Busting Down Opportunity’s Door By Kimberly M. Hutmacher

Most of my writing is concentrated on poetry for children’s magazines. Several months ago I found myself in what appeared to be a no-win situation. The children’s magazine market was shrinking, rates were dropping, and many more of the publications were insisting upon buying all rights. I needed to find a way to get as much bang for my buck with each poem as possible. But, how was I supposed to do that?

Fall is on the Way

Well, I have good news for our old friends in Texas who have been suffering through 100+ degree temperatures most of the summer. Fall is on the way! On Friday night, the first true cold front of the season blew through Bangor, Maine, infusing us all with that crisp, refreshing Fall feeling…you know the one I’m talking about. When we woke up to 43-degree weather, Ali, Frank and I immediately rushed out to the craft store to pick up materials for three new comfy, cozy quilts. This year, Zach, Frank and Max are getting new quilts for their beds. Ali and I should have them finished by the end of September. There’s nothing better than quilting by hand and watching old movies on chilly, windy autumn days!

Busting Down Opportunity’s Door by Kimberly M. Hutmacher

Most of my writing is concentrated on poetry for children’s magazines. Several months ago I found myself in what appeared to be a no-win situation. The children’s magazine market was shrinking, rates were dropping, and many more of the publications were insisting upon buying all rights. I needed to find a way to get as much bang for my buck with each poem as possible. But, how was I supposed to do that?
The answer was sitting in my inbox. I receive a monthly educational ezine geared towards those who teach pre-k thru sixth grade. I’m not a teacher, but I subscribe to the newsletter to shed light on new activities to do with my three small children. As soon as I looked through my current issue, I thought of a possible solution to my problem.

This Week’s Whispers and Warnings

982Press claims WritersWeekly lied about being spammed by them; 982Press claims WritersWeekly doesn’t contact companies about warnings; Fox News case is wholly without merit both factually and legally; Poetry.com’s unethical practices; Negative information about Sedgeband Literary Associates; Poetry.com Education Director allegedly admits phrasing is Poetry.com’s letters is misleading; Warning posted about Manuel Alvarez who is allegedly shopping for scripts under the Dreamworks name; Harsh allegations made by two female reporters against St. Paul Pioneer Press

Self-Publish Your Way to Success! By Kathy Sanborn

There’s a myth that if you self-publish, traditional print publishers won’t have anything to do with you. I am living, breathing proof that you can self-publish and translate that into a traditional print publishing contract.

The Last Schmuck to Get Shafted by Georgia Family Magazine? by Christine Basham

It’s usually fun to see my name in print or online. Not this time, though. Thousands of readers know me as the schmuck who got shafted by Georgia Family Magazine. If you missed it, you can read a summary at: http://www.writersweekly.com/warnings/georgia.html This spring, I sold a reprint of an article on “deciding whether your child […]

Yikes! My Book Became a Movie! By Sandra Philipson

Yikes! My Book Became a Movie! By Sandra Philipson

This Saturday, August 16th, a family movie titled, Miracle Dogs, will premiere on Animal Planet. The movie is “inspired” by my children’s book, Annie Loses Her Leg But Finds Her Way and stars my dogs and book characters, Max and Annie as well as Kate Jackson, Rue McClanahan, Stacy Keach, and other human beings. You might ask if making a movie based on your book was exciting, fun, and most of all, profitable. The answers are yes, yes, and NO (at least not yet).

Paying Personal Essay Markets By Christine Cristiano

LINKS UPDATED 06/27/2016 Do you have the knack for writing on a very personal level and connecting with the reader like an old friend? If so, you may have what it takes to expand your writing repertoire to include personal essays. A personal essay differs from a slice-of-life vignette and an op-ed piece. A slice […]