The ASJA Weekly
Apr. 24, 2015

Collaborating With an Expert: What to Expect
Catherine Dold, ASJA
Many years ago here in Boulder, a local writer was working on a book about an infamous crime. It was his first book, and he'd quit his newspaper job to take on the project. He was collaborating with a well-known crime writer. It was his big break.

Only it wasn't. When the book came out, the local writer's name was nowhere to be found. It wasn't on the cover next to the "big" writer. It wasn't below it in smaller letters. It wasn't anywhere on the cover. It was buried in the acknowledgments, with a line that said, in essence, "Thanks for the research help."More

ASJA2015 is Less Than 1 Week Away!
We're in the final stretch to ASJA2015: Connect for Success, ASJA's Annual Writers Conference and the premier event of the year for freelance writers. If you're attending, get excited! You're just a few days away from incredible learning opportunities, networking and inspiration. Haven't registered yet? If you're serious about advancing your career as a freelance writer, register now. With hands-on learning experiences, panels with the industry's top experts, and more, there is no better event for career development. Don't just take it from us ... Hear from past attendees!

"I've been a member of ASJA for decades and I always learn something new at the annual conference." – Carol Weston

"When freelancers ask for writing advice, I tell them 'Attend ASJA2015'"– Joan Detz

"I met my agent at last year's ASJA conference." – Jen A. Miller More

Webinar: Breaking Into Freelance Writing and Book Writing
April 28 with ASJA President Randy Dotinga and Dawn Papandrea, freelance writer
Whether you're just starting out or are a working media professional looking to make the transition full time or part time, this webinar will tell you what you need to do to start a career in freelance writing. Join us for an hour on April 28 at 2 p.m. EDT to discuss the difficulties upon beginning a freelance career, as well as the financial aspects that are necessary to make, time management and crucial first steps. For those looking to author a book about their expertise, this webinar will also touch upon how to get started on your first book project.

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First Bookstore Dedicated to Self-Published Authors Opens in Florida
Publisher's Weekly
Frustrated by a lack of opportunity to display and sell their work, self-published children's author and illustrator Patti Brassard Jefferson and history author Timothy Jacobs decided to create a bookstore of their own, Gulf Coast Bookstore, and to only sell books by indie authors. "It's just hard to compete with Stephen King or Dan Brown in a mega-bookstore that has tens of thousands of books for sale," says Jacobs.More

Fear of Screwing Up?
Columbia Journalism Review
If you heard about the retracted Rolling Stone rape story, you might have thought that to yourself when you considered its now disgraced reporter, Sabrina Rubin Erdely. Erdely screwed up. Big time. We can tell ourselves she was always a terrible journalist, but she's had a strong career. We can tell ourselves our editors and fact-checkers will protect us — if we have them — but no system is foolproof. We can tell ourselves we'd never in a million years experience such a big lapse in judgment, but we know better.More

11 Tips on Getting Your Book Published
The Huffington Post
Becoming an author is a bit like becoming an acrobat. Few people know how to go about either; fewer bother to attempt, and fewer still succeed. There is no single "correct" path to getting a book published. Every author, every book and every career is different.More

Writing Powerful Scenes and Stories With Just 2 Characters
Writer's Digest
As authors, we don't realize how much we depend on everyday things to help move a plot along. Going to the store, dropping by a coffee shop, a long drive, laundry. All these things help propel our characters. We also rely on secondary characters, be they foils for our protagonist or mentors. Now, take all that away. No store, no phone, no interaction. Is it a challenge? Yes. But we're authors. Challenge is what we do!More

Should You Self-Publish?
Media Update
What do Deepak Chopra, Mark Twain and Virginia Woolf all have in common? If you answered they're all authors you're right. But did you know that at one stage, they also self-published a book? Self-publishing has become the norm for aspiring writers around the world because hooking a deal with a major publisher isn't that easy.More

3 Ways Writers Get Overwhelmed — and What to Do About it
The Huffington Post
The desire to write is a strong pull. Anyone who's written a book or is currently writing a book knows intimately the power writing can wield over us. And as much as we want it and love it, our writing can start to feel like a "should," and a bit like a spurned lover when we're not giving it our full attention. Yes, it's that intense. You think about your writing when you're not writing. You feel like you should be spending time with it when you're doing other things. You start to feel guilty. More