How to Read a Book Contract – For Avoidance of Doubt

A reprise of a post from last year. Contract clauses beginning with the phrase, “For the avoidance of doubt” are a common feature of business contracts. For example, Company A is negotiating a three-year contract with Company B to purchase twenty different products from Company B. The contract includes ten pages outlining minimum purchases, pricing … Read more

How to Read a Book Contract – For Avoidance of Doubt

Contract clauses beginning with the phrase, “For the avoidance of doubt” are a common feature of business contracts. For example, Company A is negotiating a three-year contract with Company B to purchase twenty different products from Company B. The contract includes ten pages outlining minimum purchases, pricing and quantity discounts, price adjustments for changes in … Read more

Words Without Borders February: Framing Stories in Graphic Novels

From Publishing Perspectives: Graphic novels, nonfiction, and poetry stand as one of those topics in the wider industry of publishing that seem to be continually “new,” strangely needing to be “introduced” over and over. . . . . As Publishing Perspectives readers know, France’s Festival d’Angoulême recently had its 47th iteration and other festivals and … Read more

Who Should Get the Artwork of Purvis Young?

From The Washington Post Magazine: In December 2018, celebrities and collectors jetted into South Florida for Art Basel Miami Beach, the annual contemporary art fair. Hundreds of people in blazers and party dresses crowded into the Rubell Family Collection, a private museum, for the opening of an exhibit of work by the late Purvis Young. … Read more

Top 10 golden age detective novels

From The Guardian: Just how golden was the golden age of crime fiction? For some, the celebrated flowering of the detective story in the 1920s and 30s gave us enduringly popular, elegantly written novels that have yet to be bettered. The period introduced us to household names such as Christie, Sayers, Allingham and Tey, and established … Read more

The Inner Voice

From Aeon: ‘I think, therefore I am,’ the 17th-century philosopher René Descartes proclaimed as a first truth. That truth was rediscovered in 1887 by Helen Keller, a deaf and blind girl, then seven years of age: ‘I did not know that I am. I lived in a world that was a no world … When … Read more

Unstuck: Writing the Beginning Over and Over

From Woman Writers, Women’s Books Every writer gets stuck at one time or another. Being stuck can trigger feelings of anxiety and self-doubt (to name just a few!) but it doesn’t have to spell the end of your project, or you as a writer. Ray Bradbury famously said: “Writer’s block is just a warning that … Read more

Amazon – Threat or Menace?

A comment to one of the many Amazon posts Passive Guy has made recently included a link to Borderlands Books, a San Francisco fantasy, science fiction and horror bookstore selling new and used books. Of specific interest was an essay written by owner Alan Beatts entitled Amazon is Nobody’s Friend, Part One  Excerpts from a much … Read more