Finding Something Friday on February 13th

Friday, February 13th is one of those “it could go either way” kind of days.

If you’re thinking of hearts, chocolate, roses and rubies, you’re the kind who might appreciate my Valentine post to Premium Green over at the Muffin (WOW’s blog). It’s not terribly mushy, but I’m not gonna lie. I got a little choked up when I read my “I (heart) PG” list.

On the other hand, if you’re thinking that just reading a blog post about Friday the thirteenth is risky business, then you might be cowering under your computer till tomorrow. But if you crawl out from under the computer, you can check out Dog Oil Press. This is a great find for a day like today. They’re looking for submissions of 961 words (or 981 words?…I’m not sure why the odd number. Maybe it just makes them laugh) that are darkly humorous. DOP is a relatively new market (thanks to PG for bringing it to my attention!) so they’re still looking for submissions. And they’re a paying market. Not vast amounts of money, but enough to buy a big, old box of chocolates. And I’m not gonna lie about that, either. I could eat a whole box of chocolates…all by myself. And probably write a darkly humorous 981 story about the episode.

So, maybe Friday the thirteenth will turn out lucky for me. One way or the other.

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Why Premium Green is a Good Idea


A few weeks ago, I renewed my membership to Premium Green, the freelance markets guide that’s available from Wow! Women on Writing. I rely on PG for inside scoops on markets, and I’ve snagged more than enough writing gigs to pay for my membership many times over.

That’s not the top reason I renewed membership. What I really rely on is the support and expertise shared by the members on a daily basis. Writing’s a business that requires a tough skin, and I’m glad I’ve got a bunch of writer friends at PG who pick me up when those tough moments come along.

But what I really, really rely on is the expertise of so many talented writing professionals. Because if Annette Fix (she’s the author of The Break-up Diet and senior editor at WOW!) hadn’t noticed that I’d written screen saver instead of screen shot on that last post, I’d have looked like an idiot for…well, probably forever. In fact, Annette’s the PG’er who passed along the idea of making screen shots of your clips.

So, thanks to Annette for catching that. Too bad she can’t fix all those other idiot things I do.

Tooting My Horn Tuesday: A Premium Green Update

I don’t always spend my writing budget wisely. Or any of my budget, for that matter. But that’s a somewhat unpleasant story, best left to Mr. Hall to tell. Today, my story is about a time I did spend the green well. And for that, I’m tooting my horn.

It’s been three months now since I joined Premium Green, an on-line writer’s guide developed by those hard-working folks over at WOW! Women-on-writing. Every month I receive an e-book stuffed with markets, writing articles, tips and advice…all for just two bucks a month.

I know what you’re thinking. I could get any market guide with similar information, for about the same price. That’s nothing to toot about. But hold on. There’s more to PG than just a great marketing tool for freelancers. It’s a wonderful writing community, too.

In my PG group, I can pick the brain of fiction writers or non-fiction writers…women who successfully run their own freelance businesses…or women just starting to call themselves writers. You can’t really put a price on that kind of generous support and knowledge.

Check out PG here to find out more. C’mon, you know two bucks a month for all that writerly brilliance is a bargain. And for that kind of bargain, I’ll toot my horn any day!

It’s Easy to be Green

I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m a goal-oriented writer. I don’t necessarily achieve my goals on the Road to Publication, but I’m very big on having them.

So when I came across Premium Green on the WOW!Women on Writing e-zine, I remembered my goal about an online writing support group. Before you could say “Sign me up, Scotty!” I’d received my first email, welcoming me to the group. And I’ve been green ever since. (I think the Green idea has something to do with growing…but isn’t that about the coolest logo ever?)

Not that I’m forsaking my real-live Centerville Writers. What I get from my down-the-road compatriots, I can’t get anywhere else. But Premium Green’s market guide and network appealed to me as a freelancer trying to grow a different branch in her writing (By Jove, I think I’ve got this whole Green concept down!)

I’ve already learned a new thing or two. And not just how to put that logo on my blog. Check out Premium Green here at WOW!. I may also enter WOW!’s Winter Flash Fiction Contest. Hey, I can check off another goal (but only if I win…).