The ASJA Weekly
Aug. 15, 2013

So You Want to be a Foreign Correspondent
By Bill Hinchberger
While serving an extended stint as president of the São Paulo Foreign Correspondents Club back in the '90s, I received a constant stream of budding international reporters looking for advice. That experience provided the spark for a couple of panels on living and working abroad at the ASJA conference a few months ago. (If you missed those sessions, Stephanie de Ruiter has a nice recap on

Back in São Paulo, if those budding correspondents seemed keen on stability, I would suggest that they apply for jobs at news agencies like Bloomberg or Reuters.More

Registration is Open Now for ASJA's Content Connections Conference, Chicago, Nov. 7 and 8
Join us for a full day of sessions designed to appeal to everyone in the content industry—freelance writers and other creatives new to the marketplace, those who are in it and want to rev up their businesses, and those in the business world who hire and work with content creators. Lunch and a networking reception are included on Thursday, plus an optional half-day of intensive sessions on Friday to round out your experience.

How To Find Reviewers for Self Published Books
Many self-published authors struggle to earn reviews in a crowded marketplace. We've found two free services that will connect independent writers with online reviewers looking for books.More

The Rookie Guide to Freelancing
10,000 Words
New to the freelancing game? Even if writing is your passion, going solo can be terrifying. First tip: Don't think of it as "going solo." One of the most important parts of freelancing is building connections with your fellow peers, writers and media professionals. Don't be intimidated; there are people who want to help.More

Self-Publishing Your Book: Where's the Money?
PBS MediaShift
There are many ways to sell your self-published print books and e-books, and the associated fees and royalties vary wildly. The highest margins come when you sell from your own online store. You can employ an e-book aggregator/distributor, or upload the e-books yourself to each online retailer. Don't forget to get into the new (for self-publishers) library market. It’s easy to collect the money. More

The 5 Biggest Fiction Writing Mistakes (& How to Fix Them)
Writer's Digest
The best fiction writers write like they're in love — and edit like they're in charge. First drafting should be a wild and wonderful ride, full of discovery, dreams and promises. But at some point you have to settle down and make the book really work.More

Dan Harmon Shares Story-Breaking Advice
How do you map out ideas before starting a story? One reader asked Community creator Dan Harmon to explain his personal process of "story-breaking," or how he brainstorms his way into a script. Harmon’s long and idiosyncratic explanation of his creative process might help you chart out your next story, novel or script.More

The World's Top-Earning Authors: With '50 Shades,' E.L. James Debuts At No. 1
The club of the world's top-selling authors is an exclusive one, with only a few established paths to entry. Many of its members have been in it for decades, like Danielle Steel and Stephen King, who were both born in 1947 and published their first novels, Going Home and Carrie, in 1973. This year, Steel is No. 5 on the list and King is No. 10.More

The Curious Case of Apple e-book Judge Denise Cote
To her credit, the remedies U.S. DIstrict Judge Denise Cote proposed last week to prevent Apple from ever again conspiring to fix e-book prices were far less draconian (and frankly bizarre) than the ones the Department of Justice had requested.More