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A year-end message from President Minda Zetlin
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It's a tough time to be a journalist. Print publications are folding and going all-digital. Layoffs for full-time staff continue as freelance pay rates dwindle. Meantime, a jaded readership faces a dizzying volume of text from news sources, bloggers, aggregators, Facebook pages, and us. People talk about "the media" as if it were some monolithic evil empire while most of us on the ground are just trying to survive in this rapidly changing industry.

And then something happens like the shootings in Newtown, Conn., and we are reminded of our primary function: To look at a confusing world, understand it as best we can, and then describe what we see.

There have been complaints about the press shoving microphones at traumatized children, and rightly so. At the same time, behind each of those microphone-wielding reporters stands a legion of citizens demanding answers: How did this happen? Why did it happen? Will it happen again?
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Guidance for writing about tragedy
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People around the world are writing about the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. The DART Center for Journalism and Trauma has a concise and helpful guide for anyone writing about a tragedy, advice that can be applied to everything from Twitter posts to news stories to blog posts. GalleyCat collected a few important points, but all writers should read this resource before writing about this tragedy. More

HTML cheat sheet
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Do you ever need to just change something small but can't wait for the geeks to sort it out for you? We know that feeling. More

The New York Times launches ebook programs
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The New York Times has announced the launch of two publishing programs — New York Times short ebooks copublished with the digital startup Byliner, and TimesFiles with Vook. In collaboration with Byliner, The Times will copublish up to a dozen New York Times/Byliner Originals in the next year featuring narratives in areas in which The Times has reporting expertise including culture, sports, business, science and health. More

Penguin settles with Department of Justice in ebook pricing case
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Penguin, which is merging with Random House, has settled with the Department of Justice in the ebook pricing lawsuit, the DOJ announced. The DOJ sued Apple, Penguin and four other publishers in April for conspiring to set ebook prices. Penguin had planned to fight the case in court, along with Apple and Macmillan, but the company's pending merger with Random House compelled it to get the litigation out of the way More

Macmillan allowing limited ebook discounting
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While it continues to fight e-book price-fixing charges, Macmillan has quietly started offering retailers some flexibility to discount certain titles. More

How to find the perfect writing spot
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There are the usual suspects for where writers actually do their writing — coffee shops, group writing spaces, home offices, local parks. … But there are also the not-so-traditional spots. More

Another first for self-publishing
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One of the themes of 2012 has without a doubt been the rise of self-publishing. We learned earlier in the year at Digital Book World that in 2012, self-publishing took a $100 million bite out of U.S. trade publishing revenues in 2011. Sounds like a lot but isn't much compared to the nearly $14 billion in revenues the book business made in the U.S. that year. This year, the number is certain to be more. More

3 easy tools for building a professional website
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These days, finding freelance (or even full-time) work without an established and thoughtful web presence is next to impossible. It's important to have an online presence that’s "Google-ready," with a smart-looking website that shows off your professional work in a formal yet stylish setting, to lure publications into your professional brand and show them your best work. More

Personal branding: Creating your holiday elevator pitch
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This holiday season, you will undoubtedly find yourself in networking situations. Perhaps you’ll be networking at company holiday parties, chamber of commerce meetings, parent (school) events, job fairs or standing in line for coffee at Starbucks. Regardless of where you find yourself, be prepared to answer the age old question, "So, what do you do?" More

Books that even a critic could love
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Each year at this time the daily book critics for The New York Times make lists of favorite books. Favorite is not synonymous with best, so this process can be painful. Brutal honesty is required. We pick what we actually liked, not what we only admired, although ideally our favorites fit both descriptions. But if any of us had fallen for the "Fifty Shades of Grey" books, we'd have to say so. We didn't, so we don't. More

Senior authors embrace self-publishing
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Getting older seems to bring out the author in people. And South Florida seniors are discovering the booming self-publishing industry is their path to every author's deepest desire: a book. More

Amazon's 2012 bestseller list shows publishers, indie authors need each other
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Amazon released its list of the bestselling books of 2012. The list is a great summary of one of the key themes in book publishing in 2012: Self-published authors and traditional publishers need each other. In October, Publishing Perspectives editor-in-chief Ed Nawotka wrote a story that's stuck with me. "What Author Could Possibly Need a Publisher?" appeared in Publishing Perspectives' Frankfurt Book Fair daily. More

Publishing startup Ganxy now lets users sell ebook bundles
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Ganxy, a New York-based startup that helps authors and publishers sell and market ebooks through a set of online tools, has added the option to sell ebooks as bundles. Users can adjust the bundles' prices in real time; bundles can also be gifted to others. Ganxy already lets authors and publishers create ebook "showcases" that can be tweeted and embedded on sites like Facebook, or can stand alone as websites. More


 

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