Writer to Writer - October 2006
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Dear Writing Friend,
Healthwise 2006 has been a difficult year for me, but thankfully things are now much better. I started attending a new rehabilitation centre after my last hospitalization, and that’s made a huge difference. Unfortunately, it also cuts into my writing time quite dramatically. I lose four hours a week minimum (over two sessions), but the good news is it’s only for a limited time. The course will be finished well before the end of the year.
Writing-wise, 2006 has been incredibly good for me. I’ve had much more of my work published, and I’m a little more organized than before, which I’m sure is helping. Setting goals helps a lot too, and I’m sure you already know I’m a big advocate of goals.
If you’ve been with me awhile, you may recall that one of my goals for this year was to double my writing income. I’m pleased to say that for this tax year so far, my writing income is almost as much as the entire previous tax year. So things are definitely looking up. (The Australian tax period is July 1 to June 30, and for July to October, I’ve earned close to what I earned for the previous twelve months!)
And that doesn’t include payments still owing for magazine gigs, anthologies, royalties, etc.
So what have I done differently? The main change is that instead of constantly focusing on books (fiction and non-fiction), I’ve taken on other writing-related work such as editing, magazine features, report writing etc.
I mentioned last month that I was attending a one-day course about making more money from your writing. The instructor confirmed what I’d believed all along, that writing for business is much more lucrative than any other form of writing. To that end, I’ve begun a campaign to get more work in this area.
In addition, I’m also planning to present workshops at local schools. The problem with this is my immune deficiency, so I must be vigilant and work the presentations in with my transfusions. If I have contact with ‘kid bugs’ (lol) at the wrong time, I’ll end up with pneumonia again. The best time is within two weeks of a transfusion, and then I’m covered.
So, what have I been doing since the last newsletter?
As you know, I was appointed romance editor for The Magazine of Unbelievable Stories. Submissions for the romance line have been incredibly slow, and I have to tell you that most of those received haven’t followed the guidelines.
If you can follow guidelines, and are interested in submitting, go to http://www.quill-pen.net and read the submission details. I’ve written the outline in such a way that you can use your creative talents in whichever way you wish. However, there is a mandatory character that must be included, and there is a loose (very loose) outline of what I’m after.
I will work with the author of stories that come close to what I want but aren’t quite there, so be assured there isn’t an automatic rejection. The deadline is December 31, so there’s still heaps of time.
This is a print magazine, and a paying market (US$40 per story), and there will be four to six issues in 2007. There are plans for anthologies in the future, but these are a totally different project.
One day after I received the news about this appointment, I received an email to say my story had been accepted for the "How I got the Gig" anthology. I’m extremely happy about this, particularly since it pays a nice fee of US$100 per story. The lead story receives US$500, but as far as I know, mine hasn’t been selected to lead.
Many writers overlook anthologies as markets, but I love them. Mainly because they are quick and easy to write, and those that pay, generally pay well. I spent less than one hour writing my story, and as you can see, it’s paid off.
In most cases, stories for anthologies must be true, although I know writers who make up stories for them. That’s not playing fair, and shouldn’t be done. (They obviously don’t think about their fellow writers who have done the right thing.)
Out of the blue a couple of weeks ago I received an email asking if I could write a competition feature for Executive PA magazine. This is the magazine I recently began writing for, and had already sent my feature off a few weeks earlier. Now, I was happy to do another feature for them, but it had to be back to them within 24 hours. Yes, you read that right – 24 hours!! Since they offered me a (much) larger than normal fee to do it in such a short time, who was I to say no?
It was a long and hard day, but in the end it worked out fine. So, I’ll have two features in the first issue when it comes out, instead of one. (And a much fatter pay cheque!)
I’ve also submitted a short story to a magazine in the US, and am still waiting to hear back. (It’s only about a week since my sub.)
And I’ve almost finished my latest non-fiction book, The Write Resources, and have just a handful of pages to go – plus editing. As much as I enjoyed writing the book, it will be nice to see it finished. (I’ve been working on this in-between everything else!)
Next week I’m presenting a workshop to grade five and six students on how to write creative non-fiction. Since I don’t usually get asked to teach non-fiction, I’ve had to write a course especially. But the good thing is that – like books – once written, you get to use or sell them over and over. I actually surprised myself with what I’ve come up with. <g>
Whoa! I’ve really been busy, haven’t I?
Which brings me to an apology. Several subscribers have submitted articles in the last month or so. I’m slowly getting around to them, and hope to have them all reviewed over the next few weeks. I’ve had so many submissions, I’ve actually had to close submissions for now. I’ll reopen them once I have the backlog cleared up, and again have the time to review them in a timely manner. For now, the only submissions I’m accepting are for the markets report, which so many of you loved. I’d like to keep this going, but to date haven’t received any applications for the job of regular columnist. If you’re interested, more information can be found in this newsletter, or go to
Phew, that was a story and a half! Okay, let’s move on to this issue.
This month Beth Morrow reviews Linda Seger’s Making a Good Script Great, and Judy Bagshaw discusses the use of ‘more mature’ characters in romance, and whether they’re a saleable product. Our guest writer this month is Peter Bowerman, who talks about commercial writing - my new best friend. And just to be different, I’ve written the Market Round-Up this month!
So… time to sit back, relax with your favourite beverage, and enjoy this issue!
Til next time…
p.s. Once again I haven't had the time to get into the Nick Daws 'Write Any Book In 28 days' program. I had hoped to really get stuck into it during October, but it obviously wasn't meant to be. As I said last month, what I have read has been excellent and extremely worthwhile. If you didn't have a chance to sign up for the fr^ee ecourse, here's the link again:Click here
I'm planning on buying the Quick Cash Writing course soon as well, but there's no point until I have the time to use it. Hopefully soon... (It also has a fr^ee ecourse running...)
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Making a Good Script Great
By Linda Seger
Samuel French Trade Publishing 1994
© Beth Morrow - All Rights Reserved
Turning points, subplots, motivation, theme, beats and backstory….As a writer, you’ve no doubt heard these terms flung around as essentials of every story. But if asked to give a solid, descriptive, user-friendly definition to a writing colleague (and toss in an example from a movie for illustration purposes, just for the fun of it), could you?
Yeah. Me either. Lucky for us, Linda Seger can—and does—magnificently in her Making a Good Script Great. Now, don’t balk because it sounds like a script writer’s book (it is) and because it probably focuses on structure (it does). With an abundance of usable, pertinent and insightful information, Seger’s book is a keeper for your reference shelf.
This month's writing prompt:
If that’s all it is, then why did it….
*Please note: do not send your work
along, as it won't be read.
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I'm looking for a regular columnist for the monthly markets report. The person who was doing this no longer has the time. The column generally includes 3-4 paying markets (non-paying markets must not be included), plus a 'tip of the month'. If you're good at finding markets, and can commit to supplying this column every month (sickness and vacations not included), please send a query letter. This pays US$10 per column.
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Just Because There's Snow on the Roof...
The More "Mature" Heroine and Hero
© Judy Bagshaw - All Rights Reserved
There's an old folk saying that goes "just because there's snow on the roof, doesn't mean there's no fire in the furnace". That's never become truer for me than now that I'm in my fifties. Romance is not just for the youngsters!
I am part of the Baby Boomer generation, and we're starting to age. Many of us are reaching retirement age, and many of those retirees are moving on to second careers. One estimate I found said that there are more than 39 million Baby Boom women between the ages of 42 and 60. Wow! And face it, 50, 60, and even 70 these days, is not the same as a generation ago. We're still vital, productive, young-at-heart, and yes, lookin' for love!
Easy Way to Write Romance
Romance outsells all other fiction by a factor of 5 to I, but it's also one of the most difficult genres to break into. Why? Because the competition is enormous. The good news for you and me is that 90% of all romance manuscripts are reportedly terrible. This is because most new romance writers just don't understand the needs of publishers (magazine and book), agents and indeed, the reading public. This course takes a refreshing new look into the genre.
Go to http://www.writer2writer.com/ewtwromance.htm to begin your career as a romance writer!
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The $75,000 Writing
© Copyright 2005, Peter Bowerman All Rights Reserved
As I passed a cubicle in the office of my biggest client, a regional telecom giant, the nameplate looked familiar. I stuck my head in. “Did you used to have an ad agency?” “I did,” was the reply, “but thanks to the huge recession in the creative industry back then (a fact I was blissfully unaware of at the time), I had to shut my doors.”
Ah now I remembered her. She was one of several people who told me, that with no industry contacts, no agency background and no paid professional writing experience of any kind (ponder that), I’d have a heckuva time making it as a freelance commercial writer. “Thanks for sharing,” I recall thinking. I hit financial self-sufficiency in four months that very year.
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Thought that it was about time that I drop you a quick note re some of my successes this year.
My work has recently appeared in The Raintown Review, Shatter Colors Literary Review, The Hyper Texts, The Australian Reader, Bewildering Stories & The Willamette Writer. I also have work forthcoming in Her Circle Ezine, Arabesques Print Review, War Journal Dispatch #1, The Noneuclidean Cafe, Mezzo Cammin & Strong Verse.
Keep up the great newsletter, Cheryl!
I placed second in a fiction contest sponsored by Oxford Bookstore, Penguin Books India, and Reader's Digest. The contest was in 2 phases -- the first where each entrant had to submit two short stories. Of the 10,000 stories received, 6 were shortlisted for the final round. I was one among 3 finalists who made it to this stage. The three of us had to write 3 more stories and the final round of judging happened. I am 1st runner-up!
Already your lessons on short stories have success!
I had an old story that I revamped with your lessons in hand. Most things you wrote about are quite logical and I had already done them.
Nevertheless, there were some slip-ups too which I corrected before I submitted the story.
Yesterday I found the acceptance from fourvolts e-magazine for 458 plus one in my mail.
I still do not quite believe it, I started writing just six months ago.
I would like to thank you for the lessons.
I recently began a project that I have been wanting to start for a long time, and the first issue of The Down Home(School) Gazette is ready. This is a quarterly print newsletter for homeschool families featuring articles, recipes, crafts, tips and more. For more information, interested people can visit The Homeschool Mom of 2 Website at http://www.thehomeschoolmomof2.com/.
I also put together a sample book featuring some of the previous articles and tips from my website. The ebook is free and is e-mailed as an attachment. The ebook is called The Homeschool Mom of 2 Sample Book: Containing Previous Articles and More from the Website, and can be ordered by e-mailing me at email@example.com.
My debut album of songs ("None-Too-Great Hits") has been accepted for sale in the iTunes Music Stores USA, Canada, UK, Australia, and Japan. I'm really excited about it. Categorized in the FOLK genre, all the songs but one were originally 1970s and -80s home recordings which I recently digitized into my computer and then embellished with modern technology. Most of them are in moderate tempos, but there are a few upbeat ones in the heap, too.
I wish that the iTunes marketing people gave debut albums by unknown artists little more exposure. As it stands, though, people have to already know about me and my album to conduct a search. Misspell my name even slightly and it's as if I didn't even exist, so "shameless self-promotion" is the only way right now. If you like my work, I'd really appreciate any and all word-of-mouth advertisement! Thanks !
Congratulations to everyone for all this wonderful news!
**If you have any news, please send it along. (Dont be shy we wont bite!)
Market Round-Up October 2006
© Cheryl Wright – All Rights Reserved
One of the things I’m constantly amazed about is writers who only look for writing gigs in their own country or local area.
Anyone who’s known me for any length of time will know that I write for overseas markets more than I write locally. In fact, the magazine I’ve just begun to write for is my first publication in my own country!
Unless the magazine states otherwise, there is absolutely no reason you can’t write for markets outside the country you live in.
To prove a point, this first market specifically states telecommuting. (If you’re unfamiliar with the term, it means you work via email and are not required at the employer’s premises.)
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Four themes to choose from. Up to 750 words in essay form. Deadline October 31, 2006. Two categories open to applicants. $5 entry fee makes entrant eligible for the $150 first prize. No entry fee makes entrant eligible for the $50 first prize. No limit to the number of submissions. Essays must be unpublished, original, and in English. Winners announced December 1, 2006. See website for guidelines and details.
Boomer Women Speak October Writing Contest
Deadline: October 31, 2006
Entry Fee: none, but great prizes including $50.00 cash, FIVE books, and a tee-shirt.
Tina Turner? John Wayne? Steve Erwin? T.S. Elliott? Jack Wolfman?
Cher? Rosa Parks? Oprah? Who is your fav? Tell us in your own
words...We want to know! If you had the chance to meet the one
celebrity, alive or dead, that you've always wanted to meet, who would
that be, and why do you want to meet them? (Celebrity status involves
TV, Movies, Radio, Athletes, or Singers ONLY)
In essay format, give us your
story of WHO you would want to
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.
(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.
poem and story entries are accepted.
Contest First Prize is $500. Second Prize is $250. Third Prize $100.
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