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ASJA application fee 50 percent off through June
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ASJA executive director Alexandra Owens says, "I often hear freelance writers say something like this: 'Gee, I'd love to join ASJA, but the work I do doesn't qualify …' So we chat a few minutes, and most of the time that conversation ends up with 'Really? I didn't realize! Wonderful!'"

Since 1948 one prevailing principle has held true. ASJA's membership is open to professional independent writers of nonfiction. But as the industry changes, changes, and then changes again, so do our specific membership eligibility criteria regularly evolve. Rather than list specific markets that "count" and those that may not, ASJA's membership guidelines always strive to include the ways freelance writers are working in the real world.
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The help: How I work with a virtual assistant
By Michelle V. Rafter
I started using a virtual assistant for one reason: sleep, says Business journalist Michelle V. Rafter. After the last session of the 2011 ASJA writers' conference, I stayed at the Roosevelt Hotel in NYC for hours working on sign-ups for the WordCount Blogathon, the annual blogging challenge I run as part of my freelance writing website, which was starting the next day. Then I caught a cab to JFK, hopped on a plane, flew 3,000 miles back to Portland, caught another cab home and stayed up until 3 a.m. to finish creating a blog roll of the 200+ people who’d signed up for the event. All I can remember thinking is, there has got to be a better way.
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PricewaterhouseCoopers: The US consumer e-book market will be bigger than the print book market by 2017
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Lots of different outlets are trying to project the size of the U.S. ebook market and how fast it's growing. In its annual "Entertainment & Media Outlook," PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) estimates that trade (consumer, not educational or academic) e-books will drive $8.2 billion in sales by 2017 — surpassing projected print book sales, which it thinks will shrink by more than half during that period.
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4 things to consider when researching literary agents
Writer's Digest
There are hundreds of reasons an agent will pass on your pitch — doesn't connect with your story, not currently looking for clients, reps thrillers and you submitted a romance, is a Red Sox fan and refuses to rep a Yankees fan, etc. Your goal is to find agents most suited toward your writing to minimize the reasons they will pass.
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Trial on e-book price-fixing puts Apple in spotlight
The New York Times
Government lawyers are set to face off against Apple in a Manhattan, N.Y., courtroom, trying to prove that the company conspired with publishers to raise prices in the e-book market. But the evidence in the case will not just determine whether Apple has violated antitrust laws.
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Hybrid author Sylvia Day: 'The world cannot survive without the publishing Industry'
Digital Book World
When it came to getting a book published and distributed to a wide audience, it used to be that publishing houses with editorial, production, marketing and distribution operations were in the driver’s seat. All but a select few authors could dictate where the relationship went, how fast and under what terms.
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Put your hand on it first
Publishers Weekly
Misshelved books are the bane of every bookstore. Sometimes, staffers mis-shelve books because it's not clear just where that funky non-fiction book should actually go. And sometimes customers are being "helpful" and put the book back where they think it goes. Often they are right, but when they are wrong they can be spectacularly wrong. This makes finding books harder than it needs to be.
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How Mike Michalowicz went from unknown, self-published author to
mainstream publishing success

Forbes
Mike Michalowicz thought he had a great idea — a no-nonsense guide to entrepreneurship he called The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur: The Tell-It-Like-It-Is Guide to Cleaning Up in Business, Even if You Are at the End of Your Roll. But mainstream publishers didn't bite, so in 2008, he self-published it. "I thought I'd sell a million books, and that means you need to have at least 20,000 in stock," he recalls. "That was my faux pas. I literally had 20,000 books arrive at the warehouse."
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Writing satisfies need for creativity, catharsis
USA Today
Every three months, a group of us pile into my car stuffed with platters of cheese and turkey wraps, bottled water and chocolate chip cookies. We're all writers of some sort: A playwright, filmmaker, comic and two journalists. We drive to Columbus, Ohio, where we meet up with more writers — a novelist and storyteller — and U.S. veterans.
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James Altucher: 'I never hit publish unless I'm afraid of what people
will think of me'

GalleyCat
Would you pay readers back for reading your book? Author and entrepreneur James Altucher, shares his unique promotional strategy, Choose Yourself: Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream. Once you read his inspirational book, he will give you back your money.
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The ASJA Weekly
Alexandra Cantor Owens, ASJA Executive Director, 212.997-0947

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