Writer to Writer - Issue 2, March  2008

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Ever wondered why some writers sell their stories without issue?
Or why you can't sell yours just as easily?


This best-selling ebook has been updated to include even more information than before.  It comes with a never before released bonus - a definitive guide to 97 Fiction Markets - mostly pro-paying!

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We’ve now been in our new house for six whole weeks. Yep, hard to believe, but it’s true.

My office is slowly resembling a ‘real’ office. Don’t get me wrong, there are still boxes all over the place, but hubby has installed cupboards over the past few days, so emptying the boxes finally makes sense.

Working out of boxes is not fun, believe me.

I hope we don’t move house again for at least ten years. That said, twenty-two years in one house was way too long, and the result was junk-accumulation at a record high. <sigh>

These last weeks have been spent revamping and updating Think Outside the Square: Writing Publishable (Short) Stories. I’ve made changes where necessary, updating outmoded information, adding additional information, and ensuring all links are working.

I’ve also compiled a list of mostly pro-paying fiction markets, and this market listing has been added as a bonus. There are 97 individual markets included in the listing, and where appropriate, they can be found in multiple categories. A new cover has been created for this version of the book, so you can easily see the difference between this version and the last. 

Check it out here:  http://www.writer2writer.com/book.htm

Since it’s been awhile since I last asked, I’ve created an in-depth survey that will help with planning the type of articles, courses, and ebooks (etc) that you need to assist the progression of your writing career.

That said, I expect the survey will take less than five minutes to complete, and as an enticement, you’ll find some hand-picked (writing-related) gifts on the thank-you page.

So... please go to http://www.writer2writer.com/poll.htm and let your voice be heard. This is your site, so your input is needed. I’m not sure how long the survey will be up – it depends on how quickly everyone responds.

Okay, let’s move onto this issue.

Cheryl C Malandrinos shows us how to get organised and uncluttered. Since this is such an in-depth topic, the information will be provided over several articles. This is the first in the series.

Those who choose to write poetry tend to miss out on payment for their work. Jodi Webb has scoured the internet for paying markets suitable for poets. Each of these markets pays up to $200, so start searching for your best pieces!

Although it's pretty much over, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Easter.  Don't eat too much chocolate, and keep safe.

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

Til next time…



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Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.

- John Quincy Adams





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Spring into an Organized and Clutter Free Home Office (Part 1)

 Copyright Cheryl C. Malandrinos - All Rights Reserved.


Spring is the season of fresh starts and new life. How appropriate then, that in March we celebrate so many holidays to help writers de-clutter, clean up, and organize their work areas.

March 11th was Organize Your Home Office Day; but even if you missed that, you can still celebrate National Clutter Awareness Week from March 18th – 24th, which flows nicely into National Cleaning Week that begins March 24th.

As with everything we writers do, you need to set goals for cleaning your home office that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. If you know that you’ll be chauffeuring kids around all week to various sporting events, don’t commit to cleaning your entire work area or home office. You’ll just get discouraged and abandon the project soon after it starts.

We’re going to learn how to tackle the intimidating tasks of organizing your home office and getting rid of clutter in small increments, which ultimately will allow you to concentrate more on your writing and less on the mountain of stuff surrounding you.

Read the entire article here



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Market Round-Up March 2008

Jodi M. Webb – All Rights Reserved


I am not a poet. OK, I do have a folder with a few poems in it but I’ve never done anything with them. Mainly, because I’m not good at poetry but also because I write to pay the bills and nobody pays poets, right? Wrong! Once again, I’ve proven myself totally ignorant. For everyone out there who actually is a talented poet I’ve uncovered quite a few paying markets—everything from $3 a poem to $200 a poem.


If your poems bring to life the idyllic world of Norman Rockwell or Currier and Ives then my first market is for you. It’s a general magazine that includes a poetry department—family appropriate subjects only. They lean toward shorter poems(4 to 16 lines) and only accept 5-6 poems in a submission.

Capper’s Magazine



Do you want to vent about your writer’s block—in verse? Do you have something to say about Frost, Poe, or Sandburg—in verse? Byline Magazine is a writer’s "how-to" magazine and, although their poetry department accepts any subject, they lean toward poems slanted toward the art of writing or famous writers/poets. They allow for longer poems of up to 30 lines.

Bylines Magazine



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. http://www.dreamquestone.com


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

And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, must be typed or neatly hand printed.

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”

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for further details or to enter


Anthology Calls for Submissions:


A Cup of Comfort for New Mothers


Few experiences bring forth as many anxieties, blessings, challenges, wonders, and changes as having a baby—whether it’s your first child or fifth, your birth child or adopted child. And nothing is as miraculous as giving birth to or witnessing the birth of your baby. This heartwarming anthology will be filled with birth stories and newborn homecoming stories as well as a wide range of stories about the various experiences, emotions, and concerns involved in adding a new baby to one’s life and family. Potential topics include but are not limited to: nursing (or not), caring for a newborn, bonding/falling in love with infant, lack of sleep, relationship with spouse, how siblings respond, returning to work, balancing responsibilities, post-partum depression, self transformation, unexpected joys, life lessons, small miracles, etc. The majority of the stories will be about birth children, but the book will likely include a couple adoptive stories as well. Likewise, most of the stories will be written from the new mother’s perspective, but we are open to including a few stories written from the spouse’s or a very close family member’s perspective. All stories will be uplifting and positive, no matter how difficult the situation portrayed in the story might be. We do not want stories that simply recount misfortunes and sorrows and that do not clearly reveal a positive outcome or redeeming result (silver lining).

    Submission deadline: April 1, 2008

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


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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