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Jason Boog

Jason Boog is the editor of GalleyCat and managing editor of AppNewser. His writing has appeared at The Believer, NPR Books, The Los Angeles Review of Books and Peace Corps Writers. Click here to email. You can also find him on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

Buying eBooks Through Your Local Indie Bookstore

If you have a Kobo eReading device or a Kobo eReading app for your device, you can buy eBooks through your favorite independent bookstore.

Periodically, we like to remind our readers that they can buy digital books and support their local indie book-shop at the same time.

Below, we’ve collected steps on how to buy eBooks from an indie bookstore.

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What Are The Most Overlooked Books of 2013?

cassettetapeWhat book do you think was most overlooked by critics and readers this year?

Share your nomination in the comments section. We will use these comments to build an ongoing collection of the most overlooked books of 2013–just like our list from 2012.

Freelance Editor Rates To Guide Your Work

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The Editorial Freelancer Association published an invaluable set of Freelance Editor Rates–great intelligence for editors, writers, and publishers trying to negotiate the rapidly evolving writing market.

Above, we’ve embedded an screenshot from the association’s handy editorial rate chart–what do you think about these figures? Explore our free Freelance Editors Directory if you are looking for support. Here’s more from the Editorial Freelancer Association:

Common editorial rates —regardless of whether a project is flat rate or hourly— tend to fall within the ranges indicated below. These should be used only as a rough guideline; rates vary considerably depending on the nature of the work, the time frame of the assignment, the degree of special expertise required, and other factors. The industry standard for a manuscript page, however, is a firm 250 words.

How Conan Uses Corrections To Connect with Fans

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Instead of hiding corrections, maybe writers and publishers should celebrate suggestions from fans.

At Digital Hollywood in Los Angeles this week, the Conan show’s digital team shared the Conan Fan Corrections feature. On the show’s website, they share videos from fans pointing out mistakes made on the show.

While the process helps keep the content fact-checked, it also lets fans have a voice on the show. Team Coco member Aaron Bleyaert summarized: “It’s like we get a focus group every day.”

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New Haruki Murakami Story

murakamiThe New Yorker has published a new short story by Haruki Murakami, and you can read it for free online.

The short story opens as a dramatic reversal of Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. You can read a free copy of Kafka’s masterpiece for comparison. Here’s Murakami’s opening line:

He woke to discover that he had undergone a metamorphosis and become Gregor Samsa.

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Fantasy Authors Band Together To Help Pay Medical Bills

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Fantasy author Shawn Speakman battled cancer but struggled to pay his massive medical bills.

With the Unfettered story collection, his fellow fantasy authors donated stories to a collection to raise funds for his bills. Paste Magazine has all the details:

The authors of the stories collected here all donated their stories for free to create a book that could cover a $200,000 medical bill—the fee left to their friend and the book’s editor, fantasy author Shawn Speakman, after he beat cancer. Speakman now plans a nonprofit to be funded by an annual anthology like Unfettered. The anthology will offer similar help to ill artists not lucky enough to have such famous friends.

J.C. Reed Leads Self-Published Bestsellers List

jcreedNovelist J.C. Reed took the top spot on our Self-Published Bestsellers List with Treasure Your Love.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

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Dilbert Creator Responds To One-Star Review on Amazon

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Dilbert creator Scott Adams responded to a negative review of his memoir on Amazon with a sarcastic post.

One Amazon reviewer wrote about Adams’ How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life with this comment: ”it’s pretty sad his first non-Dilbert book is just a rip off of a much better book, Aaron Goldfarb‘s How to Fail: The Self-Hurt Guide.” Check out Adams’ response:

I didn’t know Aaron Goldfarb wrote my memoir before I did. I’m totally embarrassed. I plan to read that guy’s book so I can learn more about my life, especially the college years that are a bit foggy. And once I am finished, apparently I never have to see another book in this genre. And for the record, I totally believe you read my entire book within a few hours of its release, and not just the title.

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How To Approach Other Writers About Blurbs

Author and Rock Plaza Central musician Chris Eaton wrote about scores of people online and offline who share his name in Chris Eaton, a Biography. Over at The Believerhe interviewed another writer with the same name and a small Internet footprint.

How many people share your name online? In this encore edition of the Morning Media Menu, Eaton shared advice for making a genuine appeal to a writer, artist or musician when searching for blurbs.

Press play below to listen on SoundCloud. We’ve collected a few excerpts from the interview…

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Fiction MFA Application Advice from Elizabeth McCracken

McCracken3Are you applying to a creative writing MFA program this year?

Graduate school applications will always be difficult, and the competition is fierce for these programs. Author Elizabeth McCracken has served on MFA juries, reading a sea of applications and helping decide who gets into a creative writing program.

She shared a huge collection of tips for aspiring writers on her Twitter page, and we collected her invaluable thoughts in a Storify post. Check it out…

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