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News You Can Use – Dec. 20, 2011

The Self-Aggrandizing Self-Publishing Kings: Extreme Rhetoric, Inflammatory Language and Ulterior Motives – A welcome response to the constant negativity found on select blogs regarding the publishing business.

Don’t Support Your Local Bookstore – An outrageous and inciting article from Farhad Manjoo, Slate‘s technology columnist. Great responses from Tim Redmond and Will Doig.

The Rise of the Cowboy Romance Novel – Time magazine article on secular cowboy romance novels.

Pirates are Stealing my Books! – Karen Ranney is justifiably angry. I am surprised her publisher is not doing more to help. Maybe the whole story is not yet being told.

Ignore Everything but the Writing – Wisdom from Carrie Ryan.

Screenwriting 101 – Ever wondered how to write a screenplay? Here are the basics.

The Writing Process as a Board Game – A highly creative post by Margo Berendsen.

11 Frequently Asked Questions About Book Royalties, Advances and Money – Great post by  Chuck Sambuchino.

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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 BusinessMBA.org

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News You Can Use – Dec. 6, 2011

Is Amazon a “Ruthless Money-Making Devil”? – James Daunt, UK bookseller extraordinaire, makes a bold claim

Five Tips on Writing…from the Grinch – Fun article for the Christmas Season

EMI is sold! – Music giant will be split in half and sold to Universal and Sony. Yes it is the music industry but it would have the same impact if one of the Big Six were split up and sold. Further consolidation in the media world. The sale includes their Christian label which includes Amy Grant and Steven Curtis Chapman.

23 Questions to Ask Your Novel – A fantastic exercise to go through after you’ve typed “The End.”

How Many Christmases Until We See a Whole New Industry? – Mike Shatzkin asks some great questions about the future of Publishing

An Excuse for Plagerism? – Quentin Rowan blames his plagerism on his addiction. Personal responsibility never crosses his mind. “I lost my job in the Brooklyn bookstore where I was a part-owner, my beautiful girlfriend left me (and the apartment we were going to share), and my future in the only field I know anything about, books, came to ignominious end.”

On the Future Partnership of Thomas Nelson with HarperCollins – A great interview with Mark Schoenwald, CEO of Thomas Nelson

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News You Can Use – Nov. 29, 2011

How Much Does a 99 cent E-Book Cost on Amazon? – This is a chilling story for those who think that going the self-publishing route with the Kindle is all puppies and kittens. And it makes a good case for the International nature of story telling.

Don’t Waste Your Exclamation Points! – Intended for pastors this is a reminder for all writers.

Thoughts on the Future of Book Marketing – Insightful thoughts.

Does the Internet Kill Your Productivity? – Ironic that the article about this is ON THE INTERNET.

Platform is not everything – Love, love, love this post.

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News You Can Use – Nov. 22, 2011

Six Things Jeff Bezos Knew Back in 1997 That Made Amazon a Gorilla – Excellent article from Forbes magazine

Reward Yourself with Kittens! – This free “Written? Kitten! tool” provides you a blank page on which to type. But every writing goal you achieve (100, 200, 500 and 1000-word settings are available), you get a picture of a cute kitty! – Part of the NaNoWriMo incentives.

Books-a-Million to Open 41 New Stores this Season! – Anyone who says all bookstores are going away has not been paying attention.

Interview with Nora Roberts – The most prolific author of our era. Amazing.

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The Freelance Revolution – While it isn’t a perfect application to all writers this is a very intriguing infographic.

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News You Can Use – Nov. 15, 2011

The End of Borders and The Future of Bookselling – BusinessWeek article shows why Borders failed and why it doesn’t mean the demise of bookstores. Every writer should read this.

Another Change in How We Read Books? – Cloud-based book rentals…is it the future?

You Don’t Have to Accept Rejection – Copyblogger makes the case for the Indie route

Does Your Web Site Use Flash? – If so, then it is time to change. It is no longer supported by Adobe.

Random House of Canada to Try New Book Tour Model – Selling tickets that include the price of the book. Thus the book is “free.”

Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Owns the Web – A fascinating article from Wired magazine

Kindle’s Cost More to Make than What Amazon Charges – Obviously a “loss leader” that gets readers buying tons from Amazon.

A Fascinating infographic. Enjoy! (Click through to the original blog post to see the infographic.)

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News You Can Use – Nov. 8, 2011

10 Great Tips for Self Editing – Teach these at a seminar and you’ll sound brilliant. Why? Because many writers have never considered them.

Self-Promotion Should Not Be a Dirty Word – Ronie Loren provides some excellent advice.

How Long Can Your Novel Be? – A case for the longer novel

Should Huckleberry Finn be changed? – Joseph Bentz looks into the question of modern day censorship of the classics.

An Author Fails to Deliver the Big Idea – Marshall Poe in ”The Atlantic” admits to failing to deliver an acceptable manuscript.

Is This the End of Books as We Know Them? – Scott Turow explores the future.

Congregation Versus Audience – Barnabas Piper talks about a common problem converting spoken words into written ones.

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More on the Purchase of Thomas Nelson by HarperCollins

One bit of speculation about the sale of Thomas Nelson to HarperCollins comes from PaidContent.org written by Laura Hazard Owen: “Thomas Nelson has been on the forefront of experimentation with digital publishing, and HarperCollins is buying not just the company but also that digital experience….Thomas Nelson has done a bunch of …

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HarperCollins Buys Thomas Nelson Publishers

BREAKING NEWS! Startling industry news. HarperCollins will purchase Thomas Nelson by the end of this calendar year. HarperCollins already owns Zondervan (which they purchased in 1988). The combination will create the largest and most dominant Christian publishing company in the world. Wow. Here is the official press release.

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News You Can Use – Oct. 25, 2011

What Authors Learned from their Editors – This a flat out brilliant piece. Come back here and tell us in the comments what you learned from your editor. How to Find Free Photos for Your Blog – In case you wondered, we use iStockPhoto.com for the majority of our images. …

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