The ASJA Weekly
Feb. 7, 2014

How Much Do You Make?
By Minda Zetlin
It's a simple question that can cause an untold amount of grief. What do you charge per hour? What's the lowest pay you'll accept per word? Do you work for free? Why or why not? How do you calculate how much you need to reach your income goals? And are you reaching those goals? How much do you earn every year?

I was taken aback when a newspaper business reporter put the question to me point blank: Did I make at least $100,000 a year? If not, she implied, freelancing wasn’t worth doing. We were at a gathering of journalists where I was the only freelancer, feeling a bit like a wild horse looking into the paddock at domesticated horses, and having them look wistfully back out at me, wondering whether a dependable supply of grain and hay was worth giving up their freedom to roam.More

Ready for Your National TV Appearance?
By Erin Flynn Jay
What would you do if you got a call to appear on a national news program? For more than 10 years, I have booked guests to appear on television and radio stations. Most are thrilled to do live segments in front of an audience nationwide; some are so nervous they stumble over questions. Some authors are pros on air, while others can be shy and reticent when the camera rolls.

It is crucial to be camera-ready if you are given an opportunity to appear on a major show. Try to get your feet wet by doing interviews in your local area before you approach the major networks. Ask a friend or colleague to record you on video so you can get a sense of what you need to improve on.More

Amazon's Latest Page-Turner: Book Publishing
The Seattle Times
After forever changing book-selling, Amazon is now embarked on a wide-ranging venture that seeks to alter the book-publishing end of the business. Company officials see it as an experiment where they can tinker with new ways to connect authors and readers.More

Don't Write For The Money
The Writer magazine
At first glance, 2013 looked like a profitable year for novelists. According to FORBES' list, self-published writer E. L. James earned a staggering $95 million last year, while other popular names such as James Patterson and Suzanne Collins pulled in $91 million and $55 million respectively. Genre fiction topped the charts again, cutting multi-million-dollar paychecks for speed writers including Danielle Steel, Janet Evanovich, Nora Roberts, John Grisham and Stephen King.

And then there's the rest of us.More

6 Great Blogs for Indie Authors
Publishers Weekly
All blogs are not created equal — especially when it comes to those about self-publishing. Many are written by authors who are primarily interested in selling their books, others by "experts" who want to sell their services, and then there are those that are so chock full of entertaining stories and down-to-earth, practical advice that you can’t afford to miss them, even if they also might happen to suggest you purchase their books or services.More

A Writer's Dilemma: Weighing The Benefits And Pitfalls Of Self-Publishing
Until a few years ago if you wanted your book published you had two options: find an agent to take it to publishers, or hire a vanity publisher. The first option was uncertain, and took a long time. The second was expensive, and (after your mom and best friends dutifully bought) saddled you with a basement of moldering books. And perhaps worse, the scorn of published authors, who considered vanity publishing the last resort of a failed writer, somewhere between shoplifting and child molestation.More

Crowdfunded Children's Book Works to Introduce Girls to Coding
Good E-Reader
Linda Liukas established a Kickstarter campaign to write an important children's book, but went so far past her original goal that her project has now grown to include a mobile app of the book, as well as an accompanying parents' guide. From the $10,000 she hoped to raise to write and publish a book, she's now moved to nearly $300,000 with just over two weeks left in the campaign, thanks to the support of donors who believe in the project.More

Facebook's 'Paper' App: What You Should Know
10,000 Words
Universe, meet Paper, the app that’s meant to combine your traditional Facebook feed, complete with your friends’ photo albums, statuses and check-ins, with news stories from a host of respected, national publications in one experience.More

Apple Dreams Up A Better Autocorrect
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published two new Apple patent applications (hat tip to AppleInsider), both of which could help improve the sometimes-sorry state of autocorrect. One describes an enhanced method of autocorrection, while the other details a way to automatically determine and change the language for a particular message.More