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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Writing News and Nuggets


{Warning -- there may be typos and mistakes in here today. Too tired to preview/review/spell check/edit.}

I got some cool news over at Amy Sue Nathan's awesome blog this week. I won a nice prize: Writing the Breakout Novel plus Workbook! Amy posts some really good writerly stuff at her place, so if you're interested in writing, check out her blog. And her parenting column is listed over to the right in an icon box, so you can click and visit that too.

As per the title of today's post, I've got a hodgepodge of writing-related nuggets to share, so here goes:

If you like to submit to anthologies, Cup of Comfort is calling for submission in several categories. Here are the basic guidelines -- All Cup of Comfort stories must be original; true; appropriate for mainstream Americans (adult, primarily women); inspiring, comforting, and/or uplifting; and 1,000 to 2,000 words. Creative nonfiction and narrative essays preferred (that is, incorporating such fictive elements as scene, dialogue, character/plot development, imagery, and literary word usage). Whether serious or humorous, the story should be authentic and engaging.

Electronic submissions preferred. One submission per email. Copy and paste (or type) into body of email. No formatting (no indents, centering, double space, bold, underline, etc.). To: wordsinger@aol.com. Standard typed manuscript (double-spaced, indents).

Each submission must include: author’s full name, mailing address, email address, phone number, story title, story word count, and theme of volume for which it is being submitted (i.e., Grieving Hearts).

For more detailed writers guidelines: http://www.cupofcomfort.com/share.htm

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I enjoy my Tuesday morning coffee newsletter of job listings delivered by email. Check it out, it's free.
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Good news on friend and author Deborah LeBlanc's website for Jessica Brody's debut book-already-optioned-for-film, The Fidelity Files. Surf there for a good read.
And again here at Jess Riley's blog for a good insider peek via an interview with Ms. Brody.
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If you love all things literary, check out one of the best zines around -- The Rose & Thorn! (I'm a co-managing editor there, so I'm partial, but it really is a nice place full of great volunteers, and the blog carries tons of resources and editor tips!) The winter issue should be up soon, and while you're there looking around, don't forget to sign up for the newsletter...which is, yep you guessed it...free. :) R&T always carries top of the line prose and poetry.
So, tell me, what's your favorite sort of articles or blog posts about writing?

20 comments:

tut-tut said...

Thanks for all the links, especially the freelance one.

Terri Tiffany said...

I love getting links and information on where to submit!! Thanks!

Kathryn Magendie said...

I left a comment on Terri Tiffany's blog about Duotrope Digest - they are a "clearinghouse" of mags/zines, and they have a submissions tracker. It's free, although I did make a donation...but, that's up to each individual - they don't email and ask you for money...

Ang said...

My husband's Aunt was published in Cup of Comfort. The last she told me they were not taking submissions (but this was several years ago). I simply love those books. Headed over to their website right now.

Thanks.

Janna Qualman said...

Great post, Angie! And I'm excited to see Cup of Comfort info. I'd checked them out months ago, but never followed up with any submissions. Perhaps now's the time. :)

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Thanks for all the great links! (Link, what a great word!) : )

WendyCinNYC said...

I read Publishers Weekly online every morning, but lately it's been nothing but depressing.

Thanks for the links.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Tut-tut & Terri, you're very welcome.

Kathryn, I've heard a lot of good stuff about Duotrope too. Thanks for the heads up.

Cup of Comfort has an ongoing list of upcoming (oooh, I like those two words together) proposed anthology topics, Ang. They update pretty regularly, so keep checking back at the site.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Janna, follow the nudge! Love your new pic, BTW.

Carrie...you know I LOVE Linkage of all types. hehe

Angie Ledbetter said...

I hear ya, Wendy. I'm tired tired tirrrred of reading the negatives, so I've unsubbed from a lot of newsletters and quit visiting those negative news hosts.

Ang said...

Thanks Angie and I will let Judi Christy (my husband's Aunt) know as well. She is a freelance writer in Ohio.

Anonymous said...

I've been told that negative sells. Not according to our work numbers. That is why we watch no national news except for the occasional story. For me, positive is the only way to fly, takes a little work sometimes, but worth the effort.
Oren

giddymomof6 said...

WOW! You are the woman to know! Thanks for sharing!

Rachel Burton said...

Great links - thanks! These should keep me reading the rest of the evening. I like agent blogs, just because that's the end of the business I'm dealig with right now (I hope to one day progress to editors' blogs!). It's so intersting to hear their thought processes.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Pass it on, Ang!

Amen, Brothu Oren. (Doing the Year of Gratitude blog has really gotten me away from wanting to spend any extra time around negative junk...other that what I'm forced to.) :)

Giddy, you're welcome. I just passes along what I knows.

I love to read agent blogs too, Rachel. The R&T blog is REAL reader friendly and helpful; not snooty, pretentious or pseudo-intellectual. :)

Debbie said...

Congrats on the win!

Barbara said...

Received the goodies in the mail today and loved them. Thanks a million for the fun contest!! Barbara

Angie Ledbetter said...

Thanks, Debbers.

Oh, Barbara, I'm glad they arrived safely. One never knows with the Alligator Express. :)

colbymarshall said...

I love posts that remind me that I'm not the only crazy writer out there!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Me too, Colby...although we don't all swing from the trapeze bars. LOL

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