Writer to Writer - September 2007
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Apart from, or maybe in spite of my infection coming back with a vengeance, I’ve been submitting here and there. I’ve had a couple of bites; one for a piece of flash fiction (Christmas themed), and the other for an educational publisher.
The latter looks quite promising, and pays very nicely. (Well over US$1 per word.) I’ve been through their first round of testing – via query and clips – and had to supply a writing sample, which, if accepted, becomes part of the contract and will be paid for. If it doesn’t, then the copyright is still mine. (Of course!) I won’t find out for another few weeks.
And I had an email from the editor asking about the flash fiction; whether or not it had ever been published. It hadn’t, but I haven’t heard back since. Ah well, it’s still early days – I only submitted a week ago.
As mentioned last month, the look of the Writer2Writer website has been changed. Along with that goes a change of theme. Sort of.
My intention was always that the site helped writers to earn an income from their writing, but it was never terribly evident. So the ‘face’ of the site was changed to reflect my true mission. Last month’s poll revealed the majority of people like the new look – less than a third of voters preferred the original look.
In keeping with the mission of assisting you to get paid for your passion of writing, this newsletter is also changing.
Starting today, the newsletter will be issued fortnightly. This will be done as a trial, and if you don’t like it, we’ll revert back to monthly.
Our articles will be more centred on guiding you toward writing income. If I can do it, with all my health issues, then with a helping hand and the right information, I believe it’s possible for just about anyone.
But like anything new, you need to be shown how.
So to get the ball rolling, Beth Morrow will show us how to earn money by writing book reviews. If you’re an avid reader, this could be a relatively easy way for you to break in.
I’ve written a review of a book that’s only recently been released. 25 Ways to Write for Money is making a big splash with writers. Read my review to find out why.
Also this month we have a guest article from Allison Whitehead. Allison will get your mind into Christmas mode, so you can rev up your Christmas submissions. If you don’t get these done now, it will soon be too late for this year.
Some of you will be shaking your heads and saying "No! It’s already too late!". In most cases it is, but some magazines are still looking for submissions. I received notification of one such magazine just last week. (See my note above regarding my flash fiction submission.)
The majority of large magazines will have scheduled these several months ago, but many of the smaller ones will still be open for Christmas submissions.
To get you started on your income-seeking quest, I’ve put together a short pdf report which I’ve called Income Boosting Ideas. It is free to download, and I’m happy for you to pass this onto anyone you feel would benefit from it. I would love to hear your feedback about this, and if it is successful, it may become a regular feature of the newsletter.
Grab your copy here: http://www.writer2writer.com/FreeDownload/IncomeBoostingIdeas-Sept07.pdf
And please, do let me know if it helps!
Last, but certainly not least, Judy Bagshaw has written an interesting article about the business side of writing -- which most of us hate. Although Judy is our romance columnist, this article is relevant to all genres of fiction.
Okay, that’s it from me. Now it's time to sit back and relax with your favourite beverage. Enjoy this issue!
Til next time…
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Christmas is one of the very few seasonal angles that appeal to virtually every publication. Come December, and in some cases as early as November each year, you will be hard pushed to find a publication on the newsstands which doesn’t deal with Christmas in some way.
With many magazines producing bumper issues at this time of year, there are obviously a huge number of opportunities for the writer in all areas of the magazine world. The key is to find a fresh approach and submit your ideas and manuscripts way in advance.
You should really start thinking of ideas for Christmas based articles in June, perhaps even earlier. It is easy to think December is a long way off and there is plenty of time to query, research and develop your features. Yet producing seasonal articles and making sure they are in front of the right editors at the right time is a bit like doing the Christmas shopping: by the end of November you are in a panic, wondering where all your spare time has gone.
Adequate preparation is the key to seasonal success. I find it’s a good idea to have a writer’s action plan each year, similar to the one outlined in this article. Follow these steps, and next year you could well enjoy a boost in your earnings.
Three steps to markets:
1 – Think about the markets for which you regularly supply material. Whatever the magazine, whatever the subject, you should be able to come up with some ideas for Christmas articles which would be ideal for each one. You will already be familiar with editorial policy and the editor will be familiar with your work, so you should be able to make several sales – so long as you choose a good angle for each piece.
2 – Make a point each year of picking up a few copies of magazines whose Christmas issues appeal to you. Choose ones you may not have seen or considered before, and when you want an alternative to watching the big film on Christmas Day, have a flick through and study them in readiness for next year.
3 – When you are inviting friends and relatives round over Christmas, don’t let them in unless they have with them a Christmas issue which you do not already have. They may have access to magazines – especially where trade journals and specialist magazines are concerned – which you may not even have heard about.
Four preparatory steps:
Check out our extensive list of classes that will assist in your quest for publication.
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Breaking in With Book Reviews
by Beth Morrow
Copyright 2006 - All Rights Reserved
Needs: nonfiction articles and interview on famous people, places and events.
Length: typical article length is 400-700 words for article, 1200 words for cover story
Payment: depends on length and assignment
How to submit: send one paragraph query with clips and SASE or email to editor@...
Sound familiar? To anyone who’s made the leap into freelancing and nonfiction, querying your first few publications is a nerve-wracking experience—one made all the more stressful when you don’t have the requested clips of your published work to send along with your brilliant story proposal.
How to break this vicious cycle? If you’re independently wealthy, you could give up your dream of being a published author, buy the magazine’s editorial department and hire yourself as editor, but for the rest of us, there’s an easier (and cheaper) option: book reviews.
Before you declare book reviewing as ‘not real writing’ or start comparing book reviews to those terrible book reports we all recall from high school, hear me out: not only are book reviews a great way to make a little money and get a little writing-for-deadline practice under your belt, they’re an easy way to build up those necessary clip files you’ll need to move on to bigger and better assignments.
Interested? Writing book reviews is much easier than you think. First, obviously, you’ll need something to review. This is part of the process where you get the most choice. My advice? Choose wisely. If you agree to review auto mechanic books, you’d better have the background and interest capable of writing an educated, pertinent review. Find a topic or subject you like and work with that in mind. Don’t limit yourself to only nonfiction. There are plenty of publications that feature fiction reviews that cater to their reading population.
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Income Boosting Ideas- written and produced by Cheryl Wright.
Taglines, Teasers and Ads
Copyright Judy Bagshaw - All Rights Reserved
Just like synopses and query letters, you need to learn how to write book blurbs, taglines, teasers and ads that will sell your romance to your potential readers.
At first you might be inclined to think these are easy since they are short, snappy bits of writing. But it’s just this brevity that makes them much harder to write, in my opinion, than writing the whole novel.
Let me preface here again with the fact that I am published by small, independent presses. The experience with a larger, "New York" style publishing house may be different. But with a smaller press, the author takes on a larger role in the sale and promotion of his or her book. One of the expectations is that the author will provide book blurbs.
The book blurb is what you’ll find on the back of any book you pick up. In general it is two or three paragraphs that sum up the story without giving away the whole plot. It’s the little taste of the treat that you hope will entice the reader to devour the whole thing. In your blurb you want to introduce the hero and heroine and give a simple plot setup. You will then want to touch on some of what they must go through in the story, and what it is they each have to lose. Finish up with a snappy summation that could include your tagline.
It would be worth it to make a trip to the library and sit down with a selection of books in your genre. Study the blurbs on the back and ask yourself these questions: How did the author introduce the hero and heroine? How much of the plot did the author reveal? What buzz words did the author use to grab the readers attention? How did the author establish the tone of the book in the blurb?
FREE STUFF FOR WRITERS
These sites are giving away heaps of stuff for writers. I've checked them out, and even downloaded some of this stuff. The majority is good stuff, not rubbish.
You need to sign up for their magazine, but that's it. I have no idea how long this will last, so don't delay in grabbing yours!
25 Ways to Write for Money
Written by David Goldsmith 113 Pages
Published 2007 – Electronic Download
Reviewed by Cheryl Wright ©2007 All rights reserved
As writers, we limit ourselves with our writing income by sticking to just one form of writing. From the word go, I only ever wrote fiction. And I found it incredibly difficult to make more than pocket money because of it.
I’m a bit slow off the mark sometimes, so it took a few years for me to realise the error of my decision. An online writing friend told me she had constant work writing non-fiction. And she’d found it easier to break into that arena.
So I began to do the same. But for a long time I limited myself to just one area – writing articles. After a while I started writing non-fiction books, and every now and then added to my repertoire. These days I’m constantly juggling projects, whether that’s articles, copywriting, ghostwriting, short stories, web content, etc.
Sometimes I’m lucky to find time to take a break during the week, because I have so much on my plate.
What has always surprised me the most is the fact no one has ever written much information about this widely unknown blueprint to writing success.
David Goldsmith has put together an incredibly informative ebook called 25 Ways to Write for Money. What this book won’t do is teach you how to write.
What it will do, is show you 25 different ways to use those skills to earn income from your writing.
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My short story, "The Legend of 'Cool Hand' Stan", was published recently by Literary Liftoff, a Florida USA print publication (www.scwg.org/magazine.asp)
My short story, "The Price" was published by The Kids' Ark in their recent "Wisdom" issue. This publication is a Christian-themed magazine in Texas USA (www.thekidsark.com)
And my longest ever poem submitted to a publication, called "The Leaves That Fall", is being published in the Summer 2007 issue of Poesia, an Arkansas USA print publication (www.indianbaypress.com)
Roy A. Barnes
Congratulations Roy!! Terrific news.
**If you have any news, please send it along. (Dont be shy we wont bite!)
Call for Inspiring True Stories
Colleen Sell, editor for Cup of Comfort anthologies, has notified of her current and upcoming needs. This is a paying market:
CALL FOR INSPIRING TRUE STORIES: ALZHEIMER’S, BREAST CANCER, DIVORCE
The bestselling Cup of Comfort book series is seeking submissions for publication consideration in three new books. Stories must be true, uplifting, and 1000 to 2000 words. For writer’s guidelines: www.cupofcomfort.com/share.htm.
A CUP OF COMFORT FOR CHILDREN AND SPOUSES OF PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER'S
What happens when the person who raised you or the person with whom you raised your children slowly becomes a child who doesn’t know you? What if that loved one changes so drastically that he or she is virtually a stranger to you? What if that person is difficult to deal with and requires substantial assistance? How will the reality of having a spouse or parent with Alzheimer’s affect you and your family—emotionally, financially, physically, socially, personally, professionally? The inspiring stories in this collection will answer those questions and more—and will show how love prevails and how lives thrive when a spouse or parent has Alzheimer’s.
$500 grand prize; $100 each, all other published stories; plus copy of book.
Submission Deadline: October 1, 2007
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. The majority of stories will be written by women who are or have been divorced. Stories can be poignant, irreverent, humorous, witty, or wise.
$500 grand prize; $100 each, all other published stories; plus copy of book.
Submission Deadline: November 1, 2007
A CUP OF COMFORT FOR BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS
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 compelling, 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.
Exclusively for the Breast Cancer Survivors volume, Adams Media is working in partnership with Redbook Magazine and will award a $5,000 grand prize, a $5,000 donation to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in the grand prize winner’s name, and bonus prizes to three runner-up stories.
Submission Deadline: December 31, 2007
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