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INside Scoop
Writing For A Living?
By Julie A. Pierce
November, 2007, 16:40

As you toil away, writing whatever it is that you write, are you getting paid? If you're not getting paid to write, but you want to get paid to write, what are you doing to get that cash for words flowing in your direction? Perhaps you do get paid to write, but what you write is not what you really want to be writing. So again, I ask you, what are you doing to change things?

The majority of published authors each have a story about what they had to do to keep a roof over their heads and clothes on their backs while making progress towards the dream of living off published works. The point here is that on a regular basis and with dedication, they were doing something that progressed the achievement of their publishing goals.

If you are hoping for freelance work but don't know where to actually look for it, I've got some great news for you. Click over to the FWO's Jobs and Searches area and you will find a list of useful tools and sites that will directly tune you into freelance opportunities galore. Of course, you still have to submit and apply yourself to acquiring the gigs, but Rowdy Rhodes, our site manager, has made it easy for you to find the openings. These sites and services will get you moving in the write direction.

Also, if you haven't already, get signed up for Writer's Site News (WSN). Rowdy delivers markets directly to you via WSN along with helpful news and more articles about writing. I recommend WSN as the perfect compliment to IN. It will keep you up to date with the happenings around here and let you know when a new edition of IN is available too.

Great content about writing, the writing life, and how-to write and get published is what IN is all about. This month is no different. Our cover interview is with bestselling author JoAnn Ross. Check out INside Authors to learn about how a Canadian gastroenterologist and an Australian translator made their way into the circle of published authors.

In her unique style, Anne Allen gives us advice about doing rewrites, and Bev Walton-Porter helps us move from rejection to next steps. Peggy Bechko's got some ideas about selling your book, and Ken Robinson introduces us to a secret. Helen Dunn Frame walks us through the creation of a press release to get the word out about your new piece.

What is an "easy reader"? Probably not what you're thinking – you naughty reader, you. Marjorie Allen answers that question for real. Erika-Marie Geiss gives us more insider information about getting your book noticed, and Gene Lenore is back this month explaining the lingo of TV land.

Marketplaces are the topic for Stan Grimes, and Char Milbrett considers the importance of perspective. As usual Joan Neubauer sets us straight with her Nuggets of wisdom. This month we hear a new voice speaking from the ranks of the editorial community; Corina Milic points out a few gems to help you make successful submissions.

We are still looking for a committed book reviewer to join our IN Crowd. In the mean time, Annie, Mark, and Penny have done their best to bring you three more books of value. Rowdy Rhodes invites us to view ourselves as INventors, delivers the Scotiabank Giller Prize winner, and pays tribute to the life of Norman Mailer in Items of INterest. Canada brings an unique invention to our attention, the Unochit LongPen™G. Kyle White shares a tale of scary fan mail, and Barbara Bordenave brings us news of the Hollywood Book Fair.

For those of you participating in NaNoWriMo through November, keep bashing away at your word count. I know you can do it!  

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Julie A. Pierce
Senior Editor
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