Authors Guild President deplores free blogging—but where is the paid blogging?

By Chris Meadows
May 27, 2015 // 2 Comments

Last week, The Bookseller carried an interview with Authors Guild President Roxana Robinson warning that writers should not contribute free work to popular websites in order to gain “exposure.” Robinson holds that that by doing so they are devaluing the efforts of those who write for pay, and [...]

Morning Links: Baltimore libraries remain open. Kindle books as ads?

By Joanna Cabot
April 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

Proto-Mommyblogger Dooce Quits the Blog (Boing Boing) After more than a decade of chronicling every detail of her life and those of her children, Heather B. Armstrong is stepping away from the blog as a fulltime job. *** Why Are Authors Citing Older Papers? (The Scholarly Kitchen) With so much new [...]

Morning Links: What makes a “good reader?” DRM screws blind people.

By Joanna Cabot
December 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

What Does it Mean to be a ‘Good’ Reader? (Dear Author) Last weekend delivered a hat trick of essays on critical reading, two on KJ Charles’s m/m novel Think of England, and one on Deborah Fletcher Mello’s The Sweetest Thing, in which Liz McCausland also addresses the intertwined [...]

Morning Links: Don’t pay to self-publish. Shutting down comments is a bad idea

By Joanna Cabot
November 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

Don’t Pay to Self-Publish (Joe Konrath) This post for all newbie writers considering self-publishing. While it would be extremely helpful to you to take a week and read my entire blog to get a full understanding of how the publishing industry works, here’s the most important thing you [...]

Morning Links: Ellora’s Cave vs Dear Author removed to Federal Court. Kindle vs. Kindle

By Joanna Cabot
October 23, 2014 // 1 Comment

Ellora’s Cave vs Dear Author Suit Removed to Federal Court (The Passive Voice) Dear Author has just removed the case from the Ohio state court where it was originally filed to the relevant U.S. District Court in Ohio claiming diversity jurisdiction is present in the case. *** How Piracy [...]

Trend Watch: online blogs of analog journals

By Joanna Cabot
October 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

Since I first posted about my new art habit, I have been bitten by the art bug, hard, and have been trolling the Pinterest world for inspiration. I found a neat thing—a whole sub-culture of bloggers who are creating their analog journals off-line using paper and paint and pen, and then [...]

Morning Roundup: Wrong questions about education technology. Lessons from blogging

By Joanna Cabot
September 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

You Are Asking the Wrong Questions About Education Technology (Forbes) It sounds convincing. We should certainly embrace tools and technologies that will help educators become more impactful. But we should do it because it works, not for the sake of modern humanity’s obsession with progress, [...]

Morning Roundup: 3/4 of young people prefer print. When blogging is slogging

By Joanna Cabot
September 26, 2014 // 2 Comments

Nearly Three Quarters of Young People Prefer Print (Esquire) The 16-24 generation is still firmly in favour of print books, new research shows, with 73% saying they prefer print over digital or audio formats. *** When Blogging Becomes a Slog (NY Times) After absorbing the criticism, the couple [...]

Social media self-promotion for writers Lesson One: Do not beat up on your readers

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 8, 2014 // 6 Comments

Best-selling crime author Chelsea Cain appears to have gone into social media meltdown in a really bad case of Author Meets Facebook. In a series of posts, she managed to diss on her readers for their asinine behavior and intrusive questions. She then managed to compound the damage. Her initial [...]

Free e-books for reviews: bad idea?

By Chris Meadows
June 10, 2014 // 3 Comments

Well, this is fairly tone-deaf and yet remarkably predictable. Kim Ukura on BookRiot reports on publisher Crown Publishing Group’s book review program, “Blogging for Books.” This program sends books to bloggers to review…and then they have to review it, publicly, or get dropped from the [...]

Some content marketing options – with a bunch of ebook sites you may not have heard of

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Ebooks are consistently bundled under content in marketing circles, through the same skewed categorization that dubs advertisers as “publishers.” And of course, this means that any eager self-publisher busy promoting their wares is engaged in content marketing. Hence the infographic [...]

Morning Roundup: Bloggers are media, Goodreads launches “Add Amazon Books” feature and more

By Joanna Cabot
April 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

New Competition Highlights Indie Books (Indie Reader) The Pulitzer prize winning British newspaper, The Guardian, is co-sponsoring a new competition exclusively for indies. *** Goodreads Launches Add Amazon Books Feature (Digital Book World) You can now add books you’ve purchased on Amazon – [...]

Blogging for children: some practical considerations

By Susan Lulgjuraj
March 30, 2014 // 2 Comments

Last Saturday, I spent the morning talking to children aged 8-12 about blogging for a writing workshop. I know about blogging. I have too many of them. However, I had to figure out what to tell a bunch of kids about it. First thing, I told them to make sure to ask their parents’ permission about [...]

Morning Roundup: Two articles on libraries and a look at making a living by blogging

By Joanna Cabot
March 10, 2014 // 1 Comment

The Awesomeness of My Little Free Library (Book Riot) When we bought a house in late 2012 in the urban neighborhood of Capitol Hill, DC, those little boxes of book love called Little Free Libraries were just starting to make the news. *** US Libraries Spend More on Audiobooks, DVDs than eBooks (The [...]

Amtrak Residency Program begins taking applications from writers

By Chris Meadows
March 9, 2014 // 3 Comments

As was promised a few days ago, the application process for the Amtrak Residency Program has opened up. Amtrak discusses it in a blog post, and links to the actual application form. Up to 24 writers will be chosen for the first batch of residencies, taking place from March 17, 2014 through March [...]

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