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EXCLUSIVE It has baffled the book world for years. Somebody has been stealing unpublished manuscripts by impersonating editors, authors, agents and scouts online. Today, the FBI arrested Filippo Bernardini, a young rights coordinator at a major publisher. nytimes.com/2022/01/05/books…
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New writers often ask me for a verdict on their work: "Is this worth my time? How does it rate on a scale of 1 to 10? Should I continue?" While I want to be encouraging, there are much bigger issues at play in a writer's long-term success. buff.ly/3ENoVOI
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The character in a #memoir has trended more and more relatable, more authentic. And I think that’s a good thing, but it is also a challenging thing because it asks a lot more of the writer who's writing the memoir in terms of giving themselves. piped.kavin.rocks/watch?v=ULMK7Z_o…
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When your "education" limits your imagination it's called indoctrination. Those who cannot think for themselves are truly lost. Education should be a rewarding experience which allows you to think, imagine, question, doubt and solve problems.
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Revision happens best when you have a specific goal. Figuring out what your theme is, what your novel is about, is essential. Once you have your mission statement, you can start to see if your chapters and scenes align. #amediting #editinghelp piped.kavin.rocks/watch?v=wGqDjt_k…
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“There’s an element of storytelling that operates at a deeper level than the plot, and in recent years, I’ve come to believe that THIS is the thing that signals to readers that they’re in the presence of a real story.” buff.ly/32nCAOP | @manzanitafire #amwritingfiction
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Here's another "scoop" - turns out the reporter is no such thing. She jumped from editorial to the business side more than five years ago and is currently a sales representative for Lianhe Zaobao in Shanghai. Strange person to be conducting the interview...🤔
Amazing scoop for the reporter from Beijing-friendly Singo outlet Lianhe Zaobao who just randomly door-stopped the most sought-after woman in China, surrounded by sports industry heavyweights, for an awkward 5-min edited interview.. covering some key questions, ignoring others 🧐
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#BREAKING The Women's Tennis Association says Peng Shuai's latest appearance has not eased concerns about her, after a video emerged of the Chinese tennis star denying accusing anyone of sexual assault
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So, after 48 days, Peng Shuai unexpectedly encountered a journalist from a pro-Beijing newspaper and then casually answered her questions about an event that gandered intense international attention. Wow, so natural, very real, everyone now believes it. Congratulations, the CCP!
Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai said that she had never accused anyone of sexually assaulting her, and that a social media post she had made early last month had been misunderstood reut.rs/3e4RjB9
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#PengShuai speaks to the media for the first time since posting her explosive allegations. The reporter interviewing her is from a Singaporean newspaper that is blocked in China. Peng talks about her accusation and her life since posting it on Weibo (PART 1)
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The problem is not people being uneducated. The problem is that people are educated just enough to believe what they have been taught, and not educated enough to question anything from what they have been taught. 🧠
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I adore this book by @ljgladwin and @zoebarkerdraws. It’s the most enchantingly beautiful encyclopaedia of food: so much to look at; so much to learn.
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Searching for a book title is like going on a treasure hunt. There isn’t a set formula, and it helps to undertake it with a certain playfulness: buff.ly/3oYpdhf — insight from 7 authors on how they discovered & settled on a title by @isidramencos
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#Protip: Memoirists, your current self, from present day, doesn't enter into your past scenes to remind us—"back then, there were no cell phones"; or "to this day, I still don't know what I was thinking." Stay in the time and place where your scene takes place.
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As more nations join the US in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, China is saying (again) it opposes the "politicization of sports." Meanwhile, the IOC acknowledges that #PengShuai's situation is "fragile." The latest.
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Yesterday’s NYT piece was a bad look for traditional publishers, but I’ve seen many intelligent book marketing campaigns coming out of the Big Five that are built on organic and paid social media, in collaboration w/authors. I offer case studies here: janefriedman.com/yes-social-…
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An author’s social-media following has become part of the equation when publishers are deciding whether to acquire a book. But those followings are increasingly seen as unpredictable gauges of how well a book is going to sell. nyti.ms/3DvGGRW
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