The ASJA Weekly
Dec. 27, 2012

Why you should become a member of ASJA
ASJA (Nov. 15, 2012)
One benefit of ASJA membership is access to its exclusive Freelance Writer Search (FWS), ASJA's job listing service. FWS has its own dedicated website. There is no charge to job posters and our FWS committee reviews potential job descriptions for clarity and accuracy and, of course, for spam, which we will not permit. Lisa Jordan, ASJA liaison with FWS, says, "With just over 1,300 professional and experienced freelancers as ASJA members, our FWS clients rarely, if ever, have issue with finding the most suitable candidate that best fits the requirements of their listing; be it big or small, weird or wonderful!"More

Which publishers do best at ebook sales?
Forbes (Nov. 5, 2012)
Everyone knows that Fifty Shades of Grey was a runaway hit this year, but who knows which publisher it propelled to record sales in the first-half of 2012? Everyone has heard of Penguin — its Penguin Classics brand is thought to be among the strongest in publishing — but who knows just how successful the publisher has been this year in selling e-books? And we all know that self-publishing is growing by leaps and bounds, but just how well do you think those scrappy upstart authors are doing against the big publishers in sales?More

Planting the book publicity seed
The Huffington Post (Nov. 13, 2012)
We often equate book publicity with planting a seed. You have a written a novel (or self-help manual or cookbook or memoir). You have published it (either through a major publishing house, a small press, self-publishing, or e-book). It is ready to go out into the work or it's already out there on shelves or online. Now you're ready for people to start talking about it!More

Self-published author signs a 3-book deal, heralding new adult fiction
The New York Times (Nov. 14, 2012)
Earlier this year, Cora Carmack self-published her novel about a 22-year-old girl who is a virgin in her last year of college and decides to have a one-night stand to solve the problem. She selects a man, but from there on things go disastrously wrong.More

Self-publishing sees triple-digit growth since 2007
Publishers Weekly (Oct. 24, 2012)
The number of self-published books produced annually in the U.S. has nearly tripled, growing 287 percent since 2006, with 235,625 print and e titles released in 2011, according to a new analysis of data from Bowker. The research found that while production increases are occurring in both print and e-book formats, the latter is driving the greatest percentage gains.More

Tips for self-publishing in the iBookstore
GalleyCat via Mediabistro (Nov. 5, 2012)
Smashwords' founder Mark Coker has published a set of tips for self-published authors on how to be successful in the iBookstore. Here is one of his tips: "Link to Apple in your promotions - I'm always surprised how often I see authors complaining that all their sales are coming from Amazon, and then I look at their website or blog and see they're only linking to a single retailer, Amazon. Support all your retailers. Not just Apple, but Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, Diesel, every one.More

Mustering the courage to turn down a publishing contract
Writer Beware (Nov. 13, 2012)
Turning down a publishing offer when you have one in hand is one of the toughest decisions you will ever have to make … but sometimes, if the publisher has a poor reputation or the contract terms are bad, it's the wise thing to do.More

October ushers 100 new titles on the nation's stands
Mr. Magazine (Nov. 9, 2012)
After a very healthy September, October witnessed the arrival of an even 100 new magazine titles on the nation’s newsstands. One quarter (25 titles) of the new magazines were published with an intended frequency while the remaining three quarters of the October crop (75 titles) were either annual publications or specials and book-a-zines. The October numbers are only one magazine lower than that of September.More

Random House and Penguin merger creates global giant
The New York Times (Oct. 29, 2012)
The book publishing industry is starting to get smaller in order to get stronger. The announcement that Random House and Penguin would merge narrows the business to a handful of big publishers, and could set off a long-expected round of consolidation as the industry adapts to the digital marketplace. … The merger will create the largest consumer book publisher in the world, with a global market share of more than 25 percent and a book list that includes contemporary best-sellers like Random House's "Fifty Shades of Grey" and Penguin's backlist of classics from authors like George Orwell.More

Solopreneurs, freelancers hoping for more help from the election winner
The Washington Post (Nov. 6, 2012)
Pedro Pereira worked as a news editor at CRN, a technology publication, for seven years before he found himself collecting severance in the wake of the dot-com bubble burst. To support himself while job hunting, he began taking on temporary gigs writing white papers and blog articles.More