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  Issue #13

Free Writers' Newsletter

   April 4, 2004  


Talent search scoops the cream of crime writers

A unique hunt for exciting new crime writers has netted a clutch of dazzling stars.

Crème de la Crime – who describe themselves as Britain’s newest and most innovative crime publishers – put out a call for master story-tellers to submit the synopsis and 10,000-word opening for a gripping crime novel. The Search for the Crème de la Crime attracted hundreds of submissions from all over the globe.

Adrian Magson

Linda Regan

Maureen Carter

Penny Deacon

And amongst the 20 who’ve been offered development places are writers from Australia and Hong Kong, Writers' News columnist Adrian Magson, campaigning newspaper editor Don Hale, actress Linda Regan, former BBC Newsnight presenter Maureen Carter and Mills and Boon best-seller Penny Deacon.

"The response to our Search was amazing, far beyond anything we could have imagined," said Iain Pattison, Crème de la Crime managing director. "Our reading panel had to work flat out to cope! We didn’t realise there was so much talent out there. And to attract writers with such high profiles is a wonderful boost for us."

During the coming months the company’s Top 20 will have the opportunity to work with an editor to hone and polish their manuscript to a razor’s edge. Those who succeed in producing a thrilling, edge-of-the-seat novel will be published. The first three Crème de la Crime novels will hit the shops this autumn, with a further three coming out next spring.

"We all have a lot of hard work ahead," said editorial director Lynne Patrick, "but with such brilliant raw material, the finished products are going to be sensational."

Full details of the company’s development writers are on the web-site at

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Just Do It: a pep talk for writers
By Alyice Edrich

Okay, here is the low down on writing and making a career of it. You have to go through several rejection letters in order to get a "Yes". And even when you receive a "Yes", you still have to go through rejections before you get your next resounding "Yes".

Rejections hurt and sometimes they can suck the creativity right out from under you, but you have to remember that everyone receives a rejection letter at one time or another – even the best authors in the world still receive rejection letters. The only way you will ever succeed is to write, edit, submit, wait, and start all over again the next day, and the next day, and the next day.

If you really hate rejection slips and feel querying publications is a waste of both your time and your energy get out of the writing business, because, truth-be-told, there is no way around it. Whether you bid on a writing project for a small or corporate business or send a query letter to a small or large publication, you'll have to endure both rejections and the waiting game.

You'll have to wait to hear whether your article was accepted or rejected. You'll wait to hear if any edits need to be done. You'll wait to find out when your payment has been sent, and you'll wait to hear when your article will be published.

The only way you (or I) will ever become the accomplished, well-respected authors we hope to be is by getting out there and "just doing it". And to help you psych yourself up for reaching freelance writer success, I've included the following "Just Do It" tips:

  • When doubt creeps in as it often will, Just Do It!
  • Make yourself a daily (or weekly) goal sheet and find someone to keep you accountable. Just Do It!
  • Write one query letter a week. Just Do It!
  • Tailor each your query letter towards a minimum of five publications. Just Do It!
  • Don't have postage stamps this week? Send your query letter via email [as long as email queries are accepted – Ed]. Just Do It!
  • Write something every day. It doesn't matter if you're writing a goal sheet, a letter to an editor, a letter to a friend, an apology note, an entry in your journal, a sentence in hopes of turning it into an article, or a paragraph for the book you're working on. Just Do It!
  • Never give up. No matter how many rejection letters you receive, don't give up. It's at the moment you're ready to throw in the towel that a break with come through and some editor will want to publish your article. Just Do It!
  • Turn rejections into learning lessons. Did you receive a rejection letter in the mail? Read between the lines. Is there anything useful that can be used to help better your writing? Was there an invitation to send another article idea? Take the time to write something this week. Just Do It!
  • Take the hint. Find yourself receiving far too many rejection letters with notes about improving your quality of writing? Improve your craft of writing. Get yourself to a writing class, writer's conference, or critique group today. Just Do It!
  • Break writer's block. If you find yourself experiencing a major writer's block get out of the house. Find something fun and creative to do, and don't forget to bring along a notepad and pen (in case something pops into your mind). Just Do It!
  • Believe in yourself. Don't second guess yourself, and don't wait until your query letter is 100 per cent perfect. Just Do It!

No matter how many times you find yourself frustrated enough to walk away from your dream of becoming a successful freelance writer, remind yourself that every accomplished writer had to start at the bottom at one time or another. Then pull out your "Just Do It" tip sheet and give yourself a pep talk.

Alyice Edrich is the author of several work from home e-books, and the editor-in-chief of a national publication for BUSY parents. Subscribe to her free e-newsletter at to win a free book!

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Articles needed for mobile service
A new venture has been launched to deliver articles direct to mobile phones. Kwickee is seeking articles on a range of subjects, up to approximately 800 words

Writers receive a proportion of the revenue derived from their article, and can make as many submissions as they like.

To register online visit

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Romantic short fiction needed
Once Upon A Time Online is seeking submissions of romantic fiction between 3500 and 5000 words. Payment varies according to publishing history, but starts at $30.

For details visit http://www.onceupon

For more details of magazine publishing short fiction click here

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Competition for travel shorts
Publication and a three-night break in a Geneva hotel is on offer for the writer who can produce the best travel story in just 100 words.

The closing date for entries is June 6. For details visit

For over 100 other writing competitions click here

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Cat and dog stories needed
Inspirational stories about ordinary cats or dogs doing extraordinary things are sought for the latest volumes of Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul, and Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul.

Both books are scheduled for publication in August 2005. For full details visit

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