Writer's Rip-Offs

Written by Angela Booth

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Summary: Writers are prime targets for scammers. Here's how to avoidrepparttar 129297 most common scams.

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Writer's Rip-Offs

Copyright (c) 2003 by Angela Booth

People who want to write form a huge market. According to Writer's Digest magazine, ten per cent ofrepparttar 129298 US population want to be writers, and I assume thatrepparttar 129299 numbers are similar in other countries.

And where there's a market, there are scams. All overrepparttar 129300 world, you can see vultures' eyeballs light up with dollar signs, can't you?

If you're an aspiring writer, you can avoid becoming fodder for vultures very easily. All you need to remember is: *writers get paid to write*.

Let's look at some ofrepparttar 129301 most common scams.

=> The "We're Looking For New Writers" Scam

Professional hard-working agents and editors don't need to look for new writers. Ever. They don't haverepparttar 129302 time, because as soon as they hang out their shingle, writers find them. This applies to book and screenplay agents, and magazine, book, and Web site editors. Once writers find them, there aren't enough hours inrepparttar 129303 day to read, advise, and make deals forrepparttar 129304 writers on their lists.

So when you read "we're looking for new writers" a big warning light should go for you. This is your signal to run as fast as you can inrepparttar 129305 opposite direction.

Ifrepparttar 129306 person displaying "we're looking for new writers" purports to be agent, it means that there's a rip-off involved. Usuallyrepparttar 129307 so-called agent will ask you for money. Perhaps to edit your book, or to send your manuscript to editors, or some other silly reason. Remember Writers Get Paid To Write.

A legitimate agent may ask you to cover out of pocket expenses, like photocopying and messenger fees before she signs a deal for you. I don't approve, to be honest. Fees like this are justrepparttar 129308 cost of doing business, and ifrepparttar 129309 agent wants to represent you, she should cover them. (Ask yourself whether you really want an agent who can't cover her own office fees.) However, some legit agents do ask new clients who aren't earning to cover these charges. I'd recommend that if you're asked, you tellrepparttar 129310 agent to take them out ofrepparttar 129311 first deal she makes for you. Up to $100 in expenses is reasonable.

If a magazine or a Web site displays "we're looking for new writers", come on. This isrepparttar 129312 publication's way of getting free content. If you're an established, published writer, and you're using this venue to promote yourself, then you may want to userepparttar 129313 venue in a quid quo pro fashion. I send out free articles almost daily to Web sites so that I get a higher profile onrepparttar 129314 Web, and to promote Digital-e.

But if you're a new writer what "we're looking for new writers" means at a magazine or Web site is: "we don't pay money". Of course you need clips, but write for venues which pay. Your clips will mean more. If you're a new writer, you can't afford to write for free --- you won't learn anything. And you can't afford to write for promotion, because you have nothing to promote.

=> The "Contest Entry Free" Scam

Stay away from contests run by people and organizations you've never heard of.

Not all contests are scams. Some writer's organizations run contest for their members, and charge a small entry fee, and these are legitimate. If you're a member of a large writer's organization, or buy a writer's magazine, and they're running a contest, relax, enter, have fun with it, and good luck.

One proviso: make sure that you get something out of your entry. Will an editor from a large publishing house request a submission from you if you win? Will you win money? (Remember: *writers get paid to write*.)

Create A Dream Diary

Written by Annette Beveridge-Young

How many times have you forced yourself to sit in front of a computer and waited for inspiration to strike? Most of us at some point, whether just starting out or even an experienced published writer, have suffered fromrepparttar proverbial writers block or have struggled to kick-start their creativity.

Sometimes ideas just flow and writing our article or story is easy. Inspiration flows over us like waves andrepparttar 129296 subsequent finished piece is almost word perfect and requires very little editing. But for those times when inspiration is on holiday or worse, on strike, help yourself to master those off days by creating a dream diary.

If you are one of those unfortunate people who believe that they rarely dream or at least have trouble remembering them, a dream diary is obviously going to be a problem. But you can train yourself to remember your dreams inrepparttar 129297 mornings, but this may take time and practise.

Try leaving a notepad by your bed or invest in a Dictaphone, at least if you do wake up during or after your dream, you can leave instant notes for yourself. Just in case on falling asleep, you eliminate all memory of this wonderful plot.Even nightmares can be a useful aid to creating a masterpiece, so next time you experience one, look torepparttar 129298 positive, and tell yourself that this is going to help you get work published.

For those interested inrepparttar 129299 meaning of dreams, invest in a good book, and not only can you create a great story but you can also work out what made you dream this particular scenario inrepparttar 129300 first place. It may well provide answers to questions in your everyday life.As a child, I hadrepparttar 129301 same recurring dream where I was in my back garden and a dinosaur type large red bird, chased me from one length ofrepparttar 129302 garden right up to my back door, which I managed to slam shut and lock with only seconds to spare. Scary? Of course…butrepparttar 129303 experience helped me to be able to pace my stories and to link tension intorepparttar 129304 right places of my plot. I have often wondered what psychologists would make of my numerous and often odd, dream sequences and it is probably just as well that they have never been analysed by anyone other than myself.

Although your dream may be vivid and almost overwhelming in its clarity, inrepparttar 129305 cold reality of daylight, many flaws can be present with that creative enlightenment. But remember, your dream is there to prompt you with a possible story line, it is not set in stone and you do not have to copy it, stage by stage. Use it to express yourself in a new and different way. It may also be useful to close your eyes and try to re-live your dream in your minds eye. Remember what you felt, sights, sounds, familiar scents, allow yourself to forgetrepparttar 129306 present and immerse yourself back in your dream. You will be amazed at how much you find you can remember and new scenarios may well fall into place as you practise this gentle meditation.

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