Notes from An Alien

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Freelance Lies . . .


Freelance writing can be very lucrative but demands hard work and intelligent risk-taking.

Freelance Writing

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Back in 2012 I wrote a post called Are Fiction Writers Capable of Freelancing?

And, in 2013 I wrote one called Scratch, Scratch, Who’s Got The Money?

That last one had a link to a space that lists freelance writing gigs—Who Pays Writers?

Today I want to share some info from an article on Business2Community—7 Lies About Freelance Writers You Believe.

I’m only going to list the 7 Lies here—do check out the full article for the Truth :-)

#1 – Freelance writers must have deep tech/industry experience

#2 – Freelance writers need an English or journalism degree to be good

#3 – Freelance writers outsource the work and sit back collecting your money

#4 – Freelance writers are schedule-free spirits

#5 – Freelance writers have an easy job

#6 – Freelance writers overcharge

#7 – Freelance writers have low overhead so it’s all fun and profit

Have you ever freelanced?

Do you freelance now?

Think you’ll freelance in the future?
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Whose Words Are You Using?


I was checking out an article on Slate about the misuse of the thesaurus and found a link to a fascinating education site.

plagiarism

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Well, actually a site that educators use—Turnitin—“…the global leader in evaluating and improving student learning.”

We all know that many students “borrow” words during their research and use them as their own.

And, I’m sure there are creative writers who do the same…

It’s called Plagiarism—its root meanings come from “kidnapping” and “thief”.

Flash Quiz:

How many kinds of plagiarism are there?

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Well, according to a Whitepaper from Turnitin, there are 10 types of word theft:

1. CLONE:

An act of submitting another’s work, word-for-word, as one’s own.

2. CTRL-C:

A written piece that contains significant portions of text from a single source without alterations.

3. FIND–REPLACE:

The act of changing key words and phrases but retaining the essential content of the source in a paper.

4. REMIX:

An act of paraphrasing from other sources and making the content fit together seamlessly.

5. RECYCLE:

The act of borrowing generously from one’s own previous work without citation; To self plagiarize.

6. HYBRID:

The act of combining perfectly cited sources with copied passages—without citation—in one paper.

7. MASHUP:

A paper that represents a mix of copied material from several different sources without proper citation.

8. 404 ERROR:

A written piece that includes citations to non-existent or inaccurate information about sources

9. AGGREGATOR:

The “Aggregator” includes proper citation, but the paper contains almost no original work.

10. RE-TWEET:

This paper includes proper citation, but relies too closely on the text’s original wording and/or structure.

Ever used any of those?

Do you think some of them aren’t actually “theft”?
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Almost Against My Will ~ Yet Another Look At The Amazon–Hachette Dispute…


I write my blog to help folks explore Reading, Writing, and Publishing.

I often cover various hot topics in the news but, more often, lead people toward valuable information.

I’ve covered the Amazon–Hachette battle a number of times (links at the bottom) and, the last time, I almost didn’t do the post because I’m plainly disgusted with the way “business” intrudes on the smooth flow of the river of creativity.

There’s someone at Amazon who maintains that the only players necessary in the Book World are authors and readers.

But, the big publishers are frightened by self-publishing and the retailers (especially Amazon) are “just” businesses trying to make a buck.

I pity the folks who depend on the publishers and retailers for their living—the well-established authors as well as those writers attempting to emulate them and make a living by selling books…

There’s bound to be major change in the book market—probably bigger than what’s already happened—and, authors and readers may just work out methods that make the retailers and publishers act with more consideration…

So, I’ll give you two links to articles that display the most rationality I’ve seen yet in this Amazon–Hachette thing:

Making Sense of Amazon-Hachette

More Fights About Terms

And, with the hope that I never feel I have to write about this convoluted mess again, here are a few of my past posts about it:

Financial “Entitlement” Morphs Into “Legal” Outrage ~ Amazon & Hachette

Making Certain Authors Eat Their Own Words . . .

The Corporations and The Writer ~ Who’s Winning?
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Friday Poll ~ Online vs Offline Bookstores


Online Bookstores

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The results of our last Friday Poll—What Are You Reading?—had a tie between Fiction and Non-fiction, with the top specific genres being Literary and Religious.

This week we’ll check out online and offline bookstores.

Do you buy books only online or only offline or both?

If online, is Amazon the only retailer you use?

If you shop somewhere besides Amazon, where’s that?

There’s a space at the bottom called “Other” where you can fill in the blanks in the poll for a place online or offline where you shop for books.  If you have more than one “Other”, go ahead and put one of them in that space, then Vote, then use the Poll’s “Comments” {at the bottom} for your other answers.
If you have ideas for future Friday Polls, do let me know in the Comments, ok?

So, on with the Poll!

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Two Words Left Out of Most of The Book World’s News . . .


So much news about e-books, traditional publishers, and Amazon—so little about libraries and bookstores…

Libraries and Bookstores

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It can seem like words, no matter how well strung together, are just some commodity—market them aggressively—package ‘em up and ship ‘em out…

And, even though libraries and bookstores are attempting to integrate e-books into their offerings, more creativity and commitment are necessary…

I’ve posted quite a bit about e-books and libraries—not so much about bookstores; though, “Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores” is probably worth a read :-)

So, what do you think or feel about bookstores and libraries?

Do you still use them?

Do you think they’ll disappear?

I found two articles about e-books and libraries that are not focused on the U.S.A.:

Report: Libraries Struggling with E-books

European Library Bureau Campaigns For eBooks in Libraries

Do you think libraries should have as much access to e-books as the retailers have?

Will libraries become all-digital?

I also found a fascinating article about bookstores—Let’s Reinvent The Bookshop.

One telling excerpt from that article—“Curious to explore this territory, we asked four leading architecture and design practices to create a shop. Specifically, in the age of Amazon and e-books, a bookshop to save bookshops.”

Do you think all brick-and-mortar bookstores will disappear?

Do you think bookstores can save themselves by integrating e-books?

When’s the last time you visited a bookstore?

Would you be happy if they all went away?

It’s always a gamble trying to predict the future; though, there’s nothing wrong with holding a vision of the future and working hard to bring it into reality…

Are we doomed to a future that’s only digital?

Do you know people who are envisioning a future with “real” bookstores and libraries?
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