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Check out V.com co-founder Robert Niles' new book on online publishing

December 27, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Occasionally people will ask me and my husband, Robert, to share our wisdom about creating a website and managing an online community, as we've been running Violinist.com since what feels like the dawn of the Internet. How to Make Money Publishing Community News OnlineWell, Robert has written a book on this very topic, called "How to Make Money Publishing Community News Online."

Violinist.com just celebrated its 16th birthday -- it officially was born on Christmas 1996, when Robert gave me the domain name as a gift, and I looked at him, completely puzzled, and said, "What do I do with this?"

We continue to come up with the answer! Robert and I actually met in graduate journalism school at Indiana University, and while I've spent a lot of time teaching and fiddling, Robert has had quite a journey in online publishing. His first "online" gig was as the first full-time manager of the Rocky Mountain News' website in Colorado, then as a producer for the Los Angeles Times' website, then teaching online journalism at the University of Southern California. He gathered a lot of wisdom along the way; his book is a summation of that knowledge. It also contains, in the back, an easy-to-understand tutorial on using statistics in writing.

I hope you enjoy it, and if you like it, please tell your friends about it and submit a review to Amazon. Happy new year!

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