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ASJA's Content Connections, Nov. 7-8
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Digital content doesn’t write itself. If you’re reading it, someone wrote it.

Corporations, nonprofits, associations, custom publishers, marketing agencies and others need expert content for each project. Professional freelance writers and editors have the skills that are sought by these groups. This is a partnership with success written all over it…when you make the right connections.

ASJA's Content Connections is a new conference created to connect professional freelance writers and editors with those in the business world who need their expertise. Join us in Chicago, Nov. 7 and 8, to share proven — and explore promising — content practices. Content Connections will bring together professional freelance writers with companies and other publishers who need to know how to find, inspire, and manage the great content creation they seek.
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Take a break!
By Caitlin Kelly
The main reason some of us became freelancers – which I've been full-time, again, since 2006 – is to enjoy the freedom to run our own schedule, writes Caitlin Kelly, author of Malled: My Unintentional Career in Retail. But many writers are reluctant to make sure that vacation time, even occasional hooky days, is scheduled into their life as well.

For some, it's the financial pressure of raising a family or the fear you'll miss a lucrative opportunity, or several, if you lift your nose from the grindstone. With all due respect to workaholics, I disagree. Without dedicated time off, preferably an unbroken, work-free stretch of two, even three weeks, or longer, we become weary automatons, cranking it out and burning out in the process.

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How to write the perfect query letter
Writer's Digest
One of the easiest ways to learn what makes a good, standard query letter is simply to see an example of one that does its job well. If you write fiction or narrative nonfiction, a query letter is your first (and often, your only) chance to get an agent interested in reading (and, with hope, signing) your work. You should put just as much care and attention into crafting and polishing your query as you did into your manuscript.
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J.K. Rowling's The Cuckoo's Calling soars to No.1
Digital Book World
When news that Robert Galbraith is in fact a penname for accomplished author J.K. Rowling leaked to the press earlier this month, sales of his first book The Cuckcoo's Calling increased drastically. Prior to the news, sales of the ebook version were reported to be around only 7,000.
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Trust me
The Writer
In the September issue of The Writer, novelist Alice Hoffman gives this piece of advice: "Be careful who you let read your work. I'm a big believer in writing programs and workshops, but you can't listen to everybody's voice. You have to decide who you're going to trust. First yourself."
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Free app converts all uppercase or all lowercase text
GalleyCat
Do you have an all-caps email or article you wish you could read with correct punctuation? AppNewser has more about a free app to help you perform this conversion online or within Google's Chrome browser.
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Penguin's Book Country plans store where self-published authors
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Book Country, Penguin's online community for self-published authors, plans to launch a bookstore where authors can sell their e-books directly. The site, which allows authors to post their writing and give each other feedback, also recently expanded the number of genres that it covers to 60, including literary fiction and nonfiction.
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Story by Catch-22 author published for the first time
NPR
A previously unpublished short story by Catch-22 author Joseph Heller comes out in The Strand Magazine … The magazine's editor, Andrew Gulli, said he found the story in the library archives at Brandeis University while doing research. "Almost Like Christmas" is a grim tale about a racially charged street fight — filled with what Heller calls "the primordial brutality of an alley fracas" — that leads to a racist mob. A black boy stabs a white man in self-defense during the fight, and the story is heavy with the anticipation of a lynching.
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The ASJA Weekly
Alexandra Cantor Owens, ASJA Executive Director, 212.997-0947

Colby Horton, Vice President of Publishing, 469.420.2601
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