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THE WRITER’S GRAPEVINE HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA
I would like to begin by saying thank you to those who have already submitted their work for the November/December edition. What I have received thus far looks great and I’m happy to have it. For you who have not yet submitted, here’s your guideline and deadline reminder.
HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA GUIDELINES AND DEADLINE REMINDER
The following guidelines are new so make certain you read them carefully before submitting.
The Holiday Extravaganza will focus on the theme of the holidays you celebrate and the weather season you happen to be in.
I’d like to ask you please not submit work which has previously appeared in the Writer’s Grapevine. I don’t mind whether it’s been published in other magazines or onto blogs, but I don’t want any repeats this year.
I’d like to also ask you make absolutely certain your work is ready to be placed into the magazine upon receipt.
Remember this is a Holiday Extravaganza. Be Festive!
Guest contributions are wanted and welcome. Please share this with your groups and contacts.
The submission deadline is November 15TH. Late submissions may be considered for the Sips of Wine from the Grapevine posted onto my blog, but they will not go into the magazine if they come to me after the 15TH of November.
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- Advert and News Nugget Announcements wordcount 300/500.
- Author’s Corner, Authors, They’re Only Human, Reading with the Authors, Business Corner, Tip articles and What’s Up letters wordcount 100/1500
- Poetry Place line count 50.
- 1 submission per column. Submissions must come attached in a word doc or RTF file and the file title must be the same as the submission title. Adverts are different from announcements.
- Title and byline centered at the top of your submission.
- include an author bio of 100 words or less. Bio will not count toward wordcount. Your website should be included in your bio. Do not place it in your byline. All reference and resource links will appear after the main text of your submission unless they’re necessary for instructional purposes and you may include one form of contact.
- Photos must come in either JPG or PNG files. No PDF and No Zip files please. Please make certain to title each photo file so that it states what is in the photo. No initials or abbreviations please.
Thank you for your compliance with our guidelines and for the privilege of telling the world all about you.
WHAT’S UP FOR TELL-IT-TO-THE-WORLD MARKETING (AUTHOR, BLOGGER, BUSINESS ASSIST) IN 2022…
Before I begin, let me say thank you to everyone for your patience as I’ve gone through several changes during the year which kept me from full-time promotion for you. Now that Chief Blue Seeing Eye® Dog, Prince Edward and I are settling into our new apartment and routine I expect things to return to something remotely normal. However, there are going to be some new changes.
THE WRITER’S GRAPEVINE RELEASE DATES…
Due to my having taken on several new projects as well as everyone else’s busy schedules The Writer’s Grapevine Magazine will become seasonal. Release dates for 2022 will be as follows…
Week of March 20, 2022, week of June 21, 2022, week of, September 22, 2022, and rounding out the year we will release our 2022 Holiday Extravaganza week of, December 21, 2022.
During the months we don’t have a full magazine I’ll be on the lookout for extraordinary pieces, I’ll also want your special events, and other important announcements. These will go onto the blog under the Sips of Wine from the Grapevine category. I’ll be releasing the new submission guidelines for 2022 soon so please watch for those.
FAVORITE LINKS OF THE MONTH…
First up, if you somehow missed it, here’s the link to the latest edition of The Writer’s Grapevine Magazine: https://pattysworlds.com/the-writers-grapevine-springs-into-fall-september-october-edition-wordpresswednesday/
Here’s something we should all be aware of, foods dangerous to dogs: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/11/03/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-2021-potluck-foods-dangerous-for-dogs-by-patty-fletcher/
On Tuesday this week, Abbie Johnson Taylor was featured on the Smorgasbord Café Check it out: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/11/02/smorgasbord-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-family-why-grandma-doesnt-know-me-by-abbie-taylor/
And finally, author Jo Elizabeth Pinto found her way into the new category, Words of Wisdom Woden’s Day, this week in a special Sips of Wine from the Grapevine: https://pattysworlds.com/sips-of-wine-presents-do-something-by-jo-elizabeth-pinto-authorstheyreonlyhuman-wordsofwisdomwodensday/
FOOD FOR THOUGHT…
Before I leave you today, I’d like to take a moment to speak to you about working toward making meaningful connections. Not only is it important for us to get the word out about our book, blog or business it is equally important for people to know we are “Human.” In this world of social distancing, self-isolation and disconnection due to COVID-19 we find ourselves doing more virtual events than ever. This, however, doesn’t mean we need to be impersonal.
You’ve seen my posts concerning the ACB (American Council of the Blind) community calls. When this was started, it was done in an effort to help people continue to be connected in a Safe, Respectful and Welcoming way.
Let’s talk a moment about the last word here. “Welcoming.” When we invite someone into our home, out to eat or to hang out for an afternoon at the park, we don’t sit and talk about our professional selves the entire time. So, it makes sense when we meet on Zoom calls, in email or Facebook groups or all the other virtual mediums out there, that we should think of these in the same mindset as we would have if we were meeting in person.
We must remember to keep a balance of personal and professional as we go throughout our day. We never want to appear so focused on our work that we have no time for a few moments of personal chat.
Giving of ourselves can at times be an awkward thing to do but I promise if you try it, you’ll soon make it a habit. And your only question will be, “Why did I wait so long?”
Some read my post, sunshine and Woo in the ACB Community found at: https://pattysworlds.com/sunshine-and-woo-in-the-acb-community-americancounciloftheblind/
I’d like to have you reread this and furthermore, I’d like to encourage you to open yourselves to the love and warmth found within. I spend all day marketing the work of others and myself. But the few moments I spend each day marketing love, positivity and warmth are the most important marketing minutes I spend all day.
Give this some thought as you go through your busy daily schedules. Take a moment to love and be loved.
For now, this ends the Sips of Wine from the Grapevine newsletter. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it as much as I have enjoyed putting it together.
May Harmony find You and Blessid may You Be.