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Happy Holidays!
Greetings to all ASJA members and supporters:
As 2013 comes to a close, The American Society of Journalists and Authors would like to wish you a joyous holiday season. As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide our readers of The ASJA Weekly with a look at the most popular articles accessed since the publication's launch in October. The regular publication will resume on Jan. 3, 2014.

My Own Slow Writing Movement
By ASJA member Leslie Levine
From April 3: About eight years ago, sitting in my literary agent's kitchen sipping on a glass of wine, I slowly revealed the workings of a new book project. She'd successfully sold my third nonfiction book though I knew the agency also handled fiction. Still, I was nervous (hence the glass of wine). Anyway, as she prepared dinner I broached the subject. "I have an idea for a novel," I began. "Tell me," she answered. So I did.
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2014 Trends in Freelance Writing: 6 Things Every Freelancer Should Know
Business 2 Community
There has never been a better time to become a freelance writer. The opportunities for those with experience – and newbies too!
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Why I Like Being a 'Content Provider'
By ASJA member Minda Zetlin
From Nov. 8: If you spend a lot of time around long-time journalists, you may have heard the term "content provider" used with something like a sneer — generally from what I think of as the old guard: venerable writers who built their careers writing great news stories for great news organizations and are aghast at the changes the Internet has wrought upon the world they thought they knew.
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How the Most Successful Writers (and Others) Schedule Their Days
By ASJA member Laura Vanderkam
From July 3: I've spent the past several years writing about time management. I've studied the schedules of hundreds of people — including my own. The best productivity tip I've gleaned from all these calendars?

Match the right task to the right time. If you do this, it's amazing what you’ll get done.

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Inverse Wisdom for Authors
By ASJA member David Krueger, MD
From Oct. 23: I came home from college after my freshman year and announced to my Mom that I'd decided to major in psychology. She mentioned that she’d made an A in her college psychology course.

I said, "Oh, I didn't know that. You must have really enjoyed it and studied a lot." She said, "No, I just answered everything on the test the opposite of what I thought was right."

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5 Things That Should Be On Every Writer's Bucket List
Writer's Digest
From Feb. 5: When you stumble into this writing life, you're met with a massive lifetime to-do list of what's expected and required of you to ensure success: Write a lot, read a lot, start a blog, know your grammar, write a novel, attend a writers' conference, join social media …
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Can You Copyright An Idea?
Writer's Digest
From July 29: Q: I have a fantastic idea for a book. I’m unclear on copyright rules and I want to protect my idea from someone else copying it. What steps should a person take in order to protect an idea until it comes into print?
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How to Use Social Media to Support Your Writing Career
By ASJA member Dorri Olds
From May 1: Far too many freelancers say things like, "I don’t have time for Facebook; I don’t care what somebody had for lunch," or, "I don't get Twitter." Here’s the problem with these comments, they sound dinosaurish like latecomers who said, "Why would I ever want a cell phone?"

Saying you don't have time for social media is the same as saying you don't have time to tell anybody who you are and what you do. You're probably accustomed to attending networking lunches, handing out 20 business cards and making connections that lead to work. Think about that for a moment.

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The 10 Dos and Don'ts of Writing a Query Letter
Writer's Digest
From Jan. 30: Learning how to write a must-read query letter is nearly as important as writing a must-read manuscript — after all, an enticing query letter is what will get an agent to say, "Love your story. Send me the full manuscript."
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3 Reasons Why Making An App Could Boost Your Writing Career
By ASJA member Damon Brown
From May 29: About three years ago, my tech-savvy buddy Kurt Collins and I asked ourselves a question: Is there an app that allows you to take snippets of conversations and share them with the appropriate context? Our circle of friends had said some amazing, crazy, and funny things over the years, and we would have loved to have documented them. We also thought it could have some other interesting uses. An afternoon of chatting later, we realized the app didn’t already exist. So we made it.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    5 Opportunities to Increase Your Writing Productivity (Without Actually Writing) (Writer's Digest)
Cut and Paste (By Anne Cassidy)
How to Handle Brutal Criticism ( MFA in Fiction and Nonfiction)
Crowdsourcing the Next Best-Seller (Digital Book World)

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