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Nonfiction--the long and the short of it

The 2013 conference of the American Society of Journalists & Authors was discouraging in most ways, encouraging in some, and offered much to learn. Being a writer-entrepreneur is more important than ever. Some trends, in a nutshell:

• Nobody knows where things are going to shake out in book publishing, things are changing so fast and in so many ways, but self-publishing has definitely  Read More 
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Editors' Roundtable: Time magazine story on Tucson shootings

Nieman Storyboard's first-ever Editors' Roundtable (Time magazine takes on the Tucson shootings) features five journalism experts' responses to David Von Drehle's story The Real Lesson of the Tucson Tragedy.

An interesting Q&A  Read More 
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Memoirs, food, great storytelling -- ideal gift books

Books are ideal gifts for those who read, and the titles on these recommended-reading lists will make someone happy:
Food Memoirs and Biographies
Style guides and other books on editing (these are the ones aspiring writers and editors often can't afford)
Books to help you write your own (or someone else's) life story
Memoirs and personal accounts of vocation, avocation, occupation, profession, "calling" (a reading list)
Books for aspiring fiction writers and editors
Outstanding narrative nonfiction  Read More 
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The detour into misery that makes a character or narrative compelling

"It takes a rare kind of courage to live like a character in a story, and not many real-life human beings have the nerve to try it—perhaps because the elements that make a narrative compelling also make life miserable," writes Adam M. Bright in a story for Good Magazine about Lea Thau and the Moth,  Read More 
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