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THE EDITOR'S DESK: What's Wrong with The Writer? by Moira Allen 
CRAFTING FABULOUS FICTION: Parsing Paragraphs, by Victoria Grossack 
FEATURE: How to Leverage Guest Posting to Get (Paying) Writing
Gigs, by Jennifer Brown Banks
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What's Wrong with The Writer?  Rants and Pants...
I confess, I hesitated about writing this editorial.  It is, after
all, uncool to speak ill of one's competition.  (An advertising rep
from "The Writer" once assured me, some time back, that we were in
fact considered "competition," which I took as a marvelous
compliment.)  I was still dithering when Dawn gave me a call from
England, so I asked what she thought of "the new Writer."

Her response was instantaneous: "It's pants!"

For non-Brits, the Urban Dictionary defines this trendy bit of
British slang as "Not good; total crap; nonsense; rubbish; bad." 
Which pretty much summed up my own opinion.

Most of you probably know that, last summer, The Writer was
purchased by Madavor Media.  As new issues arrived in my mailbox, I
began to feel uneasy about what I was seeing.  It took me awhile,
however, to figure out the cause of my discomfort.  And make no
mistake: I AM uncomfortable with the new "Writer" -- not simply
because an old favorite has changed its style, but because I think
those changes are doing writers everywhere a disservice.

Each new issue of The Writer now features at least two or three
interviews with today's top, trendiest, and apparently most
photogenic writers.  These interviews rarely offer the would-be
writer anything useful in the way of tips or advice.  (Here's a
nugget from the June issue: "New writers need to first write
something wonderful..."  Wow.)  As I browsed the magazine's pages,
however, I realized that it wasn't the text (or lack thereof) that
was troubling me.  It was the pictures.

There's an old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words, and
today we live in a world that bombards us with pictures.  Our minds
process and respond to images instantly, without the delays and
interpretative filters that come into play when we read text.  When
we read, we spend time considering and evaluating what we read, the
meanings of the words, and whether or not we agree with or believe
what we are reading.  Images bypass all that; studies have even
shown that viewing an image can trigger a muscular reaction in
response to that image (e.g., people viewing Degas' images of
ballet dancers will feel as if they are dancing, with the brain
causing the body to mirror the actions viewed in the image).  

Each issue of The Writer is filled with pictures of... well,
WRITERS.  You can't possibly mistake them for anything else. 
Clearly, they are writer-type people: confident, creative,
intellectual, thoughtful, literary... and did I mention photogenic?
 ("Aren't there any writers over 30 in this magazine?" Dawn asked
plaintively.)  As a writer, one looks at these various authors and
feels, at a gut level, that this is truly what a "writer" must look

Unfortunately, as writers, I suspect that most of us also look at
these authors and feel, at a gut level, that we don't much look
like that.  We don't much talk like that.  Quite possibly we don't
much think like that.  And from there it's only a short step to
supposing that we are never going to BE like that.

Don't get me wrong -- I think it's wonderful to celebrate the
achievements of writers.  But I think that the new incarnation of
The Writer has made a serious error in assessing its audience.  For
most of its 125 years, The Writer has been, at heart, a trade
magazine for the profession.  It has been a publication written for
and by those who know that "we're all in this together."  Now, it
has become a magazine ABOUT writers, rather than a magazine FOR

A glance at the Madavor Media website provides some insight into
the problem.  Madavor Media publishes lifestyle magazines, filled
with profiles of important and glamorous people.  It routinely
features celebrities on its covers.  Presumably, someone,
somewhere, assumed that the same approach would work with a writing
magazine (which perhaps explains the picture of Leonardo di Caprio
on the cover of the June issue).  Someone probably said, "Well,
writers, they're literary people, right?  So let's fill the pages
with interviews with literary celebrities!"

Certainly, many writers are "literary people."  And many are
writers of cookbooks and technical manuals and corporate
newsletters and devotionals and children's fiction and YA vampire
romances and family histories and personal memoirs and...  Well,
the list is endless.  And while it may be interesting to learn that
a bestselling novelist researched her book by spending four years
in Cambodia, many writers find it difficult to find time to go to
the grocery store.  

One of the first writing classes I ever taught began with a
discussion of "what a writer is."  I let the class "fill in the
blank" with their ideas about what a "real" writer is, and ended up
filling a blackboard with their visions.  Then I asked how many
felt that all, or even any, of these descriptors applied to THEM --
and not one person raised a hand.  That led to my article, "What is
a Writer?" (http://www.writing-world.com/basics/writer.shtml). 
When I look at the photos in The Writer today, I feel as if I'm
looking at that list of " myths of the real writer" all over again.
 And I'm uncomfortable, because it seems to me that this is utterly
the wrong message for a "writing" magazine to send to its readers.

Now, if I'm way off base and everyone out there is absolutely in
love with the new "Writer," that's lovely, and please restrain the
flames.  But if not, and you'd like to know what a REAL writer
looks like, well....

Look in the mirror.

-- Moira Allen, Editor

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by Victoria Grossack 


In this column we tackle the paragraph.  Paragraphs can be
difficult to master but are critical to guiding your readers
through your story.

Physical Appearance
In English, at least, the paragraph is a group of one or more
sentences, best recognized by its physical appearance.  In most
published pieces a paragraph is signaled by a new line and an
indentation at its beginning and by trailing spaces at its end. 
Or, more frequently these days, particularly in letters of business
or on the Internet, paragraphs have no indentation at their
beginnings.  Instead there is a break between blocks of text.

No matter how paragraphs are formatted, the fact that they ARE
formatted is essential.  It is this formatting which creates a
bridge between shape and meaning.  Paragraphs and the breaks
between them are important for your readers.  Paragraphs help your
readers keep their place in the story -- both in terms of where
they literally are on the page, and where they are in terms of the

You can make paragraphs either long or short.  Long paragraphs --
especially pages without any paragraph breaks whatsoever -- can
intimidate readers browsing through your book and may be especially
difficult for those using e-readers.  Many people will put a book
down if confronted by huge, unyielding blocks of text, or simply
get confused if they can't follow the thoughts because the
paragraph is on several screens.  Too many short paragraphs in
sequence may also lose your readers, in that they will not be able
to keep their place with those either.

The lengths of paragraphs create a rhythm for your story.  Longer
paragraphs usually signal that the story is slowing down, while
shorter ones indicate that the pace is quickening.  Longer
paragraphs are also a place to develop intricate action, detailed
description, or even profound, complicated thoughts.  Short
paragraphs are where exclamations and rapid delivery of important
information occur -- but if you have too many in a row, your
writing may seem staccato and your ideas shallow.

When Do You Start a New Paragraph?
When should you start a new paragraph, and when should you continue
the one you're in?

The easiest answer comes when you are writing dialogue.  When you
change speakers, you nearly always begin a new paragraph.  In fact,
the word PARAGRAPH comes from the Greek word PARAGRAPHOS, a line
marking a change in the speakers of dialogue (classical Greeks were
famous for their plays, so this would be very important).

However, unless you are also writing for the theatre, many of your
paragraphs will contain no dialogue.  In this situation,
determining where to end and start paragraphs is more difficult.

A paragraph means a switch in the focus of your story. Here are
some situations when you might want to end one paragraph and start

* You are writing about the actions of Carol in the one paragraph,
and then start writing about Jim. If you are planning to devote
several sentences in a row to Jim, you should probably start a new

* You are changing the point of view within your story.  Point of
view is another challenging topic and you will find my ideas about
this in other columns.  Although I believe that most scenes should
be shown through a single point of view, many writers do not agree
with me.  However, I beg you to show some mercy and at least change
paragraphs when you change the point of view.

* You are writing about one thing, and then you start writing about
another.  This is it in a nutshell.  But how do you tell whether or
not all your sentences are about the same thing, and not about
another?  Usually it is obvious, but occasionally it is not.  This
is where your AUTHORITY as the AUTHOR comes in; you are responsible
for deciding whether the sentences belong together or not.  Do you
want your readers to associate these ideas together closely or not?
 Which way makes YOUR meaning clearest? 

Note that you may occasionally start a new paragraph within a
character's speech.  This doesn't happen all that often -- usually
people aren't allowed to speak without being interrupted or they
are engaged in give and take -- or when they have come to the end
of the paragraph, there's a natural pause.  However, it is possible
that a character will continue speaking in such a way that he
should be given more than a single paragraph.  In this case you
should change paragraphs using the same rules as above -- the
character has shifted to another topic.

Inside Paragraphs
So far this article has concentrated on what you should consider
when separating your paragraphs.  But there is another important
consideration regarding the structure of paragraphs for your story:
how do you order your sentences within each paragraph?

For non-fiction, theory seems better developed.  In non-fiction,
you often begin a paragraph with a topic sentence, i.e. a sentence
that explains what you are writing about.  The sentences that
follow are detail sentences supporting the topic sentence.  For

"The weather should be good for the picnic tomorrow. The
temperature is predicted to be in the eighties, partly cloudy with
a slight breeze. The humidity will be low, and the pollution index
will also be low."

Notice how the last two sentences go into more detail about the
weather, supporting the assertion in the first sentence in the

This technique can help with your fiction writing, but it may not
be enough.  In fiction, your paragraphs also need to move your
story along.  So, even when you begin a paragraph with a strong
lead sentence, you may want to end with a bang as well.

Here's an example from our novel, "Children of Tantalus:"

His sister's mocking tone infuriated him.  Attempting to control
his rage, Pelops rose to his feet; finding that the floor had
steadied itself, he walked out onto the balcony.  Looking out at
the distant sea, he took a slow, deep breath.  Finally he turned
and spoke to Niobe.  "Just because the gods have never spoken to
you does not make it impossible."

In the paragraph above (shown from Pelops' point of view, a
character whose incipient madness makes him believe that the floor
is swaying rather than that his gait is unsteady), the first
sentence tells us how Pelops is feeling.  The next two sentences
show him in motion but also attempting to control his emotion.  The
fourth sentence is a transition sentence, which the reader needs in
order to follow the action of the story.  The fifth sentence in the
paragraph ties back to the first, as Pelops' statement makes clear
why he is so angry: that he hates having what he interprets as
religious experiences questioned.  And the sentence, "Just because
the gods have never spoken to you does not make it impossible" is
delivering its own wallop, as the readers sit up and think, hey,
does this guy REALLY think that the gods are talking to him?

We've covered two different ways of organizing paragraphs.  The
first contains a lead sentence and is followed by sentences that
support it.  The second develops action or thought and moves the
story along.  There are probably other good ways to organize your
paragraphs, but these are two I have found useful.

The Order of Your Paragraphs 
The order of your paragraphs is another part of the structure that
you need to consider.  Which information should come first, which
second, third, and so on?  Here are a couple of suggestions:

* Whenever you can, tell your story in sequence.  Readers can be
confused by flashbacks, so unless you have good artistic or
dramatic reason, it's easier for them to understand when your story
is told in the same way that things happen.  Of course, often there
ARE good dramatic reasons -- still, you should be aware of what you
are doing and only do it when necessary.

* Put related paragraphs together.  For example, if Steve is
considering in one paragraph what he should get Betsy for
Valentine's Day, maybe he should not be thinking the same thing a
few paragraphs later -- unless those thoughts need to be separated
for the sake of your story. However, it is possible for this
suggestion to take you too far in one direction.  For example, you
might want to intersperse description throughout your story, rather
than put it in one block.

Mastering the art of the paragraph takes many writers a long time;
I still have to put effort into making mine work.  I hope these
thoughts help you to organize yours.


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.
Victoria is co-author with Alice Underwood 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. On her own she has written The Highbury Murders, in which she
did her best to channel the spirits and styles of Jane Austen and
Agatha Christie. Besides all this, Victoria is married with kids,
and (though American) spends much of her time in Europe. Her
hobbies include gardening, hiking, bird-watching and tutoring
mathematics. Visit her website at http://www.tapestryofbronze.com,
or contact her at tapestry (at) tapestryofbronze (dot) com.

Want to learn more about crafting fabulous fiction? Victoria now
offers one-on-one writing classes; find out more at

Copyright 2013 Victoria Grossack. A version of this article
appeared in the Coffeehouse for Writer's Fiction Fix.  

This article may not be reprinted or posted without the written
permission of the author.

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Italy Magazine is always on the lookout for new writers and
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Writers' Forum
Writers' Forum is a print magazine published in Britain but for
writers all over the world.  They prefer articles written by
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This is an online magazine which, although it currently does not
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FEATURE:  How to Leverage Guest Posting to Get (Paying) Writing Gigs
By Jennifer Brown Banks
Many writers view guest posting as yet another form of writing for
free.  So they either shun it altogether, or relegate it to the
bottom of their "to-do" list. They would rather devote their energy
and sweat equity to their own blogs, as a form of self-promotion,
(not to mention self-preservation).

Perhaps you're one of them. But there is great truth to the
expression: "It's not what you do, but how you do it that matters." 

"Strategic" guest blogging can make all the difference.

Here's a case in point. A few months ago, I was asked to pen a post
for the ever-popular site ProBlogger. It came about as a result of
pitching my freelance services as a ghost writer to the content
manager, with whom I had worked before. To make a long story short,
because I knew that this award-winning site had a cult-like
following and the opportunity for massive exposure, I polished
every word like fine silver.

Included with my piece was a generous bio with a link to my site
and my various creative offerings.  Within 72 hours of my
"appearance," I received 263 Tweets and e-mails from three
corporate clients requesting quotes for my work.  I "sealed the
deal" and received a deposit from one, while the other two are
currently in negotiations. With a little strategic effort and a
savvy game plan, I was able to use a free platform to elevate my
business and my bottom line. And you can too.  

There are three major areas to consider: planning, positioning, and
problem-solving. Let's explore each of them, and how they can help
earn pay for your efforts.

There are literally millions of blogs reflecting thousands of
themes and niches. Some are professional, while others are
recreational.  How will you choose the right ones for your guest
posting goals?

Essentially, it depends on your purpose. Are you seeking to win
friends and influence people? Sell your products? Establish your
expertise in a certain area? Gain support for an important cause?
Promote your book? These are crucial questions to consider. The
clearer you are the more strategic and focused you will become. 
Remember, you want to "work smarter, not harder." 

Align your guest posting with blogs that are ideally suited for
your purpose. For instance, my objective in doing a guest post for
ProBlogger was not just to share valuable information with their
readership, but also to "target" professional clients that
potentially would be in need of my services.

How will you stand out and be noticed when there are so many other
talented writers on the Internet? What do you bring to the table?
In business, it's known as your U.S.P. - Unique Selling
Proposition. Being able to successfully identify it and to "sell"
others on it will give you a competitive edge and solid footing.
For example, writer and editor Hope Clark is well known for her
expertise in helping writers to find grant resources for their
creative projects. Author Peter Bowerman is considered the ultimate
authority on providing tips and techniques for writers to earn what
they deserve and avoid the "starving artist" syndrome.  It's all
about branding. Make sure that your bio (and e-mail signature line)
highlights your most unique and valuable areas of expertise.  It
should be concise, yet clever. Additionally, Kelly James Enger, in
her book "Goodbye Byline, Hello Big Bucks," states: "Every time you
send an e-mail, you have the opportunity to market yourself. Create
an e-mail signature that includes your title or the description of
the work you do."

In a tough economy where most of us are seeking to get "more bang
for our buck," today's clients are looking for not only for writers
who their way around a sentence, but for service providers who can
help them to do more with fewer resources, identify strategies that
will help them to solve current or futuristic problems, require
little "hand-holding," and save them time and money.  Can you
deliver?  One way to convey your competence in this area is to
provide testimonials and case studies on your blog or website from
satisfied customers (in your bio link).

Know your readership. Not all blogs are created equally.  In your
guest blogging quests, make sure to do adequate research. Does the
site have an active community? Are there advertisers? Does the
blogger post on a regular, consistent schedule? Are there a large
number of followers? These are all success indicators. Ultimately,
if the blog is not successful, chances are that it will not attract
potential, "serious" clients for your business.  Do not pass go.

Adopt the real estate mantra - "Location, location, location!" In
addition to the success indicators we mentioned above, it's
important to target blogs that enjoy a good, credible reputation in
the blogosphere - often called "A-list" blogs.  Ideally, these
sites are rewarded with a Google Rank of 4 or better. To check and
verify a site's Google status, visit: 

Remember the importance of presentation. It's true: you never get a
second chance to make a first impression.  For this reason, when
pitching for potential posting opportunities, it's essential to put
forth your best work. Busy editors and blog owners don't have time
to do extensive editing; and if they have to, more than likely your
work will be rejected for the next person's. Sure, even the best
writer might have a typo or a dangling modifier here and there.
Just make sure to keep it at an absolute minimum for maximum

Check the archives. In the interest of efficiency, it's a good idea
to consult the past posts to avoid duplication and to save
everybody wasted time. Because at the end of the day, no matter how
well you write, if your article idea lacks originality, or has been
extensively covered -- it won't fly.  Is your idea innovative? If
it isn't, do you provide a different treatment of a topic that has
been previously addressed?  New research findings? More current
statistics and expert quotes?  Assess then act accordingly.

Keep in mind that guest posting has many potential benefits. It's a
great way to increase your visibility and your bottom line in the
year ahead. Don't think of it as free writing; think of it as free


Jennifer Brown Banks is a veteran freelance writer, pro blogger,
and ghost writer. Her guest posts have been featured at "top-dog"
sites such as: Men with Pens, ProBlogger, Daily Blog Tips, and
Write to Done. Visit her site at http://Penandprosper.blogspot.com/

Copyright Jennifer Brown Banks 2013

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You've got this amazing idea. You've worked out all the details:
the word count, the time it'll take to complete the project, the
research you need to do, and so on. Hopefully you've got an editor
or agent or publisher in mind who you think is perfect for what
you're writing. 

And then you come to the query letter. 

The query letter. Writers agonize over it. They write one and then
they polish it and polish it again, but somehow it always seems
just short of perfect. How do you convince an editor you've never
met to trust you with an article? Is it really possible to condense
a five-hundred page novel into a hundred words? How can you write
the perfect query that makes an editor or agent say "yes"?

In case you didn't already know, Writing World has some helpful
articles on querying and submissions on their Successful Queries
and Submissions page, which you can find here: 
http://www.writing-world.com/queries/index.shtml. If you've got
questions about how to format a manuscript, who to address your
query letter to, and what to do if you don't have clips, this is
the place to go. 

You know you need to write a query letter that's professional yet
compelling. But what does a "good" query letter look like? How much
information should you include in your query? Should you tell the
editor your age, your job title, your education level? In the eBook
"21 Query Letters That Sold," you can read real query letters that
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well-known publications. Go to journalist Mridu Khullar Relph's
website to sign up for her weekly newsletter and get a free copy of
the eBook: http://www.mridukhullar.com/ebook-queries/.

How can you sum up your epic masterpiece of a novel in a few
hundred words? Again, how much information do you need to put in
the novel pitch? Do you need to explain the world the story is set
in? How about the main character's backstory? Author Kathy
Carmichael has a pitch workshop page on her website that does a
great job of explaining pitches and how to write them: 
The website also has a fun interactive pitch generator. All you
have to do is fill in a form and a sample pitch will be generated.
It's probably not a good idea to copy and paste the generated pitch
directly into your query letter as there may be grammatical errors
depending on what you typed into the form, but the pitch generator
is a good way to get to the core of your story. Try out the
generator here: http://www.kathycarmichael.com/pitch.php.

More pitch generators can be found at Carissa Taylor's website:
There are four types of pitch generators here: Character Journey,
High Stakes, Romance, and World/Setting. Again, all you have to do
is fill in a form and sample pitches (ten of them) will be
generated. The pitches are for Twitter, so they're brief and to the
point. Carissa Taylor's website also contains a lot of helpful
links to other resources related to queries and pitches.

Copyright Aline Lechaye 2013
Aline Lechaye is a translator, writer, and writing tutor who
resides in Asia. She can be reached at alinelechaye at gmail.com

This article may not be reprinted without the written permission 
of the author. 


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Writers Store
The advice page of the writer's store is packed full of articles,
hints and tips on how to get into writing screenplays and writing
for television.  It is a hidden gem. Sign up for the newsletter and
get a free eBook. 

Writing for the Web
This much visited and regularly updated page by the Nielsen Norman
Group is packed full of the latest research on how people read on
the web, on tablets and social media and how, therefore, to write
for such markets. This is a must-read site if you are thinking
about blogging and moving into writing web content. 

The Web Writer Spotlight
If you are considering blogging or moving into online writing, then
you ought to consider bookmarking this site as it deals exclusively
in writing for the web.  Here you will find articles, videos, tools
and a social community too. 


Author Blogs 
What hooked me about this site was the graphics. Each article is
packed with illustrations that help the reader visualize what a
great blog can look like (especially the current lead article on
travel blogging). There are also loads of useful tips on starting
and running a blog, including tips on choosing the right software,
what to write about, what to do when you can't think of anything to
write about, and so forth. I have no idea who puts this together as
there is no "about" section on the site, but it's worth a visit.


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The current edition has more than 450 NEW listings.  You won't find
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