The ASJA Weekly
Jan. 17, 2014

What's Coming Up in 2014?
By Alexandra Cantor Owens
As the professional association of independent nonfiction writers, ASJA has to stay current with the times. And exciting times they are! More and more writers are becoming entrepreneurs as existing media structures fall away and morph into something else. And as health insurance becomes less of an anchor on employees, more will be ready to make the leap.

Among writers' organizations, ASJA's membership qualifications have long been the most selective. They are that way for a reason — professionals need to have a place they can call their own. As selective as they are they do change with realities of the writing industry. Our members' clients include all kinds of enterprises in addition to the traditional media outlets and publishers, and they are expanding into arenas far beyond traditional articles and trade books.More

ASJA member David Remnick Dishes on How to Thrive in the Digital Age
The Freelance Strategist
The same question haunts most every publisher: On a limited budget, how do you create and publish the best possible content? David Remnick has some answers.More

Resolute About Writing
The Writer magazine
Nearly a month into 2014, most people have already gone back to eating dessert and sleeping in instead of hitting the gym. But let's keep good writing habits all year long. Here are the writing resolutions I’m sticking to in 2014.More

'When I Found You' Leads the Self-Published Bestsellers List
"When I Found You" by Catherine Ryan Hyde leads the Self-Published Bestsellers List. To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.More

Self-Publishing: It Takes a Village
The Huffington Post
Are you or your group thinking about self-publishing a book? If so, there are some things you'll want to know before you get started to create a high-quality book that everyone will want to read. Perhaps you, like many writers, find self-publishing attractive because it will let you circumvent the traditional gatekeepers: agents and publishing houses. More

Why Don't More Bookstores Stock Self-published Titles?
Publishing Perspectives
January is time to review the Christmas sales and cheer for the winners and pity the losers of the 2013. In the challenging galaxy of publishing and bookselling, authors — especially those self-publishing — hitting the bestseller lists seem to be the driving force of the industry.More

6 Insider Tips for Finding and Applying to Writers' Colonies
Writer's Digest
Writers' colonies are little-known treasures: they exist all over the United States and abroad, but many writers have never heard of them. That's partly because many of the writers who attend these residencies aren't big Internet users. They spend their time writing — not browsing the Internet — which means they're not sharing their experiences online.More

Is Self-Employment Becoming the New Mantra for Success?
The Arbitrage Magazine
On a daily basis, how many people do you encounter that are self-employed? Chances are they could be freelance writers, home cleaners or even selling goods over the Internet. Then again, most of these jobs have been available for the past decade, right? Then why is it that people can't help but wonder if self-employment opportunities are on the rise?More

Print Starts to Settle Into Its Niches
The New York Times
Kevin Kelly is not a dumb guy — far from it actually. As the founding executive editor of Wired and one of the people who helped build The Well, among the earliest online communities, he has done a good job of seeing what is coming next for decades. But last year, he had what sounded to me like a dumb idea.More