When I began writing erotica and non-fiction articles on sexuality I took a pen name for privacy. But it might surprise those of you who do not write to know that one of the biggest reasons was to separate one writing career from another.
Anyone who writes, as a profession or a hobby, knows that over-all perception of erotica authors is poor and no where is this belief held more firmly than within the writing community. "They're not real writers," other they say (or type). It's not just that we dare to write about sex (or even profit from it) but if we write about it, it must be because we "can't really write" and this is our last resort.
Anyone who writes erotica (dirty stories, erotic literature, porn -- whatever you choose to call it) will tell you that writing smut takes extra skill. For not only must you obey all the rules of writing but you must make it arousing too. Just trying to find synonyms for "cock" (without sounding cliched) and "orgasm" (virtually non-existent) is a challenge. But 'the real writers' will giggle and sneer. I've seen the cruelty in writer's groups and online forums firsthand.
Even mainstream editors and publications may reject your work on these very notions, or just from the fear of any association. Even for non-fiction works this happens. Mention you write 'about sex' in any fashion (or have them discover you do so) and you're blackballed. So in order to preserve my professional mainstream writing reputation, I created a pen name upon joining the ranks of smut writers.
You'd think that a group which has experienced such persecution and unfair devaluation would be wiser. But they are not.
Native advertising is flourishing across social media, content portals, news properties, video-sharing sites and streaming services. Increased mobile use of these venues has fueled much of the growth, since native ads work best in the content streams that people tend to access on smartphones and tablets, according to a new eMarketer report, “Native Advertising: Difficult to Define, but Definitely Growing.”
Perceptions about what constitutes native advertising are as varied as the ads themselves and the places where they appear. There’s still disagreement over basic terminology such as “native advertising,” “sponsored content” and “branded content.” Some make distinctions among those terms, while others use them interchangeably.
Deanna Dahlsad's insight:
I find properly crediting as "sponsored content" the most ethical, but many advertisers do not like that for fear that readers will see it for what it is, advertising.
If boys won’t read books with girl protagonists, the solution is not to create more explicitly “boy” books, the solution is to delve deeply into “why,” says Soraya Chemaly. Last week, The Independent announced it would no longer review books that were specifically marketed to either boys or girls. As they put it, “Gender-specific books demean all …
(Reuters) - Readers of some of the top U.S. news sites are more engaged when they go directly to the website rather than throughFacebook, according to a study from the Pew Research Center released on Monday.
The research found that users who come directly to a news site spend about three times as long per visit, or almost five minutes on average. Those who find the news by searching or throughFacebook spend about two minutes.
Direct visitors also view about five times as many pages per month as those coming through Facebook referrals or through search engines such as Google Inc.
The study is revealing because increasingly news organizations are relying on social media platforms to distribute content especially to reach younger readers.
This is not surprising to anyone who watches their own stats. Social media sites like Facebook consist of members who are more inclined to look at photos and "click" like without even reading text, let alone clicking a link and really reading the article.
To many book professionals, Amazon is a ruthless predator; recently, the company has even started publishing books. A monopoly is dangerous because it concentrates so much economic power, but in the book business the prospect is especially worrisome: it would give Amazon more control over the exchange of ideas than any company in U.S. history.
Diana Vreeland - The Eye Must Travel Movie This movie about former Vogue editor Diana Vreeland is fascinating. Stay with it as it begins slow, but it picks up momentum and ends up sharing some secrets only a Vogue editor of Vreeland's statue could ever know such as:
* When Truth & Legend Conflict, Print the Legend. * Don't depend on others to create "legends", create epics yourself. * Editing means creating something readers "can't get at home". * Travel shifts your paradigm, so travel far and wide. * Visuals must STOP and shout LOOK AT ME (never boring). * KEEP GOING, never slow down or stop.
That last bullet speaks to Vreeland's firing from Vogue and ending up at MET as a Special Fashion Consultant for the Met's "Costume Institute" at 70.
Ebook subscription service Oyster has added about 100 titles from Disney and is breaking out a separate children’s section with around 10,000 ebooks. But most of those books are text-based, not illustrated.
Have you ever been to a slow site and it felt like it took hours to load? You look down at your computer clock and really only 30 seconds have gone by. That's just the user experience on a slow site- the real question is “Does your website speed effect your ranking?”
Will your slightly slower site be penalized by Google and other search engines when you clients are even looking for you?
In this easy to understand graphic, we see that 1 second makes all the difference in the world. And after just 6 short weeks of poor load times, your site can lose 75% of it’s traffic to that page.
If you have a low ranking you might want to follow some of the Google Guidelines to pre-load your most popular pages to increase your site’s overall performance.
One note from the article regarding content curation:
Curation will guide content
Some argue that readers no longer want curated content, however we believe people always have and always will look to trusted sources for guidance, and that’s where books and magazines will continue to add value.
I find it is odd that freelance writing is the first one listed... It is not easy to get paid for writing. ...Then again, this is to pad your paycheck, not to make a living. However, paid writing works is not plentiful; there are more writers than paying gigs.
Scranton Times-Tribune Social media might replace résumés Scranton Times-Tribune DALLAS TWP. - Résumés may be obsolete in five to 10 years, and knowing how to use professional online networking sites such as LinkedIn could be the future.
"When we talk about gender imbalance in the media, it’s not just about women being generally underrepresented compared to men–it’s also about what topics they’re covering. Are women’s voices present in the media conversations around the full range of important issue areas of the day, or are they still siloed into certain traditionally feminine spheres? Welp, take a look at today’s depressing chart brought to you by Foreign Policy using data from The Op-Ed Project."
The first thing to consider when formulating a contract for a new freelance client is to make sure that the contract can be defended in a court of law. There are six criteria that the contract must meet according to the United States legal system.
Photographers know it. If you post your work on a website like Flickr or 500px, chances are that it will be shared on social networks. This is great, of course, unless sharers "forget" to give credit where credit is due or try to claim ownership of the shots.
Coverage of rape can bring journalists swift and unpredictable repercussions, but it can also change attitudes. By Frank Smyth... (Finding the Courage to Cover Sexual Violence | a must-read analysis. #AttacksOnPress.
Francine Prose and Zoë Heller discuss whether bad books should be written about or ignored. (RT @nytimesbooks: In new Bookends, Francine Prose and Zoë Heller discuss: Do we really need negative book reviews?