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Comment by Lorraine Duffy Merkl on October 27, 2011 at 6:53am

TWO ESSAYS BETTER THAN ONE

My original title for this post was "How To Milk One Subject For All It's Worth and Get Paid Twice" but I didn't think it would fit in the header box.

Once I got the hang of how to sell essays by using a current topic/trend as a jumping off point, I kicked it up a notch (thanks to the advice of some more seasoned writers than I) and learned you can get two distinct essays from that said topic. I thought I'd pass on the learning. 

I've done it this time using the break out hit "2 Broke Girls". In the past, I used the much promoted/talked about movie "Bridesmaids."

Here are my examples:

http://ourtownny.com/2011/10/26/broke-girl-of-the-past/

http://blog.care.com/featured-columnists/2011/10/living-in-the-now....

http://ourtownny.com/2011/05/11/through-the-bridal-shower-looking-g...

http://www.mydaily.com/2011/04/26/how-i-gained-a-husband-but-lost-a...

"But it's hard enough to write one essay," you may say. Give yourself some credit. If a topic can bring to mind one personal story, it can bring forth another. Perhaps not every time, but every once and a while, wouldn't it be nice to get a double pay check.

Also: Here is an updated link to Essay markets 1 which leads you to Essay Markets II, III, and IV: http://www.mediabistro.com/articles/cache/a10009.as

Comment by Lorraine Duffy Merkl on October 27, 2011 at 6:24am
One time "Broke Girl" would do it all again to make it in NYC:http://ning.it/scbncE
Comment by Nancy Mueller on October 24, 2011 at 2:48pm
I just found out I'm one of 15 people highlighted in a short piece at More.com. You can check it out at:
http://www.more.com/15-ways-reinvent-yourself-abroad 
Cycle through until you find me – I’m #14!
Comment by Nancy Mueller on October 23, 2011 at 7:39pm

Looking for that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?

http://wanderlustandlipstick.com/blogs/wanderboomer/2011/10/23/chas...

Comment by Nancy Mueller on October 21, 2011 at 6:55am
An unforgettable finale to an extraordinary Galapagos adventure:http://wanderlustandlipstick.com/blogs/wanderboomer/2011/10/20/an-e...
Comment by Carol Apple on October 19, 2011 at 5:32pm

Is there ever a time we might been to put our creative dreams on the shelf for a while? Maybe - but the answer varies from individual to individual. Here a little of my personal experience with this issue..... 

Your creativity and your kids: Is balance possible?

Comment by Nancy Mueller on October 18, 2011 at 2:18pm

(Almost) the last port of call in the Galapagos:

http://wanderlustandlipstick.com/blogs/wanderboomer/2011/10/17/last...

Comment by Joan Hanna on October 14, 2011 at 8:54am
New Blog Post on Writing Through Quicksand: Occupying Our Lives
http://www.writingthroughquicksand.blogspot.com/
Comment by Nancy Mueller on October 13, 2011 at 10:00pm

Come along with me to the land of the iguanas:

http://wanderlustandlipstick.com/blogs/wanderboomer/2011/10/13/land...

Comment by Lucille Joyner on October 13, 2011 at 3:33pm

How strange you should bring up this subject on the very day that I wore my pjs (only the pj top over slacks) to the gourmet Market Basket here. Either I've declined and lost all sense of shame, or I've developed such a strong sense of self that nothing bothers me. I don't know which it is -- and I really don't care.

I still got waited on and nobody looked at me funny or said anything.

 

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