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Writer to Writer - November 2006

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I feel like I’ve achieved a great deal over the last month - more than I have for ages.

I’ve finally completed and edited The Write Resources, and sent it off to the publisher. I’ve also completed and returned my rewrites for the How I Got the Gig anthology, not to mention reviewed most of the stories submitted for the romance storyline of The Magazine of Unbelievable Stories, and pitched article ideas to a few magazines.

So far I’ve only purchased two romance stories out of those submitted to The Magazine of Unbelievable Stories, so we still need quite a few to complete the series. As mentioned last month, most submissions simply aren’t following guidelines, which in most cases is the reason they’ve been rejected.

And that leads me into a rant. One of the stories rejected didn’t just ignore the guidelines, it was so far out, it wasn’t funny. Not only didn’t the writer include the mandatory character and storyline, but the submission included pornography, which was not acceptable, and was so stated in the guidelines. I contacted the writer, letting her know the reasons the story was rejected, as I did with each story we didn’t accept. (Individual feedback is given with every story submitted.)

What followed was something I’ve never experienced before. I received a really nasty email, telling me I had no idea what I was talking about – that there was nothing wrong with the story. So I wrote back and politely explained that she needed to re-read the guidelines. Another email arrived, this time going further than the previous one, and calling me all sorts of names under the sun, and telling me I was an amateur.

This time I didn’t respond, and I’ve blocked that writer forever.

What some people don’t seem to understand is that the editor makes the final decision. And this sort of unacceptable behaviour does not put them in a good light. Not only will I never forget that writer’s name, I’ll never even open emails from her in the future. Her mail will go straight into my junk sender file. So if I happen to work for another publishing house in future, and she submits… Well, who knows?

Please read guidelines thoroughly, follow them to the letter, and most of all, don’t abuse the editor!

Okay, rant over.

I’ve had contact with my new publisher for Saving Emma – Black Velvet Seductions – and they’re pretty sure they’ll be contracting another of my novels. It’s not definite yet, so no celebrations at this stage. And we’ve discussed the possibility of one or more sequels to Saving Emma. That’s incredibly exciting, but also rather terrifying as I’ve never written sequels before.

Oh, and I almost forgot. (How could I?) I’ve been asked to appear on a major television "morning" show next week to help promote World COPD Day. I’m extremely nervous as it goes live to air, but we’ve discussed the option of my interview being pre-recorded, which they don’t normally do, so that has relieved a little of my anxiety.

If you live in Melbourne (Australia), the interview looks set to go to air on Wednesday on 9am with David and Kim on Channel Ten. If you’re in any other state of Australia, I’m afraid you’ll miss out, since I understand it’s a state-based program.

We have some great articles again this month, starting with Beth Morrow’s review of Get a Freelance Life. We also have Judy Bagshaw’s romance article Chapbooks: Nifty Little Promotional Tools, which sounds rather intriguing. And I’ve written an extensive review of Nick Daws’ Quick Cash Writing ebook.

(Oh, and if you’ve purchased either - or both - of Nick Daws’ books via this ezine or the Writer2Writer website, check out this page. I’m offering all purchasers a valuable bonus for your support and loyalty!)

Also this month, new columnist Jodi M. Webb makes her debut with Writer to Writer, showcasing some great markets. Don’t get me wrong, Jodi is not a new writer – she’s well published and knows her stuff. And she’s found some great markets to start things rolling.

Before I finish off, I’d like to remind you about the survey I’ve been conducting at the Writer2Writer website. If you haven’t already done so, please go to and cast your votes. Your vote will help with the decisions about what types of articles, courses etc to provide at Writer2Writer. It’s your site, your writing life, and without your input, I can’t begin to gear the site to your needs. It’s a very painless operation, I promise! (And you’ll find a little gift at the end.)

Okay, it's time to sit back, relax with your favourite beverage, and enjoy this issue!

Til next time…



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There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you.

- Zora Neale Hurston.


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Get a Freelance Life

Written by Margit Feury Ragland

Published by 2006

296 Pages

Reviewed by Beth Morrow 2006– All rights reserved


As a person who generally jumps headfirst into new, interesting experiences, I tend to do many things in life backwards. Chronologically, not literally—do first, learn later. Maybe it’s the excitement of the fresh idea that spurns me or the belief that being a teacher gives me the right to not stop and read directions first, but I’m always excited by the challenge of trying something different.

Freelancing was no exception. When offered the chance to collaborate on a set of articles (not one but two) for a respected national magazine with glossy pages, I immediately agreed. I didn’t know an editorial assistant from a senior editor, one-time from reprint rights or a query from a clip. What I did know is that the opportunity wouldn’t likely repeat itself in the near future. If I wanted to leap from unpublished fiction writer to published freelancer, I’d have to teach myself.


Read the entire article here


This month's writing prompt:

The atmosphere reeked of blood and death...


*Please note: do not send your work along, as it won't be read.
The purpose of this is to kick start your writing, not to get feedback.

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Chapbooks: Nifty Little Promotional Tools

Copyright Judy Bagshaw - All Rights Reserved


I belong to a large, active writer's group in my local community, something I highly recommend to any writer. It offers support, networking opportunities, workshops, camaraderie, and a monthly injection of writing energy. We have monthly breakfasts at a local pub/restaurant, and speakers from various corners of the writing world. One speaker not too long ago was a Toronto poet, who talked on the subject of chapbooks.

Chapbooks are "a written (usually printed) story or collection of writings presented in unlimited ways--a booklet, a scroll, a recipe box..." ( from The WCDR Chapbook by the Writer's Circle of Durham Region) They have been a popular choice for poets to self-publish their work and get it into the hands of the public. Our speaker even sold his on the street, like a busker.


Read the entire article here

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Quick Cash Writing

Written by Nick Daws

185 Pages

Reviewed by Cheryl Wright 2006– All rights reserved


I’d heard a lot of good things about Nick Daws Quick Cash Writing Course, but being the ultimate skeptic, I was not convinced. The only way to know one way or the other was to buy it and see for myself.

The book is 185 pages long – I was literally bowled over by the length and the information the book contained.

I’ll start by telling you what I didn’t like about the book, which wasn’t a lot. The biggest bug-bear was the lack of a table of contents.

Being the organised person I am (sometimes!) I like to know exactly where to find things, and this was impossible without a TOC. However, I wondered if Nick Daws did this to stop people like me from skimming the contents. Even if he’d decided not to make the TOC functional, which means you click and arrive at the selected page, a non-functional TOC would have been appreciated. (As I worked my way through, I tagged and marked each section to make it easier to find information in the future.)

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Maybe in the future, you could do an article in your ezine, advising which teen magazines in Australia are looking for short stories!

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Market Round-Up November 2006

Jodi M. Webb – All Rights Reserved


Mom always said, "Don’t judge a book by its cover." She forgot "Don’t judge a magazine by its name." Too often writers reject a magazine strictly on its title.

Iron Horse Magazine, a magazine full of talk about cams, horsepower, and helmet laws, doesn’t seem like the ideal market for me—a woman who doesn’t even have a driver’s license. I proposed an article about a motorcycle club that relied on my strength: interviewing. I got the story.

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The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to everyone whether experienced or not. This competition is open to all and anyone who loves to arrange words into beautiful art or to write a short story that is worth telling everyone. And to all who have the ability to dream. Write your best short story or poem for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original.

(1) Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject or style or form, single or double line spacing, neatly hand printed or typed.


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