The ASJA Weekly
May. 23, 2013

Financial writing niche: Potentially lucrative
ASJA's The Word blog
When I started freelancing 14 years ago, I fell into a niche — financial writing — that's had staying power despite the twists and turns of the global economy and financial markets, says Amy E. Buttell, an independent journalist and corporate content creation specialist. I've found that the knowledge and skills I've developed in translating complex investing, financial and investing topics into language that consumers and professionals can understand have helped me maneuver through the changes that have transformed journalism and corporate writing during the past decade. Five years ago, my business focused on trade and consumer journalism; today, my writing business is almost exclusively concentrated on corporate writing with nearly half of that consisting of ghost writing.More

Amazon debuts licensed publishing program for fan fiction
Publishers Weekly
Kindle Worlds will allow fans to create new works based on copyright characters and sell them in the Kindle store under a broad licensing agreement that will pay both the fans and the copyright holders, who are called World Licensors under the Kindle World agreements.More

Penguin finally settles price-fixing charges, will avoid trial
Publishers Weekly
Penguin officials, along with Attorneys General for 33 states and the consumer class, announced this morning that they have finally settled their outstanding e-book price-fixing charges — for a hefty $75 million. As with the Department of Justice settlement it agreed to in December 2012, Penguin will admit no wrongdoing.More

Chris Eaton shares advice for getting book blurbs
Author and Rock Plaza Central musician Chris Eaton traveled far beyond writers to find blurbs for his new book, Chris Eaton, a Biography. In today's edition of the Morning Media Menu, Eaton shared advice for making a genuine appeal to a writer, artist or musician when searching for blurbs.More

How to write a novel; 7 tips everyone can use
Writer's Digest
Write the story you'd most want to read. Don't write a story just because you think it might be a bestseller or that it would make Great Aunt Edna proud. Think about the books you love, the ones you really lose yourself in. If those are mysteries, then don't try to write an historical romance or a quiet literary novel. It might not be anything genre-specific that you love, but a certain voice, or type of story, or kinds of characters.More

What Upstream Color and Walden can teach us about self-publishing
Can you self-publish a movie? When releasing Upstream Color this month, director and writer Shane Carruth opted to to take the DIY distribution route. The film opened in theaters in 20 markets around the country, followed by a wide range of platforms from iTunes to YouTube to Netflix to DVD. &hellp; Upstream Color is the best analogue to a self-published book you can find in the movie business. Indie writers should find some inspiration in both his creative model and his film.More

Crowdfunding journalism: A new financing model for freelancers?
PBS MediaShift
Toronto-based freelance reporter Naheed Mustafa always paid her own way when she reported from abroad. But that meant that about 70 percent to 80 percent of what she earned went straight toward paying for the costs of traveling. Most news organizations don't reimburse freelancers for travel costs, and the ones that do don't offer a lot. Mustafa was looking for a more cost-effective solution, so she turned to crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to raise $15,000 to travel to Pakistan and Afghanistan for in-depth reporting on how its citizens are affected by conflict and war. More