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Getting paid for writing short stories

Getting paid for writing short stories

It looks like a silly question. Anyone can write a story, send it to a magazine and get paid. However, the truth behind getting your stories published even in non paying magazines is hard to imagine. Magazines aren’t really short of writers. In fact, a lot of people write fiction, but not all of them get paid, let alone get published online or in print.

You’re wrong I got my stories published online.

Of course there are numerous ways to have an audience and publish your stories and eventually make fans as potential buyers of your craft in the long run: Booksie and Storywrite are examples among others.

But, if you want to get paid you can either do it the amateur way or the professional way. The former consists of sending your fiction to a paying website like Triond and Hubpages after signing up and publishing your pieces of fiction and driving enough traffic to get paid through advertisements.

I have myself a couple of short stories in Hubpages that I serialized in several parts. You can have a look here:

  • The Dawn of Post Humans ( a science fiction short story in three parts )
  • The Gods of Knowledge ( a fantasy short story )

Keep in mind that your short stories shouldn’t be less than 500 words so as to be indexed in the search engine. They should not be published elsewhere to avoid issues with duplicate content.

I already know that. Isn’t there any other way?

There is also PatronQuowhere you submit your work and get paid by the Patrons ( your supporting community ) whose members will get themselves displayed on your writers’ pages in return as a form of advertisement.

And the professional way?

For the professional way you better determine what kind of stories you write and what fiction market is willing to pay for them.

Wait! How could I possibly know?

Fortunately, you are not going to search internet at random. Duotrope offers a large database for magazines sorted by genre. In other words, if you are a fantasy writer you can run a search within Duotrope to pick up the magazines which publish fantasy and submit to them after following their guidelines.

There are several search options and you can narrow down your search to only submit to a professional paying market ( 5 cents per word ) if you are confident about your talent. But be realistic. Burgeoning writers make their professional pay after long months of honing their craft. Nevertheless, they can make it if they are good enough with token payment ( 5 $ or less ) for an accepted piece of fiction or/and receive a contributor copy of the magazine where their story appears on. Anyway before tackling those professional market, make sure you read some free online guides about selling short fiction like The Quester’s Guide to Writing Short Fiction That Sells. This way you will have a detailed idea about the reality of pro fiction markets.

What if I fail to get paid?

You won’t if you persist. Writing short stories and getting them published in magazines demand patience. The quality of your work will be judged on its own merit despite the fact that you might be tempted to think about it otherwise.

Final Words

If you are ready for the adventure why not Signing up with Hubpages now and start making money from your short stories traffic. Hubpages is a wonderful community where you can get honest feedback on how to improve your writing and earning.

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The Importance of Learning How to Write a 5 Paragraph Essay

The Importance of Learning How to Write a 5 Paragraph Essay

The importance of learning how to write a five paragraph essay cannot be fully emphasized as it is the most acceptable method of writing especially for students. Every student is expected to know how to write a five paragraph essay and that is what every examiner expects from any student on the whole.

A five paragraph essay helps the student develop their ideas as well as organize these ideas in writing. A five paragraph essay is made up of the introduction which is virtually the most important paragraph of the whole essay as it tells in one sentence (thesis statement) contained in that same paragraph the general direction of the essay. For example the thesis statement of this write up is "The importance of learning how to write a five paragraph essay cannot be fully emphasized as it is the most acceptable method of writing especially for students" It is important to note that thesis statement must not always start the sentence as it all depends on the style of the writer.

In addition to this, five paragraph essays, helps the writer to be consistent in his writing and not deviate from the original idea. With the outline, he is bound by developing just the ideas as listed in the first paragraph; there is no room for digression. With this new development, the writer chooses his words carefully and is straight to the point in other words he is concise and cutting all his ideas to fit into the specifications required.

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Challenges of Citing Websites, Blogs and Forums in Research Papers

Challenges of Citing Websites, Blogs and Forums in Research Papers

Anybody who does a lot of research probably uses the Internet and the search engines to find the information they need to study their field of expertise or industry. Of course there is a problem with citing web sites, blogs or Internet forums in research papers. One of the biggest problems is that many of these venues might change or even go off-line.

There are problems with research papers citing works which no longer exist and the research paper is not allowed to copy the information into the back of their appendix in the research paper because that would be considered plagiarism or might break copyright laws. Perhaps you can see the Catch-22. Often when our online think tank writes e-books or research papers we will cite web sites and we also realize that these web sites may change that information or disappear.

Can you begin to see the problem with this? This poses a real problem and most people know that there are web sites that are highly credible out there on the Internet. Even Wikipedia, has now been banned from being cited in academic college research papers under the MLA standards. Something will have to change to come into reality considering the way that the Internet has moved our society and civilization into the future.

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Six Sigma Best Practices Improve Revenue: A Case Study

Six Sigma Best Practices Improve Revenue: A Case Study

Six Sigma was developed in 1986 by Motorola and later, gained popularity with companies when Jack Welch implemented the business practices in General Electric. These best practices will reduce the number of defective products produced by companies and improve the efficiency of business practices. Six Sigma has increased the revenue of many companies.

Here is one case study example that can help companies learn how Six Sigma best practice can be applied:

One unnamed cellular service provider was experiencing a problem with their DMAIC process and online top-up system. The service provider was also experiencing low registration rates and top-up rates. Before Six Sigma was implemented, the registration success rate was approximately 80 percent, and the top-up success rates was approximately 60 percent.

Six Sigma Helps Companies Improve Business Practices

Businesses with an understanding of Six Sigma will improve significantly. Every company should consider Six Sigma training for their employees. Companies most often use Six Sigma black belt leaders to lead the projects. Six Sigma green belt leaders and Six Sigma yellow belt leaders are also effective in improving companies’ business processes. Businesses should consider integrating Six Sigma best practices in their organization to improve revenue and efficiency.

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Christianity: History (Early church history found in early Christian writings)

Christianity: History (Early church history found in early Christian writings)

It is not difficult to enumerate ways in which Christianity changed over its early history. A challenge will be found, however, in the fact that these changes were so extensive that it is impossible to discuss them all in a short essay. At any rate, during the period between the death of Jesus and the late fourth century, the early church underwent vast changes in its attitudes, beliefs, structure, and social position.

Changes in attitudes and beliefs could be seen, for example, in Christianity’s stance towards Jewish law. Of course, Jesus himself was Jewish, as were his earliest followers. The Jesus movement understood itself as Jewish from the very beginning (Ehrman, After NT 95). Thus, the earliest followers of Christ continued to follow the commandments of the Torah, as can be seen in Matthew 5:19, where Jesus is quoted as saying that whoever breaks “the least [emphasis added]of these commandments . . . will be called least in the kingdom.” Taken at face value, this injunction by Jesus would imply that his followers were to keep even kashrut laws and the law of circumcision. Eventually, however, other views were to prevail. A good example of these views is provided by Paul’s letter to the Galatians, in which adherence to the Jewish law of circumcision was not only depicted as useless, but was said to render “Christ . . . of no benefit” (Gal. 5:2) to the Galatians. Likewise, The Epistle of Barnabas, by means of allegorical interpretation, does away with the literal observance of kashrut laws (Chapter 10).

Eventually, this new attitude towards Torah law would spill over into hostilities towards the “Jews” themselves. I put “Jews” in quotations to emphasize the retrospective nature of this Christian label of Jesus’s Jewish detractors, which ignored the fact that his early supporters were also Jewish (Shepardson 01/26/12). This change in attitudes toward Jews and Jewish law paralleled the Jesus movement’s transition from being an apocalyptic Jewish sect to a universal movement which aimed to draw in “Gentile” converts throughout the Hellenistic Roman Empire (Ehrman/Jacobs 2-3).

Christian attitudes towards women also changed dramatically during the first century of its history. Christian writings dated to the middle of the first century depict egalitarian gender attitudes, naming women among the “prominent . . . apostles” (Rom. 16:6), and even overlooking gender distinctions altogether (Gal 3:28). By the end of the first century, however, the proto-orthodox strain of Christianity was becoming male-dominated, as evidenced by their language of female “submission” (1 Tim 2:11) and “obedience” (1 Clement 1:3). It is likely that the earliest Christian gender conceptions were considerably more progressive than those of the surrounding culture. Paul’s naming of women as prominent apostles within the Christian ???????? (Ekklesia) would have given women a position of authority and importance never found, for example, in the ???????? of Athenian democracy, which included only males—granted, Athenian democracy ended before Christianity ever came on the scene, but the Roman empire was likewise male-dominated. Thus the increasingly male-dominated gender attitudes of Christianity may have partially reflected a movement towards assimilation within its sociocultural milieu (Shepardson 01/26/12). Christianity would continue to assimilate into the surrounding culture, and after the conversion of Constantine would begin to overlap “directly with the political concerns of Roman emperors” (Ehrman/Jacobs 4).

One factor contributing to early Christianity’s increasing enmeshment with surrounding social and political structures was that the apocalyptic fervor of earliest Christianity—apparent, for example, in Mark 8:38 – 9:1, where Jesus is talking about his return, and then seems to suggest that this would occur during the lifetimes of some members of his audience—dwindled over the years, as the apocalypse failed to materialize (Shepardson 01/26/12). These two developments helped to fuel the increasing institutionalization of the Christian church. Although in Matthew 23:8-11, Jesus is depicted as proscribing the use of honorary titles, such as “father” or “teacher”, the institutionalization of Christianity was effected largely through the establishment of titles and offices (Ehrman/Jacobs 129), such as “?????????” (“bishop”, literally “overseer”). Amazingly, as much as the nascent movement railed against the religion from whence it originated, it in certain ways almost modeled itself after the hierarchical Levitical system, going so far as to call the ????????? “the high priest” (Hippolytus, Apostolic Tradition, Chapter 30).

Along with the proliferation of clerical titles and offices came a drive towards greater uniformity, both in doctrine and praxis. Attempts at ritual uniformity played a role in proto-orthodox Christianity’s process of self-definition. For example, the Didache delineates a boundary between one sort of ingroup and outgroup by saying, “[The hypocrites] fast on Mondays and Thursdays; but you should fast on Wednesdays and Fridays” (Didache 8:1). Doctrinal uniformity came to have even greater importance for separating the true believers from the “heretics”. While second and third century Christian beliefs were extremely diverse, with a number of different “Christianities” (Ehrman, New Testament 1) thriving in an uneasy “state of plurality” (Ehrman/Jacobs 155), by the late fourth century, the proto-orthodox Christians wielded such influence within the Roman political system that writings of contradictory Christianities were proscribed (Ehrman, After NT 132), as were many “traditional Roman religious practices” (Ehrman/Jacobs 4). It is a great tragedy that the long process of canon formation culminated in the annihilation of a vast body of religious literature that was at odds with the literature of the proto-orthodox Christians (Ehrman, After NT 194). This seems an incalculable loss to scholarship and to humanity overall.

So by the end of the fourth century, the social position of the Christian church was the opposite of what it had been in the first through third centuries. Once a scorned minority, “lashing out” (Ehrman, New Testament 423) against larger opponents, such as non-Christian Jews, they had become the “high and mighty” (Ehrman, New Testament 423), and joining them was fashionable and even advisable (Ehrman, New Testament 424).

So from its attitudes and beliefs about Jewish law, to its increasingly institutionalized structure, to the 180 degree turn-around in its social position, Christianity underwent many drastic changes indeed between the mid-first and late fourth centuries.

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Business Management Case Study; Franchise Arbitration Clauses

Business Management Case Study; Franchise Arbitration Clauses

It is very common in franchising for the franchisor to put an arbitration clause in the franchising agreement and the generally it is very easy to see if a Franchisor has done this, because it will appear on the very first page of the 250 page Uniform Franchise Offering Circular or UFOC. In fact, if a Franchisor has put this into his franchise agreement then chances are he will also pick the city and state in which the arbitration must be held. The choice of venue is not recognized in all states but usually it is.

Many franchisees are upset with this giving away of their rights for civil litigation once a dispute erupts. Generally when they signed a franchise agreement it sounds fair to give away their rights to sue in trade for arbitration. Franchisees say things such as; "I would love to be able to present my case in a civil court any where in the country. To my amazement, this is not allowed. I’m forced to arbitrate."

Executive management teams in franchising need to decide these clauses in advance and they need to consult with a good franchising attorney to decide if this is in their best interest, although they must realize that franchising attorneys make money from litigation and generally do not make so much money from arbitration.

And therefore due diligence is required on the part of the Franchisor and of course if you are a franchisee you’ll want to think about this in advance of signing away your rights to litigation. Please consider all this in 2006.

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