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Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read
ASJA
Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2014 celebration will be held Sept. 21-27. ASJA was among the founders of Banned Books Week when it was first launched back in 1982. In the years since, ASJA's First Amendment Committee has worked to continue to defend the right to read. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. See the 10 most challenged titles of 2013.
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My Favorite Office Assistant: Freelancers have a special bond with their pets
Michelle V. Rafter, ASJA
When he was with me, my office assistant always let me know when a package had arrived, or if it was time for a break. He loved hanging out in the car while I ran errands, and lived for walks we took when I was frustrated with an article, or needed to stretch my legs.

It's been almost four months since I said goodbye to Riley, my family's wirehair fox terrier. He'd been my faithful office mate ever since we brought him home as a tiny fur ball 14 years ago. Riley was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in April 2013 and hung on for more than a year before cancer got the best of him and we had to let him go.

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How to Destroy Your Initial Idea (& Make Your Story Better)
Writer's Digest
There are few comments more deflating than when your readers agree that your 25-page story "really begins on page 24." We’ve worked hard on those first 23 pages. They're honed 'crafted and have a lot of good lines in them. And now we’re supposed to believe they're a mere prelude to the real story? Sometimes the answer is yes.
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In Brutal Year, 7th Journalist Is Killed in Afghanistan
The New York Times
An Afghan woman has become the seventh journalist killed in Afghanistan so far this year, an Afghan media group said Wednesday, adding to a toll that has already made 2014 by far the deadliest year for the news media here since the fall of the Taliban.
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How to Market a Self-Published Book
The Huffington Post
The advice you see on blogs telling you how to get people to buy your book is all pretty much awful. Guaranteed in five easy steps! This isn't because of bad intentions or even some sort of trickery, it's just that there's no one-size-fits-all solution to generating sales for your book.
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Quality Not Quantity for Self-Published Writers
Digital Book World
One of the complaints the self-publishing community often hit traditional publishers with is that they license authors' work and then hold onto it for one-two years before publishing it.
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7 Lies About Freelance Writers You Believe

Have you considered hiring a freelance writer but have a few preconceived notions that are holding you back? You're not alone. … Here are seven of the top lies about freelance writers that you might believe and the truth behind them.
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National Book Awards 2014 Longlist Nominees For Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry And Young People's Literature
The Huffington Post
This year's National Book Award longlist nominees include a blend of critical darlings and fresh faces. Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Louise Glück received a nod for her latest poetry collection, and the long-venerated E.O. Wilson was nominated for his nonfiction title The Meaning of Human Existence.
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