The ASJA Weekly
Jul. 11, 2014

Write Tweets People Read
By Rae Francoeur
What's the secret behind a good Tweet? At this year's ASJA conference, panelists Leslie Poston, co-author of Twitter for Dummies; New York Times social media editor Michael Roston; and BuzzFeed senior editor Jessica Misener led a fruitful discussion on ways that authors can distinguish themselves using Twitter.

As moderator, my hope was that authors and journalists might discover some new Tweet composition skills. My thought was: If I can learn to write a headline, a lede or a caption, then I should be able to write Tweets people want to read. But how? I was surprised by most of what I learned. Here are some of the key gems we took away with us.More

What Writers Need to Know about the E-book Market
Writer's Digest
E-books have dramatically changed the landscape for authors looking to get published. Now, with the press of a few buttons, an unknown author can go from manuscript to book available for sale in online stores trafficked by millions of people — with or without the backing of a publishing house.More

Amazon Makes An Offer To Hachette Authors
The Washington Post has an offer for authors at the book publisher Hachette, which is embroiled in a fight with the Internet retailer over e-book prices: Amazon will restore the authors' books to its website and give writers all of the revenue from digital sales of their books. "If Hachette agrees, for as long as this dispute lasts, Hachette authors would get 100 percent of the sales price of every Hachette e-book we sell," Amazon said in a letter sent to authors and literary agents. More

The Write Place
In the August issue of The Writer, Sion Dayson reflects on her experience as a writer-in-residence at the Kerouac House in Orlando, Florida. The time living at Kerouac's former home deeply impacted Dayson's life and writing. "Important changes were occurring simply because of the chance to live and work in the space," she says.More

Elizabeth Lowell on Romance & the Evolution of Self-Publishing
Author Elizabeth Lowell has been writing romantic thrillers for almost 30 years. The best selling author, who got her start in traditional publishing, is now taking advantage of her genre's popularity in eBooks by self-publishing many of her backlist titles. We caught up with Lowell to discuss how the romance genre has evolved over the years and how she is harnessing the digital changes that are currently taking place in publishing.More

'Where I Belong' Leads the Self-Published Bestsellers List
Where I Belong (Alabama Summer Book 1) by J. Daniels leads the Self-published Bestsellers List. To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.More

The 10 Books That Made Debut Novelist Will Chancellor Want to Write One of His Own
The New York Times
The author Will Chancellor spent a decade working on his debut novel, "A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall" (out tomorrow from Harper), the tale of a would-be Olympian turned one-eyed wanderer named Owen Burr who goes missing, and his professor father who follows his trail to Athens, Berlin and Iceland. Whenever Chancellor lost his path, he turned to these novels for guidance and inspiration. In each of them, he explains, "I saw more of myself and finally accepted that I had to spend my life writing."More