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July 14, 2003 - Clean Your Car
Volume 2, Issue 23

The weekly ezine with a road map for sidetracked writers.

"Be better writers today than we were yesterday."

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Thought for the Week - Clean Your Car

OK.  I know you are laughing at me.  Julie, what does a clean car have to do with my writing?

Don't we all live with too much clutter around?  The best thing about your car is that this is a small area (relatively easy to clean and keep out the clutter) and you spend time in it nearly every day (at least I do).

So, it's fairly easy to get your car spotlessly clean.  Then make a rule that every time you pull into the driveway, you take all the stuff (including the trash!) out of the car.  With this rule, it's easy to KEEP it clean.

Then every time you hop into your clean car, it will be soothing rather than stressful.

How do I know this?  This week, my mini-van got a thorough overhaul.  It desperately needed the whole works... and every time I've gotten into the van this week, instead of thinking, "I've GOT to get this van clean," I was thinking, "Wow.  The van is so clean."  Then as I was driving, it was easy to move my mind to my other projects, especially my writing projects.

AND... it always feels good to check off one of those projects that has been hanging around on your to-do list for too long!

In case you missed the announcement last week, for the month of July and possibly August, you'll be receiving very short editions after my parents stays in the hospital.  I need to focus on my kids and family along with some additional corporate work I've scheduled.  Thanks for understanding!

Happy writing this week!



P.S.  "Julie, I love your book. I have read (or at least opened) more than a trunk load of books about writing over the years. Yours is the first I have seen that gives readers so much in one place. For me, the Master List and putting that together was more than worth the cost."

-- David Stoddard
Motivational writer, trainer and publisher of the
Terrific Life Concepts ezine.

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July Reminders

Print Shop Deluxe 15

Do you need .PDFs of your brochures and flyers?  Consider purchasing The Print Shop Deluxe 15 from Broderbund.  For only $24.99, it creates .PDFs of your design files.  I paid $400 for the full version of Acrobat last year, so this is a deal.  Go to the bottom of the home page to order for a limited time.

August Office Updates

Don't forget to set aside your cash this week...

What does your office need? A new desk chair or maybe a printer? August, with all of its back-to-school sales, is one of the best months for purchasing office equipment. Look through the following list to see if you need anything:

-- Desk
-- Desk chair
-- Laser printer
-- Label printer
-- Filing cabinet
-- Bookshelves
-- Phone with time-saving bells and whistles
-- New computer/laptop
-- Cassette recorder
-- Stock up on office supplies

Estimate how much money you will need, and then divide it by six to get your weekly "set-aside" amount (August 15th is about six weeks away). Each week, set aside the cash in a special envelope. When the sales hit, you'll have the money ready and won't
 have to use your credit cards.

Web Link for the Week

Templates for letterhead and business cards from hp:


The Fast Track Course on How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal

If you are trying to publish your book with a traditional publisher, I highly recommend The Fast Track Course on How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal.  According to the author, Stephen Blake Mettee, "Most nonfiction books are sold to a publishing house on the basis of a book proposal, usually before the book has been completely written..."

But, just what is a book proposal?  Mettee dives right in with his explanation on page three, "A book proposal is a ten-to-fifty page document designed to give the acquisitions editor enough information and enough confidence in you as a writer that he will offer to publish it."

Do you know what you need before you put together the book proposal?  No?  Find out in Chapter 2 which explains the goal of a query letter and how to write one.

This quick-read provides the essentials you need to learn how to write your proposal.  It gets an A+ in the scan factor with lots of headings and bulleted items.  It also includes a sample query letter, a sample book proposal, a sample agency contract and a sample book contract.  Before you pop your proposal in the mail, check out the book proposal checklist on page 100.

My recommendation:  This is the perfect introduction book if you need to know how to write your book proposal whether it is for an agent or an editor.

To order the book, call the publisher direct at 1-800-497-4909 or from Amazon.


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DRAW daily (Declutter-Read-Assess-Write)
What is this? 

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ 1. Declutter (only 5 minutes)
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ 2. Read (only 5 minutes)
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ 3. Assess (30 seconds to 5 minutes)
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ 4. Write (at least 5 minutes)

Weekly Checklist

For freelance writers: Use this weekly checklist to find, write and send a query every week of 2003!

__ Make notes on a new idea.

Tuesday: Accounting Day
__ Post your accounting records.
__ Pay bills.
__ Follow up on outstanding invoices and queries.

__ Find a new market using links below.

Thursday: Errand Day
__ Make copies.
__ Return books to library.
__ Make deposit at bank.

__ Finish query and submit.
__ Match your query to the market.

Saturday Weekly Review
__ How was this week?
__ What's up next week?
__ Review your Projects list in your planner and check the
__ Jot the next action steps for your projects on next week's
__ Backup your computer files.
__ Virus scan your computer.

__ Relax and enjoy!
__ Do something fun today!


Organized Writer's Guideline Database
Absolute Write's Market Archives
Writer's Weekly Jobs guidelines writers wanted
Funds for Writers - Jobs and Markets
Paying Markets List
Freelance Job Bank 
Writer's Write Writer's Guideline Directory
Writer's Digest - Market of the Day
Writer's (subscription only)

Writer Gazette Job Board 
Writer Gazette Call for Submissions
Sell Writing Online
Writer's Crossing


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