The ASJA Weekly
May. 2, 2014

The Three Biggest Sources of Ghostwriting Work
By Marcia Layton Turner

Any writer in search of more work knows the market for well-paying, and even not-so-well-paying writing, has dramatically shifted in the past few years. Magazines have dried up – Ladies Home Journal being the most recent example – or are now relying solely on an established stable of writers. Newspapers are struggling and were never really known for high pay. Websites and online publications in need of content are providing new opportunities, but the pay isn't always worth the work.

One of the few niches where demand seems to be increasing is ghostwriting, or writing for clients without receiving credit. From books to blog posts to articles, speeches, letters, and Wikipedia entries, there is a wide array of opportunities.More

ASJA2014 Is A Wrap!

And what an event it was. More than 550 dedicated writers, editors, agents, and others in the industry came together to celebrate the amazing craft and dizzying business that is nonfiction writing in the 21st century. If you missed it don't fret! Recordings of some of the most compelling sessions are available now.More

Update on Class Action Suit against Author Solutions
Writer Beware® : The Blog
Self-publishing services provider Author Solutions Inc., along with its parent, Penguin Group, is currently the subject of a class action lawsuit, filed in May 2013 by the law firm Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart LLP. Allegations include breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and violation of state statutes in California, New York, and Colorado.More

Proven: Great Copywriters Wield Great Power
There has been a lot of research into the power of words to alter emotional states, logic processing and decision making in readers. In fact, it's been demonstrated that even momentarily showing a "NO" flash card was enough to trigger the release of dozens of stress-inducing hormones in the brains of test subjects.More

How To Self-Publish Your Book Through Amazon
Not so long ago, the first hurdle for an aspiring book author was to get past the gatekeepers. First you would have to spend weeks or months writing a book proposal and sample chapters. Then you might contact a bunch of agents to see if they would be interested in pitching your book to major publishers. Most would grumble that your idea would not be likely to make a lot of money, or that it sounded “more like a magazine article than a book." At this point you might abandon the project or, if you were really persistent, send your proposal directly to publishers. More

Want to Become a Writer? How to Set Up Your Writing Area
PARADE Magazine
Thinking about writing? The best way to begin is to make a writing area. So look around your home. Is there an untapped corner you could claim? Sure, you can use the kitchen table. … writing needs to have its own little area.More

On Their Death Bed, Physical Books Have Finally Become Sexy
The New York Times
The Death of the Book has loomed over so many other eras, but today it seems more certain, at least when it comes to the physical book, because the e-book has been outselling the paper kind on Amazon since 2011. With reading, we all know what direction we're now going in — it's bright-at-night, it’s paved with e-paper, it’s bad for focus, it’s incredibly convenient. More

A Eulogy for Twitter
The Atlantic
We've been trying to figure out the moment Twitter turned, retracing tweets to see whether there was something specific that soured the platform. Something is wrong on Twitter. And people are noticing. More

Facebook's 'Newswire' Is Made Possible By Storyful
10,000 Words
Facebook and publishers have a love-hate relationship, in general. Sometimes the social network is great for directing traffic back to publishers' websites, while at the same time, Mark Zuckerberg and company are competing for some of the same ad dollars that pubs want.More

Whatever You're Writing, Get Historical.
The Writer
The May 2014 issue of The Writer features a guide to writing historical novels, but writers of all genres can turn to history for inspiration.More

Could Newspapers Outlive the Web?
International News Media Association
As more and more consumers access news content on mobile devices instead of their desktop PCs, Web sites will need to change their basic interaction model or face possible obsolescence. Newspapers, on the other hand, still operate as they always have — and that's just fine with most readers. More