Category Archives: Editing—Publishing—Writing

Fulfilling a Dream

As a publisher, I’m often told by folks, “Oh, I’d like to write a book.” My immediate (internal) reaction is often Why? It’s an enormous amount of work—research, writing, editing—and the rewards (little money, no reviews, few readers) are almost always incommensurate with … Continue reading

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On Whimsy and Lizards

Life, as we know, is rarely fair; and things, as we also know, are rarely equal. And, it would appear, never has life been less fair or more unequal than in the case of Rowe vs. Literary Estate of P. G. Wodehouse. … Continue reading

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How Do I Get Rid of Books?

Occasionally, a beleaguered bibliophile will ask me how to shift a bunch of books that they no longer need but don’t want to throw away. Books may be wonderful in many ways, but they are bad for the environment when they end up … Continue reading

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Animal Rights Fiction: A Solution?

The two questions I get asked most frequently at Lantern are: (1) “Do you publish fiction on animal advocacy?” (“No.”), and (2) “Do you know of any publishers that do?” I mention Ashland Creek Press (doing sterling work in this area), but … Continue reading

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Habeas Corpus: An Analysis

I’ve posted another short story on Wattpad, this one almost entirely lighthearted. It was my immediate response to learning the premise of Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. “I can only imagine,” I said to myself, and “Habeas Corpus” was the result of … Continue reading

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Norm Phelps (1939–2014)

Norm Phelps—the author of four books (The Longest Struggle, The Great Compassion, The Dominion of Love, and Changing the Game), all of which were published by my company, Lantern Books—died on the last day of last year, less than a … Continue reading

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The Squeeze: An Analysis

This is a brief description of the source and origin of “The Squeeze,” a short story I posted on Wattpad a few weeks ago. Way back in 1991, I worked as the mail-order manager for the U.K. distributor of a … Continue reading

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