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From the Editor's Desk
NEWS from the World of Writing
    by Dawn Copeman
FEATURE: Ready To Quit Your Day Job And Freelance Full-Time?
    By Hasmita Chander
FEATURE: Balancing Act: Ten Reasons to Keep Your Day Job
    By Denene Brox
The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
WRITING DESK: by Moira Allen
BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO... Article Structure, Part 5 - Endings
    by Dawn Copeman
JUST FOR FUN: Rejection Rhetoric by Marie E. Cecchini
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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

Where Did It Go?
It doesn't seem possible that this is the last newsletter of
2006 -- and that it is not only December, but the end of the
first week of December.  Does anyone know what happened to 2006?
Last time I looked around, I could have sworn it was April.

I would have sweated over an appropriate holiday editorial for
this issue, but Patricia Fry did it for me: Her holiday, "Does
Christmas Interrupt Your Writing?" says it all!  For anyone who
feels stressed out over the approaching holiday, or who is
swearing yet again that NEXT year they'll find a way to make
time for all the "joys" of Christmas -- the trimmings, the
baking, the crafting of presents, and so forth -- this is a
"must read:" http://www.matilijapress.com/publishingblog

Actually, this year I DO have time for the trimmings and the
fun.  Of course, I achieved this by just about swearing off
writing for the year; this seems to have been the year for
working on other people's projects, other people's websites.
I was bemoaning the fact that I hadn't done anything "creative"
this year until my latest Lulu project arrived in the mail --
a 600-page family archive album that I put together from a
sister's collection of b&w photos from the 30's through the
50's.  It was great fun to put together a memoir of family
history that I wasn't actually part of.

There's one writing project left on my plate before the
holidays, however, and that's one we all dread (writers AND
readers): The "holiday newsletter."  But it really IS possible
to create a holiday newsletter that is both fun to write AND
fun to read.  I know; I've been doing it for years, and I
actually have people asking to get on my mailing list.  Find
out my secret formula in "How to Create the Ultimate Holiday
Newsletter" at

Another issue that writers often face at this time of the year is
"what do I want to do NEXT year?" This is a time when many of us
start pondering the question of whether to "quit the day job" and
make that leap into full-time writing. Therefore, in this issue we
offer two different perspectives on "taking the plunge."

And now, if you'll excuse me, I've just cleaned off the top
shelves of the bookcase, and it's time to put up my holiday
village and my ever-growing collection of Christmas tree candles!
Have a wonderful holiday; see you in the New Year!

                                         -- Moira Allen, Editor


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Martha Ivery sentenced to 65 months in prison
Martha Ivery, aka Kelly O'Donnell, dba Press-Tige Publishing and
New Millennium Publishing, was sentenced on Thursday, November 29
to 65 months in Federal prison, plus 3 years' probation.  She had
pleaded guilty on December 5, 2005 to 15 counts of mail fraud,
one count of fraud in connection with an access device (legal
term for electronic credit-card fraud) and one count of
bankruptcy fraud.  Ivery ran a scam whereby she promised to
publish books in return for a fee. Ivery must report to jail on
January 9 and is also required to immediately begin paying
restitution to her 300 victims of 10% of her total earnings or
$100 a month, whichever is greater.  This is seen as a symbolic
gesture as the money she took from her victims is actually
$728,248.10.  She must also pay court costs of $1,700 and attend
mental health and substance abuse counseling. For more
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Virus Threat
A virus is going around under the guise of an e-greeting card.
The card purportedly comes from All-Yours.net and is without any
"sender" information (i.e., there's no typical message like "Joan
Smith has just sent you an e-greeting). The e-mail includes a
link that downloads a .exe file to your computer.  It also
includes a link to the All-Yours.net site and a code to input;
however, the site notes that the code (a0190313376667) is bogus
and not one of their cards.  Since this is the season when many
folks send electronic greetings, it's wise to remember not to
open any such greeting unless you know the sender, and to open it
by visiting the website directly rather than by clicking a link
in your e-mail.

Western Books are Banned in Iran
In a worrying move the authorities in Iran have banned the import
and sale of thousands of works of fiction in a crackdown to
protect Iranian culture from the influences of the West.
Publishers who used to import such texts are now restricted to
importing only academic works. The ban covers many works by
western authors, including Dan Brown's "Da Vinci Code", William
Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" and "Girl with a Pearl Earring" by
Tracy Chevalier as well as works by Iranian authors such as
Sadegh Hedayat and Ebrahim Golestan who lives in Britain. For
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Readers Digest Sold to Highest Bidder
On November 16, Readers Digest was sold for $1.6bn to Ripplewood
Holdings. The magazine, which was started in 1922 and now has
editions in fifty countries and over twenty languages, has been
suffering from falling sales over recent years. Ripplewood
Holdings, who own World Almanac and Weekly Reader, have also
agreed to take on over $800,000 worth of debt owed by Readers
Digest. For more information visit: http://tiny.bz/01c2/

Yemen Editor Jailed for Publishing Muhammed Cartoons
The Editor of an independent weekly newspaper in Yemen has been
sentenced to a year in prison for publishing the Danish cartoons
of Mohammed.  Kamal al-Aalafi has also been banned for writing
for six months and his newspaper has been shut down for the same
amount of time.  What is startling is that he didn't actuallty
publish the cartoons, but merely a snapshot of the website of the
Danish paper, in which a portion of the cartoon was visible.  The
article accompanying the story was contesting the Danish paper's
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                     by Dawn Copeman (DawnCopeman"at"Write-away.biz)

Last month I wanted to find out if you've ever felt the squeeze
on your writing time.  Did it creep up gradually on you, as it
did with me? I also wanted to know when you noticed the squeeze
and what you did about it.

Well, either most of you don't suffer from the squeeze or you're
too time-squeezed to reply!  Marion Ottaway is obviously time-
squeezed as her reply shows: "Frustrated but determined."

Getting into a situation where you find your writing time is
being squeezed out of the way is easy to do: family commitments,
favors for friends, and doing the job you get paid for can all
eat into your writing time until you find you've spent an entire
week and hardly written a word.  Getting out of it is harder but
it can be done, as Shaila Abdullah tells us:

"With a full time job as a designer and being a mother to a very
young child, I often feel pressed for time when it comes to
writing. It is always the last thing on my mind. So when my agent
gave me a deadline to complete my second book, I quickly got into
gear. To me having a clear focus and date helped in adjusting
some things around in life to make time. I also found out that
waiting for muse to show up my door was a luxury I could ill
afford. So I started writing whenever wherever. I'd go through
several pages of pure crap before coming up with even a decent
line but I got in the habit of working in smaller chunks and more
regularly. I went through many drafts. I am happy to state that I
am only 15 days away from completing the novel I started in
April. Woohoo!"

So, is a deadline a way out of the squeeze?  Does it enable you
to somehow clear your mind, clear your life of those little
things that are eating up your time and re-focus on your writing?
Victoria Kerrigan seems to think so.

"You know, it's funny, I have a four-year-old and a six-month-old,
and you would think that I would be here telling you the children
steal away all of my writing time... and yet, this isn't how my
writing gets squeezed. I am one of those writers who work best
under a deadline - even an imaginary one. No deadline = plenty of
procrastination. The thought process must work along the lines
of, 'well, I've got another couple of months...'

"At the end of the day I am my own worst enemy -- not time-
squeezing activities. I know this because when I need to write,
suddenly there is plenty of time and all those activities that
previously seemed to suck away writing time are miraculously
cleared from the 'must do' list."

Both these writers found that when it came to the crunch, they
could and did find the time to write. Now, as soon as I realized
my writing was being squeezed out of my life I took steps to
change it: I got a job writing food news stories for a British
food site.  Since then I've managed to reclaim enough writing
time to write 3 - 5 articles a week for this site as well as two
long features. Recently I've also taken on another job writing
and editing newsletter content. Somehow I'm finding more time to
write. This led me to wonder whether the squeeze is a state we
get into when we're not feeling challenged enough by our writing?
Maybe it shows us that we're not stretching ourselves as
writers?  In that case, it could be a good thing.

So if you find your writing time being squeezed out of your life,
take a step back and ask yourself if you're actually letting it
get squeezed out of the way.  Are you happy with where your
writing is going? Take time to refer to Moira's questions from
last month and answer them honestly. Then take some steps and
reclaim your writing. Set yourself deadlines, look for new
markets, try out new styles.  Being proactive worked for
Victoria, Shaila and me.  Maybe it can work for you too.

This month's question comes from Mary Cassells.  "I can't be the
only writer who feels like she is growing a Douglas fir in her
apartment.  I find I must be ruthless and do some filing at least
once a week. I would like to open a discussion about how other
writers deal with all the paper.  What sort of categories do they
use for the paper? Do they find that the computer helps or
hinders their attempt for order?"

Well, how do you deal with all the paper?  Do you recycle it? Do
you re-use it?  Do you store everything electronically or has the
computer added to the paper in your home?

Email your responses to me DawnCopeman"at"Write-Away.biz with the
subject line "Paper mountains".

Till next time,


If you find you are feeling the squeeze and need tips on
reclaiming your writing time visit:


Dawn Copeman is a freelance writer based in England.  She is the
editor of http://www.newbie-writers.com, a site for new and
aspiring writers, as well as a contributing editor and columnist
at http://www.timetravel-britain.com. Visit her website at

Copyright (c) 2006 by Dawn Copeman


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                                             by Hasmita Chander

We study hard, get our degrees, and slave at our jobs, but do we
get the satisfaction of knowing that we are spending our limited
time on earth as we would really like?

Many of us are saying No.

And yet, can we give it all up--the monthly income, the
colleagues, the getting ready and going out every day--to sit in
our pajamas and freelance full-time?

I weighed the pros and cons and finally quit my regular job for
full-time freelancing. It's been five years now, so I can tell
you a bit about the grass on this side of the fence.

There's not always much money in it, number one. If you don't
mind having to depend on your husband or family for dough every
now and then, then this point is out of the way.

Number two, you need to be self-motivated, and steadily so.
Initially there's all the fire of wanting to do this and that,
but when you realize how much time you have, you enjoy it at
first, then you tend to slack off and get lethargic about the
pace of working. I do know a few writer friends who are
freelancing and earning very well--but they are people with high
energy and enthusiasm as well as a healthy amount of ambition.

If I'm not earning much, or doing much work, I feel bad and whip
myself up about it, but I find it even harder then, to get down
to working. Not that I don't work, I do, but it happens in spurts
at best. But you do what suits you--work in spurts, work
steadily, work 9-5, whatever--and accept that this is the best
way for you.

I'm easily distracted. Arguments with my husband, a failed
writing opportunity, something hurtful that somebody said--such
things don't let me concentrate on my work. I would love to be
unaffected and lose myself in work instead, but since I can't, I
do the next best thing--I let it pull me down, wash over me, then
get back up and write again.

When I get acceptances, I get charged and send out more work but
when I get a rejection from some place I had hope in, there's a
lull in my writing. I know that this isn't the way to go--I ought
to be querying, writing and submitting no matter what, but it's
sometimes (or even *often*) hard.

You might think that writing is what you love doing, so it will
be easy to be motivated, to work regularly, to write the article
for the query that was accepted. Not true. Sometimes you're so
eager that the idea be accepted that once it is, your enthusiasm
fades; you're so thrilled about the acceptance that you want to
release the tension of waiting for the editor's reply--play a
video game, go shopping, watch a movie. Writing the article, ah,
that you'll do later--to-mor-row!

Despite the unsteady income, the emotional seesawing and the
loneliness of it, I love the freedom freelancing gives me: to
choose when I'll work and how much and for whom, how much I can
accept to be paid, when I can refuse, what I will write.

I was glad of this freedom when I was pregnant, and continue to
be glad of the flexibility now when my daughter is 16 months old,
climbing into everything around the house and tasting it as she
goes along. No worries about short maternity leave, cr¸ches or
psychological effects of mama-at-the-office.

And I'm proud of what I've achieved through all the struggles,
proud of having chosen this way of life.

Do keep in mind, though, that you cannot afford to do this for
the love of it alone. Not unless you have a wealthy husband or a
big inheritance to support you. You *need* to have a plan of how
to earn, working out the details of how much, roughly, you can
make monthly. And some part of your work may be what you do just
for the cash, even if you don't enjoy it so much.

Also, very importantly, make sure you have enough savings to get
you through six months to a year, if possible, before you quit
your job--the writing business is unpredictable and you may get
paid in December for something you submitted in January. You
don't want to be stuck, a new freelance writer, with a dipping
bank balance and the Christmas holidays around the corner.

The key is to keep at it--don't stop: query, write, submit; don't
wait for replies. That way you'll always have several pieces of
your work in circulation and something or the other will keep
getting published and soon, you'll be receiving checks every now
and then, as well.

One good friend is just at this stage of wondering whether to
quit her job or not, and she asked me if it wasn't too late to
change her career. She's around 34. But she could be 44 or
64--it's never too late to change over to doing something you
love. It's your life, you do what you want with it.

All I'm saying is, think about it carefully, have some savings,
sketch out plans and try to get some steady work before you quit
your job.


Hasmita Chander is a freelance writer from Bangalore, India. She
has had close to 200 articles and a dozen children's stories
published in India and five other countries. She has been a
contributing writer for Computers"at"Home (India), The Grapevine
(USA) and The Star (Malaysia). She runs a list for writers called
Writing in India. http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/writingindia

Copyright 2006 by Hasmita Chander

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                                                   by Denene Brox

If writers got a nickel every time they heard the dreaded advice
"Don't quit your day job," most would be rich and wouldn't have to
worry about a "day job." The fact that many writers would love to
quit their non-writing jobs doesn't make it a reality for most
beginners or even some seasoned writers. But there are many
tangible benefits to holding down a steady job outside of your
writing business. As a writer who has spent many hours agonizing
over having to work my day job, I'd like to share the ten best
reasons I've learned for balancing your writing with a secure
line of work.

Many writers believe that if they only had their days free to
work on their novels, write more queries or interview sources,
they would have a more productive writing life. This isn't
necessarily true, says writing coach Katey Coffing, Ph.D., who
specializes in helping women writers work more efficiently.
"People often assume that writing full-time will be easier. It
seems logical, doesn't it? But many writers are no more
productive once they've quit their boring and steady paycheck.
Why? Because nature abhors a vacuum. Clear your schedule and
you'll find plenty of new things to fill it, most of which won't
improve your creative output." Coffing adds that when you know
time is short, you'll be more likely to use your writing time

"Some people learn to write in little stashes of time -- before
work, during lunch breaks or as a cherished evening respite,"
says Coffing. Having all the time in the world to write doesn't
guarantee pages and pages of writing. I find that after working
all day, I often can't wait to get home to work on an article or
brainstorm ideas. Having structure in my day allows me to build
up my excitement for my writing that otherwise might grow

Not many jobs have open pockets of time that can be used for
writing, but if you're lucky enough to have a job that many would
label "boring," such as doing light receptionist work, you can
write between phone calls. But even if your job keeps you pretty
busy throughout the day, no one has to know that you are plotting
your novel or thinking of article ideas at work. Freelance writer
Jennifer Matlack worked as a housekeeper and gardener while she
was building her writing business. "One thing about each position
is that neither required brain power. I found them quite
relaxing, so I never felt burned out after I got home. Much of
the time, as I worked these jobs, I thought about new ideas to
pitch too," says Matlack.

Creativity coach Barbara Millman Cole, who works with artists from
all disciplines, says that working while thinking about your
writing project can be very productive. "What is to prevent a
writer from thinking about character development as they perform
mundane tasks? The benefit is that when the writer goes back to
the page, she is ready to create because she has been thinking
about her art during the day."

The more flexibility your day job offers, the better it will
serve your writing life. Freelance writer Sheldon Gordon was able
to negotiate time to conduct phone interviews with sources from
the office. "Sometimes I've spent half the day doing interviews
for a freelance piece, then worked late into the evening to get
my 'day job' work completed," Gordon said. By talking openly with
his employer, Gordon has been able to keep his existing freelance
work as well as add new clients to his roster.

But not every company will be so generous with the structure of
your work day. You could try to negotiate a part-time schedule,
extra vacation or personal days or flexible work hours. You never
know the possibilities if you don't ask, so talk to your boss and
you won't believe the perks a day job might offer.

Probably one of the best benefits to working a full-time job is
the benefits package itself. You can't beat the health, dental,
retirement and vacation benefits that many employers offer. Plus
some employees receive bonuses, travel allowances, clothing
allowances and discounts. Writer Camper English loves the
benefits he gets from his part-time job. "I could make a living
without the office job, but at only 20 hours per week I get full
health and other benefits and a decent salary."

There is nothing cool about not being able to pay your rent. In
fact, money worries will drain your creative energy and
leave you stressed. Even if you have steady writing gigs,
publications often take their time sending out checks. "The
regularity of my paychecks keeps me from having a nervous
breakdown waiting for freelance checks when the rent is due,"
English said. Bringing home a steady source of income not only
allows you to keep your landlord at bay, it also pays for the
crucial materials needed to run your writing business.

Having the stability of a day job has more psychological benefits
too. "It provides a sense of self-sufficiency, contribution to
family and responsibility," says Millman Cole. "It takes away the
guilt of not contributing financially. It gives the writer
emotional freedom to concentrate on the work."

The fastest and easiest cure for writer's block is to get out of
the house and experience the world. If you are working everyday,
you are coming into contact with many people and many ideas that
can lead to inspiration for the page. You'll hear conversations
that may inspire dialogue for the novel you're working on. You
might hear about a new business in town that would make a great
feature article for a national business magazine. A coworker
might relate a funny story about his toddler that inspires an
article for a parenting magazine. The possibilities are endless
if you keep your eyes and ears open at your job. "A day job may
seem like a shackle, but it isn't wasted time if it gives you
insight into human conflict and emotions -- the very basis of
art," says Coffing.

How many writers spend their days in total isolation? Writing is
a very personal endeavor, but that doesn't mean it's healthy to
be alone all the time. Many full-time writers find writer's
groups to help keep them involved with other people. But a
regular job guarantees that you'll interact with people everyday,
and not just other writers.

If your company produces press releases, newsletters, annual
reports, or anything else that requires a good writer, you can
use your natural skills and garner some clips in the process.
When I worked for an economic development organization in the
public relations department last year, I added two high-quality
newsletters to my portfolio (with bylines) and a number of press
releases. I also got lots of experience interviewing sources and
talking to editors. If your company doesn't have a newsletter
yet, volunteer to write it. Apply for positions in public
relations, marketing or journalism that will give you plenty of
opportunities to use your writing skills. All employers are
looking for strong writers, so share your passion for writing
with your boss and watch your portfolio grow.

Let's face it, depending on your writing to make a living puts a
tremendous amount of pressure on your shoulders to produce. But
what if your novel doesn't sell, your queries don't yield enough
assignments to pay your bills or your screenplay doesn't become a
Hollywood blockbuster? Working a job that supports you no matter
what is going on with your writing allows you to enjoy the
process of writing more fully. And enjoying the journey of
writing is the most important part.

Holding down a day job is about working smart and making the job
work for you and your writing goals. The stability that comes
from having a steady job frees writers to focus more fully on
their work. If writers aren't worried about how they're going to
pay the rent or buy food, they have a lot more emotional and
creative energy to pour onto the page. Finding and focusing on
the positive aspects of non-writing work will help you
tremendously and move you forward more quickly in your writing

Creativity Coaches:

Katey Coffing, Ph.D. - http://www.Women-Ink.com

Barbara Millman Cole - bmillmancole"at"sbcglobal.net

Career Solutions for Creative People: How to Balance Artistic
Goals with Career Security, by Dr. Ronda Ormont (Allworth Press;

The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People, by Carol
Eikleberry (Ten Speed Press; 1999)


Denene Brox is a part-time freelance writer based in Kansas City.
Her work has appeared in Transitions Abroad, Trips and Journeys
and Kansas City Magazine. In her "day job" she works in arts
marketing communications. Visit her online at

Copyright (c) Denene Brox 2006

For more advice on whether to quit your day job or write on the
side visit: http://www.writing-world.com/basics/leap.shtml



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Can You Recommend a Good Program to Format a Book?
Q: My hobby is genealogy. I decided to write a book for the
family. I would like it to be a printed book, not an e-book, and
I plan to print a few copies, as needed, on my desktop printer,
or if it turns out that my family is willing to share the
expenses and more copies are needed, I will take it to a
professional printer. The book should include the drawings of
family trees, a lot of old pictures and stories, family legends.
I am more or less finished with the text part, which is 110 pages
long, and includes a lot of footnotes. I used Word for Windows. I
tried to put the pictures on the text pages, and that is where I
got in trouble. Word does not seem to handle my pictures well. If
I want to have more than one picture on a page, I place them and
when I am not looking, they end up in crazy places, covering each
other, pushing the text away. It is terrible! I ended up removing
all my pictures. Then I tried to use Microsoft Desktop
Publishing. This handled my pictures nicely, but I lost all my
footnotes! I looked at the desktop publishing programs in a
couple of stores and each program stated that it was exactly what
I needed for publishing flyers, newsletters, brochures. None
mentioned writing a longer document. Could you please recommend
me a program that would let me use pictures and footnotes?

A: First, let me make a recommendation on the actual PRINTING of
the book: Look at Lulu.com.  I used them for my family memoir,
and it came out great.  As far as I know, they are the only
print-on-demand company that charges no set-up or up front fee --
you load up your file, and you pay only for the books you order.
Your book would probably cost between $6 and $8 per copy, unless
you plan to publish in color (for the photos), and doing it this
way makes a great gift for family.

Now, to your dilemma -- I know what you mean!  I've tried
formatting illustrations in Word and just went nuts.  Every time
you moved anything, anywhere in the document, you were likely to
find that all your illustrations had moved to another page.  Word
CLAIMS to be a good "desktop publishing" program, but it just

If you are using Windows, I think the program you probably want
is Quark.  I use Pagemaker, which is for Mac and actually no
longer exists; however, you can sometimes find a used copy.
Since I don't use Windows, I'm not as familiar with the programs
available in that area.  But you can visit the Adobe website and
see what they have listed.

What you are looking for is a DTP program that handles text and
images SEPARATELY.  Word really doesn't do that.  A genuine
"publishing" program will.  You can set it up so that you import
your picture into your laid-out page, place it where you want,
and import your text and have it "flow" around the picture or do
whatever you like.  If, for example, your pictures or charts are
taking up one entire page, then your text would just SKIP that
page and ignore it completely; changes to the text would never
affect your picture pages.  (This is probably the easiest way to
handle a book layout.)

Also, a good program will easily let you establish a "style" for,
say, your body text.  Then if you want to change it, you just
change the style and your text changes automatically.  (Of
course, Word does that too, but again, you can start pulling out
your hair trying to make it do what YOU want instead of what IT

Another option is to visit http://www.tucows.com.  This site
offers previews and samples of various programs, some of which
are free or very low cost.  Search for "desktop publishing"
software, for Windows.  You may be able to find a free program,
or a shareware program, that does what you want. The nice thing
about this site is that you can usually download a "test" program
that you can use free for 30 days, and see if you like it.

Readers, if you know of a good program that will help format a
book (including illustrations and footnotes), please share it
with us!

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