The ASJA Weekly
Jun. 20, 2014

Finding Work You Love
By Sandra Yin
Work advice that aims to reduce risk is all too common. We've all heard it. Stay safe. Be practical. Be reasonable. It translates into: Don't do what you love. Don't do what moves you. Don't do what rocks your world.

When Tama Kieves told her family she wanted to be a writer, nobody said mazel tov. It was as if she had said she wanted to sell crack or sell her body to the night. “My mother would have heard it all the same way,” she said. Druggies, prostitutes, and creative people were all going to end up under the same bridge. “You’re gonna write?” her mother said. “You’re gonna starve, you’re gonna write.”More

Self-publishing Industry Empowers Local Authors, Service Providers
Reynolds Center
Self-publishing, in either hardcopy or ebook format, is a fast-growing sector, driven by authors too impatient to wait for a traditional publisher's verdict on their work, or optimistic they can market their tome and drive sales without standard publishing infrastructure.More

How to Be a Writer That Literary Agents Want
Writer's Digest
All agents, admittedly or not, have a wish list — markers that help us determine which writers are primed for our representation. With hundreds of projects flooding our inboxes daily, writers who follow these simple guidelines can catch the eye of an agent and rise like a lotus blossom out of the slush pile. Here's how to do it.More

Apple Reaches Settlement on eBook Antitrust Lawsuit
The Digital Reader
According to a new court document filed, Apple has reached a settlement in the antitrust lawsuits brought by state attorneys general and consumers over ebook price fixing. The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed, but we do know that the damages trial has been indefinitely postponed.More

A Bookstore Owner Taps a Wound to Write a First Novel
The New York Times
In the opening pages of Lisa Howorth's novel, "Flying Shoes," her heroine, Mary Byrd Thornton, gets a phone call from a police detective. He has news: The unsolved 30-year-old murder of her brother is being reinvestigated. She picks up a glass-laminate dish, advertised as indestructible, and shatters it on the kitchen floor. It took years for Howorth to get that phone ringing. At 63, she is making her debut as a novelist, despite being a longtime fixture in American literary circles.More

Self-Publishing Offers Hope for Diverse Authors Shut Out by Traditional Publishers
A lot of women like myself — dark-skinned, South Asian-American women — were brought up on the idea that fair skin always triumphs over darker skin, says Miral Sattar, CEO of BiblioCrunch. We're conditioned to think that our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter photos need to "lighten up."More

New Study Finds That the Internet Didn't Kill Newspapers
10,000 Words
A new study done by University of Chicago's Booth School of Business professor Matthew Gentzkow finds that the Internet did not kill the newspaper industry. It was cellphones.More

Only About 10 Percent of Online Readers Pay For News
Despite news organizations' efforts to offer readers more ways to pay for digital news, only about 10 percent of online users worldwide are actually paying, according to a new report from Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. "Digital News Report 2014″ surveyed more than 18,000 people in several countries, including the U.S., U.K., Brazil and Japan. More