Tuesday, May 31, 2011

don't write a query letter like this

Would you like to know how NOT to write a query letter to an editor or
agent? There's an amusing bad example at the following site. [If clicking on
the link doesn't work, paste it into your browser.] The article discusses
reasons why the letter is bad. Quite instructive.
http://www.writersrelief.com/blog/2011/05/query-fail-how-not-to-write-a-query-letter/
Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor
of many others. Blog www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Thursday, May 26, 2011

selling e-books in bookstores

Have you published an electronic book, or are you thinking of publishing
one? Are you looking for ideas on how to sell it? Dean Wesley Smith proposes
a simple way of selling e-books in "bricks and mortar" bookstores. Here's
the link:
http://www.deanwesleysmith.com:80/?p=4154

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor
of many others. Blog www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Canadian writing opportunities from Artistic Warrior, Hagios, & Coteau

*Artistic Warrior of Kelowna, British Columbia, is running a short story
competition, deadline September 4, 2011. Authors may live anywhere but
stories must have an Okanagan setting and/or theme.
http://www.artisticwarrior.com/Contest.html
*Hagios Press of Regina, Saskatchewan, invites sample pages from book length
manuscripts: poetry, fiction, non-fiction. Deadline August 31, 2011. This
invitation is open to Canadian authors who have never had a book published
or who have had one book published in a different genre.
http://www.hagiospress.com
*Couteau Books of Regina, Saskatchewan, invites submissions of children's
books from May 1 to August 31.
http://coteaubooks.com/index.php?p=Submission%20Guidelines#For_Authors

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor
of many others. Blog www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Sunday, May 22, 2011

family-friendly fantasy & sci fi opportunity: Avenir Eclectia

Slashdown Books publishes family-friendly fantasy & sci fi, often with a Christian bent to it. Their Avenir Eclectia publication invites submissions 150-400 words long. Click on the following link to read a sample story. If you'd like to submit something yourself, click on JOIN US for guidelines. http://www.avenireclectia.com/2011/04/cowboy.html

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Seth Godin on the future of the library

Are you a fan of libraries, as I am? You might want to read this article on
their possible future:

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2011/05/the-future-of-the-library.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+typepad%2Fsethsmainblog+%28Seth%27s+Blog%29

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor
of many others. Blog www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

can you write a story in 140 characters?

The following site challenges writers to produce a story using only 140
characters. It needs to be a real story with a beginning, middle, and end.
Wonderful practice in paring one's thoughts down to the essentials. Today's
story is by an online acquaintance of mine, William Weldy. It's called
"First Kiss." Pretty good, I'd say. Can you do as well?
http://www.onefortyfiction.com/


Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor
of many others. Blog www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

writers & networking plus formatting poetry for publication

There's a good article here about writers and networking:
http://www.writersrelief.com/blog/2011/05/networking-for-writers-how-to-work-a-room-full-of-agents-and-editors/

Another good one here about formatting poetry for publication:
http://www.writersrelief.com/blog/2010/03/poetry-turnoffs-styles-and-formatting-that-make-editors-cringe/

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor
of many others. Blog www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Friday, May 13, 2011

award for Canadian nonfiction & e-books' effects on writers

Hey, great. There's a major new award for Canadian nonfiction. Details here:
http://www.quillandquire.com/blog/index.php/2011/05/11/hilary-weston-teams-up-with-writers-trust-to-create-canadas-richest-non-fiction-prize/

Meanwhile how are e-books affecting writers? Robert Lee Brewer presents good
thoughts in the following blog. Be sure to read the comments as well.
http://robertleebrewer.blogspot.com/2011/05/impact-of-ereaders-on-writers.html?et_mid=474298&rid=3055604

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor
of many others. Blog www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

medical facts for fiction

Not sure about accuracy as you write about a medical condition, treatment,
etc? The following interactive web site could be helpful:
http://www.jordynredwood.com:80/

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor
of many others. Blog www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

calling Canadian freelance writers

Are you a Canadian freelance writer looking for work? Visit the frequently
updated job board at Canadian Freelance Writing Jobs:
www.freelancewritingjobs.ca

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor
of many others. Blog www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com