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by LindaF
Mon Oct 08, 2007 7:42 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Writing Links
Replies: 8
Views: 11201

Am I allowed to add my own link? We recently added to the Renegade Writer site: a writers' markets wiki, e-courses on topics like food writing and writing for trades, and examples of real query letters that sold articles: http://www.therenegadewriter.com I hope you like it! Linda -- Linda Formichell...
by LindaF
Sat Apr 28, 2007 3:17 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Writing and GTD?
Replies: 11
Views: 8094

I forgot all about that, CharlesP...er, I mean, hey! What's with the hold-up!? ;->

Linda
by LindaF
Fri Apr 27, 2007 3:10 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Writing and GTD?
Replies: 11
Views: 8094

Charles, I'm a big GTD fan. I've been using the process for a bout a year, with some personal tweaks, and love it. I interviewed David Allen last month for the Renegade Writer blog...in the interview, we focused on how freelance writers can use GTD: http://therenegadewriter.com/?p=264 . Cheers, Linda
by LindaF
Thu Nov 10, 2005 7:51 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Webmasters, please update your Renegade links!
Replies: 4
Views: 2641

Thank you, xcheck24, and thank you, CharlesP! I just copied the whole URL from my browser screen (I have it bookmarked). I e-mailed the same URL to webmasters who link to Renegade...I hope it doesn't mess things up!

Linda
by LindaF
Thu Nov 10, 2005 4:09 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Webmasters, please update your Renegade links!
Replies: 4
Views: 2641

Webmasters, please update your Renegade links!

Hi, all! The book I co-authored with Diana Burrell, The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success, is about to be released in a revised and expanded edition. The problem is, I want to direct interested readers to the new version, but Amazon won't remove the old ver...
by LindaF
Mon Oct 24, 2005 10:48 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: College Education
Replies: 15
Views: 6850

I've been freelancing full-time for eight years, and my MA was in Slavic Linguistics! I also never took English classes in college (I was too busy studying foreign languages). My husband has been freelancing for maybe six years, and his major was math...again, no English or writing classes. So I wou...
by LindaF
Thu May 05, 2005 12:37 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Writing for Magazines E-Course
Replies: 0
Views: 1445

Writing for Magazines E-Course

Hi, all! I hope this is the right place to post this. Right now I'm beta-testing an 8-week e-course in getting published in magazines. I'll be ready to roll out the course to the public on June 5, 2005. The weekly e-course includes eight lessons, eight assignments, a packet of 12 successful query le...
by LindaF
Mon Feb 14, 2005 12:41 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Whats new this month in THE WRITER (a review)
Replies: 14
Views: 6829

I'm so jealous...

My co-author wrote that one on Writer Envy. I'm so jealous I didn't t hink of it first... ;->
by LindaF
Sun Jan 23, 2005 3:32 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Coaching for writers...would you do it?
Replies: 0
Views: 1590

Coaching for writers...would you do it?

(This message has been X-posted to other writing forums I belong to.) Hi, all, A friend and I are thinking of starting a coaching service for writers that would consist of e-courses with phone support. It would be kind of like life coaching, but for writers. My friend has published 24 nonfiction boo...
by LindaF
Sun Apr 04, 2004 1:23 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: What editors REALLY mean
Replies: 9
Views: 6025

Here's one from magazine editors replying to a query:

"Can you send us your profile subject's photo?" = "No ugly chicks allowed in our magazine, even though we run articles encouraging women to love themselves the way they are."

Ouch!
by LindaF
Sat Mar 27, 2004 9:32 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Got grammar?
Replies: 17
Views: 8805

Oh, man, I am all about mangling grammar. Starting sentences with but, or, or and? All the time. Ending sentences with prepositions? Yep. Sentence fragments? I'm all over it. The only thing I do try to do in my articles is avoid cliches. However, if you look at a history of the language, many of the...
by LindaF
Mon Mar 22, 2004 11:51 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Favorite place to write
Replies: 46
Views: 22990

Mudge, it's so true...at the bookstore I can sit in the cafe and whip out an article in an hour or two (that's after I have all the interviews and research done, of course). Then I get to have a sammich and a mint hot cocoa (extra mint, extra chocolate) and read a pile of magazines.
by LindaF
Mon Mar 22, 2004 9:14 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Favorite place to write
Replies: 46
Views: 22990

I have a home office, but when I'm there I can't concentrate because of all the phone calls and e-mail I get, not to mention the lure of Internet surfing. Right now when I need to get an article done, I head to Barnes & Noble. which is 20 minutes away; however, someone is building an Internet cafe j...
by LindaF
Sun Mar 14, 2004 11:30 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Agents
Replies: 17
Views: 8838

I have an agent for the Dummies book. A writer friend introduced me to her, so there really was no effort on my part. She also represented me on a non-fiction book project that generated a lot of interest in four big NY publishers but eventually fell through (darn!).
by LindaF
Wed Mar 10, 2004 4:09 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Writing is Easier than Marketing
Replies: 7
Views: 5641

Hi, Richard, Sound like you're off to a great start already! I saw you had published with iUniverse and thought you might have some trouble getting the book into the bookstores, what with the return policy. Has anyone else who published through iUniverse had success getting on the shelves? Perhaps y...
by LindaF
Wed Mar 10, 2004 7:56 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Cover Letter Help
Replies: 25
Views: 16118

Oh, my favorite stories of his are Maybe Next Time and Love (which won third prize in the Writer's Digest Short Story Competition! Oh, how I wish I had fiction talent.)
by LindaF
Wed Mar 10, 2004 7:53 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Cover Letter Help
Replies: 25
Views: 16118

Hey, I'm blushing over here! Don't thank me, thank my husband! And if anyone's interested in reading any of his published stories, you can find them online here:

http://www.twowriters.net/wem/fiction.shtml
by LindaF
Tue Mar 09, 2004 4:35 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Writing is Easier than Marketing
Replies: 7
Views: 5641

Er, that should be "Diana Burrell" for my co-author's name.

Also, CharlesP is right about counting on hometown pride to help you. Diana was profiled in her alma mater's college magazine, and our local papers also profiled us.
by LindaF
Tue Mar 09, 2004 4:31 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Writing is Easier than Marketing
Replies: 7
Views: 5641

Hi, Richard, First, congrats on your first book! I'm in the same boat as you -- my first book (which I co-authored with my friend Burrell) came out in September, and was published by a small publisher (Marion Street Press). All of this publisher's books get great reviews, but because it's a small pu...
by LindaF
Tue Mar 09, 2004 8:55 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Cover Letter Help
Replies: 25
Views: 16118

My husband, Eric, who has had several short stories published, keeps it simple: Dear X: Please find enclosed my short story, "Cherry Pi," for your review. I've been published in X, Y, and Z magazines. I've enclosed a SASE for your response. Thanks, and I look forward to your reply! No need to descri...
by LindaF
Mon Mar 08, 2004 3:49 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Your writing motivation
Replies: 33
Views: 16396

Thanks, CharlesP! Your check is in the mail. ;-> Oh, I'm not ashamed of writing for money...it's more about writing about things that don't interest me. But after going through a super tough month working on too many articles that paid crap and didn't interest me, I've decided that I'm at the point ...
by LindaF
Mon Mar 08, 2004 2:40 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Your writing motivation
Replies: 33
Views: 16396

Yes, I saw that! It's funny -- they were a little reserved in their praise, like, "If you want to be a renegade and you're not afraid that your editors will spit on renegades, give this book a try." But hey, publicity is publicity!
by LindaF
Mon Mar 08, 2004 11:03 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Your writing motivation
Replies: 33
Views: 16396

I write because I love writing, and I write for money. Love of writing doesn't help when I'm writing about, say, how to beat check fraud or how to choose a personal trainer -- when I have articles like those to do, I have to keep reminding myself that without them, I wouldn't have this house, or the...
by LindaF
Mon Feb 23, 2004 11:00 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: On freelancing: out of the womb, now what?
Replies: 6
Views: 4870

Thanks, Hissmonster! I posted an intro in the Introduction thread, then immediately headed here to post on this thread. Glad the advice was helpful! Writing for trades has been very profitable, though these days I only write for a couple.
by LindaF
Sun Feb 22, 2004 7:59 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: On freelancing: out of the womb, now what?
Replies: 6
Views: 4870

I suggest trying to get published in trade magazines -- mags that are published for members of a particular industry. Examples of trade magazines include Pizza Today, Club Industry, Call Center Management Review, Mini-Storage Messenger, and Party & Paper Retailer. (Why, yes, I have written for these...

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