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INKWELL NEWSWATCH (IN)
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The Inkwell
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A Publishing Division of Freelance Writing Organization International

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  Peggy Bechko
  Helen Dunn Frame
  Char Milbrett
  Joan R. Neubauer
  Ken Robinson
  Bev Walton-Porter

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IN WRITING CONTENTS December, 2012

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Items Of INterest

Writer, Inventor, I Am
From twenty thousand leagues under the sea, to billions of light years away, to leaping tall buildings in a single bound, you can unfetter your creativity by considering yourself in a different light.
By Rowdy Rhodes


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Scotiabank Giller Prize - 2007 Winner
From the best of the five chosen semi-finalists, Canadian novel and short-story author emerges as the winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, $40,000 richer with recognition from her peers.
By Rowdy Rhodes


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When Fan Mail Turns Scary
How do you know if it's fan mail or a crazy stalker? If it's a fan, you want to be accommodating, right? But what if it's not? This writer tries to find a balance.
By G. Kyle White


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The West Hollywood Book Fair
Successful authors show how to succeed and sell in the self-publishing market. You can do it too.
By Barbara Bordenave


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Global Offerings

Events - November 2007
IN provides a worldwide listing of writer-related events
By IN House Staff


INside CHUCKLES
The Writer At Work

The Writer At Work
Chronicling the tribulations of writing and offering a smile to boot The Writer at Work is a pleasurable and amusing break.
By Richard Krzemien


INside Scoop
Snoodles
Julie A. PierceThe cats have taken over the Pierce asylum, and we're not sure of our next move. The distraction of freelance assignments and managing the content for IN are blessings for this editor.
By Julie A. Pierce


ON THE COVER
From The Docks To The Commons
Sam SmithFrom his discouraging beginnings, Sam Smith continued on his way finding camaraderie among artists and musicians in Chelsea. The light then dawned that he would be a writer.
By Rowdy Rhodes and Julie A. Pierce


ON THE COVER
The Care Vortex (excerpt)
The Care VortexSam Smith's gripping and disturbingly real novel explodes comfortable myths and exposes a care vortex into which youngsters often vanish without trace.
By Sam Smith


INside AUTHORS
INtroducing . . .
Author SnapshotsWriting to us from Australia and the UK respectively, Magdalena Ball and David Hough have found success as writers. They tell it like it is on the road of toil and talent.
By Penelope Jensen


COLUMNS
IN Her Own Write

What's Your Genre?
In Her Own WriteWondering where to submit your newly finished tome? Look no further than here to identify the right genre and match your book up with the right publisher before spending precious hours on that all-important query letter.
By Anne R. Allen


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Pen IN Hand

Writers Write
Pen In HandIt's very simple. You'll know you’re a writer if you are indeed writing. If you are not writing, then you are still just a wannabe. Use tools as tools, and let yourself be a writer.
By Peggy Bechko


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Write On!

Time Management
Write OnIt's not really time that you can manage. It's what you do during the passage of time that you can control. See your situation for what it is, and use it for its best-suited purpose. Some of that time will be for writing.
By Ken Robinson


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INstruction

Rushing Work
INstructionAllowing yourself time to put a newly finished piece aside and then come back to it later with fresh eyes can improve your success rate. What's the rush?
By Helen Dunn Frame


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INscribe

Seven Deadly Sins
INscribeFrom greed to sloth, side-stepping these unforeseen pitfalls of the writing life will keep you focused on your work and out of the hot seat.
By Bev Walton-Porter


WRITER'S LIFE
Fiction

Write Angle
What kind of a writing day are you having? You have a lot of choices if you take the half-full angle. So give your point of view the write angle.
By Rebecca Forster


WRITER'S LIFE
Nonfiction

Part I: What Your Publisher Won't Tell You
Even the coincidence of a box-office smash being released under the same title at the same time as your book will not guarantee great success. Get on your platform and sell!
By Erika-Marie S. Geiss


WRITER'S LIFE
Screen & Stage

Elevator Exposure
You walk onto an elevator and before the doors close in walks Steven Spielberg pushing the button for the 15th floor. You realise you have less than 30 seconds to pitch your excellent script. Would you be ready?
By Kimberley Ann Sparks


WRITER'S LIFE
Poetry

Haiku: Highest Art
Challenge yourself by studying the subtlety of past masters, and don't be intimidated by the high standing that haiku takes in the literary world. Get in touch with your inner Zen master.
By Stan Grimes


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Top 10 Resources

Top 10: History
How do you decide what really matters in the past? Is it somewhat discretionary – what's included and what's excluded? The determination of historical value seems to be a matter of personal judgement.
By Char Milbrett


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Advice/Q&A

Neubauer's Nuggets
If an editor asks you to make changes to your piece, should you walk? Is following up on the status of your manuscript with your agent grounds for being categorized as a stalker? Joan has the answers.
By Joan R. Neubauer


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Features

Part III: Have Ideas, Will Travel
Rest, relaxation, and a notebook full of ideas: These are the hallmarks of a successful vacation that can pay you back.
By Lori Myers


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Book Reviews

Book Reviews - October
Jurgen Wolff with his extraordinary writing self-help book Your Writing Coach; Susan M. Tiberghien with her next best thing to workshops; and Jenna Glatzer with the way to pay the bills as a freelancer. 
By Sylvia Petter, Mark London, Jody Ellis-Knapp


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Time For The Courts
The people of the Great White North have become the Great White senders of junk mail, phishing, spam email, and cyberspace harvesting. You can do your part to help stop this injustice by reading this article.
By Rowdy Rhodes


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2007 Nobel Prize In Literature
The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2007 is awarded to the English writer Doris Lessing.
By IN House Staff


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Scotiabank Giller Prize - 2007 Shortlist
The shortlist of finalists has been released for the $50,000 annual Best Canadian Novel or Short Story Collection Award with five candidates in the running.
By Rowdy Rhodes


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Well Spent Novel Time
There's nothing to win and it's not a contest. It's a state of mind – a moment in time when writers put their heads down to hammer out 50,000 words and create a novel.
By Mark London


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Items Of INterest

Breakthrough Novel Award
Amazon, Penguin, and Hewlett-Packard team up to launch the first Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award via the new CreateSpace website.
By IN House Staff


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ScreenplayLab In Los Angeles
Membership is free and the opportunities are vast. Mixers, presentations, and workshops may have your screenplay on the right track in no time.
By Barbara Bordenave


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Global Offerings

Events - October 2007
IN provides a worldwide listing of writer-related events.
By IN House Staff


INside CHUCKLES
The Writer At Work

The Writer At Work
Chronicling the angst of writing and offering a smile to boot, The Writer at Work is a pleasurable and amusing break.
By Richard Krzemien


INside Scoop
Passages
Julie A. PierceJulie Pierce reflects on the passing of her grandmother and gives you the lay of the of the land for this edition.
By Julie A. Pierce


ON THE COVER
Irish Mists And Histories
Rose DoyleRose Doyle has been writing for most of her life. From journalism, radio, and documentaries to short stories and novels, Rose writes it all from her cozy home town of Dublin, Ireland.
By Rowdy Rhodes and Julie A. Pierce


ON THE COVER
Shadows Will Fall (Excerpt)
Shadows Will Fall"The body was in the doorway of the morgue. The earlier bodies had been left in morgue doorways too, but I didn't know that then."
By Rose Doyle


INside AUTHORS
INtroducing . . .
Author SnapshotsFrom Blackpool, Sam Smith, ex-Merchant Navy, brings us 30 years of writing experience, along with poet and novelist Peter Tomlinson, born during wartime England, ex-British Army, who, after publishing close to 300 poems had his first book published in 2003. Learn from their collective wisdom.
By Penelope Jensen


COLUMNS
IN Her Own Write

Who Needs An Agent?
In Her Own WriteYou can do it yourself. Do your research. Join the union. Be creative. Local presses and POD can be your best publishing friend.
By Anne R. Allen


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Pen IN Hand

Refined Author's Guide
Pen In HandBooksellers are your friends. Treat them well and they can treat you well. They need to know who you are and that you have a book to sell.
By Peggy Bechko


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Write On!

The Well Of Creativity
Write OnRefill your well with planned downtime. If the inspiration hits you, go with it. On the average day, however, remember to take a breather.
By Ken Robinson


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INstruction

Marketing Books To Libraries
INstructionSeeing libraries as a marketing partner is useful. If you've had an unpleasant library experience, don't let it keep you from this marketing opportunity.
By Helen Dunn Frame


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INscribe

Seven Virtues
INscribeWriters should embrace the seven virtues. There is strength and support for your writing success to be found in the application of each to your scribing.
By Bev Walton-Porter





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