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Because Joanna and I didn’t communicate well, you get two roundups this morning. Consider it a bonus for the last day of the year. Here’s the first. The second to come soon. Enjoy!

killing a writing careerFive Mistakes KILLING Self-Published Authors (Kristen Lamb’s Blog)
When I began writing I was SO SURE agents would be fighting over my manuscript. Yeah. But after almost thirteen years in the industry, a lot of bloody noses, and even more lessons in humility, I hope that these tips will help you. Self-publishing is AWESOME, and it’s a better fit for certain personalities and even content (um, social media?), but we must be educated before we publish.
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And because I love contrast…

Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Publishing: #10… Killing a Career (Dean Wesley Smith)
This myth just gets more and more annoying by the day. So I figured it was time to take a hammer to the myth in this last chapter of this book.

If you catch some hints of annoyance on my part through this chapter, it’s because I think this is flat out the stupidest myth there is. And one of the most dangerous because it causes writers to act in head-shakingly stupid ways. It also shows no understanding of the business of publishing, or the business of indie publishing. So please be patient with me. I’ll try not to be grumpy.
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Court Appointed Antitrust Monitor Accuses Apple of Obstruction (The Mac Observer)
Michael Bromwich, Apple’s court-appointed antitrust compliance monitor, filed documents with Judge Denise Cote accusing the company of obstructing his work in monitoring his work.
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Five Digital Publishing Predictions for 2014 (The Digital Reader)
As the calendar year comes to a close, many pundits have turned to prognostication and published lists of predictions for 2014.
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Kindle Daily Deals: Celebrity Memoirs (and others)

 
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