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SPAWNews, April, 2009

Sandra Murphy, Editor

For contributions to the newsletter and Letters to the Editor, please email the editor of SPAWNews: editor@spawn.org.

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Table of Contents

Editor’s Note

Market Update

Ask the Book Doctor by Bobbie Christmas

So You Want to Start Blogging? by Patricia Fry

Member News

General Information

Opportunities

Contests

Events and More

Editor’s Note

by Sandra Murphy

I was reminded this week that I have been editor of SPAWNews for a full year now. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the newsletter, have gotten ideas, encouragement and assignments from it. The first thing I read each month is the Market Update. If you’ve gotten a writing job from the Market Update, how about dropping me a line? It’s always interesting to know how the information works for you. Send suggestions to improve the newsletter. I want to make each one better than the last.

I’ve learned a lot this year—back everything up twice; if the computer asks, “Do you want to save the changes,” always say, “yes”; deadlines sneak up on you; anything I need to know, I can ask on the SPAWNdiscuss list and get a reliable answer quickly.

This year, businesses will be cutting back. The support and suggestions this group provides will be invaluable. More businesses will be creative in bringing in new accounts or at least keeping the clients they have—we’ll have to apply those strategies as well. Have you joined the SPAWNdiscuss list? If you have, have you posted or do you lurk? Join the conversation, start a new thread, ask a question or provide an answer. In reading the membership roster, I am amazed at the wide variety of talent to be found in this group.

Next month is SPAWN’s birthday—how should we celebrate? Maybe the best way will be to try something out of our comfort zone, find a new market, try a new genre, take up a hobby, meet a friend or make sure every day is a writing day. Step forward into the new year—not every one has to start on January 1st!

Sandy, Editor, SPAWNews

editor@spawn.org

Market Update

by Patricia Fry

The April 2009 SPAWN Market Update is designed to get all of our members working during this slow economy. We’ve found you 6 job directories (representing hundreds of jobs) and a great syndication opportunity for freelance writers, 9 publishers to consider for your book and a Boot Camp for Novelists, hundreds of jobs for artists and photographers and tips for how to revive a faltering or failing book. Remember, many members have found that the resources and tips in just one issue of the SPAWN Market Update often more than pays for their $45/year membership dues. Join today and choose from 6 FREE books/ebooks. As a member of SPAWN, you could be much closer to your publishing or writing goal by summer.

In this month's APRIL 2009 Market Update:

  • A book video to promote your book?
  • Who's looking for articles for promoting healthy communities?
  • Tips on how to revive your book.
  • Where to go for tips and guidance to start a photography career.
  • What to consider before writing your book.
  • Answers to some Common Questions about editors, keys to selling books, and publishing advice.
  • A great opportunity for publishing your ebook.
  • How to entice potential customers of your book.

Ask the Book Doctor: About Book Covers and Free Feedback

by Bobbie Christmas

Q: My book is being edited and will soon be ready to be printed. Being short on cash, how can I put a nice cover on it as cheaply as possible? I don’t expect it to be on a bestseller list, but I do want it to be more advanced than my first attempt.

A: You are wise to be concerned about the cover. The cover often is the only thing that sells a book. If the cover looks bad, few people will buy the book, no matter how well written the contents may be. As in editing, the cover is not a place where you want to scrimp.

If you don’t want the cover to look cheap, don’t be cheap. That is, pay someone, even if it is only a design student, to design a book cover properly and well. Don’t create your own artwork for it unless you’re an accomplished artist. Don’t use the artwork of one of your children unless the book is a children’s book.

Getting the front, back, and spine looking professional takes much more work and knowledge than most non-designers can imagine, plus the file must be compatible with the printer’s equipment. Unless you have a design program, know how to use it, and have studied design, I don’t recommend designing a book cover yourself. If you want the cover to look professional, hire a professional to do it.

Barring hiring a pro, you can use of the self-publishing companies that offer cover design as part of a printing package. You can check the Internet for such companies and see if they offer any covers that appeal to you at a price that is satisfactory, or you can surf the Web for cover designers and pick one with the best price. Through the miracle of the Internet your designer can be anywhere in the world and send the files to you electronically. Be sure to check out some of the lower priced book design companies in India, too.

Read more about these and other interesting topics at http://www.spawn.org/editing/askthebookdoctor47.htm.

So You Want to Start Blogging?

By Patricia Fry

It was brought to my attention recently that not every author is blogging. In fact, there are SPAWN members who are still intimidated by the idea of launching out into the foreign world of the blog. Yet, they are curious about what it is all about, whether it is worth getting involved in and just how to do it.

What is a Blog?

Think of blogging in terms of journaling or keeping a diary; only a blog is not a private affair. While the purpose of a journal is generally for reflection, contemplation and inspiration, a blog (or web log) is designed to share information, stories, experiences, gossip, feelings, thoughts, resources and so forth with hundreds of thousands of others.

To read about more about blogs and how to start your own blog to promote your book, go to http://www.spawn.org/internet/startblogging.htm.

Member News

Patricia Fry’s newest book, Catscapades, Tales of Ordinary and Extraordinary Cats now features over 80 photos of cats and kittens–gorgeous cats, funny cats, dressed up cats, cats with unusual friends, sleeping cats, helping cats, formerly feral cats, cats with deep secrets and more. Print book and ebook available at www.matilijapress.com/catscapades.html. Also visit the new Catscapades blog at www.matilijapress.com/catscapades.

 

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Member Shel Horowitz responded to a question on SPAWNdiscuss (spawndiscuss@yahoogroups.com) about marketing. He said there are strategies to move quantities of books. He’s written quite a few individual marketing plans and can usually do that in about three hours. Have you joined SPAWNdiscuss? If not, you’re missing out on a good resource – and it’s free to members!

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Note: To have your announcements included in this section, you must be a paid member of SPAWN. Please email your news to editor@spawn.org.

General Information

Voting is now open for the second annual Spinetingler Awards. To vote, go to - http://www.spinetinglermag.com/node/35. Please note that the poll boxes are inside a scroll box, so in order to see all ten categories you have to scroll down on the box, not the page.

Below the scroll box there are graphics of the covers nominated, and links to the short stories that have been nominated. Voting is limited to one per IP address. The objective of these awards is to generate awareness of quality fiction. If even one person comes away trying a new book or author they might not otherwise have tried, then they’re a success.

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Little Bitty Book Bytes publishes 3,000 – 5,000 word stories of different genres, currently focusing on thrillers, mysteries, romance, fantasy and humor. They are not seeking erotica, gratuitous violence, poetry or children’s stories. They are seeking authors with strong character development, good plotting skills, strong technical skills, and the ability to engage the reader on an emotional level. Manuscripts that do not strictly adhere to the guidelines and word counts will be returned or deleted unconsidered. At this time, they are accepting email submissions to info@littlebittybookbytes.com.

Opportunities

ITO EN (North America), INC., purveyor of green tea products and beverages, announced its call-for-entries for “Haiku Project 2009.” Inspired by the spirit of change in our country today, participants can enter a haiku around the themes of “Change,” “Hope” and “Progress”. The winning haiku will grace the bottles of ITO EN’s award-winning tea line, TEAS’ TEA.

To be eligible for the Haiku Project 2009, entrants must submit a haiku (a three lined poem in three metrical phrases with the number of syllables of 5 (first line), 7 (second line), and 5 (third or last line)) that reflects your vision of tomorrow based around Change, Hope and Progress, to haikuproject@itoen.com.

Submissions start on March 6, 2009 and run for a period of 4 months. The winning contestants will be notified by ITO EN and may be required to sign and return a Submission Release Form before their haiku will be printed on the bottles of TEA’S TEA in 2010.

For more information on Haiku Project 2009, please visit www.haikuproject.net.

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The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications from its members for the first Jan Nathan Scholarship which consists of a grant for full payment of tuition and housing to attend the Stanford Professional Publishing Course, a week-long course designed to bring together mid-career publishing professionals, exposing them to advanced publishing strategies and new media models that includes both print and digital strategies. The Scholarship is open to IBPA members in publishing who meet Stanford’s prerequisites, including a minimum of four years’ publishing experience.

Deadline is April 15, 2009.

For additional information or questions, please visit the IBPA website at www.ibpa-online.org. Additional information about the Stanford Publishing Course may be found at http://publishingcourses.stanford.edu/sppc/

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The New Hampshire Film & Television Office invites all writers to submit New Hampshire-set, feature-length scripts for consideration in the Screenplay Reading Series hosted at Red River Theatres in Concord, NH. Accepting submissions during the month of April 2009 for the next reading series that will take place in October 2009, February 2010, and June 2010. Judges will select three scripts, which will be assigned a director, cast from a talented pool of NH actors, and stage read in an evening event before a live audience at Red River Theatres. Application, fee information, and submission guidelines available via the NH Film & Television Office website: http://www.nh.gov/film/screenplay-readings.htm

Contact information on the website too. Or you may contact volunteer judging coordinator and screenwriter Dana Biscotti Myskowski, danabiscotti@gmail.com.

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Display with FPA at the Florida Library Association Annual Conference May 5 – 8, 2009

Publishers, self-publishers and authors are welcome to display their products in the Florida Publishers Association, Inc.’s booth (#518) at the FLA Conference. FPA is a past winner of the FLA Best Booth award. They display products face out, offer giveaways and several door prizes. To receive an FPA Display brochure, email Betsy Wright-Lampe at FPAbooks@aol.com.

Contests

Read about the latest contests at http://www.spawn.org/contests.htm.

Events

Read about the coming events at http://www.spawn.org/events.htm.

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