Finding Something Friday: Hot Enough For You? (Writer’s and Poet’s Market)

Now, I realize that the heat hovering over us throughout the good ol’ US of A has drained our brains. It is nearly impossible to think, much less think straight. So I will understand if you wrap a cold towel around your head and go back to whatever you were doing to cool off. In fact, use your cold-towel wrapped time for thinking.

The Writer’s Market and Poet’s Market (2013) is still looking for articles and I bet, if you put your feet up and drink lots of ice cold tea, you can think up something brilliant! The deadline’s been extended to August 8th, so you have a couple weeks to mull over ideas.

But even more exciting, the Poet’s Market is accepting poems for the 2013 edition! You could get $50 and a copy of the 2013 Poet’s Market, not to mention the cool bragging that goes along with publication.

So go find whatever’s left of your brain and crank out some ideas. Try to remember to write something down. And when it cools off, you can worry about the details. ‘Cause honestly, it may actually be hot enough for me.

Tuesday Tip on a Submissions Goldmine

I cannot tell a lie. (Well, I can. And have. Many times. This is not one of those times.) Um, where was I? Oh, yeah. I did not want to share this rich vein of submission deadlines. Truly, Sally Clark’s blog is that good and the little devil on my shoulder said, “Now, Cathy C., here’s a goldmine you can sit on, and cash in big.”

But the little angel on my shoulder said, “Shame on you, Cathy C.! Now you get your little boomerosity in that chair, go to your blog, and share what you found.” Well, I don’t need to tell you that when your angel starts talking about your boomerosity, you better listen.

So if you’re looking for one blog to check regularly for a ton of submission opportunities, then you shouldn’t miss the Christian Writers Submission Information. And if you want to catch up on deadlines, then zip over to this page and check out the month.

There’s enough there to keep you busy writing all month long. And that’s a good thing. Because as you know, an idle mind is the little devil’s workshop.

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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