Monday, March 31, 2008

How To Write A Good Internet Marketing

Internet marketing books are a hot selling property today with almost everyone and anyone taking to internet marketing in order to earn some extra income. One can therefore make a lot of money by writing and selling a good internet marketing book. Writing a book is not a difficult task at all, but writing a good internet marketing book that makes money and is helpful for its readers is definitely a Herculean task. Given below are some tips that will help you in writing your book:
  1. Check out your expertise : For you to write an internet marketing book, it is not necessary for you to be an absolute expert at online marketing. However, what is necessary is that you are an interested, avid and quick learner. You can gain enough knowledge by interviewing experts and by reading good books and other study material to write a book.
  2. Evaluate your writing skills : Whether you are an expert at your field or a novice, remember that the most important thing for a writer is his or her writing skills. Start writing a book only if you know that you will be able to present whatever you want to say in an informative and interesting manner that holds the reader´s attention. If you are an expert at internet marketing but do not have the required writing talent, then collaborate with someone else for your book writing project instead of letting your knowledge go to waste.
  3. Select your target audience : Before you start writing your book, decide the raison d´etre of your book. What exactly do you want to convey and to whom. Decide before hand whether your book will target experts, novices, professionals or those in between. This will help you create a list of the contents that you will need to put in your book and give both your writing and research a much needed focus.
  4. Keep on writing : The moment you decide who your target reader is and what you want to write about, put your pen to paper or finger to the keyboard ASAP. This is because if you procrastinate on the idea, then you might just give it up. A lot of people give up on very good ideas because they feel that that they are not worth the effort. Therefore, it is advised that you make a little effort before finally deciding whether your idea is worth a book or not. You can always decide on the layout and the structure of your internet marketing book later after writing a couple of chapters or so.
  5. Check, check and check again : Many a good text have been binned because of slovenly writing and spelling mistakes. Check your internet marketing book for all kinds of language as well as content related mistakes and then get it rechecked by a professional proofreader or editor.
Article written by Robert Riles, owner of

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Internet book piracy will drive authors to stop writing

Book piracy on the internet will ultimately drive authors to stop writing unless radical methods are devised to compensate them for lost sales.

This is the bleak forecast of the Society of Authors, which represents more than 8,500 professional writers in the UK and believes that the havoc caused to the music business by illegal downloading is beginning to envelop the book trade.

Tracy Chevalier, the author of Girl with a Pearl Earring who also chairs the London-based organisation, said that her members were deeply concerned that the publishing industry was failing to adapt to the digital age.

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Friday, March 28, 2008

17 Tips for Calling Travel Magazine Editors

Your relationship with an editor often begins with a query letter, but there are times when you need to talk by phone.

Here are a few tips for calling and talking with an editor:

When to call an editor
  • You've established a relationship with an editor – either on a press trip or by completing other work for the magazine.
  • The editor tells you to call.
  • You're not sure who to send the query to.
  • You're following up on a query.
When not to call
  • The editor makes it clear in market guides not to call.
  • You've not worked for or contacted the magazine before.
  • How to call an editor
If you're pitching:
  • If it’s a big magazine or you don't know who to send your query to, call the main number and ask for the editorial department. Often, you'll get an assistant who can give you the name of the editor to query and tips for approaching this editor.
  • Be completely prepared. Sometimes a call to the editorial section will get you to the editor you need to talk to.
If you're following up on a query:
  • Be brief and professional, but cordial.
  • Be prepared for the editor not remembering your query. Have a short description of the query and offer to immediately email or fax the query.
  • Have several other ideas ready if the editor asks for other ideas.
  • Ask the editor what kind of articles the magazine is looking for.
Miscellaneous tips
  • Don't leave a voice mail – chances are very good the editor will not call back unless he or she knows you.
  • If an assistant answers the phone, ask for the best time to call the editor.
  • If the editor has an assistant, call either before or after work (I prefer after 5 p.m.) to catch the editor answering his or her own phone.
  • If you're looking for information, call during holiday weeks – the day after Thanksgiving or Christmas. You'll be amazed who answers the phone, and if it’s a slow day, how much information you can get.
  • Come up with bullet points, including info about the magazine, a few sentences about why you're a good fit for the magazine, and info about your query.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Solving the mystery of writing

If you enjoy writing, but the dialogue could be stronger and you want to improve your writing, then the workshops being held April 1 at Selkirk College in Trail may be just what is needed.

Well-known award-winning mystery writer Vicki Delany is holding two workshops that will help any writer hone their craft.

Writing realistic dialogue sounds easy – until you try it. This workshop will help make your dialogue sound natural, without being boring.

Do you have a manuscript ready to share with the general public, either submitting it for possible publication or you are planning on sharing it in a blog?

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Hiring a Grant Writing Consultant

Hiring a Consultant Some schools, districts, and nonprofit organizations turn to professional grant-writers to assist them in writing proposals. This is often a good solution since grant-seeking is a time-consuming process and requires special skills.

There are several very important considerations when seeking outside assistance with grant-writing:
  • The job of a consultant (or a district-paid) grant-writer is to assist those who are seeking the grant. Do not fall prey to the temptation of allowing the grant-writer to plan, design and write your proposal for you. This will result in a project that the grant-writer supports but that may not be something you and your staff can or want to do.

  • Hiring or relying on an outside grant-writer (including district-paid) should not relieve the group that wants the grant of devoting time to planning a project and overseeing the design and writing of a proposal.

  • Do not allow the consultant to put requirements into a proposal because "you always do this" or "all grants require this component." If required by the grant or desired by your organization, by all means - include the component. If outside your goals and objectives, ascertain for yourself if it is a required element in the particular grant for which you are applying.

  • Do not hire a consultant who does not insist upon planning meetings with you and your staff. It is vital to the success of the future project that all stakeholders have input into the project being designed.

  • Do not expect a consultant to write a winning proposal overnight! Timeframes between learning of an opportunity and grant submission deadlines is often tight but allow as much time as possible for preparation of the proposal.

  • Insist upon seeing drafts of the proposal and do not feel intimidated about questioning what you read in the draft. The consultant works for you - the project that is designed must be your project.

  • Remember that, while writing proposals is time-consuming, running projects is much more so. If you do not have time to devote to the initial stages - planning and overseeing the design of a grant proposal - you may not have time to run the project if the proposal is successful.

  • Remember that grant-writing consultants are professionals and skilled in the grant-writing business. Most outside consultants will require an hourly fee to write your proposal just as doctors, attorneys, and accountants charge for their expertise. Most grants will not allow the cost of obtaining a grant to be included in the requested grant request.

  • Save money by assisting the grant-writer in every way possible. It may be helpful to bring the consultant in at the very beginning to describe his or her needs for proposal development. Devote staff time to gathering and developing the information while the consultant is "off the clock."

  • No grant-writer is successful all the time. Avoid using any consultant who guarantees a successful proposal.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

How to Write a Five Paragraph Essay

While the classic five paragraph essay is a form seldom if ever used by professional writers, it is commonly assigned to students to help them organize and develop their ideas in writing. It can also be a very useful way to write a complete and clear response to an essay question on an exam. It has, not surprisingly, five paragraphs:
  • an introduction
  • three main body paragraphs
  • a conclusion
We'll look at each type of paragraph, and at transitions, the glue that holds them together.


The introduction should start with a general discussion of your subject and lead to a very specific statement of your main point, or thesis. Sometimes an essay begins with a "grabber," such as a challenging claim, or surprising story to catch a reader's attention. The thesis should tell in one (or at most two) sentence(s), what your overall point or argument is, and briefly, what your main body paragraphs will be about.

For example, in an essay about the importance of airbags in cars, the introduction might start with some information about car accidents and survival rates. It might also have a grabber about someone who survived a terrible accident because of an airbag. The thesis would briefly state the main reasons for recommending airbags, and each reason would be discussed in the main body of the essay.

Main Body Paragraphs (3)

Each main body paragraph will focus on a single idea, reason, or example that supports your thesis. Each paragraph will have a clear topic sentence (a mini thesis that states the main idea of the paragraph) and as much discussion or explanation as is necessary to explain the point. You should try to use details and specific examples to make your ideas clear and convincing.


Your conclusion begins with a restatement of your main point; but be sure to paraphrase, not just repeat your thesis sentence. Then you want to add some sentences that emphasize the importance of the topic and the significance of your view. Think about what idea or feeling you want to leave your reader with. The conclusion is the reverse of the introduction in that it starts out very specific and becomes a bit more general as you finish.


Transitions connect your paragraphs to one another, especially the main body ones. It's not effective to simply jump from one idea to the next; you need to use the end of one paragraph and/or the beginning of the next to show the relationship between the two ideas.

Between each paragraph and the one that follows, you need a transition. It can be built in to the topic sentence of the next paragraph, or it can be the concluding sentence of the first. It can even be a little of both. To express the relationship between the two paragraphs, think about words and phrases that compare and contrast.
  • Does the first paragraph tell us a pro and the second a con? ("on the other hand . . .")
  • Does the second paragraph tell us something of greater significance? ("more importantly . . .")
  • An earlier historical example? ("even before [topic of paragraph 1], [topic of paragraph 2]")
  • A different kind of consideration? (money versus time).
Think about your paragraph topics and brainstorm until you find the most relevant links between them.

You'll also want some kind of transition from the last paragraph to your conclusion. One way is to sum up your third body paragraph with some reminders of your other paragraphs. You don't need to restate the topics fully (that comes in the conclusion) but you can refer to a detail, or example, or character as a way of pulling your ideas together and signaling that you are getting ready to conclude.

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Writing eases stress of cancer

NEW YORK: The simple act of writing down their deepest feelings can help cancer patients improve their quality of life, according to a new study.

A team of researchers in the United States has found that cancer patients who express their fears through writing can experience changes in thoughts about their illness, The Oncologist journal reported.

According to lead researcher Nancy Morgan of Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Centre, "Previous research have suggested that expressive writing may enhance physical and psychological well-being.

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Writing eases stress of cancer

NEW YORK: The simple act of writing down their deepest feelings can help cancer patients improve their quality of life, according to a new study.

A team of researchers in the United States has found that cancer patients who express their fears through writing can experience changes in thoughts about their illness, The Oncologist journal reported.

According to lead researcher Nancy Morgan of Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Centre, "Previous research have suggested that expressive writing may enhance physical and psychological well-being.

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Letter Writing Formats

If you spend some time searching around the Net you will find there are many different letter writing formats for various types of letters, both business letters and personal letters. It seems that the letter format that will be recommended for your situation will depend on who you're asking.

Believe me, a few years ago when I was researching both my Instant Business Letter Kit and then my Instant Letter Writing Kit, I was shocked to discover that there seemed to be no accepted international standard for formatting letters. In fact, just about every text I consulted had different letter formats than the ones I had checked previously.

So, I decided to do something about this confusing situation before writing my own letter-writing books. The first thing I did was to consult a number of leading texts and authorities on the subject of "letter writing formats" for different types of situations. I then studied the similarities and differences among these so-called experts and authorities and came up with my own "hybrid" set of letter formats. These are the ones that I now use and recommend in my various letter writing toolkits.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Does Writing Help Overcoming Traumatic Stress?

A randomized controlled trial performed by researchers of the University of Amsterdam evaluates writing therapy in posttraumatic stress disorder in the March issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.

Writing assignments have shown promising results in treating traumatic symptomatology. Yet no studies have compared their efficacy to the current treatment of choice, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT).

This study evaluated the efficacy of structured writing therapy (SWT) and CBT as compared to a waitlist control condition in treating acute stress disorder (ASD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A randomized controlled trial was conducted at an outpatient clinic. Participants (n = 125): (a) satisfied DSM-IV criteria for ASD or PTSD, (b) were 16 years or older, (c) were sufficiently fluent in Dutch or English, (d) had no psychiatric problems except ASD or PTSD that would hinder participation or required alternative clinical care, and (e) received no concurrent psychotherapy.

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Does Writing Help Overcoming Traumatic Stress?

A randomized controlled trial performed by researchers of the University of Amsterdam evaluates writing therapy in posttraumatic stress disorder in the March issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.

Writing assignments have shown promising results in treating traumatic symptomatology. Yet no studies have compared their efficacy to the current treatment of choice, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT).

This study evaluated the efficacy of structured writing therapy (SWT) and CBT as compared to a waitlist control condition in treating acute stress disorder (ASD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A randomized controlled trial was conducted at an outpatient clinic. Participants (n = 125): (a) satisfied DSM-IV criteria for ASD or PTSD, (b) were 16 years or older, (c) were sufficiently fluent in Dutch or English, (d) had no psychiatric problems except ASD or PTSD that would hinder participation or required alternative clinical care, and (e) received no concurrent psychotherapy.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The RFP: Writing One and Responding to One

The Request For Proposal (RFP) can be one of the most timesaving documents in the industry, if it is well written and responded to appropriately. A good RFP will help the writer collect comprehensive and comparable bids for an equitable evaluation of potential service providers and subcontractors. It will help the bidder prepare a proposal that completely addresses the specifications and requirements, as well as highlights a company’s unique benefits and features.

Writing an RFP

The reason you write an RFP is to streamline the evaluation process when considering bids for goods or services you require for your meeting or event. In order to do this you must know what you need, why you need it, and how you will evaluate which is the best product or service provider for the job.

Start with the scope of the services to be provided and your specifications. These are the answers to who, what, where, when, how many, etc. Specify quality, quantity, dimensions, features, brand names, or anything else important to you and critical to the success of your event.

Identify any restrictions imposed on either the products/services you are seeking or the selection process itself. Provide an explanation of any restrictions or regulations that affect your purchase practices. Are you required to only use vendors with a certain type of license? Must your vendors comply with your corporate environmental policies or hiring practices? You don’t want to have to wade through proposals from companies that are not qualified to respond to your RFP. Plus, you want the qualified bidders to know what must be included to satisfy these requirements.

Provide the budget, a price range, or suggested price ceilings. You must clearly stipulate what the budget includes so you will get an inclusive bid, not one that you must calculate further to arrive at the true cost. You might provide a price range based on what you have paid for similar products or services over the past several years.

Put the project in context for the bidders. Explain the purpose—why you are holding the event. State the goals and objectives for the event as well as the reason you are seeking bids. Describe the history of the event, the background of the organization, and the profile of the audience. Define your expectations including the outcomes you hope to or must achieve.

Describe the selection procedure. Outline the deadlines for submitting the proposal, when the proposal will be reviewed and by whom, and when the decision will be made and by whom. Stipulate whether any of the criteria will be weighted or emphasized differently, as well as if any special preference will be given to bidders of a certain location, professional affiliation, gender, or minority group.

Let bidders know what you expect from the company you will select. What qualities, capabilities, experience, and/or expertise are you looking for? Are you looking for a large company? Are you looking for one that has all the products and services in-house, or will it be acceptable if they out-source certain portions of the project?

You should prepare an evaluation checklist for comparing the bids; so ask for the information you need and identify the criteria you will use to select the winning bid. This could include experience with your type or scope of event, quality of products or services, strategies to achieve goals and objectives, expertise in specific fields, proximity, and/or price. Each criterion should be weighted in relation to its importance to your selection parameters.

Make the evaluation process easier on yourself by specifying the configuration of the proposal. Tell the bidder in which order you want the details and descriptions. This way you can quickly pull out the information to be considered.

Responding to an RFP

First and foremost, respond to an RFP in exact accordance with the requirements outlined in the RFP. Provide all the information requested, in the order and format specified. The first indication of your professional qualification is the ability to follow directions.

Restate the scope of services and specifications included in the RFP. Describe how you will approach the project and the rationale why this approach will best serve the client’s needs. Try to include specific references to the goals and objectives provided in the RFP. Show you understand their needs and expectations and that you have the strategies and abilities to meet them.

Describe the benefits your product or service will provide. Remember that no one who buys a quarter-inch drill really wants a quarter-inch drill. What they want is a quarter-inch hole! You are selling solutions. Illustrate how you will provide these solutions.

Outline your cost estimates including all fixed and variable pricing. Clearly identify any exclusions or purchaser obligations that will affect the bottom line cost of the event or service. If explicit brand names or quality specifications have been requested and you have a different recommendation, explain how your suggestion provides the same or better features. The objective here is that there should be no surprises later.

Provide descriptions and estimates for ancillary or additional products or services you are able to furnish, or that will enhance the outcome of the event. Explain how and why these will improve the experience/solution. This will illustrate both your diversity and your understanding of their needs.

Completely identify how you do business and, if necessary, why. Specify your deposit and payment requirements, guarantee and cancellation policies, and all other terms and conditions you expect the client to accept. These may or may not be negotiable depending on the client and the piece of business, but you should familiarize the client with your standard business practices.

Showcase your capabilities. Demonstrate your comparable experience and expertise with references and benchmark projects of a similar size or scope. Illustrate your suitability for the job at hand. Provide a history of your company and the relevant experience of your key personnel. If appropriate, you may even include a copy of your insurance, a credit rating showing your financial stability, or any pertinent licenses required for your product or service.

Highlight your professionalism. Outline your strengths and distinctions, again relating them to the scope of services to be provided for this project. If you are an ISES member, include the ISES Code of Ethics to show your commitment to the integrity of the industry. If you are a Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP), or have other certifications, proudly and prominently display this achievement. Include anything that will show the client you can do what you say you can do; give them a comfort level for hiring you.

Compose your proposal in such a way that it puts the appropriate emphasis on the various criteria in relation to the weighted selection procedure. If the RFP states that the lowest price is most important, you must decide whether you can compete on that level. If you can not or do not wish to compete on price alone, you might illustrate how by choosing you the client will receive a value-added experience through increased efficiency or improved service.

Carefully consider your packaging. Corporations spend millions of dollars designing their product packaging and so should you. The way you package and deliver your proposal can create a positive inclination that may not be on the checklist the client is using to compare and contrast various proposals. Keep in mind that these decisions and ratings are often subjective.

Use color and graphics to catch their eye. With the prevalence of color printers and clip art, even the smallest special event company or supplier should be able to create exciting and eye-catching proposal covers. You should also include color and photographs inside the proposal as well. What better way to show a potential client what you can do than by showing them, in full color, what you have done?

Customize the proposal and personalize it to the client. At the very least include their name on the cover and at best, design the cover to reflect their corporate culture and image. This creates a subliminal acceptance and affiliation from the very beginning. No, this isn’t going to make the client toss out the evaluation criteria, but it is going to communicate your professionalism, capabilities, and affinity for the project.

The Bottom Line

Whether writing the RFP or responding to it, you must ask for what you want. The RFP writer must define his or her needs, wants, and expectations. Since most of us are suffering from “time poverty”, invest some of that precious time constructing a concise and comprehensive RFP so you will get what you ask for, and save a lot more time during the selection process.

As a professional responding to the RFP, you must ask for the business, both figuratively and literally. The style and contents of the proposal will communicate your desire for the business, but so many of us neglect to actually ask for the business. Do this in a well-constructed cover letter. As the saying goes, “Ask and ye shall receive."

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Effective writing: If presidential candidates debated use of punctuation

Wouldn't it be fun to hear the two Democratic candidates and the Republican candidate debate one another? To keep things balanced, we've asked former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to join. Rather than discuss the future of our nation, they will address the issue on everyone's mind: correct grammar and punctuation:

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Article Writing - 3 Top Ways To Make Money From Articles

Article writing is one of those fail proof ways to make money online. Why do I say that? Because the Internet lives on content! And if you can create piles of content, you can create any type of income you want.

Here are the top 3 ways you can make money from articles on the Web:
  1. Ghostwriting/freelance writing. Many people are looking for content to be published on their websites, blogs or for their ebooks. If you can write well, you can command up to $5 for a 300-word article. This is definitely a great way to get started.

  2. Link Building/SEO purposes. Building high quality one-way links pointing to your website is one of the most important factors for search engine optimization. Writing articles and submitting them to directories around the Web is one surefire way to build high quality backlinks to your website. Remember to include your anchor text link in your author's biography box.

  3. Affiliate marketing. You can make money by promoting affiliate programs in your article's biography box. However, most directories don't allow pointing straight to a raw affiliate link. But you can setup your own domain to redirect to your affiliate link and then link to your domain name in your biography box. Submitting keyword rich articles in volume is one of the proven affiliate marketing methods.
And there you go: 3 ways you can start using today to generate an income online all from writing. If you have a talent, this is definitely a way to go to get started. And your income is unlimited too. The amount of money you make depends on how many articles you write.

Head over to to get your free copy now before it's gone!

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

How to Write an Effective Admission Letter

When you write a letter or personal statement as part of applying for graduate or professional school, you will make your case as much by the way you write as by what you say. Here are some of the qualities you need.

Be focussed. Take your cue first from the prompt given in the application form. Is the main question why you want to be a lawyer, or is it why you will make a good one? If the prompt is very general or the questions scattered, decide what point you want to make overall: that you are a proven achiever, or that you can deal with challenges, or that you have something special to contribute to the profession....

Be coherent. Being "together" is a quality of writing as well as of character. A clearly organized letter can create a picture of a clear-minded and sensible person. You might want to write from an outline or a diagram of main points. At least check the topic sentences of each paragraph in your finished piece to see if they make a logical sequence. Ask a tough-minded friend to give her impression. See over for types of structure and for books that give further advice about writing.

Be interpretive. You need to make an impression concisely, so don't use your letter just to repeat the facts set out in other parts of the application. Provide explicit answers for the question that arises in the mind of any reader looking at a hundred or more similar documents--"So what?" Use nouns and adjectives that name qualities (outgoing, curiosity, confident) and verbs that show action (coordinated, investigated, tried). Make an effort to find the exact right ones to suit the evidence you are offering.

Be specific. There's no point making claims unless you can back them up. Refer to the fact lists in other parts of your application ("as my academic record shows"), but be sure to offer enough examples in your letter so that it can stand on its own. Say that they are just instances, not your whole proof ("An incident from last summer is an example...."). The concrete language you use for these specific references will also balance the generalizing words of your interpretive points.

Be personal. Your letter substitutes for an interview. In effect, the readers have asked you to tell stories, mention details, expand on facts. So mention things you might not have put into the rest of the application--your ethnic background or political interests, even. Don't be afraid to mention problems or difficulties; stress how you overcame them. Use "I" rather than phrases like "this writer" or "my experience" or "was experienced by me." A stylistic tip: to avoid monotony, start some sentences with a subordinate clause such as "While I scrubbed floors" or "Because of my difficulties"--then go on to I did or I learned.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Writing could be career move

THE latest entrant in our short story competition is hoping to develop her interest into a full-time job.

Mum-of-two Liz Knaggs has enjoyed writing since her schooldays and is hoping to be the next JK Rowling after entering the Mail's short story competition.

Our Author v Author competition is giving budding writers the chance to see their literary works in print.

Writers of all ages can enter the competition and Mail readers will have the chance to pick the best, which will then go into a regional contest to be featured in a collection that will be published.

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Writing could be career move

THE latest entrant in our short story competition is hoping to develop her interest into a full-time job.

Mum-of-two Liz Knaggs has enjoyed writing since her schooldays and is hoping to be the next JK Rowling after entering the Mail's short story competition.

Our Author v Author competition is giving budding writers the chance to see their literary works in print.

Writers of all ages can enter the competition and Mail readers will have the chance to pick the best, which will then go into a regional contest to be featured in a collection that will be published.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Freelance Writing for the Web - Email-based Training Leads to Unlimited Opportunities for Writers

Top copywriter Angela Booth’s "Sell Your Writing Online Now", a comprehensive 52-week series of lessons for writers in Web writing, is proving popular with both new and established writers.

Angela says: "I’m pleased with writers’ enthusiastic and excited reactions to the material. After creating a Web page to sell his articles during Lesson 3, one writer told me that his confidence is sky-high. Before he started the training, he was worried that the material might be too technical, but he’s found it easy. He’s already sold a couple of articles"

"Sell Your Writing Online Now" covers Web writing in depth, with lessons on writing and selling articles, blogging, creating Web sites, and selling writing services online and offline. Over 52 weeks, subscribers receive a lesson a week, with a bonus.

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Learn the art of web writing to get maximum 'hits'

New Delhi: Can you imagine life without the Internet? And, have your ever tried to interpret how you get so much of information on a single click? Of course, we all are thankful to search engines like Google and Yahoo for making life easier and satiating our information appetite.

And also, many of us are undoubtedly interested in setting up our own web page, creating our own websites and writing blogs. But, rarely does anyone know how to get maximum hits on the piece of work.

While creating a website and writing a web page, the content plays a vital role besides flashy pictures, graphics and multimedia, and it is more importantly the text which helps the website get seen on search engines and hence, get number of hits.

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Sunday, March 9, 2008

Letter Writing: Practice Makes Perfect

Some communications can be made informally--a phone call or an email is sufficient. But for formal situations, only a letter will do. Letter writing provides both you and the reader with a record of ideas, concerns, personal reactions, and suggestions--a letter helps to avoid confusion. The discipline of carefully organizing and expressing your ideas courteously on paper is an exercise that helps others to understand your position in a positive and inoffensive manner. This article will give you some easy guidelines for letter writing and help you to write a perfect letter.

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Friday, March 7, 2008


  1. Pay attention to the world around you—little things, big things, people, animals, buildings, events, etc. What do you see, hear, taste, smell, feel?

  2. Listen to words and sentences. What kind of music do they have? How is the music of poetry different from the music of songs?

  3. Read all kinds of poetry. Which poems do you like and why?

  4. Read what you write out loud. How does it sound? How could it sound better?

  5. Ask yourself: does this poem have to rhyme? Would it be good or better if it didn’t? If it should rhyme, what kind of rhyme would be best? (For example, 1st and 2nd lines rhyme; 3rd and 4th lines rhyme—“Roses are red/So is your head/Violets are blue/So is your shoe"; or 1st and 3rd lines rhyme; 2nd and 4th lines rhyme—“What is your name?/Who is your mother?/This poem is quite lame/I should try another.”

  6. Ask yourself: does this poem sound phoney? Don’t stick in big words or extra words just because you think a poem ought to have them.

  7. A title is part of a poem. It can tell you what the poem is about. It can even be another line of the poem.

  8. Before you write, think about what you want your whole poem to say.

  9. If you end up saying something else, that’s okay, too. Poet X.J. Kennedy says, “You intend to write a poem about dogs, say, and poodle is the first word you’re going to find a rhyme for. You might want to talk about police dogs, Saint Bernards, and terriers, but your need for a rhyme will lead you to noodle and strudel. The darned poem will make you forget about dogs and write about food instead.”

  10. Go wild. Be funny. Be serious. Be whatever you want! Use your imagination, your own way of seeing.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Understanding Editorial Guidelines

Editorial guidelines, also known as writer's guidelines, are the rules set forth by publishers for contributing authors. In order to have your article taken seriously you must review the guidelines prior to submission. It is also recommended that you review previous editions of the publication to get a better feel for the types of articles favored by the editor(s).

Outlined below are the typical issues covered in editorial guidelines along with their definitions and any additional information you should know.

Length of article : The minimum and maximum word count of articles considered for publication. Online articles are usually expected to be 750 to 1,000 words while off-line publications will often accept a longer article.

Topics : The subjects of articles accepted by the publication. Never submit an off topic article as this is very annoying and may result in further submissions from you being banned.

Illustrations/Photographs : Some publications require/accept illustrations or photographs and will usually specify the size and format required for acceptance.

Editorial style : Consistency and accuracy governs the use of a style selected by the editorial department of a publication. Many publications require the use of the Associated Press Stylebook which covers spelling, capitalization, grammar, punctuation and usage.

Author Photograph : Some publications require or accept a photograph of the author usually included with the submission of the article. Guidelines will often cover the size and format of photographs.

Byline length : Also known as an author biography or resource box. Some publications have certain requirements for length, characters per line and what or how much contact information can be included.

Payment : Your byline is often the only payment you will receive for your article. However, some publications (particularly those in print) pay for articles by the word or per article.

Rights : Governs whether or not the publication will accept original or reprinted articles, how long they plan to use the material and whether the article can be used elsewhere at the same time.

Query requirement : A query is a letter written to the editor that proposes an article topic and asks permission to submit. Some publications require that you query the editor (by e-mail, fax or mail) prior to forwarding your article.

Submission methods : Methods of submissions may include via fax, e-mail or hard copy sent by courier or standard mail.

Editorial calendar : It is not unusual for a publication to establish an editorial calendar for each year far in advance. The calendar will cover topics, themes, article types and required submission dates broken down by publication dates.

Format accepted : Each publication will accept articles in certain formats such as Word, WordPerfect, text or Adobe Acrobat.

Audience : Demographics such as number of subscribers, gender, educational level, age and income level.

Notification : When you will be contacted about your submission. Many publishers choose to contact only if an article is chosen for publication.

Acknowledgements : In some cases you will be required to sign (either electronically or on paper) an acknowledgement that you have read the guidelines.

It is very important to understand and follow the editorial guidelines of your target publications in order to maximize your chances of publication. Not all publications will include all of the above items in their editorial guidelines. Contact the editor if any of this information is not disclosed and you need it to refine your submission.

Article marketing guru Bonnie Jo Davis offers free and paid article marketing resources on her Squidoo Lens and at her membership site Article Submission

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Comedy Writing

Metro course explores the equation ‘comedy = tragedy + time’

You’re sitting reading and you come along a passage that makes you laugh out loud. What is it about that collection of words that tickled your funny bone?

“It could be two perspectives,” explains Barbara North, who teaches a Comedic Writing course at Metro College. “One is as defined by the reader and one is as defined by the writer. So for myself, comedic literature is to tell a story that’s very tongue-in-cheek at certain points, it’s sarcastic, it’s all-out funny, it’s telling the truth of life, but sort of winking at harsh reality as well.”

Part of the 10-hour course takes a look at a variety of comedic literature, investigating how the author injects humour into writing. Students are then encouraged to take a withdrawal from their own story banks and write different pieces—everything from short stories to non-fiction.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Marketing Your Book On The Internet

Books do not sell themselves. Sorry. Today´s new authors must know how to multi-task. That is, they must learn how to market what they have written. Not an easy task you say. You are absolutely right. After all writers are in tune with putting their thoughts on paper and writing a story someone will read…they hope. However, with the advent of ebooks and the world-wide-internet, things have changed.

The doors opened by the internet have created opportunities for writers to write and to be published electronically. The problem? Most electronic publishers see the marketing side of the business as the writer´s responsibility. Not good. Most writers neither have the financial resources nor the time to market their books to booksellers.

Be not dismayed completely. There are avenues writers are able to follow, relatively inexpensive, in order to publish their works. One such avenue is creating a website and submitting it to search engines to attract web surfers to your book. On your website you can either sell the books yourself, with your publishers permission of course, or you can provide links to the publisher´s own website where books can be purchased. The cost of having your own website ranges from "free" to three or four hundred bucks a year. It all depends on how much you have available to invest.

Another avenue is Sign up for your own space and advertise your book. Remember, you must have time to do this in order to market your book aggressively, ie, join various groups on MySpace with your same interests and chat with fellow authors. In other words, get your name out there in cyberspace.

Yet another avenue is a video trailer for your book. Depending on your contact and relationship with techno wizards (or if you´re a techno wizard), the cost of doing this could run upwards to twelve hundred dollars. Your video trailer could be ran on your own website, YouTube, MySpace, Gather, Authorsden, or other sites friendly to writers. Again, for most writers this is not a free service. It costs.

Also, you could write various articles for writing ezines or enewspapers and subtly advertise your books. Finally, you could go straight to self-publishing through a Print On Demand publisher, this will definitely cost you some bucks, and go from city to city and peddle your stories. If you are a starving writer, gas prices will take you to the cemetery for "ex-writers."

Most writers are not privileged with windfalls of money. In fact, many of the writers I have met are engaged in a day job. Do not quit your day job my friends unless you´re rich. Otherwise you could find yourself living under a bridge with no plug-ins for your computer. That would suck.

Remember above all else persistence is the name of the game. Knock on every door available. One of these days a door will open and someone will say, "Where have you been all these years?"

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Monday, March 3, 2008

Don't dismiss writing a blog

Increases expert credibility and customer base

Get out in front of customers. There is no substitute.

It's only by talking with customers -- not by e-mailing them -- that you learn essential details about their needs and buying behaviours. And only face-to-face meetings -- not phone calls -- produce the expansive conversations that enable you to not only learn more about them, but also about what you're selling.

I relearned this truism when I met with Adrien, a marketing executive I wasn't even trying to sell anything to. We had agreed to meet and talk about how her Montreal-based firm (let's call it Monco) could communicate better with customers and other stakeholders. One potential solution discussed was blogging.

And now the back story. I have been blogging for three years. But I have been following "weblogs" (online journals by individuals and businesses) for five or six years, and believe in their potential to help organizations communicate more effectively.

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Sunday, March 2, 2008

34 Writing Tips That Will Make You a Better Writer

A couple of weeks ago we asked our readers to share their writing tips. The response was far beyond the initial expectations, and the quality of the tips included was amazing. Thanks for everyone who contributed.

Now, without further delay, the 34 writing tips that will make you a better writer!
  1. Daniel
    Pay attention to punctuation; especially to the correct use of commas and periods. These two punctuation marks regulate the flow of your thoughts, and they can make your text confusing even if the words are clear.

  2. Thomas

    Participate in NaNoWriMo, which challenges you to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. I noticed that my writing has definitely improved over the course of the book — and it’s not even finished yet.

  3. Bill Harper

    Try not to edit while you’re creating your first draft. Creating and editing are two separate processes using different sides of the brain, and if you try doing both at once you’ll lose. Make a deal with your internal editor that it will get the chance to rip your piece to shreds; it will just need to wait some time.

    A really nice trick is to switch off your monitor when you’re typing. You can’t edit what you can’t see.

  4. Jacinta

    In a sentence: write daily for 30 minutes minimum! It’s easy to notice the difference in a short time. Suddenly, ideas come to you and you think of other things to write. You experiment with styles and voices and words and the language becomes more familiar…