Day: 16 June 2014

The Recipe for Getting Published

The Recipe for Getting Published

Got talent but no clips? Here’s the recipe for getting published…

* Procrastinating
When you’ve finally decided you have to put into writing the fabulous idea that just struck, you enter the first phase of the writing process. “I’ll start tomorrow,” “I’m not inspired yet” and “I just don’t have the time” are some of the phrases that will form a part of your vocabulary. When you’ve incorporated them into your daily lifestyle, you’re ready to enter the second phase.

* The Blank Screen
You sit in front of your computer, usually without a clue to what you’re supposed to be doing. You stare at the blank screen constantly without blinking. You may take short coffee breaks or a walk, but you still make it back to where you started. Type a few lines of crap, then erase. Repeat this process a number of times, and proceed.

* Feeling Guilty
Now you begin to wonder what kind of a writer you actually are. Your love for writing suddenly disappears and you make futile efforts to convince yourself that this was what you were meant to do. You know you’re in this phase when you start considering other job options. When you’ve finally decided to quit writing, the next phase begins.

* Getting Over it
You inform your family and friends that won’t be writing any more and they do everything in their power to convince you otherwise. Sooner or later, you give in to the pressure and decide to write again. The time taken in this step can vary according to the intensity of your denial and the inability to land another job.

* Writing
In this stage, you finally manage to prepare your first draft. This may take several days, and in some cases, several years. But after this stage, you’ll be back on track and the fears and anxieties of the earlier steps will slowly die out. Pat yourself on the back (if you can) or get somebody else to do it for you.

* Editing and rewriting
Read and reread your work so many times that you’re totally sick of it, as you correct mistakes, improve the style and add important things. Now your writing is almost in its completion stages. But before you start flying again, you might want to come back on earth to complete the remaining steps.

* Showing off
You show your manuscript or article to your friends, family and neighbors asking for opinions on it. Try not to think about the check you’ll be getting while they voice their thoughts. Some of you may want to hire professional help. In that case, opinions from friends and family don’t count.

* Submission
Convinced that you have a winner, you approach the editors or publishers you’re planning to submit to. Arm yourself with a good query and convince them to ask you to send in your work.

Caution: Editors have an uncanny habit of throwing things out the window. So, read the submission guidelines before making any moves!

* Desperately Waiting
A long process, but can vary depending on the cruelty of the editor. This phase could last from as little as a week, to more than a few months. Try to stay patient, and don’t lose your cool. DO NOT send inquiries about your submitted work (at least for the first few weeks).

* Rejection
If you’re new to writing, this stage will almost always have to be dealt with. If you’re lucky enough to get accepted right away, you may skip the next step. This stage could lead to excessive drinking and spells of depression.

* Repeat
Repeat the submission and waiting steps as per requirement.

* Acceptance
You should be flinging your arms in the air and screaming at the top of your voice. Try not to scare the neighbors though. This stage is marked by a temporary spell of insanity.

* Getting published
When your work is published and you’re carrying your work all over the place to tell people about it, you can be sure you’ve reached the final stage. This marks the final line. Now just sit back and enjoy!

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What Makes A Successful Speaker?

What Makes A Successful Speaker?
C2004 by Sandra Schrift. All rights reserved

Successful speakers do not necessarily do all the right things all the time. They often take risks and risk bombing. But all highly successful speakers take action, mostly daily, to move toward their goals with lots of course adjustments.

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How to Market Your Unsold Books on the Internet: It’s Easy

How to Market Your Unsold Books on the Internet: It’s Easy
Judy Cullins ©2004 All Rights Reserved.

Your book expresses your wondrous information, your creativity, and your genius. It’s your dream come true. Or is it? You have already tried a few venues–maybe an expo, book signings, press releases, book reviews, distributors, wholesalers, speaking and book tours.

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What If I Fall Flat On My Face?

What If I Fall Flat On My Face?

I hope you do. Sounds awful, I know. But I really think the best thing that can happen to you is for you to take a timid little leap and fall flat on your face. Then, I want to see you get back up, evaluate what you did wrong, and jump again. Keep on taking that leap of faith and learning from each and every mistake until you become used to jumping and used to falling. Then, you’ll get over the fear of falling and you’ll finally begin to concentrate on flying. I want to see you run with everything you have and dive into your dreams with so much passion and fire that you forget all about the possibility of failing. You will never find your wings until you do.

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#BringBackOurGirls – The Alarm

The following day, the newspapers hit the newsstands with screaming front page headlines:  234 girls abducted in Chibok; Terrorists kidnap 240 school girls; Boko Haram strikes again… Abduct 230 girls.

The stories were same but the figures were different. No one knows the actual number till date. More so when it was reported 48 hours later that some of the girls, out of sheer guts and bravery, escaped. A bewildered nation woke to the chilling reality of terror in a new dimension. The early morning editions of newspapers sold out quickly as shocked citizens stood in groups in offices, market places, schools and markets to discuss the latest attack of these terrorists.

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