September Resource of the Month

Deborah Lucas has retired from the Resources Chair for In Print due to illness.  If you are interested in helping In Print members by locating resources and opportunities online, please contact Sandy Colbert.

Writer Cora Vasseur put together a series of “tele-summits”, talking with authors, screenwriters, artists, poets, and more.  They are designed to help you overcome the fears you have when writing.  All 22 tele-summits are free.  Click here to sign up.

More resource links are available on In Print’s Facebook page.

August Resource of the Month

Deborah Lucas is in charge of Resources for In Print.  She locates and researches information of interest to help inspire In Print members through their writing journeys.

I attended the 40th Annual Midwest Writers Workshop for three days in July.  I had a blast hanging out with a great group of writers.  Five agents were there and very generous with help on how to pitch, how to rise out of the slush pile and how to cope with the changing publishing industry.

I want to share some links to Victoria Marini, who – after a lecture – made herself available for unscheduled pitches.  If your work is something she’s looking for, this is a link to her query guidelines.  On her website, she recommends Nathan Bransford‘s blog and Rachelle Gardner, both have excellent advice on how to write a query letter.

More resource links are available on In Print’s Facebook page.  If you have any resources you would like to pass along, please contact Deborah directly.

May Resource of the Month

Deborah Lucas is in charge of Resources for In Print.  She locates and researches information of interest to help inspire In Print members through their writing journeys.  This month, she recommends Five Writing Tips from Blake Bailey.

“This is a 5 star blog.  I found it by reading back through Janet Reid’s blog on all things from her first person agent advice, a wild list of stupid things we writers do when we query, and how to do it right.  This one is about researching and writing non-fiction, but is interesting to any writer.”

More resource links are available on In Print’s Facebook page.

Places to Submit

East Of The Web Short Stories is an open submission site and we are always on the look-out for ‘fresh new voices’. We continue to read all the submissions we receive and judge them on the quality of the writing, regardless of the author’s commercial experience. However, the standard of submissions is extremely high and you will be up against authors who take their writing seriously. Take time to read some of the stories on the site and if you think you have what it takes, we’d love to hear from you.

 

Zouch Magazine & Miscellany An underground literature, arts and society rag with an old school Victorian edge.

 

NewPages.com lists all kinds of places where you can submit your work.

Organize your Writing and your Life

Where has this been all my life? And why is Microsoft not promoting this better? What I’m talking about is Microsoft One Note. I discovered it by accident yesterday and already I can see so many uses for it, personally and as a writer (otherwise why would I be posting it on this blog). According to the Microsoft One Note website, you can “access, organize, and share documents, photos, and more”.  And the best part about it is that it’s part of the  Microsoft Office Products suite. If you have Microsoft Office (and who doesn’t these days) you have One Note. So you don’t have to go out and buy a new program.

According to Wikipedia, One Note was first introduced in 2003 and has undergone two upgrades since then. The current version is Microsoft One Note 2010. Ok enough of the Microsoft commercial. Why am I gushing about a silly computer program? Organization, easy access, time savings. No One Note is not going to make you a better writer or help you write more frequently but it might just make the process of writing a little easier. Instead of having to open file folder after file folder after file folder to access different parts of your novel or your work projects or even your personal documents, they can all be accessed through this program.

One Note acts like an organizer. In it you can create numerous ‘notebooks’ with high level headings like Personal, Work, Novel. Inside these ‘notebooks’ there are subsections that display as tabs across the top. These tabs can be broken down any way you want, for instance under a Personal ‘notebook’ you might have tabs for General, Finance, or Household. For writing your novel you can break down these tabs into Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3 and so on. You can even include a tab for say Character Development or Research.

Microsoft One Note is very user friendly and it’s chock full of cool features, like the ability to take a screen capture or a video or audio recording and insert it into a document. There is even a share feature which allows you to sync your notebooks between your desktop, laptop, work computer, or tablet. It also allows you to share work with others so they can view and/or contribute to the work.

I haven’t had a chance to fully explore the program yet, especially since I just discovered it yesterday. But all in all it seems that Microsoft One Note is a great tool for organizing any and all kinds of data on your computer. I have already started setting up my ‘notebooks’ and see a long and harmonious future together for me and Microsoft One Note.

— Posted by Linda Price-Kleczkowski