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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...

Morning Roundup: Why Publishers Like Slow eBook Sales, Why Price Promotions Backfire and more
November 18, 2013 | 9:00 am

ebook salesWhy Publishers Like eBook Sales Slowdowns (Digital Book World) Data from the Association of American Publishers, the Book Industry Study Group and anecdotes from numerous publishers support the notion that ebook sales growth has leveled for the time being. *** Why I Think Price Promotions Backfire (Dear Author) In the early days of digital publishing, free was one of the most powerful tools that could be used to elevate the profile of a book.  In a self publishing world, the price is probably the number one promotional tool of an author.  But is it still working? *** Why Journalism Needs to 'Do' Ethics, Not Focus on...

Morning Roundup: eBooks Have Changed Book Production, Kindle Fire HDX Review and more
November 1, 2013 | 9:07 am

book productionHow eBooks Have Changed Book Production and Workflow (Digital Book World) Much has changed when it comes to producing books these days and ebooks and new production technologies have been the catalysts. Here is an overhead view on some of the biggest, most-sweeping changes from Matt LeBlanc, director of digital workflow at F+W Media (which owns and operates Digital Book World). *** Journalist Reflects on Future of New Orleans Times-Picayune (Galleycat) The book is out this month, and we caught up with the journalist to find out more about the book and how MediaBistro's courses helped her write the story. *** Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7...

Morning Roundup: How to Have an Unpopular Opinion, Will Mickey Mouse Stay Out of Public Domain (Again)? and more
October 28, 2013 | 8:51 am

How to Have an Unpopular Opinion About a Book on the Internet (Book Riot) I could have written that piece softer, I could have hedged more bets, I could have made more excuses, I could have watered it down. I’ve done that with potentially controversial pieces in the past. And I always hate myself a little bit for choosing that path. Because the watered down version is never what I really meant to say. The watered down version is what I think will be easier for people to hear. *** Japanese Government is Still Looking to Close the eBook Tax Loophole (The Digital...

Morning Roundup: iPad 2 Most Popular, Author Claims Copyright over 20 Year Old Interview and more
October 22, 2013 | 8:50 am

ipadThe iPad 2 is Apple's Most Widely Used Tablet (GigaOM) According to a new study, more people use the iPad 2 than the third and fourth generation iPads combined. *** Why Defining a Journalist is Messy, but Crucial (Media Shift) We culled a variety of sources that conceptualize a journalist in some way, and we analyzed each conceptualization to identify its elements — the primary constituents of a journalist’s matter. Then we used the elements to develop a definition reflecting how a journalist commonly is defined. *** Author Claims Copyright Over Interview he Gave 20 Years Ago (Techdirt) A bunch of folks have alerted me to this...

Morning Roundup: Authors and readers band together to stop Goodreads bullying
August 26, 2013 | 8:57 am

GoodreadsWe Need a Digital-First Curriculum to Teach Modern Journalism (Media Shift) At the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, one panel addressed adding programming skills to the curriculum: “Why All Your Students Must Be Programmers.” The inevitable question was posed: What would you cut from existing offerings to make room for these new topics? * * * Authors, Readers Band Together to Stop Goodreads 'Bullying' (Good e-Reader) Who knew the book industry was filled with such venom, such mayhem, such…death threats? Book discovery and discussion site Goodreads has been the battlefield recently for a...