Author Archives: Rick Chesler

Writing with a Collaborator

Writers are used to having total control over their work, at least until it goes to an editor. You come up with an idea, maybe you outline it a little or a lot, then you write a first draft. You write a second draft, you revise, rewrite and revamp it until you’re happy with it enough to say, “I’ve done what I set out to do. Off to the editor!” But recently I was involved in a writing project where the process was somewhat different, Continue reading →

Goodreads Acquisition: Is Amazon to Big to Fail?

I thought I’d do something a little different for this post and discuss some current events in the publishing world. As most of you have probably heard by now, Amazon has recently announced its acquisition of social-network-for-books, Goodreads. This after already acquiring Goodreads competitor Shelfari, and 40% of competitor LibraryThing. Wow, if that’s not intent to dominate, I don’t know what is. Could one company (which is already the 800-pound gorilla in the room of retail bookselling and which has recently established multiple publishing imprints) Continue reading →


I first learned about sharks from nature books and television shows. Later I saw them in aquariums, and then of course there was Jaws, the novel and movie. Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to encounter many species of sharks in their natural environment, and it’s always been a fascinating experience. The importance of sharks, aside from being creatures with as much right to live as any other, is basically two-fold: One, they are seafood fish consumed around the globe.Two, they occupy key ecological Continue reading →

Reading Through the Ages

Have you ever re-read a book that you haven’t read in many, many years? Do you find that the way you perceive that book is now different, colored by your experience of those intervening decades? Or does it still hold the same sense of wonder, or the same shortcomings as it held for you back then? Do they ever get better across the years or do they mostly seem to become tarnished by the ravages of time?    For myself, some books stand the test of Continue reading →