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A Mission to Improve ASJA
Randy Dotinga, ASJA President

I believe the ASJA must be a resource, a voice and an advocate for independent writers: Your resource, your voice, and your advocate. As ASJA's new president, my mission is to boost our influence in all three of these areas. I'll talk about our role as a voice and an advocate in a future column. But let's start with the role that's most crucial to your bottom line: the ASJA as a resource.
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Literary San Francisco
Sara Godwin, ASJA
Take an extra day or two before and after ASJA's Next Avenues in Journalism conference and explore San Francisco, referred to by locals as "The City," as though there were no other. And really there isn't, at least, not another city like San Francisco. Here's a collection of (mostly) free stuff to do that you really shouldn’t miss.
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Negotiating a Publishing Contract
Milt Toby, ASJA
Identifying potential problem areas in publishing contracts is a primary focus of ASJA's Contracts & Conflicts Committee. We're good at pointing out troublesome language and suggesting changes to make a contract more palatable, but what's a writer supposed to do with those suggestions? How do you convince an editor to make the changes you want?

Negotiating successfully is a skill that can be learned. My presentation at this year's conference, "So You Want to Be … A Master Negotiator," discussed the three phases of a successful negotiation: organization, prioritization, and compromise.

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Self-Published Authors Make A Living — And Sometimes A Fortune
NPR
Five years ago, printing your own book was stigmatized and was seen as a mark of failure. "But now," says Dana Beth Weinberg, a sociologist at Queens College who is studying the industry, "the self-published authors walk into the room, and they say, oh, well, 'I made a quarter million dollars last year, or $100,000, or made $10,000.' And it is still more than what some of these authors are making with their very prestigious contracts."
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31 Percent of Daily E-Book Sales Are Now by Self-Published Authors
Small Business Trends
It used to be that publishing an e-book could be an effective branding or marketing effort. It could establish you as an expert in your field, help you market other products or services, and perhaps get you more clients or speaking engagements. But now e-books are becoming a viable business of their own. Even very small publishers are getting in on the action.
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5 Essential Tips for Writing Killer Fight Scenes
Writer's Digest
Fight scenes are dangerous territory for writers. On the surface, they seem as if they're guaranteed to keep the reader glued to the action in the same way as they often do at the movies. In reality, though, readers tend to skip over fight scenes – skimming the long, tedious, blow-by-blow descriptions in favour of getting back to the dialogue and character-driven drama that truly engages them in the story.
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5 Authors Share Their Top Tips For Book Publicity
The WRITER
Novelist Jenna Blum is no stranger to ambitious marketing plans. For her first book, she visited over 800 book clubs in person, in the Boston area alone. To promote her second novel, The Stormchasers, she undertook a driving tour of every Midwestern city with a bookstore, chasing storms and posting on social media along the way.
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The News, in 100 Words or Less
10,000 Words
Uh, oh, the sky is falling. This month, AbridgeME.com launched as the first user-generated summation tool for news articles. Weird timing, right? At a moment when everyone is dedicated to providing stacks of digital flashcards and explainers for the news, founder Eric Rems wants to cut to the chase.
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How to Sell Your Picture Book
Writer's Digest
Pitching a picture book? Things are looking up. Although the Association of American Publishers reports that book sales in the children's/young adult segment declined from January to October 2013, many agents observed an uptick in picture book acquisitions throughout 2013 and into 2014.
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FastPencil Inks Deal With Evernote So Users Can Self-Publish Ebooks
Digital Book World
FastPencil, the fastest, easiest way to write and self-publish books, announced today they are offering all Evernote users the ability to instantly self-publish their notes using the FastPencil platform for ingestion, book building, transition to print and eBooks formats, online distribution and selling of the finished book.
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