Mar 29, 2008

Sold My First Reprint

I sold my first re-print of an article I had previously published online. The Editor of The Heart of New England online magazine saw my Vermont Artisan Cheese article on the Associated Content website. She emailed me on March 8th requesting permission to reprint it on the magazines website.

It's kind of funny, it's one of the lowest page view articles I have ever written for Associated Content. But I guess the editor thought it was the perfect fit for The Heart of New England Magazine.

I received $15 for the reprinted article - way more than I've made in page views over on Associated Content.

Here is a copy of the email I received from the editor:
"Hi Lynn,

I'm publisher & editor of The Heart of New England online magazine. I would like to publish your article about Vermont Cheeses. I pay $15 per article. Please let me know if this is okay. Thank you!

Marcia Passos Duffy
The Heart of New England online magazine

Invoice for Payment
She asked that I send the article to her in word format as an email attachment and to send her a seperate invoice to be paid. I use Paypal so I sent an invoice through Paypal to the editor for $15. I received payment the very next day.

On March 14th I received another email from the editor with the link to my article reprint: Vermont's Artisan Cheeses.

Now if I could only figure out how to sell reprints off ALL my articles, I might be able to go on that trip to Hawaii!!!

Free Reprint
A million years ago, my first few articles were published just so I could start collecting a few clippings to show to other editors. I had a few articles published in the Essential Herbal Magazine. No payment, but I did receive a free copy of the magazine.

About a week prior to selling the chesse article reprint, I was contacted by the Editor of The Essential Herbal Magazine. Here is a copy of her email to me:

"Hi Lynn,

I'm in the process of putting together the first five years of The Essential Herbal into 2 volumes. One will encompass Spring/Summer, the other Fall/Winter. The first three years are almost completely sold out, and there was a lot of great stuff in there. So I'm writing to ask if you will give me permission to reprint the articles that you submitted to the magazine. Proper credit of course - and you may want to change the credits to reflect your lynn smythe creations site.

Please let me know at your earliest convenience.


I gave her permission to reprint the articles asap. I updated my contact information, so you never know, I could be receiving more reprint requests in the future.

April 2008 Competitior Magazine

Tucson Cycle Team

2007 Palm Beach Cycle Team

My husband, Rob, and I are in the southeast edition of the April 2008 Competitor magazine! My husbands friend, Carlos G., saw us in the magazine and brought a copy of the magazine to Rob the other day. Thanks Carlos!

On the bottom half of page 44 there is a large, full color ad for the Leukemia Societies Team in Training Program. The middle picture shows Rob and I, along with 3 of our Tucson cycle team members, getting ready to start the El Tour de Tucson ride.

At the top of this post is the picture that was included in the magazine ad. From the left is Shannon Cash, Larry Goldberg, Coach Dennis Harkins, Rob Smythe and Lynn Smythe. Those funny looking things attached to the top of our helmets are palm trees. Each Team in Training team attaches something representative of the area they come from to their helmets.

The Las Vegas team had a cool mini neon sign with LCD lights. Other teams had pig snouts, shark fins, pink flamingos - I have to remember to take pictures at this years ride. It's too funny to see a bunch of hard core cyclists, getting ready to do a 100 mile bike ride with these strange icons attached to the top of their helmets.

Too cool, we are famous! icon_cheers

No autographs, please. evil

Mar 28, 2008

20th Intracoastal Waterway Century Ride

Cocoa Beach Century Ride
As some of you might remember, last year Rob and I raised money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through their Team in Training program. The event we trained for was the 109 mile El Tour de Tucson, which took place on November 17th, 2007. We were the mentors for the Palm Beach County cycle team. It was a phenomenal experience, both the ride, and working towards raising money for such a worthy cause. I wrote an article about this event, after getting back from Tucson, called El Tour de Tucson; A Century Road Bike Race.

This year, Rob is going to be the coach, and I will be the mentor for the group training for the 2008 Intracoastal Waterway Century Ride. This 100 mile road bike ride takes place on October 26th in Cocoa Beach, FL. We are looking for people to participate as a member of the Palm Beach County TNT cycle team.

This is a great way to get the support and structure you need to get in shape, meet new cycling friends and achieve something many people haven't - riding 100 miles on a bicycle in one day! The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is a charity that does much to further research towards cures, and ease the burden of those battling leukemia, Hodgkin’s disease, lymphoma and myeloma along with improving the quality of life of patients and their families.

In exchange for the support and training, you commit to raising a certain amount of money. The participation minimum for this ride is $2100. This might seem like a large amount, but you'd be very surprised at how quickly and easily this amount of money can be raised. Last year Rob and I raised over $6,500!

Last year's team had everyone from very athletic road bikers, to recreational cyclists, to diehard couch potatoes, to a 63/73 year old couple riding their tandem bicycle. EVERYONE is welcome, no matter what prior road biking experience you may have. The Palm Beach County cycle team will have a coach, and a mentor to help you out with your training and fundraising goals. Each training ride also includes a SAG vehicle, filled with snacks and goodies, that sweeps the ride route should anyone have a mechanical problem or any health issues.

Information meetings will be starting in Palm Beach County over the next few weeks. Rob and I will be attending most of these meetings, and will spend a few minutes at each meeting talking about our experience with the Team in Training program.

BOYNTON BEACH - Monday, April 14 - 6 pm - West Boynton Beach Library

JUPITER - Monday, April 14 - 6 pm - Jupiter Community Center

WEST BOCA RATON - Wednesday, April 16- 6 pm - Fleet Feet Sports Boca

EAST BOCA RATON - Monday, April 21- 6 pm - East Boca Community Center

ROYAL PALM BEACH - Tuesday, April 22- 6 pm - Royal Palm Beach Library

WEST PALM BEACH - Thursday, April 24- 6 pm - South Florida Water Mgmt District

PALM BEACH GARDENS - Saturday, April 26- 9 am - NIKE Women, The Gardens Mall

WEST PALM BEACH - Saturday, May 3- 9:30 am - The National Croquet Center. This is also the Fall Season Kickoff for all TNT events including the Accenture Chicago Triathlon, The Nation’s Triathlon, The Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Nike’s Women’s Marathon and the 20th Annual Intracoastal Waterway Century Road Bike Ride.

If you are interested in joining the TNT program, know someone who might be, or would like more information, please drop me a note.

Lynn Smythe
Team in Training Cycle Mentor

For more information about Team In Training and the Palm Beach Area Chapter, visit their website at or give them a call at 561-775-9954

Mar 25, 2008

Welcome to My Site!


My name is Lynn Smythe. I am a freelance writer living in south Florida with my husband, son and daughter.

This is my personal blog to highlight the various publications that my writing appears in, both in print publications and online content provider sites. Although I write for a variety of sites, my main position is as the Herbs & Spices Feature Writer for Suite101.

I maintain a number of blogs including Freelance Online Work (FOW). FOW contains lots of valuable information and resources for anyone trying to make a living as a freelance writer.

The news feeds, shown in the right column of this blog, are all articles and blog posts pulled from some of the other sites I write for. Check some of them out when you get a chance!

Welcome to my website!

Mar 24, 2008

Lynn Smythe: Profile

Freelance Writer Lynn Smythe

Born and raised in Rochester, New York, freelance writer Lynn Smythe obtained her bachelor's degree in Geology from the University of Rochester. She has worked in the past as an Environmentalist for Palm Beach Counties Department of Environmental Resources Management located in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Lynn learned how to cook at a young age as she helped her grandmother and mother put together various culinary creations throughout the years. She grows over 90 varieties of herbs and vegetables in her organic, raised bed gardens. Her duties as the Herbs & Spices Feature Writer pn Suite101 allow her to combine her love of gardening and cooking into one exciting topic.

Lynn is also a trained Natural Health Consultant and perpetual student of herbalism. Lynn's horticultural expertise includes herb gardening, vegetable gardening, organic gardening, and butterfly gardening. She researches and writes about a variety of topics including the history, mythology, magic, and folklore of herbs.

She has written articles for a variety of print publications including The Old Farmer's Almanac, The Herb Quarterly, BackHome Magazine, Veggie Life and Llewellyn's Annual Herbal Almanac.

Lynn writes for a number of online sites:
Herbs & Spices Feature Writer on Suite101

Arts & Crafts

Lynn is also an accomplished bead, fused glass and art clay silver artist. Her craft and jewelry articles have appeared in Lapidary Journal, Jewelry Crafts and Beadwork magazines. Her one-of-a-kind pieces of beaded jewelry have been featured in the books The New Macrame, Beading with Peyote Stitch and The Sea; Selections From the First International Miyuki Delica Challenge. She is also the owner and designer for the online craft and jewelry supply business Lynn Smythe Creations.

Mar 23, 2008

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