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Things that make me want to change careers  // Browsing posts in Things that make me want to change careers

10 Signs Your Book Career Is Doomed

How do you know if your book career is careening headfirst into “as stale dollar store Halloween candy” territory? Chiclets, flavored Tootsie Rolls, candy corn (seriously, it’s a decoration people not a food), these might be you in a nutshell. 1) You can’t figure out Google. As in, you’d rather take the time to compose an...

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The Freeloader Mentality is Killing Business

You can’t be generous in this day and age without being taken advantage of and harassed by what I like to refer to as the “freeloader mentality”. A friend of mine who owns a book publicity firm, who used to do what I do but got smart (I say that on some days, on others I...

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Personal Issues That Aren’t Your Pubicist’s Problem

Okay so the title of this post is a bit misleading, because some would argue that it suggests there ARE some personal issues that are your publicist’s problem, when in reality, none are. I can hear the hemming and hawing already, “But I hired you to help me!” and “We’re a team!” which are both...

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Blurred Lines

No, don’t worry, this isn’t more social commentary on the Miley/Robin Thicke VMA performance, I think we can all agreed that topic was beat to death. The blurred lines I want to discuss are those between personal life and business. And how they’ve only become fuzzier thanks to the immediacy and perceived intimacy of social...

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I Need a Shot of Tequila and a Handgun

No, this isn’t a statement on gun control or the NRA, in fact this isn’t a political statement at all. My assistant Lulu, who knows I’m having a hard time today, just popped her head in my office and asked if I needed anything, I said, “A shot of Tequila and a handgun.” She left...

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Celebrity Book Deals That Need To Happen

In honor of rapper 50 Cent’s book release, Formula 50: A 6-Week Workout and Nutrition Plan That Will Transform Your Life, I thought it only fair that I no longer withhold some cash cow celebrity book ideas that will not only change peoples’ lives, but ensure our completely nonsensical fascination with the famous and the...

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How to Fail in Publishing

I love my job. I love my job. I love my job. Sometimes I find myself randomly repeating that mantra when, let’s say, I really feeling like punching someone (generally an author) or hurling someone (also an author) out the window. So we have this author who we published, granted we took a chance on...

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“I need more sex.”

No, I’m not venting about my latest therapy session – that was the line that kicked off our sales meeting this week. While most people are focused on the holidays, family, gift buying, maybe vacations, we’re focused on sex. See, publishing wrapped up the holiday season six months ago, when the big houses voted which...

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Flying too high, in first class of course

So we’ve been working with this author, a woman, who was once married to an extremely popular actor from the 70s and 80s and of course she wants to cash in, I mean chronicle, her time with him for the good of mankind and die hard fans everywhere. We see this a lot, but I’m...

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A Royal Failure

When it comes to publishing, nothing is sacred and having a royal sis doesn’t mean instant success. Such is the case with Pippa Middleton’s party planning book which in the words of an overheard conversation at Starbucks this morning is “lame.” Someone in front of me was ordering a latte, talking with her friend about...

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