Finding Something Friday: Got Any (Writing) Eggs?

I’ve come across more than a few good (writing) eggs this week, so I’m just going to throw them out there (carefully).

Calls for Submissions:

Writer’s Market is looking for article pitches for the 2012 edition. You don’t have to be that famous writer, where everybody knows your name. You just have to have a great idea about writing. And get that idea to the editor by 8/31.

Robert Brewer is also looking for ideas for his Poet’s Market 2012. Got a brilliant idea on how to market your poetry? Bet he’d like to see it (by 9/7).

Cup of Comfort for Christian Women’s deadline is right around the …um, next week! If you have a comforting story of faith, write it and send by 8/15!

Free Tips that Won’t be Free Next week:

How to Build a Rabid Following on Twitter, courtesy of blogging guru, Jonathan Morrow. Watch and learn!

Is This the Secret to Building a Popular Blog?, also courtesy of Mr. Morrow. Now, I can’t help it if you click too late. He’ll be pulling these great instructional videos any day now for his paid webinar.

A Bonus Freebie:

If you read Hope Clark’s Funds for Writers free newsletter, you know she is a font of markets, contests, grants and more. But have you checked out her Tweetbooks yet? When I renewed my paid subscription for Total FFW, I got this fabulous deal of 8 Tweetbooks with the price of my renewal. BUT, if you just want to see what the Tweetbook fuss is about, she offers a free download. I think it’s Poetry Markets right now. So you’ve got nothing to lose-and 20 markets to gain!

Want to Win a Book?

Blogger buddy Karen over at The Absinthe Road is giving away TWO copies of her poetry collection, Three Thousand Doors. Comment anytime during August.

Blogger buddy LuAnn is giving away a copy of Margaret Norton’s memoir, When Ties Break. Comment by 8/11 if you’d like a chance to win this powerful memoir.

Blogger buddy Donna is sponsoring a fun contest where you can win a book, or a critique and um, bubble gum. That’s right, bubble gum. You’ve got till 8/15 till the bubble pops on that one.

Oh, and I’ll be giving away a really sweet book myself next week on What Not To Do Wednesday. So I know you’ll be busy, what with winning books, writing pitches and essays, and downloading tips. BUT I expect to see you all back here, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to win a wonderful (writing) egg next week!

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Tooting My Horn Tuesday: Deep South Magazine on Being Polite

Dadgum it!

I meant to tell all y’all about my essay in Deep South Magazine-and remind you to vote for your favorite Southern saying in the T shirt contest. Now, it’s too late to vote! But you can still check out the Southern sayings. (I sent in “Hush up,” which is just about as Southern as it comes. It didn’t get picked. Maybe the folks at Deep South thought I was telling them to hush up.)

Anyway, you may recall that Deep South Magazine was the Market of the Month-and I didn’t waste any time sending over my essay, “Being Polite.” I’d be tickled to death if you gave it a read. You can’t make these things up, as they say.

Well, you can. But in this case, I didn’t. When I was visiting with family last week, an argument of sorts broke out as we all remembered that evening differently. In the end, my version prevailed as the truth. Mostly. Which just goes to show, you can’t put a roomful of Southerners in one place without folks making a fuss. (Coincidentally, another Southern expression I sent in.)

So, how about you? Do you have a favorite Southern saying? I’d really like to know.

Honest to Pete.

Tuesday Tip: Practicing Writer’s Free E-Book of Essay Markets!

A few years ago, when I first went back to writing, I won one of Erika Dreifus’ e-books. It was a wonderful boon, and I remember thinking how lucky I was to have that writer’s tool. Now, you can get one of those e-books for free!

Erika is the editor of the Practicing Writer, delivering a free newsletter and hosting a blog of the same name. And, as I mentioned, she’s authored a handful of e-books. But now she’s getting out of the e-book business. Which is a bonus for the rest of us writers!

Um, that didn’t come out exactly right. What I mean to say is that Erika’s getting out of the e-book business, but she’s giving away her e-books when she goes (August 1). Wheee! So, as many of you are essay writers, you should dash over here, read Erika’s post explaining it all, and then get your free e-book, The Practicing Writer’s Directory of Paying Essay Markets.

I’ve already downloaded my freebie. And it was simple (you’ll have to sign on to the site, but it’s free). So thank you very much, Erika. Again!