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IN THIS ISSUE:
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THE EDITOR'S DESK: A Question of Give and Take, by Moira Allen 
CRAFTING FABULOUS FICTION:  Why Doesn't the Dog Bark?
by Victoria Grossack 
NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING 
WRITING JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES
FEATURE: Evaluating Blogging Jobs, by Jennifer Brown Banks
THE INQUIRING WRITER: Finding Jobs via Social Media, 
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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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A Question of Give and Take...
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Close your eyes for a moment, and imagine... Well, OK, you can't
read this and close your eyes at the same time, so just imagine...
Imagine this scenario...

You're having a picnic in a park.  Perhaps you're alone, perhaps
you're with a friend, perhaps you're with your best beloved,
perhaps you're with your kids.  You've spent hours preparing a
lavish, delectable feast.  Proudly displayed on the cloth-covered
picnic table is a platter of home-baked chocolate chip cookies,
still warm and so bursting with chocolate that they're more chip
than cookie.  

A small child approaches the table, eyes fixed upon that tempting
platter.  Those cookies look SOOO good.  Finally the child builds
up courage, looks up at you, and says, "Those sure do look awfully
good...  Could I have just one?"

Before we imagine any further, let me hasten to assure you that
this is not some sort of "no-win" dilemma.  You've got LOTS of
cookies, more than enough to feed everyone in your party and
probably three or four other parties of picnickers.  It's not a
question of "Oh, gosh, if I give this charming child a cookie, my
own kids will go hungry."  So... what do you do?

I'm betting that most of my readers will happily agree to give the
child at least one cookie -- and perhaps even a handful to take
back to his or her siblings.  And in doing so, you'll feel just
about as warm and gooey inside as those cookies.  You'll smile as
the child dashes off, chomping down on one treat whilst waving the
others excitedly.

OK, now imagine a slight change to this scenario.  A small child
approaches your table, stares at the cookies -- and suddenly
snatches a double handful and runs off before you can even say
"Boo!"  

How do you feel now?

I'm betting not so warm and gooey.  

One might argue that the OUTCOME is the same: small child gets
cookies, and you still have enough left for your own party.  But
the emotional outcome is very different.  Instead of feeling warm
and happy and pleased for the child, you feel angry, violated, and
probably wishing the child would trip over a tree-root in his
flight and lose the cookies to a horde of vicious ducks.  Why? 
Because you don't feel particularly good about the CHILD any
longer.  The child is no longer a charming stranger who has
approached you politely and given you a chance to make someone's
day.  He is now a thief, someone who has invaded your space, stolen
your property, and ruined your day.  It's not the cookies, it's the
issue of taking rather than giving.

By now you're probably wondering what this scenario is doing in an
editorial on writing.  Well, I'm sorry to say it's here because,
amongst our readers, we do have the equivalent of that second
child.  The one who grabs the cookies and runs.  I know you are
there, I know you are a reader, I know you are undoubtedly an
aspiring writer (because, after all, you read this newsletter AND
you are a member of a local writers' group), and... you are a
thief.  

I suspect you don't think of yourself as such.  When you read about
the snatch-and-grab kid at the picnic, I'm sure you didn't think,
"Yep, that's me!"  I think, in fact, that unlike the child at my
imaginary picnic, you truly did have "good motives."  You thought
you were helping fellow writers; it never occurred to you (I hope!)
that you were, at the same time, robbing other fellow writers.

You are the reader who passed along Michele Deppe's article on
fantasy and science fiction, and Victoria Grossack's fiction
column, for publication in your writing group's newsletter, without
bothering to say "please."  It probably seemed like a small thing
to you -- hardly bigger than a cookie.  But it's not a small thing.

Michele and Victoria expect, quite rightly, to be paid for their
work.  They are professional writers, trying to make their living
from their words, just as a baker might try to make a living from
making the best possible chocolate chip cookies.  Yet, oddly, while
most of us wouldn't dream of going into a bakery and stealing
cookies, which probably sell for less than $5 apiece, there are
some who don't think twice about stealing an article worth $100 or
more.  

Copyright infringement, of course, has been with us long before the
Internet -- but there is a culture on the Internet that not only
makes it easier, but actively encourages such behavior.  There's
plenty of folks who believe that all "information" ought to be
"free" -- which basically means, "I shouldn't have to pay for it." 
Again, people who wouldn't dream of stealing a cookie from a baker,
who wouldn't expect for a moment that their mechanic would fix
their car for free, who couldn't even imagine breaking into
someone's home, see nothing wrong with stealing the work of
someone's mind.  Perhaps it is because words do not have
"substance" -- but that doesn't mean they don't have VALUE.  A
cookie will be gone in the blink of an eye, and forgotten in an
hour; words can endure and inspire for centuries.

Copyright exists for a very simply, economic (yes, commercial)
reason: Its founders recognized that people who have the talent to
create works of art, literature, music, and performance will only
be able to do so if they can AFFORD to do so.  Copyright law exists
to protect intellectual property not so that authors can get filthy
rich -- and I feel compelled to point out that very, very few
authors ever actually do.  It exists so that authors and artists
can SURVIVE on the fruits of their labor, just as auto mechanics
and bakers and shoemakers survive on the fruits of THEIR labors.

Think for a moment about the novels of your favorite author.  How
many are there?  Five?  Ten? Twenty?  Agatha Christie wrote 66
detective novels, amongst numerous other works.  The world would be
a much poorer place (at least for mystery lovers) if she'd only
been able to afford to write, say, ten.  You'd be a lot less happy,
I suspect, if your favorite author couldn't afford to write any
longer because the "information wants to be free" (again,
translated as the "I don't feel I ought to have to pay for this
myself") crowd wins the day.

Whoever you are, I suspect that while you're an aspiring writer,
you're not yet a full-time freelancer, trying to support yourself
and your family on the words that flow from your pen.  When that
day comes, and I sincerely hope that it does, I suspect that you
will be every bit as unhappy with people who take your work without
permission or payment, and use it for their own advantage, as we
are with you.  

But here's the irony.  Let's go back to that first scenario, where
the child asked for a cookie and got one, or perhaps half a dozen
to go.  In many, if not most, cases, if you actually bother to ASK
for permission, you're going to get it.  Most of our contributors
are happy to help out other writers, and writing groups.  The
difference, as with the cookies, is not the ultimate outcome; it's
the process.

I'm old-fashioned enough to believe the process -- the social
interactions through which the child gets the cookie and the
newsletter gets the article -- are still important.  Here's the
thing: If you ask my permission to use a piece, and I say yes,
you've just built a relationship.  If you take without asking,
you've destroyed a relationship.  Quite probably, all things
considered, you're a fine writer and a deserving person, one who
wants to help others, one who is trying to "do your bit" to support
the writing community.  But when you take from that community, all
those other qualities never get a chance to shine.

So think about what might actually be the best way to "do your
bit."  Here's my suggestion: Don't build resentments, build
relationships.  As a writer, you have many unique, wonderful
opportunities.  Don't throw them away!

-- Moira Allen, Editor

Copyright 2012 Moira Allen 

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COLUMN: CRAFTING FABULOUS FICTION, by Victoria Grossack
Why Doesn't the Dog Bark?
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If you have read the Sherlock Holmes mysteries by Sir Arthur Conan
Doyle -- and possibly even if you have not read them -- you may be
familiar with a particular point noticed by Holmes: The dog that
did not bark during the night-time. 

As writers we are usually concerned with what happens in our
stories. However, we can often improve them by being concerned with
what does not happen, too. 

Plot points or plot holes? 
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Sometimes what does not happen is a crucial plot point, as it was
in that particular Sherlock Holmes mystery ("Silver Blaze"). If
it's a critical plot point, then there should be no problem, as
you, writing the story, are aware of it and are already dealing
with it. However, there may be other unanswered questions that you
do not notice. And these can lead to the dreaded plot hole. 

Let me give an example from the fourth book in J K Rowling's Harry
Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." Now, let me
say that I adore her novels, which brim with rich characters,
tricky plots, and marvelous, magical settings. But "The Goblet of
Fire" has a serious plot hole (beware: spoilers follow). In my
opinion, the whole Triwizard Championship is unnecessary. If Lord
Voldemort wants to get Harry Potter to grab hold of a portkey, it
would be far easier to trick him into touching another object --
rather than arranging for him to participate in, and then go on to
win, the Triwizard Championship. In fact, the Triwizard
Championship seems like a convoluted, complicated, and most
unreliable method for Voldemort to achieve his goal. I can't help
asking: "Why didn't the Dark Lord try something simpler?" This
particular plot hole could have been resolved with a single
paragraph, but as far as I can tell, Rowling never addresses it in
her book. 

Types of plot holes 
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Plot holes can arise from various issues. Here are several common
ones: 

OUT OF CHARACTER: You need a character to do something -- or not do
something -- but it is "out of character." For example, say that
Jane always tells the truth, but at some point your story requires
her to lie. The question then becomes: "Why doesn't Jane tell the
truth?" There are many ways you could resolve this. Jane could be
misinformed and believe she is telling the truth. Jane could be
hypnotized and not be responsible for her own actions. Jane could
have a reason for lying that is so strong that it overwhelms her
hatred of falsehood. Someone could pretend to be Jane so that it is
not Jane speaking. Or you could rearrange the story so that Jane
can continue to tell the truth -- or alter her character earlier so
that lying is not problematic for her. 

INCOMPLETE COMMUNICATION: Often much could be resolved by a simple
conversation between two characters. If that's true, you should
have compelling reasons why they do not have that conversation. For
example, frequently two characters are falling in love with each
other but they don't communicate this important piece of
information. The question becomes: "Why don't Jack and Jill confess
their love?" Perhaps Jack says nothing because he believes Jill
loves another. Perhaps Jill says nothing because she believes she's
not worthy. Perhaps a third character deliberately interferes to
thwart the communication. 

STRANGE TIMING: Often, for a plot to work, you need the events to
happen in a particular order. However, that order may not be
logical. The trick is to make it logical. Perhaps you can't have
Joe appear on the scene for a while, so the question becomes, "Why
isn't Joe on time?" You can use a trivial delaying tactic, such as
making Joe's tire go flat. 

Why ask "why not?" 
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Looking for things that would normally happen -- and figuring out
why they don't -- can greatly enrich your story. Let me give you an
example from my current project. My coauthor and I have written a
trilogy about the life of Niobe. While in the process of writing
the third volume, we had a problem because one of the daughters,
Chloris, was not yet married near the end of the book even though
she's in her mid-twenties. But back then - Bronze Age Greece -
girls married sometime between ages thirteen and eighteen. Chloris
is beautiful and a princess so she does not lack for suitors. Our
question was: "Why isn't Chloris married yet?" 

We batted this question around for months. We came up with several
possibilities, such as an engagement that failed because her
beloved died, or her being a lesbian who refused to marry any man.
But for various reasons these ideas weren't satisfactory. Finally
we hit on the following explanation: Chloris joins a cult, the
maidens of Artemis, and takes an oath of virginity for as long as
she is in the cult. This approach requires some poetic license, but
not too much, as we borrowed from other groups devoted to other
deities, such as the Vestal Virgins of Rome (they were permitted to
marry upon retirement); the Maenads of Dionysus; and the women
devoted to the mysteries of Demeter. So making her a member of a
cult devoted to Artemis was plausible. Furthermore, the solution,
"Chloris doesn't marry because she takes a temporary oath of
virginity in order to serve the goddess Artemis," opened up many
great plot possibilities to us. It also made our Chloris character
much more interesting, much more alive. The question frustrated us
for months, but we believe our out-of-the-box solution
significantly enhanced our story. 

Identifying plot holes 
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It takes skill, practice and patience to identify plot holes, but
you can start by asking yourself the following questions: 

* Are things happening when they should, given your story's
situation and characters? If not, why not? 

* Are people behaving logically, for their personalities, place and
time? 

* If it's important for characters not to know something, do you
have reasons why they don't know? 

* If you need for things not to happen for a while -- or not at all
-- do you supply your readers with reasons for the procrastination
or the non-event? 

Your answers do not have to be so ground-shaking that they change
the whole plot of your book. The reasons can be trivial. The
important thing is that you deal with them somehow. 

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

A version of this article appeared at the Coffeehouse for Writer's
Fiction Fix. Victoria Grossack studied Creative Writing and English
Literature at Dartmouth College, and has published stories and
articles in publications such as Contingencies, Women's World and I
Love Cats. She teaches a variety of writing classes at 
http://www.coffeehouseforwriters.com/courses.html.  Victoria
Grossack is the co-author of the Tapestry of Bronze series
(Jocasta; Children of Tantalus; The Road to Thebes; Arrow of
Artemis) based on Greek myths and set in the late Bronze Age. 
Besides all this, Victoria is married with kids, and (though
American) spends most of her time in Europe.  Her hobbies include
gardening, hiking and bird-watching.  Visit her website at 
http://www.tapestryofbronze.com, or contact her at tapestry (at)
tapestryofbronze (dot) com.   

Copyright 2012 Victoria Grossack

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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First Half of 2012 Sees Increase in Trade Sales in US
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Write Out Loud Call for Submissions
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Embodied Effigies Call for Submissions for Fall/Winter Issue
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Creative nonfiction is sought for the second issue of this literary
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straightforward memoir, but most of all they want the "truth,"
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Dark Matter Journal Open to Submissions
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Dark Matter are open to submissions of poetry, flash-fiction, short
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FEATURE: How to Evaluate a Good Blog Gig and Earn What You Deserve! 
(What every serious blogger must know) 
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By Jennifer Brown Banks

-- "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

In 2010, when I landed a blog gig that boasted 100 bucks monthly
for 300-word posts, I was tickled pink. Easy money, I thought to
myself. 
Not only did this project seem exciting and effortless, scoring it,
along with my other "regular" blogging clients, meant I could save
time, effort, and angst from scouring weekly job boards and
networking feverishly for potential leads. 

But my joy was short-lived. Not long after accepting this job, I
realized that not all blogging gigs are created equally. Knowing
what to look for and what to expect will enhance your experience
and your bottom line. 

Blog listings are increasingly abundant on Craigslist, Freelance
Writing Jobs, Blogging Pro, and Pro Blogger.net, to name a few. But
what should you look for in "reading the fine print?" What makes
for a profitable pursuit?

Before we explore how to evaluate these offerings, let's examine
just what constitutes a "good blog gig." Gleaned from my vast
blogging career, and some trial and error, here are a few
conditions and features that apply.

1. A good blog gig provides clear terms, consistent and prompt
payment, and most of all, realistic expectations by the blog owner.
For example, a blog gig where a writer is expected to pen 1000
words for 10 dollars in pay is not a good gig, no matter how
frequent or reliable the pay, or how "popular" the site.

2. A good blog gig is one that allows the writer at least some
degree of creative input and freedom -- whether it's the topic, the
title, or the way the piece is approached.

3. A good blog gig is one that is not research-laden (whereby more
time is spent in fact-finding and statistics hunting than in
actually writing the post).    

4. A good blog gig pays in REAL money. Not Monopoly dollars, or
"exposure," or links, or future opportunities.

5. A good blog gig provides for pay that is "commensurate with
experience" or at least fair compensation in exchange for one's
time.

6. A good blog gig allows for choice in payment options. Let's face
it: not everyone wants to deal with the slowness of snail mail.
Conversely, some writers don't like dealing with online
transactions and financial vulnerability, in the age of identity
theft and "hacking." Ideally, writers should be able to decide (and
request) the payment option that works better for their
circumstances and lifestyle.

7. A good blog gig is one whereby the owner values the blogger's
time. In other words, he responds to questions, comments or
concerns in a timely manner to enhance communications and overall
efficiency.

Now that we've increased your awareness, here's what you need to
consider in assessing (and accepting) today's blog job offer or ad:
 
The scope of your responsibility
--------------------------------
This may seem like a no-brainer, but trust me, it isn't. In other
words, will you be required to do research? Will you have to make
your posts Search Engine Optimized? Provide your own topics? These
are things to consider. $50 per post may seem like a lot initially,
but if the subject matter requires extensive research, tech
troubles, and red tape, you'll end up with very little pay for your
say.
 
The amount of expertise required
--------------------------------
Some blog jobs call for you to know different content management
systems to post your own work (i.e. WordPress, Scrives, Blogger).
With others, the blog owner does the actual posting upon approval.
Additionally, some projects require you to provide your own photos,
and to be versed in things like anchor texting and social media.
Make sure to be compensated equitably for your skill sets and your
time, just like you would in corporate America.
 
The method of payment
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Will it be based upon performance metrics, like per clicks?
Readership levels? Readers' votes? Per post? Per word? Be clear on
the terms and how you'll collect your pay. If it's vague, steer
clear. Quickly. 

What's the standing of the blog and its owner? 
----------------------------------------------
Is it a highly ranked site? Popular within its niche? Many ad
placements? These tell-tale signs will determine how successful it
is and the likelihood of future pay. 

For instance, I blogged for one client for a couple of weeks who
decided to "close shop" because things were not materializing the
way he had expected. If I had done my homework, I might have known
of his sporadic site updates and struggles to stay afloat, and
devoted my energies elsewhere. 

In another employment episode, I contracted to do "ghost posts" for
a seemingly reputable business site, where the pay was better than
average. Unfortunately, many times I had to actually hound the
owners for weeks to be paid for my services. Plus, I was forced to
check online each week to make sure that my work was not being used
without compensation (a few times I discovered that it had been).
In any relationship, trust is a must! I eventually quit this gig,
with them owing me money. I simply chalked it up as a loss, learned
my lesson, and moved on. If it happens to you, you should too. As
they say, "time is money."

If you want to increase YOUR odds for continued pay, save time, and
be protected from online scams, don't underestimate the importance
of due diligence. Check with noted "watchdog forums" and writers'
bulletin boards. A few of the most popular are Whispers and
Warnings, by Writers Weekly, Preditors and Editors, and
RipOffReport.com. Often, you'll find dead-beat publishers and
editors exposed here.
 
What's the expected interaction level with the blog's audience? 
---------------------------------------------------------------
Creating blog posts can also carry with it the pleasant but
time-consuming task of responding to readers and answering related
questions. Will you be allowed to make a general statement of
"thanks," or are you expected to address each one individually?
Depending upon your time constraints and personal blogging style,
this may or may not be a concern. 

Additionally, Wendy Burt-Thomas, editor and noted author of "The
Writer's Digest Guide to Query Letters, shares:

"Most legit jobs will not request that you write a new piece for
free as a sample of your writing. They should be content with you
sending samples of your previous work. Some companies scam writers
by asking each to write, say, a description of a certain product
that the company plans to sell. Well, imagine if the company asks
500 writers each to write a "sample" for free ... using 500
different products. Now they don't need to hire anyone after all
because the web copy for their entire ecommerce store is written!
Along the same lines, be wary of companies that contact you out of
the blue. The scammers often patrol (or rather, TROLL) sites where
freelance writers "hang out."
 
WHERE TO FIND WORK

Of course, no discussion on good blog gigs would be complete
without giving you the "4-1-1" on where to land lucrative
assignments. Knowing where to find work is an important factor in
the overall blogging for bucks equation. 

With this in mind, here are a few sites where I've found success
over the years. Please note: even with "reputable" sites, good
judgment and proper research are required for the best experience.

PROBLOGGER.NET 
http://www.problogger.net/ 
Created by Darren Rowse, Pro Blogger is one of the top rated sites
for bloggers seeking to increase their exposure and their bottom
line. You'll find a nice selection of blog jobs with average to
excellent pay. 

BLOGGINGPRO.COM 
http://www.bloggingpro.com/ 
This site provides blogging opportunities from various industries,
in addition to regular writing jobs and other creative positions.

VIRTUALVOCATIONS.COM 
http://www.virtualvocations.com/ 
Launched in 2007, Virtual Vocations is a "smorgasbord" of stay at
home positions -- from blog jobs, to administrative support, to
research work. Paid membership may be required to access some areas
of the site. 

CRAIGSLIST.ORG 
http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites/ 
Craigslist has often gotten mixed reviews by users. My results?
Most of the positions I've gotten here have been relatively good.
However, there have been a few lemons in the bunch.

FREELANCEDAILY.NET 
http://www.freelancedaily.net/ 
Suzanne Franco is the owner and editor of this site, which is
designed to save writers time and money by doing the research and
combining jobs from an array of sources and online sites. Consider
it a "one stop shop." Offers one week free trial membership.  

WORKAWESOME.COM 
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Offers a large database of positions for creatives of all levels.
Requires a good amount of searching. You can peruse either by
industry, or location, or both.

Keep in mind, as well, that sometimes you can create your own jobs
by "pitching" places or editors with whom you'd like to work.

As with any job, the proper "fit" (and culture) is important for
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THE INQUIRING WRITER: Using Social Media to Find Jobs

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By Dawn Copeman

Last month our question came from Annie, who wrote: "I have
read articles on using social media to get writing jobs, but I'm
still not entirely sure how to do it.  Do any of your readers use
social media such as LinkedIn to get jobs, and if so, how?  Do you
need a premier account?  Can you use Facebook professionally?"

"I am not yet a professional or published author," wrote Karla
Padawer Solomon, "so I don't know about how to turn social media
into projects with paychecks.  However, I do use LinkedIn.  It is a
great website for a multitude of reasons.  You can join groups
consisting of people with similar professional interests and share
advice and experiences.  I think the best feature is that people
can write recommendations for each other, which is awesome because
when your name appears in the website's search
results, recommendations supplement your resume and make you look a
lot more trustworthy."

Ben wrote, "I have found it useful to have writers as friends on
Facebook; that way if I'm at a loose end I can always ask them if
they know of anyone needing work done.  So far I've landed two
different gigs this way -- one of them a long-term job."

Anya replied that she finds it " useful to have a LinkedIn and
Facebook account.  I was asked to do a job via LinkedIn that wasn't
my speciality, so I put it on my Facebook page and sent it to
several writer contacts on LinkedIn.  I told the person who
contacted me that I wasn't suitable for the job and gave them the
names and LinkedIn details of my contacts who had expressed an
interest in the job."  
 
I've done that too, Anya.

It isn't all good news on the social media job front, however, as
Pam remarked.  

She wrote that in her "experience, no good, long-term job has come
to me via social media.  On LinkedIn people are seeking full-time
corporate in-house writers and I don't want jobs like that, or they
are looking to hire good writers for insultingly low pay. I gave up
on the whole thing."

I must admit that I have a LinkedIn profile and a Facebook page but
I haven't yet picked up a lot of writing work through them. I've
picked up some work, and passed on work to others, but it is by no
means my best source of writing jobs.  

Having said that, LinkedIn is useful. I love the professional
groups you can join on LinkedIn to keep abreast of developments in
your field and to join in discussions with writers working in
similar areas.  However, I mainly use it as a way to gather client
testimonials in one place for potential clients to see. 

As for Twitter, I'm just too darn busy writing for other people to
find time to keep my twitter account up to date!  Some writers
swear by LinkedIn and Twitter as a way to find work.  In her
introduction to the chapter on How Social Networking Sites Help
Writers, in "Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer" 2nd
Edition by Moira Allen, Penny J. Leisch wrote that she "received
two job contacts and a contract within the first week I used
Twitter."  

Penny has also received job offers via her LinkedIn page and gives
good advice on how to use social media to build a network.  I
heartily recommend this to anyone who wants to use social media as
a tool for finding work.

This month we have a technical writing question from Brenda
Proffitt.  She wrote: "I'm preparing a brief style guide for a
large nonprofit organization to help its staff create a uniform
look for its largest client, a government agency. The intent is to
help them look good, polished and professional. It will include
specs for fonts, sizes, headers and footers, etc. it won't be the
typical binder of technical details that ad agencies create for
their corporate clients. I'd love to see a few examples of what
others have done."

Have you created any style guides?  Do you have any tips for
Brenda?  If so email them to me at editorial"at"writing-world.com
with the subject line Inquiring Writer.

You can also email your questions to me at this address too. 

Until next time, 

Dawn 

Copyright 2012 Dawn Copeman

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750words.com
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WRITING CONTESTS
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This section lists contests that charge no entry fees. Unless 
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For a guide to nearly 1600 writing contests throughout the 
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SCRIBOPHILE GOTHTOBER CONTEST
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DEADLINE:  October 31, 2012
GENRE:  Fiction
DETAILS:   Gothic literature. 3000 words max.
PRIZES:  $50, $25  
URL:  http://www.scribophile.com/contests/gothtober-contest/ 

AMERICA'S NEXT AUTHOR
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DEADLINE:  November 27, 2012
OPEN TO: US Residents aged 18+
GENRE:  Short Stories, 
DETAILS: 2500 - 5000 words max. 
PRIZE:  $5000 
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AUTHORSTAND SHORT STORY CONTEST
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DEADLINE: November 8, 2012
GENRE:    Short Stories 
DETAILS:  1,500 to 10,000 words max.
PRIZE:  $250
URL:   
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DEADLINE: December 6, 2012
GENRE: Short stories
DETAILS:  300 - 1000 word stories on any theme. 
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FIRST CRIME NOVEL COMPETITION
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DEADLINE: December 17, 2012
GENRE: Books
OPEN TO: 18+ authors with no published works of fiction
DETAILS: Mystery/Thriller: Competition is for a crime novel where
"murder or another serious crime or crimes is at the heart of the
story." 60,000 words minimum. 
PRIZE: $10,000 advance against royalties 
URL:  
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UNITED PRESS LOCAL POEM COMPETITION
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DEADLINE: December 31, 2012
GENRE: Poetry
OPEN TO: UK Residents
DETAILS:  Your poem can be about something or someone from your
home area. It can be descriptive, historical, romantic, factual or
personal - anything you like, as long as there's a local connection.
You can submit up to three poems of no more than 25 lines
(including blank lines) and 160 words each. Submit up to three poems
PRIZE: 1000
URL: http://www.unitedpress.co.uk/free-poetry-competitions/
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