The ASJA Weekly
Aug. 22, 2014

Treasures in the Attic
Hal Higdon, ASJA

Early in my writing career I attended a Golden Gloves championship on assignment for a general magazine. Focus was a young fighter. My fighter lost, effectively killing the assignment, but I was impressed by the winner of another division. The following year, that second fighter won the gold medal at the Olympic Games.

I wrote the fighter, who responded politely by pencil on lined notebook paper. Yes, happy to talk to me. I queried Sport Magazine. No, responded editor Al Silverman. The fighter was not yet famous enough to justify a profile. More

10 Truths About Self-Publishing for Entrepreneurs With a Book Idea
Research shows that 81 percent of people say they have at least one book in them, according to the New York Times. As an entrepreneur, a book is a great way to establish your authority in your industry. It's estimated that Amazon has earned $5.25 billion from eBooks so far this year, according to George Parker in The New Yorker. For entrepreneurs, this is an opportunity to add income to your business.More

Are Subjects Joined by And Singular or Plural?
Writer's Digest
Sentence subjects that have independent nouns connected by and are plural, thus requiring plural verbs (such as have). One trick to tell if the nouns are independent from each other is to divide the sentence into two sentences and see if the meaning stays the same. For example: The baseball players and the manager were disappointed after losing the big game. More

Why It's So Hard to Catch Your Own Typos
You have finally finished writing your article. You've sweat over your choice of words and agonized about the best way to arrange them to effectively get your point across. You comb for errors, and by the time you publish you are absolutely certain that not a single typo survived. But, the first thing your readers notice isn't your carefully crafted message, it's the misspelled word in the fourth sentence.More

Should You Quit Your Day Job?
Many writers dream of quitting their day job to work full-time as an author. Author Tracy Barrett is one of the rare writers who managed to take this momentous step. Barrett taught Italian at Vanderbilt University for 28 years, but decided to leave her day job and write full time in 2012. At the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Summer Conference in Los Angeles last weekend, she shared lessons for writers considering the same step.More

9 Unforgettable Teen Page Turners
The Huffington Post
You all know what it's like to get to the end of your lunch break or to your bus stop and just want to keep on reading. Not that we're actively condoning dereliction of duty, but we've put together some new teen titles that will make you seriously regret having to return to real life. Check some out — and just stay on that bus.More

Robin Williams' Death Rekindles Questions About Creativity and Depression
Following news of Robin Williams' suicide — which the Marin County Sheriff's office confirmed today as the actor's cause of death — it was immediately clear that the comedy giant's impact spanned generations. More

How Much Money the Biggest Publishers Actually Make
Digital Book World
Over the past 10 years, sales at the largest publishers in the world have leveled as the book industry felt the effects of recession and of the ebook revolution. According to a new analysis from DBW-partner Publishers Lunch, the worldwide revenues of the largest publishers except Macmillan have ranged from about $8.6 billion to $9.7 billion since 2006.More