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Now is the Time to Apply for ASJA Membership
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It’s Conference season! ASJA2015 is ramping up for April 30 – May 2 and once again it will be the deepest, broadest, most valuable conference a serious freelance writer can attend. But did you know there is a whole day JUST for ASJA members? Thursday, April 30, the first day of the Annual Conference, boasts high-level programming and intensive networking that can’t be beat. This private day offers time to connect with colleagues, sponsors, and the buying clients who attend the popular Client Connections.

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Should You Find a Publisher or an Agent?
Gini Graham Scott, ASJA
Should you pitch a project to publishers, agents, or both? While having an agent who is diligently pitching your book to major publishers is ideal, at other times, you are unlikely to get an agent (for example, if you have niche books), or even if you do, an agent can’t help very much.

Today, agents are super selective in the projects they take on, since they are looking for the potential big book. So they are looking for writers who are already famous, have a large following in the social media (ie: 50,000 or more followers on Twitter) or have thousands of people attending their speaking programs.

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How Much Can a Self-Publisher Make?
The Huffington Post
David Kudler, an expert provider of publishing services and a consultant to independent and self-publishers, writes: Here's a question I've been asked a number of times: What's the average income from self-publishing a book? My answer isn't necessarily a terribly helpful one. It truly depends one what you mean by average — do you mean the total amount earned by the number of authors (the mean), or do you mean the amount that the average KDP author/publisher earns (the median)?
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How to Write A Plausible Character — 3 Key Tips
Writer's Digest
There are many elements writers need to pay close attention to when creating a fictional world. There’s setting, plot, pacing, voice, imagery and so on. Everything is important, everything counts. That said, one of my favorite places to focus my writing attention is on my characters. How do your create a good character? Well, the short answer is that she has to be believable.
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What Game Design Can Do For Journalism
Columbia Journalism Review
As journalism is increasingly experimenting with innovative platforms and tools, some news media have started noticing the potential of computer games to tackle real-life issues in an engaging way. The New York Times and ProPublica are already designing digital games that integrate journalistic reporting.
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A Look Ahead to Self-Publishing in 2015
Publishers Weekly
Self-publishing saw another successful year in 2014, with authors like Deborah Bladon and Jen McLaughlin hitting the New York Times bestseller lists, fanfic authors like Sophie Jackson receiving six-figure advances, and many millions of titles being published across the industry's numerous platforms. The view of self-publishing as an outlet of last resort for desperate authors is also changing — the negative stigma that's long been associated with the industry is being discarded for a more progressive outlook, along with the acknowledgement that self-publishing and traditional publishing can coexist and even benefit one another.
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New Report: Publishers Must Wage Mobile Fight on Multiple Fronts
Digital Book World
"Tablets are accessories," said industry analyst Thad McIlroy, leading a workshop on mobile strategies for publishers at Digital Book World 2015 in New York City last week. "They're not going to be the primary driver of the content we market and distribute." Smartphones, on the other hand, "are mission-critical." Yet even clear-cut shifts like that one are just one side of a multifaceted mobile landscape, where an array of other, often countervailing trends in devices, platforms and usage make it difficult for publishers to convert any given feature of the current market into a straightforward strategy prescription.
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Amazon's New Digital Textbook Creation Tool
GalleyCat
Amazon has unveiled a division of its self-publishing business dedicated to building out digital textbooks. The platform is called KDP EDU, and falls under the Kindle Direct Publishing business. It gives educators the tools to design digital textbooks with rich media content including and build PDFs of their course materials.
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