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  1. #1
    Venus --
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    Annie Meier

    Annie:

    I started a new thread because I didn't want to start another topic on Jason's.

    I also only write nonfiction. I'm just curious--what do you write about? I've written an exercise book (well, two, actually, if you count the little Lulu.com book that I self-published), and now I'm trying my hand at doing articles for consumer magazines.

    Any insider tips?

    -Karen



  2. #2
    Annie Meier
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    Re: Annie Meier

    We're writing in very different worlds. My field of expertise is animal and environmental issues.

    I got my foot in the door of the writing world when I offered to do a weekly newspaper column for free. I had the creditials in my field and the editor liked the samples I sent and gave me a shot. It's now seven years and two books later ... plus, multiple published articles and even a few short stories. One of my "true life" stories appears in the recently released, "Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul". Last year I quit my job to write full-time. It's been tough, but I'm not starving. The column may be syndicated to coincide with the release of book number one.

    All because a small-town paper agreed to let me write for free. Smartest move I ever made.

    I may eventually reveal my true identity on this site, but for now, I don't want a "google" to turn up comments made on this thread along with my "real" writing.

    So, that's my story in a nutshell.

    Annie

  3. #3
    Venus --
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    Re: Annie Meier

    Hmmm, for free, huh? We have a little local paper that I could look into. So far besides exercise, the other stuff I've written is parenting-related. Since my life right now is basically parenting and exercising, that's what's flowed naturally. I might be worried, though, that I couldn't come up with something clever every week.

    That's great that you've had so much stuff published and that you were able to quit your job to write! I'd love to check out your work. If you'd like to e-mail me with a link, I swear to keep your identity a secret!

    -Karen

  4. #4
    P Brown
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    Re: Annie Meier

    Annie,

    I figured I'd drop in here just to clear up conscience. I hope Karen understands that I, too, did not want to lead Jason's thread astray.

    I just wanted to follow-up on the indentation rules.

    "Standard" indentations are at the whim of the writer, I guess. All dependant on who is reading and editing your work. If it looks good to them and they are used to that type of thing, fine.

    But each and every MS that I have sent out had stated in their guidelines that they requested "Standard format ONLY". A few are even nice enough--unless sarcasm was afoot--to mention where you could find information about such things.

    ~Pete

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    SpookyDude
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    Re: Annie Meier

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    <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in'><tt><span style='font-size:9.0pt;
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    <tt><span style='mso-ansi-font-size:9.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.0pt;font-family:
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    understands that I, too, did not want to lead Jason's thread astray.</span></tt>



    <tt><span style='mso-ansi-font-size:9.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.0pt;font-family:
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    <tt><span style='mso-ansi-font-size:9.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.0pt;font-family:
    Arial'>&quot;Standard&quot; indentations are at the whim of the writer, I
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    your work. If it looks good to them and they are used to that type of thing,
    fine.</span></tt>



    <span class=GramE><tt><span style='mso-ansi-font-size:9.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:
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    have sent out had stated in their guidelines that they requested &quot;Standard
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    mention where you could find information about such things.</span></tt>



    <tt><span style='mso-ansi-font-size:9.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.0pt;font-family:
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  6. #6
    P Brown
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    Re: Annie Meier

    JOn,

    What the heck was that all about?

    Are you giving me your technical approach at coding? Because the prompter was for Sydney, in the event he wanted to use the indentation rule in here.

    But, you are very funny anyway, Jon.


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    Author:SpookyDude(---.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net)

    Date:11-26-05 15:45


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    &lt;tt&gt;&lt;span style='mso-ansi-font-size:9.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.0pt;font-family:

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    mention where you could find information about such things.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/tt&gt;





    &lt;tt&gt;&lt;span style='mso-ansi-font-size:9.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.0pt;font-family:

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    Sorry, Karen. But Jon wanted to play.

    ~Pete

  7. #7
    SpookyDude
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    Re: Annie Meier

    I always say, keep them confused and they'll be too preoccupied to notice their cookies are missing.

  8. #8
    Venus --
    Guest

    Re: Annie Meier

    You guys can have all the cookies in my cabinet--I have no idea what the heck all that was! Actually, we don't have any cookies. How about some M&Ms? I barely passed Pascal (is that what it's called?) in high school in 1987, so that's way out of my league. Well, I probably got a "B", but I'm sure I cheated my way there.

    -Karen

  9. #9
    Anthony Ravenscroft
    Guest

    Re: Annie Meier

    I'm surprised at writers who're surprised at how to flog their abilities. I'm coaching a writer who's so fearful of "compromising the art" that she's refusing to take a knock-off copywriting (advertising) job that'd pay her hundreds a week for maybe 10 hours of work.

    Choose a favourite subject. Make a list of the first 20 articles you could do on this subject; give each a title, a subtitle, & a description (10-20 words). Choose five, & write a brief article on each, 250-450 words. Put the list & the five articles together, attach a cover letter. Offer to do a weekly column, for free, so long as you can briefly mention your book(s), paid lectures, merchandising website, company, services, etc.

    Don't go after the huge papers first -- try the understaffed weeklies, throwaways, or "shoppers," especially if you can shape your tone for the established audience, or tempt editors with images of expanding on that audience. I almost siezed control of a big-city "swingers" throwaway because I wanted to give them good-quality fiction at little cost, & they were hypnotised by that air of legitimacy, even as I was ready to pay half a cent a word to my fellow starving artists (& being inundated by offers). Someone could offer a "bargain maven" column to the local equivalent of Thrifty Nickel or Tradin' Times. I had a friend whose love of growing fresh cooking herbs got her a steady gig with a New Age weekly, which led to her selling books, herbs, seeds, classes, & consulting.

    A week of work could lead to a long-term gig -- go for it.

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