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IN THIS ISSUE:
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THE EDITOR'S DESK: A Revolution We Can't Ignore, by Moira Allen
THE INQUIRING WRITER:  Vanquishing the Writing Demons, 
by Dawn Copeman
NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING 
WRITING JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES
FEATURE: Cooking Up a Sale: Getting Into Recipe and Food Writing, 
by Dawn Copeman 
COLUMN: Free Stuff for Writers: The Magic Power You Wish You Had:
Sleep-Tweeting, by Aline Lechaye
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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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A Revolution We Can't Ignore
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Last issue, I talked about some pros and cons of the e-book
revolution from the perspective of a reader.  This issue, I thought
I'd chat about some of the opportunities -- and pitfalls -- it
represents to the WRITER.

Let me make one thing clear: It really IS a revolution.  The advent
of relatively inexpensive, easy-to-use e-readers has finally
changed the world of e-books.  Now, if you've been reading writing
newsletters for the past decade, you're probably thinking you've
heard that before -- and you have.  More than a decade ago, we were
informed (or warned, depending on your point of view) that e-books
were the wave of the future.  When I first launched
Writing-World.com, there were dozens, if not hundreds, of hopeful
"e-publishers."  Some produced quality books; others churned out
vast quantities of dreck.  Most of the latter are no longer in
business.

But while writers were told that e-publishing was the way of the
future, readers weren't jumping on board.  Most readers still felt
that one couldn't exactly snuggle up on the sofa with a cup of tea
and one's computer (or even one's laptop).  With so many of us
earning a living, one way or another, via computers, the thought of
pursuing one's recreational reading on the same screen held little
appeal.  

Another problem WAS the vast quantity of dreck that poured out of
ill-conceived publishing houses.  It quickly became so difficult to
sort through the offerings that many readers simply gave up on
trying to find "good" e-books.  (I remember one that I really
wished I could print out just so I could throw it across the room
-- it had been billed as a novel of some 300 pages, and it turned
out that each "page" consisted of one paragraph!)  

Now, however, we have the Kindle and its counterparts -- and
suddenly, average, everyday readers are interested in e-books. 
E-books are finally "taking off."  For example, there are months
when my book, "Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet," sells
more electronic copies than print copies.  Electronic sales of
"Writing to Win" have grown steadily over the past three months. 
E-books are, at last, a market no writer can afford to ignore.

This doesn't mean that e-books are necessarily "replacing" print
books (as so many people keep predicting).  Rather, what I'm seeing
is that the market for e-books is growing ALONGSIDE that for print
titles.  In short, it's different strokes for different folks. 
Some readers will always prefer print.  Others have reasons to
prefer e-books.  It's nice, for instance, to be able to carry a
library of several dozen books (or even several hundred) in your
purse or briefcase.  It's nice to be able to get so many
public-domain books absolutely free. You can also get e-books
instantly, no waiting (which I suspect contributes to the
popularity of the e-version of my pet loss book).  The electronic
version is often less expensive than the print version (though
unfortunately the gap seems to be shrinking).  Many people also
like the ability to adjust font sizes, making a book more
accessible if one has vision problems.

As writers, we shouldn't be looking at the e-book market as a
replacement for the print market, but rather, as AUGMENTING the
print market.  It's not that we're going to lose our print
customers, but rather, that we may gain customers that we wouldn't
have otherwise acquired.  Adding e-book formats to our titles --
new or old -- can be an amazing way to increase sales and
readership.

If you self-publish or use a print-on-demand publisher, my
recommendation is that you take steps to get your book into the
electronic marketplace.  Most POD firms are branching out into the
electronic market; however, most will charge for the service of
converting your book into the appropriate format.  If you have
control of your own book, look into converting it yourself (it's
not that difficult, and I hope to have a how-to guide on that topic
available in a couple of months).  Or, find a service that will do
a quality job for you at a reasonable price.

Keep in mind that there are scores of places that will simply run
your file through an automated program.  Consequently, there are
hundreds of badly formatted e-books on the market.  (E-book
formatting is based on HTML, bringing back all the old problems of
smart quotes, m-dashes, foreign-language diacritical marks, etc.; a
phrase in French comes out looking quite strange indeed.)  If
you're going to pay to have the job done, make sure that the agency
handling your book actually proofs their work!

If your book is commercially published, find out whether your
publisher has plans to launch an electronic edition.  In many
cases, this could be a way to revitalize a book that is no longer
selling strongly in print.  There's no reason to limit conversions
to NEW books; consider bringing out your backlist!  If your
publisher isn't interested in handling the conversion, see if you
can get the rights to do it yourself, or at least set up the
process.  (And be sure to check your contract to see what sort of
electronic rights clause it contains, as many such contracts were
written long before Kindle hit the market!)

But -- and here's the downside -- don't expect e-books to be the
answer to the unpublished author's dreams.  I've read too many
articles proclaiming that writers can "finally" achieve success by
publishing for free, maintaining control of their own books, and
reaching a huge audience.  It isn't true, it has never been true,
and it never WILL be true.

In this regard, nothing has changed.  Success depends upon (a)
having a good book in the first place and (b) having the
willingness and ability to market that book effectively.  If you
have both those elements, there is, indeed, a good chance that
you'll gain more readers and make a profit in the e-book market. 
If you don't, you won't.  The sad fact is, readers are not combing
through Amazon's Kindle store, searching for unsung books by
unknown authors.  There is far too much for them to choose from. 
And with e-books going for $9.99 apiece (or more), readers are
still going to opt for the latest volume from their favorite
bestselling author, rather than taking a chance on someone they've
never heard of.  

In short, the e-book revolution may be changing HOW people read,
but it isn't changing WHAT they read.  As writers, we may need to
make some changes in HOW we get our books to the marketplace -- but
the requirements for WHAT we bring to that marketplace remain the
same: Good books.  Period. 

-- Moira Allen, Editor
 
Copyright 2012 Moira Allen 

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The Inquiring Writer: Vanquishing the Writing Demons 
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By Dawn Copeman

Last month we had an interesting question from Harold Bernbaum.  He
wrote: "About ten years ago I accompanied my wife to a writer's
workshop and subsequently began to participate. In that period I've
written about 300 short stories and begun five novels, now in
various stages of completion. I don't seem to have the attention
span and drive to plug through a book length process although I've
great intentions.

"We've also begun a genealogy and I've written approximately 15,000
words about family history. Last year I self-published a collection
of my Martin Luther Gittleman short stories through Amazon entitled
WERE YOU TALKING TO ME?

"Writing was always a piece of cake. I'd think of a topic and a few
hours later I'd produced a coherent short story. 

"After publishing my collection I had some health issues (not
mental) and didn't write for a few months. Now I seem almost
incapable of writing. The rate at which I conceptualize a topic has
slowed down and few of those have resulted in a story.

"My question is: Has anybody else had a similar experience and how
did they vanquish the demons?"

I think most of us have experienced these writing demons from time
to time; I know I have.  I've had days when I haven't been able to
string together the simplest of sentences; never mind construct an
entire article.  

As writers, we bear our souls every time we work.  We open
ourselves up to the world and that can be painful.  We fear
rejection; we never quite believe we are good enough and so the
inner critic stops us before we begin. You might think this would
be something that stopped the more you write, sadly it does not. 
The critic lives on, growing stronger and coming up with more
inventive lies to stop you from working.  It says "You've been
lucky so far, now they will see you as a fake."  Or at least, mine
does. 

So what can you do?  Do you give in and stop writing?  No, you
don't.  You find a way to beat your inner demons and to continue to
write.  

Personally, when it strikes me, I play loud music to 'drown it out'
and I re-read pieces I have written before, to remind myself that I
can write and I am worthy to be a writer.  I then take a deep
breath and make a start.  I make myself write for thirty minutes at
least, and then I find I am back in the writing mode and able to
continue. 

But sometimes, the doubt and the writing demons take a stronger
hold on you.  But you can still get free.  You need to want to be a
writer badly enough to overcome your doubts. This is how Mary
Terzian did it.   

"Reason: I was miserable. Major changes in living circumstances and
subsequent heavy responsibilities had forced me to shelve creative
writing, a favorite pastime. Though I had contributed to ethnic
newspapers and had had some success with media of wider
circulation, I could definitely not make a living by writing, nor
could I let it
interfere with my job. Mental vagaries on my one-page concise,
precise and factual audit reports were not allowed. 
 
"Realization: I could not compress the desire for creativity. One
day, out of the blue, I decided to attend the 50th anniversary of a
well-known poet's writing career. I wanted to be in the trenches of
writing, live the triumph vicariously at least. It was a great
celebration and it made a deep impact on me. I cried all the way
home. In Los Angeles distances are long. I could have been that
lady! What was I doing in a job that did not appease my soul? I
decided to 'unblock' myself, and introduce some excitement into my
life beyond 'joyful' audit findings. 
 
"Repair: It was a struggle at first. I was as tense as the Gordian
Knot. In an attempt to 'unblock' myself I registered in evening
classes in writing before the internet was available, sought out
relevant lectures, joined the California Writers' Club and
subscribed to the Writer's Digest magazine. Taking my enthusiasm
along on a cruise I wore a T-shirt advertised in the magazine. It
read 'Pulitzer Prize Winner' in large print, followed by a
miniature 'in training' that conveniently nestled in the curve
below my chest. Actually I had run out of clean T-shirts! A member
of our group asked if I actually won the prize. Upon admission that
it was as attainable to me as a trip to the moon she invited me
into her critique group of writers. The rest is history."

Mary Terzian is the author of "The Immigrants' Daughter" Winner of
Best Books Award 2006 and Finalist in Indie Excellence 2007 Book
Awards, both in multicultural nonfiction.

I hope that helps any of you who are struggling with writer's
doubts at the moment.  For more advice do check out the following
articles: 

http://www.writing-world.com/life/why.shtml
http://www.writing-world.com/life/lifeblock.shtml
http://www.writing-world.com/life/block.shtml
 
Okay, now for this month's question, or rather, questions.  I've
put these two questions together as they both concern using new
technology. First comes a question from Bill Harris who wanted to
know: "Do you use an iPad as a writing tool?  I've seen lots of ads
for iPad writing apps but wasn't sure if they were any good or just
gimmicks.  Do you know if anyone uses them and what for?"

I don't have an iPad, I'm afraid, but maybe some of you do.  If so,
do you use them for writing and how?  Do let us know. 

Our second question o comes from Summer Sheldon. She wrote: "I am
just in the process of starting out as a copywriter and I noticed
many of my clients want me to use things like DropBox and online
project management tools to keep track of projects and to share
files.  Do you use any of these Cloud-based tools and are they safe
to use?"

So, do you use the new Cloud or iPad technologies in your writing
life?  If so, how and what would you recommend?

Email your replies to editorial@writing-world.com with the subject
line Inquiring Writer.  And also email me if you have a question
you'd like to put to our writing community. 

Until next time, 

Dawn  

Copyright 2012 Dawn Copeman

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Shakespeare Had a Co-Author - Academics Claim
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FEATURE: Cooking Up a Sale: Getting Into Recipe and Food Writing
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By Dawn Copeman

Recipes can be found almost everywhere these days: newspapers,
magazines, free magazines, on the internet, in supermarkets and on
apps.  There is a huge demand for recipes.  People are always on
the lookout for something new to cook. 

For you as a writer, this means there are plenty of potential
markets for your work. 

You don't need to be a chef to be a food writer.  All you need is
an interest in food, the ability and willingness to cook and to
experiment and most importantly, the ability to write. 

Becoming a Cookery Writer - Finding the Markets
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When you think about writing about food, the first markets you
might think about are food magazines.  However, this is not a good
place to start, for the simple reason that food magazines tend to
accept submissions only from established food writers with books to
their names, celebrity chefs, and staff writers.  As a beginning
cookery writer, you need to think outside the box and use your eyes
to spot potential markets for your work. 

Food articles and recipes are found in most traditional women's
magazines, of course.  But they can also be found in:

-        Local newspapers, including the free ones
-        Health and fitness magazines
-        Dieting magazines
-        County and regional magazines and newspapers
-        Church magazines and newsletters
-        Historical magazines
-        Travel magazines
-        Hobby magazines
-        Parenting magazines
-        Supermarket leaflets and magazines
-        Internet sites 
-        ...and many more

In fact, once you start looking, you will see recipes everywhere,
which means lots of potential markets for your work. 

Study the Competition
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Just as you would study a magazine before submitting an article,
look at what is currently being published and study your target
market carefully.  In particular look out for:

-        Style and voice of the recipe 
-        Typical word length
-        Recipe style (traditional, fusion, healthy, calorie-counted)
-        How recipes list ingredients and give instructions
-        Whether photos are used and how they are used 

Draw on Your Experience and Creativity
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To write recipes, you don't need to be a master chef; most people
can't cook like that and don't want to cook like that.  What people
want are easy-to-follow recipes that can provide them with
inspiration. 

This doesn't mean you have to 'invent' new ways of cooking either,
or concoct new recipes entirely from scratch. Look to your own
cooking, your recipes, your cookery books and current trends to
come up with ideas.

Traditional recipes are not copyrighted; they can't be. For
example, in my kitchen I have three cookbooks by different cookery
writers, all with recipes for 'Poor Knights' -- a traditional
pudding dating from around the middle ages that uses stale bread.
The recipe is ancient and cannot be copyrighted. 

Most modern recipes are not protected by copyright either.  This is
because creating food and recipes is something that people have
been doing ever since we discovered fire and no-one can say for
sure that they are the first person 'ever' to come up with a
recipe.  In addition, any recipe is subject to a virtually infinite
number of adaptations, just by tweaking an ingredient or a
measurement. This is why I have two different but similar recipes
for creating Italian slow-cooked liver and onions in two different
cookery books by two different writers. This means you are free to
adopt and adapt any recipe to make it your own and submit it to a
market. All writers adopt and adapt.  

What you can't do, however, is copy any recipe word-for-word, or in
the case of any recipes 'developed' by celebrity chefs, ingredient
for ingredient.  What you CAN do is change a few ingredients, leave
some out, add some in, experiment and you've got a new recipe. 

This really isn't as difficult as it sounds.  In fact, I bet you've
done it already.  Have you ever not had all the right ingredients
to follow a recipe but made it anyway?  That's exactly what you
need to do to create your own recipes. 

Think About Trends and Your Markets
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In the late 90's and the first decade of the 21st century, fusion
food was the key trend.  From around 2005 to 2009, exotic foods
were the big trend and exotic ingredients were appearing in
recipes. 
Since the crash, however, luxury foods are out for most of us and
many recipes are going back to basics, to traditional foods that
can be prepared inexpensively. Within this trend, however, you
still have to narrow your parameters further to meet the needs of
your target market.

For a fitness magazine, for example, try traditional recipes with a
lighter, healthier, lower-fat touch.  For diet magazines, consider
a calorie-counted, lower-fat version of a traditional meal.  For
busy, time-pressed moms, go for tradition in a hurry: fast ways to
prepare tasty, traditional meals.  For the time-rich, cash-poor,
look for recipes that use cheaper cuts of meat that take longer to
cook, but that produce wholesome, delicious food at much lower
costs than standard cuts. For the organic, health-conscious
consumers, try a traditional recipe made entirely from locally
sourced organic produce -- a bonus when writing for local magazines
or newspapers.

Let's take chicken thighs, for example.  They are cheap and
flavorsome, but most people just don't know what to do with them. 
Look through your recipe books and search online to come up with
ways to use chicken thighs in recipes.  Here's just a few to get
you started:

-        Quick fried chicken and chips
-        Chicken casserole
-        One pan roast
-        Chicken and Sweet onions
-        Chicken curry
-        Sweet and Sour Chicken
-        Chicken Soup
Now think about how you could modify each of these recipes for your
target markets.

Test It Out
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Unless you are writing about a recipe that you have cooked several
times, you need to do a test run to make sure the recipe works.  

A Question of Measures
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Make sure you are familiar with the measures used by your target
market and use them.  If you're writing for the web, check if a
site uses US/Imperial or Metric measures.  If your market uses a
different measuring system than you do in your own kitchen, work
out what these measurements would be in that system.  Cooking
converters can help, but always test your recipe to be sure. These
are the converters I've found to be most useful:

http://www.convert-me.com/en/convert/cooking#subs
http://www.deliaonline.com/conversion-tables.html
http://www.recipes4us.co.uk/conversion_charts.htm

What's in a Name?
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Food is food, right? But names for food change from country to
country (and even from region to region within the same country).
Some ingredients that are common in your country don't seem to
exist in other countries at all -- as our editor discovered whilst
attempting to make a traditional American pumpkin pie in England! 
And while most of us know that an aubergine is an eggplant and a
courgette is a zucchini, there are still hidden pitfalls waiting
for the international cookery writer. 

Mince in the UK means ground beef or hamburger in the US.  Caster
Sugar, a favourite of British baking recipes, doesn't exist in
America at all, where only now can you buy another standard of
British baking -- icing sugar. Tinned pumpkin is almost impossible
to find in the UK, as are cans of frosting, not to mention dozens
of spices and spice mixes such as Liquid Smoke.  

If you are writing for an overseas market, make sure that your
recipe will work in that country.  Exchange ingredients for ones
that are available; for example, write 'sugar' instead of caster
sugar. 

Types of Articles
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As with any other type of article writing, the main driving idea is
to find a need and address it.  Again, think outside the box.  Here
are just a few ideas to get you started:

-        Ten Ways With ...
-        Healthy Meals for Swimmers, Golfers, Bodybuilders etc.
-        What is ... and how do I use it?
-        Meals in Minutes
-        Easy Dinner Party Menus
-        Quick meals for time-pressed writers
-        Effortless Entertaining for the Executive PA
-        Blasts from the Past -- recipes for Baby Boomers etc.

Pitching Recipe Ideas
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Check the publication's guidelines.  Some want full submissions,
others want queries.  If a query is required, simply submit a
one-page letter explaining the need your recipe addresses and why
it meets the needs of that publication's readers.  

Payment
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Rates vary from a few dollars per recipe to $20, $50, or $150 per
article. However, with practice, recipe writing doesn't take very
long and even lower-paying articles can be an excellent way to
boost your writing income. It can also be a great way to build up
clips and an easy way to get a regular column.  Give it a go and
see where it takes you. 
 
>>--------------------------------------------------<<
 
Copyright 2012 Dawn Copeman

Dawn Copeman is a UK-based freelance writer who has published over
300 articles on the topics of travel, cookery, history, health and
writing. An experienced commercial freelancer, Dawn contributed
several chapters on commercial writing to Moira Allen's Starting
Your Career as a Freelance Writer (2nd Edition). She edits the
Writing World newsletter and can be contacted at editorial "at"
writing-world.com.

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Free Stuff for Writers: The Magic Power You Wish You Had: 
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I think we'd all agree that the internet -- and in particular,
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writers. (Imagine how hard it would have been for Charles Dickens
to market his book to someone on the other side of the globe!)
However, with all the different sites out there, it can be a little
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http://www.tweriod.com/ to find out more. 

Got multiple Twitter accounts to oversee? Make your life easier
with TweetDeck. Monitor and post to all your accounts from one
handy dashboard. (Read: no more logging in and logging out and
logging in again.) Filter out annoying junk updates. Schedule
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can't help you with? Best of all, TweetDeck operates on many
different platforms. You can sign in directly on the website,
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Okay, you've updated your Twitter feed, and your LinkedIn page, but
you still have to get to your Facebook page, and your WordPress
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you've got multiple accounts and have to spend hours every day
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you, try Hootsuite. Check updates and post to any of your social
networking sites from the easily personalized dashboard. Use
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Blackberry) to update and check progress on the go.

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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 2012 Aline Lechaye

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