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5 Ways For Freelancers to Increase Productivity

productiveThere’s no doubt about it; the freelance life is hard. And if the freelance writers in your life tell you otherwise, shoot me their emails because they are in the one percent, and I need to pick their brains. Of course, waiting on checks when your bills pile up is difficult, but if you’re like me and have transitioned from a highly structured full-time gig in an office environment to freelancing from the couch, operating at your maximum productivity level can be a tough nut to crack.

Here are a few simple ways I’ve been able to increase output and hone in on my various projects:

1. Get out of the house Read more

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Behind the Scenes at The Guardian During the Edward Snowden Era

snowden_1370814166862_426887_ver1.0_320_240The Guardian has gotten more press in the past year than ever before. This is of course thanks to one Edward Snowden (Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras helped too). News outlets dutifully reported on the NSA leaks with fervor, but for media junkies, the real story went on behind the scenes. Read more

What Is Slate Premium? The Publisher’s New Method For Monetization

slate-premium1Slate is dipping its toe in the membership pool.

Digital publishers keep experimenting with different methods of monetization, whether through metered paywalls, crowdsourcing, events or subscriptions, to see which one’s the answer to the pressing and increasingly complicated revenue question.

In a blog post Monday, Slate Editor David Plotz introduced Slate Plus, a membership option for the most passionate Slate fans. For those who pay $5 monthly or $50 a year, Plotz said readers “who support [Slate] journalism and want a closer connection to it” get perks like access to Slate writers through Slate Plus member-only discussions, early viewing of certain articles, ad-free podcasts, 30 percent off live events, single page articles rather than pesky pagination and special commenting privileges.

But don’t worry — this is not a paywall. As Plotz noted, all the free stuff on Slate will stay free. The membership fee just buys you extras, a benefit package they’ll be adding to over time. This type of model has been described as a “reverse paywall,” one that GigaOm’s Mathew Ingram has said is a good way to reward loyal readers rather than penalizing them.

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Get Your Personal Essay Published in Saveur

magazines_articleIn part three of our Personal Essay Markets series, we got the inside scoop from another 15 pubs on what editors are looking for in a personal essay.

With mags ranging from Psychology Today to Southwest Airlines’ Spirit, you’re sure to find at least one venue that appeals to you. Perhaps you have a food-related story? Here, a Saveur editor shares her pitching advice:

Saveur – “Memories” and “Essay”
Foodies will appreciate these personal essay columns that involve a truly remarkable story, however large or small the scale. “Memories” is a story told about the past. “Essay” is a personal perspective on food, dish, person or ingredient, but it’s a story that isn’t past tense.
Length: 1,000-2,000 words
Pay: $1 a word
Assigning editor: Betsy Andrews, BETSY dot ANDREWS at BONNIERCORP dot COM
Andrews’ advice: “It’s best to submit “Memories” pieces or “Essay” pieces on spec. If there are recipes we can get out of them, that’s great but not necessary. We have published many, many stories about writers’ immigrant grandmother and their food, so think outside the box in terms of subject matter.”

For pitching tips from other pubs, read: Personal Essay Markets: Part III.

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Inflight Entertainment Company Global Eagle Inks Deal with Digital Newsstand Leader Magzter

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A recent deal announced by inflight entertainment company Global Eagle and digital content provider Magzter will give airlines—and their passengers—access to thousands of local, regional and international magazines.

The initial rollout of the service will be made available to Global Eagle’s airline partners Dubai-based Fly Dubai and Brazil’s largest carrier, TAM Airlines. Read more

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