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Writing Rituals that Make Things Work
Rosemary Carstens, ASJA
I've always been fascinated by how creative people balance their work and personal lives. Recently Mason Curry's Daily Rituals: How Artists Work (Knopf 2013) inspired me to wonder how those of us who rely on skill, training, and imagination to produce what has not been there before manage to push onward regardless of obstacles? What roles do persistence and passion play?

Three common elements stood out among the artist’s accounts in Curry’s book: passion about or obsession with their work, persistence regardless of outside interruptions, and a compelling sense that they must express themselves.
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Where Should You Self-Publish an e-Book?
Good E-Reader
One of the top concerns on most indie authors minds is what company to self-publish with. There are some strong benefits with throwing down exclusively with Amazon, but others want a more global reach for their content. The Publishing Service Index has just released their annual December report, which lists all of the companies out there that specialize in self-publishing. It goes into great detail on their overall reach and how many people have published with them.
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How to Write Novels About Faraway Lands
Writer's Digest
In explaining why he wrote his novels, the great writer Joseph Conrad once told his readers that it was so they could “glimpse the truth for which you have forgotten to ask.” These words no doubt resonate with many writers, but especially with those of us who choose faraway places and times for our settings, for often we are presenting realities the reader has never before imagined.
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Funding Shakespeare: O Brave New Business Model!
Houston Chronicle
Dennis Abrams, a veteran journalist and biography author, set out to write a history of Shakespeare for the young-adult audience. But the course of publishing didn't run smooth. After facing reluctance from traditional publishing houses, Abrams turned to the business model that's growing by leaps and bounds: self-publishing.
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The Indie Author's Guide to Rights
Publishers Weekly
As self-published works grow in popularity, indie authors are increasingly in a position to market their book to foreign publishers or to agents and producers working in film, TV and theater. But before authors can do that, they need know their rights.
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Negative Book Reviews Getting You Down? How to Prove Them Wrong
Write to Done
"Just ignore the haters." That's what you're told when your book gets a negative review. You know it's wise advice, but following it is another matter.
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The Everything Book: Reading in the Age of Amazon
The Verge
Amazon won the book war. In a series of rare interviews, the company tells us what's next.
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Freelance Writing 2015: What Challenges You?
Fab Freelance Writing
As 2014 winds down, it's a good time to reflect on the changes that affected the industry this year — the growth of self-publishing, content marketing and social media — and think about your hopes and goals going forward.
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