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Angry youths stone Nigerian leader's convoy; police fire gas

AP Top news - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 6:27am
Angry youths stone Nigerian leader's convoy; police fire gas Associated Press - 29 January 2015 15:27-05:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics, War and unrest People, Places and Companies: Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Smartphone Snapshot: Samsung getting squeezed

AP Technology News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 6:01am
Smartphone Snapshot: Samsung getting squeezed Associated Press - 29 January 2015 15:01-05:00 News Topics: Business, Personal finance, Technology, Mobile phone manufacturing, Smartphones, Mobile phones, Mobile telecommunications equipment manufacturing, Telecommunications equipment manufacturing, Telecommunications, Industries, Consumer electronics manufacturing, Consumer product manufacturing, Consumer products and services, Consumer electronics People, Places and Companies: East Asia Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Fans snap up caps designed and worn by Seahawks' Lynch

AP Business News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 6:01am
Fans snap up caps designed and worn by Seahawks' Lynch Associated Press - 29 January 2015 15:01-05:00 News Topics: Business, Arts and entertainment, General news, Sports, Celebrity, Entertainment, Sports apparel manufacturing, NFL Super Bowl, Sports media, Professional football, NFL football, Football, Sporting goods manufacturing, Consumer product manufacturing, Consumer products and services, Industries, Events People, Places and Companies: Marshawn Lynch, Spike Lee, Buffalo Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

House Dems seek better messaging, not new policies, for 2016

AP Politics - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 5:57am
House Dems seek better messaging, not new policies, for 2016 Associated Press - 29 January 2015 14:57-05:00 News Topics: Government and politics, Elections, House elections, Political parties, Political organizations People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, Steve Israel, Philadelphia Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Shell to revive plans to drill in Arctic

AP Business News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 5:55am
Shell to revive plans to drill in Arctic Associated Press - 29 January 2015 14:55-05:00 News Topics: Business, Oil and gas industry, Earnings estimates, Oil and gas exploration and extraction, Dividends, Earnings reports, Marine water pollution, Energy industry, Industries, Earnings, Financial performance, Corporate news, Corporate stock, Water pollution, Water quality, Water environment, Environment, Environment and nature, Pollution, Environmental concerns People, Places and Companies: United Kingdom, London, Alaska Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Obama to seek to bust spending limits by $74 billion

AP Politics - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 5:54am
Obama to seek to bust spending limits by $74 billion Associated Press - 29 January 2015 14:54-05:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Government and politics, National budgets, Government spending, Government programs, Government budgets, National taxes, Legislature, Political parties, Economy, National security, Government finance, Government business and finance, National governments, Fiscal policy, Economic policy, Government policy, Government taxation and revenue, Political organizations, Military and defense People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, District of Columbia Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Fans snap up caps designed and worn by Seahawks' Lynch

AP Entertainment News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 5:54am
Fans snap up caps designed and worn by Seahawks' Lynch Associated Press - 29 January 2015 14:54-05:00 News Topics: Business, Arts and entertainment, General news, Sports, Celebrity, Entertainment, NFL Super Bowl, Professional football, NFL football, Events, Football People, Places and Companies: Marshawn Lynch, Buffalo Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Venezuelan hedge fund manager gets 13 years in prison

AP Business News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 5:42am
Venezuelan hedge fund manager gets 13 years in prison Associated Press - 29 January 2015 14:42-05:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Fraud and false statements, Corporate legal affairs, Sentencing, Oil and gas industry, Legal proceedings, Hedge fund management, Trusts and fund management, Crime, Tax refunds, Corporate news, Law and order, Energy industry, Industries, Investment management, Financial services, Government taxation and revenue, Government finance, Government business and finance, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Michael Melia, Bernard Madoff, Stefan R. Underhill, Venezuela, Bridgeport, Connecticut Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Amanda Seyfried replaces Tatiana Maslany off-Broadway

AP Entertainment News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 5:36am
Amanda Seyfried replaces Tatiana Maslany off-Broadway Associated Press - 29 January 2015 14:36-05:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, Celebrity, Entertainment People, Places and Companies: Amanda Seyfried, Tatiana Maslany, Meryl Streep Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Inmate dies after being restrained at Anchorage jail

AP Alaska News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 5:32am
Inmate dies after being restrained at Anchorage jail Alaska Dispatch News - 29 January 2015 14:32-05:00 News Topics: General news People, Places and Companies: Alaska, Anchorage Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

SC Sen. Lindsey Graham explores 2016 GOP presidential run

AP Politics - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 5:20am
SC Sen. Lindsey Graham explores 2016 GOP presidential run Associated Press - 29 January 2015 14:20-05:00 News Topics: Government and politics, United States Presidential Election, Events, Primary elections, Political parties, Presidential elections, Elections, Political organizations, National elections People, Places and Companies: Lindsey Graham, Barack Obama, Loretta Lynch, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, John McCain Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Tech advances lower chance that driver will die in car crash

AP Politics - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 5:18am
Tech advances lower chance that driver will die in car crash Associated Press - 29 January 2015 14:18-05:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Government and politics, Automotive accidents, Accidents, Automotive technology, Road safety, Health statistics, Transportation accidents, Death rates, Transportation policy, Technology, Accidents and disasters, Transportation, Industrial technology, Transportation safety, Health, Demographics, Social affairs, Government policy Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

New chief of CIA Clandestine Service is spying veteran

AP Politics - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 5:14am
New chief of CIA Clandestine Service is spying veteran Associated Press - 29 January 2015 14:14-05:00 News Topics: Government and politics, Intelligence agencies, Espionage, Crime, General news People, Places and Companies: Hamid Karzai, George Tenet, John Brennan, Afghanistan, United States Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Justin Bieber apologizes for bad behavior in online video

AP Entertainment News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 5:07am
Justin Bieber apologizes for bad behavior in online video Associated Press - 29 January 2015 14:07-05:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, Music, Entertainment, Pop music, Celebrity, Music videos, Online media, Media People, Places and Companies: Justin Bieber, Ellen DeGeneres, Calvin Klein Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Stocks move higher in afternoon trading; Energy stocks fall

AP Business News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 5:04am
Stocks move higher in afternoon trading; Energy stocks fall Associated Press - 29 January 2015 14:04-05:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Stock prices, Earnings estimates, Cruise operators, Earnings reports, Stock indices and averages, Oil and gas industry, Financial markets, Leading economic indicators, Economy, Earnings, Financial performance, Corporate news, Tour operators, Travel services, Hospitality and leisure industry, Consumer services, Consumer products and services, Industries, Stock markets, Energy industry People, Places and Companies: Don Thompson, United States, East Asia Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Deb: Ready to Publish

49 Writers - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 5:00am

I wish I could say I’ve never submitted any of my work before it was ready to publish. In truth, I’ve done it more often than I care to admit, especially in my early days of publishing.
Some “too soon” submission, or even “too soon” publishing, is unavoidable, and perhaps even necessary to a writer’s development. It’s hard to judge your own work, and in fact you may be better off submitting too soon than holding your work back indefinitely because you’re holding it up against potentially unreachable standards.
But you don’t want to keep doing that forever. Of late, markets have become less forgiving. In traditional publishing, agents and editors rarely take time to “grow” authors the way they used to; Big Five publishers in particular are looking less and less for the slow-build author and more and more to the smash-hit celebrity. In indie publishing, authors who haven’t already built loyal followings are finding it harder to get noticed with projects that don’t shine in one way or another.
It’s for these reasons, along with the challenge of navigating an ever-changing set of publishing options, that I wrote What Every Author Should Know: No Matter HowYou Publish, along with its companion volume, Write Your Best Book (February 2015).
It’s also why I agreed to teach a six-hour “Ready to Publish”workshop for the 49 Alaska Writing Center. The workshop is activity-based; during our session, participants will create several documents, including an action plan, to guide their thinking about whether their writing projects are ready and what to do with them once they are.
In particular, workshop participants will:
·         Examine their writing process as a way of assessing where they are with their work·         Clarify what success means to them·         Use query questions to better understand their projects·         Use “also boughts” (aka comps) to better understand their readers·         Write back copy as a means of refining their approach to their projects·         Create individualized “ready for market” surveys·         Assess ways to use early readers to the benefit of the work·         Apply the psychology of revision to the creation of “best books”·         Draft a publishing strategy for their work·         Draft a query or sell sheet·         Create an action plan
If you’re in Anchorage on Saturday, Feb. 7 (9 am – 4 pm), I hope you’ll join us. Advance registration is required. A copy of What Every Author Should Know is included with the registration fee. There’s also an optional “first pages” critique; for this, be sure to register sooner rather than later, as I’ll be preparing the written portion of the critiques in advance of the individual consultations, scheduled during the lunch hour and aftermath of the workshop.
Co-founder of 49 Writers and founder of the independent authors cooperative Running Fox Books, Deb Vanasse has authored fifteen books. Her most recent are What Every Author Should Know, a comprehensive guide to book publishing and promotion, and Cold Spell, a novel that “captures the harsh beauty of the terrain as well as the strain of self-doubt and complicated family bonds,” according to Booklist. A freelance editor and book coach, Deb lives and works on Hiland Mountain outside of Anchorage, Alaska, and at a cabin near the Matanuska Glacier. 


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Shell says it will drill off Alaska if it can get permits

AP Alaska News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 4:54am
Shell says it will drill off Alaska if it can get permits Associated Press - 29 January 2015 13:54-05:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Energy and the environment, Environment, Environment and nature People, Places and Companies: Arctic, Alaska, Arctic Ocean Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Ford beats estimates despite declines in earnings, revenue

AP Business News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 4:49am
Ford beats estimates despite declines in earnings, revenue Associated Press - 29 January 2015 13:49-05:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Automobile manufacturing, Sales figures, Earnings estimates, Earnings surprises, Earnings reports, Oil and gas industry, Consumer product manufacturing, Consumer products and services, Industries, Financial performance, Corporate news, Earnings, Energy industry People, Places and Companies: Mark Fields, Venezuela, Russia, United States, Michigan, Europe, North America Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Oil producers push to export US crude even as prices drop

AP Politics - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 4:48am
Oil producers push to export US crude even as prices drop Associated Press - 29 January 2015 13:48-05:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Government and politics, Oil and gas industry, Energy industry, International trade, Oil and gas refining, Oil and gas exploration and extraction, Prices, Legislature, Legislation, Industries, Economy People, Places and Companies: Jack Gerard, Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, John Hoeven, John Barrasso, Lisa Murkowski, Heidi Heitkamp, Fred Upton, Joe Barton, Ernest Moniz, United States, Jackson Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Attorney General nominee picks up GOP support

AP Politics - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 4:39am
Attorney General nominee picks up GOP support Associated Press - 29 January 2015 13:39-05:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics, Legislature, Government appointments and nominations, Cabinet appointments and nominations, Confirmation hearings, Judiciary, Political parties, Cabinets, Legislature hearings, Political organizations People, Places and Companies: Loretta Lynch, Orrin Hatch, Eric Holder, Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake, Barack Obama, Ted Cruz, Chuck Grassley, United States Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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