The ASJA Weekly
Apr. 18, 2014

ASJA2014 Kicks Off Thursday, April 24!
Freelance writers: Don't miss the most valuable conference that you can go to this year. Whether you come for one or more days you'll get so much more than your money's worth in inside information, tips, connections, inspiration, and all-around career energizing action. Rates start at just $269 for a full day of sessions, capped off with a cocktail reception to cement those great connections made earlier in the day. Walk-ins welcome, but why wait? Check out the great program and register now!More

It's Not the Words, It's the Mileage
By Tara Lynne Groth
When a writer wants to break into a new market or squeeze another article into the work schedule, what are the simple ways to get more mileage out of pieces without exhausting oneself? There are low-effort article angles writers and bloggers can employ without sacrificing quality and value.

For time-strapped writers, getting a clip in a new industry could pay off down the road when their schedules open up and they are free to pitch more in-depth pieces.More

The Anti-Google Mass Book Digitization Campaign Goes Global
The Authors Guild
Prize-winning authors, international rights organizations, and legal experts joined the Authors Guild in fighting what they call Google's dangerous and unprecedented violation of copyright law. They filed eight stinging friend-of-the-court briefs in support of the Guild's appeal in Authors Guild v. Google, agreeing that Judge Denny Chin's decision in the case should be overturned. The briefs can be viewed in their entirety at the end of this blog post.More

3 Signs You're in a Bad Relationship With Your Editor
Columbia Journalism Review
Just like any successful romance, a good editorial relationship starts with two people, a mutual attraction, and the hope that they can build something special and lasting together. While staff writers tend to settle down with one or two people, freelancers have a harder time committing: We juggle one-piece stands, steady dates, and editorial partners that are always up for a romp, all while pining for the sexy publication that’s out of our league. But as with all relationships, even when you've done everything right, editorial liaisons sometimes end.More

How to Hire the Right Editor for Your Self-Published Book
The book publishing industry is going through a huge transition. It’s easier than ever to get a book out into the world. All the resources you need to publish a book are available you. You no longer need to go through the traditional gatekeepers (publishers) to publish a quality book.More

E-Book Self-Publishing: Brave New Words
It used to be that to get a book published, authors had to write it, find an agent, and hope to interest a publisher. Even with vanity publishing, they generally had to pay a hefty sum and wait for a while to receive their boxes of print books. With e-books, however, publishing is now simply a matter of uploading a cover image and a document, and setting a price. That's it.More

The 10 Commandments of Social Media Etiquette for Writers
Anne R. Allen's Blog
Why do they Google you before reading your writing sample? The same reason any prospective employer Googles you. Most people prefer to work with level-headed, rational human beings who are not prone to drunk-posting, dissing their co-workers, or dancing naked with tighty-whiteys on their heads. Just the way it is.More

How to Write a Mashup Novel
Writer's Digest
A mashup novel is when you get two or more different literary genres and mix them up for a fresh, entertaining story. Seth Grahame-Smith pioneered the style with novels like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and the wildly popular Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter which was just made into a major motion picture. Even if you are into writing non-fiction, two story lines that intertwine can be also be in this genre.More

Why Does a Mainstream Media Outlet Want a Share of this Non-profit Digital Site's Pulitzer?
10,000 Words
OK, the headline is a maybe over the top, but the sentiment isn't. Why does a mainstream media TV news organization want a cut of a non-profit digital site's Pulitzer? The non-profit digital news site Center for Public Integrity was awarded its first Pulitzer Prize this week for its in-depth, dogged reporting on miners systematically denied medical care for black lung and related conditions.More