The ASJA Weekly
Feb. 28, 2014

Out of My Own Way: Listening to Critics and Rewriting My Masterpieces
By Janice Lynch Schuster
I had a degree in math, and a passion for writing poetry. As a brand-new MFA student in the late 1980s, I hoped not just to learn all that I could, but to show off what I could do. A since-dead writer, quite famous at that time, was offering a workshop on nonfiction, which I had little experience writing. I no longer remember the assignment, but for some reason, thought I should write something light and silly.

A few weeks later, my paper came back, with a note scrawled by that famous hand in scorching red ink across the top. I no longer remember his exact phrasing, but the general message was that I had composed the most idiotic thing he had ever read, and he marveled that I was in a graduate degree program. My piece had made me laugh – his note made me cry.More

Is a Freelancing Career in Writing Feasible?
Writer's Digest
There are many writers around the world not only making a living by freelancing, but making a good living. Some have even written books about it. Not all writers achieve enough success to get by, though, so it's important to learn what you need to do in order to give yourself the best chance to succeed.More

Inkshares Wants to Create a Hybrid of Traditional Book Publisher and Crowdfunded Digital Platform
The founders of Inkshares don't think the traditional publishing industry is broken, just antiquated and inefficient — and they think marrying crowdfunding and the kinds of services publishers used to offer makes for a pretty compelling service for writers and ultimately for readers as well.More

The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains
A good story can make or break a presentation, article, or conversation. But why is that? When Buffer co-founder Leo Widrich started to market his product through stories instead of benefits and bullet points, sign-ups went through the roof. Here he shares the science of why storytelling is so uniquely powerful.More

Writing Pitfalls: Don't Put a Bow on It!
First Novels Club
Writing is so hard for so many reasons. Plots, subplots, character arcs, world building … how do you keep it all straight, right? Not to mention, you’re not only trying to keep it straight in your mind, but the reader's mind too. Unless you're an X-men, you can't jump into the head of your readers to make sure they’re understanding everything just the way you want them to. More

Journalism's Wish List for 2014
Editor & Publisher
Last year, millionaires Jeff Bezos and John Henry purchased The Washington Post and The Boston Globe, respectively; the San Francisco Chronicle and Dallas Morning News both dismantled their paywalls; and the rise of mobile continued. If 2013 is any indication on how the new year will go, expect a lot of surprises, many more lessons learned, and innovations that will keep the industry on its toes.More

Should There Be a Rating System For Books?
Publishers Weekly
Usually on the side of books, the genre is written. Romance, Suspense, Fantasy, Historical. Sometimes the back blurb on the book will give you an idea of what the book is about. But there are times you pick up a book because you like the cover or the title and just start reading. You may think you know what you’re getting, but do you really?More

6 Steps to Seeing Your Book Published
Writer's Digest
The writing process for the book would take four years. I began to write (to the best of my abilities) my life story, says Chuck Sambuchino, author and editor for Cincinnati-based Writer's Digest. The goal in mind, to get published so that my message of living mentally well and the path to hope could be shared on a world wide basis and help people. After 16 rejections, and within a little under a year, a willing publisher in Roman & Littlefield was found. Well, one fantastically (to my surprise) published book later, it seams my team and I have found success.More

Common Ground in the Debate of Self vs.Traditional Publishing
Digital Book World
A storm was created recently in response to Hugh Howey's Author Earnings post. It was widely criticized by many but also praised. It started a lot of discussion. This article discusses a few commonalities.More