Defending content mills is dumb

I subscribe to the weekly email from FundsForWriters, which features a variety of writing tips, markets to try, and pep talks from editor Hope Clark. This week, Hope published (with trepidation) a feature piece from a writer by the name of Nannette Croce who actually had the audacity to defend content mills like Suite101, Demand Studios and others that seek to exploit writers in most unpleasant Continue Reading...

Poets and Writers Magazine: A comparison in copy

It's funny how people will treat you differently, once they perceive you as a "real" writer. For an entertaining example, let's compare and contrast a couple of mailings I recently received from Poets & Writers Magazine. Consider it a copywriting critique, as there are some important differences between these two representative samples. Figure A contains the note P&W originally sent Continue Reading...

Buy mini-books for mini prices

It's a new year with new resolutions, one of which was my promise to write haiku on a daily basis. (The other is to finish my novel before we all die in 2012, but that's another blog.) Since I've accumulated a number of haiku that I have deemed hilarious, angry or simply bizarre, I've decided to start selling a series of inexpensive mini-books for those who enjoy the form. The first in the Continue Reading...

5 writing books worth the price

As someone who has gone to school to learn how to write (and graduated With Distinction), I have quite a collection of books that claim to teach people how to write. To some extent, anything that you read will help you become a better writer, as the old prof's advice goes. Ultimately, you learn how to write better by writing, and by reading. But here are some books that I've enjoyed, in case Continue Reading...

Writing tips for n00bs: Get a job!

Back when I was finishing up my writing degree and looking to land a nice "writing job," I found myself a bit confused about where a writer might seek out these kinds of dream jobs. After all, everyone knows classified ads are dead and Craigslist is full of scammers and spammers. So where do the pros go when they're looking for legitimate writing jobs? Here's what I learned from my J-school Continue Reading...