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ASJA Annual Writer's Conference 2015: Connect for Success
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ASJA's Annual Writer's Conference, to be held April 30 – May 2, 2015 in midtown Manhattan, New York, is the premier event for professional and aspiring freelance writers. With three days of educational content about the art and the business of independent nonfiction writing, this is THE writers conference to attend every year. Find out more.
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Businesses Are Hiring Writers Who Specialize
By James Carberry
Recently I asked a technology executive if businesses value writers as much as lawyers or accountants. "More so," he said.

As his comment suggests, writers are in demand today. A writer can make the difference in whether a company's content stands out in a content-saturated market, a start-up's business plan wins over skeptical investors or a CEO's speech inspires and motivates employees.

Often, businesses want writers who are specialists.

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The Power of Journaling
Writer's Digest
Overcoming a painful past usually involves sharing one's story and the associated feelings. Developing insight into past hurts, and connecting the dots between then and now enables one to make better choices moving forward. Journal writing is a powerful tool that opens the path to greater insight and self-knowledge.
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What Kids Are Reading: A Renaissance Learning Report
Publishers Weekly
In its latest report about reading, for the 2013-14 school year, Renaissance Learning gathered data from its Accelerated Reader-hosted database, utilized in more than 31,600 primary and secondary schools last year. The database includes book-reading records for more than 9.8 million students, who read more than 330 million books.
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Push for Parity: Our Paths as Journalists Are No Longer Simple Ones
Poynter.org
Author Ina Fried writes: "In one way, my road to becoming the female journalist I am today has been unusual. But in many aspects, it is typical of many of the women I know who have successfully navigated today's journalism landscape."
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Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: How to Choose?
Miami Herald
By the time John Kennedy Toole won the Pulitzer Prize for his great American novel, A Confederacy of Dunces, he had been dead for 12 years. Toole reportedly killed himself in part due to years of frustration over unsuccessful attempts to get his outrageously funny book about New Orleans published. It was only after his mother browbeat author Walker Percy into taking up the cause that Louisiana State University Press published the book in 1980.
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Computers Are Ranking the World's Important Authors
Engadget
Trying to rate the world's literary giants is tricky at best. Do you go by the number of books sold? The long-term cultural impact? If you're Dartmouth College researcher Allen Riddell, you make computers decide. As part of an effort to determine which books would be most valuable in the public domain, Riddell has developed an author ranking algorithm that determines the most important authors who died in a given year. The system ranks writers based on the age, length and popularity of their Wikipedia articles, along with the number of titles they have in the public domain.
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Do Men Read Books Written By Females?
GalleyCat
Do men read books written by female authors? To answer this question, the Goodreads team examined the reading habits of 40,000 active members (20,000 men and 20,000 women). From there, the collected data was used to create an infographic called "Sex and Reading: A Look at Who's Reading Whom."
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