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October 22, 2014

In This Issue

10/22/2014

  1. ) Publisher's Desk For October 15th
  2. ) News From The Home Office: Richard's Halloween Costume Has Arrived!
  3. ) AngelaHoy.com: DON'T BECOME ANOTHER VICTIM! When Amateur, Start-up POD Publishers Take Your Money...and Go Out of Business
  4. ) Letters To The Editor: Your Rant About Authors Behaving Badly
  5. ) Feature Article: How To Edit Your Book Before You Submit To A Publisher
  6. ) Ask The Expert: Need Advice On Selling My Books On Consignment
  7. ) Success Story: Sharing Your Book Can Open Freelance Writing Doors!
  8. ) Whispers And Warnings For October 15th
  9. ) Paying Markets And Jobs For October 15th
  10. ) Fall- And Halloween-Themed Books

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News From the Home Office

Richard's Halloween Costume Has Arrived!

In case I haven't gushed about him enough, I want to again tell you that Richard is the best husband on Earth! Each year, he lets me choose his Halloween costume and he never knows what he's going to be until Halloween. And, each year, he wears whatever I set out for him...

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The Latest From AngelaHoy.com

DON'T BECOME ANOTHER VICTIM! When Amateur, Start-up POD Publishers Take Your Money...and Go Out of Business By Angela Hoy - BookLocker.com, WritersWeekly.com, Abuzz Press and PubPreppers.com

Several years ago, there were only a few major players in the Print on Demand (POD) industry. Now, POD publisher wanna-be's are coming out of the woodwork, and signing with them can be very costly for authors...

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Letters To The Editor

Your Rant About Authors Behaving Badly

In a word, it was great. But then, I have always thought, and always tell my writer friends, that you are the most sensible and honorable voice in the industry.

Best regards always,
Laura

~~~

Ang,

I have a couple of thoughts on today's WritersWeekly.

One: About self publishing and complaining about the errors. I have a co-worker whose husband self-published his book.

I read it but it was painful. There were many spelling errors and way too much of people glaring at each other. If I never read the word "just" again, I'll be a happy man. To this day, he hasn't asked me what I thought of his work. I hope he doesn't. I'll have to be honest. It will hurt him.

Two: I liked the person who is spinning her (WritersWeekly.com 24-Hour Short Story) contest entries into a book. I have sold five of my entries to a magazine. They made me the feature writer for that month. She might do very well with her idea.

Your contest brings the best out of us.

Mike Smith

This Week's Article

How To Edit Your Book Before You Submit To A Publisher By Rickey E. Pittman, Bard of the South

Ernest Hemingway said that it is in the editing process that most writers break down. Hemingway was ruthless in editing his own work. One biographer I read said Hemingway edited everything he wrote up to thirty times. I have taught freshman composition for many years. I tell my students that good writing is rewriting, refining, and finding those little demon typos and errors that can damage the quality of what is written. Don't be discouraged or surprised if your POD publisher encourages you to hire an editor...

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Ask The Expert

Need Advice On Selling My Books On Consignment

Do you send authors a message about dos and don'ts when stores ask to sell books on consignment?

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Success Stories

Sharing Your Book Can Open Freelance Writing Doors! By Ali Mathis

I hesitantly reached out, and sought advice on self-publishing options from my friend who is a successful freelance writer. She read my book, and gave me a lot of encouragement and positive feedback. Beyond the "feel-good" feeling I got from her validation of my book, our connection opened a fantastic door for me...

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Whispers And Warnings

Whispers And Warnings For October 22nd

YES, SOME OF AMAZON'S ACTIONS ARE COMPLETELY OUT LINE
Amazon's Monopsony Is Not O.K.
"Can we trust Amazon not to abuse (their) power? The Hachette dispute has settled that question: no, we can't."

YES, PRINT BOOKS ARE MAKING A COMEBACK
Real books can defeat Amazon and e-books
"Books, alas, will always be at a marketplace disadvantage if book publishers lack the leverage to control the way they are sold. But (publishers') future, if they have one, will only be in real books. In rebuilding a market for the physical object. Making better objects. Rebuilding the culture of books (for which an actual bookstore is necessary). Children, in new research, gain much less from reading (or, in the new word, accessing) books on a screen than they do reading actual books. Perhaps adults do too..."

See also:
Print Books Are Not Dying. In Fact, They Seems To Be Making A Comeback!

ARE BOOK SALES MORE VALUABLE THAN INTEGRITY?
Simon & Schuster keeps its fabulist on bookshelves
"C. David Heymann got his books published by a string of respected publishers, which was quite a feat given his well-documented history of fabrications, falsehoods, plagiarism, and highly questionable reporting dating to 1983..."

DID A POLITICIAN TRY TO GET A REPORTER FIRED OVER AN UNFLATTERING STORY?
Did Rauner camp interfere with this Sun-Times reporter's job?
"A Chicago Sun-Times reporter hired former federal prosecutor Patrick Collins to investigate whether the campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner tried to interfere with his employment after the newspaper ran a story unfavorable to the politician."

AS THE RELATIVE OF SOMEONE WHO WAS A VICTIM OF CHILD S*XUAL ABUSE, I'M NO LONGER A FAN OF JOHN GRISHAM.
Grisham says sorry for remarks
"Novelist John Grisham apologized Thursday for saying in an interview that many men imprisoned for ch*ld p*rnography offenses in the U.S. probably just had too much to drink and 'pushed the wrong buttons.'"

POSTING A TRUE NEGATIVE REVIEW COULD COST YOUR $10K OR MORE IN LEGAL EXPENSES
How libel chill is quashing negative online reviews
"'It's cheap to threaten and expensive to defend. So yes, many people become very quiet when they're faced with the realistic possibility that they're going to have to defend against a libel claim even if what they said is true. Because it's all very well to defend, but if it costs $10,000 to defend a true comment, well you're out $10,000. How much is it worth?' said Paul Alan Levy, a lawyer who specializes in free speech issues related to the internet for the Washington, D.C.- based Public Citizen Litigation Group."

NOT POSTING THE FAMILY'S FULL RESPONSE COST THIS PAPER £55,00 IN LIBEL DAMAGES + ATTORNEY FEES
Kate and Gerry McCann criticise press after libel payout
"Kate and Gerry McCann said the paper did not provide them with a proper opportunity to comment and chose not to publish key parts of their response."

I AGREE WITH THE PRISON ON THIS ONE
Convicted murderer sues state of Connecticut over prison p*rn ban
"A convicted murderer sentenced to more than a half-century behind bars is suing the state of Connecticut, saying its ban on pornography in prison violates his constitutional rights."

RELATED:

Archived Whispers and Warnings are HERE.

Markets And Jobs

Paying Markets And Jobs For October 22nd

PAYING MARKETS

These are NOT recycled guidelines. WritersWeekly.com only features original market listings, received from and approved by the editors at each publication.

Progressive Populist
CURRENT NEEDS: "We are not much interested in 'sound-off' articles about state or national politics, although we accept letters to the editor. We prefer to see more 'journalistic' pieces, in which the writer does enough footwork to advance a story beyond the easy realm of opinion. The ideal length for these is 700 to 800 words for columns and 1,200 words for news features. We also use book reviews. We review books of interest to our audience, generally having to do with politics or economics." Pays $15-$50. "The best length is 500 to 700 words."

School Nutrition
CURRENT NEEDS: Queries. "Feature articles should average between 1,700 and 2,700 words (or more if the topic requires greater detail). Regular departments (such as "Nutrition Matters," "Playing it Safe," or "Tools of the Trade") should be a minimum of 800 words and not exceed 1,700 words." Payment varies.

South Asia Labor Watch
CURRENT NEEDS: "SALW is looking for freelancers to write stories on labor and human rights issues in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan or the Maldives or their diasporas in the global South. Stories should be approximately 750 words in length and based on original reporting. Further details are available at http://www.salw.org." Pays "$50+ for 500-750 word blogposts and $200 for 750-1000-word reported stories."

TimberWest and Logging and Sawmilling Journal
CURRENT NEEDS: "We're looking for profiles on different logging operations and/or mills in the great northwest. All stories are assigned, so I need to be pitched the story idea." Pays $250-$350 for 800-1100 words.

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FREELANCE JOBS

Freelance Editor
Birds & Blooms Magazine

Freelance Reporter
BTL Limited HK

Freelance Reporter
New Wave Media

Freelance Writer - Washington, DC travel expert. Pays $25-$50/post.
MapQuest

Freelance News Writer
United Press Intl.

Freelance Travel Writer
TravelMag.com

Freelance Travel Writer / Researcher
U.S. News and World Report

Freelance Reporter
Travel Market Report

Freelance Travel Writers
Hollywood Take

Freelance Reporter
The Real Deal

Freelance Travel Writer / Researcher
U.S. News and World Report

Freelance Writers - for a millennial audience
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Freelance Marketer Researcher - Pays $10/hour.
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Freelance Copywriter / Email Marketing Specialist
Househappy

Freelance Editor - Pays $25/hour
PBH Network

Freelance Writer - for brochure. Pays $150
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Freelance SEO Copywriter, Content Writer, Editor
Internet marketing firm

Freelance Bilingual Freelance Writers - English/Spanish
MyCityNetworks

Freelance Writers - Pays $10/hour
Digital Trends

Freelance Interviewers/Assessors - Pays up to $20/hour
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Freelance Writers & Contributors - read entire ad
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Marketing & Web Copywriter - near Austin, TX. On-site but can telecommute 1-2 days/week. Pays $25K-$50K/year.
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Landor

Freelance Illustrator - Pays $30/illustration.
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Freelance Writers
Worldbop.com

Freelance Environmental Science Writer
The Ancient Forest Foundation

Freelance Editor/Writer
magazine

Freelance Personal Assistant / Editor - Pays $12/hour.
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Freelance Technical Writer - SBIR proposals
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Freelance Mom Bloggers
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Freelance Blogger - Pays $40/post
real estate blog

Freelance SEO Copywriters - located in New York City. Pays $11+/hour.
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Freelance Content Writer - Pays $12-$13/hour
toy website

Freelance Marketing / Proposal Writer - Pays $20/hour.
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Freelance Photographers
Houston Chronicle

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REAL STORIES OF SPIRIT COMMUNICATION: When Loved Ones Return After Crossing Over
Real and extraordinary stories of spirit communication from ordinary people like you and me. "Mom, Mom, I saw him! I saw Daddy, Mom!" (Chapter 23) "You must get in touch with your father." (Chapter 12) "There stood Bruce, in the corner of the shower, staring at me." (Chapter 16)
"There, blocking the front door, stood Dad, dressed in his gray slacks, cream-colored, button down, short-sleeved shirt looking like he did in the pictures from the 1950s, not the 90s, when he died." (Chapter 26)

MORE REAL STORIES OF SPIRIT COMMUNICATION: When Loved Ones Return After Crossing Over - Volume 2
"There's no need to cry. You think I'm dead, but I'm not. I'm still around." (Chapter 17) "I'm great! I love this place. It's everything my grandfather tried to tell me it was." (Chapter 21) "Kati is out there by the lake. I just saw her. She was waving to me." (Chapter 16) "This is as it should be. I'm all right. I'm happy. And I want you to be happy, too." (Chapter 10)

HALLOWEEN WEDDING PLANNER by Steff Green
You're madly in love and ready to plan the wedding! You and your beloved want a day that everyone will remember, a wedding a little more unusual, more eclectic, more YOU than anything the pre-packaged, doves and roses and pink and white bridal industry could cook up. You want a Halloween Wedding, right?

MY PATHWAY TO SPIRIT COMMUNICATION: A Real-life Beginning to "Proving the Continuity of Life" by Lynn Kent
Real life stories/interviews from the files of a Certified Medium.

THE PINK ROOM by Mark LaFlamme
The world's leading physicist attempts to use the science of string theory to bring his daughter back from the dead. Government agents and a best-selling novelist race to find out if he succeeded. A novel by award winning Maine journalist Mark LaFlamme.

THE SKEPTIC PSYCHIC: An Autobiography into the Acceptance of the Unseen
Ghosts, fairies, aliens...acknowledgment of fears precipitates expanded realities.

JOURNEY TO IMAGILAND by Tom Tullgren
Two young girls arrive in Imagiland on Halloween eve while trying to find their way home. They hoped to find a telephone to call Kristenís father to come and get them. However, they soon discover that the people of Imagiland live a very simple life. They have no electricity - hence no telephones, computers, TVs, nor electric lights!

A PROBLEM WITH GHOSTS? by Christopher Hardwick
Revelations about Ghosts, Spirits, Telepathy and Out-Of-Body Viewing.

GHOSTS OF NOTTINGHAM AND GHOSTS OF LINCOLN - Twin-volume ebook edition by Jenny Cross and Dr. David Cross
Ghost stories and photographs of Nottingham and Lincoln, UK

STALKERS IN SLEAUFORT by Ethel Kouba
Facing a new set of adventures, including Halloween in Sleaufort, nude-suit mud wrestling, poisoned eclairs, a mysterious pirate, a deadly troll, and a diet free of calories, Bixie Lee Biddle returns in Stalkers in Sleaufort, a humorous mystery.

NIAGARA'S MOST HAUNTED: Legends and Myths by Peter Sacco
Thrills and spooks in honeymoon capital of the world - Niagara Falls!

THE ADVENTURES OF JIMMY HOLIDAY by Thomas Reed
Jimmy and Kat,13, experience nine unusual adventures on different holidays.

THE OTHER END OF THE DRIVEWAY by Dana Wilde
Essays on the natural world of the Maine woods.

WEST ALONG THE RIVER 2 by David Brule
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