Friday Nonfiction Five

Friday Nonfiction Five

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Science writers share their tips for getting sources to open up.

Book revenues are up — and ebooks are responsible.

The rise of ebooks could mean the fall of dedicated ebook devices, though.

If you’re struggling to get started on your project, here are some kickstarting tips from Nina Amir.

The title says it all: How I Wrote 400K Words in a Year.

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Friday Nonfiction Five

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Five quick links of inspiration, how-to, opportunity, or just plain fun.  Got a link you’d like to share? Send a tweet to@emccullough or contact me here

Prime Number magazine is looking for nonfiction submissions.

Simon Winchester writes about the advice that launched his career.

Marc Leepson reveals five facts about The Star-Spangled Banner.

Should you add a 19th century technology to your 21st century workflow?

Charles Shields has a new book out, Imagine: The Story of a Song, which makes creative use of e-publishing in a shorter, read-in-one-sitting format.

Friday Nonfiction Five

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Researchers, take note: Lisa Peet uncovers a do-it-yourself-digitizing trend.

Want to know more about Neil Swidey? He talked to Nieman Storyboard about writing Trapped Under the Sea.

How to come up with — and follow through on — good nonfiction ideas.

Contest opportunity: The Susan Glaspell Writers & Critics Series at Drake University is accepting submissions of first books of Literary Non-Fiction for its sixth annual Drake Emerging Writer Award.

Are you courageous enough to make the Curiosity Call?

Friday Nonfiction Five

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Last week I mentioned one of my favorite tools, Evernote. Nina Amir has the scoop on my other favorite tool, Scrivener.

When I’m not writing, I love to read about writing. Here’s a list of books on writing mechanics from Elizabeth Covart.

Carl Rollyson reviews The Long Voyage: Selected Letters of Malcolm Cowley.

Jane Friedman’s Electric Speed newsletter focuses on tools for writers.

The Clovers Project seeks to match up student, emerging, and established writers for mutual support. They are currently taking applications through August 15. (HT: Monique Brouillette)

Friday Nonfiction Five

Five quick links of inspiration, how-to, opportunity, or just plain fun.  Got a link you’d like to share? Send a tweet to @emccullough or contact me here

heartfiveTim Parks ponders the archive he will leave behind. Or not.

A plea for peace from the coffee shop writer.

What if I told you you could only write for five minutes? It might make you more productive.

Evernote is one of my top ten favorite tools. Can Brett Kelly make it one of yours?

Greg McKeown on 12 myths that keep people busy — but not satisfied.

Friday Nonfiction Five

special fiveFive quick links of inspiration, how-to, opportunity, or just plain fun.  Got a link you’d like to share? Send a tweet to @emccullough or contact me here

Irregardless  is a crowd-sourced style guide. You can check your writing, get tips on word usage, and participate in the community. Carl Zimmer, a prolific science writer, is one of the participants.

Goodreads users (friend me) can now ask their favorite authors questions. Nonfiction authors in the program include Mark Bittman, Tim Ferris, Anne Lamott, Michael Pollan, and Gretchen Rubin.

Via Liz Covart’s Uncommonplace Book5 Easy Tips for Proofreading Your Own Work and the importance of writing environments.

Book reviewers are familiar with the warning, “Before quoting for review, please consult the final edition or check with the publisher.” Erika Dreifus explains what that means and why it’s important.

Jane Friedman presents three insights into publishing careers that might reset your motivation.