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Newsletter Dated: 3/1/2005 2:56:44 AM
Subject: "Soup*s On"
Andrea Campbell’s Newsletter
*** Greetings! ***
This newsletter is being sent to you because you are a writer, professional friend of Andrea*s, or a fan and reader of her books. If you are new to the list, welcome. There are a ton of newsletters and e-zines out there to read, thanks for requesting and reading mine.
Have questions, comments, or ideas for future publication? I look forward to your input. This newsletter is a continued work-in-progress and I hope you will stay around to see new features in every bi-monthly issue.
In this issue:
* From the Author*s Desk
* Cathy Wald’s Up From Rejection
* For the Wordsmiths
* A Linda Formicelli Excerpt from The Renegade Writer + Contest
* Marcia Yudkin and The Marketing Minute
* The Author’s Corner Newsletter
*** From The Author*s Desk ***
I got a nice surprise. My book, Great Games for Great Parties, has been reprinted in a Russian edition for the second time, and they just took on Perfect Party Games too! Sterling tells they are selling very well. I can only envision my titles sitting next to a bottle of Vodka and the fireplace all-aglow. What better way to stay warm? Pass the bottle, Yuri.
I’m teaching online for MediaBistro. Publish That Book: Writing A Killer Nonfiction Book Proposal is a regular, pre-designated time devoted to lecture, writing techniques, and "insider secrets" and made available each week. Fellow students and I exchange ideas, questions and chat once a week. By the end of class, students can expect to have a marketable, nonfiction book proposal package ready to send out to agents, including a query letter.
For more information and sign up, go to: http://www.mediabistro.com/courses/cache/crs318.asp
A new book is in the works and I am the featured author at Women in Print. More about this adventure later, but in the meantime, check out:
*** Cathy Wald’s Up From Rejection ***
Up From Rejection:
An Interview With Cathy Wald, Author of The Resilient Writer:
Tales of Rejection and Triumph from 23 Top Authors
Cathy Wald wrote the book on rejection -- and the web site, too. Founded in 2000, her rejectioncollection.com is a source of misery, commiseration and inspiration for writers from all over the world. Her upcoming book The Resilient Writer (Persea Books, April 2005) shows through in-depth interviews that even the most successful of authors has to struggle with obstacles and frustrations. Following is a brief interview with Cathy:
Q: What have you learned about rejection by writing your book?
A: I learned that no one has it easy. Writing is hard work, whether or not you’re rich, famous, adored or recognized. I also learned that successful authors encounter all the same problems the rest of us do – they just refuse to let them stand in their way.
Q: What do you hope other writers will get from The Resilient Writer?
A: I hope they’ll get what I did: inspiration, guidance, comfort and the feeling that they aren’t alone in their struggles.
Writing the book helped me realize that I’m the only one who can decide whether I’m a writer or not. The world may or may not choose to recognize my efforts, but that doesn’t have to change my dreams or my work. Because of this, I’m now working on my own rejected novel again after a hiatus of three years.
On the other hand, my book may convince some readers the writing life isn’t for them, and that might not be such a bad thing, either.
Q: Which writers appear in your book?
A: The 23 writers in my book include bestselling novelists, journalists, memoir writers and poets. They are: Elizabeth Benedict, Mary Kay Blakely, Chris Bohjalian, Wesley Brown, Frederick Busch, David Ebershoff, Bret Easton Ellis, Janet Fitch, Arthur Golden, Joy Harjo, E. Lynn Harris, Kathryn Harrison, Bill Henderson, Wally Lamb, Betsy Lerner, Elinor Lipman, Bret Lott, M.J. Rose, Esmeralda Santiago, Bob Shacochis, Amy Tan, Edmund White and William Zinsser.
Q: Have you developed any special techniques for coping with rejection?
A: Yes. I created a process called SORRY, for Sob, Obsess, Rant, Renew and Yearn. In other words, vent your feelings (in a harmless way) and then get back to what impelled you to write in the first place.
Q: What is the purpose of your web site, rejectioncollection.com?
A: It falls under the Sob, Obsess and Rant pieces of the SORRY healing process. The site allows writers to share rejection stories and frustrations, and to get all that out of their systems so they can get back to work.
Q: Any other words of advice for struggling writers?
A: Never give up! Remember, writing is something you can use to add joy to your life, instead of to make yourself miserable. Throw yourself into your work and market it with all the resources at your disposal. Then let the chips fall where they may – and move on to your next project.
*** For the Wordsmiths ***
The Washington Post's Style Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are this year's winners:
Bozone: The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
Cashtration: The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.
Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.
Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.
Glibido: All talk and no action.
Dopeller effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
Arachnoleptic fit: The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.
Beelzebug: Satan in the form a a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
Caterpallor: The color you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you're eating.
And the pick of the literature:
Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an a**hole.
*** A Linda Formicelli Excerpt ***
From The Renegade Writer
2. The Rule to Break: "Don't steal ideas."
News Flash: Ideas can't be copyrighted, so ideas can't be stolen. Feel free to take ideas that you find and sell them to magazines yourself. Here's a list of buried treasure waiting to be pilfered:
* Newsletters. Linda gets a monthly newsletter from a food safety organization, and one article that caught her eye defined common food additives, such as guar gum, lactic acid, and Yellow #5 (yum). Linda pitched that same idea to Oxygen magazine -- and sold it.
* Government reports. If the U.S. government is good at one thing, it's churning out information, all of which can be mined for article ideas. For example, the home page of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has discussed the new national standards for organic foods and the conclusion of the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement. What great ideas for articles! And believe it or not, materials published by the government are copyright-free, so feel free to steal, loot, pillage and plunder.
* Press releases. Hey, that's what the releases are there for -- to get press. Say you like to write about science -- you can get scientific press releases from Eurekalert.org. You can also ask to be put on the press lists of such organizations as NASA and NOAA (the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration).
* Trade magazines. Articles in trade magazines can often be turned into features for a much broader audience. For example, a writer for Funworld, which is read by amusement industry professionals, used his bank of industry expertise to sell an article about roller coasters to a large national magazine. Even if you're not an expert in the fields of microbiology, sheep raising, or call centers, you can often glean ideas from mags devoted to such fields.
* Regional magazines and newspapers. A regional idea may have more far-reaching appeal. Many national magazines want stories about exceptional people, successful businesses, and so on, and regional pubs are where these subjects will first appear. Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief, composed of essays she first wrote for The New Yorker, sprang from articles in Florida newspapers that caught her eye that she then researched and expanded upon.
* Consumer magazines. Okay, you wouldn't want to take an article about forgotten bands of the 1960s from Rolling Stone and query the idea to its competitor Spin. But why not query a similar idea to My Generation, the magazine for baby boomers? Or how about an article on forgotten films of the 1960s for Premiere?
* Books. Magazine editors like topics that are made timely by the publication of a new book. So when Linda saw the new book Semi-homemade Cooking by Sandra Lee, she pitched a story about how to make store-bought foods look homemade. The bonus to this is that she had a ready-made source -- the book's author. Diana also regularly flips through the psychology and self-help books at bookstores to come up with ideas for relationship-type articles.
* Your own articles. Once you've done the work of coming up with, selling, researching, and writing an idea, you should get as much mileage out of it as possible. For example, Linda once wrote an article for Redbook called "The Better Orgasm Diet," about foods that boost the libido. She then reslanted the idea for men, queried it, and landed an assignment from Men's Fitness called "Vanity Fare," about foods that improve your hair, breath, and physique to make you more desirable to women. Linda also wrote about how to write a press release for 1099 magazine, and then later sold the same idea to HomeOfficeJournal.com, a magazine for people who run home businesses.
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To celebrate this 25th issue of my newsletter Soup’s On, Linda’s publisher will send a copy of the Renegade Writer to one of my subscriber’s for free. So, the third person to send me an email with “The Magic Number” in the subject will win.
ALSO--Marion Street Press will offer all entrants a $5 gift certificate for any Marion Street Press journalism books. This is a win-win for us, so enter!
*** Marcia Yudkin and The Marketing Minute ***
The book Block: Getting Out of Your Own Way describes an army officer who wondered why firing artillery rounds required two soldiers, one behind the gun and one to the left. Tracing the custom back, he learned that these two once had a function - holding the horses.
Are some of your work habits outmoded and unproductive? For a more creative 2005, try these disruptions:
* Vary your daily routine. Sign letters with a fountain pen this week. Meet visitors in someone else's office. Have curry or felafel for lunch instead of your usual sandwich. Such changes build flexibility.
* Challenge accepted ways of thinking. "Sometimes I've believed six impossible things before breakfast," declared the White Queen in Through the Looking Glass, and she was certainly original, wasn't she?
* Practice paying attention. In Thich Nhat Hanh's Buddhist tradition, when temple bells ring, people stop what they are doing and just enjoy breathing. Become more alert by doing the same when the telephone rings.
* Participate in an activity that is uncharacteristic of you. Play drums, learn ancient Greek or go gambling to open up to provocative new viewpoints.
THIS WEEK'S SPECIAL: The above is excerpted from my report, "Inspired! How to Be More Original, Insightful and Productive in Your Work." Based on dozens of research studies and years of helping people become more creative, "Inspired!" provides practical and sometimes surprising tips to increase your inventiveness and rate of completion.
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