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Editor's Notes #19, January 27,2005 --Writer's Helper Award
January 27, 2005

"Put it before them briefly so they will read it,
clearly so they will appreciate it,
picturesquely so they will remember it,
and above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light." -- Joseph Pulitzer

The world is awash in awards. I admit that unless I'm in the running for one I don't pay much attention. Oscars, Pulitzers, and Nobel prizes. Their announcements bounce off the back of my brain and fall into some mental recycling bin.

But when I heard about the Preditors and Editors awards I sat up and paid attention.

I'd heard of Preditors and Editors often, but hadn't visited their site until this month. This rabbit warren of a site has lots of information. What it is best known for is posting warnings about sites and businesses that exploit writers in some way.

Well, they offer a series of awards in January of each year. I took a chance and listed myself in the category of Information for Writers.

The award is granted by votes from the world of writers.


If you've found my Web site helpful, consider voting for me.

When you click on the link below you'll land on the page where I'm listed as Audrey the Editor (That way you don't have to scroll to the bottom of the list to find my domain name.) When you vote, you have to give your e-mail address. This is how they keep you from voting more than once. Remember, this is the site dedicated to ethics and morality in the publishing world. They throw out the e-mail addresses once the awards are given out.

Ready to vote? Preditors and Editors is here.

After that, you're on your own on Preditors and Editors. I do suggest you check out other things on this site, but I found it almost impossible to navigate. I suspect it of being built by highly creative people, definitely not linear-thinking types.

On another topic, if you haven't submitted your writing goals yet, you can still do that. And whether you want to make your own goals public or not, you can peek at the goals of fellow writers at the Writing Support page of Writer's Helper.

A Writing Tip: In a recent writing class I emphasized the satisfaction we feel when something comes full circle. Take a look at a piece of your writing. Does the end contain an echo of the beginning? If not, can you rework it to capture that resonance that will leave your reader with a sigh of satisfaction?

Watch me do it now...

If tips like this one in the newsletter help you, or if other features of the Writer's Helper Web site build you up as a writer, give me your vote at Preditors and Editors. I'll be sure to report back when they publish their results.

If you are not able to click on the URLs above, cut and paste the one you want into your browser.

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