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INTRODUCTIONS: Please briefly tell us about yourself
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Your name? Your favorite writing style? What are you doing to “Be” a writer?
DEMOS (How-to) ● Use the message board to discuss things ● Upload files to share ideas MEETUP WEBSITE FEATURES ● have you updated your Avatar image? ● have you updated your Bio? ● have you given someone a shout recently? UPDATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS: “Full House” Meetup Attendance (30+) increased group size (583) SPECIAL OFFER from The Editorial Department (TED) for Tucson Writers Meetup Members Query & Submissions Packet Evaluation + + + 10% Discount for Services for all Tucson Writers Meetup Members CODE:
A List of Things a Writer Can Be
Think of this as a creative way to 'extend' your description(s) of yourself as a writer. These are all things that a writer does or can do by definition, however as job titles...these may inspire you to think about the types of writing styles that may be entailed. Then, the next step is to do further research, and prepare yourself to pursue specific opportunities that are directly related to each of these potential professional writing occupations. 1.) biographer 2.) columnist 3.) contributor 4.) correspondent 5.) critic 6.) dramatist 7.) essayist 8.) freelancer 9.) ghostwriter 10.) journalist 11.) novelist 12.) playwright 13.) poet 14.) reporter 15.) reviewer 16.) screenwriter 17.) scripter Can you come up with any more of these? BOOKS ON WRITING:
Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure - Techniques and exercises for crafting a plot that grips readers from
start to finish - by James Scott Bell ISBN-13 978-1-5829794-7 (part of "Write Great Fiction" series, which covers all the essentials for writing fiction -- dialogue, characters, viewpoint, setting, description, and more...from Writer's Digest Books) www.writersdigest.com Writing as a Career: If you’re looking to make a career out of writing, these books can be a big help in getting you there. Telling Lies for Fun & Profit: A Manual for Fiction Writers by Lawrence Block: This book offers plenty of advice for those who want to write better and get their work published. Making a Literary Life by Carolyn See: Read this book to learn how to look at writing not only as a job, but as a lifestyle.
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Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass: Get some advice from this literary agent on how to create a novel that will help you stand out from the crowd. The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to Writers by Betsy Lerner: Learn what editors are looking for when it
comes to actually getting your work read and possibly even published from this book. The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman: Thousands of novels are submitted to publishers each year, but the vast majority of these will not be published. Learn how you can tweak your writing to give it a fighting chance in this book from literary agent Noah Lukeman. ________________________________________________ WEBSITES THAT INFORM AND PROTECT WRITERS: http://www.hipiers.com/publishing.html (Successful novelist Piers Anthony maintains an internet publishing resource that lists and describes electronic and POD-based publishers, and flags those that have problems or are the focus of complaints) http://www.locusmag.com/2004/Features/03Wallace_PODEssay.html (Publishing in the Future: The Potential and Reality of POD, by Sean Wallace of independent publisher Prime Books, offers an excellent discussion of a variety of issues associated with POD-based independent publishing. Becoming somewhat dated, the info is from 2004) Warnings About the Schemes, Scams, and Pitfalls That Threaten Writers http://www.sfwa.org/for-authors/writer-beware/
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IDEAS FOR WRITERS
Internet Strategies to Advance Your Writing Career: Writing for, and publishing to the web, doesn't imply a change to your writing style -- it's still all about the same things: high-quality writing, accurate information, and professional presentation. Getting paid for your content production is based on one simple fact: if the publication isn't receiving revenue from ads or subscriptions, it can't afford to pay for content. There are indeed paying (electronic) markets, and the print marketplace has established it's presence in the online world. The vast majority of U.S. periodicals now have web sites, which makes it far easier for writers to research potential markets. Book Publishers have also gone online, and (like magazine pubs) are:
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posting guidelines, catalogs, sample chapters and author interviews offering extensive resources for readers offering free electronic editions of their books enabling writers to get the most up-to-date information on submission guidelines and contacts
The ability to network with other writers is enhanced by our ability to make connections online, and what we share--tips, success stories, comisserations on rejections, mutual support, et. al.--is equally as important as the value of making those connections and sharing in "real world" writing groups such as this one. Amazon.com Programs for Writers: Advantage Program, Associates Program, Catalog Guide, Look Inside the Book Program
Writing Exercise #1:
Write a classified ad, where the copy reflects what you are looking for as a writer. Use the following list of suggestions for your starting point. Writer looking for: a.) some specific help and assistance, and what would that specifically be? b.) some other kind of help and/or assistance? (unspecified kind, because you haven't figured out how to answer this question yet) c.) someone who would be willing to critique your writing? d.) new friends? e.) ways to be compensated for your writing output? f.) all of the above?
Special Assignment: Collaborative Writing
Post your goals, etc. www.43things.com
Online Writing Tools: 1. 2.
Writeboard.com - A collaborative writing system by the folks at 37 Signals. Tucson Writers Workshop & Meetup Group http://123.writeboard.com/2d389ef35db325704/loginPassword: TWW&MG Zoho Writer - A free online word processor from Zoho.
Another Great Writing Tool:
http://storybook.intertec.ch/ (from the website) StorYBook is a free, open source story writing software for creative writers, novelists and authors that helps to keep the overview over the strands when writing a book, a novel or a story. StorYBook assists you in structuring your book. Have all your data in one place. With StorYBook you can manage chapters, scenes, characters and locations and assign them to the related scenes.
Online e-Zine Publishing: MagCloud http://magcloud.com/user/Phoenixbird Issuu http://issuu.com CRITTERS http://www.critters.org
PrintOnDemand (POD): The Good, The Bad, and the POD Stigma commonly-used term for the digital ● Print on demand (POD) is theand bound in a matter of minutes. printing technology that allows a complete book to be printed
POD technology makes it easy and cost-effective to produce books one or two at a time or in small lots, rather than in larger print runs of several hundred or several thousand. POD has a number of applications: Commercial and academic publishers use it to print advance reading copies, or when they can't justify the expense of producing and warehousing a sizeable print run--for instance, to keep backlist books available. Some independent publishers use it as a more economical fulfillment method, trading lower startup costs against smaller per-book profits (due to economies of scale, digitally printed books have a higher unit production cost than books produced in large runs on offset presses). Last but not least, there are the POD-based publishing service providers, which offer a fee-based service that can be described, depending on one's bias, as either vanity publishing or self-publishing. Print on demand-based publishing service providers (POD services) aren't publishers in the traditional sense, but purveyors of publishing services to writers. They charge a fee for publication, ranging anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.
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They don't screen submissions (except perhaps to exclude pornography or hate literature)--anyone who is willing to pay will be published. They don't routinely provide editing, proofreading, or book marketing (though some offer these as addons to the basic publishing package, at additional cost). Title to the books belongs to the publisher, often nonexclusively (which means the book could theoretically be sold elsewhere) but not always; some POD services make a nonexclusive or exclusive claim on subsidiary rights. Income to the author is a royalty on sales.
Many POD services call themselves self-publishing services. Some will even let you put the name of your own imprint on your book, set your own cover prices, designate a royalty percentage, and so on. However, there are important differences between the POD services and true self-publishing: Control. With self-publishing, the writer controls all aspects of the publishing process, from cover art to print style to pricing. With POD services, choice is limited to the package of services the publisher offers. Revenue. With self-publishing, the writer keeps all proceeds from sales. With POD services, payment comes in the form of a royalty. Basically, you're paying the publisher twice: once upfront, and once with each book produced and sold. Rights. With self-publishing, all rights remain with the writer, who has full ownership of his/her books. With most POD services, rights are held by the POD service, which has an exclusive or nonexclusive claim on them for a set period of time. In practice, POD services more closely resemble vanity publishers--which is how they're generally regarded by readers, reviewers, and booksellers.
For writers who don't want to go through the submission process required by commercial publishers, or feel they've exhausted the possibilities of the commercial publishing market, or just want to produce a few dozen copies of a family memoir or genealogy or recipe book for private distribution, a POD service can be an excellent solution. The best of the PODs provide attractively-designed books at a far lower cost than traditional self- or vanity publishing (although costs are steadily rising, and some of the fancier POD packages are nearly as expensive as old-style vanities like Vantage Press), and offer many of the same benefits, including guaranteed publication and the absence of editorial interference. Also, since the book is produced only when ordered, you don't risk winding up with a garage full of unsold volumes. POD services offer an opportunity to established authors seeking to bring their out-of-print books back into circulation. A number of POD services offer programs specifically targeted to such authors, often in association with professional writers' groups. A POD service can also be a good option for the motivated self-publisher who's able to devote time and money to marketing his/her product--typically, a nonfiction author with a niche market s/he knows how to reach, or someone who tours and speaks extensively and can sell books at these occasions. But if you're a new writer looking to establish a career, a POD service is probably not a good choice. As noted above, it's widely equated with vanity publishing; it's not likely a book published this way will be considered a professional credit. Nor is publishing with a POD service likely, as some authors hope, to provide a stepping stone to conventional publication. According to a 2004 article in the New York Times, out of the 10,000 or so titles published by Xlibris (one of the largest of the POD services), only 20 had been picked up by commercial publishers. Too, POD services' policies on pricing and marketing limit their books' availability, resulting in small sales and readership even for authors who diligently self-promote. Apart from the lack of sales and credibility discussed above, there are a number of additional issues to consider if you're thinking of using a POD service. Booksellers don't like dealing with POD services.
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Books from POD services are expensive. Books from POD services may be of poor physical quality. Books from POD services are unlikely to be reviewed in professional venues. Your book will not be publicized. There may be extra expenses. Your contract may be nonstandard. Royalty income may be less than you think. Terms and conditions may be changed without warning. Delays are possible.
Hundreds of very successful authors started out by self-publishing. Here's some insight into self-publishing authors and their books which turned out to be a success: In Search of Excellence Tom Peters sold more than 25,000 copies direct before selling it to Warner which has sold over 10 million more copies. A Time to Kill John Grisham sold A Time to Kill out of the trunk of his car before getting picked up to do several books. The Macintosh Bible The Macintosh Bible is one of the best selling books detailing everything about Apple Macintosh computers. Written by Arthur Naiman, The Macintosh Bible has sold over 900,000 copies.
Why We Want to Be Rich: Two Men - One Message Published by Rich Press in 2006, this self published book by Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki has been a great success. The Elements of Style William Strunk, Jr. and one of his students, E. B. White, published The Elements of Style for his classes at Cornell in 1918. The book sells about 400,000 copies a year, selling millions of copies since its original publication. The One Minute Manager Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson self published The One Minute Manager and sold 20,000 copies before selling the rights to William Morrow. The book has been translated into dozens of languages and has sold millions of copies. Life's Little Instruction Book H. Jackson Brown self-published Life's Little Instruction Book before selling it to Rutledge Hill Press. The book has made it on the New York Times Best Sellers lists in its hardcover and softcover versions - at the same time. These are just some of the examples of successful self-publishing authors. Traditionalpublishing is still a successful way to reach your audience, but when your book doesn't catch on with editors at big publishing firms, you may want to consider self publishing. Self-publishing is quite different than being published through a vanity press. A vanity press charges a lot of money to publish a book with little chance fo success. Self publishing, on the other hand, is a method by which you publish and promote the book yourself.
Do you have interest in getting your writing published? What experiences can you share with others who are looking to become published and/or share their work with a larger audience? Do you currently use any alternatives or options such as blogging, selfpublishing, or other online resources? What does it mean to participate in the Tucson writing scene? Maybe joining this group will be as far as you want to go, and thats Ok! Maybe you're trying to write a novel, maybe you write short stories and poems and want to get yourself published in magazines or newspapers. Maybe you like going to readings. Maybe you think you're some kind of comedian and you want to bounce your material off of a captive audience - who might then become your personal cheering section at an open mic night! Or maybe you enjoy creative writing just for the fun of it, and want to take part in some creative writing activities. In a nutshell, I want this group to be whatever anyone wants it to be! You want to be a successful writer? Try this: Take some copyediting classes. Study hard. Start freelancing for whatever magazine or publishing house will have you. (It's not hard -- just call a few weeks before any major holiday and tell them you're a freelance copyeditor and you're available. They'll book anyone once.) Do a good job, parlay that into some steady gigs, and work those contacts. After you've established yourself, try writing for them. If you're any good, they will use you. Congratulations; you're a professional writer.
MONTHLY WRITING EXERCISE: 30 Days in the Life of a Writer
Write something daily in your Writer's Notebook, create a document with daily entries on your computer, or use an online service (as described above). Better yet... post in your blog. Do it every day for a month.
GROUP EXERCISE - Part 3 (Continued from Last Month)
Where to Post your Random Word Combination Writing Sample 1. Upload into Meetup File Folder
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Meetup Message Board Gmail Google Docs Writerly
1. Kevin 2. Christine 3. Keith 4. Joanna 5. Chandika 6. Joy 7. Diane C. 8. Ellen 9. John B. 10. Patricia 11. William (Bren) 12. Hayden 13. Arlene 14. Tipi 15. Erin 16. Carie 17. Christina 18. Rhonda 19. Regina 20. Dianna 21. Guy 22. Kristi 23. Bryn 24. Charlie 25. Bill 26. PABlo 27. Juliana 28. James
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