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                    W R I T I N G  W O R L D

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Issue 1:03              3250 subscribers           April 5, 2001
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       CONTENTS:
       From the Editor's Desk
       New on Writing-World.com
       News from the World of Writing
       The Write Sites
       COLUMN: The Writing Desk: "Don't Be a Wimp!"
       FEATURE: Self-Promotion for the Emerging Writer
                by Gayle Trent
       Market Roundup/Writing Contests
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                      FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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We're in the Top 101!
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Writing-World.com made the Writer's Digest list of Top 101
websites for writers!  Woo-hoo!  Not bad for a site that's been
online for just under two months!

Other good news: I have a column (or more accurately, columns) in
The Writer. Beginning in June, you'll see my byline on the
"Dispatches" column (news and trivia from the literary scene) and
on the "new markets" section. It's great fun, and the magazine's
new look is excellent!

Speaking of Markets...
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I know one thing I miss about Inklings: Market researchers!  All
I had to do was sit back, relax, and edit the listings sent in by
our intrepid band of market hunters... Now I'm the hunter, but
I'm happy to say that the hunt is going well, and I have a file
bulging with market information. Here's how markets are chosen
for inclusion in Writing World:

1) I'm focusing primarily on online markets, simply because I
don't know of any other publication that does so. That doesn't
mean that other markets will be ignored, however! If someone
says "I'm looking for writers," I want to know!

2) I list only paying markets -- and only markets that pay at
least $20 for features. I want to stay away from the "nickel
and dime" markets -- if you're a beginner, and your work is
good enough for a $5 market, it's good enough for a $20 market.

3) I will generally NOT list markets that demand all rights, but
may make occasional exceptions. My feeling on such markets is
that the more they are promoted, the stronger the argument that
such demands are "standard" in the industry. I will not feature
"work-for-hire" markets under any circumstances.

If you have a bad experience (or a good one!) with a market
listed in Writing World, please let me know.

                        -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)
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                    NEW ON WRITING-WORLD.COM
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April Columns:
Advice from a Caterpillar (by Peggy Tibbetts)
Where ideas come from; how to find an illustrator for a self-
published children's book; how to find an agent. (Send questions
about children's writing to peggyt[at]siltnet.net.)
     http://www.writing-world.com/caterpillar/current.html

A Few Minutes with Teresa Medeiros, by Gayle Trent
     http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/medeiros.html

Boiling Your Article Down to Size, by Lisa Beamer
     http://www.writing-world.com/general/beamer.html

Creating Memorable Characters, by Lee Masterson
          http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/characters.html

Frequently Asked Questions About Children's Writing, by Anne
LeMieux, David Lubar, and Marilyn Singer
     http://www.writing-world.com/children/FAQ.html

Give and You Shall Receive, by Terri Mrosko
     http://www.writing-world.com/general/network.html

The Mummy Master: Interview with James Deem, by Peggy Tibbetts
     http://www.writing-world.com/children/deem.html

Poetic Forms: The Triolet, by Conrad Geller
     http://www.writing-world.com/poetry/triolet.html

Writing for US and UK Health Publications, by Rachel Newcombe
     http://www.writing-world.com/international/health.html

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                  NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Amazon Changes Listings on POD Books
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According to a recent announcement on Xlibris, Amazon.com is
listing print-on-demand titles as "not currently available."
This apparently affects all print-on-demand providers; the
reason for the listing was not given. BarnesandNoble.com and
Borders.com are still listing POD titles as available.

Tasini Decision Not Expected Until Summer
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Most of the writing and publishing newsletters and announcement
lists are buzzing with the latest updates on the Supreme Court's
review of the Tasini electronic rights case. There are loads of
articles online about the case and the arguments on both sides,
but don't hold your breath for a final outcome; no decision is
expected on this case until summer.

Photographer Wins Case Against National Geographic
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In a case that has some relationship to the Tasini case,
freelance photographer Jerry Greenberg won his suit against
National Geographic, in which he alleged that NGS had infringed
upon his copyright by republishing his photos in their CD-ROM
compilations. This is an interesting precedent, in that the
CD-ROMS did, in fact, reproduce the magazines exactly as
originally published (a key point of contention in the Tasini
case is that articles were made available separately from the
original publications). Greenberg's photos, however, were also
included in a morphing display of Geographic covers. See http://www.inside.com/jcs/Story?article_id=26636&pod_id=7 for
more information.

Spam Bill Moves Forward
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Tired of pitches for Viagra, vacations, credit cards, pagers
and porn sites? A House committee unanimously approved a bill
that would require solicitors to provide a valid e-mail address
so that recipients can request removal from the mailing list.
The bill has passed the House Committee on Energy and Commerce,
and will now go to a floor vote.

PayPal Less Helpful for International Accounts
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Writers (and editors) rejoiced when PayPal made it possible to
send and receive funds internationally for much less than the
cost of cashing a foreign-currency check. Initially, non-U.S.
participants could have funds transferred to their credit
cards. However, PayPal has run into problems with the credit
card companies, and has temporarily suspended this option.
At present, only customers with U.S., Canadian, German, French
or UK bank accounts can receive funds. Other international
customers can send funds using a credit card, but not receive
them. PayPal hopes to resolve this soon. For more information,
visit http://www.paypal.com and click on "International."

Themestream Problems Continue
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Themestream contributors have recently been informed that
Themestream is no longer offering individual customer support,
and is looking for alternatives to deal with "emergencies."
It is also pulling its discussion boards, stating that "We
have found that they are not a valued part of the Themestream
service" and that "Taking them off... will help streamline our
web site offering." It is also canceling its "Contributors
Wrap" column, until it can find the "internal resources to
write, publish and respond to your inquiries."

eBookNet Closes
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Gemstar has shut down eBookNet.com, laying off its staff.
According to former site editor Wade Roush, Gemstar declared
that it needed to "focus on their content and device
operations in the eBook marketplace, and that there isn't a
place in this strategy for the kind of neutral journalistic
coverage and community discussion represented by eBookNet."
(Gosh, sounds familiar.) Roush asks readers to visit
http://www.sciencescribe.com for news of his future ventures.

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                         THE WRITE SITES
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National Association of Women Writers - Correction
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The correct URL for this organization is: http://www.naww.org/

Writer Beware: Print On Demand
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Victoria Strauss has added an excellent article on Print on
Demand to her Writer Beware website, offering a number of
cautions to keep in mind when seeking a POD publisher.
     http://www.sfwa.org/beware/printondemand.html

Orchard Press Mystery and Writers Links
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A great collection of links to mystery books, shows, writing
sites, chats, organizations, research sites and more.
     http://www.orchardpressmysteries.com/links.html

History Research Online
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Danger! If you're a history buff, or are looking for historical
sources for research, don't visit this site unless you have a
LOT of time on your hands. It offers history by period,
timelines, topics and methods, and keyword search.
     http://members.aol.com/historyresearch/

Postage Chart for Writers
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This site can help you calculate how much postage you'll need
on your outgoing envelope and SASE. It assumes that you're
using a 9x12 envelope; if you use a regular #10 envelope and
SASE for smaller submissions, you can usually mail about 3
pages and a SASE for a single first-class stamp.
     http://www.mirror.org/terry.hickman/Postage.htm

Famous Quotes and Quotations
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Loads and loads of quotes from famous folks and authors.
     http://www.startingpage.com/html/quotations.html

The Bookwire Index: Author Websites
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Links to sites by and about famous and not-so-famous authors,
past and present.
     http://www.bookwire.com/index/author-websites.html

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Moira Allen, offers the obsessive-compulsive's guide to the
absolute best on the web -- and it's free with the electronic
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THE WRITING DESK
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                        by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

Don't Be a Wimp!
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Q: I want to submit an article to a magazine that pays $X, but I
think the article is worth more. How do I go about asking for a
higher rate? I'm a wimp when it comes to asking about money; it
makes me physically ill. I don't want to look bad, but I don't
want to take less than my work is worth. What do I do?

A: First, stop worrying about "how you look" when you ask for
money. I have heard this concern many, many times --but I have to
say, in all honesty, that I have heard it ONLY from women. Do we
have some sort of cultural/social/esteem issue that keeps us from
discussing money? If so, ladies, we need to get over it!

Editors expect you to behave like a professional. No one needs to
know how you feel, whether your palms are sweaty or you're
breaking out in hives at the thought of asking for extra pay. All
you need to do is present a professional appearance on paper or
by e-mail. The only editors who will have a problem with a writer
who acts professionally are those who PREFER to deal with timid,
inexperienced writers (because such writers are easier to take
advantage of).

That being said, however, let's look at the rest of the question.
Most editors take a dim view of a writer who submits an article
for the first time, and asks for a higher rate of pay than what
is offered in the publication's guidelines. When you submit to
a market, the editor assumes that by doing so, you have chosen
to accept the terms specified in the guidelines. If you aren't
willing to accept that payment range, you should be looking for
another market that offers what you want.

The time to start asking for a higher pay rate (especially if
the market offers a "range" of rates) is after you've sold your
second or third article to that editor. At that point, you're a
regular contributor, not a "new writer," and you'll have a much
stronger case.

Before you ask for a raise, however, take a look at what is
happening to your work after you submit it. Does it go in pretty
much as you wrote it? Or do you see a lot of changes? If you see
lots of changes, this could be a sign that the editor thinks you
need a lot of editing. This could be a personal issue with that
editor, or it could be that your work truly needs work. The point
is, you need to know how the editor perceives YOU, before you try
to negotiate for more money.

If the editor perceives you as someone who does NOT need a lot of
"work" -- s/he doesn't have to ask for revisions on every article,
and your material is published very nearly as submitted -- then
you are a valuable commodity to that editor. We LOVE people like
this! When such writers ask for more money, if it's possible, we
like to oblige.

It's also important to know the criteria for different levels of
payment. For some publications, criteria include the "difficulty"
of the article. For example, they'll pay more for a piece that
includes interviews with four or five experts, and/or is on a
technical/difficult subject, than for a light "off the top of
your head" personal experience piece. The more in-depth, complex,
and researched the article, the more likely you can ask for more.

This could be a good starting point for your request. Let's say
you've written two articles that have been thorough, but not too
complicated. Now you write a third, and it's a more difficult
subject, requiring more research. You could approach the editor
with a statement like:

"As you can see, this piece required considerably more research
than some of the previous articles I've written for you. It
involved several interviews, and a lot of fact-checking.
Consequently, I feel that it might be worth a higher rate than
you have paid in the past. I note that your pay range is between
XXX and XXX -- any chance that you could bump this one up a bit
on the scale?"

Another approach is to simply ask. Let's say you've written
several pieces, all fairly similar in complexity, but you now
feel that you're a "regular." Mention this to the editor:

"I notice that your guidelines indicate that you have a pay range
from XXX to XXX. I assume that the lower end of this range is the
rate you offer writers who are new to the publication. As I've
now contributed (X) articles, I'd like to think I've graduated
from the "new and untested" category, and moved up to the status
of regular contributor. Any chance that my pay could be adjusted
to reflect that?"

Yet another approach is to ask, flat out, what the criteria are
for higher payments: "I notice that your guidelines specify a
pay range of XXX to XXX. Can you tell me what the criteria are
for the higher rates? I'd like to offer you the best possible
product, and knowing exactly what you are looking for will help!"

Keep in mind that not all editors control the pay rates. If a
range is specified, however, chances are that the editor has a
voice in what writers are paid, and it never hurts to ask. Again,
don't let fear stand in the way. The key is "professionalism."
Go for it!

    >>-----------------------------------------------------<<

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

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SELF-PROMOTION FOR THE EMERGING WRITER
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                             by Gayle Trent (gayletrent[at]aol.com)


Congratulations!  You've finally had that first manuscript
published. Now begins the REAL work: promoting it.

When my romantic suspense novel, "Photo Finish," was published by
Neighborhood Press Publishing Company, I was thrilled. Then I
became terrified. How would I sell it? Neighborhood Press is a
small press that doesn't have the money to sponsor its writers
like some of the bigger houses. I didn't know a thing about self-
promotion at the time, but I became a fast learner.  And here's
what I learned (some of it through the advice of other authors,
and some through my own mistakes):

Make Your Own Promotional Materials
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* Bookmarks made on card stock paper are portable and easy to
distribute.   Put them in your local library, in bookstores, and
carry a stash in your car. Who knows? You might run across a book
fair!

* Postcards are more personal and allow you to do direct mailings
at .20 per card.  Postcards are great to send to former teachers,
your friends, your neighbors, and the people who said your
manuscript would never see the light of day.

* Flyers and brochures give a more in-depth overview of your work
and are a great way to reach bookstore buyers.

* Pens or tiny goody baskets (with your business card or
bookmark included) are great to give away at writing conferences,
at writers' groups, or at speaking engagements.

As for those speaking engagements, they're a great way to promote
your book.  Offer to speak to library groups, schools, writers'
groups and retirement homes. Go to your Chamber of Commerce to
find groups seeking speakers.

Use Mailings and Web Promotion
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* Join an e-mail discussion list so that one e-mail message can
reach many people at once.   However, before sending a
promotional e-mail, make sure it is within the group's guidelines.

* Learn how to write a good press release.  You don't want to
sound arrogant, but you don't want to sound too humble either.
Check out writers' instructional sites to get pointers on
preparing and sending a professional press release.

* Make a list of your clients, contacts (other writers, newspaper
editors, etc.), and friends (postal as well as e-mail addresses)
and send them:

Via e-mail: News of your latest accomplishments (make this as
brief as possible, don't be too self-congratulatory, and thank
them for their support and encouragement); congratulations on
their accomplishments; industry news you might have happened
across that you know would be of interest.

Via snail mail: Holiday cards (if you write horror or mystery
fiction, send Halloween cards featuring your characters). Send
Thanksgiving cards to set yours apart from Christmas cards; if
you send Christmas cards, send them early, late or make them
more memorable to separate you from the rest of the "crowd."
(One writer who writes medieval romances sends "Yuletide
Greetings from the Castle Minstrel" each year.)

Network
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* Attend a writers' conference. The Writer's Digest web site has
up-to-date conference listings, and you can search by writing
type or genre and/or location. At the first conference I attended,
I met the woman who ultimately published "Photo Finish."

* Become affiliated with a writing organization.  These
organizations offer many benefits such as up-to-date market
information and changes in guidelines and/or policies, and can
help you avoid a bad situation by keeping you abreast of unfair
dealings. Some can also help somewhat in policing the industry.

* Join a writing group.  If nothing else, you'll meet people
who share your interest in writing.  Writing can be a lonely,
complicated, frustrating business that can only truly be
understood by another dedicated writer.   Sometimes you just
need a little tea and sympathy.

Arrange Book Signings
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* Send a press release to area newspapers in the locations of
your signings about a week prior.  If you have advance reading
copies, send one along.  A good review will increase interest in
your signing.

* Do some signings at a friend's house, convention center, etc.,
by invitation only.  This makes the invitees feel special and
almost guarantees sales.  Serve refreshments and make the
gathering a festive, intimate occasion.

There are some book signing pitfalls to avoid.  Don't schedule
your signings until you actually have copies of your books in
your hands. I received my books (which I'd never before seen in
final form) at my first book signing, 15 minutes before I was to
begin. For two signings, the books did not arrive and the signing
had to be canceled at the last minute. I suggest you determine
how many signings you plan to do, get ten times that number of
books, and then schedule the signings. Also, don't schedule your
signings too close together. I set up eight signings within a
two-hour driving radius of my house within a single month. This
was exhausting and took a lot of the fun out of my signings.

Get Your Work Reviewed
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* If you have friends who are established writers, send them
advance reading copies of your book so that perhaps one or two of
them will give you a "blurb" -- a quote you can use telling
readers how great you and/or your book are. An established
author already has a certain amount of reader loyalty, and many
readers will buy your book based on another author's endorsement.

* Have your book reviewed by magazines (online and print).  Put
the good reviews in your press release and on your bookmarks.
Let the dog bury the bad ones, if there are any.

Mind Your Manners
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Thank-you notes will never go out of vogue.  A simple,
handwritten thank-you note will ensure that when the recipients
speak of you later -- and they will -- they will do so with
kindness.

    >>-----------------------------------------------------<<

Gayle Trent has been writing for several years. Her first novel,
PHOTO FINISH, was published in October 1999. Her most recent,
MAMA LIKED BLUE (a children's story addressing prejudice) is
available from Kudlicka Publishing (http://www.kudlicka.com).
Trent lives in Virginia with her husband, two children, a huge
white puppy, a mini-lop rabbit, and the neighbor's cat (it came
to visit and is still there). Visit her web page at
http://hometown.aol.com/gayletrent/myhomepage/profile.html

Copyright (c) 2001 Gayle Trent

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                          MARKET ROUNDUP
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CYBER AGE ADVENTURES
Tom Waltz, Submissions Editor
http://www.cyberageadventures.com
GL: http://www.cyberageadventures.com/ezine.html
E-mail: tom[at]cyberageadventures.com

CYBER AGE ADVENTURES is constantly seeking ground-breaking,
thought-provoking fiction that reinvents the superhero. We are
looking for stories about people with themes and conflicts with
which our readers can identify. As a publication, we have the
luxury of only accepting those stories that meet our exacting
criteria. As creators, you have the luxury of not submitting
your work until you have a story worth telling. If we both
exercise our rights, we'll be in great shape... In a sense, you
could say that we are looking for stories that take an X-Files
approach. That is, the subject matter is fantastical and yet
the tone for the story never gets reduced to absurdity. Lastly,
as with any other magazine, we have our own style. Make sure
you've at least read through a few of our issues before you
submit your story... The number one mistake writers make when
submitting stories to us is that they try to tell us comic book
stories. Get this straight right now: Cyber Age Adventures isn't
a comic book. We're an award-winning literary magazine that
publishes our own unique brand of fiction... The long and the
short of it is this: Tell me a great story. But tell me a great
story set in a world where people can do fantastic things. If
you're writing a tale about a hero who can hurl lightning bolts
from his hands, then I want that arc of electricity to be just as
convincing to our readers as if you'd just described the face on
a five dollar bill. When you write your story, I want to smell
the burnt ozone. I want the victim of that bolt to have his
fingernails turn black (an interesting side effect to a lightning
strike that will lend your story more credibility). But most of
all, don't forget that there's a person behind that mask. There's
a living, breathing soul inside that costume and they have a life
that's just as wonderful, and just as terrible as yours... Within
the setting of a superhero universe, you can tell a romance, a
mystery, a horror -- anything you can imagine. But you must be
ever mindful of your setting. It's not unlike writing a story in
deep space. There are certain rules that must be obeyed... This
is the long and the short of it: just don't suck. Response Time:
As our elimination process has become more stringent, acceptance
letters may take up to four weeks to find their way into your
mailbox. Rejection letters are significantly faster, arriving
usually within the week. (EDITOR'S NOTE: All characters must be
original. Do not submit stories about superheroes in other stories,
comics, etc. TIP: Review the excellent TUTORIALS on the site before
submitting. - MA)

LENGTH:  1000-3000 words
RIGHTS:  One-time electronic and print rights, plus e-book
         rights for POD anthologies. Story will appear on site
         for 90 days.
PAYMENT: 5-7c/word
REPRINTS: No

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OSDN/NEWSFORGE
Robin Miller, Editor in Chief
http://osdn.com
http://www.newsforge.com
E-mail: editors[at]newsforge.com

OSDN is the world's premier source of news and information about
Linux and Open Source software. The Web site in our network most
open to freelance submissions -- we buy between three and five
"outside" stories every week for it -- is NewsForge. We are
*only* interested in news stories about Linux and Open Source
software and matters that directly affect their development and
use. We are a specialized "tech news" publisher that concentrates
on this specific market niche. We prefer new writers who have
technical expertise in our niche over experienced writers who
pay dues to Mr. Bill. All submissions with the "mark of the
beast" in them will instantly be sent to /dev/null. (If you know
what this means, please submit to us. If you don't, there may be
other media that will welcome you, but we aren't interested in
your work.) We want to see news (not opinions) that specifically
relate to Linux and Open Source. Chances are, if you are
qualified to write for us, you are already familiar with our Web
sites and know what we publish. Submit via e-mail only, in
plain ASCII text; finished articles should contain basic HTML,
but nothing fancy. We usually respond to queries within 24 hours.

LENGTH:  "Rather loose here" - 500-2500 words
RIGHTS:  First online and electronic archive rights.
PAYMENT: $100 to $400 per story

    >>-----------------------------------------------------<<

GORP
Robert Andrejewski, Editor
Gorp.com, 22 W.19th St., 8th Floor, New York, NY 10011; fax
(212) 675-8114
URL http://www.gorp.com
GL: http://www.gorp.com/gorp/freelance/guide.htm
E-mail: roba[at]gorp.com

GORP is the Web's core resource for information on outdoor
recreation and adventure travel.  We are dedicated to providing
our readers with practical information on outdoor destinations
and activities while highlighting the gear and skills that make
exploring nature more enjoyable.  GORP is always looking for
professional writers and photographers. We are especially
interested in articles from established authors that are
available for reprint on our site.  We also welcome unsolicited
manuscripts (include SASE if you want them returned). If you have
corresponding photos or artwork for which you have the rights,
please mention that in the query. If you haven't written for us
before, please visit our Web site and familiarize yourself with
our existing material. Our site has thousands of articles on it.
Your best bet as a GORP freelancer is to suggest material tailored
to one of our interest areas, as outlined below:

Activities: Including but not limited to biking, birding, camping,
climbing, dogsledding, downhill and x-country skiing, ecology,
fishing, hiking, horseback riding, paddling, photography, scenic
driving, scuba diving, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and wildlife
viewing.  Stories include, for example, a roundup of activities
or trips in a specific region, skill-building tips, how-to
articles, or pieces on adventurous travel to exotic climes.

Regional attractions: GORP spotlights specific destinations and
regions such as parks, forests, wilderness areas, historic sites,
recreation areas, and seashores. If you have knowledge of an area
in which our coverage is lacking, we'd especially like to hear
from you.

Regional roundups: A summary of the adventure opportunities in or
near major cities or destinations. We'll also consider summaries
of weekend getaways centered around a specific city.

Off-the-beaten-track adventures: Alternative vacations, doing
something different, going to out-of-the-way places.

Conservation: Feature stories about issues that affect outdoor
enthusiasts, including environmentally oriented adventures from
around the world, and updates on ongoing environmental efforts.

Gear: Accessible and informative reviews on the gear that makes
the outdoor lifestyle possible.

Before you query, please use our search facility to make sure
that we don't already have an article on the same subject. If we
have an article but it's very short or incomplete, feel free to
query us, and note that you think you can provide us with better
coverage. Please send your article for review as a Microsoft Word
6.0 document or text document, or paste it into e-mail. Please
include a list of publication credentials and a list of reprints
you feel would be of interest to GORP.com.  Sidebars, photos, and
links are always appreciated.  In general, we do not purchase
articles on spec or introductory pages; however, if you would like
to send in an outline to see if we have interest in a certain
area, please do so. Please Note: Due to the volume of submissions,
not all queries will be given a response. Otherwise, response time
is usually around 2 months.

LENGTH:  1000-1500 words
RIGHTS:  Non-exclusive electronic rights, including the right to
         archive "as long as we deem necessary."
PAYMENT: $100-$300 or higher
REPRINTS: Yes

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MARKET NEWS:

LIFESERV, profiled in the last issue, is currently NOT accepting
freelance submissions.

HEALTHGATE, an online medical web site, is no longer accepting
queries from freelancers.  In a letter to a contributor, the
editor stated: "Because of the widespread discontent that was
evident following our last two open query periods, we have
decided that we will no longer accept queries from contributors.
All queries will be done on an invitation-only basis. In other
words, we will come to you individually with our story needs. If
you are unavailable, that is our loss."

John Hollon, formerly of Pets.com, is the new editorial director
of FANCY PUBLICATIONS, which publishes Cat Fancy, Dog Fancy,
Bird Talk, and nearly 30 other monthly, bimonthly and annual pet
publications. More information on the various publications is
available at http://www.animalnetwork.com.

The FANTASY, FOLKLORE AND FAIRYTALES (http://fff.fantasytoday)
ezine has temporarily suspended publication while its editor
transitions to the UK. Publication will resume "as soon as
practical." No word on the status of accepted/pending material.

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"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.

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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
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                        WRITING CONTESTS
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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

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       SCRIPTAPALOOZA'S ANNUAL SCREENWRITING COMPETITION

DEADLINE: April 16
GENRE: Screenplay
THEME: Open
LENGTH: 90-130 pages
PRIZES: 1st $25,000, 2nd $3,000, 3rd $2,000
FEE: $50
ONLINE ENTRY: No
CONTACT: Scriptapalooza, 7775 Sunset Blvd, PMB #200, Hollywood,
CA 90046 USA.
PH: 323-654-5809 FAX: 323-656-7260
WEBSITE: http://www.scriptapalooza.com
E-MAIL: info[at]scriptapalooza.com

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                   MARINE CORPS ESSAY CONTEST

DEADLINE: May 1
GENRE: Essay
THEME: Essays must discuss current issues and new directions for
the Marine Corps
LENGTH: 3,000 words maximum
PRIZES: 1st $1,000, 2nd $750, 3rd $500, plus publication
ONLINE ENTRY: No
CONTACT: Marine Corps Essay Contest, US Naval Institute, 291
Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402-5034, PH: 410-268-6110,
FAX: 410-269-7940
WEBSITE: http://www.usni.org/Membership/CONTESTS.htm
E-MAIL: kclarke[at]usni.org

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                      RED DRESS INK BOOKS

DEADLINE: May 1
GENRE: Book
THEME: Red Dress Ink Books, a new women's fiction program, is
seeking a few good women -- young, creative women who are ready
to start a new chapter in their lives by writing the next
generation of strong, sassy, urban books. Red Dress Ink is
searching for the right authors to create stories about city
girls -- 20-something-plus women who are discovering themselves,
sharing apartments, meeting men, struggling with careers,
stressing for success. Strong, pragmatic and relevant, the books
reflect life as it is at the beginning of the 21st century in
North America's urban centers where the living isn't always easy
but opportunities abound. They show life as it is experienced by
these women, with humor, energy and a touch of irony. Themed to
"a woman's life in the city," the style of writing is light,
accessible, clever and full of witty observations. The dialogue
is sharp and true-to-life; the characters drawn from real life.
Point-of-view is first person/third person, as well as multiple
viewpoints, if needed. Settings can range from major North
American cities to international settings such as Paris and
London. Entries will be judged by an in-house panel based on
voice (40%), content (30%) and writing skills (30%).
LENGTH: First chapter and outline of novels of 90,000-110,000
words
PRIZES: 1st $1000, 2nd $500, 3rd $250
ONLINE ENTRY: No
CONTACT: Red Dress Ink Writing Contest, 300 E. 42nd St., 6th
Floor, New York, NY 10017
NOTE: Open only to U.S. residents age 18 and older. Manuscript
must not have been previously published or have won awards in
other contests.

*Source: Inscriptions

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                 NEW YORK UNIVERSITY PRESS PRIZES

DEADLINE: May 2
GENRE: Poetry, novel, short fiction collection
THEME: Open
LENGTH: Book-length MS
PRIZES: 1st $1,000 plus publication
ONLINE ENTRY: No
CONTACT: The New York University Press Prizes, Attn: Poetry, c/o
New York University Press, 70 Washington Square South, New York,
NY 10012-1091, PH: 212-998-2575/800-996-6987, FAX: 212-9965-3833
WEBSITE: http://www.nyupress.nyu.edu

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                  SUNDANCE FEATURE FILM PROGRAM

DEADLINE: May 4
GENRE: Screenplay
THEME: Open. Sundance Institute is interested in supporting
original, compelling, human stories that reflect the
independent vision of the writer and/or writer/director.
LENGTH: Do not send the screenplay. Submit an application, cover
letter, resume/bio, synopsis not to exceed two pages, first five
pages of the script, and the entry fee.
PRIZES: Participation in the prestigious residential lab &
travel expenses for 10-15 winners.
FEE: $30
ONLINE ENTRY: No
CONTACT: The Sundance Institute, 225 Santa Monica Blvd., 8th
Floor, Santa Monica, CA 90401, PH: 310-394-4662,
FAX: 310-394-8353
WEBSITE: http://www.sundance.org

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