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Creating Perks for a Crowdfunded Writing Project

Do you dream of using crowdfunding to support a writing or research project that you could never tackle by yourself?

Today on the Morning Media Menu, journalist and literary blogger Edward Champion introduced his Indiegogo campaign to raise money to take and document 3,000-mile walk across the country. He also talked about his dispatches from the roadand shared advice for creating perks for your campaign. Here’s an excerpt:

This is, above all, a vicarious experience in which I hope to impart vital knowledge and awareness of the many people who live between Brooklyn and San Francisco who don’t get the kind of massive and detailed attention that this particular project will offer (that other mainstream outlets do not). It’s the kind of thing you can imagine, maybe even five or ten years ago, magazines might have put up money for this. But those days are now gone. This is long, long form journalism and it’s the kind of thing that may only be possible through something like Indiegogo or crowdfunding.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

April Fools’ Day Jokes for Writers & Readers

April Fools’ Day jokes flooded the Internets today, but we wanted to highlight a few gags that all the writers and readers in the audience would appreciate.

We’ll start with Twitter’s scheme to charge for vowels (see Twttr in action above):

Starting today, we are shifting to a two-tiered service: Everyone can use our basic service, Twttr, but you only get consonants. For five dollars a month, you can use our premium “Twitter” service which also includes vowels. We’re doing this because we believe that by eliminating vowels, we’ll encourage a more efficient and “dense” form of communication. We also see an opportunity to diversify our revenue stream.

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Gary Shteyngart Gets Book Blurb Documentary

Journalist Edward Champion has released “Shteyngart Blurbs,” a short documentary looking at the life and book blurbs of Gary Shteyngart (along with the history of blurbs).

We’ve embedded the complete film above, including cameos from some great writers, Jacob Silverman‘s cat and the Totally Hip Book reviewer. Check out The Collected Blurbs of Gary Shteyngart Tumblr to read some of his work.

Here’s more about the film: “Narrated by Jonathan Ames, this fifteen minute documentary investigates Gary Shteyngart’s prolific book blurbing, talking with the the many authors who have been blurbed by Gary, book critics, journalists, editors, book jacket designers, and even the man who created a Tumblr devoted to Shteyngart’s blurbs. Features Ron Charles, A.J. Jacobs, A.M. Homes, Molly Ringwald, Karen Russell, Dinaw Mengestu, and many more! (Music licensed through Friendly Music.)”

Bookstores Reopen After Storm

As the East Coast emerged from Hurricane Sandy, a few bookstores opened their doors to the community. At the same time, literary blogger Edward Champion reported that Brooklyn’s Powerhouse Arena has been “devastated.”

We’ve collected a few Twitter dispatches from bookstores below, we will update as the day continues. Here is a growing list of ways you can help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

If you are looking for a place to relax or refresh during this tough time, your local bookstore could be a good place to visit. Community Bookstore summed it up: “You can’t beat a book when it comes to disaster comfort. Doesn’t need charging AND can be read by candlelight.”

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Andrew Goldman Suspended For Four Weeks Over Twitter Remarks

Writer Andrew Goldman has been suspended for four weeks at The New York Times Magazine following comments he made to novelist Jennifer Weiner. The paper has issued more specific guidelines for using social media.

You can read our complete story about the controversial Twitter exchange here. Goldman has since apologized to Weiner and his account has been removed from Twitter. Times public editor Margaret Sullivan wrote about Goldman’s Twitter comments last week, citing our Storify record and literary blogger Edward Champion‘s coverage of the incident.

Jennifer Weiner added a four-point response on Twitter. She began: “It was not anything I asked for. His apology seemed sincere. I would’ve been happy to let it end there.” We’ve embedded her complete response below…

 

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Robert Gottlieb Responds to Penguin Lawsuit: ‘Authors Beware’

The Smoking Gun broke the news that Penguin has sued a number of authors “who failed to deliver books for which they received hefty contractual advances.”

The list of writers includes Elizabeth WurtzelAna Marie Cox and Herman Rosenblat. Trident Media Group chairman Robert Gottlieb wrote a scathing comment on the story.

Check it out: “Penguin this is wrong headed. Authors beware. Books are rejected for reasons other than editorially and publishers then want their money back. Publishers want to reject manuscripts for any reason after an author has put time and effort into writing them all the while paying their bills. Another reason to have strong representation. If Penguin did this to one of Trident’s authors we could cut them out of all our submissions.”

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Should Writers Be Allowed To Recycle Material?

Journalist and author Jonah Lehrer has come under media scrutiny this week after he was caught recycling his own writing from The Wall Street Journal for NewYorker.com, where he recently joined as a staff writer.

Media critic Jim Romenesko discovered that Leher had repurposed copy about how and why people respond incorrectly to a simple arithmetic question about the cost of a bat and a ball. Literary blogger Edward Champion found recycled material in Leher’s recent book as well.

Since Romenesko’s discovery, The New Yorker has updated the post with an Editors’ Note, which reads, “Portions of this post appeared in similar form in an April, 2011, post by Jonah Lehrer for Wired.com. We regret the duplication of material.” (It is also is an October WSJ story, as Romenesko points out). Read more

Is Literary Coverage Gender Balanced?

Last night literary blogger Edward Champion looked back at The Bat Segundo Show archives for 2011, revealing that he had 28 male guests and 27 female guests on his literary podcast last year.

What do you think–does the literary world have a gender imbalance? Last year VIDA released a report about the gender balance among writers at literary magazines.

For comparison, Champion also counted the gender balance at other literary outlets. Among the sites he studied were The Nervous Breakdown, Bookworm and the Washington Post. We’ve collected the results in a Storify post below…

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Occupy Wall Street Resources for Writers

In a Morning Media Menu interview this morning, literary blogger Edward Champion shared stories from the Occupy Wall Street eviction last week and offered resources for writers, journalists and readers looking to follow the evolving story.

Champion also talked about how coverage of the controversial University of California, Davis pepper spray incident spread online–including his phone call to the officer videotaped spraying students.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview: “Being there in a physical capacity is very important. If you are in a city where an Occupy movement is happening, the best thing to do is simply go down there … The #OWS hashtag is always dependable, that’s always a good place to find stories. If you’re trying to corroborate something on YouTube if you have a name, that’s helpful. If  you have a verb: pepper spray, occupy, these are helpful things to look for.”

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National Book Awards Tonight

GalleyCat contributor and eBookNewser editor Dianna Dilworth will be covering the National Book Awards tonight at Cipriani Wall Street. Follow her coverage live on our GalleyCat Twitter feed and on this blog. Below, we’ve linked to free samples of all the National Book Awards finalists.

At the ceremony three years ago, this GalleyCat editor interviewed Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell, NBA finalist Salvatore Scibona, NBA executive director Harold Augenbraum and literary blogger Edward Champion about the Great Recession (video embedded above). The stock market had just plunged 400 points and writers gathered for the awards a few blocks from the New York Stock Exchange.

This year, the city is still divided over Occupy Wall Street eviction and readers around the country wonder about the future Occupy Wall Street library. It should make for an interesting evening.

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