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Don't forget to watch our ASJA Webcasts!
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The ASJA Educational Foundation presents an ongoing series of webcasts, most available free to the public. (The rest are available free to ASJA members!) Every few weeks we do another one. Take an hour to sharpen your freelance writing skills with one of these pithy webcasts. Recent topics the public may view include:
- Show to Create a Killer Book Proposal for a Dead Tough Market
- The Dos and Don'ts of Writing Pricing
- Secrets of Self-Publishing From the Experts
- Exploiting and Profiting From Your Book's Audio Rights
- And more.
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The Albee Agency: Book publicity faked
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Albee bills itself as a new breed of book publicists … even without the fake testimonials, there is plenty to beware of here. More

Newsweeklies are a dying breed
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Newsweek may be the first but there's a good chance it won't be the last newsweekly to ditch its print product. Publications like The Week, Time and even The Economist are losing ad pages—the real magazine money maker, fueling the prediction made by the director of the Center for the Digital Future at USC at this week's American Magazine Conference that, in the war between print and digital magazines, newsweeklies will be the first to go. More

Let the e-book price wars begin: Three e-book pricing predictions
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In case you haven't been paying attention, there's been a little flap over the past year about ebook pricing. Nothing too important to worry about — just a Justice Department lawsuit alleging price-fixing conspiracy, a major settlement with billion-dollar implications and an upcoming court date between Apple, Penguin, Macmillan and the United States Department of Justice that should feature some special guests, including Amazon. More

Small businesses wonder if Supreme Court case will hurt second-hand sales
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Auctioneer William "Tripp" Kline III has a question for the U.S. Supreme Court, if it rules in favor of a publisher whose case the justices heard recently. "Am I supposed to find the surviving members of Paul Revere, who was a silversmith, to get permission to sell one of his silver spoons at auction?" said Kline, owner and president of Three Rivers Auction Co. in Washington, Pa. More

How to stay motivated when you work from home
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going virtual, and some of the most successful small businesses are run entirely from home. With online conferencing and project management tools, websites where you can outsource to workers all over the world, and most clients now recognizing that working from home doesn’t mean you're small potatoes, there’s no reason not to be home-based. More

Authors exercise their 'write' to self-publish
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Richard Paul Evans went from a 700-square-foot Salt Lake City house to a much larger one, all because of a little tale he wrote for his daughters. Did he think he could sell it and that everyone would fall in love with his book? Negative, Evans said. "The idea of being a novelist is really romantic, but it's kind of the same as being President of the United States - it's not gonna happen," he said. But it DID happen for Rick Evans. You may remember "The Christmas Box," a mega hit 20 years ago. Evans first printed only 20 copies of the book. But in the days before the Internet took off, friends started passing dog-eared copies around — and bookstores started asking for it. More

Can local newspapers collaborate with blogs? J-Lab finds answers
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With U.S. newspapers losing more than 42,000 journalists since 2007, local news coverage has suffered. At the same time, hundreds of local blogs and news sites have launched in their markets. J-Lab recently released the results of a three-year project that attempts to answer the question: "What role can traditional news organizations play not only to expose their audiences to more news than they themselves can deliver, but also to connect new sources of information rising throughout their communities?" More

Amazon's Appstore is on fire: 500 percent more downloads this year
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Even without a platform of its own, Amazon is doing just fine when it comes to mobile apps. The company announced that "app downloads in the Appstore have grown more than 500 percent over the previous year." The two biggest drivers of such growth are likely to be Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet line, introduced in September 2011, and strong developer support for programmers to create compelling Android applications for Amazon's tablets. More


 

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