Lenny's park

Learning (and leaving) Lenny

As I write this, I’m holed up in a room on the second floor of a hotel ten miles from my house. It’s raining. Over the balcony’s wide railing I can see headlights about a quarter mile away sliding down the interstate’s long, curved hill, tractor trailers engulfing the cars behind them in glowing clouds of kicked-up water spray. It’s …

phil persinger

5 On: Philip B. Persinger

Over at JaneFriedman.com, author Philip Persinger answers ten questions for 5 On. “I don’t think there is a silver bullet for marketing. There’s just good old-fashioned stick-to-it-iveness. If there were a magic formula, the guy who wrote it up would be rich. Oh wait! He did. He wrote How to Market Your Book. Unfortunately, he’s the only one selling books.” …

henry baum

5 On: Henry Baum

This week’s 5 On interview is with author, musician, and Self-Publishing Review founder Henry Baum. Baum (@henrybaum) discusses self-publishing services, the value of a paid review, why he started his own self-publishing service (Kwill), and more. “Generally, it makes no sense to have success determined by how much money you’ve made, how many reviews you have, how many fan letters …

eaten by cats

Writing for the readers: A short story

__________________ * __________________ “No ideas?” “Oh,” he thumbed his mug handle, “I have ideas.” “Well, then. There you go. Write them.” “Can’t.” “Why not?” “Because. What’s the point?” “What do you mean?” “I mean,” he said, “what’s the point? I start writing a paragraph, or I imagine a scene, and I just stop. I think, ‘Why bother?’” “Doug, you’ve written …

Recently posted 5On interviews

If you’re not yet following 5On, you can keep track of newly published interviews by subscribing to my feed (bright red button over there –>) or Jane Friedman’s blog feed. Or both, because then you’ll receive more than interview updates, and “more” is almost always better. Recent interviews: Victoria Zackheim  Nothing is more humbling than to realize that editors aren’t …