News You Can Use – Dec. 13, 2011

Paying Authors More Might be in the Best Interest of Publishers – Mike Shatzkin is a really smart guy and every published writer will want to read every part of this 2,300 word article. Brilliant.

The Twelve Most Dangerous Words for Writers - A provocative title. Worth reading and thinking it through.

The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity – I know I shouldn’t have enjoyed this article but I did!

When You Have to Choose a Pen Name – This author was told by her publisher it was in her best interest.

20 Reasons Why You Should NOT Use Social Media – Clever article by Jeff Bullas

An 8-year-old Teaches Persuasive Writing – Inspired by the movie “Miracle on 34th Street”

Behind the Numbers at Google – Infographic from


10 Responses to “News You Can Use – Dec. 13, 2011”

  1. Lance December 13, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    Call me picky, but you should put a disclaimer regarding the evolution chart, unless you’ve bought into that mess. The more evolution is propogated, no matter the form, the more the mindless masses turn to it.

    • Steve Laube December 13, 2011 at 8:25 am #

      What evolution chart? I’m looking at the above and it is a chart about Google, not evolution.


      • Lance December 13, 2011 at 9:55 am #

        It’s a section of the chart near the bottom that talks about collective years of time spent per month. It has an evolution timeline associated with it that goes back 380 million years.

      • Steve Laube December 13, 2011 at 10:14 am #

        Sorry you were offended. I didn’t create the chart, of course, and just thought the statistics were fascinating. The issue of evolution never crossed my mind since it wasn’t an infographic about Science or Theology.

        We have to assume that every reader will use discernment with the various news links we provide.

    • Timothy Fish December 13, 2011 at 10:32 am #

      That just goes to show that it takes someone bigger than Google to create the world in the amount of time it actually took.

  2. Susy Flory December 13, 2011 at 9:56 am #

    Hi, Steve. I tried my best to read the Shatzkin article but….failed. Can you give us the executive summary? :)

    • Steve Laube December 13, 2011 at 10:19 am #

      Bottom line? Don’t let Amazon’s aggressive royalty structure take away your authors. Consider paying your authors more so you don’t lose the battle for the opportunity to publish great writers.

      • Susy Flory December 13, 2011 at 10:21 am #

        Like. Thanks!

      • Timothy Fish December 13, 2011 at 10:35 am #

        That is my thinking. If traditional publishers want to be profitable, they need to offer good authors a reason not to self-publish.

  3. Timothy Fish December 13, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    I thought the penname article was a little strange. Perhaps it is because I live in the US, but Alison Potter seems like a better name than Ali Knight.

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