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How to use social media to support your writing career
By Dorri Olds
Far too many freelancers say things like, "I don't have time for Facebook; I don't care what somebody had for lunch," or, "I don't get Twitter." Here's the problem with these comments, they sound dinosaurish like latecomers who said, "Why would I ever want a cellphone?"

Saying you don't have time for social media is the same as saying you don't have time to tell anybody who you are and what you do. You're probably accustomed to attending networking lunches, handing out 20 business cards and making connections that lead to work. Think about that for a moment. First you must dress up, travel to the event, find out where the bathroom is, etc. With social media you can stay in your jammies and let 4,000 people know what you're up to in less than five minutes.
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The Double L
The New Yorker
John McPhee writes, "In The New Yorker, 'travelling' is spelled with two 'l's." Notice that this is a simple statement of fact; McPhee does not lament the policy or take issue with it. To judge by letters from readers, the doubling of consonants in such words as "traveller" and "focussed" is a subject of undying interest.
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Men's Fitness magazine is remade as a lifestyle brand
AdWeek
Two years ago, Men's Fitness put Vin Diesel on its cover, wearing a red, body-hugging T-shirt and surrounded by coverlines that screamed "Instant muscle" and "53 fat-burning tips." Vin is back for the June issue, and while he's still showing off his biceps, this time he’s sporting John Varvatos and Banana Republic. Sitting at a long conference table in the offices of American Media Inc., chairman David Pecker placed the 2011 issue alongside the new one to underscore the point: Men's Fitness, long the province of workout tips and Gatorade ads, is going in an upscale lifestyle direction to compete with the likes of Men's Health, Details and GQ.
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Trade publishers' net revenue grows 6.2 percent for calendar year 2012
Association of American Publishers
For calendar year 2012, U.S. Trade publishers' net revenue grew by 6.2 percent as compared to calendar year 2011, according to the Association of American Publishers "StatShot" monthly report for December 2012. The report also showed increases year over year for net revenue in the Trade categories of Adult Fiction/Non-Fiction and Children's/Young Adults.
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The writer's technique in 13 theses
Brain Pickings
"Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open," Stephen King advised. "Do back exercises," Margaret Atwood suggested. "Know everything about adjectives and punctuation, have moral intelligence," Susan Sontag counseled. Each accomplished author seems to have a different secret to the craft of writing, but some of the most enduring advice comes from legendary German literary critic, philosopher and essayist Walter Benjamin.
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Self Publishing Intelligence Report for April 2013
Mediabistro's GalleyCat
We spend a lot of time covering independent authors on GalleyCat, bringing news from the self-publishing world every week. In an effort to consolidate our reporting, we will release a monthly Self-Publishing Intelligence Report that links to all of our resources for indie authors.
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How important is e-book cover art in 2013?
Good Reader
Traditional print book covers draw many parallels with billboards and conventional marketing to appeal to casual readers. When you walk into a bookstore and there are thousands of books present, they start to all blur together. Bright colorful images and racy cover art are increasingly becoming more bold to grab people's attention and hopefully prompt an impulse buy. When indie authors self-publish and release digital firsts, how important is cover art?
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Tools for writers: Using Dragon Dictate
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America
For a couple of months now, I've been experimenting with using Dragon Dictate for writing, both fiction and nonfiction, science fiction author Cat Rambo says. In fact, I'm using it to write this post. It's not perfect. I do have to go back and check what I have dictated, because errors do creep in, sometimes wonderfully funny ones (as well as the occasional expletive directed at Raven when he’s crawling on me). But, I find it is a faster way to write.
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Defining the new role for literary agents
Publishers Weekly
The specific question at a late day panel at the London Book Fair was not about whether literary agents matter, but about their future. Hosted in the LBF AuthorLounge curated by Authoright, and filled with a crowd of what looked to be predominantly self-published authors, panelist-agents Andrew Lownie (who has an eponymous firm), and Hellie Ogden (who just joined Janklow & Nesbit in the U.K.) discussed what they see as the new role of today's book agents.
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Self-publishers want millions from Penguin
Courthouse News Service
Penguin Group's self-publishing branch, Author Solutions, cheats writers of royalties and charges them to correct typos in manuscripts that the company itself inserted, three unhappy authors claim in a federal class action. Kelvin James, Jodi Foster and Terry Hardy sued Penguin Group (USA) and Author Solutions, a Penguin company.
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5 life lessons I have learned from being self-employed
Care2
I have been a full-time freelancer for nearly 20 years, and most people who have never been self-employed do not understand just what that means, said writer Judi Gerber. It is even harder for them to understand that I work at home. I know how lucky I am: I get to do work that I love.
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