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Reflections in the Silver Cup

HINEINI: HERE I AM

Austin and Friends at the Egalitarian Western Wall
When Rabbi Gershon Winkler sent his endorsement of To Drink from the Silver Cup, he alluded to the first question that God asked First Human, “Where are you?” The answer from those who are ready—from Abraham to Samuel to Isaiah—is, “Hineini (Hebrew),” or, in English, “Here I Am.”

“Here I Am,” was what Austin Schaffer, who is a genderqueer Jew, needed to be able to say at the Western Wall in Jerusalem four years ago. Being able to say, “Here I am,” is for most LGBTQ people a process that takes place over time. As Austin wrote in commemoration of National Coming Out Day 2017, “For me ‘the closet’ is not Read More 
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BOOK PUBLISHING 101D

On October 9, 2017, I presented an introduction to book publishing to Jody Keisner’s University of Nebraska/Omaha graduate seminar—Publishing Creative Nonfiction—via Skype. Thinking the information might be useful to others who hope to publish a book, my next five blog entries will recap that presentation. Jody’s class focuses mainly on publishing in literary journals and commercial magazines, so my presentation constitutes only a brief introduction.

The Five Areas to Be Covered:

I. PLATFORM BUILDING
II. ROUTES TO AN AGENT AND/OR PUBLISHER
III. PUBLISHING OPTIONS
IV. COMPROMISING WITH EDITORS/PUBLISHERS
V. MARKETING

Caveat: Things change from day to day in the book-publishing world, so anything I write here could well be followed by a disclaimer.

IV. COMPROMISING WITH EDITORS/PUBLISHERS

The Roald Dahl Story:
Who hasn’t read and loved Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Who would suspect that Roald Dahl was an utter Read More 
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BOOK PUBLISHING 101C

On October 9, 2017, I presented an introduction to book publishing to Jody Keisner’s University of Nebraska/Omaha graduate seminar—Publishing Creative Nonfiction—via Skype. Thinking the information might be useful to others who hope to publish a book, my next five blog entries will recap that presentation. Jody’s class focuses mainly on publishing in literary journals and commercial magazines, so my presentation constitutes only a brief introduction.

The Five Areas to Be Covered:

I. PLATFORM BUILDING (see archived post from October 23)
II. ROUTES TO AN AGENT AND/OR PUBLISHER
III. PUBLISHING OPTIONS
IV. COMPROMISING WITH EDITORS
V. MARKETING

Caveat: Things change from day to day in the book-publishing world, so anything I write here could well be followed by a disclaimer.

Correction on BOOK PUBLISHING 101B: I wrote: “Contests are another possible route to book publication. Most of the time I avoid them, thinking (correctly or not) that they offer too much competition.” In an article in this week’s Author’s Guild newsletter, I learned that I was incorrect in that assumption—that poor authors avoid contests because of the contest fees, which are usually somewhere in the $20 range. Also, established writers do not often enter contests. Those two factors tend to reduce the competition, and most contests, if you are the winner result in publication and a small honorarium.

III. PUBLISHING OPTIONS

This is the area of book publishing that is changing the most rapidly with new options Read More 
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