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Browsing Archive: August, 2010

"A plain horse and wagon"

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Friday, August 6, 2010,
If you could live in any book world, which one would it be?  The Featured Grownups question has been tugging at a corner of my brain for a couple of days now.  You see, in a very real sense, I already live in a book world.  As the author of the Cassie O'Malley Mysteries, I have lived in Cassie's fictional world for nearly a decade now.  I've had breakfast with her at The Eggery, ordering my eggs and potatoes from Greta, the Eggery's popular  waitress with Tourette's.  I've spent the night wit...
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Me and 112,000 of my closest friends and colleagues

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Thursday, August 5, 2010,
A very small number of authors generate a very large percentage of all book sales.  The rest of us comprise what is known as the long tail of the publishing industry.  When the google book settlement was hot news, there was an effort to quantify just how long that tail might really be.  Some of the data that I've seen suggests that there are approximately 4 million unique authors of print books published in the United States.  And there are probably millions more professional writers who are ...
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