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JAlpha
01-05-2006, 06:01 PM
It's only January 4th, and I have already sent out a record number of submissions for a single month--thirteen http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/emoteClap.gif


Experience has shown, the more things I send out early, the better return on publication and or prize recognition I seem to reap throughout the year.

Now, for those of you that are eager to grow your list of publication kudos and or trophy shelf in 06, I challenge you to submit a record number of things for the month of January as well. And to sweeten the challenge for unpublished AW writers... this month, I am willing to provide content revision tips and share marketing leads with three AW members who have never had a prose poem or short story published.

I LOVE helping unpublished writers get their first piece published. I was fortunate to be part of a very supportive writing group when I had my first poem published, and I've always enjoyed helping other unpublished writers get their start. Though, of late, I haven't had as much time to do so. Helping out with the editing of some of the work in the SOS project was very rewarding, and I would like to start my new year out on the same positive note. Thus, my January Challenge http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif That, and the fact that I need to be more productive with the time I spend in the AW water cooler---it's nice to have a rep box full of posts deeming me the "Smilie Queen" but, what would really make me happy this year, would be to know that I actually helped some of my fellow AW members with their writing. My earliest ventures into the SYW threads as a critter weren't very rewarding---there was very little follow through on the submission/publishing status of the pieces critiqued and way too much counter critting of the critters for my taste. So, I'm giving this one-on-one, revision assistance idea a try.

Here's the deal... pm me by January 15th with your 100 word pitch expressing why you would like to have my revision help with your prose poem or short story. Do not pm the piece, only your 100 word pitch. I'll select three pitches that tug my heart the hardest, make me laugh the loudest and/or just make the most sense!


razor sharp revising + submitting = reaping publishing kudos in 06, it's that's easy, honest http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif

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Pat~
01-05-2006, 07:04 PM
You are totally inspirational, JAlpha!

I'm already published, so can't take advantage of this wonderful offer, but you have inspired me to set a simple writing goal....1 sub/week (yeah, I've always been an "underachiever"! Figure I better start low, and at least stay committed). For someone who's relatively goal-less, this will be a big enough undertaking. :)

JAlpha
01-05-2006, 08:01 PM
You are totally inspirational, JAlpha!

I'm already published, so can't take advantage of this wonderful offer, but you have inspired me to set a simple writing goal....1 sub/week (yeah, I've always been an "underachiever"! Figure I better start low, and at least stay committed). For someone who's relatively goal-less, this will be a big enough undertaking. :)

Go Pat! Go Pat! :e2cheer:

If some of those submissions you are planning to make include haiku, I've got a couple of contest leads for you. I'll post them in the haiku thread. If you want to, pm me with an inventory of the things you want to send out, i.e. genre, category, length etc. and whether or not you are open to contests and or nonpaying markets. I keep a huge inventory of marketing leads, more than I can use myself. If I find a match for one of your pieces, I'll send the lead your way.

Go Pat! Go Pat! :e2cheer:

Pat~
01-05-2006, 08:50 PM
Thanks, JAlpha!! I'll take you up on that--as soon as I organize myself!. I seem to write poetry more than anything else lately...I've never submitted haiku (I've written alot, but am dubious about the quality), so that might be a good place to start. Not into the contests as much, but paying (or quality non-paying) markets would be nice! Subject matter is all over the place, though I do have a fair number of devotional/religious poems, too.

(BTW, never fear...I'm firmly committed to 'playing', too much at times! Balance is my goal...)

JenNipps
01-06-2006, 08:43 PM
Well if a record number is the goal, I'm already there. lol. I sent out 10 contest entries this morning. Plus I have a couple query letters for nonfiction books that I'm polishing to send out on Monday.

JAlpha
01-06-2006, 09:13 PM
Well if a record number is the goal, I'm already there. lol. I sent out 10 contest entries this morning. Plus I have a couple query letters for nonfiction books that I'm polishing to send out on Monday.

Great start to your "writing" year Jen. http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/smilehooray.gif

Will you please share the source of your motivation?

For me, I got onto the submission wagon about four years ago, becasue quite frankly, I got tired of not putting my submissions where my mouth was....meaning, I got tired of saying I was a writer, but not putting my work out there. Then, once I got some submission momentum going, I actually started to get the results I had been hoping for. Imagine that! Who knew http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/EmoteROFL.gif

paprikapink
01-07-2006, 05:06 AM
Another good challenge! Segues nicely with the rejection slip challenge.

I feel a harmonic convergence coming on........

Ken Schneider
01-08-2006, 09:27 PM
Hey, I was in SOS, but I had loads of help with my story, plus, people knew my name.

I'm up for a real send out your work to someone who doesn't know you challenge. I have a short story.

So, I'm sending a P.M. 100 words huh? I talk a lot.

Nice thing that you are doing, Jen.

JAlpha
01-09-2006, 03:21 AM
Here's a quick update regarding the progress of my January Challenge. I have started to receive some mighty fine pitches, and I can already tell, it's going to be very hard to only select three.

Regarding those "pitches" that I do not select at this time, perhaps a small crit group can be formed to continue on with the challenge throughout the year. I would be willing to help organize such a group. If that does occur, I will be certain to reconnect with everybody who made a pitch, and give them the opportunity to join a longer term "challenge" group.

For now, keep those great pitches coming my way, and a BIG thank you to mod squad member, Katiemac, and the powers that be in AW Modumland for spotting my challenge and helping to promote it with your "sticky" powers.

I also need to restate that I am making this offer to unpublished authors only. I've received a couple of pitches from AW members who had a piece published in the SOS anthology, and truly that is a fine first publishing credit, and it does exclude you from my "challenge" at this time.

Pitch me, I dare ya :D

JenNipps
01-09-2006, 07:21 AM
Great start to your "writing" year Jen. http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/smilehooray.gif

Will you please share the source of your motivation?

For me, I got onto the submission wagon about four years ago, becasue quite frankly, I got tired of not putting my submissions where my mouth was....meaning, I got tired of saying I was a writer, but not putting my work out there. Then, once I got some submission momentum going, I actually started to get the results I had been hoping for. Imagine that! Who knew http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/EmoteROFL.gif

This one's easy. Ten entries went to a contest that I've worked on for the past 2 years. If you know who the judges are, you can't enter. So now that I can enter, I entered a lot. :)

It costs the same if you enter one contest category or as many as you can. $20 for 10 entries is better than $20 for one entry, if you ask me. lol. The entry fee is used to provide the cash prizes.

I have to completely agree with the submissions-where-mouth-is philosophy. I am completely with you on that one, though I'm just getting started on it.

hockeytaxi
01-09-2006, 07:09 PM
JAlpha,

Wow, what a great offer. :Sun: In fact it's too hard to refuse. :D I have been freelance writing for 10 months now and I have sold one article ($25) to a local parents mag and a few to our local newspaper. Please don't scroll away....

But..... I haven't gotten anywhere with my short stories. :cry: I adore Erma Bombeck and would love to publish similar type short stories. I have one that I've written for a rural writing contest and won, :hooray: (I've kept all rights and it was never published) but I've never been able to sell it! :rant:

Enough smilies? Your help would certainly be appreciated. Thanks, Selena

Cassie88
01-10-2006, 02:19 AM
JAlpha, I've written (as a freelancer) 7 books for a company that publishes Children's books. But I never know where to submit essays and poems. I wrote a humor piece sometime ago titled, "No Breasts" about wanting big breasts that never came. I think it's a tight, well-written piece, but I have no idea where to submit it. I have had one short piece published in Woman's World, but I find the other magazine markets unapproachable. I'd love ideas on where to send my "No Breasts" piece.

JAlpha
01-10-2006, 04:22 AM
Hey Cassie, are you looking for a paying or non paying market. I tend to have an abundance of leads for nonpaying markets :)

Cassie88
01-10-2006, 08:14 AM
JAlpha, I was looking for a paying market, but I'd be willing to submit to either, really. It's just frustrating to have this piece sit and do nothing, especially, since I feel it's such a good and funny piece. Thanks for replying, JAlpha, I know how busy you are.

Carole
01-10-2006, 05:22 PM
Thanks for dragging me out of my doldrums. Very inspirational!

WVWriterGirl
01-10-2006, 10:32 PM
Argh. Since I'm an SOS alumn, I'm stricken from taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity - ahh, well...Good luck to the rest of ya'll who've sent JAlpha your pieces.

Great idea, too, JAlpha. Like Carole, it's kicked me into "quit gaming and start writing, you darned fool" gear. Thank you!

JAlpha
01-10-2006, 11:49 PM
JAlpha, I was looking for a paying market, but I'd be willing to submit to either, really. It's just frustrating to have this piece sit and do nothing, especially, since I feel it's such a good and funny piece. Thanks for replying, JAlpha, I know how busy you are.

Cassie,

The Erma Bombeck Writing Competition comes to mind--upcoming deadline January 22. The piece has to be no more than 450 words though. You didn't mention the length of your piece. If your article is over that limit, you could still give it a trim and give it a try. http://www.wcpl.lib.oh.us/adults/erma.html

JAlpha
01-11-2006, 12:00 AM
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Thanks for dragging me out of my doldrums. Very inspirational!

[QUOTE=WVWriterGirl]Great idea, too, JAlpha. Like Carole, it's kicked me into "quit gaming and start writing, you darned fool" gear. Thank you!

You are both very welcome. What can I say, it's something I specialize in http://photobucket.com/albums/c34/JAlpha/th_kickbutt.gif (http://photobucket.com/albums/c34/JAlpha/?action=view&current=kickbutt.gif)

Cassie88
01-11-2006, 02:20 AM
Cassie,

The Erma Bombeck Writing Competition comes to mind--upcoming deadline January 22. The piece has to be no more than 450 words though. You didn't mention the length of your piece. If your article is over that limit, you could still give it a trim and give it a try. http://www.wcpl.lib.oh.us/adults/erma.html

Thanks, JAlpha, but it's about 1250 words, and shortening it by 2/3 wouldn't work. I have seen this contest and plan on shortening a piece I wrote about a last minute shopping escapade. If you think of any other options, I'd love to hear them. No rush.

Cassie

Captain_Campion
01-12-2006, 09:01 PM
Is there a particular genre desired or, let's say, not desired?

JAlpha
01-16-2006, 07:26 PM
OK, I admit it, I'm a huge "softy" when it comes to helping writers who are eager to get published--more importantly, eager to make the effort to polish there work.

After receiving some very genuine and personable "pitches", I found it impossible to select only three. And I was also persuaded to make a few exceptions regarding previously published writers.

Here's the list of people I have agreed to share my revision tips with as per my "January Challenge"...

Ken Schneider
Kim GoGo
Hockeytaxi
Trumancoyote
WVWriterGirl
mnmamma
Cassie88
EveningDawn
watcher
JustRite

and one additional AW writer who has chosen to remain anonymous.

http://photobucket.com/albums/c34/JAlpha/th_OFCOpcpause.gif (http://photobucket.com/albums/c34/JAlpha/?action=view&current=OFCOpcpause.gif) Razor sharp revising + submitting = reaping publishing kudos in 06, congratulations to everyone who accepted the challenge :)

Birol
01-16-2006, 08:49 PM
Jalpha, it was so nice for you to do this for everyone. If no one else has told you, I really appreciate your generosity.

katiemac
01-16-2006, 09:02 PM
Wow, Janet! I scooted over here as soon as I could this morning to find out the 3 lucky winners, and I find 11 names instead. All of them are great members.

Everyone involved, please keep the rest of us up to date on your latest, and congratulations! :D

kdnxdr
01-17-2006, 09:40 PM
Congratulations to all!!

Ken Schneider
01-18-2006, 04:49 AM
Congratulations to all!!

Congratulations! Congratulations?

Have you seen Jan's sidebar revisions? Yikes.

Just kidding, great thanks goes out to Jan for helping this dummy.

JAlpha
01-18-2006, 08:09 AM
Congratulations! Congratulations?

Have you seen Jan's sidebar revisions? Yikes.

Just kidding, great thanks goes out to Jan for helping this dummy.

Sort of like a trip to the dentist, right ken? But you do know your story is going to gleam after you put that final polish on it http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/biggrin.gif Seriously, the more sidebar revision notes I make, the more I like a story. It's hard to find things to say about a story that is failing.

Ken is truly kidding--he's no dummy, and his story is very engaging.

Now put that hammer away Ken http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/emoteHammer.gif my head is starting to ache http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/EmoteROFL.gif

Ken Schneider
01-18-2006, 11:30 PM
Puts hammer back in toolbox, thrust hands deep in pockets, lowers head, scuffs floor with feet while going back to revision work.

WVWriterGirl
01-30-2006, 11:19 AM
*Sigh*. At least you got 'em, Ken. I have to actually learn something.

Just kidding, JAlpha...your advice and encouragement has been a real boost, and you'll never know how much I appreciate it.

Ken Schneider
02-02-2006, 03:36 AM
WVWriterGirl, It's really an eye opener, isn't it?

I enjoy the revision work. Am I crazy?

Good luck with yours.

Ken

WVWriterGirl
02-03-2006, 05:34 AM
And good luck with yours, too, Ken! She's great, ain't she? *grin*

JAlpha
02-03-2006, 05:47 AM
And good luck with yours, too, Ken! She's great, ain't she? *grin*

Yep. I'm great---"great" like a poke in the eye with a hot stick :e2poke:

Ken Schneider
02-04-2006, 05:53 AM
And good luck with yours, too, Ken! She's great, ain't she? *grin*

Yep, like peas and carrots.

And Jan, one eye that can see the light, is better than two that can't see the writing on the wall.