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Journalistic Ethics, Concern Trolls & Other Meaty Matters

Journalistic Ethics, Concern Trolls & Other Meaty Matters

Is there such a thing as journalistic purity? Can you expect rationality from a troll? These are some of the meaty matters I discuss here.

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Life After Kickstarter, 1: Your Book Had Better Not Suck

Life After Kickstarter, 1: Your Book Had Better Not Suck

During this post-Kickstarter limbo period, I reflect on the benefits beyond the financial ones of my campaign, on living up to my contributors’ expectations, and more.

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I’ve Looked at Copy from Both Sides Now: Straddling the Editorial Desk

I’ve Looked at Copy from Both Sides Now: Straddling the Editorial Desk

Think travel writing is glamorous — and lucrative? This excerpt from Getting Naked for Money will change your mind.

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What Caitlyn Jenner & My Kickstarter Have in Common

What Caitlyn Jenner & My Kickstarter Have in Common

I was quick to rush to judgment on Caitlyn Jenner, especially on the age inappropriateness of her pose. Maybe I should look in the mirror.

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Dispatches from the Final Week of My Kickstarter Campaign

Dispatches from the Final Week of My Kickstarter Campaign

Lessons learned from a Kickstarter campaign include forgoing pride, being persistent, and moving on when something doesn’t work. And being shameless.

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The Cactus Bowl Commences! New Kickstarter Mini-Contest

The Cactus Bowl Commences! New Kickstarter Mini-Contest

With 9 days left in the Kickstarter campaign, I’m upping the ante, and putting loyalty to my adopted home on the line. If enough new contributors vote for Team Phoenix-Scottsdale vs Team Tucson, I will tweet allegiance to another city!

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Kickstarter Challenge: We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Cupcakes

Kickstarter Challenge: We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Cupcakes

Keeping it real: this strategy to focus attention on the campaign uses social media in the old fashioned sense, a direct connection between friends

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5 Travel Books That Won’t Help You Plan a Holiday

5 Travel Books That Won’t Help You Plan a Holiday

As part of our Summer Reading series, guidebook author Jules Brown choses 5 travel books that will not help you plan a vacation (or, as he puts it, because he is a Brit, a holiday).

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Lydia Davis Is In My Kickstarter Video

Lydia Davis Is In My Kickstarter Video

One of the most unlikely people to turn up in a Kickstarter video — or a deli — Lydia Davis has nevertheless been in both with me.

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How I Came to Love Food Writing: Gault Millau & My Veal Parmigiana Epiphany

How I Came to Love Food Writing: Gault Millau & My Veal Parmigiana Epiphany

I was not very sophisticated about food when I started editing the Gault Millau guides at Prentice Hall Press, but was very open to learning after my 6th grade veal parmigiana epiphany.

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5 Useful Free Books for Creative Entrepreneurs (+ 1 Fun One)

5 Useful Free Books for Creative Entrepreneurs (+ 1 Fun One)

A short roundup by guest blogger Laura E. Kelly of some great free resource books for all the creative entrepreneurs out there.

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5 Books That Transport You to Other Worlds

5 Books That Transport You to Other Worlds

What are you reading this summer? What would you suggest others peruse? My summer reading series kicks off with five books that transport us to other worlds, selected by Judith Fein

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Kickstarter Roundup #1 + Memorial Day Weekend Special

Kickstarter Roundup #1 + Memorial Day Weekend Special

The first week’s Kickstarter successes, a doggie-version of the video, and a Memorial Day Weekend special!

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And My Kickstarter Campaign is Live!

And My Kickstarter Campaign is Live!

And so the Kickstarter campaign begins! I think you’ll get a kick out of the video and hope you’ll support the book.

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Backing a Kickstarter Project 101

Backing a Kickstarter Project 101

Never had experience with a crowdfunded project before? Here are some basics about what it means to support my book on Kickstarter.

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Why Crowdfund? Why Kickstarter?

Why Crowdfund? Why Kickstarter?

Getting close to launching my Kickstarter campaign — next week! — I explain some of the behind-the-scenes rationales and decisions.

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Creating a Book Cover: Castrating Venus & Other Design Challenges

Creating a Book Cover: Castrating Venus & Other Design Challenges

Creating my book cover image involved an extensive collaborative process. In the end, Venus looked less angry and less like she had a penis.

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Ode to My New TV

Ode to My New TV

Replacing the items stolen during my robbery gave me no pleasure — until a new TV came into the picture.

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You’re Calling it WHAT? How I Decided on My Memoir’s Title

You’re Calling it WHAT? How I Decided on My Memoir’s Title

Getting Naked for Money? Misguided? I couldn’t decide on a title for my book until a friend helped me justify the racier pick.

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Beating the Home Invasion Blues

Beating the Home Invasion Blues

No one deserves to be robbed: Not single people, not forgetful people, not slobs. I temporarily forgot that after my home invasion.

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