Writer to Writer - June 2006
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It is perfectly okay to write garbage--as long as you edit brilliantly.
- C. J. Cherryh
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No More Rejections: 50 Secrets to Writing a Manuscript That Sells
Writer's Digest Books 2004 (261 pgs)
Reviewed by Beth Morrow© All rights reserved
Whether literally or figuratively, we've all heard the advice to not judge a book by its cover. As a book lover who'll read anything once, however, I rarely give a second thought to book covers--but not book titles. Freelancing for a variety of publications has taught me the value of the perfect title. Readers are won and lost on the merits of the accuracy and appeal of those first few, crucial words--and since I'm a reader at heart, I'm as guilty as anyone when it comes to passing by a book because the title isn't interesting, compelling or applicable to me.
Such was the case with Alice Orr's No More Rejections: 50 Secrets to Writing a Manuscript That Sells. I remembered perusing it at the bookstore when it first came out in 2004, but at the time chose to pass for a number of reasons--namely that I wasn't at the point of my career where I needed to worry about rejections (I needed to finish the manuscript) and frankly, I couldn't take one more book of "50" or "10" or "100" secrets or ways to do anything related to writing.
But as I discovered two weeks ago at a seminar featuring Alice Orr, judging a book by its title--at least in this case--was a mistake on my part.
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©Cheryl Wright – All Rights Reserved
I recently answered a call for submissions to write articles for a newsletter. This was to be an ongoing position, but the advertisement didn’t mention remuneration, article length, or turnaround time.
I contacted the person who posted the article and asked questions about these issues.
What I got back was an open email telling me - and every other writer who contacted him - what the aim of the publication was (to have articles written for a dating magazine), but apart from saying they would require articles twice a week, my questions were not answered.
So I wrote back, again asking specific questions. I received another email, and again my questions were not answered. The person concerned did however say he was taking ‘quotes’ and would take the cheapest one.
But I still didn’t know what he wanted. So I wrote again, this time withdrawing my interest.
I am pleased to announce that I won the Cliff Edom Photography Contest sponsored by the Ozarks Writers League and Ozarks Magazine. My award includes a plaque, a check for $75, and publication in an upcoming issue of the magazine.
This year's theme was "Ozarks People." I found a real character to photograph - a wood carver named Chet Mainard who looks as if he just walked out of the wild hills. The judges comment was that he was an definitely Ozarks wood carver.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about this award is that I am legally blind. I had a lot of people asking how I use a camera and etc. My answer of "the same way you do" brought bemused looks, but it is the truth.
You never know what will happen when you take a risk with your work.
Ronda Del Boccio
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Hi Cheryl- just wanted to let readers know my brother, John, and I have published a memoir of our early lives in the fifties in the North Bronx. It's called "Almost Golden" and describes various family incidents that took place in a Bronx quite unlike the stereotypical version of that amazingly complex burrow.
John is the food and wine writer at Esquire Magazine and has had several books on food and dining published. This is my first book publication but I've had several short stories published in literary magazines like Rose Bud et el. My career has been as an advertising copy writer here in New England where I now live. "Almost Golden" is available on Amazon or at www.bbotw.com. Thanks. I enjoy your newsletter.
Cheryl, I submitted a poem to the New Jersey State Federated Women's Clubs in January.
Last week I found out I had won first place in the state. The poem was titled "October".I received a certificate and blue ribbon. It has now been placed in competition in the National Federation of Women's Clubs. Results from that competition will be announced end of June. Mahala Magee Gordon
My children's short story Saving Legs recently received a commended in the Mary Grant Bruce Award, run by the Fellowship of Australian Writers.
Now they want to publish it in an upcoming anthology. It is the second anthology I will be in so far this year, the other is a short story called The Asylum which will be published by the Society of Women Writers Victoria. I also write a monthly column for the e-zine Bonzer, http://home.vicnet.net.au/~bonzer/index.htm, my column is called Yesterday's Women.
I've been experiencing a bit of a lull when it comes to new developments lately, but that doesn't mean nothing's going on.
I'm currently editing no fewer than three serialized stories for Virtual Tales (www.virtualtales.com). I already told you about signing a deal with them some time ago.
In new news, I'm also editing a health-related e-book for a brand new client. I'll pass along details as they become available.
On the creative side, look for two of my pieces--the poem "Listening Post" and the flash story "In the Garden"--online in the new Summer Short Shorts section at www.novascotiacanada.ca (follow the links > Arts & Culture > Literary Gallery > Summer Short Shorts).
Also, my essay/article "A Bunch of Rocks: The Environmental Gutting of Malta" hit the Editors' Picks list at Gather.com this morning.
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& The Muse Online Writing Conference: Lea Schizas, Editor of "The Muse on Writing," and Carolyn Howard-Johnson, of "Frugal Book Promoter" fame are sponsoring a virtual writers' conference on October 9th - 13th 2006 -- very possibly the first online conference as extensive as this. This conference offers writers -- published or not -- to mingle with some of the publishing world's personalities, to pose questions and learn from them, and to partake in many of the F~R~ E~E online workshops we will be hosting.
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It is now possible to pre-register. Pre-registrants will be assured of a place in the seminar or workshop of their choice.
Come back often to see the newest presenters and workshops. Shel Horowitz just accepted our invitation and we already have dozens of others. Carolyn will be presenting on both book promotion and the craft of writing, specifically "Writing Sparkling Dialogue in 10 Easy Steps."
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How Do I?
I have just read an article in the latest E-News from the Institute of Children's Literature, about spaces after the full-stop or period. The author claimed that publishers now only want one space left, not two as is the traditional way, because of proportional publishing and some publishing programs. The article was about the American market requirements.
My question is, do Australian publishers want a single or double space after sentences in manuscripts sent to them?
This is classified as the publisher’s style. Each publisher has their own in-house style that they want authors to adhere to. So it’s rather an academic question because this will differ with each publisher.
If you have a writing-related question, send it here.
www.BoomerWomenSpeak.com, the number one site on all search engines for "baby boomer women" is looking for your favorite summer memory from the 60s or 70s. Take us back. We want to reminisce. Submissions should be made to Georgia@BoomerWomenSpeak.com no later than August 1, 2006. The winning author will receive three books, a Friends Heal Friends t-shirt, a $25.00 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble, and inclusion in the Our Voices section at this link, http://www.boomerwomenspeak.com/stories.htm.
The books are:
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Writing Home, by Cindy LaFerle
For My Next Act, by Karen Baar
MARGARET REID POETRY CONTEST FOR TRADITIONAL VERSE
Postmark deadline: June 30
$3,500 in prizes, including a top prize of $1,000. Winning entries will be published. Submit poems in traditional verse forms, such as sonnets and haiku. You may submit work that has been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the anthology and online publication rights. Entry fee is $6 for every 25 lines, payable to Winning Writers. Judges: J.H. Reid, D.C. Konrad. Submit online or mail to Winning Writers, Attn: Margaret Reid Poetry Contest, 351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060. Winning Writers is one of the "101 Best Web Sites for Writers" (Writer's Digest, 2005). More information:
TOM HOWARD/JOHN H. REID POETRY CONTEST
Postmark deadline: September 30
$3,500 in prizes, including a top prize of $1,000. Winning entries will be published. Submit poems in any style or genre. You may submit work that has been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the anthology and online publication rights. Entry fee is $6 for every 25 lines, payable to Winning Writers. Judges: J.H. Reid, D.C. Konrad. Submit online or mail to Winning Writers, Attn: Tom Howard Poetry Contest, 351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060. Winning Writers is one of the "101 Best Web Sites for Writers" (Writer's Digest, 2005). More information:
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Techniques to Make Your Romance Zing Cynthia VanRooy © All rights reserved One reason why romance fiction is so popular is
because it is emotionally engaging. To make your story zing, to make it
emotionally engaging without leaning toward melodrama, there are a
number of tricks you can use. 1. Every word carries memories for the reader, every word comes with
emotional baggage, but the emotional associations are so rapid they
happen below the reader’s conscious awareness. To manipulate the
reader’s emotions choose words synchronized with the overall mood of the
scene and direction of the plot. Below are two descriptions of the same
river, but they use very different, emotionally charged words and convey
very different kinds of scenes: a. The water boiled over the rocks that stabbed through the surface. b. The water bubbled over the rocks that peeked through the surface. Be aware of the vocabulary you’re using. Don’t use words randomly.
Choose them for their specific emotional effect. 2. I touched on this next technique in an earlier column on sensual
writing, but it bears repeating. Insure zing by using at least three of
the five senses in a scene, but again, consciously choose details that
further the plot and emotional ambiance of your story. Think of the
difference between dank and moist, sweet and cloying,
slick and slimy. 3. Another feature not normally thought of as a sense, but one you
can use to inject life in a scene is movement. An animal’s existence
depends on either being able to hunt prey or avoid becoming prey. The
sensing of movement is of paramount importance. Humans are animals and
as such, we are patterned to track movement. You automatically snag a
reader’s attention when you incorporate movement of some kind in a
Techniques to Make Your Romance Zing
Cynthia VanRooy © All rights reserved
One reason why romance fiction is so popular is because it is emotionally engaging. To make your story zing, to make it emotionally engaging without leaning toward melodrama, there are a number of tricks you can use.
1. Every word carries memories for the reader, every word comes with emotional baggage, but the emotional associations are so rapid they happen below the reader’s conscious awareness. To manipulate the reader’s emotions choose words synchronized with the overall mood of the scene and direction of the plot. Below are two descriptions of the same river, but they use very different, emotionally charged words and convey very different kinds of scenes:
a. The water boiled over the rocks that stabbed through the surface.
b. The water bubbled over the rocks that peeked through the surface.
Be aware of the vocabulary you’re using. Don’t use words randomly. Choose them for their specific emotional effect.
2. I touched on this next technique in an earlier column on sensual writing, but it bears repeating. Insure zing by using at least three of the five senses in a scene, but again, consciously choose details that further the plot and emotional ambiance of your story. Think of the difference between dank and moist, sweet and cloying, slick and slimy.
3. Another feature not normally thought of as a sense, but one you can use to inject life in a scene is movement. An animal’s existence depends on either being able to hunt prey or avoid becoming prey. The sensing of movement is of paramount importance. Humans are animals and as such, we are patterned to track movement. You automatically snag a reader’s attention when you incorporate movement of some kind in a scene.
*This article is published at Romance Writer2Writer
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Big Girls Don't Have to Cry!
The Rise of the "Curvier" Girl in Romantic Fiction
© Judy Bagshaw - All Rights Reserved
A quick perusal of the covers of romance novels in your local bookstore will reveal the traditional romance novel heroine...small, willowy, narrow-waisted, somewhat buxom, with long flowing hair. Behind or beside her will stand the standard hero...tall, muscular, sporting six-pack abs and dark, brooding, impossibly-good looks. Heros and heroines have always been portrayed thus it seems. But a change is in the wind.
Some readers are demanding a different kind of heroine and hero--ones who reflect real life a little more closely. Instead of escaping from their reality, these readers are wanting to read about it. It's an opportunity for writers who aren't afraid to write "outside the box". At the risk of being "punny", it's a growing market!
I've always been a curvy girl...full-figured, a BBW (big beautiful woman), zaftig, rubenesque...whatever euphemism you wish to use...that's me. When I began to write with the goal of being published, I made the decision to write heroines like me...large and in charge...living life to the max, and making no apologies for it.
At one point I had a writing instructor (a former editor for Harlequin) tell me that romance stories with full-figured heroines would never find a market. Although disheartened somewhat, a part of me held on to the belief that there was such a market--that women were ready for a different kind of heroine, one who reflected them.
*This article is published at Romance Writer2Writer
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Freelance Markets - June 2006
© Deborah Ng – All Rights Reserved
Some of you many know me through my Freelance Writing Jobs blog, where I scour the Internet each day to find paying leads for freelance writers. I started my blog a year ago for a couple of reasons. The first was to share some leads with a few colleagues of mine. The second was so I can share with new writers the opportunities that were available to them. Each month, I’ll be sharing a few of my favorites markets with you. All pay, some pay more than others, but all offer decent wages. I hope there’s something here you can use.
iParenting Media – The websites included under the iParenting Media umbrella include Babies Today, Preconception.com, Pregnancy Today, Toddlers Today, Children Today, Preschoolers Today, Recipes Today, Traveling Today and many others. iParenting Media publishes in-depth features including quotes from experts and parental anecdotes, sidebar and source list. Also accepted are humorous essays, how-to guides, and interviews of "celebrities or intriguing persons." Before pitching articles ideas to email@example.com and visit the website (http://iparenting.com) to see the types of articles they’re looking for. Familiarize yourself with the guidelines at http://iparenting.com/guidelines.php . iParenting Media purchases all rights and pays within 60 days of publication.
FabJob Guides: FabJob.com was listed by Writer’s Digest as one of the "25 Best Places to Get Published Online." Though WD was referring to article writing, FabJob Guides is another great way to get published. Those who have expertise in certain areas can write career guides in a variety of professions. As of this writing, FabJob is looking for writers for the following guides: Antiques Dealer, Home Stager, Photographer, Web Designer and other topics. Compensation for these guides range from $2,250 to $3,500. For more details visit: http://www.fabjob.com/writers.html#guide .
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