Friday, February 24, 2017

Where to get Your Writing Critiqued

"All writers, whatever their experience and expertise, need their articles and books critiqued, particularly by published writers and editors. The Non-Fiction members on Internet Writing Workshop are knowledgeable and thorough critiquers who significantly improve the style and substance of member's articles, memoirs, books and online content writing. Their camaraderie makes the reciprocal arrangement of submitting writing and critiquing others writing pleasant and fulfilling for members.

Dozens of writers became successful since joining IWW's Non-Fiction, a FREE on-line list. The following authors and writers are examples of the dozens who credit their success to IWW: Gary Presley, Diane Diekman, Jack Shakely, Sheri McGregor, Janaki Lenin, Tracy Foote, Sarah Morgan, Charles P. Hobbs, and Tim Elhajj.

Diane Diekman says, '"I subbed the four books below as manuscripts, one chapter at a time, before rewriting and publishing them. They are much better than they would have been without the advice of NFiction members.

Twentieth Century Drifter: The Life of Marty Robbins
Live Fast, Love Hard: The Faron Young Story
Navy Greenshirt: A Leader Made, Not Born
A Farm in the Hidewood: My South Dakota Home

Peggy Vincent says, "I sold "Baby Catcher Chronicles of a Modern Midwife"for $100,000 to Scribners in 2001, and it never would have happened without the Non-Fiction members on IWW, whose critiques made me a better writer." It's available in softback and hardback at Amazon.

Carol Newman published her Kindle edition of The Road to Anywhere But Here. "Thanks to the tremendous feedback I received on IWW Non-Fiction, I tightened, pruned, and expanded some areas. Then I entered the Writer's Digest E-book contest. WD gave me a 5 rating in Structure, Organization, Pacing, Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar, Plot and Story, Appeal, Character Appeal and Development, Voice and Writing Style, and only one point lower in Production Quality and Cover Design. I also received an excellent review. IWW Non-Fiction group is a valuable resource. Thanks to the members' excellent help.

Paul Fein, author of "Tennis Confidential" and "Tennis's Most Wanted" says, "I've received about half of my 40 writing awards since joining IWW in 2005. My work has been published around the world in tennis and sports magazines. I truly appreciate all that IWW members have done for me with their very helpful critiques, and I try my utmost to reciprocate by critiquing as well as and as often as I can.

"Thanks to members of IWW Non-Fiction, my article about Rafael Nadal received Honorable Mention in the nonfiction category of Writer's Digest annual writing competition.

Dozens of other Non-Fiction members like Cathy Moser, Judith Stock, Paul Pekin, and June Gallant publish in magazines, newspapers, and at a vast variety of e-publications.

Join Non-Fiction today: Internet Writing Workshop

Mona Vanek, Montana Scribbler, IWW Non-Fiction member, and author of "Behind These Mountains, Vols. I, II and III" 

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.