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Writer to Writer - May 2008

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This past month has been an incredibly busy time for me.

I've been doing a lot of administrative tasks, many of which I despise.  Unfortunately they need to be done.

In this time I've also be reviewing my writing business, and brainstorming ways I can monetise it better. If you don't do this from time to time (at least yearly), I highly recommend you do.

As a writer, I find myself stuck in a rut at times, and this is also true of my business.

One of my aims is to streamline what I'm currently doing, to free up as much time as possible - mostly from the time-consuming jobs I can delegate.  If you read the last issue of Writer to Writer, you'll know that I've begun to outsource some areas of my business. This has already given me a lot more time to do the things I want to do, or have to do, while at the same time has lifted a great weight from my shoulders.

I'll keep you posted on how that all pans out.

I had promised to have the results of the poll (about your specific needs) available this issue.  I've not done so as yet, and for that I apologise.

What I can tell you though, is the majority of readers of this ezine have asked for individual training in their area of writing. More specifically, they've asked for courses with one-on-one feedback.

In response to that, I've been working on a plan to meet those needs. I have a rough idea of what I'll be offering, but at this stage it's far from a solid outline.

I'll keep you posted on that as well.

Okay, let’s move onto this issue.

This week we have a guest writer, Rachel Carrington, who, as well as being co-owner of Vintage Publishing, is also a multi-published writer.  Rachel's articles are always highly informative, and very popular with readers of this ezine.

Rachel's article Talk to Me (Making Your Words Work for You), will definitely make you stop and think about your choice of words in future stories.

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

Til next time…



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Talk to Me

(Making Your Words Work for You)

Copyright Rachel Carrington - All Rights Reserved

Writing romance isn’t just about stringing words together to convey what you want the reader to know. It’s about creating imagery, making that reader’s imagination go to work. Let’s face it. If someone is reading a romance book, they want more than just the basic facts, the bare minimum, so to speak. Take the following sentence for example.

She was very pretty.

Those four simple words say what the writer wants to convey, but what does the reader see? Do they picture a voluptuous blonde with artificially white teeth, or do they just skim the words and move on? As writers, we have the ability to use words as our tools, to shape and define a novel into a moving picture of words. Now, let's try the sentence again, and this time, let's jazz it up a little.  

Her beauty haunted him.

Hmm, certainly better than what we last tried, isn't it? It packs a different punch. It's obvious to a reader that the writer isn't talking about your everyday attractive woman, at least not where the hero is concerned. I'm sure you get my point here. Words can either speak to or bore a reader. Get in the habit of using active verbs which catch the reader off-guard, words that will linger long after the reader's eyes have covered the last page.

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Anthology Calls for Submissions:


This is a paying market:


The bestselling A Cup of Comfort book series is now seeking submissions for new anthologies. Stories must be true, original, positive, narrative essays (creative nonfiction), and 1,000-2,000 words. Entrants pay no fees. Writers' guidelines:









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: May 15, 2008 (last call)




The primary purpose of this book is to celebrate adoptive families and to recognize the extraordinary and challenging experiences unique to “chosen children” and their adoptive families. We are most interested in stories written by adult adopted children and their adoptive parents and siblings, but the book will likely include some stories written by members of the extended adoptive family (i.e. grandparent) 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 or birth families that regret the adoption. All of the stories in this collection must reveal a positive aspect of adoption and must bring comfort, 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




The connection between father and child can be as deep as the ocean, as strong as a mountain, and as uplifting as fresh air. For all its rewards, though, fatherhood is not without its challenges. And for all the gifts dads bring to their kids' lives, dads sometimes falter and fumble. Yet, the father-child bond forms, holds, and grows. A Cup of Comfort for Fathers will feature inspiring and insight true stories about the life-defining and life-enriching relationships and experiences shared by fathers and their children. These personal essays will be of varying topics and tones (heartwarming, humorous, poignant, provocative, etc.); about fathers and children of all ages and varying circumstances; and written by fathers, daughters, and sons.


   Submission deadline: August 1, 2008




For this very special collection, we seek uplifting true stories about the ins and outs, ups and downs, blessing and challenges of parenting children with special needs. The stories will cover children of all ages (birth to adult) and a wide range of developmental, physical, and mental delays/disabilities. No matter how difficult the experiences/emotions conveyed in a story might be (we want them to be authentic, after all), the story must reveal a positive aspect, resolution, or outcome and must be of comfort to parents of children with special needs. Stories may be serious, humorous, insightful, heartwarming, or inspiring. The majority of the stories will be written by parents of children with special needs; we will also consider stories written by adult children with special needs. (No articles or commentaries by clinicians, please.)


   Submission deadline: September 15, 2008




Oh, how we humans love our canine companions -- for so many reasons and in so many ways that one Cup of Comfort collection of uplifting dog stories just wasn’t enough. So we’re giving all you dog-loving writers another opportunity to share your personal stories of canine comfort with a growing legion of dog-loving readers. This volume will feature both serious and humorous anecdotal stories covering a wide range of topics and perspectives and varying breeds of dogs. We do NOT want sad stories about a dog’s illness, injury, or death, though we will consider stories that weave a beloved pet’s illness or death into an otherwise positive story. The story should focus on the dog’s remarkable attributes and/or actions as well as on the special relationship between the dog and his/her human(s).


  Submission deadline: December 15, 2008




When a loved one passes away, comfort is often fleeting and hard to come by. Yet, even a small comfort, like a personal story of how someone has faced a similar loss, does help to ease the sorrow. This volume will feature uplifting personal stories that reveal the special relationships and extraordinary experiences shared by the deceased and his/her loved one(s) immediately before, during, and after the loved one’s passing; it will also includes stories about the internal and external processes by which one deals with and heals from the loss of a loved one. The stories will vary with regard to subject matter, circumstances of death, and the relationship of the author to the individual who has passed away. The book will not include eulogies, profiles/memoirs of people who have passed away, or clinical depictions of death and dying.


  Submission deadline: February 1, 2009


Please note that deadlines are sometimes extended by one to four weeks.




All Cup of Comfort stories must be original; true; appropriate for mainstream Americans (adult, primarily women); inspiring, comforting, and/or uplifting; and 1,000 to 2,000 words.


Creative nonfiction and narrative essays preferred (that is, incorporating such fictive elements as scene, dialogue, character/plot development, imagery, and literary word usage). Whether serious or humorous, the story should be authentic and engaging.


Electronic submissions preferred. One submission per email. Copy and paste (or type) into body of email. No formatting (no indents, centering, doublespace, bold, underline, etc.). To:


Mailed submissions are acceptable. Standard typed manuscript (double-spaced, indents). Send as many submissions per envelope as you’d like, but include one SASE per submission. To: Colleen Sell, 71563 London Rd., Cottage Grove, Oregon, 97424, USA.


Each submission must include: author’s full name, mailing address, email address, phone number, story title, story wordcount, and theme of volume for which it is being submitted (i.e., Grieving Hearts).


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