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                             PART 1

  A World of Writing Information - For Writers Around the World


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       From the Editor's Desk
       News from the World of Writing
       New on Writing-World.com
       FEATURE: Self-Syndicating Your Column, by Moira Allen
         -- Special book excerpt!
       The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
       WRITING DESK: Selling reprints online, by Moira Allen
       Market Roundup/Writing Contests

                      FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

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If you wished to nominate someone for The Writer's "Scribes Who
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                        -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)
Allen, puts all the "pitch" information you need in one handy
reference: How to query magazines, e-zines and newspapers; how
to sell (or syndicate) a column; how to write a book proposal or
novel synopsis; how to approach an agent; how to find corporate
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                         by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

If you've been writing a column for a few months, you may want to
consider the next step:  Marketing that column to more than one
publication.  This is particularly appropriate for newspaper
columns, as newspaper readership is generally based on region
rather than interest -- and thus rarely overlaps.  You can often
sell the same column to newspapers in different states, or even
papers in different counties or cities within the same state, as
long as you are certain that there is likely to be little "reader

Many writers dream of national syndication, but this is
considerably harder to achieve, at least in the beginning.  It's
usually easiest to start by marketing your column to an
ever-expanding list of newspapers until you've built enough of a
following to justify a larger distribution.

"Self-syndication" simply means offering a column on a
nonexclusive basis to several different publications that are not
in direct competition with one another.  The best place to start
is with local and regional newspapers.  Because the distribution
of such newspapers is generally limited to a specific town, city,
county or region, such a paper will not be concerned with the
fact that your column also appears in the next county or even the
next city.

Choose a Topic
You'll want to choose a subject that crosses regional
boundaries or that can be sold to a variety of publications
within a certain geographical area.

Some topics, such as health tips or parenting, are universal (or
at least tend to work well within the bounds of your own country;
other countries may have different health systems or different
ideas about parenting).  Other topics, however, tend to be more
localized.  If you're writing a gardening column, for example,
you'll need to tailor it to the region you're familiar with,
addressing the issues of climate, soil conditions, plant types,
etc. that apply to that region.  It would be difficult to sell a
column on Northwest gardening tips to a newspaper in Arizona.
The subject of your column, therefore, will often be the first
consideration in determining where to market it.

The farther afield you choose to market your column, the less
"commonplace" it should be.  While you may be the only person
writing about parenting for your home-town paper, thousands of
other writers are covering this topic for other publications
throughout the country.  To break into a wider market, therefore,
you'll need to develop a column that contributes something unique
within the field -- something that will enable it to compete with
other columns that address similar topics.

The same applies to "review" columns.  Reviews of books,
movies and music may cross regional boundaries (if you can create
a compelling reason for an editor to buy your reviews rather than
those of a local or nationally known reviewer).  Reviews of
restaurants and events, however, tend to be much more localized
(though you might be able to pitch such a column to a travel page
as a "destination" piece).

In short, don't waste too much time trying to export a column
that has only a limited local value.  Focus, instead, on ways
that you can give your column a broader appeal -- or, consider
launching an entirely new column that you can market to multiple
publications from the start.

Select Your Markets
You might be amazed to discover how many local newspapers exist
in your state or region.  You can locate such newspapers through
any of the dozens of electronic "newsstands" on the Web. You can
get even more detailed information about many papers through the
Gales Directory of Media Publications, which can be found in the
reference section of your local library.  While researching
newspapers online is easier, Gales has the advantage of providing
important information about circulation, frequency, and editorial
staff.  If you have decided, for example, that you only want to
target newspapers that are distributed daily and have a circulation
of over 20,000, you may wish to turn to Gales.

The Annual Editor & Publisher International Year Book, available
in most libraries, lists addresses and editors of U.S. and
Canadian daily newspapers, as well as alternative newspapers and
specialty newspapers covering topics such as parenting, seniors,
ethnic groups and real estate. The E&P Year Book also gives you
valuable information on how often the newspaper is published
(daily, weekly, bimonthly), its circulation figures, whether the
paper has a Sunday magazine, and a list of the paper's weekly
sections and special editions.

Pre-screening newspapers by content and circulation is a wise
precaution.  You don't want to waste time or money submitting
columns to weekly "shoppers," or papers that are clearly too
small to have any budget for freelance (or at least non-local
freelance) submissions.  In addition, if a city or region is
served by more than one newspaper, you won't want to submit to
both simultaneously.

Some regions are served both by local papers and a larger state
or big-city paper.  Since you don't want your column to appear in
both (or more accurately, your editors won't appreciate it if
your column appears in both), you'll need to decide which to
target first.  This may not be as easy a decision as it sounds.
While a big-city paper may pay more (and will reach a larger
audience), it is also likely to demand more rights (or even all
rights) -- and is also more likely to want to post your material
on its Web site, which can further limit your ability to distribute
that column elsewhere.  Smaller papers, though often offering
lower pay, may be less demanding of rights.

Define Your Terms
Your basic syndication submission package should include a simple
description of the terms you are offering, including:

* Column length (usually 750 to 1000 words is best)
* Column frequency (daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly)
* Rights offered

Rights are a key issue in self-syndicating a column.  Indeed, you
should start thinking about "rights" long before you consider
self-syndication; you should think about this issue when you sell
your very first column to your very first paper.

Markets of all types are placing increasing demands on writers
for their rights.  More and more publications (including
small-town newspapers) want writers to sign over all rights to
their columns, or even produce them as "work for hire" (which
means that the newspaper owns the copyright to the material from
the beginning).  You may find that publications that pay as
little as $10 to $50 per column still expect you to fork over all
rights to that piece.

If you have any intention of selling your work elsewhere, you
must ensure that you retain the rights to do so.  Typically, you
will want to offer a newspaper "one-time nonexclusive rights" to
your column, perhaps with the guarantee that the column will not
appear in a competing publication.  An alternative is to offer
"exclusive regional rights," and define exactly what is meant by
"region."  The region should be limited to the area of the
newspaper's general readership; if the paper is read only in
Yakima, Washington, for example, don't let it restrict you from
selling the same column to another paper in Seattle or Tacoma.

In some cases, a newspaper will want "first" rights.  This may
work if your first column sale is to your local paper: it gives
you the ability to resell that column a week later to all your
other markets.  Since only one publication can ever be "first,"
however, think carefully before granting this option.

Don't be tempted to accept more money for "all rights."  The goal
of self-syndication is not to earn a huge amount from any single
publication, but to gain the widest possible distribution for
your piece.  Payment for columns is always fairly limited; you're
not likely to get an offer above $500 from even the largest
paper.  If you can sell the same piece to 20 newspapers that
offer $50 apiece, you've already doubled that figure-and quite
possibly doubled your readership as well.  (If you have hopes of
moving on to national syndication, readership figures will be
vital to your success.  It is better to be read not just by a
large number of people, but by a large number of people
distributed across a wide range of markets.)

Finally, you'll want to determine a minimum rate you're willing
to accept.  Some small newspapers still offer as little as $10
per column-but that amount can add up quickly if you can sell
your column to several papers.  Debbie Farmer, who syndicated her
column "Family Daze," sets her fee by a standard formula: 50 per
1000 subscribers.

Prepare Your Package
Self-syndication has one downside: Expense.  Most newspapers
still prefer to receive column proposals by surface mail than by
e-mail.  This means that to pitch your idea to a wide range of
markets, you'll have to invest in postage, printing, and

Your submission package will be much the same as that described
in the previous chapter, including:

* A cover letter describing your proposed column (be sure to list
the terms you are offering)
* Three to six sample columns
* Clips
* Supporting materials, if desired
* A SASE, or
* A self-addressed, stamped postcard that provides "check boxes"
for an editor's response

Many editors prefer a postcard to a SASE, as it enables them to
quickly check off the appropriate response, rather than having to
prepare a formal letter of acceptance or rejection.  Your
postcard might read something like this:

   Date: __________________

   Dear (Your Name):

   Thank you for submitting your proposal for a column titled
   "Natural Health Tips for Seniors."

   ____ We would like to use this column on a weekly basis. We will
   pay you a fee of $__________ for one-time, nonexclusive rights
   (with a guarantee that the column will not appear in a directly
   competing publication).

   ____ We regret that we cannot use your column.

   (Signed) _________________________

   Editor's Name: __________________________

If you plan to submit your column to a large number of
newspapers, you'll probably want to have all your materials
printed in bulk.  Have your cover letter printed on a
good-quality paper stock; your clips and column samples can be
printed on plain 20-lb. bond.  Most print shops will also be able
to print your return postcard.  To save costs (and weight), print
your clips double-sided.

Follow Up and Move On
If you don't hear anything from your top prospects within a month
of your mailing, don't hesitate to follow up.  Often, material
gets lost on a busy editor's desk, and a polite phone call may be
all you need to close a sale.  (In this case, a letter or card
also stands a high risk of being lost in a shuffle of papers, so
a phone call is actually a better follow-up mechanism.)

Don't be surprised if an editor wants to modify the terms of your
agreement.  Some may wish to suggest a lower price, or a
different word count.  It's up to you to decide whether to accept
such modifications.  If you will be distributing your column to a
large number of publications, attempting to tailor the material
to each one individually may not be worth the effort.  On the
other hand, if you've received little response to your mailing,
this can be a good way to build a solid relationship with one or
two newspapers, which can lead to better rates and additional
assignments later.

If you still don't hear anything after following up on your
initial mailing, don't be surprised.  Many newspaper editors
simply do not respond to material they don't plan to accept, so
you may never receive any word from many of your markets.  Don't
be insulted; simply move on to the next prospect.

Self-syndication is a wonderful way to build your portfolio.  Be
sure to ask for copies of the issues in which your column
appears, or at least for a tearsheet of your column.  Once you
have a regular column with a local paper (even if it's not local
to you), you can list yourself as a "contributor" or "stringer"
to that publication.  This may be just the stepping-stone you
need to propel your column into the big leagues -- such as
national syndication.


Excerpted from "The Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches and
Proposals," by Moira Allen (now available from Allworth Press).
Section 2: Columns and Syndication also includes chapters on
how to pitch a column to magazines, newspapers and e-zines; how
to obtain national and international syndication; tips from a
nationally syndicated columnist; and a list of syndicates.

Copyright (c) 2001 Moira Allen

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       The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
       WRITING DESK: Selling reprints online, by Moira Allen
       Market Roundup/Writing Contests

                         THE WRITE SITES

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                         by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

Should I seek to reprint my work online?

Q: Is it a good business practice to seek reprint sales in
Internet publications, especially if the site on which an article
first appears has an archive?  I write a humor column in an
e-zine. The magazine has purchased first serial rights. The
column is archived after one month. A web editor at another site
contacted me to ask for permission to feature my article on her
site, without any mention of payment. I wrote her back,
explaining that I am a paid writer, and reuse of the article
would be considered a reprint. I quoted a price that is one-half
of the original sale price. She hasn't responded. Will the fact
that the column is archived absolutely preclude my chance to
resell it to another Internet publication? While I would welcome
the exposure that multiple website postings will bring, I am
loath to give away the product I've worked so hard to bring to

A: From the perspective of a writer, I think it is perfectly good
practice to "seek" reprints online. The issue of whether to
accept a reprint that is currently archived by another
publication is up to the editor. You have every right to pitch
reprints, and let the editor make that decision.

In addition, some Internet publications are getting better about
either archiving for a limited period of time, or removing a
piece from the archive at the author's request if the author has
the chance to resell the piece (especially if the second
publication will only accept it if it's not available online
elsewhere). You might want to talk to your editor about this.

Another option, of course, is to pursue print reprinting of your
online material. I don't think I've ever resold one Internet
piece to another Internet market, but I have sold reprints of
several electronic articles to print-only publications. Usually
the price is small, but hey, if you can get $25 here and there at
no extra "work," it's worth it.

Regarding the behavior of the other editor, you're absolutely
within your rights to point out that you charge for reprints. If
you don't want to give your work away, don't. Some editors seem
to think they are doing you a favor by reprinting your work
"free." They aren't. They are simply reducing your chances of
reselling that work to other markets.

The bottom line is: Never give away anything you don't want to
give away. Not every editor will behave professionally, and many
expect that writers may be ignorant of their rights or how the
business "works." If you don't hear from such an editor again,
you haven't lost anything!


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

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                          MARKET ROUNDUP

P.O. Box 27293, Tempe, AZ 85285
URL: http://www.azexplorer.com
GL: http://www.azexplorer.com/www/showpage.asp?pageid=359
E-mail: editors[at]azexplorer.com

AZExplorer strives to be the Web's premier resource for
information on recreation and adventure travel in Arizona. We are
dedicated to providing our readers with practical information on
destinations and activities while highlighting the gear and
skills that make exploring Arizona more enjoyable. AZExplorer is
always looking for talented writers and photographers and we
welcome unsolicited manuscripts, but please include a SASE if you
want items returned. If you have corresponding photos or artwork
for which you have rights, please mention that in the query.  We

Activities: Including, but not limited to Hiking, Canyoneering,
Volcanoes, Spelunking, Hot Springs, Camping, Biking, Skiing, Rock
Climbing, SCUBA Diving, Golf, Sky Diving, Hang Gliding, Soaring,
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Restaurants, Spectator Sports, Fitness Topics, Extreme Sports...
the main slant is that it has to do with enjoying life and having
fun in Arizona. We also have a section for activities in the
bordering states and  Mexico, plus international travel. We are
very receptive to new ideas, but in general have a specific focus
for most of articles needed at this time.

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

Arizona-specific fiction is also another possibility for writers
looking to expand their creative outlets. We do not pay for
fiction stories but are setting up a lucrative quarterly fiction
contest. There are plenty of other opportunities available too!
We are forming excellent relationships with several publishers
and will be producing a series of AZExplorer guidebooks. Next,
the first issue of Arizona Explorer magazine [print] will be
coming out soon. (Note: This is our best paying medium, as we are
looking for nothing but excellent articles.) Finally, we are
filming documentaries, informational, corporate, and travel
videos, if a writer has or is interested in gaining script or
movie-making experience.

Before you query, please use our search function to make sure we
do not already have an article on the same subject. If we have a
short or incomplete article, please feel free to query us, and
note that you think you can provide us with better coverage.
E-mail your query (with "Query" in the subject header) to
editors[at]azexplorer.com. We have several editors--all will see
email addressed to "editors[at]azexplorer.com". This way, if one
editor thinks no way but a different editor thinks a story has
potential, the writer's query may get another look by everyone.
If you are including articles/clips for review, attach as a
Microsoft Word or text document, or paste it into an email.
include a list of publication credentials if applicable and a
list of reprints you feel would be of interest to AZExplorer. The
ideal length for most feature articles (magazine) is 2000-3000
words (web features is 1000-1500 words), though we have numerous
sections where articles of various lengths are needed. Sidebars,
photos, and links are always appreciated. Include a title and
subhead (if any) in your query. Give a short description of what
the article covers in the same tone of the article... if it's
funny, make the query funny. Make it clear why we'd be interested
in your article... if there is a seasonal angle or other hook,
please spell it out. If possible, list photos or suggestions for
artwork and graphics. If you have ideas about interactive
presentation of the material, please let us know. Please mention
any available photos in your query letter. Please DO NOT send
original photos. We welcome electronic files, such as JPEGs. If
we request them after seeing your story, we can also use
negatives, slides, and prints, but do not send these with a
query. Also, if you choose to send JPEGs, please limit to less
than five. Magazine photos usually must be high quality. Do not
send illustrations or maps with a query, though if we request
them, please send only Xeroxes of hard copy, or GIF electronic

Especially with new writers or writers we have never worked with
before, we may ask for articles on speculation. Also, if you
would like to send an outline to see if we are interested in a
specific area, please do so. If you haven't written for us before,
please send us a link to writing samples online, or send an attached
file  or tearsheet. Since we are interested in reprints (for web), you
might want to make your samples something we might use.

If the author participate in outdoor sports, we have many
contacts to ensure the cheapest prices on gear, training, and
outfitters. Our travel and recreation clubs offer LOTS of great
trips to destinations all over the world. This has great
double-duty potential for a professional travel writer. All
regular contributors will be able to build a free "resume, bio,
contact" page hosted on the AZExplorer website, which will point
to articles/photos/etc. contributed and can be customized to the
author's liking. As a travel writer, I know clips are a very
valuable tool in securing assignments. Finally, we will reward
our top contributors with a Grand Canyon rafting trip (summer) or
a Colorado ski trip (winter) for the writer and his/her guest.

LENGTH: 2000-3000 words (magazine); 1000-1500 words (web)
PAYMENT: From $20 to $500, on publication.  Writers and
photographers who are able to consistently provide quality
content in a timely fashion will be rewarded with higher rates
and assigned pieces.
RIGHTS: Limited exclusive first rights (article cannot be
published elsewhere for 3 months after publication date), plus
nonexclusive electronic rights. For articles published on
azexplorer.com or arizonaexplorer.com, we seek non-exclusive
electronic rights to all material, and we need to be able to keep
the material up on our site for as long as we deem necessary. You
are free to sell the material elsewhere, however.
SUBMISSIONS: Query by e-mail or surface mail; clips and photo
files may be sent as attachments.


Greg Ketter, Editor/Publisher
DreamHaven Books & Comics, 912 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55408
612-823-6161/fax 612-823-6062
E-mail: dream[at]dreamhavenbooks.com

On April 1st, 2002, DreamHaven Books will celebrate its 25th
Anniversary. To mark this occasion, we will publish a deluxe
original anthology celebrating books and bookstores.

We are looking for stories of 2,000 to 8,000 words which feature
a bookstore as a major element of the story, not just as a
setting or a passing reference. We would like to show the
importance of the bookstore and its influence upon the characters
and the situation. Stories can be Science Fiction, Fantasy or

We are publishing a deluxe hardcover edition of approximately
1,000 copies which will be numbered and signed by all

PAYMENT will be ten cents (10) per word, payable on acceptance.
We will ask you to sign approximately 1,000 signature plates for
our edition. We had intended to publish our own trade edition,
but there has been sufficient interest from some of the major
publishers so that once some names are attached to the project,
we will shop it around in an attempt to get a wider audience. A
separate royalty will be paid if/when a sale is made.

DEADLINE will be October 1, 2001. This will allow us time to
commission art for some stories, get signatures, and design the
book for an April 1, 2002, publication date. If you have
questions, please contact me at 612-823-6161 or at


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                        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


                  2001 Laura Emeline Poetry Contest

DEADLINE: September 4, 2001
GENRE: Poetry
THEME: In a flat above the Lawton Emporium lives a young girl
named"Laura Emeline.  When night falls and the dress shop
doors are locked, Laura escapes into a world of play. A whole
realm of make-believe comes to life for Laura when she tiptoes
downstairs to see the exquisite dresses, finger the delicate
fabrics and pretend... Once again, Wendy Lawton begins another
story with her nine-inch wood and porcelain limited-edition doll
Laura Emeline.  This time, however, she invites you to help her
continue the tale through the language of poetry.
LENGTH: 32 lines maximum; limit one entry per contestant.
PRIZES: Grand Prize $500 plus publication in Dolls Magazine;
First Prize $250 plus publication; Second Prize $125 plus
one-year subscription to Dolls.
CONTACT: The Lawton Doll Company, P.O. Box 969, Turlock, CA 95381
URL: http://www.lawtondolls.com/Poetry%20Contest.htm
EMAIL: CustomerService[at]LawtonDolls.com

*Source: Lawton Doll Company


                   2001 Laura Emeline Fiction Contest

DEADLINE: September 11, 2001
GENRE: Short Fiction
THEME: Living in a flat above the Lawton Emporium opens up a
world of fantasy for young Laura Emeline.  Once the dress shop is
closed and the customers have gone home for the day, Laura sneaks
downstairs and into the land of "Make Believe."  There is so
much to see! Laura loves to feel the exquisite dresses, twirl
them around, and imagine... Once again, Wendy Lawton begins another
story with her nine-inch wood and porcelain limited-edition doll
Laura Emeline.  Now she passes the tale on to you to finish with
a short story of 750 words or less.
LENGTH: 750 words maximum; limit one entry per contestant.
PRIZES: Grand Prize $500 plus publication in Dolls Magazine;
First Prize $250 plus publication; Second Prize $125 plus
one-year subscription to Dolls.
CONTACT: The Lawton Doll Company, P.O. Box 969, Turlock, CA 95381
URL: http://www.lawtondolls.com/Writing%20Contest.htm
EMAIL: CustomerService[at]LawtonDolls.com

*Source: Lawton Doll Company


                 The Iowa Short Fiction Award/
              The John Simmons Short Fiction Award

DEADLINE: September 30, 2001
GENRE: Short Fiction
OPEN TO: Any writer who has not previously published a volume of
prose fiction.
LENGTH: 150 pages minimum [short fiction collection]
PRIZES: 1st $1,000 + publication + royalties
CONTACT: Iowa Short Fiction Award, Iowa Writers Workshop, 102 Dey
House, Iowa City, IA 52242-1000, PH: 319-335-2000 FAX:
URL: http://www.uiowa.edu/~uipress/
EMAIL: uipress[at]uiowa.edu


         L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest

DEADLINE: September 30, 2001
GENRE: Short Fiction, novelette
OPEN TO: All who have not professionally published [more than
5,000 copies] a novel or short novel, or more than 3 short stories,
or more than 1 novelette in any medium.
THEME: "All types of science-fiction, fantasy and horror with
fantastic elements are welcome [but]... we regret we cannot
consider poetry or works intended for children. Excessive
violence or sex will result in disqualification."
LENGTH: 17,000 words maximum
PRIZES: Quarterly prizes 1st $1,000, 2nd $750, 3rd $500 + annual
prize of $4,000
CONTACT: L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of The Future Contest, PO Box
1630 Los Angeles, CA 90078
URL: www.writersofthefuture.com
EMAIL: contests[at]authorservicesinc.com

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