There's no Opie on staff at USA Today

by Jim Fletcher -- For those of you who appreciate really good television, "The Andy Griffith Show" was and is a classic. The writers were particularly brilliant, men like Aaron Ruben, James more…

Could mom-and-pop bookstores return?

by Jim Fletcher -- Anyone who's been in publishing for long knows that everything cycles out. Certain genres are all the rage for a time, then they ease back into the shadows more…

As NFL begins, read how NFL began

by Jim Fletcher -- In these summer months, especially as we gallop toward fall, I thought it might be fun to take a break from the heavy topics we've recently reviewed and more…

So you want to be an author …

by Jim Fletcher -- I constantly hear from writers who want to be published; some have been published, some are novices. One of the things we all have to remember – those more…

To shill a mockingbird

by Jim Fletcher -- The news from religious publishing is so fascinating, I must bring it up again. From tiny signs that religion/spirituality publishing has a pulse, to the status of specific more…

Reagan's 'Rendezvous with Destiny' comes to life

by Jim Fletcher -- What hasn't been said or written about the great man, Ronald Wilson Reagan? Biographies, documentaries, columns – the nation's 40th president has become an iconic figure, no small more…

Harry Reid is an 'elderly mountain woman'

by Jim Fletcher -- Cleverness in writing is always a tricky proposition. Mark Twain could pull it off at will, but I suspect the old agnostic had God-given skill the rest of more…

When God said it would happen, it did

by Jim Fletcher -- Christian publishing for many years has followed trends and, in my view, taken the path of least resistance. In practical terms, this means publishers often publish authors who more…

What it takes to put pen to paper

by Jim Fletcher -- Yours truly writes several blogs a week and tries to keep a book-writing career going. Every writer is different. We are bound together only by a desire to more…