The ASJA Weekly
Jan. 3, 2013

Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to all our friends! We hope that 2013 will be a fulfilling and prosperous year for you and for your writing.

A new year is a traditional time for resolutions. We may not keep them all but they are worthy goals, nonetheless. One resolution we would love for you to keep is to donate something—anything you can—to WEAF. The Writers Emergency Assistance Fund is a ASJA-sponsored but separate entity that offers financial help to writers who aren't enjoying that prosperous time we all seek. Since 1982, WEAF has awarded more than 160 grants totaling approximately $400,000.

WEAF helps established freelance writers who, because of advanced age, illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis are unable to work. A writer need not be a member of ASJA to qualify for a grant.

WEAF is administered through the Charitable Trust of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, which has 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt status. Contributions are fully tax-deductible, and can be made online or by check. Click here for more information about WEAF. More

December new launches match those of November: 78 new titles arrive at the newsstands
Mr. Magazine
In a repeat of the month of November, December ushered the launch of 78 titles that arrived on the magazine marketplace for the first time. Of the 78 titles there were 23 published with a regular frequency and the rest were either annuals, specials or book-a-zines.More

Many newspaper stocks beat market in 2012
On average, newspaper stocks rose 20.8 percent in 2012, as compared with a 13.4 percent increase in the Standard and Poor's index of 500 shares. But the average doesn't properly reflect the wide disparity in the industry’s performance on Wall Street.More

Publishing without perishing
The New York Times
In the old days, life for small publishers was a hassle. The economics were such that copies got dramatically cheaper when printed in bulk, but then the books had to be stored, which was expensive. Finding an audience was the hardest part; some independent presses took years or even decades to sell out a modest print run. Now books can be efficiently printed in small quantities, like one copy.More

Thought process behind what makes your online content go viral
Social Media Today
Here's an excellent video from Jonah Berger, associate professor at the Wharton School of Business that we found on You Tube. He talks about a study that was conducted with the New York Times to find out what makes certain bits of content shared more than others. The video below will explain the results of what they found. This is excellent information that you can apply to your own Social HubSite or any bit of content that you share online. Enjoy.More

Indie bookstores have big holiday sales
Publishers Weekly
Despite an economic backdrop filled with talk of a fiscal cliff and no single hot holiday title like last year's Steve Jobs biography, independent booksellers who took part in PW Daily's Christmas 2012 survey were surprisingly upbeat. "We beat last year and last year was a stellar year. We are very happy," said Dana Brigham, manager and co-owner of Brookline Booksmith in Brookline, Mass. More

How to deal with writing critiques: 3 helpful hints
Writer's Digest
As writers, we live with our stories and characters for years, even decades — so it is no surprise that when we take those stories out of our heads and put them on the page, our defenses rally to protect them. Hearing critiques becomes an intense and emotional experience. But those protective instincts and heightened emotions could be preventing your story from reaching its full potential.More

E-book reading jumps as print declines
Los Angeles Times
Surging sales of tablet computers are driving a fundamental change in how Americans read books. Twenty-three percent of Americans age 16 and older say they have read an e-book in the last year, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. That's up from 16 percent a year ago. At the same time, the number of those who read a printed book in the last 12 months fell to 67 percent — a decline of five percentage points.More

How long should you keep trying to get published?
Jane Friedman (blog)
Don't you wish someone could tell you how close you are to getting traditionally published? Don't you wish someone could say, "If you just keep at it for three more years, you're certain to make it!" Or, even if it would be heartbreaking, wouldn't it be nice to be told that you're wasting your time, so that you can move on, try another tack (like self-publishing), or perhaps even change course entirely to produce some other creative work?More

Decent Hill publishers to offer self-publishing services to authors and writers
PRWeb via San Francisco Chronicle
Decent Hill is pleased to announce immediate plans to offer a set of publishing packages to self-published authors and writers. Decent Hill has introduced three new service levels for self-published authors: the ArtistPRO service level for new or part-time authors mainly interested in small physical print runs, and the AuthorDELUXE and AuthorGOLD service levels geared toward both new and established authors who seek extensive eBook production and distribution in addition to a traditional print run. More