31 October 2016

Verbolatry Laugh-a-Riot Contest 2016 Results announced!

Updated! 

And the winner of the FREE category is...

Monica Graff, for her essay The Doubts at the Door. Congratulations Monica!

This is what the judges had to say about Monica's submission:


"Talking to your characters or your fears is a fairly common idea, but this version is very nicely done. It's well written and gets the concept across in a piece that actually has a beginning, middle and end."

For all the humour writers out there, here're some general comments from our judges to nail that humour:


"1. Remember to write a great opening paragraph that is also funny so that the reader is not only engaged, she is clear of the tone of the piece.

2. With comedy, make sure to close with a big laugh.

3. Keep in mind some of the basic rules of comedy to boost the funny. For example, the K Rule, the list of three, comparison jokes and definition jokes."


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Thanks for joining us for a great fun-filled contest! Keep an eye out for next year's!

30 September 2016

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1 September 2016

Debora's Pen

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Words from the Wise


"I've started trying to put some logos/photos in the feature piece, and your little girl seemed perfect... I think Debora is very cute. Clean and to the point. You ought to start a newsletter about Debora - brief with a lesson of sort. I think writers would love it. Excited about reading them!"
C. Hope Clark
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Brian Scott
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Freelance Writing

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Lee H. Wilson
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Virginia Howard
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31 July 2016

How FundsForWriters.com taught me to be a successful writer


Once upon a time, there was a writer. She’d had over a hundred feature articles published in various magazines, before she heard about FundsForWriters.com. “Hey, I’m a writer! I bet I could tell other writers a thing or two, and earn fifty cool ones,” she thought. So she dashed off a submission to the editor, Hope Clark. It was rejected. She tried again. And again. She had to pitch four times before her fifth submission was finally accepted. Even then, the piece seemed so less-than-satisfactorily edited, it spawned not one but two irate editorials, back-to-back, on the importance of perfecting...

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C Hope Clark
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1 July 2016

Need motivation? Stop writing! (Enter a writing contest instead)


The most assiduous writer comes face to face with Writer's Block occasionally. The hand tires of embellishing the 59th promotional copy for Kirk's Paving and Tiling Solutions Ltd, the soul wearies of deconstructing the 16th time Joe Hero battles sundry demons. Creative juices dry up, creative muses leave the building, inspiration imitates a certain 1985 DeLorean and vanishes in a puff of smoke, leaving behind only the dusty smouldering ashes of a burnt out freelancer or novelist.

So you seek a jump-start. Because you are a writer, and write you must.

Disregard everything...


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30 June 2016

Debora's Pen

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C. Hope Clark
Editor
Funds For Writers

"I enjoyed your cartoon series"
Brian Scott
Editor
Freelance Writing

"These are cute, I like them."
Lee H. Wilson
Art Editor
Feathertale Review

"Charming! I obviously like the cartoon, tailored-made to fit the theme, even including the date of the emails to coincide with the publication of the journal."
Virginia Howard
Editor
Thema

"This is cool"
Linda Formichelli
Editor
The Renegade Writer

"That was a good comic you sent me. I liked the line drawings, and I thought it was clever."
Bill Kenower
Editor-in-Chief
Author Magazine

"These are definitely cute"
Moira Allen
Publisher
Writing World

"These are very well constructed and interesting"
Leon Ogroske
Editor
Writers' Journal

"These are adorable!"
Nicole Cliffe
Editor
The Toast

15 June 2016

8 Questions you should ask before selling all rights


“We take all rights to your work,” warn the guidelines of a popular parenting blog. “Don’t submit to us if you are not comfortable with this.”

Handing over all rights, including copyright, of your work to another entity goes against the grain for many writers. Others, however, don’t bat an eyelid. You can always write more, right? So, in which situations does it make sense?

All Rights is a big deal, and Perpetual Exclusive Rights even more so. From the publishers’ point of view, even though they may cost big bucks, there are advantages to buying all rights. Overhead costs more when keeping track...


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