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Color My World
Mary Ellen Collins, ASJA

One of my editors emailed her thanks for an assignment and added, "Why is it in so many pretty colors?" Oops. I'd forgotten to "select all" and convert my red/green/blue/purple/pink/orange text to black. With a couple of keystrokes, she got the format she expected.

My trade magazine features can require up to dozen sources, which means many interviews and lots of quotes. Sometime early in my freelance life, I realized I needed a way to keep the sources and their material straight, especially during the cutting and pasting part of the editing process. The solution? Type the notes from each interview in a different color.
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Amazon Invites Children's Book Authors To Kindle Direct Publishing, Rolls Out Kids' Book Creator Software
TechCrunch
Amazon announced recently that it will be expanding its Kindle Direct Publishing business to support the needs of children's books authors through a new program it's calling "KDP Kids." Along with the program, which is aimed at helping authors prepare, publish and distribute books in the Kindle Store, Amazon is also releasing a new tool, the Kindle Kids' Book Creator.
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Why Violent News Images Matter
TIME
A recent slew of situations resulting in catastrophic violence and death, including the Israel-Gaza war, the armed expansion of the Islamic State, the downing of a Malaysian Airlines plane in the Ukraine, the ongoing conflict in Syria, and also the spread of the Ebola virus, has led to a renewed debate as to what kinds of imagery media outlets should be expected to show.
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Get Your Business Book Published: Crown Publishing Group Editor Matt Inman Reveals How
Forbes
It's estimated that some 11,000 new business books are published each year — almost 1,000 every month. And yet still, attracting the attention of a traditional publisher remains inherently challenging. But it doesn't have to be. If you're among the many who possess such literary aspirations, Matt Inman may be able to help.
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Modern Authors Delve Into Digital And Visual Storytelling
Mashable
Storytelling is one of humanity's earliest and most celebrated traditions. From the era of Homeric epics to today's 140-character Twitter updates, people have cherished telling and listening to stories in a variety of formats since the dawn of time — and in the digital era, everyone seems to be describing themselves as a storyteller. For authors, journalists and creative writers, self-publishing platforms and the explosion of digital and social media is a game-changer.
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4 Things You Must Know About A Literary Agent
The Huffington Post
You've written, edited, proofed and formatted your book manuscript until it's polished and ready to go. So you may think that the finish line to getting published is in sight and all your hard work is behind you. Not so fast. Getting your work published is a marathon, not a sprint, and you've simply entered the next leg of the publishing race: finding a literary agent to represent your book to publishers.
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Journalists Most At Risk
CNN
Media outlets around the world go to great lengths to protect staff, but the journalists most at risk are freelancers and those reporting on conflict in their own country. In the last month, the dangers faced by journalists were brought into the spotlight with the killings of two American freelance journalists. At the same time, the Committee to Protect Journalists estimates at least 70 other journalists have been killed covering the Syria conflict; more than 80 have been kidnapped, and about 20 are currently missing.
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Freelance: Increasingly It's How America Works
AOL Original
Freelance work is not a passing trend. And contrary to conventional wisdom, a majority of freelancers are quite satisfied and enjoy the flexibility and control they get from putting their eggs in more than one basket. That's the conclusion of a new research study: "Freelancing in America: A National Survey of the New Workforce," commissioned by Freelancers Union and Elance-Odesk, two organizations with a vested interest in the success of freelancers.
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