Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fees for Copyediting Journal Articles

  • When writers asked what to charge for copyediting journal articles, ie: correct grammar, spelling, and format information, provided by Internet Writing Workshop members may be helpful.
  • Between $2 and $6 a double spaced, hard-copy page, depending on the kind of editing required and the difficulty of the manuscript.
  • Typically around $2 per page for copyediting.
  • By the page: $2 to $4; by the hour: rates start at $25 and go beyond.
  • Even iff what’s wanted is light editing you should leave yourself some wiggle room, maybe 10 percent more, in case some pieces turn out more time consuming.
A page normally means 250 words.

Whatever you decide, have a contract.

Get Paid to Have Your Flash Fiction Published

If you're interested in publishing flash fiction, where several Internet Writing Workshop  members are frequently published, go to The Flash Fiction Press. They pay $3 per flash fiction.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Highly Recommended Book for Writers of all Genre's

“Self-Editing for Fiction Writers”, by Renni Browne and Dave King is one book highly recommended by many authors on Internet Writing Workshop.

Peter Bernhart summed it up this way
,“The authors point out that writing and editing are two different skills. True. However, both skills are necessary for today's writer who shoots for a publishable manuscript. You have to be able to wear both hats, though not at the same time. So for me, this gem of a book is absolutely essential reading for anyone aspiring to become a professional writer/author.”
Peter's books include, The Stasi File, 2011 ABNA Quarter Finalist, Kiss of The Shaman's Daughter (sequel), and Red Romeo. 
Enjoy Peter's Amazon page and his website: Writing Among Sedona's Red Rocks.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Nom de plume or Alias?

Established authors who change their name on new books they've written is a subject I haven't covered. So when popular author, Carol Crigger decided to make that change, Carol agreed to write a guest blog on the topic.

Nom de plume or Alias?, by C.K. Crigger

"Why are you changing your name?" a friend asked. "How will I know how to find your books?"

"It won't be hard," I assured her. "Im still Crigger, only now it's Carol Wright Crigger instead of C.K. Crigger. Search engines bring either up pretty easily. Carol Wright Crigger is a combination of my maiden name and married name. C.K. are simply the initials of my first and middle names."

"But why did you do it?" she asked again. "Why does anybody?"

 I'm not 'anybody' so I can't fully answer for them. I can only speculate.
  • 1) They're writing in more than one genre and want to set each apart.
  • 2) Earlier books have been unsuccessful and they're starting over.
  • 3) Their name is the same as another author and readers get confused.
  • 4) Their publisher suggested the change.
  • 5) Their relatives suggested the change.
  • 6) They're avoiding the Internal Revenue Service.
  • 7) They're avoiding a hit squad.
  • 8) They're going into Witness Protection.

All legitimate reasons.

As for me? I just plain prefer the way Carol Wright Crigger looks on the cover of a book. And yes, a few other thoughts are mixed up in the decision.

Five Star/Cengage is publishing Four Furlongs, the fourth book in the China Bohannon adventure/mystery series.

New publisher equals new name.

I've since had a contemporary mystery (Hometown Homicide) picked up by Black Opal Books. Even though the genre is different, I've gone with the new author name for that one, too.

If you ran a real survey, I'd bet you'd find the number one reason people vary their author name is because of writing in a different genre. Secondary to that is writing a couple different series. Perhaps one is mystery and one romance. And a literary writer might not want their mainstream books associated with erotica. Or an expose might bring trouble down on a writer's head. Different names give separation. Or maybe denial.

One of my long time publishers recently closed its door. They had published ten of my novels, in print and e-book, which are now looking for a new home. They all were written under C.K. Crigger. These books also are all published by Books In Motion in audio. So now I have a decision to make. Go all in with CWC, or stick with C.K.C. I expect it'll be the latter on those older books, in hopes of avoiding confusion.

Honest, the IRS, hit squads, or witness protection aren't considerations.

Hah! And most people think there's nothing much to this writing business.

Bio: Carol Crigger lives with her husband and a raft of little dogs in Spokane Valley, Washington, where she crafts stories set in the Inland Northwest. She is a two-time Spur Award finalist, in 2007 for Short Fiction, and in 2009 for Audio.

Four Furlongs is available for pre-order on Amazon and B&N. Libraries and bookstores contact FiveStar.Cengage.

Contact Carol at
Carol Crigger's Writing Pages,

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Give Your Creativity a Boost ~ Visit Archives Frequently

Give your writing a shot in the arm by frequently take advantage of all the links in the left panel on this website.

Quite a while back, a member of Internet Writing Workshop, Debi O'Neille, posted a yahoo about the article she had published in a January issue of Connect Magazine. Before I sent her my congratulations, I clicked the link in the signature to Debi's BlogSpot, "writing against the wind"

Because it reminded me that Debi O'Neille's "writing against the wind" is one of the favorites in the left panel on this website, I thought it was appropriate to again encourage readers of MontanaScribbler to take advantage of all the links in the left panel frequently.

Unfortunately, I discovered that a rescent post contained a link to
Internet Writing Workshop  that was erroneous. After updating it, I checked previous posts and discovered the link I'd included didn't take readers where I'd intended. Thus, most of my writing time was spent correcting those links.

In the process, I revisited instructive guest blogs readers who don't make use of the archives are missing. Do yourself a favor and benefit from browsing the archives. They often spark ideas you might not have thought of. You'll also find a wealth of information about marketing that could be very helpful to you.

Members of Internet Writing Workshop receive invaluable free help to successful writing.

Indie Bookstores Making a Strong Comeback

According to an article in the New York Times Indie bookstores are making a respectable comeback.

According to the American Booksellers Association, Indie book stores saw a growth of over 30 percent since 2009, and sales that were up around 10 percent last year.
“Existing stores are selling once more to a new generation of owners,” said Oren Teicher, the A.B.A.’s chief executive officer." 
With more than 2,200 stores, ABA is  the indies’ main organization.

However, Internet Writing Workshop members experiences show it's not easy to get your books into those stores because  they don't want to stock any books that don't come with a return guarantee  from the publisher. Nevertheless, it can be done. The key is to get readers to order thru' store.

Friday, February 26, 2016

How Personal Experience Turns Into a Trilogy

I invited Shawn Simon to write a guest blog because I not only admire her for tackling a challenging subject, but also it shows how personal experience can lead to multiple books.

Shawn is a stepmom to two children she "inherited" from her marriage to her husband, Brian. Being a stepmom was more difficult than she anticipated, and her futile search for support from books and other stepmoms is what prompted her to write a trilogy for the blended family.

“My first book, "Stepping into a New Role, Stories from Stepmoms," is due out later this year,” said. My second book, about and for stepdads, is written, but isn’t ready for publication. It still needs much editing, which I will start soon. Then, I’ll be writing the third book, about and for stepkids.”

Visit Shawn's website, You'll also find her here: Facebook: Stepmom Shawn Simon Says, and on Twitter: @shawnsimon44.

Shawn is a member of Internet Writing Workshop.

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