In honor of our 70th anniversary, ASJA is raising funds to expand our educational efforts via an online educational portal. Hundreds of ASJA members are contributing to this effort. Here are a few of their reasons why. 

Sally Abrahms, current ASJA board member and member since 2001

“The generosity of ASJA members is unparalleled. I have received advice on story placement, ideas and editors, learned about industry news, advocated for my rights successfully in a class action lawsuit, and welcomed the efforts of volunteers to create outstanding programs. I have asked for bigger fees, and received them, thanks to ASJA members. The connections I have made, and continue to make, are invaluable.”

Howard Baldwin, ASJA Treasurer and member since 2007

I’m supporting ASJA’s 70th Anniversary Campaign because a free and truthful press is under fire in America (if not around the world). As an organization that has always stood up for journalists’ and writers’ rights, it’s in a unique and important position to help the country weather this difficult phase

Estelle Erasmus, ASJA Direct Podcast host and member since 1997

I supported the ASJA Educational Foundation because I believe in what ASJA is doing to help educate and inform journalists and nonfiction writers on how to build their business and be successful through conferences, sharing editor and project information, collaboration, and networking opportunities (virtual and in person). I've been a member since 1997, and I have garnered many lucrative assignments and met wonderful colleagues through my involvement and volunteer work with ASJA, so it's a way for me to continue to give back.  

Jack El-Hai, ASJA past president, member since 1995

“I support ASJA because it has helped me build my career as a freelance writer more than any other organization. I got magazine assignments, found my literary agent, sold books, and have met wonderful people who are essential for me to know — all through the resources of ASJA.” 


Lottie Joiner, current ASJA board member and member since 2015

"I gave to the ASJA 70th anniversary campaign because I believe in the mission of this association to support independent freelance writers. ASJA offers professional development, networking opportunities and resources to help those who have had the courage to pursue their dream of being a published author. I want to see ASJA around for another 70 years!"

Janine Latus, ASJA vice-president and member since 1999

“I gave to the capital campaign as an investment in my career. For 70 years, ASJA has provided education and venues for peers to help each other, while fighting for things that matter in our profession, like our right to own our own work, so I donated some of the (surprising!) check I received from the class action lawsuit back into the organization that fought to make it happen.”


  • 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