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Issue 1:02              3000 subscribers          March 22, 2001
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       From the Editor's Desk
       News from the World of Writing
       The Write Sites
       COLUMN: The Writing Desk: Writers' Q&A
       FEATURE: Give and You Shall Receive
                by Terri Mrosko
       Market Roundup/Writing Contests
       New on Writing-World.com

                      FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

My husband and I tried a bold, innovative experiment this week:
we took a VACATION! More or less. We decided to stay home rather
than travel, and visit some of the local sights (of which there
are plenty). Of course, being home, that also meant we could
check e-mail (so we did), and "just get a few things caught up,"
and... well, I can honestly say that we avoided work for at least
two days out of four. Maybe we just need more practice!

When not hunting for museums or correcting mistakes on my site,
I've been busy launching e-books! I've just brought out two new
titles on Booklocker.com, one writing-related, one not. 
The writing-related book is "1200 Online Resources for Writers,"
the result of more than a year of obsessive web-surfing. Based
on the resource appendix to "Writing.com," this directory has
evolved far beyond its humble origins, nearly doubling in size
and offering 67 categories of resources. Checked and "cleaned"
as of February, "1200 Online Resources for Writers" is available
for $6.95, or FREE with the purchase of the electronic edition
of Writing.com (see ad below for more details).

The second book is an electronic edition of "Coping with Sorrow
on the Loss of Your Pet", a book I self-published more than 10
years ago, then sold to a commercial publisher (after selling
about 5000 copies on my own). What I would have given for POD
back then -- I would have had a lot more garage space!

For more information:
     1200 Online Resources for Writers

     Writing.com/1200 Online Resources "bundle"

     Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet

Hmmm, what shall I write next week?

                        -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)
WRITING.COM - by Moira Allen - Your guide to making the most of
online resources and information for writers.  Find new markets,
learn online research secrets, get the most from networking
opportunities. Available as print or e-book; electronic edition
includes FREE bonus book, "1200 Online Resources for Writers."
For details, see http://www.booklocker.com/bookpages/writing.html

                    NEW ON WRITING-WORLD.COM
March columns:
Advice from a Caterpillar (by Peggy Tibbetts)
Targeting the right age group; self-publishing in Canada; becoming
a children's book reviewer; making the transition from adult to
children's fiction. (If you have a question about children's
writing, send it to peggyt[at]siltnet.net.)

Book Promotion on a Budget (by MaryJanice Davidson)
How to promote your last book and find time to work on the next.

The E-Publishing Frontier (by Terje Johansen)
Musings on Themestream's latest blow to pay-per-click writers.

Just the FAQs:
Beginner FAQ (by Moira Allen)

Epublishing FAQ (by Moira Allen)

Writing World
Though this newsletter will not be archived online (the feature,
column, and markets will be posted separately), I've posted the
first issue as a sample copy at:



Cyberspace May Get Patron Saint
The Vatican is considering naming St. Isidore (believed to have
written the world's first encyclopedia, in the 7th century) as
the patron saint of Internet users and computer programmers.

National Writers Union May Change Policy
The NWU is considering whether to require proof that candidates
for membership have actually made money from writing. Currently,
one can become a member if one has authored a work, whether or
not it has sold. The amendment would require members to have
sold a work for goods or cash worth $1. The proposed bar was set
at $1 so as not to disqualify poets, who often earn little from
their writing -- so it isn't clear how, exactly, this would
affect authors who self-publish or publish through vanity
presses. (Would selling a copy to your mother for $1 count?) So
far, this is just talk -- nothing has been officially proposed.

Del Rey Workshop Reopens
Del Rey has officially reopened its Writing Workshop for SF&F.
"Whatever your level, the workshop can help you grow as a writer
-- through the useful critiques you receive and through what you
learn by reviewing the work of others... What's more, every six
months members and readers will help Del Rey Books choose two
workshop novels -- one science fiction and one fantasy -- to be
published as Del Rey e-books." The Del Rey editorial board also
reviews the most promising submissions every month in each of
three categories. For more information, visit

Random House Launches Spanish Imprint
Random House has just launched Random House Espanol, a Spanish-
language imprint that will publish 15 to 20 titles a year,
including reference, spiritual, astrological and other titles.
Random House also offers Spanish-language paperbacks through its
Vintage Espanol imprint.

Get a Poem a Day by E-mail
To celebrate National Poetry Month (April), Knopf is sponsoring
its third annual "Poem-a-Day" e-mail campaign. To receive a poem
each day by e-mail, go to http://www.randomhouse.com/knopf/poetry


                         THE WRITE SITES

National Association of Women Writers
An organization seeking to encourage, teach, inspire, motivate
and entertain women writers. The site offers links, daily
inspiration, and a free weekly e-mail newsletter.

CardReps: How to Write and Sell Greeting Cards
This site is packed with information (including how-to articles
and markets) for greeting-card writers, and now offers a course
in writing and selling greeting cards.

Five Tips to Improve Your Technical Writing
Don't be misled by the title; this article by Doug Nickerson
applies to all types of writing, and offers useful suggestions
to help improve your chances of a sale.

The Writing Parent
Now in its own domain, The Writing Parent "features articles
and tips and advice on what does and does not work when trying
to find the time needed to write and concentrate with children
in the home." Offers free weekly e-zine and monthly print
newsletter; see market information, below, for guidelines.

For anyone interested in journaling or writing memoirs or
autobiography, this site offers interesting tips, techniques
and exercises to help get you started.


                        by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

More on Following Up
Q: I read your column in the last issue about following up on a
query. A book publisher that I sent a query to in November told
me last month that she'd get back with me in two weeks. I still
haven't heard from her, so today I sent the query somewhere else.
I guess my question is this: How do you keep from getting
blacklisted or a bad reputation as a writer when you're just
trying to get your work accepted? I have article queries that
have been out since December, most of which I haven't pitched to
someone else because it would make me look bad if I did so and
both parties wanted to see the article. Yet, I'd like to submit
the articles somewhere else if there's a chance they'd be
published and I'd get paid. What do you do?

A: Following up on a query will NEVER get you blacklisted or
damage your reputation (unless, of course, you do it in an
idiotic fashion). Reputable editors do not lose respect for
writers who ask that question. If an editor DOES have a problem
with a writer who follows up -- i.e., a writer who is looking
out for his/her rights -- then this is an editor you probably
don't want to work with anyway.

As I said in the previous column, I usually wait two weeks longer
than the publication's specified "response time" before following
up. I also assume that a publication's normal response time is
going to be around one month, even if they list a shorter time in
their guidelines. Some editors are very prompt; others are not.
When you're working on a print publication, there are cycles in
the work month, from "reasonably free" to "don't have time for
lunch". The delay in responding to a query or article often
depends on when it arrives. A monthly magazine, for example, may
have two weeks of frantic final edit/production work, followed by
two weeks of relative calm, when queries are most likely to be

When that time has passed, I send my first follow-up, then wait
another two weeks. If I still receive no response (especially if
corresponding by e-mail), I'll follow up again, mentioning that
this is my second follow-up. If I still hear nothing, then I
send a letter or e-mail stating that as I have not received a
response, I am withdrawing the article or query and submitting
it elsewhere.

This last point is important, and I omitted it from the previous
column. Sending a notice of withdrawal precludes you from getting
into a situation in which that unresponsive editor finally DOES
unearth your query/article and decides to use it after all. If
that should happen, you're protected -- and you have options. If,
for example, the second market you queried wasn't interested, you
could accept the first publisher's offer. If, however, the second
market has accepted the query or article, you are able to inform
the first that you are sorry, but as you received no responses to
your follow-ups, you withdrew the submission -- and that s/he
should have that withdrawal letter on file. By covering your
bases with a withdrawal letter, you ensure that neither editor
will think badly of you or assume you are sending simultaneous

If you have article queries out since December, it's definitely
time to follow up and move on. It seems that more and more
editors these days aren't bothering with rejections -- if they
don't want a piece, they just don't answer. This makes it tough
for writers, who don't KNOW the status of their submissions and
fear to make assumptions. Perhaps we are seeing a new generation
of less-experienced editors (I know I've worked with a few) who
simply (a) don't know they are supposed to send rejections, or
(b) feel they can't be bothered.

As for the book publisher, if you are still interested, call her
before you send your material elsewhere. If you aren't, send a
polite note before sending the material on. It's never a good
idea to just resubmit something somewhere else without giving
notice to the first editor.


Moira Allen has been writing and editing for more than 20 years.
If you have a question for "The Writing Desk," please e-mail it
to Moira Allen. 
Copyright (c) 2001 Moira Allen


                              by Terri Mrosko (Mroskotl[at]aol.com)

Competition is fierce among freelance writers. There are only so
many markets and so many assignments to go around. Publications
using freelance writers may do so sparingly. A freelancer must be
an extremely good wordsmith, aggressive at marketing and ruthless
to ensure he or she gets the plum assignment.

At least, that's one perception. Many freelance writers are quite
protective of their markets and reluctant to share an editor's
name or divulge a publication they've been contributing to for
fear another writer will edge them out. What these writers fail
to realize is the benefit they receive when they do share

There is a positive side to putting aside your competitive streak
for a moment and helping a fellow freelance writer. You may find
it pays much higher dividends than stingily keeping all
information to yourself. Let's look at a few ways you can "pay
it forward" to help your fellow writers.

Newsgroups/Discussion Forums/Chats
A good source of information for "newbie" freelance writers are
writers' discussion forums and writing-related newsgroups or
chats. The novice or unpublished writer is desperate for
information from veteran, published writers on the secrets of
their success.

There are plenty of successful writers willing to provide this
information without a dime of compensation. There comes a time in
most writers' lives when they feel the need to give back. Sharing
information on discussion forums is an excellent way to
accomplish this. Not only can you feel good about your role as a
mentor, you can also use the opportunity to hone writing,
critiquing and advice-giving skills.

When you participate in discussion forums, you establish a
rapport with other writers who are in similar situations. When
you offer sound advice, others will take the time to track you
down and see what else you have to offer. It is a good idea to
include a link to your website or other sources of your online
writing. Be sure your advice is valuable and you are not just
trying to steer traffic to your site. Obvious "selling" is not
appreciated on the forums.

E-mail Lists/Link Exchanges
Writers seeking to help other writers can develop an ongoing
e-mail list to disseminate information in a timely and efficient
manner. Create a distribution list filled with the e-mail
addresses of fellow writers, and when something of general
interest to those on your list happens across your desk, send it
out electronically. Just be careful not to overdo it.

You will be perceived as a writer's advocate with strong
networking skills. Your actions will be appreciated and
reciprocated in time. Writers will want to thank you for keeping
them apprised of situations, markets and important issues in the
industry -- and you may be the first person they think of (and
recommend to an editor) the next time they are offered an
assignment they can't add to their workload.

Another idea is to exchange links to Web sites, e-zines or
newsletters with fellow writers. We all know our advertising
dollars don't go quite as far these days, so help each other
with free publicity and gain recognition at the same time.

Offer to share reprinted articles for free in exchange for a
generous byline and link to your site. Giving away free
information is an excellent marketing tool if used properly.

Electronic Magazines and Newsletters
You're busting at the seams with all kinds of information you
want to share with writers. Why not start your own electronic
magazine or newsletter? There are plenty out there, to be sure.
The key is to find your niche and become the expert advice-giver
in a specialized area of writing. You must offer something of
value to your readers.

You can share information through articles you write or publish
from others. You might want to start a question and answer column
to address the issues most pertinent to your readers. Angela
Adair-Hoy, publisher of WritersWeekly.com, is the guru of the
online advice column for writers, and recently won the
Inscriptions Engraver Award as favorite online editor.

Angela says she doesn't write her Q&A column to further her own
career as much as to help other writers further their careers.
"However, everything I write does potentially help me with future
book sales because the better I write, the more readers I
have -- which translates later into more book sales."

Angela is quick to point out she gains more than just money from
her advice. "The warm fuzzies I get are from the thank-you notes
I receive from readers who have been helped by the column."

Mini-Mentoring and Informational Interviews
To take advice-giving a step further, you might want to consider
a mentoring relationship, or sharing what you know through
informational interviews. Remember when you were just starting
out in the freelance industry? Wouldn't it have been great to
have someone knowledgeable to turn to at a moment's notice?

If you want to be a mentor, look within your own professional
organizations to see if a mentoring component exists. Many
writers' and public relations associations have mentoring
programs in place, some formal, some not. Check out local press
clubs and small business associations to see if there is a need
for mentors.

If you think you don't have time to take on a full-fledged
mentoring relationship, give out snippets of advice when asked.
Be on the lookout for opportunities to give back to novice
writers and never turn down the chance to meet by phone or in
person, even if it's just an hour of your time. The rewards may
not be immediately apparent, but you will be amazed at how much
your actions are appreciated by others, and find that your name
is referred for an assignment when you least expect it.


Terri Mrosko is a freelance writer from Olmsted Falls, Ohio. 
She specializes in business, marketing and career management
communication, and published over 100 articles last year. She
is also the editor and publisher of the Enhanced Communication
print and e-newsletter; for information, visit her website at http://www.iwritesite.com (or see her classified at

Copyright (c) 2001 Terri Mrosko


                          MARKET ROUNDUP

Kelly Garman
2425 E. Camelback Rd #515, Phoenix, AZ 85016; (602) 508-8956;
fax (602) 508-8912

E-mail: chickensoup[at]home.com

Do you have a humorous, insightful and/or heartwarming story that
will appeal to men? The authors of the #1 New York Times
bestseller Chicken Soup for the Golfer's Soul and the new
bestseller Chicken Soup for the Sports Fan's Soul are currently
seeking stories to include in the upcoming book Chicken Soup for
the Man's Soul. So far, Chicken Soup for the Soul titles have
sold over 60 million copies, transforming the lives of readers
from all walks of life.

What makes a good Chicken Soup for the Soul story? A Chicken Soup
story is an inspirational, often humorous, sometimes emotional,
true story that opens the heart and rekindles the spirit. It is
the personal account of an event, a relationship, a lesson
learned or a dream fulfilled that helps readers discover basic
principles they can use in their own lives. Maybe it recounts a
funny memory of a best friend that always puts a smile on your
face... a memorable first experience in a competition... a
heartfelt moment when a friend or family member helped you
through a difficult time... your most entertaining dating or
marriage anecdote... a story of making a difference at a key time
in someone else's life... or any story that makes the reader feel
more positive, more connected and better about life in general.
Some of the chapters we will be including are: Competition &
Adventure, On Courage, Making a Difference, On Attitude, Love &
Marriage, Overcoming Obstacles, On Family, Higher Wisdom and
Across the Generations. For each story selected, a 50-word
bio of the author will be included. There are no limits to the
number of submissions from an individual author.

LENGTH:  750-1200 words (maximum)
RIGHTS:  One-time rights
DEADLINE: April 9, 2001


Paige Hobey, Director of Content Development
LifeServ Corporation, 1440 North Dayton, Suite 100, Chicago, IL

URL: http://www.lifeserv.com
GL:  http://www.lifeserv.com/PreReg/About_Write_17.asp
E-mail: phobey[at]lifeserv.com

LifeServ produces software, Internet and multi-media products to
help people plan major life events. Currently we have packages
for wedding, pregnancy, home buying or selling, raising a
toddler, and caring for a pet. In addition, we are producing an
online magazine covering the following areas:

Money - personal finance
Love - relationships
Home - repair/remodel/decorate
Fun - catch-all for travel/books, etc.
Wellness - physical and mental, etc.
Style - fashion and beauty
Career - on-the-job advice
Auto - new models/repair, etc.

In addition to in-house staff writers and editors, LifeServ
Corporation uses a network of freelance writers from around the
world. Though our needs vary from week to week, we are always
looking for talented people. We try to present solid, useful
information in an informal way. We adhere to AP style as much as
possible and make good use of bullet lists, hyperlinks, micro
content heads and other basics of web style writing.

What We Need: Essays - may be submitted without query. This is a
forum for regular moms and dads, brides and grooms, dudes and
dudettes to share their views and experiences. Essays should be
1000 wds or less, but we are open to anything. If your work is
accepted you will receive a contract; when it is signed and
returned your piece will be posted. Articles/Standard Content -
if you are a first time contributor, please query first.
Otherwise all articles will be assigned by a representative of
the content development team. Though our pay is low, our pieces
are short and require little research. We have enough volume to
keep you busy, and make the relationship worth your while.
Experts - if you are a professional (doctor/lawyer/pharmacist/
therapist, etc.) we want to hear from you. LifeServ is developing
an expert panel around all our markets and we have several ways
to use your expertise. Pay is negotiable, with cross-promotion
possible. Reprints - yes, we can use them. Please send photocopy
of clip including info on where and when it was published. Pay is

Our Immediate Needs: As we develop new products and expand
existing ones, our needs change - sometimes daily. Here's what
we need at the moment:

Experts: Veterinarian, Child Development Expert, Real Estate
Agent, Interior Decorator, Mechanic, Divorce Attorney, Divorce

General Writers in the following areas: Fashion, Beauty,
Toddlers, Pets, Auto, Divorce, Baby Care

If you are interested in joining our team, send a resume
(including your telephone number) and recent writing sample to resumes[at]lifeserv.com and we will get back to you as quickly as

LENGTH:  Features 500-750 words
PAYMENT: Around $25/article


Angela Klocke Giles, Editor
1127 Bishop Rd. NW, Cartersville, GA 30121

URL: http://www.thewritingparent.com
GL:  http://www.thewritingparent.com/guidelines.html
E-mail: TWParent[at]thewritingparent.com

THE WRITING PARENT offers both an weekly e-zine and a monthly
print edition. Both use:

Features - instructive or motivational articles of genuine
interest to parents; Tips & Advice - Helpful tips and advice for
writing parents; Poetry - Humorous or serious poetry relating to
writing in some way (currently overstocked); Websites - URLs (not
reviews) of writing sites (no pay); Bios - The print edition uses
short bios (up to 500 words) of writing parents for the "Last
Page Bio" (no pay); Fiction - The print edition uses one work of
"clean" fiction per month, up to 1,000 words, of interest to
adults (no children's stories).

Note that we are NOT a "parenting in general" publication; all
material must relate to writing. Submissions can be sent by
e-mail, in the body of the e-mail (no attachments), or by postal
mail. Response time is up to two months. Free print sample can
be obtained by sending a SASE to the address above; the current
issue can be obtained by sending $1 plus a SASE or a 34-cent
stamp. Send query or completed article. If you are outside the
U.S. or Canada, please contact the editor for information on
payment options; TWP formerly offered payment to international
authors only via PayPal, but as PayPal has recently changed its
international policies, you should discuss this with the editor.

LENGTH:  Features should be 500-700 words for the e-zine, up to          
1,000 words for the print edition.
PAYMENT: $20 for original submissions, $10 for reprints, $8 for
         poetry. No payment for "last page bios," tips & advice,
         or websites.


"FNASR": First North American Serial Rights, "SASE":
self-addressed, stamped envelope, "simsubs": simultaneous
submissions, "mss": manuscript, "RT": response time, "GL":
guidelines, "cc": contributors' copies.

Please send market news to Moira Allen.

Karaoke Soaps Screenplay Competition: A major career move
disguised as a contest. It's fun! Submit screenplays to be aired
on AT&T Broadband/Time Warner. Next weekly deadline: March 26.
Information: http://www.zenopierremediaworks.com

                        WRITING CONTESTS

This section lists U.S.-based contests that are open to all
writers (around the world) and charge no entry fees (unless
otherwise noted). Unless otherwise noted, subject matter/theme
is open, and contests accept electronic entries (check contest
website for details).  For information on international contests.
see http://www.writing-world.com/international/contests.html


                     PATERSON FICTION PRIZE

GENRE: Novel or collection of short fiction, published in 2000
LENGTH: Book-length (published); send three copies of book
PRIZES: 1st $1000 - "for a novel or collection of short fiction
which, in the opinion of our judges, is the strongest work of
fiction published in 2000."
CONTACT: Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Director, Poetry Center, Passaic
County Community College, One College Blvd., Paterson, NJ 07505
URL: http://www.pccc.cc.nj.us/poetry/fiction.html



GENRE: Fiction (see below)
THEME: Seeking "the most well-written and creative conclusion to
the first two chapters of Mark Twain's [unfinished] short story,
'A Murder, A Mystery and a Marriage'.  Entries must continue from
these original chapters."
LENGTH: 5,000 words maximum
PRIZES: 1st $5,000; 2nd $3,000, 3rd $1,000; competition also
available for young writers (between 14 and 18), with prizes of
$1,000, $500 and $250.
CONTACT: Community Relations, Mark Twain Writing Competition,
Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203-1887
URL: http://www.buffalolib.org/ - full details about the contest,
the first two chapters, etc. are posted online.

Writing World's Contest Listings are sponsored by THE WORLD'S
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            Lawrence Schimel (Poetic License)
            Peggy Tibbetts (Advice from a Caterpillar)

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