“It’s impossible to predict,” says Erikson.
And one question may already have been answered. A study recently published in Human Studies in 2007 showed that writers who receive “proprietary” manuscript edits in the beginning of their careers get better scores at their next book. Authors who “don’t get feedback” in the middle of their careers don’t show any improvement, and so on. “A lot of it’s luck,” Erikson says. “You only have six months of your life to write, so you need to find the best way to spend those precious few moments.”
MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian journalist found guilty of hacking and leaking financial details from the United States in a case involving the U.S. government’s National Security Agency (NSA) was sentenced to six months in jail on Friday, as Moscow expressed outrage at the sentence.
Mikhail Lesin, 41, was jailed from November 17 to late February last year for an offence related to the theft of data from foreign banks, including the United States, by hacking their networks. His sentence was also suspended, RBC television and Russia24 national news channels said.
Prosecutors accused Lesin, a longtime Russian journalist for the business-oriented Kommersant newspaper, of spreading false information about the United States and other countries.
The newspaper said he had obtained the passwords to account holders at the banks by hacking their computers.
Prosecutors said Lesin was particularly concerned that other journalists might use the information that he gained to embarrass or impede Washington.
Lesin was found guilty of multiple counts of aggravated cyber piracy and one count of aggravated theft of data. The sentences were set at seven and six months, respectively, a Russian justice ministry statement said.
But in the most severe punishment, he was ordered to serve two years as a second offender under the state’s new “kommunist” legislation that makes sentences harsher for the act of spreading false information about the state or any other actor.
Lawyers for Lesin called his sentence an attempt to silence him rather than punishing him for his illegal conduct, pointing to his recent appearances on television and other media talking about the case.
Lesin’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, said he would appeal the verdict, citing the strong link between Kommersant editors and those who leaked internal U.S. documents.
“The conviction against the Kommersant journalists for illegal information is not