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B U S Y F R E E L A N C E R

Monthly Publication For Freelancing Parents

June 1, 2002 Volume 1 Issue 6

ISSN 1538-8107

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In This Issue...

>>>> Letter From the Editor, Kim Wilson

>>>> Article:
"Get Organized: Learn to Track Your Submissions"
by Angie Boss

>>>> Write From Home Site Updates

>>>> Article:
"Am I a Writer Yet?"
by Carol Sjostrom Miller

>>>> Success Spotlight

>>>> Article:
"Market Book Dreaming"
by Christine Collier

>>>> Excellent Editors

>>>> Humor Column
"Copywriting Made Easy"
by Sheri Waldrop

>>>> Paying Markets

>>>> Classifieds

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░░░░░ LETTER FROM THE EDITOR ░░░░░

Greetings fellow writers and welcome to another issue of
Busy Freelancer. I want to extend a special welcome to all
the new subscribers, and offer a heart-felt thank-you to the
regular monthly readers.

Do you have any suggestions on how I can improve this
publication? If so, I'm interested in hearing what you have
to say. Your comments are welcomed at
mailto:busyfreelancer@writefromhome.com

In the meantime I hope you have a productive, stress-free
month and don't forget Sunday, June 16 is Father's Day.

Kim Wilson
Editor in Chief

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"Get Organized: Learn to Track Your Submissions"
by Angie Boss

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Joan groaned. She wanted to bang her head on the computer
screen as she tried to remember when that article on
choosing perennials was due. She rifled through a stack of
envelopes, post-it notes, and papers with notes scribbled
in crayon, scanned old e-mail and threw her hands in the
air. "I quit!" she muttered. "No one is ever going to take
me seriously if I have to call and ask when she needed
this." And she's right. No editor worth his or her salt
would be impressed by a new writer calling to ask when her
assignment is due.

If you are not in a hurry to make money, then you may only
want to send one submission at a time, and then patiently
wait on the answer before you submit another.

Realistically, if you are going to succeed as a freelance
writer, you need to send out dozens of submissions a month.
There can be 60-90 days between sending a query and getting
a response, so you don't want to waste valuable time. You
don't want to forget a deadline, accidentally repeat a
submission to an editor, or miss a market because you
aren't sure if you already sent them a query or not. Plus,
you may need to send a follow-up if you haven't heard about
the status of your query and you must know when it was sent
to do so.

Because writers tend to have creative souls, we reject the
mundane and let's face it, boring task of keeping records.
But submitting queries and manuscripts can be confusing.
And unless you have the memory of an elephant, you need to
be able to locate the information you need at a glance.

* A Notebook or Index Cards

You don't have to have a high-tech or even complicated
system. The key is to find a solution that is perfect for
your budget of time and financial resources.

Freelance writer Hannah Hayes maintains a simple system. "I
have an old fashioned three-ring binder with five
separators labeled: Jobs/Bids, Queries, Information
Requested, Markets, and Ideas. In the query section I have
five columns: Name of publication, article title, date
sent, response, and follow-up. On slow days after I check
to see if it's time for a follow-up I turn to my markets or
ideas section and start something new, then cross it out
and transfer it to my queries section."

Another way to track manuscripts is to maintain an index
card for every project. On it, you write when queries were
sent, to whom and the response. You can also include when
it sells and keep track of reprints as well. Of course, you
can simply enter this same information on your word
processing system.

Another possibility is to keep a second file on editors,
print and online 'zines and book publishers. You may need
to remember your contact person, e-mail, preferences, their
editorial calendar, etc.

* Software

There are several different companies that produce software
specifically for the writer. The few I've outlined are just
samples. Ask your writers group, search the Web and do your
own research to find more. You may even find some free
software.

If your budget is a little more generous, you may want to
consider purchasing a software program like "The Working
Writer" where you can keep track of all your query letters,
manuscripts, submissions, publications you write for,
income and expenses and manuscript and submission cover
letters in the system, so when you need to find a specific
document, you can actually find it. You can use "The
Working Writer" to dial the telephone, send e-mail or
access a publication's Web site. It is available from
Dolphin Software (http://www.dolphinsoftware.bc.ca/) for
$80. Another option is Power Tracker, from Write-Pro, that
has submission and expense tracking capabilities with
unparalleled file management capabilities that sells for
$80. (http://www.write-brain.com/)

If you use a palm pilot, you may want to look at software
for Palm OS devices and their friends such as Writers
Assistant
(http://www.pilot-search.com/links/Writing_Help/Software).
This program organizes your writing projects and tracks all
of your manuscript submissions. With the tap of the stylus
you'll be able to check the status of your manuscript
submissions, update and edit writing project entries, enter
new projects and view all manuscript submissions for any
project you're working on for $12.

* Spreadsheet

But before you spend a lot of money if all you need is a
spreadsheet, then make your own. Using any database or
spreadsheet program, you can quickly create a system that
is easy to use and perfectly customized to your needs. Most
computer users have some form of a spreadsheet or database
program such as Microsoft Works Spreadsheet or Excel. Your
word processor will probably work as well. Just start with
the fields you'll need such as the title, to whom it was
sent, the date it was sent and a response field.

In the end, any method you find is only as good as the
person using it. If you begin using a method such as
software or your PDA, and it isn't working, it doesn't
matter how much you spent on it. In fact, you may prefer
starting with the lower cost methods first.

Be consistent and committed to accurate record-keeping,
and hopefully, it won't be long before you're not just
tracking submissions, but assignments.

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Angie Boss is the author of four books, including "Living
with PCOS" and a freelance women's health writer. Her
articles on infertility related subjects can be seen at
http://www.conceivingconcepts.com

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░░░░░ WRITE FROM HOME SITE UPDATES ░░░░░

http://www.writefromhome.com

==>>"Life of a Writer Mom" Column by Carla Charter

This month read "One of the Many Challenges of Working at
Home" at http://www.writefromhome.com/LWM/232.htm

==>>Articles Added to Write From Home

Direct links to these articles can be found at
http://www.writefromhome.com

* "How to Beat the Modern Woman Syndrome"
by Tami Parrington

* "A New Perspective on Housework"
by Rachel Johnson

* "Confessions of an Obsessed Writer"
by Chuck Bednar

* "Tips for the Parent Who Wants to Write"
by Isabel Viana

* "A Writing Moms To-Do List"
by Carol Sjostrom Miller

* "Writer's Mind"
by Lisamarie Sanders

* "Writing For Corporate Clients"
by Tina L. Miller

* "Projecting Confidence When You're Terrified"
by Shirley Kawa-Jump

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ATTENTION AUTHORS OF WRITING RELATED BOOKS!

If you'd like your book considered for the "Featured Book of
the Month" at Write From Home please send a review copy or
galley to the postal address listed at the end of this issue.

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"Am I a Writer Yet?"
by Carol Sjostrom Miller

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I often hang out in the preschool parking lot and chat with
the other moms after we drop off our children. One day, as
several post offices near our southern New Jersey town were
closing due to anthrax scares, we were talking about mail
delays. It seemed that everyone had a fear or a horror
story about undelivered bills or credit card payments.
"What about people who get checks in the mail, like social
security?" someone wondered.

"That's what worries me," I blurted out. "My paychecks come
in the mail." I wished I could take the words back as soon
as I said them.

"Paychecks?" another mom replied. "I didn't know you
worked. What do you do?"

I felt my face get hot and I knew I was turning red. "Well,
I, uh, you know, I, um, well, I write magazine articles," I
stammered as I looked down at the ground.

All other conversation stopped, and each of these women I
had known for more than a year stared at me. "You mean you
have this whole secret life as a writer that we never knew
about?" someone said. "Why didn't you ever tell us you were
a writer?"

Still feeling embarrassed and not knowing how to answer
her, I just shrugged and said something lame like, "It's
never come up in conversation before."

Then, after answering questions about what kind of writing
I do and where my work has been published, I went home and
thought about why it's so hard for me to say, "I'm a
Writer."

I never had this problem before. In my previous life, I was
a social worker, and all I had to do to feel like one was
show up for work on the first day. When people asked me
what I did for a living, I had no problem telling them.
Then I decided to stay home and try to become a writer.

When I sat down at my desk the first day and started
writing, I didn't feel like a writer. I didn't feel like a
writer the second day either. Or the third. I told myself,
"If I get an acceptance, then I'll feel like a writer."

I worked toward that goal for four months and through 26
rejections. Then my first acceptance came. I danced around
the room, made a copy of the letter to hang in my office,
and ate lots of chocolate to celebrate. But I still didn't
feel like a writer. "When the piece is actually published,
I'll feel like a writer," I thought.

By the time that first essay was published, I'd received
two more acceptances and a check for my work. Did I feel
like a writer? Not a chance.

I still don't--even after two years, many acceptances, and
even more rejections. Sure, I have business cards that
identify me as a writer, and I introduce myself to editors
and interview subjects as one, but my neighbors still don't
know I write--because I've never been able to choke the
words out. In fact, whenever someone asks me what I do, I
reply, "I stay home with my daughter."

It's as if the feeling of being a "real" writer is a carrot
always dangling out of reach. And I'm the one who keeps
moving it away. "When I break into that market, I'll feel
like a writer," I tell myself, or "If I make this many
sales, I'll feel like a writer."

And as I accomplish each goal, I keep setting the bar
higher--and still feeling like a stay-at-home mom who
"plays writer," just like my daughter plays ballerina or
firefighter. Someday I'd love to know what a "real" writer
feels like. I wonder if I ever will.

But for now, if you ever see me celebrating an acceptance,
crying over a rejection, or even cashing a writing check,
please don't ask me what I do for a living. I'll just
mumble some incomprehensible answer--and then I'll keep
searching for that elusive sign that will finally tell me
I'm a writer.

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Carol Sjostrom Miller had a midlife crisis when she was 31
and finally figured out that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. That was almost three years ago. Since then,
her articles, essays and humor pieces have appeared in
Pregnancy, Baby Years, ByLine, WritersDigest.com, Skirt!,
The Christian Science Monitor, and many other publications.
When she can find the time, she takes classes toward her
master's degree in English and Publishing at Rosemont
College, and she hopes to finish her graduate school
before her kids do. She lives in New Jersey with husband,
Jack, and two daughters, 5-year-old Stephanie and 3-month-
old Lauren.

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SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT

Share your success with others. Regardless of how big or
small, I want to know about your accomplishments. If you
sell an article, receive a book contract, or met a writing
goal send the information to
e-mailto:busyfreelancer@writefromhome.com with the subject
'success spotlight' and I'll print your news item in the
next issue. (Hint: this a great area to do a little
shameless self promotion.)

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CONGRATULATIONS TO...

* Kelley Hunsicker on her articles accepted and published
in Hopscotch, Boys Quest, Fun For Kidz, WeeOnes and the
Institute of Children's Literature in the "Writing Tips."

* Rene' Jackson RN BSN for her work being published in
Nursing 2002, Advance for Nurses, Healthcare Traveler, and
Nursing Spectrum. She also writes for the Master Teacher, a
newsletter publisher and edits for Lippincott, Williams and
Wilkins Publishing.

* Gwen Morrison for becoming the Interview Editor at
Women on Writing, columnist for Writers Cabaret, and for
having work accepted and/or published at Iparenting,
Einkwell, Obadiah Magazine, Rainy Day Corner, ParentLIfe
and the Christian Science Monitor. She had stories accepted
for the Forget me Knots from the Front Porch anthology and
Nudges From God anthology. (All this in only four weeks!)

* Hasmita Chander for her article "Affordable Resources
for International Writing" published in the May issue of
E-zee Writer newsletter, UK.
http://www.writersbureau.com/resources.htm

* Heather Long for a piece accepted to Forget Me Knots, two
pieces accepted at Chalkdust, Rainy Day Corner, Write From
Home, Busy Freelancer, Chocolate for the Teen's Dream Soul,
and for becoming a regular columnist at Einkwell in June.
She's also had success with essays and articles to local
newspapers and has begun work on her novel as well as
beginning research for a coffee table book on Virginia.

* Monique Foxx for her poetry being published in the Poetry
Sharings Journal and Makata.

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"Market Book Dreaming"
by Christine Collier

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To Market, To Market, To Sell a Good Story

New market books. The shiny cover entices us with its
claims and instant access to thousands of buyers for our
stories and articles. I have learned with experience that
most of these markets will not want my work. I look at
market books completely different than I used to. Now, I go
slowly and carefully through them almost as if I were
solving a mystery. The turn of the page could bring just
the right market for that middle grade fiction I wrote.

When I do find one that is close to what I want I feel
almost giddy. I put a star by that market. I also mark any
that have gone out of business or are difficult to work
with. You can go through hundreds of markets to find just
one that really has a chance. However, you must have
confidence that you've found the right one or you won't
keep submitting. Hope is an integral part of a writer's
life.

Market books lead me to daydream! Am I the only one that
does this? It's almost like window shopping for writers.
Except I'm not looking to buy anything, I'm looking to
sell. If I feel I have found the right market I am soon
dreaming about my potential sale.

* Study Your Book

Treat your market book as a valuable tool and reference
guide, as that is what it is. Carefully read each market
description. What age does this magazine write for? Is the
word length preference anything within reason to what you
have written? Do they usually use nonfiction or equal part
fiction? What is your potential as a freelance writer?
Usually they give the statistics on freelance acceptances
and staff writers. Do they want to see the manuscript or
do they want you to query? Do they want you to submit by
e-mail or snail mail only? What genre do they prefer,
mystery, humor, adventure? Editors' comments at the bottom
of each listing give important keys as to what the magazine
is looking for. Is the magazine published monthly or
quarterly? How many unsolicited manuscripts do they receive
monthly?

Market books often give Web sites and information about
sample issues and guidelines. Current addresses and the
names of editors are an obvious market book advantage. I am
concentrating on mainly magazine market books in this
article but much of this applies to book markets as well.

What do they pay? Maybe there is no payment but this is a
credit you want on your cover letter. Only you can decide
what is important to you. Do they pay on acceptance or on
publication?

What about the rights, all rights, first and second serial
rights? All these things are answered in the market books;
they are all listed in a standard format. They will remind
you to send a SASE. Do they provide contributor copies?
Note when you should be hearing from this magazine, their
response time is a rough estimate of when you will be
hearing back from them.

An important question to ask is does the magazine you want
to be in use themes? This information is usually stated in
the market books. If so, you should inquire a full year in
advance of their themes and schedules. The description they
have in the market book will give a general picture of what
they want but nothing can beat an actual copy of the
magazine in your hand.

Check out market books at your library or book store. If
there are several markets you see as promising you may feel
it's worth the purchase price. However, sometimes browsing
through them you will find markets that hold no interest
for your work.

The more we use our market books, the more comfortable we
become utilizing this resource to go market book dreaming!

* Electronic Market Books

There are many online market books. For some writers they
have taken the place of the standard hard copy versions.
One of the very best online markets is
http://www.writersmarket.com for the annual service of
$29.99 (the price of most market books) you get a
tremendous service. There is a 30 day money back guarantee
or a monthly plan of $2.99 which you can cancel at anytime.
The enormous advantage of this online service is the fact
that it is always up-to-date. Many of us have submitted
stories to discover they have gone out of business. By the
time our next year's version comes out it could be outdated
as much as 60%.

Writers Digest magazine, http://www.writersdigest.com
online gives us a new market each day, free of charge.

Another place to get free markets online is
http://www.writersweekly.com, the highest circulation
freelance writing e-zine in the world. Here you can
subscribe to a free writers weekly newsletter delivered to
your e-mail box every Wednesday afternoon, all listings
less than one week old.

An excellent source of free markets on the Web is "The
Write Market" http://www.writemarket.com. This is the Web's
oldest and largest online writer's market list published
since 1996. What is so nice about this site is your choice
of markets is divided by category, Sci-Fi, Children's,
Romance and Mystery. It is just as much fun to go market
book dreaming online.

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Christine Collier began her writing career as an "empty
nester mom" after Amy, Adam and Andrew flew the nest. She
became a first time grandmother of Emma this past fall.
Collier completed a writing course at the Institute of
Children's Literature, and presently is taking the advanced
writing course at ICL. She enjoys writing middle grade
fiction, especially mysteries. Recently she wrote a short
adult "cozy" mystery. Her work has appeared in Holiday &
Seasonal Celebrations, WeeOnes, Once Upon A Time and the
Institute of Children's Literature. She writes a chat news
column for the newsletter for children's writers, From
Dolly's Desk, mailto:dollydsk@bellsouth.net telling of
sales, markets and good news about her fellow writers.
She can be reached by sending mailto:ccollier@stny.rr.com.

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EXCELLENT EDITORS

Over the years I've had the opportunity to work with many
wonderful editors; and I know you have too. I want to use
this space to call attention to editors you feel are worthy
of praise. Please send me the editors name and the
publication they are affiliated with. Once received, I'll
post the information in the following issue of Busy
Freelancer. You may send your submission to:
mailto:busyfreelancer@writefromhome.com.
Here's your chance to publicly thank and acknowledge an
editor that you feel deserves recognition.

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Hi! I'm a freelance journalist and writer based in India.
I've made many sales both in India and abroad and have had
a chance to work with many editors in the course of my
career. I feel Ms. Natalie Baan and Shanti Frader
(http://www.parabola.org), editors of the Parabola
Magazine, New York are most deserving of accolades. Their
editing is excellent, courtesy to writers impeccable. They
promptly send out payments, answer queries in less than a
week, offer personal rejections tempered with praise and
advice, and make certain that a complimentary copy reaches
the writer.

I was most impressed because I live in India and the
copy they sent me happened to go astray in the post. This
happens but I was sure that considering the time and
expenditure involved they wouldn't bother sending me
another copy. Imagine how stunned I was to receive it
three months later with a short apology! I think that they
represent the best of the publishing industry as far as
work ethics and inter-personal relationships go. At the end
of the day, its this satisfaction that eventually warms the
cockles of our heart. Isn't this what writing is all about?
I'd love to work with them again and I'm sure any other
writer would too.

Regards,

Kamala Thiagarajan

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HUMOR

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"Copywriting Made Easy"
by Sheri Waldrop

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Like many of us who venture into the world of freelancing,
after trying many writing genres, I decided to try my hand
at copywriting.

After all, I had read books such as "The Freelancer Who
Eats Every Day" and "Make Tons of Money in Just Days With
Your Keyboard" and other gems that promised quick riches by
doing what I love best--writing. I decided that the
corporate world was just ripe for the plucking. I was also
motivated by the best of reasons: desperation. I needed the
money, and I needed it as quickly as possible. (Ever notice
how many writers are in this same position?)

My teenaged son was looking in the refrigerator mumbling,
"There's nothing to eat." The two loaves of bread, three
gallons of milk, pound of cheese, and two bags of fruit
didn't count. He wanted REAL food--barbecued ribs, Chinese
stir fry, that type of food.

My teenaged daughter had her senior prom coming up (you
know, elegant and expensive dresses, a month at the tanning
salon, nails, hair, jewelry, shoes, etc., etc.) Not to
mention college looming over the horizon.

So when a client e-mailed me asking, "Do you do
copywriting?" I answered "yes," crossing my fingers behind
my back, and hoping that my little white lie wouldn't mean
disaster for the project. I had already done a ton of other
writing, including feature articles in magazines, corporate
communications, and newsletters. Copywriting couldn't be
THAT hard, right? WRONG.

To save you the painful lessons that I had to go through, I
have decided to share here the close-kept secrets of
copywriting. These are things you won't learn anywhere
else, because no one wants to admit that this is how it
really works. But it does. Trust me.

*Lesson One: The Customer is Always Right

***Important note: All identifying details are completely
and utterly changed, so you will never, ever in a million
years figure out who my clients are and to avoid lawsuits.
Plus, these examples are all imaginary. I would never
consider something low like using my wonderful clients as
humorous copy...

I had a client who asked me to rewrite the ad copy on her
Web pages. I came up with a simple, elegant concept:
"Elegant Jewelry-Made to Be Worn With Style." The body then
started out, "When you want to look your best, you choose
the best..."

She then told me, "no, no, no, the copy has to be keyed to
search engine phrases: Cheap, cheaper, jewelry, low
prices."

I then found out why most of the ad copy on the Web looks
as if it has been typed by monkeys who only know four
words:

Search Engines.

Also, since her company was international, many of her
clients spoke minimal English, so I had to key the copy to
the search engine phrases, and make sure that someone who
barely spoke English could understand it. My copy now read:

"Cheap Prices!!! Jewelry at the Lowest Prices!!! Our cheap
Jewelry is available at the lowest prices anywhere!!!"

After monkeying around with this, I gave her the
keyword-rich copy (i.e. simian sounding), and she sighed in
ecstasy. "That's it! I know I'll move up on Google now."

So learn what your client's search word phrases are, before
you write a word. It's life or death on the Web nowadays.

*Lesson Two: Get a Translation Program

Of course, after cutting my eyeteeth on copy like this, I
could keep up with the best monkeys (I mean copywriters) on
the Web. I knew search engine keying, and my first
paragraphs were studded with keyword phrases.

Then, I was approached by a medical doctor, who wanted copy
for his practice's site. Within hours, I delivered him the
following copy:

"Cheap!!! Great Surgery at Great Prices!!!
Get our cheap surgery at the best prices, and be the first
on your block to have a breast enhancement. You won't find
big breasts cheaper anywhere..."

He was not impressed. "But what about search engine
phrases?" I asked. He answered, "I don't care about search
engines. Image is everything." He then gave me their
company brochure, and said, "Make the Web page sound like
this."

I then learned that scientific and healthcare firms like to
appeal to the I.Q., and that any words with less than ten
syllables are considered undignified and, to put it
lightly, "unworthy."

His brochure started with:

Practitioners with Intellectual Capacitance, Alleviating
Distress With Compassionate Demeanors...

I had to put the copy through a translator program to
understand it. Finally, I decided to find the happy medium
between their copy and mine, and wrote, "We Care for
You--Expertly."

I have found this same phenomenon time after time when
looking at corporate sites for healthcare and the sciences:
the less readable it is, the "better" it is judged, since
heaven forbid a potential client should understand the
copy. After all, the sciences are an elite and secretive
profession.

*Lesson Three: Get a Really Good Translation Program

I then had the joy of breaking into the international
arena. I could point with great joy to countries across the
ocean, and say, "My client lives there." Of course, those
clients spoke very little English, and would send me copy
that said things like: "You great have buy to today for get
good deal."

I would clean up the copy, and type in: "Buy Today to Get
the Best Deal!" An unhappy client would then call up, and
say, "Why for you change words on best pages?" I would
gently explain my reasons, and hope they understood. But
sometimes the copy I got was: "You today get for when see
dog run yellow."

And then, trying to figure out what my client was trying to
say was more difficult. Were they selling yellow
sunglasses? Is this a dog kennel specializing in
blond-haired breeds? If I was lucky, there would be a
graphic on the page to give me a clue. If not, I would do
my best and send in two versions:

"Great Sunglasses Will Turn Your World Yellow"
"Blond Puppies Make the Best Companions"

And hope and pray my client would choose the right version.

*Lesson Four: The Client Will Always Tell You the Minimum
That He/She Has To

One client asked me to do the pages for his corporate site
online, with emphasis on the "about us" pages. I sent in a
detailed questionnaire, asking about his experience,
credentials, etc.

I heard nothing.

I sent e-mails for six weeks, with nothing back, then
heard, "We need the copy tomorrow," from the Web developer.
"But I have NOTHING to work with," I told him.
"They want it NOW," he replied.

I then sent the Web developer the following copy.
X corporation has been a leader in the (fill in the blank)
industry for over (fill in the blank) years. Our
professional staff is credentialed in (fill in the blank)
and (fill in the blank) and will do everything possible to
ensure the highest standards in customer service.
Our CEO, (fill in the blank) has demonstrated his
commitment to offering quality service by saying (fill in
the blank).

The Web developer laughed his heinie off, and I got a quick
sheet on the company later that day.

Of course, I have learned many more lessons, and am still
learning daily. I have wondered if only the truly
masochistic try to enter the world of copywriting (i.e.
work now and get paid much, much later). But I have enjoyed
the process, and by using the above lessons, you, too, can
learn to monkey around and have fun copywriting.

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Sheri Waldrop is a registered nurse and certified diabetes
educator with over 20 years experience as a critical care
nurse and health educator. Currently, she is the owner of
Proscribe Writing Service, and has written on topics for
clients such as: About, Inc., Women's International
Network, Advance Nursing Magazine, French Cove
Magazine, Discover Belly Dance, and others. She also
manages an Internet company that provides dial-up
services, and teaches ESL (English as a Second Language) to
Hispanic adults. She has developed and written monthly
newsletters on Women's Health issues, created patient
education brochures, developed the Hispanic diabetes
curriculum for a major teaching hospital, and created
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health to corporate communications. She is married with two
teenaged children, and is an avid gardener in her spare
time. You can view samples of her writing and learn more
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PAYING MARKETS

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Reminder About Paying Markets:

Make sure and read the complete writer's guidelines by
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Northern Michigan regional parenting publication.

Seeks articles about family travel, financial advice geared
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Pays (via check or Paypal) on publication $100-200 for
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Query with two clips or sample article to:

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Attn: Linda Sherwood, Editor
P.O. Box 29
Merritt, MI 49667

Accepts e-mail queries and submissions in the body of an
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Mailto:editor@countyfamilies.com

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The Funny Times

http://www.funnytimes.com/submissions.html

Humor magazine

Pays upon publication $50 for stories.
Buys one-time rights.
Length between 500-700 words.

Submissions should be mailed to:

The Funny Times
c/o The Editors
P.O. Box 18530
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Submissions must include a SASE.

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Balloon Life

http://www.balloonlife.com/rateguide/edguide.htm

Hot air ballooning publication.

Seeks articles about balloon events & rallies, safety
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Pays: $100-200 for technical articles, $50 for longer
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Buys First North American rights.
Does not purchase reprints.

Submissions must be mailed to:

Balloon Life
2336 47th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

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ChristianWeek

http://www.christianweek.org/misc/writers.htm

Canadian biweekly Christian publication.

Seeks news articles between 300-600 words.
Pays $30-100
Prefers to be queried via e-mail, phone or fax.

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Oklahoma Today

http://www.oklahomatoday.com

Regional bimonthly magazine publishing stories, essays,
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Pays upon publication $25-50 for shorter pieces, $75 and up
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Prefers to be queried, but will review unsolicited
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Oklahoma Today Magazine
P.O. Box 53384
Oklahoma City, OK 73152

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Natural Home

http://www.naturalhomemag.com/writers_guidelines.htm

Bimonthly magazine devoted to health conscious, earth
conscious people with an interest in their personal
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Pays on publication $.33-$.50/word.
Length: 250-1,500 words
Accepts reprints.

Send queries & submissions to:

Maren Bzdek
Managing Editor
Natural Home Magazine
201 East Fourth Street
Loveland, CO 80537-5655

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Science Fiction Chronicle

http://www.dnapublications.com/sfc/index.htm

Science Fiction news & trade journal.

Seeks op-ed pieces about the genre publishing market place,
feature articles and interviews.

Pays on acceptance $.04/word.
Does not publish fiction. Does not read e-mailed
submissions. Send submissions to:

Science Fiction Chronicle
P.O. Box 2988
Radford, VA 24143-2988

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