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Writer to Writer - March 2009 - Issue One

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EDITORIAL:

 

Welcome to our new subscribers and to the slightly late March issue!

There were a few hiccups along the way, but my new book is finally available.

It seems to have been a long time coming, but I'm very happy with the results.


This is a book that has been requested many, many times over the past couple of years. 

If you feel as though you're chasing your tail all the time, or don't feel as though you've achieved much by the end of the day, this book will definitely help you.
 

In the midst of my preparation for the launch of The Writer's Guide to Time Management: How to Boost Your Productivity and Earn More! my site manager, Craig Campbell, resigned.

He realised he'd spread himself too thin, and the result was not being able to complete all the tasks he needed to do in order to keep Writer2Writer.com working smoothly. Craig does a similar job for other website owners, and I totally understand where he's coming from.

I have not secured a replacement at this point in time; my husband Alan has taken over Craig's duties. we're not sure yet if this will be permanent or temporary.  I guess it depends on whether Alan has any of his very limited hair left after a few weeks of doing the necessary tasks. <g>

I've fairly busy over the last two weeks since the last issue. I've taken on two copywriting jobs, and also accepted a request to become a mentor for a client. Plus I have another copywriting job that will begin tomorrow, so it's been pretty full-on.

I'm getting - on average - one sales page job per week.  This is exactly what I want as it gives me a decent amount of copywriting income, but since it usually takes no more than one or two days to write a sales page, it also allows plenty of time each week to do other things.

As I've become more experienced at writing sales pages my charges have also crept up.

To work out your copywriting charges, work out the hourly rate you would like to receive.  Then calculate your 'project' time frames and cost it out that way.  For instance, if you want $60 an hour and you know you can write a brochure in about three hours, then the flat rate for a brochure would be $180.  This is how I work out my rates, and it's worked very well for me. (Some writers and/or clients prefer to work on an hourly rate, and that's fine too.)

I've talked about this before, but I would like to reiterate that writing for really low rates is not good.  Not only does it mean you don't get a decent return for your time, but it also causes a ripple effect.

Other writers end up having issues getting paid a reasonable amount of money when you have writers doing sales pages (for instance) for under $100.  In many cases, they're doing the work for up to $50.

I won't even touch on the quality aspects, but want to talk about the hourly rates.  I am currently charging from $60 to $140 an hour for my copywriting services.  I know writers who charge $250 an hour and up, and on the other end of the scale, I know writers who charge $5 an hour.

I know I sometimes sound like a broken record, but please don't charge unreasonable amounts for your writing services.

In the ebook arena, it is well known that low prices products (i.e. $3-$5) often means the content is of a very poor quality.  The same applies for copywriting. If you are charging a few dollars for work that other writers are doing for five and ten times that amount, it could easily bring the potential buyer to the conclusion that the quality of your work is poor.

I've had several jobs where my job was to rewrite poor quality work. Not only does this mean the buyer won't use that person's services again, it also means he has paid additional money for the one job.

The end result of this is the first provider (the writer of poor quality) will get a bad reputation and in the majority of cases, will not get additional work.

Don't let this happen to you! (Okay, I'll get off my soapbox now!)

In the last issue I mentioned Kevin Riley's Product Creation Lab 6-Week Workshop. Several people have emailed to ask how long the discount price will be available.  It will be for the first 100 people only.  As you know, I twisted Kevin's arm to negotiate this price, but because it's a massive discount, I could only get it for a limited number of people. To read more about this terrific new product, go here:

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Those people who have received the product already are more than happy.

Quick reminder:  The Writer2Writer forum is up and running.  There are a few posts there now, but not many.  This is your forum - please use it!

http://www.writer2writer.com/forum

Last time I asked for moderators, but since the forum doesn't have a lot of movement at the moment, I've realised it would be silly to flood the forum with moderators.  When we get a bit more activity, this will definitely be put in place.

Okay, time to move onto the current issue!

Understanding the various sub-genres of romance is imperative to being published in this popular genre. Judy Bagshaw's article this month gives a clear outline of each of the main romance sub-genres.

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

Til next time…

 

Cheryl

 

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The Genre Buffet of Romance Writing

 

 Judy Bagshaw - All Rights Reserved. 

 

   

There are a couple of things that all romance novels share. They all have a central love story, and they all have an emotionally satisfying conclusion. But after that it’s a wide open genre, which keeps writing romance so refreshing.

I originally began my writing career writing contemporary romances, which quickly led to romantic suspense. I am now dabbling in paranormal romance (mostly featuring ghosts) and some historical and fantasy romance short stories. This has kept me from becoming bored as a writer. I know that I have endless sub-genre possibilities to choose from. 

Some people question the wisdom of switching sub-genres like this, since success as a writer to a great degree depends on branding and what the readers come to expect from their favourite writers. Well, I am known for featuring full-figured heroines in my books. That is my particular brand. So as long as I stay true to that vision, I am confident my readers will be willing to read whatever I write.

 

      Read the entire article here

 


      

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This is a paying market.

 

Contests:

 

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest

 

This contest is open to anyone who loves arranging words into the beautiful art of poetry or to write a story that is worth telling everyone! 

Guidelines:

(1) Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, form or style, single or double line spacing. And/or (2) Write short story five pages maximum, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme, fiction or non-fiction. Multiple entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: July 31, 2009. Winners will be announced and published on August 31, 2009.

Entry fees: Writing Contest entry fee is $10 per short story. Poetry Contest entry fee is $5 per poem. 

Prizes: Writing Contest First Prize is $500; Second Prize: $250; Third Prize: $100. Poetry Contest First Prize: $250; Second Prize: $125; Third Prize: $50.  All contest winners works will be published online in the Dare to Dream pages.

To send entries by mail: Include title of poem(s) or stori(es), name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (tell us a little about yourself) on the coversheet, add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation.

Fees payable to: "Dreamquestone.com". 

Mail to: Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest. P.O. Box 3141, Chicago, IL 60654.

Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for further details, to print out an entry form or to enter online.

 


Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

To all Ye Writers of Historical Romantic Mystery/Suspense

By royal decree in the Year of Our Lord 2009, King Fictitious hath
ordered the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense open
for court.

UNPUBLISHED HISTORICAL AUTHORS: Gather thy unpublished historical
romantic mystery or suspense and ready it for presentation.

PUBLISHED HISTORICAL AUTHORS: Submit thy romantic mystery/suspense
tome with a 2008 copyright to increase your readership, name recognition
and the chance to earn the prestigious Overall Daphne Award.

Scroll to www.rwamysterysuspense.org for more information or to
enter. But make haste, the King's Executioner hath instructions to cut off
all entries by March 16, 2009.

Questions to Ye Olde Town Crier: bellson@comcast.net

(PERMISSION TO FORWARD GRANTED AND APPRECIATED)

 

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