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Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding are changing how we publish and how we read -- some may say even how we write. Jason and Kevin discuss writing for the crowd in this week's Critical Margins Podcast. Would you use crowdsourcing and crowdfunding tools to get your work seen?

http://criticalmargins.com/2014/06/03/episode-12-write-crowd/
In this week’s Critical Margins podcast, Jason Braun and Kevin Eagan discuss crowdfunding and crowdsourcing for writers. How might writers implement smart strategies online to get readers involved in the process? Crowdfunding is the way in which artists and writers can both get funding for their projects and find participants. Crowdsourcing, however, is about getting …
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Friday Reads: Enhanced Scholarly E-Books and an E-Ink Coffee Mug

#FridayReads is back! This week, an article about enhanced scholarly e-books and an e-ink coffee mug that displays images when heated up. And check out my book recommendation for the weekend:

http://criticalmargins.com/2014/05/02/friday-reads-enhanced-ebooks-e-ink-coffee-mug/
Why do so many scholars hate e-books? Maybe they’ll understand the technology when it serves them coffee in an e-ink coffee mug.
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When should you self-publish your book?

We talked about self-publishing's sordid past and hopeful future in this week's Critical Margins podcast, but what about the practical reasons to self-publish? And what do you need to know before you self-publish your book?

http://j.mp/1md4BbB

#books   #selfpublishing   #reading   #amwriting  
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How do you write?

In our latest podcast episode, +Jason Braun and I talk about how we got started as writers. How did you get started as a writer? How do you write today?

http://criticalmargins.com/2014/04/19/episode-6-become-writers/
In this week’s podcast, Jason and I talk about how and why we got started as writers. Here’s the deal: writing is tough. And it’s not easy to get started. Jason and I are not “experts” on getting published or the game of publishing. But we’ve been writing for a long time, and today we …
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How Literature Saved My Life by David Shields

I admit, I love reading about how writers read. "How Literature Saved My Life" by David Shields is an excellent book on writing and reading in the digital age. Here are 5 of my favorite quotes from David Shields: 

http://j.mp/1olHQr4

#books   #reading   #literature  
David Shields has a lot to say about the future of creative writing and literary culture. His latest, "How Literature Saved My Life," have some of his best.
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How do you give up on books? What's your criteria for a good read?

Jason and Kevin discuss when it's best to just give up, and why:

http://criticalmargins.com/2014/05/13/episode-9-throw-book-wall/
In this week’s Critical Margins Podcast, Jason and Kevin talk about how to give up on reading. When is the best time to give up on reading a book? When is it better to wait for a better time to read? Goodreads conducted a poll last year about why people give up on books. The …
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Great deal for excellent writing software: Scrivener
 
Thinking of getting Scrivener? A reader just clued me in on a special deal TODAY ONLY, get it at 50% off details at link.
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Critical Margins Podcast, Episode 7

Self-publishing is not a new thing for writers. It's been around for centuries. But what are some of the best self-publishing ventures happening right now? Jason and Kevin explore this in this week's Critical Margins Podcast:

http://criticalmargins.com/2014/04/27/episode-7-self-publishing/

#books   #selfpublishing   #literature   #podcast  
Self-publishing: some writers swear by it, others treat it like it’s a dirty word. Many writers and publishers self-publish something at some point in their career.
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Can you write on a smartphone?

This week, +Jason Braun and I talk about smartphone apps that help you write better, and why so many students write on phones:

http://criticalmargins.com/2014/04/05/episode-4-smartphone-lit-writing-phones/

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In today’s show, Kevin and Jason talk about writing on smartphones. Did you know a lot of students are writing more than tweets and texts on their phones? Is there anything wrong with writing everything on a smartphone? We want to use our smartphones for good, so join us as we uncover how students use …
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Best Apps for Academics

+Nicole Hennig and Pam Nicholas wrote a wonderful book about apps for academics. It's a very useful guide for academics in any discipline. Go sign up to get updates -- the book is almost here!

http://bestappsforacademics.com/
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Critical Margins Podcast, Episode 3: Can You Write This on a Train?

In this week's Critical Margins podcast, Jason and Kevin debate the merits of the Amtrak Residency. Is it worthwhile? What about other writing residencies? What does the debate surrounding Amtrak's residency say about the ethics of writing?

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Today, Jason Braun and I talk about writing on trains. The Amtrak Residency is a selective writers’ residency that offers a free, round-trip ticket on an Amtrak train. But is this program worthwhile? We debate the pros and cons of the writer residency 2.0. Read more about the Amtrak Residency’s roots in this article in …
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Editing, writing, copyediting, technical writing, blog writing, teaching, manuscript development, book design
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  • Freelance Writer/Editor, 2007 - present
  • McKendree University
    Adjunct Professor, 2011 - 2013
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
    Adjunct Professor, 2008 - 2013
  • Glen Carbon Centennial Library
    Associate Librarian, 2011 - 2012
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Editor/writer who loves a good read.
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I'm a freelance editor and writing teacher who is interested in new technology and digital shifts in media.  I'm using Google+ to find other interesting professionals in media and education who are not afraid to speculate and try new things. CriticalMargins.com is my site focused on writing, books, and everyday digital ephemera.
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Played guitar since grade school, happily married for 7 years.
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