No Running on the Freeway!

While our drive through Mississippi last week was so uneventful that we had a hard time staying awake, our drive through Alabama and Tennessee couldn’t have been much more exciting.
We left Mississippi and drove through Alabama, with Nashville being our afternoon destination. Somewhere in Alabama, the sky turned black and I said, “Richard, wake up! Grab the camera!”
He yawned, “Why?”
I excitedly replied, “Because it looks like tornado weather and I don’t want to miss it!”
Read the rest of this story at: http://www.wirelesstrips.com/archives/travel_essays/001847_07252004.php
Hugs to all!
Angela
P.S. Want to read real query letters that landed these contracts?
Woman’s Day – $2,800; Redbook – $3,500; Ladies Home Journal – $3,000; DiscoveryHealth.com – $2,000; Lifetime Magazine – $3,000; Life Extension magazine – $6,480; Natural Remedies $11,300; and many more!
See: http://www.writersweekly.com/books/1409.html

Don’t Give Your Baby (your book!) to A Naughty Publisher! By Angela Hoy

I’ve compared prices and services at the major POD publishers and it’s appalling what some people are charging for the same print run…literally! All the major POD players use the same printer! It’s even more discouraging that most of them aggressively try to up-sell authors for worthless marketing products and services.
Here’s a checklist to help you avoid the naughty ones…

Burn, Baby! Burn! By Jerri L. Ledford

Burn out’s tough. I paced. I stared at a blank screen. I did anything, including cleaning, to avoid writing. All the while, knowing there were assignments waiting and articles to be written. My heart just wasn’t in it.

Whispers and Warnings For July 28th

This Week:

Weaving Our Way Toward Maine

Today we’re on the road, heading for Robert, Louisiana. We’ll be weaving our way toward Maine over the next two weeks, stopping at fun and educational places along the way.
Our stay in Texas was grand! The food was great (you can’t get good Mexican food in Maine), we got to see dozens of relatives, the kids were spoiled by their numerous grandparents in The Woodlands and in Corpus Christi, and we’re all exhausted.
The kids have so many grandmothers that Max now thinks if someone has wrinkles, their name must be “Grandma.” You can follow our adventures (and see lots of pictures!) at: http://www.WirelessTrips.com
Hugs to all!
Angela
P.S. Want to read real query letters that landed these contracts?
Woman’s Day – $2,800; Redbook – $3,500; Ladies Home Journal – $3,000; DiscoveryHealth.com – $2,000; Lifetime Magazine – $3,000; Life Extension magazine – $6,480; Natural Remedies $11,300; and many more!
See: http://www.writersweekly.com/books/1409.html

Finding Work in Your Own Backyard By Debbie Swanson

Local clients are a home-based writer’s dream. They are easy to stay in touch with, and are likely to share your name with other local companies – resulting in a network of accessible clients. Here are five easy ways to tap into the market just outside your door.

Editor is Sitting On My Article…and My Money

I wrote an article for a well-known trade magazine and the editor said it would be in the fall 2003 issue. Then I sent more ideas and the editor said he was stressed running two magazines. I kept emailing him until I told him I was upset and I wanted payment. I sent him an invoice this week for a hundred dollars. He said he might be able to get my article published this fall. What should I do?
Since they haven’t yet published it, they may not owe you money yet. If they pay on publication, they can legally hold it and pay whenever (and if ever) they decide to publish it.
You should check your contract. And, in the future, change your contracts to specify the pub only has xx amount of months to publish or they need to pay at that time rather than making you wait for publication.

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