Why Join ASJA?

I'm sure I'd have some sort of career without ASJA—but I have no idea what! Most of the work I do has come to me directly or indirectly through connections I've made from ASJA. It's made all the difference to me.
—Minda Zetlin

ASJA is the only professional association focused on independent nonfiction writers, an often isolated segment of the media world. Members share expertise, ideas, opportunities, and inside information critical to success in a constantly changing environment. Through services such as a member-to-member rights and fees database, contracts and grievance guidance, and diverse educational programs, ASJA membership gives writers the confidence and connections to prosper. Start your application today!

ASJA launched a new associate level of membership in October 2017 available to writers who don't yet have the experience necessary to be a professional member of ASJA. Independent writers who qualify for associate membership will be invited into special mentoring programs and will be able to participate in many of ASJA's benefits. 

What ASJA offers is a kind of exclusivity in which you get to communicate easily with people who really know what they are talking about. That's as helpful in the era of Facebook as it was in the era of Western Union.
—Laird Harrison

Take your place among the best freelance writers in the business! Join ASJA and get instant access to hundreds of generous colleagues. We share our expertise and experience: how to negotiate a contract, how much money to ask for, how to pitch your brilliant proposals, and how to find the sources to make your work sing. We share our query letters and book proposals, review contracts and give you the latest insider tips about which editors are looking for what. And whether you're celebrating a well-placed story or facing a rejection, the fellowship of ASJA is there.

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Even after 30 years in journalism, I find ASJA a terrific source of wisdom, advice, cheerleading and friendship. No matter what I seek, I can often find it within our ranks, often from members I've yet to meet. Such generosity is our DNA.
—Caitlin Kelly

With all of the special networking opportunities on the Internet, nothing comes close to ASJA members' expertise. This is where I come each time I have a question, and I get great advice.
—Michele C. Hollow

why join asja

  • 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