Tuesday News: Dangers of corporate copyright infringement, when gender and religion collide, 1930s Harlem map, and cute proposal story

Bugging out: How rampant online piracy squashed one insect photographer – An interesting article about how widespread corporate copyright infringement has imperiled the professional life of a nature photographer. In other words, the opposite of how many people perceive piracy, despite the rampant violations of copyright and trademark by corporate interests. While the stereotypical copyright...

What are the top 3 must-read books in your genre?

Imagine you get to create someone else’s “desert island” reading list, but only in one genre! Author Richard Thomas created a fun list for Lit Reactor of the three essential books you should read in every genre. Well maybe not EVERY genre, but at least in Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction, Literary Fiction, YA, Crime/Noir/Thriller, and Short...

Blogger Remixes Pop Songs Into Shakespearean Sonnets

William Shakespeare has inspired countless artists including songwriters. How would Shakespeare himself tackle this particular craft? The writer behind the “Pop Sonnets” blog re-imagines modern day pop tracks into Shakespearean-style poems. So far, 23 poetic pieces have been posted. Some of the songs that have gotten the remix treatment include Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” The Backstreet...

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 9/30/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman Akiva Goldsmith (A BEAUTIFUL MIND) & Marc Haimes (THE LAST WORD) are closing a deal to develop TITANS, a TNT series based on DC Comics Teen Titans superhero group. (Cuz we can never have too many superheroes on TV right? Especially young ones. Dunno about...

7 Reasons You’ll Want to Start Your Free Trial of the Rainmaker Platform Today

Last Monday, we publicly launched the Rainmaker Platform. It’s a complete website solution for content marketers and Internet entrepreneurs. With Rainmaker, you can: Create powerful content-driven websites on your own domains. Build membership sites and online training courses. Sell digital products like software, ebooks, and more...

The Financial Realities of Hybrid Publishing

Writers today have more choices than ever when it comes to getting their work in the hands of millions. They can self-publish an eBook, hold out for a traditional publishing deal or do a combination of both, otherwise known as hybrid publishing. Hybrid publishing uses aspects of traditional publishing (someone is doing the marketing for...

Philip Weinstein to Pen Jonathan Franzen Biography

Author Philip Weinstein plans to pen a biography profiling writer Jonathan Franzen. Reportedly, Franzen himself has given his “blessing” for this project. Bloomsbury will publish Jonathan Franzen: The Comedy of Rage in Fall 2015. Weinstein has conducted a two-hour interview with Franzen; he will also source information from Franzen’s autobiographical essays. The book will also include an...

10 ways to make editors fall in love with your work

Dave Kansas, chief operating officer of American Public Media Group Editor’s note: Please enjoy this update of a WordCount favor. – Michelle Editors aren’t hard to figure out. They want to work with freelancers who routinely come up with interesting story ideas that are perfect for their readership and then deliver on those stories with minimum...

NaNoWriMo Prep Work: Find Your Writing Niche

BY OWEN BONDONO In nature, all living things fill a specific role in their ecosystems. This is called their ecological niche, and organisms need this specific combination of factors to survive. Similarly, every writer needs their own specific combination of factors to thrive creatively. Some people like quiet, while others like noise. Some write first...

19 Indie Publishing Houses Sign with the Independent Publishers Group

19 independent publishing houses have signed on with the Independent Publishers Group (IPG). According to the press release. these companies publish a wide range of genres from children’s books to short fiction to academic titles. As of September 01, 2014, IPG has already begun to serve as a distributor for Reading Rainbow, Inc. The distribution...

We’re Not Taking Sides: We’re Describing How Grant Programs, Like Those Related to Domestic Violence, Get Funded

In Isaac’s post about the NFL spurring new interest in domestic violence, he points out the likely public response to the issue: more grant money. He’s showing what is likely to happen, and he is tracing the formation of a new grant wave—as we have done before. We want to clarify one point: we aren’t...