Literary journalism, explained

Excerpt from Writing for the Mass Media (9th edition), Allyn and Bacon, 2014. Literary journalism is reporting and writing that pulls journalism several steps beyond the long-form structures. Literary uses the techniques of the fiction writer to tell a true story. Those techniques include metaphors and similies to describe what the writer sees and knows […]

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Self-published author: Why I’m Mad About the Self-Publishing Stigma

The good sense — even the morality — of self-publishing is blindingly obvious to some of us. So, doesn’t everyone see it that way. We need to be reminded that, no, everyone doesn’t see it that way. Most the world, including a few intelligent souls, see it otherwise. Self-published author Liz Long has a good […]

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The ‘Ultimate Guide to Self-Publishing’ pretty much is

This Bookbub bills itself as the “ultimate guide” for an author or publisher to the practical sites for self-publishing and book distribution, and it pretty much lives up to its name. Concise, organized and to the point. If you want to learn a lot and save a lot of time, read through this fairly carefully. […]

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Can You Afford to Get Published? Well, yes

The original post, Can You Afford to Get Published?, by Kate Flora appeared on the Maine Crime Writers website, but I am re-posting this from The Passive Voice because of the many insightful comments that it drew. Author Flora laments the fact that she makes so little money for all of her efforts at writing. […]

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A straight-forward defense of self publishing

Gene Doucette has a pretty straight-forward defense of self-publishing for those who think that getting a traditional publisher makes your work somehow “better.” Worth the read: The Self-Published Authors Standing On Your Lawn | G. Doucette For reasons I’ve never been entirely clear on, when the newspaper industry began its slow decline, the very best version of […]

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Front cover of Battlelines: Gettysburg

Battlelines: Gettysburg displays never-before-published work of Civil War sketch artists

Many rare and never-before-published drawings of Civil War sketch artists are now available in Battlelines: Gettysburg, newly released by First Inning Press.

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Swag for SPJ’s Front Page Follies

For the past several years I have been asked (and honored to be asked) to provide some items for the silent auction for the Front Page Follies, the annual musical production of the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists. So, here are this year’s offerings: The first is a watercolor that was posted on Facebook […]

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Pronoun, a new way to self-publish — maybe

Update: Lots more skepticism about Pronoun in the blogosphere. See the comments here at The Passive Voice. (Posted June 19, 2015) … Pronoun, a site and system that helps authors self publish, has announced a new manifesto — How to fix book publishing — and has raised $3.5 million in its efforts to do so. […]

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Design: breaking the chains of habituation

Design is important, but not always for the reasons we believe. In the TED video below, Tony Fadell, the designer of the iPod, talks about the things that really make design something that innovators should pay attention to. Here are some of the points that Fadell makes: — Habituation – “We get used to things as […]

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Writing for the Mass Media now an all-digital offering from Pearson

Writing for the Mass Media, now in its ninth edition and in print since 1985, is now being offered by Pearson, the publisher, in a digital edition that downloads to all formats and devices. This book, which is used as a textbook for courses in about 200 colleges and universities each year, is one of […]

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