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Nope, not me… my laptop. It seems my laptop caught a nasty virus yesterday. I searched Google for “create crosswords,” and when I click on one of them (I think it was the fourth or fifth result) my computer started going nuts with pop-ups. Unfortunately, those pop-ups put a Trojan in my computer, and I spent all day and all night (until 4am) trying nurse my laptop back to good health. When I was unsuccessful in removing the Trojan, I had to break down and restore it back to its factory settings this evening. (Thank God for that feature; it saved me money!) I am thankful that I backed-up all my files to CD. I guess I’ve had so many unexpected viruses over the years that I’ve finally learned my lesson: Back-up those files often (usually every night before bed). Needlesstosay, I will just find another fun activity for the July edition of Coffee Break for Writers, because I’m really not in the mood to click on any more sites that help you create crosswords for your Web site or e-zine. After the July edition, though, I just may search the JavaScript site I visit often. I hear there is a JavaScript that will let you create a crossword puzzle for your Web site. You see, I’m considering putting Coffee Break for Writers on the Internet now instead of sending it as a PDF. Therefore, I will need a crossword puzzle for a Web site.

Aside from the frustration of trying to get rid of the virus that attacked my computer so I could return to writing and making more money to pay my bills, I fortunate enough to still make some cash. Turns out I was paid for some articles I sold while my laptop was on its sick bed. These articles sold as reprints, but just in case you haven’t read them yet, the links follow (click their titles to read them):

Buyers Guide to Renters Insurance
Indoor Amusement Parks

It has been a long two days so I think I’m going to get some rest now. Until next time, take care and don’t forget to back-up your files. 🙂


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Catching Up

Phew! (*Wipes sweat from brow*) It has been a long day for me here in Southern Illinois. It’s now 1:58 a.m. and I’m pooped! I have finally completed my to-do list that incurred while I was on vacation. In fact, I just finished the last item on that list: Responding to submissions sent to Coffee Break for Writers. I managed to reply to all of them. Some submissions and queries were sent before I went on vacation; some were sent during my vacation and more after. So, if you sent a submission or query to Coffee Break for Writers between the dates of May 5 to June 22, then you may want to check your email; there could be good or bad news waiting for you. If it’s bad news (a rejection), then there’s an explanation as to why it was rejected. A few did not receive a reply, and the reason is because your submission didn’t follow the writer guidelines. If submissions don’t follow our guidelines, I delete them without replying.

It’s amazing how many writers don’t follow guidelines. As I’ve said many times in the past, read and follow guidelines for ANY publication. Some of the submissions I received that didn’t follow the guidelines were reprints published too recently, attachments that were not in PDF format and articles under our minimum word count (the majority of those were way under).

Well, I hate to leave good company, but I think I’m going to hit the sack and get some rest. Tomorrow’s a new day, and with my to-do list complete, I need my beauty sleep so I can write some more articles and work on the second edition of On the Net Resource Guide for Writers later on. Until next time, take care of yourself and God bless! Oh yes, I almost forgot, Happy Summer! Stay cool and drink plenty of water if you’re working outdoors.


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New Columns for Coffee Break for Writers

If you’re already a subscriber to Coffee Break for Writers, you should know about the new columns, but if you’re not a subscriber, keep reading…

I decided to include some fun within the pages of Coffee Break for Writers, and to do that I added Café Fun. Every month Café Fun will bring readers one of the following: a crossword puzzle, word search, word scramble or etc. Whether it’s a crossword puzzle, word search, word scramble or etc, it will be related to writing in some way.

If you haven’t discovered Coffee Break for Writers yet, then you’re missing out! There’s lots of free information for both aspiring and veteran writers!


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Changes to Coffee Break for Writers

Good news! As of today, Coffee Break for Writers has increased the amount we pay writers for their articles. The pay now for unpublished articles will be $15 and $10 for reprints. If you write articles related to the writing and publishing industry and would like to receive payment for your hard work, read our writer guidelines. Here are a few tips to help increase your chance of acceptance:

  • Read and follow the guidelines to a T.
  • Let your article set for a day, and then edit it with a fresh set of eyes.
  • Don’t submit articles full of spelling and grammar mistakes.
  • Study past articles at Coffee Break for Writers to discover our style, what we want and topics we’ve already covered.


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Exciting News About Coffee Break for Writers

I’ve already filled one of my New Year’s resolutions for 2007, and I filled it early. No, I didn’t mention this resolution in my writing goals, because I wanted it to be a surprise, and it was actually planned for spring or summer. However, I was feeling generous and decided to act on it early. So, I hope you all take advantage of my generosity.

In case you haven’t heard yet, Coffee Break for Writers is no longer a paid subscription! Yes, you heard that right. You can subscribe to Coffee Break for Writers today without paying a dime!

Inside the pages of Coffee Break for Writers, you’ll discover markets that pay writers a rate of $.05 or more per word, or a flat rate of $25 or more. In addition, you’ll also discover writing-related quizzes, trivias, word searches, no entry fee writing contests and much more!

I guess you could say this is my belated holiday gift to you. Enjoy!


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New E-zine for Writers

It’s been a while, but I have been working on my new e-zine for writers, and I just launched it the other day. Since the launch, I’ve been busy reading through submissions, which brings me to my next point: Not only am I a writer, but now I’m an editor too. Boy, talking about a busy life! But hey, I enjoy it, and that’s all that matters, right? 😉

Coffee Break for Writers (my new e-zine) is a paying market. That said, if you’re looking to break into a new market that I plan to keep around for a long time, here’s tip that will keep you from landing in the slush pile: Before sending a query, make sure you know how to write an effective query letter. I say this, because so far, the queries I have received told me nothing about the articles the writers were trying to sell me. All I get from the queries so far is the name of the writer, a little bit about their writing profession and the title of the article they want to send.

To get my attention, your query should also include information about the article as well. If you’re unsure how to write an effective query letter, I recommend the Writing World website. Knowing how to write an effective query letter will increase your chances of an acceptance. Not only should you know this information for my e-zine, but this is also information you need to know before you send a submission to other publications.

That’s all for now. I’ve got to get back to work before the storms headed to my area shut me down. Until next time, take care of yourself!


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Website Complete and Another Project in the Works

I’m happy to say I’ve finally finished remodeling my author site, so it’s back up for viewing. I hope that you’ll stop by to see my new look, and most of all, I hope you’ll let me know what you think about the look. You can send your comments or any suggestions you may have to me by signing my guestbook, posting your comments here or by email (see the contact information on my new and improved author site).

As always, my site will give you more information about me, my writing and my books. In addition, it includes a recent picture of me, since the one that was there before was over two years old.

Now that I’ve finished remodeling, I’m working on another project. Once completed, this next project will be announced on the front page of my author site and in the news section. The project I’m working on is an e-zine for writers. Yes, I know there are many newsletters and e-zines out there for writers, but I’m looking to take a different approach with mine. Mine will include topics that aren’t usually covered in other e-zines, and if they are, they are not covered as often. I don’t want to give it all away until I’ve finished the project, but I will say, I’m going to do my very best to make it different from all the others, and best of all, it will be a paying market for all you writers out there.

I expect the e-zine to be completed within the next month, but I will keep you updated. I’m only working on this project in my spare time right now. Since the project is my own, I also have to focus on paying assignments and my clients’ projects first. However, as I have the extra time, I will be putting this e-zine together.

If you’re a writer and have any suggestions for the upcoming e-zine, please send your suggestions by posting a comment. Send suggestions of things you’d like to see and read about in the e-zine that you don’t normally see or read a lot about in other e-zines, newsletters or magazines for writers. I’m excited about this new project, and I hope that it brings lots of help, guidance and advice to other writers.

That will do it for tonight. Don’t forget to comment on my author site’s new look as well as tell me your suggestions for my upcoming e-zine for writers. In case you’re wondering, I’m thinking of calling the e-zine Coffee Break with Misti Sandefur. If you have a better title suggestion, let me know — there will be something special in it for you later, if I choose your title.


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