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IN THIS ISSUE:
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THE EDITOR'S DESK, by Moira Allen
THE INQUIRING WRITER, Publishing ebooks for free - by Dawn Copeman
NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
WRITING JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES
FEATURE: Mixing It Up: Writing Across Genres, by Penny Lockwood
Ehrenkranz  
COLUMN: Free Stuff for Writers, by Aline Lechaye
THE WRITE SITES -- Online Resources for Writers
The Author's Bookshelf

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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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The Value of a Kick-Start
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In July, Dawn wrote an editorial about "Making Things Harder than
They Are" (http://www.writing-world.com/dawn/timetravel.shtml). In
it, she discussed how "easily" the ideas came when she first began
freelancing -- and how she happily sent out queries right and left
without nearly so much agonizing over "is this right?" or "will
they take it?" as she feels today.  What happened, she wondered?

Well, I wondered too -- because as I read that editorial, I
thought, that's just how I used to approach the writing business as
well!  I still have a huge folder (one of those expanding indexed
types) that is chock-full of clippings, notes, ideas and potential
markets -- most of which I haven't looked at in years.  Once upon a
time, I fired off queries with -- well, I won't say without a
thought, but perhaps "without a qualm."  If they were accepted,
hooray; if they were not, then, oh well, back to the drawing board.
 
Today, I have become a classic procrastinator, and ideas sit on my
desk until they become more historical curiosities than workable
articles.  When, as Dawn asked, did it start to seem so difficult? 
Or do we just make things harder for ourselves than we have to?

Whatever the reason, I decided it was time to try to recover some
of that unbridled enthusiasm -- or perhaps it was "blind faith." 
I'd been kicking around two ideas for about six months -- it was
time to kick them out the door.  One was to one of the family
history magazines referenced in that same newsletter (an idea that
had come to me when I first ACCEPTED that article back in December
2008).  The other was a query to British Heritage on an event that
would be coming up next spring -- so if I was to have any hope of
getting an article in on the topic, I'd better get it in soon!  

So... I applied butt to chair and fingers to keyboard, and wrote up
the tale of how I'd tracked down an ancestor from a photo my
grandmother had hidden inside another picture, and sent it off to
Ancestry Magazine.  Then I wrote a query, attached a bunch of
photos, and fired it off to British Heritage.  Then, with the sense
of resignation that we all get in this business, I sat down to
wait...

Two days later I got a response from British Heritage -- and to
make a long story short, they're taking the article, which will be
my first professional PHOTO sale.  Further, the editor informed me,
"we almost NEVER accept queries over the transom like this..."  

I'm still waiting to hear from Ancestry Magazine, but in the
meantime, whilst trying to track down a bit more information on
this particular ancestor, I ended up in a most enjoyable
correspondence with a fellow who is researching the history of a
town in Ohio that was partially FOUNDED by that ancestor.  In the
process, I learned quite a bit more about my family tree (and he
finally got to see a photo of one of the "founding fathers" that he
had been researching).  So a good time was had by all.

Now I have three new assignments, and a few more ideas floating
around that will soon be winging their way to potential markets. 
And I've concluded that Dawn was right: That WASN'T so hard!  

-- Moira Allen, Editor

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Call for Submissions...
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In Dawn's "Inquiring Writer" column, below, you'll see a request
for information on how "social networking" has helped your writing.
 I'm adding my request to hers: I'm interested in feature articles
on ways in which you have benefited from social networking as a
writer.  Whether it's blogging, Facebook, Twitter, texting or
whatever, if you've found a way to attract more readers and/or sell
more writing, I want to know about it.  Articles must offer
specific tips that writers can follow, with examples ("I did this
and you can do it too") and, of course, any relevant links.  Query
or send your complete manuscript to Moira Allen, Editor,
"editors@writing-world.com."  (For details about our terms and
guidelines, visit 
http://www.writing-world.com/admin1/guidelines.shtml)
        
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THE INQUIRING WRITER, Publishing Ebooks for Free, by Dawn Copeman
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Last month's question came from Anne, who wrote: "I wrote an e-book
that I want to give away for free. And I searched for sites where I
could submit it. But several of the sites I found asked me for
money. So I have to PAY them to GIVE away my book! That is not
fair, is it?

"Can you tell me of any sites where I can give away a book? I just
wrote it for fun, and to get my name out there."

Elaine Saunders came up with a surprising option for Anne.  She
wrote: "Please tell Anne that LULU.com allows you to post e-books
for free and give them away for free provided you can come up with
your own front cover or use one of their standard forms. 

"They offer paid marketing packages but these are optional and it's
actually fun to do your own marketing.  I've uploaded free extracts
from my nonfiction work to LULU and have had a few hundred
downloads so people are obviously keen to read free e-books.

"Ask Anne to keep us posted so we know where to look for her work."

Mehak Siddiqui offered these two suggestions: "I'm not perfectly
sure but she could try these 2 sites: http://www.globusz.com/ and
http://www.letsgetpublished.com."

Mark Webster has yet another suggestion for Anne. He said: "One of
the best free-to-publish sites around would have to be Scribd
http://www.scribd.com/. I often troll the latest e-books that have
been uploaded; many people enjoy the wide variety of books as well.
 It is a great way for a new author to get discovered by the
Internet community." 

Finally, Leona Wisoker offered Anne some more options.  She wrote:
"Regarding the question about an e-book that the author wants to
give away for free, there are a couple of options. If she is
assembling it herself, which isn't terribly difficult if you're
talking PDF format, she can post it to her own web site (which I am
assuming she has!), or find another writer/group web site which is
willing to do that for her. 

"For instance, I run a web site called Dream Leaf Creations, which
I use to help artists and writers network, showcase their works,
and give them a free 'web presence,' which many cannot afford to
pay for or do not understand how to achieve. I would be more than
happy to look at Anne's ebook to see if she is a good match, assist
with any editing, and add her as a Dreamer; my only requirement is
that she must be serious about her writing and be aiming for
professional status. I don't claim to be big or important; I'm just
aiming to pay back the community for all the help I've received
over the years.

"More details may be found at:
http://www.dreamleafcreations.com/BecomeADreamer.html

"I do not know of any other similar sites at this time, but I am
quite sure they exist, and I hope Anne finds the best possible
outlet for her work."

(Editor's Note: Since this piece was completed, another writer let
us know about Smashwords.com, which distributes e-books in a
variety of formats including Kindle.)

On an unrelated note, Jan Whitaker sent us this intriguing link
related to last month's column on writing rituals.  Click on this
link and you can see where famous science fiction writers write.
http://tinyurl.com/q7dxz3

Finally, this month, I want to know whether you use social
networking sites to aid you with your writing.  Do you use MySpace
or Facebook to help you with interviews?  Have you found work via
LinkedIn or other social networking sites?  Do you use them as a
support group, or virtual writing group?  Basically, as someone who
only dabbles her toes into Facebook every now and then, I want to
know if you have found a use for it to aid your writing career. 

Email your responses to me with the subject line "Inquiring Writer"
to editorial@writing-world.com.

Until next time, 

Dawn

Copyright (c) 2009 Dawn Copeman

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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BOOK ABOUT PEAS SHORTLISTED FOR PRIZE 
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Yes, a book about a pea's journey from pod to plate has been
short-listed for a prestigious UK Children's Book Prize. The
nonfiction book (okay, with a bit of fiction thrown in) tells
children about food production and might even get them to want to
eat peas!  It just goes to show that yes, you can write a book
about just about anything. For more on this story visit: 
http://tinyurl.com/r27aun        

CHICK LIT BOOK GETS RECESSION REWRITE FOR US LAUNCH 
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Sarah Bilston's second novel "Sleepless Nights" was launched in the
UK last year and is set to be launched in the US this month.  It's
a time when, one would think, most writers would be relaxing and
thinking of the royalties.  But not Bilston.  She realised that the
world had changed somewhat since she first penned her work and that
only a drastic rewrite would make it a welcome read in these hard
times.  To find out just what she had to do to make her novel work
visit: http://tinyurl.com/r3tvpg

DETROIT LIBRARIANS REVEAL TRUTH ABOUT AWFUL LIBRARY BOOKS
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Two librarians from Detroit, Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly, are on a
mission to reveal to the world all the bad library books that are
sitting unloved and unread on the nation's library shelves. Their
website, Awfullibrarybooks, has proved an unusual success,
receiving around 30,000 hits a day as people rush to find out what
terrors are lurking in their libraries.  The aim of the site is to
shame libraries into updating their stock and removing some of the
duff titles that are taking up shelf space. For more on this story
visit: http://tinyurl.com/oa4ye8 Or take a look at the site itself:
http://awfullibrarybooks.wordpress.com/

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WRITING JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES
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Final Call For Submissions for a FAST APPROACHING DEADLINE:
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"Lifebytes, Real Stories.... is assembling an anthology of stories
about ON LINE DATING.  We are looking for nonfiction stories
(300-2000 words) that encompass the full range of internet dating
experiences. How did you start dating online? Have you had short
(two or three date) relationships? Was your experience happy or
joyful, sad, scary, sexy or just unbelievable? Did you find the
love of your life? In essence, we are interested in hearing about
everything from one date to a full dating experience.

WHAT'S YOUR STORY? Please submit your stories to
bookeditors@lifebytesbook.com Please check out our website,
http://www.lifebytesbook.com, for submission guidelines. Deadline
is September 15, 2009. Chosen stories will be paid $50-$100 (based
on word count).

Sewing Articles Wanted
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Sew News magazine is a monthly publication devoted to the
enthusiastic and creative people who want to sew. They provide them
with accurate, helpful, step-by-step information for personalizing
ready-to-wear and creating original fashions, accessories, gifts
and home decor that express personal style. Sew News requires
original unpublished content and gives first consideration to those
authors. Payment is from $50 to $500. View website for details.
http://www.sewnews.com/about/write_for_us.html

GuideGecko Writing Contest
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Win a trip to the Frankfurt Book Fair, jump-start your travel
writing career! GuideGecko.com holds an international writing
contest for travel, food and lifestyle guides in conjunction with
the world's largest book fair in Frankfurt, Germany. The contest is
open to all aspiring and established authors at all career levels.
Authors from all over the world can submit their own travel,
lifestyle or entertainment guides, and the winning titles will be
showcased on the fair. The top prize is a personal trip to the fair
in October 2009. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet
renowned publishers, pitch story ideas, and expose titles to over
300,000 visitors and 10,000 journalists. Hall 3, where the winning
titles will be displayed, is probably the most lively hall on the
whole fair, bringing great exposure to the author and the books
that are on display.

The contest deadline is September 24, 2009. There is no page limit
and authors are welcome to submit new and existing works, as long
as they fit into the (broad) categories of travel, lifestyle and
entertainment guides. Authors keep all copyrights, and
participation is free. More info: 
http://www.guidegecko.com/writing-contest 

Articles on Scotland Wanted
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UK-based Scottish Memories is a monthly magazine focusing on
stories, history, and nostalgia relating to Scotland. They welcome
article proposals from writers. Articles should be between 900-1600
words and include illustrations where possible. Send a synopsis to
editor, Matthew Hill, in the first instance. View website for more
information. http://www.scottish-memories.co.uk/index.asp

Short Stories Wanted
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Page Forty-Seven online anthology has been created for the new or
not-yet-published writer. The purpose of this anthology is to help
you establish yourself as a writer by providing an early
publication credit, possibly your first. Length: Short story
submissions up to 10,000 characters (approx. 8.5 pages) Payment:
$50 flat fee on acceptance. View website for details.
http://www.be-a-better-writer.com/short-story-submission.html

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FEATURE: Mixing It Up: Writing Across Genres
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by Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz

Many writers and readers are familiar with romances written with a
touch of fantasy, futurism, or a paranormal theme.  Writing across
genres is becoming more and more popular as writers are branching
out into new and exciting genres, and mixing it up is no longer
limited to romance.  Authors are writing multi-genre works in many
categories.  Jamieson Wolf, for example, mixes thriller paranormal
stories with a dash of romance. Karina Fabian shakes up her
Christian-theme stories with a combination of fantasy, mystery, and
satire. My own short stories tend to be fantasy with just a
sprinkling of romance, and my middle grade novel, Ghost for Rent,
is a paranormal mystery.  Is writing across genres something you
should try?  

Fantasy most often involves magic, mythical creatures, a hero's
quest, and an invented world.  Paranormal stories have nightmare
creatures such as vampires, werewolves and ghosts. Mystery plots
involve solving a puzzle, usually a crime, while building suspense,
and dropping clues to help the reader figure out the solution to
the puzzle. Thrillers blend action with believable characters in
tense situations, often with political overtones. Science fiction
can be either technological or social and involves conjecture about
future science or technology.  It can include alternate history,
time travel, space exploration and settlement, aliens, and/or
robotics.  Historical fiction portrays fictional stories of real
people or events with attention paid to the details, manners,
language, dress, moral and social conditions of the specific time
period.  Christian literature deals with Christian themes and world
views.  

Mixing one or more of these types of fiction together creates
stories which cross-genre author Jamieson Wolf states have "more
bang for their buck."  Writer Dianne G. Sagan likens "combining
some elements of other genres" in a story to "adding seasoning when
you're cooking." Karina Fabian believes "We are becoming
increasingly more sophisticated in our thinking process... (this)
make(s) us able to handle complex storylines that transcend a
single genre."

Ms. Schizas -- author, editor, and organizer of the MuseOnLine
Conference -- published her paranormal suspense young adult
thriller, Doorman's Creek, in 2007.  Most of Lea's books include
mystery and the paranormal because she loves "cliff-hanging chapter
endings." When asked why, Lea stated, "...in my Young Adult novel,
Doorman's Creek, the main focus is mystery, but I added paranormal
to heighten the read and surrounding make-believe world of my
characters. A bit of spookiness added with mystery rounds off each
page for the reader." 
        
Dianne G. Sagan focuses on combining Women's Christian Literature
with Historical Fiction.  Her novel, Rebekah Redeemed, is scheduled
to be released in February 2009.  She enjoys writing "cross-over
with genre because I believe it gives my writing more depth."  She
describes Rebekah Redeemed as "a suspenseful story.  I put the
story in historical, first-century Israel, but it is basically a
woman's story."    
        
Karina Fabian is an author who really likes to mix up her genres. 
Her "Dragon Eye PI" novels and stories (Infinite Space, Infinite
God, anthology and Leaps of Faith anthology) are "fantasy/ mystery/
noir satires with a dash of Christianity that cross genres, shatter
cliches and tell great stories as only a cynical dragon can." 
Karina chose this genre mix because these "far-flung adventures
with a lot of excitement and an element of the fantastic where the
hero is pitted against an outside threat and must become a better
person/creature in order to emerge victorious" interest her.
        
What's important to keep in mind, should you choose to follow these
authors into cross genre writing, is to remember what type of story
you plan to write.  Dianne looks at it this way, "I focus more on
Christian fiction in Rebekah Redeemed because I have a strong faith
and feel that others can learn from how someone grows personally
through hardships and can be a better person for it." Jamieson most
often "focus(es) on the paranormal... and romance.  Mostly because
the two of them go so well together and they compliment each other.
 Where there is excitement and the unknown, there is romance."
        
Carole Ann Moleti is relatively new to fiction writing, with a
solid background in creative nonfiction, reviews and features.  She
is now working on romantic fantasy, urban and science fantasy. 
Carole says "I don't think I could have written cross genre when I
was beginning.  There are too many conventions to learn for each. 
After I got the basics down, I started to experiment with fantasy
romance, then urban fantasy and erotic fantasy.  I took specialized
courses to help me figure out the right way to do it."         
        
There are many reasons to incorporate more than one genre in your
story.  Multi-talented writer and publisher (The Base Stealers
Club, Midnight Hours, Case of the Missing Coach) Vivian Zabel
writes across genres because "Life isn't one dimensional, so books
shouldn't be either.  A bit of humor, mystery, romance all add to
the fabric of the story... Life isn't all one thing or another.  It
blends sorrow and joy, hate and love, compassion and selfishness. 
Stories should do the same thing, give a rounded picture of the
characters lives." By blending genres, this allows a writer to do
just that. Ms. Moleti states, "Very rarely will I stay in one
genre, such as mainstream romance or pure fantasy... Paranormal and
erotic romance seems more interesting to me, and as a writer gives
me more options for plot twists."
        
If you enjoy reading genre stories, writing across genres may be
for you.  However, as Lea Schizas says, "master what goes into
writing any particular genre before (you) mix another in the bag. 
Each genre has specific elements to be included to fully round out
the read."  This sentiment is mirrored by author Barbara Ehrentreu,
"mastering any genre means writing a great many stories in that
genre.  One good way to master a genre is to read as much as you
can in that genre.  Seeing what other authors write helps you to
write that genre... Also, it is better if you concentrate on honing
your ability to write using one genre."
        
Karina offers this advice: "Don't worry about genres.  Write the
story.  Make it the best story you can, with compelling characters,
fun twists, great plot progression and an ending that makes the
reader smile with satisfaction yet long for the next book." Dianne
believes that "when we first start writing, it is a good idea to
focus on one genre at a time, but be willing to experiment with
others... Many writing techniques are the same no matter what genre
you choose so learning the basics is a foundation for whatever
appeals to you." Jamieson agrees: "Start with one genre and become
familiar with it before incorporating another. When I started
writing, I started with fantasy... I became comfortable... then I
wanted to try something new... So, I tried gay romance... but never
thought of combining the two until reading a Silhouette Nocturne
novel... I thought: Hey, I'm writing this already. But I was
comfortable enough in both genres separately to find out what
happened when I combined the two."
        
Mr. Wolf, who has a long line of cross genre books including
Valentine, Valentine's Labyrinth, Witches, the Written Word, Book
One, and others, tries to make "sure that one genre doesn't
overpower the other.  For instance, if I'm writing a paranormal
with romantic elements, I want to make sure not to focus solely on
the romance and ignore the story."
        
What does it mean to make sure one genre doesn't "overpower" the
other?  You must remember, as you're writing, which genre is your
main theme.  Are you writing a romance that just happens to be set
in a haunted house?  Then you're not writing a paranormal, you are
writing a romance. The subgenres shouldn't be what drive your book.
 However, if you're writing a fantasy and your hero falls in love
with an elf, don't let the romance take over.  The fantasy, not the
romance, should be the driving force of your story. As Carole
states, "I don't always write romance, but I almost always write
speculative fiction. Since I don't write traditional romance, my
plots rarely conform to romance formulas.  The paranormal comes
first."
        
Lea offers this advice: "The writer (should state) the overpowering
genre first. As a reviewer, there have been books I've read that
stated mystery/romance. Having read the book, I realized the whole
book contained romance, and the mystery was to imply who the
heroine was going to choose as a mate.  That's not right.  Choosing
the main genre and then adding the subgenre that comes in second is
the best way to go for your reader. This way they don't feel
cheated." 
        
Overpowering the main genre when you're attempting to write across
genres is perhaps the most difficult aspect of this type of genre
writing.  Carole, Lea and Jamieson all testify to this hardship.
Carole further states that "the hardest part of writing in two
genres at the same time is fulfilling the formula criteria for
both."
        
Karina finds the hardest part of writing in more than one genre at
once is "making sure I handle the less familiar genre well."  For
example, she is "strong on fantasy and humor, but need(s) to
concentrate to ensure (her) mysteries have the right balance of
clues and deduction." Barbara believes the way to overcome the
problem of "needing to think in more than one genre... would be to
put (yourself) into the story."  
        
Yet for Vivian "limiting myself completely to one genre would be
the hardest part of writing. So, I write what my imagination and
characters give me to write." Lea has also found that it's no
longer hard for her to combine genres since "each genre has
specific elements that need to be included in order to
'authenticate' that genre."
        
Learn about the different genres.  Read as much as you can of each,
before you decide what you want to write.  Your writing will read
true if you write what you enjoy. If you don't like reading
paranormal or suspense, don't attempt to write a story combining
these two genres. Once you find your niche, your writing won't be
forced.  As Vivian Zabel states, "learn (your) craft and master
writing good stories and books.  The rest will follow."


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Copyright (c) 2009 by Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz

Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz has published more than 80 articles, 60 
stories, two e-books and a chapbook, and her stories have been
included in two anthologies. She writes for adults and children.
Her fiction has appeared in numerous genre and children's
publications and her nonfiction work has appeared in a variety of
writing, parenting, and young adult print magazines and online
publications.  Her writing blog is available at 
http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.blogspot.com/
Her middle grade novel Ghost for Rent, in trade paper back is
available at 
http://www.hardshell.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=0759910057 
and as an eBook at
http://store.fictionwise.com/servlet/mw?t=book&bi=8656&si=42


For more information on writing in different genres check out the
following links: 

Romance: http://www.writing-world.com/romance/index.shtml
Mystery: http://www.writing-world.com/mystery/index.shtml
SF/Fantasy: http://www.writing-world.com/sf/index.shtml

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COLUMN - The Software You Need to Have, Part 2
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By Aline Lechaye

Last month we looked at two distraction-free word processing
programs, an indexer to document your various books, and a
life-saving file recovery software. This month, let's look at some
more free writer software. 

WriteSparks Lite
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You know those days when you can't even come up with a decent first
sentence? Those are the days when you'll be glad you have
WriteSparks. 

WriteSparks contains seven story generators. You can get first
lines, situations, or cliches to start off your tale. There are
also generators for hilarious mixed metaphors and proverbs. ("Every
man comes but once a year?")

The Lite (free) version does not expire, and you can use it for as
long as you need. Admittedly, the generators don't hold a large
amount of material, but they should last for a few weeks. Download
WriteSparks Lite by going to http://writesparks.com/#wslite and
entering your name and email; a download link will be emailed to
you shortly afterwards.  

Author's note: Drop by next month for more story generators!

Sonar
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Did you send that short story to FictionalMarket? Oh... yeah, they
rejected it, didn't they? Did you actually get paid for this
nonfiction article? You don't remember getting a check. And what
was the name of that magazine that you wanted to query?

The writer's life is hard -- and it only gets harder when you have
no clear idea who you submitted to, who wants a rewrite, and who's
supposed to pay you. (That last most of all!)

If you don't have the means to hire a secretary, get Sonar 
http://www.spacejock.com/Sonar3_Download.html, a free
submission-tracking software. You can record markets, submissions,
and payments. It just takes a quick glance to see what you need to
work on, and which people you need to send an invoice to. What more
could a busy writer ask for? 

Name Generator
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Stumped for a name? Why not get a name generator to help you out?
Download a free one from http://beimax.de/namegenerator/. It's
better to download the new Java version if you already have Java
installed in your computer. The Java version is easier to use than
the old installed version, and it has more name generating options.


You can use the name generator to generate whole lists of names --
up to 100 at a time -- in various languages (there are also fantasy
and god name options). The software doesn't only work for people
names, either: you can use it for city and region names as well.  

Sweet Home 3D
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Ever wanted to build a home for the characters you love? Now's your
chance: go to http://www.sweethome3d.eu/download.html and download
Sweet Home 3D to create your (or their, as the case may be) dream
home. Windows, Mac, and Linux versions are all available. 

The program window is split into two sections, a 2D (graphed)
section, and a sort of 3D section that shows you what the house
would look like if you were actually there. It's a fairly cool
piece of software if nothing else, so try it out if you're thinking
of redecorating or moving anytime soon. 

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

Aline Lechaye is a translator, writer, and writing tutor who
resides in Asia. She can be reached at alinelechaye@gmail.com.

Copyright (c) 2009 by Aline Lechaye

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