Creative Recovery: Playlist

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in books, General, Publishing, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Creative Recovery: Playlist

Creative Recovery

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On Beginning

Posted by on Jan 4, 2014 in books, General, Publishing | 1 comment

“To live a truly creative life, we always need to cast a critical look at where we presently are, attempting always to discern where we have become stagnant and where new beginning might be ripening.” –John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us * Recommended inspirations for beginning: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury Why We Write edited by Meredith Maran The Art of Fiction by John Gardner Wreck this Journal by Keri Smith The Getaway Car by Ann Patchett On Writing by...

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Judy Collins’ NYC booksigning

Posted by on Oct 18, 2011 in books, General, Music books, Publishing | Comments Off on Judy Collins’ NYC booksigning

Judy Collins’ NYC book signing October 19th: Judy will sign copies of her book SWEET JUDY BLUE EYES: My Life in Music on Wednesday, October 19th at 7pm at Barnes & Noble/Union Square (33 West 17th Street).  Judy will give a talk and weave some a cappella singing throughout.   Starred Publishers Weekly review: Collins’s improbable and utterly charming tale of assuming iconic status as a popular music star from the early 1960s’ onward also proves a tremendously valuable chronicle of the early folk music scene. Collins was there,...

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Pitchfest Writer’s Guidelines

Posted by on Apr 21, 2011 in books, General, Publishing | Comments Off on Pitchfest Writer’s Guidelines

Last week I attended the AHCJ writers conference “Pitchfest” and handed out this one-page overview to prospective authors. (Disclaimer: I pulled this together at midnight the night before and was half-asleep, and I MAY SEEM LIKE I’M YELLING, but it still distills key points to hone your pitch to an agent & publisher.) * Susan Raihofer/ David Black Literary Agency/ twitter @sraihofer After nearly two decades as an agent, I’ve heard thousands of pitches (and have survived). I do believe anything is...

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President’s Day 1993: an agent’s first day

Posted by on Feb 28, 2011 in Publishing | Comments Off on President’s Day 1993: an agent’s first day

When I think President’s Day, my mind skips over slashed prices at the mall or even the day off… I always think of my first day working at the agency. It was probably snowing.  There were probably train delays, especially taking the N or R trains (the “Never” and the “Rarely” as they truly were decades ago). It was a national holiday, a Monday, a great day to get introduced to the office and get settled “without the phones ringing so much.”  That was 18 years ago–we didn’t have the internet.   We had a 386 computer with a sickly...

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Digital Book World Conference 2011/January 24-26

Posted by on Jan 27, 2011 in Publishing | Comments Off on Digital Book World Conference 2011/January 24-26

A stimulating three-day conference in New York with about 1,200 attendees, agents/publishers/marketers et al, all of us trying to figure out how to adapt, survive and thrive as e-book growth changes our business.    What’s the Future for Brick-and-Mortar Bookstores? What are new Models for Agents?  Beyond the Ebook: What’s Possible? Will Territorial Sales Become Obsolete? Many of these questions we’ve already contemplated, but when else can we have a full two-day immersion in all things e-book, with perspectives from every angle of...

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Abner Stein–co-agent and friend

Posted by on Jan 12, 2011 in Publishing | Comments Off on Abner Stein–co-agent and friend

Got the sad, awful news that Abner passed away. How do you capture all that a person has meant to you in your life? Our British co-agent. A brilliant agent and business colleague, but so much more. In the early days at the agency, we corresponded, faxed, emailed, talked weekly, sometimes daily. It was as if we had worked a few blocks down 5th Ave. from one another. He was a legend even when I first met him and treated me as an equal from day one. One could never forget the classic, typed notes of Abner’s or his inimitable signature. He could...

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