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Finding Inspiration When You're Stuck
By Margie Goldsmith
You're stuck – you're sitting at your computer with a blank screen and no brilliant thoughts. You try your first sentence but it's awful, so you hit the delete button. Or maybe you've already got a great lede but you can't get past the first paragraph and the piece is due tomorrow. What do you do? Head for the refrigerator for a quick fix? Call a friend? Stall by posting on twitter or Facebook?

Those are all time killers and won’t solve the problem. How do you find inspiration when you’re stuck? Move a muscle and change a thought.
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Have You Learned Something New This Month?
ASJA
Our friends at Mediabistro host a range of online and in-person courses to help media professionals advance their skills.

Looking to improve your pitches? Check out their journalism courses, taught by experts like Sarah Smith, Deputy Editor of Redbook. Looking to break into the popular Young Adult novel scene? Try their YA novel writing course, taught by literary agent Kate McKean. Browse Mediabistro's courses here.

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10 Secrets to Influencing Absolutely Anyone
Inc.
Ever wish you were better at getting people to do what you want? You can be. All it takes is practice and desire. I know this from experience, says Minda Zetlin, president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. When I first got involved in the American Society of Journalists and Authors, I quickly learned a few things about freelance writers. They're (mostly) brilliant. They're creative and articulate, accustomed to living literally by their wits.
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9 Advanced Twitter Tips and Tricks
Entrepreneur
Do you want to be a rookie or a pro bowl veteran? The way you go about "tackling" your career is similar to being a rookie or a veteran. You can go through the day-to-day and remain average, or you can study, practice, train and try to find every possible advantage you can over your opponents.
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Is Self-Publishing a Better Road to Wealth for Writers?
Bloomberg Businessweek
In the world of publishing, Hugh Howey has become a celebrity of sorts. The author of Wool, a series of fantastically popular novellas that he published through Amazon.com's Kindle Direct Publishing system, Howey has made more than $1 million and been held up as proof that the day of self-publishing has arrived. It's clear that he's an outlier. Even so, he has been beating the drum for publishers to change their business models in response to self-publishing. Howey posted an analysis of Amazon data that, he says, show that self-published authors make more than writers with traditional deals.
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The 'Self-Publishing Revolution'
Impact Magazine
There are several different self-publishing services, with Amazon rapidly emerging as a leading producer and distributor of indie books. The process is straightforward enough: log on, give your book a title and description, select a genre, upload the file, and within 24 hours your ebook will appear on the website. Just like that, you're a published author.
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3 Most Common Complaints About Agents by Scriptwriters
Writer's Digest
Television writer Chad Gervich breaks down the most common complaints made by scriptwriters about Hollywood agents.
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'Post-Mobile' Is Inevitable: Why Journalists Shouldn't Dismiss Google Glass
10,000 Words
From the Internet itself, to blogging, or micro-blogging, or mobile, you'd think we'd have learned our lesson by now. The debate shouldn't be about when it's going to catch on or how dorky they look or how people don't want to talk to themselves to find information. It's about getting in there and finding out how we might start to use the technology.
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J.S. Cooper Leads the Self-Published Bestsellers List This Week
GalleyCat
Author J.S. Cooper has five books on the Self-Published Bestsellers List this week. To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.
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