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Writer to Writer - March  2008

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I'm sooo sick of looking at boxes.

It's now a month since we moved house, and we still haven't finished unpacking.  If I could have one whole week (or maybe two) where I got to do nothing but unpack, I *think* maybe we'd make some headway.  But that's not going to happen anytime soon.

Over the past month I've been doing my fair share of editing - other people's manuscripts.  And it's fun - most of the time - and it's also hard work.  But I enjoy it.  (Yes I know, I'm strange.)

I've also taken on some copywriting work, and that's going to keep me busy for the next week or so. Plus I've had a request for an article I pitched about a year ago. Slow, but what they hey - it's all money, right?

What I forgot to tell you last month was that I've changed publishers.  You may be aware that two of my novels were contracted - nearly two years ago.  Things have been very slow on that front, and as of two weeks before Christmas, there'd been virtually no movement.

Since my contract stated a time-frame, and I was getting more than a little frustrated with the slow progress, I asked for my rights back.  Since the publisher in question was in breach of contract (because of the date issue), I was able to get my rights back without too much kerfuffle.

Shortly after I had the documented evidence the rights had been returned to me, I submitted one of my romantic suspense novels to The Wild Rose Press (TWRP), which is the publisher I now edit for, and they accepted it.  I'll submit the second novel soon - I simply haven't gotten around to it.

They've already asked me to submit another romantic suspense novel, but it's not finished.  I've been rather brilliantly procrastinating over that one, so I'll have to get my act together and finish the darned thing!

Enough from me, let's get onto this issue!  Beth Morrow has interviewed ten editors to find out what they look for when buying articles, and Judy Bagshaw delves into the business side of [romance] writing.

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

Til next time…



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How To Write List Articles Every Editor Will Love

Copyright Beth Morrow  - All Rights Reserved


Outlining, drafting, revising…markets, queries and clips. The process of creating an article for publication is a long one, subject to as many changes as the day has minutes. Regardless of how you get those ideas onto paper, one perpetual gate keeper holds the key to your seeing your work and byline: the editor.

Ask ten editors what they’re looking for in a list article and you’ll get ten very different responses based on the readerships they serve. While their topics needs are specific to their audience, the elements of a successful list article bridge publications. Read on to discover three valuable secrets to help get your list articles into print from the editors themselves.

  1. Fresh, new spins on old standbys.

Editors are eternally in search of a new angle on an old yet reader-favorite topic. “An excellent list article gives a new twist to a common theme,” says Gregory Kompes, editor of the writing ezine at “The list expands the possibilities for that idea, yet stays on one basic concept.” C. Hope Clark, editor of several writing newsletters at, agrees. “What separates an excellent list article from an average one is that the list is unusual to begin with. When these items are aha! items that have not been done a million times, it makes for an interesting read.” Clark also adds that “Novelty is important. [Good writers] deliver a list with attitude, humor and a strong voice to make age-old, sage advice sound fresh.”

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Writing Romance is a Serious Business

Copyright Judy Bagshaw - All Rights Reserved


Being a romance writer is more than hearts and flowers and the ability to write a believable love scene. At some point in your writing career you need to make the decision to treat your writing as a business. For some, that will be right from the start. For others, it might come after that first sale or contract offer. Soon we will be coming into tax season, so it’s a good time to begin thinking of this and getting some things in order, if not for ’07 taxes, certainly for ’08.

I knew from the beginning that I was not up to doing myself justice trying to do my own taxes that included my writing business, so I sought out a tax professional in my town and she’s been doing my taxes for me ever since. She stays current with tax changes in my province and has been a tremendous help in getting me organized each year.

Having a writing business means you can write off a number of things on your taxes. For example, based on the percentage of office space you have in your home, you can write off a certain percentage of your heat, hydro, rent or mortgage interest, taxes and insurance. It’s important to keep your year’s bills for each of these items so your tax professional can calculate the percentage correctly.

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Anthology Calls for Submissions:


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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