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The Loud Minority

Ninety•five percent of the writers in the land packed in their tools, finally. There were reasons for this perfect storm: first, not many were getting published. And for the ones lucky enough to see their work in print, most of their books were remaindered or recycled, and royalties had dried up. Their publishers were busy …

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Bread and Circuses

I have always wondered about that term – the ploy used by ancient Romans to keep their citizens fat, happy and mindless with gladiator games and other sensual entertainment while the coffers were raided and the youth sent off to die in wars of greed and plunder. In Canada, things are different. Our circus has …

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Beyond the Hype

“Sell yourself or die,” is the mantra in these times. Whether it be for a new job, or to merely survive in your existing one, promoting one’s latest book or new product, running for election, finding a partner, getting noticed amidst the myriad of media distractions; even the dead have coffin styles from “pauper” to …

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Outsourcing

Everything is going global these days and outsourcing is de rigueur. Manufacturing and software development, once residing in safe havens of the developed world, now go to emerging tigers in Asia, who in turn, getting a taste for what is possible, are trying to climb up the food chain into the more lucrative niches of …

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Writing Contests

I did the math on organizing a writing contest and wondered if I was sitting on a hidden goldmine; should I turn my struggling career from writer to writing contest organizer? First, I need a snazzy title, something like “The 30th Annual Emerging Writers Gold Awards Contest” (no need to worry about the prior 29 …

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