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22nd May 2015

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

RuthIsWriting.com

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IN THIS ISSUE

~Editorial
~Writing News
~Writers' Resources
~Writing Markets
~Writing Article
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7 DAY EBOOK WRITING AND PUBLISHING SYSTEM
Do You Want To Work From Home Writing and Selling Ebooks?
Have You Always Dreamed of Having This Type of Lifestyle?
Do You Envy Others Who Are Already Living Your Dream?
Well, what if I told you that you could start living your dream within the next 7 days?
http://www.cheritonhousepublishing.com/books/7day.html

THE 12 MONTH WRITING CHALLENGE
It’s time to start taking your writing career seriously. Don’t put it off any longer.
Make this year your most successful writing year ever.
All you need is determination, hard work and to take part in
The 12 Month Writing Challenge.
Download your free 2-month excerpt and start writing today.
http://cheritonhousepublishing.com/books/12MTH.html

GOODBYE WRITERS' BLOCK
How to Be a Creative Genius and Have an Abundance of Ideas Plus the Inspiration and Motivation to Write.
Want to write but stuck for ideas?
Well, with this ingenious ebook, you'll never be stuck for anything to write ever again. Fiction or non-fiction.
http://www.cheritonhousepublishing.com/books/WB.html

THE WEALTHY WRITER
Learn how you can earn $100K/Year and more writing for the internet.
This ebook is coauthored by two of the most prolific online writers, myself (Ruth Barringham) and Nick Daws.
http://RuthIsWriting.com/links/wealthywriter.html

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EDITORIAL
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Hi, I’m Ruth Barringham and thank you for being a subscriber to Writeaholic News.

This week has been awful. Just awful. My main computer went horribly wrong so I got in touch with my hosting company because it all started with one of my email accounts not working properly. I had to speak with them several times, with Apple Support staff 4 times and finally I got the problem fixed.

And long story short, I had to have a new hard drive installed on my computer and reinstall my whole operating system (Mac's Yosemite 10.10.3) and reinstall all my files and computer settings and get my hosting company to change some settings on my website account at their end. Not too much to do, huh?

The worst part was that I spent around 30 hours just trying to get the support staff at each place to understand what was happening with my computer. It seems that they all have scripts they read from and they don't like to deviate from them, which was useless to me when I had to call so many times.

The best part was that with my "Time Machine" backup, which I'd done just before I sent my computer to the Apple store for repair, took only one click (and 2 hours) for it to reinstall everything on my harddrive so that it looked like my computer had never changed. Everything was back, my emails, my files, my settings, even my passwords for all my software (and the software was all back) and passwords for my online accounts.

Bliss!

But in the meantime, I lost so much working time and couldn't do most things because most of my work was on my main computer so I had to use my Mac Book Air which keep really basic and plain and just for typing and doing online research.

One of the things I was missing was my template for this newsletter and the Adobe Dreamweaver software that I use to format it. That's why it's coming out so late this week. I only got my computer back up and running late yesterday because as well as installing my back up, it took 6 hours to re-install the operating system.

Phew!

I am so, so, so, glad it's all over and that things are back to normal.

But while it was all going on, I did manage to get quite a bit of writing done, and lots of planning for all my writing projects for the rest of this year, which was really inspiring, not to mention motivational. I feel like I'm firing on all cylinders now.

I was also reading the first 5 chapters of Dean Wesley Smith's book, Think Like a Publisher, which you can read for free online and there's a link to it in the Resources section. It really is a good book for showing you how to turn yourself into a serious publisher.

I've also borrowed a book from the librarary, written by Dan S Kennedy called "The Ultimate Sales Letter." This book comes highly recommended by other top copywriters who all said they learned a lot from it, so I've gotten hold of a copy to see if I can learn a lot too, and so far it's really good.

I hope you had a better week than I did and that you got plenty of writing done and earned enough money so that you're ready to quit the day job and write for a living instead.

Find plenty to inspire, teach and motivate you, and then get to work making your writing a success.

Till next week...

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WRITING QUOTE
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“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”

~ Winston S. Churchill

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WRITING NEWS
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The Surprising Books on Osama bin Laden's Reading List
The al Qaeda leader had a lot of downtime during his decade in hiding following his masterminding of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. His reading list, as recovered by the raid on his Pakistani compound in 2011 and in part released by the U.S. government on Wednesday, offers some insight into his state of mind.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-surprising-books-on-osama-bin-ladens-reading-list-2015-05-20

Random House Acquires Julianna Margulies Picture Book
Emmy Award-winning actor Julianna Margulies (E.R.; The Good Wife) will step into the publishing limelight in May 2016, when Random House Children’s Books publishes her debut picture book, Three Magic Balloons.
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/66683-random-house-acquires-julianna-margulies-picture-book.html

JK Rowling: why I chose King's Cross for Platform 9 ¾
Find out why the concealed platform to Hogwarts just had to be built at King's Cross station – and enter our prize draw to win a framed print of the moment Harry Potter first breaks through the barriers at Platform 9 ¾ and sees the Hogwarts Express for the first time
http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/competition/2015/may/20/jk-rowling-harry-potter-kings-cross-competition

Twitter Trend: Describe Yourself In 3 Words
This is the latest trend sweeping Twitter. #DescribeYourselfIn3Words.
Some amusing and inspiring results.
https://twitter.com/hashtag/DescribeYourselfIn3Words

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WRITERS’ RESOURCES
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THINK LIKE A PUBLISHER
This book is written by prolific novelist and publisher, Dean Wesley Smith.
On his website he publishes every chapter as he updates it. You can already read chapters 1 to 5 which are a great insight to what it takes to approach your work as a serious publisher and not a hobby writer.
http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/think-like-a-publisher/

7 DAY EBOOK WRITING AND PUBLISHING SYSTEM
Do You Want To Work From Home Writing and Selling Ebooks?
Have You Always Dreamed of Having This Type of Lifestyle?
Do You Envy Others Who Are Already Living Your Dream?
Well, what if I told you that you could start living your dream within the next 7 days?
http://www.cheritonhousepublishing.com/books/7day.html

THE 12 MONTH WRITING CHALLENGE
It’s time to start taking your writing career seriously. Don’t put it off any longer.
Make this year your most successful writing year ever.
All you need is determination, hard work and to take part in
The 12 Month Writing Challenge.
Download your free 2-month excerpt and start writing today.
http://cheritonhousepublishing.com/books/12MTH.html

GOODBYE WRITERS' BLOCK
How to Be a Creative Genius and Have an Abundance of Ideas Plus the Inspiration and Motivation to Write.
Want to write but stuck for ideas?
Well, with this ingenious ebook, you'll never be stuck for anything to write ever again. Fiction or non-fiction.
http://www.cheritonhousepublishing.com/books/WB.html

IS IT REALLY POSSIBLE THAT YOU COULD RUN A POPULAR, THRIVING BLOG?
Learn how you can:
Pull off all the technical stuff that once looked so daunting.
Incorporate design elements that make a blog attractive to readers.
Create a steady stream of visitors, turn those visitors into subscribers, and turn those subscribers into a business.
With Mary Jaksch from A-List Blogging
http://65316jw43aovmnf0-8uhqku7f6.hop.clickbank.net/


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WRITING MARKETS
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Brewed Awakenings Anthology Seeking Literary Stories
Now accepting submissions for the second volume of Brewed Awakenings, an annual anthology of diverse literary works. The publisher invites writers to submit short stories, novelettes, novellas, poetry collections, and biographical essays. To showcase a variety of works from a diverse pool of writers, the anthology is unthemed and open to all genres. The publisher is reviewing submissions from local and non-local writers who have an outstanding and compelling story to share.
Word length: under 7500 words for short stories; 7500-17500 words for novelettes; 17500-40K words for novellas.
Deadline: May 31, 2015.
Payment: $100 per short story; $175 per novelette; and $250 per novella.
http://writingcareer.com/post/111490478371/brewed-awakenings-anthology-seeking-literary

Crossed Genres Magazine
Each month CG Magazine has a new genre or theme. Short story submissions must combine elements of either Science Fiction and/or Fantasy with the current theme. Do not send submissions to upcoming themes, they will be rejected without consideration!
Current Theme:
2065 (the year) (Submissions: open until May 31st. Publication: September 2015)
“50 years from now. What do you see? What can you see? We’re looking for stories set in the year 2065: your dreams for the future, or your nightmares, or what you believe are realistic expectations. These choices are not mutually exclusive.”
Word count: 1000-6000 (FIRM)
Payment: 0.06cents a word + copy of print book with your story in it.
http://crossedgenres.com/submissions/magazine

Science Fiction Romance
Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly now open for submissions of short stories.
All sub-genres of science fiction will be considered.
Any heat level, from sweet to erotic, will be considered. Original, previously unpublished fiction only. No fan fiction, please.
All stories must contain elements of science-fiction, include romance, and have an upbeat ending.
Length: 2,000 to 7,500 words.
Payment: 2.5 cents/word (US) paid upon publication, promotional biography with two links, and a complimentary quarter-page advertisement.
http://www.scifiromancequarterly.org/write-for-us/

The Puritan Magazine
Literary magazine looking for submissions of Fiction, Essays, Poetry Interviews Reviews.
The Puritan seeks submissions all year round.
Submissions received between Dec. 26 and Mar. 25 are considered for the spring issue, published in late April/early May. Those received between Mar. 26 and June 25 are considered for the summer issue, published in late July/early Aug. Those received between June 26 and Sept. 25 are considered for the fall issue, published in Nov. Those received between Sept. 26 and Dec. 25 are considered for the winter issue, published in Feb.
Payment:
$100 per interview,
$100 per essay,
$100 per review,
$50 per work of fiction, and
$15 per poem (or page, capped at $60 for poems running four pages or more).
http://puritan-magazine.com/submissions/

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WRITING ARTICLE
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How to Stop Letting Your Daily To-Do List Become a List of Yesterday's Failures

Read it online at:
http://RuthIsWriting.com/articles/2015/to-do-to-failure.html

Time is something that we all have, and we all have exactly the same amount of hours in every day.

So how come there never seems to be enough time to get everything done? Why do others seems to be far more productive and get far more done than the average person?

What is their secret?

The secret is that they don't have more hours in a day but they do have more PRODUCTIVE hours in a day. So while you're busy rushing to get things done, they are just quietly getting on with things.

Let's look at it another way.

Time is linked to our emotions. That's why time seems to fly when we're having fun and drags when we're bored or doing tedious jobs.

Why is this?

Because it's all too easy to get caught up in thoughts of what we'd rather be doing instead of concentrating on what we are doing.

I've often read that in order to get through doing a task you don't like to do, give yourself a reward at the end so that you have something to look forward to.

Personally, I think this is a terrible idea.

Why?

Well, say you have to work but you'd rather be going for a swim at the beach. So you tell yourself that if you get your work done, you can go for a swim afterwards.

What that means in actual terms is that you'll rush through whatever it is you have to do just so you can get the hell out of there and get to the beach.

I find it much better to give myself an allotted time to get something done, that way it makes me focus on what I'm doing because I know that I have a finite time to complete it so I know that I can't waste time thinking about other things or getting lost in browsing websites that have nothing to do with the task I'm working on.

Natually, I don't always finish in the time I've given myself, so I re-adjust my time scale and get back to work.

This helps so much with focus and motivation and also means that my time is more productive because I'm getting on with what I have to do instead of dreaming about what I'll do once I've finished.

And do you know what?

Being more focused on your work means you're doing more with the time you have so you have more free time. Not only that but you're not always rushing to get through things and feeling that your work is "getting in the way" of what you'd rather be doing.

Life feels good when you're more in control of time, money and work.

Taking the time to work through your to-do list makes you feel so much more in control because you finally start to get on top of all the things you have to do.

Can you see how this will make you feel great? It also stops your to-do list turning into a list of failures - a list of all the things you didn't get done yesterday. That is one of the worst feelings in the world.

You can also be more productive if you spend the first and last hour of your working day writing or going over your work.

Start each day with one hour's writing. Do just that and nothing else.

End each day with an hour of journalling, planning, brain storming or having a productivity meeting with yourself.

Productivity meetings are great for looking over what you've achieved in the day, what you didn't manage to get done, and look at how tomorrow will be different.

Journalling can help you understand what you're doing, where you want to be and what you're doing that is helping or harming your progress. And brainstorming is a great way to go over your ideas, come up with new ideas and look at your goals and ambitions to see how you can fascilitate your progress.

Having an hour's writing at the beginning of the day can really help to increase your writing output and finishing every working day with one of the activities mentioned already can really super-charge your ability to work more productively and motivate you to do more.

One hour of writing every day, even if you don't write quickly, means you can write 1,500 words a day. This should really help to boost your writing income. And if you end every day with a to-do list for the next day, then you'll know exactly what you'll be writing before you even sit down.

Once you get into a daily writing habit, your writing speed should increase and you should also notice that it makes you want to write even more every day.

Just think, if you write 1,500 words an hour, in 10 hours you could write 15,000 words. That's the length of a short ebook. And with some marketing, blogging, social media marketing and more, you could write an ebook and make sales in a week.

And if you worked hard and did all that in one week, you could then take a week off - if you wanted to - and use the time to brainstorm more ebook writing ideas, marketing plans and website/blogging ideas.

Also try not checking emails untill noon every day because that will give you an even more productive morning - every day.

Consistency is powerful. It's more powerful than you can imagine.

If you can start every day with an hour's writing, then work your way through your daily to-do list, you could be finished work by lunch time.

That's the power of consistent habits and productive time.

Forget about other things that you'd rather be doing and instead, focus on your work and keep going until you finish.

There are a few things I want to do today once I've finished work but I've told myself that I can't move from this chair until I've completed everything I set out to do today.

And do you know what?

It's made me super productive. For example,I gave myself just 30 minutes to write this article and so far it's take me 25. Not bad eh?

And the reason that I managed to do it is because it was on my to-do list and I can't stop working until I've done everything. I also knew that I don't have a lot of time to complete each task on my list today so I knuckled down and got to work straight away and didn't let anything distract me.

Tomorrow I will have a new to-do list to work through because I didn't let today's list of tasks become tomorrows list of failures.

And that feels great.

It also makes me want to do the same every day.

So I think I will.

If you want to work through your daily to-do list every day, just do it and don't be distracted by other things that you think you'd rather be doing because, afterall, wouldn't you rather be working through your to-do list every day so that you can enjoy your free time without the usual feeling of guilt and failure?

I know I would.

And I do.

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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.