Welcome to FilipinoWriter.com!

FilipinoWriter.com aims to help every kind of Filipino writer –- technical, commercial and literary -- improve his or her lot, especially financially. It also aims to encourage Filipinos to read works by Filipino writers, and thus promote a "reading culture" among Filipinos. Finally, Filipinowriter.com aims to popularize Filipino-written works in the international scene.

To achieve these goals, we need your help. You can start by registering and creating an account –- it's FREE. (Non-Filipino writers and readers are also welcome to register and participate). Once registered, start helping build our community by exploring the site and posting your works (in English/Filipino/Taglish) and/or sharing your ideas via blogs, forums, groups, and other content types. Just check the FAQ section and the Submission Guidelines to learn more. Hope you'll stay with us for the long haul as we embark on our noble journey!

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Do Not Link to File Sharing Sites Or Post Entire Articles From Other Sites; Observe Copyright Laws & Fair Use

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Last April 4, the Google Ads from my site have been removed due to alleged copyright violation. I am appealing said penalty since this site has tried its best ever since to comply with the policies of the Google Adsense Program.

In this regard, I am asking everyone not to post complete articles from other sites unless you own or co-own the copyright (exceptions are events or articles created for marketing or promotional purposes) and to remove or report any similar violations. Always observe the fair use rule (quotes/excerpts only, etc) in posting content.

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Temporary Registration Guidelines

To prevent spammers from registering at the site, I will be the one to create new user accounts in the meantime. If you want to create a FilipinoWriter.com user account, send me an e-mail message at filipinowriter@gmail.com using the E-MAIL ADDRESS  you want to register your account with and the USERNAME you want to use.

Thanks! 

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Issues Resolved; Registration Now Requires Administrator Approval

FilipinoWriter.com for the past few days has been experiencing problems. Our web host was already able to restore the site from a most recent backup with the issues now resolved. 

To address the issue as well  of spam and spam users registering -- which may or may not have something to do with our site's recent problems -- I changed the settings of the site so that registration now requires administrator approval.

Might also upgrade the site soon to a newer version of Drupal, the Content Management System (CMS) we are using.

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Amazon Kindle E-reader Now Available in the Philippines!

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Only found time to blog about this now, but last October 12, I received an e-mail from Amazon.com letting me know that they were about to roll out their Kindle E-reader with US and International Wireless on October 19 for only 259 US dollars, down from 299 US dollars.

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FilipinoWriter.com Users Make Sure You Have 'Authenticated' Status

Or you won't be able to post. For more details, please read my previous editorial.

Update:

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Answers for a Newbie Freelance Writer

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An aspiring freelance writer recently sent me an e-mail to ask if it is advisable to jump into the adventurous waters of freelance writing. I thought it best to share my answers with all of you since his questions are the usual concerns posed by a newbie freelance writer, as I once was.

Dino Manrique is the owner/publisher of FilipinoWriter.com. You may reach him at writelit(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Payment Methods for International Freelance Writing

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One of the usual questions I get when I tell others that I write for international publications is how I get paid.

Well, here are the main ways you get to be remunerated once your article is accepted:

Dino Manrique is the owner/publisher of FilipinoWriter.com. You may reach him at filipinowriter (at) gmail (dot) com.

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How to Do Interviews for Your Freelance Writing Article

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Now that you’ve got the job and have come to an agreement with the editor regarding your feature article’s angle (how the article is to be written), and the business side -– payment, etc., it’s now time to do the interviews which will provide the material for your feature article.

Dino Manrique is the owner/publisher of FilipinoWriter.com. You may reach him at filipinowriter (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Getting The Details Right After Your Article Proposal Is Accepted

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At last, after sending your article proposal to a number of international publications, you finally get a yes! One of the publications’ editors e-mails a reply, and tells you that they love your feature idea.

Now what? What do you say to the editor? What are the things you have to keep in mind when negotiating with her? Well, as a guide, I made a checklist of the things to consider once your article query is accepted.

Publication rates

Dino Manrique is the owner/publisher of FilipinoWriter.com. You may reach him at filipinowriter (at) gmail (dot) com.

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How to Query a Publication About Your Freelance Writing Idea

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So now you’ve found an international publication where you can pitch your freelance writing idea. How do you write that query letter, or that article proposal to the editor?

Dino Manrique is the owner/publisher of FilipinoWriter.com. You may reach him at filipinowriter (at) gmail (dot) com.