The ASJA Weekly
Jan. 24, 2014

7 Things You Can Do to Promote Your Book As Soon As You Finish the First Draft
By Sandra Beckwith
Authors often ask, "When should I start promoting my book?"

"Now" is usually a safe answer.

You can start as soon as you have committed to making it happen, but many authors in research and writing mode find it hard to do much else for a book.

For most authors, anything even slightly promotional has to wait until that first draft is done. That's especially true for those who are self-publishing because it's easy to keep pushing out those deadlines you set for yourself. More

How to Write An Outline That Gets Your Book in the Hands of a Publisher
Mediabistro
You can't write a nonfiction book proposal overnight. Even if you could, you wouldn't want to, and here's why: The preliminary research you do during the proposal-writing process will help you avoid costly mistakes and allow you to hone in on what you really want to write about.More

DBW: Most Authors Make Less Than $1,000 a Year
GalleyCat
The majority of authors make less than $1,000 a year, according to a new report from Digital Book World. Almost 80% of self-published authors and more than half of traditionally published authors earn less than $1,000 a year, according to the report. More

New York Times Best-Selling Author and Finance Expert Dave Ramsey on Self-Publishing

Dave Ramsey self-published his first book, Financial Peace, mostly out of necessity. Nobody would publish it, he says, so he went ahead and did it himself, transporting and selling the books out of the trunk of his car. Little did he know that a mere five years later it would go on to become a New York Times best seller. In the third week of Mediabistro’s Profit From Your Passion series, Ramsey talks about his publishing house, Lampo Press, his new book, Smart Money Smart Kids, which he co-authored with his daughter, and the dos and don'ts of self-publishing.More

What Books Do You Turn to For Guidance? And What Books Are You Missing?
The Writer magazine
Last spring, novelist Gish Jen published her first book of nonfiction, a fascinating book called Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, and the Interdependent Self. In it, Jen explores how the intersection of culture, of East and West, informs the stories she tells, indeed, how culture informs the stories all writers tell.More

So You've Got a Great Domain Name: Here's How to Protect it Fom Scammers
The Next Web
Social security, drivers license, PIN and … domain names? Who would have thought, say 20 years ago, that a defining name, marked with at least two periods and three W's would be defining characteristic of our digital profiles? A good domain name can clearly describe who and what something is in a few characters; be it a business, organization, government, or personal blog, an owned domain name is an essential DNA building block to branding, SEO and digital presence. More

Apple Gets Reprieve From E-book Monitor's Oversight
Reuters
Apple Inc lost a bid to block an antitrust monitor appointed after a judge's finding that the company conspired to fix e-book prices. At a hearing, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan, N.Y., denied Apple's request to stay an order requiring an external compliance monitor pending the company's appeal.More

Write Better: The 7 Qualities of High-Concept Stories
Writer's Digest
You're ready to begin the process of pitching your book to prospective literary agents or publishers. You begin combing through market listings, thinking it will be a simple matter of finding those who accept work in your genre — but time and again, you discover submission guidelines expressing a preference for "high-concept" stories. Your brow furrows. High concept? What the heck does that mean?More

Digital Publishing: How It Will Evolve in 2014 and Beyond
Gigaom
The future of publishing is entering a new golden era that will make publishing available to more people. Twitter, new long-form content distributers and an increase in digital ad spending will support this new era.More