The racist overtones of the Atlanta shooter’s “really bad day”

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Robert Aaron Long confessed to shooting eight people in the Atlanta area on Tuesday. Captain Jay Baker, spokesperson for the Cherokee County sheriff’s office, said he had a “really bad day.” Is this how we now describe white people committing mass shootings? What Capt. Baker actually said In this space, I evaluate people’s actual words … Continued

No place like home (office)

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I was featured in an article in The New York Times today. The point was that some people have actually felt more comfortable during the pandemic than with their lives before — a sentiment that applies, at least partially, to me. My ability to control my environment and be close to my immediate family is … Continued

Why the puck are you using that hackneyed quotation?

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“I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” Wayne Gretzky “Do you really think we haven’t heard this a thousand times? Uggh.” Weary readers For the second time in the last year, I was editing a business book that cited this overused, stale, moth-eaten, clichéd Gretzky quote. In … Continued

“You really should charge for this,” said the tech bro

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So, I’m lined up to do a consultation with this guy from Silicon Valley. He’s very well connected there, so he tells me. This is a pretty typical session for me — a 30-minute discussion of needs and publishing alternatives with an aspiring author. I typically do three of these a week. And they’re free … Continued

Jeff Jarvis warns Congress about regulating tech platforms

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I have a great deal of respect for Jeff Jarvis, the esteemed author and professor from the CUNY/Newmark School of Journalism. Today, he wrote a letter to Congress regarding its hearings on Internet regulation. While I have argued for regulating big tech platforms, he makes good points about the dangers of ill-considered regulations. Jarvis shows … Continued

5 ways to fix a book that is too long

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Most nonfiction authors write too much. Let’s talk about what’s probably wrong and how to fix it. How long should your book be? While there is no single correct answer to that question for every book, business books these days tend to come in at around 50,000 to 60,000 words, which generates a book of … Continued

Why you shouldn’t hate footnotes and endnotes

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Everybody hates doing footnotes and endnotes. But if you’re writing a book, you really ought to do them. If you need motivation, you’ve come to the right place. Here are five reasons to do the right thing and cite your sources. 1 Don’t leave print readers at a disadvantage. It’s so easy when you write … Continued

Honest acknowledgments

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Every book has acknowledgments — the page or two where you thank people for helping you. Those pages are filled with lies. Authors are certainly grateful for the help they get. But acknowledgments leave out so much of what actually happens in creating book. They’re dishonest by omission. Should acknowledgments be honest? Read this, and … Continued