July 2014

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Feature Articles


From the President's Desk
A Mission to Improve ASJA

By Randy Dotinga

July 2014

Sometimes it takes a Jumbotron in Times Square to concentrate the mind.

A few months ago, the folks at PR Newswire invited me to take part in a Twitter interview about writers’ rights. I answered questions about copyright and contracts while the company showcased my face on the Reuters digital billboard at 43rd and Broadway.… Continue Reading

Writing Life
The Elusive Quest for Writing Success

By John Moir

July 2014

I arrived at the Maui Writers Conference filled with elation. It was the late 1990s, and I had been selected to participate in a small, three-day, pre-conference workshop with several prominent authors. Here was an Opportunity—with a capital “O.” But as the workshop began, doubts crept into my mind: how would I measure up?… Continue Reading

Letter of the Law
When Is It Okay to Sleep On Your (Copy) Rights?

By David Leichtman

July 2014

Following up on a terrific annual conference, ASJA asked me to provide a monthly column on issues in copyright and publishing law that impact ASJA members. I am delighted to do so, and this first edition provides the opportunity to deliver some good news.… Continue Reading


The Society Page

July 2014

A second edition of The Complete Gone With the Wind Trivia Book by Pauline Bartel was published in June, in honor of the film’s 75th anniversary. This major rewrite of the 1989 original continues the behind-the-scenes chronicle of GWTW—the book, the movie, and the phenomenon that continues today.… Continue Reading

What's In Store

July 2014

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey Knopf,2013 | 278 pages | $16

Writers, artists and other creative types probably all agree on one immutable rule: The process of bringing our work from concept to reality is an inherently inefficient one.… Continue Reading