Great News: Uh, For A Change~~LOL

@pyewacket (44032)
United States
March 13, 2008 5:15pm CST
Back in November one of my MyLot friends, Oreo told me about how she got an article published for the on-line "e-zine" MedHunters, which is a medically based magazine. She had written an article for them then didn't hear in ages, then bingo got the good news that her article had been accepted and would be published (one can see her article there). So on November 13 of last year I tried my hand at it and sent an article about the Hipaa Privacy Laws and if they were really a help or hindrance to a patient's care and gave the example of what I went through with my mother. I had believed she could have gotten a lot better "clinical" care both medically and for her emotional problems, but while seeing a psychiatrist for five years (and who I thought was an a-hole and did noting for her) she never signed proxy to allow me an intervention in her care...not until the last few months of her life...by then it was too little too late to help her. So sent this article to MedHunters. Now Oreo told me that there was usually a long wait before one heard of anything, but when the months zoomed by, figured, oh, well, maybe they're not interested. Then I got an email only the other day and was bowled over...yes, they were very much interested in the article and wondered if it were still available to them for publication..so of course I emailed back and said yes,...the editor then sent me an edited version of my original...they had to chop about 1,100 words (uh yes it WAS a long article) and they needed my "formal" approval before doing anything about it, so of course I said no problem..so today I got a contract to sign, which I did and I scanned it, then sent it back as a PDF file (so much better than mailing as they are in Ontario)--but the BEST news of all...they are going to pay me $150.00 for the article and it was like, holy moly! This sure beats Associated Content any day where one gets maybe $3.00 per article.. So now I'm scratching my head thinking of other articles to write.. Okay to turn this into a discussion. Did you ever do a project, write an article or something and hoped it would be accepted...then months and months passed and didn't hear of anything and figured, oh, well, maybe they didn't accept it or wanted to use it and then t your great surprise you got a notice that it was accepted and going to be published or used??
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@BarBaraPrz (28191)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
13 Mar 08
Not exactly... but I did get called for a job interview at a place I had apparently applied to. Thing was, I did not remember applying for it, nor did I have any record of applying there. But I did end up getting the job and stayed there for almost four years.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
13 Mar 08
That was great that you got that job..uh, even though you didn't remember applying for it
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@TerryZ (22082)
• United States
13 Mar 08
Thats great news pye. Wow thats great money. But you know what? You earned it. Thats alot of words. Im so happy for you. Yaaaay! Now you can celebrate have some whipped cream!heheheheh
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
13 Mar 08
Mmmm....how much whipped cream do you thing I could get??? will bring some over to you
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• United States
14 Mar 08
Congratulations! Your story does my heart good because maybe there's hope for me, too!
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
18 Mar 08
I have some more article ideas circulating in my mind...the acceptance of that article really gave me encouragement to do more
• United States
13 Mar 08
I have never been paid anything for the things thatI have had published....not that I have written anything worth getting paid for either...lol. I am not much of a writer, I just dabble with different mediums. But congrats to you I'm sure that will be a big help to you.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
14 Mar 08
If anything it's given me a heck of a lot of confidence to write more articles for them
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@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
13 Mar 08
I am so pleased that your Hard work and Patience have paid of I really am No I have never written an article or anything before People keep saying I should put all my Gissi Discussions into a book lol and see what happens but I would not know where to send things like that to lol Well Pye I am so happy for you
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
14 Mar 08
You really should put your stories about Gissi into book form...I have the Writer's Market directory that has listings of publishers to send manuscripts...as I hope to eventually get my books I'm writing (though not in awhile) published...there are other places one can make a book form of stories..like Lulu.com or pola pointed this place to me http://www.blurb.com/ Something like that could be a start anyway??
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
14 Mar 08
Alright! - Good for my ears is good news!
That is awesome Pye!! Wow!! What a wonderful surprise, huh? Kind of like winning the lottery!! I bet that will help you out a great deal! Thanks for sharing!! It's good to hear good news every now and then.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
14 Mar 08
I don't know exactly when I'm going to get that money as I think they only send checks..but heck..yes, this will help a lot...oh and thank you for helping me MaryBeth
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
14 Mar 08
Shhhhh!! lol That's what friends are for!! Besides, I may need your help too some day! lol Hope it helped. Wish it could've been more. Were you able to get it straightened out with the darned bank?
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
18 Mar 08
Well put it this way..my checks didn't go bouncy bouncy..so thank you..if the two checks bounced that would have been a total of $70 in bank fees.
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@Loen210 (1540)
• United States
14 Mar 08
Ooh, congrats-grats-grats. Good for you! I don't think I've gotten paid for articles, but I have appeared in magazines/newsletters/programs over the years before. I have had an article or two published, byt they were voluntary. (Printed versions). I'll have to get back to writing more. I have barely done it for teh last several years (spank, spank!). Again congtrats!
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
18 Mar 08
Thank you Loen210...I rattled out another article and plan to submit it as well...but I too am vowing to myself to spend time everyday writing my fiction as well...haven't done that in ages..in fact did type out some tonight
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
23 Mar 08
WOW! Congrats on the deal, pye. I'd be bowled over several times if I received an email or a phone call saying they are interested in something I submitted and paying me that much money for the privlege of publishing it. Good luck in coming up with more articles.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
24 Mar 08
Thank you..it's given me a lot of encouragement, and I wrote another article to them and just sent it..so wish me luck...have another article idea too.
• United States
25 Mar 08
GOOD LUCK!Had my fingers and toes crossed while saying it as well.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
25 Mar 08
Mmm..with your toes crossed how can you walk?
• United States
14 Mar 08
That is [b][I]AWESOME[/B][/I]news!!! $150!!! YIPPIE!!! I hope you can think of other things to write up too!! That is seriously cool GO PYE GO!
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
18 Mar 08
Thank you..hehe...yes already wrote another article and plan to submit it to them..want to "polish" it up a bit first--and have another idea kicking around as well
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• United States
18 Mar 08
Don't forget to let us know how that goes :) Is there any way to get the magazine the article is going to be in?
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
18 Mar 08
It's an on-line magazine...once it's published I'll give you the link
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• United States
23 Mar 08
i can't say i've ever had that happen to me..but anyway,congrats on the publish!that's great news:)
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
23 Mar 08
Thank you scarlet_woman....I did finish another article and just have to polish it up and plan to submit it to them--so keep your fingers crossed that it'll be accepted to
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• United States
23 Mar 08
will do :) fingers crossed.
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@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
14 Mar 08
wow how great for you1 SO happy that the accepted it . as you do deserve some moeny for what you do. Now get your thinker going to write more for them . and nope hasnt happened to me I dont write. I just read .. hugs
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
18 Mar 08
Yup--finished another article and have the idea for another..hhehehe
@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
18 Mar 08
very very good!
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• United States
14 Mar 08
My surprise is in a different field. Years ago I used to crochet a lot of various different items. This year I crochet a baby blanket and an afghan for gifts. My friends you received the afghan suggest I should try to sell my work. As I find crocheting not only relaxes me but if I did it while watching TV I would not feel kind of guilty just wasting my time. So I made one afghan and put it for sale on Ebay and wonders of wonders it sold within a couple of day, then the same thing with two more. I am now working of my 4th Afghan as I feel really encouraged and happy to make a few dollars doing something I enjoy.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
18 Mar 08
I had a surprise too...I also do crafts and set up a "shop" at Etsy..sort of an ebay but just for artists and crafters ..I offered one of my teddy bears I make up plus some Native American styled beaded earrings..within two days after posting I sold one of my teddy bears Who knows..maybe you should try Etsy?? http://www.etsy.com/
• United States
18 Mar 08
Thank you SO much for the tip!!! I have bookmarked it and will give it a try as I am in the middle of a new afghan.
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@ElicBxn (61143)
• United States
14 Mar 08
back when I used to send stories to fanzines (no pay) I knew that some take a long time to be published. well, I had known a story was going to be published and was waiting for my contributors copy of the zine when one showed up and it WASN'T the one I was waiting on! It was one I had submitted to over a year before & forgotten all about!
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
18 Mar 08
That is the one bummer...the waiting..I realize why as all these places must get flooded with stories or articles..but yikes you waited a year for the contributor's copy??
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@ElicBxn (61143)
• United States
18 Mar 08
I wouldn't say most fanzines get flooded with stuff. And since they are/were put out by the sweat of the people and have to be printed up front with their money they frequently took quite a while to get printed. I was actually quite excited to discover the zine, I had even forgotten about the story!
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@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
26 Mar 08
Congratulations Pyewacket! That is great! And, a nice honor to your mother! I am sure she would be proud of you! I have never tried to publish anything. I am a much better author in my own head than publicly! But, that is great for you! Congratulations again!
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
27 Mar 08
Thank you cortjo73...believe it or not I'm multi-tasking tonight..hehe..switching between here and rattling another article...having gotten that article accepted gave me encouragement to write more.....Now...if I could also find time to get back to my fiction writing as well...hehe
@rowantree (1190)
• United States
26 Mar 08
I've never submitted an article or anything, so I can't really comment on that. But CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is absolutely fantastic that they are publishing your article (and paying so well). I hope you get many more articles published with them!!!
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
26 Mar 08
Thank you rowantree...I finished another article the other day and submitted it...having that article accepted and published gave me a lot of encouragement.
@moneyandgc (3429)
• United States
25 Mar 08
First of all, Congratulations on the article! The only thing I could think of that I did and forgot about were surveys. I did a bunch of surveys for MyView and forgot all about them. I stopped doing them because I just figured they didn't pay. A few months later I kept getting a bunch of two and three dollar deposits into my paypal. I had no idea where they were coming from! I did a little research and found out. They have changed their payment policies now, but I did start doing surveys for them again after I got paid. I will have to tell my husband about MedHunters. Medicine is his specialty. I already have a couple of ideas for articles that he could write.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
25 Mar 08
Wow..hope your husband writes some articles then for MedHunters..that would be great!
@jwfarrimond (4474)
18 Mar 08
That's pretty good pay for a 1000 - odd word article Pye. Congratulations I've had one or two articles published, but it was quite a long time ago and I can't remember how long they took to get back to me with an acceptance. I do know that I never got paid that much
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
23 Mar 08
Well I nearly fainted when I got the email telling me they accepted my article and how much they were going to pay me! Like wow!
@Thoroughrob (11748)
• United States
14 Mar 08
Good for you!!! I am happy for you. I never have done anything like that. It sounds like you are being paid very well though.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
18 Mar 08
Sure beats $3.00 for Associated Content articles!
@GardenGerty (127073)
• United States
14 Mar 08
No, I have not ever done anything like that, but I would love to give it a try. Is there anything special you do to submit to e-zines? It sounds like this will more than make up for the difficulties with the checking account, or at least will break even and keep you out of the hole. WowI am so jealous. I hope things just keep getting better for you.
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
18 Mar 08
I've written articles for places like Helium and Gather, and also Associated Content and only last year...I'm actually used to writing fiction so writing articles is so different, but challenging. I actually did finish another article and plan to submit to them as well, but I'm also vowing to myself to write a little bit of my fiction as well and everyday from now on...have three novels in the works that I haven't touched in I don't know how long..so I might be more MIA from here As far as submitting to e-zines...most of course you can submit on-line...some places will have a "form" that you rattle out your info (contact) maybe a bit of a bio..then a space to paste in your article or story into the article/story area (it's better to write out the article/story in your processor then copy it and paste, rather than typing the whole thing out again)...OR...some places prefer that you copy/paste the article/story in the body of an email--each ezine always has its own guidelines And yes, this certainly will help quite a bit with my checking account
• United States
14 Mar 08
That is [b][I]AWESOME[/B][/I]news!!! $150!!! YIPPIE!!! I hope you can think of other things to write up too!! That is seriously cool GO PYE GO!
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