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Baby Formula and Copyright Infringement
By Salley Shannon

I woke up this morning thinking about copyright infringement, baby formula and Nigerian scam artists of the "you've inherited $10 million! Just send $24,000 to process the papers … variety. As ASJA's volunteer lobbyist in Washington, I think about copyright infringement and how it damages us writers financially — and emotionally, too — fairly often. Baby formula and scams, not so much.

I rather think my brain made the subliminal connection because a few days ago, a writer buddy said to me "why do they do this? Don't they know it's stealing from me? ME? Taking money I'd use to buy groceries and pay the light bill?"
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5 Things to Look For in a Critique Partner
Writer's Digest
Writing can be a very solitary profession. And most of us like it that way – huddled at our vintage desks or curled up on our couches, muttering to ourselves while our coffee grows cold. But once that draft is finished … then what
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Medium Admits Pay-Per-Click Isn't the Best Way to Pay Writers, Still Wrestling with Being a Platform vs. Being a Publisher
Gigaom
As is the case with so many of its fellow digital-media startups, Medium — the publishing platform founded by former Twitter CEO and former Blogger founder Evan Williams — isn’t just trying to reinvent the way we write or distribute content, it's also trying to reinvent the way that it gets paid for. In a recent post on the site, Medium editor Evan Hansen admits that the company doesn't really have it all figured out just yet, but has come to the conclusion that a pay-per-click model is probably not the best approach to compensating writers.
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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. Old books need promotion, new books need writing, often at the same time. Yet often, the self-publishing scene changes from one year to the next. The rules and guidelines in 2010 are now obsolete.
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US Goes Back to Publishers on Prices
The Wall Street Journal
Two years after three major book publishers settled a major civil antitrust lawsuit with the federal government, the Justice Department has gone back to the publishers asking about any recent pricing discussions they may have had with others in the industry, say people familiar with the situation.
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Self-published Authors Learn to Market to Libraries
Library Journal
Ian Singer, vice president and Group Publisher at Library Journals, LLC, the company that publishes Library Journal,explained to the authors present why they should try to get their books onto library shelves. While bookstores are closing en masse, he said, not so for libraries — "just try to see what would happen if someone tries to shut a library down," he commented.
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Some Newspapers to Staff: Social Media Isn't Optional, It's Mandatory
American Journalism Review
Over the past year, the editors of the Los Angeles Times led a newsroom-wide effort to better marshal the power of social media in efforts to distribute the paper's content more widely. They have begun to replace automated tweets on their brand accounts with staff members and have also started using a service called Simply Measured, which analyzes reporters’ use of social media. And they set a goal to move all their bylined writers onto Twitter and Google+.
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6 Things to Keep in Mind When Gathering Testimonials/Book Blurbs
Writer's Digest
Testimonies are a long-established method of spreading the word about our good words. Today more than ever, testimonies are a necessity for your "platform" — incorporation on the front and back covers of your book, in the first pages, and, of course, on your website. Gathering effective testimonies depends on several things. Here are six aspects to keep in mind.
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Wolff: How Book Biz Dug Its Own Amazon Grave
USA Today
Books, perhaps not surprisingly, are the business of second-class businessmen, who twice in the last generation have lost control of their fate to retailers, allowing them to pretty much dictate pricing terms and product specifications.
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