For Writers Out There

This is an unadulerated plug for my agent Jeff Herman’s newest edition of “Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, & Literary Agents, 2008.” It’s a treasure trove, from how to begin a story to how to reach editors, agents, publishers, and so forth by name and address, plus insights from leaders in the field. (Canada is included.) It’s $29.95, probably less on Amazon, so go find it if you’re serious about commercial and trade publishing. (Do not contact Jeff or any …


The Complete Entrepreneur

What are the characteristics of the successful entrepreneur? Here is what I have found among those I’ve met: – Intellectual acuity. They are sharp, agile, and fast-on-their feet. Through their intellect they become an object of interest to others. – Self-determination. They do not rely on the largesse of others to achieve success. They realize they can control their destiny, and will attempt to move both molehills and mountains to reach goals. They don’t whine and there are not “victims.” …


Victimization As An Art Form

I’ve belonged to Mensa (they claim to be the top 2% of IQ in the general population) for a long time so that I can debunk their claims from the inside. This is approximately as hard as predicting that the American League will win the World Series or a presidential debate will feature wealthy, boring people. I have never believed that taking a test and scoring well means anything other (in terms of measuring intellect) than that you can score …