Whispers and Warnings For 02/11/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 02/11/2016

Author Solutions pays book reviewers only $110…while charging authors $859 for the service!
Profit Engine: The Author Solutions Markup
Read more about their ridiculous profit margins at the link above.

When authors sue each other…
Cassandra Clare sued for copyright infringement over Shadowhunter series
“Cassandra Clare, the YA phenom best known for her Shadowhunters series, is being sued by author Sherrilyn Kenyon for ‘for trademark infringement, copyright infringement, unfair competition, false advertising, and trade dress infringement,’ according to a lawsuit filed in Kenyon’s home state of Tennessee on Feb. 5. The author seeks compensatory damages for lost profits based on similarities between Clare’s Shadowhunters series and Kenyon’s own Dark Hunter series.”

Reporter admits he allowed himself to be used by a politician. No matter which party you support, this is troubling.
Emails appear to show how key aide manipulated media coverage
“It made me uncomfortable then, and it makes me uncomfortable today,” Ambinder told the site. “And when I look at that email record, it is a reminder to me of why I moved away from all that. The Atlantic, to their credit, never pushed me to do that, to turn into a scoop factory. In the fullness of time, any journalist or writer who is confronted by the prospect, or gets in the situation where their journalism begins to feel transactional, should listen to their gut feeling and push away from that.”

More thrills and chills from Victoria Strauss!
Freelance Mills, Cyberbullying, And Plagiarism, Oh My!
“If you’re a regular reader here, you’ll know that I love the strange and twisted stuff that happens (mostly) at the outer fringes of the publishing and writing worlds. Today, three head-shaking examples…”

TRAVEL WRITING 2.0: Earning Money from your Travels in the New Media Landscape - SECOND EDITION

Completely revised edition of the ground-breaking travel writing book that provides a road map to success in the digital age. It dives headlong into the entrepreneurial world of blogging and digital books, while still acknowledging the real money to be made in declining print forms.

Drawing on interviews and survey responses from more than 100 successful travel writers and bloggers, this is the definitive guide to creating success instead of waiting for permission. Written by a veteran, award-winning writer with two decades of experience as a book author, online publisher, freelancer, and blogger.

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The Art and Craft of Writing and Editing

Writing is a constant dialogue between author and reader.

The craft of writing involves an interchange of emotions between an author and a reader. An author creates a story line, conflict, and characters, gives his characters words to speak, and then hands off these materials to a reader. This process results in a constant dialogue between the mental imagery produced by a reader and that proposed by the author.

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