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Writer to Writer - November 2008 - Issue Two

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Looks like I just scraped in by the skin of my teeth. One more day and it will be December.

I did warn you this issue would be late, although I didn't expect it to be this late.

Once again I've had several projects running - some for clients, some of my own.

At the moment I'm trying to beat the clock. 

I'm sure you know Christmas is just around the corner, and as I think I may have mentioned, I've been working on a special report over the past few weeks.  This report is to help Christmas website owners to monetize their site.  That is, I've searched the internet for affiliate programs, products they can sell, and other resources specific to Christmas websites.

I've then rolled them all into a report, along with other information that will help them make more money with their online Christmas  business.

The problem I see - a lot - no matter whether it's for a Christmas website, an Internet Marketing site, a writer's website, or something else entirely, is that people don't 'think outside the square'.  Many people feel they need to fit inside a particular slot and that's it.  They don't feel it's possible for them to remould that shape to suit their needs. 

As creatives, we are more likely to come up with alternative solutions than most other people.  And that's exactly what I've done with this report.  I've added information I've not seen elsewhere, worked it to suit my purposes and my target market, and now I'm about to sell that information. You can have a sneak peak here. (The link is not even live yet - I hope to release the report in a couple of days. I'm impatiently waiting on a piece of information.)

As you'll see, I've created an entire website (and business) around this one niche area. 

Is this something you could do?  Do you have knowledge of something you could put a new spin on and make an income because of it?

I probably sound like a broken record, but seriously, this is how I make a lot of my writing income. You may not be aware, but writing is my only income.  I don't go out to a day job, and never will. 

Because of my medical condition, I cannot get a clearance from my doctors to go out to work.  That's the short version of how I became a writer.  The next step on from that is desperation (for money) led me to realising I could write from home and earn income doing it.

What you see today is the culmination of need (mine) and demand (other people's needs).  I have built an entire business around the combination of these things.  In fact, I've built several businesses around these things.

I had some bad news this week.  My book "The Write Resources" which was to be published earlier this year, has been put on hold because of the state of the economy.  The publisher hopes to publish it at the end of next year, but has offered my rights back and is sending a registered letter to that affect.  I will try to sell it elsewhere, but may run into the same problem.  It's unfortunately been a long drawn out process, and the contract was signed about two and a half years ago. 

The good thing is the publisher believes the book is so good it will be snapped up elsewhere, which is why he decided to return my rights.  Don't you just love these types of challenges?  Not.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support with the IM Dream Team Giveaway.  Julia and I are currently at #5 position on the 'leader board' ahead of some very high profile marketers. And our gift is on the first page not far from the end. It's been an extremely interesting exercise, and very worthwhile from our perspective.

It seems I've rambled a bit today, (so what's new?) but I want to quickly mention an opportunity that may interest you. Again, it's Christmas related, but this is solely for writers. 

In the course of my research (for the special report) I came across an ebook that shows you how to set up a Santa Letter business.  Basically, as the name suggests, you set up a business where you write and send Santa letters to children.  Parents, grandparents, aunts etc pay for this service, and you earn income from it.

A friend and I discussed this as a possibility a few years ago, and down the track I thought nothing more of it.  She set it up, and made literally thousands of dollars in the November and December of that year.  Each year she markets it, and every year she profits.

I believe this could be very profitable for anyone who applies themselves and is prepared to work. 

To find out more and decide if it's for you, click here.

I've really rambled today, so I'd better move onto the current issue!

Judy Bagshaw has written about writing what you know.  This article is very different from what you'd expect, so check it out!

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

Til next time…



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Exploring Alternative Lifestyles In Romance:

Must You Write What You Know?

Copyright Judy Bagshaw - All Rights Reserved



I need to declare from the start here, that I’m a heterosexual woman. And I write heterosexual romances for the most part. But in my latest work, a free eserial called Desperate Hearts that I’m providing online, I have a lesbian romantic couple that are beginning to play a large role in the story. Can I, as a hetero woman, truly and with integrity, capture the essence of what it is to be a lesbian in a relationship? I believe so. 


As a newbie writer, attending workshops and reading anything I could on the craft of writing, I heard the same message over and over: Write what you know. It made sense to me to draw from my own life experiences to craft a story—at the time. But then I found myself writing a story about a woman who had survived spousal abuse, run away and gone into hiding, assumed a new identity and gained fame as a blues singer. (Lady Blue) None of which I had done! Then I wrote a book about a stalker who follows the heroine to the Caribbean where she’s tutoring the daughter of a wealthy businessman.(Teacher’s Pet) Never been stalked. Never lived in the Caribbean. Then there’s the heroine being preyed upon by a clever con artist intent on stealing the millions he mistakenly believes she has. (Big Fat Lies). I’ve never been a con man, although I could tell a whopper to my Mom now and then while growing up.

      Read the entire article here



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Anthology Calls for Submissions:


This is a paying market:


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


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Oh, how we humans love our canine companions -- for so many reasons and in so many ways that one Cup of Comfort collection of uplifting dog stories just wasn’t enough. So we’re giving all you dog-loving writers another opportunity to share your personal stories of canine comfort with a growing legion of dog-loving readers. This volume will feature both serious and humorous anecdotal stories covering a wide range of topics and perspectives and varying breeds of dogs. We do NOT want sad stories about a dog’s illness, injury, or death, though we will consider stories that weave a beloved pet’s illness or death into an otherwise positive story. The story should focus on the dog’s remarkable attributes and/or actions as well as on the special relationship between the dog and his/her human(s).


  Submission deadline: December 15, 2008




When a loved one passes away, comfort is often fleeting and hard to come by. Yet, even a small comfort, like a personal story of how someone has faced a similar loss, does help to ease the sorrow. This volume will feature uplifting personal stories that reveal the special relationships and extraordinary experiences shared by the deceased and his/her loved one(s) immediately before, during, and after the loved one’s passing; it will also includes stories about the internal and external processes by which one deals with and heals from the loss of a loved one. The stories will vary with regard to subject matter, circumstances of death, and the relationship of the author to the individual who has passed away. The book will not include eulogies, profiles/memoirs of people who have passed away, or clinical depictions of death and dying.


  Submission deadline: February 1, 2009


Please note that deadlines are sometimes extended by one to four weeks.




All Cup of Comfort stories must be original; true; appropriate for mainstream Americans (adult, primarily women); inspiring, comforting, and/or uplifting; and 1,000 to 2,000 words.


Creative nonfiction and narrative essays preferred (that is, incorporating such fictive elements as scene, dialogue, character/plot development, imagery, and literary word usage). Whether serious or humorous, the story should be authentic and engaging.


Electronic submissions preferred. One submission per email. Copy and paste (or type) into body of email. No formatting (no indents, centering, doublespace, bold, underline, etc.). To:


Mailed submissions are acceptable. Standard typed manuscript (double-spaced, indents). Send as many submissions per envelope as you’d like, but include one SASE per submission. To: Colleen Sell, 71563 London Rd., Cottage Grove, Oregon, 97424, USA.


Each submission must include: author’s full name, mailing address, email address, phone number, story title, story wordcount, and theme of volume for which it is being submitted (i.e., Grieving Hearts).


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