We’ll always have Paris



Normally we delete spam, but when a NY Escort Service sends you spam  well . . . .


I think that everything posted made a ton of sense. But, what about this? what if you typed a catchier post title? I am not suggesting your content isn’t solid, but what if you added something that makes people desire more?

I mean “And The New York Times fires back with a Greatest Non-Fic List of its own, which is quite revealing | Far & Beyond: A Saga of Publishing” is kinda vanilla.

You might peek at Yahoo’s front page and see how they create post headlines to grab people to click. You might add a related video or a related pic or two to grab readers excited about what you’ve written. In my opinion, it might make your posts a little livelier.



Truthfully, we have rarely encountered such cultured (even literate) spam. But we’ll have to leave it to the ladies of Westchester (we’ve seen the website) to  “grab” and “excite” people.


Making lives “livelier”  and less “vanilla”  through spam and personal services is probably far more financially rewarding than publishing. However, to us, there’s nothing more fascinating, desirable, or alluring than the rich dark print of a word laid bare upon a soft sheet of creamy paper.



Now admit it, aren’t you imagining yourself on a late summer afternoon, arm in arm with your love, having a cooling vanilla cone, as you stroll down the boulevard toward the glinting Eiffel Tower?






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Learning all the ropes in 6 weeks, for $6,000, to land a job that will pay $30,000 — maybe?

We speak of course about the long established Columbia Publishing Course, usually held every year in June/July.

It bills itself as shortest graduate school in the country. Basically in 6 weeks, you’ll learn what you would in an entry-level position in publishing. Although, we’re slightly skeptical about that only because the industry changes so fast. Here’s a description of their Book Workshop:

During the book workshop each student group forms a publishing company that develops six potential titles for publication. Students are responsible for determining the company’s editorial mission, evaluating book ideas and manuscripts, and contacting authors and agents. Students create marketing, publicity, and subsidiary rights plans for each book and present their titles to the class at a simulated rights auction. They design book jackets, set production specs, and create financial projections for each title and for the publishing house as a whole.

That’s all very nice, and traditional, but is it really a reflection of current publishing? Only if you work at a large publishing traditional publishing house. And there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s all worth learning. It’s just very lopsided.  It won’t teach you about author tantrums, endless revisions, psycho deadlines, etc, etc, etc.

On the other hand, you will definitely learn something and we do feel that it would take you 10 years to meet all the wonderful people they assemble at this annual event.  If your desire is to become an editor, literary agent, publisher, designer, publicist, etc, this can be a great opportunity well worth the time and money.

If you are considering a career in book, magazine, or digital media publishing, the Columbia Publishing Course will certainly give you a:

  • Broad exposure to current issues in publishing
  • Unparalleled access to top publishing professionals
  • Hands-on publishing experience
  • Comparison of publishing types that informs career decisions
  • Extensive career placement support
  • -Access to a large, active alumni network

If you don’t know what it is, you can read up on it via a recently published NY Times article by Julie Bosman: E-Book Revolution Upends Publishing Course.  It’s really less about ebooks upending things than the fact an eCulture is  basically a culture of piracy but, it does give you a good look at Columbia’s course. Applications are generally accepted between Dec 1 and March 15, so check their site later in the fall for the new posting.

Releasing our Start Your Summer Right Read this week, Book 4 of the Series

For those of you that have been patiently keeping up to speed with our Ioan Lennox series and just finished the “Easter” book, A Choice Collection of Rare Secrets, Bk. 3, in synch with the season, good news!

We’ve just sent our “Summer Kick-Off Read” to press today. The Powder of Sympathy, Bk. 4, which is set in June, will be available to order in a couple of days in ebook ($2.99) or paperback editions ($12.99, unless you buy Amazon, in which case $8 something).

(And yes, it is a brand new book. But we only publish NEW books in paperback because that is the only format that is Certified Sustainable Forest Industry product.)

Preview chapters, as always, are available on the FAB website (bottom of the page), and will be on Google Books within the next few days.

Here’s the blurb

It’s June in New York and Chief Investments and Acquisitions Officer Ioan Lennox is gearing up for the perfect summer at Sarsfields Auction House. With his wedding plans sorted, his fiancees career launched, and his own star ascending, it should all be smooth sailing.  But with the FBI’s sudden appearance in his office, a Vermeer’s sudden disappearance, and a perilous report that may or may not exist, the seas are about to become very choppy indeed. Can he chart a true cross through the towering waves, or is he destined to be dashed on the rocks? Discover for yourself in [Touching the Curing of Wounds:] The Powder of Sympathy – The Most Universal Cure.

Enjoy, you lucky sods!

Yes, it is a really long book title, but when you publish a series that uses genuine 17th-century book titles, it comes with the territory. If you can’t find the book listed under P for Powder, try using T for Touching!

And if you haven’t been keeping up with the series, catch up now, because our penultimate August End of Summer Fling read, Observations Upon “The Religion of Doctors,” and our series All Hallow’s Blow-Out Conclusion book, Loose Fantasies: The Memoirs, will be coming out right on time.