News You Can Use – Feb.5, 2013

Shocking Copyright Grab by School System – Anything a student writes as part of a class is owned, forever, by the school? So if a kid invents the idea of a better FedEx as part of a school project the school owns the idea. Or if he writes the first pages of what becomes later, the next “Harry Potter,” the school owns the idea. (?!) Unbelievable.

Christian Writers Guild Adds Publishing Division – The linked Publishers Weekly article quote me accurately. This is a logical next step in the services the Guild provides. Not sure why so many in the writing community are up in arms over it. If someone wants to pay for all services from editing to printing at least CWG is an honorable company that will do what they say they will do.

10 Tips for Looking Professional Online – If you are new to this industry please read this article by Burcu Akyol. I guarantee that an agent or an editor will look you up online as part of their evaluation of your proposal.

Become a Storyteller – A half hour interview with Eugene Peterson from 2007 that is worth every minute, whether you write fiction or non-fiction. Highly recommended.

150,000 Animal Sounds Now Online – Cornell University’s ornithology department went live with all this incredible audio and video. Click here for what I sound like when I’m negotiating (American Alligator – third one down).

5 Responses to News You Can Use – Feb.5, 2013

  1. Leah E Good February 5, 2013 at 6:31 am #

    Wow. The power our government is giving itself is scary. How on earth can they claim ownership of students’ ideas? Thanks for the heads up on that one.

  2. Kathryn Barker February 5, 2013 at 9:12 am #

    I always appreciate your “News You Can Use” posts! Thanks for being a watchdog. I don’t often have time to peruse sources and am thankful for your vigilance.

  3. Becky Doughty February 5, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    Steve – I didn’t home-school our older two children – I’d seen too many undereducated children coming out of early home-schooling endeavors and was NOT a fan. When our bonus baby was born 12 years after our last child, I suddenly had a different view with all the new home-school options…and all the unbelievable and frightening changes in the public school system. This is just more evidence that we’re making the right choice educating our child at home. On the other hand…does that mean if she writes the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid phenomenon, I get the rights? Hmmmm. Now there’s an idea worth considering….. 🙂

    Look forward to this stuff every week.


  4. J.D February 5, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    The interview with Eugene Peterson was blend of inspiration and conviction to me. Wow. Please listen to it and be open to what the Holy Spirit puts on your heart regarding your storytelling journey. Thank you, Mr. Laube for posting this!

    • Sheila Haemmerle February 5, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

      Thanks for sharing the link to Eugene Peterson’s interview. His explanation of a story well-told pierced my heart. Such confirmation for me and so uplifting. Thanks, again. Best thirty minutes of my day.

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