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Book of Family’s Stories Evolves into Website, Radio Gig, and TV show!

Book of Family’s Stories Evolves into Website, Radio Gig, and TV show!

Only a year and a half ago, Shellie Rushing Tomlinson was an interior decorator, a basketball coach, and a "closet" writer. Now she has her own book, and radio and TV shows, too! She credits her children with pulling her out of that "closet." She said, "My sisters and I used to tell our kids stories about our childhood, just like many other families... …

Collaborative Book is a Big Win For Writers’ Group by R.T. Byrum

Writers dream of the day when the words they have committed to paper will be read and appreciated by people they may never meet. The desire to be published is a goal that motivates gifted scribes to spend long hours at computer keyboards, to spend money and time to attend conferences, and to join local writers…

Surreal and Mind Blowing – Seeing your first book in print! By Rebekah Fawn Cochran

Thomas Edison once said, 'Genius is 1% inspiration and 90% perspiration,' and boy was he ever right! He also said, 'I didn't fail 10,000 times, I successfully eliminated the 10,000 times, materials and combinations which wouldn't work.' Again, right on, Mr. Edison. I confess I am a quotation junkie, and have launched several articles with a quote from someone else that seemed to get the feel of what I wanted to convey far better than me. …

To Grandmother’s Condo We Go… – A Different Way to Entertain and Encourage Budding Writers! By Barbara Holland

"Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother's condo we go," the children sang as they did indeed cross a river and drive through a wooded section to get to my lakeside condo. Two sisters and their cousin often enjoyed Friday night slumber parties with me. To entertain the girls, and to preserve some of their thinking at ages seven, eight and nine, I began writing a book using them as the characters. (They are now 11, 12, and 13.) Soon they wanted to be included in the writing of 'their' story. …

Write What You Know?! Ha! by Bob Freiday

Write what I know? Yeah, sure! I'm going to write about running a high-speed slitter in a plastics factory? I'm going to write about operating a gigantic vacuum metallizer? I'm going to write about blowing up three cars in two years while running around the state as a rock-n-roll advertising salesman? I'm going to write about baking bagels in a small bakery? …

Learn to Network — and Double or Triple Your Sales! By Bob Freiday, author of 10 Golden Rules of Freelance Writing and How I Broke Them (How to Break the Rules and Make It as a Magazine Writer)

And what an unbelievably lucrative phone call that turned out to be! Wow! In a nutshell, the editor said something along the lines of, "Well, Bob. Sure! I know many editors who could use a good writer. And I can comfortably recommend you, for sure. Let's see. Got a pen? There's Joan So-and-So, over at Such-and-Such publication. And Jill, over at That Other Publication. And Jim What's-His-Face, who handles three different newsletters for us. I don't know if you realize it, Bob-- but I'm in a building with about twenty other editors. We publish, like, forty different publications here. And-- OH! Why don't you call Tammy-- who edits This Publication and also That Publication. She's always hungry for good writers. Sure-- let me give you their extensions. Here you go... " …

Six Paying Education Markets for Writers By Erika Dreifus

Six Paying Education Markets for Writers By Erika Dreifus

There are a variety of print and online markets seeking articles and essays in the education field. It isn't surprising that the market is so voluminous, for the readership for education materials is varied. Educators themselves form a diverse group and, if we just think about primary and secondary school teachers, along with administrators, those in higher education, and even home schooling families, the readership and possibilities for article topics seems endless. …

Profitable Personal Essays By Dawn Goldsmith

Don't give away your life stories! Whatever your gender, age, interests, hobbies or career, if you search a little, you'll find markets eager to publish and pay for your personal essays. …

Recognizing Excellent Historical Fiction By Erika Dreifus

For writers who specialize in recreating historical periods and personages, a number of organizations reward that difficult work. Whether the writing has been published or is still in manuscript form, and whether it is targeted for young audiences or an adult readership, a remarkable range of recognition exists. Take a look at this list, for starters. As always when considering any competition or contest, be sure to check with the sponsoring organization for the latest guidelines and updates. …

Selling Short Non-Fiction Articles By Claudia Carver

I like to find good homes for things. Every couple of years, I organize a garage sale. I sell things I no longer need or want for a dollar or two, or even for loose change. Of course, I also go to garage sales from time to time, often bringing home a treasure that someone else didn¹t want or need. …

How to Add Newsletters to Your Writing Repertoire By Victoria Groves

As embarrassing as it is to admit, my first paid newsletter assignment was for a dormitory at the University of Massachusetts. The Stall Street Journal was proudly posted on the inside of every bathroom stall in the building. Despite it being read while dorm residents were busy doing other things, or that my writers received story assignments as punishment by the residence director, I loved the job. …