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Digital Publishing–A Marathon, Not a Sprint

Today’s guest post is by best-selling author and indie publisher Bob Mayer, who shares cutting-edge news about the digital explosion in publishing at his blog Write it Forward.

When I spoke at writers’ conferences in years past, people would ask me to sum up the publishing industry. I would say: “Slow. Technophobic.”

Those words were eerily prescient as traditional publishing not only failed to see the rise of digital books, they’re still hanging on to their old ways of doing things by their fingernails. I’m even seeing articles, blogs, and announcements that eBooks have plateaued and the storm has been weathered and let’s go back to business as usual. Continue Reading…

Is the Publishing Game Really “Still a Lot Like It Was”?

An article by Bob Minzesheimer in a January issue of USA Today brought out some statistics about some of the novels on USA Today‘s Best-Selling Books list, which tracks combined sales of eBook and print editions. The latest list, based on sales data from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, shows a huge increase of digital book sales after e-readers were unwrapped as gifts: for 42 of the top 50 titles, the eBook editions were the most popular format. The previous high, in July, was 25 of the top 50. In the article Michael Norris, an analyst with Simba Information, a market research firm, is quoted as estimating that one in five US adults are reading eBooks on a variety of devices, from dedicated e-readers to tablets (like the Kindle Fire) that can be used to download movies, music, video games and more. Continue Reading…

Is the Drive for Success Stealing Your Joy?

To continue with the exploration of success and motivation, I’ve asked a therapist to share some thoughts on this topic. Today’s guest post is from my author friend and client Rita Shulte. Rita is a therapist who has some great insights about success and finding joy in our vocations. I asked her to write something for Writing for Life that would encourage and help writers to thrive in their writing journey.


As writers we all want to be a success. We want to have our words touch people’s hearts; we want to somehow be immortalized through our work, and at the end of the day we want to sell books. That seems pretty normal—but percolating under the unconscious surface, could there be deeper reasons that being a success is so important to us? And, is the drive to “make it” stealing our joy? Continue Reading…