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Show all from this expertEPISODE62 - New Printings vs. New Editions
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They're both good news for you as a published author - new printings and new editions. Episode 62 of Ask Lev explains exactly what they mean - the benefits and (in the case of new editions) the responsibilities new printings and new editions of your books may bestow upon you ...
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Show all from this expertEPISODE61 - What's a Novelette
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Size in stories ... short story, novelette, novella ... a primer about what they are, and their pros and cons for writers who want to get published and win awards ...
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Show all from this expertEPISODE60 - Navigating Your Collaboration
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Although I'm no big fan of collaborating, some writers are, so here's a primer on avoiding the pitfalls and getting the most out of your collaboration with other authors.
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Show all from this expertEPISODE59 - Agent or Lawyer?
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You have an editor interested in publishing your work - are you best represented in contract negotiations by a lawyer or an agent? Episode 59 of Ask Lev explores the pros and cons of each.
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Show all from this expertEPISODE58 - How Important Are Personal Contacts
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Does it help to meet your potential editor in person? Will meeting editors who can publish your work make it more likely that they will buy and publish your writing? The answer is yes. Episode 58 of Ask Lev explains why and how.
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Show all from this expertCan You Publish the Same Story More than Once?
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The ins and outs, the do's and don'ts, of reprints, for short stories and articles ... protecting your rights so you can get them ... payment for reprints ... difference between reprints and multiple submissions ...
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Show all from this expertHow Can Google Docs Help You As a Writer?
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Google Docs lets you access your writing from any computer, allows co-writers and editors to read or work on your writing, can be quickly accessed when you're on the Web ... and it's free!
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Show all from this expertHow to Get Your Book on Television
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Being invited on television to talk about your book is not the only way an author can get his or her book displayed on the air to potentially millions. This episode provides advice on another avenue to TV exposure.
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Show all from this expertHow Can Twitter Help You As an Author?
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a brief primer on the ways that Twitter can help authors at all stages of their careers
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Show all from this expertHow To Keep Your Music Alive and Kicking, Part 1
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Twice Upon a Rhyme, my 1972 LP, will soon be available on iTunes. This is Part 1 of the story of how it got from there (1972) to here (2009). Or, how to keep your music alive and kicking.
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Show all from this expertHoe Does It Feel to Have a Book Published, Part 9
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There's a signpost up ahead ... next stop on the New New Media booktour: Second Life
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Show all from this expertHow Does It Feel To Have a Book Published, Part 8
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New New Media becomes available in a less-expensive Kindle edition, that readers can order and receive on a moment's notice. The pros of the Kindle for the author (there are no cons).
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Show all from this expertHow Does It Feel To Have a Book Published, Part 7
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Part 7 of this series looks at the help your blog can give to your newly published book. If it's nonfiction, you can use your blog to keep your readers up to date - your book will never grow old.
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Show all from this expertHow Does It Feel to Have a Book Published, Part 6
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Off to Philadelphia on Wednesday, Sept 30, to talk about New New Media, and do a signing at the UPenn Bookstore, 3601 Walnut St., at 7:30pm (btw, if you're in town, come on by)... this episode tells you what you need to know about going on the road with your book tour...
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Show all from this expertHow to Read a Royalty Statement
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Decoding the entries on your royalty statement - after all, as they say, it's your money. By the way, congrats on earning royalties!
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Show all from this expertHow Does It Feel To Have a Book Published, Part 5
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The Neiman Marcus inaugural signing of New New Media ... CNN International interview ... Kojo Nnamdi and Bob Mann interviews
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Show all from this expertHow Does It Feel To Have a Book Published, Part 4
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My New New Media was just officially published two days ago - what does that mean? And I discuss a new video trailer for the book.
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Show all from this expertHow Does It Feel To Have a Book Published, Part 3
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the importance of radio interviews to authors
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Show all from this expertHow Does It Feel to Have a Book Published, Part 2
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August 25, 2009: 10 days till the publication of New New Media on September 4, and I woke up this morning to find New New Media mentioned in an article in the New York Times. How did my name and the name of my book come to be mentioned in the "newspaper of record"? How can you get your new book mentioned in your local paper?
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Show all from this expertHow Does It Feel to Have a Book Published, Part 1
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16 days and counting to the publication of New New Media by Penguin Academics - I'll take you step by step through the publication and after of my latest book...
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Show all from this expertWhat Should I Do About My Copyeditor?
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First, congratulations. If you have a copyeditor, that means your book is being published. But you need to make sure the copyeditor edits your manuscript in a style that you like, rather than vice versa...
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Show all from this expertShould I Work Current Events into my Fiction?
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The perils of putting current events into your fiction.
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Show all from this expertI Have an Idea: Short Story or Novel?
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Most people think that ideas have inherent lengths when you put them on a screen or page ... some are short story length, others are novel length. I say that most ideas can suit either length, and it is up to the writer to decide which length the writer prefers to pursue.
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Show all from this expertWhat are advances to authors?
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Everything you need to know about publisher advances to authors - in a six-minute primer, that takes you through the advance process, step by step. What are advances? How big should they be for your first novel? Do they need to be repaid? Are there any downsides to getting big advances, or any advance payment against your author's royalty? Paul Levinson is author 5 novels and 8 nonfiction books. His latest novel is The Plot to Save Socrates - details at http://theplottosavesocrates.com - which Entertaintment Weekly said was "challenging fun"...
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Show all from this expertDo You Really Need An Agent?
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a frank look at the pros and cons of getting an agent to represent your work
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Show all from this expertWhether to Write a Sequel
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the pros and cons of writing sequels ...
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Show all from this expertHow Can YouTube Help You as an Author?
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Authors can reach a whole new audience by putting their video clips on YouTube. This episode of Ask Lev gives you a primer.
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Show all from this expertWhat Are Multiple Submissions?
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How long should an author wait, after submitting a story or article or novel to a publisher, before submitting the same to another publisher? Answer: until the first publisher has made a decision, or until you withdraw your submission. Simultaneous or multiple submissions of the same work to different publishers can ruin your reputation as a writer.
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Show all from this expertOJ, Tea, or Wine - Best Writer's Libation?
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energy, sharpness, or relaxation - what is the best liquid lubricant to good writing?
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Show all from this expertHow Long To Rewrite?
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Authors spend minutes to decades reworking a story ... I recommend getting it out as quickly as possible ... but if do like to rewrite, remember that however much you may rework a piece of writing, it will never be perfect ... and until it's out there in the world, no one will know it exists...
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Show all from this expertWhat Is Sudden Writing?
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When an idea for a story, an article, or a blog post strikes you, should you go with this sudden impulse to write ... or think it over? I say go go it, and this lightning fast episode tells you why ....
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Show all from this expertWhat Were the Best TV Shows This Year?
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Just in time for the season finales - a special Ask Lev discussion of 24, Dexter, Heroes, Lost, Rome, and The Tudors ...
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Show all from this expertHow Important Are Titles?
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Very important ... but, authors very often do not have final say about the titles of their books ... Find out who does in this episode ... AND: LISTEN FOR A SPECIAL CONTEST, AND OPPORTUNITY TO WIN A FREE COPY OF ONE OF MY NOVELS, by telling me its original title...
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Show all from this expertHow Important Are Booksignings to an Author?
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They will not make you a bestselling author, but they are a great way to meet your readers, and maybe get a few devoted, long-lasting fans. Highly recommend, as long as you resist unrealistic expectations.
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Show all from this expertHow Does a Candidate Win a Presidential Debate?
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History shows that what they say is not as important as how they say it - and what they look like when saying it...
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Show all from this expertDo Videogames Cause Violence in Real Life?
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Contrary to what people such as Jack Thompson say, there is no reliable scientific evidence to support this claim. This special episode of Ask Lev explains the fallacies in experiments and surveys that purport to show a connection between violent videogames and violence in the real world. See me debate this with Jack Thompson, http://www.paullevinson.net/media.phtml
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Show all from this expertWhat Is Fair Use?
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How much of a story, poem, or song by another writer can you quote in your own story, without having to pay that other writer or get permission? Welcome to the complex world of Fair Use, which is explained in clear terms, with examples....
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Show all from this expertWhere Do I Get Ideas for my Fiction?
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The special thing about being a writer is having a mind that is open to ideas from everyday experience - you do not have to look for special places - you have to look specially at everything.
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Show all from this expertWhat Music to Listen to When I Write?
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I'm author of five novels, including The Silk Code, which won the Locus Award for Best First Science Fiction Novel of 1999, and my current novel, The Plot to Save Socrates. Here I answer a question that's frequently asked: what is the best music to listen to when writing? The answer of course differs for every author. My answer is ... ... none! Because I love music too much, and it would distract me from my writing. I recommend bottling your musical inpirations in your brain, and bring them out when you write.
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Show all from this expertWhy Do the Media Get News Wrong?
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Many in the media were reporting that John Edwards was going to suspend his campaign, to be with his wife to help battle her recurring cancer. In fact, John and Elizabeth Edwards announced that the campaign would vigorously continue. An analysis of how the media got this so wrong.
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Show all from this expertHow Important Are Critics?
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Contrary to what many people may think, research shows that movie-critics, tv-critics, and book-critics have almost no impact on ticket sales, viewership, and books sold. What really counts: word of mouth - of friends and family.
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Show all from this expertDaylight Savings Time - What's the Story?
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I like light, so I love it. Further, I can't understand why we would want less light in the winter, when darkness already comes earlier. In this episode, I talk about the culprits and the heroes in our stewardship of light.
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Show all from this expertWhat Is the RIAA?
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a special 10-minute episode ... the origin and the early work of the Record Industy Association of America ... and its present, increasingly truculent crackdown on new ways of sharing music
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Show all from this expertHow Do You Feel the Day Your Book Is Published?
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it's like one of your children going off to college ... out in the world ... in the hands of the cosmos rather than yours ... the trade paperback of my novel, The Plot to Save Socrates, was published today...
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Show all from this expertHow To Make Money from Used, Old Books
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look for first editions or first printings of books by important authors ... if these first printings were small, and you can pick up the book for a song and a dance, you could make a handsome profit
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Show all from this expertIs Lost Still Worth Watching?
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1st season was superb ... 2nd season awful ... 3rd season off to a rocky start this Fall ... and its continuation? - it started with the best episode since 1st season ... background reading: http://paullevinson.blogspot.com/2007/01/lost-keys-to-whats-really-going-on.html
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Show all from this expertHow to Research Historical Fiction?
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I recommend old Encyclopedia Britannicas and the Web - both were my best friends when I was researching my novel, The Plot to Save Socrates. But check all of your Web sources at least 4 times!
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Show all from this expertBlockbuster, Netflix, the Web?
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movie-watching began as a one-on-one experience with Edison's kinetoscope ... rental of videos and DVDs has returned to that, but the future of Blockbuster is limited - no one wants to run out in the rain to return a movie ... Netflix is better, but its delivery of movies is only as reliable as the mail ... that leaves the web - and nothing succeeds like delivery at the speed of light!
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Show all from this expertHow Important Are 1st Paragraphs?
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all-important: if you don't grab your reader in the first paragraph, your story or article or book is unlikely to be read any further
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Show all from this expertShould You Self-Publish?
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used to be definitely not - but times have changed - I'll tell you why...
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