The ASJA Weekly
Mar. 21, 2013

ASJA 2013: Fire Up Your Writing Career
Conference dates April 25-27
Early-bird registration discount ends this Friday, March 22

Attention freelance writers: Are you trying to break into this challenging and rewarding career? Looking for ways to navigate the changing industry and keep your career on track? Want to know how to get your book published, or are you looking for a literary agent? This conference has what you need!

ASJA's annual conference is America's top conference for freelance writers — including nonfiction, fiction, bloggers, experienced or new to the field. We have top writers, top editors, top publishers and the best in informative and career-enhancing programs.

Sixty programs over three days offer insights for beginners and experienced writers alike. Those new to the game will find the Beginner's Pluck track especially interesting: sessions include Freelancing 101 for Journalists; How to Write an Awesome Query Letter; Write the Perfect Book Proposal; personal mentoring sessions and more. More

Justices permit resale of copyrighted imports
The New York Times
In a pair of decisions issued, the Supreme Court made it easier to import textbooks and other copyrighted products from abroad and made it harder for plaintiffs in class-action suits to stay out of federal court. The copyright case, Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, No. 11-697, arose from the activities of a Thai student who attended Cornell University and the University of Southern California. The student, Supap Kirtsaeng, helped pay for his education by selling textbooks that his friends and relatives had bought in Thailand at low prices and shipped to him. More

Being a writer doesn't mean I'm no longer a nurse
By Marijke Vroomen Durning
My blog title, Marijke: Nurse Turned Writer, says it all. Some clients find me because they type "nurse writer" into Google and my blog comes up at or near the top. Of course, anyone can write health information, but my nursing background gives me a unique insight into issues that their readers may have. And having this insight is why I landed my anchor client of the past three years. The folks over at Sepsis Alliance needed a health writer who had knowledge of sepsis. But when I answered their CraigsList ad, they got me.

Self-publishers: The new generation of cool kids
The Huffington Post
For years, self-publishing was widely considered an embarrassing fallback option. Occasionally a John Grisham would emerge, sell 5000 copies of a compelling novel, land a publishing deal, and ultimately achieve fame and fortune. But those authors were far and away the exception. Few authors willingly followed in their footsteps. More

Essential elements of a successful self-published book
Search Engine Journal
While the publishing industry is not going to die anytime soon, the ability to self-publish books is quickly becoming a disruptive force that is opening up a world of opportunity to people. However, it's not as simple as slapping together a PDF, designing a cover in Microsoft paint and throwing something up on Amazon.More

4 ways to motivate characters and plot
Writer's Digest Magazine
Some of your characters will change during the course of your story — let's call them changers. Others — stayers — will not change significantly in personality or outlook, but their motivations may nonetheless change as the story progresses from situation to situation. Both changers and stayers can have progressive motivations. Confused? Don't be; it's simpler than it may seem.More

Will authors get compensated for used e-book sales?
On Jan. 29, Amazon Technologies Inc. received a patent pertaining to the "secondary market for digital objects." According to the patent abstract, the technology will enable Amazon customers to transfer — and presumably sell — e-books, MP3s, and other digital files to other customers. And Apple also has filed for patents on the transfer of owned digital items. More

The benefits of being a self-employed blogger
Jobs & Hire
Have you ever wanted to be your own boss, work your own hours, and talk about the things that interest you? For many people in the 21st century, such a lifestyle is the new American dream, and it may not be as inaccessible as you once thought. Many people are turning to blogging as an additional, and sometimes even primary, source of income. More

How to sell books like Charles Dickens
Book Riot
Sean Platt is an experienced copywriter, and he knows how to write fast. Since 2011, he has turned his quick-fingered talents to writing fiction, and with his writing partner David Wright (under the name "Collective Inkwell"), he has been writing serials. Their first series, Yesterday's Gone, is 700 pages long — and it was written in seven weeks. It's an impressive feat of stamina. More

Self-employed can save with 9 tax tips
USA Today
The independence that comes with being your own boss is often a double-edged sword. On one hand, it's liberating to be free of corporate shenanigans; on the other, you're on your own figuring things out, including taxes. More

Best-selling self-published author Jennifer L. Armentrout signs 6-figure, 3bBook deal with HarperCollins
Digital Book World
Following the huge success of her self-published best-seller Wait for You, hybrid author Jennifer L. Armentrout has signed a three-book, six-figure deal with HarperCollins imprint Avon for Wait for You and two other upcoming books in the series. More

'Glory days' of journalism? No, yes, no and yes.
In nine years of calibrating the health of the news media in the United States, the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism never has painted a bleaker picture of the performance and prospects of the press than it did in the annual report issued recently. So, why is Matthew Iglesias of Slate smiling? More