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Good Editing Tip

June 4, 2011 4 comments

When I’m editing my 91,000 word manuscript (over and over and over), one thing that seems to help catch typos is changing fonts. But another tip which is said to help (and which I’ve been too lazy to employ) is to read your work out loud.

Click here for another writer’s perspective.

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Free Writing Contest

This from the CRWROPPS-B group on yahoo:
DePaul University Summer Writing Conference
July 15-17
Chicago, Loop Campus

Submit 3 poems, 1 creative nonfiction piece (10 pages or less), or 1 short story (10 pages or less) for the chance to win a Featured Reader spot at DePaul’s Summer Writing Conference, July 15-17. No entry fee. A winner from each of the three genres will be chosen.

Please email submissions to Chris Green, <cd.green(at)sbcglobal.net> by June 20. Everyone who submits work will be notified by email of contest results in late June.
Replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail.

Click here for the conference schedule. Highlights include:
Keynote Speaker: Journalist and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz will be speaking about “Storytelling as Bearing Witness” and will preview his new film, The Interruptors.
Craft Classes in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and writing for children and teens taught by some of the leading writers in the country.

Panels on such topics as Career Paths for Writers, Authorial Marketing, The art of the Query Letter, and The Future of Independent Publishing.

Readings: The first two nights of the conference include food, drinks, participant open mikes, contest winner readings, and faculty readings.

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Social Networking and Writing

LinkedIn can be a very useful tool for writers and publishing professionals. Media Bistro lists some 45 groups that can help writers. Click here for details.

Publishing in Kindle

Charlaine Harris has become the fourth author to sell over 1 million Kindle books, Amazon announced. Click herehere for the author’s website.

Flash Fiction Contest

Write a story between 500-800 words where every single word is absolutely essential to the story. There should be nothing superfluous. First prize $100. Click here for details.

New Writing Contest

Rewrite a story of your choice in 3000 words or less. Pick any author, any genre. Twist it to your heart’s desire. Click here for details.

E-book Sales Triple From Last Year

April 19, 2011 Leave a comment

It is official. E-books are now outselling their counterparts in print by a margin of 3 to 1. Click here for details.

This is good news for authors whose back-list books haven’t done particularly well. They have another shot at getting their books out there, this time in e-book format.

Talk By Orhan Pamuk

April 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Harry Kreisler’s interview of Orhan Pamuk at UC Berkeley’s Institute of International Studies. Video’s a little long, but well worth it.

Another Turkish author who comes highly recommended – Elif Shafak. Her Bastard of Istanbul is sitting on my sidetable, next in line to be read.

Literary Agents Who Mean Business

April 15, 2011 4 comments

I recently came across an interesting website which lists agents that have placed books with publishers. Anyone can set up a website and claim to be a literary agent – but unless they’ve proved they can make a sale, agents are of no use to to writers.

Click here for a list of agents who’ve proved their mettle.

My disclaimer stands – make sure you check any offers from agents out before signing away your rights.

Unusual Writing Gigs

April 13, 2011 1 comment

You don’t typically think of greeting cards when you look for writing related jobs.  But cards need to be written, and there is scope for creativity, so why not?

Here are links to two blogs which, in turn, point you to websites of greeting card companies:

A Nomad’s Lot

Kate Harper’s Blog