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Scribd Might Make Vanity Publishing Cool

Monday, May 18th, 2009

For the longest time publishers have had the power over who gets known and who doesn’t. Fortunately, in this century, we have the Internet, and services like Scribd, which allows authors to upload their manuscripts, set a price, and keep most of the money from sales. Scribd touts itself as the YouTube of the publishing [...]

7 Tips For Online Headline Writing

Friday, April 17th, 2009

1. Can you scan it and understand what should follow? (Information scent) 2. People ignore what they don’t understand. 3. Is it concise? Will it fit easily in an email subject line, a Twitter post? 4. Would you click it? Is it catchy? Spreadable? If you saw the headline at random in Google Reader/Digg/Reddit, etc., [...]

Ghost Tweeting Isn’t the End of the World, I Swear

Friday, March 27th, 2009

If all else fails, you can be a ghost tweeter. Assuming it’s about time management and not literacy, or lack thereof, celebrities, politicians, and other high profile personalities are hiring writers to tweet for them on Twitter. Hey, work is work. And it prevents Britney Spears from tweeting about how cute it is her kids [...]

Goodbye Nice Handwriting

Friday, February 27th, 2009

When I was a kid, even in the late Eighties, we were counted off for making our cursive letters incorrectly. Old Lady English teachers had no reason whatsoever to think proper penmanship would go by the wayside. What a difference twenty years makes these days. This BBC article says “the writing is on the wall” [...]

How To Write Good Sex

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

If you’re writing sex, make sure you do your research. As one might imagine this topic has been screwed to death and upon its beaten body lie clichés, unfortunate comparisons, and loads of downright awfulness. Here’s what you’ll need for researching how not to write about sex: Penthouse letters At least a couple trashy romance [...]

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