The ASJA Weekly
Mar. 21, 2014

Famed Biographer Kitty Kelley Wins Career Achievement Award

The American Society of Journalists and Authors, ASJA, will award its Founders' Award for Career Achievement next month to Kitty Kelley at the group's 43rd annual writers' conference in New York. Kelley, a long-time member of ASJA, is the author of numerous best-selling biographies, all of them written despite the subject's active attempts to thwart her research.

Minda Zetlin, ASJA president, announced the award. "We're pleased to honor what's been, and continues to be, a career marked by talent, meticulous research and the ability to persist in the face of discouragement," said Zetlin. The award comes with a lifetime membership in ASJA. More

ASJA 2014 Conference
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Get your message across to hundreds of influential journalists, authors, bloggers, columnists, and thought leaders in the journalism and publishing industries. Find out what your peers in self-publishing, book publishing and sales, digital media, custom content, author and writer services, and journalism graduate programs have taken advantage of for years. The ASJA Writers Conference exhibit hall is the best place to meet the right professional writers for your publications. Visit the ASJA website or contact Pamela Strother for details.

Join BiblioCrunch, Smith Publicity, Publishers Weekly, PublishNext, Barnes & Noble, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Hunter College Writing Center CE and many more in deepening relationships with the nation’s most successful freelance writers.More

When You Have a Full Plate
By Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Are you like many freelance writers and take on too much, ignoring symptoms of stress until you blow a gasket or two?

As freelancers, it can be difficult figuring out how, and when, to say no. When a job (for pay or volunteer) that you've had begins to feel burdensome, or a new assignment comes along that you don't want to turn away because, really, how do you say no, do you say yes, or no?More

25 Tips To Make You a Better Nonfiction Writer
Writer's Digest
We writers share one thing in common: We exist for the moment a reader gently sets eyes to our first word, our first sentence. From that instant forward, our fate is in our own hands. Either they keep going or they cast us aside.More

New Book Offers Tips On Starting A Magazine In the Digital Age
10,000 Words
So you think you wanna launch a magazine? Then maybe Mary Hogarth's new book "How To Launch A Magazine In This Digital Age" will be your new Bible.More

Teju Cole Breaks Into Narrative on Twitter
If you are active on Twitter, you know the powerful capability of relaying a message in 140 characters. The least effective tweets come off as PR. The most effective are truly narrative – concisely slender and muscular at the same time. Author Teju Cole took Twitter to a new level this week by releasing "A Piece of the Wall," an essay on immigration in approximately 250 tweets (or 4,000 words). Cole previously worked in the Twitter "genre" with his "small fates" project, based on a French style of newspaper micro-reporting. More

Writer's Block Equals Quick Takes on a Few Items
The Mountain Press
Every few weeks, my mental well runs dry, writes Jason Davis, editor of The Mountain Press. Coming up with column and editorial ideas day after day can get taxing. So today, I'm going to be all over the map, hitting on little pieces of this and that I've found interesting. I stumbled across a video on Facebook over the week, shared by a friend, that was really thought-provoking.More

7 Tips for Igniting Your Content With Social Media
"Content is fire. Social media is gasoline." Jay Baer uses this analogy to explain the idea that content is the main substance in any digital marketing campaign; social media channels ignite that content and help it to spread. More

How Amazon Destroyed the Publishing Ecosystem
The Future of Book Publishing
Everyone takes a shot at Amazon, and it's not difficult to see why. Founder/CEO Jeff Bezos is blamed for just about every corporate crime imaginable, from pricing that destroys competition to suffocating warehouse employees on hot summer days (apparently no longer a problem). More