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Freelance Writers: Make 2014 the Year You Join ASJA!
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If you're a professional independent writer of nonfiction, ASJA is where you belong. We are the only writers organization dedicated to the craft and business of independent nonfiction writing. Only here will you find an undiluted network of your fellow professional freelance writers, facing the same challenges celebrating the same triumphs. We speak your language!

Make 2014 the year you achieve this professional milestone in your freelance career. And if you apply now you’ll be able to attend ASJA's 43rd Annual Writers Conference, ASJA2014: Expand Your Reach as a member. That means one full additional day of professional education, networking, and career-boosting events available to ASJA members only.

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and get your application in. ASJA is the place for people serious about freelance nonfiction writing.
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Writing Despite Grief
By Candy Arrington
An early morning phone call brought the news of my mother's death. Waves of nostalgia, mingled with bittersweet relief, washed over me as I recalled the physical challenges and cognitive loss that plagued her.

During the time I served as a caregiver for my aging mother, I observed this bright, independent, fun lady wilt before my eyes. Ironically, I was writing a book on caring for aging parents at the time. There were days when I couldn’t formulate a sentence and other times when I wrote whole chapters while sitting beside her hospital bed, coaching her through periods of pain and fear. After my mother died, I moved into a different phase of grieving, but by that time, I was well acquainted with grief.

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Important Writing Lessons From First-Time Novelists
Writer's Digest
Here's something most published pros know well: In this business, there are no absolutes. There is no fixed path, no yellow-brick road to success. The journey to bookstores seems to be a lot like that old snowflake cliché — No two are alike.
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5 Key Trends in Self-Publishing for 2014
PBS
The advancement in self-publishing tools and technology is a lot to keep up with, so here's a roundup of the news that I think mattered most to self-publishers in 2013 and will continue to shape the industry this year.
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Rejection Letters Received by Bestselling Authors
GalleyCat
Don't feel badly if you're book has been rejected. It's happened to the best writers. Alfred Knopf rejected George Orwell's Animal Farm, on the grounds that it was "impossible to sell animal stories in the USA" An agent told William Golding that Lord of the Files was "an absurd and uninteresting fantasy which was rubbish and dull."
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Journalist-Made Liveblog Pro Connects Real-Time Blogging and Twitter
10,000 Words
We talk often about reporting news in real time on this blog. Live-tweeting, live-blogging, live-streaming — the whole shebang. We've talked about ScribbleLive and CoverItLive as options for breaking things quickly via a live blog to your readers. But don’t forget about Liveblog Pro.
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2014 WordPress Website Trends: What's Hot and What's Not
Small Business Trends
The popularity of CMS-based websites has been growing constantly, and WordPress is the most used platform by far. At least 19 percent of the entire Internet is powered by the WordPress platform. This number includes nearly half (48 percent) of the top 100 Technorati blogs, as well as some of the largest websites in the world – Ford Motor Company and NASA, to name a few. In 2014, that number is expected to increase.
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Last Writes
The Writer
If you are the family plumber, you come to expect a call when Cousin Clyde's pipes spring a leak. When you are the family writer, you come to expect the call when Cousin Clyde's arteries burst and someone asks you to write the eulogy. The word eulogy comes from the Greeks and means "to praise," literally, to speak "good words."
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Improving Content Marketing, For Publishers & Marketers
Publishing Insider
Why is content marketing such a big deal? Its not so hard to see when you consider the amount of activity going on in social. In a given day, there are 140 million tweets, 1.5 billion Facebook updates, 10 million Tumblr posts, 1.6 million blog posts, and 2 million YouTube video uploads. Now multiply that by 365 days. That's a lot of content. And unfortunately, it’s not always good content. Publishers today can vouch that a sizable portion of this content is unread, littered with sloppy writing, and inconsequential.
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Why Is Hitler's Mein Kampf Topping eBook Charts?
TIME
The infamous manifesto Adolf Hitler wrote while in prison after a failed coup in 1923, Mein Kampf or My Struggle, in which the dictator outlined his idea of a global Jewish conspiracy, is a surprise hit on the ebook market. While the book's print copy sales remain stagnant, the ebook is in the top 20 on iTunes's Politics & Events chart, next to books by Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck, the number one Propaganda & Political Psychology book on Amazon, and the 17th bestseller in the company's Nationalism list. How could that be?
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