I was scrolling through LinkedIn and came across a post by freelance copywriter Ana Gascon Ivey. “I had been working as a health researcher and writer for a book publisher,” she writes. “It was satisfying work at first, but after a few years I got restless. So when a position opened up in the company’s copywriting department, I threw my name in the hat and took the copywriting test.” Because she failed the test, she could not be considered for the job.

Rather than throwing up her hands in defeat, she got a book titled You Are a Badass, decided to quit the company and strike out on her own, in a few short months earning a successful living. But it got me wondering. How many other would-be writers and editors have had their dreams crushed by these tests?  I have taken them on a few occasions, and with a single notable exception, also didn’t pass muster and was passed over.  Read more.

Read this piece & more in ASJA's new blog, ASJA Confidential. »

ASJA Email List

Want to know what's going on? Sign up to receive periodic email updates on future ASJA events and other Society news.

Join ASJA Email List

@ASJAhq on Twitter


ASJA's mission is to be the voice and career resource for independent, entrepreneurial, professional nonfiction writers. Since 1948 ASJA has been giving freelance writers the confidence and connections to prosper.

From ASJA Magazine

How to Find Your Writer Tribe

Headshot: Susan ShaferSherry Paprocki

We talk a lot in ASJA about networking. Some of us have seen life-long friendships grow out of the unique challenges and rewards we discuss with other independent writers. Networking is more than just meeting strangers once a year at a conference. Building a tribe isn’t as simple as that. More »

ASJA Store

Support ASJA by purchasing books, t-shirts, mugs, and more »