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August 25, 2003 - What if you couldn't be stopped
Volume 2, Issue 29

The weekly ezine with a road map for sidetracked writers.

"Be better writers today than we were yesterday."

Hello, all you unstoppable writers out there!

Thought for the Week - What if You Couldn't Be Stopped?
Book Review: Unstoppable by Cynthia Kersey

What if you were Unstoppable(R)? What if you pursued each of your writing dreams with passion and purpose? What might you accomplish?

Do you have certain books you pull out every time you need a little inspiration? I do, and I just found a new one: Unstoppable by Cynthia Kersey. 

The author used her and her husband's entire life savings to spend 16 months researching and interviewing hundreds of unstoppable individuals. She used this research to write Unstoppable. The book has profiles of 45 role models and a seven-step plan to show you how to be like them.

In the introduction, Kersey describes the individuals as "...criticized or discouraged by people who branded their dreams 'unrealistic.'"

How often does this happen to writers? Writers are often told to get a real job or quit wasting their time writing. But if writing is your passion, you can't (and I don't believe you should) give it up.

This book tells you how to continue and gives you the inspiration to overcome challenges that leap into your path.

Here is the link to the book on Amazon
and if you want to know more about the author, send an e-card 
or read more stories, visit her site at

(Unstoppable is a registered trademark in the U.S. and a trademark in other territories and countries of Unstoppable Enterprises, Inc.)

Next week's newsletter will come on Tuesday since Monday is a holiday in the U.S.

Happy writing (and organizing!),



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.

Read more reviews or buy the ebook from 

August Reminders

1) August Focus: Skill-Building

How did it go this month? Did you add some new skills to your resume? Lots of classes are starting in the next couple weeks, so think about what fits best into your schedule for the fall season:

Writers College (Starts Sept 1)

WritersWeekly University (Starts Sept 8)

I took the Buzz Your Book class and absolutely loved it. 
You can imagine getting personal coaching from M.J. Rose.

Absolute Write University (Open enrollment)

Barnes and Noble University (Some start Sept 10)

2)  3rd Quarter Estimated Taxes / Self-Employment Taxes

Third quarter estimated/self-employment taxes for 2003 are due September 15th. Get a jump start and get them ready this week.

You can get a short overview
or  more information on self-employment taxes in IRS publication 505.

The recent tax cuts may affect your self-employment taxes. You may 
need to adjust your September and January 2004 payments.

3) Make Your Household Hum (so you have more time to write!)

If you've got kids in school, like me, are you organized for back-to-school? Here are a couple of my favorite suggestions:

-- Make sure you've got a place to keep all the papers and projects that come home every day. And try to purge them regularly (we're still working on this one!). Keep only the best stuff, and take pictures of the projects that are too difficult to store.

-- Get your calendar ready by filling in the dates for the whole year in one big sitting. Our school sends a calendar for the year, and I can mark all the early-release days and parent-teacher conferences at one time.

-- Finally, create a place to keep backpacks and lunchboxes so they are easy to find each morning. I love this article by Cynthia Townley Ewer of

5)  1,020 subscribers and 31st is a Play Day

Time to celebrate! Writer-Reminders crossed the 1,000 subscriber-mark this past week. (I remember when I started this newsletter almost two years ago asking my husband if he thought anyone would want another writer's newsletter.) Thanks for subscribing.  Julie

Since the plan in my ebook is a 30-day plan, the 31st is always a play day (Remember play days in elementary school? We always went to a park and played all day long. It was one of the best school days of the year.) 

We'll be playing and celebrating this month at the local water park. I can't wait. I hope you can do something fun, too.

Happy writing! Julie

Like Organized  You'll love the book..... 

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"With intriguing chapters...and an appendix of 25 ready-to-use forms, this book is exactly what disorganized writers need to pull themselves out of the pit of disorganization they have fallen into."

Read more from AbsoluteWrite.comThanks Betty!

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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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success stories, or suggestions, reply to this message or e-mail
me at

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