The ASJA Weekly
Oct. 17, 2013

Freelance Writers: There's Still Time to Register for ASJA's Content Connections, Nov. 7 & 8 in Chicago
Corporations, nonprofits, associations, custom publishers, marketing agencies and others need expert content for each project. YOU have the skills that are sought by these groups. This is a partnership with success written all over it … when you make the right connections. Find them at this unique conference that understands how critical the written word is to content.

Come experience CLIENT CONNECTIONS: A special optional matchmaking event with companies seeking YOUR talent and skill.More

Need Freelance Help? ASJA Matchmakers are Standing By
Looking to bolster your writing business? Want to commission great content for your site, publication, or organization? Client Connections can help you grow. If you find that you could benefit from an extra set of hands in your business, we're happy to connect you with ready and willing freelancers skilled in blogging, infographics, Web copy and other areas. Client Connections, the "matchmaking" session of ASJA's Content Connections, will introduce you to the talent you need. During this two-hour session, business owners and content strategists have the opportunity to participate in eight-minute sessions getting to know skilled writers who are accepting new clients. To learn more, email Client Connections lead Kate Silver at

The Assignment That Saved My Life
By Howard Eisenberg

"The Heart Fitness Test That Can Save Your Life" was, I'm reasonably certain, the first national magazine piece about stress testing. When my late wife Arlene and I wrote it, we had no clue that the first life it would save would be mine.

The ASJA wore different initials in 1974. Back then, as the SMW (Society of Magazine Writers), it was about one-tenth its current size. But when Parade magazine editor Jess Gorkin said, "You've got the assignment," it was just one more proof that paying dues – whether to the SMW or ASJA – pays big dividends.More

6 Secrets of Writing a Novel Without an Outline
Writer's Digest Magazine
Regardless of how many acts or scenes your story has, this is what it needs to have in order to be effective and complete: an orientation to the world of the characters, an origination of conflict, an escalation of tension, rising stakes, a moment at which everything seems lost, a climactic encounter, a satisfying conclusion, and a transformation of a character or situation (usually both).More

Believe in Longform? So Does Longreads, Which Just Launched a Member Drive to Boost Profits
10,000 Words
Even as writers constantly engaging with the Web and social media to share and search for quality work, it can sometimes be a bother to sift through Internet nonsense and listicles to find great journalism. More

6 Reasons a Workshop Jolts Your Writing
The Writer magazine
Stephen King put it best: If you want to be a writer, you have to read and write. A lot. But as work, errands, family and friends consume our days, the time to read and write dwindles to a handful of minutes.More

The Death and Rebirth of Journalism: End of An Era
By Ryan Clark
On Sept. 16, Washington, D.C., police alerted the public to the existence of an "active shooter" on the grounds of the Washington Navy Yard. When I first learned of the incident, I logged onto and found nothing. My next step was Twitter. Twitter offers news in a medium that appeals to the contemporary news hound in a way that the Post, The New York Times and CNN don't: short and concise tidbits in 140 characters or less.More

App Data Company App Annie Expands Into Ebook Analytics for Publishers and Authors
Authors and publishers need to know how and where their books are selling in order to target readers and time promotions. Yet keeping track of and analyzing all the data that comes in from retailers like Amazon and Apple can be difficult, especially for publishers with large lists of books. App Annie, a San Francisco-based company that provides app developers and publishers with analytics about app sales, rankings and trends, aims to solve the problem. More

11 Most Prolific Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors of All Time
When you discover a new favorite author, you want to dive in and read all of his or her works — but sometimes, that means a paltry stack of five or six books. And then there are some authors whose output would take years to read. Here are the 11 most prolific science fiction and fantasy authors of all time.More