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Publish it Forward: Vook's Author Control

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I always get exited when publishing innovations place more information, creative control, or financial ownership in the hands of writers.   With something called "Author Control," Vook is helping writers get a handle on a host of sales data.  Vook, for those of you new to the company, publishes e-books which combine text, video and links to the internet. They partner with traditional publishers, and they also offer self-publishing services.   This latest product is for writers with self-published titles.   

March 21, 2014 | Eve Bridburg

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How to Write About Grief: Revise the Story of Your Life

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[Another entry in the monthly column, The Freelance Life, by Ethan Gilsdorf, about the trials, tribulations, triumphs --- and tips to share --- along the path to becoming a freelance writer.]

 

I used to say that loss made me a stronger person. Now I say, loss made me a weaker person.

Both are true. But each was true at a different time in my life. Because my idea of myself, and the losses that shaped me, and the story about this I tell about myself, has also changed over my life. And as a writer, I try to show these changes.

February 19, 2014 | Ethan Gilsdorf

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I was a teenage (and possibly disturbed, passive-aggressive, and very weird) writer

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Another entry in the monthly column, The Freelance Life, by Ethan Gilsdorf, about the trials, tribulations, triumphs --- and tips to share --- along the path to becoming a freelance writer.

Last year, visiting my father and stepmother, I discovered a trove of letters. 

My letters. 

Ever since I was six, my dad and stepmom had moved away. I lived in New Hampshire, and they lived in Montreal

February 3, 2014 | Ethan Gilsdorf

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Getting Past Rejection? Make More Spaghetti

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[Another entry in the new monthly column, The Freelance Life, by Ethan Gilsdorf, about the trials, tribulations, triumphs --- and tips to share --- along the path to becoming a freelance writer.]

by Ethan Gilsdorf

I had a plumb assignment lined up. An editor at a pretty sweet publication liked my idea for a story. The editor assigned it

September 17, 2013 | Ethan Gilsdorf

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