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#ConnectChat Recap: Succeed in Freelancing With ASJA
PRNewswire via ProfNet
On April 12, ASJA Executive Director Alexandra Owens did a #ConnectChat interview with ProfNet Connect on how to succeed in freelance writing.

"With the traditional media industry struggling to find a new business model, freelance writers are being tossed about," Owens said. "It's not as simple as low pay or more competition; it's all changing and freelance writers, like everyone else, have to adapt. The good news is that freelancing is, by definition, being able to adapt."

More advice will be available at the 2013 ASJA Annual Conference, April 25-27 in New York City.

Owens is not the first ASJA star to be up on the big screen in Times Square just yards from the ASJA office; members Susan Weiner, Leah Ingram, Sandra Beckwith and others had preceded her.
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E-books growth is up, both traditional and self-published
Small Business Trends
A recent report shows that book publishers received nearly 23 percent of their revenues from sales of e-books (versus paper books) during 2012. That's up from 17 percent the year before. That comes from full-year data by the Association of American Publishers.
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10 ways self-publishing has changed the books world
The Guardian
After a boom year in self-publishing the headlines are getting a little predictable. Most feature a doughty author who quickly builds demand for her work and is rewarded with a large contract from the traditional industry. But in our rush to admire, there's a risk we overlook the wider cultural significance of what is going on.
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Thou shalt not stoop to political point-scoring
Slate
Twitter has only made the business of news gathering and sharing in the wake of a disaster more treacherous. If, as a wise journalist once said, journalism is the first rough draft of history, then Twitter is the first rough draft of journalism. During nightmarish events like the bombings at the Boston Marathon, the micro-blogging service is both the cause of and solution to a whole lot of journalistic problems.
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7 characteristics of highly creative people
Inc.
Sure, it's possible for everyone to nurture his or her creative side, but honest observation shows that fresh ideas come more easily to some people than to others. If you're in the market for individuals to drive innovation at your business, how can you hire these naturally creative folks?
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The Well-Readheads write an acknowledgments section
Book Riot
In The Well-Readheads, copper-locked contributors Rebecca Joines Schinsky and Liberty Hardy discuss their love of literature and all things book-related.
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Make more time for your writing
Writer's Digest
We all get the same 24 hours in a day. What you do with yours is up to you. You may believe that you have "no time," but the fact is, you have just as much time as anyone else. What varies for every writer is our unique mix of work and family responsibilities, financial commitments, sleep requirements, physical and emotional space for writing, and perhaps most importantly, our ability and willingness to prioritize writing in this mix.
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New publisher authors trust: Themselves
The New York Times
When the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and author David Mamet released his last book, The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture, with the Sentinel publishing house in 2011, it sold well enough to make The New York Times best-seller list. This year, when Mamet set out to publish his next one, a novella and two short stories about war, he decided to take a very different path: he will self-publish.
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Meet the latest self-publishing sensation, Rachel Van Dyken
Forbes
Once again, a self-published author has bested the competition from the likes of Penguin, Random House, Amazon, Macmillan and many other major players to climb atop the e-book best-seller list.
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What makes a good children's book?
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Jane O'Conner's multimillion dollar children's book empire was born almost by accident. She was cooking dinner for her three sons in 2005 and while the pots bubbled on the stove, an idea bubbled up, too. "All of a sudden," she said, "the name Fancy Nancy flew in my head." O'Conner fed her family. And then she went to work on what would become a best-selling storybook collection that has sold 22 million copies.
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Are hashtags useful?
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Of all of the techniques, strategies, flotsam and jetsam to spawn from social media since its meteoric rise in the mid-2000's, there may be nothing as polarizing as the hashtag. Some users utilize hashtags any chance that they get, others see them as an aesthetic and textual nuisance.
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Is Amazon good or bad for the publishing business?
Publishers Weekly
In planning the third annual London Book Fair's Great Debate, co-organizer Susan Danziger, organizer of The Publishing Point and founder of Ziggeo, said it occurred to her there was one topic in particular that people are thinking and talking about in private, but rarely in public: the role and influence of Amazon on the publishing industry. Is Amazon a friend or foe? That was the question at the heart of this year's debate, which put forth the following resolution: Amazon is a positive influence on the publishing industry.
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The view of e-books from the inside
The New York Times
Technology companies will occasionally acknowledge they were wrong — just last week Apple had to apologize to its Chinese customers — but you hardly ever hear them express doubt about the glorious future they are building for us all. So it is refreshing to see Jason Merkoski, a leader of the team that built Amazon's first Kindle, dispense with the usual techo-utopianism and say, "I think we've made a proverbial pact with the devil in digitizing our words."
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How photographers joined the self-publishing revolution
The Guardian
Cristina de Middel's self-published photobook depicting Zambia's 1964 space project is one of an increasing number of success stories for photographers going it alone
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Alexandra Cantor Owens, ASJA Executive Director, 212.997-0947

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