Thursday, February 23, 2017

How Lynne Hinkey Succeeds at Selling Short Stories

Lynne M. Hinkey, author and marine scientist and long-time member of Internet Writing Workshop [IWW], says, "Different publications have different submission timelines. Some accept continuously, some list the themes of upcoming issues and ask you only submit stories meeting the theme, others have specific query/submission periods based on publication times (monthly, quarterly, annually, biennial)."

She keeps a list of publications based on the yahoos posted on IWW that have exposed her to markets and publications she might never have found otherwise.

Hinkey said, "One of IWWs most successful short story writers is probably Wayne Scheer." She suggests joining IWW so you, too, can keep a look out for his yahoos to get your own list started.

Hinkey also said, "Of course, we have Google which can be a writer's best friend if used well. I just searched for 'publications for short stories.' That came back with 4,310,000 results. The first 3 are:

1. Short Story Magazines: Where to Submit Short Stories: 25 Magazines and Online Publications (

2. How and where) to Get a Short Story Published (

3. 46 Literary Magazines to Submit to. ("

IWW Yahoos and Google are how she's found homes for the short stories she's had published. She's been paid for about 1/2 of them.

Hinkey also says, "Rejections can be helpful. Almost every successful writer out there has a story about how many hundreds of rejections they received first.

"Rejections can tell us either we, as a writer, or our story, isn't quite ready. I think it was someone on IWW who posted---way back when  I joined in 2005 or 6--that until you've written a million words (that  have been tucked in a drawer, only shared with family and friends, or  rejected) you aren't ready to be published.

"On that bit of advice that stuck with me, I have 3 novels tucked away in drawers that never saw the light of day. (OK, I did share one--I'm embarrassed to say now--with a few friends. It deserved to stay in the drawer.)

"I just Googled that bit of advice (Google search: "Write one million words before publishing") and got a number of interesting articles.

"That's not to say you or any of us aren't ready to be published, only  an interesting item I picked up on the IWW list that's stayed with me all this time.)

Good luck!"

               Lynne M. Hinkey
Author, Marine Scientist, Curmudgeon

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Enjoy "Journeyman" by Judith Quaempts in Young Ravens Literary Review

You'll find Judith's story, Journeyman, in the winter issue of Young Ravens Literary Review. Scroll to Fiction. Judith Kelly Quaempts has been a member of Internet Writing Workshop for many years.

Judith's novels are available on Amazon. They include A Place Called Winter and A Creek Named Sorrow. 

Learn more about Judith in her guest blog post.

Announcements of members successes are posted weekly on IWW's blogspot. Members of IWW, which includes several genres in addition to Nonfiction, also post the news to their social media.
Become a better writer and gain success like Judith by joining Internet Writing Workshop today.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

URGENT: Help Vote Internet Writing Workshop to 1st Place in Preditors & Editors Reader’s Poll

I just noticed that our Internet Writing Workshop has been entered in this year’s Preditors
 & Editors Reader’s Poll, and is currently in fourth place.  There are three days left to vote, and I think as a group we can do better than fourth. :)

Click here if you’d like to vote.

Scroll down, you’ll see the list (IWW is number 4).

After you vote and enter your name and email address, the spam
 control at the bottom will ask for the name of the author on the shown book
 cover.  Sometimes that’s hardly legible, but if you click on the cover, it
 will open in a different tab. 

Return to the poll and type the author's name.

After submitting your vote, you’ll be directed to a page indicating an email has been sent to your address, which requires a click on a link inside the email for final confirmation.

Help boost IWW to number one!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Think out of the Box and Sell Your Writing Around the World

It's important to think "out of the box" when looking for ways to keep your writing circling the globe. My own surprising experience is an example.

Let me tell you how unexpectedly far-reaching my research and writing became happened. As many of my readers know, worldwide recognition of my regional Montana history,
Behind These Mountains, Vol. I, II, and III, first began in 2003, when I posted the trilogy on a website I created to share Montanans' turn of the century histories and photographs from their private albums, free. I didn't want the history of those remarkable people to be forgotten.

I had no inkling that 13-years-later I'd receive an email from Brita Olson, Coordinator for the
Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group (LCFWG) and worldwide recognition would increase substantially.

LCFWG is an "umbrella" organization that connects watershed councils, agencies, and corporate partners working on collaborative watershed restoration efforts through the lower Clark Fork River and its tributaries. The
lower Clark Fork watershed is defined from the Clark Fork River's confluence with the Flathead River downstream to Lake Pend Oreille.

LCFWG sought permission to use historical photographs from my books in a 2017 calendar they envisioned to promote the group's work. Subsequently, Brita selected 84 pictures, wrote copy for each calendar page, hired a graphic designer, and when the draft calendar was ready, sent a copy to me. My contribution to the project was a little editing plus a suggestion to exclude two of the images.

In addition to paying me licensing fees for non-exclusive one-time rights for each image, LCFWG invited me to write a paragraph for the calendar to promote my books ~ an invaluable perk.

I imagine the calendar will be one of those "keepers" that no one throws away simply because of the captivating, rare, photographs. Six hundred 2017 Bull River Valley
calendars were printed.The'll be mailed only to residents with a Noxon address, in Sanders County, Montana.  Collector statistics indicate those will become doubly collectible in time.

I learned about the increased international recognition from comments left on LCFWG's website where the 2017 B&W calendar can be downloaded free.

When I was editing the original 1st edition softcover books published by the Statesman-Examiner in Colfax, Wash., during 1986 and 1991, IWW Nonfiction members skillfully critiqued every word to create a more professional, newer digital edition. When the manuscript was ready, members of other genres on IWW coached me through the process of converting the trilogy to digital Kindle 1st editions.

To promote the calendar and the Kindle and PDF editions of my books, I announced the sale on the on the
Internet Writing Workshop. The announcement was then also posted on IWW's blogspot. Members of IWW, which includes several genres in addition to Nonfiction, also post the news to their social media.

It's not only heart warming to know promotion keeps increasing through friend's, family, and writers' social media, those special, invaluable congratulations rewards that writers cherish continue to arrive.

Think "out of the box" and keep your writing accessible worldwide.


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Writers Benefit from Internet Writing Workshop's Blogspot

The Internet Writing Workshop has monitored critique groups for fiction, nonfiction, novels, romance, short prose, poetry, scriptwriting, and practice writing.
Each have participation requirements.
The IWW also has groups discussing the art and craft of writing in general, creative nonfiction, speculative fiction, and marketing.
The IWW is a cooperative. Membership is FREE.

At the IWW blogspot, check especially each Topic in the right-hand panel.

Monday, December 12, 2016

A Creek Named Sorrow Review

Meet Judith Quaempts, and read how her low-key marketing succeeds.

A review for A Creek Named Sorrow, by Judith was publish in the East Oregonian, her local paper. [Read the digital review. ] The print copy will be available, probably on Sat the 11th.


Sunday, December 4, 2016

How Being Interviewed on Speak Up Talk Radio Promotes Author Lynne M. Hinkey

 Recently, author, Lynne M. Hinkey, Marine Scientist, was interviewed on
Speak Up Talk Radio.

"The host, Pat Rullo, is great and easy to talk with," Lynne said. "The interview and an author page with my info will be available on the website for 1-year."
Lynne said she considers the $52 well spent, and thinks it's a valuable and valid promotion of her books. Her interview podcast is available now.

Lynne Hinkey uses experiences from her years living in the Caribbean to infuse her novels with a bit of tropical magic, from the siren call of the islands in Marina Melee to the hysteria and humor of the mysterious chupacabra in Ye Gods! A Tale of Dogs and Demons and The Un-Familiar: A Tale of Cats and Gods.

Read more about this charming, intelligent author at her
website. Lynne is an active and valuable member of Internet Writing Workshop

Learn here how easily you, too, can be
interviewed for Speak Up TalkRadio. Check out the benefits and browse the website. Then use the Contact link.

Speak Up Talk Radio donates the $52 ($1 per week), to the Sewport Project, which sends handmade one of a kind pillowcases to troops overseas, homeless veteran shelters, women and children’s domestic abuse shelters. The Sewport Project is now also sending cage comforters to animal rescue shelters.