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Table of Contents


22 Signs That So-Called "Publisher" is an AUTHOR MILL!

Packing, Sorting, Tossing, and NO MORE BUYING!!!

10 Deep Web Engines for Finding Hidden Writing Jobs

My Book Is Available As An Ebook Only. Why Isn't It Selling?

Paying Markets

Freelance Writing Jobs

How Translating One Poem Led To A Profitable Spin-off Service!

Whispers and Warnings For 05/21/2016

Trivia Question

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Angela's Desk

22 Signs That So-Called "Publisher" is an AUTHOR MILL! By Angela Hoy

22 Signs That So-Called "Publisher" is an AUTHOR MILL!

What is an Author Mill? The term was originally coined by Victoria Strauss of Writer Beware. It described publishers that focus on quantity, not quality. However, she limited the term to describing "publishers" that didn't charge authors up-front fees, but that still published anything and everything, quickly pushing large volumes of sub-standard books onto the market. Unfortunately, many authors later learned that this type of publishing isn't really "free" at all.

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From The Home Office

Packing, Sorting, Tossing, and NO MORE BUYING!!!

Packing, Sorting, Tossing, and NO MORE BUYING!!!

We are knee deep in cardboard boxes here. It's not pretty! But, we're making lots of progress! We started the pre-move activities about a month ago. I decided to make it easy - start on one side of the house (the master bathroom), and work my way across the house. That's a trick I learned from a housekeeper years ago. Start in one corner, and just start moving around the room. Don't bounce from one place to another. Just. Move. Forward.

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This Week's Article

10 Deep Web Engines for Finding Hidden Writing Jobs By Leah Zitter

10 Deep Web Engines for Finding Hidden Writing Jobs

In a previous article, I wrote about Metasearch as being one fantastic engine for finding hidden writing jobs on the web.

Well, Metasearch is dead. God bless the departed king. God save the new monarchs. The most meritorious successors, it seems to me, are the following...

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Ask The Expert

My Book Is Available As An Ebook Only. Why Isn't It Selling?

My Book Is Available As An Ebook Only. Why Isn't It Selling?

Currently, I have two non-fiction e-books for sale on Amazon for $2.99. Both have been rewritten and professionally edited many times. I have done my best to promote them on social media. For example I have a Facebook Page, a Facebook Discussion Group, and a website/blog. I get a fair bit of traffic on the two Facebook sites and a little on the blog, but my sales at Amazon/Kindle are disappointingly low.

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Paying Markets

Winemaker and Brew Your Own

"WineMaker, launched in 1998, covers the full gamut of the winemaking hobby, from beginners to experts, from wine kits to fresh grapes, and is published bi-monthly. Every issue includes expert advice and techniques, award-winning recipes and how-to projects to help you make great wine. Regular columns include troubleshooting common problems with the Wine Wizard, learning special techniques and tips on making a specific style of wine in Varietal Focus, refining your winemaking with Techniques, building gadgets in Projects, growing your own grapes in Backyard Vines and hearing tips, and stories and recipes from fellow home winemakers in Cellar Dwellers. WineMaker gives you practical, well-researched information in a fun format for all home winemakers - whether you use kits, concentrates, juices, non-grape fruits or fresh grapes." Welcomes new writers. 85% freelance. Circ. 50K. Publishes 8 issues/year. Pays on publication. Publishes ms 3-6 months after acceptance. Buys all NA rights. No reprints. Responds 2-8 weeks. Sample copy available by email. Subscription $25, $45 foreign. Pays $150-$250 for 2000-3000 words.

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YouthWorker Journal

"Trade journal for youth ministry leaders." 100% freelance. Welcomes new writers. Bimonthly(print), Daily(web). Pays on publication. Period between acceptance and publication varies. Buys all rights. Accepts some reprints. Responds one week. Sample copy available by email. Payment varies for articles running 250-1800 words.

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Able, the newspaper for, by and about the disabled

"We are a monthly newspaper that provides information for people with disabilities." Welcomes new writers. Monthly. Pays on publication. Period between acceptance and publication varies. Buys one-time rights. Accepts reprints. Sample articles online. Subscription $18/year. Guidelines by email. Pays $50 for 500 words.

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Abuzz Press

A hybrid publisher charging no setup/design fees to authors. "Abuzz Press pays the design and publication fees, which include: interior formatting assistance, professional cover design (no boring templates), ISBN and barcode, printer setup, and print proof (the first printed/bound copy of your book, which will ship directly to you for approval). Also includes ebook formatting/conversion. Distribution - Print Edition - We will list the book with Ingram, the world's largest book distributor. Our print books are listed in Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, BooksAMillion.com, Chapters.ca and many other online bookstores, both domestic and foreign. Any bookstore with an Ingram account can pick up Ingram's feed so you'll find your book listed in stores you've never heard of. Most bookstores use Ingram's database to find and order books so readers can ask their neighborhood bookstore to order your book as well. Your readers can also walk into their neighborhood bookstores and ask them to order a copy. Ebook Edition - Our ebooks are listed on Amazon.com (for the Kindle), BarnesandNoble.com (for the Nook), Apple (for iPads, iPods and iPhones), and Kobo (Canada's popular ebook retailer)." Welcomes new writers. Publishes up to 30 titles/year. Pays royalties. Three-year exclusive contract required.

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Freelance Writing Jobs

See the links to these jobs here.

 Freelance Website Content Specialist
marketing company

Freelance Recipe Copy Editor
Forks Over Knives

Freelance Technical Editor – who loves boats
National Fisherman magazine

Freelance Benefits Writer
monthly newsletter

Freelance Reporter
The Dallas Morning News

Freelance Freelance Fact Checker
Via magazine / AAA

Freelance Commentators
Blue Ocean Network China Content Provider (BON CP)

Freelance Assignment Editor
Render Media / Opposing Views

Social Media Freelancer
OpenTable

Freelance Writer
Prose Media / prosemedia.com

Freelance Copywriter
Allied Health Media

Freelance Real Estate Technology Blogger – for tutorials
Turnkey Flyers

Freelance Copy Editor – Pays $15/hour.
Express Writers

Freelance B2B Content Marketing Writer – Pays $0.25/word
content marketing services firm

Freelance Writers – Pays $300/month + commission
online news source

Freelance Writers – Pays $70/day for full-time
recruiter

Freelance Text Editor/Transcript Corrector
blind ad

Freelance Guides Writer – home tech / consumer tech and gadgetry. Pays $50-$100.
blind ad

Freelance Grant Writer
paceshow.org

Freelance Resume Proofreader, Resume Writer, and Cover Letter Writer – Pays $10/hour.
blind ad

Freelance Writer – for case studies and white papers
blind ad

Freelance Communications and Social Media Officer
AIDS-Free World /

Freelance Book Editor – Pays $125/day
“new book company”

Freelance Copywriter & Photographer
Rad Season

Freelance Instagram Experts – to create Instagram pages for artists. Pays $50/interview
blind ad

Freelance English to French Translator
ESL School

Freelance Writer / Editor – Pays $20/hour.
blind ad

Freelance Branding Developer / Graphic Designer
apptEDUde

Freelance Marketing/Promotional Graphic Designer
Modern Marketing Concepts

See the links to these jobs here.

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Success Story

How Translating One Poem Led To A Profitable Spin-off Service! by Pamela Allegretto

How Translating One Poem Led To A Profitable Spin-off Service!

Until I stumbled into this little side gig of translating Italian poetry, my idea of poetry didn't go much further than "Roses are red..." etc., etc. Occasionally, I read, and reread, and tried to understand some of the poetry published in The New Yorker. First of all, it didn't rhyme, so that threw me off. Then, on many occasions, even after a third or fourth read, I was still asking: "Say what?" I must have snoozed through the poetry segment in English class because all this free flowing thought was a puzzle to me. And now, I was being asked to translate it.

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Whispers and Warnings

Whispers and Warnings For 05/21/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 05/21/2016


• A pretty scathing complaint about Lulu.com. This person emailed us as well.

• New complaint about Xlibris

• Florida court allows Google to be sued by publisher delisted as "pure spam"

• Rebel Wilson sues magazine publisher for claiming she lied about her age

• Ronda Rousey, ex-manager avoid defamation lawsuit with book settlement

• German court rejects Erdogan bid for publisher injunction


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