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Cut and Paste
By Anne Cassidy
The other day I was revising an essay, moving paragraphs around with keystrokes and trying to keep the entire structure in mind. It was my usual process — except that it wasn't working. The piece was a muddle. I had lost my way. What I wanted was to see the article in its entirety. What I wanted was old school, a process dimly remembered from my past. It was bold. It was rash. I did it anyway.

I printed the article, grabbed the scissors and cut those 1,500 words into a dozen paragraphs.
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5 Opportunities to Increase Your Writing Productivity (Without Actually Writing)
Writer's Digest
In an ideal world, you'd have many more hours to dedicate to writing. In reality, you carve out what meager "free time" you can, sacrificing things like sleep, a social life, exercise, a clean house, and quality time with friends and family.
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Crowdsourcing the Next Best-Seller
Digital Book World
The agents, publishers and, perhaps most importantly, readers have become aware of the impact that the rise of self-publishing has had on the books we buy and read. In some cases, agents and publishers have found ways to harness this rising power in publishing. In other cases, self-publishing has very much disrupted the traditional publishing ecosystem.
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Take It Slow!
The WRITER
Several young authors have zoomed into the best-seller world with large, award-winning tomes. Do you need to write fast to compete?
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eBook Prices Still a Sensitive Issue for Authors, Publishers
Good E-Reader
As more and more holiday shoppers scramble to finish up their holiday shopping, publishers and book retailers have taken notice and are offering considerable discounts on their titles. While it might be hard to envision having your mom "unwrap" an ebook for Christmas, more and more consumers are turning to the portability associated with long distance gift giving and turning to virtual shopping; and according to a number of social media posts about ebook purchasing, holiday gift givers are quite likely to purchase an ebook for themselves to read while traveling or while visiting relatives.
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Try These 30-Minute Writing Challenges
Writer's Digest
Incorporate unusual elements. Contestants on competitive cooking, fashion and design shows often have to put together a meal, outfit or room using items from outside their usual repertoire — for example, making a ball gown from the spare parts of a car.
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Smashwords Self-Published Bestseller List, October 2013
Publishers Weekly
Melody Grace again dominated our list of the top-selling titles published on the Smashwords platform — which are distributed to Amazon, the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony, and Diesel — with the romances Unbroken and Unafraid grabbing the No. 1 and No. 2 spots respectively.
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Judge Dismisses Indie Booksellers' Lawsuit Against Amazon and the Big Six
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A federal court has dropped an antitrust lawsuit filed by independent booksellers against Amazon and the big six publishers, which alleged that the groups created a monopoly by signing deals that required the use of DRM on eBooks sold through Amazon’s Kindle store.
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How to Handle Brutal Criticism
MFA in Fiction and Nonfiction
If you're worth your salt as a writer, someday someone is going to rip you apart in print. It may be a letter in the mail, a review in The New York Times, or a random comment on Amazon.com.
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The ASJA Weekly
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