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Did Terrorists Just Save the Publishing Industry?

In Writing on December 26, 2009 at 10:49 am

By Tim Beyers

Along with family, friends, presents, and far too much food, Christmas Day brought news of a thwarted terrorist attack on board a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. CNN is reporting that a 23-year-old Nigerian man named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab activated an explosive device that caused a fire as the airplane began its descent.

On TV, talking heads are speculating about heavy-handed new security rules. Ignore them. We already know how the Transportation Security Agency and airlines are responding, thanks to analyst Charlene Li. Read the rest of this entry »


Editorchat Gets a Friend

In Resources, Writing on September 2, 2009 at 11:28 am

By Tim Beyers

Twitter sometimes acts like it’s in college; everything’s fine till someone throws a party.

Dozens are invited, of course. Tweets flow like beer and whiskey. Tweeps get louder and more obnoxious with each thread, right up until someone breaks a stereo — I mean, server — and the killjoys who weren’t invited hear the noise and call the cops.

Stumblers head for the exits. Some make it. Others enjoy a nice, quiet ride downtown to the drunk-tank. Everyone else passes out on the couch, waiting for Twitter to rally from its out-till-3-am alcohol and Cheetos bender.

Source: PhotobucketAnd of course all of this happens in a matter of minutes — just enough time to transform Editorchat from a joy to an annoyance. My friend Lydia Dishman and I prefer it when Editorchat is a joy, which is why we’ve moved the chat from Twitter to FriendFeed. Read the rest of this entry »

5 More Must-Follow Bloggers for Aspiring Writers

In Blogging, Writing on June 5, 2009 at 4:45 pm

By Tim Beyers

Yesterday I introduced you to five of my favorite blogging writers. Today, I complete the list.

Source: Google image search

Source: Google image search

But before we get to the names, a hedge: There are many writers whose work I love yet who aren’t on Twitter or who use it sparingly. Kerrie Flanagan, Director of the Northern Colorado Writers and keeper of The Writing Bug blog is one of those writers. So treat this as it’s intended: a compilation and nothing more.

Now, without further ado, here are five more blogging and tweeting writers that all aspiring scribes should read regularly. Read the rest of this entry »

Using Twitter to Land Writing Assignments

In Resources, Writing on April 10, 2009 at 8:26 pm

By Tim Beyers

Recently, I asked the writers who frequent Twitter if they had landed work using the microblogging service. Responses were mixed.

Haven’t landed an assignment on Twitter yet, but I’ve found sources,” says Susan Johnston, a Boston-based freelancer who goes by the witty Twitter moniker @UrbanMuseWriter.

She’s right. Twitter can be excellent for finding sources and source material. But can you effectively query in 140 characters or less? “I haven’t landed a paid assignment via Twitter, but had opportunities to write pro bono,” says freelancer Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen, @quipsandtips on Twitter.

That’s telling. Pawlik-Kienlen, like yours truly, is a long-time pro who writes for food money. Her work has appeared in Reader’s Digest and, among others. Johnston’s no slouch, either. Her work has been published in The Boston Globe and The Christian Science Monitor. If these writers aren’t landing paying gigs via Twitter, are there any to land? Read the rest of this entry »

Are We All Members of the Media Now?

In Writing on April 1, 2009 at 10:43 pm

By Tim Beyers

For John A. Byrne, Executive Editor of BusinessWeek and Editor-in-Chief of, journalism is an act of communion. “For us, this is all part of how journalism is changing from a product handed down by reporters to an audience, to a process that embraces the user at every stage,” he wrote in guest-moderating last week’s edition of Editorchat.

So we’re all members of the media now? I doubt that Byrne would go that far but when readers are also sources, fact checkers and, at times, assignment editors, the line gets blurry. When do we know we’ve officially crossed it? Should we care? Read the rest of this entry »


In Recipes on February 14, 2009 at 5:39 pm

By Tim Beyers

The Social Writer, me, refers to my twins tastes in social media — Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn — and cocktails. Revisit me here for updates on my writerly experiments and a bit of kitchen chemistry. Today’s cocktail is still my favorite, the Gin and Tonic:




4 cubes ice
2 fluid ounces gin
4 fluid ounces tonic water
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 lime wedge


DIRECTIONS: Place the ice cubes in a tall, narrow glass with the ice coming near the top. Pour gin, tonic water, and lime juice over the ice. Stir well with a long-necked spoon. Garnish with lime wedge, and serve immediately.


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