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Writer to Writer - September 2008 - Issue Two

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You want to write.

You've always wanted to write.

But you:

  • Can't find the time
  • Can't find the initiative
  • Can't find the discipline

 

... to sit down and create the stories and characters and worlds that you know are inside you.


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EDITORIAL:

"I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date," said the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland.

Well, I'm late too. Hopefully you'll forgive me.

I've done quite a bit of copywriting over the last couple of weeks, the latest being a sales page. (And the client has already approached me to do more work for him.)

I've also been busy adding some new bits and pieces to the copywriting sub-site of Writer2Writer.


On top of that, I'm now coaching other writers, which is something I've wanted to do for a very long time.  I'm working with a handful of people at the moment who want to do copywriting - and make a decent income from it.

It's opened my eyes, and shown that while many writers can write - and write well - the business side causes great difficulty and stress to most of them.

I will address some of these issues in my copywriting course, which is coming along nicely.  Unfortunately, I had to put it aside for the other projects that crossed my desk. 

My plan is to have the course totally finished and ready to go by the end of October, but don't quote me on that.

My diary is pretty full for at least the next couple of weeks, so making the time to write this course is difficult, despite the fact I've derived great satisfaction from writing it.

Writers often email, asking how to make money with their writing. With the economy the way it is right now, the emails are coming thick and fast.

From my own experience, the best way to earn an income from your writing is either copywriting or magazine writing.

If you don't know how to do either, check out these links:

Writing for Profit: Break into Magazines

http://copy.writer2writer.com

Although you can earn good money by writing for magazines, it can sometimes be a long and painful experience when it comes to getting paid.  Magazines general pay three months or more down the track.

With copywriting, you're usually paid within 14 days, and often less, and the hourly rate is generally much more. 

This week I've earned rates of $50 per hour for a website maintenance project,  and $140 per hour for a rewriting project. 

Okay, I'm not working full time doing copywriting, nor do I want to. But for one project, in 1.5 hours, I earned $280.  By the close of business on Monday, I'd earned $330 from copywriting projects - for only 2.5 hours of work.

That one day of work has left me financially satisfied, so if I don't get anything else for another week or so, I won't be too upset.

In comparison, A few months ago I wrote a magazine article. It paid a flat rate of $200, and took around 4 hours with the constant changes the editor wanted. (She kept changing the brief - I did not check my contract well enough!)  That means I was only paid $50 an hour.  My average hourly rate - for most projects - is $115, so $50 is way down my list.

That said, there are heaps of magazines that pay much more.   I wanted this particular story told, because it is to do with my grandchildren being physically attacked by their mother's new partner (five years ago), and I wanted to save other people going through the same thing we did.

The magazine I approached is specifically for grandparents, so it was a good fit. (To be honest, in this case, I would have written the article for almost nothing - I just wanted the message out there.)

Okay, lots for you to think about. Copywriting is not for everyone, but if you take pride in your work, and can organise your day pretty well, it can be very rewarding.

Now for the current issue: Contemplating attending a writer's conference? Judy Bagshaw has written an article that gives an insight into this wonderful and often unique writerly experience.  Once again, Judy's article applies to all writers, not only those who write romance.

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

Til next time…

 

Cheryl

p.s. In case you missed the last issue, here's a gift from Holly Lisle. It's an introduction to her Create A Plot Clinic.  It's 51 pages long, and contains a ton of information.  Grab your totally *free* copy here.

p.p.s.  Some of you have asked about Holly Lisle's books.  Holly has been around for many, many years.  She was one of my early 'mentors' and I learned heaps from her.  Her books are of the highest quality, and are worth way more than she charges. (But don't tell her that! <g>)

 

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http://www.writer2writer.com/Newsletter_September_2008.htm

 

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Every writer I know has trouble writing.

-- Joseph Heller



 


 

You Can Create Wonderful Characters, Build Great Worlds, And Plot Like A Fiend, BUT...
 


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The Writer's Conference Experience

Copyright Judy Bagshaw - All Rights Reserved

 

This past May my local writers group held our first Ontario Writer’s Conference. It was a tremendous experience and I came home with so much writing energy and new insights into the craft.   

 

Writers must write. It is what we do. And most often, writing is a solitary pursuit. When actively involved in creating, a writer is often isolated in their writing corner, hunkered over a keyboard, oblivious to the turmoil of everyday life around them. Families are neglected, chores ignored, the phone left unanswered until at last they surface from that “other world” and embrace the mundane for a while before once again disappearing into their art. 

 

But, a writer cannot thrive in a vacuum. It’s important to nurture the creative soul, to spend time with like-minded individuals, to network and continue the process of learning the craft. Face it. Nobody knows what it’s like to be a writer better than another writer. Certainly local writing groups can do this with regular meetings and by offering workshops from time to time. But a conference; two days of intensive classes and over a hundred writers from all over gathered in one place. How exhilarating! 

 

The conference experience is unique, and there is so much you gain from attending. 

 

Read the entire article here

 

 

55% of ALL Fiction Sold World-Wide is Romance

- Why not CA$H IN on that Market?

 

Lynette's Rees e-book Crafting the Romance Story is an interactive workbook for aspiring romance writers, as well as containing useful

 information and links, it also contains character and plot worksheets.  Check it out here
      
Struggling to get published in Fiction?

 

Originally taught as an online interactive workshop, many of the participants went on to become published authors.

If you're frustrated with your current results, you owe it to yourself to work your way through this award-winning workshop.

Read more here!

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Contests:
 

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves to arrange words into the beautiful art of poetry or to write a short story that is worth telling everyone! 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

Guidelines:

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.

Postmark deadline: December 31, 2008

All winners will be announced and published on January 31, 2009

Prizes:

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. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

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

 

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One
 

 

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.

 

Full guidelines, terms, and conditions can be found here:


http://www.cupofcomfort.com/share.htm

 

 

SHARE SOME COMFORT

 

 

A SECOND CUP OF COMFORT FOR DOG LOVERS

 

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

 

A CUP OF COMFORT FOR THE GRIEVING HEART

 

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.

 

BASIC GUIDELINES

 

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: wordsinger@aol.com.

 

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).

 

For more detailed writers guidelines:

http://www.cupofcomfort.com/share.htm
 

How Do I?

No questions this month.

If you have a writing-related question, send it here.
 

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Submissions:

We are a paying market. Full guidelines are available here, along with current needs.  *Note:  We are again open for submissions, but waaaay behind in responding. (So what's new? <g>)

Disclaimer:

Inclusion of a market, contest, anthology or similar is not necessarily an endorsement. It is strongly suggested that you do your own legwork in checking out any markets etc you decide to approach. If you feel wary or uncomfortable, there's probably a reason!

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