Monday, May 21, 2012

Writing World; Free to Share

I post this free to share newsletter on all of my blogs. Erzebet inspires many works of music and literature; read below; you never know if you might like to add to the EB Canon. W R I T I N G W O R L D A World of Writing Information - For Writers Around the World Issue 12:10 13,183 subscribers May 17, 2012 ***************************************************************** MANAGE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION: See the bottom of this newsletter for details on how to subscribe, unsubscribe, or contact the editors. ***************************************************************** IN THIS ISSUE: ================================================================= THE EDITOR'S DESK: Whether to Be Rich, Enriched, or Enriching... by Moira Allen THE WRITER'S DESK: Resale Rights, by Moira Allen NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING WRITING JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES FEATURE: 7 Reasons Why Writers Should Blog, by Jennifer Brown Banks THE WRITE SITES -- Online Resources for Writers WRITING CONTESTS WITH NO ENTRY FEES The Author's Bookshelf **************************************************************** WRITERSCOLLEGE.COM has 57 online courses. Prices are low. If you can reach our web site, you can take our courses. ***************************************************************** WRITE FOR CHILDREN. Achieve your dream of becoming a published author. Writing books and stories for children is a great place to start. Learn the secrets 1-on-1 from a pro writer. Train online or by mail. Free Test offered. ***************************************************************** THOUSANDS OF WRITERS USE FANSTORY.COM FOR: * Feedback. Get feedback for every poem and story that you write. * Contests. Over 40 contests are always open and free to enter. * Rankings. Statistics will show you how your writing is doing. ***************************************************************** DON'T GET SCAMMED! Choose the right Self Publishing Company for your book. What you need to know before choosing a self publishing company and the questions you should ask. ***************************************************************** EARN TOP DOLLAR WITH SKILLS YOU ALREADY HAVE... And Finish Your Novel, Too! What if this year you could honestly call yourself an author because you could support yourself and your family? Details Here: ***************************************************************** FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK ================================================================= Whether to Be Rich, Enriched, or Enriching... --------------------------------------------- I've just finished one of those "how to get rich" books, and it seems to have brought out my inner curmudgeon. The book was "Rich Dad, Poor Dad," by Robert Kiyosaki -- and if wealth is your goal, I honestly can't say that I recommend it. It did make one point I agree with, however: That the U.S. educational system (and, I assume, the educational systems of most of the rest of the world) do not prepare people for independent thinking, but rather, trains folks to be employees whose primary purpose is to build wealth for OTHER people. Kiyosaki describes this, appropriately, as "the rat race" -- and it's certainly the rat race that many of us became freelance writers to avoid. What kept me grumbling throughout the book, however, was the persistent emphasis on a single goal: Making more money. To Kiyosaki, it would seem, building wealth is all -- wealth for himself, wealth to pass on to his children. And by "wealth" he means, simply, money. As a writer, I can't help but think that this is a limited, and rather sad, perspective on life. "Wealth" is a word that has been used, historically, to mean far more than the amassment of material riches. Can we be wealthy, without being rich? I suspect that if the majority of folks who consider themselves "writers" chose this profession, or avocation, with the sole purpose of amassing material wealth, the readership of this newsletter would be down to about two. Not that there aren't plenty of us seeking to earn a living through our words. But most of us, I think, didn't choose writing as a tool to make loads MORE money than, say, data entry or real estate. Most of us chose it because we found a wealth in words that outweighs the wealth of a steady paycheck. I suspect that most of us became writers because we recognized how, throughout our lives, we have been enriched by words. We were the oddballs in school who actually LIKED books. We looked forward to reading; in fact, our parents and teachers probably despaired of ever getting us to STOP reading. "Put down that book and go outdoors and play!" we were told. (How many of us "complied" by smuggling a book outdoors with us?) Our peers regarded us as nerds, brainiacs, social outcasts -- but we'd already discovered a world so far beyond that which our peers valued that we didn't care (much). Books became our friends, our doorways to worlds real and imagined, our inspiration. They made us rich in spirit. Gradually, as we began to spin our own words, we realized that what we had received, we could also give. Through our words, we could influence, inspire, and inform. Through articles, stories, poetry and books, we could enter do for others what generations of authors, past and present, had done for us. WE could enrich the world with OUR words, just as our own worlds had been enriched by the words of others. Does it matter, in the long run? Let's try a little test. First -- quickly, now! -- rattle off the names of, say, ten or twelve of the richest men of the 19th century. No peeking at Wikipedia! OK, we have Rockefeller, DuPont, Astor, Schwab, Morgan, um... hang on... There were lots more, surely! (And I'm sure you probably came up with a longer list, or a different list, from mine.) Now... Quickly, again, rattle off the names of, say, a dozen great AUTHORS of the 19th (or even 18th) century. Again, no peeking at Wikipedia. Was it difficult to hit a dozen? Did you want to just keep on going? Did names come thick and fast? Twain, Dickens, Austen, Irving, Pushkin, Doyle, Harte, Bronte (plural), Sand, Eliot, Thackeray, Hugo, Baum, Carroll... Doesn't the list just go on and on? Again, you probably came up with a different list, a longer list... and that's precisely the point! Another interesting point: Money can only be measured in terms of money. One speaks of the "richest" men, not the "best" rich men or the "greatest" rich men. But when one speaks of authors, one speaks of the best, the greatest, the most inspiring, the most inspired. And here's yet another point: Money is measured in terms of quantity, i.e., who has the most? But greatness can be attained without extinguishing someone else's lamp. The greatness of Jane Austen doesn't diminish the greatness of Charles Dickens, or of Mark Twain, or of Arthur Conan Doyle. Likewise, it won't diminish yours, any more than yours will diminish theirs. Ironically, in the introduction to his book, Kiyosaki DOES list some of the richest men of America in the early 1920's, and then points out that by the end of the Depression, most of them were dead, many having committed suicide. (Another bit of irony is quite a number of the 19th century's richest men, and at least one famous author*, died on the Titanic...) It's a good illustration of the hard truth that if material wealth is all, then losing it truly means losing all. I'm certainly not saying that we, as writers, should not strive toward material gain. I'm not one of those who believes that to be paid for our words is, somehow, to have "prostituted" our art. I've always regarded that attitude as the excuse of someone who has no real interest in enriching others but prefers to say, "My work is so brilliantly obscure no one can appreciate it but me." On the contrary, I believe "the laborer is worth of his [and her] hire." There's absolutely nothing wrong with being materially enriched by a skill that brings so much into the lives of others. What I'm suggesting, and I suspect I'm preaching to the choir, is that while we are happy to earn the coin, we're in this for a great deal more. Those who are simply "rich" may make a splash in the here-and-now, but are quickly forgotten in the pages of history. Those who ENRICH are remembered, often for centuries -- even if they lived as paupers. And these are tough times for many authors, times when assignments and paychecks can be few and far between. Yet it's exactly at such times that we need to remember why we started down this road in the first place: Because we were far more interested in sharing the wealth of the rainbow than in hoarding the pot of gold. Every time you write something that helps someone learn, grow, heal, change, or simply smile, you've made someone's life richer. There's money and there's wealth -- and as a writer, you're storing up treasure that moth and rust cannot destroy. *Jacques Futrelle, if anyone is wondering. -- Moira Allen, Editor Copyright 2012 Moira Allen ***************************************************************** THESE TWO FREE ISSUES ARE YOURS TO KEEP Read by over 1,000 children's book and magazine editors, this monthly newsletter can be your own personal source of editors' wants and needs, market tips, and professional insights. Get 2 FREE issues to start. ***************************************************************** The Writing Desk: Resale Rights ================================================================= By Moira Allen Can I resell stories I previously sold with no contract? -------------------------------------------------------- Q: I wrote a continuing series of stories for a magazine, which they published and paid me for. I never was given or signed any contract, nor was anything mentioned about who owned the rights. Now I would like to sell the story series as a book. Is this permissible? Legal? Can the original publisher sue me? Should I ask their permission? A: Without a written contract to establish a publication's ownership of rights, rights are assumed to rest with the author. A publication cannot claim or assume to claim all rights, or some specific bundle of "extra" rights (such as anthology rights or electronic rights, which would be implied by the use you describe) without some form of prior agreement with the author. Nor can such an agreement be established after the fact -- i.e., after you've already sold the articles. A contract must precede a sale, as it is considered the agreement upon which a sale is based. Since you were not an employee of the magazine, they cannot claim that the material was "work for hire." Even if they have a policy statement listed somewhere (e.g., in their writers' guidelines) that claim particular rights, this is not necessarily legally binding (though at that point the magazine could claim that you "knew" of this policy before submitting material). In this case, you should not need to ask permission, as you hold the copyright to your articles. When no rights transfer is specified, you are assumed to have sold "first" or "one-time" rights, which leaves you the right to resell the material later. Out of courtesy, you may wish to note in your collection that these articles originally appeared in X magazine, but you don't need permission. If you feel uncomfortable about the magazine management's reaction, you may wish to let them know what you are doing, but not in such a way that could be construed as "asking permission." As for "could they sue?" -- Well, yes, anyone can sue if they want to, whether there is a legal basis or not. It would be unlikely, however. More probably, if they are really hardnosed, they might send you a letter from their lawyer saying that you shouldn't do this -- and the best response is to simply hire a lawyer for the purpose of answering that letter legally, spelling out your rights etc. But it is unlikely to come to that. The key to remember is that if you don't transfer rights in writing, you own them. Can I resell the original version of an article that was changed by the editor, even though I sold all rights? ------------------------------------------------------------------- Q: I recently wrote a piece for another magazine and sold all rights. The piece underwent drastic editing and the story that was published under my byline bore little resemblance to my original work. Can I legally sell the piece I wrote originally, since it's nothing like the piece they ran? In general, how much revision is necessary if you're reselling an idea that you've already written about? For example, can you use the same sources with different quotes? A: Yes, you can use the same sources; you can even use the same quotes. Basically, the idea is that the piece "looks" different enough that one would think it is not the same article. Just cutting often isn't enough; sometimes it's best to at least put a somewhat different slant on the piece. There's a difference here between "all rights" and "work for hire." All rights simply means that you have relinquished the rights to that piece, as it was written. However, you still retain the copyright itself. When you sell a work-for-hire piece, you are relinquishing your copyright as well -- and so you're in a little more danger if you try to write a similar piece. If you write a piece that is similar to one you sold for "all rights," the only copyright you might be infringing is your own -- i.e., even if you just went through and revised the article line-by-line, you'd only be infringing yourself. But if you did the same thing with a work-for-hire piece, you could be liable for infringing the copyright of the company that you sold the material to, because even though you wrote it, they own not just the article but the copyright as well. The issue of "how different is different enough" is very difficult to resolve. Again, essentially, it's "would you think this is a different article, on the same subject?" Or would the reader feel that he has read it somewhere else, with just a little different wording? (For more thoughts on the "how different is different enough" question, see my editorial of April 5, 2012 - "The 20% Solution," at Copyright 2012 Moira Allen *************************************************************** AUTHOR SITES FOR LESS gives authors a virtual home without breaking the bank. Choose from a variety of author-specific, classy, and tailor-made templates starting at $399. We offer a choice of three plans. Our set-up enables you to update your site without needing a developer. Social media pages also available. 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Read our important letter at ***************************************************************** FEATURE: 7 Reasons Today's Writers Should Blog to Build Their Platforms and Their Bottom Lines! =============================================================== By Jennifer Brown Banks Once upon a time in a far-away land, writers who were skilled with penning their thoughts and crafting clever story ideas could write their own tickets. Being "good" was simply good enough. 'Dem days are gone. Fast forward. A tough economy and the relative ease of making money online has changed the game. The talent pool is larger. The bar is higher. The industry has changed. I was faced with this sobering reality back in 2006, when an editor with whom I had worked for quite some time as a columnist suggested that I write a self-help relationship book. So I eagerly put together a few chapters, mailed it off, and envisioned my guest appearance on Oprah. Much to my surprise, when I submitted it to a New York agent for potential representation, she wrote back, "You have obvious talent as a writer, but not a big enough platform." Ouch. Back in my day "platforms" were sexy shoes that added height to our stature and jiggle to our strut. Hello? I had been writing for over a decade, had made thousands of dollars, and had no real concept of why I needed a platform and how to get one. Enter blogging... Before I share with you WHY blogging is important to building a platform, let's define platform as it relates to the publishing world. A "platform" refers to an author's following and fan base. Ideally it should include more than your mom and members at church. Publishers and agents use it as a basis for determining your reach, and for potential book sales. For example, it could include people who are members of your writers' groups, your college sorority, folks on your job, subscribers to your newsletter, or blog followers. Here's how Blogging can help to elevate your platform and your bottom line! 1. It increases your visibility. Websites are static; blogs are not. Their very nature and constant updates means that Google will pick your blog up through "crawlers" and reflect them higher up in search engine listings. The easier you are to find, the more potential eyes to view your work. Additionally, blog posts are often Tweeted and shared through popular social media sites. Here's a case in point. I have been writing professionally for more than a decade. Comparatively, I have been blogging "seriously" for a little under three years. Google lists my blog posts first, above all my former publishing credits. 2. It helps to hone your voice. Unlike other genres of writing, blogging has few rules and restrictions. As such, writers can speak in a conversational tone, court controversy, experiment with different forms of expression, try their hand at humor, and discover what works best for their style, preference and personality. Blogging also allows you to address a multitude of topics, which can build your portfolio and your knowledge base. 3. It makes you more versatile as a writer. Search any of the current job boards for writers, and blog jobs are abundant. Regardless of your genre of specialization, having blogging skills simply makes you more marketable to editors, potential clients, and publishers. (Think along the lines of the value of speaking multiple languages.) Since my career in blogging started, I have blogged for businesses, dating sites, and online magazines. And you can too. 4. It creates more networking opportunities through guest posting. Guest posting is when a blogger writes a piece for another blog site, upon approval. Oftentimes this fosters working partnerships, mutual admiration, and future collaborative projects with fellow bloggers. It promotes good karma to boot. 5. It requires less research and typically takes less time than other genres. As they say, "Time is money." Usually blog posts run from 300-800 words, which means that good writers can construct posts relatively quickly, and work on more projects in a shorter span of time, increasing overall efficiency. Consider too that it can help to prevent burnout. 6. It can be more profitable than article-writing. Experience can vary. But depending upon the client, the nature of the project, and your blogging skills, pay can be around a hundred bucks for a 500-700 word post. 7. Blogging helps to develop a "thick skin". If you have difficulty with dealing with editors' rejections, blogging can help you to handle criticism and feedback better in your professional career. The interactive nature of blogging allows readers to express their views right on the spot, in the form of comments. Sometimes audience members can be like "hecklers" are with comedians. Comments can be cruel and unfair. But, it comes with the territory, and calls for the savvy blogger to "take the high road" and not personalize things. Here are a few Do's and Don'ts to go the distance: 1. Recognize that success as a writer today requires more than facility with words; it's about being strategic and smart. As such, do consider the many benefits blogging has to offer, and strive to add value to the blogging community. 2. Don't mistakenly believe that because blogging is considered informal writing, you should take a less than serious approach, or that your writing can be inferior in quality. Blogging can make or break your online image. 3. Study the habits and techniques of successful bloggers in your niche. What's their appeal? Their style? Their advice? Assess then apply. 4. Don't be discouraged if your blogging doesn't take off right away. It took me three attempts and several years before I got it right. "If at first you don't succeed..." 5. Newbies will find blogging platforms like and Wordpress to be easy to follow, with attractive designs and templates. Tutorials can be found online to master the learning curve. Blogging has become the new black. Even real estate tycoon, Donald Trump has his own "virtual spot." Don't miss out on the opportunity to make the most of your writing career. Blog your way to a bigger platform and bigger paydays with these timely tips. >>--------------------------------------------------<< Jennifer Brown Banks is a veteran freelance writer, Pro blogger, and relationship columnist. Her guest posts and articles have appeared at award-winning sites such as: Pro Blogger, Daily Blog Tips, Technorati, Funds for Writers, and Men With Pens. She is also a Ghost Writer, providing web content and blog posts for busy professionals. 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