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Editor: Darren Andrews. Over 1500 subscribers 7th March, 2003.

CONTENTS

  1. Editorial
    - Of Parodies
  2. Featured Article
    - Defy the Myths, Get Your Book Written--Fast! by Judy Cullins
  3. Wordcraft
    - Ebook Review: a review of robparnell's ebook on writing your novel fast
    - Writers' Wisdom
    - Writing Tip
    - Writing Exercise
    - Wordhoard
  4. Your Articles!
    - New Articles, Submit an Article, Earn Revenue
  5. Contest Corner
    - Results of February Critique Contest
    - March/April Parody Contest
  6. Market Watch
    - PDF Brander at last!    hot!
    - List Fire ~ New list-building service for free!
    - The Whole Truth (about Internet Marketing)
  7. Announcements & Requests
    - Joint Ventures For Writers     new
    - Children's writers wanted
    - E-book about writing needs articles
    - Free Exposure For Creative and Non Fiction Writers
    - Writing Workshop - $88 Discount for WAPA subscribers
    - Do You Own A Writing-Related Site That Makes $1000 or More Per Month?
  8. Ad Policy & Subscription Information


EDITORIAL

Of Parodies

Bored of the Rings? Heard of Barry Trotter and the Philosopher's Scone? (Barry Trotter and the Sorcerer's Biscuit to our US readers *grin*).

Something - perhaps it's just me - that gets me laughing far too much is parody. Interestingly, though this is true, I never buy parodies but merely content myself reading excerpts in the bookstore - sniggering in the corner and wishing I had time to indulge in such lightness ;)

If you've never written parody you've not lived! It's a fun little exercise to do in those moments when you can't be bothered to be serious *smile*. You might even try it to get rid of Writers' Block!

Here's a couple of links on the subject. First we have amazon (okay, emazon) as you've never seen it before ;( (read it carefully!) and, for the real scholars, analyse this.

So, to try it out (and to allow me a few good laughs), the March/April contest will be writing a parody. Ah, you're going to love it! See the Contest Corner section for details.

Oh, and I've included an example written by my own fair hand, from "Sense and Sensibility" (somewhat an ironic title for parody perhaps!).

Now, let's see what else have we got for you. Well I've reviewed an ebook I just finished - yep, it's about writing that book fast again; it's a good one so read the brief review (see Wordcraft section).

It's great to see that Georgina Stath has launched a new ezine in keeping with the spirit of working together and, it might be said, in the spirit of the WAPA! ;) Check out the Announcements & Requests section toward the end of this issue.

For the marketers and publishers among you, you'll be glad to know that we seem to have a sensible and great way of branding PDF documents now: (see Market Watch)

Enjoy the rest of this issue,

To Your Online Writing Success!

Darren Andrews, Editor.

P.S. In case you were wondering, you can read some of the Barry Trotter excerpts at Amazon:

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In Association with Amazon.com
(just type in "parody"!).

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FEATURED ARTICLE

Defy the Myths, Get Your Book Written--Fast!
by Judie Cullins

Why don't you write a book?

Most professional people complain it takes too long. They are too busy. One professional coach said she was not a natural writer. Another feared it wouldn't sell, or it would be too much effort. A professional speaker says she is so busy marketing herself, she doesn't know where to find the time to write.

These are reasons, but they aren't real, they are myths. You can write a book--even a lot of books--fast!

Fast depends on you, your intention, and attention that you will give your book.

Fast depends on your creating a blueprint of simple step-by-step strategies to write a fast, focused book.

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Getting Your Book Written--Myths and Options

1. Takes talent.

Actually, the less writing know how you have, the better. In my innocent beginnings I thought I was a speaker, a trainer, a teacher, a coach. I didn't think of myself as a writer!

Yet, because my audiences kept asking for information to take home, and from encouragement from other writers, I started writing short books, booklets, and special reports. I didn't write the end-all-be-all book of 200-400 pages. Instead, I wrote a series of short books, each taking about a month. No more messy (and unprofitable) handouts. I saw a need and filled it.

Because I didn't know what I didn't know, I published them myself--just me and my trusty copy shop. I remembered a famous quote from Jim Belasco, management consultant. He said, "Do what you do best, and hire the rest." I asked several graphics professionals for help--got some quality cover designs.

2. Takes creativity.

Dan Poynter told me many years ago that information can be repackaged for a particular target audience. It doesn't take creativity, it just takes some editing, rewriting, and adding a few new ideas and resources to please the consumer.

Like myself you can package several books together for back-of-room sales. They can provide more than $3,000 a month if you have several titles.

3. Takes time.

Some writers claim it takes 2-10 years to write a quality book, but not necessarily in 14 days. It will take longer if you change your focus, your format, and try to be perfect. That's why you need to do some market-driven planning before you write your book.

It's far easier to write a book right then to have to go back and redo it to include benefits in all its parts. Like me, you can write a series of short books, each taking about a month. Just see a need and fill it.

You don't have to write a 200-page book to be a credible author, and today's Online audience prefers short books, especially eBooks.

4. Takes writing ability.

If you can talk you can write. Readers want books written by a wise and savvy friend who will guide them gracefully to success. They want passion and natural writing more than perfect syntax.

After you write your book, you can get it edited by a professional, or if you want to save time and money, edit it as you go by using proper headings that state your audience's problem he wants solved, and following that with a concise answer.

5. Needs an agent or a publisher.

You know what a book could mean to your career, or your life. If you didn't write a book, you'd miss a lot of fun, you'd miss being a star or on radio/TV talk show with your popular or trade nonfiction book, or you'd miss sharing your unique and important message with others.

All well and good, but how will you get people to look at your book? Maybe an agent or publisher? The sad truth is they will only accept on 1-2% of submitted manuscripts and it takes up to two years to publish the traditional way. They bet on big name authors they know can sell books.

Some authors think that the publishers will market and promote the book. Maybe for a few months, but the author must pay from book sales to take those painful book tours. Publishers let you go after a few months and you are on your own to promote.

Instead, start a promotion file of contacts and organizations just as you write that first chapter.

6. The book may not sell well.

Know that if you have a book that shares new, unique and useful information, it has enough significance to sell well. A book is far more salable when you know your particular audience--their habits, fears, complaints, desires and dreams.

Write an audience profile before you write your book, so your book has an angle, and will stand out from the crowd.

Think of the benefits of writing a book to you! Your book expresses who you are. Your clients, associates, and companies who need speakers or coaches need your book. A book ensures a constant stream of clients who consider you a leader in your field. People Online are looking for your topic every day.

Whether you market your book offline or Online, people want your solutions, inspirational words, and stories. What follows? A lifelong, constant stream of income.

Ray Bradbury said, "I wrote the first draft of _Fahrenheit 451_ in just nine and a half days." He also advises us to write short articles or stories. They can become a longer book. A page a day will yield at least two books a year. If Ray Bradbury can write a book fast, so can YOU.

(C) Judy Cullins, 2002.

Judy Cullins: 20-year author, publisher, book coach Helps entrepreneurs manifest their book and web dreams eBk: _Ten Non-techie Ways to Market Your Book Online_ http://www.bookcoaching.com/products.shtml. Send an email to mailto:Subscribe@bookcoaching.com

FREE The Book Coach Says... includes 2 free eReports
mailto:Judy@bookcoaching.com
Ph:619/466/0622

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Editor's Comments and Resources

I've got a feeling I may have published the above article before - but, hey, it's a good one, deserves repeating, and fits nicely with the review below ;)

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WORDCRAFT

Inspiration, Tips and Exercises to Help You Write Well

(+) A Brief Review of robparnell's The Easy Way To Write a BRILLIANT Novel - in 30 days or less

This ebook is split into two distinct sections. The first 60% or so addresses the pyschology and attitude behind writing. It picks out some great points and is quite invigorating to read.

Rob says you'll probably disagree with some of what he says but I found myself in agreement with 95% or more of his conclusions.

The second half of the ebook concentrates on techniques for writing, editing etc. and it is a very character-centered approach. This book got me thinking and considering all the information packed into it's 118 pages it is a bargain at the price Rob's asking.

It's written clearly and conversationally, making it easy to read. The PDF format makes it available to those with MACs too. I'll give it an overall score of 88% and, for the fiction writers among you, you have a "highly recommended" from me!

You can find out more about robparnell and purchase the book from: http://www.easywaytowrite.com

Darren Andrews, Reviewer.

STOP! A free copy of robparnell's ebook is up for grabs as the prize for the March/April Parody Contest (see Contest Corner)!

(+) Writers' Wisdom

"When people ask me why I do this, why I write such gross stuff, I tell them I have the heart of a small boy... and I keep it in a jar on my desk."

~ Stephen King.

[Sorry about that but as humour is the editorial theme for this issue I just couldn't resist! ;) -Ed]

Source: http://www.writing4success.com

(+) Writing Tip

The pronouns everybody, anybody, each, either etc. are singular so they take a singular verb.

Everybody has left the hall.

Nobody is home.

Each of the girls writes well.

Neither Jim nor Bill has arrived. (Not one of them has come.)

Contributor: Jennifer Stewart. Subscribe to her free weekly Writing Tips: or start your six-part Writing Course now.

(+) Writing Exercise

Why not try the parody contest (see Contest Corner) - you don't have to submit it but I would *love* it if you did!

(+) Wordhoard

gloaming - n. evening twilight
gloam - v. (intransitive) to begin to grow dark

(from an Anglo-Saxon word cognate with modern 'glow')

[Always loved that word! - Ed]

Please send all Wordcraft contributions here. (do not send attachments or large html emails - they will not be downloaded!)

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YOUR ARTICLES!

Read the latest articles at:
http://www.writers-and-publishers.com

If you want to submit an article, a word of warning: I reject most and give no explanation. Of course, most of them are non-writing-related marketing articles which I clearly state as being inappropriate on the submission page. For the rules and the form to submit your article, go here: http://www.writers-and-publishers.com/submit.html

If - and I highly recommend it - you want to earn revenue from the writing course advertised at the bottom of your article page then sign up (free) to do so here:
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CONTEST CORNER

(+) February Critique Contest Result

And the winner is...

Margaret B. Davidson
mailto:MargaretDa@aol.com

Margaret receives a copy of Georgina Stath's ebook, 183 Question & Answer Checklist To Test Out Your Stories Before Selling Them ~ http://www.Beyond-Short-Story-Writing.com

(+) March/April Parody Contest


PARODY CONTEST
ENDS APRIL 28TH, 2003

PRIZE

robparnell

The Easy Way to Write a BRILLIANT Novel -- in 30 days or Less

written by robparnell

Includes BONUS items:

BONUS #1: Free membership to the Easy Way to Write Newsletter.

BONUS #2: Free 30 Day personal email coaching.

BONUS #3: Free critique of your manuscript.

BONUS #4: Free report on Proven Strategy to Getting Your Book PUBLISHED!

CONTEST DETAILS AND RULES

The idea is to write a parody of the assigned passage (below). Entries will be judged on a few points but, most importantly, by how much they make us laugh ;)

Try to follow these guideline. Blatant departure therefrom may disqualify you but we're going to be pretty flexible.

  1. Don't depart from the events of the passage except in paranthetical or flashback additions.
  2. Don't cross the border into totally silliness, but don't make it humourless!
  3. Don't exceed 450 words (the text is about 300).
  4. Some degree of vulgarity or lewdness is often associated and found within parody - not so with this one or it won't be accepted. So there!

Here's the assigned text:

When all of the house that was open to general inspection had been seen, they returned downstairs, and, taking leave of the housekeeper, were consigned over to the gardener, who met them at the hall-door.

As they walked across the lawn towards the river, Elizabeth turned back to look again; her uncle and aunt stopped also, and while the former was conjecturing as to the date of the building, the owner of it himself suddenly came forward from the road, which led behind it to the stables.

They were within twenty yards of each other, and so abrupt was his appearance that it was impossible to avoid his sight. Their eyes instantly met, and the cheeks of each were overspread with the deepest blush. He absolutely started, and for a moment seemed immovable from surprise; but shortly recovering himself, advanced towards the party, and spoke to Elizabeth, if not in terms of perfect composure, at least of perfect civility.

She had instinctively turned away; but stopping on his approach, received his compliments with an embarrassment impossible to be overcome. Had his first appearance, or his resemblance to the picture they had just been examining, been insufficient to assure the other two that they now saw Mr. Darcy, the gardener's expression of surprise, on beholding his master, must immediately have told it. They stood a little aloof while he was talking to their niece, who, astonished and confused, scarcely dared lift her eyes to his face, and knew not what answer she returned to his civil enquiries after her family. amazed at the alteration of his manner since they last parted, every sentence that he uttered was increasing her embarrassment; and every idea of the impropriety of her being found there recurring to her mind, the few minutes in which they continued together were some of the most uncomfortable of her life.

Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 43, pp. 192 Penguin Popular Classic edition.

Please CLICK HERE for an example parody of an excerpt from Sense and Sensibility. (WARNING: You agree to view material of an explicitly silly nature by clicking this link!)

The prize this month is offered by...

robparnell of http://www.EasyWayToWrite.com

[If you would like to offer a prize and get free advertising for your writing-related product/service then drop me an email! - Ed.]

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MARKET WATCH

Tools, Resources, Services, Products and Opportunities to Help You in Writing, Publishing, Promoting, and in Generating Revenue and Traffic...

(+) PDF Brander at last!    hot!

For the entrepreneurs among you, you'll know that the ability to brand pdf documents in the same way as .exe ebooks has not been around long and is usually expensive and/or complex!

Well, now Viral PDF exists and works in much the same way as an ebrand-it tool. Find out more about this inexpensive and easy-to-use technology by clicking here now.

(+) List Fire - New list-building service for free!    hot!

Unlike some other services, this one is free. You can build contacts 15 levels deep and that potentially means thousands (actually a lot more!) of subscribers! Check it out here: http://www.writers-viral-syndicator.com/a/listfire.html

(+) The Whole Truth (about Internet Marketing)

Hey, have you seen this yet?

Do you know the answer to this question?...

"What simple formula is a little known 34 year old Michigan internet marketer using to consistently make over $30,000 a month?"

You've never seen anything like this. But it's being used *right under your nose* by virtually every big money maker on the net. Including your favorite internet marketing "gurus" (and they're not telling you about it).

Here's the kicker: Once you start using it, making obscene amounts of cash on the internet will seem like child's play.

Click here now to find out what it is:
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Respectfully,

D. Andrews

I can't stress enough how highly I recommend this Internet marketing ebook. It is the best I've ever read about getting quality traffic to your site for free.

SEE THE PROOF

(+) Get Yourself a Second ISP and Have Them Pay You!

Some of you will know Allen Says, one of the top marketers online and owner of the much-respected Marketing Warriors site.

Well, he's just launched a new system called The Simple System. It is simple, and quick and can generate a lot of income...but that's not all.

The service is one both you and your site visitors/ subscribers will need. It's an ISP (which includes an email account of course). So why would you want that?

Well...

(a) If you were to lose your ISP you would need a way of connecting to the Internet (not to mention the email)

(b) Why pay for an ISP when this one can pay you?

Check out the free report here:

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Sign up as an affiliate (a reseller) by filling out this this simple form:

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If you want to be in the "Top 50" then click here now.

Or how about being listed on the "Best Writing Sites and Top Writer-Related Sites"? Get listed by clicking here.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS & REQUESTS

(+) Joint Ventures For Writers    new & recommended!

Whatever it is you need to promote your business, reciprocal links, ad swaps, etc. Post your request here and let writers come to you. Promoting has never been easier and won't cost you a cent. For more info:
http://www.beyond-short-story-writing.com/join.htm

(+) Children's Writers Wanted

Publisher seeking childrens book writers for current action adventure series (ages 6-9). Also seeking young adult series writers (Horror and science fiction) and writer for career/ entrepreneur series for ages 6-12.
mailto:Zzmop44@aol.com

(+) E-book about writing needs articles

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Deadline:No time limit-Ongoing till the book is complete
Topics needed: Rejection Slips-how can they benefit you?
Writers' experiences (any kind)
Word count: Any
Benefits: Byline and links displayed
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(+) Free Exposure For Creative and Non Fiction Writers

We are looking for writers to contribute their interview to help readers decide how they will publish their work. You will get lots of exposure for free in exchange for your advice. If this interests you, send a blank email to interviewbook@beyond-short-story-writing.com for more details.

(+) Writing Workshop - $88 Discount for WAPA subscribers!

Author Linda Oatman High announces her Writing by the Seaside workshop, to be held this summer in Venice Beach. A discounted registration fee of $88.00 is offered to subscribers of the WAPA Ezine.

See http://www.lindaoatmanhigh.com for details.

(+) Do You Own A Writing-Related Site That Makes $1000 or More Per Month?

If so, a new site launching in a few weeks wants to hear from you now! It won't cost you a penny, and will bring you some great exposure! For more information email me and write that you are responding to this announcement.

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