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LIZ PURCELL http://www.lizpurcell.com freelance writer with a Bachelor of Arts in English from San Francisco State University Fri, 18 Sep 2020 22:10:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Should You Hire a Ghostwriter? http://www.lizpurcell.com/should-you-hire-a-ghostwriter-3/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 22:10:06 +0000 http://www.lizpurcell.com/should-you-hire-a-ghostwriter-3/ Have you heard the term ‘ghostwriter’ and wondered what they do or who they work with? Although it sounds mysterious, ghostwriting is actually a very simple agreement where an individual or company hires a writer to create a work that will be owned outright by the buyer. The buyer is not required to give credit […]

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Have you heard the term ‘ghostwriter’ and wondered what they do or who they work with? Although it sounds mysterious, ghostwriting is actually a very simple agreement where an individual or company hires a writer to create a work that will be owned outright by the buyer. The buyer is not required to give credit to the writer and is even allowed to claim authorship.

Many people who are looking to put their knowledge, experience or stories into print find that using a ghostwriter eases the process. The ghostwriter uses his or her talents to put your information or research into an engaging and informative publication. Ghostwriters are frequently used for business writing as well as for the creation of books for publication or for personal use.

Is ghostwriting legal?

Ghostwriting has been around a long time. Some of the most influential leaders have used others to write their speeches or even autobiographies. Ghostwriters do not hold any copyrights to the finished work. This is also known as a ‘work-for-hire’ arrangement.

Some individuals will list the ghostwriter in the credits or even indicate clearly that the written piece is “by So-and-So as told to So-and-So”. This gives credit to the talents of the writer while still giving prominence to the source or creator of the piece. However, this constitutes a very small number of instances and is not required for legal purposes unless agreed to in the contract.

As a special note, ghostwriters are often illegal for use in preparing school papers (in the same manner as plagiarism is an offence). It is also a concern when a legal or medical professional assigns his or her name to a document without having a significant role in its creation or content.

Do YOU need a ghostwriter?

Many small business owners find that time restraints and lack of writing ability eventually lead them to considering the assistance of a ghostwriter. With the development of business on the internet even more individuals need ghostwriting services from time to time.

The internet is based on written information. Special talent is needed to convey your information clearly or to create readable books (or ebooks) for your customers or visitors. By passing this job to a qualified ghostwriter you may save time and increase profits or customer satisfaction by providing your information in a professional and engaging manner.

How much does ghostwriting cost?

Ghostwriting fees can vary dramatically depending on your source. There are several freelance websites where you can post your projects to be bid on by the writers. Users of this service hold differing opinions on the quality of work that can be purchased from these sites. Some individuals will warn you that paying low costs may result in low quality work or service.

That does not mean that you cannot find a ghostwriter for a reasonable fee. Many aspiring writers offer their talents for hire and you may find an excellent writer for a decent price if you shop around. On the other hand, if you are working with a specialized topic you may need to pay more for the services of a writer who has experience in that field.

Many ghostwriters follow similar pricing guidelines as used for hiring an author in the traditional sense. You will find it beneficial to check out several sites for an idea of the cost of your project.

How do you find a ghostwriter?

There are many sources online for finding ghostwriters. Whether you attempt to hire a freelance writer from a bidding site (like elance.com), from a personal website or from a ghostwriting service site, references may be hard to come by because of the nature of the work. You may also find it difficult to view samples for obvious reasons.

The best way to determine if a ghostwriter can fulfill your needs is to read some self-published works by the writer. Examples of style and credibility may be obtained from other published works without the need of testimony from the ghostwriter’s clients. If you are working on a large project it is wise to spend some time in correspondence with the writer to discern if you communicate well together.

If you plan on using a ghostwriter on a regular basis you may wish to develop a relationship with a freelancer as opposed to using a ghostwriting service from a company who manages the relationship for you. What you choose to do is ultimately based on your needs and preferences.

You are hiring talent, just as you would when hiring an interior decorator or event planner. Taking the time to find the writer that can fulfill your visions and put help put your thoughts into writing is worth the extra effort.

Immobilienmakler Heidelberg

Makler Heidelberg



Source by Shannon Emmanuel

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How to Write a Novel – Using a Timetable http://www.lizpurcell.com/how-to-write-a-novel-using-a-timetable/ Wed, 16 Sep 2020 09:07:02 +0000 http://www.lizpurcell.com/how-to-write-a-novel-using-a-timetable/ The market today has many kinds of novels that sell highly. Fiction novels have become a favorite to many and as a result more of these novels are storming the market. If you are interested in learning how to write a novel, read on. The first thing on ‘how to write a novel’ is to […]

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The market today has many kinds of novels that sell highly. Fiction novels have become a favorite to many and as a result more of these novels are storming the market. If you are interested in learning how to write a novel, read on.

The first thing on ‘how to write a novel’ is to have an idea of what your story will entail and how long the book will be. You could settle for a maximum of 250 pages, or write more. The story will essentially determine the page count and sections. Just make sure it is within a marketable range of words.

At this point, it’s not important to know every detail of the story but a general idea is essential. Writing a fiction novel is different from article or other forms of short piece writing and thus it requires commitment. Like any real goal, writing a novel requires a timetable… at least a tentative timetable.

Set your writing habits, including a timetable of how many hours a day you will dedicate to writing. Let it state clearly how many words to cover in a certain number of hours or days. Once you have your plan, start writing the novel when your mind is clear. The story will flow and ideas will rush through your mind when you are relaxed. Since fiction stories are created by the author, be sure not to deviate away from the title.

Use your imagination and express yourself fully in order to come up with good characters. When you draw close to finishing the novel, you will feel a rush of emotions that may affect the quality of your book. A good fiction story has its mood and storyline directed by the characters.

Ensure the same happens for your book. By keeping in mind these summarized steps on how to write a novel you have a good starting point in your endeavor to write a highly sought after novel.

Immobilienmakler Heidelberg

Makler Heidelberg



Source by John F. Halas

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Aimee & Jaguar (1999) – A Love Story Between a German Housewife and a Jewish Journalist http://www.lizpurcell.com/aimee-jaguar-1999-a-love-story-between-a-german-housewife-and-a-jewish-journalist/ Sun, 13 Sep 2020 20:05:29 +0000 http://www.lizpurcell.com/aimee-jaguar-1999-a-love-story-between-a-german-housewife-and-a-jewish-journalist/ Max Färberböck’s adaptation of Erica Fischer’s book ‘Aimée & Jaguar’ seems to be a conceptual film adaptation which means that the core of the story remained more or less the same although there are some significant changes in certain aspects of the original story. The film director focused more on the relationship between two lesbian […]

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Max Färberböck’s adaptation of Erica Fischer’s book ‘Aimée & Jaguar’ seems to be a conceptual film adaptation which means that the core of the story remained more or less the same although there are some significant changes in certain aspects of the original story. The film director focused more on the relationship between two lesbian females as such, satisfying more his own private male fantasies regarding such a relationship (see especially the passionate, almost pornographic film scene from the 62nd to the 65th minute of the film!) than translating Fischer’s book about the German woman named Lilly (Elisabeth Wust, with nickname Aimée) and the Jewish woman named Felice Schragenheim (with the nickname Jaguar) into the film medium. Thus, he excluded many elements from the book and revealed that his inventions in the film had the aim to reduce the tragic dimension of the Jewish journalist’s fate and to build a partly problematic sentimental end of the film with the German heroine confessing 1997 in the manner of a documentary film style that after Felice she did not have any lovers – contrary to the fact from Fischer’s book about her second marriage after the war.

The director excluded rightly some elements from Fischer’s book that show inconsistency and miss the chance to balance the German housewife’s one-sided views on the whole love affair. One of the biggest problems remains the dilemma that Ms. Elenai Predski-Kramer, a witness of the time, Ms. Esther Dischereit and Ms. Katharina Sperber have been referring to: Is Lilly (Aimée) to be praised as a heroine for harboring a Jewish friend from the Nazis or is she rather to blame for possible handling her lover indirectly to the Gestapo (nobody knows who gave the Nazi police Felice’s photo) and then sending her indirectly to death after visiting her in the concentration camp Theresienstadt in September 1944? Supposedly, Lilly wanted to know whether Felice was unfaithful to her there in the concentration camp and possibly wanted indirectly to prevent others from becoming Felice’s lovers? Was not this visit (to bring her warm clothes) more an expression of narcissism than of wisdom and readiness to save the lover’s life – especially if one knew that such visits regularly resulted in quicker executions. Could we also put the question whether Lilly’s final conversion to Judaism and the ‘reeducation’ of her sons as Jews in the post-war Germany could be interpreted as signals of guilty conscience, as a try to compensate for her own wrong deeds and Nazi beliefs (even the conviction to be able to smell Jews!). After living with Hitler’s bust during the war, she decided to put a menorah in her apartment and to wear the yellow David star when being confronted with the Soviet liberation/occupation forces – which her lover Felice actually never wanted to wear! Or was Lilly’s whole behavior an expression of the simple survival drive and the need to accommodate to the respective political situations changing in the course of history?

One of the most embarrassing circumstances in the so called love story is the fact is that Felice signed a deed of gift on July 28, 1944 and thus bequeathed the rest of her whole property to Lilly. But was it out of love or out of fear of betrayal? Already on August 21, 1944 – after bathing together in the Havel River and making photos – Felice was arrested by the Gestapo in Lilly’s apartment. Her life ended on December 31, 1944 in the concentration camp Bergen-Belsen. The film remains silent on the fact that Lilly was not punished severely by the Gestapo for harboring a Jew in the time when the hunt on still hiding Jews became more fanatic the more desperate the war situation grew, and Jews were to blame for every bomb that fell on Germany. Moreover, some witness claimed that after Felice’s arrest Lilly went to take all Felice’s belongings (furniture, best silver, jewelry, fur) in accordance to the signed deed of gift. Was then greed a motif for the indirect betrayal? Or was the actual motif made of many conscious and unconscious emotional elements?

Nevertheless, Felice’s death eliminated the possibility of looking at the whole personal history from another view point, so there is no possibility to shed an alternative light onto the concrete case. Does the film then portray a misinterpreted history with the case of lesbianism as a ‘charm’ of preventing due criticism and satisfying voyeuristic needs and possibly the leftists’ ideology making to believe that lesbianism was kind of resistance against the Nazis, whereas only the male homosexuality was an actual subject to punishment according to the notorious paragraph 175? On the other hand, how could this film be interpreted as a possible defense of lesbianism if the director changed the text of the original story turning Lilly’s husband into a German soldier who returns home without previous notice and finds his wife with her lesbian lover in bed, then smashes their car in outrage, makes comments on his wife’s homosexuality and demands a divorce. The film director rewrote Fischer’s book creating partly sympathy for the poor, exhausted German soldier coming back from the front and raging after being removed from his family nest. Is lesbianism here kind of portrayed as high treason of German military interests, as a stab in the back? Is the Jewish lesbian Felice in the film slightly but noticeably portrayed as a destroyer of the healthy German family, as a sick, intruding factor of converting the sexual orientation of a German housewife and mother of four boys by infernal seduction and bodily manipulation? The director stressed and exaggerated in his film Lilly’s initial aversion to the lesbian kiss. Whereas the scene in the book contains Lilly’s outrage with Felice remaining in the apartment, the film scene contains Lilly’s nervous break down and her hitting Felice who leaves the apartment!

Is the film a nice cover up story proving that there is no justice for dead victims – offering the chance of showing perpetrators, Hitler’s supporters, as partly ‘good guys’ at the same time? Färberböcks film seems to be as well an expression of the German need to make a more humane image of the Germans during the Holocaust. In other words, not all Germans would be monsters during the WW2. Besides, they suffered massive bombing terrorism against civilian population and against declared open cities. On the very beginning of the film the night sky above Berlin is full of bombers and bombs destroying even 5000 apartments in one night of bombing. However, this sad fact should be seen on the background of the truth that the fire the Germans opened against the attacked states, their citizens and their possessions returned as a boomerang with exaggerated mercilessness and hatred of even innocent German victims who ambivalently still believed in the wonder weapon to conquer the world and still proudly sang the national anthem ‘Germany above all’, at least on the radio.

Is this film really a true love story? Or is it a mixture of passion and a drive to survive in a bizarre context with quite liberal, bisexual war morals and readiness to steal each other’s lovers and marriage partners, a case of a love extremely challenging the fate? Is it at the same time a kind of spiritual misalliance between a narrow-minded housewife and a charming, cosmopolitan girl that could not have lasted long in peacetime anyway? The best proof for assumption about this incompatibility could be the scene of celebrating Lilly’s birthday with dance: Lilly wears her petty bourgeois blue dress, while Felice wears tail coat and top hat. Is the whole story further an example of unrequited love or of pretended love with the mask of passion? Is the film, to the contrary, about a true love prevented by horrible circumstances, a love that blindly mutually defied all reason and braved all dangers, wanting to be consummated immediately, with extreme intensity, but a love that was too weak, too exhausted to achieve a potential happy ending? No final, clear answers could be given to these many questions – for all the reasons already mentioned above. Therefore, let us allow the possibility that the film version of the ambivalent love story really is a monument of human greatness and heroism of the German housewife Elisabeth Wust despite her human flaws. For a period of time she managed to save the life of the Jewish journalist Felice who would have not been killed in the Holocaust if she had escaped timely together with some of her friends and resistance members who survived the war. Unfortunately, Felice was somehow tragically blinded by her subversive love, by her jaguar-like hunt on the unhappy, simple-minded, petty bourgeois married woman.

Immobilienmakler Heidelberg

Makler Heidelberg



Source by Zeljko Uvanovic

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How to Locate, Hire, and Work With an Article Writer http://www.lizpurcell.com/how-to-locate-hire-and-work-with-an-article-writer/ Fri, 11 Sep 2020 07:03:56 +0000 https://www.lizpurcell.com/how-to-locate-hire-and-work-with-an-article-writer/ If you don’t have the time to write web content, it is essential for you to find a trusted person who can do the work for you. However, not everyone who calls themselves an “article writer” is one or, if they do write articles, they may not be familiar with the special techniques needed to […]

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If you don’t have the time to write web content, it is essential for you to find a trusted person who can do the work for you. However, not everyone who calls themselves an “article writer” is one or, if they do write articles, they may not be familiar with the special techniques needed to make an article “sing” online. As a professional who writes extensively for the web, I am about to share with you some tips to help you find and have a good relationship with a web content writer. You may not choose to use my services, but your professional should be someone whom you can work with.

Do Some Research. Getting the best professional for your job will involve some research on your part. If you locate a particular writer, contact him or her and ask for samples of their writings. Article directories feature the works of many writers who are eager to share their abilities with you.

Get References, Check Sources. Ask your writing candidates for references and check links online. By entering a person’s name in parentheses on the Google search bar, you can uncover a wealth of information about that person. If this person has been writing web content extensively, the search returns should be bountiful. In addition, your writer should have a web site and their site should feature samples of some of their best writings. Read their writing blog too, if they have one.

Check the Professional Sites. Elance, Guru, and Writer’s Write are several sites that are popular for freelancers. Your writer paid to have access to that site, so you know that you are probably dealing with serious writers only. For your part, you can list your project, accept bids, and choose the writer who fits your project best. Typically, you don’t have to pay to belong to one of these sites.

When you find a writing professional, you must then reach some sort of agreement on the work to be done. For instance, you must ask yourself the following questions when crafting a proposal:

  • How much will you pay? Will your rate be per article, by the hour, or per word?
  • How will you pay your professional? By Paypal, via check, or through the site?
  • What target audience is the article being aimed at? Demographics, et al?
  • How should completed projects be submitted? By email? Word attachment? Do you want it double spaced?
  • Is there a specific deadline to complete the work?
  • Is a contract involved or will you go with a verbal agreement?
  • Once you have come to terms, ask your writer to submit one or two articles to you. Use these first articles to evaluate their work and to help direct them to write according to the style you desire. Communication is very important, so make certain that everyone understands what is expected.

    It may take some time before you reach a level of comfort with your new writer. You have every right to require that the terms you have agreed upon are properly followed, however by showing some give and take with personal styles [and perhaps, deadlines] you will go a long way in keeping an excellent writer at your side. Conversely, pay your writer on time and make certain that you follow your side of the agreement too.

    Finally, as much as possible, limit your communication to emails [with only an occasional phone call] as we writers are often so immersed in our work that a phone call ends up being an intrusion — honest! At the very least, your writer can return your call a day or two later. Enough said!

    Immobilienmakler Heidelberg

    Makler Heidelberg



    Source by Matthew Keegan

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    Understanding Asbestosis http://www.lizpurcell.com/understanding-asbestosis/ Tue, 08 Sep 2020 18:02:51 +0000 http://www.lizpurcell.com/understanding-asbestosis/ Asbestosis is a disease of the lung that causes a diffuse and fibrosing interstitial damage. The term was first coined by the British pathologist, Dr. Cooke, in the early 1930s to refer to his postmortem findings in the lungs of asbestos textile workers in Britain. Today, it is widely recognized that asbestosis is indeed a […]

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    Asbestosis is a disease of the lung that causes a diffuse and fibrosing interstitial damage. The term was first coined by the British pathologist, Dr. Cooke, in the early 1930s to refer to his postmortem findings in the lungs of asbestos textile workers in Britain. Today, it is widely recognized that asbestosis is indeed a direct result from the duration and intensity of one’s exposure to any of the asbestiform fiber types.

    The disease starts to manifest around at least 10 years after moderate to severe exposure to asbestos. Physiologic studies of the lung reveal that asbestosis follows a restrictive pattern, causing noted decrease in both lung volumes and diffusing capacity. Evidence of peribronchiolar fibrosis causing mild airflow obstruction may also be seen. Reactive oxygen species are generated by transition metals found on the surface of fibers cause oxidative injury in the parenchyma of the lung. This also contributes to much of the fibrosis seen in the lung parenchyma. Cells engaged in phagocytosis also effect fibrosis.

    A simple chest radiograph can detect much of the lesions caused by asbestos exposure. Past exposure is characteristically seen as thickenings or calcifications in the parietal pleura, along the lower lung fields, diaphragm, and heart border. These thickenings or calcifications are termed as pleural plaques. Benign pleural effusions that are usually serous or bloody exudates may also be seen. These effusions may progress slowly or resolve spontaneously. As asbestosis progresses, the pleural plaques that were first noted on the lower lung fields will slowly spread into the middle and upper lung fields. This causes the characteristic ground glass appearance of the lungs on chest radiographs.

    The management of patients diagnosed with asbestosis mainly center around supportive care. Therapy does not reverse the fibrosis. As with other interstitial lung diseases, the major goals for the treatment of asbestosis include the permanent removal of the offending agent, in this case, removal of the asbestos containing products or taking oneself away from where the source is found, early identification of the symptoms of asbestosis, early and correct diagnosis and prompt institution of treatment to aggressively suppress the acute and chronic inflammatory processes that are in place. All these are done to help reduce and prevent further lung damage.

    Glucocorticoids remain as the mainstay of therapy in the suppression of alveolitis found in the different forms of interstitial lung diseases, including asbestosis. A starting dose of prednisone 0.5-1 mg/kg patient’s body weight in a once daily dosing is recommended. This dosage is given for a period of 4 to 12 weeks, and at which time the patient is reevaluated. If the patient’s condition is found to be stable or have even improved, this dose is tapered to 0.25 to 0.5 mg/kg. This level is maintained for 4 to 12 more weeks. Rapid tapering of glucocorticoids should be avoided to avoid recurrence of the inflammatory processes. A second agent such as the immunosuppressant agents cyclophosphamide or azathioprine can be added if patient’s condition continues to decline when on glucocorticoids alone. Lung transplantation may be considered after maximal medical treatment fails to bring improvement.

    Asbestosis is an inevitable disease brought about by continual exposure to asbestos containing products. Meticulous precautionary methods should be employed, especially people in high-risk occupations in order to minimize the level of exposure.

    Immobilienmakler Heidelberg

    Makler Heidelberg



    Source by Seomul Evans

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    A Survival Guide For Indian Freelance Writers http://www.lizpurcell.com/a-survival-guide-for-indian-freelance-writers/ Sun, 06 Sep 2020 05:01:21 +0000 https://www.lizpurcell.com/a-survival-guide-for-indian-freelance-writers/ Has writing always been your passion? Are you looking for a successful career as a freelance writer in India? Read on…. This article not only provides invaluable tips for budding freelance writers, but also tackles the following issues: · The freelance writing market in India · Branding yourself as a freelance writer online · How […]

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    Has writing always been your passion? Are you looking for a successful career as a freelance writer in India? Read on….

    This article not only provides invaluable tips for budding freelance writers, but also tackles the following issues:

    · The freelance writing market in India

    · Branding yourself as a freelance writer online

    · How to submit articles to various publications

    · How to handle rejection

    · How to network with other Indian freelance writers

    · Top Freelance writing websites in India

    Do you often receive mails from publications saying ‘While your article is very interesting, we find that it does not fit in with the style and ethos of our magazine…’ or ‘we have just carried articles on topics similar to yours a while ago and deeply regret our inability…?’

    Do you then listlessly, go back to the grueling job of looking for other publications while seeking, searching and surfing an indifferent market for that one editor who may accept your article and actually pay you for it?

    As any freelance writer worth his ink knows, getting established as a respected writer is a daunting task. As for earning a living from it, nah! (Does anyone make a living from writing alone???) In this dog eat dog world, ‘respect’ is still forthcoming only to that writer who draws a regular wage from an accredited newspaper, magazine or tech company and not to the immensely talented freelancer who doesn’t have a single published article to his credit.

    A career in freelance writing is not a cakewalk

    To succeed, a freelance writer must swallow his pride, his acute disappointment and keep knocking doors with renewed energy. He needs to, like Robert Bruce, try and try again till he eventually succeeds in catching the imagination of a discerning, wage earning editor who can help get his name up in print, cyber or otherwise. More often than not, this salaried genius of an editor pays him a pittance or not at all.

    Moreover, ideas upon ideas and hour upon hour of creativity can all be junked at the click of an editor’s delete button. Being a famous freelance writer may be your goal, but the path you must take is disheartening, to say the least. You know, you are good but unfortunately those who control the paying market may not think so and with Lady Luck playing truant when you need her most you are back to playing SCRABBLE with your other unemployed friends!

    But it is not so bad either!

    Take heart all you brave freelancers. Things are about to change .In fact they have already changed. The print media alone not dominate any more; the Internet is akin to Ali Baba’s cave as far as writing jobs are concerned. The good news is there are more publications and websites looking for writers than ever before. Professionalism combined with payment ethics together with the world of ‘outsourcing’ has made ‘writing’ a highly lucrative career. Work-from-home freelance writers, especially web content writers, are a much sought after tribe these days and before you know it, healthy ‘respect’ may follow too and yes needless to say the moolah will come in as well!

    Become a specialist

    Today the demand is for good ‘niche writers’. Restrictive though it is, like everything else, even here, the need for specialization is at an all time high. Travel writers, Creative writers, Copywriters, Resume writers, Content writers, Technical writers, Essay writers, you name it, and there is a market for it. If you are slowly able to, after a few initial experiments, carve out a niche for yourself by specializing in any one such field and you get published (usually without payment first!) you are almost there. Once you manage to sell your ideas, you are home and running.

    How to get started

    Your best bet is to email/call up editors and constantly surf the net for opportunities. Make Search Engines (Google, yahoo) your trusted lieutenants and use them to help you seek, search and finally apply to advertised or possible opportunities.

    If you find good websites you could write for, look for submission guidelines or send in your query. A query letter is not a waste of time. On an average three out of every five will elicit some kind of a response that will take you forward.

    Though it is usual practice in established writing circles not to start writing till an understanding is reached, you the newbie can take no chances. So, till you have sufficient work, give them what they’ve asked for, quickly, whatever the subject, or send them something you have already written. Odds are that they will use it and pay you with a nice “Thank you for your submission’ letter or not at all, but if rejected or if you don’t hear from them ever again, which is highly likely, don’t lose heart. Move on. Just keep those articles as ready-reckoner samples for later use. Stockpile them in a folder for the future, to be sent on to other editors who may seek samples of your written work.

    If they are freelance writing markets, narrow in on the popular ones. Subscribe to their newsletters. Most of them are free. It will give you a fair idea of their reliability. Generally avoid those that promise you the moon. Look for those that seem sincere. But do not subscribe or pay for anything till you are sure of a website’s credentials. Also, remember to check out the various published lists of dishonest and fly-by-night operators often. Soon you will be able to sift the wheat from the chaff.

    Occupational Hazards

    Occasionally, you might also find your article published without you getting a cent of the promised amount or worse, published under another writer’s name. And oh yes, it could also undergo a complete makeover (usually, very ineptly) so much so, you might not even recognize it as your own barring the name. It could very likely put you off writing, totally. The print media specially is notorious for this! But that is a hazard you must realize, that comes with your occupation. Though new laws are being introduced and forums being convened to prevent such occurrences, there is very little one can do, to actually thwart them, other than avoiding such sites and magazines in the future.

    Patience Pays (Literally!)

    So your article was rejected?

    Disappointments and rejections not withstanding you need to keep your spirits up and patiently continue to write everyday – about something, about anything!

    Never stop. Never give up. Also don’t sell yourself short. It is only a matter of time before your articles start finding a market, eventually on your terms

    Do not get bitter with an editor because he/she rejected your article. Try and build relationships with your editors. Send them query letters every now and then gently remind them you exist! More often than not you may get no reply. But persist. Who knows, they might just remember to call on your services when the need arises. Or your email might reach them at a time when they are looking for someone with your skills. And when they start contacting you to get articles written, they start paying too. Slowly but surely you will soon start finding more and more of your contributions in print/uploaded and along with this will come ‘recognition’. And this recognition will soon translate your output into bucks even if it is not instantly megabucks. And then you the lowly work-from-home freelance writer would have arrived.

    Ways to network

    You could also pick up many a useful tip by becoming a member of various interesting writing communities and lists (Yahoo, Msn etc) on the web .And you will realize that you are not the only freelance-writer out there plowing a lonely furlough. It makes for a great sense of belonging and helps hone your creative skills.

    Online freelance writing markets for Indian writers

    While there are no guarantees that your article will find a home instantly or that all sites on the net are legitimate, there are many sites and publications that do accept and survive on freelance submissions .You need to sift through them to pick the genuine ones and choose those that will suit your purpose. And just as there are many sites, which insist on a membership or subscription fee to check out their market database there are also many that post interesting, paying offers -free!

    Chillibreeze.com

    Of special interest to both writers and corporates is the Indian website Chillibreeze. The Chillibreeze network of writers includes talented individuals from diverse backgrounds.

    Operating out of India but spanning the world through the web, it matches writers and projects quite effectively. Chillibreeze is devoted entirely to the savvy freelance writer! The writer selection process takes into account several factors including the writer’s profile and the quality of the sample submitted to our website. Says Dr. Nishi Viswanathan, Chief Content Officer of Chillibreeze, “Chillibreeze gives Indian writers an arena to showcase their talent and work with clients from all over the world. Our writers love the flexibility and freedom we offer them. Every article written by a writer at Chillibreeze goes through a meticulous process of editing and QC before it is sent to the client, so our clients receive high quality error-free content. We are growing at a steady rate and are well on our way to becoming one of India’s top content companies. Hope we are able to provide more opportunities for Indian writers in the coming years.”

    According to Dr. Viswanathan, Chillibreeze will soon launch a new website exclusively for Indian freelance writers.

    Visit the Chillibreeze website for more details.

    Freelanceindia

    This is a freelancing job portal for Indian freelance writers. While Projects posted here appear to be genuine the website also allows you to post your profile for free. The team at Freelanceindia describes the portal as a website “For freelancers, to unleash their potential and avail of the global opportunities and in turn get best dues for their skills professionally and financially.”

    Guru.com

    This is another freelance writing portal that is India specific but this website is not very user friendly. Writers bid for projects and the lowest bid wins. Often, writers end up getting paid a pittance.

    Thehoot.org

    This is a website that targets journalists, users of the media including lay readers and viewers, students and teachers of journalism and communications. It also attempts to provide tools for communities and individuals to interact with the media. According to the team at thehoot, the website “will attempt to hold a mirror to the way journalists practice their craft in this region.”

    Ten steps towards a successful career in freelance writing

    · Surf the net every day for new opportunities regularly, both print as well as online media.

    · Respond to as many postings as you can. Set an hour aside just for this each day.

    · Send query letters to editors for topics you think you could write about

    · Choose a few editors and ask them if you could write for them or send them what you’ve already written

    · Start a dialogue with them. Forge a strong relationship with your editors.

    · Enter as many contests as you can. The confidence you gain is tremendous.

    · Become an active list member and use the forum as a sounding board.

    · Patience and persistence will be your best assets.

    · Keep writing and keep sending your pieces to various publications. Your masterpieces will eventually find a home!

    · Don’t ever lose heart. Rejections are a writer’s stepping-stones to great success!

    Looking for more resources? Hang on.

    Chillibreeze.com will be launching a free online resource guide for Indian freelance writers. This short guide will include around 100 paying markets/websites that are both popular and freelance writer-friendly. Watch out for this valuable guide.

    Good luck with your freelance writing career!

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    Source by Sreelata Menon

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    Elements of Writing a Mystery Novel http://www.lizpurcell.com/elements-of-writing-a-mystery-novel/ Thu, 03 Sep 2020 16:00:32 +0000 http://www.lizpurcell.com/elements-of-writing-a-mystery-novel/ Like anything, a mystery novel is composed of different parts, which are referred to as elements. Each are critical in capturing the readers interest. If your story is researched and well written, it is sure to be a winner. By now, you are probably wondering what the elements are. They are the science, plot, characters […]

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    Like anything, a mystery novel is composed of different parts, which are referred to as elements. Each are critical in capturing the readers interest. If your story is researched and well written, it is sure to be a winner. By now, you are probably wondering what the elements are. They are the science, plot, characters with settings and writing technique.

    First is the science. This needs to be accurate due to the fact several mystery novel readers are welled versed in forensic techniques. They can see through phony stuff in an instant, and you want to avoid that. If you can write a good story and have correct science then your book just went from decent to great.

    Next is the development of the plot. This will make or break your story. It is crucial to have a plot that makes sense, is intriguing, and has many twists and turns to keep the reader not knowing what is going to happen next. The more they do not know what is coming the more suspense you will create and of course in a mystery novel, suspense is everything! If there was a part to really focus on, it would be the plot!

    Following is creating the characters with stories settings. It is important to really develop them and make them something authentic. You want to have the audience relate them. This will increase the connection with the reader and makes it easier for you to write the rest of the novel. The more you know about your character, the easier it is for you to write about them. After the characters, the setting is extremely important to set the atmosphere for the story.

    Lastly, the element of writing technique is significant when constructing your mystery novels. This is simply because this is part of what creates the emotion within the reader. It is good to include literary elements such as similes, personification, and metaphors. It is good to also include more advanced techniques such as suspense and foreshadowing. These are big keys when writing a mystery story. What is even more important is what is called red herrings. These will make reader think the story is going one way when it is actually the other. Incorporating these will enhance your story and make for a better read.

    If you can have all these elements intertwined into your story, you are on the right track to write a great mystery novel!

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    Source by Kasaundra Riley

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    How to Learn Transcription in Five Easy Steps http://www.lizpurcell.com/how-to-learn-transcription-in-five-easy-steps-2/ Tue, 01 Sep 2020 02:55:48 +0000 http://www.lizpurcell.com/how-to-learn-transcription-in-five-easy-steps-2/ In today’s economy, many people want to learn transcription so they can get work to do from home either on a part-time basis to supplement a full-time income, or as a primary source of income on a stay-at-home basis. Whatever your situation or reason for wanting to learn how to do general transcription, learning how […]

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    In today’s economy, many people want to learn transcription so they can get work to do from home either on a part-time basis to supplement a full-time income, or as a primary source of income on a stay-at-home basis. Whatever your situation or reason for wanting to learn how to do general transcription, learning how to transcribe from audio files is pretty easy. And getting proficient with it only takes time and practice.

    This article will talk about the field of general transcription because that’s the fastest type of transcription to get started in. You don’t have to take any special classes and there are no certification programs for a general transcriptionist. You can get work from just about any business or academic field out there, except medical or legal where courses and certifications are most likely required.

    And once you learn transcription, the door opens to a nice way to make some extra money or even launch your own general transcription business and be your own boss!

    So how do you learn transcription? You do need to know your way around a computer, how to download files and use a word processing program. After that, you just need to follow these five easy steps and you’ll be on your way:

    1. Download Express Scribe at nch.com.au. Express Scribe is the most widely used software program today for turning your computer into a digital transcriber unit.
    2. Download Audacity at audacity.sourceforge.net. Audacity is one of the easiest and most often used audio recording and editing software available today. You may find webcasts and podcasts that you will have to record yourself online in order to use them to practice.
    3. Get yourself a good noise-canceling headset and computer foot pedal. These are necessary tools if you want better speed and accuracy.
    4. Download or record audio files to practice with. To find webcasts and podcasts to practice with, simply do a Google search for Business Webcasts or Business Podcasts and locate some directories where you can download the audio files or record them. You want to make sure you pick a wide range of subjects to practice with and a wide range of formats. General transcription work comes from all over – individuals, students, companies, other small business owners; the field is pretty much wide open and so your practice files should be too.
    5. Practice, practice, practice. This is all it takes to learn transcription. Start timing yourself to see how long it takes you to transcribe a 15 minute audio file, then a 30 minute audio file. The industry standard for transcription is four hours of typing to one hour of audio. Getting to the industry standard takes a lot of practice and you can only get faster the more you do it.

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    Source by Karen S Musselman

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    Ghostwriter or Co-Author: What’s The Difference? http://www.lizpurcell.com/ghostwriter-or-co-author-whats-the-difference/ Sat, 29 Aug 2020 13:53:08 +0000 https://www.lizpurcell.com/ghostwriter-or-co-author-whats-the-difference/ As far as the writing goes, there’s no difference, really. But in your association with your client, there’s a world of difference. Whether you’re the ghostwriter or co-author of a book, your job is to work with your client to get her messages across. It’s a collaboration. You may take her input and write the […]

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    As far as the writing goes, there’s no difference, really. But in your association with your client, there’s a world of difference.

    Whether you’re the ghostwriter or co-author of a book, your job is to work with your client to get her messages across. It’s a collaboration. You may take her input and write the entire book yourself, if you’re given this degree of freedom. Or it may end up a back and forth process: she gives you a rough draft, which you modify and send back. She makes changes and additions and returns it. You edit her changes and add new material. And so it continues, each of you taking a turn until the final draft is done and both of you are satisfied with the end result. As a co-author or ghostwriter, you follow this process. Or you develop whatever writing and revising process works best for you and your client.

    Where the difference comes in is how your client regards you. If you are the invisible, unknown writer behind the scenes, you’re technically a ghostwriter. If you are a publicly known collaborator with the author, then you’re considered a co-author.

    The biggest distinction between the two roles involves a not so trivial matter called confidentiality. Some authors who hire professional writers don’t want others to know they’re getting help. It’s a matter of image or perception. For any number of reasons, there’s a genuine need to be perceived as the sole creator of the book. These authors will seek out ghostwriters who know how to be discreet. For other authors, confidentiality isn’t an issue, so having a visible co-author is perfectly acceptable.

    A ghostwriter, then, must be adept at working behind the scenes. He must take confidentiality seriously, which means he can’t tell people who he’s writing for – he’s not allowed to disclose the name of his client or the specifics of the project. When the book is published, he can’t claim any ownership or association. On his resume he can state generalities such as, “Ghostwrote a book about new gardening techniques.” But he can’t divulge the title of the book or the name of the author.

    With a co-author, secrecy is not required. Since the co-author’s name is listed on the cover right next to the author’s name, there’s no need to hide the collaboration. On her resume, the co-author is free to list the book title and author.

    Before you embark on a book collaboration with a new client, find out what the confidentiality expectations are. Can you talk openly about the project, or does your client fully expect you to keep things under wraps – forever? Knowing these conditions beforehand will keep you from putting your foot in your mouth and ruining your reputation. As a professional writer, it’s your job to work out all terms, including confidentiality and whether you’re considered a ghostwriter or a co-author, before you start writing.

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    Write Your Nonfiction Book in 90 Days Or Less http://www.lizpurcell.com/write-your-nonfiction-book-in-90-days-or-less/ Thu, 27 Aug 2020 00:50:01 +0000 http://www.lizpurcell.com/write-your-nonfiction-book-in-90-days-or-less/ Writing a book is something many people aspire to do, but most don’t get around to it. The reason: They get overwhelmed. As an author of several books of my own and ghostwriter of more, I know writing a book does not have to be an impossible task. All it takes is organization and a […]

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    Writing a book is something many people aspire to do, but most don’t get around to it. The reason: They get overwhelmed. As an author of several books of my own and ghostwriter of more, I know writing a book does not have to be an impossible task. All it takes is organization and a plan.

    I’ve written a book in less than a month (actually, I’ve written one in only a few days) and I’ve written a book in about nine months. So I’ve been across the spectrum. And since I make my living as a writer, I’ve developed some processes that work. While these suggestions can work for novels and other types of books, I’m talking specifically about nonfiction here because I find this process most helpful for those books. Memoirs, motivational books, how-to books, all those can be produced using this process.

    Here is how you can write your nonfiction book in less time than you think:

    1. Get your thoughts together. That means being a bit organized before you start writing. Take some time to consider what you want to share with your audience and why. Write these ideas down — use a notebook, your computer or a PDA. Whatever works for you.

    2. Consider how much you know. Think about the info you already know and think about what you still have to find out. Do your research before you start writing the book. This can save you a lot of time so you don’t start twiddling your thumbs or get overwhelmed with what you don’t know. Trust me, take the time to do this. It’ll serve you well.

    3. Plan some writing time. I know of people who think writing a book should take years and year. And for them, maybe it does. But that doesn’t have to be the case for you. Another key for writing your book quickly is to figure out when you’ll write. Don’t leave your writing project to chance, or to the possibility of doing it only when you “feel” like it. Chances are, you’ll “feel” like watching TV more often. So get to a schedule, or at least settle on a time of day. Can you dedicate thirty minutes in the morning before work or an hour in the evening before bed? You schedule other things, so schedule this.

    4. Forget the idea of a masterpiece. Don’t think of this book as your masterpiece. That will put too much pressure on you to keep revising, tinkering and changing. And if there is one thing that can destroy a book, it’s too much tinkering. Write it. And then be done with it. That’s not to say you don’t revise — you will. You will revise and you will send it to an editor to fine-tune it. But you will not constantly keep changing it. Constantly tinkering is the thing that will make sure you never finish. Spare yourself the drama.

    5. Write. You’d be surprised how many people talk about and plan to write, but never do. So put your rear in the seat and start typing on the computer. The book won’t get written on its own. It’ll take your effort. So do it. Now.

    If you approach your writing project with these keys in mind — organize your thoughts from the outset, research, set aside specific writing time, don’t think of this as your life’s work and then just write, you can write your book in 90 days or less. I know, I’ve done it.

    And if you still have trouble getting it done, hire a ghostwriter.

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    Source by Monica Carter Tagore

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