The ASJA Weekly
Nov. 29, 2013

Self-Publishing on a Shoestring: Cover Me, Baby!
The Huffington Post
A book cover is an invitation — a way of seducing the reader. It beckons, inviting them to enter the world of your book and dance with your characters for awhile. It makes a promise about what kind of music they'll be dancing to. Your cover should convey the tone and genre of your story, be eye-catching and, most importantly, look like it's been professionally done.More

5 Writing Tips: Paul Harding
Publishers Weekly
Paul Harding is the author of two novels, Tinkers and Enon, both of which have received starred reviews from PW. Oh, and the former is also the winnner of the Pulitzer Prize. Pay attention, because it's not every day that a Pulitzer winner shares his secrets. And there's even a special bonus writing tip.More

9 Astounding Facts That Will Blow Your Bibliophilic Mind
The Huffington Post
Still not sure what to buy your great aunt this Thanksgiving, your colleagues for Christmas or your graduating son next spring? We've got you covered. The splendidly all-encompassing book "1,227 Quite Interesting Facts To Blow Your Socks Off" has enough "NO WAY!" in it for everyone.More

Nearly Half of Parents Plan on Buying E-Reading Devices for Kids This Holiday Season
Digital Book World
E-reading devices and the digital books to fuel them will be popular gifts this holiday season, an October 2013 study by PlayCollective with Digital Book World reveals. Almost 46 percent of parents plan to purchase a new device for their child to read ebooks, up 6 percentage points from last year. Over half (57 percent) of these parents intend for the device to belong primarily to their child.More

How to Write and Sell a Cross-Genre Novel
The Writer's Digest
For as long as any of us can remember, the term genre fiction has referred to work that fits neatly into a single prescribed category: science fiction, romance, mystery, fantasy, horror, historical, etc. But take a close look at any bookshelf today, and you might be surprised to see how much the lines between genre fiction and mainstream fiction—and even between certain traditionally compartmentalized genres — are blurring.More

Are Book Machines the Right Fit for Indies?
Publishers Weekly
Since On Demand Books's introduction of an Espresso Book Machine at BookExpo America in 2007, general independent booksellers have been mesmerized by the possibilities of what was promoted as "an ATM for books," a machine that would allow them to keep every book available in stock.More

Random House Integrates Website With Pinterest
GalleyCat
Random House has partnered with Pinterest to help readers connect with books through digital pinboards. Through the partnership, Random House is adding a Pinterest API to its website and will feature the social network's most current popular pins related to books on the center of Randomhouse.com. More

Ebyline Launches WordPress Plugin To Pay Freelancers
10,000 Words
Ebyline, a platform that connects publishers and freelancers, has recently added a WordPress plug-in to their built in payment system. Allen Narcisse, co-founder and COO, explains how simple it is.More

Weekend Reading: 'A Journalist's Guide to Reading Financial Statements'
10,000 Words
Nothing strikes more fear in my being than numbers, writes Karen Fratti, a media and technology writer based in New York City. Especially big ones that need to be multiplied and divided and turned into percentages.More