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Good Leads = Article Sales By Kristine Hansen

Good Leads = Article Sales By Kristine Hansen

So, what makes a good article lead? Think of your article or query lead as the front porch, hotel lobby or gateway to your article. It must attract, captivate and keep the reader. Don't write such a boring lead that your readers (and the editor) never make it past the second paragraph. …

Writing for Role-Playing Games By Peter Tupper

One overlooked area of science fiction and fantasy writing is novels and stories set in role-playing game worlds. While they don't get much critical attention, some of these novels have reached bestseller lists, and their writers have gone on to publish original works. …

Editorial Service Kickbacks? Reading Fees? Protect Yourself! By Diane Craver

All kinds of scams are committed everyday. We read in the newspaper and see on television about people of all ages being taken advantage of by dishonest persons. But I never thought I'd be a victim of a well-known New York agent. I hope you haven't experienced what I did several years ago. I still get a sick feeling whenever I read about the people I put my trust in. …

Welcoming the Good Clients While Shunning the Bad By One Wiser Businesswoman

Welcoming the Good Clients While Shunning the Bad By One Wiser Businesswoman

The time-period spanning December 2003 and January 2004 was terrible for my Writing Services business. It would take me a year to write an accurate account about what happened to hurt my business during that time. Every snafu was a problem caused by some jerk of a client. I immediately realized two things about that week: 1) The need to disengage from Immoral Scofflaws, and 2) The need to rethink how I do business as a writer... …

Can Your Life Story Become a Novel? By Judith Laura

Can Your Life Story Become a Novel? By Judith Laura

More than 20 years ago I started writing what later became my novel, Three Part Invention, published just last year. That first draft was written in the first person, beginning when the main character, my alter ego Beth, was five years old. Though the novel changed greatly from that first draft, it has preserved for me experiences and emotions I'm sure I would have forgotten by now: details -- even minutia -- about growing up female in the 1950s, participating in the very early civil rights movement, and the flush of first love... …

Publish An Ebook In 2004!

By Diane S. Craver Author of How To Run A Profitable Preschool Without The Hassle Although I loved having a preschool, I didn't want to do this again at this point in my life. However, her comment did make me realize that maybe there could be young mothers now in similar situations that I had been in years ago. I decided to write a short book, giving the necessary information for anyone to start their own preschool home business. My ebook, How To Run A Profitable Preschool Without The Hassle, has been a positive experience. …

The Wrong Way to Promote Your Book By Gary D. Robson

Often, a new writer will come up with innovative "out-of-the-box" ideas for promoting a book without realizing that (a) they may actually hurt sales and (b) it's been done many times before. "Scam" is probably too harsh a word for many of these ideas, but some of them are downright unethical and illegal. That's what we'll focus on in this article. …

Selling Your Print on Demand Book to Bookstores By Gary D. Robson, Independent Bookstore Owner and Author

As the author of a POD book, you have three hurdles to overcome in selling to bookstores: discounts on POD books are generally less than 40% (sometimes as low as half that), POD books are usually non-returnable (which discourages experimentation), and the publisher isn’t promoting your book to the bookstores. Here are some ways that you can overcome these hurdles and get your book into the stores... …

Alternative Press Markets (includes 13 paying markets) By Kristine Hansen

You've no doubt seen your community's alternative newspaper stacked by the hundreds in a rack at grocery stores, bookstores, and gas stations. Helpful for planning weekend entertainment, the pages are packed with features on museum exhibits, concerts and restaurant openings. (In my city, anyone with an iota of the local 411 scene is seen reading one on Thursdays.). And, news about local politics - racier, sexier and bolder than the area dailies - is also covered... …

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. …