Friday, September 25, 2020

Is There a Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Passenger numbers in international air traffic have fallen by 92 percent in the last eight months compared to 2019.  According to the International Air Transport Association IATA, one of the reasons for this is that quarantine measures make travel impractical and the frequent changes to Covid-19 measures make planning impossible.

"The key to restoring cross-border mobility is systematic Covid-19 testing of all travelers before departure.  After IATA boss Alexandre de Juniac called for COVID tests for all passengers before departure, some airlines are getting serious about this issue immediately. Lufthansa manager Bj√∂rn Becker explained to Reuters that LH is considering the use of rapid tests as early as October.

The Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines also wants to use such tests.  The Austrian Airlines spokeswoman Tanja Gruber confirmed and specified these plans: "The introduction should take place as soon as possible.  However, we are currently not able to give an exact date.  In the mentioned project we are checking the organizational sequence of the process. As soon as more details are available here, we will inform accordingly". 

As far as financing is concerned, one would like to see a "nationwide solution which is also taken over by the authorities", according to the Austrian spokeswoman.

A whole range of antigen tests is currently being launched on the market, which should at least partially replace the more expensive and more complex PCR tests, at least as screening tests.  They deliver the results within minutes and are also significantly cheaper than PCR.




Memoirs of an Executive Pilot in Europe

from VIP Passengers to Emergency Flights


Piloten Ausbildung, Jobsuche und Berufsalltag

(in deutscher Sprache - print & ebook)


Thursday, September 17, 2020

Glimpse Into the New La Guardia, NYC, Airport

An amazing transformation from the old La Guardia airport to the new large-scale and spacious, almost posh ones happened during the last years. Enjoy these videos of the (almost) finished transformation - starting with new Terminal B:

I Vividly Remember How I Once Experienced La Guardia:

One of the most memorable flights I ever had was during the ’90s into La Guardia: The sun was almost setting on a November afternoon and wrapped New Yorks’ skyscrapers into a warm, golden color.  The city buildings almost seemed to glow. It was such a fascinating, almost unreal light, that I totally forgot to grab my camera, and just stared at this amazing scene. 

However, after we landed, it became less comfortable: Hordes of strange men bombarded passengers with their offers of cheap taxi rides (certainly illegal cabs), some even offered drugs and whatever…  For a single female passenger it was frightening, and I tried to find a security person - but no luck.  Finally, short before the airport buildings exit I approached a uniformed lady and asked her, how these guys could enter the inner arrival building without a ticket.  She just flinched her shoulders. 

I got out of the La Guardia building, towards my hotel, and when I turned around, 
I saw a perfect architectural example of an art deco airport building facade. 

Entering my expensive airport hotel, I was disgusted and even a bit scared.  Hallways and rooms seemed to be from the fifties, outdated and filthy.  The lighting in the halls was insufficient, and my door lock not working.  I pushed a small book underneath the door and placed my two heavy suitcases onto the entrance door.  I wished I would have taken my shuttle already this night.

Wikipedia Wrote About La Guardia:

Terminal A, also known as the Marine Air Terminal (MAT), was the airport's original terminal for overseas flights.  The waterside terminal was designed to serve the fleet of flying boats, or Clippers, of Pan American Airways, America's main international airline throughout the 1930s and 1940s.  When a Clipper landed in Long Island Sound, it taxied to a dock where passengers could disembark into the terminal. 

Flying boats stopped carrying scheduled passengers out of New York after 1947.  The last Pan American flight left the terminal in February 1952, bound for Bermuda.

Airplane Shuttle to Boston

I had booked one of these hourly shuttles that were offering at least once an hour (or when the plan was full) a trip to Boston, among other cities.  They had an impressive service: Free breakfast including cappuccino, croissants, sausage wraps, and freshly squeezed orange juice, at the departure terminal, and small snacks in the air, plus free, posh magazines as much as one could carry to the plane.  Later I learned that I had flown in one of Trump’s shuttle airplanes. Grrr…

Ferry Service Into Manhatten

I also had read about a ferry service from the airport (which is situated next to the East River) into Manhattan.  I would have loved to take it, but as I had arrived late and needed to fly to Boston early the next morning, I postponed the trip. 

These days, the combination of extensive construction at the airport and a few stalled vehicles made morning and evening rush hours infuriating for thousands — including area residents just looking to get to work.

A ferry terminal was originally included in the $4 billion airport reconstruction plan — announced by Gov. Cuomo and then-Vice President Joe Biden in 2015.  But that aspect of it has seemingly fallen by the wayside.

Now, the Port Authority official acknowledged that interest in waterborne service has risen. Four new East River ferry lines launched earlier this year and have seen much higher than expected ridership - certainly to the addition to the AirTrain. 

However, there is no reason for the Port of NY Authority to create its own ferry service.  The city already operates a working ferry system.  They only need to step up and pay the subsidy required to operate a route to LaGuardia, and another one to JFK.




Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Great 5-Star Reviews for "To the TOP"

Publishing businesses, entrepreneurs, and all kinds of start-ups who ask: "How can I market my books or other products, and services I offer, without incurring costs?"  Answers to this question: the business guide "To the TOP"

Read What Reviewers Say About "To the TOP"

Lesley Jones wrote:
In recent years, having an online presence for your business will make the difference between growth and stagnancy. But can you really build your business with little or no marketing experience and budget? Using the techniques throughout “To the TOP” by Doris-Maria Heilmann, you will learn how to build a marketing strategy for your business that will outshine your competition. Discover what are the attention-grabbing headlines that make the customer purchase and what you can do to grow a loyal customer community that builds you an evergreen income. 

By applying these proven strategies, you will uncover the numerous marketing platforms that other businesses have not yet discovered. Become the go-to person in your chosen field and discover how you can turn your knowledge into a recurring income while you sleep. With over thirty years in publishing and marketing, Doris-Maria Heilmann shares her detailed marketing blueprint that will turn your business into a professional-looking brand and bring amazing results no matter what your budget or marketing background. 

To the TOP by Doris-Maria Heilmann is a great resource for anyone who is struggling to grow their business. The techniques and ideas throughout gave clarity to many areas of marketing that I have avoided because they seemed too complex. In particular, I gained a lot of knowledge on Google ad words and SEO marketing. I loved that a chapter was given to each of the social media outlets, and I was amazed at how the marketing techniques differ on each of the platforms. 

The in-depth analysis of customer psychology was also fascinating and this can help greatly in building a loyal customer base that will return to you time and time again. Using the numerous marketing angles in this guide will most definitely grow your business organically, while at the same time lift your business above the competition. I have also discovered how to overcome the most common pitfalls by implementing very clever marketing strategies. This is an essential guide for anyone whose physical or online business is struggling to elevate to the next level.

Christian Sia 
To the TOP: With Smart Free Marketing for Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed by Doris-Maria Heilmann is a compelling and content-rich marketing book for entrepreneurs and small businesses. In this book, the author shows readers and small business owners how to reach their target audience, get more customers, and grow their business — for free. No matter how good a product or service is, it won’t make a company grow without customers. So how do you get those customers and make them want to buy and recommend your products and services? The book answers this crucial question and provides valuable information and a strategy for growth and success in a competitive market environment.

In To the TOP, Doris-Maria Heilmann provides a cutting-edge guide on how to use customer service to boost a positive corporate culture, explains the power of video marketing, sweepstakes, podcasts, and email marketing and how to do them the right way, presents content marketing as a powerful tool to reach and win customers, shows how to use social media to advertise and reach new customers and a lot more. 

This book lays out a strategy for growth and tips that can help any business step up their game and expand quickly. What I particularly loved about is how the author talks about the power of a network. It is a secret tool that big brands have used to grow and To the TOP shows how to do it right. The writing is simple, down-to-earth, and easy-to-understand. If you want to know what you need to grow your business, then read this book.



Latest 5-Star Review for “To the Top” by Rabia Tanveer 

To the TOP: With Smart Free Marketing for Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed by Doris-Maria Heilmann is a self-help book on how you can boost your business with networking and content marketing.  Most new entrepreneurs don’t know that their marketing strategies are more important and beneficial for their business than an advertisement campaign. 

The author shares tips for new business owners; how content marketing is great for business, how blogging, newsletters, podcasting, video making, social media marketing, and good customer service are a great way for any business to grow organically. 

The author educates readers on low-cost ways through which they can boost their business and receive long term results.  A perfect guide for promoting a business, "To the TOP" will support your business and give you insight into some of the best promotional strategies that can benefit your business. 

As a person who works in a marketing firm with a decade of experience, I stand by everything the author has suggested in “To the TOP”.  Your content marketing strategy can do wonders for your business and promote it at a level that reaches your audience more than any paid promotion. 

Doris-Maria Heilmann has done an incredible job of making sure the ideas she shares are easy to understand.  She doesn’t make anything too complicated and keeps the technical jargon minimal so that everyone can get the maximum information out of this guide.  The narrative flows easily, which is why reading this book is a pleasurable experience. 

It is resourceful, educational, and incredibly rich with useful information.



Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Publishing Newsletter: How to Overcome Adversity

by 111Publishing and SavvyBookWriters


Hello friends, I hope your summer has been filled with lots of reading and lots of sunshine. In many ancient cultures, the month of September was the beginning of a new year - new beginnings.
See here where next year's writing vacation could bring you, which freelance writing opportunities are out there, learn about writing contests, and even what writer’s relief grants are offered in these often trying times.
Elsewhere Studios The Residency Program provides space and time for artists & writers.  We have set subsidized residency fees between $600 and $850 (depending on space).  March 1, 2021
Jentel Arts Residencies One month-long residency taking place January 15th – May 13th.  Any visual artist or writer over 25 currently residing in the United States or any US citizen living abroad is eligible.  Each resident receives a $400 stipend. The cozy and comfortable writer studios have Wifi access.  Location Banner, Wyoming.  Deadline September 15
The Siena Art Institute’s 2021 Summer Residency Program 
One month in the beautiful historic city of Siena, Tuscany, Italy, grants resident artists a studio space at the Siena Art Institute and a private one-bedroom apartment in the historic city center, as well as airfare.  Deadline Sept 30
Monson Arts’ Residency Program
Support for emerging & established artists & writers. During each of our 2-week & 4-week programs, 5 artists & 5 writers are invited to Maine’s North Woods.  Get a private studio, all meals & a $1,000 stipend.  Deadline Sept 15
Short stories and creative nonfiction (essays, memoir, etc.) should be under 8,000 words. Novel excerpts under 8,000 words will be considered with great enthusiasm.  Pays ten cents per word up to $500.  Deadline Aug 31
Smarter Travel
They accept multi-page slideshows and both short- and feature-length stories on a range of consumer travel topics, including booking strategies, saving money, avoiding scams, packing tips, best places to go, travel tech, travel trends, and travel tips that represent all kinds of travelers and travel experiences.  Payment: $500 for long-form articles and multi-page slideshows, and $100 to $250 for shorter posts.
Write for Colorado Life 
Colorado Life Magazine is a magazine that explores Colorado.  We are Colorado’s only statewide general-interest magazine.  From the prairies to the mountains to the western slope, we take our readers on unforgettable trips through the Centennial State.  Pays ca. $0.25/word.
This issue will focus on how to be a career author, from planning your writing products to managing your list.  From taking care of your health and wellbeing to becoming a speaker and coach, from creating a sales funnel to earning passive income, and more.  Publication date: January 2021.  Deadline for queries: September 15
The magazine is committed to high-quality, interesting, and useful content to women travelers, conversations related to feminism, women’s safety and violence against women, issues concerning women’s bodies, and other subjects.  Payment $50 per article
Chatelaine The woman magazine is organized into five sections: Style and Beauty, Home, Health, Life & Food.  Feature articles are social issues, controversies, culture, crime, etc., while the Health section covers the latest news & studies, gives fitness & workout tips, and explores hot-button issues.  Pay is $1/word.  Pitch your idea first
WOW - Women on Writing 
Open to general queries, as long as it relates to the craft of writing and publishing.  All articles must have takeaway value for fellow writers."  Pays $50 - $75
Common Ground
Articles of 600 to 1,500 words will be accepted.  Articles can be enhanced with a compelling photo or graphic.  They pay 10c/word.  Common Ground is Western Canada’s biggest & best-loved monthly magazine dedicated to health, wellness, ecology, and personal growth.
Lake Superior Magazine
The Magazine features generally paying $200 to $400.  Top dollar is earned by a well-written and researched manuscript-photo package.  Lake Superior Magazine is a bi-monthly full-color consumer magazine that focuses exclusively on the Lake Superior region – history, current events, lifestyles, environment, tourism.

Writers Digest Personal Essay Awards
Grand prize $2,500, publication in Writer's Digest magazine, and a paid trip to the Writer's Digest Annual Conference.  Second prize receives $1,000 and publication.  Limit 2,000 words.  $25 Entry Fee.  Deadline Sept 15
The QueryLetter Writing Contest
Prize: $500 top prize for a back cover blurb of 100 words or fewer that sets the stage for a novel, establishes the characters, and raises the stakes in a way that makes readers want to find out more.  Prize: $500 top prize.  Deadline: Sept 15
Bodley Head/Financial Times Essay Prize 
Open to anyone between 18 - 35 years old.  "A dynamic, authoritative, and lively essay of no more than 3,500 words in English, on any subject."  Prize: £1,500 cash and an e-publication with The Bodley Head & publication in the Financial Times.  Deadline Sept 24
Victoria BC Literary Festival Writing Competition
Short story: 1500 words, taking into consideration the theme of the 2019 VLF festival: Hats Off.  Prize: First prize will receive 350 CDN$.  Deadline Sept 30
Chicken Soup for the Soul 
Stories about Self-care and Me Time.  Genre: True stories. Payment: $200. “We are looking for your stories about how you neglected your self-care and then how you realized its importance and so you now engage in it."  Deadline: Sept 30
Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
The first-place winner will receive $1,500 and publication.  The 2nd-3rd-place winners will receive $500 each.  Stories must be original unpublished fiction, max 3,500 words.  Open to all writers whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation of 5,000 or more.  $15 Entry.  Deadline Sept. 30
Zoetrope Short Story Prize
First prize: $1,000.  Second prize: $500.  Third Prize: $250.  The three prizewinners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by several Literary Agencies.  All genres of literary fiction.  Entries must be: unpublished; strictly 5,000 words or fewer.  $30 Entry Fee.  Deadline Oct 1
Larry Brown Short Story Award
The winners will receive the following prizes: first $500, second $50, third $50, and fourth and fifth will receive a copy of the book Tiny Love: The Complete Stories by Larry Brown. Each prize winner will be published in the January 2021 issue of Pithead Chapel.  The submitted story must be less than 4,000 words.  $10 Entry Fee.  Deadline Oct 31
John Steinbeck Award for Fiction
Aesthetically, we are open to most styles and approaches, including experimental and literary.  All works should be stand-alone short stories, not chapters of a longer work. Please limit prose submissions to 5,000 words. $1,000 for the winning story.  $20 Entry Fee.  Deadline Nov 1

Running out of resources?  Please, don’t despair.  Read this ebook how small (publishing) businesses or startups can use free marketing to grow their customers: 
"To the TOP"
Reviewer Analysis: The in-depth analysis of customer psychology was also fascinating and this can help greatly in building a loyal customer base that will return to you time and time again.
Also available at B&N, Apple, Kobo & dozens of other retailers via the universal link:
CERF and Relief Grant
Residents or work in the U.S. or U.S. Territories for the last two years?  CERF+ is launching the COVID-19 Relief Grant program to provide financial assistance to professional artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances from the COVID-19 crisis.  It will provide a one-time $1,000 grant to meet urgent food, housing, and health insecurities.  Deadline Sept 9.
Virtual Mini-Lesson Grants for Arizona Artists
Artists will be compensated $500 to produce one mini-lesson video, with the opportunity to produce up to three for a total of $1,500, plus an additional $125 stipend to attend virtual training.  Deadline Sept 10
Cullman Center Fellowships
They award up to 15 fellowships a year to outstanding scholars and writers— Foreign nationals conversant in English are also welcomed.  Award: A stipend of up to $70,000, an office, a computer, and full access to the Library's physical and electronic resources.  Deadline: Sept 25
Arts Council England Project Grants
Project Grants is open to anyone who needs funding for an arts, museums, or libraries project that shows public benefit.  Updated guidance to support more individuals and creative practitioners during the Covid-19.
StARTS Short-Term Artists Residencies - Illinois
The StARTS Program provides support of up to $4,500 to eligible Illinois not-for-profit organizations, schools, and school districts for short term residencies.  This is an open deadline program.  Applications must be received no less than eight weeks before the project start date as identified in the application.
Arizona Research and Development Grants
R&D Grants provide funding support to Arizona artists as they work to advance their artistic practice, expand their creative horizons, and deepen the impact of their work. Applicants may request from $3,000 - max. $5,000.  Deadline Oct 15
Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism Grants
Foundation grants give professional journalists the funding they need to cover issues of national and international importance with insight and integrity and help others refresh their skill sets or prepare for new careers in journalism.  Grants range from $5,000 to $7,500.  Grants requests must be submitted in writing by April 30 for consideration during the year’s first grants period and by Sept. 15 for second-half consideration.
Enjoy a long, relaxing Labor Day weekend, full of good books!

More Books by Doris-Maria Heilmann:
Audiobooks for Success
Valuable guide book for authors, audiobook publishers, narrators, voice-over artists, and audiobook listeners. Learn how to create, produce, publish, and market your audiobooks.
111 Tips to Create Impressive Videos: How to Plan, Create, Upload and Market Videos
111 Tips To Make (More) Money With Writing The Art of Making a Living Full-time Writing – An Essential Guide for More Income as Freelancer
111 Tips on How to Market Your Book for Free: Detailed Plans and Smart Strategies for Your Book’s Success
111 Tips to Get Free Book Reviews: Best Strategies for Getting Lots of Great Reviews plus 1,200+ reviewer contact links
111 Tips to Create Your Book Trailer How to Create, Where to Upload and How to Market Your Videos
Book Marketing on a Shoestring: How Authors Can Promote their Books Without Spending a Lot of Money

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Monday, August 31, 2020

Don't Panic - Organize!

They are the 90% who own a fraction of the assets of the remaining 10% of the population, to whom neither morality nor most laws apply. These are the 10% who at all times initiated wars to which they sent people from the 90 percent.

The men who were rich before and after wars, who become CEOs in elite schools to run the economy more or less splendidly. Who decides on the lives of the 90 percent and keep them as far away from themselves as possible. Those who employ the 90 percent. And what is better suited to this than fear and hatred of one another?

One could fight the division of the population, the prejudices and dislikes, the fear that another poor wretch could take something away from you, with education, with really good media work, with excellent propaganda, one could ensure real justice and equality, one could abolish the inhuman social-security-alms, strengthen the state - but for what? What is the point of questioning a concept that has proven itself for so long? What was good for so long to distract the masses from what they really hate and need to question?
Why you might ask, do I face jail time for cheating and stealing, but billionaires go unpunished? Why do I have to move to the outskirts of the city and stand in traffic jams to never get up? Why is the legend "anyone can make it to the top" not true? Why can I suddenly no longer pay my rent?

Why does my health insurance company no longer pay for medication? Why is it not okay if I fly and smoke when I do not follow all the laws and regulations and rules, and why does this not apply to a few people?

Why does a CEO earn a hundred times more than me, he who has sunk millions and been rewarded with a bonus? Why should I save electricity and water and separate waste and why does this not apply to other people? Why have I been preached for years that I alone am responsible for my success, and then I get fired after all?
The 90 percent might ask themselves that, but fortunately, that will never happen. Because they are busy. Burning witches or despising slaves. Or hating people who look different, have different sex, or believe in something or not, or who drill holes in the too-thin walls of too expensive apartments. Nothing will change, because people hate each other too much, because they see themselves in the other. Desperate and mortal, insecure and restless, looking for support...




Saturday, August 22, 2020

DEMOCRATS: Don't Call Victory yet

Don't call victory yet - this blue Tsunami must be way more significant! 

Help people to come to the voting ballot, family, friends, colleagues… 

Democrats need to win 3:1 at least - It needs to be the biggest win ever!

When slavery was officially abolished in the USA in 1865, the great fear of the whites was that the black population would gain too much influence through voting rights.  "Voter Suppression" was intended to be an antidote, the deliberate making of voting more difficult, especially for black and also economically weaker Americans.  This attitude derives the current understanding of democracy by the Republican party leadership. 

Don’t fret over Trump, don’t waste your energy – he won't change.  Just ignore him. It will be needed to build a new America after Trump destroyed it.  Vote him out in the highest numbers a president has ever been defeated. Payback Trump for four years of misery, of humiliation, of neglect, of lies, of tricks and corruption, and for humiliating our soldiers and vets, as well as fleecing the country and its hard-working people…

Please, stop fretting about Trump and do something about it.
Find out instantly if your voter registration’s current.
If you wanna vote, you have to register.
There’s more than one way to register and it varies from state to state.
That’s why YOU need to be informed about your state’s rules and regulations.  to receive an absentee ballot.
Make sure your friends and family do the same.

Only if EVERYONE Votes…
Forecasting the US Elections: The Economist is analyzing polling of economic and demographic data to predict America’s elections in 2020

OSCE Election Observers Need to be Called in for US Elections to Avoid More Republican Voter Fraud
ODIHR carries out election observation in OSCE participating States to assess the extent to which elections respect fundamental freedoms and are characterized by equality, universality, political pluralism, confidence, transparency, and accountability.

Voter Suppression:
In this year’s vote, they are going to pull out all the stops when it comes to voter suppression.  That is not a reason to give up, that’s a reason to go harder.
***Register everyone you know.***  Make plans and backup plans for all of them.
Prepare for it to be hard. But VOTE!

The deadline for registering is fast approaching in many states.

Check the rules surrounding absentee voting in your state.

Ballots MUST be put in the smaller envelope and then onto the mailing envelope

Twenty-eight states have made changes in expanding or relaxing vote-by-mail processes. Some of these changes could mean automatically sending every voter a ballot, as is the case in California, Vermont, and seven other states, plus Washington, D.C.

It could also mean automatically sending every registered voter an application to cast an absentee ballot, which is often seen as an additional safeguard for states which don’t have an established automatic vote-by-mail program.  So far, eight states are currently going to send every voter an application in the mail.

Call your county board of elections or visit your secretary of state’s website to learn more about the rules in your state for absentee voting. Election officials are there to help you cast your ballot safely and accurately, and many offices are hiring additional staff to help answer questions.

THE Most IMPORTANT Link Right Now!
A state-by-state guide to voting by mail and early in-person voting - PLAN YOUR VOTE:

Daily chart – America’s anachronistic electoral college gives Republicans an edge
This chart shows how important it is that the popular vote MUST be at least 30 percent higher to make sure Democrats win the election
Voters need to understand Oct 22 is when they need to mail their ballot to ensure it arrives by Nov 3.

How Trump could lose the election—and still remain president | Opinion
Biden needs really 80% of the votes - To avoid this scenario!
Plus more than 80K Dems as poll watchers... 

Don't let Trump and the Republicans steal another election this November
Register, request an absentee ballot, and vote by mail here: 

IMPORTANT:  2020 Election: Secure Your Vote
Need A Witness For Your Mail-In Ballot?
The details matter a lot and could affect the outcome in November!
New Pandemic Lawsuits Challenge Old Rules

Vetted Democrats should drive voters in poor areas to polls, and back home, to neighborhoods, or bus stops. Give masks, sanitizers, snacks, water, etc. to people in waiting lines.

A state-by-state guide to voting by mail and early in-person voting 

While you need the USPS to receive your absentee ballots, you do not need to rely on them to deliver your completed ballot. You can bring in your ballot to your county registrar’s office or secure drop boxes in your county. Check your county registrar’s office for more details.

“The President made plain that he will manipulate the operations of the Post Office to deny eligible voters the ballot in pursuit of his own re-election,” Pelosi and Schumer said. “The President’s own words confirm: he needs to cheat to win.”

Early Voting Calendar -
#Election #VOTE

1) If we vote, we keep the House.
2) If we vote, we take the Senate.
3) If we vote, Donald Trump is gone.
4) If we vote, we save America.

Tips to Mitigate Threats to Our Votes and Voter Registrations Before November

While you need the USPS to receive your absentee ballots, you do not need to rely on them to deliver your completed ballot. You can bring in your ballot to your county registrar’s office or secure drop boxes in your county. Check your county registrar’s office for more details.

“The President made plain that he will manipulate the operations of the Post Office to deny eligible voters the ballot in pursuit of his own re-election,” Pelosi and Schumer said. “The President’s own words confirm: he needs to cheat to win.”

Early in-person voting is seen as a strong option 
for concerned voters - ABC News 

Don't let Trump and the Republicans steal another election this November
Register, request an absentee ballot and vote in person or by mail NOW: 

Voter Help Desk
Answers to your frequently asked questions



Monday, August 10, 2020

Successful Publishing: Newsletter August 2020

Dear friends, I hope you all had a great summer with lots of interesting ‘beach reads’, leisure time or much time to write your next novel. Today, I will show you lots of possibilities to get next years’ writing vacation in an attractive, free writer's residency and also to earn more money with writing - outside of books - for example, for magazines.

Canadian Writers: Join Access Copyright for Free
If you are a writer, publisher, or visual artist, Access Copyright is an organization that believes that you should be fairly compensated when your works are copied. By becoming an affiliate of Access Copyright, you will have access to services that will help maximize royalty income for the secondary use of your works - all for free.
Benefits of Being an Access Copyright Affiliate:
  • Royalty Payments: They ensure our affiliates are fairly compensated.
  • Affiliate Outreach: They make sure the interests of their affiliates are heard by policy and decision-makers on important issues, such as intellectual property.
  • International Network: Access Copyright has reciprocal agreements with reproduction rights organizations (RROs) from around the world. When their affiliates’ works have been copied in a country with which they have an agreement, they distribute the royalties to them.


Siena Art Summer Residency Program 2021
It awards accomplished professional artists & writers the opportunity to stay for a month in the historic city of Siena, in the heart of Tuscany, Italy.  $30 Entry Fee. Deadline Sept 30
Hosking Houses Trust
We offer older women writers' residencies in Church Cottage where they are able to pursue their own work in domestic peace without interruption. Many of these residencies also carry bursaries. Tell us why you want a residency; do you need time and privacy or have you financial, personal, housing, or medical needs, or are you just tired?  Applicants from outside the UK and Ireland are received but there must be a valid reason to justify a visit, such as a study or attendance at a conference. Location Stratford-upon-Avon, UK.
Peter Blazey Fellowship
Only for Australians or Residents. Non-fiction in the fields of autobiography, biography, or life writing. Prize: $15,000, and a one-month writer-in-residence at The Australia Centre. Deadline Aug 24
Bemis Center Grants
The center is located in downtown Omaha, Nebraska’s historic Old Market, and is accepting applications for its fall 2021 Artists-in-Residence program. Residences feature private live/work studios with a kitchen and bathroom. US-based artists-in-residence receive a $1,000 monthly stipend and an additional $750 travel stipend. International artists-in-residence gets airfare, ground transportation, and meals. Deadline Aug 15


Natan Notable Books Award
Recen­t­­ly pub­­lished or soon to be pub­lished non-fic­­tion book on Jew­ish themes. Prize $5,000. Deadline Aug 15
The Yale Drama Series
Original, unpublished full-length plays, with a minimum of 65 pages.
Prize: $10,000. Deadline Aug 15
Submissions for our Featured Poetry category are open year-round to poets at any stage of their career. Featured Poems are published online only and will spotlight a number of poems from new authors each month. We highly encourage emerging authors to submit. We are thrilled to offer significant payment to our partner poets: $50 per poem, up to $150. We are proud to be paying for published pieces but will be highly selective in our choices for publication. All submissions must be no more than ten pages and no more than five poems.
Costa Short Story Award
Open to writers in the UK or Ireland. Short story (maximum 4,000 words)
Prize: £3,000.  Deadline Aug 28
Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism Prize
An article that furthers the understanding of the history of working people.  Articles focused on historical events AND articles about current issues (work, housing, organizing, health, education) that include historical context. The work should be published in print or online between Aug 26, 2019 - Aug 30
Prize: $1,000.  Deadline Aug 30
Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence
Open to Emerging African American writers.  Prize: $10,000 for a short story collection or novel published in the current year.  Deadline Aug 31
Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction
Essay, maximum 5,000 words. Prize: $250.  Deadline Aug 31
Writer’s Digest Essay Awards
Think you can write a winning essay in 2,000 words or less? Enter the first-ever Writer’s Digest Personal Essay Awards for your chance to win $2,500 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!
$25 Entry Fee. Deadline September 15

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles & Divine Intervention
True stories. Payment $200.  "Miracles are all around us if we’re open to them. Sometimes we just can’t explain how good things came about. Are they celestial, otherworldly, heavenly? However they happened, these events give us peace and comfort, guidance, hope, and faith."  Deadline Aug 31
Trailer Life
It’s a monthly magazine for RV enthusiasts. They cover travel destinations (unlimited), outdoor activities, technical trailer info, and DIY projects for trailers. photos. They also purchase Payment: $75 - $700, depending on the type of submission
Payment, upon publication, will be between $50 and $250 for short stories or essays. Each author will also receive one complimentary copy and may purchase more copies at a reduced rate. Only accepts submissions from Sept 1, 2020, and March 1, 2021. Upstreet, based in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, is an award-winning annual literary anthology containing the best new fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction available.
Home Business Magazine
Pays 20 cents/word.  Page length word counts (approximate): Articles are usually either one page (700 words), two pages (1,200-1,400 words), or three pages (2,100–2,300 words) in length.  Keep videos to less than ten minutes. Send us your home-based business/work-from-home success story. These receive high readership from our audience. If we do publish your editorial, please promote it through your social platforms. Pays 20 cents/word.
WPHUB focuses on the WordPress development community, specifically toward theme developers, plugin authors, and customization specialists. They are looking for writers with some development background.  Payment: $100 - $200 per article
Great Escape Publishing
Submit articles on the craft and business of getting paid to travel, whether by writing, photography, tours, or other means aka Digital Nomads. They do NOT publish straight travel pieces. Payment: $50-$75 for articles requested for the website, $100-$150 for interviews and personal stories, and $150-$200 for articles with specific income advice a reader can follow to earn more income.
International Living
"If you are an ex-pat living overseas, we want to hear from you. Imagine you’re talking to your friends back home. What do you want to tell them about your experience overseas? What are the most important things you can tell someone about your life in another country."  Payment $75.
Photoshop Tutorials
Want to share your tutorial or Photoshop article with thousands of readers a day? Here’s your chance to promote yourself while educating thousands of Photoshop users. You can also earn $50 for your quick-tip or $150-300 for your full tutorial.
This British travel magazine accepts proposals from freelance writers, but not many. Payment: Current rates for most magazine features are £220 per 1,000 published words. Fact pages are paid at £90 per page (approx 750 words) pro-rated. 
Smarter Travel
The magazine accepts multi-page slideshows and both short- and feature-length stories on a range of consumer travel topics, including booking strategies, saving money, avoiding scams, packing tips, best places to go, travel tech, travel trends, and travel tips that represent all kinds of travelers and travel experiences. Payment: $500 for long-form articles and multi-page slideshows, and $100 to $250 for shorter posts.
Hidden Compass
An online, quarterly travel magazine that encourages the deep exploration of a destination through powerful storytelling. “Some of the most fascinating stories are the ones that bridge the gap between travel and other disciplines (e.g., science, history, and art)." Payment: Feature stories and feature photo-essays: $300. Stories and photo essays in other departments: $200, and $50-75 per photo.
A List Apart
Write about the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices. Length: 1,500 - 2,000 words. Payment: $200 per article
National Wildlife
Readers include people concerned about the environment who appreciate the drama and beauty of all wildlife, both plant, and animal. Interesting, relevant, provocative, and sometimes challenging articles on the following subjects: environmental and wildlife issues, wildlife profiles, species status reports, personal adventures, personality profiles, scientific trends, essays, relationships between people and land, gee-whiz features, wildlife art, underwater and historical pieces. Articles generally run from 500 words for shorter department pieces to 2,500 words for some major features. Payments vary depending on experience but begin at $1.50 a word.
Bitch Magazine
They provide and encourage an engaged, thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture and pay $500 for feature articles, $200 for dispatches, and $50 for the Department of Everything pieces. Non-fiction only!
Ms. Magazine
America's oldest feminist magazine considers articles on politics, social commentary, popular culture, law, education, and the environment. Payment rates are negotiated.


Quite a few organizations are offering funds right now due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak – and the resulting hardships that writers and artists endure. These funds are intended to assist fiction and nonfiction authors, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, translators, and journalists. Find them all here:

For self-employed and start-up folks, artists, craftsmen, etc. the cost of ads are often too prohibitive in these times. Find hundreds of ideas on how to market your business or service without incurring a cost. “To the TOP” - With Smart Free Marketing for Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed. e-Book Special:  $ 9.95
I hope these tips, info, and links are helpful for your publishing endeavor and wish you all another wonderful summer month.

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Emergency Funds for Writers and Artists

COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists
This call for proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications may be submitted until further notice. The fund will distribute support ranging from $1,000–8,000 for local coverage of the preparation, response, and impact of this global pandemic as seen through evidence-based reporting. Beyond reporting on medical and physical health-related to COVID-19, we especially encourage reporting that covers social, emotional, economic, and equity issues.

Women’s Media Foundation Journalism Relief Fund
The IWMF's Journalism Relief Fund is open to women-identifying journalists in dire straits - journalists who have faced significant financial hardship, lost work, were recently laid off, or who urgently need assistance to avoid severe, irreversible outcomes. This fund will provide small grants of up to $2,000 per request. However, special consideration will be given on a case-by-case basis to those who have greater financial needs.


South Carolina Humanities’ Minor Grants
Mini-Grants are to support public humanities programs of modest cost. Awards are $2,000 or less. Mini-Grants are reviewed monthly with deadlines on the first business day of the month.

New Work New England 
It provides grants of $7,500-$15,000 directly to New England artists in dance, film, interdisciplinary work, music, musical theater, opera, poetry, storytelling, and theater to support creating and producing new work that has the potential to engage multiple New England communities.
Deadline Sept 3

CFA Artists Emergency Relief Fund 
It is a fund of last resort available to CFA members. Individuals are eligible to apply for these funds who can demonstrate their status as a professional artist who has suffered a disaster which significantly interrupts or prevents them from making or performing their art form and earning a living. The artist must be a permanent resident of the US.

Environmental Journalism Rapid Response Grants
Journalism Projects Covering: Climate or conservation in North America, Water quality and availability in the United States, Mississippi River Basin, including agriculture, food, water and sustainability, Oceans and coasts globally, including fisheries, sea-level rise and coastal restoration. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. All application materials must be in English and must be submitted via the Submission Form. The total amount requested cannot exceed $2,500 per individual or $5,000 for team or outlet applications. Please apply for the minimum budget required for the success of the project. Partial funding may be offered.

Authors League Fund 
Recipients of Authors League Fund assistance must be career writers with a substantial body of work in one or more of the following categories: Book authors with at least one title published by an established traditional publisher. Authors with multiple titles are given priority; Dramatists whose full-length plays have been produced in mid-size or large theaters or published by established dramatic presses. Journalists, critics, essayists, short story writers, and poets with a substantial body of work in periodicals with a national or broad circulation. Whether print or online, these periodicals must have strong editorial oversight and a sizable readership.

Writers Emergency Assistance Fund
Coronavirus-related WEAF funds are only! available to those who cannot work because they are currently ill or caring for someone who is ill. All other guidelines outlined still apply. The general WEAF helps established freelance writers who, because of illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis are unable to work. A writer need not be a member of ASJA to qualify for a grant.

Emergency Rolling Grant for US Journalists Covering Police Misconduct
Grants average $5,000 but can be as high as $10,000. They cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, and equipment rental. FIJ also considers requests for small stipends. FIJ will review proposals as they are submitted. Grant decisions can be expected within two weeks of submission of application.

Fund for Investigative Journalists
FIJ's Board of Directors looks for stories that break new ground and expose wrongdoing – such as corruption, malfeasance, or abuse of power – in the public and private sectors. FIJ encourages proposals written for ethnic media as well as those submitted by journalists of color. Grants average $5,000 but can be as high as $10,000. They cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, and equipment rental. FIJ also considers requests for small stipends. FIJ also has a small crew of experienced investigative journalists who are available to mentor a select number of our grant recipients. Deadline September 14

Coronavirus Rolling Grants for Freelancers
FIJ’s board of directors is looking for stories on the coronavirus that break new ground and expose wrongdoing—such as corruption, malfeasance, or abuse of power—in the public and private sectors. Grants average $5,000 but can be as high as $10,000.  They cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, and equipment rental. FIJ also considers requests for small stipends. To be considered, foreign-based story proposals must come from US-based reporters, have a strong US angle involving American citizens, government, or business, and must be published in English, in a media outlet in the United States.

Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP)
A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, has established the EHRP Emergency Relief Fund, made possible by the support of the Heising-Simons Foundation. The fund will aid journalists facing economic distress because of the coronavirus pandemic. Submit a well-researched but brief pitch of fewer than 500 words. Include your CV and a proposed budget. Award grants go to experienced journalists, though we are open to submissions from emerging talents. 
Emergency Funds for Artists of Color in Greater Pittsburgh
Black artists and artists of color may apply for up to $500 in assistance. These grants support artists: self-taught or classically trained, makers, musicians, actors, writers, poets, performers, dancers, digital or analog, multi-platform, emerging to established. The Emergency Fund for Artists is designed to assist artists of all disciplines living in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania. There are no deadlines.

Toledo, Ohio Arts Commission
The Arts Commission values the many artists across disciplines who are part of Toledo's vibrant creative community. The Accelerator Grant is a competitive program offering financial support with quick turn-around for local artists to advance their creative projects and their careers. Eligible categories of support for this program include equipment, supplies, professional development, and project support. Grant amounts are not to exceed $1,500. Deadline Sept 14

Idaho Quick Funds Projects for Individuals
This quarterly Quick Funds grant opportunity supports artist-initiated projects and activities. Examples include attendance at an artist residency, release time to create and exhibit a body of work, staging of performances, readings, or the creation of public art. Applicant must be a practicing artist, at least 18 years old, a United States citizen, legal resident, or refugee, and be an Idaho resident for at least one year. Awards up to $1,500. Deadline Sept 14
Authors League Covid Fund for Writers
The Authors League Fund helps professional authors, journalists, poets, in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income. Most of those we help suffer severe health problems but have inadequate insurance; some face eviction; many are older writers whose income has ceased through no fault of their own. The fund exists to help professional writers continue their careers with dignity by providing no-strings-attached “loans” to pay for pressing expenses. Repayment of this emergency support is not required.


Thursday, July 23, 2020

Why Granny Au-Pairs Are a Much Better Choice

Twenty-something au pairs are often full of energy, enthusiasm, and charm, but their life experience is low and – while they might have one eye on your child — the other’s firmly trained on their smartphone, their new boyfriend or the weekend’s social possibilities.

So why should only young women be au-pairs? This was the question Michaela Hansen, a mum-of-two asked before setting up "Granny Au-Pair" in Hamburg, Germany in 2010. As a young mother, she’d had a Spanish au pair — “a lovely young lady but not a big help: she couldn’t fry an egg and was mainly interested in parties. It was like having an extra child”.

Older au-pairs says Hansen, have more life experience and can rise to most challenges. “They don’t easily get flustered if confronted with a screaming toddler. They are more focused. They’re not out all night. They’ve raised their own children and have that experience to fall back on.”

We are all looking for childcare solutions – when au pairs are so pervasive, why hadn’t we heard of granny au-pairs? The concept “fit my thinking” – as a child, her own granny lived in the family home. The older generation has a lot to offer, she feels, in support of the middle generation and to share with the younger.