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Writer to Writer - April 2008 - Issue Two

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The countdown is on.

Less than four months until I go to the New Zealand Romance Writers conference.  This will be my first New Zealand conference, and the first time I've visited that country in over thirty years.

Not only am I attending the conference, but I'm also presenting a talk.  And yes, I'm nervous, but I'm sure I'll be fine.

At least I hope so.

It's felt like I've been chasing my tail a lot lately, so I've had to sit down and reassess a lot of areas in my business.  I've now made a few decisions, and that includes outsourcing work that can just as easily be done by others.

Over the past twelve or so months I've found myself getting busier and busier, and as a result, so many aspects of my writing business have been ignored.  It got to a stage that some of these things became a huge burden.  A weight was lifted off my shoulders when I recently began outsourcing. 

If you've thought about it, but like me felt the cost was too great to consider, think again. 

Here's how it was put to me:  if you're being paid (for instance) $60 or more per hour, and you can outsource for (say) $25 per hour, then it's easy to justify outsourcing. The argument being that if you do the work yourself, you're losing $60 for each hour, when you could have more than two hours work done for you for that same amount of money.

I had a project I've wanted to finish since last October. (This was not a writing job, rather a compilation of information required to complete a project.) I simply couldn't find the time, so it was constantly put to the side. Then I contacted a local Virtual Assistant, who did the whole project in two and a half hours, (costing $62-50) while I worked on a job that was worth nearly a thousand dollars.

If that's not justification, I don't know what is.  And what's more, the project is now complete, and I'm earning another stream of income because of it. 

The biggest (and best) decision I made recently was to get an affiliate manager.  Craig and I are currently working out an action plan to streamline the process, and he will take over control of this area of my business very soon.  This should be in the next 2-4 weeks.

A few days ago I purchased a new ebook about working from home.  There are so many of these sorts of books around now, that I nearly didn't buy it.  But this one is different in that it's written by someone I have a great deal of respect for.  Ewan Chia has been around quite a while now, and has made massive amounts of income with his online businesses.

Many of you have told me you want to earn an online income, through both ebook creation and also affiliate commissions.  Ewan's book covers both these, plus another online income model.  The price is very low (only US$9-95), and I believe it's worth well in excess of that amount.

I earn a huge chunk of my income through ebook creation and online businesses, and highly recommend this book.  It's probably the most straightforward and down to earth book I've ever read on this subject. I urge you to check Ewan's book out before it's no longer available:

Probably the best piece of advise I can give you right now about making an income using the internet, whether that's using your writing talents, or with an internet business, is this:  just do it.

Taking action is the most important step anyone can make, and I'm living proof that it can be done.

Onto a more personal subject.... In the last issue I talked about my granddaughter Tara, who suffers from Williams Syndrome.  Many of you went and visited the blog my daughter has set up, and several who live out of Australia asked for a way to make a donation for the Seizure Alert Dog.

As a result I've set up a page at my author website, where donations can be made via PayPal.  Here's the link:

All the information links related to Tara are on that page.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your good wishes, and also your generosity.  My family are extremely grateful to each and every one of you.

Okay, let’s move onto this issue.

We have just the one article this month, and it's a little longer than usual. Cheryl Malandrinos brings us part two of her excellent article on becoming organised and clutter free. If you missed part one, don't stress. You'll find the link to it on the article page.

Okay, that's it from me - time to sit back and enjoy this issue.

Til next time…



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Spring into an Organized and Clutter Free Home Office (Part 2)

 Copyright Cheryl C. Malandrinos - All Rights Reserved.


Office furniture and machines might be what gets the least amount of consideration when setting up a home office. When I started out, I bought a writing desk, tossed a kitchen chair in front of it, and dumped a small lamp on the corner of my desk. The laptop came a bit later.

Viola! Instant office.

That didn’t mean, however, that I had a productive office.

Spring is the perfect time to reassess your work space and see what changes you can make.

Your Desk and Chair

These are two items—in my opinion—that you can’t skimp on: your desk and your chair.

Self-employment experts, Paul and Sarah Edwards state in their book Working from Home that your desk surface needs to be 30 inches off the ground for writing long-hand and 26 inches high for keyboarding.

Ergonomically designed desks include surfaces of more than one height. The keyboarding surface pulls out when you need to type and can be pushed back in when you’re writing long-hand.

If your desk is already at the correct height, but doesn’t have the second surface for keyboarding, you can find an under the desk keyboarding drawer at office supply stores.

There are several models of ergonomically designed chairs on the market. The Edwardses believe that a fully adjustable ergonomically designed chair will prevent almost any injury that could hamper your productivity.

Read the entire article here


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The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to everyone! This competition welcomes anyone who loves to arrange words into beautiful art or to write a short story that is worth telling. And to all who have the ability to dream. Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original.


Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

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Multiple poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Deadline: July 31, 2008

All winners will be announced on August 31, 2008


Writing Contest First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.

Poetry Contest First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees:

Writing Contest entry fee: $10 per short story submitted.

Poetry Contest entry fee: $5 per poem.

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Mail entries/fees payable to: “Dreamquestone.Com”

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*Note from Cheryl: this book is in my personal library, and I highly recommend it.

Anthology Calls for Submissions:


This is a paying market:


The bestselling A Cup of Comfort book series is now seeking submissions for these six new anthologies. Stories must be true, original, positive, narrative essays (creative nonfiction), and 1,000-2,000 words. Entrants pay no fees. Writers' guidelines:



A Cup of Comfort for Adoptive Families


The primary purpose of this book is to celebrate adoptive families and to recognize the extraordinary and challenging experiences that are unique to “chosen children” and their families. We are most interested in stories written by adult adoptive children and their adoptive parents and siblings, but the book will also likely include some stories written by members of the extended adoptive family (grandparent, aunt/uncle, cousin), close friends of the adoptive family (i.e. godparent), and birth family members. Virtually any topic relevant to adopted children and their adoptive parents is acceptable—as long as it is authentic, positive, insightful, and uplifting or inspiring. We do not want heartbreaking stories about adoptive parents or birth families that regret the adoption; there is a place for stories of that ilk, but this book is not that place. All of the stories in this collection must show a positive aspect of adoption and must bring comfort or joy or inspiration to those who have been adopted and/or to the families who adopted them—no matter how difficult the experience and emotions portrayed in the story might be.

    Submission deadline: June 15, 2008

    $500 grand prize; $100 each, all other published stories; plus copy of book


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