The ASJA Weekly
Sep. 26, 2014

Why I'm Glad to be an Office Nomad
Anne Cassidy, ASJA
For much of my freelance career I had a home office, a spare second-floor bedroom with a view of our garden and woods. I wrote a book there and hundreds of articles. I treasured that room, considered it essential. But for six years now I’ve been traveling light, roaming around the house with my laptop, freed from the dedicated writing space I once swore I needed.

Our laptops and tablets have liberated us from the physical office. Now we carry our offices with us — or they float around in the cloud waiting for us to access them. While I haven’t stopped lusting for the perfect writer’s cabin, I like being an office nomad.More

5 Moral Dilemmas That Make Characters (& Stories) Better
Writer's Digest
Before our characters can face difficult moral decisions, we need to give them beliefs that matter: The assassin has his own moral code not to harm women or children, the missionary would rather die than renounce his faith, the father would sacrifice everything to pay the ransom to save his daughter.More

How Should Publishers Assign Value to Writers?
10000 Words
Among all the highly complicated questions media companies are grappling with, Time Inc. is still in a seriously unique transitional period. But when Gawker reported that the publisher — more specifically, Sports Illustrated magazine — scores its editorial writers based on how much they benefit the respective magazine’s advertiser relationships, it was a bit hard for me to feel sorry for them.More

Advice for New Indie Authors from Self-Publishing Veterans
BookWorks via Publishers Weekly
It can be a jungle out there for self-publishers. Just try Googling "publishing an e-book," and you get a staggering 54,400,000 results. If you search "self-publishing an e-book" you come up with 2,510,000 results and if you ask for “self-publishing advice" you will be directed to a sweet 3,070,000 offerings. BookWorks decided to simplify matters by going to some of the leaders in the self-publishing world and asking them one simple question: If you could give someone starting out in self-publishing only one piece of advice, what would it be?More

Strategies: 11 Tips for Freelance Success
USA TODAY
Years ago when Rhonda Abrams started her own small business, she would bristle when someone said, "So you're a freelancer?" At the time, the idea of being a freelancer — someone without a full-time, paying position — seemed a pretty negative way to be described. That certainly has changed.More

Amazon Looking To The Wisdom Of Crowds To Find New Authors
TechCrunch
According to a Kindle Direct Publishing forum user, Amazon is quietly rolling out a way to find diamonds in the proverbial publishing rough. The unnamed project would bring a crowd approach to the acquisition of new titles using a voting system that ranks new books based on crowd favorites.More

Can Longform Become a Netflix for Journalism?
Fast Company
If you consider yourself a reader, you've probably heard the Web is destroying your ability to focus and financially crippling the people that write for you. But Aaron Lammer, cofounder and editor of Longform, thinks it doesn't have to be that way. "This is a golden age for writing on the Web," says Lammer. "There are more publishers than there ever were, more people writing, more great stuff than there's ever been."More