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The Publishing Contract

The Publishing Contract | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
A publishing deal is never official until it is in writing. It is all right for an author and publisher to negotiate a publishing contract.
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Sometimes a publisher will accept a book proposal and spend hours discussing it with you on the telephone. I’ve experienced this twice. But when it came time to send out the actual publishing contract, after days of no communication, you then learn they changed their mind for whatever reason. 

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Mountains, as they’re rarely seen - SWI swissinfo.ch

Mountains, as they’re rarely seen - SWI swissinfo.ch | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
Mention Switzerland, and mountains commonly spring to mind. Photographer Robert Bösch went in search of unknown angles of some of the country’
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Image is art.
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How A Typo Held 2016, the Media, and Politics Hostage: Why Literacy Counts – Media Entrails

How A Typo Held 2016, the Media, and Politics Hostage: Why Literacy Counts – Media Entrails | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
The next time you hire someone who is in charge of your letters, emails, social media posts, or any form of note taking, screen them for literacy skills. If they don’t pass, don’t hire them. Test…
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How writing a memoir can help you heal

How writing a memoir can help you heal | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
While it may be painful--and at times, feel like it will kill you--writing a memoir can be key to your own personal healing process from a difficult time in your life.

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Gene Bodzin's curator insight, December 15, 2016 1:53 PM
Lots has been said about what happens when an author pens a memoir. This is an intimate look at what happens before and after the writing process
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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Gabriel Verne | Full Version | AudioBooks Classic

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Gabriel Verne. Volume 6 of 54 of Jules Verne's "Extraordinary Voyages", first printed in 1869. In Jule
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Brush Up On Your Storytelling Skills

Brush Up On Your Storytelling Skills | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
Learning more about screenwriting is a good exercise to help you brush up on your storytelling skills by really noticing the visual world around you.
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The next time you venture outdoors, to a mall, or even your office, take a look at your environment with different eyes. Look at the world from a screenwriter’s point of view.

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Marketing and Publishing Tips for Authors - YouTube

5 tips for authors on how to market yourself in the digital age. Video includes: 1) Be everywhere. If your specialty is wills, be in as many free online dire...
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Tips for authors on how to market yourself in the digital age. 

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How To Make A Story Out Of Nothing - YouTube

We hear about the idea of storytelling for business, from the podium, in art, but for most people, coming up with an idea for a story can stump them. The bes...
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You can learn how to make a story out of nothing by taking a close look at the journey behind a product or business. The number of creative results will surprise you.

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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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At CES 2017, Amazon revs Alexa everywhere strategy | ZDNet

At CES 2017, Amazon revs Alexa everywhere strategy | ZDNet | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
A bevy of vendors are integrating Amazon's Alexa digital assistant technology. Artificial intelligence matters, but distribution, developers, and integration may matter more.
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What were the biggest mobile marketing trends of 2016?

What were the biggest mobile marketing trends of 2016? | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
We’re rapidly reaching the end of 2016, so it’s a good time to look back on the past 12 months and discuss the most important mobile trends.

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malek's curator insight, December 15, 2016 8:39 AM

The biggest mobile marketing trends this year have been around improving mobile UX, with speed being one of the most crucial elements.

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Between Words and Pictures Emerges the Shape of Ideas 

Between Words and Pictures Emerges the Shape of Ideas  | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
We are able to focus, stay on a linear task, step-by-step, but we are also present to reflections of past events even as we are contemplating the future.

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Mobile Can Really Suck

Mobile Can Really Suck | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
Annoying auto-play videos and mobile/pop-up ads suck the air out of your mobile device, which is probably one of the biggest reasons mobile can really suck
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You can do a lot on mobile. You can check your emails, post in your networks, access your cloud storage, and video conference. If your device has at least one USB port, you might even be able to add a mouse or access files on your portable hard drive.

Because these devices all operate on apps, what these they cannot do is operate your software. For some of us, we need that software to create, edit, and maintain our work. I am lost without my Microsoft Office Pro and Adobe products. 

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Viral's Secret Formula

Viral's Secret Formula | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
Participants in a flashmob dance an improvised version of the Harlem Shake in front of the Berlin cathedral February 20, 2013

Want to know why things go viral? Why some products get more word of mouth? Let me tell you a secret. It’s not luck.

Viral has become marketing’s Holy Grail. From the Harlem Shake to the Rutgers basketball coach abusing his players, hardly a week goes by without some video or news story going viral. And word of mouth and virality have a huge impact on businesses, large and small. Blender company Blendtec’s sales shot up more than 700% a few years ago after videos of the CEO blending things like iPhones spread like wildfire. But what makes something go viral?

If you ask most social media “gurus,” they’ll tell you it’s all about getting lucky. Viral isn’t a strategy, it’s like buying a lottery ticket. Or they’ll talk about cats. Lots of people share videos of funny kitties, so cats must be the reason things go viral.

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 There are no guarantees in marketing. But if you tap into the heirarchy of social needs, someone is bound to see it. Some campaigns backfire into mocking memes due to message disconnect. But then again, that is still viral. 

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Tom George's curator insight, November 14, 2014 2:30 AM

In interesting much more scientific reason why content goes viral. At least a very insightful piece.

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Step Outside Your Writing Comfort Zone

Step Outside Your Writing Comfort Zone | Writing and Storytelling Through Life | Scoop.it
When you step outside your writing comfort zone, you stretch your boundaries as a writer. It's a good way to get better at your craft.
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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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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, June 16, 2014 3:34 AM


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."