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THE EDITOR'S DESK: Fireworks or a Working Fire? 
by Moira Allen
THE INQUIRING WRITER: OK or Okay, by Dawn Copeman
FEATURE: Promote Your Book with Angle Articles, 
by Dawn Colclasure
COLUMN: Free Stuff for Writers: Free Reads for Summer, 
by Aline Lechaye
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Fireworks or a Working Fire?
The other day I was browsing my favorite bookstore (which happens
to be Goodwill) and came across a copy of "Half Magic" by Edward
Eager.  "Oh, I remember that!" I thought (or possibly muttered
aloud, but it was Goodwill and I doubt anyone noticed).  My mind
flashed back to the dingy junior high school library where I first
discovered the books of Edward Eager, some (mumble mumble) years
ago -- and my hand flashed out to grab the book. (I have absolutely
no shame about browsing the YA section at Goodwill, or anywhere

I bore my treasure home, and read it with, I suspect, every bit as
much pleasure as (mumble, mumble) years ago.  (In fact, I then went
on to order the rest of this author's works from Amazon, just to
complete my stroll down memory lane.)

It occurred to me, however, that if I remembered reading this book
in junior high, it must be pretty old...  In fact, it was published
in 1957!  Yet, it is still in print.  And that got me thinking
about my goals as a writer.

We all want to be bestselling authors, don't we?  (And in all
fairness, apparently Half Magic WAS a bestseller when it came out.)
 Whenever anyone wants to talk about "successful" writers, names
like Stephen King and J.K. Rowling invariably surface. (And in all
fairness again, I'm sure people will still be reading Stephen King
and J.K. Rowling 50 years from now!)  But as I trawl* the shelves
of Goodwill, I see dozens of bestselling novels -- novels that sell
by the hundreds for a penny each on Amazon, novels that remain,
abandoned and unwanted, on the Goodwill shelves week after week
after week.  

Some books are like fireworks.  They blaze quickly, splendidly, and
everyone cries "oooh!" and "aaaah!"  But then they vanish,
forgotten -- at least until the next flurry of fireworks from the
next bestseller.  

Other books are like a warm fire.  They aren't dramatic; they don't
make one jump and shout.  But they are the sort of books one can
come back to again and again, and enjoy 10, 20, 30, or 50 years
after you first read them.  They are the sort of books that a
reader can enjoy for the FIRST time, decades after they were first
written.  (Which perhaps explains why my mystery bookshelf looks
very much like my grandmother's mystery bookshelf -- and why my
main "book-swap" partner is my 88-year-old mother-in-law!) 

I'm not quite sure, yet, what makes the difference.  Why does one
book flash brilliantly on the horizon and then vanish, the author's
name barely remembered -- and another endure for decades, long
after the author is dead and gone?  Surely one factor is the
ability to create a book that a reader can identify with,
regardless of whether that reader is a contemporary of the author
or was born decades later.  

Some things, certainly, connect and resonate across time.  Harry
Potter is beloved, I suspect, not because of the odd spells he must
learn but because he struggles to fit in, make friends, rise above
his unhappy home life, and figure out his place in the world.  And
Harry Potter is beloved not just by children who are going through
the same struggles today (minus the spells) but also by adults who
REMEMBER going through those struggles.  

Perhaps some books endure not because they are "dramatic" and
"different" and "break new ground" but because they do NONE of
those things.  Perhaps what endures is the connections books make
with those aspects of humanity that remain constant across time,
rather than what is new and different and (temporarily) shocking
and exciting.

I suspect the authors of such books would not know the answer
themselves.  I doubt that many enduring authors set OUT to write a
book that would endure.  Edward Eager, for example, fell in love
with the books of E. Nesbit, and wanted to recreate that magic in
his own writing.  (Thinking back, it occurs to me that I started
reading Nesbit because I'd read about those books in Eager, which
takes the whole issue of "enduring books" back to the turn of the
previous century!)  Books that endure are, I suspect, most often
books of the heart.  They are the books that the author WANTED to
write -- without caring whether they became bestsellers or not.

Sure, I'd love to be a bestselling author some day.  It may happen.
 But what I would love even more is to have someone stumble across
one of my books on a shelf, maybe 50 years after it was written,
and have that person exclaim, "Oh, I remember that!  I LOVED that
book!" -- and pick it up and take it home and enjoy it yet again.

-- Moira Allen, Editor

*In writing this I wrestled with the question of whether I meant
"trawl" or "troll."  It turns out that "trolling" means fishing
with a hook and line (presumably catching one fish at a time),
while "trawling" means fishing with a net (thereby, presumably,
dragging in a large haul at once).  My husband would agree that my
visits to Goodwill definitely fall into the category of "trawling."
 [My husband just concurred that mine was definitely the drift-net
approach to book-shopping.]

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The Inquiring Writer: OK or Okay
Last month Arlene Uslander wanted to know when to use okay and when
to use OK or O.K. 

"I've been told that either 'OK' (no periods) or 'okay' is
acceptable as long as it's consistent," wrote Heidi M. Thomas.
"However, my publisher prefers 'okay.' So if you have a publisher,
check with their guidelines, otherwise pick one and stick to it

In fact in many cases it does seem to be a case of personal
preference.  On English grammar sites, where this question has been
posed many a time, the consensus is that you should only use okay. 
Especially if you are using it as a verb, as in, "can you okay

They say OK can be used in casual speech or if you are representing
spoken speech but on the whole you should use okay.  O.K. with the
punctuation, as Heidi said, should never be used.

The AP style guide, however, does not allow the use of okay, Ok, ok
or o.k but only the use of OK.

The Chicago Manual of Style does not offer any advice as to which
form is correct, okay or ok, but again o.k. doesn't seem to be

This is a confusing issue and one that is best addressed by you as
the writer.  If you need to write AP style it should always be OK. 
If you are writing anything else, then the choice is yours or your

For more on this topic, read this interesting blog entry on the
same subject: http://www.grammarimpossible.com/?p=31

Last month's article on Tickler Files got me thinking.  Are there
still some writing tasks that you prefer to do the old-fashioned
manual, pen-and-paper way or have you gone all techno-writer?  Do
you use Outlook as a tickler file?  Do you write on your smart
phone or your ipad or do you prefer pen and paper?  Have you tried
new technology and reverted back to old ways or have you found a
technology that really boosts your creativity and productivity?

Email me with your answers and any questions you'd like to put to
our writing community to editorial"at"writing-world.com with the
subject line 'Inquiring Writer'.

Until next time, 


Copyright (c) 2011 by Dawn Copeman


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First American Author Wins Wodehouse Prize
Gary Shteyngart has become the first American to win the Bollinger
Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction.  The award, now in its
eleventh year, consists of a trip to an arts festival in Wales,
champagne and most intriguingly, having a local pig named after
your book.  For more on this story visit: 

New Digital Imprint for Out-of-Print Books
Bloomsbury has announced that it will be launching a new digital
imprint, "Bloomsbury Reader" for out-of-print books in the English
language.  The new imprint will begin with 500 titles and will
print the books on demand or as e-books, as the customer wishes. 
For more on this story visit: 

Six Finalists Chosen for Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award
This year's contest to find a new novelist had a record number of
entries, but the judges have whittled the thousands of entries down
to six.  From now until June 1, visitors can read excerpts from
each of the six finalists and vote for their favourite. The works
will also be judged professionally and on June 13 the winners will
be announced.  The two winners will each receive a $15,000 advance
and a publishing contract with Penguin.  To find out more and read
the excerpts visit: http://tinyurl.com/6ddu94


how to negotiate agreements, choose pricing strategies, define
tasks, deal with difficult customers, and much more in "What
to Charge: Pricing Strategies for Freelancers and Consultants"
(2nd Edition) by Laurie Lewis. In print and Kindle from Amazon
at http://tinyurl.com/setyourfees


M Literary Residency 2012 - 2013
The M Literary Residency Program has been established to
disseminate a broader knowledge of contemporary life and writing in
India and China today and to foster deeper intellectual, cultural
and artistic links across individuals and communities. Applicants
are invited to apply for three month residencies in India or China.
The intent of the residency is to provide space and time primarily
for writing and location-specific research. It is not to be used as
base for travel in order to undertake research further afield.

Writers may apply for ONE of two M Literary Residencies:

Bangalore, India
A three-month residency in a rural setting near Bangalore, South
India from late 2012 to early 2013.

The successful applicant will have his/her transportation costs to
and from Bangalore covered by the M Residency.

Accommodation (a single room) and three meals a day will be

Shanghai, China
A three-month residency in Shanghai. The residency must be taken up
before March 1st, 2013.

The successful applicant will have his/her transportation costs to
and from Shanghai covered by the M Residency.

Accommodation (a studio-style apartment) and a stipend towards the
cost of meals will be provided.

Both successful applicants will receive a total sum of US $1,000 to
cover additional living costs during their stay in India or China.
Applications for the 2012 Residency are now being accepted.
Application deadline is Friday, 1 July 2011, and decisions will be
announced 31 October.
For further information and details on how to apply visit: 

ARTErra Artistic Residence in Portugal
ARTErra is in Lob„o da Beira, a village in PORTUGAL, near Tondela,
district of Viseu.  ARTErra is now open to receive projects from
writers and artists.

The application must contain the following elements:

- Curriculum Vitae and Bio
- Portfolio, videos, photos,
- Description of the project to be undertaken at ARTERRA, including
the project's objectives, needs and expectations of residence ,work
methodologies,and all the details necessary to understand the
- Ideal dates and time for the residence;
- Complementary information (needs for meals, number of persons
involved,technical requirements, work characteristics and other
additional information relevant to the work process).

ARTErra is a private structure of incentive for artistic creation
in a quiet and green small village, which aims to facilitate
encounters between different writers, artists and aesthetic
disciplines. ARTERRA is strongly committed to offering the
residents a cheerful and productive stay.

Because of that, part¨nerships have been established with the
Municipality of Tondela and Lob„o da Beira for reception and
possible presentations of performative works, exhibitions,
workshops, lectures, etc.
Please visit our blog or our site at: http://arterra.weebly.com/
contact us: arterra.geral"at"gmail.com
Please contact us if you are looking for a place to develop your
Artistic project.

FEATURE: Promote Your Book with Angle Articles
By Dawn Colclasure

You've got a book coming out. You put together your media kit,
wrote up those press releases, found appropriate venues to schedule
readings and printed out flyers. But before you can consider your
work on your book promotion package complete, don't forget to put
together some angle articles to send out.

What's an angle article? It's an article with an "angle" about your
book (such as a character with a handicap) or your book's subject
(such as unusual home remedies). If you've written a book about
dream symbols, for example, then you could promote your book with
articles about dream interpretation, the study of dreams or how
dream symbols were interpreted once upon a time. But don't stop
there. Go beyond what your book is about and break into other
markets that introduce your writing and your book to readers who
may have never even otherwise heard of it. Consider writing and
submitting articles that share stories of how people have gotten
into debates over what dreams mean, the various types of books on
dream meaning, or your own experiences in dream interpretation. 

Another way to take angle articles up a notch is to look for
something in your book that can be spotlighted in an article. For
example, say the main character in your novel is a breast cancer
survivor. Time your submissions of angle articles about breast
cancer detection or the types of treatment available to patients,
just as it happened for your character, so that they can be ready
for publication in October, which is National Breast Cancer
Awareness Month. If your book is about historical monuments in
Washington, D.C., submit angle articles to newsletters and
newspapers published there.

Angle articles are great promotional tools for authors. "Anything
an author can do to get their book mentioned or spotlighted in any
positive way is a good thing," said Jen Nipps, author of "Devoted
to Creating. " Getting angle articles out there is just one way to
get your book mentioned or spotlighted. The best part is that you
can send them anywhere. For the paying markets open to an angle
article, it's a win-win situation: You have the chance to make
money promoting your book! However, since promoting your book is
the objective, you should send articles to both paying and
non-paying markets. An article service such as EzineArticles.com is
just one step in that direction to help you spread the word about
your book. You're reaching more readers with news about your book,
something that could not happen if you only target the paying

No book promotion package should be without a list of angle
articles the author can use.  They get your book's title, and maybe
some information about it, to readers outside of your target
audience. Let's go back to that book on dream symbols. Suppose you
find a market open to articles about Egyptian mythology. You can
send them an article discussing the Egyptians' views of dreams,
their methods of interpreting them, and that various meanings of
Egyptian symbols in dreams. Make sure you mention something about
your book in relation to this topic. For example: "While I was
doing research for my book, 'Top 50 Dream Symbols and What They
Mean', I came across an article about certain dream symbols that
foretold doom to the ancient Egyptians." A market that publishes
true stories of dreams coming true is another option; you actually
have someone sharing that same thing in your book. Why not send
along a brief excerpt complemented with other true accounts?

Before we go further, however, take the time to make a list of the
various types of angle articles you can write about your book. For
the dream symbols book example, we have the following ideas:

*  Dream interpretation
*  The study of dreams
*  Historical methods of interpreting dreams
*  Popular debates over various types of dream symbol meanings
*  Personal experience with dream interpretation
*  Comparing different types of books discussing a similar aspect
   regarding dream or dream symbol interpretation
*  Egyptians and dreams; their beliefs, interpretation methods,
   superstitions about them.
*  Dream interpretation and use of dream symbols in the Bible
*  Biblical references to dreams
*  True stories of people accurately interpreting dreams/symbols 
   or experiencing strange dream phenomena
*  Businesses promoting the study of dreams - who owns them? 
   What do they offer? Etc.

These are just some of the things you can write about to help
promote your book. Want to keep the articles going? Send out
reprints or look at how you can use one idea several times. For
example, for "Biblical references to dreams," there's the
ever-popular story of Joseph and his dreams coming true, but there
is also discussion about whether or not we should seek guidance
from our not-so-average dreams, whether they are indeed warnings of
trouble and how dreams are used by the faithful. This may take some
research, but if you dig deep enough and follow up on extra leads,
you can gather enough material to write up an article on these very

After you've got the article ready to go, another important
promotional tool is next: Your bio. Remember to find some way to
slant your bio so that it matches with your article's topic. For
example: "John Smith has studied Egyptian mythology and Egyptian
beliefs about dreams at Stanford University. His new book, 'Top 50
Dream Symbols and What They Mean', was published by Anywhere Press
this fall. Visit his Web site to learn more about his research and
book at www.com."

Remember, when you're putting together angle articles to promote
your book, try to think outside of the box. Go beyond your subject.
If necessary, read through your book again to see what kind of
promotional angle you can take. 

Dawn Colclasure is the author of six books, among them BURNING THE
MIDNIGHT OIL: How We Survive as Writing Parents, 365 TIPS FOR
WRITERS: Inspiration, Writing Prompts and Beat the Block Tips to
Turbo Charge Your Creativity, and Love is Like a Rainbow: Poems of
Love and Devotion. Her forthcoming books include TOTALLY SCARED:
The Complete Book on Haunted Houses (co-authored with Martha
Jette); Spook City; The Yellow Rose; and WIP IT! How to Revise Your
Writing Like a Pro. She is also a freelance writer, book reviewer
and writer for the newspaper SIGNews. Visit her online at 

Copyright 2011 Dawn Colclasure

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Free Stuff for Writers:  Free Reads for Summer

By Aline Lechaye

Summer always has that sort of languid feel to it that makes you
want to sit in your couch and do nothing but sip lemonade and watch
television. Either that or you want to go to the pool or the beach
and do nothing. The last thing you want to do is to write (unless
it's in an air-conditioned room with no Internet access, no phone,
and no contact with the outside world).

This month, the focus is on giveaways, free books and articles.
After all, when nothing can make you sit down and write, you might
as well read. 

Goodreads has a great giveaway section on their site that they call
"first reads", where they give away advance (and sometimes signed!)
copies by authors who are members of the site. Most of the
giveaways are open to readers worldwide, so it doesn't matter if
you don't live in the States. You're not required to write any
reviews for the free books, although they do encourage you to do
so, because hey, it's a free book, and it's helpful PR for the
author. You do have to sign up for a Goodreads account to join the
giveaways, but the sign-up process is relatively painless, and the
only personal info they require is your email. Start joining the
latest giveaways at http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/. 

Lip Gloss and Literature has a list of chick lit giveaways listed
at http://lipglossandliterature.blogspot.com/2011/05/saturday-
sensation-reading-extravaganza.html (The last giveaway on that 
list ends June 12, so you might want to get a move on!) Also, 
find more giveaways at 
(Last giveaway on the list ends June 18.) 

If you're on Facebook, you should definitely friend 
http://www.facebook.com/freebookgiveaways. Bloggers and authors 
post their book giveaways (or giveaways they've come across on the web) 
all in one place, so you don't have to go to the trouble of going 
out to look for them yourself! The site seems to be fairly active, 
with some giveaways posted only hours apart. 

Speaking of friending, a great Twitter account to follow is 
"at"LegalWritePub. They tweet articles and blogs that deal with the 
legal side of writing, and sometimes free e-reports on the subject 
as well. Their main site http://legalwritepublications.com/ has a 
detailed blog that you'll want to check out if you're interested in 
copyright issues. 

Looking for more free stuff? http://writeaholics.net/free.html has a 
bunch of writing ebooks on various aspects of writing. Books include 
Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich, Mark Twain's How to Tell a Story, 
as well as more practical articles on self-publishing, making money 
from your writing, and so on. Crime writers will want to check out 
the recommended forensic database, http://forensic.to/forensic.html. 

Finally, a little something for travel writers: The Travel Writer's Life 
(http://www.thetravelwriterslife.com/). I came across this site recently, 
and I must admit I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of articles 
and tips it contained. Besides tips on ways to travel cheaper, and 
articles on how to take good photos, The Travel Writer's Life also has 
a beginner's section for newbies to the trade, as well as publishing 
tips from seasoned travel writers.


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

Copyright 2011 Aline Lechaye


A site for fiction writers and readers with articles on fiction 
writing, prompts, interviews with authors and sneak peeks at 
upcoming novels. 

This is a site for mystery writers on how to research mysteries. 
Written by a librarian, it points you in the right direction no 
matter what you need to know. 

This is a great site for writers or would-be writers of westerns. 
It is run as a blog but a scroll down the left side of the 
screen will enable you to quickly go to back issues where subjects 
uch as western noir and to plot or not are discussed.


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