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Faces in the Crowd — Live Readings Sharpen Your Prose
By Gerry Souter
Gerry SouterEver tell a joke and misplace one word? The punch line comes and lays there. Listening faces stare back at you, baffled. You are branded a lousy joke teller and the parade moves away. How many editors have doggedly pursued your story arc, reached your thundering epiphany and found themselves searching back through the forest of text to see where they missed the turnoff

A few months ago I joined a readers' group started by the Water Street Art Galleries in Batavia, Ill. Once a month, "Waterline Writers" selects short readings from submitting writers to present in a session held at their gallery. The readings are also videotaped for the Waterline website and Chicago Northwest Suburbs programming.
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4 Questions To Ask Before Self Publishing
Digital Book World
Self-publishing opens up a world of opportunities for novelists. But as in independent author, how do you know your book is ready for prime time? Use this quick checklist of questions to see if your fictional story is ready for self publishing.
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Big Words Are Fading, But Many People Still Love Them
The Wall Street Journal
Big words can be tough on relationships. Messy versus neat, early bird versus night owl—add to this list language junkies versus those with a tweet-ready vocabulary. The problems that big words cause are overlooked. Can people who enjoy using big and obscure words, and those who are annoyed by them, get through to each other?
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Yes, Book Editors Edit
The New Yorker
Where do book editors fit in the culture of American fiction? After reading "MFA vs NYC," the provocative essay collection edited by Chad Harbach and published by the literary magazine n+1, one might be forgiven for thinking that we don’t fit anywhere at all.
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8 Strategies to Build Your Freelance Writing Career
Writer's Digest
Not that everything is smiles and sunshine. Because more people are writing, competition is intense. And with slimmer budgets, assignments aren't always as lucrative as we'd like — some online venues pay poorly, and many print publications no longer reimburse the expenses they used to (travel, meals, etc.). It's also true that just because editors can respond to an email pitch promptly doesn’t mean that they always do.
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The Why and How of Self-Publishing
Writer's Digest
Judith Gille is the founder and owner of City People's stores in Seattle, but her passion is writing about Mexican art and culture and immigration issues. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angles Times, The Dallas Morning News, the Florida Sun-Sentinel, in magazines, online journals and numerous anthologies. Her memoir The View from Casa Chepitos: A Journey Beyond the Border was released by Davis Bay Press in October 2013.
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Oonya Kempado on Character and Listening
The WRITER
Oonya Kempado's All Decent Animals takes place in Trinidad and is richly populated with characters, sights and sounds. We caught up with Kempado at the Miami Book Fair International and asked her to talk about her creative process.
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OMG! The Robo-Journo Has Arrived. It's Going to Be OK.
10,000 Words
Everybody take a deep breath. Robots are not journalists, and they aren't going to take over the publishing industry. Or will they? Since it came out that the Los Angeles Times used an algorithm to report on an earthquake, it seems that robots are going to take over all of journalism.
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State of the News Media 2014
Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
In many ways, 2013 and early 2014 brought a level of energy to the news industry not seen for a long time. Even as challenges of the past several years continue and new ones emerge, the activities this year have created a new sense of optimism – or perhaps hope – for the future of American journalism.
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