Sunday, October 23, 2011

Jumping at the Write-ing Opportunities...

The next few weeks are going to be full of win in some rather unexpected ways!

Web content writing job: After my post on Friday about trolls I received some great advice and pointers for possible work. I checked them out immediately and while most vacancies required qualifications I didn't have, one piqued my interest. It was for a website content manager. I have all the relevant qualifications and experience, except in one area - content management systems. That was okay because in the application job description it spoke of managing and coaching and mentoring the writers for this particular site. Writers! So, I checked out the site and found a link for applying to write content (articles) for the site. Today I submitted my application for a position as a writer. If my application is successful I would be paid to write articles for the site. That would be just perfect for me.

Anthology: A few weeks ago Gill from InkPaperPen posted a link on her blog to another writing exercise blog call Flash Fiction Friday where participants write flash fictions (stories under 1000 words) on a particular topic of the week.

I followed the link and saw that week's topic was on titled 'The City of Lost Children'. It was kind of a special week in that a couple of people were offering to donate $5 each for every submission to go to two children's charities ($600 was raised from the exercises in the end). I was inspired to write, but then let time run away with me, so when I finally did submit it, I believed I'd missed the deadline (I was also confused by the time difference between Australia and the east coast of America). I submitted my story anyway, and found out the next day I'd actually just scraped in in time.

Several weeks later I received a direct message on Twitter asking for my email address because this man wanted to discuss an anthology with me. I have to admit that at first I was a bit wary. I sent him my email, but didn't hear anything more. Almost a week later the same man asked to join my personal Facebook page. I was confused because he hadn't replied to my email, so I checked my email again - this time via the iPad and found he'd emailed me almost as soon as I direct messaged him with my address. The email stated that my story - along with 29 others - had been selected from all the submissions to that exercise to be included in an anthology to raise money for two children's charities (one in the US and one in the UK). It asked if I would be interested in participating and provided specs for submitting the story as well as a contract to sign and a deadline for return.

Well, you can imagine my excitement! At 1am I started formatting the piece and filling in the contract and by 2am it was all ready and I clicked 'send'. When opportunity knocks, you have to answer the door, and quickly!

So, now there is a website for the ebook anthology (with my name listed, eep!) and on November 1st the anthology will be published and sales will commence at Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes & Noble! Don't bother going back through my blog posts to find the story - I've hidden the post as per the contract I sign.

All proceeds will go to PROTECT in the US and Children 1st in the UK. Of course, I will be imploring everyone I know to purchase a copy and support this worthy cause, and to let your friends and family know as well! I am so proud to be part of this! I am so grateful to be able to raise money for children's charities with my writing!

NaNoWriMo: Up at the top right of the blog there you'll notice a new badge. It's for the National Novel Writing Month project which is about to launch it's twelfth session! I heard about this a few years ago but have never participated before (last year I was up to my neck in thesis writing). This year I'd mooted the idea of participating but hadn't committed to it until I received an email asking if I'd like to be part of a group of writers to help promote it through a blog post about our hopes for achievement in undertaking NaNoWriMo and then reflecting on our progress after it finishes at the end of November.

Basically, the undertaking is to work on a novel manuscript throughout November. It must be a new project (I think - mine will be in any case), and the aim is to write 50 000 words in 30 days. Some people plan for this event all year and write up a plot summary and character outlines in preparation for the 1st of November. Me, I'm a pantser. That is, I'll be writing by the seat of my pants. I know who I'm writing about, and I know bits and pieces of the plot, and I've even given it a title: Shifter. I haven't written a precise though.

The 50 000 word count doesn't worry me too much because I'm verbose I wrote 40 000 in two weeks in March 2009.

I think there is some sort of acknowledgement if you reach the goal of writing 50 000 words - so that's quite exciting. For me it'll be about getting this story out of my head and most of it onto a file so that I can a) say I've written something substantial this year and b) have something to work over summer!

I'm feeling quite nervous about it all, but also inspired. For a long time it has felt like I was some sort of writing fraud, but slowly I'm beginning to pick up pace and live the kind of writing life I always imagined I'd have!


Anonymous said...

Fantastic news on those writing opportunities! Good luck with the writing job and congratulations on the anthology! My first published piece was for a charity anthology earlier this year (for flood relief in Queensland) and it felt so good to be a part of a project raising money for those who need it.

Good luck with NaNoWriMo. I'm participating this year too, though I'm a planner, so I've been working out my plot and characters the past few weeks. I made it to 50k last year and hoping to get there again this year. We'll have to encourage each other along the way. :)

Sif Dal said...

So, what happens when you make it to 50 000 words? I see the I was a winner tshirts, but didn't realise it was a competition? Then I thought perhaps you just need to show you got to 50 000 words and that is acknowledged in some way? Or am I missing something?

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I've had a recent 'win' recently when one of my stories was accepted for an online mag. It felt so awesome! So wonderful to see you so inspired. Good luck with NaNo. Looking forward to hearing how you go.

Rhianna said...

Hi Sif that is just awesome. I am thinking of Nano as well, the last few years it hasn't worked out so well for me. I have previously completed and while there is no prize as such it is a bit awesome to just be able to know you did it. You also have the opportunity to get some book company to just print out one copy for you

Sif Dal said...

TRM, ooh, congratulations for the online mag article publication!!! It's an amazing feeling, isn't it?

Rhianna, thanks for that clarifcation, now... do it! You, me and Jo can all support each other, and it seems a numbers of WoWers are doing it this year - are you following InkPaperPen on Facebook? This could be the year it works out!

Jayne said...

Fantastic! Good luck with NaNoWriMo-look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Jay said...

So excited for you!!

I will definitely purchase a copy of the anthology. A good cause, plus I can point to your name and brag that I know you.

I will also do this with your first novel ;)

Good luck with NaNo!

Sarah said...

Wow, that all just fantastic. I so admire people who write. I would love to be a writer but for now if I can sit down to write for longer than 10 minutes then I am fairly happy.

Good luck with it all

bethany said...

I've heard of this. I think the secret is after it's all over, EDITING EDITING EDITING!

permanently amanda said...

Wow! Congrats on the anthology :) And good luck with NaNoWriMo, i so want to do that, but I haven't put my creative writing gloves on for such a long time. i want to take part in Write on Wednesday, but have barely had any time lately. I will definitely check out Flash Fiction at some point.

Rhianna said...

No time like the present Amanda!

Yes most certainly on cheering each other on Sif, I have just recently started following InkPaperPen. I just wish Tuesday would get here already!

Sif Dal said...

LOL, as it gets closer, I have to admit I wonder what the hell I've signed up for. I'm also signed up with Adopt An Indie, and so I have to read and review a book in November (and reading is always far more challenging for me than writing!)...

I have a story and I kind of know what it's all about, but it's still all floaty and bitsy in my head and I really need to do a mind map or something so I can streamline the writing process itself!

Good Job!