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

Written by Matthew Lesko

Rockville, MD (July 4, 2005) – Two-thirds of Americans indicated in a recent national survey that they believerepparttar government has financial programs they would be eligible for but don’t know enough about them to apply – primarily becauserepparttar 150251 government is not doing a sufficient enough job of letting Americans know. The survey was conducted byrepparttar 150252 University of Connecticut, Center for Survey Research and Analysis. These recent survey results reveal that many Americans thinkrepparttar 150253 government is doing a poor job of letting people know about government financial assistance programs. Ofrepparttar 150254 1,000 people surveyed, nearly half (48%) earning more than $75,000 annually, believe they are eligible for money they don’t know about. A significant majority of both Democrats (73%) and Republications (60%) believe there is money available they are unaware of. And more people underrepparttar 150255 age of 44 (72%) than overrepparttar 150256 age of 60 (56%) believe there is unknown money due to them. “During these tight economic times when families are watching each and every penny they earn and spend, it is crucial for Americans to know what monies are available to them,” says Matthew Lesko, New York Times Best Selling author and consumer advocate who works to educate Americans about free government money. “It is imperative for all Americans to know what they have access to.” Do You Think You Are Eligible For Gov’t Financial Programs But Don’t Know How To Get Them?* .........................Yes ........................................... 65% .........................No ............................................ 27% .........................Don’t Know .............................7%

* U of Connecticut Survey

How Not To Get Published

Written by Michael LaRocca

HOW NOT TO GET PUBLISHED Copyright 2001 Michael LaRocca

If someone had told me in 2000 that I'd publish four books in 2001, I'd have called him an eejit.

The last time I'd been published was 1989, and that doesn't count because I paid someone to do it. I'd long since given up on getting published again. In fact, I doubted I'd ever write again.

By now you may wonder how I made it from Point A to Point B. Or for that matter, why I stopped writing.

The second part is simple. I was chasing money, becoming a high-powered businessman and losing myself. The first part is a little more difficult to explain.

In December 1999, I flew to Hong Kong for a vacation. The first vacation in my life, really. I intended to stay for a month. Instead, I married an Australian who taught English there. I quit my job in North Carolina by email.

I found myself unable to legally work in Hong Kong. So what was I to do with my time? I dusted off a childhood dream and resumed writing.

I had a slush pile full of old short stories, and I ran them throughrepparttar on-line writing workshops. There are two parts to writing--story and style. I wasn't changing my stories--they came from me and were what I wanted to write--but my style was pathetic. Style is alsorepparttar 149200 part that can be learned. So I did.

Then came something that amazed me. New stories. Mixing withrepparttar 149201 "writing culture" got my creative juices flowing again. After all those years. Better than ever, in fact.

Next, I published them. Between March and December 2000, I published twenty stories in twenty different e-zines. I only made $6, but I was building my resume. I believed that I had a short story anthology in me, and I'd decided to try publishing it. I felt I needed a "track record," so I got one.

I also had a novel in my slush pile. A gripping imaginative story, badly told. But I'd finally learned aboutrepparttar 149202 craft,repparttar 149203 structure, andrepparttar 149204 hard work that comes after that original flash of inspiration.

You see where I'm leading by now. I wrote two new novels, and signed contracts to publish all three novels plusrepparttar 149205 new short story collection in 2001.

It's a common sight among new writers, and really it's a bit sad. People who haverepparttar 149206 story--the part that can't be learned--but tell it badly. They rush in onrepparttar 149207 adrenaline high that authors know so well, then get rejected and give up.

What defines a great story? That depends on which reader you ask. If you're writing a story that moves you, someone somewhere with similar tastes will like it. Some stories will be more popular than others, but almost every story will be considered great by someone. But if it's badly written,repparttar 149208 reader will simply putrepparttar 149209 book down and read something else.

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