Big Publishing: How Harlequin helped itself to authors’ earnings

In 2012, authors who’d signed contracts with the publisher Harlequin began to notice something odd in their bi-annual royalty statements. Despite the fact that ebook sales were booming, their royalties…

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Reasons for NOT Writing… #4 : “I need to research this.”

Reason #4 : “I need to research this.” “Every writer I know has trouble writing.” — Joseph Heller   The need for research is a doozy of an excuse for…

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True Privacy Tales – The AOL search data release

What could be more innocuous than a search engine interface? They’re simple, clean, uncluttered, with that empty text box almost welcoming your words. Type anything, anything at all; your fears,…

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Reasons for NOT Writing… #3 : “My mind’s a blank.”

Reason #3 : “My mind’s a blank.” “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” — Jack London   Perhaps the most common question…

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The danger of a single story

A fascinating TED talk from Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie … Some of her books:           You’ll find another TED talk from her here, and commentaries on…

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Reasons for NOT Writing #2 : “I got distracted”

Reason #2 : “I got distracted” You can always find a distraction if you’re looking for one. – Tom Kite We’ve all been there. Five minutes after settling into a…

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True Privacy Tales – Targeted Marketing

In 2011, an irate father marched into his local Target store and demanded to know why the second-largest discount chain in the United States was sending his daughter pregnancy-related offers….

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Reasons for NOT Writing #1 : “I don’t have time!”

    PART 1 GETTING STARTED “Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.” – Robert Heinlein    …

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Beware of Windows 10 S

Ever come across a brand new Microsoft Surface laptop running Microsoft Windows 10 that wouldn’t allow the installation of a brand new retail copy of Microsoft Office 365? Me neither….

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10 disturbing quotes about Facebook

I’ve seen and heard very little about the Cambridge Analytica scandal here in New Zealand, even though the data of tens and possibly hundreds of thousands of Kiwis are also…

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