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Don't Miss Pitch Slams at ASJA2015
ASJA
Hone your pitching techniques and sell yourself in front of established editors at ASJA2015: Connect for Success. The editors will give a brief overview of their publications and the types of pitches they want to receive. Then, step up to the mic and give your one-minute pitch-and receive immediate feedback. No pitch? No problem-you'll still learn from the discussion. Check out the first Pitch Slam session here. Note: members get access to one additional Pitch Slam – Not a member? Find out how to join.

Can't Attend ASJA2015? Purchase Recordings!
While we can’t bring the whole conference experience to you, we can provide recordings for those unable to attend ASJA2015: Connect for Success, April 30 – May 2 in New York City. Find more details here, and we hope to see you next year for the high-level networking, Pitch Slams, Client Connections, and more.
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Exhibit at ASJA2015: Connect For Success
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If you're in a business, any business, that uses freelance writers — or wants writers to know about you — you will find ASJA2015 offers excellent marketing opportunities. Freelance writers are more influential than ever and you want them talking about you and your business.

ASJA’s professional members and conference attendees work in all facets of the nation's media, including magazines and journals, radio, television, online media, newspapers, corporate communication and nonfiction books on every subject. At ASJA2015 you’ll join hundreds of freelance writers, scores of literary agents, and editors from Men's Journal, Woman's Day, New York, Pace, NBC News, Time Inc. Content Solutions, Meredith, Hearst, Penguin Random House, St. Martin's Press, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and more! See Sponsor and Exhibitor information here.

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ShopTalk: Turn Your Knowledge into a Money-Making E-Course
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Today's freelance writers are looking for more ways to leverage their intellectual capital. Discover how to convert what you know already into marketable e-courses or training programs that can add to your bottom line during this month's ASJA ShopTalk, Wednesday, April 15 at 1 p.m. Learn how to present course information and the options for delivering it efficiently and effectively.

Our guest expert, Carol Tice, has been teaching paid courses online since 2010, when she co-presented her first webinar, "40 Ways to Market Your Writing." Her current courses she presents with Linda Formichelli of The Renegade Writer include "4-Week J-School," "The Freelance Writer's Pitch Clinic," and "Article Writing Masterclass" — all available at usefulwritingcourses.com. She also creates quarterly four-week bootcamps for her Freelance Writers Den community. Carol writes the "Make a Living Writing" blog, which appears on Writers Digest's 2014 "101 Best Sites for Writers" list.

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Why Shouldn't You (Or Your Concept) Be On TV?
Rachel Weingarten, ASJA
As writers, we're used to seeing our bylines on articles; after the novelty wears off though, it frequently becomes more about collecting a paycheck than challenging our creativity.

Every so often, an idea, source or trend comes along that seems too big or too interesting to constrain to a single story. Some writers use that moment as a catalyst to segue from general writing to specializing; others, begin writing weekly columns on a single topic; still others manage to turn their knowledge and research into a book.

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5 Ways to Start Writing Your Novel Today
Writer's Digest
Maybe you started a project during NaNoWriMo but never quite got around to it finishing it. Maybe you’re contemplating writing your first novel. Either way, you have a story to tell, but there’s one thing standing in the way. The thing that defeats even the most seasoned writers. That blank page of your project, or the next blank page after you’ve barely squeaked out a chapter. It’s staring at you, looming, vacuuming all the witty words you carried with you to your laptop or your notebook straight out of your mind into its vast white void of blankness. Sometimes it can all be too much. You gently shut the lid of your laptop and go make yourself a coffee. Another day, you tell yourself. The muse isn't here. There's always tomorrow.
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The Curious (and Vital) Power of Print
The New York Times
Who buys the print edition of the newspaper? Just a few Luddites who wouldn't know a smartphone if their horse-drawn buggy crushed it on the cobblestones? Octogenarians and their older brothers? That seems to be the conventional wisdom. On Twitter, Chris Boutet had a funny line recently. "The following is a list of people who still subscribe to newspapers: Journalists, their parents."
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Online Book Shopping Overtakes In-store for First Time
The Bookseller
Print book sales showed "continuing resilience" in 2014, with overall spending on print and digital titles increasing across the year. Meanwhile, online book buying overtook in-store book buying for the first time last year. In 2014, sales of print and e-books stood at £2.2bn, up 4 percent from the previous year. The data was revealed at Nielsen Book's annual conference, BookInsights.
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How to Self-Publish an Audiobook
Publishers Weekly
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."
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Want to Succeed in Self-Publishing? Learn to Have Fun: Tips from an Indie Author
Publishers Weekly
Indie author Mary Frame self-published the first book in her Imperfect series last spring. Imperfect Chemistry earned a glowing review from Publishers Weekly, with our reviewer saying "the blend of humor and heart makes for a thoughtful, highly entertaining read" and that "perfectly imperfect characters and situations make Frame's debut novel sparkle."
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6 Things I Learned While Writing My First Book
Lifehacker
Books are complicated things. It doesn't matter if it's a technical manual, non-fiction, or fiction, keeping track of everything requires a lot of effort, which is exactly why special software exists for helping you do that. After trying out a bunch of different software, I settled on Ulysses (though Scrivener is excellent as well, as is Evernote) to get everything organized.
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