All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Writers’
Adam Grant, author of the book Give and Take , recently gave an “Authors At Google” talk at the Googleplex, discussing his work. The publicist for the book describes “Give and Take” as changing our “fundamental ideas about how to succeed – at work and in life”. “For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard …
Google is always hosting authors for “At Google Talks” these days, and fortunately, it’s made for a great deal of interesting content for the rest of us. Goole regularly shares the talks on YouTube for all to enjoy. In one of the latest additions to “At Google Talks,” Robert Greene, author of “Mastery” talks to a room full of Googlers: …
Academy Award-winning screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has died. She was 85. According to a report from the Associated Press, Jhabvala died in New York after battling an unnamed illness. Jhabvala got her start in the film industry in 1963, when she penned the screenplay adaptation for her novel The Householder. From then on, she collaborated with Merchant Ivory Productions on …
Dr. Marc Schoen, author of Your Survival Instinct Is Killing You, recently spoke in one of Google’s “Authors @ Google” talks. The company has now posted that video to YouTube for your enjoyment. It’s about 42 minutes long. More recent @Google Talks here.
Famed Hollywood screenwriter and producer Fay Kanin has died. She was 95. Kanin gained fame along with her husband, Michael Kanin, in the 1940s and 1950s while writing screenplays for classic movies such as Sunday Punch, My Pal Gus, and The Opposite Sex. She and her husband were nominated for a best original screenplay Academy Award for the 1958 movie …
Google is running a doodle on its home page in the Czech Republic, honoring Czech writer Josef Kajetán Tyl’s 205th birthday. Tyl wrote the country’s national anthem, Kde domov můj. In addition to writing the song, Tyl wrote several novels and short stories and about 20 plays. He was born on this day in 1808, and died in 1856. Here’s …
When Apple first launched Siri, iOS’ personal voice assistant, usefulness and functionality took a back seat to “omg a robot is saying funny stuff to me,” at least with a lot of users. We quickly discovered that Siri had quite a few easter eggs, hidden responses that could be elicited with certain queries. Open the pod bay doors, Siri… It …
The political and academic worlds mourn today at the news of Gore Vidal’s passing, a well-known liberal political activist who had published various novels, plays, and essays pertaining to the political niche. Gore Vidal (born as Eugene Luther Gore Vidal) was involved with writing ever since he was 19 year old. Starting in the fiction genre, Vidal wrote his first …
A Fraggle Rock movie has been talked about for a while, but now it is finally getting kickstarted with the hiring of two writers to come up with an original screenplay. The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Jim Byrkit (Rango) and Alex Manugian have been hired to write the script for the beloved Jim Henson show. The film was first …
Writing community Helium is apparently having some issues in the writers’ payments department. If you’re not familiar with Helium otherwise, WebProNews readers may remember the site being discussed in the wake of Google’s Panda update. It’s a user generated content site (perhaps considered a content farm to some) often mentioned in the same breath as Demand Media, HubPages, Suite101, Associated …
Demand Media recently alerted Demand Media Studios writers that it would be reducing the amount of assignments it would be given out. As discussed in a recent article, this has left a fair amount of writers without a significant source of income. While that article focused a bit more on Demand’s strategy as a business, we wanted to take a …
According to the one-man investigative team known as Brian Stelter — formerly known as the guy behind the blog TVNewser, who beat the pants off most of the media reporters at the major dailies while he was still in school — the new editor of Gawker is none other than the founder of Gawker Media, the secretive and unpredictable Nick Denton himself. Stelter says he has it confirmed through several sources.
The Writers Guild of America strike has been an interesting debacle to watch, complete with a host of issues the public might not have thought of before. The inevitable convergence of the Internet and TV is one of them; the continued homogenization of American culture is another.
“It’s all about power. Their delight is about screwing somebody,” said Charles Pogue referring to the major studios and production companies in Hollywood and New York. Pogue is a screenwriter, current member of the Writers Guild of America, and former member of the Board of Directors for the WGA.
As Google’s ad network gets more efficient and Google controls more bits, almost everything in any commercial market is going to sell something, subsidize another commercial interest, or have ads on it. To appreciate how much this trend will grow, just read the comments on my post about using custom search engines.
Earlier today I came across the article, Should Writers Be Held Accountable for Web Page Performance?.
Citing tougher US immigration laws, the proliferation of Asian (specifically Chinese) engineering, and a declining number of US engineering grads, Bill Gates issued a warning to educational institutions that the US is in danger of losing its leading technological status.
It’s inevitable. Everyone hits the wall. Whether you’ve been blogging ten weeks, ten minutes, or ten months, eventually you’ll find yourself with absolutely nothing to say.
If you’re writing for publication, you’re offering something for sale. Not everyone will want to buy it. This is only common sense. There’s no such thing as rejection, there’s only writing which has yet to find a home. If you submit a piece of writing enough times, it will sell. Professional writers understand this.
Writers block! Even columnist Dave Berry has it. He admits that at least 30 times a day when writing his humor column, he gets up from his computer to sip his Pepsi and to divert his attention when he can’t think of what to write. Recently, he reached for the cola and instead found a coiled snake. He tried barbecue tongs to carry it away, but when it landed in his pool, he kept the dance going trying to catch the thing.
Interview with Judy Cullins by P.L. Fry President, Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network (www.spawn.org)
1. How did you get started in the writing business? Was it a childhood dream?
Writing a newsletter or article can be very time consuming. First, you have to create your content. Then you have to organize it. Fortunately, there are plenty of great tools online you can use and don’t require you to clog your computer with more software.
About three years ago, I left a software conference believing that no future programming would be possible without a strong understanding of XML. XML has indeed come a long way since the early days, finding its way into even the deepest recesses of common programming frameworks. In this article, I’ll review the role and internal characteristics of the Microsoft .NET Framework API that deals with XML documents and then I’ll move on to address a few open points.
Opt-in ezines, produced by companies, individuals, web sites or publishers, offer their subscribers unique, useful information. They use the “free” article format of 500-1400 words or a tip format from 100-400 words. Each ezine has anywhere from 1000 to many thousand subscribers per ezine. Think of the multiple exposure your message will have when you submit to these ezines.
It is often thrown around loosely on the web that “Content is king.”
If content is king, then what is a content writer?
Freelance writing is an unstable occupation sometimes. We already have to struggle with dividing our time between marketing our skills, writing queries, and seeking out new clientele. Sometimes there’s not enough time; sometimes there’s not enough money.
When It All Began: The First Web Writings
While there weren’t many online writers in the formative years of the web, if you were around then, you know what it was like.
What would make your writing life a little easier? A little empathy? A lot more assignments? A little organization? Here are 10 things you can give to yourself or pass along to somebody else to simplify, expand, and increase the growth rate of your writing career.
Many companies are turning to freelance writers to get their projects completed. After all, there are plenty of advantages to dealing with freelancers: no salaries, vacation time, sick days, health insurance or benefits. Also, using an outside writer will ensure a fresh perspective. Here are some tips for working with freelance writers to build relationships and ensure a successful project.
Writers often get stuck because they make assumptions about writing, finishing, publishing, and promoting their books. A recent client confessed that he thought a book was just too big a project. With professional, respected information, writers can finally realize their book dream.
Google.com, one of the web’s hottest search engines, has indexed over 1,346,966,000 web pages to date. The World Wide Web is officially gigantic, with hundreds of thousands of corporate, small business, and ecommerce websites vying for something more than just the “eyeballs” that web analysts hailed in the 1990’s. In order to create success, websites are now searching for a steady, interactive audience. Why aren’t they succeeding? Could it STILL have something to do with the content?