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Tips for Making Writers Conference Magic
By Sherry Beck Paprocki for the ASJA Monthly
Our world of writing has changed in astonishing ways since 2009, the year I co-chaired the conference, and my book, which I brainstormed with an editor at a previous conference, made its conference bookstore debut.

Even though our world has been rocked by the recession and social media, there are some very basic tips for making magic in your career, if you’re attending any of our ASJA conferences this year. (In addition to our New York conference, we’re also hosting regional Content Connections conferences in San Francisco and Chicago this fall, so stay tuned for more details.)
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Two Writers. No Waiting.
By Susan Shafer
When I'm stuck on a writing project, I don't need to go far for help. All I do is walk into the kitchen or den and ask my partner Ron for fifteen minutes of his time. A writer, too, Ron is often available to discuss any project I'm working on. So, whether I'm drafting a profile of an illustrator or a play about a blind date, I can always turn to the other writer in the house for feedback.

Throughout time, there have been many author couples — from Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gelhorn to Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes — and perhaps they might have disagreed with me. But I find that living with another writer has many advantages.

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Do You Have What Publishers Really Want?
Writer's Digest
If you are a writer who dreams of landing a traditional publishing deal, you might have a nagging question in your mind. It's probably phrased something like, "Is my book idea what a publisher wants?" In fact, a better question to ask yourself is, "Do I have what publishers really want?"
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Why Audiobooks Are the Next Big Thing in Self-Publishing
PBS
I'm listening to the audio version my first book, "Burning the Map," says author Laura Caldwell. Which means, I'm listening to a talented actor, Piper Goodeve, inhabit the voice and the soul of Casey Evers, a character I wrote long ago, a character I wasn't sure I'd see (or hear) from again. It's even more gratifying because I produced the audiobook. After 14 books out, I have self-published for the first time.
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Startup Offers Free Ebooks So No Good Book Goes Unread
Mashable
Screwpulp helps indie authors find an audience with pricing driven by demand. Why It's Taking Off: Readers can download free books in exchange for reviewing them, and as reviews and download rack up, book price increases translating into better earnings for writers.
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Amazon's Vision for the Future of Self-Publishing
Digital Book World
The term "self-publishing" may have outlived its usefulness, according to Jon Fine, director of author and publishing relations at Amazon, speaking at the Publishing for Digital Minds conference in London. When asked at a recent past conference what "self-publishing" looked like in ten years, Fine, who is intimately involved in that business at Amazon, said that it probably won't be called that anymore. In the future, authors will publish in a number of ways.
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Journalism Needs the Right Skills to Survive
Poynter
Despite the economic imperatives facing the media industry, professional journalists lag behind educators and others in rating the importance of multimedia and other digital storytelling skills. That finding is the result of new research from The Poynter Institute, which shows a wide divergence between professionals and educators in their thinking on the importance of core journalism skills, especially those skills that are essential for mastering new methods of gathering and delivering news and information.
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The Influential Blogger
The WRITER
Blogger-brand collaboration is a growing trend in the digital world. Writers behind popular blogs have become trusted voices for their daily audiences. But blogs have also become favorite platforms through which brands, along with marketing and public relations firms, share messages from a trusted source with an already established audience. But growing a blogger-brand relationship can take both time and effort.
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How Some Journalists Are Using Anonymous Secret-Sharing Apps
Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard
Gossip mongering in anonymous social networks isn’t the future of journalism, but it sure seems to be part of it. Journalism has long debated the merits of anonymous sourcing — witness the latest hubbub at The New York Times — but at least in those cases the reporter (and hopefully the editor) know the identity of the speaker.
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