The ASJA Weekly
Feb. 14, 2014

ASJA 2014 Will Help You Achieve Your Best
By Randy Dotinga and Christopher Johnston
It's a new year, and the annual ASJA Writers Conference is boasting a new attitude. We've lowered registration rates, boosted our star power and added exciting new types of sessions.

"Our job isn't just to inspire you, although that's important," says conference co-chair Christopher Johnston. "We also want to help you find people to hire you. We've kept both missions in mind this year."More

Writing for Everyone
By Jane Gardner

"What are you working on now?" a friend recently asked me.

"A little bit of this, a little bit of that." I replied. Her raised eyebrows made me continue "Well, I just finished a magazine article for high school chemistry students but I'm also writing a book about setting up a budget for high school kids reading at a 1st grade level. I recently finished a first draft of a historical fiction novel about the Mona Lisa for middle school kids who aren’t big fans of reading, and I am working on a proposal for a nonfiction book about zombies for 4th graders struggling to read at grade level."More

3 Things to Set You on the Path to Publishing Success
Writer's Digest
There are a lot of items that mark a successful entry into the publishing world. As a long-time book editor, and now a writer, I've encountered most of them. Here are two must-do's, as well as one should-do to keep momentum going.More

People-Powered Publishing Is Changing All the Rules
Self-publishing used to be synonymous with unprestigious "vanity publishing," where well-off authors who couldn't get their books into print by traditional means paid small, independent presses to publish them. But with the advent of e-books, social reading sites and simple digital self-publishing software and platforms, all that has changed. An increasing proportion of authors now actively choose to self-publish their work, giving them better control over their books' rights, marketing, distribution and pricing.More

Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators
The Atlantic
Lots of people procrastinate, of course, but for writers it is a peculiarly common occupational hazard. One book editor I talked to fondly reminisced about the first book she was assigned to work on, back in the late 1990s, says Megan McArdle, a Washington, D.C.-based blogger and journalist. It had gone under contract in 1972.More

Apple Stuck with Antitrust Monitor After Appeals Court Refuses Removal Request
A federal appeals court has refused to stay an order that imposes an antitrust monitor on Apple, despite the company's complaints that the monitor has been conducting an illegal roving investigation.More

5 Lessons I Learned From Writing A Memoir
Writer's Digest
Critics can gripe all they want, but memoir has become one of the most popular literary forms of our day. What some claim to be a slide into self-searching mediocrity, I, for one, see as serving a vital cultural need, writes Brian A. Klems, the online editor of Writer's Digest and author of the popular gift book Oh Boy, You're Having a Girl: A Dad's Survival Guide to Raising Daughters. In this Grand Age of Disconnect, memoir is one of the few, best ways left to connect intimately with interesting others. Novels do that, but in a triangular, distancing way.More

Impatience Has Its Reward: Books Are Rolled Out Faster
The New York Times
While the television industry has begun catering to impatient audiences by releasing entire series at once, the book business is upending its traditional timetable by encouraging a kind of binge reading, releasing new works by a single author at an accelerated pace. The practice of spacing an author's books at least one year apart is gradually being discarded as publishers appeal to the same "must-know-now" impulse that drives binge viewing of shows like "House of Cards" and "Breaking Bad."More