Poker Writers Forum - PPSN 2008-06-03T22:22:41Z Life on Tilt: Confessions of a Poker Dad,2008-05-04:1973928:Topic:41910 2008-05-04T16:53:04.629Z John Blowers Not to be completely self-serving, but I'd love for some of you to cruise over to and read the excerpt there. You can find it under "downloads" or just go to this link: <a href=""></a> I'd love to read your reactions. Would be happy to reciprocate for anyone also looking for feedback on their writing. May the flop be with you, John Writing for $?,2008-03-11:1973928:Topic:27446 2008-03-11T02:09:15.976Z Eric T. Benoit Hi, I am wondering how to turn my writing into a little $. I live in Vegas so I get to see and play quite a bit of poker. I love writing about my experiences with the game as well as what I see on the tables. If anyone here could give me a tip as to where I might submit articles, or better yet whom I would submit them to, I would be most appreciative. Thanks, Eric T. Benoit AKA Elmseeker My Writings,2008-03-12:1973928:Topic:27910 2008-03-12T20:17:53.849Z Pokerchix I have been blogging about my adventures as a normal person making a living at playing live poker. I developed quite a following and everyone says I need to publish a book. My problem is getting started LOL. So I thought I would join this group and possibly pick up some information or share information I have learned through this new adventure. I have had one publishing company offer me a contract on my writings but it was a terrible deal. Well....guess I will keep on playing poker till I find that treasure at the end of the rainbow. I love to write, so hopefully that is the direction this game of poker will take me. Anybody writing for a living? Theft of Intellectual Property,2008-03-22:1973928:Topic:30577 2008-03-22T01:09:47.346Z Craig DeThomas "I'm mad as Hell, and I'm not gonna take it anymore!!!"-one of the greatest lines ever. Anyways, have any of you had to deal with 'theft of intellectual property'? I'm sick and tired of seeing ads(What'sOn) with my now ex-partner's name only on work we supposedly -actually, I created ALL the graphics-created together. Not to mention a certain WSOP which uses a portion of MY 'official' poster for the WSOP in one of it's banners!!!! Any suggestions??? Here to learn,2008-03-07:1973928:Topic:27071 2008-03-07T10:48:14.920Z The Pokerkeep Hello fellow poker enthusiasts, I joined the writers group in an attempt to pick up some tips and tricks for writing more effectively on my website and in my blog. Hopefully, with all the talent I see here, there's some hope for me :) I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone and participating in the discussions here. Regards, Terry, aka ThePokerkeep Why An Article Gets No Traction?,2008-02-18:1973928:Topic:24085 2008-02-18T13:24:44.590Z Al Spath Awhile back the poker community banned together and poker players (with all sorts of skill sets), were involved a very worthwhile endeaver. Below is a copy of an article written, and btw, the book is available, so let's us how the co-authors could have improved the writing (of the article), to get it published on-line: Written by Nancy Rasmussen &amp; Joanie Diteman Poker Players support SHUFFLE, DEAL &amp; DINE Cook Book to benefit handicapped child. Poker Players do have hearts, big ones in fact. They rally around a good cause time and time again and they come together where and when they are called upon. They did it again. This time the call went out on behalf of little Kelsey Keegan a handicapped child who had special needs and conventional doors were closing to her. With no one else to turn to, a poker playing grandmother took a chance and brought Kelsey’s plight to the attention of the Poker community. I first read about Kelsey Keegan in a Poker Forum. Her grandmother Nancy Rasmussen posted a national TV contest was considering the house Kelsey lived in as being on the final list for a home makeover. The near one hundred year old home has only one bathroom. It is located under the stairwell on the main level and can’t accommodate her wheelchair and limits the help she needs to assist her when she is in the small bathtub. Kelsey Keegan was born with cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus. She just turned seven and can’t walk. She spends most of her time in a wheel chair stroller and has to be carried wherever her wheel chair can’t navigate. Her caregiver is her other “grandmother Beth” who has done the very best she can but as the bedrooms in her small home are on the second level Kelsey has to be carried up and down a very narrow flight of stairs and as she is growing it is becoming increasingly more difficult for Beth. The two grandmothers who have total responsibility for Kelsey hoped the home makeover would increase the size of the bathroom and add a small bedroom so the needed facilities would be on one floor. Nancy asked her poker player friends to send emails to the program to vote for Kelsey. In spite of the emails, another family was chosen. It seemed Kelsey wasn’t going to get the outside help she needed. I wanted to help too so I contacted Nancy and told her I might have an idea to help raise some money for the remodel. My theory was; “when all else fails, fall back on a cook book.” I suggested with the help of her friends and Poker Players everywhere it might be possible to compile enough recipes submitted by them to publish a cook book. It would be a lot of work but to my knowledge there wasn’t a Poker Players Cook Book on the market. The idea was appealing from a user’s standpoint. Poker Players would almost rather play poker than eat and for sure would have some good ideas on how to spend less time in the kitchen and more time in a poker game. Nancy agreed, and that is how the Shuffle, Deal &amp; Dine Cook Book was born. One of the first decisions Nancy made was to appoint me her Editor. This lady didn’t fall off a turnip truck. Two heads are always better than one and so are two computers. We were committed. We knew we had lots of work before the Cook Book could be more than just an idea. Nancy put out the call to her poker playing network and Sandy Petley from Canada volunteered to design the cover. Another friend Gyla Whitlow from Houston helped set up the web page for ordering on line. Nancy started interviewing printing firms until she was sure there was a quality product available that could be sold at a competitive price. All this was happening while we were working toward putting the book in order. The word spread at tables and tournaments and the recipes were starting to come in from players, dealers, and professionals. Al Spath, Dean at <a href=""></a> and published author of the Poker Journal, was almost the first to submit his favorites. Then Linda Johnson, WSOP gold bracelet winner and Jan Fisher a CA Ladies State Champion winner sent in theirs. It just snowballed. The book is now finished and available. The recipes are fantastic. It is full of comfort food and special entertaining menus with ten separate food categories filling 200 pages with 350 recipes. Although many might have envisioned quickie items like cheese and crackers there are many delectable recipes that are easily prepared advance and there are no “throwaways” in this book. Keeping it light, there are anecdotes, poker term definitions and ingredient substitutions included. The quality of the recipes and added humor adds to the uniqueness of the book and makes this inexpensive book a wonderful and thoughtful gift. As the proceeds are 100% designated to benefit Kelsey Keegan (the little girl who’s needs fell between the cracks), we are certainly hoping the book is as appealing to your pallet as it is to your compassion. Be part of the effort to affect change, and speaking for those of us directly involved in helping with the book publication and sale, the satisfaction is immeasurable. We’d like to share that feeling with you, knowing you helped a child and received an incredible cookbook which our Poker Community supported! If you care to place an order please go to the online site at: <a href=""></a>. Kelsey’s picture and bio are posted and your support is greatly appreciated. The cost is $12.00 per book plus $4.50 handling and mailing charge. For those who prefer to send a check with their order please mail to: Shuffle, Deal &amp; Dine Cook Book P.O. Box 56, Renner, South Dakota 57055 ---------------------------------------------------------------- Postscript: I got my copy and also have several receipes submitted included in the book. - al spath Hi from New Zealand,2008-02-15:1973928:Topic:23081 2008-02-15T04:50:05.635Z Ian Anderson Nice to be part of the group. Saw the link on Pokerati, one of my regular reads. Haven't been playing the game long, have a lengthy background in sports betting. Work as a deputy sports editor for an NZ newspaper and write a daily poker blog, charting my (hopeful) progress as a poker noob. Look forward to getting to know you all, already recognise a few familiar names liek Michelle, Amy and Tim. Learn from the writers,2008-02-12:1973928:Topic:22498 2008-02-12T06:06:04.197Z Davrick Liles (CEO of PPSN) I don't have a lot of writing experience at all, in fact I have always had people write for me, so this is why I decided to join, to learn the art from the masters. Be patient, I am good at starting companies, but writing, ouch. You know you need help when, you spell so bad, that spell check can't help you lol. Davrick Liles - Founder &amp; CEO PPSN Writing About Poker and "My Village",2008-02-05:1973928:Topic:19331 2008-02-05T16:54:54.193Z Amy Calistri My unofficial tag phrase, here, and wherever I write for poker has always been; “I started writing about poker the first time I played poker. For me, it was like the proverbial cigarette after sex; a way to savor one of life’s great moments.” It’s no lie. I started playing and attending major tournaments before the WPT, before Moneymaker, and before every one of my neighbors knew the outs on a flush draw. I wrote about it all. I had no plans for anything I wrote. Sometimes I’d post something on a forum, but mostly it was just my process; my way to understand this strange new world I had discovered. In 2003, Lou Krieger and I were having breakfast at the Golden Nugget’s Carson Street Café. My friendship with Lou was born at the World Poker Open in 2001 and we were happy to meet up again in Vegas during the 2003 WSOP preliminary events and inaugural WPT Championship. At breakfast I shared a few things I had recently written about poker and Lou suggested I try to get them published. Published? I had never considered it. After Vegas, I holed up in the mountains of New Mexico to work on my dissertation. It was from the satellite dish atop my isolated adobe enclave that I would hear about Moneymaker’s win; a victory that would jump-start an industry. It was also there that I started to think about Lou’s suggestion. One night after my dissertation was put to bed, I contacted Andy Glazer using an email address I found at the back of an old Card Player Magazine. I had never met Andy. He wrote me back immediately. I sent him some of my pieces. He responded with “tough love”; the kind that Andy was famous for. Back in Austin, I continued to write for myself but with Glazer’s criticisms and advice in mind. In the blink of an eye, the 2004 WSOP was upon us. I went out for a few of the preliminaries and caught some of the early action at the Bellagio. Once home, Lou sent me a fabulous WSOP trip report written by Dave Scharf. I started corresponding with Dave, who at the time was the editor for Canadian Poker Player. Through the course of our correspondence, Dave said he would publish an article; the theme was to be about the emergence of bad behavior at the poker tables. I contacted Andy Glazer once again because of an incident he had recently written about that I thought was relevant. We became embroiled in a weeks-long email debate about the topic of bad behavior. I sent Andy Glazer my finished article. He didn’t write back. Three days later I would learn that Andy had died. My first article for Canadian Poker Player was entitled “Bad Boys. Bad Boys. Whatcha Gonna Do?” Two weeks after his death, Andy’s last article on the same subject, “Wither Thou TV Performance Goest?,” was published in Card Player. Sadly, my second article for Canadian Poker Player was about our industry’s tragic loss of Andy Glazer. I thought about my roots last week when I learned that Canadian Poker Player was closing down shop. From CPP, other opportunities were afforded me. I had stopped writing for CPP once Dave left as editor, but somehow I liked knowing my birth magazine was still kicking around. Its passing reminded me, once again, of village of support I received from Lou, Dave and Andy as I started out. How did you start and who was your village? Card Player,2008-01-28:1973928:Topic:14882 2008-01-28T19:05:50.361Z Kristy Arnett Hi guys! I'm excited to be part of this group. I agree we can learn a lot from each other. I learned so much from the one and only Lisa Wheeler :) I just wrote a really long article on Chinese Poker, trying to learn how to write feature stories better. Since I'm used to writing just news, it was difficult for me to write in a different style. I'd really like some professional feedback so please, let me know what you guys think. <a href=""></a> Thanks! Kristy