Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Carolyn Howard Johnson News Letter

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March 21, 2009
Sharing with Writers
A newsletter that is also a community. Share your ideas. Learn from theirs! Associated with the multi award - winning series of HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers, www.howtodoitfrugally.com


From the Desks of
Carolyn Howard - Johnson
and Sharing with Writers Subscribers

In the spirit of the advice I give in the Frugal Editor - - that is to use an extra pair of eyes whenever possible - - this newsletter is voluntarily copyedited by Mindy Phillips Lawrence ~ mplcreative1@aol.com ~ www.freewebs.com/mplcreative. I also tell writers to be patient with other writers when they make editing boo - boos. We're all human. This letter comes out weekly and it's long!

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Contents

Regular Features
~Note from Carolyn
~Letter - to - the - Editor
~Thank Yous (where you also find leads and great resources!) ~Tips and News Galore! (They're scattered, you'll just have to find
them!)
~Opportunities
~Author Successes
~Cheryl Answering: YOU Asking: A new monthly feature ~On Poetry ~Humor Hint by Anne Louise ~Mindy Lawrence's Itty Bitty Column: “Using the Senses in Writing”
~Carolyn's Appearances and Teaching
~Wordstuff ™

Special to This Issue:
~More on Publishers’ Shenanigans
~Q&A on Book Proposals
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Note from Carolyn


Dear Subscribers:

In The Frugal Book Promoter I advise the shy writer to promote by what they love to do most, writing. Yes, shy writers can promote by sitting behind their computers. There is a litany of ways to get your message out there and they’re all listed in the book with a little advice for how to break into each of them.

Those ideas include publishing in anthologies and lesser - known or beginning journals. The emerging writer has a better chance there. And you don’t have to sacrifice quality. New or small or online does not necessarily mean that a journal isn’t respected.

One of my poems about morning glories and chicken poop was just published in Writings from the River (www.frontrangereview.org). Edited by Frederick Bridger, it is Montana State University’s journal (so it has the academic cache), but they specialize in a Midwest sensibility which this little poem (borrowed from my childhood experiences) had in abundance. By the way, they will soon be publishing under the name Front Range Review. I had a similar experience with Mary, a journal put out by St. Mary’s College here in Los Angeles.

I also had the luck to publish with a brand new journal Pear Noir (http://www.pearnoir.com). When one submits to something brand new, one has no idea of what to expect. It turned out to be beautiful and this note today is mostly to urge you poets and short story writers to submit to them. When I received this well - designed volume, I was surprised to see that a fellow UCLA instructor, Les Plesko, was also published in it along with quite a few recognizable names in the literary world.

So, one can luck out. But even if the newbie journal doesn’t turn out to be all that you’d hope, it is always a thrill to have someone think enough of your work to want to include it.

Keep in mind that payment for some of these journals is often very low.
Sometimes they pay only in copies. I wouldn’t submit, though, if they don’
t offer at least one copy in return for using your work. That feels a little scammy. You’ll want to see your work, after all, and you shouldn’t be forced to buy a copy to see it. In fact, that’s one of the ways you can determine the difference between an authentic literary journal and one that will publish anything to get unsuspecting authors to buy lots of copies or one big, thin - paged, unedited and generally awful volume.

On the other hand, it is nice to buy an extra copy or two of a legitimate journal to support the people who cared enough to publish the very est - - YOU.

Keep Writing, Promoting and Yes, Editing, Too!
Carolyn Howard - Johnson

PS: All of these literary journals will qualify for Poets and Writers list of published poets (and other writers) - - even if they don’t presently have them on their list of publications. It is a nice little literary touch to be listed among the nation’s greatest authors on that magazine’s sites.


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Please note the new Resource for Writers page on Contests at www.HowToDoItFrugally.com.
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Letters - to - the Editor
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Carolyn, This is The Place is so motivating! It’s an excellent lesson in tolerance or, more than that, acceptance. I think it’s going to go in my pile of books to dissect and study. Few books make it to that pile. I’m reading David Balducci now (two books) and have to say he’s good but won’t go in my pile (Dan Brown made it because of the intricacy of his plot in The DaVinci Code). What my reading now is teaching me is to have depth to my writing and not just random characters doing stuff. Your book, Laila Lalami’s book and V.I. Naipaul’s book all show characters operating in a backdrop of either history, geography, religion or something larger than just an individual’s story. That’s what I am seeking to do with my novel .
. still too underdeveloped to write.
Thought you’d like to know.
Mindy Lawrence, Publisher
THINKING STONE PRESS

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Dear Carolyn,

RE: S c @ m s in the last issue of Sharing with Writers:
Remember when the guy from Barcelona ordered 100 books from me?
1 - He wasn't willing to use my PayPal.
2 - When I called up a merchant account to take his credit card, the woman told me that she and her husband had been sca mm ed by someone. They had cleared his credit card, shipped their books only to find that his credit card had been rescinded.
3 - I looked up the company in Barcelona. The guy's email address was completely unrelated to that company’s address, which he had copied and pasted.
4 - So glad I trusted my intuition and had it confirmed by the merchant account person and by you!
xox Pamela Kelly / Author of Award - Winning "Speak with Passion, Speak with Power!"
Coaching and Training that Unleashes Your Communication Super - Powers!
Presentations - Accent Reduction - Interviews - Whole Life Coaching
562 - 599 - 1462 www.pkelly.com, www.speak - with - passion.com, www.pkellycom.blogspot.com, www.linkedin.com/in/speakwithpassion


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Please pass this letter on to others. Unlike many, I do not mind if you use only portions of it as long as you credit the writers and include this subscribe information: "To subscribe to 'Sharing with Writers' send an e - mail to HoJoNews@aol.com with 'Subscribe' in the subject line."
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Tip: Joining writing groups is great way to get support and to promote.
Having said that, they are better if you can return the support in some way. And critique groups don’t have to be local groups. I’m a member of Wisconsin Regional Writer’s Association and, because of that, I get mentioned in their Wisconsin Writer’s Journal, contest opportunities and have available lots of networking opportunities. Find them at www.wrwa.net. Share the organization you belong to with me. Tell me how they might help a writer in another state or town and I’ll publish them in this letter.


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Please paste this little blurb - - perhaps with a little endorsement - - in your newsletter or website: To subscribe to Sharing with Writers send an e - mail with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line to HoJoNews@aol.com or go to www.howtodoitfrugally.com for an auto subscribe box.
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Author Successes

Mary Rosenblum Publishes in Anthology . . .
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My blog, War, Peace, Tolerance and Our Soldiers is where I get to nag and rag and try to make things better for our troops and maybe for the world.
I'd love to have you leave a comment. www.warpeacetolerance.blogspot.com
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Tip: Annette Gisby is an old friend from one of the first Yahoogroups I ever joined. She Blogs at Live Journal which includes all things writerly.
Check it out for what you can learn and how you might connect with Annette. http://community.livejournal.com/roseshadows/5960.html

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TIP: I love Word of the Day from www.yourdictionary.com. Today’s entry, the noun “Pasquinade” is related to what we writes do so I though I’d pass it on to you with a recommendation that you sign up to get a new word in your e - mail box each day. I delete the ones I know, read the ones I don’
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Pasquinade (noun)

Pronunciation: [pæs - kwên - 'neyd]

Definition: A piece of writing that ridicules a specific person and is posted in a public place; a public lampoon of a particular person.
Usage: Like the pasquinade, a lampoon is a composition that uses literary devices such as metaphor, simile, and irony to attack someone. The difference between a pasquinade and a lampoon is that the pasquinade publically ridicules a person named, while the lampoon may be directed toward a group or otherwise protect individuals. Today, the Web is a fertile field for the pasquinade because of its structure: no peer editing or review and no corporate sponsorship and party line, means that individuals can anonymously and publicly ridicule other people. (Stay tuned for the difference between lampoon and satire.) A pasquinader is one who writes pasquinades; the act of doing so is pasquinading.
Suggested Usage: The workplace brings out the pasquinade - drafting impulse in some people: "When Sheila announced the bonuses, Reginald had to make a quick dash to the water cooler to remove his colorful pasquinade about the members of the corporate hierarchy." It’s a practice not limited to adults; in fact, many of the most talented pasquinaders are youngsters.
In junior high school many of us pasquinaded our teachers at length—and accompanying caricatures only raised our compositions’ entertainment value.

Etymology: French, from Italian "pasquinata," from "Pasquino." A statue representing Menelaus with the body of Patroclus stands in the Piazza di Pasquino, a small square near the Piazza Navona in Rome. Legend holds that Pasquino, a tailor in the Piazza, had a sharp wit and a reputation for lampooning, and sometimes he hung his most pointed observations from the statue in the square. The statue took on his name when others joined in Pasquino’s pastime, pinning their lampoons on the statue until, finally, the practice of publically lampooning others itself took on his name.
–Dr. Language, YourDictionary.com


===================================================== So you got As in English. You know grammar and spelling. That's great but an editor of you those skills alone doth not make. An editor knows formatting, front and back matter, indexing, structure, the elements of fiction and on and on.
But mostly she'll see your manuscript in a fresh, new light. Learn how to hire a great editor and learn to be a better partner for any author, awful to superb, in The Frugal Editor.
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Tip:. To add Technorati, Del.icio.us, and other widgets to your blog posts go to www.egmstrategy.com/ice/tag - generator.cfm. Without them your readers can’t shout out what they love on Digg and similar sites. EGM Strategy makes it an easy enter - info - copy - and - paste process and it ’s f r ^ ^.


===================================================== Recently Yvonne Perry, owner of WritersintheSky Creative Services, and I chatted about editing, everything from em - dashes to why what works on the Web doesn't work for you book's manuscript. Yvonne offers you the F r ^ ^ podcast on her blog: http://yvonneperry.blogspot.com/2008/12/do - you - have - questions - about - editing.html. You'll find other f r ^^ podcasts on writing on her blog, too.
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Opportunities

Fun Stuff BlogTalk Blurb Contest ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Here's a fun promotion idea from Virgil Jose, long time Sharing with Writers subscriber and supporter: You read a blurb of your book in a contest with 4 other authors and if your blurb is judged best, your book gets a review and the blurb gets posted on the site (www.blogtalkradio.com/blurb). Contact:
Sally Fields at: blurbradio@gmail.com for details. Blurbingly yours, Virgil


Military Writer Op from Subscriber Pam Kelly ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ EXTENDED DEADLINE: March 31 Are you an active or veteran woman in the military? Are you a family member - - or friend - - of a woman in the military?
Share your stories! Daughter, sister, mother, aunt, cousin... Write a TRIBUTE to her for . Heart of a Military Woman Go to:
http://heartbookseries.com/heart - of - a - military - woman/ DEADLINE:
March 31, 2009.



Learning More About Craft. . . ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~.Long Ridge Writers Group offers online or by mail courses in short fiction and nonfiction as well as an advanced novel course. The instructors are published authors who work one on one with individual students, tailoring the courses to suit student writing goals. The website is open to the public and offers a wealth of help for the aspiring writer including articles on all aspects of the craft and real - time Forums on writing topics. www.longridgewritersgroup.com


Writer Advice Flash Prose Contest. . . ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~.Writer Advice's Fourth Annual Flash Prose Contest seeks flash fiction, memoir, and creative nonfiction that mesmerizes the reader in 750 words or less.
DEADLINE: April 15, 2009. Entry fee: $10 per submission. First prize:
$150. Last year's prizewinners will judge. Complete guidelines, mailing address, and prizes at www.writeradvice.com.


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No part of this newsletter is paid advertising. If you would like to advertise to subscribers, display ads are available at www.howtodoitfrugally.com at less per year than most sites charge for a single month (see the advertising tab at the top of the page).
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Opinion

Recession and What’s Good for Literature Cries Out for Better Than This from Publishers ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~.
Recently I blogged about the indecency of high - life expenditures of the nation’s major publishers. Now I hear they’re giving monster royalties to nonwriters - - even bigger than the ones they used to give. They are going to the likes of Joe the Plumber and giggly Sarah Palin who’d better use a ghostwriter because she can’t string a single sentence together using decent syntax unless she’s using a cue card. I’d write and rave and rant about it but someone already did. Find it at
http://www.montanakaimin.com/index.php/opinion/opinion_article/book_deals_for_the_incompetent/3519
If you’d like to read that last rant of mine, go to http://sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com/2009/01/what - in - heavens - name - are - big - publishers.html.
Massages and limos indeed!
Thanks to Nadine Laman, author of Kathryn’s Beach (www.nadinelaman.com) for letting me know about this opinion piece.


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Subscribers who have websites or newsletters of their own may be interested in the Free Articles 4 Readers and Writers on my site, www.howtodoitfrugally.com. I try to add new articles to it frequently. If you don't see what you need for your blog or newsletter, just ask.
HoJoNews@aol.com.
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Tip: When talking with corporate buyers, do not sell your books. Sell the benefits your books can offer this particular buyer. Show how your content will help your prospects improve their competitive position or brand profitability. Demonstrate the time period within which the buyers could experience a return on their investment. - - - - - Submitted by Patrika Vaughn, your Author's Advocate www.acappela.com


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Fun and F r * *: If you purchased the Frugal Book Promoter or the Frugal Editor, I'd love for you to review it on Amazon or BN.com. Make it simple; just tell what part of it you found most valuable. If you do, send me the review link (URL) and I will send you a handout from one of my UCLA classes. As a thank you, of course. HoJoNews@aol.com =====================================================


On Poetry
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This is a running feature for the poets among us and those who would like to try writing poetry but feel, well, inadequate about the writing or the promotion. Please send in your poetry tips and resources for this section.

E - mail me for a handout I will be taking to the LA Times/UCLA Fair with me. We will be trying something new - - an in - booth poetry reading. I’
ll be giving out a little folded brochure that will help newbies write better poetry. Send your request to HoJoNews@ aol.com. Please put POETRY HANDOUT REQUEST in the subject line. It both teaches and promotes.


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Tip: The writer’s organization Backspace has a motto: Writers Helping Writers. Sounds as if they are a match made in heaven. Check out what they have to offer at www.bksp.org.


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A general marketing rule is that a product must be seen seven times before it is purchased. That is just as true for books (because they are products, like it or not!). Let people see that book cover image! To do that, you are invited to advertise as a site sponsor at www.howtodoitfrugally.com for only $25 to $30 a year. Yep, the frugal way!
Click on the Advertising tab at the top of the page or contact me personally at hojonews@aol.com.
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Q&A a la Ann Landers

Your Book Proposal
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Carolyn,

I've attached the contents of the book proposal so you can have an idea of all I have done. Did I go overboard? Should I just list the articles and say they can be provided if interested in reading them?
Jo Ann Hernandez, author of White Bread Competition Blogging at http://bronzeword.wordpress.com

ANSWER:

No, you didn't go overboard. The idea of a proposal is to give your contact everything they might need in one place, not to send them on a hunt for information however easy it is to do with links. Truly, they don't have time. And they don’t want to open attachments because of viruses. Those writing a book proposal will want to download my 49 cents wonder, the Amazon short, “The Great First Impression Book Proposal:
Everything You Need To Know To Sell Your Book in 20 Minutes or Less.” Find it at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000YG6O5U/ .

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Available: http://www.tri - studio.com/audiodivas.html from Audio Divas on many aspects of building a writing career. Here is the page where you'll find the full list of the writer - related ones at http://www.tri - studio.com/writers.html. Titles include Contest Facts: How to Add “Award - winning” to Your Name, Do It Yourself Indexing: The Way to Sell Your Book to Libraries, Schools and Anyone Else That Buys Nonfiction, Fury and
Destruction: How to Use Violence Effectively in Your Writing, and more.
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Tip: So why is it you need an editor? So why is it you need to know about editing when your publisher will have an editor or you already hired one?
WHY is that! I’ll tell you why! http://www.readerviews.com/Articles - EditingHowToHireEditor.html. And don’t forget to look at other great articles Irene Watson provides on her Reader Views article bank.


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Endorsement: "I am so happy for you to receive a second award [Reader Views Literary Award] for The Frugal Editor. I bought this book a week ago, and I love it. I can already see the improvement in my work. Thank you. You deserve this award." ~Katherine Harms, author =====================================================


Tip: Jozette Aaron talks to authors with her DeSilva’s News. One of my how - to articles for writers appears regularly. To subscribe go to her web site: http://jozette.webs.com or send an email to jozettesdesk@sympatico.ca with the word SUBSCRIBE in the subject line.


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Reciprocal Links: Many subscribers are in a position to cross promote. Let me know if you would like to trade some recommendation or promotion for any of my books - - from the HowToDoItFrugally series to my chapbook of poetry - - for a place on my Resources for Writers or Resources for Readers pages on www.HowToDoItFrugally.com.
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Thank Yous


Thanks to Shirley Roe and AllBookReviews . . .
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ . . .for publishing my recommendation of Publishing Possibilities by Cheryl Pickett: http://www.allbookreviews.com/Default.aspx?tabid=1170


Thanks to Richie O Brien of Limerick Ireland . . .
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ . . . for running an ad for his Phone Calls to Sinatra on my Web site.
Find his book at
http://www.theebooksale.com/zen -
cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=122&products_id=434

Find my advertising page at
http://www.carolynhowardjohnson.redenginepress.com/advertising.htm


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I use Vista Print for lots of my promotional materials. Be aware that shipping prices may fluctuate, depending on the deal of the moment. Please use this link: http://www.vistaprint.com/frf?frf=815651421184
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Writer’s Vocabulary: From YourDictionary.com

Paronym (noun)
Pronunciation: ['pæ - rê - nim]

Definition: A derivation from another word, a word related to another by derivation, as "derivation" and "derivative" are derived from "derive;"
they also are paronyms of "derive."

Usage: This word is used mostly by linguists who distinguish between paronyms and inflections. An inflection is a variant of a word that does not change its basic meaning as "derived" and "deriving" are inflectional forms of "derive." These endings do not change the verb significantly. The endings on the paronyms in the definition above, however, change the verb into an adjective and noun with meanings significantly different from that of the verb. The adjectives of "Paronym?" Take your pick: "paronymous" or "paronymic."

Suggested Usage: As we have remarked in relation to other specialized terms, however, there is no reason to allow linguists to have all the fun:
"Captain Marvel is a genius; he knows every word in the English language and all its paronyms." Push it even farther if you like, "Since taking up with Annegrette, Lucien has become a more lustrous paronym of his former self.."
Etymology: Today's word comes to us from ancient Greek paronymon "derivation", based on para "(be)side" + onoma (Doric onyma) "name." The same Doric form is found in "synonym," "antonym," and many other 'nyms. It goes back to Proto - Indo - European *no - men - which became Latin nomen "name, reputation" found in "nominal," "nominate," and "nomenclature."
English "name," and German "Name" come from the same root. In Russian it emerged as imeni "of a name" after the [n] and [m] switched places (metathesis).


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The semi - annual AllTips edition is now in the works. Please send me your best tip for writing or promotion AND please let your fellow writers know now is the time to subscribe to Sharing with Writers - - so they don’t miss it. Send an e - mail with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line to hojonews@aol.com.
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Tip: Writing flash fiction is a good way to learn more about avoiding wordiness. Pamela Casto’s newsletter will give you submission resources for short fiction and let you brag a bit when you publish your work. Send an e - mail to FlashFictionFlash - Subscribe@yahoogroups.com.


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This is an example of one of my Twitters: FrugalBookPromo New trend?
Borders to buy nonreturnable books from HarperStudio in return for a deeper discount. They cover everything from news to more tips and resources all in 140 characters or less. If you don’t want to Tweet, at least follow me. Make a profile page and invite www.twitter.com/frugalbookpromo.
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Tip: Read my Reviews for Riters©. From them you’ll find not only good books that will grow your career but also learn from the critiques I do of other’s books. They may also be used for at no charge on your blog or Web site. I just posted a new review of Cheryl Pickett’s Publishing Possibilities. Find a huge selection at www.carolynhowardjohns.redenginepress.com/free_content.htm

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The New Book Review is a service of this newsletter. It allows authors to get more exposure from their favorite review and reviewers a chance to have more readers see their reviews - - with links, of course. Please check the guidelines on the blog site at www.TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com.
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An Itty - Bitty Column on Writing

Using Sight, Sound, Touch, Smell, Taste in Writing ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ By Mindy Phillips Lawrence

Curled up on my couch, I sat reading a book by the founder of the Stress Reduction Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School meditation teacher Jon Kabat - Zinn. In it, he has a chapter on each one of the senses and how they are used, both individually and collectively, in meditation. In one chapter, he described nothing but the sounds he heard when he was outside. Another chapter began with his vivid description of what he saw. When you read these passages, although you are not there, you ARE there.
Several years ago, I went to the Iowa Summer Writer’s Festival and took a class from Sands Hall on “Writing with the Senses.” It was a tremendous, eye - opening lesson. As an actor, writer, dancer, and playwright, Hall had us enthralled with her words and hooked on how to use the senses in our work.

When we think “sensual,” we usually think about sex. That’s only one tiny aspect of sensual writing. When we describe a car, or a meadow, or a person, we write with the senses. Although this can be overdone, when we get a handle on how to use it effectively, writing with the senses pulls readers into the story, into where we are and who or what we are writing about.

Why not go out with a pen and paper, instead of paints, and color what you see with words? It’s finally spring! There should be a lot to “paint.”

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Sand’s Hall at the Iowa Summer Writer’s Festival http://www.continuetolearn.uiowa.edu/iswfest/html/instructor/Hall.html

Jon Kabat - Zinn - Coming to Our Senses (Hyperion, 2005) http://www.amazon.com/Coming - Our - Senses - Ourselves -
Mindfulness/dp/0786867566/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1237670441&sr=8 -
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Using the Five Sense to Enhance Your Writing http://ezinearticles.com/?Using - the - Five - Senses - to - Enhance - Your - Writing&id=180036

The Quintessence – Writing with All Five Senses http://www.creativemindscollective.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=60:quintessence&catid=43:meeting -
handouts&Itemid=66

Jon Kabat - Zinn Asks Us to Come to Our Senses http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA484806.html

Poetry Writing Exercises for the Senses
http://www.writingforward.com/writing - exercises/poetry - writing - exercises/poetry - writing - exercises - senses

Stress Reduction Center
http://www.umassmed.edu/content.aspx?id=41252

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Carolyn's Appearances and Teaching
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New!Carolyn Howard - Johnson will be on a panel at UCLA’s Career Day on Wednesday, April 22, 7 - 9 pm at the Career Center, 502 Westwood Plaza, LA, CA. The topic is “Writing Careers: So You Think You Can … Write” For more information contact John G. Taborn, Ph.D. at 310 206 1025. For more information go to www.career.ucla.edu.
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New!Watch for a new podcast on writing The Great First Impression Book
Proposal: Everything You Need To Know To Sell Your Book in 20 Minutes or Less (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000YG6O5U/ ) at Authors Access’s great, f r ^ ^ service for writers in June. In the meantime, find an old one on book promotion we did on book promotions at http://authorsaccess.com/archives/90. It was their most listened - to podcast last year.

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Carolyn Howard - Johnson will be signing a new chapbook of poetry She Wore Emerald Then: Reflections on Motherhood as well as her other books, including the HowToDoItFrugally series of books, at the world renowned LA Times/UCLA Festival of Books the last weekend in April, 2009, on the UCLA Campus. To learn more about a signing position for yourself next year, contact Christine Alexanians at chalexwrite@yahoo.com.
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Carolyn Howard - Johnson will be presenting two seminars at the National Stationery Show, one on Monday, May 18, called "Move Upward in a Down Market with Free Publicity Exposure and Money - Making In - Store Promotions" and the other, "Grow Your Business Online for No $$$," on Tuesday, May 19. This is a huge show a la Book Expo America! but for stationery retailers and will be at Javits Center in Manhattan. She'll also be publishing a new book for her HowToDoItFrugally series, this time for retailers. Many of the marketing principles are the same, though. ( -
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Carolyn Howard - Johnson will speak on how editing is one of the most important parts of your book promotion with "Query Letters as Promotion:
Let's Make Them Picture Perfect!" at International Conference PROMO DAY!
on Saturday, May 9 at 9 am Pacific Time. The conference is broadcast from Rome, Italy so check your time conversion tables carefully to be sure you join the seminars at the right time.
http://jolinsdell.tripod.com/promoday/. PROMO DAY! is an all day international online event for people in the writing industry. There are lots of new features for the 2009 event including a workshop chatroom.

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For the first time, Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles and Mystery Writers of America/SoCal are joining forces to present a new venture, the California Crime Writers Conference, to be held June 13 - 14 at the Pasadena Hilton, Pasadena, CA. The conference is titled “Breaking In & Breaking Out:
Plotting the Write Course,” and is the next incarnation of the successful No Crime Unpublished conference held biannually by Sisters in Crime/LA.
Carolyn Howard - Johnson will be presenting a class on “Marketing Your Book Online” on Saturday June 13 at 9 am. The time is to be announced. The public is welcome. Learn more at http://www.sistersincrimela.com/ccwc.htm.
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New!Carolyn Howard - Johnson will be teaching “Creating a Promotion Campaign for Your Fiction or Nonfiction Book.” A one - day seminar, it will meet on the UCLA campus’ School of Public Affairs Building (Room
2317) Saturday, August 1, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Reg# U9836B www.uclaextension.edu ¤ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Mark October 12 to 18 on your calendar for The Muse Online Writers Conference cosponsored by Lea Schizas and Carolyn Howard - Johnson:
We are now taking reservations for the conference. More to come on my presentations there at http://themuseonlinewritersconference.com/. This year we’ve added pitch sessions:
http://www.themuseonlinewritersconference.com/2009workshops.htm

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Carolyn Howard - Johnson will be speaking on writing picture perfect query letters at the November session of Scribblers' Retreat Writers'
Conference, www.scribblersretreatwritersconference.com at Sea Palms Resort, St. Simons Island, Georgia. Scribblers Retreat Writers’ Conference offers four conferences of specifically chosen genres throughout the year.
It is brand new and one of the few chances I will have to speak on the East Coast in 2009.


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1 comment:

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

How neat to see my whole newsletter in a different format! Ha! Thank you, Connie. I'll also tweet a bit about it! And here's another tip for your readers:

Free online conference announcement and a sample media release: http://bookmarket.ning.com/profiles/blogs/twofer-free-online-conference

Best,
Carolyn Howard-Johnson