Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer March 12–18, 2012

Once a week, we gather stories about the media business, journalism, writing, publishing, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus—and share them in Off the Wire. Who needs a water cooler?

From Canada:

From the U.S. and beyond:

From Story Board last week:

  • Byliner adds fiction to its offerings—and signs Margaret Atwood: When Byliner launched last spring, it was clear that it would do great things for narrative non-fiction, alongside other new sites like The Atavist. In the intervening 10 months, the site has grown considerably and its “Byliner Originals” have consistently topped Amazon’s Kindle Singles bestseller list. Early this year it began selling short works of fiction. The first, a 43-page story called “Rules for Virgins,” came from best-selling author Amy Tan, whose last novel, Saving Fish from Drowning, was released in 2005. The most recent and notable author to sign with the site is none other than Margaret Atwood, who is no stranger to the digital world (just ask her +300,000 Twitter followers).
  • Stake your claims: More tax tips for freelancers from the Born Freelancer: In my last post I talked about being a freelancer and the preparation required to pay taxes. I thought I’d covered most of the salient points pretty clearly but I’ve had a bit of feedback from some fellow freelancers asking for clarification of a couple key points. I thought that this would be the ideal opportunity to follow up on my main post and address these most significant issues.

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