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Screenwriting Advice Article!

You are the Box Office Smash: The Personal Screenplay
by Gordy Hoffman



Right this very second, in the heart of every struggling, undiscovered screenwriter, in the dark, hidden corner deep within, there is a voice, a clear whisper, saying one thing:

You're never gonna figure this out.

And this is not referring to the story with its gaping hole, the finale missing a payoff, the hit and miss humor, the flat title.

I'm talking about freedom. The freedom to work as a screenwriter. Compensation for a home for family and a life. The resources to wake up and ply your craft and pay the freight, without obstacle. The chance to see your writing made into pictures, to work with the industry's best, to fulfill this goal of professional screenwriter. Hollywood success.

Behind this voice is the idea that somehow, some way, you'll find the hero, or the hook, logline or pitch that will punch your golden ticket. If you could only figure out what the studio wants, if you can only get a solid bead to this game, you know you can write and execute. What is the script I should write to get an agent? What is the one that will sell? It's not that I don't know how to write, I know how to write screenplays, I just need to know what they want, even though I think I know what they want, but I don't think I have the idea that they want. Yeah.

I'm not gonna figure this out, whispers the voice.

Why this uneasiness? Does it originate within ourselves? I don't think so. But where does it come from? The daily obsession with box office grosses? The news of the seven figure deals to newbies? The endless procession of boneheadedly conceived franchises-in-waiting arriving in the theatres every Friday? People winning Academy Awards for movies you would not be caught dead writing? Recognizing an idea you came up with years ago on your couch, produced with a $130 million budget drowning in CGI?

All these things are but a few of the possible reasons why this seeds unhealthy doubt and confusion in the modern screenwriter. Tracking these forces outside us and beyond our control in an effort to trudge the path to a successful screenwriting career will prove to most to be unproductive and corrosive. Basically, trying to figure out what Hollywood wants will land us in a resentment that makes "giving up" a sane response to the very challenge which used to inspire us. In short, we cannot chase a perceived trend and remember our dreams.

You cannot look at the marketplace and find your voice. You can find ideas, trends, and inspiration there, perhaps, but you can find these things driving in traffic as well. But listening to your voice is the key to creating original, compelling stories.

Your life is your own story. You have a completely unique thread of experience. By allowing yourself to express these emotional experiences, your screenplay, your story, will be different from any other and powerful, as original as your fingerprint.

Why is it powerful? When we have the courage to be specific about what we know about living, we create an authentic world an audience recognizes as the life they are living on planet Earth. This connects your audience to your story. This connection is the foundation of the phenomena of story.

Why does story mean so much to us? We recognize the triumphs and tragedies of our lives, with all the hilarity and tears. By seeing it, we are validated and it underscores meaning and purpose to living.

If we don't use what we've collected in life in our hearts and spirits, then our story loses its authenticity and the connection the audience should make fails. They do not see themselves, and when they leave the theater, they do not call their friends. When people do not call their friends after seeing a movie, the movie bombs.

When a writer opens their person to their work, when they allow themselves to be vulnerable, to risk exposure of the secrets of their life story, they take a huge step towards creating a screenplay of substantial value, a screenplay with a greater potential of a large number of tickets sold.

This is precisely why art and commerce have remained bedfellows for thousands of years. To look at the relationship between art and commerce as adversarial or incompatible is just plain foolish. Art happens when people invest their spirits in their work without fear, and story is artful when the writing is truthful and the writer is authentic.

And what do we have to be honest about? We can only lie about what we know, and we can only tell the truth about what we know. And that is what has happened to us, our life story. This is what we share.

This is not a pitch to write "what you know." This is not about writing stories about where you work or where you live. This is about writing about what you felt. You can imagine characters and worlds and actions and speech you've never personally experienced, but if you remember to infuse your choices with your emotional and spiritual struggles and victories as a human being, your screenplay will be different in the very best sense of the word.

The question you have to answer is not what does Hollywood want today. The question is how honest of a writer do you want to be. I guarantee you can write a blockbuster, you can write a box office hit. This will happen when you find an audience. And the correct path to this crowd of people is listening to yourself. If you practice, you will develop an inner ear for who you are and what you know and you will become masterful in loading your work with your fingerprints. Writing is personal work. You are the guitar. You are the box of paint. Give of that and your audience will remember why life is good and they will talk of you.


About the Author
Winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival for LOVE LIZA, Gordy Hoffman has written and directed three digital shorts for Fox Searchlight. He made his feature directorial debut with his script, A COAT OF SNOW, which world premiered at the 2005 Locarno Intl Film Festival. A COAT OF SNOW made its North American Premiere at the Arclight in Hollywood, going on to screen at the Milan Film Festival and the historic George Eastman House. Recently, the movie won the 2006 Domani Vision Award at VisionFest, held at the Tribeca Cinemas in NY. A professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Gordy is the founder and judge of BlueCat Screenplay Competition. Dedicated to develop and celebrate the undiscovered screenwriter, BlueCat provides written script analysis on every script entered. In addition, Gordy acts as a script consultant for screenwriters, offering personalized feedback on their scripts through his consultation service, www.screenplaynotes.com. For more articles by Gordy on screenwriting, visit http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com.




A Radio Show for Writers and more...

A new radio show devoted to book marketing made its debut on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 on Achieve Radio, noon to 1 p.m., MST. Host Francine Silverman will talk with authors, publishers and publicists, providing listeners with a unique perspective on book promotion.

To access Book Marketing with Fran, go to http://www.achieveradio.com and click “Click to Listen” at top of page. Should you miss the show, click “Shows & Hosts” on the left and scroll down to Fran’s show and click, “More-Click Here” for the archives.

Patricia Fry, president of SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network) and author of 24 books, will be Fran’s first guest. Patricia’s latest book is The Right Way to Write, Publish and Sell Your Book (Matilija Press 2006), a comprehensive guide for hopeful and struggling authors.

Fran is author of Book Marketing from A-Z and editor publisher of Book Promotion Newsletter, http://www.bookpromotionnewsletter.com




BOOK PROMOTION NEWSLETTER
Issue 159: Mar. 25, 2009

ISSN 1545-5599
BOOK PROMOTION NEWSLETTER
Issue 159: March 25, 2009
EDITOR: FRANCINE SILVERMAN
http://www.bookpromotionnewsletter.com
http://www.talkradioadvocate.com

Issued every other Wednesday since 2003


In This Issue:

(1) Feature Article
(2) Grist for Your Mill
(3) Promotional Coups
(4) Wonderful Websites
(5) From the Pen Of....
(6) Progress Report



(1) FEATURE ARTICLE


Get More Media Attention
by Fern Reiss

"I have a great book, but I can't seem to get the attention of journalists!" is a lament I hear over and over again. Here are five surefire ways to get more consistent media attention from journalists:

Know which publications to pitch. Don't send out press releases or emails to publications without knowing which publications you're pitching. Targeted pitching is almost always more effective than scattershot pitching; it's like the difference between firing a gun out of a window hoping to hit something, and learning how to shoot the gun so you can actually aim at something specific. Before you pitch, read back issues of the publications-enough so that you can truly understand the differences between the magazine you're pitching, and similar publications on the market. When I wanted more attention for my Expertizing business, for example, I read back issues of a dozen business magazines before zeroing in on the one that was most desirable and appropriate for covering my story. Then I took my aim carefully-and got a full page feature (in Fortune Magazine). It all comes down to doing your homework.

Research which journalists to pitch. Similarly, research the journalists at the publication you're pitching, and make sure you're pitching to the most appropriate reporter or editor for your story. Google them to read other stories they've written. The more you know about them, the better and more specifically you can tailor your pitch to them.

Know what to pitch. Make sure you've got a news angle. Just telling journalists about your book usually won't do any good; you need a news peg. And just because your book is new doesn't mean that you can use that as a news angle: New books, like new businesses, aren't themselves compelling enough for journalists.

Know how to pitch. There are a few general rules to follow in dealing with journalists. The most important, perhaps, is to remember that they're very busy-and that to be effective, your pitch needs to be delivered in a really coherent, organized, and appropriate way. So if the pitch needs data to make it work, include the data; if the story requires talking to other sources, suggest some. And never, never send a journalist an email attachment.

Know when to pitch. Knowing when to pitch is as important as knowing whom and what to pitch. If a publication is on deadline, for example, they're not going to be particularly interested in your pitch-no matter how good it is. On the other hand, pitching during traditional down times can be a surprisingly effective way to garner more media attention than you otherwise might; the week of Thanksgiving, for example, is a particularly good time to pitch, as is the week between Christmas and New Year's. (Get busy!)

Follow these simple rules for pitching, and media attention for your book will go up dramatically. Then check out my new Expertizing Pitching Forum http://www.Expertizing.com/forum.htm where you can pitch top journalists directly each week for five months-and watch your media hits soar!


Fern Reiss is CEO of PublishingGame.com, offering books, workshops, and consulting on how to get a literary agent, publish, and promote a book. She is also CEO of Expertizing.com, teaching people how to get more media attention for themselves and their business; in the past six months, she's been quoted in over 100 publications from the NY Times to Wall Street Week. Sign up at http://www.PublishingGame.com/signup.htm http://www.PublishingGame.com/worshops.htm for her complimentary email newsletter on how to get more media attention for yourself, your book, and your business, or sign up for the new Expertizing Pitching Forum at http://www.Expertizing.com/forum.htm.

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(2) GRIST FOR YOUR MILL

David Ewen, host of Today's Author, is promoting authors on his first TV show on the website celebrating COS Radio's first year anniversary. Take a look at http://www.wvta.tv to learn how to participate.

David further explains:

The emails are short that say something about "Happy Birthday" or "Congratulations." It should be addressed to COS Radio and emailed to TodaysAuthor@yahoo.com. The email should also include quick author/book bio - roughly five sentences. I'll be opening a mail box, taking letters out of the envelope (the emails) and reading them as part of the celebration. The TV show will air LIVE on http://www.wvta.tv on Sunday April 12 and available for download after. The actual anniversary is Monday, April 13 and we will have a huge call-in show on radio http://www.cospRadio.com


Mayra Calvani has a new promotional blog for authors -
Golden Retriever Amigo interviews authors' pets. Get the lowdown on your favorite authors... straight from their pets' mouths!
Visit: www.petsandauthors.blogspot.com

She is also offering an interview promo package for authors. Authors complete an interview questionnaire, then she posts it (with author photo and cover art) on Blogcritics Magazine, American Chronicle, The Dark Phantom Review, Ezine Articles, Voice in the Dark Newsletter, Associated Content and RedRoom. The cost is $50. Contact mayra.calvani@gmail.com.
http://www.mayracalvani.com
http://www.slipperybookreview.wordpress.com
http://www.thedarkphantom.wordpress.com
http://www.violinandbooks.com
Children's Books:
http://www.mayrassecretbookcase.com
http://www.mayrassecretbookcase.blogspot.com

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(3) PROMOTIONAL COUPS

I took the following from Brian Jud's newsletter about subscriber Shel Horowitz:

Shel Horowitz is the author of Principled Profits: Marketing That Puts People First. Before it was published, he reviewed the content and identified nine corporations that could be prospects for premium sales of his book. He and his sales agent sent letters and galleys to the appropriate contacts at all nine corporations. One of the nine was Southwest Airlines, which eventually purchased 1000 copies at $5.00 each (list price $17.50). "The president of Southwest bought it to give to VIPs and friends to demonstrate his commitment to high moral principles in business," said Shel.

Shel learned the importance of planning for premium sales in the writing stage. "Without padding a book with too many names," he says, "the author can mention company or brand names and sell the book to them before publication. Such a sale can cover your printing and production costs."

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(4) WONDERFUL WEBSITES

Sites about book promotion:

Inspired Author
http://www.inspiredauthor.com/v3/node/12
includes a chat room and book reviews.

http://www.author-promotion.com/promotionalresources.html
contains links to Promotion Resources; Book Reviewers; Authors Interview Request; Author Organizations and Awards

Author and Book Promotions
http://www.author-promotion.com
information on newspaper book reviewers (although I don't know how up-to-date the list is given that the Rocky Mountain News was listed and it has folded); articles, and marketing and press release tips.

Nikki Leigh has an array of free promotional services for authors.
http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2008/04/free-promomtional-options-for-author.html

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(5) FROM THE PEN OF...............

Write Introductions

I was asked to write an introduction for a book last year. I had no idea of the benefits of doing so, but it sounded fun. Eric Dinyer is an artist who had a concept for a gift book called EFFORT AND SURRENDER; THE ART AND WISDOM OF YOGA. I have been thrilled with the results. Andrews McMeel Publishing used my name on the cover - nearly as prominently as the author's. I'm sure that Eric had something to do with that, but no mattter. It is a product I am pleased to be associated with; that makes this project a perfect addition to my branding campaign. It occurs to me that an author might pursue introductions by letting it be known they are open to this kind of activity when they network with other writers and artists.

from The Frugal Book Promoter by Carolyn Howard-Johnson (Star Publish 2004).

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(6) PROGRESS REPORT

Dr. Michael Beitler will make his third appearance on Today's Political Landscape with Joe Bechtold and Nick Jones on Blog Talk Radio -http://www.blogtalkradio.com/todayspoliticallandscape - on April 13, 2009. He was a guest of Joe Cristiano, host of Liberty Talk Radio on http://www.libertytalkradio.com, on March 22, 2009.


Michael is host of Free Markets with Dr. Michael Beitler on VoiceAmerica Business Network and author of Rational Individualism: A Moral Argument for Limited Government & Capitalism (Practitioner Press International 2008) and Strategic Organizational Change (Practitioner Press International 2006).
http://www.MikeBeitler.com


Michele Avanti will be the guest of Debra Clement, host of Anchored in Astrology on Contact Talk Radio, http://www.contacttalkradio.com/hosts/debraclement.html, on Friday, May 1, 2009 (May Day). http://www.anchoredinastrology.com

Michele is a certified astrologer and author of GreeHee The Journey of Five (GreeHee Publishing 2006), the first of five epic fantasies in the "Tales of Tamoor" series, which won The NCPA 2007 Best Juvenile Fiction Award. http://www.GreeHee.com
http://www.TalesofTamoor.com


Tina Howe will be the guest of Toni Quest, host of Screaming Woman, on Internet Voices Radio, www.internetvoicesradio.com/Arch-ToniQuest.htm, on April 27, 2009. http://www.screamingwoman.com

Tina is author of Alysa of the Fields - Book One in the Tellings of Xunar-kun (Booklocker.com 2006), and The TrailFolk of Xunar-kun, Book Two in the Tellings of Xunar-kun Series! (Booklocker 2008)
http://www.tinahowe.com


Melissa Zollo will be the guest of Don L. Price, host of Challenge Radio Today on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Don-L-Price on April 1, 2009 at 1 p.m.(ET)

She is author of two audio programs: Discover the Power of Imagination and How to Unleash the Power Within and Attract Money. http://www.presentmemory.com

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Francine Silverman, P.O. Box 1333, Riverdale, New York 10471, is author of:

BOOK MARKETING FROM A-Z (Infinity Publishing 2005) written by 325 paid subscribers to Book Promotion Newsletter. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw/102-0106967-2029708?initialSearch=1&url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Book+Marketing+from+A-Z&x=22&y=24

Subscribers are entitled to a 20% discount on the book. Contact Fran at franalive@optonline.net for code. The publisher's toll free number does not work outside the continental US and orders cannot be processed from its website for shipping outside the US.

Subscribers in foreign countries who wish to purchase the books with the discount may email Michelle at michelle@infinitypublishing.com or fax an order (610/941-9959). She will provide confirmation that your order has been received and will be processed promptly. When using these options subscribers should put everything to Michelle's attention and reference the Promotional Code (contact Fran for code).

If emailing Michelle, DO NOT put your credit card number in any email correspondence as this is not secure.




BOOK PROMOTION NEWSLETTER
Issue 158: March 11, 2009

ISSN 1545-5599
BOOK PROMOTION NEWSLETTER
Issue 158: March 11, 2009
EDITOR: FRANCINE SILVERMAN
http://www.bookpromotionnewsletter.com
http://www.talkradioadvocate.com

Issued every other Wednesday since 2003


In This Issue:

(1) Feature Article
(2) Promotional Coups
(3) Grist for Your Mill
(4) Wonderful Websites
(5) From the Pen Of....
(6) Progress Report
(7) Kudos
(8) Correction


(1) FEATURE ARTICLE



How to Promote Last Year's Book
By Patricia Fry

Most authors put a lot of time, energy and money into book promotion during the first year after publication. And then what happens? Some of us get involved in writing and promoting other books. We get back to our paying jobs. We take a little well-deserved time off. We sit back and hope to enjoy the fruits of our intense promotional labor.

Over time, you may experience flurries of book selling success-Barnes and Noble orders a few books for customers, someone reviews the book and there are some sales, you're invited to speak at the Downtown Lion's Club where you sell a few books. But for the most part, you have moved on to other things feeling as though the shade has been drawn on your window of opportunity for promoting your book.

Not so. Of course, the best time to promote a book with gusto is when it is brand new. But there are plenty of ways to promote your book even when it is a few years old. That is, unless the information is time-sensitive. A medical or technological book on the latest discovery might lose its appeal over time. But most novels, children's books and nonfiction titles should keep on entertaining, teaching and informing through several incarnations.

How do you promote a more seasoned book-one that has been around the bookstore a few times? Can you still get your older book reviewed? Will editors give last year's book any attention at all? You'll be happy to know that the opportunities for publicity do not end when your copyright is one, two or even five years old. Here are some ideas for promoting your older book:

· Get book reviews. Some Web sites and magazines will review good books no matter the vintage. Locate book review Web sites and magazines, but also seek out those that relate to the theme of your book. I'm often asked, after a review of my book is posted prominently somewhere, "How did that reviewer find out about your book?" And I reply, "From me. I contacted them." Don't sit back waiting for someone to review your book. Seek out appropriate reviewers and request reviews no matter the copyright date on your book.

· Contact libraries. Some of my books are with Quality Books and Baker and Taylor-both of whom distribute books to libraries. I spend a couple of hours every few weeks emailing press releases to libraries telling librarians about a particular book in my published collection and suggesting that they order it from one of these wholesalers. Inevitably, I notice an increase in sales with my next accounting from Quality and B&T. Tap into an extensive library directory at: http://www.ala.org or http://www.librarydirectory.com

· Promote in tandem with world/country/county events. Maybe you have a book related to weather patterns. Certainly, this nation's people have an increased interest in weather with all of the freak and unusual weather occurrences in recent months. It doesn't matter the age of your book if it relates to something in the news.

· Think seasonal. If you have a book of stories about famous mothers and daughters, consider promoting it in time for Mother's day. Convince your local newspaper (and maybe those in other communities) to run a piece featuring your book or write something for the newspaper suggesting a variety of gifts for Mother. Of course, including your book on that list. I accelerate my promotional activities for my book, The Mainland Luau: How to Capture the Flavor of Hawaii in Your Own Backyard in time for Father's Day and even throughout the summer months. My book, Creative Grandparenting is a great gift for Grandparent's Day and I make sure to promote it for that occasion. Promote your Christmas story book in November and December. Some newspapers, magazines and Web sites will be delighted to publish your press release or to review the book for their audiences. Continue to send press releases featuring your military memoir every Memorial Day, no matter the copyright date. And if
your book focuses on friendship, you should be able to get some exposure for it every year around Friendship Day on August 7.

· Think regional. A book that is of regional interest can sell in that region forever. I can attest to that. I produced the first edition of my Ojai Valley history book in 1983. I revised it in 1999 and it is still sells steadily in Ojai, CA. And I sell this book nationwide, as well. Just yesterday, I got a call from a bookstore owner in Massachusetts with a PO for that book. If I want to experience increased sales, I do additional promotion-go out and speak at various service club meetings and other gatherings, for example.

· Do something new to promote an old book. Set up some speaking engagements, build a new Web site, expand your existing Web site, come out with a pamphlet or booklet related to your original book or celebrate the one, two or five year anniversary of your book, for example. And be sure to send press releases to announce these changes/milestones. While an editor may consider your older book yesterday's news, he/she is more willing to report on something that is newsworthy and fresh. My writing/publishing-related books get press every time I plan a talk or a conference about writing or publishing. I also got press when I started my publishing blog.

· Make news. Start a charity, throw a party, volunteer in some major capacity, donate half of the earnings from your book to a cause during the holiday season, for example. I taught a free 6-week publishing workshop for a group of home-schooled children a few years ago and got some press for my efforts. I threw a luau for 100 people once, and invited the press. I guess they liked the food because they gave me a whole page in the county paper a few weeks later. And, of course, they wrote about my luau book.

· Come up with new ideas to promote an old book. Stage home parties around the theme of your novel. Create costumes and scripts and involve guests in a reenactment of the story. If you have a cookbook, produce a pamphlet or booklet of recipes and send them, along with an order form for your book, in Christmas cards to your entire mailing list. Send these early enough that folks can order books for holiday giving. Launch a contest or create a seminar around the theme of your book to draw attention to an older book.

Patricia Fry is the President of SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network). She is also a full-time freelance writer and the author of 27 books including "The Right Way to Write, Publish and Sell Your Book," revised 2nd edition and "The Author's Workbook." http://www.matilijapress.com. Follow her blog at http://www.matilijapress.com/publishingblog.

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(2) PROMOTIONAL COUPS

Max Anderson demonstrates why it's important to examine your own books very carefully for tie-ins.

His two tween books are Secret of Abbott's Cave and Mountain Cabin Mystery, and contain subtle environmental plot issues.

"It would be impossible to ignore the 'green' message," he says. "It’s everywhere today. Even tweens are more aware of environmental issues than ever before. It isn’t surprising that 'green' issues would find their way into books for tweens.

"In Secret of Abbott’s Cave, readers are reminded of the cavers’ motto, 'Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time.'

"Mountain Cabin Mystery touches on the concept that some environmentalists pay more attention to the creation rather than the creator."
Max adds: “I didn’t set out to write my books with ‘green’ subjects in mind. They simply emerged as natural elements in the stories.”

Max has written 35 tween action-adventure and mystery manuscripts. “Only three contain plots that include environmental issues,” he says. The third is Forest of Fear. “This unpublished story deals with responsible forestry, while the loggers have to contend with radical environmentalists. I believe it’s important for tweens to get a balanced view.”

Max's blog, Books for Boys, currently ranks #4 in Google searches and contains links and other information about Secret of Abbott’s Cave and Mountain Cabin Mystery.
http://booksandboys.blogspot.com

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(3) GRIST FOR YOUR MILL

Liz Rich works for a new writers' website called WordHustler.com. http://www.wordhustler.com

She wrote:
The story is newsworthy and true: two LA writers frustrated with the traditional method of submitting work to literary markets and screenplay competitions, invented a way to do it better and more cost-effectively. WordHustler.com is the first and only website to take care of the WHOLE process of writing and submitting work. Our free database* features over 4,000 agents, publishers, contests, and publications. Using WordHustler to send physical and digital submissions saves writers time so they can do what they're supposed to be doing: WRITING!

Since opening our doors a few months ago, we have already moved over 8 million words. We are very excited about our company, as are our over 3,000 members.
Liz@wordhustler.com

*The free database is listed under the Markets tab. Users can choose between contests, agents, publications, publishers, and fellowships. Users can create a FREE account and use the search wizard feature to really narrow down markets to specific needs/wants.

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(4) WONDERFUL WEBSITES

These websites provide links to writing sites where you can place your articles:

http://www.writing-world.com
http://www.writefromhome.com
The Writer's Garden - http://cyberlyber.com/general_writing_sites.htm
http://www.enhancemywriting.com

This website offers free promotion to authors and a writing job directory divided by states:

http://www.published.com

These websites take article submissions:

http://www.smallbusinessceomagazine.com

http://www.instantstressmanagement.com
(artitles relating to managing or reducing stress in a person's life)

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(5) FROM THE PEN OF...........

When I was getting ready to release my first book, I sent press releases out to all of the major business magazines. Apparently they actually do read these releases because an editor at Entrepreneur Magazine forwarded mine to one of their writers, Romanus Wolter.

The title of my new book was going to be The Business Startup Checklist and Planning Guide: Kick Start your Entrepreneurial Dreams! I performed careful research to make sure that my title was unlike any other book title out there - but it never occurred to me to check the subtitle.

Can you tell what is coming next?

Romanus sent me a pleasant e-mail pointing out that my subtitle was a bit close to his book's main title: Kick Start Your Dream Business. I was mortified. Fortunately the book still had a few days before going to press and the publisher was able to make last minute changes before it was too late. I simply took out "Kick Start" and replaced it with "Seize your Entrepreneurial Dreams!"

Romanus and I ended up exchanging several e-mail messages and before I knew it, we were fast friends. We ended up working together on several projects, including teleseminars and speaking engagements. We also promoted each other in our respective e-zines and still forward each other occasional leads for publicity opportunities.

The point is that you never know where your alliances might come from. It so happens that Romanus and I could be seen as rivals since we both target a similar audience, but neither of us ever looked at it that way. When you put the interest of others first, somehow that good karma comes back around.

from The Author's Guide to Building an Online Platform (Quill Driver Books 2008) by Stephanie Chandler

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(6) PROGRESS REPORT

Wendy Nan Rees was the guest of Jennifer Shaw, host of Petline on CFAX 1070 on Sunday, March 8, 2009.

Wendy is author of No Barking at the Table: Canine Recipes for Dogs and Cats (Lip Smackers 1991), The Name Game (Howell Book House 1996), a collection of 100 celebrity essays on naming pets, (A percentage of the proceeds benefited PAWS, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people with HIV/AIDS to care for their pets), No Barking at the Table 2 (Howell Book House 2006), No Catnapping in the Kitchen (Howell Book House 2006), and The Natural Pet Food Cookbook: Healthful Recipes for Dogs and Cats (Howell Book House 2007).

She is also host of Wendy's Animal Talk, airing Tuesday, 1 pm (PT) on http://www.healthylife.net.

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(7) KUDOS

Shirley Cheng, a blind and physically disabled 26-year old author and motivational speaker, is running away with all the awards! Embrace Ultra-Ability! Wisdom, Insight & Motivation from the Blind Who Sees Far and Wide has been named among the winning titles of 2008 Reader Views Annual Literary Awards. It won Honorable Mention for Body/Mind/Spirit, making it Cheng's 20th book award.

Prior to receiving this award, Embrace Ultra-Ability! won eleven other awards:
• Nine Parent to Parent Adding Wisdom Awards
• National Best Books 2008 Awards Finalist
• 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist
http://www.shirleycheng.com

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(8) CORRECTION

There was an error in the copy about Valerie Connelly's Nightengale Press, which will be publishing its 80th (not 18th) title in April of this year.

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