The ASJA Weekly
Dec. 5, 2014

Speaking (and Signing) for the Work
Sylvia Whitman, ASJA
What I've always liked about writing: it isn't talking. But even in my earliest years as a children's author, I knew that my work couldn't just speak for itself. Dutifully, I showed up at a school book fair with an armful of my WWII history titles. A crowd gathered near my table. Had I brought enough copies? I heard squeals and clapping — as a handler led out a costumed character, a gigantic red dog.

He paw-stamped hundreds of books. I autographed two.More

Don't Do This: Wrong Ways to Try and Escape Your Deadbeat Publisher
Writer Beware
Victoria Strauss, author of novels for adults and young adults, writes: "I often receive such questions from authors who've tried and failed to get their rights back from their scammy or incompetent publishers, and are desperate to publish their books somewhere else. Can I change my title? Or the names of all the characters? Move the setting to a different country? Alter 10 percent of the book and legally make it a new work? Would my deadbeat publisher notice? Would it sue me?"More

6 Lessons Hemingway (& Others) Can Teach Us About Being a Writer
Writer's Digest
Its hard to imagine Ernest Hemingway sitting down at his desk every morning to tweet and blog before, say, diving into a new chapter of The Sun Also Rises. … Or is it? While such a revered author seems as if he would have been far above joining the social media scrum of pet photos and one-liners about Miley Cyrus' latest antics, he did have a good handle (for a mid-20th-century guy) on what we now call "self-branding." Hemingway — and many other writers known as much for their personas as for their books — knew how to present the kind of image that makes a lasting impression. More

100 Notable Books of 2014
The New York Times
The year's notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.More

Google Seeks to Avoid Paying Authors in Book-Scan Program
Google Inc. urged an appeals court to uphold its victory in a court challenge to its project to digitally copy millions of books. A lawyer for the world's biggest search-engine company called the project "incredibly transformative," arguing its mission to help people find books online makes Google's display of parts of the books a "fair use" under copyright law. More

Your Role in Shaping the Next Generation
Parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, librarians, friends and community leaders all play a role in literacy. And so do writers. That last group – the writers – is the topic for this issue. If you've written a children's book, middle grade book or YA book – or if you want to – you’ve come to the right place.More

eBooks Could Finally Inch Past Print In 2018
PricewaterhouseCoopers analysts are predicting (again) that ebooks could soon edge out print as publishers’ most lucrative products. What does this mean? Essentially that a ebook popularity and pricing stabilizes, users will spend more on bits than they will on pulp. The resulting switch could be the final nail in the print coffin.More

5 Digital Publishing Leaders Weigh in on Industry's Future
Digital Book World
What's the future of book publishing and ebooks? Five prominent experts from the Digital Book World Conference + Expo weigh-in on key issues: industry growth, subscriptions and innovative business models, copyright policy, and the transformation of the K-12 educational book market.More

Settlement in Apple Case Over E-Books Is Approved
The New York Times
A federal judge approved a settlement in which Apple could begin paying $400 million to as many as 23 million consumers related to charges that it violated antitrust law by conspiring with publishers to raise e-book prices and thwart efforts by Amazon.More