The ASJA Weekly
Nov. 7, 2014

Sportswriting, Anyone? 8 Tips from National Sports Editors
Kristine Meldrum Denholm, ASJA

As a decades-long suffering Cleveland fan (read: no championships in my lifetime — yet), I'm loyal to my teams. There's something to be said about rooting for the underdog, anyways. The same could be said about writing: though it causes sharp, stabbing pains sometimes, you can’t NOT write. Writing — like cheering for your beloved hometown or alma mater — is in our blood. Here's what I've learned from my sports and my writing addictions: Stay the course. Because won't it mean more when you — er, I mean they — finally win? That you worked your way through the lean years? More

5 Reasons Why You Should Not Give Your Words Away Free
Professional writers, or those aspiring to become professional writers, should not write for free. Here are some of the most common arguments for writing for free, and why they are just wrong.More

My Captivity
Theo Padnos, American Journalist, on Being Kidnapped, Tortured and Released in Syria

The New York Times
In the early morning hours of July 3, one of the two top commanders of Al Qaeda in Syria summoned me from my jail cell. For nearly two years, he had kept me locked in a series of prisons. That night, I was driven from a converted schoolroom outside the eastern city of Deir al-Zour, where I was being held, to an intersection of desert paths five minutes away. When I arrived, the commander got out of his Land Cruiser. Standing in the darkness amid a circle of men draped in Kalashnikovs, he smiled. "Do you know who I am?" he asked.More

Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing: What's The Best Route For Entrepreneurs
Julia Pimsleur, founder and CEO of Little Pim, a source for early language development, said: "Have you ever read a business book and thought, 'I could write that,' or imagined publishing a business book that would catapult you to the front of your industry? You are in good company. Whether to help lift their business profile, get more speaking opportunities or become industry trendsetters, many entrepreneurs wish to publish."More

The Future of Digital Publishing: Going Back to Hieroglyphics
Business 2 Community
Since the first hieroglyphics emerged in 4000 BC, communicators have constantly looked for ways to disseminate their work to a larger audience at a faster pace. One of the largest technological innovations to speed up the process was the printing press. Mainstream adoption came with the Gutenberg-style hand operated press in the 1600s. With 240 impressions per hour and everything printed on paper, the art of publishing spread quickly through Europe. Almost 150 years later, the industrial revolution sped up the process even more to 2,400 impressions per hour. Then, almost two centuries later, the advent of the personal computer and the internet took the world of publishing to a completely new level. More

10 Words Every Writer Needs to Know
The Huffington Post
With NaNoWriMo or National Novel-Writing Month underway, writers all over the world are doubtless concerned about the prospect of facing writer's cramp, writer's block (dare we mention it? -- more on that below), and the other occupational hazards that lie in wait for those who live their lives by the pen. Here are ten unusual words that sum up the writing experience, and our attitudes to writing, in one way or another…More

Andy Weir on His Strange Journey From Self-Publishing to Hollywood
Entertainment Weekly
Andy Weir has a deep fear of flying. He has not set foot on an airplane since 2007, when he traveled from his home turf in Northern California to visit his mother in Phoenix. So in 2013, when he found himself signing lucrative contracts for the publishing and film rights to his debut novel, The Martian, he did everything over the phone. More

Scribd Adds 30,000 Audiobooks to its $8.99/Month Ebook Subscription
Scribd made its $8.99-per-month ebook subscription a better deal Wednesday by adding 30,000 digital audiobooks to the package. The move helps Scribd stand out from rival services Oyster and Kindle Unlimited and could attract new users who previously used services like the Amazon-owned Audible. Scribd’s service already included around 500,000 ebooks.More