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At ASJA Today, Professional Development Day — See You Tomorrow

In business, Media on April 23, 2010 at 7:40 am

Today is the annual conference of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, whose board meeting was yesterday — I’m on its board, along with a dozen others from all over the country, from a New York Times’ best-selling author from Virginia to an environmental writer from Florida to our president, who’s leading our good, endless fight against Google scanning our books — with no pay to us.

I’ll meet three new-to-me editors today, in a sort of speed dating kind of way, hoping to win assignments from them: two are from big national magazines and one website. Our group has almost 1400 members and I look forward every year to seeing old friends, some of whom I’ve featured here, whether Greg Breining, who writes about the outdoors in Minnesota or Maryn McKenna, whose terrifying new book Superbug is about MRSA. This year Greg was in charge of our mentoring program — for $50 you get 30 minutes with an accomplished writer to ask them anything you want; one of my former mentees, Lisa Palmer, is now too busy with work to attend!

If you’re ever looking for a place to make new friends, meet smart colleagues and learn a ton, consider joining us in Manhattan tomorrow at the Roosevelt Hotel or find us on-line.

  1. Enjoy the conference and good luck, if any’s needed.

  2. It’s the usual fun — catching up with lots of old friends and learning as much as the poor old brain can absorb in 10 hours.

  3. My poor old brain can absorb a lot more in ten minutes than it can in 10 hours. That’s why crossword puzzles are so important to me.

  4. That’s also why I’m taking this break!

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