Shy Author Publishes in Two Major Magazines in Same Month to Make a Point About Shyness

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“Shyness rocks,” author C. Hope Clark exclaims. “We are not snobs, misfits, or inept people. We are in touch and in control." The combination of her money advice with her advocacy for shy writers shot her newsletter membership from 10,000 to 13,000 writers when the two major trade magazines hit the newsstands the end of April. The activity also increased sales of The Shy Writer as well as Clark’s myriad of ebooks about writing funds and markets. "Sell your words, not your soul," preaches Clark as she proves her point.

“Sell your words, not your soul,” says C. Hope Clark, founder of FundsforWriters and author of The Shy Writer. Clark became a writer because of the seclusion, but she quickly learned that writers, known for their reclusive natures, could rarely publish without pretending to be otherwise. But the May issues of The Writer Magazine and Writer’s Digest Magazine prove it can be done.

“Shyness rocks,” she exclaims. “We can be quiet and be noticed at the same time. We are not snobs, misfits, or inept people. We are in touch and in control. We just don’t like screaming ‘Look at me!’”

But C. Hope Clark’s name loudly appears in these two trade publications sold around the world in two features, a book review, and an annual award.

Writer’s Digest –

“Free Money” – A feature by Clark advising writers where money grows for their craft.

101 Best Web Sites for Writers – Selected FundsforWriters and Clark for the fifth year in a row thanks to the loud voices of reading fans.

The Writer Magazine –

“Writing Grants” – A feature directing writers to grant sources.

“A Writer’s Guide to Beating Shyness” – Book review of The Shy Writer: An Introvert’s Guide to Writing Success.

Known for her knowledge in funding and grant sources, Clark already had a reader following as a result of her four newsletters, FundsforWriters, FFW Small Markets, WritingKid, and TOTAL FundsforWriters. The combination of her money advice with her advocacy for shy writers shot her newsletter membership from 10,000 to 13,000 writers when the two magazines hit the newsstands the end of April. The activity also increased sales of The Shy Writer as well as Clark’s myriad of ebooks about writing funds and markets.

“Here you receive pointers on how to maneuver in the writing arena without the social weight around your neck. What you won’t receive is a message telling you to “get over it,” says Clark when asked how The Shy Writer helps reclusive writers.

“Every book on publishing says in so many words that a writer has to be an extrovert. I am shy, and I got tired of it. I wanted to write AND publish without dancing under a spotlight. I'm not an extrovert. That's not who most writers are.”

To make her point about traditional publishing, Clark self-published The Shy Writer. “I’d be a hypocrite if I preached about dodging the public appearances then signed on with a traditional publishing house and jumped to their requirements to speak and tour. So I found a sympathetic company that allowed me to self-publish this book.”

Clark and her company FundsforWriters is listed as a resource with such entities as Michigan State University, the Speculative Literature Foundation, Writer’s Market, Jeff Herman’s Writer’s Guide, numerous writing manuals, and hundreds of writing websites.

The Shy Writer, ISBN 1-59113-583-4, $14.95 trade paperback, Booklocker Publishing

Contact Information:

C. Hope Clark         

http://www.fundsforwriters.com    
http://www.theshywriter.com
Email: hope@fundsforwriters.com     

3145 E. Chandler Blvd, Suite 110, Phoenix, AZ 85048

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