ASJA Chicago 2017

Two days, two separate events!


Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 - Spotlight on Ghostwriting – A deep dive into book ghostwriting with separate tracks for experts, executives and communication professionals who need to publish books, and for experienced nonfiction writers who want to cultivate their ghostwriting practices.

Saturday, Nov.18 - Content Connections – A full day of inspiration and information about content marketing and nonfiction freelancing with tracks for both experienced freelancers and those who want to break in. Read a letter from co-chair Jeanette Hurt here

More information and complete registration details here.


Spotlight on Ghostwriting
Friday, November 17, 2017

Columbia College Chicago

A full day of insight and tools for established ghostwriters and authors and for the clients who need professional writers to produce the books they envision.

Spotlight on Ghostwriting for Experienced Nonfiction Book Authors and Ghostwriters

Spotlight on Ghostwriting will help you grow your professional ghostwriting and co-authoring practice.

Sessions just for professional writers include:

  • Marketing and management:  Emerging and established opportunities for ghostwriting and how to make the most of them.
  • Client and project management: the skill of collaborating with experts, executives and celebrities.
  • Deepening your niche and expanding your reputation, online and in real life.

Sessions for professional writers and author/clients together:

  • Learn about the latest in publishing platforms and models and how to match each project with the best platform: Presenters include Jenkins Group
  • Protections and possibilities: Trends in fees, contracts and copyrights
  • Meet and network over and afternoon coffee hosted by the Association of Ghostwriters

Thanks to Our Sponsors:



Content Connections: Boosting Your Content IQ
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Columbia College Chicago

For experienced editorial freelancers:

  • The Gravity Well: How to Build a Tractor Beam that Pulls in Clients. Presenter: Matt Heusser (ASJA)
  • Managing Up, Down and Sideways: Make more with the clients and time you already have. Presenters include: Deb Gordon (ASJA)
  • Client Connections: ASJA members only: Client Connections! Meet the University of Wisconsin Press, Kalmbach Publishing, Staywell, Meredith Special Interest Publications, and others. 

For new freelancers and midcareer journalists transitioning to freelancing:

  • 10 Ways to Transition to Freelancing and Start Strong. Presenters: Deb Gordon (ASJA), Allen Bernard
  • Staff to Freelance: Five Steps that Win Clients and Ease Cashflow: Presenter: Joanne Cleaver, ASJA, Author, The Career Lattice, (McGraw Professional, 2012)
  • Tales from the Trenches: What New Freelancers Do Wrong and How to Recover: Presenters include Barbara Bohn, managing editor, Hotels magazine, and Claire Zulkey, ASJA

For all attendees:

  • Entrée to Ghostwriting: Your work, their name: How to find and grow first clients in this lucrative niche. Presenter: Leah Nicholson, Jenkins Group

Keynote: Monica Eng, WBEZ reporter: My Multimedia Career Journey

Pitch Slam: Open forum for all attendees to get instant feedback from authors and clients.

Thanks to Our Sponsors:

  • 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