Ask the Director: Do I have to collect sales tax?

Dear Director: When a publication sells a subscription through a website, does sales tax need to be collected? If so, how are publications handling this? –Taxed Dear Taxed: Let me start with the most important part of my answer: I am neither an attorney nor a CPA. I’ll do my best to answer your question, […]

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Ask the Director: How do I cite statistics?

Dear Director: Can you tell me, how important is it to document statistics presented in articles? Is it enough that the editor has those references, urls, quotes sources in her files? – Per Cent   Dear Per: The answer will vary depending on the publication and the article. If people turn to your publication for academic-quality […]

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Ask the Director: How do I quote poetic Scripture?

Dear Director: I’m writing an article that includes extensive short quotations of Bible verses. When quoting the NKJV or the NIV or another version that prints poetic passages in broken lines, must we follow the same line-by-line presentation when quoting them, or is it permissible to string them out in straight paragraph text? And if […]

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Ask the Director: How much can I quote without permission?

“Ask Doug” is an advice column by EPA Executive Director Doug Trouten, based on questions he encounters during the course of his duties.

Dear Doug:

How much of an original work can one quote without permission? I think there is a percentage factor involved, but not sure what it is. I’d like to quote most or all of the lyrics to a song in an article to introduce an article about the difference a donation can make for the people who are helped by our ministry, but I wonder if I need to limit myself to a few lines or get permission.

Quote-Unquote

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Ask the Director: What’s an ‘HH’ profile?

“Ask Doug” is an advice column by EPA Executive Director Doug Trouten, based on questions he encounters during the course of his duties.

Dear Doug:

An advertising agency has asked me to send an “HH profile” for my publication. What’s an “HH profile”? Heavenly humor? Holy habits? Hubert Humphrey? Should I be embarrassed for not knowing this?

 

Heavily Humbled

 

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Ask the Director: Do I capitalize pronouns that refer to God?

“Ask Doug” is an advice column by EPA Executive Director Doug Trouten, based on questions he encounters during the course of his duties.

Dear Doug:

Has there been a move away from capitalizing His and He when referring to God in journalism?  And if so, what is the rationale for it?  I’ve heard the Chicago Manual and the AP Style Guide referenced, but who or what is driving the shift? Being a boomer, I grew up with all pronouns capped.  I’ll give you the French pray with the familiar form “tu” instead of “vous” – the more formal address.  But I’m concerned about America’s seeming shift from God’s authority and sovereignty to  “just another god” reference.

Pronoun Ponderer

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Ask the Director: How do I handle multiple submissions in the digital age?

“Ask Doug” is an advice column by EPA Executive Director Doug Trouten, based on questions he encounters during the course of his duties.

Dear Doug:

I’m getting ready to do a big interview, and I’d like to use material from it for stories I would customize for multiple regional publications. It’s not a syndicated column — it’s a feature I’d slightly rework for various markets. If I sell first-rights to one publication, what does that mean for rights in other markets? And now that everybody puts their stories on-line, do “regional” rights even make sense any more?

Multi-Region Gal

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Ask the Director: Should freelancers send a letter of introduction?

“Ask Doug” is an advice column by EPA Executive Director Doug Trouten, based on questions he encounters during the course of his duties.

Dear Doug:

Someone in our writers group  is insisting that the new modus operandi is to send the editor a “letter of introduction.” This is supposed to be a one-page letter that tells about he writer and his or her interests. From this one page introduction, the editor is supposed to give assignments to a writer he or she has never worked with before.  Apparently, this is something Writers Digest has told writers they must have and do. So I’m trying to get a feel. Have I just missed something? Is this indeed the new modus operandi?  Would any of you give an assignment to an unknown writer because you receive a “letter of introduction”? 

–Needs no introduction

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Ask the Director: Need a morning treat

“Ask Doug” is an advice column written by EPA Executive Director Doug Trouten, based on questions he encounters during the course of his duties.

Dear Doug:

I need to bake a treat for my morning staff meeting. Any ideas?

–Hungry

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Ask the Director: Should I build an iPad app?

“Ask Doug” is an advice column written by EPA Executive Diretor Doug Trouten, using questions he encounters during the course of his duties.

Dear Doug:

I’m wondering if I should jump on the bandwagon and pay somebody big bucks to write an iPad app for my publication. What do you think?

–Apple Envy

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