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• Alexandra Cantor Owens, ASJA Executive Director

Announcing the ASJA Annual Writing Awards
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Each year ASJA recognizes distinguished achievements in articles and books with a series of awards, which are presented at the annual ASJA Writers Conference. Most are limited to the ASJA membership; two awards are open to the public: The Arlene Awards for Work that Makes a Difference and the Donald Robinson Award for Investigative Reporting.

The Arlenes: Books and Articles That Make a Difference: The Arlene Article Award is presented annually to an article published within the prior two years. Eligble articles must have been published in 2011 or 2012. Eligible books must have been published in 2010, 2011 or 2012.

Donald Robinson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism Article: For an article, produced on a freelance basis, which represents exceptional achievement in the field of investigative reporting or expose. Entries eligible for the 2013 award must have been published during 2012.

Details and deadlines HERE.

October ushers 100 new titles on the nation's stands
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After a very healthy September, October witnessed the arrival of an even 100 new magazine titles on the nation’s newsstands. One quarter (25 titles) of the new magazines were published with an intended frequency while the remaining three quarters of the October crop (75 titles) were either annual publications or specials and book-a-zines. The October numbers are only one magazine lower than that of September. More

Mustering the courage to turn down a publishing contract
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Turning down a publishing offer when you have one in hand is one of the toughest decisions you will ever have to make … but sometimes, if the publisher has a poor reputation or the contract terms are bad, it's the wise thing to do. More

Is social media the magic bullet to promote your self published book?
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Social media is considered a powerful marketing tool across a wide range of industries. For authors, especially those who self-publish or use small publishers, promoting self published books with social media can be a great way to reach out to potential readers without all the added cost of advertising or in-person book tours. More

Penguin returns to e-book library lending and more book news
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Penguin will expand its small library e-book lending program to two major regions, Cleveland and Los Angeles County. About a year ago, Penguin pulled its e-books from libraries. The change is about back-end distribution systems: Instead of using the market-dominant OverDrive, Penguin is expanding a pilot program with 3M using distributor Baker & Taylor. This is super-interesting to people who know a lot about libraries and e-books, less so to end users. More

7 reasons you should try freelancing
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The worst thing about working at a job you hate is every day hating it even more. And hating yourself for not doing anything about it. Which means you end up hating your job and yourself. What if becoming an independent consultant made you happy? More

And Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year is …
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A telling part of our modern recapping tradition is choosing "words of the year." In 1789, lexicographers probably would have gone with guillotine. In 1912, iceberg surely would have been a contender. And for 2012, Oxford Dictionaries settled on GIF. More

Raine Miller rules self-published bestsellers list
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Novelist Raine Miller leads two marketplaces in our Self-Published Bestsellers List with her new novel, All In. To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we have compiled lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords. More


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