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January 6, 2011

Make Money from Magazines with your Stories this holiday



Happy New Year, one and all.


Have you spent too much over Christmas?

Want to make a bit of spare cash during the holiday break?

Have you got a true story that you want to share in a newspaper or magazine but you don’t know how to go about it?

FamousFeatures Press Agency

“The leading online national news and story agency offering features, news, and other media services”. They specialise in real-life or human interest news and features.

FamousFeatures offers a “fast, friendly, and completely free service to help you get the most from selling your true story to newspapers and magazines. Only true, real-life stories, photos and news articles. No fiction stories. You can make money for yourself or a charity; Get publicity or raise awareness; Appear in your favourite magazine”.

FamousFeatures “sells stories to all of the top national magazines & newspapers, including: That’s Life Magazine, Take a Break Magazine, Love It Magazine, Bella, Best, Chat, News of the World and Fabulous Magazine, Closer Magazine, Pick Me Up, the Daily Express, The Sun, and so on…”

You don’t even need to write the story, you can sell a story and earn cash by following the three steps on their FamousFeatures website.

They always looking for stories and ideas, whether from freelancers or other journalists and will place the stories in publications on behalf of freelancers and divide the fee as appropriate.  FamousFeatures is particularly looking for real-life stories from a woman’s perspective that would be suitable for the UK woman’s magazine market.

FamousFeatures Blog

Yet another reason to get motivated this year!

Happy writing,


September 30, 2010

Celtic Handfasting ceremony and news of Varuna Fellowship


Congratulations to two dear friends and Season of Inspiration writers.

On a glorious Spring day on the Sydney harbour foreshore, I attended the Celtic Handfasting ceremony for Avril Carruthers and Roger Adam Smith in the grounds of Strickland House, Vaucluse; followed by a champagne picnic lunch and croquembouche. I enjoyed delightful company and delish food, as well as witnessing a traditional Celtic hand-fasting. It was such a pleasure to be part of the ceremony and share Avril and Roger’s joy. The pictures tell the story.


As well as being the author of Let Go of Your Past and Live, published Allen & Unwin, Avril also writes poetry and fiction and contributed to the Season of Inspiration Peacock Memosaic.



 Varuna Writing Fellowship 2011

Andrew Y M Kwong who has just been notified that he’s a recipient of a Varuna Writing Fellowship 2011. Andrew has been working on his memoirs of growing up in and eventually escaping Mao’s China. It is a gripping and heart-rending tale that vividly portrays the way the human spirit can flourish even in the worst of times. He’ll now have the opportunity to work intensively on his manuscript in consultation with Varuna’s Creative Director and Creative Team. Well done, Andrew. As well as being one of our Season of Inspiration writers who contributed to the Peacock Memosaic, Andrew has a story “Snake Business” in Fear Factor Terror Incognito, published Picador India and Australia. 


Andrew Y M Kwong with David Malouf and Rosie Scott at the Sydney Hughenden launch of 'Fear Factor Terror Incognito'.


Andrew on the panel at UTS TFC Fear Factor Terror Incognito event.

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