The ASJA Weekly
Oct. 3, 2014

Take the Reins On Your Amazon Reviews
Tina Traster, ASJA
Your book's Amazon page is part orchestration, part free for - all. Your publisher will set up your book page, which includes title, pricing, formats available and a book description. Your publisher will, or should, also give Amazon Editorial Reviews. But 12 entries is the limit. Scroll down and you'll find "About the Author" and "Product Details."

All the above, except pricing, is information you or your publisher have control over. More

How to Request Rights Reversion From Your Publisher
Writer Beware
Partly in connection with the controversy surrounding troubled publisher Ellora's Cave, I've been getting questions about how to go about requesting rights reversion from one's publisher. There's no official format for a rights reversion request, and if you do a websearch on "rights reversion request" you can find various pieces of advice from authors and others. Here's the procedure I'd suggest. (Note that I'm not a lawyer, so this is not legal advice.) More

Up-and-Coming Book Publishers
The Writer
This brand new press kicks off in 2015 with a list featuring work by NPR commentator Alan Cheuse; acclaimed novelists Meyer Levin and Jonathan Papernick; and a debut novel by Jessamyn Hope. The press seeks literary novels that explore the diverse American-Jewish experience. It hopes to publish about a dozen novels each year, including books by first-time authors.More

Should You Self-Publish or Commercially Publish Your Book?
Many entrepreneurs recognize that publishing a book can help drive business. But the decision about whether to publish on your own or try to get a deal with a mainstream publishing house depends on your business goals.More

How to Fit Writing Into Your Busy Schedule
Writer's Digest
Everyone has a different take on the writing process, from the classic rhythm of "Write, edit, revise, and repeat" to the scramble of mismatched scenes that eventually come together. As a young author, I find the writing process to be something stretchable, and easy to bend, says Abigail Schreiber, a 13-year-old writer in Lafayette, Colorado.More

Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Love to Write
No matter the quality of your prose, the act of writing itself leads to strong physical and mental health benefits, like long-term improvements in mood, stress levels and depressive symptoms. In a 2005 study on the emotional and physical health benefits of expressive writing, researchers found that just 15 to 20 minutes of writing three to five times over the course of the four-month study was enough to make a difference.More

BuzzFeed Wants to Create a Pipeline for Investigative Journalists of Color
The Poynter Institute
The talent pool of young, ambitious, entry-level journalists is big, BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith said in a phone interview. But that's not usually where great investigative journalists come from. They're developed, often by editors who choose them for their reporting chops and tenacity. They're groomed. They're given time to develop and tell tough stories. More

HarperCollins Offering Authors Direct Sales Option, Higher Royalty
Publishers Weekly
HarperCollins is ramping up its direct sales efforts by giving its authors the chance to earn a higher royalty rate by selling their titles directly to consumers. Following the redesign of its website in July, which made it easier for HarperCollins to sell both print and digital editions of its titles directly to consumers, HC is now offering its authors the chance to use this new platform.More