Relationships (again)

I wrote an earlier blog post about the relationship between a grant writer and a nonprofit. This time I’m writing about the relationship between a nonprofit and a foundation. Whenever money is involved, relationships become more important than the money. Foundations want confidence nonprofits can spend money efficiently and effectively. Nonprofits need money to do[…]

Books on Writing

Like many writers, I read Strunk and White’s Elements of Style several times (it’s a short book). Nowadays, books on writing have more imaginative titles like Sin and Syntax, Eats Shoots and Leaves, and The Transitive Vampire. The current books with their creative themes are good because they generate interest in writing readable English. But,[…]

Getting Organized to Tell a Story

Telling a Nonprofit’s Story Before submitting for grants, nonprofits need to be organized and ready to tell their story. Like querying a magazine to publish a short story, the story has to be ready for submission. One of the most important places to be organized is the nonprofit’s online presence. Many times, what a nonprofit[…]

The Length of the Story

Several decades ago, a viable market existed for stories at 5,000 words or more. Now, the market for short stories drops off quickly after 4,000 words. This creates more competition for lengthy stories and leaves writers with reduced chances for publication. I try to keep my short stories to no more than 3,500 words, usually[…]

What I learn from creative writing that I use for grant writing

Writing short stories has helped me a lot to write grants. Not the part about making stuff up, but how to think creatively and find places to send my stories (or grants). Creative writing develops characters, introduces conflict, and presents a solution (mostly). A grant writer develops the story behind a community’s need and finds[…]

Small Notebooks

I always carry a small notebook and a pen with me whenever I leave the house, the place where I have a lot of pens and papers. If I take my wallet and car key, I take my notebook and pen. There are a lot of things I write in my notebook. Like how much[…]

How to find a grant

Most grants come from three places: U.S. Federal Government, State Governments, and Foundations. Everything else could be called donations. I recommend that nonprofits stay away from Federal grants. Many times, the reporting and management exceeds the nonprofit’s resources. More importantly, Federal grants can mandate requirements on how the nonprofit should operate. State grants are usually[…]

Keeping Track of Things

This blog entry will be dull for most people. I’ll explain how I track my short stories when I send them out to magazines for publication. I have two methods – one using a spreadsheet and the other writing in the folders I keep for each story. I’ve been maintaining a spreadsheet for many years[…]

We’ll Meet Again

I recently finished a Saturday morning, six week grant writing class at the local community college. The teacher had a good, outgoing personality and was informative, being a professional grant writer for several years. Not the teacher’s fault, but I didn’t learn a lot since I’ve been writing grants for a while. It was a[…]

Three things about a character’s name

A name means someone existed who meant something to another person. Names are important in life and in a story. 1. A name should mean something to the character (and reader) When I read a name in a story, I expect something out of that character. I want to see what happens to the named[…]

Relationships

Every grant writer and staff from a nonprofit should take time to meet each other in person. This may sound like ancient advice since social media lets people keep their distance. But, people build a better relationship not by throwing electrons at each other across cyberspace. A personal visit does two things: Gives the grant[…]

That old argument: Self Publishing vs Traditional Publishing

  I had another blog planned. However, I’ve been listening to self-publishing podcasts and traditional publishing came up as it usually does. I think there is merit in both and some people agree since there are hybrid publishing systems combining the two. However, the biggest advantage to self-publishing is that a well written book has[…]

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