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Jerry D. Simmons- Contents of August 12, 2010 TIPS FOR WRITERS FROM THE PUBLISHER INSIDER

August 12, 2010 – TIPS for WRITERS from the PUBLISHING INSIDER is a free bi-weekly eNewsletter published by Jerry D. Simmons. Readers can access additional information for free at his web site www.WritersReaders.com, YOUR SOURCE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT BOOK PUBLISHING, where we take pride in Preparing Writers for Success.
Lesson Learned – by Jerry D. Simmons
Two weeks ago I received an email from a friend who happens to be a wonderful writer, Cheryl Kaye Tardif. She wanted to reprint one of the articles, titled “So You Want to Write a Book?” I excerpted in my newsletter. The article was written by Nancy Ancowitz, a blogger for Psychology Today.
When Cheryl contacted Nancy to ask for her permission, Nancy said she wasn’t aware that I excerpted her article. Needless to say, this started what eventually became a problem for me.
The Email
What follows is Nancy Ancowitz’s email to me.
The Result
Every point listed above is correct, I did in fact take Nancy’s article and excerpt for my newsletter.  
The Author
Nancy Ancowitz is one classy lady, she was kind and accepted my apology and asked nothing in return. 
Self-Promotion for Introverts® is an indispensable guide that helps introverts excel in an extroverts’ world.
Order your copy at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and everywhere books are sold (McGraw-Hill).
Book reviews and citations:
“The author’s tone is supportive and she does not argue that introverts should become live wires.” “The “how to” book is filled with tips…. The author’s tone is supportive,” The New York Times
“Best Books 2009,” Publishers Weekly
“Best Book Gifts,” ABC News
“Must Read Fall Books for IT Execs,” CIO Insight
“Best Career Books,” The Star-Ledger
“This is the first book I’ve seen with serious research on the topic,” Los Angeles Times
“Written in a practical, precise, and smart way,” Positive Psychology News Daily
“Written by an introvert for introverts,” Small Business Trends
“There is great value in this book,” The Independent Consultant
“A wonderful gift to the understanding of introverts,” Katharine Myers, Coguardian and Trustee, Myers-Briggs Trust
“Make Nancy’s book your bible for crafting a plan to get the recognition you deserve,” Liz Lynch, author of Smart Networking
The Future of the Newsletter
This newsletter has been a labor of love and something I look forward to every two weeks. Each edition takes three full days to re-read and sort material plus write my own commentary or lesson from the material. That now must change. The time to complete this newsletter will be much greater and I need to step back and evaluate my options. As with everyone there is only so much time and the question always arises–where to spend it?
What Writers Need to Know About Self-Publishing – by Jerry D. Simmons
This is the title of my new two-hour, two-set CD that was taped live at a recent workshop. It’s not yet up on my web site but copies are available for the low introductory price of $14.99, shipping and handling are free at the moment. If you would like to order send me an email, then a check for $14.99 made payable to Jerry D. Simmons and I’ll gladly send you one of the first copies.
If you haven’t read my book WHAT WRITERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PUBLISHING which is available on my web site for $19.99, I’m making a one -time offer for both the CD and book for a price of $25, no shipping and handling. This 25% savings is also part of the low introductory price of my new CD. Take advantage, send me your order today with a check and I’ll get both in the mail.
SUCCESS PLANNING Professional Service offered by Jerry D. Simmons
SUCCESS PLANNING is an in-depth discussion about your writing career, how to meet your personal goals as an author and avoid mistakes before you spend a lot of time and money. Broken into two parts, the focus is to develop a clear plan for developing success as an author. In addition, each writer will get an evaluation of their book cover, back cover copy and marketing materials. $299 includes a free copy of both my book and CD, 90-minutes of telephone discussions and unlimited email access.
The book, CD and SUCCESS PLANNING are available. 
1. On the Phone-Free: You can ask questions with no charge in a “brief” (15 minutes or less) phone conversation. This will help you decide whether SUCCESS PLANNING is for you.
2. On the Phone-90 minutes broken into Two Parts: The first half hour starts the process, answers lots of questions and begins the outline for your personal strategy. Next comes homework for both the author and myself, followed by an hour where your personal success plan is developed. Finally you get unlimited email access for one additional month. In addition you get a free copy of my book and two-hour CD. All for only $299.

Much better than investing hundreds or thousands of dollars only to discover you made mistakes that cannot be corrected.  These sessions can be spread out over one month but no longer. Your personal success plan is the most important first step for any writer wanting to become a successful author.
Schedule your session today!
Time for Christmas – by Jerry D. Simmons
The distribution network for eBooks is currently preparing their catalogs for the holiday season. This will be a huge holiday for eBooks and eReaders. If you are interested in having your eBook included please let me know. Deadline for inclusion will be September 30, 2010. If you submit your manuscript today, it will take about three weeks for conversion to an eBook so don’t delay. Currently I have spots for 20 more titles, after that you will have to wait for Christmas 2011.
eBook Development & Distribution – Assisting writers and authors with publication and global distribution of digital content is what I do. If you own the digital and electronic rights to your book, make an appointment for a free consultation with Jerry D. Simmons by email jerry@writersreaders.com or phone 623-556-2751.
Free Articles on Digital Content Available via Email
“Seven Reasons Why Every Author Should Have an eBook”
“The Importance of Having Access to the Market”
“How to Convert Your Manuscript to an eBook”
“Fifteen Points for Marketing Your eBook”
Send me an email for the article you want:
Please Pass Along – Forward my newsletter to other writers and authors. Sign-up at www.WritersReaders.com, receive free What Writers Need to Know about Marketing.
Feedback Welcome – I appreciate when my audience tells me what they like and dislike about topics and articles in my newsletter. I also like compliments and on occasion a thank you. If I’ve been able to inform and educate you about the business, please let me know.
Reprint Information – You may quote from or use any of the information, all or in part, under the conditions that (1) The author and source is quoted, (2) The republication is not sold or used for any commercial use, and (3) The author, Jerry D. Simmons and web site www.WritersReaders.com are prominently referenced. All written material Copyright 2010 Jerry D. Simmons.
Disclaimer – This eNewsletter is not edited. There may on occasion be grammatical, syntax or spelling errors. I acknowledge the fact and apologize.
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Sydney Writers’ Centre- From Valerie Khoo FEATURE WRITING FOR MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS with Matthew Nott

Get Published newsletter from Valerie Khoo

 12 August 2010

It’s been a busy time at the Walkley Conference for me this week. This is a great opportunity to catch up with other journalists and discuss the latest trends impacting the world of writing and reporting. It’s always inspiring to meet with other people who are as passionate about journalism and feature writing as I am. Sometimes, I do think I’m very blessed to be paid to meet and interview amazing people and then have the privilege of telling their stories.

Feature writing is a craft for magazines and newspapers that I grew to love when I worked in a newsagency as I grew up. My bosses were kind enough to let me take home magazines overnight so I could pore over the articles. I used to marvel at some of the writing and I thought it would be wonderful to one day be able to create such compelling stories. Over my career, I’ve been lucky enough to interview everyone from Jon Bon Jovi to Britney Spears and many others in between. I find ordinary people endlessly fascinating and I love writing about them too.

That’s why I get such a thrill when I open the newspapers to find our former students published in Good Weekend, BRW, The Sydney Morning Herald or many other publications. I know what it’s like to finally see your name in print, attached to a story you’re passionate about.

If you’re interested in writing articles, I invite you to learn the craft with the course Feature Writing for Magazines and Newspapers starting next week. It’s presented by the very experienced and talented Matthew Nott.

The course will teach you about:

  • which ideas work – and where to get them
  • understanding the magazine/news market
  • different types of feature articles
  • how to research, structure and write a feature
  • what editors want from a writer
  • how to pitch your article or idea to a magazine and sell it!

This course is ideal for people who want to write articles. These could include feature articles about travel, lifestyle, politics, sport, entertainment, parenting, human interest – and much more.
Students have been published in The Sydney Morning Herald, Cosmopolitan, Sunday Life!, BRW, Notebook, The Sun-Herald, Australian Associated Press, Practical Parenting, Management Today, Australian Financial Review, City Weekly, Herald Sun, Home Beautiful and countless other magazines and newspapers.   

Here’s what some recent participants had to say about the course:
‘Everything I learnt was of benefit to me! I have come from a long-term corporate background so every piece of information was new and beneficial for me. The information is so practical that you leave with a good understanding of what to do and how to do it – now it’s just about having the courage to do it!!’
– Lana Haines

‘It was jam-packed with practical information. I feel ready to start pitching my ideas to editors. I’ve already got interviews lined up for my first article!’
– Samantha Grosser

Feature Writing for Magazines and Newspapers with Matthew Nott
: Wednesdays starting Wednesday 18 August 2010 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: $395

Click here for more information or to enrol online.

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