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Writers Need Not Work Alone
By Veda Boyd Jones
Sure, we've all heard that writing is solitary confinement. And it is. You don't ask a friend over to watch you look out the window as you think or type smart pithy sentences, delete them, and then type something else.

But there is so much more to writing than putting words on paper; more includes marketing and publicizing your work. That's where friends come in. Not to do the market research for you or to line up speaking engagements. No, their job is to hold you accountable.
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Your Novel Blueprint
Writer's Digest
Writing a novel and building a house are pretty similar when you think about it. For instance, most builders or homeowners spend a lot of time dreaming about their ideal houses, but there comes a time when they have to wake up to the reality of building by analyzing what they expect from a house, and whether the plans they've selected will meet their needs. Architects argue that it's better to build from the inside out.
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December Ends 2013 With 50 New Launches — 6 With Frequency and 44 Specials
Samir Husni Mr. Magazine
December wrapped up with six new launches with frequency and 44 specials that set off the holiday season beautifully. From Rolling Stone's collector's edition dedicated to Pink Floyd to a bounty of epicurean delights, to commemorative issues celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela, the 44 special issues for December were just that – special.
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Amazon Has a New Online Story Building Tool For TV & Film Writers
GalleyCat
Amazon's film division Amazon Studios has created a new tool to help writers build scripts called Amazon Storybuilder. The digital tool borrows from the paper notecard approach to writing story boards only it does it virtual. Screenwriters can create digital notecards and move them around on a virtual cork board.
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Top 10 Ebook and Digital Book Publishing Stories of 2013
Digital Book Wire
Before we officially move on to 2014, let's take stock in the year that was. From the new rules on ebook pricing for the largest publishers to the continue rise of indie authors to new technology and innovative publishing projects, 2013 was quite a year in the industry.
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What Monkeys Eat: A Few Thoughts About Pop Culture Writing
NPR
It's good to know and think about what people ought to watch and read and listen to, ideally; all that is good stuff, and worth talking about, and worth arguing about. But it doesn't change the fact that there's a whole other universe of things that people care about and watch and like or get angry about, and whether they ought to or not, the fact that they do — and they way they do — tells you something about them.
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Direct Mail Marketing For The Self-Publisher
Business 2 Community
When it comes to marketing your self-published book, there are a number of options open to you. One of the most ignored marketing methods at your disposal is direct mail marketing. For a small cost, you can reach your sales prospects in a short space of time. Many self-publishers have probably forgotten the power of this marketing strategy – or don't believe that this method can work for a tech-savvy self-publisher.
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5 Questions With the Founder of Editorially, a Shiny New Toy For Collaborative Writing
10,000 Words
Introducing Editorially, a Web-based platform (currently in beta) that seeks to streamline the writing and editing process and facilitate simple collaboration in the digital space. 10,000 Words asked Editorially Founder and CEO Mandy Brown some questions about her vision for the product and what it could potentially offer to journalists and editors.
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A Proustian Proposal for 2014
WRITER Magazine
There's only one activity that writers should do more than write, with the exception perhaps of breathing. That is reading. As we head into a new year, this is a good time to pause to consider how exploring the works of yesteryear that can be inspiring, motivating and challenging at the same time. There's wisdom there.
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