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An Impulse That Paid Off
Linda Riebel, ASJA

I got a book idea over dinner with an opera star.

My favorite Metropolitan Opera singer had invited my husband and me to dinner to thank us for bringing so many subscribers into the fold. She regaled us with one tale after another of backstage shenanigans, last-minute emergencies, and sharing the stage with Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo, Franco Corelli, and other stars of the 1960s and 1970s. "Miss Dalis," I exclaimed, "When is your memoir coming out?" She said she had no intention of producing one. On the spot I decided to write a book about her. After all, someone had to do it.
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CPJ: In Almost All Cases, Journalists are Still Being Killed with No Consequences
Poynter
The numbers paint a shocking picture. In the decade from 2004 through 2013, 370 journalists have been murdered in direct retaliation for their work. The vast majority were local journalists reporting on corruption, crime, human rights, politics and war, among other issues of vital importance to their societies.
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How Should Publishers Assign Value to Writers?
10,000 Words
Among all the highly complicated questions media companies are grappling with, Time Inc. is still in a seriously unique transitional period. But when Gawker reported that the publisher — more specifically, Sports Illustrated magazine — scores its editorial writers based on how much they benefit the respective magazine’s advertiser relationships, it was a bit hard for me to feel sorry for them.
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5 Authors' Tips for Creative Success
The Indianapolis Star
You have an idea for the next great American novel or an artistic masterpiece. It's there in your head, and you're determined to do it. But when you sit down to start … nothing.
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Meet Josh Smith, Champion of Full-Time Freelance Writing
Content Standard
Freelance writing may be household terminology these days, but what of the etymology of the phrase? The term "freelance" was originated by Sir Walter Scott in his historical novel Ivanhoe. It was used to describe a mercenary warrior who had not yet sworn fealty to a king or lord and was, indeed, a "free lance." One of those English warriors, known simply as Lockseley, would go on to inspire the conception of the titular rogue Robin Hood.
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How Soon Will the Majority of Books Be Self-Published?
Publishing Perspectives
Literary agent Andrew Lownie believes that in five to 10 years, 75 percent of books will be self-published, 20 percent assisted by agents, and only 5 percent traditionally published.
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October 2014 Author Earnings Report
AuthorEarnings
Welcome to our quarterly look at Amazon ebook sales and author earnings. As with our previous reports, we are looking at projected sales and author earnings by pulling data for over 120,000 ebooks off Amazon's product pages. Using known rank-to-sales rates, we are able to estimate the daily share of earnings by publishing path.
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How to Prepare for NaNoWriMo: To Outline or Not To Outline
Writer's Digest
November is almost here, which means two things: One, you're going to be seeing a lot of mustaches and two, it's time to start preparing for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).
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