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Volume 12, Issue 9
March 2, 2012
FUNDS FOR WRITERS
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Editor: C. Hope Clark
Newsletter: ISSN: 1533-1326
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THE BEAUTY OF A WEBSITE
I just spent three hours going over my son's wedding photographs,
trying to select the right poses of the right people, without
putting a second mortgage on my house. A major task. Especially
when you want one of every picture.
I went through this same quandary with my new website, www.chopeclark.com .
First, this site has my name on it. Second, it represents my Carolina
Slade mysteries, a project I've worked on since 1998. I wanted it to
shine, but I wasn't thrilled about spending an exorbitant amount.
My agent suggested www.xuni.com . Beautiful sites, specifically
for authors. But they require that they host the site, something
I was not happy about. I want to update my own site, 24/7, and
when I say 24 hours a day, it literally means morning, noon or
night. To somebody not comfortable with updating a site, this
turnkey package might work.
Authors on the Web looked professional -
So did three other services. Everybody has a remarkable product.
Then Shaila Abdullah of House of Design asked to advertise in
FundsforWriters a few months ago, back in the fall. When she sent
her logo to post with her advertisement, it caught my eye. And
since I research anyone wanting to post anything in FundsforWriters,
I visited both her sites - for both the author and the web designer.
I fell in love. I didn't tell her at the time, but she became a
finalist on my list.
So when the cover to Lowcountry Bribe came out, I knew what I
wanted on a website. I asked Shaila for an estimate, since I'd
already researched the others. She sent a long questionnaire
so she could thoroughly understand me and my needs. Colors,
organic or geometric design, social networking connections or
not, blog or not. I was sold.
My point is that the design for your website and/or blog needs
to be a serious decision. Readers should reach the site and want
to stay. The colors should be pleasing, the layout enticing, the
format easy to follow. And as was the case for me, the updates
should be easy.
Shaila was game for everything and anything I wanted. But she
also had the professional savvy to lead me to some ideas I never
thought about. This is how you should select your designer.
Frankly, it's how you should select your agent, your publisher,
and anyone who will have a large impact on your image and
reputation. Don't spend years writing your stories or building
clientele only to look cheap on your website. Yes, people will
be able to tell you cut corners on your own promotion. If you'll
do that, where else will you shortcut on quality?
Visual sells, and not just on book covers.
In case you are interested, Shaila Abdullah's websites are:
Highly recommended. Trust me. If the responses I've received
about my site are any indication of eye-appeal, then Shaila
nailed it. She's made me look so darn good.
AUTHOR SITE - http://www.chopeclark.com
THE BLOG - http://www.chopeclark.com/blog
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/hopeclark
FACEBOOK - http://www.facebook.com/chopeclark
ABOUT.ME - http://about.me/hopeclark
LOWCOUNTRY BRIBE is out!
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.
He'd offered me a bribe."
Learn more at http://www.chopeclark.com
Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Lowcountry-Bribe-C-Hope-Clark/dp/1611940907/
Barnes & Noble - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lowcountry-bribe-c-hope-clark/1108542168
Bell Bridge Books - http://www.bellebooks.com/
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WORDS OF SUCCESS
The wishbone will never replace the backbone.
- Will Henry
SUCCESS OF THE WEEK
In 2010, I entered your Funds for Writers contest with an essay
that confronted that huge question of why I write. I didn't win,
but I took that piece and re-shaped it and fired it off to Writer's
Digest, pitching it as a piece for their "5-Minute-Memoir" section.
They accepted it, and my essay, "Artmaking," appears in the March
Had I not taken a chance at your contest, writing something from
scratch that I hoped would speak to the contest's theme, I would
not be celebrating a publication with a major writer's magazine
today. The contest, in other words, gave me the motivation to sit
down and craft a new piece of work. That was its sole purpose at
the time, although I didn't see it as such. (I wanted to win!) I
hope my publication journey with this piece can be an encouragement
to others who are trying to get their work out there. Just because a
piece isn't accepted in one place doesn't mean the next place won't
love it. If you pour your heart and soul into a piece of work and it
gets rejected, you have not wasted your time. In many cases, as long
as you keep putting yourself and your work out there, your work is
just brimming on a potentially exciting future and home. It just
might not be the home you specifically imagined.
Thanks, Hope, for considering this success story as you prepare
upcoming newsletter editions. You do so much for the writing
community, and I am grateful to be a follower.
Who Me? Yes, You.
By Candi Stargell
Amid barking dogs and political vitriol, a brave young woman
named Meagan Adele Lopez caught my attention a few weeks ago.
Seeking funding for her debut novel, Three Questions' book
trailer, she launched a Kickstarter project and wrote an
article for Hope detailing her journey. You may remember her,
but I wonder if you noticed something else, even more tantalizing.
Meagan offered to mentor anyone who wanted to launch a Kickstarter.
All the interested party had to do was send her an email. I boldly
took her up on that very offer. Ever ready to answer any question
I may have, even from across the pond, she has amazed me with her
generosity in time and spirit. So, why did I bother to write this
love letter about my mentor? Simple, I want someone to write one
about you one day.
There are so many writers that need a compass for success and
failure, but they are hard to find. My past attempts at being
mentored and mentoring never quite worked. While they and I tried,
it's not innately in writers' nature to invest such emotional
collateral beyond the page. Are we that self-involved and
narcissistic? Some of us are, sure, but I'd like to think that
people generally don't know what they're doing when it comes to
such relationships, especially the intangible aspects, therefore
Here are three tips that may help you out:
Keep It Simple, Focused, and Professional: While it is very tempting
to segue into different aspects of the human experience, i.e.
gossiping, "bitching," and the XYZ of daily life, it's not mentoring.
If you both focus on the writing, the work, mutual support, and what
it takes to be successful all systems should be go.
Grab A Pole, Grab A Line: As the song says "You get a line/I'll get
a pole/We'll go fishin' in the crawfish hole," it takes two to have
a successful mentoring relationship and a day's catch. Bringing
questions, insights, and how they think the Mentor can help achieve
their goals are the responsibility of the person being Mentored.
Ego Check: Exhibit A: To Kill A Mockingbird's Harper Lee and Truman
Capote, as documented in the (fabulous) To Kill A Mockingbird
documentary, "Hey Boo," two childhood friends were friends and
mentors, until Lee's overwhelming success drove Truman away -
permanently. Ego is a dangerous thing, but don't let its subtle
dominion of one corner of your psyche spoil all your fun. You can
Google the rules for mentoring, but you can't Google a heart.
If you subscribe to this newsletter you are a relentless seeker of
the written word. You are someone who remembers the first book that
touched your heart, made you cry or laugh, and stop to question your
purpose. Perhaps you want to accomplish these transformative moments
in your own work like I do. Great, but why not start closer to home?
Start with a real, live person, that needs you in the here and now,
to make a difference in their life. Try being a Mentor. Put yourself
on the back burner for a few moments a week, day, or month and learn
something about yourself that the page can't tell you.
For more information on the nuts and bolts of mentoring visit the
(Quarterly timeline from the business side, but adaptable for Writer's purposes)
Candi Stargell has launched her very own Kickstarter project
(Feb 15th - Mar 20th) for her debut children's book series,
Little Darby Mouse Aimed at character and values education,
she hopes the series will aid parents, guardians, and teachers
navigating the tough questions kids ask in a very tough world.
Find out more about her projects and writing via her blog
candistargell.blogspot.com and her Kickstarter page:
Little Darby Mouse.
THE WRITER SHORT STORY CONTEST
$10 ENTRY FEE
First prize: $1,000; a free 10-week creative writing workshop
offered online by Gotham Writers' Workshop ($420 value);
publication in The Writer and on WriterMag.com; and a one-
year subscription to The Writer.
Second prize: $300; free enrollment in a four-week How to
Get Published seminar taught online by a literary agent and
Gotham Writers' Workshop ($150 value); publication on
WriterMag.com; and a one-year subscription to The Writer.
Third prize: $200; free enrollment in a four-week How to
Get Published seminar taught online by a literary agent and
Gotham Writers' Workshop ($150 value); publication on
WriterMag.com; and a one-year subscription to The Writer.
We're looking for your original, unpublished short stories
up to 2,000 words. Entries must be in English and submitted
by the author, who must be at least 18 years old. Deadline
April 30, 2012.
SOUTH LOOP REVIEW CREATIVE NONFICTION + ART
$20 ENTRY FEE
Deadline May 1, 2012. Our 2012 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest
is open to all nonfiction writers. We encourage submissions in
essay, memoir, non-linear narratives and blended genre. $1,000
and publication in our September 2012 (Volume 14) issue.
Entries must be previously unpublished and must be no longer
than 20 pages.
WILLIAM TREVOR/ELIZABETH BOWEN INTERNATIONAL SHORT STORY CONTEST
20 ENTRY FEE
1st Prize: 3,000 (SPONSORED BY WILLIAM TREVOR)
2nd prize: 500
Five runners up prizes of 200 each.
Deadline March 30, 2012. 25 short stories will be selected
for final adjudication. Limit 3,000 words.
FOUNDATION JAN MICHALSKI - Location Switzerland
The Foundation encourages and supports literary projects,
particularly through the provision of financial assistance.
Applications made to the Foundation are submitted to the
Council for decision within one to three months. The criteria
for awarding support are based on the quality and originality
of the project, its literary interest and evidence of a need
for financing. Over recent years, the Fondation Jan Michalski
pour l'Ecriture et la Littérature has supported a considerable
number of projects, both in Switzerland and abroad. The residencies
cover housing, some meals, library access and sometimes financial
support. Deadline March 30, 2012.
(Thanks to Mira's List -
ARTIST RESIDENCY AT CARPENTER RANCH
Art + Land/Water Theme. Location Hayden, Colorado. September
1-30, 2012. Deadline April 15, 2012. This residency is in
collaboration with The Nature Conservancy and will focus on
art + land/water issues. Preference will be given to visual
and literary artists who currently work with water or land
issues or would like to. Each resident will give a day back
to Carpenter Ranch, and give a presentation of their work
(current or past) at an Artposita near the end of their stay.
There is a $50 application fee.
MID ATLANTIC ARTS FOUNDATION
The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is accepting applications
for ArtsCONNECT, a program to increase access to live performing
arts engagements of excellence for audiences across the nine-
state mid-Atlantic region. The March 19, 2012, deadline is for
projects taking place between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013.
COLUMBIAKids is a free online magazine that features exciting,
interesting, and informative articles and stories based in
Pacific Northwest history. Our target readers are children up
to age 14 who live in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho,
and Alaska, but we also welcome subscribers from all over the
world. All articles considered on spec. Features- Length:
800-1,200 words each; $200. Departments 200-800 words each;
Dramatics is the monthly magazine (published during the academic
year, September through May) for high school theatre students and
teachers. Features include new plays, practical articles on acting,
directing, design, production, and other facets of theatre, and
career-oriented profiles of working theatre professionals. Two
annual special issues focus on college theatre programs (December)
and summer theatre work and study opportunities (February).
Prints seven one-act and full-length plays per year. Pays $25
Provides information to avid anglers to include techniques,
tips, destinations, and tournaments. Has a children's pull-out
section as well. Welcome family-oriented topics as well as
competitive fishing information. Articles are up to 200 words.
Fiction accepted up to 500 words. Several other columns open
to freelancers. Pays $200 to $500.
Location Chicagoland, IL
The Writer/Editor for the Marketing and PR department at NU-Q
has responsibility for conceptualizing, researching, writing
and/or editing clear, positive ideas about the school and all
of its constituencies that showcase NU-Q's programs, teaching,
research and events for print and various multimedia communication
channels. 5-10 or more years professional writing experience,
preferably in a university, nonprofit or agency setting; and
a master's degree or the equivalent combination of education,
training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired.
Location Phoenix, AZ
Join the team that is helping electric utility customers save
energy and money. KEMA is seeking a polished Writer/Editor in
Phoenix, Arizona. The position involves conducting topical
research, writing copy for a variety of communications materials,
editing drafts and maintaining current content.
Location Chatsworth, CA
We have an immediate full-time freelance opening for a creative
and energetic Copywriter who has a passion for communicating about
interior design, home decorating and home décor. This position is
based at our headquarters office in Chatsworth, CA. Create
compelling online product descriptions, catalog headline copy
or flash site product descriptions and content for a wide range
of lighting and home décor products. Enhance older product copy
DUTTON GUILT EDGED MYSTERIES
Dutton Guilt Edged Mysteries is looking for original works
of modern crime and detective fiction between ten thousand and
fifty thousand words that have a fresh voice and capture the
noir spirit in an exciting, imaginative way.
Calkins Creek Books introduces children to the many people,
places, and events that shaped our country's history. Our
picture books, chapter books, and novels--nonfiction and
historical fiction for ages eight and up--combine original
and extensive research with creative, energetic writing.
History is key at Calkins Creek-front and center. Our authors
transport their readers back in time to recognizable places
with living and breathing people.
Ideals Publications publishes 20 to 25 new children's titles
a year, primarily for two- to eight-year-olds. Our backlist
includes more than 400 titles, and we publish picture books,
activity books, board books, and novelty and sound books
covering a wide array of topics, such as Bible stories,
holidays, early learning, history, family relationships, and
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TOM HOWARD/JOHN H. REID SHORT STORY CONTEST - CLOSING THIS MONTH
20th year. Ten cash prizes totaling $5,550. Top prize $3,000.
Seeks short stories, essays and other works of prose, up to
5,000 words. All entries that win cash prizes will be published
on WinningWriters.com (over one million page views per year)
and announced in the Winning Writers Newsletter, with over 40,000
Both published and unpublished work accepted. Fee per entry is $15,
payable to Winning Writers. Postmark deadline: March 31. Judges:
John H. Reid, Dee C. Konrad. Submit online or mail to Winning
Writers, Attn: Tom Howard Short Story Contest, 351 Pleasant Street,
PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060.
Winning Writers is one of the "101 Best Websites for Writers"
(Writer's Digest, 2005-2011).
More information: www.winningwriters.com/tomstory
AWARD-WINNING WRITER, PUBLISHER
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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.
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Good Oak Press helps authors get their books published.
Our services include cover design, typesetting, ebook
formatting and publishing, and POD printing and publishing.
Please visit our website at www.GoodOakPress.com to learn more
about how we can help you achieve your dream of being published.
WHY ADVERTISE IN FUNDSFORWRITERS?
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!
Joan Dempsey, Founder & President
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 let's us know just how loyal your fans are.
Chalet Publishers, LLC
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