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Writer to Writer - September 2008 - Issue One

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I can't believe it's seven years since 9/11.

Even now, I vividly remember waking up to the news on the television.  Alan (hubby) was watching in disbelief. As I stood by his side, tears rolled down my face.

The world as we knew it was no longer.

As we drove into Melbourne's CBD (central business district) where we both worked at the time, we passed the American Embassy. 

Thousands of wreaths were  across the front lawn of the Embassy, on the footpath, and spewed over onto the road.

When I arrived at work, I was apprehensive.  My workplace was on the 32nd floor, and I wondered if they would hit Australia too.  My work colleagues, like me, were in tears, sobbing, crying. We tried to console each other, but it didn't work.

Our boss literally gave up, so instead we sat around trying to make sense of it all.

Seven years down the track, I still can't see the point.  All those people dead, families torn apart, the world rocked to its core.

And seven years down the track we've learned nothing.  We still send soldiers to war; the world is still in turmoil.

How is this related to writing? You may think it's not, but it is. Hopefully my words have affected you in some way. Just writing them has affected me. 

Every word I wrote is true. It's something I've thought about for many years, and I'm sure you have a similar story to tell.

As writers, our words must affect our readers.  If they don't we're not doing our job. Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, you need to use emotion in your writing. And you need to use it to draw the reader in, and to keep them reading.

Changing the subject completely; every week I receive emails from writers just like you (and maybe even you!) who want to make an inco*me from their writing. And make it immediately.

There are two ways to make quick inc*ome with writing. One is copywriting, and the other is  magazine writing.

Sure, there are heaps of ways to earn an income with your writing, but these are the quickest I've found. One of my clients generally pays my invoices within an hour of receiving it.  I've told him he's the best client I have.  He may not provide huge projects, but he gives me ongoing work (generally fortnightly), and pays quicker than anything I've ever seen.

Last week he sent a request for a keyword article, and it took three days for him to pay.  I was beginning to wonder what had happened when he emailed to say he couldn't find my bank deposit details.  I didn't tell him it was on the invoice. <g>

Okay, so most of my clients don't pay that quickly, but my terms are 14 days, and the majority of them stick to that timeframe.

Magazines tend to take a little longer to pay, usually 30-60 days, but if you can get regular gigs, you'll have money coming in on a regular basis.

It seems that lately I've received more desperate emails than ever before. The economy is playing a huge part in that I'm sure. What most freelancer writers don't understand is that this situation works for us rather than against us.

When businesses have always used staff for writing, what do they do when those staff members become redundant?  They outsource. And that's where you come in.

This is the perfect opportunity for you - a local copywriter - to contact local businesses.  I tend to 'cold call' before I send out an advertising package, but it's a personal preference. If you're only sending a brochure and covering letter, along with your business card, the cost is not great.  You can probably send these as normal mail.

But if you're sending out a package with samples etc., then the cost is much greater and I won't do that without confirming the business may have an interest.

If you're still not convinced, think about this:  the current rates I charge for my business writing services (copywriting) range from $60 per hour to $150 per hour depending on the task undertaken.  Of course I didn't start at those rates, but I did start by charging around $30 an hour, which is still nothing to be sneezed at.

I am steadily working my way through the copywriting course I mentioned last issue, and I'm getting there, but this is a huge course, so it is taking quite a bit of time.

In the meantime, if you haven't done so already, check out the copywriting sub-site of Writer2writer.  There are a handful of articles there now, and I'm in the process of sourcing more at the moment.  There are also some resources that will help you get started. Because so many of you are asking for help, and because this can be a huge mo*ney-spinner for writers, I'm endeavouring to find as much information as I can lay my hands on for you.

Here's the link:

Okay, let's get onto the current issue: In this issue, Cheryl Malandrinos shares some helpful tips to help us save time, both in our writing, and also around the house and at work. I don't know about you, but I'm always looking for time-saving tips.

That's it from me - time to sit back and enjoy this issue.

Til next time…



p.s. In case you missed the last issue, here's a gift from Holly Lisle. It's an introduction to her Create A Plot Clinic.  It's 51 pages long, and contains a ton of information.  Grab your totally *free* copy here.

p.p.s.  Some of you have asked about Holly Lisle's books.  Holly has been around for many, many years.  She was one of my early 'mentors' and I learned heaps from her.  Her books are of the highest quality, and are worth way more than she charges. (But don't tell her that! <g>)


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Take Back Your Time:
Time Saving Tips for Writers

Cheryl Malandrinos- All Rights Reserved


Lately I seem to be spinning my wheels. There is so much to do and so little time to do it in that I feel about as productive as an unplugged printer—even when I’m getting a lot done.

So, it’s time to get back to basics and think about those time saving techniques that are vital to being a productive writer.

In the Office

Whether you write full- or part-time and whether your day job is at home or outside the home, there are ways that you can make the best of your writing time.

For Everyone

    • Stock up on office supplies once a month so you don’t run out in the middle of an assignment.

    • Periodically check office equipment to make sure everything is in working order. It would stink if you couldn’t print off that manuscript for the publisher who just asked to have it mailed overnight just because your printer died yesterday.

    • Set a realistic writing schedule and stick to it.

    • Maintain a weekly to-do list and review it each night. Check off completed items and make a plan for what you will work on tomorrow.

    • Eliminate distractions by setting a time each day to check email and return phone messages.

    • If possible, invest in an eReader so that you can supplement your reading with eBooks while waiting in your doctor’s office.

    • Carry a notebook and pen/pencil everywhere you go so you can jot down ideas wherever you are.

    • Write in small chunks. You would be surprised how much you can accomplish by writing in ten-minute intervals.

    • Create templates for press releases, invoices, and article submissions so that you don’t lose time creating a new document over again.

    • Create a submissions tracker with all pertinent information, including whether you’ve been paid for the assignment, so you can easily know what you’ve sent out and what you’re waiting on.

    • Touch every piece of paper only once. Read it, handle it, file it/recycle it.

For Those Who Work Outside the Home

    • Listen to audio books during your morning and evening commutes to supplement your reading.

    • Carry a small stash of trade journals in your car or briefcase to have handy during lunch hour or while waiting in your doctor’s office.

    • Revise your work in progress during your lunch hour.


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Anthology Calls for Submissions:


This is a paying market:


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


Full guidelines, terms, and conditions can be found here:








For this very special collection, we seek uplifting true stories about the ins and outs, ups and downs, blessing and challenges of parenting children with special needs. The stories will cover children of all ages (birth to adult) and a wide range of developmental, physical, and mental delays/disabilities. No matter how difficult the experiences/emotions conveyed in a story might be (we want them to be authentic, after all), the story must reveal a positive aspect, resolution, or outcome and must be of comfort to parents of children with special needs. Stories may be serious, humorous, insightful, heartwarming, or inspiring. The majority of the stories will be written by parents of children with special needs; we will also consider stories written by adult children with special needs. (No articles or commentaries by clinicians, please.)


   Submission deadline: September 15, 2008




Oh, how we humans love our canine companions -- for so many reasons and in so many ways that one Cup of Comfort collection of uplifting dog stories just wasn’t enough. So we’re giving all you dog-loving writers another opportunity to share your personal stories of canine comfort with a growing legion of dog-loving readers. This volume will feature both serious and humorous anecdotal stories covering a wide range of topics and perspectives and varying breeds of dogs. We do NOT want sad stories about a dog’s illness, injury, or death, though we will consider stories that weave a beloved pet’s illness or death into an otherwise positive story. The story should focus on the dog’s remarkable attributes and/or actions as well as on the special relationship between the dog and his/her human(s).


  Submission deadline: December 15, 2008




When a loved one passes away, comfort is often fleeting and hard to come by. Yet, even a small comfort, like a personal story of how someone has faced a similar loss, does help to ease the sorrow. This volume will feature uplifting personal stories that reveal the special relationships and extraordinary experiences shared by the deceased and his/her loved one(s) immediately before, during, and after the loved one’s passing; it will also includes stories about the internal and external processes by which one deals with and heals from the loss of a loved one. The stories will vary with regard to subject matter, circumstances of death, and the relationship of the author to the individual who has passed away. The book will not include eulogies, profiles/memoirs of people who have passed away, or clinical depictions of death and dying.


  Submission deadline: February 1, 2009


Please note that deadlines are sometimes extended by one to four weeks.




All Cup of Comfort stories must be original; true; appropriate for mainstream Americans (adult, primarily women); inspiring, comforting, and/or uplifting; and 1,000 to 2,000 words.


Creative nonfiction and narrative essays preferred (that is, incorporating such fictive elements as scene, dialogue, character/plot development, imagery, and literary word usage). Whether serious or humorous, the story should be authentic and engaging.


Electronic submissions preferred. One submission per email. Copy and paste (or type) into body of email. No formatting (no indents, centering, doublespace, bold, underline, etc.). To:


Mailed submissions are acceptable. Standard typed manuscript (double-spaced, indents). Send as many submissions per envelope as you’d like, but include one SASE per submission. To: Colleen Sell, 71563 London Rd., Cottage Grove, Oregon, 97424, USA.


Each submission must include: author’s full name, mailing address, email address, phone number, story title, story wordcount, and theme of volume for which it is being submitted (i.e., Grieving Hearts).


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