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                             PART 1

  A World of Writing Information - For Writers Around the World


Issue 1:10-1           4950 subscribers            July 12, 2001
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       From the Editor's Desk
       News from the World of Writing
       New on Writing-World.com
       FEATURE: Online Marketplaces: Moneymakers or Madhouses?
            by Loralei Walker
       The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
       WRITING DESK: Submitting Reprints, by Moira Allen
       Market Roundup/Writing Contests

                      FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

Welcome to Issue #10!
It's hard to believe that the Writing World newsletter is on its
tenth issue. (Only its tenth?) It's even harder to believe that,
in the space of ten issues, we've gathered 5000 subscribers. (As
I write this, it's really only 4950, but we're edging closer with
every e-mail.) You're all wonderful, and I thank you from the
bottom of my heart for making this newsletter (and the website)
such a success. (Number 5000, whoever you are, will receive a
free copy of my new book, "The Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches
and Proposals" as soon as it is published -- and I've received
the publisher's assurance that I will be able to offer another
five copies in a drawing in September.) Which brings me to:

Our First Drawing
Several advertisers have offered prizes to Writing-World.com
readers, so I'm testing out the new "drawing" system with this
issue. If you'd like to win an electronic copy of my book,
"Writing.com: Creative Internet Strategies to Advance Your
Writing Career" (along with a copy of its companion, "1200
Online Resources for Writers"), please go to the "Drawing" page
at http://www.writing-world.com/admin1/drawing.html and enter
your e-mail address. Your e-mail will be used ONLY for the
drawing; it will not be retained or added into a mailing list.
Five copies of the book will be given away; deadline to enter
is July 20, 2001.

Do You Freelance Full-Time?
If you make a living as a freelancer, I'd like to interview you
for a future article for Writing World. Please send your e-mail
address to Moira Allen with "Freelancer" in the
subject heading, and I'll be in touch!

                        -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)
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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


Postal Rates Increase
This one snuck up quietly: Rates for U.S. first class mail have
gone up (again), as well as rates for media mail (books etc.).
The basic first-class rate (1 ounce) remains the same; rates for
each additional ounce have risen to $.23.  Thus, a two-ounce
first-class letter now costs $.57, three ounces costs $.80, etc.
Media mail rates have risen $.03 per pound. If you're a non-U.S.
resident and want to include a SASE with a query or submission
to a U.S. publication, you'll need $1.03 in postage.

"Book" Does Not Necessarily Mean "E-Book"
RosettaBooks triumphed over Random House in court yesterday when
federal judge Sidney Stein denied Random House's request for a
preliminary injunction to block RosettaBooks from selling digital
editions of books formerly published in print by Random House.
The requested injunction was part of Random House's copyright
infringement suit against RosettaBooks; Stein declared, however,
that "Random House is not likely to succeed on the merits of its
copyright infringement claim." Key to the decision is Stein's
ruling that the term "book" in a book contract does not
automatically include e-books. Thus, publishers who have not
explicitly included electronic rights clauses in their contracts
(such clauses have begun to appear only in the past 15 years)
cannot claim that their contracts "cover" electronic editions of
books previously published in print. Ironically, Stein cited
Random House's own Webster's Unabridged Dictionary definition of
"book" as "a written or printed work of fiction or nonfiction,
usually on sheets of paper fastened or bound together within
covers." Electronic digital editions, he ruled, are a different
medium and therefore must be treated separately in a contract.
The complete opinion can be downloaded from the RosettaBooks
site at http://www.rosettabooks.com/pages/legal.html (click on
"Opinion" in the first paragraph). For more information, see

Tasini, Author's Guild to File Suit
The National Writer's Union and the Author's Guild intend to file
suit against the New York Times company over release forms that
they consider "coercive." For several years, the NYT has required
contributors to sign retroactive release forms, giving up their
copyright not only to current submissions but also to any articles
previously sold to the Times. The suit will claim that such
releases are "unconscionable" and play upon "economic duress,"
but experts are dubious as to whether the suit will be successful.

E-Books at the Airport
In Australia, you can buy an e-book on your way to catch a plane.
W.H. Smith has tested an e-book vending machine system, and will
soon be installing "Zoom Systems e-Book Stores" throughout the
country. Each machine houses up to 25 fiction and nonfiction
bestseller titles, and can be purchased directly from the machine.

Instant Books?
Jeff Marsh, a Missouri engineer, has developed the "PerfectBook"
bookbinding machine, which can print, bind and trim a book of
any size in minutes. This is an advance on existing POD machines,
which still require a technician to "walk" the book through
several production steps. The machine is about the size of a
large photocopier and requires no special skill to operate.
According to a Business 2.0 reporter, "Watching the book move
along is a bit like watching a doughnut go through a Krispy
Kreme machine." The machine works from digital files, but as
the books are printed (rather than delivered electronically), it
eliminates piracy concerns. Marsh envisions distributing the
machine throughout the planet, making the entire body of human
literature and knowledge available to the world: "I see this
going into places like India or Brazil where you have real
distribution needs." The problem: So far, the vast majority of
that "body" is not yet in digital form, and the process of
converting it is time-consuming and expensive.


                    NEW ON WRITING-WORLD.COM
Creating a Realistic Fantasy World, by Penny Ehrenkranz

Establishing the Right Point of View: How to Avoid "Stepping Out
of Character", by Marg Gilks

How to Protect Yourself from Questionable Agents, by Marg Gilks

The Tasini Decision: A Victory for Writers? by Moira Allen
(includes interview with lawyer Charles Petit)

Writing: Business or Art? by Tina Miller

Writing Mini-Profiles for Maximium Profit, by Lisa Beamer

Moira Allen's new column on novel-writing, hosted by the Long
Ridge Writer's Group. Column 1: "What Kind of Novel Are You

Be sure to check the "Writers Wanted" section of the Author
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                   by Loralei Walker (loralei[at]just-write4you.com)

With the ever-increasing amount of work being outsourced by large
and small corporations, it's no wonder that the number of online
marketplaces is also on the rise. While many of these sites offer
free memberships to freelancers, the new trend is towards charging
a monthly or a yearly fee. Is it worth the time, the effort, and
the money? The answer to that is best left to the individual, but
here's some information that may help you make that decision:

How Online Marketplaces Work
While there are many online marketplaces, there is only one
giant. eLance has managed to corner the market on all of the best
jobs out there. Others include Guru, Bullhorn, and Smarterwork,
just to name a few.

Each site works slightly differently. For all sites, you create
a profile, listing your skills, expertise, recent experience,
etc. Smarterwork requires that you become qualified as an
"expert" in any category that you wish to look for work. You may
either take a short test and qualify with at least 75% correct
answers, or you may submit a letter outlining your qualifications.
For Guru.com, you can also submit professional references, and
choose whether or not to display various sections of your profile.
With eLance, all categories you fill in will be displayed on your
profile. eLance also gives you the option to create a portfolio of
your work that can be viewed by prospective clients. Other
marketplaces do not offer the opportunity to create a portfolio,
but they all allow you to direct a person to a URL where your work
may be seen. If you are a new writer, or one whose work has
previously only appeared in print, you might want to create a
simple website where your work may be viewed. If you have any
published work, list when and where each piece was published. If
not, then just fill your site with a few great examples of what
you can do.

Once your profile is in order, it is time to search the site for
projects you are interested in. While each site works differently,
the concept is the same. Buyers post jobs, and service providers
search the database for projects using categories or keywords.
Then comes the pitch. This is where service providers (that's
you) state their qualifications, and try to convince the buyers
exactly why they are the best person for the job. Some use
experience, others use education and work background, and,
unfortunately, some use a bid price that is far below standard.

The problem with offering work for little or no pay in order to
gain experience is that it may come back to haunt you. On eLance,
monies earned within the last six months are visible when you
place your bid. If you wish to bid closer to standard pricing on
a project, a buyer need only view your feedback history to see
what you have accepted previously for similar projects, and ask
you to work for the same price again.

With Guru, you choose whether or not to display your contact
information to prospective buyers when you make your pitch,
allowing the buyer to contact you directly. On eLance,
direct contact between buyers and providers is not permitted;
they do, however, offer a private message board that may be
initiated by a buyer in order to discuss projects, pay, etc.
with service providers. Another option for buyers is to view
profiles according to category. Depending on which marketplace
a buyer is using, they may either contact you directly, or
invite you to place a bid on a project. eLance also offers a
section of featured providers, with a rotation of providers set
by a schedule based on earnings, feedback etc. In order to be
featured with any regularity, however, you must be working and
being paid through their system consistently.

Counting the Cost
For writers, eLance's monthly fee is $25 for a basic service
provider, and $40 for the select service provider status. They
also charge a minimum $10 transaction fee for any work gained
through their services. If you're bidding on the best jobs listed,
these fees don't seem too unreasonable. However, at the time of
this writing, 5,000 service providers were listed in the writing
and translation category -- but only 70 projects.  On average, a
person would have to bid on 30 to 40 job listings to be awarded
one project.

Although Guru remains cost-free for the freelancer, Bullhorn and
Smarterwork both charge a 10% fee on any monies earned by the
service provider. Rumor has it that within the year, Bullhorn
will also be introducing a yearly fee of $39 to service providers.
While these and other marketplaces have much more realistic fee
and membership guidelines, the difference in the number of jobs
listed is striking. The search at Guru for writing jobs turned
up six opportunities; Smarterwork came in close second at having
four, and Bullhorn coming in third, offering an astounding zero
job postings in its copy writing section.

Is It Worth It?
While a person could sign on for many of the marketplaces hoping
to increase their chances of finding work, the sad truth is that
doing so might just be a waste of time. When reviewing the
different online marketplaces, I found that the majority of job
postings were listed on a number of different sites, with some
listed on as many as five marketplace sites. Essentially, what
this means is that you could spend hours searching and posting
for jobs on a number of sites, only to have the project awarded
through a site where you haven't placed a bid.

Another disheartening fact is that with so many providers out
there, competition is fierce, and buyers know it. Buyers look
for the best deal -- and unless they have received poor quality
work in exchange for a lower-than-standard rate, they usually
look for the best price as opposed to the most qualified person.
I have also seen cases where a buyer will send a message to
a number of service providers, stating that they have been
offered work for bargain basement prices, and asking whether the
service provider be willing to offer an even lower price. This is
done to create a "bidding frenzy" amongst providers, and is often
very effective. There are also many new writers willing to work
for substandard rates, and sometimes even for free, just to build
a portfolio, making it nearly impossible to compete for projects.

Online marketplaces may work for some, but for most writers,
there's still no substitute for building your own client base,
researching markets, and sending out queries and submissions the
old-fashioned way!


Loralei Walker is a full-time freelance writer from Vancouver,
British Columbia. Her work has appeared in a number of online
magazines, such as Freelance Jobs News and Absolute Write, as well
as numerous corporate websites. For more writing samples and links
to other articles, visit http://www.just-write4you.com.

       The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
       WRITING DESK: Submitting Reprints, by Moira Allen
       Market Roundup
       Writing Contests

                         THE WRITE SITES

ABYZ News Links
An impressive, easily searched site of U.S. and international
newspapers and other news media. The site is checked and updated
daily, and offers more than 16,800 news sources.

Antique Words (by C. J. Cherryh)
A list of words that were commonly used prior to the 1900's;
useful if you'd like to avoid anachronistic phrases in your
historical fiction.

Historical Fiction
There's not much to this site yet, but it looks as if it will
grow, and be of interest to fans and writers.

Internet Writing Workshop
Free workshops for a variety of styles and genres of writing.

Workshop/critique group for writers of full-length novels.

Literary Agent Listings
A growing list of agents who don't charge reading fees.

Authors, General Sources
Links to information and websites for children's authors.

Want more writing links? 1200 ONLINE RESOURCES FOR WRITERS, by
Moira Allen, offers the obsessive-compulsive's guide to the
absolute best on the web -- and it's free with the electronic
edition of Writing.com! For details, see

                         by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

Submitting Reprints

Q: In submitting reprints to potential markets, is it best to
send the actual published article, or should you submit a
manuscript? If there were photos involved, are they included at
the same time? Should a regular query be sent prior to sending
the article? When do you state that it IS a "reprint?"

A: There are two schools of thought on reprints. Some people
prefer to send a copy of the published article, as it appeared
in print. However, that doesn't really give the next publisher
anything to "work with" -- i.e., it can be difficult to convert
a tear-sheet into a usable manuscript. So others prefer to send

My own preference is to send both: A copy of the published
article, and a copy of the original manuscript. (If your
manuscript was heavily edited by the first publisher, AND you
believe it was improved by the editing, you might want to simply
retype the piece.)

If photos are involved, you can send them just as you would with
an original, or let the photos that were published with the first
publication stand as "examples" of what is available. If the
reprint is accepted, the new publication may want to select
different photos. (Of course, if you're sending a black-and-white
photocopy of the article, the quality of color photos may not be
easy to see, in which case you might want to send prints or just
indicate that photos are available.)

If you're submitting a reprint by e-mail, of course, this is all
a moot point; you'll have no way of submitting the original
published version of the article. In that case, simply submit
the manuscript, in whatever format the publication requests.

When selling reprints, it's considered courteous (and ethical) to
state upfront that it is a reprint, and where it was published
before. You can put this in your cover letter: "This article was
originally published in XXXXX, in (Month, Year)." Also state what
rights are available -- e.g., "One-time nonexclusive reprint
rights are available."

Generally, one doesn't bother to query on a reprint, as you have
already written the article, so you're not really looking for an
"assignment." Queries are more to save you time by preventing you
from going to the trouble of writing a new article before you know
that it will be accepted. Since a reprint has already been
written, it's usually best to send it directly, with a cover
letter. Just be sure that the publication accepts reprints, and
that your material wasn't originally published in a competing

It's also often possible to send reprints simultaneously to
different publications, IF they do not have an overlapping


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 by Moira Allen


                          MARKET ROUNDUP

Jeff Carlson
Windracer Film Co., 8790 66th SE, Alto, MI 49302
E-MAIL: windfilmco[at]aol.com
URL: http://www.windracerfilmco.org

I am a filmmaker looking for short scripts (3-5 minute
productions) that deal with moral issues, religious or biblical
topics, family issues, friendship, trust -- any type of life
lesson in an encouraging, questioning or authoritative format.

I am part of a nonprofit production company with the end market
for our library of productions being international, including
schools, churches and other groups depending on the topics of
each.  We pay $25 for each short we produce with the author
retaining all rights of ownership. If our productions can help
promote an authors work, all the better.

The immediate goal of Windracer Film Company is to provide
churches with materials appropriate for use within worship
services, small group meetings and youth group assemblies. We
will begin building a library of "shorts" (3-5 minute dramas,
comedies, discussions, etc.) and documentaries geared for various
age groups with a range of topics and messages.

Multiple submissions encouraged and this is an ongoing request --
no deadline.  Printed scripts will not be returned and replies
will be made if and when we wish to use a script. Script format
preferred, but story form is acceptable.

LENGTH: 3-5 minutes
RIGHTS: Author retains all rights
PAYMENT: $25 per script
SUBMISSIONS: Hardcopy script format preferred.


Sandra Willemson, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief
P.O. Box 350, Newfoundland, NJ 07435

XTREME WOMAN MAGAZINE is a new print publication serving the
metro area of NY/NJ. It will eventually go national, and is
"open to many ideas. Our main topics are alternative health,
organic products, environment, sexuality, information on
anything not ordinary, extraordinary women (with interesting
jobs, thoughts and ideas) and entertainment (books, music, movies,
dining etc.). Eclectic entertainment for extraordinary women is
our purpose. We would like writers to write what interests them
in an upbeat and positive way. We encourage the off-beat and
bohemian to apply. Don't send recipes, x-rated, fashion stories,
craft ideas or everyday housewife stories. Xtreme Woman is an
escape from the ordinary. Every issue will highlight an
extraordinary woman so... we also encourage these types of
stories." Send resume with areas of interest and expertise,
e-mail address and samples. If we are interested, we will
contact the writer by e-mail and have them send assignments
via private e-mail address.

LENGTH: Depends on assignment.
RIGHTS: If the idea was the writer's, rights will be negotiated.
Xtreme Woman claims all rights to material they assign (i.e., if
they generate the idea)
PAY: $25 - $100
SUBMISSIONS: Send queries with samples and resume to "Inquiry,"
c/o Xtreme Woman Magazine at the address above.


Vic Foster, Publisher/Editor
E-MAIL: foster[at]ultranet.ca
URL: http://www.travel-wise.com

Our focus is basically features about destinations and tourist
attractions. Our content is 100% freelance. We are constantly in
the market for new writers, and welcome reprints. We don't expect
the writer to dedicate a lot of time and work to update pieces,
other than the usual tailoring to fit our guidelines and word
count. We also accept original work. We welcome new and aspiring
writers looking for a place to be published, but their work must
meet the basic standards of good writing. Our stories are all
first-person accounts, and primarily destination-oriented. We
look for the heart and soul of the story... not a narrative of a
destination, such as you'd find in a travel brochure. We can't use
submissions like " We got off the boat here, and... we did this...
then we did that, went here, saw that, and then went there, etc."
Or, a "What I did on my summer vacation" story. For example, a
a story destination could be London, but the story is in London
somewhere. We look for stories that paint a word picture, that
"show" instead of "tell". Brochures tell. Stories show, and have
"life." We sometimes feel here that a good story-teller is better
than a good writer. Good travel features are actually "small
stories" that entertain, inform and motivate. They can have a
beginning, a middle and an ending. They have a "hook" to capture
attention, a focus, slant, idea, whatever... that makes a story
exciting. Feel the adventure. Feel the personal connection of the
author with his/her subject. Move your audience into your world.
We also look for action, humor, quotes, conversations, etc.,
things that show the writer was interacting in a real place, with
real local people, not just commenting on all the things the
destination or attraction has to offer. However, keeping in mind
that travel pieces show details of "what's there," we can't ignore
those very elements relative to a destination such as history and
historic sites, architecture, peoples and cultures, museums,
music and entertainment, dining, night life, attractions, parks,
activities, and the myriad of other sights and experiences that
make up a vacation or business visit. Apart from the general
comparison of prices related to your home currency, (what's good
value, what's not), actual prices are not too important as they
may become outdated in the archive. NOTE: If you use the term
"we" in your story, please tell the readers who "we" are: your
tour group, family, friends, significant other, etc.

Included in our pay rate is the use of the story in a small chain
of five regional weekly newspapers with a combined audience of
over 1/2 million readers a week. Vic Foster is also Travel Editor
of these five newspapers and will mail you hard copy full tabloid-
size press clippings after the story has run. Our previous stories
are listed by geographic location. The writer retains the right to
have the story withdrawn from archive, and have it re-instated
again if desired.

Our Feature Destination Archive shows a selection of some major
hosted media press trips assigned to Travelwise freelance writers
over the past few years. These are some of the free, expenses-
paid press trips, organized by Travelwise. Writers who have been
published by Travelwise receive first opportunity to participate
in these free press trips. To meet our standards and those of the
travel industry, we require proper credentials, bio, previous
publishings, etc.

We're a buoyant site, and writer-friendly. I know the hard work
involved in all writing and respect that. I think one of our
strengths over the years (nearly 9), is my acceptance,
encouragement and mentoring of aspiring travel writers. Many have
since been submitting on the open market, and one has recently won
two national writing awards!

LENGTH: 750-850 words (strict)
RIGHTS: One-time electronic use.
PAYMENT: $25 CDN. (Special "promotion-driven" features for which
ads have been placed may pay up to $300 CDN or a percentage of
ad revenue; only previous contributors are eligible for such
SUBMISSION: By e-mail, in text of e-mail. Please include your
e-mail address in the text of your query/submission.


"FNASR": First North American Serial Rights, "SASE":
self-addressed, stamped envelope, "GL": guidelines.
(If you have questions about rights, please see "Rights: What
They Mean and Why They're Important, by Marg Gilks, at

Please send market news to Moira Allen.


                        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



GENRE: Essays/short articles
THEME: Outdoor America seeks submissions to its "Thinking Like a
Mountain" department, which serves as a forum for thought-
provoking essays or articles about prominent outdoor issues...
Offers outdoor writers a chance to look past the traditional "who,
what, where and when" to focus on "why." Writers may explore
ethical controversies or venture beyond the traditional framing of
prominent outdoor issues, such as wildlife management, outdoor
recreation and sustainability.
LENGTH: 2,500 words
PRIZES: $500 for accepted essays
CONTACT: Editor, Outdoor America, 707 Conservation Lane,
Gaithersburg, MD 20878-2983
URL: http://www.iwla.org/OA/tlm.html
EMAIL: oa[at]iwla.org

*Source: Outdoor America



GENRE: Poetry
THEME: Truth. Beauty. Freedom. Love. These are the things that
make life worth living, according to the new film, "Moulin Rouge"
Tell us what they mean to you. Write a poem, any format, any
length, that incorporates these elements. Single space the
poem, and place a double space between stanzas. All entries must
be titled and sent separately.
PRIZES: 1st - $50 gift certificate from Amazon.com or cash
equivalent; 2nd - $20 certificate/cash; 3rd - $10 certificate/
cash; plus publication in Inscriptions and a copy of the Moulin
Rouge soundtrack.
ONLINE ENTRY: Yes; paste entry into body of e-mail. At end of
e-mail, include your real name, pen name (if any), mailing
address, e-mail and word count.
URL: http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com/Moulin.html
E-MAIL: Contest[at]inscriptionsmagazine.com

*Source: Inscriptions

disguised as a contest. It's fun! Submit screenplays to be aired
on AT&T Broadband/Time Warner. Ongoing deadlines. Information:

CASTING CALL! This non-paying position is a great opportunity
for new or aspiring actors to get that professional experience
and portfolio in order. Re: Karaoke Soaps pilot sitcom. Producer:
Zeno Pierre. Writer: Devi Snively. Casting Director: Joyce
Sharpe. Start Date: June 1, 2001 (talent search: Southern
California). To air on AT&T Broadband/Time Warner. Call Joyce
Sharpe at 909-232-9602.

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