The Shy Writer – An Introverts Guide to Writing Success

13 Aug


The Shy Writer

The Shy Writer by C. Hope Clark

C. Hope did not only write the wildly successful book

The Shy Writer: An Introvert’s Guide to Writing Success – trade paperback and e-book

but she became THE HOPE for many aspiring authors and offers advice and encouragement on her website  were you also can subscribe to her frequent newsletter.

Contests, Grants and Markets for Writers provide the most valuable tool for any writer – published (or not yet published). I love her tremendously useful markets section. Just a few excerpts here:

Every month Viking magazine is sent to Sons of Norway members — people who are enthusiastic about their heritage, who are frequent travelers to Norway and other Scandinavian countries, and are regular consumers of Scandinavian goods. Seventy percent written by freelancers. Articles are 400 to 1,200 words. Accepts fiction of 400 to 1,200 words. Departments are up to 350 words. Pays $180 to $400 and sometimes higher.


TRUE WEST relates our American West history back to the present day, to show readers the important role our heritage plays in keeping the spirit of the West alive during our everyday travels and adventures out West. With regards to word length, we actively look for articles that range from: 1,500 words for features; 500 words for short features; 250 words or less for snapshot coverage. Great guidelines available online. Pays 25 cents/word and 50 percent kill fee.


Half of all articles written by freelancers. Receives about 100 queries per month and publishes about 100 freelance articles per year. Articles are up to 3,000 words, usually involving profiles, interviews and reviews. Departments feature America’s pop music and culture as well as pieces on current events and politics. Pays $1/word. Query with clips to


Our focus has broadened to include well-researched, timely and informative articles on finance, unusual photo/story packages, home improvement, humor, transportation, travel, fashion, entertainment, personality profiles, technology, communication with a healthy emphasis on medical breakthroughs, promising new treatments, prevention, and fitness. Publishes content that provides additional perspective on the ever-evolving American scene. In addition to feature-length articles of 1,000 to 2,000 words, the Post buys anecdotes suitable for “Post Scripts,” as well as cartoons, illustrations, and photos. Payment ranges from $25 for Post Scripts to $400 and up for feature articles.


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