Writing World Newsletter Archive
Return to Newsletter Index · Home



*****************************************************************

                      W R I T I N G  W O R L D 

     A World of Writing Information - For Writers Around the World 

                    http://www.writing-world.com 


Issue 7:06           16,300 subscribers              June 7, 2007 
***************************************************************** 
SPECIAL NOTICE: Please DO NOT REPLY to this e-mail; any messages 
sent in reply to the newsletter are deleted. See the bottom of 
this newsletter for information on how to subscribe, unsubscribe, 
or contact the editors. 
***************************************************************** 

                              CONTENTS 
================================================================= 

The Editor's Desk 
NEWS from the World of Writing 
THE INQUIRING WRITER:  Writing and Money, by Dawn Copeman 
FEATURE: Five Unusual Places to Look for Article Ideas,
by Chryselle D"Silva Dias
The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers 
FEATURE:  An Introduction to Commercial Writing, by Dawn Copeman
WHAT'S NEW at Writing World 
WRITING CONTESTS with no entry fees 
The Author's Bookshelf 

***************************************************************** 
EARN AN MFA IN WRITING through the brief-residency program at 
Spalding University in Louisville, KY. Call (800) 896-8941x2423 
or email mfa@spalding.edu and request brochure FA90. For more 
info: http://www.spalding.edu/mfa 
***************************************************************** 
WRITERSCOLLEGE.COM has 57 online courses. Prices are low. 
If you can reach our web site, you can take our courses. 
http://www.WritersCollege.com 
***************************************************************** 
DISCOUNTED SOFTWARE FOR WRITERS -- PowerWriter, DramaticaPro, 
StoryCraft, WritePro, MovieMagic, StyleWriter, plus many more. 
HUGE SAVINGS! GREAT SELECTION! Save online at: 
http://www.MasterFreelancer.com 
***************************************************************** 
LEARN HOW TO BREAK INTO PRINT.  Train with an experienced 
professional author—online or by mail. Create manuscripts that 
are ready to submit to editors in the $200 billion publishing 
market.Train online or by mail. Free Writing Test offered. 
http://www.breakintoprint.com/T5089
***************************************************************** 
LAST YEAR I WAS GOING THROUGH A BITTER DIVORCE  I needed time to 
rest and heal. So I only wrote one week each month…I made 
$105,453.83. This stress-free business I"m in is America"s best 
kept secret. I invite you to join us. We may hire you ourselves. 
http://www.thewriterslife.com/dm/wworlda6
***************************************************************** 

                        FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK 
================================================================= 

Sometimes, just sometimes, I wish I were a politician.  Not for 
the lifestyle, not for their wages (though they would be nice) and 
certainly not for the job, but for their perspective of time.  A 
week may well be a long time in politics, but in the world of 
writing weeks fly rapidly by 
and before you know it, another month has come and gone and it's 
time for me to think of something to put in the editorial. 

Moira did warn me that this was the hardest bit.   She was right. 
But she also told me that I would often find inspiration from our 
subscribers and guess what? She was right again. 
 
That is why I want to begin this newsletter with a really big 
thank you to everyone who sent me lovely words of welcome!  I 
really appreciate them. It's not easy stepping up to take on 
Moira's role and I want to thank you for being patient with me 
whilst I get to grips with it. 

I also want to apologise for the technical problems we had with 
last month's newsletter.  We've had a lot of gremlins recently and 
Moira and I are working together to try and sort them out; and to 
sort the new-look site. 

I also want to apologise to any of you who've sent in a submission. 
Replies to submissions are very likely much slower than they were 
with Moira, for which all I can do is apologise and say that I 
will speed up as I get more used to the role. 

Speaking of submissions, I am actively seeking them.  I want 
Writing-World to remain the definitive writing resource and so, I 
need more articles.  But please, before you send in your query, do 
check our archives.  We have an extensive archive of articles and 
columns and will not, obviously, buy an article on a topic that 
we've already covered.  If your article covers similar ground but 
in a new or different way, let me know that in your email and show 
me how. 

One area where you won't need to check before submitting is our 
new section: Commercial Corner! Yes, we're adding a new section to 
our resources, one that covers the huge and profitable area of 
corporate and commercial writing. If you're not sure what 
commercial writing is, then check out the article below.  I will 
definitely need some new material for this section.   

If you want to submit, for commercial corner or any other section 
of the site, you can email me with a query or a submission on spec 
and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.  Complete guidelines 
can be found at: 
http://www.writing-world.com/admin1/guidelines.shtml

Please note, however that I will not reply to emails that are just 
plain rude and bad mannered.  I try to be polite and helpful in 
all my replies.  I know what it is like to have a piece of work 
rejected.  I've been there lots of times and it still 
happens too.  It goes with the job. But, and it's a big but, I've 
never yet taken this out on an editor.  If your email is rude and 
abusive, I won't be buying your work.  Not now, not ever. 

                                       -- Dawn Copeman, Editor 
***************************************************************** 
CHILDREN"S WRITERS. Improve your competitive edge and publishing 
record with this vital monthly source of market studies and genre 
analyses loaded with editors' tips and insights into subjects and 
writing styles they"re looking for right now. Free sample issue.
http://www.thechildrenswriter.com/N8782
***************************************************************** 

NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING 
================================================================= 

GOOGLE BANS ESSAY-WRITNG ADS
----------------------------
Google have banned all advertisements for essay-writing services 
from its entire worldwide network.  In what is seen as an 
attempt to cut down on plagiarism by college students and to live 
up to its commitment to their 'do no evil' policy, the company 
will no longer carry advertisements for essay writing, academic 
paper writing or sale of pre-written theses, essays and term 
papers.   For more information visit: 
http://www.thejournal.com/articles/20724

BOOK STORE OWNER SETS FIRE TO HIS BOOKS
---------------------------------------
It is getting increasingly hard for local book stores to compete 
with the larger chain stores and the internet as a sad tale from 
Missouri shows. A bookstore owner in Missouri was so desperate 
after failing sales that he set fire to his stock. Tom Wayne, who 
spent ten years building up his book collection for his store,
Prospero's books, started the fire after sales hit an all time 
low and he couldn't even give away his books to thrift stores or 
libraries.  The fire raged for an hour outside his store in 
Kansas City, before the fire department arrived.  Mr Wayne 
intends to burn the remaining 20,000 books as soon as he 
receives the necessary permits. 
For more information visit: http://tinyurl.com/2veaqf

HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT LOOKS TO SCI-FI WRITERS
-----------------------------------------------------
Truth may well be stranger than fiction, but in an attempt to 
outthink any potential terrorists, the US Homeland Security 
Department has asked a group of science fiction writers to help 
them work out what future terrorist weapons and methods of attack 
could be. The group of writers, called Sigma, last met with the 
Department in the 1990s when they talked about what life could be 
like in a post-nuclear age.  Sigma, whose motto is "Science 
Fiction in the National Interest", has such well known authors as 
Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Greg Bear and Arlan Andrews among 
its members. For more information visit:  
http://tinyurl.com/3cys5h

NEW ZEALAND AUTHOR WINS COMMONWEALTH LITERARY PRIZE
----------------------------------------------------
Lloyd Jones, an author from Wellington, New Zealand who has been 
writing professionally for over twenty years, has won the 
Commonwealth Writers' Prize Overall Best Book Award 2007 for his 
novel, 'Mister Pip'. Jones, who won £10,000, is the first New 
Zealander to win the title since Janet Frame in 1989.  The 
Commonwealth Literary Prize is open to all residents of the 
British Commonwealth.  Canadian author DY Bechard won the 
£5000 Best First Book award for his book 'Vandal Love'.  
For more information visit: http://tinyurl.com/2ketyx

HARRY POTTER CAN STAY IN GEORGIA
---------------------------------
A judge has ruled that J K Rowling's series of books about Harry 
Potter will remain on the shelves of school libraries in Gwinnett 
County, Georgia. The case had been brought by a local parent, 
Laura Mallory, who wants the books removed from schools as she 
believes they encourage young children to become interested in 
witchcraft. The ruling by Superior Judge Ronnie Batchelor supports 
a prior decision made by the Georgia Board of Education and local 
school officials.  Mrs Mallory is now considering taking her case 
to federal court.  For more information visit: 
http://tinyurl.com/2wvuq9

AND HE ENTERS THE TOP 100 BOOKS CHART AT NUMBER 4
-------------------------------------------------
The Daily Telegraph and Waterstones, the book chain, have
announced the results of their quest to find the nation's
favourite books. Many classics were in the list, with Pride and
Prejudice by Jane Austen being ranked the nation's top read. 
However, there were a few surprises such as the entire Harry
Potter series making number four in the list, ahead of the bible
at number six. For the complete breakdown visit:
http://tinyurl.com/38zs27
	
ALL WEB USERS TO HELP DIGITIZE BOOKS
------------------------------------
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh have
come up with a way to enlist all web users in the slow process of
digitizing books.  Every time they solve a CAPTCHAs word puzzle,
(completely automated public Turing tests to tell computers and
humans apart), otherwise known as the things you see when you try
to sign up for some services, instead of being given a randomly
generate word, they will be given snippets of books that need
digitizing. If enough people interpret the words they see in the
same way, this version of the snippet will be stored. This
technology will be particularly useful for those texts which
cannot be accurately scanned or recognized with OCR (Optical
Character Recognition) Technology. For more information visit:
http://tinyurl.com/3ybsj4

***************************************************************** 

WRITINGITREAL.COM ANNOUNCES ITS SECOND PERSONAL ESSAY WRITING 
CONTEST. Reading period from now until June 30th. Cash prizes. 
Winners announced August 1. For contest rules and information on 
submitting. Visit http://www.writingitreal.com/contest.html 
Electronic submissions okay. 

***************************************************************** 

HIRE EX-MACMILLAN EDITOR http://www.AnitaMcClellan.com. Fiction, 
nonfiction for all ages: Get the big picture from indepth editing, 
evaluations, synopsis & proposal critiques. 
Email adm@AnitaMcClellan.com Subject "DeptWWorld".

***************************************************************** 

THE INQUIRING WRITER 
================================================================= 
                     by Dawn Copeman (editorial@writing-world.com) 

Last month I wanted to know how you manage your writing life with
paying the bills.  I wanted to know if you had abandoned your
plan of becoming a novelist or if you dabble in all sorts of
writing to make ends meet?  Do you work part-time and write
part-time, or do you work full-time and write in you spare time? 
Have you thrown caution to the wind and given up your job to
pursue your writing dream? Basically, I wanted to know how you
fulfil your need to write and your need for food and shelter.

Unsurprisingly, perhaps, given the topic nature, we only had two
replies to this question.  I understand, we live in increasingly
hard times and no-one ever feels really comfortable talking about
money.  But the two writers who did reply have found a way to
live by writing, so I've decided to share their stories direct
with you.

Penny Hozy has found an unusual and somewhat extreme way to
balance living and writing.  She explains: "'Writing and money'is
the story of my life. I began writing my first novel in 1984 and
was finally published in 2004. My second novel was published in
2005 (both as S.P. Hozy). In those intervening 20 years I
desperately tried to earn enough money to buy time to write. And
it's not just the writing that requires a lot of time, it's also
submitting your manuscript(s) over and over again and searching
for a publisher. I have been a freelancer since 1977, first as a
sound editor for films, and now, for the last decade or so, as a
book editor and indexer.A precarious lifestyle for anyone, but I
initially liked the fact that I had 'down' time in which I could
live off the money I earned and write full time.Except that time
just kept getting more expensive and my earning power kept
diminishing.

"Finally, aboutthree years ago, exhausted from the struggle and
the stress, I decided to leave my own country (Canada), where I
could no longer afford to buy time, and move to Thailand, where,
thanks to modern technology and the Internet, I can continue to
work as an editor and indexer for many of my old clients. Except
now, instead of juggling five jobs and deadlines, I do one job at
a time, trying to limit my paid work hours to 3 or 4 a day, or
sometimes none at all! I have reduced my expenses by two-thirds,
reduced the worry and stress to almost nothing, and have
completed my third novel and begun my fourth. But not without
some sacrifice. My friends and family are thousands of miles away
(but there's always Skype and e-mail) and I comfort myself by
saying I have fewer distractions (which is true). I no longer
live in my own house but in a small studio apartment in Bangkok.
I don't drive a car, don't have a dishwasher or a washer/dryer,
and don't have a bathtub. Did I mention Idon't even have a
kitchen?

"Not for everyone, I know. But with the birthdays adding up on
one side of the ledger and 'time left' dwindling on the other,
drastic measures were called for. It's really about making
choices all along the way. And trying not to drop the most
important ball -- what you really want to do with your life."

That is a good question, Penny.  But what about those of us who
can't up sticks and move, those of us who, for whatever reason,
are tied to staying where we are, is it possible for us to make a
living out of writing?

"Good question," wrote Joe Cooke, who is managing to write and
survive and thinks this is down to his PLAN.  I'll let Joe
explain: "My love for writing has made me certifiably
unemployable. I just love working for myself too much. I probably
need some kind of support group, but I'm enjoying my denial. My
parents (God bless 'em) can't understand why I don't get a 'real'
job.

"I'm still waiting for that big publishing contract, but
meantime, my freelance work is keeping us afloat (mostly.) I just
keep dogging away at it. The more I do it, the better I get, and
the more money comes in. Trade publications pay the best and if
you create raving fans, they keep buying material month after
month.

"I have discovered this though - the key to making money is to
have a PLAN that integrates these fourelements: something you are
Passionate about, something for which there is a Lack of adequate
supply, something you have the Ability to provide and something
for which there is a recognized Need. When those four key factors
intersect, you will find success. If any one of them is missing,
you will languish. It doesn't matter if it's fiction,
non-fiction, ad copy or soap-making."

Thought provoking stuff! Try it out, you never know, it might
work for you.

Now recently I had to travel to a wedding by train and I also
needed to do some writing.  Now whilst I had my laptop with me,
my five year old claimed that to play her 'pony' game, to watch
DVDs etc – well it was a long journey.  So I did something I
haven't done for years – I used a pen and paper.

Surprisingly, I found that I was taking more time over my work,
really searching for the right phrase or word and that my
inspiration seemed to go into overdrive; so much so that at times
my hand had difficulty keeping up with my thoughts.  On that one
journey I wrote two draft versions of articles and some press
release work.  When I got back to my pc, I found they didn't need
much editing, just typing up.  So what I want to know this month
is: Do you still use the pen and paper or long-hand method of
writing? If so, when? Do you write entire books/articles in
long-hand before transferring them to a computer? Do you find it
sparks your creativity?  Does your work need much editing when
you transfer it to the computer?  Do you think it makes any
difference at all to how we write or is it all in the mind?

Email me with your responses and the subject line "long-hand" to
editorial@writing-world.com

Till next time,

Dawn 

For more advice on writing and money visit:  
http://www.writing-world.com/basics/index.shtml#money

     >>-----------------------------------------------------<< 

Dawn Copeman is a freelance writer based in England. She is the 
author of over 100 articles and is the editor of Writing World 
and also of Newbie Writers, http://www.newbie-writers.com, a site 
for new and aspiring writers.  Dawn is also a copywriter as well 
as a contributing editor and columnist at 
http://www.timetravel-britain.com. Visit her website at 
http://www.write-away.biz 

Copyright (c) 2007 by Dawn Copeman 

***************************************************************** 

HOW'S IT END?  ... You Decide. Write the ending to a story and 
win $$ http://www.howsitend.com

***************************************************************** 

JUST RELEASED! Copyright Companion for Writers is a clear and 
concise survey of copyright law written with the rights of 
writers in mind. It answers your most pressing questions about 
copyright & includes forms on CD-ROM. The perfect companion to 
have on your creative journey. For more information and to order 
your copy, visit http://www.literarylawguide.com. 

***************************************************************** 

WRITE BETTER; WRITE FASTER; WRITE IT RIGHT! Discover a simple 
five-step process for creating flawless written text. 
Write It Right: The Ground Rules for Self-Editing Like The Pros 
shows you how! $17.95 + s/h. 
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0974496626/peregrine 

*******************************************************************

FIVE UNUSUAL PLACES TO LOOK FOR ARTICLE IDEAS 

===================================================================
				    by Chryselle D"Silva Dias

Every writer knows that ideas for articles are everywhere around 
us. Books, websites and magazines on writing tell us to seek 
inspiration from our lives and the world we live in. To invite the 
muse, we"re asked to make lists of our hobbies, life experiences 
and the topics we dearly want to write about.  

We do all that and yet find ourselves often staring at a blank 
page wondering if there is anything left to write about. Stuck for 
inspiration and deadlines brewing, we blame it on "writer"s block".

If you are having trouble finding ideas for an article or a 
non-fiction submission, here are five under-your-noses places that
could spark off some much needed brainwaves:

1.	Forums:
---------- 
Go where your target audience is and find out what is it they need 
to know. Web forums and message boards are two great places that 
new and experienced users frequent. Every kind of hobby, trade or 
occupation has a forum on the internet. If you are writing 
non-fiction, this is a ready-made breeding ground for article 
ideas. Forums are buzzing with activity as users post questions, 
find answers and seek information. They also give you insight into 
current topics in the field. Whatever it is you are interested in 
writing about; chances are that there is a forum on it.

2.	Editorial Calendars:
-----------------------
If you would like to write for a certain magazine or website and 
are struggling for find something "suitable" to pitch to them, get 
hold of their Editorial calendar. Also known as the "Advertisers 
Pack" or "Media Kit", this is a gold mine of information for the 
freelance writer. You may think that as a writer you have no use 
for rate cards or ad copy deadlines but hold on! Look beyond the 
prices and the page sizes. Editorial calendars and advertisers 
guidelines often have information on proposed themes for the year 
and deadlines for submissions. That gives you fertile soil to 
generate any ideas within their themes. If you're lucky, you may 
also find a detailed listing of special issues along with what 
they're hoping to feature. 

Media Packs also give you information on the publications reader 
profile, what they want the magazine to represent and circulation 
figures. This is vital information for a freelancer and saves you 
a lot of money in sample copies to study a potential market.

As an example of such information, take a look at this media kit 
for "The Lady" (http://www.lady.co.uk/misc/lady-media-pack.pdf). Along 
with the information on their reader profiles and geographical 
break-up, you also get a whole list of special issues for the year. 
Ideas from this list can be used to pitch to "The Lady" or you 
can use those ideas for other publications.

3.	Search Engines: 
------------------
Everybody has questions, including potential readers. With the 
advent of websites like Yahoo! Answers, writers now have access to 
hundreds of possible article openings. The website 
(http://answers.yahoo.com) has topics bundled under "Categories", 
resolved and open questions, and even a "Best of Answers". These 
can all be potential leads for a story or article. 

For example, if you write about parenting, a quick look at the 
"Resolved questions" section on Yahoo! Answers shows questions on 
childhood obesity, when to tell a child he"s adopted, and dealing 
with toddler tantrums. That"s three ideas for articles already!

4.	Magazine Classifieds: 
------------------------
As freelance writers we are reminded over and over that targeted 
ideas work better than a random pitch to a magazine or newspaper. 
While you may have access to the editorial guidelines of a 
publication, nothing gives you better insight into readership 
profile than the classifieds. With advertising bringing in the 
bulk of the revenue, ads are always carefully targeted towards 
the readership. Studying the ads will always give you a good idea 
as to what the editor is looking for and who is reading the 
magazine. Ads for stair-lifts, assisted living and holiday homes 
in Europe will hint at senior readers who have possibly retired 
and have money to spend. Magazines for an audience of young 
parents are likely to have advertising from fashion houses, health 
food brands, and child related products. Study the advertising and 
think about its intended audience. What kind of article would be 
of interest to them?

Every magazine has its own unique branding. Look at the classifieds 
and you will be able to come up with ideas targeted to each
individual publication. That"s a sure-fire way of becoming an 
editor"s favorite freelancer!

5.	Press releases:
-------------------
You may not be a PR person, but having access to press releases for 
your area of interest can be key to pitching regular, relevant 
stories. Whether your focus is local, national or international, 
keeping abreast of breaking news and developments is now easy with 
the help of websites like www.prweb.com . Users on the site can 
choose their topic of interest and specify "keywords". The site 
then collates press releases as per your keyword and emails them
to you. 

For example, if you write about weddings, you will get a whole 
range of Press releases from wedding companies, wedding organizers, 
bridal wear companies, hotels offering special honeymoon packages, 
travel destinations catering to newly-weds, florists and caterers. 
You can choose to make your search as specific or general as you
like. As you can see from the above, just one keyword "weddings" 
can generate a dozen or so ideas for future articles.

There you have it. The usual places are good for generating ideas. 
But when faced with writer"s block, it helps to look beyond the 
box and find ideas in less obvious and frequently overlooked 
places.


     >>-----------------------------------------------------<< 

Chryselle D'Silva Dias is a UK-based freelance writer whose 
print and online articles have been published in the UK, US, 
and India. To see more of her work, 
visit http://chryselle.tripod.com.

Copyright 2007 Chryselle D'Silva Dias.

For more information on finding article ideas and markets visit: 
http://www.writing-world.com/basics/index.shtml#markets
***************************************************************** 

CAN'T GET PUBLISHED? Be a Well-Fed Self-Publisher and make a 
living! Control the process and timetable. Keep the rights AND 
most of the profits.  Here's the step-by-step blueprint used to 
create a full-time living from ONE book!  By the award-winning 
author of The Well-Fed Writer. http://www.wellfedsp.com. 

***************************************************************** 

EXPERIENCED, CERTIFIED COPYEDITOR: manuscripts; business, 
government, and professional publications; newsletters; 
advertisements. Basic editing, $25 per hour; substantive editing 
$40 per hour. Microsoft Word markup. karen.editpro@gmail.com 

***************************************************************** 

THE WRITE SITES 
================================================================= 

QueryTracker.net
-------------- 
Amazingly, this query tracking software is absolutely free of 
charge and has some great features too, such as the ability to 
search for agents by genre, various tools to keep track of the
status of each of your queries, automatically generated 
statistics showing how many queries you sent and the result of 
each one and a query letter generator. 
http://www.querytracker.net/index.php

LaunchPadMag.com
----------------
Launch Pad is a new bimonthly magazine devoted to publishing 
fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book reviews, and artwork written 
and created by children ages 6-12. 
http://www.launchpadmag.com/

Writersblocindia
----------------
A very useful site for writers based in India.  It carries tips, 
a regularly updated and very interesting to read blog, contest 
and market information as well as links to useful resources. 
http://writersblocindia.blogspot.com/

Historical Novel Society
---------------------- 
A great support site for all those who write or enjoy reading 
historical novels.  In particular, check out the articles on the 
Defining the Genre page. 
http://www.historicalnovelsociety.org/main.htm

Techwrl.com
----------- 
This is a must-visit site for all technical and would-be 
technical writers.  It has an impressive article archive, 
a supportive community and jobs too. 
http://www.techwr-l.com/

The Muse Free Online Writers' Conference
-----------------------------------------
Free online writers' conference running October 8 - 14 2007. 
It is advisable to pre-register for the conference.  When 
you register you get 2 free e-books. 
http://freewebs.com/themuseonlinewritersconference/index.htm


***************************************************************** 

NEW AND ESTABLISHED MARKETS FOR YOUR WRITING. Up-to-date 
submission guidelines/leads for poetry, short prose, and book 
projects. You'll receive your FREE report TODAY via email 
NEWSFLASH. Visit http://www.writersrelief.com or call toll-free 
(866) 405-3003.  Absolutely no subscription or purchase 
necessary. We'll share our know-how with you. In our 14th Year! 

***************************************************************** 

GET PUBLISHED INSTANTLY. FREE EBOOK COVER AND PRESS RELEASE. 
Download our free handbook and sign-up for our free 10-day trial. 
See why over 500 authors have selected EbookoMatic as their 
publisher of choice. No contracts. Retain all rights. Earn 75% 
royalties. Visit http://www.getpublishedinstantly.com/ww now! 

***************************************************************** 

AN INTRODUCTION TO COMMERCIAL WRITING

================================================================= 
						By Dawn Copeman

Moira and I were sat drinking tea and discussing the Inquiring 
Writer topic when I said that one way that writers could increase 
their writing income would be to do some commercial writing. 
Moira hasn't done any commercial writing and asked me what was 
involved, so we chatted about it for a while and realized that 
thisis an area that we don't cover at Writing-World. Or rather, 
it is an area that we haven't covered until now.  

Commercial writing or corporate writing as it is also known, 
doesn't sound as interesting as writing articles or stories, nor 
as impressive writing a novel.  But it is an exciting field, a 
growing field and more importantly, a very lucrative field that 
you ignore at your own cost. 

So if this is an area you've never considered before, let me 
introduce you to the wonderful world of commercial writing. 

I decided to study copywriting almost from the moment I decided 
to become a writer.  And I'm glad I did.  There is always a need 
for copywriters. Commercial writing pays well and is a varied and 
interesting line of work, particularly if you enjoy learning about 
new things and working with language, which most writers do. 

So far, in my short copywriting career, (I do it part-time on an 
occasional basis), I've been paid to find out about amongst other 
things: sardines, the health benefits of red grapes and cocoa and 
the top selling toys at Christmas and then write about them in 
press releases, company newsletters and sales letters.  Once the 
job is over I've then put my new-found knowledge to use in 
articles. The fact I can get paid to find out facts I can then use 
in my own future articles is just one of the attractions of 
commercial writing.  Another attraction is the sheer variety of 
work on offer. 

What is Commercial Writing?
---------------------------
Commercial writing is writing for businesses.  It is also known as 
copywriting.  A copywriter or freelance commercial writer, writes 
'copy' or text to help businesses communicate with their customers 
and more importantly, with potential customers. Every advertisement, 
every brochure, every catalogue and every sales letter you've ever 
read was written by a copywriter.  As were the words to all the radio 
and TV ads you hear, and those fundraising letters from charities. 
And all those catalogue descriptions you read.  

Copywriting is a huge field. 

The typical jobs a copywriter can be called upon to do involve the 
following:

Press releases
Advertisement copy
Brochures


But in addition to these external jobs, a copywriter can also be 
asked to perform services inside the company, services such as 
knowledge capture for example. This is where a commercial writer 
goes into a company, learns about the company's procedures and 
writes them all down as operating manuals. I've done this kind of 
work.  It's fun and if you think you like the sound of it, then 
rest assured that we already have an expert knowledge capture 
writer lined up to share some of his knowledge with you. 

As well as the specialist field of knowledge capture, 
copywriters can also be called upon to write: 



What can I earn as a commercial writer?
-----------------------------------------

That varies according to the job you are doing and your experience 
level, but you can make a real living from doing this type of work.  
If you want to do this full-time as a career, you can earn enough 
to do so.  If you want to do it part-time, then it's a great way 
of supplementing other income streams.  

Let me give you some examples from my own experiences.  One of the 
jobs I've done involved writing short 300 – 350 word articles for 
a newsletter that went out to a company's customers.  These 
articles would take about an hour to write, the company gave me 
the topics in advance.  All the work was conducted by email and 
for each article I earned $25. Not a lot you might say, but this 
works out at $25 an hour, because the job was quick and easy to 
do and it was a regular contract.   

I also write press releases.  I'm quite a novice at these; I've 
only written five, so I can only charge novice fees.  I earn £60 
($120) for each press release I write.  I generally get about ten 
days in which to write each press release and I spend most of this 
time just thinking about what I'm going to write.  The actual 
writing takes no more than two hours, giving me an hourly rate of 
$60.  

Both these hourly rates compare very nicely to what I earn per 
hour writing articles and they both use the same skills.  For both 
these jobs I had to research the topic, pick my slant and then 
write my piece. So you see, commercial writing is not really that 
different to normal nonfiction freelancing.  In fact, it's often 
easier as companies will provide you with lots of information on 
which you can base your piece. 

How do I become a commercial writer? 
------------------------------------

The good news is that anyone can become a commercial writer. 
Just as with all other areas of writing there are lots of books 
and courses about how to get started in this area.  Peter Bowerman 
and Bob Bly are the definite experts at how to do this for a 
living, but others like Beth Ann Erickson, have also made a good 
income from this area. 

The even better news is that most of this work is freelance.  You 
will not be competing against staff writers or contributing 
editors as you often are with magazines.  Most companies now use 
freelance commercial writers rather in employ someone in-house 
because freelance commercial writers are flexible, are only paid 
when they're working on a specific job and it's easy for a company 
to change writers if they're not happy with the service they"ve 
received.  This last point could work both ways for you; you 
could pick up a new job because the last writer didn't meet their 
needs, alternatively, if you don't give them the best service you 
can, you will be the writer being dropped.

And how do you give them the best service you can?  How do you 
meet and exceed their requirements?  How do you deliver a press
release that out of the 3000 or so that are written every day, 
actually gets published by the press?  How do you write the 
sales letter that brings in the sales?  Simple, you read and 
learn from expert copywriters and from the articles we'll 
bring you in Commercial Corner.  The fun starts next month so 
watch this space. 

     >>-----------------------------------------------------<< 
Dawn Copeman is a freelance writer based in England. She is the 
author of over 100 articles and is the editor of Writing World 
and also of Newbie Writers, http://www.newbie-writers.com, a 
site for new and aspiring writers.  Dawn is also a copywriter as 
well as a contributing editor and columnist at
http://www.timetravel-britain.com. Visit her website at 
http://www.write-away.biz 

Copyright (c) 2007 by Dawn Copeman 

If we have managed to whet your appetite for commercial writing, 
then check out the articles we currently have at: 
http://www.writing-world.com/tech/index.shtml

***************************************************************** 

WRITING IT REAL holds its Port Townsend, WA writers' conference 
June 21-25 at the Harborside Inn.  Let Sheila Bender, Jack 
Heffron and Susan Rich help you bring your essays, memoir, 
creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry to the next level! Visit 
http://www.writingitreal.com/#Conference or email 
conference@writingitreal.com. 

***************************************************************** 
WHAT'S NEW AT WRITING-WORLD.COM 
================================================================= 

JUNE COLUMNS: 
------------------ 

Writing for Young Readers, by Eugie Foster 
An Interview with Mark Justice of Story Station
http://www.writing-world.com/foster/foster11.shtml


NEW ARTICLES: 
------------- 
Edit yourself into print -- Use these 6 steps to make your 
writing for children sparkle, by Laura Backes
http://www.writing-world.com/children/backes1.shtml

Research, Track and Conquer, by Joseph Thomas
http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/RTC.shtml

"First Sale" Mistakes Every Writer Can Avoid 
by Moira Allen 
http://www.writing-world.com/basics/firstsale.shtml

***************************************************************** 
RECOMMENDED WRITING CLASSES 
***************************************************************** 

Freelancing for Newspapers, by Sue Fagalde Lick.  8 weeks, $100; 
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/newspapers.shtml 

Fundamentals of Fiction, by Marg Gilks. 8 weeks, $150; enroll at 
any time! http://www.writing-world.com/classes/fiction.shtml 

***************************************************************** 

WRITING CONTESTS 

================================================================= 
This section lists contests that charge no entry fees. Unless 
otherwise indicated, competitions are open to all adult writers. 
For more contests, check our contests database. 
http://www.writing-world.com/contests/index.shtml 


JOYOUS PUBLISHING CONTESTS
-------------------------- 
DEADLINE: June 15, 2007 
GENRE: Nonfiction, Short Stories
OPEN TO: Anyone worldwide. 
LENGTH:  5000 words. 
PRIZE: $50 & publication in anthology
URL: http://joyouspub.com/wst_page6.html

WILD BLUE YONDER SHORT FICTION CONTEST
--------------------------------------
DEADLINE: June 15, 2007 
GENRE: Short Stories 
THEME: 2,500 words max on the theme of "colorful"
PRIZE: $250 
URL:  http://lighthousewriters.org/wildblueyonder.htm

BECHTEL PRIZE
-------------------------- 
DEADLINE: June 29, 2007 
GENRE: Nonfiction
THEME: 5000 word max essay or article relating to creative 
writing education, literary studies, and/or the profession 
of writing.
PRIZE:  $ 3500
URL: http://www.twc.org/bechtel_prize.htm

BRITISH CZECH & SLOVAK ASSOCIATION WRITING COMPETITION
----------------------------------------------------- 
DEADLINE: June 30, 2007 
GENRE: Nonfiction/short stories.
THEME:  Entries should relate to either or both (1) the 
links between Britain and the Czech & Slovak Republics 
(or their predecessor states) or (2) society in 
transition in those Republics since the Velvet Revolution 
in 1989
LENGTH:  2000 words max.  
OPEN TO: ALL
PRIZE: £300, £100 
URL: http://www.bcsa.co.uk 

HILLERMAN MYSTERY COMPETITION
------------------------------------ 
DEADLINE: July 1, 2007 
GENRE: Books
THEME: Submit an unpublished mystery novel set in the 
Southwestern US by an author with no published books in
that genre
LENGTH: 60,000 words max. 
PRIZE: $10,000 advance against royalties, & publication 
by St Martin's Press
URL: http://www.hillermanconference.com/pdfhillermanprize.pdf

LINDA FLOWERS PRIZE
----------------------------- 
DEADLINE: July 3, 2007 
GENRE: Nonfiction, Short Stories 
THEME:   2000 - 2500 word fiction or nonfiction entries with a 
connection to North Carolina themes or events (out-of-state 
authors eligible)
PRIZE: $500 
URL: http://www.nchumanities.org/flowers.html

***************************************************************** 

AUTHOR'S BOOKSHELF: Books by Our Readers 
---------------------------------------- 

The Ancient One (audiobook), by Sheri McGathy 

Costumes of Ancient Times (an Artist's Sketchbook), 
by Victor Anderson (edited by Moira Allen) 

Six Centuries of Costume (an Artist's Sketchbook), 
by Victor Anderson (edited by Moira Allen) 


Find these and more great books at 
http://www.writing-world.com/books/index.shtml 

Have you just had a book published?  If so, let our readers know: 
just click on the link below to list your book. 
http://www.writing-world.com/books/listyours.shtml 

***************************************************************** 

ADVERTISE in WRITING WORLD or on WRITING-WORLD.COM!  For details 
on how to reach 60,000 writers a month with your product, service 
or book title, visit 
http://www.writing-world.com/admin1/adrates.shtml 

**************************************************************** 

Writing World is a publication of Writing-World.com 
http://www.writing-world.com 

Publisher: MOIRA ALLEN (editors@writing-world.com) 

Site/Newsletter Editor: 
DAWN COPEMAN (editorial@writing-world.com) 

Copyright 2007 Moira Allen 
Individual articles copyrighted by their authors. 

Back issues archived at 
http://www.writing-world.com/newsletter/index.shtml 

Writing World is hosted by Listbox.com - http://v2.listbox.com 

***************************************************************** 

Subscribers are welcome to recirculate Writing World to 
friends, discussion lists, etc., as long as the ENTIRE text 
of the newsletter is included and appropriate credit is given. 
Writing World may not be circulated for profit purposes. 

***************************************************************** 

Do not reply to this message to subscribe or unsubscribe! To 
subscribe to Writing World, send a blank e-mail to 
subscribe-writing-world@v2.listbox.com. To unsubscribe, send a 
blank e-mail to unsubscribe-writing-world@v2.listbox.com. 
To change your address, please unsubscribe your old address and 
subscribe your new address.  You can also use the subscription 
box at the top of the page at http://www.writing-world.com 



Copyright © 2017 by Moira Allen. All rights reserved.
All materials on this site are the property of their authors
and may not be reprinted without the author's written permission,
unless otherwise indicated.
For more information please contact Moira Allen, Editor