The ASJA Weekly
Jan. 9, 2015

ASJA Stands with French Colleagues #JeSuisCharlie

In light of the recent attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the American Society of Journalists and Authors stands in union with journalists and media organizations around the world that support a free press. We are appalled and angered by the attack on Charlie Hebdo. We mourn for the talented lives that were lost and for the families of the victims who were shot in this senseless display of inhumanity.More

Pushing Your Limits
By Scott Smith, ASJA
In 2010, I was told that my 29 assignments for the "Leaders & Success" column of Investor's Business Daily were more than any other freelancer and they needed to keep the others happy. Yet in both 2013 and 2014 I had 100 published. I learned some lessons along the way that should be applicable to other freelancers:

You can do more than you think.More

Social Media Marketing: Simple Tips That Some Self-Published Authors Tend to Forget
Tech Cocktail
Social media is the answer to every self-publishing author's marketing prayer. It's a very powerful tool to establish your online presence. It's not only free but it lets you reach most of your target readers in just a click. But as they say, "With great power comes great responsibility". So, you need to manage social media marketing effectively, or else it might mean the death of your book. Do you need some help? Why don't you check out the relevant tips below?More

Set Yourself Up for Year-Long Success by February
WRITER Magazine
Welcome to early January, a time for returning ill-fitting sweaters, finding room in cabinets for new juicers and quesadilla makers, and dreaming up New Year’s resolutions. Writers are particularly prone to resolution-making, and on Jan. 1, many of us took to social media with our vows: Write more! Write often! Write the next great American novel! But hold up there, Steinbeck.More

Device Growth 'Kindles' Growth in Kids' E-Reading
Digital Book World
As children and media researchers shift their sights from TV-centric studies to figuring out kids' relationship with mobile and digital media, e-reading seems to be a primary focus for debate. Which is "better," paper or ebooks? Do children learn to read differently from conventional versus enhanced ebooks? Of course, there’s always a certain amount of hand-wringing when disruptive new possibilities emerge.More

Evaluating Publishing Contracts: 6 Ways You May Be Sabotaging Yourself
Writer Beware®
Don't assume that every single word of your contract won't apply to you at some point. You may think "Oh, that will never happen" (for instance, the publisher's right to refuse to publish your manuscript if it thinks that changes in the market may reduce your sales). Or the publisher may tell you "We never do that" (for instance, edit at will without consulting you).More

'Maude' Leads the Self'Published Bestsellers List
Maude by Donna Mabry leads the Self-published Bestsellers List the week of Jan. 4. To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, it compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.More

Writing to Help You in 2015
Writer's Digest
I thought short stories stopped being relevant for professional writers decades ago, when mainstream magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post stopped publishing fiction; I equated short fiction with those finger exercises piano students do before they graduate to real music. If you're serious about a career in fiction, you write novels … right? Wrong. More