2017-12-20: Write in the Heart of Texas: Regional Conference Preview

2017-12-20: Write in the Heart of Texas: Regional Conference Preview

Preview the regional ASJA conference taking place in Austin, Texas, on February 3 with conference co-chairs Deborah Blumberg and Susan Johnston Taylor. Learn why you can’t afford to miss this Texas-style event with its emphasis on how to thrive as a freelance writer. Get the scoop on what makes the Texas writing scene special, get a few pre-conference tips on mindfulness for writers, and discover how each session will enhance and support your career. Learn more about editors attending Client Connections and get tips for making the most of those appointments and your time at this one-of-a-kind event.

Deborah Lynn Blumberg (@dlblumberg) is a health and wellness and business and finance writer and editor with more than 15 years’ experience writing for publications including The Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, and Barron’s. Her content marketing clients include the New York YMCA, Keller Williams, and JPMorgan Chase, where she previously worked in marketing and communications. She tells the stories of the people and companies that are changing our world for the better, and has a special interest in functional medicine. She's also working on her first novel, based on the true story of how her great grandparents saved a group of Austrian Jews from the Holocaust with the help of a world leader.

Susan Johnston Taylor (@UrbanMuseWriter) joined ASJA in 2009 and has written about personal finance, business, and lifestyle topics for The AtlanticThe Boston GlobeEntrepreneurFast Company, and U.S. News & World Report, among other publications. She's drawn to stories that offer readers new insights and practical ways to save money, advance their careers, or improve their lives.


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  • 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