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Dear Fellow ASJA Members—

Don't you find fall a great time for digging back into your writing and professional goals? If you haven't already renewed your membership, our annual renewal drive is underway. Pay your 2018 ASJA dues between now and Nov. 30 to be entered into a drawing for great prizes, including: 

  • a two-night resort stay at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains

  • a free registration for Members Day at ASJA's New York conference, May 18, 2018

  • the 2018 New York conference recordings

  • free registration to the regional conference of your choice over the next two years

  • a guaranteed Virtual Client Connections meeting with the offered editor of your choice in 2018

Click here to renew your membership for 2018*

We are also holding our Fall Membership Drive between now and Nov. 30. For each new member that you refer during the drive (either Associate or Professional), you get one entry into the raffle and also receive a 25% discount on your ASJA dues. We are waiving the $50 initiation fee during the Fall Membership Drive – pass on the code MI-JGG to fellow writers.  

Our new Associate Member category has been launched, with goals of building membership, widening our base and ensuring ASJA's future. That's where you come in. We're looking for professional members like you to serve as mentors. You'll be paired in a mentorship "pod" with up to four mentees, committing to communicating at least once per month. As thanks for sharing your expertise and time, you’ll receive a discount of 25% off your annual membership dues for each mentee who successfully joins ASJA as a professional member. Any questions regarding mentoring should be directed to Carolyn Crist at

Thanks for sustaining your commitment to the American Society of Journalists and Writers—both for your own career and for the careers of your fellow writers! Together we're strong.


*Please remember that you have to be logged into the ASJA Store in order to see the correct product. If you have any issues, click here first


  • A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God.
    – Sidney Sheldon
  • A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car.
    – Kenneth Tynan
  • A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self–addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.
    – Ring Lardner
  • A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print.
    – Marguerite Yourcenar
  • All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary – it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
    – Somerset Maugham
  • Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
    – Christopher Hampton
  • Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.
    – Lawrence Kasdan
  • Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.
    –Wilson Mizner
  • Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
    – Flannery O'Connor
  • I just wrote a book, but don't go out and buy it yet, because I don't think it's finished yet.
    – Lawrence Welk
  • I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
    – Douglas Adams
  • I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done.
    – Stephen Wright
  • It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
    – Robert Benchley
  • It's a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.
    – Andrew Jackson
  • Most writers can write books faster than publishers can write checks.
    – Richard Curtis
  • No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly; and this self–deceit is yet stronger with respect to the offspring of the mind.
    – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
    –Somerset Maugham
  • Writing a novel is like paddling from Boston to London in a bathtub. Sometimes the damn tub sinks. It's a wonder that most of them don't.
    – Stephen King
  • Writing a novel is like spelunking. You kind of create the right path for yourself. But, boy, are there so many points at which you think, absolutely, I'm going down the wrong hole here.
    – Chang–rae Lee
  • Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.
    –Samuel Johnson