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"Nothing is more real than nothing."

 -- Samuel Beckett

T A B L E  O F  C O N T E N T S
  1. [Editor Notes; Strategies for Marketing the Writer]
  2. [The Free Press- Bloggers Eat It]
  3. [The Writing Life- Flowchart for Writing, Inc.]
  4. [Resources]
  5. [Sunoasis Opinion]
  6. [Career Advice]
  7. [At C/Oasis]
  8. [Markets]
  9. [Community]
  10. [Acknowledgments]
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I FINALLY FOUND A WAY TO MAKE A LIVING AS A WRITER I DIDN'T THINK IT WAS POSSIBLE TO GET RICH AS A FREELANCE WRITER. The problem was, I was in the wrong writing business. Instead of making a few hundred dollars a week writing articles for magazines like I used to do, I now pull in, on average, $2,500 per week writing simple letters. Here's how:

E D I T O R  N O T E S

Welcome to the final issue of Sunoasis in 2004. I always enjoy the story of the man climbing the mountain only to find a huge stone in his path. "Move this stone for me God," he says. God does nothing. He strains and he pushes against the stone and it doesn't budge. For over a month he does this until he's ready to give up. As he departs the mountain God says to him, "Oh, you want the stone removed so you can go up the mountain?" The man stares into space as though God were an idiot. At that God sends down a tornado that picks up the stone and whisks it away. The pathway is clear. The man starts up and then says, "Well God, if you knew you were going to remove the stone why didn't you do it the first day?" And God tells the man to look at himself. And the man sees that he's grown huge leg, chest, and arm muscles. "You never would have been prepared to climb the mountain had I moved the stone the first day."

So, we've been huffing and puffing, straining and aching trying to remove the stone. As we reflect we have grown a bit more patient, a bit more knowledgeable and so forth. For all that we are grateful.

S o m e  S t r a t e g i e s  F o r  M a r k e t i n g

I like to call it, "Strategies for Marketing the Writer." I've written for magazines with "strategic" in the title and I always view it as a meaningful word. A strategy is the way in which a good portion of your resources will be deployed. Whether you are talking about a writing career or building a power plant, it's about making decisions; crucial decisions that will either bring you success or stall you on your path.

One element of this is the gathering of resource. Another is the psychological strategy of anticipating rejection, as well as learning the arts of negotiating.

As I write this I'm staring at the big, blue 2004 Writer's Market book that is in my little inner circle of writing resource books up on my desk. Yellow post-it notes are sticking out of it. Compressed between the covers are a good proportion of writing markets, agents, and publishers. I always recommend students who write in to buy a copy and study it now, while they are in school.

It's a good idea to separate out the functions of marketing and writing. They are completely different spaces; they are oil and water and mixed with bad results. The best thing to do is to experiment a bit and try out different schemes and go with the one that works for you.

Will you split the day up into these functions? The week? The month? A lot depends on how you are approaching the writing career. If it is a full-time, bread-winning career then it's likely you'll be marketing much of the time.

If you are working on a novel and not dependent on it as a source of income, then the marketing can come at gentler intervals.

I like to make charts and print them out. These charts can be simple line drawings that are able to hold pieces of information such as the name of a magazine, its current editor, ideas to approach the editor with, queries sent, answers back and so on.

One thing a writer is never prepared for is the depth of specialization that makes up the market. Most writers come from humanities backgrounds where the "holistic" is more valuable than the the "fragmented."

But, there's no way around it. The fact that there are a dozen different woodworking magazines tells you all you need to know. The market is sliced and diced to increase the visibility of advertisers and make more profits for publishers. Writers deal with it by specializing in one to three areas. That's one reason why the expert is a connecting tissue in the writing life.

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It's very useful to know the differences between writing for a consumer magazine and writing for a trade magazine. In the consumer field the writer has to continually search for markets. The consumer magazine editor is besieged with queries and stories. The writer has to develop a decent strategy to develop ideas and get those ideas into the hands of editors who can turn them into assignments. The writer for a trade magazine is in a different sort of universe. The editor will usually assign the article to writers she trusts or has worked with before. So, the strategy in writing for trades is to find a few publications that you can write many articles for. Each has their good and bad points.

It's been told to me from one who knows that the best way to develop a marketing strategy is to go to a writer's conference and connect with a published writer. Try to corner a writer whose career path is like the one you want to travel on. Even a few tips will be invaluable.

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Weird markets for October 2004

Finding Hidden Markets by Marcia Yudkin.

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According to the headlines journalists are either blogging, plagiarizing, or being killed.

We live in that magnificent curse, "exciting times." I see a lot of people are coming down on the bloggers for trying to be the first to predict the outcome of the election. A rumor spread on blogs that exit polling had Senator Kerry way ahead in Pennsylvania and Wall Street dropped about 100 points or so. It just points up to the immaturity of the medium. Maybe the bloggers will reflect a bit on the expectations they have for their little toy and begin that self-regulating, self-criticizing process necessary for anything to develop.

This article celebrates the blurring of lines between "media" and the rest of us. There's a huge difference between journalism and writing a letter to the editor, as most blogging is. When bloggers interview, fact-check, research and write to discover something, then they can saddle right up next to journalists who are paid to do that very thing.

We mentioned Wikipedia a few years ago and their effort to create a collaborative encyclopedia on-line. It's a very interesting concept and is worth paying a visit. Now, they are going to move into the concept of collaborative journalism.


The above links are among my favorites from Wikipedia.

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T H E  W R I T I N G  L I F E 

I was trying to imagine a flowchart for "writing, inc." The writer would be in the front but connected in one direction to readers, in another direction to editors, still another to experts, and another to agents. He flows along a publishing system, print or digital.

The writer has a flowchart in him or herself as well. To wit: curiosity, imagination, logic, memory, pain, pleasure, and dreams. Worlds flow on through these and can, sometimes, erupt into a book. Or, a web site. And I suggest any writer who builds a website, build it like the book you never thought you would write. Give it vision and think through it.

I enjoy reading through the catalogs I get from companies who sell remaindered books. As I go over the titles I think of the writer behind each volume. Each book represents an opportunity to enter a new world. It reminds me that writing is discovery and then the care of compiling resource, and finally the presentation to interested people. In the massive crush of written material this is often forgotten.

The Featured Article in this month's Sunoasis X 2004 is, Suggestions for Writing Successful Query Letters by Danielle Hollister

For the fuller article on the writing life, try the preview by going to this link: www.sunoasis.com/premium.html

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C r a f t :
How to edit your articles as you write.
Talent vs. Skill by John Nihmey.
Good writing is a skill.
Play with words.
What kind of writer do you want to be? A list of descriptions of writing categories.
O r g a n i z a t i o n s :
American Society of Indexers
United States Basketball Writers Association
Dog Writers Association
Garden Writers Association
Association of Health Care Journalists
International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association
P u b l i s h i n g :
"Drop-in" publishing article.
Funny and true account of "from writing to becoming a writer."
The newspaper book reviewer goes and meets some of the odd authors of books that pass his eyes.
More stories from the land of self-publishing.

S U N O A S I S  O P I N I O N

Sunoasis Opinion is a new page that contains some of our responses to things. No thinking man or woman should let the world pass without a few comments to throw in the way.

C A R E E R  A D V I C E

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A T    C/ O A S I S

The Protestors; a story by George Sparling
"The large turnout in Eureka challenging the U.S. war of aggression in Iraq wasn't unusual because Humboldt County had always been very liberal, at least since Reed moved here in 1974."

Mr. Fix-It; a story by Nora M. Mulligan
"I was really nervous when I brought Tom to my garage. I mean, I don't let just anyone see this alien artifact thingy that I have hidden out there. You never know what some people might do if they see something that's not from earth, you know?"

A Gathering of Widows; a story by Dayna Mari
"The age-old custom of flaying political assassins alive and wrapping the ashes of their victims in their skin was constitutionally terminated by the most recent widow."

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M A R K E T S  A N D  L E A D S

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Colossal Directory of Children's Publishers

How to find foreign writing markets.

The National Writer's Union has a list of markets that pay $1/word and up.

Job Links for new leads!

If you have any suggestions about markets you want guidelines for, just drop a line


Shaw Guide for Writing Conferences in December.


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