The Colonial Catalyst

GWU MPS Cohort 12 Weekly Newsletter

Happy Anniversary: Fifty Years of Cultural Journalism

In 1966, bored high school students in an English class at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in the Georgian Appalachians opted to start a magazine rather than do regular homework. They decided to call it Foxfire, after the bioluminescent fungus that grows... Continue Reading →

Good News: Publishing Newbies Now Have Access to Publishing 101

Imagine you are an amateur author. You have finally penned your first novel. You have proofread the novel forwards, backwards, and sideways, and you are finally ready to get the ball rolling on publishing it. There's only one hitch: you... Continue Reading →

Good News for Small Publishers: Book Awards and Crowdfunding

There’s a whole world of reputable publishers outside of the Big Five that offer traditional publishing models on a smaller scale.  Instead of being aggressive marketers, many offer creative control to their authors and are more willing to take risks... Continue Reading →

A Novel Trend: Good News for Indie Presses & Small Bookstores

The resurgence of the independent publisher and small bookstore is a validated trend. In this era of mega publishing houses, Amazon market domination, and the closing of major bookstore chains; the indie publisher and small bookstore is realizing a swift... Continue Reading →

Good News: Unity between Self-Published Authors and Readers in the Fight against Plagiarism

In “Stealing Books in the Age of Self-Publishing,” Joy Lanzendorfer discusses the growing problem of plagiarism among self-published authors on Amazon. For romance author Rachel Ann Nunes, not only was her novel reproduced almost identically under a different title, but... Continue Reading →

Good News: Ebook Popularity May Have Just Been a Fad

   An article published by Slate magazine on November 2, "It Looks Like EBooks Won't Kill Print Books After All", reports that ebook sales are continuing to drop. According to the Association of American Publishers, e-book sales dropped 11% last... Continue Reading →

E-Books vs. P-Books: What Do Students and Instructors Prefer? Taking the Bull by the Horns.

In early February this year, several publications reported that ninety-two percent of college students around the world prefer p-books over e-books when studying. Among the reasons students give for this preference are: A sense of accomplishment when they finish reading... Continue Reading →

College Students: E-textbooks vs. Print books

As a undergraduate student five years ago, digital textbooks were not as popular as they are now. I remember seeing the e-textbook option available for purchase but it wasn't until I started graduate school that I felt comfortable purchasing the... Continue Reading →

Should Parents Fear E-Books?

The question of print versus electronic book is often seen as a point of individual preference, except when talking about children. As e-book sales have plateaued, one area of publishing that has somewhat resisted e-book development is Children’s books. Furthermore,... Continue Reading →

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