The ASJA Weekly
May. 16, 2013

Paper Money
By Minda Zetlin, ASJA President
I am so over paper. Given a choice, I prefer to read a book or magazine on my tablet. I've heard all the arguments from my fellow ASJA members about how nothing can replace books and how the loss of the physical book is a sad, sad thing, but I disagree. I love curling up in a comfy chair with a good book as much as anyone, and it works just as well if the book is in an e-reader or tablet. Plus, there’s the coziness of reading in bed with the lights off right before dropping off to sleep, something that's awkward at best with a paper book.More

March bookstore sales rose 1.1 percent
Publishers Weekly
Bookstore sales in March rose 1.1 percent, to $931 million, according to preliminary estimates released recently by the U.S. Census Bureau. For the first quarter of 2013, bookstore sales were up 2.2 percent, to $4.03 billion, compared to the first quarter of 2012. More

E-book sales a boon to publishers in 2012
The New York Times
E-book sales, especially in the thriving romance genre, gave the book business a lift in 2012, according to a survey of publishers. In a year that was monopolized by the "Fifty Shades" erotic novels and their various knockoffs, e-book sales in fiction rose 42 percent over the year before, to $1.8 billion. More

The real costs of self-publishing a book
PBS MediaShift
At every writers conference or self-publishing panel the question that almost always inevitably comes up is: "How much will self-publishing really cost me?" Because the book publishing industry is one of the last industries to go digital, it's going through a quick transition. As a result of this shift, authors no longer need to go through the traditional gatekeepers to publish high-quality books and are instead moving toward self-publishing. More

Best summer books 2013
Publishers Weekly
We know, baby. It's still cold outside. But that doesn't mean you can't start lining up your summer reads because regardless of the weather, you can always escape into the sizzle of imagination, especially when we've chosen some thrilling books to take you out of your comfort zone. More

4 truths that will revolutionize your revision process
Writer's Digest
Perhaps because I'm in the process of revising a novel manuscript myself, the advice in the May/June 2013 Writer's Digest Guide to Pain-Free Revision really resonated with me as I pieced it all together behind the scenes, writes Jessica Strawser, editor of Writer's Digest Magazine. In fact, I'd go so far to say that some of the insights from the talented contributors we had the privilege of featuring in this issue have changed the way I think about revision.More

This is the best moment to be in journalism
Columbia Journalism Review
I've spent the past two months on the conference circuit, says Ann Friedman is a magazine editor. I spoke to groups of journalists in San Francisco, Boston, New York, and Alaska. And I'll confess something to you: Even though I love working in media and mostly love the other people who do, too, it got to be really depressing. Question after question focused on limitations, ranging from "What if my editor doesn't get it?" to "How are we going to pay for it all?"More

How you can lower your self-employment taxes
Small Business Trends
The end of tax time typically brings renewed interest in business structures. Fresh from filling out their tax forms, sole proprietors and partners in a general partnership are often concerned about self employment taxes and wonder if there’s a way to legally keep more of their hard earned money.More

Appearances can be deceptive — Vincent Flannery
The Independent Publishing Magazine
The word appearance has two meanings: one literally means to appear; the other describes what something looks like. Let’s talk about the first meaning, which is the first thing a writer thinks about: how am I going to get this book to readers? Most writers will have gone through the arduous task of sending work out to agents or, in some cases, directly to publishers. (Though very few publishers, nowadays, will accept manuscripts.) Some writers are successful and get published by the mainstream section of the book industry. More