FundsforWriters - March 11- I'll Throw It Out There and See What Happens

Published: Fri, 03/11/16

FundsForWriters: Tips and Tools for serious writers to advance their careers!
  Volume 16, Issue 11, MARCH 11, 2016  
  Message from the Editor

We are having the most gorgeous weather in South Carolina. This week I spoke in Georgetown, SC to a book club affiliated with Waterfront Books. I stepped outside the door right after the event and posed for this picture. Appropriate name for the store, I'd say. 

My next event is a signing at Edisto Bookstore, on Edisto Island, SC on Saturday, the 19th. Come on out to the beach! We have wine!

Hope Clark
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For the third time in as many weeks, an author has picked my brain about how I write (daily), how I edit (daily), and how often I market (daily), then said they prefer to be a hobbyist. They cannot afford to invest the time into a book like I do, don't care to hire a graphic artist for the cover, prefer not to hire an editor, and don't belong to a critique group . . . so they'll write it best they can and throw it up on Amazon "and see what happens."

Those four words . . . like ten long nails scratching on a chalkboard.

I have no problem with people writing as a hobby. I encourage it, actually. I have no problem with people publishing as a hobby. I encourage that, too. But . . . when they hint that they do not have the time to do it right . . . when part-time is an excuse for not doing it throughly, I just want to get to a microphone someplace and rant!

Of course ranting to anyone is not the way to make them understand. I don't want someone shaking their finger at me, either. So I try to educate. 

I explain:

1) A book not prepared with a professional eye, will not sell.
2) A book not edited hard by people other than the writer, will not sell.
3) A book placed on Amazon with no steady promotion, will not sell. 
4) A book published without the author marketing herself, will not sell.

One gentleman threw those words at me, "and see what happens," and I simply replied, "It won't sell." He looked like I'd slapped him. 

I smiled to ease the rift evident in his face. "Amazon, and the entire publishing world, is glutted with books. Thousands of authors are fighting to be heard, to promote, to sell, some with multiple books under their belt. Thousands of writers are fighting to make writing a career. With them clamoring everyday to write and market, to blog, sign, social network, travel, how do you think a reader will find your book with you doing nothing to promote it? There are just too many books out there for that to be feasible."

We parted friends. I hope he heard me. I really hope he didn't spend all that time writing only to just throw it out there "and see what happens." None of us need any more of that. As both readers and writers, we can all appreciate seeing more of the well-written, well-edited, well-marketed books. 

- Hope



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  Mar 19 - EDISTO BEACH, SC! Signing at Edisto Bookstore - 3-5:00 PM
  Mar 22 - Darlington Library, SC - Character Development - 6:30 PM
  Mar 24 - Anderson County Library, SC - Character Development - 6:30 PM
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  May 2 - St. Stephen's Library, SC - Habits of Successful Writer - 5:00 PM
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  May 4 - Timberlake Book Club, Chapin, SC - 1:00 PM
  May 5 - McCormick County Library, SC - Getting Published - 6:30 PM
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  Jun 11 - Hartsville Book Fair, Darlington, SC
  Jun 23-25 - Midwest Writers Center Conference - Davenport, IA
  Aug 1 - Batesburg Library Mystery Club, Batesburg/Leesville, SC - 6 PM
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Dear Hope (may I?),      

I have been reading and enjoying Funds for Writers for a number of years now. Always look forward to it arriving in my inbox at the weekend. I love the mixture of atmospheres - relaxed and family orientated plus very professional. Thank you for that.  

This email is to boast that I have, at last, had a romance novel accepted for publication. As a successful short story writer I have taught creative writing in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire for many years. But when my son married his Swedish girlfriend in her home town, I was inspired by the lovely smiling land of Sweden to write a romance. Go Steal a Bridegroom by Denise Lawrence is published by Mezzanotte on Amazon/Kindle. My dream come true. It's never too late! I know I am the 'other side of the pond' but I thought you would like to know that you have had a hand in this with cheery encouragement, positive advice, warm approach.   

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Lessons Learned from a 65-Day Crowdfunding Campaign 

By Dorit Sasson

Running a crowdfunding campaign is a great way to earn money while you write, but you have to be prepared for the daunting possibility that you may not receive all the money you hoped to raise. 

Crowdfunding is not for sissies.

You must reach out to people in your network on a daily basis before, during and after the campaign, create a compelling landing page, and deal with rejection. You must be flexible, open to changing your strategies, have a social media plan and the courage to keep going.

For 65 grueling days, I reached out to more than 2,000 family members, friends and acquaintances in attempt to reach my lofty $20,000 goal for my memoir Accidental Soldier: A Memoir of Service and Sacrifice in the Israel Defense Forces. In the end, I only reached $2,454. You might think my campaign a failure because I didn’t meet my financial goals.

My main reason for doing this crowdfunding campaign was to raise funds, of course, but having fallen short, I'd be remiss to ignore the lessons learned. 

1.    Most of the childhood friends and family I reached out to didn’t support the project.

I also reached out to many acquaintances who I thought could connect with the subject matter. It’s a known fact that between 90-95 percent of campaign funding comes from friends and family. Turns out I have more acquaintances than reliable friends and family, which unfortunately, didn’t work in my campaign’s favor. So I concentrated on reaching out to fewer people and the right people who then activated their networks and brought additional supporters. Eventually 55 supporters came on board who will now spread the word about my book with their networks. Hopefully, they will leave positive reviews on Amazon. Word-of-mouth is still the most powerful form of selling, and this includes books. 

2.    Many of the people I reached out to were reluctant to give their credit card information.

When I realized this, I started to explain in each email how crowdfunding works with regard to my campaign. I explicitly stated that I was not raising funds for personal expenses, and that when a person becomes a backer of the project, s/he receives a copy of the book. Still, this didn’t result in additional funds, but I felt I owed my network an explanation.

3.    Not everyone was interested in my story.

I was crowdfunding a memoir. Others might prefer novels or short stories, or maybe they aren’t readers to begin with. There were also those supporters who explicitly said they couldn’t see the philosophical and financial justifications for supporting my memoir. Despite these stinging emails, there was nothing I could do about this but simply move on. Thus is the nature of crowdfunding. Now that my book is available on Amazon, I intend to circle back to those emails to let those people know. 

Running a crowdfunding campaign is indeed, grueling and it is disappointing not to reach your financial goals. But it did create pre-marketing buzz, a small loyal following, and helped me hone my message. The emotional support I received was priceless, and the financial support appreciated. For these reasons, it was a success. 

Dorit Sasson is the author of the memoir Accidental Soldier: A Memoir of Service and Sacrifice in the Israel Defense Forces. She helps authors and small businesses market themselves with courage without being salesy. Her free six day e-course is available at



The author whose book is chosen for the 2016 OneBook prize will receive $2,000 and adoption of the book as the Massachusetts Bay OneBook (the common freshman English book at the College). The winning author must be able to travel to Wellesley, MA for two public events in October 2016, one at MassBay Community College and one in the town of Wellesley. The events consist of a college talk and master class on Massachusetts Bay’s Wellesley campus, as well as a public talk at the Wellesley Free Library, within one day. The book must be in English, in print, and widely available at large. Self-published books are not eligible. The book can be: Fiction (no children’s books), Narrative nonfiction (no instructional or self-help books), Graphic novel, Poetry. Deadline April 1, 2016. 

Deadline April 30, 2016. Submit up to 25 pages of fiction or nonfiction. We're interested in both single stories and combinations of shorter pieces for fiction. We want to read the best literary nonfiction, regardless of form or subject matter. Send us personal essays, memoirs, narrative reportage, lists, lyric essays, or whatever other forms you might have for telling true stories. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry. We're interested in both single poems and combinations of poems. A prize of $1,000 and publication in Arcadia is given annually for a short story, a work of nonfiction, and a group of poems. 

$2,000 will be awarded for the best short story, which will be published in the fall/winter 2016 issue of Colorado Review. There are no theme restrictions, but stories should be at least 10 pages and under 50 pages. Deadline March 14, 2016. 

Send us your best fiction up to 10,000 words. All contest entrants will receive a complimentary copy of the contest issue, Passages North #38. First place winner will be awarded $1,000 and publication in Passages North. One or more honorable mentions may also be selected for publication. Deadline April 15, 2016.

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Located in northeastern Georgia where the Blue Ridge and Nantahala Mountain ranges meet. Hambidge is 100 miles from Atlanta, and 80 miles from Asheville, North Carolina. Application deadlines April 15, September 15. Artists are eligible for: the NEA Fellowship, available to all and awarded to the top scoring applicants($700 stipend and residency fee abatement for two-week residencies); the Nellie Mae Rowe Fellowship, for African-American artists; The Fulton County Arts Council Fellowship, available to artists who live in Fulton County, Georgia; and many Individual Benefactor's Fellowships for a variety of disciplines including piano, fiber arts, ceramics, environmental arts, culinary arts, etc. 

The Sitka Center’s Residency Program has provided more than 200 visual artists, writers, musicians, and natural science scholars the opportunity to conduct their work while deeply engaging with the inspirational coastal environment of Cascade Head. Location Otis, Oregon. Sitka’s residency program is designed for an artist, writer, or naturalist who has earned a BA, BS, BFA, and/or MA, MS, MFA, PhD degree or has equivalent professional experience. It is open to visual artists, naturalists, writers, and musicians. Deadline April 17, 2016. 

The Marguerite and Lamar Fellowship for Writers will be offered for the fall semester of 2016, the fellowship to begin the first of September and to end the first of December. During this period of time, the Smith/McCullers Fellow will reside in a spacious private apartment in Carson McCullers' childhood home, the Smith-McCullers House. The Fellow will be provided with a stipend of $5,000 to cover costs of transportation, food and other incidentals. Fellowship recipients will be required to introduce or advance their work through reading or workshop/forum presentations. The Fellow will work with the McCullers Center Director to plan a presentation near the end of the residency. Location Columbus, GA. Why do you write? What are your writing goals for yourself? What kinds of projects are you working on, writing-wise and otherwise? Why do you think you'd benefit from a retreat such as this one? The winner will be chosen and announced by August 1 and will be invited to attend the retreat free of charge. Deadline for submissions is June 30, 2016.  

We rely on freelancers for the majority of our stories and departments, and generally, writers generate their own topics. On occasion, the editor makes specific assignments based on writers’ interests and knowledge. Cooking Fresh, Urban Foraging, and Modern Pantry are handled by assignment only; at this time, we do not accept queries for these departments. We follow the seasons closely, and our editorial calendar is planned as much as a year in advance. Submit a written query before sending a finished piece. If you have not written for us before, please enclose samples of your writing, preferably work that has been published. Expect 20 cents/word or higher.

eCommerce Insiders writers are ecommerce subject matter experts. As providers to the online retail industry or retailers themselves, their perspective is shaped by direct experience. $75 for every article from 400-600 words. $125 for every article >600 words. $150 for every article 600+ words.

Garden & Gun covers the best of the South, including the sporting culture, the food, the music, the art, the literature, the people and their ideas. With a national audience of more than one million passionate and engaged readers, the magazine has won numerous awards for its journalism, design, and overall excellence. Pays on the high end of the scale. Expect 20-50 cents/word, and sometimes more.

We publish stories from 500 to 1,000 words in length. They’re very short, but they are still stories. That means the best ones have strong, interesting characters, plots, and (to some extent, at least) settings. We’re not that concerned about genre. Many of us have a fondness for science fiction and fantasy, but we also like literary fiction; and in any case, great flash stories aren’t always easily classified. If you wrote it, and you love it, then submit it. No erotica, porn, graphic sex, or violence. Pays $60 per story. Buys reprints at two cents/word.



Location Ann Arbor, MI
Michigan Creative is seeking a writer to provide compelling concept and content development for a variety of creative print and digital projects for the University of Michigan and the U-M Health System.

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The venues assistant editor will be responsible for researching and fact-checking venue data, including QA on mapping displays and in lists; gathering photos from venues and their agents; constructing venues in Copilot, including production work on both copy and photos; writing and editing venue descriptions and short descriptions; compiling galleries of venues; compiling lists of venues (Gold List, RCA list, etc). 


We are open to receiving submissions for proposed books in the following categories: Graphic Design, Business, Performing Arts, Interior Design, Art, Theater, Web Design, Book Arts, Photography, Crafts. Yes, this includes writing books.

Our primary emphasis is on nonfiction picture books that appeal to children (ages 5–10) and their parents. We want these books to offer solid learning content for the education market and strong popular appeal for the national and international bookstore trade. We rarely publish fables, fantasies, picture books with talking animals, or other fictions. We will also consider nonfiction chapter books and graphic nonfiction for early readers (ages 8–13), and nonfiction for young adult readers (YA, age 12+).

As a Christian press, we publish books with a strong inspirational theme and/ or a message of faith. We do not accept manuscripts with the following: anti-Christian propaganda, gratuitous sex, messages of religious or social intolerance. Anaiah Romance requirement 20,000 to 90,000 words. Anaiah Surge requirement 45,000 to 90,000 words. 

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Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee) - Last Call!

15th annual free contest sponsored by Winning Writers. $2,250 in cash prizes, including a top prize of $1,000. Submit one humor poem online by April 1. Your poem may have up to 250 lines. No fee to enter. Both published and unpublished work accepted. All entries that win cash prizes will be published on and announced in the Winning Writers Newsletter, with over 50,000 subscribers. Final judge: Jendi Reiter. Winning Writers is one of "101 Best Websites for Writers" (Writer's Digest). See guidelines, past winners, and enter online at


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The 6th annual Nonfiction Writers Conference returns May 4-6, 2016. This event is completely
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