Posts Tagged ‘author C. Hope Clark’


13 June 2016

Our title FundsforWriters draws a lot of attention in Google searches, especially if someone seeks money. The people who contact me the most are often:

1) from developing countries
2) brand new writers
3) broke from all other resources and in a financial bind
4) retired academics

A lot of writers think grants and support money are only available for people who fall into demographic, race, age, educational, or ethnic categories ahead of the writing talent, but in every single case, who you are is less important than your project. You present proposals to be considered for grants, and most grantors refuse money for marketing, self-publishing (especially with vanity presses), and living expenses, unless you’re a proven writer, and then in rare instances.

In many of the cases, the individual has decided that writing will elevate them from whatever lifestyle they are in and hope to escape from. Nicely, I attempt to explain that making money as a writer isn’t like deciding to deliver newspapers for extra money. Doing so flies in the face of writers who’ve fought to learn the craft and the business.

I’ve probably been snubbed as much by academics as people from developing countries who want to make six figures writing SEO articles. One scholarly gentleman actually scolded me for not sending him the names of people with means and willingness to support credentialed souls with obvious intellect worthy of such endorsement. Accused me of withholding those names for a selected few.

New writers want financial assistance to break free or justify taking the time away from other distasteful income, and the broke ones are grasping at last resorts, hoping that publishing a book will keep the wolf at bay. Writing doesn’t exactly work that way. Quick money ain’t gonna happen in this environment. We have to learn the craft, then strategically seek the right avenues to publish and market. Grants are out there, but they are a tool, not a God-send.

But regardless the person’s background, request, or experience, I send them to these sources:

1) their state arts council
2) their state humanities council
3) crowdfunding sites ( or )
4) any nonprofit or educational institution that might be interested in their subject/research. While the institutions may not have the funds, they can serve as fiscal agent, acquiring the grant on a writer’s behalf and administering the grant. See .
5) check out or or  – These sites offer to be fiscal agents for grants, and they might have something to fit a writer’s project.
6) local community foundations where small grants are made available to those living in a geographic area.

With the small cost of indie publishing, and the negligible cost of traditional publishing, grants are not needed to become a published author. And most of all, the project is the driving force of receiving a grant. The quality of work, the human message, the overall impact of the art/artist upon society and readers, are what matter. As with writing, it’s more about the impact on the reading public than the author. Remember this when seeking funding: It’s more about the bigger picture.

~C. Hope Clark is a publish of author of the award-winning Carolina Slade Mystery Series, owner and editor at – Offering tips and tools for serious writers to advance their careers!

The FundsforWriters Killer Nashville Scholarship Giveaway – Deadline July 1, 2016‏

7 June 2016

Want to attend a conference but can’t afford the cost? 

Want to be around others who enjoy reading mystery and suspense? 

FundsforWriters, in partnership with 2016 Killer Nashville, is offering a scholarship to one lucky individual who wishes to hob-nob with other mystery enthusiasts for the three days of August 18-21, 2016 in Franklin, TN.

But wait, there’s more. Guess who will be the Guests of Honor at this shin-dig?

Besides so many other published and almost-published authors . . .besides a sea of mystery aficionados?

Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the
Stephanie Plum series, the Fox and O’Hare series with co-author Lee
Goldberg, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the
Alexandra Barnaby novels, the Troublemaker graphic novel, and
How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.

Before his thrillers landed him on The New York Times Bestseller list, Kevin O’Brien was a railroad inspector who worked all the live long day and wrote novels at night. His first thriller, The Next To Die (2001)
became a USA Today Bestseller. Then came The Last Victim (2005), which hit the New York Times Bestseller list and won the Spotted Owl Award for Best Pacific Northwest Mystery.

So, what does this scholarship include?

  • 3-day full registration for the conference ($300 value)
  • Agent/Editor Roundtable participation (free for you because you have a 3-day registration)
  • A free Network Lunch on Saturday with Guest of Honor Janet Evanovich ($45 value)
  • A free Breakout Session any of the three days ($15 value and only open to 3-day registrants)
  • A ticket to the Guest of Honor Dinner & Awards Banquet ($95 value)
  • $100 toward travel and transportation (issued by FundsforWriters to winner, not via Killer Nashville).
  • Total value $555

***NOTE: Conference does not include all costs of transportation or motel accommodations.
See Killer Nashville’s site for information on the special hotel rates for this conference.

So, how do you enter for a chance to win this opportunity?

  • Email with KILLER NASHVILLE SCHOLARSHIP in the subject.
  • Include name, address, phone, email, website/blog/Facebook (if applicable)
  • Explain what this scholarship means to you in 100-500 words.
  • Agree to write a 500-600-word piece for FundsforWriters within 30-days after the event,
    talking about the conference and how you benefited from the experience.
    Piece will also be considered for publication on the Killer Nashville site.
  • Winner selected based upon the quality of submission.

DEADLINE for entries is midnight (Eastern Time), on July 1, 2016. (Winner to be announced July 8, 2016.)

So, why is FundsforWriters sponsoring this contest?

  • Because C. Hope Clark is an avid mystery author and enthusiast and wants to share that joy.
  • Because C. Hope Clark believes every author ought to experience the thrill of a writing conference.
  • Because C. Hope Clark wants to give back to the readers of her mysteries.

Thanks . . . looking forward to your entries . . .


Direct any questions to

DISCLAIMER: C. Hope Clark reserves the complete right to make the final decision of winner, not to be disputed.
Article to be submitted upon return from the conference to be turned in no later than September 23, 2016 and will
not receive additional compensation. The scholarship is not transferable. If winner cannot attend,
C. Hope Clark/FundsforWriters reserves the right to give the scholarship to the runner-up on her choice in the contest., 140A Amicks Ferry Road #4, Chapin, SC 29036, USA

Check out the first in a series of great mystery books by C. Hope Clark

11 April 2016

Lowcountry Bribe

About the Book


By C. Hope Clark
Publication Date: February 2012
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Price: $14.95
Pages: 272
Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN-13: 978-1-61194-090-9



Lowcountry Bribe by C. Hope Clark is the first in the Carolina Slade Mystery Series. Set in rural Charleston County, Lowcountry Bribe introduces readers to Carolina Slade, a smart, focused, sometimes over-thinking woman who feels safe in the bureaucratic world of the U.S. Department of Agriculture . . . until she’s offered a bribe . . . from a hog farmer.

Slade follows proper protocol and reports Jesse Rawlings to superiors. The next thing she knows, Slade is besieged by Senior Special Agent Wayne Largo from the Office of Inspector General in Atlanta. He and his partner have come to investigate Slade’s accusations, and if possible catch Jesse in the act of handing over money. While the situation disrupts her life, Slade reminds herself that following the book in reporting the incident was the right move.

However, events do not go smoothly. The IG isn’t telling Slade everything. The agents are also investigating the disappearance of Slade’s manager the year before in connection to possible land fraud. And when the sting on Jesse goes bad, the case is put on hold and Agent Largo is recalled to Atlanta, leaving Slade exposed and vulnerable, fearing not only for her life and job, but for her children’s safety.

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