EDITOR'S PIECE OF MIND
THE BEST GIFTS
I know it's two days until Christmas. I understand how
hard it is to find good gifts for writers . . . different
than what they already have. Writers don't want fancy
presents. They tend to think practically. After all, how
many writers have much money to toss around frivolously?
Slow down and ponder this gift idea. It's easy on your
pocket book, the recipient can't get it for himself,
and you'll be the perfect Santa. Give the gift of promotion.
IF YOUR WRITER IS AN AUTHOR:
1. Like their Facebook page and promote others you know
to do the same in a special message.
2. Author has no Facebook page? Create one for him.
3. Buy a Facebook or GoogleSense Ad for him.
3. Post reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and B&N.
4. Write a review on your blog, and ask others to post
it as well, or at least link to it.
5. Guest post on other blogs about your author friend.
6. Create a virtual book tour on behalf of your author.
7. Best of all, coordinate all of this to take place on
a particular date, so that sales make a noticeable
bump. This makes for a special day for your writer.
IF YOUR WRITER IS A FREELANCER OR COPYWRITER:
1. Ditto Facebook.
2. Ditto blog posts.
3. Design and/or purchase a set of business cards.
4. Design and/or purchase a set of postcards.
5. Buy a Facebook or GoogleSense Ad for him.
6. Buy an ad in a newspaper or magazine.
Forget the coffee mugs and subscriptions. Go for what
writers hate to do and hate to pay for . . . promotion.
You'd love to get that gift. You know you would, because
then you could concentrate more on your writing.
Many of you may not realize that TOTAL FundsforWriters exists.
It's just like FundsforWriters only five times larger! Imagine
all those contests, grants, markets and publishers seeking your
work! It's biweekly for no other reason than it's so chocked
full of opportunity that you can't get through it in a week
To entice new members, we are offering one-year subscriptions
to TOTAL for $9 in lieu of the standard $15. Give one as a
gift or just let Santa reward you for being good all year long.
We'd love to have you on the TOTAL list. You'll be amazed. Promise.
HONEST £100 POETRY COMPETITION
ENTRY FEE £3
Your poem must in some way relate to the central theme of:
'The Most Honest Being Is...' Deadline December 31, 2011.
If you win, we pay you £100 (a shade over $150) and give
you an Honest Publishing book of your choosing. NOTE:
Payment to enter is done via PayPal, and conversions are
made from dollars to sterling.
Can you craft a story that contains a unique twist at the
end? If yes, you have just 1500 words to enthrall and
surprise us. All we ask is that your story is original
and previously unpublished. It can be on any subject or
written in any style.
KEEL SHORT SHORT FICTION CONTEST
$15 ENTRY FEE
Short Short Fiction to us means less than 500 words.
Submit 20-30 pages of short short fiction. Open to all
writers. Age and previous book publication are not
considerations for eligibility. Work published in
periodicals may be included in the manuscript. The winner
will receive $250 and copies of the winning chapbook. The
winning chapbook will be a high quality printing with
THE BINNACLE ULTRA-SHORT COMPETITION
NO ENTRY FEE
We are looking for prose works of 150 words or fewer and
poetry of sixteen lines or fewer and fewer than 150 words.
All works should have a narrative element to them. A
minimum of $300 in cash prizes will be awarded, with a
minimum prize of $50. At least one of the prizes will go
to a UMM student. Please submit no more than two works
total, prose and/or poetry. Deadline February 15, 2012.
$50 for a work of fiction or non-fiction
$50 for an interview
$50 for a review
$20 for a poem
The Puritan is an online, quarterly publication based in
Toronto, Ontario committed to publishing the best in new
fiction, non-fiction, poetry, interviews, and reviews.
The Puritan seeks, above all, a pioneering literature.
Submissions may push toward the symbolic frontier,
challenging limitations and forging into previously
unexplored aesthetic territory.
Short fiction limited to 1,200 words. Limit 4-5 poems.
In addition to contributor copies, we pay $10 per accepted
title. The Raleigh Review is a national literary magazine
based in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Will open for reading compressed prose fiction (including
prose poetry), and compressed creative nonfiction on January
15, 2012. Also, during the month of January, Matter Press
will be open for submissions of a prose collection (prose
poetry, fiction, and/or creative nonfiction), 25-40 pages,
each piece under 600 words. Individual pieces in your
manuscript may have appeared in journals, both in print
and online, as long as the entire collection itself is
unpublished. Pays $50 per piece.
RUG HOOKING MAGAZINE
Our goal is to provide high quality articles and photographs
about the art and craft of rug hooking, and how-to articles
on techniques and projects. Features vary in length from 1,800
words to 3,200 words, depending on the topic. Features require
three to twelve photographs (or visuals). Also has several
departments open to freelancers. Photography is very important.
Pays nine cents/word.
ADVERTISING FOR WRITERS
Last Call for Entries: Poets & Writers!
Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest. Write
30 lines or fewer on any subject or write a short story,
5 pages maximum length on any theme, single or double
For my first advertising for my fledgling business I needed to
make strategic choices within a very limited budget. I chose
to advertise in two places: the Funds for Writers (FFW)
newsletter and a major writer's magazine (circulation of 100,000).
FFW far outperformed the magazine! From my first FFW ad I got an
immediate and enormous spike in traffic to my web site and within
24-hours had more than 100 people sign up on my website. And that
was just the first ad! Over the course of the six-week ad campaign
I saw a noticeable spike in traffic after each ad hit people's
inboxes and in total garnered at least 500 new sign-ups.
If you're thinking about advertising in FFW, do it!
ANOTHER FANTASTIC REASON TO ADVERTISE IN FUNDSFORWRITERS
Chalet Publishers, LLC, ran an ad ONE TIME in announcing we
were currently accepting submissions. It had been exactly 24
hours since the newsletter and the ad were distributed. Queries,
chapters, entire manuscripts --- the influx has just now slowed
down. We received way over forty responses to our ad, and they
are still pouring in. (BTW, this is a very good problem!). Just
wanted to let you know we think you and your newsletter rock!
It's just amazing and lets us know just how loyal your fans are.