UPDATE March 16, 2017:
Our fears have come to pass. You may have seen the news this morning that President Trump’s proposed budget, released earlier today, calls for the elimination of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities. The budget—which must be passed by Congress—will be the subject of vigorous debate on Capitol Hill in the coming months.
Now is the time to act.
Why You Should Help
The NEA is the only U.S. federal agency that is dedicated to supporting the future of the arts, and especially literature, through its grants to upcoming writers and literary organizations. The NEA and NEH each account for only .003 percent of federal spending and are the only agencies that represent our thriving arts culture. These organizations support countless authors, literary organizations, and artistic endeavors, and are particularly important because they allow the arts to flourish in geographic and economic areas otherwise underserved by the arts.
How You Can Help
1. Sign the Authors Guild’s Letter
The Guild is sending letters to members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and we hope to collect as many signatures from you as we can.
2. Contact your Representative
Speak to or write your Congressperson and let them know that cutting funding for the arts, and literature in particular, is not acceptable.
In approximate order of effectiveness, the best ways to make sure your representatives in Congress and the Senate hear you are to:
Meet with them in person. You can contact their office to set up a meeting or, if you are comfortable with doing so, attend a local event where they are speaking and raise your hand and make sure you are heard.
Mail a letter (they are less and less frequently received, so they actually get read!).
Call or write an e-mail.
You may want to mention projects in your state that are funded by the NEA and the NEH.
Feel free to use as much of the from the Authors Guild as you wish, keeping in mind that personalized letters tend to be more effective—but the quantity of letters received is also important.
Bottom line: make sure your voice is heard.
Speechwriting is the top paying specialty for writers.
Speechwriters who know how to produce good soundbites get the best jobs – whether on staff or freelance.
Learn how to make speechwriting and soundbiting work for you at my PRSAdallas bootcamp on Friday March 24. Bring your questions … get professional answers … boost your career.
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Calling all Speakers!
IABC Heritage Region Seeking Speakers for the 2017 Region Conference being held at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA, November 5-7, 2017
The IABC Heritage Region is currently seeking speakers for the 2017 Regional Conference being held November 5-7 at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh. The conference will consist of approximately twenty 75-minute breakout sessions and in-depth 3-hour sessions on key topics affecting today’s business communicators.
The conference draws nearly 200 communicators from the northeastern, midwestern and mid-Atlantic United States, as well as Canada.
No, you don’t have to be an ASJA member to benefit from ASJA’s terrific writing conferences. Read on ..
May 5 – 6, 2017
Annual Conference Update
By Estelle Erasmus, ASJA New York City 2017 Conference Chair
I’m excited to make two announcements: that the big reveal of our conference program will be up on the site on January 24th, and that we are extending our early bird rate until February 7th.
This year’s conference will have several tracks for both members day and nonmembers day. For members day, we will cover Books & Beyond, Work Life Pivot, Pro Tips and Tool Kit through our sessions, geared for the seasoned freelance writer. For nonmembers day we will have sessions, workshops and panels covering the first four aforementioned tracks, plus Pitching and ASJANext, geared to writers aspiring to join ASJA.
We have over forty sessions guaranteed to help you grow as a writer. On members day we have a mix of workshops, panels and sessions. Just a few include Negotiating for Writers: You Deserve It, Learn to Ask for It, a panel by Michelle Rafter, Mary-Kate Mackey’s session, When Deadlines Loom: Fast Fixes to Get Your Work out the Door, and a session by Lisa Sharkey, Senior Vice President Director of Creative Development at HarperCollins Publishers called Facebook Live and Beyond: The Future of Author Promotions. Lisa will also Facebook Live her session. Frieda Wiley will be teaching How to Give a Killer Presentation, and Milt Toby will be speaking on Emerging Contract Issues That Need to Be on Every Writer’s Radar (be prepared to bring questions).
Plus during the time we are running Client Connections, we will also be offering a Build Your Platform program, featuring Tim Harper’s panel, The Makings of a Bestseller, a session on How to Get Noticed on Social Media, by Nicole Feliciano of Momtrends, who was named one of top twenty-five twitter influencers by Cision, and the workshop, How are you dot.com doing? Is it Time for a Website Overhaul? With website builder, Eyal Solomon.
For nonmembers day we will have sessions with agents and editors from Dame, Atlantic’s City Lab, Parade, The Washington Post, Hearst Publications, Brain, Child, Narratively, AARP, Next Avenue/PBS, Rolling Stone, Writer’s Digest, with more added every week, plus panels, workshops and a fun pitching event.
So stay tuned…all will be revealed on January 24th.
I’ve been active in the American Society of Journalists & Authors since HOW TO WRITE & GIVE A SPEECH (St Martin’s Press) was first published in 1984. I credit the book’s 32 years of publishing success (read: 32 years of royalties) to the savvy advice I’ve gotten at ASJA.
Consider joining. Make 2017 the year you take your freelance writing to the next level.
Not quite ready to join? You can still learn so much from ASJA. Follow @ASJAhq on Twitter. Get great info from the website. Attend a conference. (Yes, our terrific writing conferences are open to non-members. Nonfiction writers come from all over the world.)
I’ve already registered for #ASJAny17.
Will you be there?
10 Reasons Books Make Great Holiday Gifts
1. Because you want to support your fellow Authors Guild members
2. Because they’re way better than fruitcakes
3. Because you want to help your favorite author make the New York Times bestseller list
4. Because you’re tired of reading the same book to your kid every night
5. Because you want to support your local indie bookstore
6. Because a book is easier to wrap than a hockey stick
7. Because if you send an e-book, you won’t have to wrap anything at all
8. Because a paperback is cheaper than seeing the new Star Wars movie in IMAX
9. Because that bookcase your friends bought for their new apartment is collecting dust
10. Because books contain multitudes and enrich the lives of others
When I want to find a proverb for a speech, this is the source I turn to first:
Little Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, Oxford University Press, 2009
This reference book is well researched, well organized, and well documented. Professional speechwriters (and professional speakers) can depend on this material.
From the American Society of Journalists and Authors:
May 5-6 2017, New York City
The publishing industry occupies very different terrain than it did even a decade ago. With the industry shift from print to digital, new media for authors, the influx of content marketing, and revolving editors, freelancers need to build their platforms while developing creative business strategies.
Never before has it been so essential for successful writers to Pivot in order to Publish and Prosper.
Join us in NYC for education, connections, tips, tricks and strategic moves from seasoned journalists/authors – plus top social media experts, website pros, corpcomm/PR pros, editors, agents, content buyers…
Our dynamic keynote speakers will show you exactly how to pivot, sell your project in a single sentence, find new venues, maximize strengths, and use your experiences to make an impact. The panels, sessions, coaching, and workshops will inspire, motivate and empower journalists, authors, and nonfiction writers at all stages of their careers.
Looking for quick writing tips?
I tweet often about:
… so you can learn a lot on Twitter @JoanDetz
Coming soon … the Chinese edition