The ASJA Weekly
Mar. 28, 2013

Florence Isaacs receives ASJA's Founders Award
for Career Achievement

Author Florence Isaacs will receive the 2013 Founders Award for Career Achievement from the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA). An ASJA member since 1982, Isaacs specializes in health/medicine, relationships, and etiquette, and is the author or co-author of 10 books, including her bestseller Just A Note To Say...The Perfect Words For Every Occasion.

Her other books include What Do You Say When: Talking To People With Confidence On Any Social or Business Occasion; Blind Spots: Stop Repeating Mistakes That Mess Up Your Love Life, Career, Finances, And Happiness (with Steven S. Simring, MD and Sue Klavans Simring, DSW); and many others.More

Killing off a character
Crime Fiction Collective blog via Publetariat
I killed my first recurring character recently, and it still haunts me, says L.J. Sellers, author of provocative mysteries and thrillers. She wasn't particularly popular, but the manner of her death was shocking. The ending made my beta readers cry for my protagonist, but they said they loved it. And so did my publisher. So I crossed my fingers and let it go to press.More

Profits jumped 75 percent at Random House
Publishers Weekly
Random House parent company Bertelsmann put a cap on a record year for the publishing house, announcing that worldwide revenue at RH rose 22.5 percent, to 2.14 billion euros, while operating EBIT skyrocketed 75.6 percent to 325 million euros. The primary reason for the increase, of course, was the Fifty Shades trilogy which Bertelsmann said sold more than 70 million copies in all formats through RH's English, German and Spanish language companies.More

Fodor's Committed to Print
Publishers Weekly
In light of the recent news that Google has pulled the plug on print editions of Frommer's guidebooks, Amanda D'Acierno, senior v-p and publisher of Fodor's Travel, made the following comments about her company's commitment to print guidebooks.More

Joanna Penn on self-publishing and hybrid authors
Joanna Penn, author and writer of the The Creative Penn writing and publishing advice website, spoke to a meeting of Women In Publishing recently about her experiences of self-publishing. Penn first self-published in 2008, a time when the Kindle was only available in the U.S. and the infrastructure that we now take for granted wasn’t yet in place. Although her first book was a non-fiction title, she has since written three novels which have sold 60,000 copies, mostly in America. More

Room service: Expand home office deductions
Business Management Daily
Don't assume that you have to go along with the crowd on your 2012 tax return. Case in point: If you're self-employed, you may qualify for a home office deduction if your home is your principal place of business or where you regularly meet or deal with customers, clients or patients in the normal course of business. The IRS bases the deduction on the percentage of business use of the home. More

What's next in digital publishing: New platforms and payment models
Over 20 percent of Americans ages 16 and up read an ebook in the past 12 months, according to December data from Pew, and big U.S. publishers are now seeing over 20 percent of their revenues come from ebook sales. In other words, ebooks are no longer new: They're a reality in the publishing industry now, which presents publishers with both challenges and opportunities.More

The paradox of self-publishing
Los Angeles Times
If you believe print is on the way out, Laura Miller wants you to think again. In Salon this week, she uses Simon & Schuster's recent deal with ebook phenom Hugh Howey, author of the "Wool" series, to suggest that, contrary to the myth that self-publishing represents a leveling of the playing field, many presses are thrilled to take advantage of such low-hanging fruit.More

A book is a start-up
The New Yorker
The world of digital publishing start-ups brings to mind blogging in its nascent stages. The guiding principle seems to be: if anyone can scribble on the Internet's wall, anyone can become an author, and any text can become a book. Online, a book's form warps into something more malleable, and fired-up digital publishers are trying to figure out how to turn that into a business — even if it means a proliferation of books that might as well have been blog posts.More