August 2017

Stop Dreaming of Becoming a Wealthy Writer.
Wake Up And Make It Your Reality

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Hi, I’m Ruth Barringham and thank you for being a subscriber.

Since my last newsletter I've been busy with a new daily writing regime which is called 'Morning Pages.'

You can read more about it in my lastest article which is at the bottom of this page.

I'm finding working with morning pages extremely productive, and because I'm writing more, I'm also earning more. Just try it for yourself and see.

Getting a daily writing practice leads you forward and helps you stop wasting time trying to chase a writing dream. Just decide how you're going to do it, (perhaps with Morning Pages?) and follow your plan.

By now you should have also received your own copy of my new ebook, 'Writing For Cash' which I've been working on recently.

It's surprising how much goes into producing something so simple but it was quite time-consuming with collecting all the information, getting dozens of URLs to include and proofing and editing, and I'm sure there are still a few typos, but I wanted to be able to send it to you sooner rather than later.

So sit back, have a good read through this month's newsletter and hopefully you'll be able to use what you read to make even more money from your writing.

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“The key instruction is to stay in the present.
Don't get caught up in hopes of what you'll achieve and how good your situation will be some day in the future.
What you do right now is what matters.”


~ Pema Chodron.

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WRITING NEWS
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LORD OF THE RINGS BOOKS WORTH UP TO £30K
No one could have known how successful J. R. R. Tolkein was going to be when 1,500 copies of The Hobbit were released on 21 September, 1937.
In a matter of months, all of these editions had flown off the shelves.
Unsurprisingly, if you have one of these rare first editions, you could be sitting on a fortune.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/4125681/rare-lord-of-the-rings-books-first-editions-value/

BILL CLINTON IS CO-WRITING A THRILLER WITH JAMES PATTERSON CALLED 'THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING'
The 42nd president of the United States is about to add another impressive accolade to his resume: thriller writer.
Next summer, Alfred A. Knopf and Little, Brown and Co. will co-publish a novel called The President is Missing, written by best-selling author James Patterson, and, yes, Bill Clinton.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/bill-clinton-james-patterson-cowriting-thriller-book_us_59109311e4b0104c7350daa0

HORROR FILM MAKER, GEORGE ROMERO HAS DIED
George Romero, the man whose films gave the world zombies as we know them, has died. Best known for his “Night of the Living Dead,” a low-budget horror film that helped to revolutionize and influence the genre in ways that are still being felt today.
http://www.rogerebert.com/balder-and-dash/george-romero-1940-2017

RICH PERSON'S KID GETS BOOK DEAL WITH MAJOR PUBLISHING HOUSE
The book, titled ‘Dificult [sic] being born rich but wanting to write and take photographs too, maybe’ is the story of a rich boy who takes terrible photographs and writes really poorly trying to get his book published. At first he’s worried that he won’t be able to get his book published, because it is so obviously lacking in talent. But then he remembers that his father is incredibly rich, and everything works out for him
https://nothingintherulebook.com/2017/07/10/rich-persons-kid-gets-book-deal-with-major-publishing-house/

MILLARWORLD ACQUIRED BY NETFLIX
Netflix — in the first company acquisition in its history — has bought Millarworld, the comic-book publishing firm founded by Mark Millar, creator of characters and stories including Kick-Ass, Kingsman, and Old Man Logan.
Terms of the transaction weren’t disclosed. Netflix said it will develop films, TV shows and kids’ series based on Millarworld’s portfolio of character franchises to life through films, series and kids’ shows. Millarworld will also continue to create and publish new stories and character franchises under the Netflix label.
http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/netflix-acquires-mark-millar-millarworld-kingsman-kick-ass-1202517270/

TONY-WINNING THOMAS MEEHAN DIES AT 88
Thomas Meehan, a onetime magazine writer who became a three-time Tony winner on Broadway, writing the plot and dialogue for the blockbuster hit musicals Annie, The Producers and Hairspray, died at his home in New York City. He was 88.
https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/2017/08/24/thomas-meehan-tony-winning-writer-of-annie-hairspray-the-producers-dies-at-88.html

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WRITERS’ RESOURCES
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MARKETING ON MEDIUM
Medium is a blog that publishes other people's content.
It is used by writers and bloggers to find new audiences for their work. Medium allows you to publish content that you've already posted on your own website/blog.
https://blog.getresponse.com/considered-marketing-medium.html

AMAZON NOVEL FORMATTING GUIDE
Step-By-Step Paperback Manuscript Formatting Guide including page numbers, margins and paragraphs.
https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/AYUM4HJA4JT88

SIMPLE COPYWRITING WRITING SYSTEM
Notes from a seminar by master copywriter John Carlton.
I’ve grinded down over 15 Hours of a phenomenal seminar too what I consider to be the Golden Nuggets out of one of the Best Copywriting Seminars ever held.
http://www.mynotetakingnerd.com/Nerd-Reports/My%20Note%20Taking%20Nerd%20-%20John%20Carlton%20Simple%20Writing%20System.pdf

HOW TO WRITE 1 ARTICLE IN 7 DIFFERENT WAYS
Learning how to create 7 articles from one, means that you’ll be able to write articles even faster.
You just need one article outline, and from that you can create 7 different articles which drastically cuts down the time it takes because instead of doing your research 7 times, you only need to do it once.
Usually available as a bonus when you purchase How to Write an Article in 15 Minutes, but it's now also available separately as a Kindle ebook from Amazon.
How To Write 1 Article 7 Different Ways
http://mybook.to/7-articles
How to Write An Article in 15 Minutes
http://cheritonhousepublishing.com/books/15.html
10 Ways to Make Money Writing Articles (also a bonus product now available on Kindle)
http://mybook.to/10-ways

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WRITING MARKETS
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OATMEAL STUDIOS GREETING CARDS
Uses 100% freelance writers and welcomes new writers.
Looing for humorous greeting card ideas that appeal to a range of ages & interests. All cards are 5" x 7" portrait.
Rejects the following:
PUNS, GROSS IDEAS, MEAN IDEAS, LENGTHY POETRY or PROSE, NARROWLY FOCUSED IDEAS. (ie: new baby for quintuplets.
Payment: $75 per accepted idea.
http://www.oatmealstudios.com/

NERDY TURTLEZ
Philippine company looking for freelance academic writers from Kenya, India, Ukraine, Bangladesh, Phillippines and Pakistan.
Payment is BDT 180 to BDT 395 per 250 words.
Must take an online "nerd" test to be accepted.
http://nerdyturtlez.com

BLUE MOUNTAIN ARTS
Blue Mountain Arts is interested in reviewing poetry and writings that would be appropriate for our greeting cards.
Contemporary prose or poetry written from personal experience that reflects the thoughts and feelings people today want to communicate to one another, but don't always know how to put into words.
PAYMENT: $300 per poem for the worldwide, exclusive rights to publish it on a greeting card and other products.
http://www.sps.com/help/writers_guidelines.html

OVER MY DEAD BODY!
The Mystery Magazine publishes a wide variety of mystery-related manuscripts, from cozy to hardboiled and everything in between.
Submissions are open for fiction and nonfiction. All writers must query by mail or email before submitting manuscripts. Please indicate the type of story and length in your query.
Non-fiction - 500+ words
Fiction - 750-4,000 words
PAYMENT: Nominal - $.01/word for fiction; $10-$25 total for unsolicited nonfiction. All contributors will be paid within 30 days of acceptance.
http://www.overmydeadbody.com/wguide16.html

FUNNY TIMES
Our print publication pokes fun at politics, news, relationships, food, technology, pets, work, death, environmental issues, business, religion (yes, even religion) and the human condition in general. Not much is off limits, so do your best to make us laugh. Plus we’re advertising free, so whatever we like, we use.
There is a lead-time of several months because of our editorial calendar, meaning, i.e., December holiday material should be mailed for consideration in September.
Stories — the funniest you have ever written — should be about 500-700 words. Don’t send us things that aren’t funny. We won’t publish them.
Cartoons should be hard-copy printouts of high-res images.
PAYMENT: $30-$50 per cartoon based on reproduction size and $60 each for story.
You’ll even get a complimentary subscription to Funny Times.
https://funnytimes.com/about/submissions/

MYSTERY WEEKLY MAGAZINE
The monthly magazine embraces every mystery sub-genre, including cozy mysteries, police procedural, noir, whodunit, supernatural, hardboiled, humor, and historical.
If your story is accepted, a digital agreement must be signed and payment will be sent by PayPal to the email address you specify below. Your story may appear in our emails, on our website, in our App, in our monthly digital and print magazine, as social media excerpts, and possibly in printed collections of our monthly issues. We require for first-publication and archival rights with an exclusivity period of 1 year.
Word length: 2000-10000 word mystery
PAYMENT: $25 for accepted stories
http://www.mysteryweekly.com/submit.asp

LIFE IN A KILT MAGAZINE
Life In A Kilt Magazine is a “kilt lifestyle” magazine. This means we are interested in all things kilts but we are also an outlet for a wide variety of other topics that will be of interest to kilt-wearers and kilt-lovers. Not only would we be interested in an article about the history of a specific tartan but we would also publish an article about a vacation destination, a motorcycle, a brand of scotch or craft beer as those things may relate to kilt-wearers across the world.
Especially wants to meet writers who wish to contribute on a regular basis.
Looking for feature articles, regular articles, reviews, photography, illustration or cartoons, you will need to first send us a query regarding your idea.
Features: 1500 and 2500 words, pays $100 per feature.
Articles: 500 and 1000 words, pays $50 – $75 per article.
Review/Spotlight: under 500 words, pays up to $50.
We pay our contributors once a month using PayPal.
http://www.lifeinakilt.com/contributor-guidelines/


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AMAZON KDP PEN TO PUBLISH CONTEST
The contest is open to all authors who are residents of Australia, Canada, India, the United Kingdom, or the United States, who publish a book through Kindle Direct Publishing on Amazon.in between July 25 and November 10, 2017.

This contest recognizes literary excellence for newly published works written in English in any genre. The grand winner will be awarded a prize of ₹ 10 lakh (INR 1 Million or approx $15,600 USD), a print publishing deal with Westland, and mentorship by India's best-selling English author Chetan Bhagat.
http://www.amazon.in/b?ie=UTF8&node=13819037031

NUHA FOUNDATION BLOGGING PRIZE
Whether you are from Kiribati or Kenya, Korea, Kyrgyzstan or Kuwait, we want to hear what YOU have to say about 'education'. The competition has been established as an international platform to debate issues of education and to provide an opportunity for authors to be published and to develop their self-confidence.
Must compose a blog post in response to provided topics on education. Varied word count depending on age of participant. Based on quality of argument, not quality of English.
Various prizes up to $2,500.
Deadline: October 15, 2017
http://www.nuhafoundation.org/home/bloggingprizes_english

FIRST CRIME NOVEL COMPETITION
Sponsored by Minotaur Books and Mystery Writers of America (MWA).
The Competition is open to any writer, regardless of nationality, aged 18 or older, who has never been the author of any Published Novel (in any genre), as defined by the guidelines below, (except that authors of self-published works only may enter, as long as the manuscript submitted is not the self-published work) and is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a novel. Employees, and members of their immediate families living in the same household, of Minotaur Books or Mystery Writers of America (or a parent, subsidiary, or affiliate of either of them) are not eligible to enter. Only one manuscript entry (the “Manuscript”) is permitted per writer. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
Murder or another serious crime or crimes is at the heart of the story.
All Manuscripts submitted: a) must be original works of book length (no less than 220 typewritten pages or approximately 60,000 words) written in the English language; b) must be written solely by the entrant.
All submissions must be received by 11:59pm EST on January 12, 2018.
If a winner is selected, Minotaur Books will offer to enter into its standard form author’s agreement with the entrant for publication of the winning Manuscript.
The winner will receive an advance against future royalties of $10,000.
http://mysterywriters.org/about-mwa/st-martins/

POETRY CARD CONTEST
Run by Blue Mountain Arts.
Poems can be rhyming or non-rhyming, although we find that non-rhyming poetry reads better.
We suggest that you write about real emotions and feelings and that you have some special person or occasion in mind as you write.
Poems are judged on the basis of originality and uniqueness.
Enter as often as you like.
1st prize: $350
2nd prize: $200
3rd prize: $100
Deadline: December 31, 2017
http://www.sps.com/poetry/

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WRITING ARTICLE
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Tim Ferriss and Morning Pages

Read it online at:
http://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2017/morning-pages.html

I’ve recently been reading about the concept of Morning Pages.

I was particularly interested in an article that was written by Tim Ferriss in which he shows an actual photo of his own Morning Pages at https://tim.blog/2015/01/15/morning-pages/.

This whole idea stems from the ebook by Julia Cameron called “The Artist’s Wayhttp://viewbook.at/artistsway. In it she talks about releasing creativity and overcoming Resistance (a phrase coined by Steven Pressfield in his book, The War of Art http://viewbook.at/warofart.

Morning Pages means sitting down first thing every morning and writing 750 words, which, at 250 words per page, is 3 pages of handwriting.

And these words must be handwritten because of the strong connection between our thoughts and writing by hand. Writing straight to keyboard is too fast for our minds to think and so writing more slowly and deliberately gives us time to understand what we’re thinking and being able to explain it in words.

“We get a truer connection - to ourselves and our deepest thoughts - when we actually put pen to page.”

It also helps to get rid of self-doubt.

Both Julia Cameron and Tim Ferriss recommend the type of hand writing to be journaling.

Journaling is not meant to be high art, just writing down thoughts.

I too enjoy journaling, but not for 3 A4 pages. I have an A5 size journal (half the size of A4) and I usually write one or two pages a day, but I don’t always write in it every day.

So I’m usually only journalling for 5 minutes, which is enough for me.

In his article, Tim Ferriss said he also has always enjoyed journaling every morning because, “I’m caging my monkey mind on paper so I can get on with my f**king day.”

I get the same result.

When my mind is hyped and my thoughts all over the place, I sit and clear my head by journaling. It makes for hilarious reading later, but it’s for my eyes only.

And it helps me because it also puts me in the mood for writing.

So when I read about Morning Pages being 750 words (3 pages) every morning, I thought, “Why not?”

But I don’t want to journal that much.

So what I do now every morning (after I’ve had breakfast and washed the dishes) is, I sit at my desk and journal for a page or two (5 minutes) and then I pull out my latest writing project and write, by hand, a minimum of 3 pages.

This is working well for me because I usually write everything by hand first anyway.

I used to think that writing by hand first and typing it up later was time consuming.

So I tried over and over to try and make myself write straight to keyboard. But I just couldn’t do it.

It simply stifled my creativity, so what I was writing wasn’t good plus my typing speed is much slower if I have to think as I go along.

Not only that, but I procrastinate more and don’t want to write if I can’t do it by hand. So I was writing less and what I was producing at the keyboard wasn’t great.

So if I write by hand it may slow things down a bit, but it makes me want to write, which means I do it more, and what I produce is good so I don’t have to delete it all and start again. And when I do type my work up, I can do it really fast because I’m a really proficient typist when I’m typing up handwritten documents.

So I am love, love, loving, sitting down every morning and doing my 3+ Morning Pages because it often makes me keep writing, or, if I do only the minimum 3 pages and don’t manage to do anymore that day, at least I’ve written something.

AND - this is the biggie - if I write 750 words a day, over a month it’s 750 words x 30 days = 22,500 words written every month.

How huge is that?

And if you’re like me, once you sit down and start writing, it’s hard to stop.

Writing 750 words a day, first thing every morning makes writing a daily priority instead of something to do when there’s time.

And it helps get that next book written.


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That’s all for now. I hope you found plenty to help and inspire you to become the writer you always dreamed of being.

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