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THE EDITOR'S DESK: by Moira Allen
INQUIRING WRITER: Resolutions, by Dawn Copeman
FEATURE:  A Writing Plan for 2010, by Shaunna Privratsky
COLUMN: Free Stuff for Writers, by Aline Lechaye
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Taking the Lazy Way Out...
Dawn and I have an arrangement: Normally I write the editorial for 
the first issue of the month, and she writes the second.  Well, I 
have been pummelling my brain for something "original" to say about 
New Year's resolutions for three days now, and nothing exciting is 
emerging.  In particular, nothing has emerged to compare with the 
impromptu editorial that Dawn managed to write while writing up the 
"results" of her "Inquiring Writer" column on resolutions, below.

So...  Taking the lazy way out, I'm letting Dawn's article take over 
the editorial slot this issue!  See you in two weeks!

-- Moira Allen, Editor


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THE INQUIRING WRITER: Resolutions, by Dawn Copeman
Last time I asked if you had any New Year Writing Resolutions and I 
can only assume you were all far too busy enjoying the festive 
season to respond or that you've given up on the whole resolutions 

It might just be that with the state of the economy still being so 
uncertain, with magazines folding and rates for articles falling, 
you feel that it is useless to make resolutions this year.  It could 
be that you are just too drained to think of any, or have a 'been 
there, done that' attitude to resolutions. 

You might think that goals are just for new writers.  Certainly, 
over at newbiewriters.com the new writers are busy sharing their 
resolutions with each other on the forum.  Could it be that we think 
that we are beyond such things? 

If the latter is the case then this means we are in danger of 
becoming complacent, of letting our writing slide and of letting 
other 'non' writing things get in the way.  Even if we don't do 
resolutions per se, January is the perfect time to reflect on our 
writing in the past year and to realistically work out what we 
intend to achieve this year and how we are going to set about it.  
Yes, I've said it before, but I cannot stress enough how important 
this annual review of our writing is.

It can be oh so easy, when we're trying to make money however we can, 
to put our writing to one side.  I've done it.  I was in demand as a 
languages tutor and so took on more and more work in this area, thus 
squeezing the amount of time I had to write.  At the time I reasoned 
to myself that "this is actual money, while for writing I'm dealing 
with only potential sales."  This was true, but I was seriously 
reducing my chances of making any sales at all, especially when I'd 
reduced my writing time to one hour a week!  Without reviewing my 
writing plan in January, how easy it would have been to gradually 
push writing out of my life altogether. 

So even if you don't resolve to write 100,000 words of your novel 
this year or submit to new markets, or write 15 queries a month, I 
suggest you do resolve to check out the state of your writing health 
and ensure that your original goals and work patterns are still 
working for you today. 

And speaking of working, this month's question comes from Helen, 
who asked the following question: "I am thinking of moving away from 
Microsoft Office to use a free office suite such as Open Office. Do 
you know if documents created in Open Office are easily opened and 
read by people using Word? Will using Open Office make it harder for 
me to sell my work? Or will I just have to suck up the increased 
cost of purchasing the latest version of Microsoft Office? Have any 
of your readers made the switch to free office programs?"

If you have made the switch and can offer Helen any advice, email 
me with the subject line 'inquiring writer' to 
editorial@writing-world.com.  Also if you have any questions you 
would like to put to our writing community, email them to me at the 
same address. I am running low on questions and need your help!
Copyright (c) 2010 Dawn Copeman


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Amazon Sells More Ebooks Than Printed Ones On Christmas Day 
For the first time in its history, the online book retailer sold 
more digital books than traditional printed books on Christmas Day, 
leading many traditional publishers feeling apprehensive about the 
future.  Traditional publishers are concerned that the low cost of 
ebooks, $7.99 for a bestseller as opposed to $35 for the same book 
in hardcover, will lead to a huge loss of revenue for the publishing 
houses and in consequence lead to a lowering of earnings for 
authors.  For more on this story and how the publishers are trying 
to compete, visit:

A Christmas Carol Reaches Highest Price For Dickens' Book 
A first edition of the book, which was inscribed by Dickens to a 
friend on December 17, 1843, sold at an auction at Christie's New 
York for $233,194.  This was well above the expected price of 
$120,000 - $200,000 and makes this the most expensive Dickens' book 
ever purchased. For more on this story visit: 

Google Fined in French Court
A court in Paris fined Google over $429,000 for breaching French 
copyright law.  The money will go to French publishers and authors 
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History Writers Wanted
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New Home and Lifestyle Magazine Seeks Writers
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January of 2010 and will resemble a print magazine with features on 
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Blog Writers Wanted
A2Digital is looking for experienced writers to maintain their 
blogs. Applicants should have the ability to read and review works
published for semi-daily blog entries. Specialized experience in 
genres such as mystery, suspense, thriller and technical manuals 
welcome. View website for more details.

Short Story Authors Wanted for a "Sunday Supper" anthology
Twelve authors are needed for an anthology of "Sunday supper" 
stories. Authors should be between the ages of 40 and 60.  
The story will be about you and your family at the last Sunday 
supper together at about, or when you were around 7 to ten years 
old. It must combine comedy and drama.  We also seek two notable 
authors with "name recognition" to write the preface and conclusion 
(suggestions welcome!).

Proceeds from the book will be divided as follows: 50% up front will 
go to missions and feeding programs. This will be distributed by a 
group of 12 people overseeing the funds. This group will be formed 
from either the authors of the book, or a representative appointed 
from the author to take his or her place.  The remaining 50% will be 
divided equally between 12 authors, plus the authors handling the 
preface and conclusion.  There will be no prepayments prior to 
publication. All expenditures will be available for study upon 

Submission requirements: 10-15 5.5x8.5-inch pages in black, 
with half-inch margins on all sides, in single-spaced 14-point type.  
Please submit a PDF file for review.  All accepted submissions will 
be responded to; otherwise, response will be sent only to 
submissions that meet the designated specs. Send submissions to 
submitshortstory@yahoo.com.  Please include e-mail address, postal 
address, and phone number. Submission deadline is February 14, 2010.


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FEATURE: A Writing Plan for 2010

By Shaunna Privratsky

I don't like resolutions.  Resolutions tend to start out bright and 
shiny, and then become dull when something gets in the way or it 
just becomes too hard. Whether we're talking about losing weight, 
being more organized, or improving the quality of our lives or our 
writing, resolutions are make-or-break: an all or nothing mindset.  
Most resolutions fail because we aim too high or are unrealistic 
when we set our goals.

Instead, I love setting goals and making plans to accomplish those 
goals. January is the perfect time to create new goals.  It is the 
blank slate, the fresh page on the calendar, the promise of 
beginnings; the perfect do-over.  Forget your past mistakes and start again.  
Make 2010 the year you become a better writer by setting realistic 
goals and making a workable plan.

Writing is a career, but it is also a way of life.  In order to be
successful, we have to incorporate it into our schedule, instead of 
always waiting for the perfect moment.  How many times have you 
thought, 'I'll wait until the kids are older,'  'I'll really be a 
writer if I win that award for a month at a writer's retreat,' or 
'I'll write when I have more time?'

If you really think you are too busy to write, sit down and make a 
list of everything you do in a day.  Now really study it.  If you 
are at work from 8am to 5pm, maybe you could write during your two 
coffee breaks or at lunchtime.  Stay at home parents can sneak in 
some writing when the kids are napping or enjoying a video.

Take control of your schedule by creating a yearly plan for your 
writing career.  If time is a struggle, check your schedule and look 
for snippets that you could use for writing.  Get up one hour 
earlier than usual or go to bed a little later.  If you want to 
write more, see if there are activities that you could eliminate.

Stop making excuses and just begin.  Every novel starts with one 
word. Even if you can only write for ten minutes a day, make it a 
goal to do it every day.  Gradually, you will want to extend those 
ten minutes to twenty minutes, a half hour or an hour.

There is never going to be a better time than right now, today.  
Start writing that novel you've been dreaming about.  Jot down three 
article ideas and start researching markets.  Pen your memories 
about the holiday season before they become as stale as the unopened 
fruitcake and the drooping tree.  Just write.

You might be thinking, 'Easy for her to say.'  And I would agree. 
After eight years, I finally have the schedule I've been dreaming 
of: I can write at least a little each day.  If I have a deadline, I 
can dedicate larger amounts of time to it and produce a quality 
manuscript.  With a growing list of published articles and books, I 
bring some credibility and experience for each new query or 

Yet I had to work writing into my busy life.  I am also taking care 
of my disabled husband and two active teenagers.  Household chores 
and responsibilities seem to take up an inordinate amount of time.  
Most days I have to consciously decide to sit down at the computer 
and write.

I used to push myself to churn out tons of articles, stories, essays 
and poems.  I don't regret my drive, but now I am enjoying a more 
focused pace.  It is not about writing more, but about writing 
better.  Now my goals concentrate not only on writing, but also 
submitting every week.

Decide on a realistic goal for your writing.  Don't let yourself 
check your emails until you get a rough draft written.  Make a goal 
to keep ten submissions in play at all times.  Finish a new chapter 
every three days. Choose whatever mini-goals get you closer to your 

Set a monetary goal.  Choose an actual figure.  Write down how you 
plan to reach it.  List the markets you will have to write for and 
make monthly goals.  Make it as realistic as possible.  If you don't 
know what you are aiming for, how are you ever going to achieve it?

Although some writers may say that money is not important, I 
disagree. Money is a tool that can be used to better our lives and 
also to reward us for our hard work.  A plumber is not going to say, 
"Oh, you don't need to pay me. I just do it for fun."

Using monetary goals as a guideline, you can see how far you have 
come in your career.  It can also prod you to keep reaching for 
higher paying assignments or a market that once was out of reach, or 
to try something new that you had never considered.

If you want to spruce up your writing, look for classes, books and 
online courses.  Check out Writing World's impressive lineup of 
articles to improve every area of writing.   No matter what genre 
you write in, you can always learn more.

Another common goal is to be more organized.  This is very important 
in the business side of writing.  You need to track your 
submissions, payments, publications and even taxes.  Creating a 
system that is workable can be challenging.

I use a simple, very inexpensive system of file folders, notebooks 
and backup disks.  When I write a new article, I write the title on 
a piece of paper.  I also write the word count, the day I wrote it, 
and where it is saved.  I save it on floppy disks and a backup CD.  
After letting it rest for awhile, I go back and revise it.

Every time I submit the article, I write the date, place I sent it 
to and any pertinent information like payment, response times, 
column titles or editor's names.  I also write the same information 
down in my master notebook.  That way, I keep a record of where the 
article has been.  When I receive an acceptance or a rejection, I 
mark it on the paper and in the notebook.

Another way to organize is to group types of writing into folders.  
If you write in many different genres or subjects, this is an easy 
way to keep track of your submissions.  You can also create folders 
on your computer and keep everything online.  Remember to always 
back up your work.

It's great to make goals, but in order to accomplish them you have 
to have a plan in place to reach them.  Once you've decided on your 
main goal, write it down.  Make it as specific as possible.  Just 
saying you want to write a book someday is too vague.  Planning to 
have a book completed, revised and submitted to a publishing company 
by December 31st is a specific goal.

Now break that goal down into monthly and even weekly goals.  In 
order to finish a book in a year, how many chapters or pages do you 
have to write each week?  Set a time-table that works for you and 
fits into your schedule.  The more realistic you make your plan, the 
easier it will be to accomplish each step along the way.

Plans are great, but sometimes things happen to throw them off 
track. List some of the things that might derail your plans and how 
to overcome them.  If you've made goals and plans in the past that 
failed, look for the specific reasons.  Maybe you gave up after a 
few months because you didn't see any results. Perhaps a goal was 
too hard to reach or the steps weren't working.  Figure out ways to 
revise your new plan.

If you are prepared ahead of time for setbacks, you can still 
accomplish your goals.  Now when the computer breaks down for a week 
or the whole family is sick, you will be ready with Plan B.

When you start to accomplish your mini-goals, reward your hard work.  
Plan a night out with a friend or give in to a decadent dessert at 
your favorite coffee shop.  Really reward yourself when you land 
that coveted assignment, or one of your short stories is accepted.

Pat yourself on the back; tell your story on the many "Brag Boards" 
for writers, and share your good news with your friends and 
families.  With all the rejections, disappointments and hardships of 
writing, a little good news can be an excellent motivator for weeks 
or even months.

Support for your goals is another important tool in creating a 
workable plan.  Whether you have a writing buddy, an online chat 
room for writers or a monthly writer's group, connecting with other 
writers is key.  They can cheer you up when you get a rejection, 
celebrate when your book proposal is accepted or offer helpful 
critiques when you're working on your latest assignment.

Writing is a privilege, a joy and a way to connect with others.  
It can also be a fulfilling and financially rewarding career.  Meld 
the two together into a doable plan that will make 2010 your most 
successful year yet.  Begin today!

Shaunna Privratsky is a fulltime author who juggles her time between 
writing, reading, caring for her family, and shoveling snow.  Please 
visit The Writer Within at http://shaunna67.tripod.com and sign up 
for the free newsletters.

Copyright (c) Shaunna Privratsky 2010

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FREE STUFF FOR WRITERS - New Year Resolutions
By Aline Lechaye

A new year; a new decade, in fact. Perhaps you've already started 
planning out the writing you're going to do (or, well, hopefully 
going to do) in the upcoming twelve months. Perhaps you've been
 meaning to do it, but haven't had the time yet. Or perhaps you're 
procrastinating, waiting for the right moment to start. 

That moment is now here. 

This month, we'll be looking at new markets and submissions 
trackers. (Hey, you need to set your system up before you start the 
real work!). Next month, we'll be working on the hard stuff... 
freebies to help you beat writer's block and those "why did I ever 
decide to become a writer" days!

New Markets: 
Sure, it's tempting to just send your manuscripts to the same 
editors you're comfortable working with, secure in the knowledge 
that you'll be accepted. But what do you do when the editor leaves 
the magazine, or when you get tired of writing the same pieces over 
and over? Sounds like you need to find some new markets to break 

Duotrope's Digest (http://www.duotrope.com/index.aspx) is probably 
the best tool for those of you who write genre fiction and poetry. 
Apart from the handy search filter that lets you specify the markets 
you're looking for (by genre or pay scale, for example), they also 
provide rejection rate information for the publication in question, 
so you'll know your chances. Don't forget to check the deadline 
calendar that reminds you of upcoming contest and reading period 
deadlines. Finally, sign up for their free weekly newsletter that 
keeps you up to date with market news! 

Writers Write (http://www.writerswrite.com/writersguidelines/) lists 
its market categories and further breaks them down into paying and 
non-paying publications. Ideal for non-fiction magazine writers. 

The Write Market has been around since 1966, according to their 
website (http://www.writemarket.com/). Again, the markets are 
separated into categories and then sub-divided into markets and 
publishers. A handy tool is the contest and awards deadline checker 
to the right of the page: you can view the deadlines month by month. 
The search function is somewhat limited, since it only searches for 
keywords on either the site itself or the web. 

Submissions Trackers:
An editor informs you that the story you sent her last week is 
exactly the same as the one she rejected last month. (Oops!) You 
have no idea whether you've gotten a reply for that fantasy story 
yet or not. You think you got an acceptance letter... or maybe that 
was for the sci-fi essay. Hmm. 

By signing up at with the previously mentioned Duotrope's Digest, 
you can set up a submission tracker to list your submissions, save 
your market searches, and track pending deadlines! All your info in 
the same place you find markets -- what could be better? 

You can also go to The Writer's Database(http://www.writersdb.com) 
to sign up for a free online writing submission tracker. The site 
helps keep your manuscript, market, and submission information 
together. You can also browse market information submitted by other 
users to discover new publications. The word count feature for 
manuscripts is a good way to track your writing productivity: you 
can view the relevant statistics every time you log on to the 
website. The toolbar to the left of the screen sets everything up in 
a clear manner which is very user-friendly. Even those of you with 
computer-phobia should have no trouble with this one.

So get out your calendar and those manuscripts left over from last 
year. It's time to start the submissions!


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

Copyright (c) Aline Lechaye 2010  


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An intriguing new site with unusual weekly writing prompts to get 
you inspired to write, a place for you to submit your work based on 
these prompts and a reward system of Amazon gift vouchers for people 
who submit once a week for twelve weeks.  

Write a Novel in 100 Days or Less
Don't worry, this isn't a site encouraging you to buy a book or join 
a course, it is an encouraging article with lots of useful advice 
from the Peace Corps writers' site. If you are planning to write a 
novel this year, then bookmark this site.

Writing nonfiction for children
This is a useful list of articles. Compiled by Fiona Bayrock, this 
list will provide you with all you need to know if you want to break 
into this market. 


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