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Great Timing! Getting And Giving A Second Chance

Your article on selling coursework absolutely fit in with conversation I had one weekend when my English teacher grandson visited me with his wife and my second great grandchild... …

Top 10 Mistakes New Authors Make When Contacting Libraries

I just finished reading your article on the mistakes authors make trying to get their books into libraries. I thought all of the points were spot on. I would like to add that many libraries are always interested in hearing from local authors. In fact, my hometown library has a special collection devoted to this very thing. They try to make an effort to purchase titles by local authors or, in some cases, the authors themselves donate copies. Either way, authors should try to reach out to their local library (if they haven't already), or even libraries in their region or home state. Another idea is to perhaps offer to do a book talk at the library. In this case, you may be able to sell your book on site (depending on the library policy) or the library may wish to purchase copies in order to support your presentation. I think the opportunities are there for authors, especially since more and more authors are going the self-publishing route. The relationship does not necessarily have to be antagonistic on either end. -a librarian RELATED: Top 10 Mistakes New Authors Make When Contacting Libraries How to Market Your Book to Libraries What Has Your Library Done for You Lately? Library "Gifts" And Copyright Harvesting - AUTHOR BEWARE Whoo-Whee! Now, That's One Snotty Librarian!

WritersWeekly has Blacklisted Another Publication That Charges Reading Fees

Hi, Angela, In light of your article about literary magazines charging reading fees, I'd like to mention that the "New Ohio Review," which is featured in this week's Paying Markets, charges a $3 reading fee: http://www.ohio.edu/nor/submit.htm "As of January 24, 2014, New Ohio Review will require a $3 reading fee for online submissions. This regrettable charge has become necessary due partly to rising printing costs and, more significantly, to the recent inundation of online submissions overwhelming our small staff, whose editors continue to consider every submission with care and respect. We are happy to waive online submission charges for our subscribers; and paper submissions are not subject to any fee. Thank you for your loyalty and understanding in these cyber-trying times." Robin FROM THE PUBLISHER Thanks so much, Robin! We have blacklisted them as well. Angela …

WritersWeekly Has Blacklisted Gulf Coast: A Journal Of Literature And Fine Arts

Angela, Let me first say, I am not an editor. I know a lot of people are against the idea of Lit. Journals charging reading fees. I get it. However the reason so many print journals and magazines need to charge a small fee is because so few people actually buy journals or subscribe to them. (I have been guilty of this myself.) Everyone wants to see their work in print, but many people don't financially support those very same journals. I know Gulf Coast comes out of a big university, but we still need to actually buy the journals and support our fellow artists. Blacklisting is a bit harsh. $2.00 is a modest fee and Gulf Coast is a top journal that most of us would love to be in. Marguerite THE PUBLISHER RESPONDS: If a publication can only exist charging money to those who are working for the publication (writers are, on a contract level), they are not self-sufficient, and should not be in business. In my opinion, what they're doing is really nothing more than hosting a contest. Writers pay money for an opportunity to be published and a few lucky souls win, get published, and get some money back. The rest are out of luck. This is a horrible way to do business. In addition, when they completed our form to be featured on WritersWeekly, they didn't mention a reading fee at all. Again, in my opinion, that was just plain wrong. The blacklisting was well-deserved. …

BookLocker Has Been the Best!!

They are professional, attentive and simply superb to deal with. I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful the staff are at BookLocker. A special shout out to Angela whose patience and guidance have been exemplary!! Publishing a book is no easy feat but the professionals at BookLocker made the journey so easy and stress free that we endorse them without hesitation. Thank you BookLocker and please know that your attention to detail is very much appreciated by me and the four Doctors of the Caribbean! Chuck Furey, Editor In the Jungle of Medicine: Journeys Through Caribbean Medical School http://booklocker.com/books/7383.html

WritersWeekly Has Blacklisted Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts

I'm sure others might've mentioned it but it's ironic ">that you advise not to pay a 'reading fee' - and lo and behold, the first market in your recent newsletter (Gulf Coast) - no mention in the (long) guidelines but click to the webpage - and they charge a $2 reading fee. Christine FROM THE PUBLISHER: Thank you, Christine! Below is a copy of the email we just sent to Gulf Coast:

This email is to inform you that you have been blacklisted by WritersWeekly.com for charging writers a reading fee.

If you can't support your publication with dollars other than those coming from writers' pockets, you should not be in business. Don't expect writers to contribute to your hobby.

More Warm Fuzzies!

I sure appreciate all your excellent help with publishing my book! You are so kind, considerate, quick and thorough! Gratefully, Elizabeth Smith Twin Strokes

Should You Pay To Have Someone Give Feedback On Your Manuscript?

I used four BETA readers for my new novel, choosing two writers and two book club members. All are voracious readers and know me, and they don't pull punches. From all of them I got different, but equally insightful comments. I paid them with thanks in person and sent Thank You notes after the revise expressing my gratitude for the individual's unique contribution. Each also will be mentioned in the Acknowledgements. I am wary of paying BETA readers, and would not use one unless recommended by a trusted writer friend. Sarah Bates http://www.sarahbatesauthor.com TWITTER: @Bateswriter


As always, I LOVE reading WritersWeekly each week! Thank you for being such a strong voice and source of support for writers. This week's Masonism was so cute -- and VERY true! Dawn …

Thank You, Patti!

I love WritersWeekly. I really appreciate the consistency and accuracy. Patti …

Your Response To The Playwright Was Enlightening…

Your response to the would-be playwright was financially enlightening, but don't discourage too much. Anyone who has a real passion for the theatre, the power of observation, research ability and talent to write convincing dialogue should try their hand at writing for the stage... …

Disgusted By Lack Of Concern Over Plagiarism

Hi Angela, I'm still disgusted by the apparent lack of concern expressed by the public over the plagiarizing of someone else's creative efforts. Perhaps the scariest part of the whole scandal is the quote I read today that was attributed to Ubuweb founder Kenneth Goldsmith: "It's not plagiarism in the digital age - it's [re-purposing]... Our notion of genius - a romantic - isolated figure - is (bleeping) outdated. An updated notion of genius would have to center around one's mastery of information." He added: "Should God sue me if I paint a river?" If Goldsmith really said this, I would avoid using the Goldsmith website. He is an alleged poet, which is why I find it hard to fathom that he could make a comment like the one above. I have to wonder how he would feed if I "re-purpose" some of his work to wipe my behind. Being a writer is hard enough without some famous actor stealing another's work, but when you have the founder of a website alleged to be dedicated to education appearing to say that it's open season on the creative works of artists of every ilk for re-purposing, someone has to draw a line. JW Editor's Note: Profanity in the quote above was bleeped out by WritersWeekly.

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