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How to Maintain Momentum During Down Times
By Jackie Dishner
We all know this business is feast or famine, and when the down times hit, they can hit us hard, threatening our very own sense of self. To avoid losing momentum and giving up, there are steps you can take to start piling stuff on your plate again. I recently polled a handful of writers who offered these tips:

Joanna Nesbit, a Washington state writer, says the first thing she’d recommend is avoid spending hours of that down time on distractions such as Facebook. Instead, she says, use that time on the computer to research new markets. “Be intentional” about it, she says, looking for the markets that are targeted toward the work that you do or want to do more of and not just any market that comes up in conversation.
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What Journalists Can Learn About Authorship From Maya Angelou
Poynter
Celebrated American poet, author and civil rights activist Maya Angelou was known as much or more for her autobiographical works, such as "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," as for her poetry. She referred to such work as "autobiographical fiction" and offered candid descriptions of methods — such as composite characters — that blurred the lines between fiction and non-fiction. In that sense, her work can fairly be judged in a class with other genre-bending authors, such as Norman Mailer and Truman Capote. While she was crafting a narrative truth, she never wavered from the essential elements of her childhood story.
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Digital vs Print: What Is The Future of Reading?
Good E-Reader
Bestselling and Pulitzer-nominated author Nichoals Carr kicked off this year’s IDPF Digital Book conference with a keynote presentation on the future of reading. This is a topic that has headlined presentations since the digital revolution began, but interestingly, we still don't have the full picture of what reading will look like in even one year, let alone 10, 50, or 100 years.
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How Long Until You Can Follow Up on Query Letters?
Writer's Digest
Q: I emailed a query to a magazine editor three weeks ago and haven’t heard from him. The writer's guidelines state, "Don't call us; we'll call you if we want to use your piece." How long should someone wait to hear back from an email query? Is it appropriate to send the query again and indicate that this is a follow-up?
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My Self-Publishing Journey: Revision Gut Check
Publishers Weekly
If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a community to craft a book. A finished book belongs to its readers, but in order to get it ready for them a lot of hands help mold the story into its proper shape and form. Beta readers, critique partners, editors for content and grammar — they're all vital to the life of a novel. Once an A-team has spent time reading and providing feedback, the author’s ready to put the assessment into action.
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Best-Selling Author Nicole Williams on Marketing Yourself
GalleyCat
Nicole Williams, resident career expert at LinkedIn, is not only the founder of her own media company, WORKS by Nicole Williams, but also the author of three best-selling books, including Wildly Sophisticated: A Bold New Attitude for Career Success and Earn What You’re Worth. Her latest title, Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules Into Career Success, has even been optioned for a film by Academy-Award-winning producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen.
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Writers Who Rocked Self-Publishing
Publishers Weekly
You've self-published your book, you've accumulated reviews, and now you’re ready for the next big thing. But what, exactly, is that next big thing? For authors — self-published or otherwise — the job is never over.
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Growing Demand for On-Demand Books
My Print Resouce
There are few industries that have been through more changes in recent years than the book business. Changing reading habits, the proliferation of e-readers, the demise of the Borders chain of bookstores, and the closing of many Barnes & Noble stores all signal a seachange in traditional book publishing.
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