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Writer to Writer - December 2006

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Let me start this issue off with some news…

I’m in the midst of starting a membership site for writers (and internet marketers who want to write books), which will mostly revolve around resources. As it’s in the early stages, I’m looking for a number of ‘beta testers’. This would be at a greatly reduced price, as I expect the beta testers to point out any problems encountered, or suggestions for better navigation etc.

Writer to Writer subscribers will only pay US$40 annually. However, beta testers will pay just US$30 per year, and that price is locked in for as long as you remain a member. (Most membership sites charge from US$15 to US$40 per month.)

The aim of the site is to provide you with the resources you need for a reasonable price. Many of the products I’ve offered over the last few months or so will be there, as well as any new products that come available. I’ll add to the site regularly (generally monthly) and there’ll be no additional charge for new products.

There will be some products that can’t be offered fre^e at the site, and those are basically products that don’t come with resale rights (like Nick Daws’ Quick Cash Writing, Lee Masterson’s books, Rob Parnell’s books, Hope Clark’s books etc), and cannot be on-sold.

To begin with, the main features will be products to help with your writing, and also things like templates for your website, and software to help create your website, clip art etc. My plan is to also offer writing courses at discount prices, and to have a forum where we can discuss writing-related issues. However, the latter two will take some time to organise, so it could be a few months before these are added.

So… if any of this interests you, and you think you might like to be a beta tester, please go here to check it out then if you’re still interested, and believe would like to join, please go here: - you must use this link to get the discounted price. At this stage you only need to register your interest by subscribing to the ‘beta tester list’ - there’s nothing to pay yet, and won’t be until the site is opened.

If you’re still not sure, register anyway because registering does not commit you in any way (but locks your price). But you must do so by January 20, because I’m closing off registrations on that date, and you will then pay US$40 per year as a current subscriber to the Writer to Writer ezine. Non-subscribers will pay US$60 per year, so as you can see, you will receive a substantial discount. Once your price is locked in, it will continue at that price for as long as you remain a member. If you leave, then rejoin, it would be at the full price – whatever that happens to be at the time. *I reserve the right to raise prices as necessary.

(When you read the information at the site you’ll notice the cost of just two products will cover your annual fee, and there are already six products at the site with a value in excess of $180, and that’s just the ebooks.)

I expect the site to be up and running some time in February, but as we all know, the best laid plans….

Since the last issue a lot of family problems have arisen, so I’ve not been anywhere near as productive as I’d hoped.

My son-in-law was hit by a car while riding his pushbike to work in the early hours of the morning, which caused major upheaval as well as distress. His injuries are nowhere near as bad as first thought, but he won’t be back at work until late January at the earliest.

The other family issue relates to my mother. She’s very ill, and not expected to be with us beyond a couple of weeks. She has lung cancer (and suspected brain cancer, which is a secondary cancer) and is currently in palliative care. As I’m sure you can imagine, this has had a major impact on our family as we are very close-knit.

My father died from lung cancer almost eight years ago, so my sister and I have been through all this before. It’s not a nice disease at all, and the patient goes through a lot of suffering. Both my parents were heavy smokers.

I don’t generally preach to my subscribers, but I’m going to deviate from that just this once. If you’re a smoker, please, try and give up. Don’t think about today, or how hard it is to kick the habit. Think about the future, and what both you and your family will go through down the track. My father died aged 72, and my mother will be 74 on Christmas Eve. Without the cigarettes they would both have had long and happy lives.

My grandchildren never got to know my father – the first was born a few months after his death – and my mother will not get to see any of them grow up.

Okay, let’s get onto something nicer.

Last time around I mentioned I’d be appearing on television for the Australian Lung Foundation (ALF) - I didn't realise at the time the program was national; I thought it was only local to my state. It went ahead as planned, and was very nerve wracking. We had almost ten minutes on air, which wasn’t really long enough, but we were able to get the planned message across.

Best of all, the host held up a copy of Saving Emma for the camera, and it took up the entire screen. The ALF called me to find out how people could buy copies, as they’d had calls from viewers who had watched the program.  Fantastic!

They’ve also received a lot of phone calls since the show about COPD, so the message is getting through. Statistics show that one in six people are not aware they have COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) so we needed to get the message out that they need to be checked. And obviously we did that.

In between all this bedlam I received a commission for a magazine article. It’s due January 2, so I’m endeavouring to get it to the editor earlier, since it’s such a terrible deadline. Plus, Black Velvet Seductions expect to send the rewrite information for Saving Emma around January 15, so I’m already organising myself for the New Year.

I’ve never done this in the past, but as I get busier and busier, I’m looking at getting a planner I can put on the wall. Our upstairs extension is due to start early February (although we’ve already encountered a number of hiccups, so could be much later) and I hope to have my office back late March or early April, which will make using planners much easier.

Now, onto this issue. It’s a full issue this time around, with articles from all our regular columnists. Beth Morrow has reviewed Carolyn Howard-Johnston’s Frugal Book Promoter, Judy Bagshaw has written about finding publishers - and checking them out, and Jodi M Web has her markets report.  *Thanks to all these lovely ladies for sending their articles early.

Because of the situation with my mother, I’m not sure whether there will be a January issue or not, but will try to keep you informed.

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family all the best for the coming season.

Okay, it's time to sit back, relax with your favourite beverage, and enjoy this issue!

Til next time…



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The Frugal Book Promoter:
How to Do What Your Publisher Won’t

Written by Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Published by Star Publish 2004


Reviewed by Beth Morrow Š2006– All rights reserved


If you think you need to wait to get published before you consider how to market/promote yourself, you could be making the costliest mistake of your budding career. Think you know all there is to know about creating author recognition and successful book promotion? Give this quick quiz a try:

Name eight different ways to promote your first (or next) book. (Note: printed items with your information count as one way).









List five ways to reach readers and an audience before publishing your first (or next) book:






Check off each of these items you have ready and available for promoting your current (or next) book

a. Media contact list

b. Media release

c. Media announcement (a short, sweet version of your release)

d. Your bio or ‘about the author’ piece

e. Sample review of your book

f. List of appearances

g. Sample interview

h. First-person essay

i. List of available seminars or workshops you can present

j. Fellow expert (or published fiction colleague) list

k. Your photo

l. Your business card

m. Your galley or advanced reader copy

n. A color photo of your cover


Read the entire article here


This month's writing prompt:

The second I stepped out of the train I knew what would happen...


*Please note: do not send your work along, as it won't be read.
The purpose of this is to kick start your writing, not to get feedback.


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Romance Publishers: Finding the Good Ones

Copyright Judy Bagshaw - All Rights Reserved


You've worked hard over several long months, perhaps even years to complete, what in your eyes, is the perfect romance novel. You've polished it until it shines. Now comes the time to send your precious literary child out into the world. How do you know that the publisher you've chosen is a good one? How can you be sure they're legit?

After working so hard, you certainly don't want to be conned or taken for a financial ride. You don't want to see your work treated badly. So, it's important for you to do your homework. Take a good look at what's out there and make an informed decision.


Read the entire article here

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Hi Cheryl,

I'm going to be published in the La Palma's new cultural magazine, Ruido.  Last night was the inauguration party.  There was the inevitable speech to begin with, about the magazine, its aims and the contents of the first issue. I wasn't mentioned, so I assumed I'd been bumped into issue 2. Fair enough - they probably have enough egos to deal with. Then someone read some of the contents, and to my surprise, this included my micro fiction, "Dream On" (Sigue Soņando), so I'm in after all. I don't get paid, but I got paid for the English version. It'll be the first time I've been published in Spanish, and it's the first time I've done my own translation. Best of all, people laughed aloud at the end, which felt GREAT!

The story's up at my web site, in English.

Sheila Crosby

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Market Round-Up December 2006

Š Jodi M. Webb – All Rights Reserved


Whenever I’ve spent too much time staring at the blinking cursor on my computer screen (or a blank sheet of paper if you’re a traditionalist) I like to end my writer’s block with a quick paragraph of two using a writer’s prompt. Sometimes writing is so much easier when you have a definite subject to write about.

Apparently, I’m not the only one who believes in writer’s prompts. More and more literary magazines are producing issues with themes. Themes are great for writers—you know longer have to pour over back issues wondering, "Is this the type of subject the editors are interested in?"

My first market doesn’t actually have a theme for each issue. Instead they have a sentence which writers must use verbatim as the first line of their short story.

The First Line


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