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How Facebook could save the mobile web, starting with open-sourcing its secret tools

How Facebook could save the mobile web, starting with open-sourcing its secret tools | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
We know from conversations with various Facebookers that such tools exist; the big question is whether and when the company will open-source these game-changing bits of software.

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Amazon Q2 Losses Larger Than Anticipated - TheWrap

Amazon Q2 Losses Larger Than Anticipated - TheWrap | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
Online retailer loses $0.27 per share on revenue of $19.34 billion
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Sometimes being the giant is one's own worst enemy. You have to compete with yourself or you feel untouchable and forget who helped you create the business in the first place. 

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HBO's "The Leftovers" Spawns A Children's Book For the Rapture

HBO's "The Leftovers" Spawns A Children's Book For the Rapture | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
An exclusive e-book will be teased out over the new series' first season.
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Love the illustrations. We know kids think about this stuff. Might as well address it on their terms.

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“Nobody Wants To Go Into The Shit Room” And Other Lessons In Creativity From The Creators Of "Veep" And "Game Of Thrones"

“Nobody Wants To Go Into The Shit Room” And Other Lessons In Creativity From The Creators Of "Veep" And "Game Of Thrones" | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
A Cannes recap: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss of Game of Thrones, and Armando Iannucci of Veep shared some story insights.
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Write for yourself.

Keep social media out of the creative process.

Earn your dramatic plot developments. 

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How to Blog if You Don't Have Time

How to Blog if You Don't Have Time | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
Blogging consistently is hard, but it's essential for building an influential platform. Here are seven strategies to help you along the way.
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Yea, I kind of needed to read this. Ha ha. There was a time I was being ambitious -- scheduling a blog, intensive curated piece, or YouTube video every day. Then I got this book contract. Finished that. Then got another book contract. Now it is trying to blog, intensively curate a piece, or YouTube video once a week.

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“Fill-in-the-Blank” Blog Titles | Social Media Today

“Fill-in-the-Blank” Blog Titles | Social Media Today | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
The top 7 ____ People love lists. It lets your readers know what to expect by appropriately setting their expectations. 3 Extraordinary ____ to Set You Apart. No, people really love lists. Use buzzwords to help increase curiosity. Here are 15 fill-in-the-blank blog titles to help get the creative juices flowing and will help get you more clicks.
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These are very helpful if you have trouble creating titles, like I do.

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Immersion and space [#Transmedia]

Immersion and space [#Transmedia] | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it

Via The Digital Rocking Chair
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The story should really be the focus in the middle, then it branches out into sub-stories -- that both stand alone and also pull more depth into the main story at the same time. 

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Robert Pratten:  "Transmedia storytellers will often include live events and real world actions in their experiences. As a company that wants to blur the boundary between fiction and reality, we  [Transmedia Storyteller] spend a lot of time thinking how creators should tackle this."

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Forbes Magazine Hits Highest Readership in 97-Year History (Exclusive) - TheWrap

Forbes Magazine Hits Highest Readership in 97-Year History (Exclusive) - TheWrap | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
Editor tells TheWrap: "We're getting more, younger, richer readers," but so far attempts to sell have foundered
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Interesting. Forbes readership went up a million from last year. Whatever they're doing right, copy it. 

 

Actually, Forbes is creating shareable content. I've personally liked and shared at least one of their stories that shows up in my curated links every week. Quality, shareability, and good business sense = readership.

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Can You Really Rise up by Sinking Down to 2nd Tier Content?

Can You Really Rise up by Sinking Down to 2nd Tier Content? | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
One of the most interesting things about content marketing is that you can never really be sure of the kind of feedback you're going to receive.
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Never say never. The ones who spread good stuff that make others smile, laugh, or feel good -- or relate to -- often get the most reshares.

 

My Facebook philosophy has been to post stuff that keeps bringing people back to my profile. While they are there, they will see some meatier posts, but those posts might not bring them in the same way Grumpy Cat would. Once they're in, and if I entertain them enough, they'll keep coming back. The more they come back, the more likelihood they'll notice what you do, and the more likelihood you will get referrals and leads. That's how Facebook became my #1 source of business leads -- but from my personal profile, not my pages. Gotta work on that. ;)

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Does this Manuscript Make Me Look Stupid?

Does this Manuscript Make Me Look Stupid? | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
Blog post at It's All a Matter of Perspective: A Fresh Perspective : Encouragement vs. Support
A book review is not the same as a writing workshop critique.
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The content of this piece is meh. I just curated it for the title. Proof that a great title will get you to click. :)

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When One Book Ends: Traditional Book Publishing Process

When One Book Ends: Traditional Book Publishing Process | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
When one book ends in the traditional book publishing process, that is the best time to pitch a new project. You still need to have your facts together.
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Once you're in the door and can develop a relationship with your publisher, the next pitch is less formal, but not guaranteed to be accepted.

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Chipotle writers' lineup lacks Mexican, Mexican-American, or Latin American authors

Chipotle writers' lineup lacks Mexican, Mexican-American, or Latin American authors | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
The omission has angered many, with writer Gustavo Arellano criticizing the decision and a California Mexican restaurant offering blank cups and pens so customers can pen their own stories.
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Seriously, take a look at the statistics. Considering there are three states with 50% or higher Latino populations, and a considerable amount of Spanish-speaking individuals in every other state and many other countries, we should all be considering translating our work into Spanish -- thus hiring Spanish-speaking writers.

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Top 5 Marketing Mistakes Indie Authors Make (And How to Do Better)

Top 5 Marketing Mistakes Indie Authors Make (And How to Do Better) | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
Some indie authors sell thousands of books. Most don't. Here are five marketing mistakes we see indie authors make that...
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Don't confuse talent with skill. Skill comes via taking control of spelling, punctuation, and grammar. If you can't edit, don't write it, or get someone competent to edit.

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(22) Twitter

(22) Twitter | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
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Cool.

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Kindle Unlimited: Author-Publisher As Second-Class Citizen?

Kindle Unlimited: Author-Publisher As Second-Class Citizen? | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
Having talked a little about Kindle Unlimited the other day, I thought it was worth calling attention to this article by noted hybrid author, Michael J. Sullivan, over at Digital Book World. Releva...
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Kindle Unlimited is NOT a good deal for authors. Be forewarned. Never sign an exclusive rights contract with a print-on-demand company. Never. 

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Self-Publishing – A 10-Point Must-Do Checklist for Authors – Part 1 :: Spirit Authors book marketing tips & author promotion from Lynn Serafinn

Self-Publishing – A 10-Point Must-Do Checklist for Authors – Part 1 :: Spirit Authors book marketing tips & author promotion from Lynn Serafinn | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
Part 1 of top tips on how to make your self-published book look like it's been published with a major publisher from book coach and marketer, Lynn Serafinn.
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Yes, yes, and yes.

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NYT Tries to Publish a Hit-Piece on Walmart and Fails Miserably. Walmart's Response is Legendary.

NYT Tries to Publish a Hit-Piece on Walmart and Fails Miserably. Walmart's Response is Legendary. | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
That's a lot of red ink...
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Epic.

 

Don't let your facts get skewed by what you think is truth before doing some actual checking. Propaganda in media -- even the New York Times -- is rampant.

 

When did editing and fact checking die?

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7 Ways to Beat Writer's Block

7 Ways to Beat Writer's Block | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
Including: watch movies about writing, and write out of love.
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My favorite is 6. Get your ass in a chair. After all, that is the bottom line, isn't it. (No pun intended.)

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The two paths to becoming a TV writer: Development vs. staffing

The two paths to becoming a TV writer: Development vs. staffing | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
Let me start off by saying most people don’t have much of a choice in which path that they ultimately take... I know that I certainly didn’t. But let’s just say, for the sake of argument, that this hypothetical world…
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Bottom line no matter what path: be a sponge. Learn everything about the position, the craft, the industry, what others do, and how others produce similar products.

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'Game of Thrones' Fans Watch More Fan-Generated Videos on YouTube Than Official Content - TheWrap

'Game of Thrones' Fans Watch More Fan-Generated Videos on YouTube Than Official Content - TheWrap | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
Only 10.7 percent of "GoT" videos viewed are from the show's official channel, which only uploads about 1percent of the total "GoT" videos found on YouTube
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You know you have killer content when this happens. The fan content and conversations about your show surpasses the content and conversations you are having about your show.

 

That is a GREAT problem to have.

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10 Books to Read If You’re Not Traveling This Summer

10 Books to Read If You’re Not Traveling This Summer | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
Tana French, Alan Hollinghurst, and more.
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Are any of these on your list? Some day, I will have time again to dive into such books. In the meantime, it's one Kindle book at a time -- one page at a time. 

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Zadie Smith explains the secret of storytelling

Zadie Smith explains the secret of storytelling | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
Unlike the many talented storytellers here this evening, I can’t tell a tale unless it’s written down. Actually, until very recently I would not have called myself much of a storyteller at all – out of respect for the term.
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"A storyteller was someone with a generative, unlimited imagination, the kind of person who makes worlds."

 

A good story gets you to think, will entertain, and if it's really good, be memorable for a long time.

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Amazon’s Power Play

Amazon’s Power Play | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
The company is using bullying tactics to get a good pricing deal on electronic books while squeezing publishers and hurting authors.
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Amazon is getting as powerful as Google. No matter how many wonderful innovations and life-changing products they introduce, it's still a company with a heirarchy and people making decisions. If the leadership gets a case of megalomania, we're all screwed.

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The Real Story Behind The Amazon v Hachette Fight

The Real Story Behind The Amazon v Hachette Fight | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
The real economic story behind that lovely fight that's going on between Amazon and Hachette that is. What we're really seeing is a battle between the people who make the product and the people who distribute it as to who should be getting the economic surplus that the consumer is [...]
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Something tells me the $75 billion/year company (Amazon) will win.

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Literature Still Urgently Needs More Non-White, Non-Male Heroes

Literature Still Urgently Needs More Non-White, Non-Male Heroes | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
If privileged writers keep "writing what they know," marginalized people groups will continue to feel—and be—marginalized.
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We have to make an effort to be all-inclusive and not portray certain cultures in a negative light. That takes e-f-f-o-r-t, research, and stepping out of your comfort zone.

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Vine best practices for journalists

How journalists can make their Vine use meaningful.
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Love this. Wish Vine was available when I was still sports reporting on location.

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