VOLUME 23, ISSUE 34 | september 1, 2023
Lots of highs and lows this week. Working on the developmental edit of Edisto Bullet (can't
wait for you to read this one), due out in November, and the first draft of the next Edisto book, for which I cannot decide on a title.
Some family drama has occurred, which, as the matriarch of the family, draws me in. South Carolina had a hurricane, of course, but it's that time of year.
But I'm thrilled we no longer have 95-100+ degree days. The weather is sunny, the temps moderate, and college football is in the air.
My point, however, is that the writing has to be done regardless of what is happening in your life. The time is never perfect to write. Even when I went to a
retreat and had six days of time to write, I found myself dodging it. The truth is, you just do it. You squeeze it in wherever you can. Write in snippets or write by hours. You'll learn that by the end, you cannot tell the difference how and when you put the words to paper. They are just there.
Now, back to work.
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When Writing Becomes Content
By Alex J. Coyne
Modern writing often goes on the internet first, and isn’t just on the tactile, tangible page anymore. When writing becomes online content, the pitch is
also about the characteristics of website reading - and not just about landing a good idea. Here’s how to pitch and write content for online markets.
Working On Content
Shared work platforms (like Slack and Google Docs) are popular for writing today’s content, where editors might add thoughts into a shareable document to send back. Latest versions of MS Word allow for direct document sharing, too.
Comments and Track Changes are tools in these programs, and expect them to become your friend.
Remember to remove these, however, before the final version gets sent off.
When sharing documents, make sure you share the individual document only, not the folder it might be in. Test first: click share links yourself before sending.
Content Has Keywords &
Content is indexed by search engines, and then ranked for users. Keywords, readability, and links influence how content will score with search engine bots.
Basic SEO knowledge helps.
Include relevant keywords (say ‘plumbing’ for an article about the topic, but don’t overuse it 45 times). Add links to reputable websites, like the New York Times rather than the Tiny Town Daily Mail.
Keep readability scores above 65 to 75 percent or content loses ranking. Readability can be
measured with online tools like WorldCalc, or MS Word’s built-in checker (under ‘File’ > ‘Options’ > ‘Proofing’).
When posted online, content needs tags and categories. Webmasters do this, but writers can sometimes make suggestions. Suggestions are best left in as direct comments, or added at the start of a document (e.g. ‘Tags: writing, writing
Multimedia in Content
House style of the publication you are pitching says when you can (or can’t) do this. Goes without saying that the multimedia must be keenly relevant to the post. Arrange with an editor in the early stages if your post has multimedia to include.
Shareable document viewers like Scribd and PressReader can embed PDFs or documents into an article. YouTube (and most other social websites) has special HTML Embedding Links, which can be pasted into a document or textbox for
Images are best sourced from royalty-free websites: Pexels and Pixabay are two suggestions. Cite the source if you use them.
There are good articles, then there are good articles that work well
for the website, too. Good ideas which can snare shares and engagement is more likely to land acceptance. For example, if the website is an Amazon affiliate, they can benefit from Amazon links relevant to the article.
There are also, sometimes, trends in the content pitch. Specific holidays or news events are worth more at the right time of year. Find what’s big
this year, by looking into hashtags and high-ranked content.
Use Google Trends to see what people search. News like Associated Press tells you which news is syndicating worldwide. Social sites like TikTok have pages for what’s trending today - or this year so far.
Readability and Content
Modern writing can be boiled down to statistics, which websites like Copyscape and Grammarly can do. Word overuse, sentence
structure, and originality can be given as percentages - and if writers don’t check their work first, editors will. Best to take as much off an editor as possible and provide clean work at the outset.
Readability is also measurable: some editors swear by a readability score of higher than 75%. Short, concise writing improves this score.
Higher readability can make automatic translation of content easier, too, which also increases readership.
Content Can Get Stolen
Internet-posted content can run, sometimes copied-and-pasted from one journalist to the next.
I’ve had this
happen personally, from a large publication. They republished a shortened article of mine without the correct attribution, and removed it from their blog when an investigation was launched by their editors.
Using plagiarism checkers like Copyscape can help you to identify when your writing pops up somewhere else.
Most editors don’t realize it when this happens. A simple, friendly e-mail to the webmaster or editor can be enough.
Seek legal advice if this wasn’t enough. Websites like Rocketlawyer and LegalZoom connect users to online legal
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You can also proceed with a formal request, or a DCMA takedown request that has something removed from search results or
Content Engages (With Comments)
Another unique advantage of online content is engagement with readers. Respond to people who take the time to comment, and engage them. They took the time to reach out, and
engagement counts as a plus in the eyes of SEO.
About the Author:
Alex J. Coyne is a gonzo journalist, writer, and proofreader.. His features have been published in markets like Caribbean Compass, People Magazine, Writers Write, and others.
A HOTEL ROOM OF ONE’S OWN: THE ERMA BOMBECK | ANNA LEFLER HUMORIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
$25 ENTRY FEE. Deadline: October 5, 2023. The Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop is offering two emerging humor writers the opportunity to compete for an all-expenses-paid
trip to Dayton, Ohio, where two winners will be “robed” in plush bathrobes and given free registration to the April 4-6, 2024, workshop. As part of the biennial A Hotel Room of One’s Own: The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program, the winners will spend two blissful weeks at the University of Dayton Marriott to work on their writing projects — and order free room service. It’s the ultimate gift for any writer — the luxury of time to write. Cash prizes for finalists and honorable mentions. For more information, visit humorist-in-residence.com or read the FAQs. Applications accepted Sept. 5-Oct. 5.
MSLEXIA WOMEN'S FICTION COMPETITION - ADULT NOVEL
£26 ENTRY FEE. Deadline September 18, 2023. The competition is open to unpublished fictional novels of at least 50,000 words in any genre for adult and/or young adult readers. Submit the first 5,000 words only in the first instance. Longlisted entrants will be asked to submit their finished manuscripts along with a
synopsis later in the judging process. The winner will receive £5,000.
MSLEXIA WOMEN'S FICTION COMPETITION - FLASH FICTION
£6 ENTRY FEE. Deadline September 18, 2023. The competition is open for unpublished complete short fiction of up to 300 words. The winner will receive £5,000. Three additional finalists will each receive £50. The winning entry and three finalists will be published in the December 2023 edition of Mslexia.
MSLEXIA WOMEN'S FICTION COMPETITION - SHORT FICTION
FEE. Deadline September 18, 2023. This competition is for unpublished complete short fiction of up to 3,000 words. The winner will receive £3,000. Three additional finalists will each receive £100. The winning entry and three finalists will be published in the December 2023 edition of Mslexia.
TULIPTREE REVIEW 2ND ANNUAL HUMOR STORY
$20 ENTRY FEE. Deadline: October 17, 2023. We think the planet could use a good endorphin rush, so our Fall/Winter issue is now dedicated to humor! Send us your funny fiction, nonfiction, and poetry and save the world! Grand prize is
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A HOTEL ROOM OF ONE’S OWN: THE ERMA BOMBECK | ANNA LEFLER HUMORIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
$25 ENTRY FEE. Deadline: October 5, 2023. The Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop is offering two emerging humor writers the opportunity to compete for an all-expenses-paid trip to Dayton, Ohio, where two winners will be “robed” in plush bathrobes and given free registration to the April 4-6, 2024, workshop. As part of the biennial A Hotel Room of One’s Own: The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program, the winners will spend two blissful weeks
at the University of Dayton Marriott to work on their writing projects — and order free room service. It’s the ultimate gift for any writer — the luxury of time to write. Cash prizes for finalists and honorable mentions. For more information, visit humorist-in-residence.com or read the FAQs. Applications accepted September 5-October 5.
DORA MAAR HOUSE
Deadline October 16, 2023. Provide brief project description stating what you would do while you are in residence at Dora Maar House, and how much time you would need to be there to accomplish your goal. There is no cost. We provide Fellows with a daily
stipend of $50 a day and we provide a travel allowance to help with their travel costs to and from the House. We also provide reasonable shipping costs for materials, i.e., books, research materials, art materials, etc. There is a $25 application fee. The Dora Maar Cultural Center founded by the Nancy B. Negley, is located in the heart of Provence, France, in two historic properties: the Dora Maar House alongside the Hotel de Tingry.
OHIO ARTISTS WITH DISABILITIES GRANTS
Deadlines November 1 and May 1
each year. The Artists with Disabilities Access Program (ADAP) provides funding that gives individual artists with disabilities the resources they need to further their artistic development. Creative expression by artists of all abilities is essential to building dynamic and diverse communities throughout Ohio. ADAP awards help artists with disabilities advance their artistic practices, making Ohio a more accessible and inclusive place to build an artistic career. Grants are awarded to
individual artists at both the emerging artist level ($500) and professional artist level (up to $2,500), with no cash match required.
OHIO ARTIST OPPORTUNITY GRANTS
Deadline May 1, 2024. Artist Opportunities grants support Ohio artists who have opportunities that will significantly impact their professional growth or have projects that will contribute to the vitality of their community. This grant is open to artists of all disciplines, at any stage of their career, and include all types of artistic
practice. Grants are awarded to individual artists at both the emerging artist level ($500) and professional artist level (up to $2,500) with no cash match required.
JAN MICHALSKI FOUNDATION RESIDENCIES
Deadline September 14, 2023. The Foundation features a group of seven distinctive residential cabins that are available for writers and translators invited for residencies of varying lengths of time. A percentage of the residencies are dedicated to nature writing, a form of fiction or creative non-fiction that raises awareness of nature, prepares for a sustainable
future, and helps to better understand socio-environmental interconnections and the impact of human actions on nature. The Jan Michalski Foundation lies at the foot of the Swiss Jura Mountains in Montricher. Residencies can vary in length, lasting from two weeks to one, two, or three months. There are no age or nationality restrictions. Beginners are accepted.
Deadline September 15, 2023. The Anne Spencer Fellowship provides a one-month residency and $1,500 honorarium to writers, visual artists, and composers of African American
descent. The VCCA residency at Mt. San Angelo includes a private bedroom with private bath, a separate individual studio, and three meals a day in a community of cross-disciplinary artists.
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IDA provides production and development grants directly to documentary filmmakers and helps them
fundraise for their project through our Fiscal Sponsorship Program. Quarterly, we publish the Documentary magazine, serving the documentary community with engaging, pragmatic and provocative coverage of the documentary field in online and linking the local and international communities of nonfiction makers. As an advocate for documentary artists, activists and journalists, IDA issues statements, calls to action and op-eds, and coordinates with other organizations, networks and individuals,
depending on the issues being addressed. Pitch to Abby Sun, Editor at [email protected]. Pay ranges $250-800, for publication digital or print.
September 22, 2023. Response time has ranged from one to six months and is slowest October through January, when we’re putting together a new issue and editors for the following issue have not been chosen. We take creative writing and art about environmental justice. We are always seeking work from Indigenous writers and artists, racialized writers and artists, queer, trans and/or disabled writers and artists, and anyone, anywhere in the world, who has suffered the consequences,
intended or otherwise, of dominant society’s systemic disconnect with and mistreatment of the natural world. Pays ten cents/word.
THE STINGING FLY
new, previously unpublished work by Irish and international writers. We have a particular interest in promoting new writers, and in promoting the short story form. Each issue of The Stinging Fly includes a mix of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, alongside our Featured Poets and Comhchealg sections, occasional author interviews and novel extracts. We also welcome submissions of poetry and prose in translation. Fiction and nonfiction: €45 per magazine page, but with a minimum/maximum payment of
€300/€1200. Flash Fiction/shorter essays (one to two pages): €150. Poetry: €40 per magazine page, but with a minimum payment of €60 per poem. Featured Poet: €400.
Longevity Global’s mission is to connect longevity researchers, investors, and entrepreneurs to create community and collaboration. Longevity Global is looking for freelance writers for our new Substack. We
pay $200/article and would work with you on editing. The topic would be of your choice in collaboration with us. We imagine this could be a lay audience review or explainer of a recent scientific paper or technology in the longevity space. It could also be about a general longevity topic. This job would be great for students, postdocs, or community members looking to supplement their income with side work while also getting their name out there on social media. We aim to publish one article a
week and have a variety of authors.
Dead Good is the home of killer crime books, TV, and film. Dead Good is dedicated to discovering, sharing
and recommending thrilling crime. Whether you’re on the hunt for an intriguing mystery, an action-packed thriller or a creepy psychological drama, we’re here to keep you in the loop. Rate 40p a word. Especially looking to commission book and TV/film content for our crime website. We're always looking for pitches from avid readers of crime authors. Pitch Katie Russell, Digital Editor at [email protected]
DOLLARS & SENSE
Pitch Ben Beckett, Editor at [email protected]. Pays for researched or reported articles on the economy from a left/progressive POV. Pays $250 for shorter pieces, $450 for features. Dollars & Sense is a progressive economics magazine that explains in a popular way both the workings of the economy and struggles to change it. Articles may be on any economic issue, including the environment, community
organizing, urban conflict, inflation, unemployment, union reform, welfare, changes in government regulation... a broad range of topics, as long as the article has an economic theme. Short and long pieces considered. Some suggested ideas:
-Economists say the economy is going great; voters don't. What gives?
-What the heck is the Fed doing? Is it even still about
-Macro and environmental effects of EVs and chips. A new scramble for raw materials?
-AI hype or reality?
-Effects of Biden bringing back student debt on the economy and on inequality in particular
-What would it actually look like, economically, to meet the CO2 reduction goals IPCC and others say are imperative?
Healthline Media is a health
information company working and advocating to help people — all people — live their strongest, healthiest lives. Healthline and Medical News Today are the main sites that the team produces content for. PsychCentral and Greatist are two additional brands we may have assignments for, depending on business needs. Pay starts at $250/article, depending on experience and content type.
We are a Shopping and lifestyle search platform located in San Francisco Bay area. We are expanding our platform by adding features including new editorial content in variety of
topics such as Women’s Fashion, Men’s Fashion, Beauty, Electronics, Food, Travel, Sports, Home, Kids and related consumer topics. We are looking for talented writers and bloggers to create quality content and enhance our user experience. Currently, we are looking to hire full-time, part-time as well as freelance writers and bloggers. Please send us your resume along with at least 3 writing samples and a link to your blog (if applicable), and indicate whether you are seeking full-time, part-time
or freelance position.
We craft content that appeals to both the still-learning drinker and the seasoned aficionado. For the
former, we have informative Drinks 101 content, including Bartender, Basics, and Drinks Terms Defined. We also offer Buying Guides that feature reviews from our Tasting Department and products selected by trusted experts. (A large portion of these pieces are handled in-house, but we’re open to freelancers who make a compelling case for an assignment, including one-off reviews or round-ups.) For the latter, we’re not afraid to get geeky and dive into the intricacies of everything from natural
wine labeling laws to the repercussions of a C02 shortage. Digital rates begin at $0.50/word. See the different categories for word count.
We’re looking for essays that are driven by sharp, surprising argumentative interventions in
ongoing conversations. These may include: socially engaged cultural criticism; class-sensitive analysis; pieces that point out what’s being avoided or talked around in politics, media, arts, or even academia; upbeat
cynicism; un-self-serious screeds; generous takedowns; entries from the margins. Most tend to fall in the 3-5k word range. Pays $2,000 for essays, $500 to $1,000 for fiction, and $150 for poems.
We publish books, develop content, and promote ideas supportive of
veganism, animal rights, humane education, recovery, therapy, and spirituality.
CHICAGO REVIEW PRESS
We are interested in publishing high-quality nonfiction that will sell year after year. We look for books with a well-defined, passionate target audience. Chicago Review Press and its imprints publish general nonfiction on a wide range of subjects: music, film, pop culture, history, feminism, LGBTQ+ interest, true crime, outdoor and nature,
African American history and the Black experience , parenting, children's and YA history, science, literature, and art.
an independent and Canadian-owned publisher of contemporary trade fiction and non-fiction. Our books amplify and elevate exceptional writers and reflect the world, satisfy curiosity, enlighten, and entertain. We are currently accepting literary fiction and literary non-fiction such as memoir. We will also be accepting non-fiction across numerous genres including: biography, history, especially Canadian and social history, public policy, politics, business and economics, true crime, self-help and
well being, supernatural, Canadiana and local interest, travel, sport, music and culture, city building and architecture, social science, popular science.
BLIND EYE BOOKS
Blind Eye Books publishes science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and romance novels featuring LGBTQ protagonists. We do not publish short story collections, poetry, erotica, horror or non-fiction. We would hesitate to publish any manuscript that is less than 70,000 or over 150,000 words.
MURDOCH BOOKS - AUSTRALIA
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