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I read a blog called IttyBiz. At first glance, it's not much
use to writers, but periodically it screams with some fantastic
advice that coincidentally applies to us. If you want to glance
at the blog, go to http://ittybiz.com/ .
Recently it had great advice on businesses becoming noticed
online, and what it takes as an entrepreneur to become rich
and famous. Every one of the concepts applied to freelance,
nonfiction, even fiction writers, and I had to share. Frankly,
I consider these itemized suggestions mandatory to the writer
who wants to generate enough money to make a living at the craft.
1. Have enough passion that you appear alarming and almost creepy.
Case in point . . . J.A. Konrath, author.
2. Know or learn more about the topic than 98% of the population.
3. Choose a brandable attribute somewhere between Out of the
Ordinary and Outright Offensive. Stand out, people.
4. Treat your brand as if it were normal. Don't treat it like
a publicity stunt.
5. Work yourself silly at this and nothing else for nine to
36 months. You'll have ups and downs, and 90 percent of those
who start, quit during a lull. Only the diligent rise up.
6. Sell something the whole time you're climbing this ladder.
Even if you think it's not working, stick with it and keep
You can't be like everyone else. It's that simple. It's hard
enough to find you amongst the sea of writers in existence.
When everyone is tan, how do you become the one dressed in red?
9TH ANNUAL FUNDSFORWRITERS ESSAY CONTEST
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Theme: Writing that made a difference.
Both entry fee and no entry fee categories. First place
winner receives $300. Six awards given. Limit 750 words.
Deadline October 31, 2010. Winners announced December 1, 2010.
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SUCCESS OF THE WEEK
Dear Hope -
Just wanted to share with you the small successes and synchronicities
of this writer's life. This past Monday I meditated on Health Wealth
and Happiness. The next day I braved the heat and attended a Writer's
Group at my local library. Turns out I was the 'most accomplished'
of the three attendees by virtue of being previously paid- and self-
published. I am now the 'leader' of this fledgling group. The next
morning I opened an e-mail from the Ligonier Valley Writers'
Conference - I was awarded a scholarship to same. Having discovered
that conference thru you I thought it only proper you should know
of my award.
As my freelance writing portfolio began to expand substantially,
I realized that my traditional resume wasn't sufficiently
displaying my writing experience. That's when I discovered the
portfolio resume--a freelance writer's way of displaying the
range of her work, listing the variety of publications (both
print and online) where her work has appeared.
As in a traditional resume, give your contact info first
(name, address, phone number, email address), but feel free
to include your website and blog as well.
State your OBJECTIVE AS A FREELANCE WRITER.
List your QUALIFICATIONS as bullet points. Here you can
include your areas of expertise, like travel or business or
fashion, and also mention any other skills that make you
unique as a freelance writer.
List your FREELANCE CLIENTS (places where your work has been
published, including websites, blogs, magazines, newspapers,
etc) next, in alphabetical order. I also added a note beside
the heading: (* denotes current clients), which is very helpful,
since this list is in alphabetical order--not chronological
order like a traditional resume. However, if you think a
chronological ordering is more relevant for your work, you can
create a CURRENT CLIENTS section, and have a PAST CLIENTS
section beneath that. This simply depends on your experience
and what you want to emphasize: quantity or quality. And of
course, it is not necessary to list every single client you've
ever written for, especially since this will make your resume
too long. (Try to stay within a one-page limit, but 1.5 pages
isn't too terrible either, as long as the info is relevant.
Plus, most people in the freelance universe don't print out
resumes nowadays, so this acts more as an online resume, not
as a hard copy resume.) Highlight publications that are big
names and also that show off your areas of expertise. Of course,
if you are applying for a freelance gig that is all about food
writing, and you usually leave off your food writing client, be
sure to put it back in before you send off your portfolio resume.
You can add entries under a STAFF EXPERIENCE heading if you've
had several full-time, office jobs that you consider important
to your experience as a writer (reporter, magazine editor).
Insert an AWARDS/COMMENDATIONS section here if you wish.
As with a traditional resume, list your EDUCATION information
now, keeping it short and sweet. Freelance clients usually focus
on your experience anyways, since freelance writers tend to come
from a variety of educational backgrounds.
Last but not least, list any ADDITIONAL SKILLS that might be
required for certain gigs, including foreign languages, computer
skills, design/photography skills, etc. This is where I list my
published novel, to illustrate my skills as a creative fiction
Some freelance writers insert links to online clips in a WRITING
SAMPLES section instead of or after the ADDITIONAL SKILLS section.
If you are already attaching clips or inserting links into your
cover letter, then it is better to leave this section off in
order to avoid repetition and keep the resume as brief as possible.
Just as it's not advisable to send a generic cover letter to every
freelance writing gig you apply for, it's also not a good idea to
send the same exact version of your portfolio resume along with
your cover letter. Every gig has different requirements, and
especially if you have multiple areas of expertise and experience,
you will need to edit your portfolio resume each and every time
you apply for a new gig. Or, for example, if you have three clear-
cut areas of expertise, make three different portfolio resumes,
one for each genre of writing. As for references, create a
separate document of two or three references that you can copy-
paste into your resume, only if the client specifically requests
Suchi has been traveling all her life, but has been camping
out in Prague for the past four years, where she successfully
transformed from run-of-the-mill expat English teacher to a
hanging-out-in-the-cafes freelance writer, specializing in
travel, education and business. Her first novel, Kitaab, was
published last summer. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The three prizewinners and seven honorable mentions will be
considered for representation by the William Morris Agency,
ICM, Regal Literary, the Elaine Markson Literary Agency,
Inkwell Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, and the Georges
Borchardt Literary Agency.
The deadline is October 1, 2010. Results will be announced at
the website December 15, 2010, and in the Spring 2011 issue of
Zoetrope: All-Story; and the winning story will be published as
a special online supplement to that Spring 2011 issue. We accept
all genres of literary fiction. Entries must be: unpublished;
strictly 5,000 words or less.
LITERARY LAUNDRY CONTEST FOR POETRY, PROSE, AND PLAYS http://www.literarylaundry.com/submissions
NO ENTRY FEE
Each issue of Literary Laundry is accompanied by a writing
competition. All pieces submitted to us for review will be
entered into consideration for our Awards of Distinction. We
offer the following cash awards:
$500 for best poem
$500 for best short story
$250 for best one-act drama
In addition to considering undergraduate works for the Award
of Distinction, we will also consider them for the following
$250 for best poem
$250 for best short story
Deadline December 1, 2010.
WALTER PRIZE IN SHORT FICTION http://neworleansreview.submishmash.com/Submit
$15 ENTRY FEE
7,500-word limit. Winner receives $1,000 and publication.
The 25 finalists will be considered for publication. Enter
previously unpublished original stories up to 7,500 words.
Crisis, Community and Civic Culture Project Grants
With this thematic initiative Mass Humanities seeks proposals
for public programs that will encourage participants to explore
the confluence of challenges that has led to today's fraying of
the social contract as well as the history and promise of
collective action organized in response to a variety of crises.
Engaging New Audiences Project Grants
Project grant proposals that include a detailed and realistic
plan for engaging new and larger audiences. Special consideration
will be given to proposals describing projects that will engage
audiences and participants with limited access to the humanities.
Young and working adults are examples, as are prison inmates,
teens and nursing home residents. Proposals may utilize the full
range of public program formats.
Films that explore humanities themes. Film and video grants at
the $10,000 maximum are only available for pre-production and
Social Media Outreach. Preference will be given to projects
that address Massachusetts topics.
NOTE: These are given to nonprofits, but individual artists
can partner with nonprofits in developing some fantastic
opportunities, resulting in payment to the writer from the
grants. Write plays, develop websites, tutor creative writing,
develop reading groups, offer public lectures.
CULTURAL EXCHANGE FUND http://www.apap365.org/KNOWLEDGE/GrantPrograms/Pages/cef.aspx
The Cultural Exchange Fund (CEF) is a travel subsidy program
supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to assist U.S.
based presenters in building partnerships and collaborations
with international touring artists, companies and their
collaborators and in seeing the work of artists from around the
world in its cultural context. Arts Presenters will award travel
subsidies to individual presenters, presenting organizations and
to groups of presenters traveling to see the work of artists,
companies and/or to develop and advance projects with international
artists and their collaborators. All applicants must be active
members of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.
Deadline November 15, 2010.
WELLINGTON CULTURAL FUNDING - NEW ZEALAND http://www.wellington.govt.nz/services/grants/
If you or your group needs funding support for an arts project or
event, WCC may be able to help. The Creative Communities Local Funding
Scheme is now open for applications. It supports local communities to
create and present opportunities for arts participation. Individuals
or groups can apply. This round is for projects starting after September
15, 2010. Deadline August 31, 2010.
The Cultural Grants pool is also open. These grants strengthen
partnerships with arts organisations, festival groups and institutions.
Any group can apply, so long as you're legally constituted (i.e., a trust
or incorporated society), or sit under the umbrella of an organisation
meeting this description. Deadline August 31, 2010.
MOUNTAIN HOMES http://www.mountainhomessouthernstyle.com/cu/esg.html
Mountain Homes is a quarterly, full-color magazine celebrating
the best of upscale living in the Southern mountain ... the homes,
the events, the art, the style, the food, and the cities and
towns that people today are increasingly seeking out for
retirement or as an escape from big city living. Our territory
extends from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia down into northern
Georgia and includes all territory in the mountain regions of
Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia,
Tennessee and Georgia. House stories range from $250 to $350;
destination pieces may run from $350 up and special pieces,
requiring research can run up to $400 or more depending on
urgency of deadline and need.
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS http://www.bhg.com/bhg/file.jsp?item=/help/writersGuidelines
We read all freelance articles submitted, but much prefer to
see a letter of query than a finished manuscript. The query
should be directed to the department where the story line is
the strongest. A freelancer's best chances lie in the areas
of travel, health, parenting and education. We do not deal
with political subjects or with areas not connected with the
home, community, and family. We rarely use poetry, beauty,
or fiction. Buys all rights.
Zoomers are Canadians who are 45+. Zoomer Magazine has the
most engaging writers: groundbreaking trends ... hot-button
issues ... celebration of life's experiences and how to share
the money Zoomers have made. The magazine for Canadians who
embrace life with experience and confidence and who aren't
afraid of change. Pays up to 50 cents/word.
NON-TENURE LECTURER IN COMMUNICATIONS AND JOURNALISM
Location Vineland, NJ http://www.higheredjobs.com/details.cfm?JobCode=175455789
Cumberland County College is seeking a full-time, Non-Tenure
track, Lecturer-Communications-Journalism. This is a 10-month
position. Starting Salary Range: $45,421-$51,021. Teach fifteen
(15) classroom contact hours of Communications and Journalism,
be available to teach evening, online, weekend and off-campus
classes, and assist with the coordination of activities related
to the program.
PUBLICATIONS DIRECTOR/SENIOR WRITER
Location Boston, MA http://www.idealist.org/en/job/393867-588
Corporate Accountability International has successfully challenged
corporations like GE, Nestlé, and Philip Morris to halt abusive
practices that threaten public health, the environment and our
democracy. The Publications Director/Senior Writer will be
responsible for directing the production of and writing for a
range of campaign/organizational materials.
Location - 30 vacancies across the US http://tinyurl.com/3a5rump
Deadline Monday, February 28, 2011. Writes and edits materials
for content, such as reports, regulations, news, newsletters,
magazines, news releases, training materials, brochures,
interpretive handbooks, pamphlets, guidebooks, scholarly works,
reference works, speeches, or scripts. Employer is the US
BICK PUBLISHING HOUSE http://www.bickpubhouse.com/
The mission of Bick Publishing House for Teens/Young Adults is
to relate modern science and its ethics, communications arts,
philosophy, psychology to the teenager's world, so they can make
their own responsible decisions about their own lives and future.
The mission of Bick Publishing House for Adults is to bring
professional information to the general audience in mental
illness and recovery, addictions and recovery, in the art of
living with disabilities, and in wildlife rehabilitation.
Hatala Geroproducts publishes books and games for seniors, in
addition to grandparent/grandchild games. For manuscripts: Send
a synopsis, 50 pages or 3 chapters of your manuscript, and a
SASE if you would like it returned. For games: Send a playable
version of your game, in addition to all rules, and a SASE if
you would like it returned. All products are "age positive",
which means that they are respectful to seniors, and focus on
the positive aspects of aging. All books are "larger print"
for easier reading. Books are written by senior authors for
senior readers. All products are developed with the help of
academic gerontologists and seniors themselves.
SILVER MOON PRESS http://www.silvermoonpress.com/assets/PDFs/Writers_Guidelines.pdf
Silver Moon Press is a young, growing children's book publisher.
Male or female protagonist must be 11-14 years old. Reading
level is for ages 8-12 years old. Story must have mystery and
suspense. Must involve significant eras in American history.
Likes to see multicultural awareness. No fantasy, sci-fi, or
historical fiction containing either element. Length is
12,500 to 17,500 words.
Deadline September 3, 2010
Seven first place winners by genre.
Winners announced at our Fall Conference October 9, 2010.
Featuring Sam Havens, Michael Larsen, Elizabeth Pomado,
Jon Sternfeld, Nicholas Croce, & Jennifer Mattson
Are you one of those people who never submits your writing for
publication because you think it isn't good enough? What if there
were someone you could show it to -- someone who would be both
objective judge and supporter?
I'm Nancy Wick, a Seattle-based writer, editor and writing coach.
Send me your manuscript for a developmental edit that will help you
make the next draft better or a copyedit that will polish a finished
piece for submission. Let me be your partner in prose.
AWARD-WINNING WRITER, PUBLISHER
WILL EDIT YOUR NOVEL, MEMOIR, POETRY
Have your writing edited by an award-winning, professional
writer,editor, and publisher, one who knows how to help
you prepare your writing for publication. Richard Krawiec
has published novels, biographies, text books, plays, and
a story and poetry collection. He won the 2009 Excellence
in Teaching Award from UNC Chapel Hill. His essays, feature
articles, and reviews have appeared in major newspapers and
magazines across the US. The NY Times, LA Times, Publishers
Weekly have reviewed his work. Awards include National
Endowment for the Arts and NC Arts Council grants, as well
as nominations for the National Book Award, Best American
Short Stories, and Pushcart Prize. He is founder of Jacar Press.