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Writer to Writer - February  2008

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I am soooo sick of unpacking!

After what seemed like months and months of packing, we finally moved into our new house a week ago.  Instead of endless packing, we now have endless unpacking!

We had no idea we'd accumulated so much stuff we haven't used for years.  The local charity shops are ecstatic at the amount of things we've been giving them.

Despite giving much of it away, we are still having problems finding a home for all our goods and chattels.  The new house has less than half the amount of cupboards we had before - despite having three extra bedrooms.  I'm pulling my hair out in frustration!

The good thing about it is we're slowly clearing our clutter, but we're also spending a lot of money on custom-built cupboards, storage baskets (for the pantry) etc.  Some of our furniture doesn't fit well, so we're also having to replace some pieces of loved (but well-used) furniture.

And while we were rejoicing about our new house, we also experienced some sadness.  My beautiful long-time friend and pet, Shadow, (a short-haired ginger) became very ill.  Over several weeks I had him to vet around six times, and finally the test results came back that he had two separate cancers.  In the last week before we moved, he became very ill, and extremely distressed, so we made the difficult decision - in consultation with his vet - to euthanize him.

I've had Shadow since he was six weeks old, and he was almost thirteen human years (around 80 cat years), and we were very close.  He was my constant companion, and often sat at my feet while I wrote.  At night he would sit on my lap while I relaxed in front of the television, and I'm still getting used to not having him there.

I've been a cat lover since I was a small child, and have had many cats over the years.  Shadow was the most placid cat I've ever had, and had a beautiful temperament.  I'm going to miss him a lot.

Time to get onto this month's issue.

As you know, I'm a great believer in setting goals to move your writing career forward.  Cheryl Malandrinos has written another great article - this one will guide you through the process of making attainable and workable goals.

Rachel Carrington has put together an excellent list of things aspiring writers should consider when trying to get published.  If you're in this boat, make sure you check out this article.  If you're already published, Rachel's article is a great reminder of what we published writers should be doing.

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

Til next time…



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Falling in Love with SMART Goals:
A Sure Way to Increase Productivity

 Copyright Cheryl C. Malandrinos - All Rights Reserved.


Poet Carolee Sherwood contacted me the other day about a poll she was running at the Read Write Poem blog ( The poll asked, "How often do you organize your poetry-related life?"

Nearly 30% responded, "Sometimes, but who keeps count"; while 8% admitted to not doing anything to organize their poetry lives. This included organizing poems, researching markets, submitting to journals, and scheduling writing time.

What I felt these results showed best was that many writers/poets don’t dedicate time to setting goals for their writing careers. I can understand part of why this happens. For a while I avoided setting goals solely because I figured I didn’t have the time.

But here’s the kicker—when you set the right kind of goals you end up with more time and produce more work.

Let’s explore how writers can use the SMART method to create the right kind of goals and increase productivity.

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Top Ten Things Every Aspiring Author
Needs to Know

Copyright Rachel Carrington - All Rights Reserved


The publishing industry can be a maze to authors trying to learn the ropes, and a writer has enough things to learn about the art of writing itself without getting lost in a sea of rules and regulations. So the following are some ways to navigate through the labyrinth:


1.        Knowing how to write a query letter isn’t optional.

Your query doesn’t just introduce your book, it introduces you. There are myriad courses and articles on the Internet which can teach you how to write one of these jewels, but the three most important things to remember are:

  • The opening hook followed by a short summary of the book;
  • A little about yourself and your credentials and
  • A request to send in a partial or full.

An editor or an agent will appreciate a succinct letter which delivers a powerful punch, and you will be one step closer to getting your work noticed.


2.         Taking the shotgun approach can work against you.


You’ve written one novel, and you’d like to get it out to as many places as possible. Unfortunately, you receive sixteen rejections in the space of two weeks, but some of those rejections might have given you feedback on how to improve your novel. So if you’ve already sent it out to all of the places, where do you have left to send it once you’ve improved upon it?


When I’m submitting a manuscript, I usually keep it to one-three publishers or agents. If I know I intend to submit to an agent, I do not submit to publishers as agents like fresh material.  This is not to say don’t be aggressive about sending out your work. Just leave some doors open so you’re not out of options when you’ve polished your novel for the seventeenth time.   


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Anthology Calls for Submissions:


Call for True Stories about Everyday Heroes

This is a paying market:

We need 850-1100 word true stories about fathers for the upcoming My Dad Is My Hero anthology. Please visit my website and carefully review the "Hero Series Guidelines" page, paying particular attention to the explicit guidelines, suggestions, and formatting requirements. A few sample stories are also available via a link on that page. I really need stories about memorable fathers (The father is the hero of the story!) that tug at the heart, make us laugh, or capture and honor a unique father.  Your best chance for being selected for inclusion is to study the guidelines. 


The first volume, My Teacher Is My Hero, will be released in April/May, and My Mom Is My Hero has been compiled and is undergoing the editing process. We hope to add volumes in the coming months.

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 (creative nonfiction), and 1,000-2,000 words. Entrants pay no fees. Writers' guidelines:



A Cup of Comfort for Military Families


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, fiancÚs, 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


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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