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A Ghost's Story: Can You Make a Living Writing Other People's Books?
By Judy Katz
The "Secrets of the Ghosts: Expanding Your Writing Horizons by Ghostwriting, Editing, and Promoting Books" panel for the ASJA 2014 annual conference featured three ghostwriters, one proofreader who emphasized the importance of line editing to make sure your manuscript is clean and not full of errors, and one publisher who hires writers.

Essentially this is what we told our audience: This is a wonderful way to make a living, there are endless potential clients out there, and essentially the only competition you have is yourself: put yourself out there, and people will want what you have to offer.
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5 Reasons to Wait and Slow Down When It Comes to Publishing Your Book
The Huffington Post
Among the many differences between traditional publishing and self-publishing is the turnaround time from book completion to book publication. A common distinction you hear between the two publishing options is that authors have to "hurry up and wait" in traditional publishing, while they "wait and hurry up" in self-publishing.
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The Secret To Writing Stronger Feature Articles
Writer's Digest
When Esquire asked Gay Talese to write a piece on Frank Sinatra in 1965, he didn't want to do it. Everyone seemed to be writing about Sinatra. But the (now legendary) writer reluctantly took the assignment, traveling to Los Angeles only to find that he couldn’t even get an interview — Sinatra wasn't feeling well. Talese remained in L.A., hoping the crooner might recover and reconsider, and he began talking to many of the people around Sinatra — his friends, his associates, his family, his countless hangers-on — and observing the man himself wherever he could.
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3 Symptoms of the Summer Newsroom Blues
10,000 Words
Coming upon a three day weekend — and living through summer in general — it's easy to make mistakes, writes Karen Fratti, a media and technology writer based in New York City. We're lucky, we can post and promote our stories from anywhere. Recently, I've seen some summer haze missteps. Don't let this be you.
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The World's 56 Largest Book Publishers, 2014
Publishers Weekly
Although there was a fair amount of deal making among the global book publishing giants last year, those mergers and acquisitions did not have much of an impact on the top of Livres Hebdo/Publishers Weekly's annual ranking, based on annual revenue, of the world's largest publishers in 2013. Pearson came in first, with $9.33 billion in revenue, followed by Reed Elsevier, Thomson/Reuters, and Wolters Kluwer.
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Publishing in the Drive-by Media Era
Digiday
There's a recurring question among publishers as they try to catch up to consumers' changing media habits: How does one convert readers who arrive through social and content-discovery channels into "repeat customers"? But for traditional publishers trying to catch up to the likes of BuzzFeed, Business Insider and Complex Media, this way of thinking is self-defeating. It creates an unattainable goal while more flexible competitors seize bigger shares of Web traffic and advertiser dollars.
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Amazon vs. Hachette: The Battle for the Future of Publishing
Knowledge@Wharton via Fair Observer
Amazon.com is getting a very public thrashing these days. Stephen Colbert flipped his middle finger at the ecommerce retailer on his Comedy Central TV program. Best-selling author James Patterson called Amazon a budding monopolist, while fellow writer Scott Turow described the company as the "Darth Vader of the literary world." Other writers and publishers have compared the company to a bully, the Mafia and even Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
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Libraries Begin to Adopt Self-Publishing
Good E-Reader
Libraries have traditionally been a destination to borrow books, digital content and to train the community via various outreach programs. You can now add self-publishing to the libraries arsenal via a new system developed by Fastpencil and Recorded Books.
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