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A Working Writer's Daily Planner 2012 Sample

A Working Writer's Daily Planner 2012 Sample

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Published by Gavin Grant
This Scribd file is a free sample of the first two months of the 2012 edition of the Working Writer's Daily Planner which is now available in two print on demand or PDF ebook editions.

Standard Edition, 134 pages:
— print edition ($13.95; http://www.lulu.com/sbp)
— ebook: Weightless ($3.99; http://weightlessbooks.com/?p=15261)

Almanac Edition which includes all the prompts, exercises, reading lists, and articles from the two previous editions, 182 pages:
— print edition ($15.95; http://www.lulu.com/sbp)
— ebook Weightless ($4.99: http://weightlessbooks.com/?p=15262)

The Working Writer's Daily Planner is the perfect place to keep everything writing-related: whether it’s deadlines and word counts, ideas and inspirations, or the most private hopes and dreams. It’s the perfect gift for any writer, whether teenager or grandparent.

The Almanac Edition includes all the prompts, exercises, reading lists, and articles from the two previous editions.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

How to Format a Manuscript
“A Mayan Apocalypse Primer for the WorkingWriter,” Michael J. DeLuca
“Ladies, Please!,” Sarah Rees Brennan
State Arts Grants
“What I Know About Literary Agents,” Geoffrey Goodwin
“Rewriting,” Kelley Eskridge
“A Short 2012 Reading List,”Su-Yee Lin
Future Planning
Further Resources
Contest and Award Fees
CLMP Contest Code of Ethics
“A (Mostly) Contemporary British Reading List,” Rebecca Isherwood
Fifty First Sentences
Residency Spotlight
Submission Tracker
“111 Contradictory Writing Suggestions,” Geoffrey Goodwin
Science Fiction Spotlight
A Reading List of Favorite Romances,” Kelly Link
“Bestsellers: Do They Last?”

2010 & 2011 EXTRAS (Almanac Edition only)

Book Festivals
Writing Exercise: A Reality Show Story
“The Editorial Assistant,” Rebecca Isherwood
“How to Find a Writing Group,” Ben Francisco
Six Reading Lists
An Even Dozen Writing Prompts
Debut Author Interview: Kelly Link interviews N.K. Jemisin
Writing Exercise: A Play on Words
“Story Idea Generation,” Kelly Link
“What I Know About Writing,” Geoffrey Goodwin
Writing Exercise: Genre Musical Chairs
“Reading as a Writer,” Kelly Link
“How to End a Story,” Nick Mamatas
Writing Exercise: The Cliché Trainwreck
Where to Find Out About MFA Programs
April is National Poetry Month: Spotlight on Poetry
Writing Exercise: Truth or Fiction
“Beyond Competent and Accomplished: A Call to Action for Workshoppers,” Kelly Link
“Trivia Vs. Writing Real Stories,” Kate Wilhelm
Persevere
Writing Exercise: Dialogue
Online Writing Workshop Spotlight
Writing Exercise: Soundtrack First
Photo and Illustration Credits

Reviews of Previous Editions:

“I know some writers who have spent many, many hours trying to figure out the ins and outs of residency programs, grant applications, and even MFA programs in creative writing. A lot of that work is done for you here, with those deadlines detailed and looming some time before their due dates.”
—Los Angeles Times

“A practical planner for those of us who are distracted by bright and shiny things (like Facebook, admit it). Spiral bound, good quality paper to take the ink and chock-full of goodies such as writing exercises, paper dolls and workshop information (plus much more), it’s already been marked up with deadlines and dog-eared.”
—MomGadget.com

“An incredible gift for your favorite writer, or yourself.”
—Kelli Russell

“What I just pulled out of the shipping box is a solid little book of 144 pages of text printed on a good stock of 6×9-inch paper and spiral bound to lay flat. The spiral, by the way, is made of a heavy wire and bent in at the ends, so it should both stay on the book and make it through the year.”
—Women of Mystery
This Scribd file is a free sample of the first two months of the 2012 edition of the Working Writer's Daily Planner which is now available in two print on demand or PDF ebook editions.

Standard Edition, 134 pages:
— print edition ($13.95; http://www.lulu.com/sbp)
— ebook: Weightless ($3.99; http://weightlessbooks.com/?p=15261)

Almanac Edition which includes all the prompts, exercises, reading lists, and articles from the two previous editions, 182 pages:
— print edition ($15.95; http://www.lulu.com/sbp)
— ebook Weightless ($4.99: http://weightlessbooks.com/?p=15262)

The Working Writer's Daily Planner is the perfect place to keep everything writing-related: whether it’s deadlines and word counts, ideas and inspirations, or the most private hopes and dreams. It’s the perfect gift for any writer, whether teenager or grandparent.

The Almanac Edition includes all the prompts, exercises, reading lists, and articles from the two previous editions.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

How to Format a Manuscript
“A Mayan Apocalypse Primer for the WorkingWriter,” Michael J. DeLuca
“Ladies, Please!,” Sarah Rees Brennan
State Arts Grants
“What I Know About Literary Agents,” Geoffrey Goodwin
“Rewriting,” Kelley Eskridge
“A Short 2012 Reading List,”Su-Yee Lin
Future Planning
Further Resources
Contest and Award Fees
CLMP Contest Code of Ethics
“A (Mostly) Contemporary British Reading List,” Rebecca Isherwood
Fifty First Sentences
Residency Spotlight
Submission Tracker
“111 Contradictory Writing Suggestions,” Geoffrey Goodwin
Science Fiction Spotlight
A Reading List of Favorite Romances,” Kelly Link
“Bestsellers: Do They Last?”

2010 & 2011 EXTRAS (Almanac Edition only)

Book Festivals
Writing Exercise: A Reality Show Story
“The Editorial Assistant,” Rebecca Isherwood
“How to Find a Writing Group,” Ben Francisco
Six Reading Lists
An Even Dozen Writing Prompts
Debut Author Interview: Kelly Link interviews N.K. Jemisin
Writing Exercise: A Play on Words
“Story Idea Generation,” Kelly Link
“What I Know About Writing,” Geoffrey Goodwin
Writing Exercise: Genre Musical Chairs
“Reading as a Writer,” Kelly Link
“How to End a Story,” Nick Mamatas
Writing Exercise: The Cliché Trainwreck
Where to Find Out About MFA Programs
April is National Poetry Month: Spotlight on Poetry
Writing Exercise: Truth or Fiction
“Beyond Competent and Accomplished: A Call to Action for Workshoppers,” Kelly Link
“Trivia Vs. Writing Real Stories,” Kate Wilhelm
Persevere
Writing Exercise: Dialogue
Online Writing Workshop Spotlight
Writing Exercise: Soundtrack First
Photo and Illustration Credits

Reviews of Previous Editions:

“I know some writers who have spent many, many hours trying to figure out the ins and outs of residency programs, grant applications, and even MFA programs in creative writing. A lot of that work is done for you here, with those deadlines detailed and looming some time before their due dates.”
—Los Angeles Times

“A practical planner for those of us who are distracted by bright and shiny things (like Facebook, admit it). Spiral bound, good quality paper to take the ink and chock-full of goodies such as writing exercises, paper dolls and workshop information (plus much more), it’s already been marked up with deadlines and dog-eared.”
—MomGadget.com

“An incredible gift for your favorite writer, or yourself.”
—Kelli Russell

“What I just pulled out of the shipping box is a solid little book of 144 pages of text printed on a good stock of 6×9-inch paper and spiral bound to lay flat. The spiral, by the way, is made of a heavy wire and bent in at the ends, so it should both stay on the book and make it through the year.”
—Women of Mystery

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A Working Writer’sDaily Planner
 2012
 
Small Beer PressEasthampton, MA
 Welcome to the 2012 edition of 
 A Working Writer’s Daily Planner
. This year’s
 Planner
is a little leaner than the previous editions but, besides updating all the listings (there are always so many little changes! Dates, websites, ad-dresses) and adding a few new ones, we have included many items from last year: the Submission Tracker, advice on formatting manuscripts, a couple of reading lists, monthly writing prompts and one favorite exercises, and more.Some of last year’s articles and non-date specic reesources are available in the Almanac Edition.Writers often draw their inspiration from other forms of art and wehave enjoyed nding art for the
 Planner
in the last couple of years. For this year’s edition, we decided to give it a different, more unied artistic appear-ance by using only one artist’s work: Australian artist Kathleen Jennings.Kathleen regularly posts drawings and sketches on her website and in herFlickr account. Her art has graced the covers of a couple of Small BeerPress books, LCRW 27, and many other places. We encourage you to inves- tigate her work and hope that you can nd a springboard within it for yourown art.
This calendar is made by writers for writers—all kinds of writers. It is a powerful motivational tool and concrete proof of your commitment to write.Every week has a double-page spread with a handy list of upcoming dead-lines. Each month has a planning page. Don’t forget the Submission Tracker(page 115) to keep track of where and when you sent your work out.
Here are a few shortcuts we’ve taken to help you nd your way:
Pay:Yes/No.EntryFee
: $—
(SS)
Simultaneous Submissions accepted.That’s it! Go ahead and start making notes, scribble in some ideas, and plan to make this a great year for writing!
 
 A Working Writer’s Daily Planner 2012: Your Year in Writing
Inclusion of events, workshops, conventions, conferences, magazines, contests, websites, and anything else in this calendar inno way constitutes an endorsement by Small Beer Press who shall not be held accountable for any changes since the date of publication or reliance upon this information by readers. Please check the websites listed for full information on residencies,journals, grants, and so on. Small Beer Press received no payment or consideration in any form for any information includedin this calendar. This is a work in progress and may be updated for
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. We love to hear from readers: if there is somethingyou would like to see included in next year’s calendar, please contact us at the address below. As always, thanks for reading!Copyright ©
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by Small Beer Press. All rights reserved.Small Beer Press
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36
, Easthampton, MA
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t/f: 413-203-1606 · info@smallbeerpress.comsmallbeerpress.comweightlessbooks.com
 A Working Writer’s Daily Planner 2012
is available at a discount to workshops, groups, companies, or for use as a premium.Please contact us at the above address for more information, thank you.
 A Working Writer’s Daily Planner 2012
Almanac Edition includes extras from the previous editions.First edition
1  3 4 5 6 7 8 9 
ISBN:
978193157
Paper edition printed in the USA. Also available as a DRM-free ebook.Text set in Cochin.Photo and illustration credits are on page
14
which consitutes an extension of the copyright page.
TABLEOFCONTENTS
How to Format a Manuscript 1 A Mayan Apocalypse Primer for the WorkingWriter Michael J. DeLuca 49Ladies, Please! Sarah Rees Brennan 57State Arts Grants 63 What I Know About Literary Agents Geoffrey Goodwin 69Rewriting Kelley Eskridge 97 A Short 2012 Reading List Su-Yee Lin 87Future Planning 103Further Resources 107Contest and Award Fees 107CLMP Contest Code of Ethics 109 A (Mostly) Contemporary British Reading List Rebecca Isherwood 109Fifty First Sentences 111Residency Spotlight 114Submission Tracker 115111 Contradictory Writing Suggestions Geoffrey Goodwin 120Science Fiction Spotlight 121 A Reading List of Favorite Romances Kelly Link 122Bestsellers: Do They Last? 123
 
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HOWTOFORMATAMANUSCRIPT
Many magazines and journals have online submission systems which may requirespecic formatting. If not stated, use the standard manuscript format below.
Short Stories and Poetry
Cover Letter: Keep it simple. Don’t summarize or praise your own work. You canmention your other publications if they are in the same eld, but it isn’t neccesary.Put your name, address, contact information, and the date on the top left. Findout the editor’s name from the masthead. If you can’t nd their name, “Dear Edi- tor” is okay. Reading a current issue will tell you much about the editor’s taste.Margin: An acceptable range is 1–1.5 inches all round.Font: 12 point. Courier is preferred as it makes story length calculations easy.Spacing: Double space between lines. Single letter space between sentences.Indents: Use paragraph indents. Remember: line breaks (blank lines between paragraphs) denote section breaks; not paragraph breaks.Header: Top right, “Your Name / Title / Page Number”Title: Centered, about halfway down the rst page (to leave space for notes).SASE: If you want a reply include a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope. And, of course, your email address, just in case.(SS) If a magazine accepts simultaneous submissions it is usually on the condition that you notify them if your work is accepted elsewhere.Never
 ever
send the only copy of your work.
 Longer work
Cover Letter: Again, keep it simple. Don’t summarize your work unless you’resending a one-page novel query where a summary has been requested. A book requires a cover page with the title centered near the middle of  the page, then your name below it, then word count, then, if appropriate, youragents name and address:Romancing the Paper IndustrybyShirley Knot124,000 words
 Following up on submitted work:
Magazines that accept work online often have a database that you can log intoand see where your work stands. If you submitted by mail, wait the requisiteamount of time (usually between 1–6 months) then feel free to query the editor.Replying to a rejection is usually not worth it: your time is better spent reading, writing, revising, and submitting your work elsewhere.

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