October 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 welcome to this month's newsletter.

The past week has been quite horrendous weather-wise with torrential rain for days on end which is pretty bad for the so-called "Sunshine State" of Queensland where I live.

Usually I like the sound of running water but not when it's so heavy it's carving out big channels in the dirt as it cascades down our garden.

I thought it would be a good time to get plenty of writing done, but everything felt damp and I was constantlly worring about what was happening outside as the rain and wind howled and lashed against the windows. It also kept me awake most nights. Damn our metal roof!

And I was also running in and out all day to make sure our chickens were dry and safe under the house (where they were hiding from the deluge - our house is raised off the ground on stumps) and kept giving them extra food because they couldn't forage in the garden. I think I ended up more wet than they were.

And while I was working away during the floods and storms, I also made a huge online purchase. I decided to buy a marketing course, and I've never before spent so much on something.

It cost me $2,000 for the whole package of materials which I haven't even got yet because they are all physical products, DVDS, CDs and books, so I feel like I've so far bought nothing.

And you may be asking why I would spend so much on a bunch of marketing materials?

Because marketing really is THAT important.

It's no good writing books if I can't sell them.

And it's no good earning money from affiliate marketing if I'm not doing it properly.

I'm already earning a decent income from all my writing, but I just have a niggling feeling that I could be doing a whole lot better.

Hence the huge purchase. And once it all arrives, I'll have to spend weeks working my way through it all.

But at the end of it I expect to arise like a butterfly out of a cocoon, a completely improved version of myself.

Pretty high hopes, huh?

And this month's article, written by a guest writer, is all about the importance of marketing, and she pulls no punches about how important she thinks it is too.

Also, I've included links to hundreds of free ebooks, a radio script writing competition with a top prize of over 2,000 British Pounds, and a publisher looking for urban fantasy and paranormal romance manuscripts and offering a huge 50% royalty deal.

And don't forget that November is National Novel Writing Month, which I've included a link to as well.

Happy writing and submitting.

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SCHOOL SCRUBS 'TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD' BECAUSE IT MAKES PEOPLE FEEL 'UNCOMFORTABLE'

The public school district in Biloxi, Mississippi, scrubbed the 1960 novel from its 8th grade curriculum last week, saying there had been “complaints” about the book’s “language.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/biloxi-to-kill-a-mockingbird_us_59e4974ce4b03a7be581e2a8

STUDENTS ARE ABUSING AN INDIGENOUS WRITER
Hundreds of Year 12 students in NSW are posting and sharing abusive memes targeting Australian writers after their work was featured in yesterday’s HSC English exam. Most of the abuse on Twitter and Facebook was directed towards Ellen van Neerven, a 26-year-old Indigenous poet whose poem Mango was featured in the exam.
http://junkee.com/school-students-hsc-english-abuse/131037

FAMILY STRANDED IN SCOTLAND RESCUED BY THE HOGWARTS EXPRESS
A vacation disaster turned into a magical moment for one stranded family in Scotland after the Hogwarts Express came to their rescue.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/hogwarts-express-rescues-family_us_59e4aa54e4b04d1d5183162c

HACHETTE SHUTTERS WEINSTEIN BOOKS
The Hachette Book Group announced Thursday that it is "terminating" the Weinstein Books imprint, effective immediately. The decision follows a New York Times report exposing decades of sexual assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/75058-hachette-shutters-weinstein-books-imprint.html

OPERA SINGER & FILM WRITER EX-BOYFRIEND IN HIGH COURT BATTLE
An opera singer is locked in a High Court battle with her film writer former boyfriend over who wrote the script to a Hollywood blockbuster.
Julia Kogan claims she helped Nicholas Martin write the award-winning 2016 film Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, while the pair were in a loving relationship.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/17/opera-singer-film-writer-ex-boyfriend-high-court-battle-wrote/

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AMAZON TOP 100 FREE EBOOKS
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WRITING AND PUBLISHING BOOKS & EBOOKS
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KDP JUMPSTART
New to Kindle Direct Publishing? Want a simple, step-by-step guide to publishing on Amazon? KDP Jumpstart is a streamlined, sequential approach to the steps required to go from finished manuscript to published book.
https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/G202187740

NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH
How It Works:
Commit to writing 50,000 words in the 30 days of November.
Fill out your profile. Create your novel starting in October. Select your region. Earn badges.
Start writing on November 1, update your word count via the dashboard.
https://nanowrimo.org

THIS WRITER EARNS $100/HOUR ON UPWORK
UpWork.com is one of my favorite places to find long-term, higher-paying freelance writing clients. Crazy, right?
I’ve pulled clients who pay $100 per hour (and up) from this bidding site, and regularly use it to find strong new prospects. That’s despite the fact that I only check in once or twice a week, for a few minutes at a time.
http://www.makealivingwriting.com/earn-100-per-hour-on-upwork/

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WRITING MARKETS
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FIRESIDE FICTION COMPANY
Fireside will be open to submissions for several one-week periods in 2017. We accept flash fiction of up to 1,000 words, and short stories from 1,000 to 4,000 words.
Next submission period: November 5-11.
Please submit:
Stories that have never been published in the English language before (translations are okay!)
Flash up to 1,000 words
Short stories up to 4,000 words
Stories of any genre with a strong beginning/middle/end plot arc
Submissions from anywhere in the world, from all kinds of voices.
Payment: 12.5 cents per word in payment for accepted stories.
https://firesidefiction.com/about/#submissions-guidelines

ONE STORY SUBMISSION
One Story is seeking literary fiction. Because of our format, we can only accept stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words. They can be any style and on any subject as long as they are good. We are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone.
Submission Periods: January 15th - May 31st | September 1st - November 14th
Payment: $500 and 25 contributors copies.
https://www.one-story.com/index.php?page=submit&pubcode=os

SLICE MAGAZINE CALLS FOR PROSE AND POETRY
Slice magazine, a literary journal published twice yearly, is now seeking prose and poetry for the Fall 2018 issue (no. 23).
Each issue sports a particular theme upon which writers can base their nonfiction articles or interviews. The theme for Issue #23 is called “Flight.” Otherwise writers can submit unthemed material for poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
Word length for prose should not exceed 5,000 words.
Deadline: December 1, 2017.
Payment: $250/story and $75/poem.
https://slicemagazine.org/submit/

WRONG TREE PRESS
Calls for Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Manuscripts.
The publishers are seeking action-driven stories that emotionally engage readers. Principal plot lines can be mystery, suspense, horror or action. The romance can be part of the story and not necessarily the main plot line; however, readers must find the romance believable and care about the story characters.
Manuscript length: 20K-25K words.
The staff provides professional editing, a compelling book cover, and book promotion.
Payment: 50% royalty rate.
Query first with a 1-3 page synopsis, and the first 10 pages of your manuscript via email.
https://www.castelane.com/WrongTree-Press-Submissions-s/2061.htm

SUBMITTABLE.COM LOOKING FOR GUEST POSTS
The editors are interested in any topic related to the publishing industry or digital media and beneficial to its global audience of writers, artists, and publishers.
Rejection Horror Stories. Eclectic Essays. Book Reviews. Interviews. Weekly Stories and Feedback. Discover Discoveries.
Word length: 1000 words or less.
Payment: $50 per submission payable upon publication.
https://blog.submittable.com/submit/

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SILLERMAN FIRST BOOK PRIZE FOR AFRICAN POETS
The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poetry is awarded annually to an African poet who has not yet published a collection of poetry.
An “African writer” is taken to mean someone who was born in Africa, who is a national or resident of an African country, or whose parents are African.
Poetry manuscripts should be at least 50 pages long.
The winner receives USD $1000 and book publication through the University of Nebraska Press.
https://africanpoetrybookfund.submittable.com/submit

INTERNATIONAL RADIO PLAYWRITING COMPETITION 2018
The competition is open from 3 October 2017 to 31 January 2018. The competition is open to new and established writers, provided they live outside the UK and are 18 or over.
In order to enter you need to send:
A script for a 53 minute radio play with up to 6 central characters - we are unable to return these, so make sure you keep a copy
A synopsis which outlines your play is no longer than 400 words/
A completed entry form attached to your play and synopsis.
Or you can complete and submit your entry online.
Two first prizes – for the best radio plays.
In addition, there’s the Georgi Markov prize - for the most promising script.
First Prize: £2,200 sterling, a trip to London and have your play broadcast across the world on BBC World Service.
Deadline: January 31, 2018
http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunities/international-radio-playwriting-competition

NEW YORK ENCOUNTER POETRY CONTEST
New York Encounter is sponsoring its second annual poetry contest to celebrate the theme of its 2018 event, An 'Impossible' Unity.
The Encounter’s poetry contest invites all poets writing in English to submit up to 3 poems (maximum 40 lines each), related in some way to the theme, An 'Impossible' Unity.
Cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100 will be awarded to first, second and third place poems.
The winners will be invited to read their poems on the New York Encounter stage at Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street during the three-day festival which will take place January 12-14, 2018.
Deadline November 7, 2017
https://newyorkencounter.submittable.com/submit

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AUTHORS: WHY SHOULD NOT LEARN HOW TO MARKET

By Kathleen Gage

Read it online at:http://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2017/not-market-books.html

Not all authors should spend time learning how to market. That may go against conventional wisdom, but it's true.

In reality, some authors are not willing to put in the time or effort to do what it takes to market their books. Some get downright nasty towards those of us who are making money with our writing, blaming everything but themselves for their lack of success in selling books.

Recently, I was hosted on a webinar by a colleague to share insights on how to market books. The response by 99% of the people was incredibly positive. But there were a few who were upset at the amount of work I said it takes to market books.

I suppose they preferred I lie and say, "Oh yes, you can sell tons of books and put no work into the process at all." I won't do that.

What they wrote

Here are a few of the emails I received from authors who are not willing to do much more than write.

"It shouldn't be that hard. My book is really good. Why won't people just buy it?" one person wrote.

"I like to write. I want to sell books, but I don't want to have to market."

"All of you so-called "experts" make it sound so easy, but the average person has no idea where to start. All you do is sell a load of crap to people who will never be able to make this work."

Really?!

To authors like this my response is simple... write your books knowing you will likely be in the group that never sells more than a handful of books.

We all started at the same place

I started where every author starts. I had a dream to be a successful author who makes money with my writing while transforming people through my words. To do this, I HAD to learn how to market. No two ways about it.

I've spent years, and thousands upon thousands of dollars, countless hours and lots of energy to get really, really good at what I do. It didn't happen by chance, but rather by design.

I liken authors who want to sell boatloads of books without any work to those who say they want to get in great shape, but don't want to stop eating junk food, don't want to exercise and don't want to replace bad habits with good ones.

You can want it all you want, but you won't achieve the outcome.

Here's the deal...

Selling books takes work. Selling books takes vision. Selling books takes strategy. And... if you want to be sustainable as an author, it takes writing good books.

If you're not willing to put the time in to do the work, learn how to market and be consistent in your efforts, no problem.

But please, don't blame others for the fact you're not selling books. Take a look at what you are and are not doing.

Kathleen Gage works with successful entrepreneurs who are ready to quit playing small in order that they can get their signature message out in a BIG way through speaking, writing, information products and a targeted online presence.

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http://www.themarketingmindset.com

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