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EDITOR'S PIECE OF MIND
BLOGGING - UGH or NOT UGH
During a presentation this week, I emphasized that blogging,
guest blogging, Facebook, and article-writing were the
best ways to promote yourself as a writer. I got UGHS
from most of the room. But blogging held the least interest.
Nobody even asked, "What do I blog about?" which told me
straight away that nobody cared to do it.
Blogging beats book signing and even personal presentations
when it comes to numbers reached and word-of-mouth potential.
A good blog post, and I mean one you poured your heart into,
will be spread and bounced all over the place.
I'm always posting great blog posts of others in my
Twitter feed and my Facebook page. I'll spin off a great
post in my own blog. I've been known to contact a great
poster and ask if I can write for him, or he for me.
People want to read them, but they don't want to do them.
And what amazed me is that this is free advertising, and
a forum in which you can make yourself shine.
Why do you think great bloggers land book deals?
People complain about having time or not having time.
We all have 24 hours in each day. Decide what you need to
delete in order to make room for your writing.
Oh, but a blog isn't writing. Neither is promotion.
But if you have any hope of selling your work, the promotion
has to be just as important.
The habits are also the same.
==You become a better writer the more you write.
==Writing becomes easier the more you write.
==Instilling a daily writing habit makes you crave to write more.
With promotion, and that includes a blogging routine, you
become better at it the more you do it. Hitting it daily,
even for five minutes at a time, makes headway in spreading
But you hate to blog . . . don't have time . . . don't
know what to say after a while. Listen. Each blog post is
an inch up the Google ladder. You add another site from which
potential readers can find your name and your work. Frankly,
you'll become more prominent on Google with blog posts than
you will writing in a glossy magazine. How can you Google paper?
The Carolina Slade Mystery Series is live with its premier
book Lowcountry Bribe. Welcome to the
world of Carolina Slade.
She's a simple government employee offered a bribe.
She follows the rules and tells the authorities.
Then all hell breaks loose because she did.
"Jesse drew me by my stretched sleeve to the truck bed, my face
barely a foot from the nearest body. "There's ten thousand dollars
in it for you," he whispered, draping his arm around my shoulders.
"If you find a way to get me the Williams farm. We can iron out
the details later . . . in private." He winked and clicked his
tongue. "If you know what I mean."
Panic coursed through me at the altered state. Like hearing that
your churchgoing mother liked bourbon straight and sex on top.
The 2012 Bylines Desk Calendar contains pieces from 53 writers
in 25 states, plus Ireland and the UK. If you've never seen a
Bylines Calendar, you're in for a treat. Each week contains a
short nonfiction piece from writers just like you. Even Hope has
a piece in this edition! This spiral bound week-to-week calendar
conveniently lies flat on your desk, for easy use. It's the
perfect size for . . . your desk, and since it's all about
writers, it's entertaining and educational as well as practical.
TOTAL FundsforWriters is our largest newsletter - 75 markets,
contests, grants, publishers, agents and jobs for writers.
Just envision FundsforWriters, only five times larger.
Delivered biweekly to you by email.
Only $15/year for 26 issues. That's 1950+ opportunities.
NOIR CON POETRY CONTEST
ENTRY FEE $15 for 1 to 3 original, unpublished poems.
Noir Poetry is (1)* Poetry that makes reference to the subject
matter, dialog or style of film noir or the hard-boiled detective
genre, or, (2)* Poetry that invokes stark urban landscapes and
atmosphere, and which either alludes to crime and perilous
attachments or else seems to bear dark knowledge of this
territory, or (3) Poetry that tells the story of tortured
souls--lovers, psychopaths, obsessives--driven down deadly paths,
following desperate plans that are doomed to failure. Entries
must be original and unpublished works (either in print or on-
line). Submitted poems should concern the subject of Noir Poetry
and not exceed 2,000 words.
First prize: $250 and a copy of the printed program with the
winning poem to be read at the NoirCon 2012 Award Dinner on
November 9, 2012. Second prize: $150 and a printed program.
There will also be eight Most Highly Commended Awards winners.
They will receive a copy of the NoirCon 2012 printed program
and official NoirCon buttons. The top 10 entries will be
published in the NoirCon 2012 printed program.
Maximum word count 1,200 words for short stories. Prizes:
1st = £150, 2nd = £70, 3rd = £40. Deadline July 9, 2012.
Entry forms at website. This competition is open to any one,
of any age, from anywhere in the world.
Open Poetry Competition - a poem on any subject in English, not
to exceed 40 lines. Entry: £3 per poem. First Prize: £100, with
two runners up: £50 each.
Humorous Poetry Competition - a humorous or comic poem in English,
not to exceed 40 lines. Entry: £3 per poem. First Prize: £100,
with two runners up: £50 each.
Under 16's Poetry Competition - a poem written in English, not to
exceed 40 lines, by anyone aged 16 years or under, on 31 August 2011.
Entry: Free. First Prize: £50 in book vouchers, with four runners
up: £25 in book vouchers each.
POWDER HORN PRIZE
$20 ENTRY FEE
The winning poet will not have had a full-length manuscript
published previously. The winner will receive $250 and 50
copies of the book, to be published in 2013. Deadline June
1, 2012. Submit 48 pages.
METRO PARENT - SOUTHEASTERN MICHIGAN
Metro Parent Publishing Group is always looking for talented,
experienced freelance writers to enhance our magazine,
ancillary publications and website. Our general goal is to
have a good mix of fun and substantive local stories of
interest to local parents.
Features 1,000-2,500 words: $100-$250
Department columns: $60-75
Parent Pipeline pieces: $35-50
KANSAS CITY VOICES
We publish an annual eclectic mix of fiction, essays,
interviews, articles, poetry, and art. We seek exceptional
written and visual creations from established and emerging
voices. The magazine is published in November of each year.
Deadline March 15, 2012. There is no need for submissions
to relate to Kansas City or the Midwest. Prose limited
to 2,500 words. Poems limited to 35 lines. Payment for each
published poem will be $20 and one free copy of the magazine.
In the sole discretion of the publisher, one poem may
receive a "Best of Prose" award in the amount of $100.
Payment for each published prose piece will be $30 and
one free copy of the magazine. In the sole discretion of
the publisher, one prose piece may receive a "Best of Prose"
award in the amount of $100.
Editor Sandra McIntyre with Roseway Publishing (Nova Scotia
& Manitoba) is seeking short story submissions for an
upcoming anthology of political fiction. "Political" is
open to interpretation--stories can be about politics, whether
overtly or obliquely, or political by virtue of their stance,
voice, point of view, or underpinnings. Stories should be 4,000
words maximum. There is no minimum length. Short graphic fiction
is welcome. Simultaneous submissions are okay. Multiple
submissions are okay. Submissions of previously published
stories are okay. Canadian authors only. Payment: $100 for
"anthology rights" (print and electronic rights). Deadline
June 1, 2012.
Spring issue - March 1 deadline (May publication)
Fall issue - September 15 deadline (November publication)
Pays modest honorarium around $45.
We like narrative: a story that moves from some kind of a
beginning to some kind of an end, be it short fiction, memoir,
personal essay or literary journalism. If it's well written
and tells a story, we'll consider it. Word limit: 3,500 words;
maximum of two prose submissions per author per issue; each
submission must be on a separate document and uploaded separately.
Poetry - From odes and haikus to free verse and sonnets, we
welcome poems in any form. Limit: 4 poems per person per
submission round. Please upload each poem separately.
We accept English translations of poetry, fiction, and
nonfiction written originally in French.
AUTOIMMUNE MOM BLOGGERS
AutoimmuneMom.com is seeking writers and experts to cover
autoimmune disorders, especially those that develop during
or after pregnancy. Most posts will average 300-400 words.
We'll provide a list of titles each week (2-10) and you claim
the ones you would like to complete. We pay a flat rate per
article, $25 per article. Payments are sent twice a week via
PayPal for all approved articles.
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