Survey FindsÖ 81% of Americans Believe the Government is NOT Doing A Good Job Of Telling About Available Money Programs

Written by Matthew Lesko


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Recent studies byrepparttar government itself and other research organizations show that over 50 million consumers donít know to take advantage of programs that they are legally entitled to including: 4 million senior citizens can receive up to $1,000 from Medicare but they donít apply because they are unaware ofrepparttar 150251 program (http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d04363.pdf) 6 million families are missing out on free health insurance for their kids (http://www.kff.org/medicaid/loader.cfm?url=/commonspot/security/getfile.cfm&PageID=28333) 10 million families can get up to $4,000 a year for groceries but donít apply (http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d04346.pdf) 8 million college students can receive grants and low interest loans but donít apply (http://www.acenet.edu/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Press_Releases_2004&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&CONTENTID=3245) Single moms can receive some ofrepparttar 150252 $673 million in collected unclaimed child support payments (http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d04377high.pdf) 29 million senior citizens donít know they can get colonoscopies, bone mass measurement, prostate cancer and glaucoma tests paid for by Medicare (http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d03958.pdf) According torepparttar 150253 United States Government budget data for 2005*,repparttar 150254 government gives out over $1.5 Trillion a year in money programs to individual taxpayers, and only 12% of this money goes torepparttar 150255 poor**. This is an average of over $11,000 for every U.S. taxpayer. And this figure continues to grow every year no matter who is inrepparttar 150256 White House. To learn more about this survey or how to access resources for government money, please call Matthew Lesko 301-929-8400 or visit www.lesko.com/survey.

Lesko is a best-selling author, appears regularly on network television shows and travels the country appearing on virtually every newscast in the top 100 markets. His stage antics, as well as his sound consumer advice has made him a favorite guest on Larry King Live, Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Jay Leno, Letterman and The Today Show.


How Not To Get Published

Written by Michael LaRocca


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As a teenaged author, gathering up enough rejection slips to wallpaperrepparttar room, I didn't give up. I just got arrogant and decided "You don't understand me, ya eejit." That's no solution. Nor is paying to be published.

Nope, if you want to get published, learn how to tell your story. Spelling, grammar, punctuation, pacing, dialogue... all that stuff you may have slept through in high school will become second nature with enough practice.

I did quite well in high school English, byrepparttar 149200 way, but it's not like they taught pacing and dialogue and real story- telling there. To learn those, you've gotta read. But that's no problem for an author. If you don't enjoy reading, you can't write something that others will enjoy reading.

Also, you must listen torepparttar 149201 criticisms. Accept some and reject others, but always listen. I believerepparttar 149202 Internet makes it much easier to get those criticisms.

I work as an editor now, and one of my authors told me that he sees movies inside his head. It shows in his writing! I don't write that way, unfortunately, but I still know how he feels. When "the Muse" pays me a visit, I've gotta write it down as fast as it comes to me. That'srepparttar 149203 one part that can't be packaged, taught or mass-produced. That part comes from you,repparttar 149204 author, and no one else can do itrepparttar 149205 way that you do.

Kurt Vonnegut, whose works I greatly admire, writes one sentence at a time, and makes each one perfect before he beginsrepparttar 149206 next. But I don't write like that, nor do most ofrepparttar 149207 authors I know. We just let it fly, then go back and fix it later.

But if you don't want to get published, don't go back and fix it. Pass that raw copy around to your friends and family and let them tell you how wonderful it is for fear of hurting your feelings. Then send it torepparttar 149208 publishers and collectrepparttar 149209 rejection letters. That's what I did in my younger days, and I wasn't published.

It took me twenty years to learn my lesson. It would genuinely make me feel good to hear that most writers aren't taking quite so long.

Michael LaRocca's website at http://www.chinarice.org was chosen by WRITER'S DIGEST as one of The 101 Best Websites For Writers in 2001 and 2002. His response was to throw it out and start over again because he's insane. He teaches English at a university in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, and publishes the free weekly newsletter WHO MOVED MY RICE?


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