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Writer to Writer - Issue 1 - November 2007

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Believe it or not, Christmas is nearly upon us.

I was recently invited to join a cookbook giveaway; one that many internet marketers would also participate in.  The premise for “JV” (joint venture) partners to join is to get additional subscribers to their newsletters. 

You may not be aware that I own a Christmas website. ( This is more of a fun venture for me, and I started it a couple of years ago.  The main reason was that I couldn’t find Christmas activities suitable for my grandchildren.  So I added a handful of free^bie items that people could download without parting with their money.

I wasn’t happy with the look of the site, but had neither the time nor the expertise to revamp it.  Last year I took a course in web design, which was really just the tip of the iceberg.  I love to design and create new websites, and if I had the time, would spend a lot more time doing so. 

Anyway, last month I spent nearly a week redesigning the website, which I’m now very happy with. 

Okay, I digressed. 

The “Great Cookbook Giveaway” was a perfect fit for my Christmas website, so I joined up.  Since I hadn’t previously done much in the way of publicity for the site, this is a quick and easy way to get new subscribers.  This is basically how it works:  you (the jv partner) supply a cookbook – either related to Christmas or not – and an image for it is placed on the giveaway site.  People then click on your link and are taken to your site where they must sign up for your newsletter to receive your gift.

I’ve already had just over fifty subscribers to my newsletter (for the Christmas site) in just a few days. 

This giveaway is doing a few things for me – bringing free publicity to my Christmas site, giving me publicity as an author, and showcasing my writing skills.

For those who do not want to participate, that is, build a subscriber list, you can still join in and download lots of cookbooks for absolutely no cost. Here’s the link (it’s the same in both instances):

The more people who click through *my* link, the higher up in the listings my book will appear. This translates to even more publicity for me. (Name recognition is a very important part of publicity, and this should be part of your marketing plan.) I've been slowly moving up the rankings, from second page a few days ago to about the middle of the first page today.

You do not have to own a cookbook/recipe site, or even Christmas site to participate. If you have something you want to sell (like books for instance <g>) you can gain heaps of publicity and subscribers.  

If you're looking for a unique way to get publicity, this could be it! (And if you are not interested in joining in, still take a look, because it really is an excellent way to get publicity.)

On to this issue: we have another great article from Allison Whitehead.  This one talks about writing for the internet rather than magazines, and will give you a good insight into this money spinner. 

Jodi has a list of markets for women's magazines, and provides some little known information about writing for them.

Okay, time to sit back and enjoy this issue!

Til next time…



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Writing for the Internet vs. Writing for Magazines
– Is it the Same?

© Allison Whitehead – All rights reserved


Since the internet came into our lives, the market for short articles has increased greatly.  But is submitting an article to a website the same as submitting an article to a magazine? 

In short, the answer is no.  The main difference between the two is the time factor.  You can query an idea to a magazine, and even if you do so via email you may have to wait a while for a response.  Once the article is written it is commonplace to have to wait several weeks or months to see it published – and to receive your payment.

On the internet it couldn’t be more different.  You can query an article one day, write it the next and have it published online and the money in your PayPal account all in the space of just three days – sometimes quicker.  People are clamouring for fresh information online, and if you can provide good content and provide it quickly, you’ll find unending possibilities for selling articles.

Although the pay for internet articles is generally much lower than that handed out by magazines, there is far more work available to take.  If you are a reasonably good writer and you can write fast, people will soon start coming to you to ask for your help in supplying content for their websites.

Read the entire article here


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Market Round-Up November 2007

© Jodi M. Webb – All Rights Reserved


Women’s Magazines.  For a long time I thought that meant either fashion or housekeeping.  As my family can tell you, my knowledge of those two subjects is limited.  The same goes for a lot of other female (and male) writers.  Does that mean we have to cross women’s magazines off our “to query” list? Definitely not, especially since I’ve discovered a whole new branch of womens’ magazines covering things like do it yourself projects, sports, politics, business, personal finances—with a sprinkling of love and fashion advice.


This first market covers subjects every adult needs to know about: hiring a contractor, starting an investor’s club, buying running shoes—but with a female perspective.  If you’re an expert on anything and know some tips that are strictly for women try Savvy Gal.

Savvy Gal


It may sound like being feminine and frilly but it’s all about being feminine and successful.  As the Forbes for women, Pink Magazine offers features about successful businesswomen and articles that tell you how to become one.

Pink Magazine


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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.


 (2) Write a short story five pages maximum, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme, creative writing, fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Must also be neatly hand printed or typed.


Multiple poem and story entries are accepted.

Deadline: December 31, 2007.
Winners will be announced on January 31, 2008.


Writing Contest First Prize is $500. Second Prize is $250. Third Prize $100.

Poetry Contest First Prize is $250. Second Prize is $125. Third Prize is $50.

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

Poetry Contest entry fee is: $5 per poem. 

To send entries by mail: Include title of story or poem, your 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. Mail entries/fees payable to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest
P.O. Box 3141
Chicago, IL 60654

Visit for further details, to print out an entry form or to enter online.


Call for Inspiring True Stories


This is a paying market:


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



A Cup of Comfort for Divorced Women


Divorce in the 21st century should come with an instruction manual, a release valve, and a support system. This anthology will serve essentially those three purposes, in the form of comforting, insightful, and inspirational stories about surviving and thriving during and after divorce. We seek uplifting, contemporary stories on a wide range of topics of importance to divorced women—including but not limited to: dating, children, relationship with ex, in-laws, finances, friends, solitude, personal transformation, healing, revenge, mending fences, the ex’s new wife or lover, empowerment, rediscovery of self. Most, if not all, of the stories published in the book will be written by women who are or have been divorced. Stories can be poignant, irreverent, humorous, witty, or wise.

    Submission deadline: November 10, 2007 <<extended>>

    $500 grand prize; $100 each, all other published stories; plus copy of book


A Cup of Comfort for Breast Cancer Survivors <<with Redbook Magazine>>


It has been said that “stories are medicine” and that “one of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is to share our stories.” This collection will include inspiring and uplifting personal essays about the experiences and emotions of living with—and living after—breast cancer. Possible story themes include but are not limited to: diagnosis, treatment, emotional impact, support systems, healthy lifestyle practices, emotional healing, coping mechanisms, impact on loved ones, effect on friendships, effect on career/work, effect on romance/intimacy, life lessons learned, personal transformation, silver linings, gratitude, triumph over trials, body image, and more. All themes and writing styles considered, as long as the story is positive.

    Submission deadline: December 31, 2007 <<sooner is better>>


**Exclusively for the Breast Cancer Survivor volume, the Cup of Comfort publisher, Adams Media, is working in partnership with Redbook Magazine and will award a $5,000 grand prize, $5,000 donation to the Susan G. Fomen Breast Cancer Foundation in the grand prize winner’s name, and a bonus prize to each of three runner-up stories. An announcement about the Redbook/Cup of Comfort contest appears in the October 2007 issue of Redbook.**


A Cup of Comfort for Military Families <<new>>


It has been said that military life is “not for the faint of heart.” But neither is it without its benefits and blessings. One thing is certain: it is an experience like no other—for both the soldiers and their families. For this book, we want positive stories about how military life affects the personal lives of service men and women (enlisted and officers), how family affects soldiers’ on the job, and how military life affects family members (primarily spouses, children, and parents but also siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts/uncles, fiancés, etc.). Any situation or subject that is significant and/or unique to military personnel and their loved ones is acceptable. Our goal is to compile a collection of inspiring or uplifting stories that cover a wide range of topics and reveal a variety of perspectives, experiences, and emotions specific to military families. Stories may be written by the service man or woman or a close family member; military service may be current, recent, or past.

    Submission deadline: March 1, 2008

    $500 grand prize; $100 each, all other published stories; plus copy of book


A Cup of Comfort for New Mothers <<new>>


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 <<new>>


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


Copyright 2007, Adams Media Corporation, an F+W Publications Company


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