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       From the Editor's Desk
       News from the World of Writing
       New on Writing-World.com
       FEATURE: How to Write Effectively for a Cause,
            by Mary Emma Allen
       The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
       Market Roundup/Writing Contests

                      FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

What Can I Say?
It is one week and one day (as I write this) from the morning on
which terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center towers
and the Pentagon. It has become a little easier to work at the
computer -- crying, I've discovered, creates significant
eyestrain.  Now we're in that in-between period, as those of us
who were fortunate enough not to be directly affected by these
disasters wonder whether, when, and how to "get on" with our
lives.  Is it "business as usual?"  Will anything ever be "as
usual" again?

It seemed somehow inappropriate to put out a "normal" newsletter
this week -- too much like saying, "Yes, 5000 people or more may
have died, but in the meantime, here are your writing tips;
enjoy!" On the other hand, it seemed even less appropriate to
cancel or postpone this issue -- why grant our attackers that
much power to disrupt our lives?  So this issue is something of a
compromise: It is devoted to ways in which we, as writers, can
make a difference. I even had the perfect article on hand: Mary
Emma Allen's piece on "Writing for Causes".

You'll also notice that this issue has only one part. I wanted to
keep it short, sweet, and to the point.  If your classified was
appearing in Part II, don't worry; you'll be back in the next
issue, and your contract will be extended by one issue.

Thank You, Everyone...
I want to thank all my international readers; so many of you have
written to me with condolences and to inquire whether "all is
well." This tragedy has demonstrated the tremendous power of the
Internet to bring us together: for the first time, the entire
world has a means of instantly connecting and communicating, of
sharing its grief and its expressions of support.  (Take a look at
the "Photo Tribute" site listed in the "Write Sites" section for
a glimpse of the world's response.)

What Can We Do?
As individuals and as a nation, I doubt that we have ever felt
much more helpless than when we had to watch the images of those
planes diving into those buildings -- and then watch those
buildings crumble and fall. In the days to come, we're bound to
hear the question of "what could we have done?" repeated over
and over.  But the real question is "what can we do now?"

As writers, that's a question I believe we all take to heart. We
understand, perhaps better than most, that it was not fuel-laden
planes or ceramic knives that killed 5000+ people.  It was words.
Words were the tool used to inflame hearts against us -- to the
extent that men were willing to commit suicide just so that they
could bring death and destruction upon an "enemy" that they had
never actually met.  Guns may be used on the battlefield, but it
is words that bring combatants to that field in the first place.

I'm going to venture to suggest that one may even be able to
judge the "rightness" of an action by the number of words needed
to persuade someone to take it.  How many words does it take to
convince a man to become a "martyr" and a murderer in the same
moment?  We'll never know -- but you can bet that there were
plenty of inflammatory hate-speeches in those camps where the
terrorists trained.  Conversely, how many words does it take to
persuade another man to risk his life in a burning, collapsing
building, in the hope that he may be able to find one more
survivor, bring one more victim to safety before it's too late?
The answer: Not even one.

Words are our business. Communication is our business. The events
of last week have shown us that words have a tremendous power --
the power to heal, and the power to destroy.

To me, one of the most appalling results of this tragedy is the
number of people who have chosen to focus on the destructive
power of words. People -- Americans -- have posted vicious
messages of hate on electronic bulletin boards and forums
throughout the country. People -- Americans -- have searched out
Arabic (or apparently Arabic) businesses and individuals in their
communities and left threats and messages of hatred on their
answering machines, or sent them via e-mail. People -- Americans
-- have stood on the streets and cursed neighbors who "look"
Arabic.  Mosques have been attacked, Islamic schools filled with
children have been attacked, and at least one person has died.

It seems we have short memories.  When Americans learned of the
atrocities committed in Kosovo (against Moslems, remember?), we
wondered, "How can people, in this day and age, suddenly turn on
people who have been their neighbors for years, and commit such
atrocities, simply because those people belong to a certain
ethnic group?" The bad news is: Now we know. It doesn't take
much, for some, to cross that line from "civilized" to "murderer"
-- perhaps all it takes is a few hate-filled words. The good news
is: This IS America, and when a small group of Americans decides
to march on the neighborhood mosque or deface an Arabic business,
other Americans march out to stand in their way and to clean up
the damage.  And it doesn't take any words at all to persuade
them to do so.

The irony is that the words some have chosen to direct against
their neighbors are exactly the same kind of words that were used
to incite those acts of terror against us. They are the words
that lump all members of a group into a single, faceless mass --
"them," "the enemy," and ultimately, "the target." When Americans
do the same, they are walking in the very same path as those who
attacked us.

So what can we do, as writers?  It goes without saying that we
can, at the very least, choose not to write and publish words of
hate.  But we can also take it a step further.  We can, for
example, refuse to forward hate-filled e-mail messages. We can be
cautious about the jokes we repeat or pass along.  We can speak
out when we see messages of hatred on a newsgroup or bulletin
board, instead of remaining silent. We can get to know some of
our neighbors, and perhaps write their stories as well as those
of last week's victims and heroes.

The good news is that we now know we don't need "words" to
persuade most Americans to do what is "right."  America has
gotten a lot of bad press in the past few years; we've come to
view our society as immoral, self-indulgent and uncaring. The
past few days have proven just how wrong that view is.

                        -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)


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E-Book Publishers Support Relief Effort
In light of the horrific events involving the World Trade Center
and the Pentagon on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, many individuals
in the e-publishing world feel compelled to act both personally
and professionally to help the victims affected by these cowardly
terrorist activities. Diana Hayden and I have joined with other
honorable internet publishers, and intend to donate an amount of
company net profits on books sold from the Puff Adder Books web
site to go toward a relief fund for the fallen heroes who gave
their lives to save others. This relief fund will extend toward
victims and the various organizations working to protect and save
victims and help their surviving families.

We hope we can generate monies toward the relief fund
immediately. Between September 17 and December 31, 2001, the
funds will be collected and distributed to the American Red Cross
for police and fire/rescue personnel lost as a result of their

Puff Adder Books is based in the UK and although we could only
watch the horrifying events unfold on the screen from a distance
when Penny Hussey of NovelBooks, Inc., told us about the
coalition we felt this was something we could do to help.

Please join with Puff Adder Books and the other fine publishing
houses listed on the Publishers Relief Fund Coalition
(http://www.puff-adder.com/prfc.html). We invite you to make a

Help us help them - buy an e-book.

For more information contact karen[at]author-network.com

Please visit these wonderful publishers to purchase books.
Remember, a portion of sales goes to help the fallen heroes of
Terrible Tuesday:

Puff Adder Books - http://www.puff-adder.com
NovelBooks, Inc. - http://www.novelbooksinc.com
Awe-Struck E-Books - http://www.awe-struck.net
Atlantic Bridge Publishing - http://www.atlanticbridge.net
Hard Shell Word Factory - http://www.hardshell.com
Writers Exchange - http://www.writers-exchange.com/epublishing
SynergEbooks - http://www.synergebooks.com
Bookbooters.com - http://www.bookbooters.com
DiskUs Publishing - http://www.diskuspublishing.com
Twilight Times Books - http://www.twilighttimes.com

More E-Publishers Offer Help
BookSurge.com is publishing "9/11 8:48 AM: Documenting America's
Greatest Tragedy," an oral history edited by BlueEar.com, in POD
format; all proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross.  Through
October 11, Fictionwise.com is donating the entire purchase price
of Peter A. Micheels' "Braving the Flames" (the true story of NYC
firefighters, including some who lost their lives at the World
Trade Center) to the Widows and Children's Fund of the Uniformed


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                          by Mary Emma Allen (me.allen[at]juno.com)

Incidents will occur in your life that prod you to write for a
cause. This writing may be to right a wrong, educate and inform,
help others avoid a situation that's happened to you, or raise

You may do this as an individual writer. Or you may work with a
group, helping them in various ways with your writing talents.
Sometimes you'll get paid for the articles you write to inform
others about this cause. Other times you write simply because you
want to share and help others.

What Are Causes?
Causes encompass almost anything that affects your life or the
lives of others. They may include issues such as: Alzheimer's
Disease, cancer, environmental concerns, political issues, organ
donation, literacy, preserving historic sites, rights for
handicapped persons, campaigns against drunk driving, etc.

Methods of Getting the Information Out
What are some ways to spread word about your cause?

* Letters to the editor
* Op Ed Articles
* Essays (back page of magazine type)
* Investigative reporting
* Newsletters for an organization
* Press releases
* Speeches for yourself and others
* Booklets/pamphlets (writing or editing)
* Grant proposals
* Fundraising
* Books

How Are You Most Effective?
* Write without anger and name-calling. When you write with
obvious anger, perhaps even stooping to name-calling, you'll
likely be considered a fanatic, one whose writing others will
ignore or not want to be associated with. Instead of blasting off
in anger, show through examples and facts the arguments that
prove your point or help others see another side to a topic.

* Check your facts. Whether you're writing articles, grant
proposals, booklets, a speech -- in fact, for any project --
make sure your facts and figures are accurate. Don't simply
write "off the top of your head" with  emotion rather than
accuracy. You'll lose credibility quickly this way.

* Appeal to emotions. You do want to appeal to people's emotions,
not in a maudlin or insincere way, but in a manner that enables
them to relate to other people or situations. Often they'll
recall something similar they or a friend encountered and thus
understand better what you're trying to say.

* Use clear, short sentences, not rambling epistles. Keep your
writing precise, even when using a conversational tone. While
rambling pieces or scholarly tomes have their place, generally
you need to keep your writing simple, yet clear and concise.

* Know your audience. Know the people whose attention you wish to
attract with your writing or speech. Use a different tone for a
humor essay than a grant or investigative report.

* Use humor to make a point. Most readers are receptive to humor.
One or two humorous references, even within a serious piece, help
keep your reader/listener's attention.

* Use case histories and examples. Relating your or others'
experiences give credibility when writing about a cause.

The Rewards
In writing for a cause, your rewards are many and may even be
monetary. You know you're using your writing talents to help a
cause dear to your heart and bring awareness, information and
comfort to others.

As you draw attention to yourself and your writing, you may be
asked to write more on this topic and even to speak about it.
From writing for free to further a cause, you may receive
payment for your articles from other publications and talks
before groups.

As writers we have the "power of the pen" (and nowadays our
keyboard connected to the Internet) to reach out to people around
the world to do good, to comfort, and encourage.


Mary Emma Allen often writes about Alzheimer's disease and has
written, "When We Become the Parent to Our Parents," which
chronicles her mother's journey through Alzheimer's. "Finding the
Joy in Alzheimer's", edited by Brenda Avadian, due out in
September, contains two stories by Mary Emma. Visit Mary Emma's
web site: http://homepage.fcgnetworks.net/jetent/mea

Copyright (c) 2001 Mary Emma Allen


                         THE WRITE SITES

Emergency and Relief Information
This list, compiled on Yahoo!, provides two pages of information
on relief funds.  Besides the biggies (Red Cross, United Way,
etc.), it provides information on funds that will be distributed
directly to survivors and families of those lost in the
disasters.  The New York State World Trade Center Relief Fund,
for example, will distribute funds to families of victims in New
York; the Armed Services YMCA offers information on helping
families of victims of the Pentagon attack.  Several companies
who had offices in the WTC have also set up funds for families of
their employees who died in the attack.*

*From what I could determine by speaking to our local Red Cross
chapter, most "undesignated" contributions to Red Cross go to
support relief efforts (in New York and elsewhere) -- but do
not go directly to the families of survivors (though some direct
benefits, such as travel and funeral arrangements, are provided).
If you wish donations to go to a fund to support survivors and
surviving family members, talk to your Red Cross office about
how to "earmark" your donation, rather than simply donating
online -- or look into one of the funds that is set up to
support survivors/family members directly.

Page One Literary Newsletter
"At this moment, none of us can know the impact the events that
September 11, 2001 will have on our lives, our families, our
careers, the economy, our country and the world. Pageonelit.com
would like to share with you a few thoughts from our literary
world. The Pen is mightier than the sword! May God bless America,
our families and our future!"

Photo Tribute
Some of you may have already seen this deeply moving collection
of photos from around the world, showing world response to the
tragedies of September 11. This site can be VERY slow to load, as
it is very graphics-intensive, but it's worth the wait.

Animal Disaster Relief Fund
Humans aren't the only victims of these attacks. Many local
residents had to leave their pets behind when evacuating the
disaster area, and many have also brought their pets to shelters
because they have nowhere else to take them. (Evacuation shelters
do not accept pets.)

Operation "Noble Foster"
"NetPets.Org is using all of its resources in the cooperative formation
of a Nation Wide network of of individual foster homes that will be able to
care for the Dogs, Cats and Birds of those in the military and other
personnel that will be going overseas during these trying times."


                          MARKET ROUNDUP

"Glory: A Nation's Spirit Defeats the Attack on America"

Sandy Scoville and Diana, Saenger, Publishers
SANDS Publishing, LLC, P.O. Box 92, Alpine, CA 91903
URL: http://www.sandspublishing.com/submit.html
E-MAIL: editor[at]sandspublishing.com, ssnetbookbiz[at]aol.com

Like all Americans and citizens of the world, the owners of SANDS
Publishing recognize the pain and suffering as a result of the
tragic events of the terrorist attacks on America on Tuesday,
September 11.

The outpouring of heartwarming stories that detail courage,
sacrifice and giving beyond comprehension need to be shared with
the world to aid in healing. Similarly, the stories of tragedy
and sorrow, both now and in the days to come, need to be embraced
by a grieving nation ready to support our fellow citizens. We
must come together in a spirit of unity so we can heal and again
be strong.

SANDS Publishing LLC, a leading epublisher, founding sponsor of
EbookWeb.org and individual members of the National Federation of
Press Women, will compile these stories and publish and
distribute in book form as "Glory: A Nation's Spirit Defeats the
Attack on America."

SANDS Publishing and a ready team of editors, publicists and
design artists will work pro bono. All profits generated from the
sale of this book will be donated to relief funds designated for
the victims of the tragedy.

Please alert ANYONE who has a story to share-firefighter; law
enforcement officer, rescue or hospital workers; victim; victim's
family member; food service or Red Cross workers,
volunteers-about this tragedy to forward their story to
AftermathStories[at]aol.com or fax to (619) 659-6017.

Since it is through the eyes of writers and journalists that many
of us experience the world first-hand, SANDS' Publishers find it
only fitting to include thoughts of these professionals in this
highly sought after and important book that will ultimately be a
book with far reaching and long-lasting significance..

We are looking for a 50-word maximum essay from professional
editors, journalists, photojournalists or published authors on
their thoughts-reactions-or words of encouragement. Since we
expect to go have this book on the stands in 3 - 4 weeks, we need
these immediately.

Those wishing to reserve a copy of the book should send an email
to AftermathStories[at]aol.com Anyone wishing to donate printing,
design, editing or advertising services or photos taken during
the event, please respond to AftermathStories[at]aol.com

Further details soon at http://www.americanpublishingnetwork.com


Diana Saenger, president, SANDS Publishing
fax (619) 659-6017

Sandy Scoville, CEO, SANDS Publishing


Emily Brown, Editor
URL: http://home.switchboard.com/spiralthought
e-mail: emilyhbrown[at]juno.com

I'm putting together a special issue of my magazine that will
focus on ways to pursue peace in a troubled world, and this is a
call for submissions from writers, poets, and artists. Please
contact me if you're interested in possible publication.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The day before I wrote this, I was able to access
this site and its guidelines. For the past two days, however, the
site has not been accessible. This may be due to the latest worm
virus; e-mail Emily Brown for further details.]


Dr. Kelly Roberts, Editor/Publisher
URL: http://www.robertspublishing.com
e-mail: RobertsPub[at]aol.com

ROBERTS PUBLISHING would like to honor the vast numbers of heroes
and victims in the Attack on America, as well as help toward the
relief efforts, which include the immediate needs as well as the
long-term problems that will need to be addressed.  We are
compiling stories for a special e-book of those heroes who
helped, survived, or died, sacrificing their time, health and own
safety to help others. We are including stories of the victims as
well, and would like to hear from them or their families. If you
would like to participate in this e-book, please e-mail Dr. Kelly
Roberts and put "Heroes Book" in the subject header. She will
e-mail you with the instructions on how to include your story.
75% of all proceeds of book sales will go to the relief fund of
those in need (firefighters, police, families, etc.).  [EDITOR'S
NOTE: This site takes a VERY long time to load, so be patient --
and turn off other applications first.]


"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 (unless otherwise
noted) are open to all writers and charge no entry fee.  For
dozens of additional contest listings and international writing
contests, visit:


                       2001 Abo Challenge

DEADLINE: September 30, 2001
GENRE: Short fiction (speculative fiction)
OPEN TO: Writers under 21
THEME: Submitted stories must be science fiction, of the sort
you'd expect to find on the pages of Aboriginal Magazine. Authors
may co-write stories, but all co-authors must be under 21.
Authors may submit more than one story. No poetry (unless
embedded in a story). No rights are sought by this challenge. All
publication rights remain with the authors. Stories should not be
critiqued in their entirety online in order to preserve first
publication rights.
LENGTH: 2500-4500 words
PRIZES: 1st, 2nd, 3rd: $20 and one-year subscription to
Aboriginal Magazine; prizewinners and honorable mentions will be
eligible to join SFWA in the junior membership category.
CONTACT: Diane Turnshek, 504 Donatello Drive Irwin, PA 15642
URL: http://tou.knocean.com/members/diane/
EMAIL: turnshek[at]yahoo.com

*Source: writers-bbs.com Young Writers: Speculative Fiction Forum

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