The Colonial Catalyst

GWU MPS Cohort 12 Weekly Newsletter


November 2016

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 →

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