Audio from National Book Awards ceremony

originally posted February 28, 2007
May 2021: reformatted; all links adjusted; text revised to reflect changes in names and websites

Several recordings from the November 2006 National Book Awards sessions in New York City are now available online.  Among the podcast recordings are five sets of nominated authors reading from their nominated works and the  … continue reading

What makes a best seller?

originally posted February 10, 2007
May 2021: revised text is noted

The Making of a Bestseller: Success Stories from Authors and the Editors, Agents, and Booksellers Behind Them --by Brian Hill and Dee Power-- is still a valuable resource for authors

Brian Hill and Dee Power wanted to know what makes a book successful. So they researched the concept and published their answers in The Making of a Bestseller: Success Stories From Authors and the Editors, Agents and Booksellers Behind Them. They talked with  … continue reading

“Book Trailers”: A new book promotion technique?

originally posted February 10, 2007
May 2021: reformatted; several links updated; revised text as noted

A new promotional technique known as “book trailers,” or “book teasers,” (think of the so-called trailers that preceed movies to tease us into seeing upcoming films) could be a hot new trend—if it catches on. Book trailers can occasionally be  … continue reading

Geriatric1927 still sharing his story on YouTube!

originally posted February 1, 2007
May 2021: reformatted; one link deleted, one link updated; revised text is noted

Since the middle of last year, a widower named Peter has been sharing the story of his life on the video blogging site YouTube.com. His life story is fascinating, and, if you know of anyone who still  … continue reading