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ASJA's The Word blog
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ASJA's The Word: perspectives on the writing life is a weekly blog written by the membership. This week's item is Legal Danger for Bloggers: Two Misconceptions, Three Resources, One Suggestion, By Susan Weiner CFA. The blog is eclectic but there is a handy drop-down menu with choices from "blogging" and "book promotion" to "the writing life" and "tools of the trade". You may you pick out what especially interests you or what needs you have or questions unanswered. Or, just subscribe to it; you know you're going to want to read it every week anyway. More

Publishers brace for authors to reclaim book rights in 2012
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A copyright law that lets authors break contracts after 35 years will start taking effect in January. The law, which is meant to give authors like Stephen King and Judy Blume a "second bite at the apple," could provide yet another disruption for traditional publishers. More

Simon & Schuster steps into self-publishing
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Simon & Schuster is testing the water in the booming self-publishing market. The publishing company announced that it was teaming up with Author Solutions, based in Bloomington, Ind., to create a separate house called Archway Publishing, which would be available for authors wanting to self-publish fiction, nonfiction, business or children's books. More

I tripled my royalties, and you can, too
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Tucker Max, New York Times Best Selling author of "I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell" says he knows how an author can triple his effective royalty. This is on the same sales, with nothing else substantively changing in any other aspect of their book, he adds. More

Top 5 goals for your book or e-book cover
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Book covers — you can't escape them if you publish books, and why would you want to? They bring a book to life for consumers, help to communicate with us about what's inside. More

Why it's time for more transparency in publishing
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Publishing has long been a bastion of prestige and influence, smoke and mirrors protecting what was sacred to those inside. Then along came Amazon, ebooks, digital and the rise of self-publishing. Now the old approach is hurting publishing, because this new world moves so fast that only the agile can hope to keep up. So what's the answer? More

The Golden Age for writers … is right now
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Writers have always been whiners. For nearly a hundred years, since at least the time of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the death of the novel has been presaged. And now, egged on by BuzzFeed and video games and just general hypercaffeinated, email-all-the-time ADHD, the book is apparently, finally, about to die. At least we'll have good stuff to read while we wait. More

The impact of Twitter on journalism
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PBS Arts Off Book put out an interesting, short video with some thoughts from a few leading minds in the digital journalism sphere (including Mark Luckie, the 10,000 Words founder and current manager of journalism and news at Twitter). The subject is all about how Twitter has impacted journalism and journalists' role in using the service to source news and be a source of news. More

8 signs it's time to scrap your writing project
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No one starts as a brilliant writer. Before we reach any visible level of success, we leave a trail of bloody, mangled manuscripts behind us. It's only once we admit our shame in this past work that we can move on to pieces with greater potential. But where is that dividing line? At what point should you revise your project and when is it time to throw the whole thing under your lawnmower? More

Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2012
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Need something good to read? Looking for a great holiday gift for the reader in your life? Publishers Weekly editors pick the year's best books. More

5 ways to use social media curator RebelMouse
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Almost six months after RebelMouse launched, the service is finding a home in the digital journalist's toolbox. If you haven't heard of it before, here's what RebelMouse does: You connect your social accounts (Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, etc.) and it creates a Web page that features the latest content you've shared. More

The freelance life: Blessing or curse?
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Labor lawyer Sara Horowitz, author of The Freelancer's Bible, estimates that 1-in-3 Americans now qualify as freelancers, a total of 42 million people. In her Chicago talk, she argued that, thanks to a "tidal wave of change" in the workforce, having a regular job no longer ensures security or longevity. While "being a freelancer used to just mean you're unemployed," she said, now "people are just saying I'll make an affirmative choice to live" as a freelancer. More

'Post-Industrial Journalism': A new Columbia report examines the disrupted news universe
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The report, by C.W. Anderson, Emily Bell, and Clay Shirky, surveys the new opportunities available to individual journalists and news organizations old and new. Here are some of its highlights. More


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