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Volume 13, Issue 21
May 24, 2013
FUNDS FOR WRITERS
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A quick moment with Pat Conroy at the South Carolina Book Festival.
He’s quite the gentleman, even lifting up my name tag from around
my neck, making sure he knew my name once he heard I was an author.
A warm fuzzy there for a moment, you know?
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Sports Fiction & Essay Contest – Final Month!
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PICKING OUT PAINT
My youngest son and his bride (expecting in September, by the way)
just bought a house this week. It was built in 1930 and she’s
nicknamed it “The Hobbit House” because of its shape and design.
Cute as a button. So one evening, we all met in the empty house,
dozens of paint swatches in hand, to decide how to morph the
interior into an environment more appealing than the khaki tan
that coated all the walls.
Son passed out a stack of swatches to each person, and told us to
pick out our five favorites. We walked around the house, holding
up the squares in this room, then that…then we each came back
to the center of the house with our five favorites. We then exchanged
our five with the person to our left, and chose our top four. Again
to our top three. Before long, we had all those options down to
six, then four, then two, then one…Sherwin Williams Crushed Ice
the ultimate winner.
I played along, enjoying the exercise, but I knew that this wasn’t
my house. I made some suggestions then sat back as the number narrowed.
They ultimately selected what they wanted, one of them having picked
out the color initially, but wanted to see what everyone else thought.
When we hand our writing to a critique group, we are asking them
how we should paint our own walls. We have ideas and preferences,
but we aren’t quite sure of ourselves. Or we want to see if our
choices were right to begin with. So we seek feedback.
The key to making a critique work, however, is to maintain a subtle
control. In the end, this couple came to their own decision. Sure,
they requested advice from others, and they listened to reasons for
other colors, but finally, they picked what they loved. When we
ask for editorial feedback, we need to keep our ears open. However,
we have to live with the story we create – live in the house we bought.
We have to live with the changes we make, owning them as our own.
Get advice for your writing. Listen to suggestions. But me comfortable
enough in yourself to make the final choice which critique advice
to keep and which to ignore, because your critiquer doesn’t live in
that house…you do.
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THE SHY WRITER REBORN
An Introvert’s Wake-Up Call
“If you’re a shy writer looking for both inspiration and practical
how-to advice, C. Hope Clark’s THE SHY WRITER REBORN is the operations
manual for you; filled with tips on a range of issues facing introverted
authors, Clark’s engaging work offers assistance with everything from
blogging to self-promotion to holding a successful book signing to
finding your authentic voice, all while honoring your deep need for
solitude in which to write.”
– Kelly L. Stone, author of TIME TO WRITE: No Excuses, No Distractions,
No More Blank Pages (Adams Media)
Floating suspended in the liquid darkness, arms and legs extended,
I dared a look. Pitch black. Something soft brushed my leg. My
heart leaped, and I slammed my eyes shut again, more afraid to
see a shark come at me than one catching me by surprise. The
pressure in my lungs blossomed to pain. I tried to think about
fields, pastures, anything connected to dirt instead of water.
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WORDS OF SUCCESS
“To get up each morning with the resolve to be happy
is to set our own conditions to the events of each day.”
~ Ralph Waldo Trine ~
SUCCESS OF THE WEEK
Just wanted to thank you for listing the Gotham Writers’ Workshop
Short Short story contest. I was one of the finalists! It really
is special because, although I have two published books, a play
produced, etc.), it’s the first time in eight years I’ve been
Keep up the good work,
Therese Lanigan Schmidt
Successful Selling at Christmas Craft Fairs
By Debra Purdy Kong
Three years ago, I accepted an invitation to sell my novels at a
local gym’s mini Christmas craft fair. I wound up selling 21 copies.
The experience was so positive that the following Christmas I
expanded to high school fairs and sold 51 copies. This year, I sold
over 80 books at more venues, all within five miles of home.
Needless to say, Christmas craft fairs can be a lucrative way to
sell books. To do so successfully, it’s a good idea to first visit
local craft fairs at high schools, community centers, and churches.
Talk to vendors and show organizers a copy of your book. Ask about
registration requirements and ask to be put on a mailing list. Begin
with smaller venues that charge a minimal fee. Large community center
events draw larger crowds, but their fees can be $350 or more.
Most craft fairs have an adjudication process and prefer only handmade
goods. For this reason, even self-published books can be a gray area
for judges and organizers. Although I not only wrote, but typeset my
first mystery series, the professionally designed cover disqualified
me at some fairs, but not at others. A third of this year’s fairs
accepted my traditionally published series as well. If you’re upfront
with organizers, some of them will make an exception, especially if
you’ve tried both publishing options with a single series.
Competition for table space at established venues can be fierce, so
apply long before the deadline. If you’re accepted at several fairs,
be mindful of the dates. Most fairs occur on weekends in November
and early December, (fees and application forms might be required
months earlier). You won’t want to double-book an event, as organizers
require you to be there in person. A few days before the fair, you’ll
receive rules and helpful information. High schools are especially
great venues as students are on hand to help carry your stock and
will watch over your table if you need a break.
Once you’ve set up your table (make it festive) employ the same
strategies you’d use at a book signing: stand as much as possible,
smile and engage people, offer to sign copies, and bring water. You’ll
also need a float, receipt book, food, (events are five to seven hours
long) and bags for customers. The great thing about Christmas craft
fairs is that attendees are looking for something to buy and they
bring cash. Visa/debit machines are a good idea for large venues, but
not worth the bank’s fee at smaller fairs.
If you have more than one book in a series, sign and wrap the books
in clear cellophane, add a bow and ribbon, and sell them as signed
gift sets. Generally, tables are large enough to show promotional materials
and an info sheet featuring review excerpts and availability elsewhere.
Business cards are a must! I handed out cards to several book club
members and teachers looking for guest speakers. Customers also wanted
to know if my books were available on Kindle, and preferred a card to
Christmas craft fairs are often unpredictable. Books will sell well
at some venues but not at others. The following year, the reverse
will be true. Keep records to analyze which fairs work best for you.
If your books are set locally or have some other local slant, emphasize
this, as people love to read about their own area. Above all, have fun.
Debra is the author of the Alex Bellamy, white-collar crime mysteries
Taxed to Death, and Fatal Encryption. She’s also published more than
one hundred short stories, essays, and articles for publications
including Chicken Soup for the Bride’s Soul. Employment in the
security field provided useful research for her Casey Holland transit
security mysteries The Opposite of Dark and Deadly Accusations. The
third installment, Beneath the Bleak New Moon, will be released in
September 2013. More info about Debra can be found at www.debrapurdykong.com
CHANTICLEER BOOK REVIEWS WRITING CONTEST
$40 ENTRY FEE
Grand Prize Blue Ribbon for Best Book 2013 will receive a $ 1,000
plus prizes and promotion. The winner will be announced in early
October 2013. There will be only one CBR Grand Prize Blue Ribbon
Winner 2013. Only First Place Genre award winners may compete for
the Grand Prize for Best Book 2013. If a manuscript wins, it will
be eligible to be forwarded to literary agents who have contacted
CBR for first peeks at outstanding manuscripts (upon author approval).
BEACH HOUSE CONTEST
$10 ENTRY FEE
Cat & Mouse Press, a small publishing company based in Lewes, DE
has announced a new contest and invites writers to submit short
pieces of fiction or nonfiction that are entertaining, interesting,
humorous or just plain fun. The Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story
Competition features a $500 first prize sponsored by Browseabout
Books in Rehoboth Beach. The theme for the contest is The Beach House.
Each story must incorporate that theme and also have a strong
connection to Rehoboth Beach. A panel of judges will select the
best entries, which will be published in a professionally designed
paperback book. The deadline for entries is July 1, 2013.
CHILDREN’S WRITER KINDERGARTEN STORY
$15 ENTRY FEE
The contest is for fiction about exploration for kindergarteners up
to 150 words. The story should be appropriate to children 5 to 7
learning to read on their own. The theme of exploration could be
set at home, down the block, at school, on vacation, in books: Use
your imagination! The story should be fun, colorful, use well-targeted
words, and have special interest for the age group. Do not write too
high for this readership. Know what a five or seven-year-old can and
cannot read. Originality and the overall quality of writing will also
be considered. Publishability is the ultimate criterion. Deadline
July 12, 2013. If you’re not currently a subscriber to Children’s Writer,
the reading fee will also pay for an introductory eight-month subscription
to Children’s Writer. There are five cash prizes: $500 for the top winner,
$250 for second place, and $100 for third, fourth, and fifth places.
THE AMERICAN FICTION PRIZE
$16 ENTRY FEE
Deadline June 15, 2013.
First Prize: $1,000
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $250
We seek well crafted, character driven literary fiction in any genre
with a maximum of 10,000 words per story. Each of the selected story
authors will receive national publication and distribution, author
discount, and two complimentary copies.
WILLIAM HAZLITT ESSAY PRIZE
NO ENTRY FEE
Notting Hill Editions is delighted to launch an annual literary prize
for the best essay in the English language, of between 2,000 and 8,000
words, published or unpublished, on any subject. Award value £15,000.
Five runners-up will each receive £1000. Deadline August 1, 2013.
Authors of any nationality are eligible, but submissions must have
been written originally in English. If already published, the essay
must have appeared for the first time in periodical (print or online)
but not book form, between 1 January 2012 and 31 July 2013.
Apply from August 1st through September 15th for the mid-February
through April residency period. Hambidge is closed from mid-December
to mid-February. All new applicants will automatically be considered
for the NEA Fellowship which provides a $700 stipend and waives the
$400 residency fee for two-week residencies. This is offered to the
nine top scoring candidates. $30 application fee. Submit up to 30
pages of a novel, play, short story or other written work. Please
include a synopsis if necessary. Poets submit 5 to 8 poems or
appropriate excerpts from longer works. For writers who work in
languages other than English, submit both original language examples
and English translations. Location Rabun Gap, GA.
LILLIAN E. SMITH CENTER FOR CREATIVE ARTS
The mission of The Lillian E. Smith Center for Creative Arts is to
offer a place where gifted creative artists and scholars in various
disciplines may find the conditions of quiet solitude and privacy in
which to pursue their work. The Center offers each resident a
furnished cottage, which includes a bathroom and a kitchen facility.
A fee of $100 per week is charged to help defray the basic expenses
of maintenance and operation. It is anticipated that the length of
each residency period shall be negotiable between the applicant and
the director. Location Clayton, GA.
BRAMPTON ARTS COUNCIL GRANT (TORONTO)
Unpublished wordsmiths in Brampton have the chance to apply for a
literary grant offered by the Brampton Arts Council (BAC). The Harry
Dale Literary Grant for Aspiring Writers awards a monetary gift to
aid in publishing the work of one local writer of any literary niche—
novels, short stories, biography, poetry— as long as the goal of their
project is to be published. Deadline August 29, 2013.
We are currently looking for new additions to our team of fabulous
freelance divas. We want gals who can parlay their interests into
colorful, witty, engaging, inspiring and expertly researched articles
for our website — all written in the true SheKnows style. No fluff.
No flack. Just awesome ideas that become invaluable resources for
our female audience. Article length is 450-600 words. Pays at least
ten cents/word. Interested in original, unpublished content on the
Entertainment & celebs
Family, parenting & pregnancy
Food, cooking & recipes
Beauty, fashion & style
Home DIY, improvement & decor
Budgeting, savings & career
Relationships, marriage, dating & breakups
Crafts & activities
Local and/or regional features
Combination of science and technology, business and industry,
all leading to changing culture. Specify which section you’re pitching.
No attachments. Responds quickly. Pays $1.50 per word. Make your
pitch short. Please email Rachel_Millner@wired.com or
Karen_Shosfy@wired.com for editorial calendars.
Readers are of course bird enthusiasts, but they also appreciate a
good environmental focus on related topics. “As most of the magazine’s
writers are based on the coasts, freelancers located in the Midwest or
another untapped locale with access to great nature stories automatically
have a leg up on the competition.” A good break-in section is the
FOB news section, 200-400 words. Also consider “Lifestyle” and “News
you can use.” These are 750 words. Web-only content should cover the
same nature-friendly topics as the print mag, with an added focus on
longer news stories averaging 800-900 words. Include photo suggestions.
Email with links to a few clips and a paragraph or two about the idea,
along with your biographical information and where you’ve written
before. Pays $1.25/word.
Seeking fashion, beauty and health writers as well as finance and
issues of women in their 30s and 40s. Magazine also has first-person
pieces. Be specific when pitching, showing you know where your piece
should fit into the magazine. Pays up to $2/word with a 25% kill fee.
For essays, general features, career, money and advocacy,
Leslie Robarge: LROBARGE at HEARST dot COM
For health, Margarita Bertsos: MBERTSOS at HEARST dot COM
For sex and love, Brittany Burke: BBURKE at HEARST dot COM
For books, Tiffany Blackstone: TBLACKSTONE at HEARST dot COM
For giveaways and contests, Ashley Niedringhaus:
ANIEDRINGHAUS at HEARST dot COM
For online, Lauren Levine: LLEVINE at HEARST dot COM
For all other pitches: REDBOOK at HEARST dot COM
CURE — which stands for cancer updates, research and education
– is a quarterly magazine free to cancer patients, survivors,
caregivers, nurses, physicians and healthcare providers. All writers
MUST have medical writing, preferably cancer-related, and interviewing
experience. AQueries should be no longer than one page and give the
hook of the story, background on what makes it cancer news, and
recommendations for interviews.
Location San Francisco, OR
Join us as a Sports Analyst at Sidelines, a Hot New Social Sports
Start-up. What is Sidelines? Sidelines (http://sidelinesapp.com)
is a new platform for high-quality discussions about sports.
Sidelines features a reputation system that tracks expertise around
sports and our goal is to become the de-facto measure of expertise
and influence in the world of sports. All you need to qualify for
being a Sidelines Analyst is a passion for sports (NFL, NBA, MLB,
NHL, College Football or Basketball), and the ability to write smart,
thoughtful opinions about the hot topics and current events in the
sports that you love.
Location Honolulu, HI
Deadline May 29, 2013. The Hawaii-based reporter is responsible
for covering U.S. Pacific Command and broad issues affecting the
U.S. military in the Pacific region. Working out of the Honolulu
satellite office, the incumbent is expected to provide comprehensive
coverage of spot news, as well as track and explain broader issues
for Stripes’ audience of active and former military members and
FREELANCE E-NEWSLETTER EDITOR
Columbia Books, LLC, a B-to-B publishing company based in Richmond,
Va., seeks an experienced writer/editor to edit its e-newsletters
serving the HR, safety and hospital industries. This is a freelance
position and you can work remotely from anywhere. Experience creating
e-newsletters for a business audience is required. Knowledge of HR,
safety, and healthcare facility topics would be a plus. The ability
to conduct Internet research to find articles to digest for each
e-newsletter is required.
The Real Estate Radio Network is looking for a freelance copywriter
to create thirty and sixty second radio spots for our clients.
You’ll be working directly with each client, can expect to write
7-10 spots per month and be paid on a per spot basis. This position
is ideal for someone with broadcast writing experience looking for
supplemental income. Send resume and writing samples.
JOGGLING BOARD PRESS
Joggling Board Press is a Charleston-based independent publishing
company dedicated to the production of fiction and non-fiction
books of quality that amplify the history, culture and character
of the American southeast.
Meryton Press is a small independent, full-service publishing
company for books in both print and ebook formats. While we publish
fiction of any genre, our primary focus is on historical fiction and
We are the fiction Imprint of Morgan James Publishing, specializing
in historical, contemporary, Christian and young adult, as well as
The Athenaeum Press, the university press of Coastal Carolina University,
collaborates widely with individuals—be they scholars, students, or
members of the community—to turn their ideas into print and digital
reality. Once selected, projects undergo an extensive development
process, where professors from across the humanities and fine arts
collaborate with the project initiator and Coastal undergraduate and
graduate students to design, build, and produce high-quality multimedia
Escargot Books is expanding its catalogue. We are now accepting
Crime novels ranging from dark thrillers to cozy mysteries
Health and fitness
Science fiction and dystopian
All books will be published in digital format. Some books will
be chosen for print and/or audio as well.
Join Hope Clark in Louisville, KY this August at
the Business of Writing International Summit.
She will speaking on Funding Your Writing Habit and The Shy Writer.
Attend the Summit to learn how to grow your book sales and build
your author platform. This two-day event for writers and authors
features multiple programming tracks. Tracks include Publishing;
Book Promotion and Marketing; eBooks & Social Media, and the Craft
of Writing. Sessions are presented by industry experts and are
content-rich, timely and relevant to your success in today’s rapidly
Over two dozen exciting sessions to choose from; great food;
outstanding networking opportunities; meet published authors;
study the latest tools and resources; all this while learning
how to become successful at the business of writing.
Early registration savings end June 15th.
Writers & Authors Workshop – Discover – Create – Realize your Dreams!
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An FRI Analysis includes:
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Being an award-winning author herself, she understands the industry, and will
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