Barnes & Noble signaled relatively early in the holiday season that customers who wanted the Nook for a holiday gift should order promptly. Amazon, too, had difficulties keeping the Kindle in the stock; supplies ran out in November 2008, and none were available for the holidays. The $259 Kindle is in stock now, however, and available for delivery by Dec. 24, according to Amazon's Web site.
How's 2009 treating you? In the final issue of Fab Freelance Writing Ezine for 2009, we look at how to kickstart your writing career in 2010.
Here's an excerpt from the Editorial:
At this time of year, we're all busy. Please take a few minutes today, to think and dream, so you can kickstart your freelance career in 2010.
Let's see how you can do that. Here are some simple steps.
Writing for money: who's buying what?
Your first step is to think about your buyers. Who are they, and what are they buying that you could write? (Or could learn to write?)
Judging from the experience of my writing students, web content is in huge demand. This is solely due to the economic downturn. Business are realizing that whereas advertising costs are an endless black hole, online content is the gift that keeps on giving.
Businesses want lots of content to attract traffic and sales, and even print publications have realized that the name of the game is getting content onto their websites. In 2010, more publications will move online, as the cost of print becomes too high.
Enjoy. This issue will be out tomorrow; then we take a holiday break, and the next issue of Fab Freelance Writing Ezine will be in your Inbox on January 5, 2010.
Happy holidays. :-)
Writers' Christmas Treats: Writing Gifts for You, Dear Writer
This is for you, if you're looking to increase your web writing skills. Enjoy. :-)
It's that time of year again: time to celebrate the holidays with your loved ones, and to give and receive gifts...
Another year has zoomed by. I hope you achieved all the writing goals you've set for yourself.
I know that for many people, 2009 has been a hard year, with financial struggles. If you've had a difficult time, the financial gloom is lifting, so you'll have a brighter 2010.
To ensure that 2010 is much brighter for you, I've compiled a special holiday bundle of writing guides.
If you're not already making an income online, these guides will help you to make the most of your writing skills. The big benefit is that once you know how to make money online, you won't fear downturns. When you're your own boss, no one can fire you, and the income you make is solely up to you. :-)
My gift to you: three writing guides, with a one-time special offer.
Happy holidays to you, and yours, from me and mine. :-)
It's the season of peace and goodwill, so dig out your copy of A Christmas Carol and read it to the deserving young in your life. Or you can read it again, just for yourself. :-)
You can download a copy here, if you don't have one.
If you just want to listen, you can buy a copy of A Christmas Carol at Audible, read by the wonderful actor Paul Scofield.
The ending always brings a tear to my eye, no matter how many times I read it:
Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did NOT die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world. Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset; and knowing that such as these would be blind anyway, he thought it quite as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grins, as have the malady in less attractive forms. His own heart laughed: and that was quite enough for him.
He had no further intercourse with Spirits, but lived upon the Total Abstinence Principle, ever afterwards; and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!
Want to start a family tradition? Reread A Christmas Carol each year. As a writer, reading the master is good for your soul.
Writers' Christmas Treats: Writing Gifts for You, Dear Writer
I first posted this article on lazy goal setting for writers back in 2007.
I've had many messages about its usefulness; so here it is again, updated for 2010.
This goal setting process has worked for me for many years, and it's worked for my writing students too.
It's the lazy person's way of goal setting; I prefer to let my subconscious mind work out the details. You'll find that using your imagination to set goals is much easier and more effective than using will-power. It's a right-brained process, so it's ideal for creative types. :-)
I set three kinds of goals for each year: creativity goals, productivity goals, and financial goals. You can set goals in any area of your life; these are the writing-related goals I set.
When you're following my lazy writer's process, setting your goals for the year takes around half an hour for the basic process.
The basic lazy writer's goal setting process - it's fun
You'll need a large sketch pad, pencils and pens.
Choose a time when you're alone; close the door and turn off the phone. Play some relaxing music. I like Early Music - that is, Medieval / Renaissance / Baroque music, so I put on a CD, and set the volume low.
Write "2010" as the title on a blank page in your sketch pad.
Now close your eyes, and imagine yourself on today's date in 2010. (You can lie down if you wish, so you can really relax.)
You're daydreaming, and reviewing what you've accomplished in 2010. Just let your mind drift. Take several deep breaths, and listen to your music.
Relax, and dream... It's today's date in 2010. Where are you? Are you at home? Somewhere else? Just follow wherever your imagination leads you. Perhaps you're having a conversation with your partner or a friend, and are discussing your writing achievements in 2010. Perhaps you're at a dinner party...
You may be surprised at what you hear. Just pay attention to what's happening in your imagination, listen to who's talking, and what they're saying about your writing successes in 2010.
Without breaking the connection to the scene you're imagining, draw balloons on your sketch paper, and write your accomplishments in the balloons - "completed my novel", "sold an article to X magazine", "my Web site attracts copywriting clients", "sold a nonfiction book proposal"...
Just relax, listen to your music, and let yourself imagine. The scenes may change several times; you're daydreaming. Just go with it - don't try to direct this process, just let yourself imagine.
After ten minutes or so, sit up and look at the balloons and read what you've written in them.
How do you feel? Are you inspired?
If you don't like what you see, turn to a new page in your sketchpad, and do the process again. You can repeat this process as many times as you like.
If you're feeling a little scared and excited at what you see in your balloons, that's great! That's what you're aiming for. Often what's in your balloons amazes you.
Next: write ABOUT your goals
Put your sketchpad aside for a few days. When you have time, look at your balloons again. This time, set some goals for 2010 based on your balloons.
Write each goal at the top of a sheet of letter paper, in this form - "I choose to__________"
* I choose to complete my novel in 2010
* I choose to write articles for X magazine in 2010
* I choose to sell my novel to a major publisher in 2010
* I choose to become a successful Web writer in 2010
For each goal, write 250 words about the benefits that achieving this goal will bring you. Don't censor yourself - write whatever comes to mind. As you're writing, you're imagining your achievements, and are making the goals real to yourself.
So there you have it: my lazy writer's guide to goal setting and writing success. Try it. It's very easy and it works.
Enjoy - you'll be amazed at how many of your goals you've achieved when you look back on 2010.
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