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Morning Roundup: Kindle Unlimited-good or bad for authors? Barry and Joe fisk The Guardian
July 21, 2014 | 9:00 am

barry eislerOpen Journalism Leads The Way In Investigating The Crash Of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 (Techdirt) Things are made much more difficult by the refusal of local armed groups to allow inspectors full and free access to the crash site. It is in precisely this context, where traditional reporting finds it hard to provide useful information, that an alternative -- open journalism -- shows its strengths. *** 20 Marketing Questions Self-Published Authors Must Answer (Digital Book World) If you’re a self-published novelist, your line of books is your small business. Like any small business, you need a marketing strategy. *** Is Kindle Unlimited Good or Bad for...

Morning Roundup: Kobo giving $5 for library referrals. Agony and ecstasy of social media
July 15, 2014 | 9:00 am

KoboLibraries are Not a 'Netflix for Books' (Book Riot) If there’s one phrase I dislike more than the latest company touting itself as the “Netflix for books,” it’s when the retort is that such a thing already exists and it’s called the library. *** TSA Policy Change Increases Tech Security Burden for Travelling Journalists (Media Shift) Earlier this month, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration announced a new policy requiring that travelers to the United States turn on their devices at the request of airport security personnel. *** The Agony and Ecstasy of Social Media (Dear Author) Today two authors debate the issue of social media in writing....

Take the writer out of the loop: Associated Press offers robot reporting
July 1, 2014 | 10:25 am

dronesI hope Amazon hasn't picked up any bad ideas from this little initiative. As widely reported, Associated Press is rolling out a service delivered by a company called Automated Insights that automates delivery of corporate quarterly reporting and other business news stories. "Automated Insights' patented Wordsmith platform writes insightful, personalized reports from your data," declares the company blurb. "It's like an expert talking with each user in plain English." The five-part Wordsmith production process involves acquisition of data, analysis through "advanced metrics," identification and contextualization of trends, formulation of "a narrative that tells the story around the most important insights," and...

DECA: Salvation for journalists, inspiration for authors?
June 17, 2014 | 10:25 am

ShoresJournalists worldwide are facing pressure in fees and jobs as traditional newspapers struggle under the onslaught of blogging, whistleblowing, digital media, and other threats to their business models. One solution to preserve the journalists' independence, value, and bargaining power is DECA, "a new writers' collective for longform journalism," just launched, according to GigaOM, on the model of the historic Magnum photojournalists' collective. The platform has already passed its $15,000 goal on Kickstarter, and is on course for its stretch goals before fundraising closes. According to DECA's materials, "this group of established non-fiction authors collaborates to fund, edit and market deeply-reported, 10,000...

New York Times argues for censorship
May 26, 2014 | 4:50 pm

censorshipWell, okay, if we're being totally accurate, it's not the entire New York Times calling for censorship, just Michael Kinsley, Vanity Fair columnist, TV presenter and all-round party guy. And in the NYT Sunday Book Review, of the book No Place to Hide by Glenn Greenwald on the Edward Snowden affair, Kinsley states: It seems clear, at least to me, that the private companies that own newspapers, and their employees, should not have the final say over the release of government secrets, and a free pass to make them public with no legal consequences. In a democracy (which, pace Greenwald, we...

Hollywood Walk of Fame sidewalk stars are paid PR ‘events’
February 18, 2014 | 4:35 pm

Hollywood Walk of Fame StarWith the annual Oscars bash soon upon us, everyone's thinking about movie stars and celebrities. But did you know that the famous Walk of Fame "stars" on the sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard are applied for and paid for one year in advance to the tune of $30,000 a pop? It seems that even in this age of instant information at the drop of a smartphone, most people still think the "stars" handed out – and cemented into the sidewalk -- are real ''awards''. They're not. They are all PR events set up and paid for in advance by the studios...

BuzzFeed adds to lowercase ‘internet’ fever
February 13, 2014 | 12:25 pm

buzzfeedBack in 2004, editor Tony Long told his readers at Wired News that "effective with this sentence, [our website] will no longer capitalize the "I" in internet." But that was then, and this is now, and still the Associated Press and the New York Times insist the the word should be first initial capped, as in "Internet." However, with both Wired and Gawker and now BuzzFeed calling for the lowercasing of "internet" except when it is the first word of a sentence, the chorus is growing loud and louder across the Web, and more and more American websites and news platforms are...

Morning Roundup: Favourite Fiction Debuts of 2013, Strict Parental Controls for Tablets?
December 26, 2013 | 9:00 am

parental controls for tabletsMy Favourite Fiction Debuts of 2013 (Boing Boing) 2013 was a great year for my encounters with debut novels -- first novels from new authors, and first-time excursions into young adult fiction from established adult fic authors, and even an editorial debut. *** A Paradigm Shift (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) When you start thinking of your writing as an asset which will, if you do things right, appreciate in value over time, then you realize that applying marketing methods based on widgets that will spoil does your asset no good at all. *** Experts Warn Strict Parental Controls Needed for Kids Tablet Usage (GoodeReader) However, notwithstanding...

Helping Writers in Need: Please donate to WEAF!
December 9, 2013 | 10:30 am

helping writers in needBy Caitlin Kelly As some of you know, many journalists now work full-time freelance. Some do so by choice, while many have been shut out of an industry going through almost daily re-invention; 24,000 of us lost our jobs in 2008 and many of us did not find another. Add to that a difficult economy in the U.S., and some writers — even the most talented and productive throughout a long career — can find themselves in a terrifying financial crisis, with no alternate source of income and few savings if your anchor client shuts down or a few reliable editors suddenly...

Uncoverage: Putting a Price on Investigative Journalism
December 4, 2013 | 10:50 am

uncoverageThere are plenty of stories about Miley Cyrus and packages falling out of the sky these days. It seems that lost in news coverage is hard-hitting reporting that could actually make a difference. That’s where Uncoverage plans to step in. The site was announced on Monday in an article in the New York Times and is currently on indiegogo looking to raise $30,000. The site will allow journalists to crowd source articles and topics. The point is to give the public a voice by making it possible for them to fund topics that matter to them. But the question is will anyone pay? So...

Want to be a writer? Call your career advisor NOW!
November 29, 2013 | 4:42 pm

Oops, did I mess up big time?! And you think you might want to be a writer too? Well, our chosen profession and vocation just happen to come out low and rock bottom in terms of career choices. At least according to, via the Wall Street Journal. Their poll of the  Best and Worst Jobs of 2013, listing the top - and bottom - 200 professions, ranked "Author" as No. 156 and "Newspaper Reporter" as No. 200. Bummer, eh? If I'd turned right instead of left along that critical career path, I could have aspired to the heights of...

How to pitch your ebook for a possible ‘review’ to a news editor
November 18, 2013 | 10:45 am

pitch your ebookSo you've written a novel and you're ready to publish. Maybe you want to release it as an ebook or as a POD paperback -- or even both. Then comes the hard part: find an agent, if you need one, or an editor or a publisher -- again, if you need one. Not all writers do. Once you've done that, it's time to pitch your ebook to news reporters. I took some advice gleaned from my own experiences publishing and publicizing books as well as from articles online where PR people and reporters dished the dirt and what they look for...