Links for readers and writers

Some advice on pitching nonfiction ideas to magazines. The author mentions that he sold several articles last year tied to the 100th anniversary of Tarzan of the Apes. Checking for anniversaries and turning points is a great approach, though not one I’ve ever done well with. Another article on the same topic here.
•In the Guardian, Stewart Lee ponders how a teenager (or adult) today can easily tune in to music that was geared to their grandparents’ generation, and still enjoy it. Which I’ve wondered is one reason styles change slowly now (some related thoughts of mine here).
•The Freelance Strategist makes a good point, that no matter who we’re working for, we should think of our reputation (or “brand” in the current parlance) as something we lease to our employers or clients for mutual benefit, not something that depends on working for them. Unfortunately, their example—Jim Roberts of the NYT’s 80,000 Twitter followers will follow him from the NYT to Reuters—only undercuts their point.
The Times isn’t like most newspapers because it’s national in scope, just as Reuters casts a vast, wide net. That makes the transition a natural one for Roberts’ fans to follow (assuming they do). I, on the other hand, used to work for The Destin Log; if I’d had Twitter followers, I doubt they’d want to read about groundbreaking news I write for the Raleigh Public Record because Raleigh’s a thousand miles away. Nor does it follow that people who like the how-to articles I’ve contributed to The Writer will want to write my articles in other trade journals such as Law Enforcement Technology or Paint and Wallcovering. Possibly people who read my Destin Log columns would enjoy my And columns—but “brand” is generally not as magic a bullet as the article assumes.
This article looks at the rise and fall of romance comics. This one ponders why romance novel covers and romance-comic covers are so different.
•I’ve linked to other articles about the future of Barnes & Noble. Here’s one about the company founder looking to buy it back.
•Brenna Gray says you needn’t feel bad about what you read, even if most people think it’s crap.
•Shannon Thompson on rejection.
•There’s a lot of information online. Here’s some advice on sifting the true from the false.
•When DC launched a new Vibe comic book, it didn’t give the correct “created by” credits. The solution, apparently, is to stop putting creator credits on books.
•A while back I linked to a blog post on how Gary Friedrich was the latest comics creator to get denied his creator credits. Ty Templeton asserts that the story is bogus: Friedrich wasn’t the full creator and wasn’t penalized for selling his Ghost Rider art at cons (apparently it was someone else’s art). It’s worth reading the comments where the details get hashed (well, worth it if you care).
•Speaking of comics, a while back I got into a debate with someone online who insisted that Dr. Fredric Wertham (best known now as a major force for comics censorship via his book Seduction of the Innocent) was really a good guy unfairly smeared—to which I pointed out that more recent histories (the excellent Ten Cent Plague, for instance) emphasize his work and concern for the poor (the other guy still insisted the book was a hatchet job). Now researcher Carol Tilley has gone through Wertham’s papers and it turns out his research was crap—among other things omitting anything that got in the way of his Comics Cause Teen Crime thesis (like omitting one kid’s claim that he learned from the movies). He may also have exaggerated his social work. The Beat contemplates Wertham’s impact on comics.


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