road is actually like:

Then you send your proposal to Steve Laube:

And your best-laid plans go awry:

Life ambushes you without warning:

But you persevere:

Achieve your goals:

And all is right in the world because God is sovereign over all things:


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A Writer’s Hymn

A Writer’s Hymn (based on and drawing from a hymn by Frances Ridley Havergal)   Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee. Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise. Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy …

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Barnes & Noble Sold

In breaking news on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal announced that a hedge fund called Elliott Management Corp is the winner of an auction to acquire the bookseller chain Barnes & Noble. (Earlier this year, in April, Elliott Management also bought a controlling interest in Waterstones, which is a 281-store chain based …

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How Long Does It Take to Get Published?

How much time does it take to get published?

I came to the publishing business from the retail side of the equation. The biggest adjustment was understanding how long the process takes. In retail there is instantaneous gratification. But book publishing is a process business.

There is no question the timeline varies from person to person and project to project. In the world of major publishers the diversity can be quite extreme.

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