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Daniel Jones to headline ASJA's Annual Writers Conference
We are excited to welcome Daniel Jones to ASJA2014: Expand Your Reach, the 43rd Annual Writers Conference. At the gala luncheon on Friday, April 25, he promises to share humorous and poignant stories of love and relationships gleaned from serving as editor of the "Modern Love" column in the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times since it started in October 2004.
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Freelance Writers: Get Your Membership Application In!
If you’re a professional independent writer of nonfiction, ASJA is where you belong. We are the only writers organization dedicated to the art 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!
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.
Review the qualifications at and get your application in. Don't waste another day!
Why Research Matters
Minda Zetlin for The ASJA Monthly
Of all the ways the Internet has transformed our profession, research is one we don't often discuss. It's made a dramatic difference. A while ago I took on a rush assignment for a business technology story at 3:30 in the afternoon. I handed in a completed piece at 11:00 that night. That wouldn't have been possible before the Web, when I used to spend days on the phone looking for sources, and hours in the library rolling through microfilm.
Social Media Crash Course at #ASJA2014
What's the secret behind a good Tweet? In this interactive workshop, you'll learn how to maximize the 140 characters with the same confidence and dexterity as you write killer ledes. We'll look at favorite tweets ranging from breaking news and quick wit to follower responses and straight narratives. We'll also share ways to inspire retweeting and make smart style choices in this short-form medium.
New Simplified Home Office Tax Deduction: Writers, Do the Math!
Tania Casselle for ASJA's The Word
Any freelance writer who spends hours calculating business use of home expenses for their tax return might shout a fervent "hurrah!" when they hear about the new simplified home office tax deduction option for 2013. But writer beware – the easy option could cost you dollars.
Starting from the 2013 tax year, writers claiming a home office deduction have two options to work out their deduction.
What is Marketing?
Wendy Meyeroff for ASJA's The Word
When I started my BlogTalkRadio show on cost-effective marketing, Piggy Bank Promotions (PBP), in 2011, I was disappointed (though not truly surprised) to see how many small business owners and entrepreneurs still didn't understand what marketing their business meant.
Today the biggest mistake everyone still makes is believing that marketing is advertising…and that, in turn, makes it unaffordable.
Well guess what? Marketing is NOT simply advertising. Let me show you why.
Ask Not What Your Readers Can Do For You…
Would it be enough if you went to a nice restaurant and your amazing meal was slapped down on the table with a, "Pay on your way out," from the server? Would it be enough if your beautiful new car had no seatbelts, cup holders, or air conditioning? The author/reader relationship is much more important than you might realize. Here are some ways you can support your reader.
12 Tips to Overcome Freelance Clients' Cost Objections
Make a Living Writing
So you caught your potential freelance writing client's interest. Congrats! You like the project (it's an interesting one, for a change!) and it might even keep your mortgage from defaulting next month.
The Key to Self-Publishing Your Memoir: Be Confident with Your Story!
The Huffington Post
Nowadays, the topic of "a writer's confidence" is such an internal quality that nobody is really talking about — publishers and agents included. Add to the fact that there are tons of ways to get one's story out there in the world in the fastest way possible, that nobody really seems to care.
How to Ace a Speaking Engagement
Although some writers may cringe at the idea of having to speak in front of a crowd, it’s one of the most important ways authors can market their book. Public speaking may seem intimidating, but with the right preparation, the process can be painless.
Interesting New Tool for Self-Published Authors
I came across this new resource for writers from a company called Vook, said Brian A. Klems, a published author and the online editor of WritersDigest.com. It looks like a fascinating tool for self-published authors, allowing authors to track book sales that are reported through most of the major players in the ebook and POD business – Amazon, Amazon KDP, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Nook Press, Kobo Writing Life, CreateSpace, Smashwords, Google, and Samsung.
Drone Journalism is Set to Go Mainstream This Year
Using small unmanned aerial vehicles allows photographers to capture amazing footage without spending too much money. Which is very appealing to cash-strapped news organisations.
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