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  Issue #15

Free Writers' Newsletter

   May 30, 2004  

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How a first-time author got his book on managing fear published
By Stanley Popovich

Wondering how to get your writing ideas published? I am a first time author who recently got his self help book on managing fear published. The title of the book is "A Layman's Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods" and is available at

I was able to get my book published even though I didn't have any experience in the publishing field. Let me explain:

Over the years, I collected much information on how to manage fear and anxiety. Although I didnít have a background in the religious or psychology fields, I did a lot of research including discussions with various professionals – in both fields – on how to manage fear and anxiety. One day I was wondering if I could develop a small book from these notes. I went to the bookstores to read various books on how to submit a book idea to some of the publishing companies. I learned that a writer must first develop a query letter to send to the various publishers and then submit a manuscript. After a good deal of research, I organised my notes into a small manuscript and did much editing to get my manuscript ready to send to the various publishers. I then wrote up a query letter and explained the benefits of how my book was unique and different from what was on the market. I mentioned that my book would be complete and cover all the ways to manage fear, unlike a lot of other books in the market today. My book would also be easy to read and results oriented, and it would be non technical. I explained that my book provided an important need to people who needed to manage their fear and anxiety.

I then went to some of the writing sites on the Internet that contained a listing of various publishers; publishers that might be interested in my self-help book. I then submitted a query letter to these publishers and was eventually asked to submit my manuscript. I followed this process for a little less than a year.

During this time, I talked to various writers on the Internet and asked them how I could increase my chances of getting published. A writer told me that if I focused on the small niche publishing companies, that I would increase my chances of getting my book published. He was right. It took a lot of work and persistence; however I found it much easier to market my book idea to the small Print On Demand Publishing companies. I eventually found a small publishing company who really liked my book idea. I then briefly worked with the publisher to turn my manuscript into a small easy-to-read book.

I was able to get my book published by explaining the need, and the importance of my book in my query letter, developing a well written manuscript, and focusing on small publishing companies. It is not easy to get your work published, however with a lot of research, persistence, and a willingness to continuously improve, it is possible.

Stanley Popovich endured his share of fear and anxiety over the years. Unable to find the help he needed, the author decided to undertake his own research. The result is "A Layman's Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods" an easy to read book based on a combination of research and personal experience. For additional information go to:

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In this issue:


MindFire Renewed
After its recent hiatus, MindFire magazine – an online literary and arts magazine – has relaunched.

MindFire publishes Fiction, nonfiction, reviews, interviews, art, challenges, calls for papers, and poetry.

For more details click here. For the details of over 250 other magazines click here.

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Poets Anonymous poetry festival
Poets Anonymous are holding their 9th Poetry Plus festival in Croydon, Surrey on July 17 and 18.

The weekend will include workshops, competitions, open mike sessions, and readings from poets including Keith Bennett, Wendy French, Christopher Logue, Adam Horovitz, Jean Sprackland and Attila the Stockbroker.

The cost of the weekend is £12 (£10 concessions). For more information click here or email festival@

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Windows reopened – submissions invited
After twelve years, Windows is once again seeking to publish poetry and short stories by writers who have yet to have a first collection published.

Submissions of up to ten poems or two stories of up to 3000 words should be sent with a short author bio to: Heather Brett, Arts Office, Cavan County Council, Farnham St, Cavan, Co Cavan, or email artsoffice@

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