The ASJA Weekly
Nov. 14, 2014

Annual Writing Awards
ASJA is pleased to once again announce the opening of submissions for the Annual Writing Awards. Each year ASJA recognizes distinguished achievements in articles and books with a series of awards, which are presented at the annual ASJA Writers Conference. Most are limited to the ASJA membership, however two awards are open to the public: The Arlene Awards for Work that Makes a Difference and the Donald Robinson Award for Investigative Reporting. The deadline for submissions is End of Business day (9 p.m. Eastern Time) Friday, Jan. 16. Click here for more information. More

3 Ways Stats Can Screw Up Your Story
Laura Laing, ASJA
Whether you're writing a non-fiction book or crafting a piece for one of the big consumer publications, numbers can help your message hit home. It's easy to say that Texas loves its high school football, but when you report that Alan High School in the suburbs of Dallas spent $60 million on its new football stadium – well, that's quite an illustration.

Even though many of us graduated with degrees in English lit or journalism, statistics can play a big role in journalists' and authors' careers, at least from time to time. The right numbers can make or break a pitch or the story itself. So it's important to get those digits right.More

How To Avoid The Writing Critique From Hell
The Huffington Post
You've been burning the midnight oil, feverishly writing and rewriting. You've carefully weighed every word of your latest work until you're satisfied you've created a literary gem. Or have you? You might start to wonder — maybe, instead of a diamond, you've just created a big lump of … coal. When you spend so much time reviewing your own writing, it can be hard to judge your own work objectively.More

AP Demands FBI Never Again Impersonate a Journalist
The Associated Press via The Seattle Times
The Associated Press demanded assurances from the Justice Department that the FBI will never again impersonate a member of the news media, after revelations that an agent in Seattle portrayed himself as an AP journalist as part of a criminal investigation.More

3 Steps to Activating the Content Writing and Editing Sides of Your Brain
Many people believe that content writing hails from the creative, expressive, right-side of the brain, while editing comes from a logical, rule-driven, left hemisphere. But the truth is that our brains assign these tasks equally across both hemispheres. Nevertheless, referring to writing as a right-brained, creative activity and to editing as a left-brained, detail-oriented activity paints a pretty good picture of how most people view the two tasks.More

What Writing Expenses Are Tax Deductible?
Writer's Digest
The writing business is like any other business, and that means you get the benefit of business-related tax breaks. If you're a writer and are earning money from your writing (or are at least trying to earn money from it), you can deduct most materials related to your writing venture.More

The Fifty Shades Effect: Women Dominate Self-Publishing
The Guardian
The success of EL James and her Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy did much to overturn the stereotype of a self-published author. Now academic research further challenges the image of eccentric hobbyists scribbling away in their sheds by revealing that it is middle-aged and well-educated women who dominate the growing e-publishing market.More

Land Rover Turns Enhanced Ebook Publisher
Digital Book World
Perhaps the future on enhanced ebooks doesn't hinge on cheaper-to-produce, universally supported interactive capabilities or on a more seamless multimedia reading experience. It could be that the what the format really needs in order to take off is corporate sponsorship. More

Solicitation Alert: LitFire Publishing
Writer Beware
Writers have been solicited, out of the blue, by a company called LitFire Publishing. In some cases by phone, in others by email, a LitFire "consultant" claimed to have received or seen information about the writers' books (or even to have read them), and wanted to offer a wonderful marketing opportunity — for, of course, a four-figure fee. More