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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

* Lynn Goodwin - Part 2 *

Welcome back to Part 2 of Lynn Goodwin's questions and answers blog post! Yesterday, we had questions 1 through 4. Today we'll finish with questions 5 through 9. Don't forget to leave a comment or ask Lynn a question, either on this post or yesterday's, to be eligible for the book give-away. *And if you leave a comment on both blog posts, you'll be entered twice.*

* I forgot to mention when the drawing will be. I'll take comments until midnight CDT, today, 3/27/12. Winner will be announced tomorrow. *

5)     5) I noticed your Brag Board and Announcements. I’m sure many of my readers would love to have some of their accomplishments listed there.

I agree. Send them to me. The address is on the website, and accomplishments are posted for 90 days. Send your friends in to see them.

6-A) Do you still need some volunteers for your site?

      Absolutely. We need volunteers to write both book and website reviews, to clean up and expand the Resources page, and always, always, we need people to help us publicize the e-zine. Send me a letter of interest that includes a bit about your writing and publicity background and a resume.
6-    6-B) Any paid positions available?

There are no paid positions at this time, but sometimes good volunteers work their way into paid positions, if they are reliable, meet deadlines, and have a unique voice that does not require much editing.

7)     7) You offer manuscript consultation. Do you prefer reading/editing a certain genre?

I'm happy to read and respond to almost anything including long and short fiction, creative non-fiction, memoir, articles, blog posts, academic papers, college application essays, and even poetry unless it's obscure. To determine whether the writer and I are a match, I read a short sample at no charge. Find out what we offer at: http://www.writeradvice.com/manuscriptconsultation.html. Questions? Please ask. My address is in the middle of the page. 
8)    8) It looks like you also accept book reviews. Tell us about that.

I'm always looking for good reviewers. I have lots of books sent from Random House and its subsidiaries. A Random House Book Rep, who gave presentations for Project Second Chance, the Contra Costa County Library's Adult Literacy Program, recommended me as a reviewer and years later I'm still getting and using books, but they send me more than I can ever read, so I'm happy to pass some on to others who want to review for Writer Advice. If a reviewer has recently read a book she likes, and it's not more than three years old, I'm happy to look at that as well.

Reviews run approximately 250 words, are balanced but lean towards positive comments, and should give us a sense of why the reviewer recommends a particular book. Read some samples by clicking on Hooked on Books. Query before submitting.

My address is not in the book reviews themselves, but you can find it in the ads column on the left. If you'd like to advertise your own book or writing service, we offer very reasonable rates. Please ask.


9)    9) You were a judge for Tiny Lights – what year, and which contest?
  Lynn: I think I judged for Tiny Lights in 2007. I remember reading some wonderful pieces.

  Becky: I'm curious because I’m one of Susan Bono’s regular Searchlights & Signal Flares contributors.
   Lynn: I've probably read something you've written there, though I haven't received anything from Susan for a while. If you think we might like to rerun one of your pieces on the Writing Advice page, please let me know.

Thanks so much for asking these questions, Becky.
If you're reading this, I hope you'll check us out at www.writeradvice.com. Enter the contest if it appeals. Consider reviewing either a book or a writing-related website for us. Consider using your public relations skills to bring us a wider audience. You never know where volunteer opportunities will lead, so let's find out if we want to work together.

Thank you again, Lynn, for being such a wonderful guest! I've learned a lot from you and also plan on submitting to your contest and brag boards, etc.

"Keep reading, writing, revising, and sharing. No one has your voice but you." - Lynn Goodwin


  1. So many contests and opportunities! I just love it when writers help each other. Thank you Lynn and Becky.

  2. Thanks to both of you, Lynn and Becky, for your thoughtful questions and answers.

  3. Thanks! Very interesting today. The idea of doing book reviews is great to think about...will check it out when I can.

  4. Lots of sharing going on with these posts. Thanks, ladies :)

  5. Nice interview - thanks to both of you!

  6. Thanks to all of you for commenting. Bookie, if you decide you'd like to write reviews for us, please remind me that you saw the offer here, okay?

    The same goes for anyone else reading this.

    Becky, it was a pleasure to do the interview.

    Author of You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers

  7. Very nice interview! Thank you both. :)

  8. I'm a sucker for contests. I'll try to make time to enter.

  9. NOTE: This is the time to volunteer to write a book or website review for the next issue. Let me know if you're interested.

    Lgood67334 (at) comcast.net

  10. Hip, hip, hooray! I am your 300th follower. I don't know how you did it, but confetti and balloons just magically appeared in my office! ;)

  11. Terrific interview. Thanks!



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