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Writer to Writer - Issue 2 - October 2007

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EDITORIAL:

 

Last week I had a table at a local trade show.

It was pretty low-level, but had a fair amount of traffic. The cost for the day was $40 for the sized table I had, so my outlay was minimal. I decided beforehand that if I made two new contacts for my copywriting business, I would be happy. But I ended up with eight strong contacts.

Here’s what I did: I had all my published books set out on the table, plus my portfolio was on view for all who wanted to check it out. I had discount vouchers where those walking past could easily grab one, and my brochures were in professional brochure holders. My business cards (for the copywriting part of my business) were displayed in double-sided business card holders.

I also had leaflets which briefly outlined my business and had tear-off slips for people to enter my prize draw. I had two prizes, and they were proofreading of four and two pages consecutively - of a website.

This almost guaranteed that only those who needed my services would be interested in entering. I could have made it something material, (as in a physical prize) but this way I knew each lead would be a good one.

On top of these leads, many of the table holders swapped information. Several of them said they were interested in using my services. I’ve already had work from one, who was in fact the caterer for the day. As I type this, I’m in the midst of updating his take-away menus, and will be working on his restaurant menus next.

Oh, and I also set up some strategic alliances while I was there. If you don’t know what these are, they are basically related businesses working together. For instance, I can (and have) set up strategic alliances with web designers, graphic designers, printers, and business coaches.

Here’s a quick overview of how it works: I have a client who wants me to write his brochure. He also wants me to design the layout, and perhaps a logo for his business. But I don’t have the expertise to do that. So I refer to my ‘strategic partner’ the graphic designer. When that part of the work is ready, the client might tell me he now wants me to organise the printing for him too. Since I’ve aligned myself with a printer, I can easily do that too.

What it all means is I’m overseeing the entire project, and can charge accordingly. It’s basically outsourcing, but with the knowledge that the businesses I’m using are people I have met and trust.

On to this issue: we have an interesting article from Marie E. Cecchini, called Kids Crafts Create Cash. This article gives you ideas to make an income from selling articles about crafts for children. This is something any crafty writer could do, so please take the time to check it out.

Judy Bagshaw has written an article called Writing by the Seat of Your Pants. Believe it or not, the subject is not about pantsers (writers who write ‘by the seat of their pants’). You’ll need to read it to find out what it’s really about. <g>   Roy A Barnes shares his travel writing experience.  This is an area that can be very lucrative if you manage to break in.  Roy gives plenty of ideas!

Okay, time to sit back and enjoy this issue!

Til next time…

 

Cheryl

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Kids Crafts Create Cash

 Copyright Marie E. Cecchini - All Rights Reserved.

 

If you know how to use a pair of scissors and a glue stick, you can make additional money as a writer. Crafting for kids is a major market, both in print and on the internet. You can earn anywhere from $25 - $200 (US) per project. Why not make use of your writer’s inborn creativity and add to your income at the same time?

You do not have to be an artist, but you do need to think like a kid. If you’re not sure what kids are "into" these days, take a walk through your local toy store. You can also talk to your own kids, nieces, nephews, and even neighborhood children. It won’t take long to discover what’s "hot" and what’s not.

Once you have a feel for the topic, research children’s and family publications. Look at what they publish and read their guidelines. This will tell you what kinds of projects they specifically need. Once you have found a match or two between your ideas and a publication’s needs, use the following information to increase your chances of a sale.


Read the entire article here

 

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Articles added recently:

Distractions: Don’t Let Them Steal Your Writing Time
- by
Cheryl C. Malandrinos

25 Ways to Write for Money - by Cheryl Wright
(book review)

Back to School and Your Writing Schedule
- by Cheryl C. Malandrinos

Getting Ready to Write About Christmas by Allison Whitehead

5 Ways to Write for Money - by David Goldsmith

Sample Christmas Feature Ideas by Allison Whitehead

5 Types of Article You Can Write - by David Goldsmith

How To Sell An Article On Dreams To A Nudist Magazine
(And Other Unusual Sales) by Allison Whitehead

 


Writing by the Seat of Your Pants

Copyright Judy Bagshaw - All Rights Reserved

 

Quite often, the biggest stumbling block on a writer’s way to publication is getting a piece of writing finished. Life in the 21st century is challenging as many of us balance day jobs, family life, and our passion for writing. Often, our writing has to take a back seat.

So how do we push ourselves toward the finish line? How do we make ourselves accountable for completing that romance novel or those short stories that have lingered in the drawer for too long? And how can we make it a fun experience? 

One way of accomplishing this is by participating in any one of a number of dedicated writing contests and challenges that can be found around the net. 

National Novel Writing Month (nanowrimo) has been around since 1999. The goal of “NaNo” is to write a 175 page (50,000 word) novel by midnight Nov.30. This is “seat of the pants” writing, favouring quantity over quality. You register at their site www.nanowrimo.org, where you can also find forums for support. Once registered you can set up your own page where you can post about your progress. 

Organized in Vancouver, Canada the 3 Day Novel Contest is another challenge that occurs over the Labour Day weekend each year. Since its origin in 1977, writers have signed on for the chance at the first prize, publication of their book! More information can be found at www.3daynovel.com

 

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Travel Writing: Be Prepared

© Roy A Barnes - All Rights Reserved

 

An old saying goes "People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan". Not being prepared is one of the biggest detriments to fulfilling one’s dreams.

For me, the dream of being a published travel writer took many years of preparation. When I was a youngster, I found myself fascinated with road atlases. I would draw the outlines of states over and over until I got them just right. When school wasn’t in session, I would often accompany my father on the road in his semi-truck. Still, many years passed before my dream to be a paid travel writer would be realized. That, and a lot of travel-related jobs, trekking overseas, plus the willingness to finally take the leap of faith that my writings could make money.

We have all taken different roads in life, but here are some preparedness tips that are applicable to all aspiring travel writers:

 

--BE PREPARED to sift a number of your personal experiences and hobbies as fodder for travel-related articles. Draw on work pursuits. If you travel for business, or do volunteer work away from home, your experiences and lessons learned are ingredients for a number of travel articles. My first sale as a writer came about because of my volunteer work in Spain. If you are visiting the in-laws in a town you’ve been to a million times, a future travel article awaits because every venue has a story. Explore its facets, think of the activity as a respite from the relatives, especially if they are driving you bonkers! When reading a book, realize that settings for them and the hangouts of authors’ past are places people like to visit. For night-lifers, think of the hot after hours night spots in your area or another city that could be made into a saleable article. For those of you who are passionate about food, relate that with a travel experience because the culinary and travel connection is a constant theme in publications.

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Contests:

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to everyone whether experienced or not. This competition is open to all and anyone who loves to arrange words into beautiful art or to write a short story that is worth telling everyone. And to all who have the ability to dream. Write your best short story or poem for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original.

 

Guidelines:
(1) Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject or style or form, single or double line spacing, neatly hand printed or typed.

Or

 (2) Write a short story five pages maximum, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme, creative writing, fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Must also be neatly hand printed or typed.

 

Multiple poem and story entries are accepted.

Deadline: December 31, 2007.
Winners will be announced on January 31, 2008.

Prizes:

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

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


Entry fees:
Writing Contest entry fee is: $10 per short story.

Poetry Contest entry fee is: $5 per poem. 

To send entries by mail: Include title of story or poem, 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, to print out an entry form or to enter online.

 

Call for Inspiring True Stories

 

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 (creation nonfiction), and 1,000-2,000 words. Entrants pay no fees. Writers' guidelines: http://www.cupofcomfort.com/share.htm.

 

 

A Cup of Comfort for Divorced Women

 

Divorce in the 21st century should come with an instruction manual, a release valve, and a support system. This anthology will serve essentially those three purposes, in the form of comforting, insightful, and inspirational stories about surviving and thriving during and after divorce. We seek uplifting, contemporary stories on a wide range of topics of importance to divorced women—including but not limited to: dating, children, relationship with ex, in-laws, finances, friends, solitude, personal transformation, healing, revenge, mending fences, the ex’s new wife or lover, empowerment, rediscovery of self. Most, if not all, of the stories published in the book will be written by women who are or have been divorced. Stories can be poignant, irreverent, humorous, witty, or wise.

    Submission deadline: November 10, 2007 <<extended>>

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

 

A Cup of Comfort for Breast Cancer Survivors <<with Redbook Magazine>>

 

It has been said that “stories are medicine” and that “one of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is to share our stories.” This collection will include inspiring and uplifting personal essays about the experiences and emotions of living with—and living after—breast cancer. Possible story themes include but are not limited to: diagnosis, treatment, emotional impact, support systems, healthy lifestyle practices, emotional healing, coping mechanisms, impact on loved ones, effect on friendships, effect on career/work, effect on romance/intimacy, life lessons learned, personal transformation, silver linings, gratitude, triumph over trials, body image, and more. All themes and writing styles considered, as long as the story is positive.

    Submission deadline: December 31, 2007 <<sooner is better>>

 

**Exclusively for the Breast Cancer Survivor volume, the Cup of Comfort publisher, Adams Media, is working in partnership with Redbook Magazine and will award a $5,000 grand prize, $5,000 donation to the Susan G. Fomen Breast Cancer Foundation in the grand prize winner’s name, and a bonus prize to each of three runner-up stories. An announcement about the Redbook/Cup of Comfort contest appears in the October 2007 issue of Redbook.**

 

A Cup of Comfort for Military Families <<new>>

 

It has been said that military life is “not for the faint of heart.” But neither is it without its benefits and blessings. One thing is certain: it is an experience like no other—for both the soldiers and their families. For this book, we want positive stories about how military life affects the personal lives of service men and women (enlisted and officers), how family affects soldiers’ on the job, and how military life affects family members (primarily spouses, children, and parents but also siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts/uncles, fiancés, etc.). Any situation or subject that is significant and/or unique to military personnel and their loved ones is acceptable. Our goal is to compile a collection of inspiring or uplifting stories that cover a wide range of topics and reveal a variety of perspectives, experiences, and emotions specific to military families. Stories may be written by the service man or woman or a close family member; military service may be current, recent, or past.

    Submission deadline: March 1, 2008

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

 

A Cup of Comfort for New Mothers <<new>>

 

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 <<new>>

 

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

 

Copyright 2007, Adams Media Corporation, an F+W Publications Company

 

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