to Writer - June 2009
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Next weekend I'll be off to my writing group's annual retreat.
We go to Ocean Grove (Victoria, Australia) each and every year to
a wonderful place called "The
White House". It accommodates twelve; 13-14 at a pinch.
We hold workshops throughout the weekend, and I usually conduct
at least one of those. This year my workshop is on
writing an author bio.
We also hold one-on-one critique
sessions, which always prove to be very worthwhile. In
addition, we have motivational sessions, laughing sessions, and goal
setting sessions. We also have a workshop conducted by one of our
members who is published with a NY publisher.
These are the 'structured' sessions
and workshops, but the weekend is very full-on and extremely
It literally takes months of
organisation, and our committee is made up of four people, and yes,
I'm one of them.
If you ever have the opportunity to
attend a writer's retreat, and it is within your budget, make the
effort to go. You won't be sorry.
I'm asked a lot about injuries that
affect writers, and how to avoid them. One thing I do on a
regular basis is stretch. I use a piece of software that I
purchased a few years ago, and it reminds me every hour to stretch.
It's not expensive, and it works well. There's a
trial version, and if you like it, you pay for a license, which
is a small one-off fee. Once you have the full version, you
can pick and choose which exercises you want to do. It also
has a lot of information about setting up your desk ergonomically.
This software works for all computers.
Another product you might want to
check out is called
Free. This is a multimedia program which walks you through the
process of looking after yourself.
Even if you're not interested in the
program, do visit the link and join the f*ree newsletter supplied by
Dr Barry Carlin, and expert in this area.
As writers, we are constantly using
our hands, and sitting at our desks. We are open to injuries
such as carpel tunnel, arthritis, ganglions, fatigue and lower back
Prevention is much better than cure,
and both these products will help you with the prevention part.
I left it too late to prevent these things happening, and have
arthritis in both hands, as well as ganglions. I have a small
(but painful) ganglion on one finger, and a rather large one, that
rears its ugly head every now and then, on my right wrist.
If I'd had the tools to avoid them
in the first place, I would have been very happy.
Okay, let's move forward!
In this issue you can read the
review I wrote for The Wealthy Writer. I was bowled over the
amount of meaty content in this book, and highly recommend it. See
my review below.
Also this month is an article
written by Judy Bagshaw on pseudonyms. This is a topic that
often generates active discussions on forums and egroups.
Okay, that's it from me - time to sit
back and enjoy this issue.
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The Wealthy Writer
Reviewed by Cheryl Wright © (All Rights Reserved)
Authors: Nick Daws & Ruth Barringham
Published by WCCL
The Wealthy Writer was released late April 2009 and is a complete guide for writers on ways to make money writing for the Internet. It is written by Nick Daws (author of Quick Cash Writing and Write Any Book in 28 Days) and author/publisher Ruth Barringham (full-time writer and owner of writeaholics.net.)
In The Wealthy Writer, Daws and Barringham have covereda large variety of ways writers can make money writing for theInternet. They include (but are not limited to):
· writing website copy
· short report writing
· e-book writing
· article writing
· affiliate marketing
· selling your writing services via job auction sites
· setting up a writer's website
· advertising online for writing work
· and much more.
The Wealthy Writer is so full of information that if you don’t make money usingthis book, you simply aren’t trying!
I’ve known for a very long time there were major gaps in theinformation available to writers, and have filled many of thosegaps myself.
The WealthyWriter is definitely a book you’llkeep as a reference and will use time and timeagain. (I have printed out my copy, and hadit bound at OfficeWorks for just a few dollars.)
Between them, Daws and Barringham have a wealth of knowledge,which they’re now passing onto otherwriters. I’ve known both authors for many years,and have found them to be extremelyknowledgeable. I alsoknow they both earn regular income with their writingskills.
Okay, onto the review...
Things I didn’t like:
There was very little I didn’t like, but there were a couple ofthings.
Firstly, I hate that every time I open the pdf I have to typein the password. This is obviously to stop ebook pirating,but it’s soooooooo annoying.
The second thing I didn’t likewas the table of contents - it is notclickable. I really hate that. It means if I wantto go to a specific section I either need to do a search, orscroll through until I locate it.
I’ve found similar issues with other books by the samepublisher, and I assume it’s to stop people jumping to specificsections without reading the entire book. What the publisher should understand is that some people will simply want to bypass some parts of the book. And that is their perogative!
Both of these are pretty minor and can be overlooked because ofall the good things provided.
Things I liked:
Because there is so much in this book, I simply cannot includeeverything here, so I’ve reviewed just a fewsections.
The book is so incredibly comprehensive, and I can’t think of anything that’s been missed.
Here are just a few of the sections I’ve read sofar:
Writing for the Internet
This section deals with copywriting, and although it doesn’tcontain comprehensive information, it provides more than enoughto get you started in this very lucrative area ofwriting.
Ø It covers information like writing to a niche market –explaining who the copy should be aimed at and why.
Ø It talks about keeping it simple; alternative words that don’tconfuse the reader.
Ø It provides step-by-step information on brevity, discusses theuse of hype, and much more.
the entire article here
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Pseudonyms in Writing:
To Be Me, or Not To Be…
Judy Bagshaw – All Rights Reserved
Before I sent out my first romance manuscript to a
publisher, I gave long consideration to the notion of using
a pseudonym. I was an elementary school teacher at the time,
working with young children, and certainly my professional
standing had to be considered. Some of my writing was a
little on the “sensual” side, and certainly not appropriate
for little kids.
So I spent a long time inventing my alter ego…a romance
writer I named Faith Sinclair (I thought she sounded
romancey and, well, Canadian), and I sent out my
When the acceptance came, there was a caveat. My
publisher-to-be didn’t particularly like my “chosen” writer
name. She much preferred my given name, stating she felt it
had more punch. I thought she was nuts, having lived with
the name all my life. It seemed so ordinary and dull to me.
But I bowed to her greater knowledge of the publishing
industry, and discarded my pseudonym.
I’ve never been sorry. It was a thrill to see my own name on
the cover of the books I wrote. And my parents were
delighted that I chose to use our family name and the name
they gave me. And I didn’t have to constantly explain that,
yes, Faith Sinclair really was me. So, for me it worked
A couple years later, I had cause to re-think the issue of
pen names when a couple of pieces of erotica I’d written got
picked up for publishing. I confess I was a little
embarrassed at the thought of my mother, or my boss, knowing
I wrote ‘dirty’ stories. So I chose a pen-name. Again, no
regrets. I was able to explore this lucrative genre, not
shock my poor mother, and not offend my established fan base
The decision to use a pen name or not is entirely personal,
but there are times, as in the above example, that a
pseudonym might be useful.
Consider a writer who writes in different genres. They
become known in romance, then decide to write a murder
mystery or a horror novel. Rather than confuse or disappoint
their readers, they might decide to use a pseudonym for the
Or consider the very prolific author who perhaps has more
than a few books coming out the same year (we can all
dream). There might be a concern the books would compete
with each other, so a pen name would solve that issue. This
was the case for Stephen King who also wrote as Richard
Bachman and John Swithen.
the entire article here
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