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IN THIS ISSUE:
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THE EDITOR'S DESK, by Moira Allen 
THE INQUIRING WRITER, Getting Reviews for Self-Published Fiction, 
by Dawn Copeman
NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING 
WRITING JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES
FEATURE: Networking and Promotion, Blending Old and New Methods, 
by Dee-Ann LeBlanc  
COLUMN: Free Stuff for Writers - What Technology Can Do, 
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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Brag Time
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Every once in awhile I get to use this space to crow -- and today's
one of those days!  I'm happy to announce that Allworth Press has
just released the second edition of my book, "The Writer's Guide to
Queries, Pitches and Proposals."

"Queries" has always been, in my not so humble opinion, a great
tool for writers, because it covers such a wide range of queries
and pitches.  It's the one book that will help you craft dynamic
query letters for magazines, newsletters and online publications --
as well as novel proposals, nonfiction book proposals, proposals
for columns, business writing proposals, and even grant proposals.  

Now it's even better...  For starters, the original text has been
completely updated.  Many of the chapters and sections have been
expanded, and I've added several new chapters -- including a lovely
long chapter by Sandra Miller-Louden on how to pitch to greeting
card markets.  I've also added lots more samples of queries and
proposals that WORKED (many of which came from readers of Writing
World).  

So if you don't have a copy of "The Writer's Guide to Queries,
Pitches and Proposals" and you'd like to start selling more of what
you write, I (naturally) encourage you to pick up a copy of the new
edition.  If you do have a copy of the old edition, it won't hurt
to update your bookshelf!

Just be careful if you head over to Amazon, because for some
unknown reason, when the publisher sent over the cover for the new
edition, Amazon applied it to the old edition as well.  When you
search on the title, chances are that the OLD edition will appear
at the top of the search results (and at a slightly lower price). 
Be sure to check the publication date before buying; the new
edition was published in September 2010 (the old edition in 2001).  

We Need Articles
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And speaking of selling more of what you write...  We're getting low
on articles here at Writing-World.com.  We use two feature articles
each month, and we need more.  We accept original articles AND
reprints -- including articles that have appeared in other writing
publications (preferably print as there's less overlap in audience)
and excerpts from books (including e-books) on writing.

I'm looking for solid, well written HOW-TO pieces on the craft and
business of writing.  One of the things I look for in an article is
the sense, when I've finished, that "Hey, I could do that!"  We
have a lot of basic, beginner-oriented pieces on the site, so I'm
more interested in articles for the more experienced writer.  We
cover fiction, nonfiction, business writing, poetry, creative
nonfiction, etc., but articles for a more general audience will
generally do better than very specific articles on, say, a
particular genre.  Articles should be between 1000 (minimum) and
2000 words, with 1200-1500 being the preferred range.  

Here's a few things to AVOID when pitching to Writing-World.com:

1) Personal experience essays.  I get lots of "a funny thing
happened on the way to becoming a writer" piece -- and I just don't
have a place for them.  We DO use short humor, such as poetry and
jokes, but not "humorous personal essays."

2) Articles that tell you WHY it's important to do something (e.g.,
choose good names for your characters) but don't actually tell you
HOW.

3) Articles that are jammed full of examples from the author's own
writings.  

4) Articles that ramble through the writer's thinking process
before he or she actually gets to the point of the piece.  ("As I
was attending a writing conference the other day, I started
thinking about...")  

5) Articles that try to tell you everything you need to know about,
say, publishing a book, in 800 words or less.  Can't be done. 
Don't even try. 

If you'd like to pitch an article to us, send a query OR the
complete article (MS Word attachments preferred) to me, Moira
Allen, Editor, at editors@writing-world.com.  PLEASE be sure to put
your name (at the very least) on the manuscript itself; it amazes
me that so many writers today omit this one very basic essential!  

For more details about our terms and requirements, please visit
http://www.writing-world.com/admin1/guidelines.shtml

-- Moira Allen, Editor

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THE INQUIRING WRITER: Getting Reviews for Self-Published Fiction 
by Dawn Copeman
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Last month our question came from Lilig, who wanted know: "Where
can a self-publisher of fiction send bound galleys for review other
than PW, Foreword, ALA, LJ, and Kirkus? And where can a
self-publisher find a distributor for a fiction title?"

Well, Lilig's question seems to have stumped most of you, but not
all. Barbara G has a solution for Lilig.  She wrote: "Galleys or
review copies can be sent to bloggers who review books. There are
hundreds of them, but probably a Google search will turn up the
most successful, or the readers of a specific genre (forums or
blogs). 

"I'm a writer, but I won some books by other bloggers (and
sometimes purchased them! and I made it a point to review anything 
sent my way, especially as a gift, and interview the author - no,
I'm not volunteering for Lilig, just giving suggestions from what I've 
seen done by others in the blogosphere!"  

I also happen to know that Writer Gazette offers a book review
service for authors.  The books are reviewed by volunteer
subscribers to the magazine.  You can post your request for a
review here: http://wgbookreviews.blogspot.com/

And whilst on the topic of Writers Gazette, they also offer a
sister site, Ebooks Cafe, where you can promote and list your
self-published books for free. 
http://www.ebookscafe.writergazette.com/

I hope that helps. 

This month's question comes from Vivian Unger.  She emailed in with
this teaser: "I'd like to know what other writers do between story
ideas. I'm a fiction writer and sometimes I go long stretches
without an idea. Yet we're always told we should write every day,
or we'll get out of practice. What is a writer to do? I may write
in my diary or work on my blog, but that's not fiction writing and
it's not going to keep the storytelling muscles in practice.

"I have tried using writing prompts and topics, but with mixed
results. So I would like to know how other fiction writers manage
these in-between periods, if they have them, and do they think it
necessary to fill them with writing of some kind, or is OK
(heresy!) not to write for a while?"

If you can help Vivian or you have question you need answering,
please email me with the subject line "Inquiring Writer" to
editorial@writing-world.com

Until next time, 

Dawn 

Copyright (c) 2010 by Dawn Copeman

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Barnes & Noble Launch New Self-Publishing Service
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Barnes & Noble have just launched PubIt! http://www.PubIt.com, an
easy-to-use platform that offers independent publishers and authors
a way to digitally distribute their works through BN.com and the
Barnes & Noble eBookstore.  With clear and competitive terms - and
no hidden fees - this self-service Web portal provides qualified
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(potentially) millions of new readers.  Newly submitted PubIt!
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upload. Publishers can price their titles between $0.99 and $199.99
and receive a royalty based on the given price.  For PubIt! eBooks
priced at or between $2.99 and $9.99, publishers receive 65 percent
of the list price for sold content. For those priced at $2.98 or
less, or $10.00 or more, publishers receive 40 percent of the list
price.  "We're delighted at the enthusiastic response we've
received from thousands of independent writers and publishers who
are eager to introduce their exciting works to a broader audience
of readers," said Theresa Horner, director, digital products,
Barnes & Noble. For more information on PubIt visit:  
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Franzen's Troubles in Britain
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Poor Johnathan Franzen. Last week over 70,000 copies of his book
'Freedom' were pulped when it was revealed that the British
publisher had printed the wrong version of the text, complete with
spelling errors. Then on Monday evening the author's glasses were
stolen from a book-signing event and he was issued a ransom note
for 100,000!  I don't think he's enjoying his trip.  For more on
this story visit: http://tinyurl.com/2aj2wgx

The International Writers' Festival in Quebec
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The International Writers' and Artists' Residency at Val-David is
proud to present the second edition of the multilingual poetry
festival "Lyrical Wild Berries Harvest," Saturday 9 and Sunday 10
October, from 14.30 to 19.30, at the Residence 1045, rue du Renard
et du Corbeau, Val-David, Quebec. Twenty six writers and artists
will read from their work and present their art, sharing their
passion for the written word and for the arts. The public will have
the opportunity to meet poets from Romania, Italy, Peru,
Massachusetts, California, Mexico, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal,
Vancouver and the Laurentides. There will be paintings, masks and
photo exhibitions, with the participation of Joe Donohue,
internationally renowned photographer. Free admission.
 
For more info, contact Flavia Cosma, Director, The International
Writers' and Artists' Residency, Val-David, at
flaviacosma@rogers.com
 

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WRITING JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

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Editors and writing/publishing mentors work directly with
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Please review our web site before applying (www.book-editing.com).
Qualified applicants will be sent several short editing and writing
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Failed tests are not marked and returned. Do not respond if you are
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Preference will be given to applicants who intend to commit
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Resumes without book lists will not be considered.

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FEATURE: Networking and Promotion, Blending Old and New Methods
By Dee-Ann LeBlanc

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Extroverts groan good-naturedly at the idea of a networking event.
Writers, on the other hand, tend to titter nervously. The problem
is, there's no escaping it if you want to be a professional writer.

Networking isn't just about meeting people. On one hand, it's
meeting people who might hire you, might have skills you need for a
project later, or might pass your information on to people who need
your skills. On the other, networking builds your promotional
reach. Since word of mouth is still the most proven method of
selling books and other services, this reach is a must for any
author.

So take a few deep breaths and let's talk networking.

Building Your Network
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Many people approach networking in a shallow manner. For networking
to really work, remember that what you're building is
relationships, not a sterile list of who can do what for you.

Today, networking is done both in person and online. As easy as it
is to stay in your cave and be a hermit, I recommend starting with
the in-person route. Not only will you pull together local
connections and support, you'll also see how people react to your
approaches in terms of facial expressions and body language,
something you can't really do online.

Start by making business cards. They don't have to be fancy, but
they should look professional and give a general idea of what you
focus on.  Also include your name and contact information (at least
a phone number and e-mail address).

Once you have basic business cards, looking for writing groups and
events in your area. Don't worry, you won't be the only one feeling
awkward. But if you suck it up and join some conversations, you'll
meet people who'll share their experience. Be sure to share yours
as well.

When you feel more comfortable, don't limit yourself to writers.
Who are your customers? Who's your audience? If you write for or
about businesses, join your local Chamber of Commerce. Write for
quilters?  Find the local or local-ish quilting scene.

The farther you reach out and spread your net, the more people
you'll meet. Some may provide leads for work. Others may keep you
in mind if they need help with projects, or are too overloaded to
take one. You'll meet people who would be great to write about,
people whose skills you may need for one of your projects, and
people can help by sharing leads, tips, or just a friendly ear.

Give and ye shall receive. Remember this. Keep focused on what
you're trying to achieve: a group of friends and colleagues that
help each other.

Taking The Act Online
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These days, you can't ignore the online angle if you want to be
successful. Building your network in the virtual world means a
longer promotional and professional reach, a wider net for catching
potential work and project ideas, and a broader relationship with
your peers.

Start by setting up a web site. Whether it's a regular site, a
blog, or a hybrid between the two is entirely your call. The
important thing is that it looks professional and gives people a
feeling for who you are, what you do, and how to contact you. This
is one of those occasions where, if you're not inclined to learn
how to make nice web sites, it's worth hiring someone. Just keep in
mind that professional doesn't mean fancy and lots of bling. Focus
on the content and a crisp look.

Depending on how far you want to range into personal interests, you
could address those in your online presence as well. Some people
make separate online identities for their personal/private and
professional selves. Whether you do so or not is up to you, but do
give the issue thought, as there's no escaping it in social media.
When some or all of your personal interests reflect on your area of
work they can bring a human face to what might otherwise sound like
all dry business postings. But it's easy to stray into boring and
banal.

Plugging Into the Social Network
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Once you have your online presence, there are three sites you
should consider: Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/), Twitter 
(http://www.twitter.com/), and LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/). 

While all three involve social networking, each is different in
both purpose and style. Knowing how to make the best of each
approach is key to success.

LinkedIn for Business
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Start with LinkedIn. Consider this site an extension of your online
resume and brochure. Make an account using your real name. Fill in
your  profile information such as your web site(s), the positions
you've held, and your current job.

If you're a freelancer, keep in mind that you can list positions as
concurrent. Create a job entry that shows you as self-employed as a
freelancer, and make separate entries for prominent positions if it
 makes sense; for example, you may be a contributing editor whose
material regularly appears on a web site.

Be sure to fill out the Summary. Think of it as your cover letter
giving people context about who you are and what you do. Also fill
in your Specialties, which are a collection of keywords that can
help people find you when they run a search. This list should
contain the type of work you do (writing, training, etc.) and on
what topics (parenting, technology, etc.)

Once you have your profile filled out, add the link to your public
LinkedIn profile to your web site and perhaps your e-mail
signature, if you wish. Then start adding your connections. You can
do so by searching for names, e-mail addresses, or even by
importing your e-mail or IM contact lists. Be sure only to connect
to people you know or have dealt with. On LinkedIn it's highly
frowned upon to request connections with random people you don't
know -- which means it's a good idea to include a personal note on
how you met if you think someone might not remember you.

Other good steps toward lengthening your reach are to join any
LinkedIn Groups that fit your area of expertise and the type of
work you do, and to participate in the Q&A area, both asking
questions and answering them. Also, go to the Applications list and
see if there's anything there you might use to enrich the
information you're sharing with your connections. If you travel a
lot, for example, you might also sign up for TripIt.com, giving it
your travel information and then using the My Travel LinkedIn
application to let people see through LinkedIn where you're going
to be and when.

Finally, enter a status update. Keep it business-oriented, though
that doesn't mean it has to be dry or impersonal. Change your
status every couple of weeks at least to give people a feel for
what you're working on and to remind them that you exist.

Twitter for Microblogging
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Many assume that microblogging involves everyone using 140
characters to share what they had for breakfast and when they're
heading off to the bathroom. However, when what you have to say is
short and sweet, microblogging is an amazingly useful tool.

As with any other medium, ask yourself what the people you want to
reach find interesting. You might post links to your online work,
or brief thoughts about something you're working on. Other options
include pointing out work from other people you find interesting or
relevant or notices about upcoming appearances.

But before you start posting, you need to set up your account, and
then click the Find People link and start finding your friends and
business colleagues. They'll get an email notification that you're
listening and can then follow you in return.

Do yourself a favor and, as you add people to your network,
immediately add them to a list (for example, you might create a
list called writing peers), so you don't have to go back through
later and categorize everyone in a big sweep. If this list is just
for you, then make sure it's set to private. However, if it
includes writers you enjoy following (for example), you might want
to allow the list to be public. That way your readers can discover
new writers to follow through you.

Networks typically grow through Twitter by noticing interesting
people during discussions. You can click a user's name to see their
page. Read their bio and look through their recent posts to see if
they're someone worth following. And know that people are doing the
same for you as well.

One final Twitter tip. You can set a custom background for your
Twitter page. You'll notice that many people use this opportunity
to add more information about themselves for people who visit the
page. Do a web search on the terms "twitter custom background," and
you'll find a number of how-tos on how to create your own.

Facebook for Sharing
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While Twitter is focused on posting short status messages, Facebook
is a broader social networking tool. Along with status updates, you
can also use Facebook to share links, photos, and videos, create
and join fan pages, join networks, and more.

Once you create your account, go to the Settings area. Be sure to
go through the Account, Privacy, and Application settings to ensure
that your information is protected at the level you expect. There
are some notorious stories of people getting themselves into
embarrassing situations or even losing jobs just from thinking
things were private that weren't.

Before you start adding friends, consider your goals for your
Facebook account. Are you going to share very personal information
such as health issues and potentially embarrassing pictures? Is
this what you want your audience to see? It might be, for those who
want an intimate relationship with their readers, but those who
don't might want to create a professional presence and a separate
personal one.

Once you have your friends in place, check out the Facebook
applications. There's a massive collection of these for many
different purposes, some of which enhance the Facebook experience
and some of which are just big time-wasters. An important one is
Networked Blogs (http://apps.facebook.com/blognetworks/). This
application allows people to easily follow and read your blog
posts, and makes sure that each of your blog posts appears on your
Facebook page.

Register your blog(s) with this application and then use one of the
confirmation options to confirm that you are the owner of the blog.
When it comes to sending out invitations for people to follow your
blog, try to only send them to people who would be genuinely
interested. You don't want a reputation as an annoyance.

If you have work out in the world, such as books, or have a company
you work under, you also might want to create a Page. This process
isn't particularly clear from the main Facebook page, so go to
http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=904#/pages/create.php to create
a Page. You can find the help information here: 
http://www.facebook.com/help/#/help/?page=175.

There are three types of Pages: Pages aimed at local people, Pages
for a business or organization, and pages for an artist or other
"public figure." If you have novels out in the world that have a
lot of fans, you may want to create a fan Page for you and your
work. It doesn't hurt to look first and see if any already exist.
If they do, reach out to those communities; you'll probably make
their day.

There's much more out there in the land of Facebook. Unlike Twitter
and LinkedIn, Facebook sprawls with possibilities since it's a more
general social networking platform. Dive in as shallowly or deeply
as you like.

The Promotion Machine
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Once you have your network and your online presences, most of your
work is done. Now resist the urge to abuse the network you've
built. Keep your postings appropriate for the type of social
network you're dealing with, don't flood people with posts too
often, and try to make each post interesting enough that people pay
attention when you add something.

How far you stray outside of strictly work depends on a number of
factors. Are you also using these networking methods to talk to
your ultimate audience? (Such as the readers of your books?) Or are
you talking to your peers? It's possible you're doing both. Just be
sure that you don't skew your postings so heavily to one group that
the other group leaves.

The great thing about social networking is that if people find what
you share interesting, they'll pass it along to their networks.
From there, the sharing can cascade, and you'll gain new followers
--building your audience -- organically.

These new followers include not just audience, but also peers and
potential clients. So not only does building your network promote
your work to readers, it increases your chances of being noticed by
hirers or those who need additional talent for a project.

Using social networking boosts your name recognition. Just remember
that you want to build a good name, not a bad one. Those who care
more about having massive lists of friends without building
relationships or offering something of interest easily stand out as
phony. Carry on conversations, don't post so often that you drown
everyone else out, and don't post minutia that will make even your
most adoring fans (hi mom!) shut you off rather than being lulled
into a coma.

The book "The Cluetrain Manifesto" (
http://www.cluetrain.com/book/index.html) introduced the concept of
the Market as a conversation back in 1999. Social networking is
very much an example of this idea. If you're not using these tools
yet, you're missing out on a great opportunity. It's time to enter
the conversation.


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Dee-Ann LeBlanc is a professional geek, a professional writer
(http://www.dee-annleblanc.com/), and a creator of handmade jewelry
(http://deesadornments.etsy.com/) who uses social networking to
keep in touch with friends and family and to promote her work. She
has a certain fondness for the social aspects of the Internet since
she met her husband there, way back in the early 1990s!
 
Copyright (c) 2010 by Dee-Ann LeBlanc 

For more information on social networking for writers, visit: 
http://www.writing-world.com/promotion/socialmedia.shtml

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Free Stuff for Writers:  What Technology Can Do

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By Aline Lechaye

A note to Scribd users (and authors): If you are planning to
download ebooks or other documents off the site 
http://www.Scribd.com, be warned that they are NO LONGER offering
free downloads. Now, when you click on the download button next to
a document, a pop-up box detailing the various payment options will
appear on your screen. Prices start at $5 for 24 hours' access
(although $9 for one month's access is marked with a "Best Value"
tag). Alternatively, you can upload a document of your own to
Scribd for a free day's download access. (Reading documents on the
site remains free for now.) Sadly, there is no mention of paying
authors royalties for the use of uploaded materials, but you can
choose to "opt out" of the Scribd archive, which I believe makes
your documents unsearchable and undownloadable. Read more details
on the Scribd blog at 
http://blog.scribd.com/2010/09/21/the-scribd-archive-an-apology-and-immediate-changes/ 

Searching for new sources of free books now that Scribd is down?
Online Novels has a collection of over 1000 free ebooks from
authors published and unpublished, famous and obscure. Novel
categories include romance, fantasy, science fiction, young adult,
horror, mystery, and even foreign language novels! Occasionally you
can even find Kindle or Barnes and Noble books available on the
site for a limited amount of time. Check out the site at: 
http://online-novels.blogspot.com/ 

Bubbl.us (http://bubbl.us/) is a free online mind-mapping software
that can help you plot out your novels, get a character's family
tree in order, or just connect a few ideas. No downloads or
installations are necessary, and it's as easy as brainstorming on
paper! Adding new tags to accommodate new "branches" is simple:
just click a button to add a tag, click another button to change
tag colors, and then click again to type in your text. 

You've got a laptop, a desktop, a work computer, and a mobile
phone. With all that technology at your fingertips, it's hard to
keep track of where you keep what. You could constantly e-mail
yourself every single file contained in every single computer, but
that isn't really practical, especially if you're apt to be
absent-minded. Dropbox (http://www.dropbox.com/) provides what they
term a "magic pocket" for your digital files. Install Dropbox in
your computers, and every time you save a file in the Dropbox
folder on computer A, it'll automatically be copied onto computer
B. Never again be stuck in the office wishing you'd thought to
bring your laptop to work! Even if you somehow manage to wreck all
your computers at once, you can always log in to the Dropbox site
to access your backups. Storage for the free version of Dropbox
goes to a maximum of 2GB, and the software supports Windows, Linux,
Mac, and mobile phones. 

Make a word collage with Wordle! Go to http://www.wordle.net and
type in words at random to generate what they term "word clouds".
Then simply click "Go" and you can instantly have a work of art at
your fingertips. You are free to choose fonts, colors and layouts,
and best of all, you can use Wordle-generated images in any way you
want: print them on a T-shirt, put them on a poster, or use them as
company logos! You aren't even required to Wordle credit for the
image. Who says you need to be an art student to create art, anyway?

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

Copyright (c) 2010 by Aline Lechaye

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