This is a group for people who like to read new books and give them a good critique. WAENet.com Co-founder and veteran literary Agent Deborah Herman is now CEO of the self-publishing website www.offthebookshelf.com. Not only does the site offer free conversion software and a mass distribution engine, it is a place to find new voices and great books. OTBS authors would greatly appreciate having fellow writers and industry insiders supporting their…See More
"Both writing and selling are an "art" but are, alas, different types of "art". Thus a person who is highly talented at writing may not have the instinct or the feel for selling, and vice versa. I have found, though, that most…"
Writers are born but successful writers are entrepreneurs. Share with us how you have turned yourself into your own business. This group is not about book promotion, it is about Writer promotion and networking. How have you combined the business world with your love of writing. See More
"Dick, I would love to connect with you and perhaps do some collaborations with clients. When I get back home (I'm up north in the Kawartha Lakes area of Ontario Canada, celebrating the Canadian Thanksgiving), I'll send you an email."
"Similar to Dick, I can assist a self-publishing author with all aspects of the publishing process. However, I'm not a designer, so for the design parts I usually send the author to some colleagues who are skilled with book design. If I am…"
"You mean that listening to loopy politicos who believe God is directing their career finally wakes up people to what crap it all is---i.e., God using these people to show us what God is not? Clever God....always knew God was a heyoka! "
"I do also think, though, that if an author has a good agent and there is a good rapport between author and agent, and the author/agent combo is pitching successfully to publishers, having an agent like that would be well worth it. "
"I know a few authors right now who have agents but thus far the agents haven't gotten them a book deal. I think an agent is useful when he/she does get a book deal for his/her client. But as we know, it is getting harder and harder for agents…"
"Yes, I do get gigs from agents and some publishing houses. But I think there is far greater potential for this kind of collaboration than currently exists, particularly with agents. I think that agents and independent editors could work very well…"
"How would buying a yacht contribute to service to humanity/sentient beings? Perhaps the yacht would be used to provide floating writers' retreats to aspiring authors, or a sailing experience for young people learning life skills, or some such…"
"You raise a very interesting question, Jill. In past historical times when some of the great mystics had visions and other mystical experiences, and then wrote about it, no one said this was fiction. Teresa of Avila's book on the seven…"
"I would say that "stupidity" is largely the inability to make a cogent argument about a topic or issue. Many times the inability to think critically and debate coherently are because the person has not been taught the skills of critical…"
"Janet, I also teach at a university, and I concur with you that many students are not into reading anything substantive. They only want to know "what's on the exam?" Critical thinking has diminished, and even more so, the sheer joy of…"