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@MikeMaher on Twitter & IG. Book publishing person. Editor: @PublishingWell, @InvisiblePillar, @TheBirdsBlitz, & @JuicedBallEra. News & Words: @FantasyPros.

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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.

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.

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.

Despite the very public allegations that Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is facing, the Eagles-Watson trade rumors aren’t going away. The Eagles have been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Watson for nearly two months now, though most of the Watson trade rumors have understandably died down in recent weeks.

Here is more on the latest rumors and what they’re saying around the beat.

NFL Source: Eagles Remain Interested In Trade For Texans QB Deshaun Watson (Mike Fisher,

The Philadelphia Eagles are trying to find a direction. So are the Houston Texans. And according to an NFL source, despite their various issues, the two teams could still get together on a Deshaun Watson trade.

Greetings, friends, and welcome to the DFS lounge. We’re going to take a look at some of the best matchups for today and their corresponding prices in DFS. I tend to focus on FanDuel as my platform of choice, but we’ll sprinkle in some DraftKings prices and advice, too.

For most DFS contests, it’s all about the price. You want to find those players who are going for less than what they are worth and pair them with studs who you believe will produce. The trouble is sample size because we’re dealing with one day and not the entire season…

Shortstop is one of the deeper positions in fantasy baseball in 2021. Maybe the deepest when all things are considered. We haven’t always been able to say that. It wasn’t that long ago that shortstop was shallow and fantasy managers had to overpay in auctions and drafts to make sure they were getting reliable production.

Now, while the position is still a little top-heavy, there are startable middle infield options into the late teens and early 20s with ADPs around 150 or later. We just discussed the second base landscape, where things are much different. …

Second base is thin in fantasy baseball this season. We’re on the eve of the season, so you know that by now. You’ve been in the drafts. You’ve seen how quickly second base thins out. Most years, I try not to worry about specific positions, at least early in drafts.

2021 has been a little different.

While I still try not to reach for players based on their position, I have had to keep my eye on second base this season. Making matters worse is that I’m not as high on some of the players at the top of the…

Here’s what that means for writers who use Unsplash’s freely-usable images

Unsplash, the community-driven image platform that is the self-proclaimed “internet’s source of freely-usable images,” announced a few hours ago that they are being purchased by Getty Images, an image supplier known for licensing images. This news obviously raised some eyebrows among content creators who love utilizing Unsplash’s vast library of free images.

But Unsplash insists this acquisition is a good thing and that nothing is changing. Here is a link to the full announcement:

Mikael Cho, Unsplash’s co-founder and CEO, wrote that announcement and also shared the news on Twitter, adding that the plan is to continue “building the largest…

And other top stories in publishing

Here are some of the biggest stories in book publishing right now.

To the links!

HarperCollins will acquire the trade division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

HarperCollins, one of the five largest publishing companies in the United States, has made a deal to acquire Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books and Media, the trade publishing division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, for $349 million.

The acquisition will help HarperCollins expand its catalog of backlist titles at a moment of growing consolidation in the book business. Houghton Mifflin publishes perennial sellers by well-known authors such as J.R.R. …

2021 Fantasy Baseball

First base is not what it once was, at least not when it comes to fantasy baseball. First base used to be old reliable when it came to power, even in the later rounds. Now, it’s a handful of top options and then a ton of question marks.

Can you find some home runs in the later rounds? Sure? Can you find runs and RBI? Yeah, why not. But are you going to find the kind of guaranteed production that gets players drafted in the first two rounds? Outside of Freddie Freeman and—injury concerns notwithstanding— Cody Bellinger, probably not. …

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