Writer to Writer - September 21, 2005
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Quote of the Month:
It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.
Please note: Language is set as "English - Australia" - words are not spelled incorrectly. (Not intentionally, anyway!)
Writer's Digest magazine is once again putting together its list of the '101 Best Websites for Writers'! If Writer2Writer.com has helped you in any way, Id be very appreciative if you could take a moment to write to Writer's Digest and nominate Writer2Writer.com for their 2005 list. Nominations should be emailed to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org with your nomination and any comments you have about the site. The subject line should be "101 Sites".
Thank you for your support!
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YOUNG WRITERS NEEDED!
Ever wished you had someone to talk to about your writing? Ever get tired of the fact that being under drinking age keeps editors from treating you with respect? Now you have a place to go. Weve developed a stable of serious volunteer mentors who want to give back to others and help young writers with their stories, poetry, screenplays, or novels.
C. Hope Clark of FundsforWriters.com fame and Elisabeth Wilhelm, published teen writer and editor of Absynthemuse.com, have teamed up to fill a void. Their mentor program gives young people ages 13 to 22 a chance to be taken seriously. This is their way of giving back to the writing community. Using their own adult/teen combo, they set the example for what mentoring can do for young people. Currently, they have 80 willing mentors and 30 eager teens having a ball.
We need more young writers so we can put these mentors to work! Learn more at:
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EU Writers group started
A group for European writers has been started. The aim of the group is to provide a place for discussion and getting to know each other. Writers are welcome to post news about their successes. Editors and publishers are welcome to join and/or send guidelines.
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L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest now in its 22nd year: An opportunity for new and amateur writers of science fiction and/or fantasy. Eligible entries are short stories or novelettes under 17,000 words. No entry fee, entrants retain all rights, judging by professional writers only. Run on a quarterly basis with $2250 US in prizes awarded each quarter. International entrants welcome. Contact the Contest Administrator for guidelines: email@example.com or PO Box 1630, Los Angeles, CA 90078. Website: www.writersofthefuture.com.
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AUTHORS SHARE THEIR BOOK MARKETING EXPERTISE WITH WEB VISITORS FOR FREE
The book industry reports that 78% of the titles published come from small/self-publishers. With combined annual revenues of less than $50 million, these publishers have limited publicity budgets and their authors are expected to do their own promotion. Where can they turn and learn?
Now authors with books to promote may ask questions of nearly 150 author experts whose specialties run the gamut from romance to foot surgery.
Assembled from the thousands of subscribers to Book Promotion Newsletter, the experts include authors, editors, book reviewers, book coaches, ghostwriters, publicists and publishers.
This free service is hosted by Maureen McMahon at http://www.maureenmcmahon.com, author of romantic suspense novels, Return of the Gulls, Shadows In the Mists and others, and Francine Silverman, author of Book Marketing from A-Z (Infinity Publishing 2005), a compilation of the best marketing strategies of 325 authors. http://www.bookpromotionnewsletter.com
The "Ask the Experts" link is on the left side of Maureens Moonspinners Writers Page, http://www.maureenmcmahon.com. Once at the Expert Side, visitors may ask a book marketing question of any of the experts. Responses will be emailed back to the inquirer within 3-5 working days.
Lemon Drops Press is also hosting a bulletin board in which visitors may ask book marketing questions at http://lemondropspress.com/phpBB2. Both registered users and anonymous guests can post questions by clicking on "Marketing with Fran" in the community forum and then on "new topic" on the new page that opens. There are fields for a username, subject, and message, as well as a selection of fonts and emoticons (expressive faces). When finished, the user simply clicks the "submit" button and his or her question is posted. After Fran posts a reply on the forum, the person who asked the question as well as all other visitors to the Lemon Drops Press website will be able to view both the question and the response. "In this way," says host Lana Jordan, "the entire community benefits from the individual questions."
Note: Cheryl is one of the 'experts' for this!
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If youre looking for an easy but effective way to garner publicity, try writing articles.
There are gazillions of ezines and websites looking for content; good, solid, well written content. And in my experience, most of them are happy to accept reprints.
But how do you write articles, and go about getting your articles known?
Firstly, you need to write about something that people are interested in. Pick a subject (or subjects) that you are knowledgeable in, but more importantly, the subject should be related to a book you have written and are currently selling.
I generally write about techniques used in writing. The reason is that it helps to spread the word about my ebooks for writers and the Writer2Writer.com website.
This gives me a lot of scope since there are a variety of writing related subjects to write about, and most are within my areas of expertise.
Ive recently released a new book on fiction writing, so Ive simultaneously released articles on specific areas of fiction writing, and theyve been snapped up. (My affiliates are always the first to be notified of the release of articles, but later they become free-for-all.)
Sure, Im not getting paid for them, but the sales that have resulted are worth much more than the lost income from selling the articles.
So how do you go about this lucrative form of publicity?
Firstly, find a subject that you are comfortable with. Decide what the focus of your article will be; the trick to writing articles that will bring publicity is to focus on just one subject.
As the owner/editor for the Writer2Writer.com site, I receive many article submissions. The majority of them are well written and within the scope of my requirements, but many have gone off on a tangent. Instead of focusing on the subject at hand the focal point - they suddenly change direction and start discussing a totally unrelated subject. Readers will lose interest very quickly in an article that doesnt deliver what it originally promised.
If your article is about marketing to targeted audiences, you must write only about that subject. Dont suddenly change direction and tell the reader how to write great sales copy (for instance). Thats not the articles purpose and has no right whatsoever being in that article.
Your readers expect and should get an article about marketing to targeted audiences, not an article about marketing to targeted audiences and writing great sales copy. Keep the copywriting information for another time. This is actually better from your point of view, because it gives you another article to write, which in turn gives you even more publicity.
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