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Writers Do Need Math (Don't Panic)
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ASJA's The Word: Perspectives on the Writing Life is our weekly blog, available to you via email subscription and of course, on the ASJA website every Wednesday. This week's ASJA blogger is Laura Laing, author of Math for Grownups. Her ebook, Math for Writers, will come out this spring. Laing blogs, "Writers do need math. No one is suggesting that writers need to enroll in a pre-calculus course or invest in a graphing calculator. The biggest favor that most writers can do for themselves is simple: lose the fear. The math you will have to do in order to engage your readers, land more gigs and make more money has nothing to do with variables or triangles." More



Condé Nast writer deals stir dispute
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It's a dream tucked in the backs of many journalists' minds: the article they write becomes a blockbuster movie and they reap a healthy share of the profits, a walk on the red carpet and — who knows? — maybe even an Oscar. At Condé Nast magazines like Wired, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, that wish has become reality for a small but steady number of writers. Condé Nast articles led to the movie "Argo," which so far has generated $166 million in worldwide box-office sales, "Eat Pray Love," which made $204 million in global sales and "Brokeback Mountain," which brought in $178 million. More
Related story:  Condé Nast query: What makes a rights grab? (The Authors Guild)


5 reasons you should write about topics covered elsewhere
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One of the things that often comes up as I am suggesting blog topics for clients is "Why should I cover this topic when it's been covered by other blogs?" It's a great question – most businesses and bloggers think that they should only write about things seldom covered, writes Hesham Zebida, founder of FamousBloggers.net. More

Nation's first bookless public library could be in Texas
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Bexar County, Texas, has unveiled plans for what could become the nation's first bookless public library. The library system, dubbed BiblioTech, proposes to make thousands of ebooks available for county residents both online and at a 5,000-square-foot physical location on the South Side of the county, according to a statement issued by Bexar County officials. Visitors would be able to check out books to read on their own e-readers or tablets, or borrow one of the library's 150 take-home e-readers. More

Overview: The National Emerging Writer Programme
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Developed by writing.ie and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, the National Emerging Writer Programme is a world first — a centrally funded initiative to foster and develop new writing talent. A year in development, the National Emerging Writer Programme harnesses the experience and expertise of three of Ireland's leading writers, Carlo Gébler, Sinead Moriarty and Declan Hughes and brings it via DVD and You Tube directly to those who can benefit from it most – emerging writers. More

Media and publishing jobs see largest wage growth since 2006
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Despite recent budgetary concerns surrounding the so-called fiscal cliff, U.S. wages appear to be growing — even in industries where you wouldn't expect it. Media and publishing professions saw the largest annual growth in wages in the fourth quarter of 2012 in six years, according to the latest reading of the PayScale Index. The job category, which comprises public relations jobs, media and communication workers as well as entertainers and performers, saw a 4.6 percent increase in wages, outpacing the national average wage increase of 3.5 percent for the year and far surpassing any wage increases in the industry since 2006. More

Call for contributors
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of The ASJA Weekly, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of the publishing industry, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we’re hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Colby Horton to discuss logistics and payment. More

Tumblr to published book? Tumblr itself now nurturing authors
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In 2012, multimedia microblogging service Tumblr was the hub for not only viral memes, but also creative book deals. The blog-based book or "blook" is hardly new. Post Secret and Stuff White People Like kicked off the blog-to-book movement in the mid-2000s. Book deals for the Tumblr generation — Garfield Minus Garfield and Hipster Puppies followed suit. Today, the trend is still going strong, showing more variety, depth, and support from Tumblr than ever. More

Slideshow: 8 book adaptations that won Golden Globes
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Book adaptations did very well at the recent Golden Globe awards — one of the most prestigious award ceremonies. More

Publishing world cashes in on heavenly journeys
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Can it be true? Do people really see a light at the end of a tunnel when they have a near-death experience? Could that be heaven up ahead? Well, it could be. And that light is shining brighter than ever these days. Heaven is hot. Hotter even than that other place. Just ask any bookseller in America. Three of these tales have ascended to heavenly heights on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list recently, and more are on the way. More


 

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