Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Poetry Contest - SPS Studios

SPS Studios Announces Its Sixth Biannual Poetry Card Contest

DEADLINE: June 30, 2005
1st prize: $300
2nd prize: $150
3rd prize: $50

For guidelines and the submission form go to:
For past winning poems go to the following and click on Poetry Contest Winning Poems:
Note: It appears that free verse is favored over rhymning poetry and the winning entries paint vivid word pictures.

Writing Op - Novellas

www.MoreThanNovellas.com is looking for plot/character driven fiction. There is no monatary compensation, but their mailing list goes out to people on six continents and includes countries that are, by law, closed to the gospel. Here is an opportunity to touch lives using fiction!

Check out www.morethannovellas.com and click on submission guidelines or guest writers. They are looking for novels, novellas, and short stories. No allegories or testimonials.

Writing Op - crosshome.com

After a period of dormancy, the Christian website, crosshome.com is once again up, running and better than ever. It's creator and webmaster (Jason Mitchner) has overcome a number of physical, financial and spiritual battles and he is now ready to accept proposals for new columns. Crosshome also accepts book, music and movie reviews.

If you have a column idea, now is the time to pitch it to Jason. DO let Jason know that you got your information from Louise DuMont's blog. I am very grateful to Jason for starting me on my writing career. My first column, Coffee And... ran on crosshome a number of years ago. Coffee And... peaked my agent's interest and eventually turned into my first book - Grace by the Cup: A Break From the Daily Grind (Revell), 2003.

If you need help putting together your pitch, drop me a note and I'll walk you though it.

For writers' guidelines go to: http://www.crosshome.com/guidelines.shtml

Louise Bergmann DuMont
Facilitator of the North Jersey Christian Writers' Group (NJCWG)
Director of the NJCWG - A REASON TO WRITE Conference
OCTOBER 8, 2005

MAY 13, 2006

Writing Op - YouthWorker Journal Nov/Dec

Here is the latest theme list from YouthWorker Journal. They are now also accepting artwork and addtional editorials submisisons. If you work with teens, you might want to check this out.


YouthWorker Journal has always encouraged article proposals from youth workers who would like to write on our upcoming themes. Now, we are also accepting all sorts of editorial submissions unrelated to article content, especially original art related to the themes. In fact, we're still open for art submissions for the Sep/Oct "Coming of Age" issue, in addition to the Nov/Dec one below.

Nov/Dec Issue - Other Needs
In addition to article and art proposals, other non-article related editorial submissions include:
- Original Cartoons (theme-related, column-related, or general youth or youth ministry-related)
- Youth Culture Updates (timely trends of interest to youth workers)
- Youth Worker Events & Resources (for inclusion in Tools sidebar)
- Web Sites (for inclusion in Tools sidebar)
- Products for Review (primarily books and Christian CDs)
Specifics can be found regarding all of these submissions at: http://www.youthworker.com/editorial_guidelines.php

****** Upcoming Theme *******

Kids on the Fringe
November/December 2005

How can we improve our ability to minister to at-risk kids? Those with physical handicaps, ADHD, or depression? Substance abuse issues or cutting/self mutilation? How can reach kids most youth ministries miss? Where do we go for help? And how do our teaching and disciplinary styles need to adapt?

If you have article ideas on this theme, write *November/December 2005 proposal* in the e-mail subject field, and send an outline and opening paragraph within the e-mail body by June 15 to
You'll receive a reply no later than October 1.

To improve the chances of being published, we encourage you to check out our writer¹s guidelines at

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Memorial Day Weekend

This blog will be inactive for the Memorial Day weekend. I pray that everyone will take a moment to remember and pray for families who this year lost loved ones to war.

I and the NJCWG wish you all God's grace and peace.

Louise Bergmann DuMont
Facilitator, NJCWG
Dirctor, A Rason To Write Conference

Monday, May 23, 2005

The Structure of a Short Story

How to Write a Short Story
Presented by Louise Bergmann DuMont
At the NJCWG – 5/23/05

Average Length of Various Pieces of Fiction
Short Short (aka - flash fiction) - 500-1,800 words
Short Story - 3,000-4,000 words
Novella - 20,000-40,000 words
Novel - 80,000-120,000 words

There are many ways to structure a short story - this is only one of them. Some writers prefer to conceive their characters in step one and others write the story as a whole rather than divide it into scenes. These are differences of opinion and style. I chose to list a simple format that works well for most new writers.

1. Start With An Idea
To a trained writer, this idea comes like lighting across a blackened sky. But the seasoned writer knows that to create a story, they must cultivate this momentary flash into something permanent and useful. An idea is not a story.

Most writers know a part of what they want to say. You may, for example, want to write about your trip to the Grand Canyon.

2. Focus, Focus, Focus…To begin creating a story from your idea you must ask, "What is the focus of my story?" or in this case, what was it that made my trip to the Grand Canyon unique or significant? Was it the perilous trip to the canyon floor that impressed you, was the breath taking view from the top that made the trip special, or was it what you found at the bottom of the canyon that made the trip worth every penny? You must narrow your focus and you should not write everything that happened. In the case of fiction, do not write everything that could happen.

If we select as our first focus that the trip to the canyon floor was what we want to discuss, we have narrowed our focus down to the perilous trip down to the base of the Grand Canyon.

Do this again. What specifically did you find unique or special about that trip down to the base of the Grand Canyon? Let us say that it was the sure-footed, but not very bright, burro that got you to the bottom. Now you have a story about the surefooted, but not very bright, burro that took you to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

3. Figure Your Angle
Angle is a journalistic term meaning -- significance. Finding your angle will narrow your story even more.

In the case of the Grand Canyon story, you need to decide the angle or significance of the burro who took you to the bottom of the canyon. Your story could be about how the burro reacted to the trip into the canyon, how he was chosen and trained for this job, or about what you learned from putting your trust into this simple animal.

If you can't determine an angle, return to Number 1 and/or 2 and tinker with your idea again. Maybe you need a new idea or your focus needs to change.

Let us say that this time you came up with: The gift of the simple burro and how putting my trust into this animal changed my life when he took me to the base of the Grand Canyon

4. POV
Chose a point of view. 1st person is very easy to write (too easy), 3rd person a bit more challenging but still not too hard for a beginner (it is also well received by the reader), and Omniscient is rarely used (because it is not well received by readers). Let us say that you will write this story in 3rd Person.

5. Understand the Conflict
Every story must have conflict. In our story there will be both external and internal conflict.
External - rocks sliding, narrow passage, fright of other passengers
Internal - fear of falling, anger at the burro because he remains calm despite the obvious danger

6. Outline your Scenes
Once you have an idea, your focus, the angle, the conflict and your POV, it's time to map out your scenes.

First determine how long this story should be. We will use an average length and say that this story is approximately ten pages long. That means you will need three good scenes. (Writing scenes as opposed to writing the story as whole is controversial in some writing circles. For the beginning writer, writing scenes is easier than trying to swallow the whole story at once.)

Using our Grand Canyon idea, we might create these scenes:
(Scene 1) getting to know the unique attributes of your traveling companion -- your burro
(Scene 2) the narrow passage, the rocks that tumbled down the mountain and the never wavering animal that seemed unflustered as the earth slid beneath his feet
(Scene 3) gaining confidence in, and learning to trust the experience of your burro
The outline you make can be loose and general, or it can be as precise as an agenda. The type of outline you choose will depend greatly on your personality and writing style.

7. Determine Your Characters
Main Characters - For a ten-page story, three main characters are sufficient. More than four becomes cumbersome, and less than three doesn't allow for significant dialogue and conflict. characters. The three main characters in this story might be: (1) you, (2) your burro and (3) one of your traveling companions. Some writers create a character sketch for each main character. Minor Characters - You can have a number of minor characters, but they should not get in the way of the story, be positioned to feed information or detract from the action. Each character, no matter how insignificant, must be either an irritant or an ally to one of main characters.

8. Write
You should swing into this with the enthusiasm that you had when you first learned to play a sport. You knew you weren't Eli Manning (QB for the NY Giants), but you had fun anyway. Don't worry about mistakes at this stage of the game -- you will edit those out later. Allow your enthusiasm to seep into your words. Strive to evoke emotion using the five senses.

9. Edit
Editing is not simply fixing the mistakes. You need to make your story shine. Remember that flash of lightening? Some of that energy and brilliance should burst through your story. If the surface is lack-luster, your reader will not stay with you. Stories need to spark something inside the reader. A shining piece comes not from stellar writing, but from excellent editing.

It's not unusual for some professional writers to take their stories through 30, 40, or 50 editing cycles. You will learn to sense when you've reached the Point of Diminishing Returns. This is the point where further editing may change the story but will not appreciably improve the story. That is when you let it go, and get to work on your next story.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Next Meeting of the NJCWG - tomorrow night!

Ringwood Baptist Church
30 Carletondale Road
Ringwood, NJ 07456

Monday, May 23, 2005
6:15-7:00 Chat Time
7:00-8:00 Lesson: Structure of a Short Story
8:00-9:00 Critiques

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Louise Bergmann DuMont
Faciliator, NJCWG

Friday, May 20, 2005

NJCWG - Next Meeting

At the next meeting of the NJCWG (Monday, May 23, 2005) we will be discussing a number of things.

1. Additional information will be available regarding the NJCWG Sample Writing Book.

2. Our October 8 , A REASON TO WRITE conference is coming up fast. We need to get the details worked out and I still need offers of help in a few areas.

3. I will be making a announcement about a very special, noteworthy, international author, who is coming to Ringwood to speak to OUR group in May, 2006. Yes, I said 2006. (You have to get the BIG name speakers at least one year in advance.) Come to the meeting to find out all the details about this BIG event.

My topic for the lesson will be: The Structure of a Short Story.

The Lord is My Righteousness
Jeremiah 23:1-6

Louise Bergmann DuMont

Coming Soon...
THE STRENGTH OF A WHISPER - Six Ordinary Women: One Extraordinary God

Christian Comics Training

COMIX35/ROX35 Media, Inc.


There is a new COMIX35 Christian Comics Training Seminar coming up. The event will be hosted by Lifewerks, Inc. and held at Bible Baptist Church, 801 Darley Rd, Claymont, DE (greater Philadelphia metro area) on August 8-10th, Monday - Tuesday 9am-5pm & Wednesday 9-3pm.

Cost: $199 per person by July 1st, $249 after July 1st

The "official" hotel will be the Holiday Inn Select on Naamans Road in Claymont. Lifewerks has a block of rooms reserved under the COMIX35 or Lifewerks name. Group rate is $89.00 per night. We will also have a meeting room at this hotel for attendees & speakers to visit and discuss comic arts & writing after class hours.


+ Paul Castiglia - Paul is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts where he earned a BFA degree majoring in animation and minoring in cartooning. He has worked as a script writer for Archie, DC, Dark Horse, Antarctic Press and Cracked Magazine. He currently writes scripts on a freelance basis and is employed as Senior Copywriter at Fisher-Price.

+ Lisa Hutchinson - Lisa has a BFA in graphic design from the Tyler School of Art. She has done freelance illustration and design work for 9 years and is an acclaimed American Christian manga artist. Lisa has worked for Anime Angels Mangazine, Makar Studios, and Community Comics. She is now employed by a West Coast company, working on a manga graphic novel, video game concept art and 2-D animation.

+ Alec Stevens - From 1985-1999 Alec wrote and drew comics for Fantagraphics Books, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Kitchen Sink Press, Heavy Metal, Acclaim, Wildstorm, and others. His illustrations have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker Magazine, and Reader's Digest. In more recent years Alec has turned his attention to Christian magazine, tract, and comics illustration, both as a self-publisher and illustrator for other ministries. He is also an instructor at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon & Graphic Art, Inc.

+ Nate Butler, President, COMIX35/ROX35 Media, Inc - Worked for 20+ years as a cartoonist, commercial artist, and writer/illustrator of comics, producing artwork for clients such as Jim Henson, DC Comics, and King Features Syndicate, as well as scripting for Archie and Marvel Comics. Also packaged a few Christian comic books, tracts and magazines over the years.

Lifewerks hopes to have a website up very soon with registration information. Please let people know they should keep an eye on the Ministry's "Future Training Events" page. Link: http://www.comix35.org/upcoming.html

COMIX35/ROX35 Media, Inc.

Writing Op - The Lookout

Our Magazine THE LOOKOUT is a 16-page, full-color weekly magazine from Standard Publishing with a circulation of 100,000. THE LOOKOUT is written and designed to provide Christian adults with true-to-the-Bible teaching and current information that will help them fulfill their desire to mature as individual believers, develop godly homes, and live in the world as faithful witnesses of Christ. In short, we want to help our readers understand and respond to the world from a biblically based viewpoint. THE LOOKOUT publishes from a theologically conservative, nondenominational, and noncharismatic perspective. It is a member of the Evangelical Press Association.

Direct submissions and correspondence to:
LOOKOUT, 8121 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45231
Fax: 513-931-0950
E-mail: lookout@standardpub.com.

More here:

Writing Ops - Secular

Here are a few secular writing opportunities.
Home Improvement Stories - Good and Bad
PAY: $50 - $100
Wanted: good and bad home improvement stories
Wd Ct: 500-1000
Pay: $50-100 per story depending on size and relevance.
Humor welcome.
We publish a magazine with pre-screened contractors and home service providers in it. No specific names of companies or individuals should be included in the story.
Contact Info - Melissa: melissadevita@1homesource.net
Website: http://www.1homesource.net/

A Cup of Comfort for Expectant Mothers
Looking for: true-life essays.
Deadline: July
Payment: $100.
Wd Ct: 1,000-2,000 words.
Guidelines: www.cupofcomfort.com - Click on "Share Your Story."

Wax Romantic's Short Story Contest
Looking for "happily-ever-after" romantic stories.
Deadline: August 10
Wd Ct: 1,000-3,000 words.
Winners receive publication and in-kind prizes.
Guideliens: www.waxromantic.com/contest.html .

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Poetry Reading Cancelled


I regret to inform you that the Christian Inspirational Poetry Reading, which was to be held at Christian Publications Bookstore, Pompton Plains, NJ, Saturday, May 21, has been cancelled. The Director of Retail Stores of Christian Publications, Larry Hair, died this morning, May 19. His funeral will take place in Pennsylvania on Saturday. The bookstores will, therefore, be closed.

All of the poets who were planning to participate had been eagerly anticipating this event. We may be able to reschedule in the Fall. I hope this notice helps to alleviate any inconvenience to those planning to attend.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Poetry Event - NJCWG Members Participating

There will be a special reading of Christian inspirational poetry, this Saturday, May 21, 1 to 3 pm at the Christian Publications Bookstore, 620 Route 23, Pompton Plains, NJ.

Eight poets, with a diverse assortment of inspiring creations in various styles will give glory to God...poetically!...and bless the hearts of those who attend. Come hear Nancy Baker, Gloria Healy, Barbara Williams Hubbard, Ann Lefevre, Elizabeth Marchitti, Valerie Schermerhorn, Nancy Stoppelkamp and myself, Maude Carolan. Some of the poets will have chapbooks available, others are expected to bring complimentary broadsides of favorite poems.

Please note that Christian Publications is closing their doors. This will be one of the last events held at this locaton and the discounts on merchandise should be very good. You might want to take advantage of that as well.

Two Tele-Classes

A message from:

MaryAnn L. Diorio, Ph.D.
Author, Speaker, Coach
CLASS Graduate


Dear Friends,

I have scheduled two teleclasses in which you may be interested. One is called Letting Go of the Past and the other is called Writing Winning Articles. Please click below for details:


Blessings for a Happy Summer!

Monday, May 16, 2005

1st Edition & Writer's Edge

Note From Louise: Some publishers will tell authors that they don't take unsolicited manuscripts and that the author should post their manuscript with either 1st Edition or Writer's Edge. I don't suggest this.

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1ST EDITION, www.ecpa.org/FE/index.html
Few editors are look at 1st Edition. There is no screening process so anyone can post a proposal. The good th ad and the ugly do. I know of an editor that had access and was appalled by what was posted. I'm not surprised that most edtiors won't waste their time trudging through the trash to get to one treasure that 'might' be hiding in its midst. Several self-publishing companies troll it, so I'm guessing that any contract you might here that come from posting there must be coming from those responses.

WRITER'S EDGE, www.writersedgeservice.com
This service is run by Stephen Board, who used to own Shaw. The evaluators are former book editors who have good reputations and know what will sell. This service may be worth the money you need to pay to find out if your proposal is really ready. If not, you'll get suggestions for improving it, but not a thorough critique. The monthly listings of available proposals go to over 75 CBA houses, and many editors read these listings. If they are interested in seeing a proposal, they contact the authors directly. Editors don't request many and only a few of those requested are contracted.

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Bottom line - the best way to get your book contract in the hands of the right editors is through a writers' conference or an agent.

Contest for Tweeners - Ages 9-12

Here is a message for any 9-12 year old writers you may know!
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If you know tweeners age 9-12, encourage them to enter the CONTEST on my website. We need a name for the mascot, and the winner will receive a signed poster and signed Dirt Bike Rider book. The deadline is May 31, so don't delay.

God bless you all! Audrey Hebbert

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Poetry News From Maude

This is to remind you that a special reading of Christian inspirational poetry, will be held this Saturday, May 21, 1 to 3 pm at Christian Publications Bookstore, 620 Route 23, Pompton Plains, NJ. Eight poets, with a diverse assortment of inspiring creations in various styles will give glory to God...poetically!...and bless the hearts of those who attend. Come hear Nancy Baker, Gloria Healy, Barbara Williams Hubbard, Ann Lefevre, Elizabeth Marchitti, Valerie Schermerhorn, Nancy Stoppelkamp and myself, Maude Carolan. Some of the poets will have chapbooks available, others are expected to bring complimentary broadsides of favorite poems.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

NJCWG - Next Meeting, 5/23/05

A number of people have asked me to teach a class on the structure of a short story. That will be the topic for our next meeting.

Monday, May 23, 2005
Ringwood Baptist Church
30 Carletondale Road
Ringwood, NJ 07456
6:15-7:00 - Chat Time
7:00-8:00 - Teaching -- Short Story Structure
8:00-9:00 - Critiques

NJCWG - Sample Writing Book

NJCWG is putting together a book that will contain samples of our writing. Clare Cartagena, the coordinator of this project, asked me to share some information with you (below). To submit your work, please e-mail Clare (NOT me) at writ10wrd@aol.com .

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1. Reflect on the “theme”.
2. Choose a Genre.
3. Write.
4. Submit as per Submission Requirements.
5. Revise – if needed.
6. Re-Submit ( repeat 5 & 6 as needed).
7. Approve final draft for publication.


“The Heart of the Matter” --- Your writing must incorporate this theme in some way. This association should not be so obscure that it can’t be detected without intense thought but it does not have to be so obvious that your creativity is stunted. You do not have to include the words used in the theme. The theme will not be the title of the book. (We are open to suggestions.)


Devotion -- 250–400 words
Format for Devotion: Scripture; short anecdote or discussion; a brief prayer.

Fiction (Long Short Story) -- 1500-3000 words

Fiction (Short Short Story) -- 750-1100 words

Non-Fiction (Essay, Biographical, Anecdotal, Informative, Humor) -- 400–1100 words

Poetry -- 5–50 lines


1. Name, Address, E-mail, Word Count; Genre and Page Number in upper left hand corner of every page.

2. Title Centered.

3. Double Space; Basic Font type Arial or New Times Roman; Font size 12 or larger.

4. Submit via E-mail to writ10wrd@aol.com
E-mail as a MS Word or WordPerfect or Microsoft Works document AND copy your submision into the body of the E-mail. You can also mail your submission to
Louise Bergmann DuMont
PO Box 36
Ringwood, NJ 07456

Please submit ONE way only (not email AND postal mail). PREFER EMAIL SUBMISSIONS.

5. Review the above ( especially #1). Anything not complying with these requirements will be returned without being read or considered until submitted properly. The publishing world is unforgiving when it comes to following procedure. This is a good proving ground.

Monday, May 09, 2005

NJCWG - Next Meeting
Monday, May 9, 2005
6:15-7:00 Chat Time
7:00-8:00 Teaching
8:00-9:00 Critique

Topic of discussion: Things any writer can do to become more proficient, why some writers don't do them, and how we can overcome our stumbling stones.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Writing Op - Greater Faith Magazine

This is a message I received from Charlotte Stancil, Publisher of Greater Faith Magazine.

Hi, I publish Greater Faith Magazine, which is an on-line magazine for Christian women. The magazine serves as a tool to help women achieve a closer relationship with God. The primary goal of this project is to encourage greater faith in God’s power in our lives as Christians.

Submissions are being accepted in the form of articles, essays and poems. Our Writer's Guidelines explain the areas of focus. Take a look at our website for more information, www.greaterfaithmagazine.com. If you have any questions or comments, please send me an email.

Charlotte Stancil

Contest - Xerox Aspiring Author Contest

Xerox Aspiring Author Contest

Have you written a book? Are you trying to get published? Are you looking to make writing more than a hobby or dreaming of best-seller lists?

Dust off the manuscript that's hiding under your bed and enter the Xerox Aspiring Authors Contest. The company is on a nationwide search for the best work of unpublished fiction to demonstrate the power of digital print-on-demand as a smart alternative to traditional publishing.

The grand-prize winner will receive:
* $5,000
* 100 paperback copies of their novel digitally printed and fully bound

Second and third-prize winners will receive:
* 50 paperback copies of their novel digitally printed and fully bound

Everyone is a winner!
The coolest thing about the Xerox Aspiring Authors Contest is that everyone is a winner. By submitting your fiction manuscript, you will receive one free paperback copy of your novel digitally printed and fully bound.

With digital print technology, “The End” is just the beginning. To facilitate the publishing process, Xerox has enlisted Lulu.com, an online publishing services provider, and ColorCentric, a world-class digital printing organization.

Website: http://www.xeroxaspiringauthors.com/

Writing Op - How-To Books

Summersdale Publishers Ltd is a new UK-based publisher specialising in how-to books (including several for budding writers). They are happy to consider proposals from writers, but ask that before contacting them you look at their website at http://www.summersdale.com to get an idea of the sort of book they publish. If you have an idea you think would suit their style, they ask you to submit a chapter-by-chapter synopsis along with the first three chapters. Proposals can be attached to an email in the form of a single MS Word document to mailto:submissions@summersdale.com, but a hard copy is preferred. Their postal address is: Summersdale Publishers Ltd, 46 West Street, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1RP, UK.

Writing Op - Women Only

Women only for this next one! Keen Publications are looking for stories of "aggressive, creative women who made the first move - and maybe even the second and third - to get the man of their dreams", for a book to be published in early 2006. They are paying $20 for each story they accept that explains how you did something proactive, unique or even outrageous, to get your man. Maximum story length is 500 words, and they say they are only seeking stories of successful first moves made by women that resulted in marriage or a committed relationship. The best stories will be accepted for publication and for payment. You may choose to remain anonymous or you can be credited by name, whichever you prefer. Email your story to mailto: KEENPUBLICATIONS@AOL.COM with GRAB THAT TIGER in the subject line.

Writing Op - Embarrassing Moment

If you have had an embarrassing experience, you could turn it to profit at http://www.splitmyside.com. This website is collecting funny stories about people's most embarrassing moments. They say, "Within the story tell us a little bit about yourself, the type of person you are. The events surrounding the moment, the people involved and what they are like. Describe exactly what happened and tell us what you felt during the event and right after. Also what transpired following the event to yourself and the people involved in the story." A fee of $200 is paid for each story used. To send in your tale, just click on the tab titled 'Submit Story' and follow the on-screen instructions.

Writing Op - Blue Mountain Arts Greeting Cards

Blue Mountain Arts is interested in reviewing writings suitable for publication on greeting cards. They are looking for highly original and creative submissions on friendship, family, special occasions, positive living, and other topics one person might want to share with another. Submissions may also be considered for inclusion in book anthologies. They pay $300 for all rights and $50 if your poem is used only in an anthology.

To request a copy of their writers' guidelines, send a blank email to mailto:writings@sps.com with "Send Me Guidelines" in the subject line, or write to them at: Blue Mountain Arts, Inc., Editorial Department, Post Office Box 1007, Boulder, CO 80306, USA.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Rev Up Your Writing

Cameo Publications: Transforming Potential Into Success One Word At a Time

I recently participated in a Cameo Publications Teleconference that was advertised through a publicity newsletter put out by The Publicity Hound, Joan Stewart (http://www.publicityhound.com/). It was one of the best investments I've ever made in my book.

Do you wonder why you are not published or why so few of your manuscripts are being accepted? Maybe you just haven't give writing your all. Get serious about being an author. Begin by participating in these FREE writing teleseminars.

This past weekend I received some literature from Cameo Publications, a leading writing-related information source. Cameo also provides editorial services and is a Full-Rights Publishing firm (ie a reputable self-publishing company) for authors and speakers. This is what they had to say.

If your writing projects have sputtered to a halt, then Cameo publications can help. We will kick off our Rev Up Your Writing Monthly Teleseminar Events on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 1:00 pm EST with a FREE CALL on how to tune up your writing skills.

By calling 1-800-416-4956 and using passcode 54006989# you can get advice from Master Writing Coach Dawn Josephson on how to polish your written pieces. This is a TOLL FREE CALL anywhere in the US.

If you need some help understanding how these teleconferences work, drop me an email or give me a call. I'll walk you through it.

Mark your calendars, there are MORE information-packed Teleseminar Events coming up! Note: The Call is TOLL FREE when you register for the conference call fee.

May 25, 2005, 1:00 pm EST
Self-Editing Techniques that Professional Writers Use to Overcome Their Grammar and Spelling Challenges ($49, includes a CD of the call)

June 8, 2005, 1:00 pm EST
How to Distinguish Reliable from Unreliable Web Sources (FREE)

June 22, 2005, 1:00 pm EST
Elevate Your Message and Your Expertise with Quality Research ($49, includes a CD of the call)

July 13, 2005, 1:00 pm EST
Three Ways to Jumpstart Your Creativity (FREE)

July 27, 2005, 1:00 pm EST
Beat Writer's Block, Once and For All ($49, includes a CD of the call)

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Did You Borrow Any of My Books?

This message is specifically for members of the NJCWG.
I love to loan my writing books to members of our group -- the problem is that I have an awful memory when it comes to things like this. If you borrowed my books please drop me an email and tell me which books you have. I am especially looking for the small book entitled Writers Book of Wisdom: 101 of the Best Rules You'll Ever Want to Follow!.

The easiest way to get in touch with me is to drop me an email --

Writing Op - The Word Smith Writer

If you do not already receive the free e-letter put out by The Word Smith Writer (formerly WordSmith Shoppe), you should. If you DO receive it, be sure to check out Peg's sticky notes section. She is now accepting submissions for the newsletter.

To sbscribe to The Word Smith Writer go to: http://www.wordsmithshoppe.com/

Peg Writes:

There are two new features I'd like to call to your attention. Read (them and) then please consider submitting something yourself.

Reflections. .... Each issue will have a small devotional, thoughts, or some other quiet moments for your comfort, pleasure or enjoyment.

Special Delivery: This will probably be an occasional feature depending on what comes in, but I will post email messages from you that would benefit others. Keep them short and to the point.


JENKINS SIGNS EXCLUSIVE TYNDALE CONTRACT. Best-selling Left Behind co-author Jerry Jenkins has signed an exclusive 15-book contract with Tyndale House Publishers. Jenkins will write two books a year for the first two years, then three a year. Subject matter and whether the books will be stand-alone or series titles are still to be determined.

JENKINS SIGNS WITH WRITER’S DIGEST BOOKS. Jerry Jenkins signed a one-book deal with Writer’s Digest Books to pen his reflections on writing. Titled Writing for the Soul, the book will be a combination of autobiography, inspiration, and instruction. An aggressive publicity and marketing campaign will accompany the book’s September 2006 release.

REVELL SIGNS LEISHA KELLY. Revell has signed best-selling fiction author Leisha Kelly to a three-book series, “Country Road Chronicles.” The first title, Rorey’s Secret, releases in August.

MEYER TITLE DEBUTS AT NO. 10 ON NY TIMES LIST. Warner Faith’s Approval Addiction by Joyce Meyer landed at No. 10 on the New York Times best-seller list after its first week of sales. Stores in the South and Midwest reported selling more than 500 copies and running out of inventory.

MORE ON MONSTER. An Apr. 18 issue of Entertainment Weekly called Frank Peretti a “Christian publishing phenom.” His Monster debuted at No. 127 on USA Today’s Top 150 list Apr. 21.

WESTBOW WINS BID FOR LAWHEAD. Westbow Press won a three-publisher bid for best-selling ABA author Stephen Lawhead. His first project for WestBow will be a Robin Hood recreation. The first installment, Lord of the Forest, releases Sept. 2006.

FORMER RANDOM HOUSE PUBLISHER NOW LITERARY AGENT: Don Pape the former publisher of WaterBrook Press (a division of Random House) recently announced he is leaving his post in publishing to become a literary Agent with Alive Communications. www.alivecom.com. Alive Communications is considered a premier literary agency representing several New York Times best selling authors and series - including the multi-million seller: The Left Behind series. In a recent interview Mr. Pape was quoted as saying "What I liked best about publishing was being the author's advocate - now I can concentrate on the author, full time". Mr. Pape welcomes submissions of quality. --Don Pape, dpape@alivecom.com [Reprinted from Dan Poynter’s Publishing Poynters with permission. http://ParaPublishing.com]

AMAZON'S FIRST-QUARTER SALES JUMP TO $699 MILLION; 700,000 pre-orders for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince are received. See http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA527870.html [Reprinted from Dan Poynter’s Publishing Poynters with permission. http://ParaPublishing.com]

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