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Finding Time to Write at Christmas

December 11th, 2015

October-2015-Front-Cover-blogFirst, thanks to Sue for last week’s blog. I know that meticulously recording all your sources isn’t the most exciting part of writing – it’s not exactly creative, is it? But it’s important and Sue should know, especially when you look at the list of non-fiction books she’s had published!

We’ve now started the run-up to Christmas. I tend to be quite laid-back about the whole thing because I don’t have a large family to cater for, but some people I know have already gone into panic-mode.  One of the less enjoyable things about Christmas is that it seems to suck up huge amounts of time.  If you’re a writer this can be particularly irritating. It’s difficult enough to find time to write during the rest of the year and it becomes virtually impossible at Christmas. Read the rest of this entry »

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Make a Fortune by Writing Fiction

May 14th, 2014

Last week, we talked about writing non-fiction and finding ideas and markets for your articles, so it seems only fair that we do the same for fiction this week! Writing fiction can be a lot of fun, because it gives you the freedom to really use your imagination and create new worlds and characters. The problem is that there seem to be fewer markets for fiction every year, as more and more magazines stop accepting and printing short stories. Read the rest of this entry »

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Distracting Dialogue

February 7th, 2014

First, thanks to Vic for providing some insight into how to make your work stand out in the crowded world of self-publishing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Going Once, Going Twice, Going as Many Times as Possible

May 14th, 2010

This month it’s my turn to guest post here on the Writers Bureau blog. I pondered for quite a while over what to write, but then I realised in these financially uncertain times, one thing we are all interested in is making as much money as we can from our writing.

I have a golden rule with regard to my articles and it’s this: if I only sell something once, then I need to try harder because that simply isn’t good enough.

Let me explain what I mean by this. I have just sold a humour article for reprint rights in the UK. Although I only received fifty percent of what the original fee was when the piece was first published (way back in 2005), I am still thrilled to bits.

The reason for my glee is that this is the fourth time I’ve sold this particular article. It was originally published in the UK as part of a series of humour pieces I wrote for a regular column. I subsequently sold First North American Serial Rights to a magazine in the US and First Australian and New Zealand Rights to an Australian magazine. Now, three years since it last appeared in print, it’s being published again in the UK under Second British Serial Rights.

My reason for sharing this with you is to remind you of the benefits of recycling your work. If something is good enough to be accepted for publication in one country, it is entirely possible that an editor in another country might like it too. Even though you will most probably need to make some changes for the magazine’s style and tone in each country, that would still involve far less work than writing a completely new article.

Obviously, you should be aiming at magazines and newspapers in your country of residence first, but once something has been published there, you should consider selling it again and again. So how do you find markets in other countries?

First and foremost, subscribe to magazines which give details of available markets, such as Freelance Market News.

You might also find the following websites of benefit, but they do require registration and payment of a small fee to access the information. However, one resale of an article or short story would more than cover the cost.

UK: http://www.writersandartists.co.uk
USA: http://www.writersmarket.com
Australia: http://www.awmonline.com.au

Next, make sure you research your overseas titles as carefully as you would your home publications. Many editors are happy to supply sample issues to prospective contributors via a PDF version as an e-mail attachment. If that isn’t possible, most magazines now have websites where a selection of previously published material can be studied.

Good luck and happy reselling.

Lorraine MaceLorraine Mace is a columnist with Writing Magazine and deputy editor and writing agony aunt for Words with JAM. As well as being a writing competition judge, she runs Flash 500, a quarterly flash fiction competition, www.flash500.com. Lorraine, a tutor for Writers Bureau, is the co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of The Writer’s ABC Checklist (Accent Press). www.lorrainemace.com

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Win £200 in the Telegraph travel writing competition

August 6th, 2009

I’m always amazed by the number of would-be writers who say that they never read other people’s work. Apparently, they don’t have time!

I don’t believe you can be a writer if you don’t read…anything and everything, omnivorously. It doesn’t matter whether it’s pulp or classical literature; fiction or non-fiction; Internet or paper based. If you don’t read other people’s work you’re not giving yourself the tools you need to write.

The best way of getting inspiration and improving your style is to see how various other people use words. You can then start playing with and manipulating your own writing and you’ll soon start to sense an improvement. OK, lecture over. It’s probably time to climb down off my hobby horse!

But if you want to read what others have written – and have the opportunity to win yourself a prize at the same time, visit the Telegraph. They’re running a weekly travel writing competition for articles up to 500 words. The prize is £200 in foreign currency of your choice. But have a good look at previous winners before you submit.


Finally, if you need help finding markets for your work, check out the new Freelance Market News website. The Editor, Angel Cox, has added some useful resources, including literary festivals, competitions and sites for writers. And a big plus is that as a subscriber you’re eligible for a free appraisal of your work – poetry or prose.

Let me know your views on the reading/writing debate, and until next week…

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