Misc. Publishers

Posted by: Birgitte  :  Category: Indexing Help

In addition to the larger publishing houses, I’ve worked with a wide variety of creative and impressive publishers who present books written by cutting edge researchers and authors. While I love working with the big presses, the smaller (which does not mean “small”) publishers hold a special place in my heart as well.

Here is a group of other publishers for whom I’ve written indexes:

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Praeger Indexes

Posted by: Birgitte  :  Category: Indexing Help

Since 1949, Praeger has cultivated a distinguished reputation for producing scholarly and professional books in the social sciences and humanities, with special emphasis in modern history, military studies, psychology, business and economics, current events and social issues, international affairs, politics, the visual and performing arts, and literature.

The indexing division of Necessary Writers has indexed a large handful of books for Praeger. Click on the titles below to view some of the indexes we’ve written in the last few years for Praeger:

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Oxford University Press Indexes

Posted by: Birgitte  :  Category: Indexing Help

Oxford University Press (OUP) is the largest university press in the world.

The indexing division of Necessary Writers has indexed a large number of books for Oxford University Press. Click on the titles below to view some of the indexes we’ve written in the last few years for Oxford University Press:

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Greenwood Press Indexes

Posted by: Birgitte  :  Category: Indexing Help

The Greenwood Press is one of the world’s leading publishers of reference titles, academic and general interest books, texts, electronic resources, and books for librarians and other professionals.

The indexing division of Necessary Writers has indexed a large handful of books for Greenwood Press. Click on the titles below to view some of the indexes we’ve written in the last few years for Greenwood Press:

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Cengage Learning Indexes

Posted by: Birgitte  :  Category: Indexing Help

Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide.

The indexing division of Necessary Writers has indexed hundreds of books for Cengage. Some of the titles we’ve indexed in the last few years include:

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How to Take on Writer’s Block like a Pro

Posted by: Emily Wenstrom  :  Category: Writer's Block

I don’t believe in writer’s block. I’ve worked in marketing for five years, and one thing you learn very quickly is that business doesn’t stop just because your muse doesn’t show up.

When an idea is required, one way or another, you create one. It’s got nothing to do with innate talent. Marketing professionals are no more creative than anyone else, they’ve just learned tricks of the trade to help them work through creative blocks.

How do creative professionals keep their creativity flowing in the face of tight deadlines, burnout and Monday mornings? Here are five tactics I’ve adopted from my marketing experience to keep my WIP moving forward even when I feel drained:

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Emily Wenstrom

Posted by: Birgitte  :  Category: Our Writers

Necessary Writers welcomes Emily Wenstrom as a contributing writer. I’m thrilled to place Emily’s knowledge and expertise at your fingertips! A prolific writer of “how-to” on craft, Emily speaks from a potent blend of “been there done that”  mixed with a constant stream of “been there still doing it,” that makes her advice and suggestions timely and immediate.

Emily is a professional writer working in marketing and public relations. She blogs about creativity in art and career at Creative Juicer. She also recently launched wordhaus, a short story zine built for the digital age, now seeking submissions.

Follow her on Twitter at@emilywenstrom.

Read Emily’s posts on Necessary Writers:

How to Take On Writer’s Block Like a Pro

Necessary Writers Classes and Workshops

Posted by: Birgitte  :  Category: Classes and Workshops

What you get:
Detailed evaluation of your work by Birgitte Necessary, with focus on story structure, character analysis, scene structure, voice, theme, line edits, and any other aspect of writing that you specifically request.

What you give:
If you are in a workshop with other writers (recommended) you are required to offer a brief critique of their submissions. Don’t worry if you feel like you’re just learning, and would have nothing constructive to say. If you read fiction, you know what you like. You can speak to that aspect of anyone’s writing. “I like your character because….”

If we are working one-on-one, you give me your pledge that no matter how frustrated you get, (and you will get frustrated) you’ll never trash talk your own writing or story. (You can call your main character bad names though, if you want.) Oh, and I guess I have to take my own advice on that one. Sigh.

Rates:
Novels: $250 for 10,000-12,000 words submitted over a 10-week period, approximately 2,000 words every two weeks. Submitting less words (1,000 every week, for instance) is not as productive for either of us because I need a certain amount of material to get a feel for the  flow of your story.

Short Stories: $300 for no more than 10,000 words, (Shorts usually max out at 5,000-7,000 words, but I know you’ll have to write more to write less.) submitted over a 10-week period approximately 2,000 words every two weeks.

Short-Shorts: These are the hardest form of fiction to write. Every single word has to do double and triple duty to carry the story. Short shorties max out at about 1,000 words, but you will be writing a lot more before I slash them all down. (I mean before I edit them). I charge an upfront fee of $100, (for the first 1000 words submitted) and then $25 for every additional 500 words. The timeline for short shorties can vary, and I’m not strict about the every 2 week submission rule like I am above.

If you are under deadline, let me know and we can negotiate an alternate schedule.

If you consistently go over the maximum number of words, or need to structure special or additional critiques, we can incorporate fees from the ala carte menu.

A la Carte Rates:
Per page rate: $10 (includes line editing)
Per hour rate: $50 (for phone consultations regarding plot, story structure, brainstorming, character analysis, story marketing.

**Note: All work MUST be submitted according to industry submission standards. That means 12 pt Courier font (I’ll take Times New Roman too, I’m not snarky), double spaced (no extra returns between paragraphs), first line of each paragraph indented, 1” margins all around. If you submit work in any other format, I will not read it until it is in compliance with these industry standards. If your aim is to get published, you might as well learn proper submission formatting.

Why hire me? Read the comments below or find out a little more about me here.

Can Things Get Any Worse? Hopefully!

Posted by: Birgitte  :  Category: Story Structure, Write a Novel

Okay, I’m facing my fear of the blank page, and writing. Sort of. Rather, I’m outlining. It’s a prelim to writing. You know, planning to write. Planning is great. No actual writing need happen, which is perfect if you’re me and scared that your actual writing will read like so much steamy crap on a summer day.

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What If I Quit Writing?

Posted by: Birgitte  :  Category: Inspiration

Can I call myself a writer if I’m not writing?

Stagnation. Writer’s block. Too much work. Too little money. Too many whiny kids. The transmission in the car falls out.

All of it keeps me from writing.

So, if I’m not writing, can I call myself a writer? For too many months this question has haunted me. Writing friends ask, “How’s your novel going?”

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