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May 20, 2015

In This Issue

05/20/2015

  1. ) Publisher's Desk For May 20th
  2. ) News From The Home Office: Rush Concert?!
  3. ) AngelaHoy.com: More World's Worst Book Proposals And Query Letters!
  4. ) Letters To The Editor: Disturbing Allegations in the New Author Solutions Lawsuit!
  5. ) Feature Article: From Corporate Cubicle-Monkey, To Whistleblower, To Successful Freelance Writer!
  6. ) Ask The Expert: How Can I Make Money Giving Away A Free E-Book On Amazon?
  7. ) Success Story: Sell Your Books At Art Fairs!
  8. ) Whispers And Warnings For May 20th
  9. ) Paying Markets And Jobs For May 20th
  10. ) AVAILABLE AT BOOKLOCKER.COM!

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Publisher's Desk

Publisher's Desk For May 20th

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News From the Home Office

Rush Concert?!

On Friday, Richard's dad is driving in from Texas for the Rush concert this weekend in Tampa. The tickets were a birthday present we got him. On Saturday, our librarian friend, Scott, and his wife, Kelly, are arriving as well. Scott will be attending the concert with the guys (along with our neighbor, Tim). Kelly and I will NOT...because I'm not a big fan of tinnitus...

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The Latest From AngelaHoy.com

More World's Worst Book Proposals And Query Letters! By Angela Hoy - BookLocker.com, WritersWeekly.com, Abuzz Press and PubPreppers.com

It's only been about six weeks since the last one but we've been getting lots of queries and book proposals lately. So, today I'm going to share another installment of our popular column, World's Worst Book Proposals and Query Letters. Featured are real quotes from query letters and book proposals submitted to us over the past few weeks.

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Letters To The Editor

Disturbing Allegations in the New Author Solutions Lawsuit!

I just saw your great article on the Author Solutions lawsuit. Because of your newsletter, I've long known Author Solutions is far from the best company in the world for self-publishers. But, I did not know Balboa Press was one of their associated companies...

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This Week's Article

From Corporate Cubicle-Monkey, To Whistleblower, To Successful Freelance Writer! By Brian Penny

In 2006, I was spending my weekend sitting in a cubicle with four elderly women arguing about the proper step-by-step process every representative should be trained to follow given a wide variety of circumstances. My assignment was to lead this rag-tag team toward a resolution in order to re-write and re-format an entire department's Process and Procedure manuals, training materials, and job aides for a subsidiary of a national mortgage company...

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Ask The Expert

How Can I Make Money Giving Away A Free E-Book On Amazon?

Is it sensible for me to promote my latest book by giving away some free ebooks on the Kindle? How can I avoid pitfalls about poorly-formatted MOBI formatted ebooks (I've heard horror stories), and what costs should I expect for publishing my ebook, and for promoting it?

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Success Stories

Sell Your Books At Art Fairs! By Kimberly Carlson

I was a bit skeptical of the idea of selling books at art fairs even though the idea was mine. But, I have been willing to step out of the box in order to sell my novel, Out of the Shadows. As it turned out having a little booth at art fairs has been profitable, and I sell more books than I have at book signings at Barnes and Nobles or independent bookstores.

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Whispers And Warnings

Whispers And Warnings For May 20th

YOU MAY NO LONGER BE FORCED TO LISTEN TO CHEESY ALTERNATIVES IN RESTAURANTS!
'Happy Birthday' Lawsuit: Judge Wants to Know If Copyright Was Abandoned
"U.S. District Judge George King wants to hear more about whether the 19th century schoolteacher who has been credited with writing "Happy Birthday to You" -- the English language's most popular song -- had abandoned the copyright to the lyrics."

SHOULD A FIRM BE ALLOWED TO HIDE CONTACT DETAILS TO AVOID LAWSUITS?
Facebook Israel CEO asks court to gag lawyer
"Adi Soffer-Teeni's move follows threats to publish her contact details due to difficulties in removing Facebook posts."

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS? IS THEIR TARGET MARKET TOO YOUNG?
Children's book no stranger to controversy
"The children's book 'King & King' has prompted bans, a lawsuit and even a bill in Congress from those offended by the story's portrayal of a gay prince."

TABLOID-STYLE READING. A GUILTY PLEASURE...
The top 5 ugliest media departures ranked, including ESPN's Bill Simmons
"When news broke on Friday that Bill Simmons and ESPN were parting ways, it seemed...sudden. That's because even Simmons learned of his own fate on Twitter."

"A WEAK COPYRIGHT CLAIM CANNOT JUSTIFY CENSORSHIP"
Google Wins Copyright And Speech Case Over 'Innocence Of Muslims' Video
"In a complicated legal battle that touches on questions of free speech, copyright law and personal safety, a federal appeals court has overturned an order that had forced the Google-owned YouTube to remove an anti-Muslim video from its website last year."

DON'T LET THEM GET AWAY WITH IT!
Someone Stole Your Design? 3 Ways to Fight Back.
"News outlets have been abuzz this week with the story of Oregon-based small-business owner Melissa Lay who recently discovered Target selling a top nearly identical to one of the many designs she'd been selling through her site, SandiLake."

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Markets And Jobs

Paying Markets And Jobs For May 20th

PAYING MARKETS

Nature Friend
CURRENT NEEDS: "We are short on good stories. We need stories where children/families are doing something in nature. We are primarily about wild nature rather than domestic (farm life), but can be anything related to birds, animals, plants, marine life, astronomy, rocks, etc." Pays $0.05/word for 400-2000 words.

North American Builders
CURRENT NEEDS: "Stories written on projects/companies we are covering in the industry. We would supply the contacts at the featured company along with all of the details on what the story should be about." Pays $150 for 800-1000 words.

Recreation News
CURRENT NEEDS: "Do not submit anything until you review our Writer's Guidelines." Pays flat fee of $100-$300 for 600-1,000 words.

Your Pet Space Blog
CURRENT NEEDS: "Posts containing product reviews, breed or organization profiles, topics on pet causes, personal pet stories." Pays $20 per qualifying post.

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Freelance French-speaking writer
Social5

Freelance Writers/Photographers - near Detroit, MI eastside/suburbs. Pays $100.
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Freelance Investigative Reporter
Glammonitor, Inc.

Freelance Financial Writers
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Freelance Social Media Copywriter
Honest Tea

Freelance Website QA / Content Coordinator
Pierre Fabre USA

Freelance Writer - near Kirkland, WA. Pays $75/article.
Kirkland Living magazine

Freelance Multilingual Content Freelancer - Pays $12-$15/hour.
Wordbank

Freelance Web Content Developer - Pays $15-$20/hour.
Access Chicago Realty

Freelance Travel Writer - near Manhattan
Culture Magazine - #1 Cannabis Lifestyle Magazine

Freelance Travel Writer - near Brooklyn, NY
Culture Magazine - #1 Cannabis Lifestyle Magazine

Freelance Travel Writer - near Los Angeles, CA
Culture Magazine - #1 Cannabis Lifestyle Magazine

Freelance Content & Marketing Professional
Vertuous, LLC

Freelance Business Writers / Tech Writers
Idea Campus

Freelance Researcher - with knowledge of Asia Pacific
international HR consulting firm

Freelance Business Analyst - Pays $10/hour.
Zenchange

Freelance Writers and Part-time Editor - Pays $75-$100.
BK magazine

Freelance Writer - near San Diego County, CA
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Freelance Staff Grant & Proposal Writer - Pays $2,000/month + other benefits
nonprofit Christian organization

Freelance Tech Expert Blogger - Pays $50/post.
IT outsourcing and tech solutions company

Freelance Science Blogger - Pays $50/post.
compound pharmaceutical manufacturer

Freelance UX Expert Blogger - Pays $40/post.
UX firm

Freelance IT Security Expert Blogger - Public and Private Clouds. Pays $50/post.
data security firm

Freelance Copyeditor / Proofreader
small agency

Freelance Medical Record Reviewer - worker's comp
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Freelance PC Hardware & Software Reporter
Digital Trends

Freelance English Transcribers
ZOO Digital

Freelance Technical Writer - to "rewrite technical specs into "plain English" so a filmmaker can understand what is needed."
Independent Television Service (ITVS)

Freelance Content Editor - Pays $600/week
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Freelance Transcript Editor / Proofreader
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