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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.

Adam Schefter reported on Friday afternoon that the Philadelphia Eagles had claimed and been awarded former Lions running back Kerryon Johnson off waivers. The Eagles later confirmed the report.

Over the last few months, that means the Eagles have brought back Jordan Howard, drafted Kenneth Gainwell in the NFL Draft, and claimed Kerryon Johnson to add to a running back room that already includes Miles Sanders and Boston Scott. Though they are buried a bit lower on the depth chart, Elijah Holyfield, Adrian Killins, and Jason Huntley are still on the roster, as well.

What does the Kerryon Johnson signing mean?

The Eagles claiming Kerryon Johnson…

The Zach Ertz trade rumors have been prevalent this offseason, and most who cover the team still expect him to be traded before the start of the 2021 season. Many expected a deal to get done before the NFL Draft. Others thought a trade might go down during the draft. But the draft came and went without even a whisper of an Ertz trade.

So, what now?

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman was asked about the Zach Ertz situation during his post-draft press conference with VP of player personnel Andy Weidl and head coach Nick Sirianni. …

The first night of the 2021 NFL Draft was an eventful one, and it even included the Philadelphia Eagles trading with the Dallas Cowboys to move up and draft Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith. In fact, every NFC East team except Washington made a trade on Thursday night. After the Eagles and Cowboys made their swap, the Giants moved back from №11 to №20 as the Chicago Bears moved up to take Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.

For the Eagles, it was their second swap of first-round picks during this NFL Draft process. After previously moving back from №6 to…

Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni spoke to the media last Wednesday, along with general manager Howie Roseman and vice president of player personnel Andy Weidl. There were a ton of questions asked and a lot of filler, but there were some answers that raised at least a few eyebrows.

Sirianni spoke with a ton of energy, revealed that he tested the competitiveness of potential draft picks by playing rock, paper, scissors and Jeopardy with them, and declined to anoint Jalen Hurts as the starting quarterback. …

Here’s a complete Roseman-Sirianni-Weidl Press Conference recap

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, head coach Nick Sirianni, and vice president of player personnel Andy Weidl spoke to the media for a little over 30 minutes on Wednesday. We typically only hear from Roseman a few times a year (at most), so there is always added interest when he is involved in a press conference. And we almost never hear from Weidl, so this pre-draft talk had some added intrigue even before this trio started speaking.

For the most part, they didn’t disappoint. Sirianni spoke with a ton of energy, revealed that he tested the competitiveness of potential draft…

During a Phillies game against the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park on Monday night, fans got a little creative with their chants. This wasn’t a full ballpark because of COVID-related restrictions, but the fans who were there got together for some chants that were easily heard on the television broadcast. Among the chants: the standard “E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES” go-to and the more unique “Fire Howie.”

And according to Twitter, lots of people felt a certain kind of way about these Eagles chants at a Phillies game in April. My personal take is that this was just Philly fans having…

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.

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Disney Reimagines Its Book Business

Approximately eight years after the Walt Disney Co. sold the lion’s share of its adult book business to Hachette Book Group, Disney Publishing is returning to that market with the launch of Hyperion Avenue. …

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