Alison Garwood Jones

WTF?

Originally published in October 2013 in Blog

I don’t have any hard stats on this, but unresponsive editors appear to have reached epidemic proportions of late. I know so many writers — newbies and veterans — whose pitches are being met with deafening silence. Everyone’s talking about it on the writing listservs I subscribe to. Editors, they say, aren’t even sending them […]

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Industry news

Originally published in August 2013 in Blog

Two quotes about media stood out for me last week. Here’s the first: “We’re not ever going to return to a stable status quo where editors know where their audience is and publishers know where their revenue stream is. We’re in an era of non-stop innovation and constant turmoil. [Don’t expect] any kind of settled […]

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Future shock

Originally published in May 2013 in Blog

Shitty things can happen when good people do nothing. This is my interview with Story Board, the blog for the Canadian Media Guild and the Canadian Writers Group. The internet spreads stories, voices and awareness, when we use it well. The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #8 – Alison Garwood-Jones In this regular feature, Story Board asks Canadian writers […]

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Good news

Originally published in February 2013 in Blog

My blog turned 3 in January. And on this sunny February day, I got this good news. I was nominated in the “Life Category.” Thanks guys.

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Spilled milk

Originally published in January 2013 in Blog

UPDATED: January 30, 2013 Yesterday, The Globe & Mail, “Canada’s national newspaper,” fired took its literary editors, the crusty and intelligent team of Martin Levin and Jack Kirchhoff, off Books. I pounded my fist on the desk when I read this. Then I let out a cry in my condo that was heard only by the dogs […]

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Blogging rules

Originally published in November 2012 in Blog

Another “yup” from Clay Shirky and Hugh MacLeod.

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#FreedomIsBlogging

Originally published in April 2012 in Blog

When it comes to blogging, my mental trajectory over the last couple of years has looked something like this: Looking back, I’d love to say I was an early adopter. The truth is, I arrived late to the social media party and hardly mingled when I got there, choosing, instead, to mope alone in a […]

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Show me the money ~ Part 3

Originally published in March 2012 in Blog

I feel a change in the air. No, not spring. This may be even better than raindrops on tulips and girls in white dresses. The first sign of climate change for freelance writers is emerging for real, and, in a very unexpected twist, the future looks bright. Really bright. After four decades of earning a […]

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Wannabe what?

Originally published in March 2012 in Blog

When you commit ass to chair, things happen. Writing is about showing up and seeing what you’re made of. It’s about the pain of discipline — much preferable to the pain of regret — and pushing forward regardless of your solvency or the state of your personal life. It takes patience and lots of experience […]

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Thanks for tuning in

Originally published in February 2012 in Blog

When I started this blog, I didn’t know what would happen, what I would say or who would listen. I still don’t. Last spring, I noticed a spike in my traffic from Québec and it took a while before I realized my posts were lighting up computer screens in dorm rooms at Bishop’s University in the Eastern […]

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