Designing a custom book (ghost)writing collaboration process

Designing a custom book (ghost)writing collaboration process

Any nonfiction book with more than one contributor needs a carefully designed collaboration process. Not all tools are appropriate for all authors. So before you begin, plan how you’re going to move from ideation to research to drafts to completion and how everyone will contribute or approve content all along the way. To demonstrate how…

Good excuses for plagiarists

Good excuses for plagiarists

“I found it on the internet.” “My researcher found it for me.” “My coauthor write that part.” “My ghostwriter wrote that part.” [For ghostwriters] “My client wrote that part.” “I thought it was in the public domain.” “The author is dead.” “It had a Creative Commons license.” “I changed a bunch of words in it.”…

Vermont State University’s plan to trash the books in its libraries — and crush serendipity

Vermont State University’s plan to trash the books in its libraries — and crush serendipity

Vermont State University is a new institution formed from merging several underperforming state colleges in Vermont. It needs to save money. So its administration has proposed to get rid of eight librarians and most of its (physical) books. Contents of the books would still be available digitally. Popular trade books would shift to a community…