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Web copy writing tips June 24, 2010

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Imagine you have a house that is stunningly beautiful; and it is set up for parties, dinners, and dances. Every person who comes to one of your parties is enthusiastically welcomed, he has a great time every minute he is there, and he gets to go home with party favors. Each guest is going to think about his time at your house for a long time, and he is going to want to come back and visit as soon as possible. Web copy needs to make a site’s visitors feel the same way.

Web copy
When you write copy for Web sites, you have some goals in mind, but the bottom line is that you want readers to get the warm fuzzies and feel completely at home with the site and everything it represents. You also want them to get a little taste of the goods, and you want that taste to make them hungry for more. It’s like a first date—you dress up, use your best manners, flatter, open up a little, and leave her at the door after a sweet kiss. Then you follow up on that kiss with a phone call . . . but that’s another writer’s job.

Still a little overwhelmed? Follow this checklist:
-Welcome
-Who?
-How?
-Why?
-What? (Peek and taste)
-Hungry for more

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Make money writing May 18, 2010

Filed under: Business advice,Copywriting,Writing — sallyhanan @ 11:19 pm
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I started to write in earnest in 2005. I had big dreams and a notable ego, but I quickly found that no one else was quite as impressed by my writing as I thought he/she would be.

When you are your only critic, everything you write is wonderful.


Five years later, with a dried-up ego and smaller expectations, I am finally making money. Granted, this month’s check is a paltry sum that only pays two household bills, but it is something. By next year I should have earned back all the money I spent on conferences, books, and magazines on writing. 😀

So how did I do it?

Step One
Write for free.

Step two
Once you have about five published clips, start querying the magazines that pay $5-$10 per piece, then gradually increase your queries to magazines that pay from $15-$100.

Step three
Once you have clips from three recognizable magazines, start to query the magazines you really want to write for.

Don’t make the same mistake I did in the process—I kept looking for new magazines to write for, but what I neglected to recognize, as a huge blessing, were the magazines that actually liked me enough to publish me in the first place.

Your regular sources of income might be right under your nose.

I recently contacted some older magazines’ editors to remind them how much they loved me, and to see if they needed any new material. One has now added me as a regular on her mail-out request for submissions; another has asked me to write another piece for her October issue. This leads us to step four.


Step four
Don’t bite the hand that fed you. 🙂

 

 

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Query help May 3, 2010

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There’s nothing like a short and sweet post. 🙂

This fabulous Web site can help us all: Online promotion made easy. Use it for promotions, and it is also a perfect tool to use when writing a book query. You can find out in minutes how many books are already in print that cover your topic, and what the sales figures are like for them.

And for something completely different . . . I just read this fascinating article on the lack of Jewish fantasy writers, and I wanted to share it with you.

 

 

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Why keep blogging? April 29, 2010

Filed under: Business advice,Social media tips,Writing — sallyhanan @ 10:23 pm
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You write a blog, but what is your ultimate goal with it? Every journey should have a destination. Here are some more questions to help you on your path.


Why do you write?
Who do you write for (if not just for you)?

If you are writing for others, are you writing:
a) to inspire?
b) to teach?
c) to amuse?
d) to enrich?
e) to provoke thought?

No matter what you want to write for, you need to decide if you will use material from other sources or if you will provide something unique. From what I can gather, most of the popular blogs are the unique ones.

So my last question for you is:
How can you make your blog unique? (Or is it ok to be another blog in blog world that is just like everyone else’s?)

 

 

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What happens to my book proposal? April 8, 2010

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Chip McGregor is one of those guys who seems to do it all—blogging, speaking, writing, finding future best-selling authors, securing over 1,000 book deals . . . blah, blah, blah. It’s enough to make the lesser gods sick, but you can temper your loserville/lessergod pain quickly when you read all of the great advice Chip gives you in his blog.

Chip’s latest post is about the journey your proposal takes once an agent asks for it. Many times your novel/non-fiction opus might not pass through the golden doors of publishing for reasons you’ve never thought of.

Read more here.
                                                                 
And for some other insights on what happens to your blood, sweat and tears:

From proposal to published book.

The parts of the proposal agents focus on.

Thoughts from author/editor Diane Eble.

 

 

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Submission package scholarships March 20, 2010

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Writer’s Relief, Inc. is offering three writers the chance to win a Peter K. Hixson Memorial Scholarship for Creative Writers.

” . . . a scholarship fund so that up-and-coming writers might have the opportunity to advance their careers with the help of Writer’s Relief.”

Writer’s Relief is a company that helps writers to find markets for their writing, but Writer’s Relief does more than that—it helps writers prepare cover letters, query letters, and submission packages. The scholarships offered will cover the cost of these services.

Three awards will be made, one in each of the following genres:
Novel
Short Prose (Story or Essay)
Poetry

“Three writers will each receive two rounds of A La Carte PLUS submissions valued at over $500 per scholarship. Our A La Carte PLUS service includes cover or query letter creation and targeting to 25+ literary agents or journals.”

Applications must be received between April 1, 2010, and midnight on April 23, 2010.

There is no fee to apply.

To learn more, the submission guidelines and dates are here.

 

 

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Coordinating WordPress.com with Twitter February 7, 2010

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Jonathan B asked me if there was an easy way to link your WordPress blog to Twitter so that anything you blog gets tweeted. There are three main ways to connect your WordPress.com blogs with Twitter.

Display your newest blog posts on your Twitter page
Click on
Dashboard
My blogs
Publicize
to automatically post a link to your Twitter and/or Yahoo accounts.

Add a sidebar box that shows your Twitter updates
A lot of people dislike this feature because they feel their tweets are personal. It’s up to you—people’s tweets will show up on most search engines anyhow.
Click on
Appearance
Widgets
Add Twitter: Display your tweets from Twitter.
The next page will ask you how far down you want the Tweet box to be. Click on where you’d like it, and save to the sidebar.

Add a Follow Me on Twitter button
I visited twitterbuttons to get my HTML code for my button (because WordPress.com only works with HTML. It drive the Java nuts crazy :D). There are oodles of buttons to choose from, so you can switch yours out every week if you want to.
Once you have copied the code, you can add it as a text box in your sidebar.
Click on
Appearance
Widgets
Text: Arbitrary text or HTML
Add
Paste the code into the text box on the next page, say how far down you want the button to be, and save to the sidebar.

Happy tweeting!

 

 

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