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Dear Writing Friend,
About two days after sending the August issue, I realised I hadn’t told you some important news. Well, important to me anyway.
As you’re probably aware, my romantic suspense novel Saving Emma was released January 2005. What most people didn’t know is that I was far from happy with my publisher. (If you want to know who they are, go to my website – www.cheryl-wright.com – I don’t want to find myself with a lawsuit.) A few months ago I made the difficult decision to pull my book from this publisher.
There were a number of reasons I did this, but the biggest issues were (in my opinion) the lack of professionalism, and the low sales. I sold more books here in Australia in a six-week period than the publisher sold in fifteen months.
Luckily for me, I had a clause in my contract that either party could cancel the contract without penalty if they were unhappy. (The majority of authors who had this clause in their contract have since left the publisher.)
As soon as I had written the letter cancelling my contract, I decided to begin to contacting publishers about re-releasing it. The first publisher I contacted has another of my novels under consideration, and told me they were thrilled to be offered this book.
The editor told me she’d actually purchased Saving Emma some months earlier, but still hadn’t had the chance to read it. She was eager to have the chance to review it. So… I sent her a copy of the book, and waited. It was pure coincidence that the same day my original contract finished, I received notification that the subsequent publisher was going to contract it.
I don’t have a release date yet, but I believe it will be re-released sometime in 2007. They’ve asked for some minor rewrites, but that’s okay – I expected that would be the case. This is a fairly new publisher, but I’m willing to take the chance since they have full distribution, which by the way, my original publisher didn’t. (They had no distribution whatsoever except Fictionwise.)
The moral of this story is to ask questions before you sign a contract. If the publisher’s website doesn’t mention distribution, ask them. If there’s anything you want to know that isn’t listed, ask them. If the site looks unprofessional, think harder about signing the contract. If anything just doesn’t seem right, do some more homework.
If at all possible, check with someone already published with the publisher you’re targeting. Tell them you want the truth, and you’ll keep it between the two of you.
I wish that I knew then what I know now. I’ve learned a lot in the couple of years I was with that publisher, and I hope I can stop someone else making bad decisions because of my experience.
I should probably add that a lot of authors are happy with that publisher. Good luck to them; I was not happy, and almost pulled my book before it was even published. Having said that, I know that had I done so, my publishing career would not be where it is today. Sometimes we just have to put up with things because they can help with the bigger picture. This publisher was a stepping stone for me.
Okay, rant over! This month I’ve submitted to several anthologies. I understand I should hear by about mid-October with both if my work has been accepted.
I’ve also registered for a course on making more money from your writing. This is being held at the Centre for Adult Education during October, so if I learn anything spectacular, I’ll report back. It’s a one-day course, and cost in excess of $100, so I sure hope it’s good!
This month I’ve also put together a fr^ee mini-ecourse for Outside the Square Fiction Workshop. There are two options for this:
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I’m sure by now you’ve heard the terrible news we’ve had in Australia: Steve Irwin and Peter Brock both dead.
I wrote on the AuthorsUnlimited.net blog http://authorsunlimited.blogspot.com/ about these events, which both affected me greatly. Three days ago was Peter Brock’s memorial service, and two days ago, Steve Irwin’s was held. I didn’t get the opportunity to see the first, but I took time out for Steve’s. It was incredibly moving, and I just felt so awful for those poor little children. Bindi Irwin is already a star in her own right, but I just worry that she’s under more pressure than an eight year old should have to endure.
Now, onto this month’s issue: Judy Bagshaw has written about the differences between erotica and porn, (please note: this article contains adult themes), and Beth Morrow has reviewed Jenna Glazter’s freelancing book - Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer: How to Win Top Writing Assignments.
I’m lucky enough to have also read and reviewed the book myself, and wholeheartedly agree with Beth. It was actually Jenna’s original version of this book that got me started in my writing career. Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer: How to Win Top Writing Assignments expands on the original.
We also have a great article from Susan Harrow - Writing & Publishing Tips: How To Get a Top Literary Agent & Sign That Coveted 6 Figure Deal, and Rachel Carrington has written a great article called A Heroine's Paradise. (Rachel has also kindly offered her Taming the Synopsis course - in pdf - for Writer to Writer subscribers. Thanks Rachel!)
In addition, I’ve added heaps of new articles this time around, which you will find listed below.
Unfortunately I have to announce that Deborah Ng is not continuing with her markets column. She’s just been so overwhelmed with her own writing, that Deborah has decided she can’t continue. That means no markets column this month. However, that also means the position is now open. If you feel you have the expertise and know-how to take over this column, please contact me asap.
You’ll find the full guidelines here: http://www.writer2writer.com/guidelines.htm
As you will have seen, I’ve revamped the look of the ezine this month. I think it will make it much easier to read., but I’d love to hear your feedback.
Oh, and I should have mentioned that anyone who buys the Author 101 Bestselling Book Publicity book does not need to subscribe to the Writer to Writer ezine again. Just forward a copy of your receipt, and I’ll send you the link to download my bonuses.
So… time to sit back, relax with your favourite beverage, and enjoy this issue!
Til next time…
p.s. I haven't had loads of time to work through the Nick Daws 'Write Any Book In 28 days' program yet, but what I have read has been very good and definitely worthwhile. If you didn't sign up for the fr^ee ecourse, here's the link again:Click here
Hopefully I'll be able to give you more feedback next month. It's been very hectic here...
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Writer: How to Win Top Writing Assignments
By Jenna Glatzer
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© Beth Morrow - All Rights Reserved
In the introduction section of her book, Jenna Glatzer claims on page two that "by the time you finish this book, you should be ready to compete with established writers."
I completely disagree.
Why? Because if you apply her simple, timely and insightful advice to your own freelance career, you'll not only be ready to compete with established writers, you'll be well on your way to becoming an established writer.
Already freelancing? Don’t make the mistake of thinking this book is for new writers. As a fiction writer-turned-freelancer with more ideas for articles than the day has minutes, Chapter 2, Generating Ideas (and the Topic Worksheet activity in that chapter) had ideas--salable ideas at that--multiplying like proverbial rabbits in my mind.
This month's writing prompt:
I told him to go away,
but he just kept following me...
*Please note: do not send your work
along, as it won't be read.
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Erotic/Romantica/Porn: What's the Difference?
© Judy Bagshaw - All Rights Reserved
The answer to this question is as varied as the colours in the light spectrum. What one person finds artistic and edgy, another person finds sick and perverse. Yet these genres are some of the fastest growing and most lucrative for writers, so definitely worthy of a closer look.
Let's looks at Erotica versus Pornography first.
Edo Von Belkom, in his book, Writing Erotica, quotes from the Ramdom House dictionary for clarification of these two categories.
"Erotica: literature or art dealing with sexual love.
Pornography: obscene writings, drawings, or photographs, or the like, esp. those having little or no artistic merit."
So it appears the distinction lies within the work's artistic qualities. But who's to determine this? It is this question that makes finding a distinction between erotica and porn so difficult. Taste is subjective. What turns one person on, will leave another person unmoved.
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!
Now also available as an ebook!http://www.writer2writer.com/ewtwromancebook.htm
* A complete list of recommended courses can be viewed here: http://www.writer2writer.com/workshops.htm
A Heroine’s Paradise
An author’s insight into the women who make the romance
©Rachel Carrington - All Rights Reserved
If you’ve written for any length of time then you know characterization is important to shape your characters so that the readers either love them or hate them. A character that leaves the reader feeling ambivalent can be disastrous to your book sales. You must create a heroine the readers will connect with, someone they can empathize with, sympathize with and root for time and again.
Many different types of heroines exist and which one you use will, of course, depend upon the kind of book you are writing. For the sake of simplification, I’ll be focusing on heroines for romance manuscripts only.
*Pick up your fr^ee copy of Rachel's
Taming the Synopsis while you're there!
Cheryl, I submitted a children's story to the New Jersey Federation of Women's Clubs, and have been the advised the story won "Second Place". It is called "Look What Grandma Found" and is a story of an adventure, on the beach, with Grandma and Grandchild.
Mahala Magee Gordon
Bestselling author and technology journalist Patrice-Anne Rutledge has just published her 24th book, "The Web-Savvy Writer: Book Promotion with a High-Tech Twist," which shows authors how to profit from new technologies such as blogging, RSS, podcasting, and multimedia. To learn more about Patrice's latest book, visit her book companion website at http://www.websavvywriter.com.
*Note from Cheryl - I've got this book, and it's terrific! - chock full of wonderful information.
I will be running the poetry workshop "Neither Rhyme Nor Reason" during The Muse Online Writing Conference, October 9th to 13th. The virtual conference is sponsored by Lea Schizas, Editor of "The Muse on Writing," and Carolyn Howard-Johnson of "Frugal Book Promoter" fame. The conference offers writers -- published or not -- the chance to mingle with some of the publishing world's personalities, to pose questions and learn from them, and to partake in many F~R~E~E online workshops.
PS: So glad to hear you're feeling well!
Congratulations to everyone for all this wonderful news!
**If you have any news, please send it along. (Dont be shy we wont bite!)
Writing & Publishing Tips: How To Get a Top
©Susan Harrow - All Rights Reserved
Top literary agents get about 400-1000 unsolicited queries every month from hopeful book authors. Publishing houses sometimes juggle 5000. Most of my private clients and participants in my seminar, How To Get A Six-Figure Book Advance, ask me "how is an author supposed to get an agent’s attention when there is so much competition?"
First of all, don’t write a book -- write a book proposal. Publishers buy ideas not books. To capture a reputable literary agent’s attention you’ll need to show that you’re a media star, or a star in the making. Good writing can be bought but star power can’t.
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How Do I?
How do I promote my poetry/songs in Australia? I have been writing award winning poetry for several years, and now have six very beautiful, inspirational country ballads from my poems.
I have one collection completed and am working on a second collection. I am compiling it all for an e-book, that WILL be finished by the end of September, 2006.
By the way, THANK YOU for reminding me how very important deadlines are. I tend to start 50 projects, and my writing sits patiently on the desk waiting to be worked! I am also a multi-media design artist. But Poetry is my 1st love!
Best Regards from sunny California,
Frances Irene Tolfa
PS ~ Your Writer2Writer newsletter is so very informative and one of my favorite email newsletters. Keep up the good work - you do such a good service for struggling writers worldwide!
This is a tough question, but one that can be answered.
Firstly, join some egroups that deal with this subject matter. Don’t go on and blatantly promote yourself, instead become a valuable member by joining in some of the conversations.
Of course, I expect you to have a signature line that will alert the other members that you are a poet and songwriter.
Doing this will give you loads of publicity without forcing yourself on the group.
Secondly, it just so happens that AussieAuthors.com – another of my sites – is having a massive event in a week or so. We’ll be predominately promoting Australian authors, but have kept a few slots free for overseas authors.
If you would like to join in, go and register asap. Here’s the link:
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send it here.
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