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Lynn Chu: Agent Unplugged (on e-rights and more)

Literary agent Lynn Chu's analysis of what authors should know about their e-rights in book publishing's electronic age is as helpful as any I've read. It starts on p. 6 of the public section of the January 2010 issue of ASJA Monthly (the confidential section  Read More 
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Gift Books for Writers or People Who Want to Be Writers

· The ASJA Guide to Freelance Writing, ed. Tim Harper for ASJA (a guide to the business, for nonfiction writers)
· Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott (inspirational, to get and keep you going) Read More 
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Gift Books for Editors and Proofreaders

Looking for a gift for the editor (or would-be editor) in your family? Here's a basic booklist:
• AP Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law (an essential style guide for magazine and newspaper writing and editing, but absolutely not okay for editing books) Read More 
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Men with Pens run by woman named James Chartrand

Does Gender Matter on the Web? James Chartrand Thinks So, writes Jessica Bennett in Newsweek (12-15-09). The Canadian woman who started the Men with Pens blog did so because she knew people took men more seriously. Her pay rate doubled, and  Read More 
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Publishers and authors battle over digital (e-book) rights

Motoko Rich's NY Times story, Legal Battles Over E-Book Rights to Older Books (12-13-09), is about who owns rights to backlist titles covered by contracts written before digital rights emerged. The underlying issue: Publishers are not offering high enough royalties on e-books, which are cheaper to produce  Read More 
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Prompt payment for freelancers (contractors, suppliers) with discount

"Time Inc. has opened up a fantastic new market: charging its freelancers for the privilege of being paid for their work in a timely fashion." Gawker reports that Time Inc. will pay you promptly, if you pay them for the service. NBC Universal has a different, even worse version  Read More 
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Who gets credit on ghosted celebrity memoirs, and why?

Some celebrities have no problem sharing authors' credits on a celebrity memoir, and some want solo billing. "It's not that celebrities are necessarily vain," says Elisa Petrini, an agent at Inkwell Management, and a collaborator on several such memoirs. "It's just that they see these books as an extension of their brand. Having another name on the cover is like  Read More 
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SquareTrade ranks laptops for reliability

"SquareTrade analyzed failure rates for over 30,000 new laptop computers covered by SquareTrade Laptop Warranty plans and found that one-third of all laptops will fail within 3 years. SquareTrade also found that netbooks are 20% more unreliable than other laptops, and that Asus and Toshiba are the most reliable laptop brands." Go to SquareTrade site to download PDF file with full report. Read More 
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