The ASJA Weekly
Jul. 25, 2014

No Sweat: Six Ways to Build Your Fitness-Writing Muscles
By Cindy Kuzma
You don’t have to complete Ironman triathlons, bench-press your own body weight, or have washboard abs to write about fitness. But it does help to at least hit the gym every once in a while. “Just like it’s a lot easier to write about pregnancy if you’ve been pregnant, it’s a lot easier to write about fitness if you work out,” Men’s Journal senior editor Marissa Stephenson told ASJA conference attendees in April.

Stephenson was one of four fitness editors and writers who spoke at the panel I moderated, “So You Want to Be a … Fitness Writer.” Their insights could propel rookie and masters fitness writers alike to new personal bests in their careers. More

'Sweet Addiction' Leads the Self-Published Bestsellers List
Sweet Addiction by J. Daniels leads the Self-published Bestsellers List for the second week in a row. 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

In Good Humor
Most people enjoy a good laugh. Most people enjoy a good joke, a witticism, an unexpected twist or a good "snapper," as Mark Twain put it. Fiction can be laugh-out-loud funny, as it was for Ben Fountain reading Joseph Heller's Catch-22 for the first time. "I still remember reading it on the bus, trying not to laugh hysterically and, of course, failing," he says. More

4 Things You Should Know About Writing a Cozy Mystery Novel
Writer's Digest
When you think of mystery novels today, you might think of stories filled with in-depth police procedure and cringe-inducing violence. But you might be surprised to learn that the bestselling mystery novelist of all time is still Agatha Christie—and her timeless mysteries are quaint stories that leave all those gory details to the imagination.More

On Trolls and Fake Bad Reviews
Writer Beware
We've all read about the abuse of reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. I'm not talking about soliciting your friends to write glowing testimonials for your books, or buying five-star reviews in batches from paid review services. I'm talking about people who post bad reviews for revenge, punishment, or intimidation. More

The 10 Biggest Mistakes New Authors Make
The Huffington Post
Many authors get derailed from their projects or coaxed into doing something with their books that goes against their better judgment. This can happen with traditional publishing when an agent or editor tells you to change your project because they're sure they can sell your book. More

What Writers Can Learn From 'Goodnight Moon'
The New York Times
"Goodnight Moon" does two things right away: It sets up a world and then it subverts its own rules even as it follows them. It works like a sonata of sorts, but, like a good version of the form, it does not follow a wholly predictable structure.More

Self-Editing Advice: How to Tackle Character Consistency
Writer's Digest
Keeping your character('s) traits consistent is very a important step in polishing your manuscript, especially if it’s written from multiple points of view (POVs). For example, if you have one character who constantly swears, and has a tendency to lose his/her temper at the drop of a hat, you do not want your other characters behaving in the same way. If this happens, your characters will blend together, and your readers will have trouble being able to tell them apart. More