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Welcome to the ASJA blog, where you’ll get current information about ASJA’s programs, as well as special features on the business and art of nonfiction freelance writing.


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The New Normal

By Margie Goldsmith

Six years ago, it was easy to pitch an editor, land an assignment (if you…


Writing is Murder

By Katherine Hauswirth

According to Forrest Wickman at Slate, the term “murder your darlings” or “kill your darlings,”…


Nice to Meet You!

By Bobbi Dempsey

Over the past week, I’ve been seemingly unable to escape the Adele song, “Hello.” (For…


Staying Sane on a Book Tour

By Amy Hill Hearth

I’ve done many book tours over the years, most recently when my publisher, Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books, sent me on the road this…


Reasons for Rejection

By Jodi Helmer

You don’t like to be rejected—no one does. But it’s part of being a freelance…