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ASJA Announces Annual Writing Award Winners
The American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) announces the recipients of its annual writing awards, honoring the outstanding nonfiction work produced on a freelance basis during the past year. All are welcome to the ASJA Awards Gala on Thursday, April 30 at the Roosevelt Hotel. Tickets available here.
Have You Applied for ASJA Membership?
Member's Day at the Annual Conference is just one of many benefits that come with an ASJA membership, but we know it's a big one. This full day of exclusive professional content is one of the most popular events on our calendar. If you want to attend on Thursday, April 30 you MUST be an ASJA member. But fear not, there's still time! Get your application in by April 8 and you can be a member in time to participate in all the events of the day, including Client Connections, ASJA's own speed-networking event with hiring editors and literary agents.
New Jersey Luxury Magazine Sends Cease-and-Desist to Freelancer Trying to Get Paid
Jim Romanesko writes: "Today I received another email about HudsonMOD not paying a freelancer; this time it was Terry Ward trying collect $3,460 for her articles. She was sent a cease-and-desist email after tweeting about her collection troubles."
"It's been months of trying to get paid by this ‘magazine,'" says Ward, "and the minute I start tweeting that they don't pay writers, they try to make me stop spreading it on social media."
Stand By While I Find My PomPoms
An editor from Fast Company declared that everyone knows that freelancing stinks, from the harried writers who don't get paid on time to readers who must put up with shoddy content. ASJA's President Randy Dotinga strikes back.
Pursuit of Freelancing Happiness
ASJA via Beyond the Book
And more food for thought about freelancing: Copyright Clearance Center's Beyond the Book podcast recently sat down with ASJA President Randy Rotinga to about the pursuit of freelancing happiness.
5 Ways That ASJA Membership Has Helped My Freelance Writing Career
Jennifer Goforth Gregory, ASJA
I love the freedom of being a freelancer. I only have to work with people who are nice. I can write about different topics and learn about all different subjects instead of just one industry. If it's a sunny day, I can spend the afternoon jet skiing on the lake if I don’t have any deadlines. And I am able to take way more than a two-week vacation, which has given me many memories with my kids.
But for all of the upsides, there are times when it can be lonely as a freelancer. There is no one to bounce ideas off when you find yourself working for a challenging client. You are on your own for finding new markets and often find yourself wondering what a publication pays writers. And often you feel like you don't quite fit in with your friends that work in an office because your challenges are different. Not to mention dealing with the many misconceptions that people have about the freelance life, especially at family gatherings.
Facebook May Host News Sites' Content
The New York Times
Nothing attracts news organizations like Facebook. And nothing makes them more nervous.
With 1.4 billion users, the social media site has become a vital source of traffic for publishers looking to reach an increasingly fragmented audience glued to smartphones. In recent months, Facebook has been quietly holding talks with at least half a dozen media companies about hosting their content inside Facebook rather than making users tap a link to go to an external site.
5 Reasons Why Your Book Isn't Being Carried in Bookstores
The Huffington Post
Most new authors assume their books are going to be carried in any brick-and-mortar store they go into; savvier authors who've been around the block a few times know that it's not that cut and dry. And it's only becoming harder in today's publishing climate, as more and more books compete for less and less shelf space. And if you're a self-published author, you're operating at a significant disadvantage.
And even if you have traditional distribution, or CreateSpace's "expanded distribution," there are lots of reasons bookstores won't be carrying your book by default, including the following.
DIY: How to Self-Publish an Audiobook
Audiobooks can open up new markets and revenue streams for self-published authors — but, as with all things indie, you have to put in plenty of time, effort and money.
"We're not just standing there reading a book into a mic," says Jeffrey Kafer, a professional voiceover artist who has recorded audiobooks for the likes of Clive Barker and Maya Banks. "So much else goes into it."
Indie authors looking to create audiobooks have several options, some more labor intensive and pricier than others.
6 Things I Learned While Writing My First Book
Writing a book will almost kill you. By the end, you'll be exhausted, brain dead and filled with a bubbling sense of anxiety.
Books are complicated things. It doesn't matter if it's a technical manual, nonfiction or fiction, keeping track of everything requires a lot of effort, which is exactly why special software exists for helping you do that.
How to Make Money Writing and Publishing Books
Money Talks News
Everybody's got a story to tell, and you may dream of seeing yours in print.
With today's technology, book publishing is open to just about anyone who can write (and even some who can't, for that matter).
But will your book leave you rolling in 50 shades of green?
Writing a book is one thing. Profiting from publishing is another story.
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