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ASJA annual writing awards
ASJA
ASJA announces its annual writing awards, honoring outstanding non-fiction produced on a freelance basis during the past year. Winners reflect excellence in both topics chosen to focus upon and stylistically. The awards not only inspire us, they make us wish we had written them. Several of the awards have been endowed by our members to encourage the pursuit of journalistic excellence
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Should I look for a traditional publisher or self-publish?
By Erin Flynn Jay
I have been contemplating writing a second non-fiction book, a follow-up to Mastering the Mommy Track, writes Erin Flynn Jay is a writer, publicity expert and author of Mastering the Mommy Track. My book was published in the fall, and since then I have been pitching it to media outlets and bookstores. It has been a tremendous time commitment, one that I have thoroughly enjoyed, but I question whether it is worth it to pursue a second book. And if I do, should I try for a traditional publisher or self-publish? I am undecided as to my next move. Rather than self-publish, I went with John Hunt Publishing, a traditional publisher in the U.K. My literary agent Timothy Staveteig with My Literary Coach recommended I go with them, so I did.
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Custom content publishing and the opportunities for freelance writers
ASJA
The ASJA Writers Conference has always distinguished itself as being on the cutting edge of the art and business of freelance writing. ASJA2013 is no different as focus on the rise of custom content publishing and the businesses it has spawned to connect freelance writers with publishing companies and corporations. EByline, Contently, Demand Media Studios, and Healthline Networks are just a few of these custom content companies that support ASJA's Educational Foundation and have participated in the Writers Conference.

Next month we kick off the 42nd annual conference on Thursday, April 25 at 9 a.m. with the Career Compass Track session Custom Publishing: Where The Real Money Is. Andrew Siebert, chairman of the Custom Content Council and founder of Siebert Custom joins us to share his expertise as a top leader in this industry. He was recently president of Dow Jones Content Lab and president of SmartMoney (magazine, website, mobile), a joint venture between Dow Jones and Hearst Magazines.

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When a self-published author has a No. 1 best-selling book
Forbes
It’s finally happened: A self-published ebook has hit the No. 1 spot on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list. A few have hung around in the top-five, some reaching even No. 2, but this is the first to hold that top spot, following in the footsteps of Fifty Shades of Grey, Gone Girls and other titles from huge publishing houses. The author to be congratulated is Jennifer L. Armentrout, writing under the pen name J.Lynn.
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10 proofreading tips for self-publishers
PBS MediaShift
If you are self-publishing, then proofreading your manuscript is a really challenging task — and you'll kick yourself if you find a mistake after you've told everyone about the book. No matter how many times you've read through your work, it's amazing how often errors can sneak through to the final stages. The problem: You're so familiar with the text that you see what you think you have written rather than what you actually wrote. For this reason, at the very least, it's good to ask a few friends to help you proofread.
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SXSW 2013: Self-publishing, David Carr and the 'theology of free'
Publishers Weekly
Despite a year at SXSW Interactive that seems to have both a big spurt in attendance and fewer book publishing focused panels, there were still some useful discussions of the evolution of publishing in the digital era and its financial underpinnings.
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3 tips for success in e-book marketing
Small Business Trends
The popularity of e-books provides obvious benefits for small business owners, entrepreneurs, and writers, offering a source of revenue, an increasingly viable business model, and a new opportunity for thought leadership among business experts and authors. With prices stabilizing and technology standardizing the publishing process, the time may be right for small businesses to experiment with this growing market.
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The fight you will have to fight
FutureBook
Not only has the world become faster and faster in recent years, and do we as consumers get more and more incentives fired at us per day, we also have less and less time to spend. Or, better said: we don’t make as much time for things as we used to do. This means the average attention span has decreased tremendously, and that it is increasingly difficult to catch it and hold it.
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Favorite grammar gaffes: Danglers
The New York Times
For The New York Time's After Deadline blog, here's a look at its list of recurring grammatical woes, dangling modifiers rank right alongside subject-verb problems and who-whom missteps. Participle constructions, appositives and other modifying phrases generally should be followed immediately by the noun or pronoun that the modifier describes. Getting this right lends polish and precision to our prose; missteps make our writing seem slipshod.
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5 lessons in marketing and publishing from Guy Kawasaki's 'APE'
Fast Company
Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch are launching APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur. This resource not only dispels the mystery and mechanics of self-publishing, it also provides two other benefits: it demonstrates how entrepreneurial authors can turn misfortune (stonewalling from traditional publishers) into an advantage, and teaches marketing leaders how to spread good content across untapped channels.
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New studies offer 5 ways publishers can capitalize on mobile trends now
Poynter
News publishers must deeply understand the contours of the shift or risk mobile becoming "digital hesitation 2.0." The market research firm comScore recently released its annual major mobile report. A dive into the data distills lessons for journalism right now, some of them counterintuitive.
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The ASJA Weekly
Alexandra Cantor Owens, ASJA Executive Director, 212.997-0947

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