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Last week, I announced that we were finally starting up a publication for Publishing Well. It was a long time coming, and I’m thrilled to finally get things started. I’ve been thinking about this for over a year, and I spent the last few weeks outlining my vision for the publication. Or at least what I thought my vision was.

To those who missed it, here is the original announcement:

I received some great feedback, both publicly and privately. To everyone who reached out, thank you very much. …

I’ve been on Medium since the beginning. Now, it’s time to get started.

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Technically, I’ve been on Medium since sometime in 2013. And while I published a few random posts over the last several years, I’ve never been a very active user. Sure, I’ve stumbled upon some stories and scrolled through a few feeds and related articles, but I’ve never been consistent.

I never really gave Medium a real chance after those first few weeks. Now, I’m going to change that. I spent the last few weeks doing some research and coming up with a plan for how I am going to get started on Medium. Again.

Medium has gone through a number…

Roles at startups are often fluid. Without an established path to follow, you are free to carve your own path.

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When people hear the term “startup,” they tend to think of tech giants and social networks that began as an idea in a garage or a dorm room and turned into multi-billion dollar companies. While those are the dream success stories, the reality is that there are thousands of startups being created each year.

About 90% of them fail.

And while that number sounds ominous, only 10% fail within the first year. During that time, startups typically raise large sums of money, adapt and evolve multiple times, and look like a different company by the time they succeed or fail.

And other top stories in publishing

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Here are some of the biggest stories in book publishing right now. Have questions or just want to talk about books or publishing? Reach out on Twitter @mikeMaher and @PublishingWell.

To the links!

As Jeff Bezos stresses climate change, Amazon promotes books saying it’s fake

New research from the nonprofit investigative group Advance Democracy has revealed that’s main search function — the “Sort by: Featured” display option, which is the default way Amazon filters its enormous catalog of products when customers go looking for something — gives prominent real estate to books that downplay or outright deny the reality of climate change.

Advance Democracy found that 20% of the top 60…

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The Philadelphia Eagles have signed offensive lineman Landon Dickerson, their second-round pick from the 2021 NFL Draft. The Eagles signed eight of their other nine draft picks in early June. They agreed to terms with DeVonta Smith, Milton Williams, Zech McPhearson, and Kenneth Gainwell on June 3, Marlon Tuipulotu, Tarron Jackson, and Patrick Johnson on June 4, and JaCoby Stevens on June 7.

Dickerson, however, remained unsigned until today, just a day before training camp begins.

The Eagles posted this on their official website on Monday:

Rookie holdouts used to be fairly commonplace heading into training camp before the…

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The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms with free-agent cornerback Steven Nelson on a one-year deal, the team announced on Twitter on Sunday afternoon. In a corresponding move, the Eagles released defensive tackle Willie Henry. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports that the deal is worth more than $4 million.

The Eagles have been connected to Nelson for the last few months given their obvious need for a starting outside cornerback opposite Darius Slay and Nelson’s status as a free agent throughout the Summer. Apparently, the two sides were finally able to agree to terms.

Nelson (5'11", 194lb) is 28 years…

It’s the slow part of the Summer. After the NFL Draft and minicamps and before the start of training camp, things slow to a trickle. Coaches and players are resting up before the marathon that is the NFL season begins. Heck, even beat writers and reporters tend to take their vacations around this time. We haven’t had much in terms of news in several weeks now, but we do have yet another Zach Ertz rumor to talk about.

WIP’s Howard Eskin is saying there is a “great chance” that Ertz will be on the team at the start of the…

And they’ve done it in just 16 months

On Monday morning, announced they have officially raised more than $15 million for local and independent bookstores through their platform.

For those who don’t know, is an online bookstore that launched in 2020 and donates a portion of every sale to independent bookstores. They have over 1,200 local bookstores and 26,000 affiliates on their platform and partner with both to sell books.

Have questions or just want to talk about books or publishing? Reach out on Twitter @mikeMaher and @PublishingWell. has been called the “Rebel Alliance to Amazon’s Evil Empire” and the “indie alternative to Amazon,”

Tools to help you win the week

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Since I do so much work during the baseball season on planning for the upcoming week, I figured I would start putting some of my favorite resources here, in case anyone (everyone?) wants to find them in one place. I’ll include my own weekly work and then share some of my favorites from other fantasy analysts.

Have questions or just want to talk baseball? Follow me on Twitter @mikemaher. I reply to Tweets, and my DMs are open.

Week 14 Fantasy Baseball Resources

Week 14 Quick Grades

Every week over at FantasyPros, I create weekly grades for every relevant hitter and every starting pitcher for the upcoming week…

It’s surprisingly easy to take this extra step to ensure your identity and finances are safe

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Unfortunately, fraud and identity theft are at an all-time high right now. With new data breaches happening seemingly every week, nearly everyone has some of their personal information floating around on the internet somewhere. And since the onset of a worldwide pandemic, some of the more popular attempts at fraud have been unemployment fraud, debit and credit card fraud, and identity theft.

There are a number of steps you can take to protect your personal information before you become a victim, and one of the best ones is to “freeze” your social security number. …

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