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

                             PART 1

  A World of Writing Information - For Writers Around the World

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Issue 1:17-1           6250 subscribers          October 18, 2001
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                            CONTENTS
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PART I:
       From the Editor's Desk
       News from the World of Writing
       New on Writing-World.com
       FEATURE: Making the Most of Your Inventory,
            by Dana Cassell
PART II:
       The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
       WRITING DESK: Guest Column: On Getting Paid (Dave Kaiser)
       Market Roundup/Writing Contests
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                      FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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New Self-Publishing Section Launched!
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I'm delighted to announce the launch of our new self-publishing
section, which will feature a monthly column by industry expert
Brian Jud, as well as an extensive array of feature articles and
other materials.

Let me warn readers, however, that I am a "purist" in defining
the term "self-publishing."  This term is not synonymous with
"paying for publication."  There are two ways by which authors
can pay for publication: One can pay another publisher to produce
one's book, or one can literally become a publisher.  Paying
another publisher to produce one's work is "subsidy publishing."
Becoming a publisher in every sense (including the legal sense)
is "self-publishing." If you're in doubt, just check who holds
the ISBN of your work.  If the ISBN is registered in your name,
you're a self-publisher; if it's registered in the name of, say,
"Xlibris" or "iUniverse" or a comparable publisher, you're
subsidy-published.

The distinction is important.  Subsidy-published authors and
self-published authors face very different issues of rights,
revenues, and responsibilities. While a subsidy-published author
is responsible for marketing and promoting a book, a
self-published author's responsibilities (and opportunities) are
much broader -- and it is this breadth of tasks and challenges
that will be addressed in the self-publishing section.
(Subsidy-published authors will find plenty of helpful material
here too, however!)

The self-publishing section currently offers:

* A FAQ, covering questions about the differences between self-
and subsidy-publishing, the tasks involved, advantages and
disadvantages, and good reasons to self-publish (or not to
self-publish).

* Basics of Self-Publishing, a series of ten articles covering
different aspects of starting up a self-publishing business,
getting your book in print, and handling the business side of
processing orders and shipping books to customers.

* Brian Jud's new column, "Self-Publishing Success," with a look
at how to develop a "roadmap" for your self-publishing venture.

* Richard Hoy's series on "Promoting Your Self-/E-Published
Book," reprinted with permission from WritersWeekly.com.

* Links to additional self-publishing resources

Loads of great articles are lined up for this section, so check
back often at http://www.writing-world.com/selfpub/index.html


I'm Not Saying This Is a Hint...
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This announcement just came in from Writer's Digest:

Calling all writers! We need your help in deciding which sites
are of the most help to writers. What sites have helped you over
that nasty bump on the road to writing?  The sites must provide
at least some valuable information for free and if you add your
own comments, your name and comments may be included with the
winning sites, in our annual 101 Best Web Sites for Writers,
which appears in the May 2002 issue or on our Web site.   Please
e-mail your nominations to wd-tools[at]fwpubs.com by November 1,
2001.


I Stand Corrected...
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The contest listed under "Inscriptions Interview Contest" should
have been titled "Inscriptions Monster Mash Contest."

The information I received on the Project Greenlight screen-
writing contest was out of date; the contest is not being held
in 2001.

                        -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)
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                  NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Self-Publishing Seminar - Discount for Writing World Subscribers!
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Publishers Weekly, Publishers Marketing Association and Brian Jud
present an information-packed seminar to help you better publish,
market and profit from your books. It features such nationally
known experts as John Kremer, Dan Poynter, Jan Nathan, and
Writing-World.com's new self-publishing columnist, Brian Jud.
Find out how to:

Avoid the worst mistakes new publishers and authors make - Ignite
book store interest and chock shelves full of your book -
Generate television, radio, newspaper, and magazine coverage of
your book - Design your website to sell more books - Create and
maintain a publishing budget - Make a bestseller on a shoestring
budget - Use a book as the catalyst to grow your business - Turn
one book into a successful series

The seminar is designed sequentially, covering all the elements
of a complete marketing plan. You will leave with a customized
plan for your book, with many new ideas for selling it more
successfully.

The seminar is sponsored by Writer's Digest and iUniverse and
will be held in Philadelphia at the Airport Hilton on November
17-18, 2001. Registration is $445 including a FREE membership in
PMA. Subscribers to the Writing World newsletter get an
additional $50 discount. There is a 100% money-back guarantee.
For more information or to register, contact Brian Jud at (800)
562-4357, info[at]publishingseminars.com or
http://www.publishingseminars.com


High Court Backs Freelancers Against National Geographic
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The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling that the
National Geographic had violated authors' copyrights by including
their work in a CD-ROM compilation of back issues without
permission. The issue (as in the Tasini case) is whether such
compilations are a "new work" or another edition of an existing
work -- the CD-ROMs contain every page of every issue of the
magazine from 1888 to 1996. The Supreme Court ruling is not a
comment on this issue, or a decision on copyright issues in
general; it simply means that the Court chose not to overturn the
lower court's previous ruling. The case is still in litigation,
and it is not known whether National Geographic will ultimately
compensate photographers for the use of their material, or remove
it from the CD-ROMS.


iUniverse Offers Publishing to Students
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iUniverse has joined with Weekly Reader, a publisher of
educational materials, to enable students and teachers to create
and publish their own paperback books -- anything from
nonfiction to novels to poetry.  "We hope programs like this
will foster the creative writing talents of children across the
country and give schools new funding opportunities," said an
iUniverse spokesperson.


Project Gutenberg Launches Reader Web Site
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Project Gutenberg has launched an eBook site that will improve
the readability of its free texts. Instead of being displayed in
text-only formats, texts will now be displayed in HTML format.
Readers will be able to change font faces and sizes, add
bookmarks, navigate to specific pages, and use various rating
systems. At present, only about 50 of PG's titles can be viewed
through the Reader, but PG's developer Paul Mennega hopes to add
all of PG's thousands of titles to the system. For more
information, visit http://www.pgreader.com


Are Children Stealing Your Royalties?
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The UK Publishers Association warned that "children are robbing
authors of e-book royalties," by downloading e-books onto their
Palm Pilots and sharing them with friends on the playground.
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse! But wait...
Don't we WANT kids to share books with their friends, and get
excited about reading?  This tidbit came in the wake of news that
Penguin will be launching "shareable" e-books in Adobe Acrobat
format.


What Do Editors Earn?
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A recent salary survey posted on Inside.com indicates that book
publishing and editing isn't the place to get rich (this is
news?) -- though some editors are doing very well indeed.
Salaries for editors typically range from $40,000 to $60,000;
salaries for senior editors range from $65,000 to $85,000.
Entry-level editing positions range from $22,000 for academic and
small presses, to $30,000 for larger commercial houses. Salaries
for executive editors, editorial directors and editors-in-chief
can range from $90,000 to $200,000. Even within a single house,
however, editors with the same title (e.g., "senior editor") may
make wildly different salaries; salaries may depend on how well
one's acquisitions have done, and a host of other subjective
factors.


"Browse" at Amazon.com
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Amazon.com has debuted a feature that alleged lets shoppers view
pages of books offered on its website.  One sample ("Animals")
lets readers view 112 pages of the 624-page book, including the
front and back covers, table of contents, and index.  (It should
be noted that the TOC and index take up 61 of those pages,
between them.)  It isn't clear yet how many books will be
"browsable" -- at present, a random selection of browsable books
are offered from the site.  (Each time you visit a page on the
site, you'll be offered another title to "browse.") It's not a
perfect system -- readers can't choose the pages they'd like to
view -- but it's still a step toward "bookstore" shopping, giving
one a chance to see more of a title than just the basics.


Protect Yourself
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I never thought I'd be putting something like this in the "news"
section -- but Jade Walker's Inscriptions site has some useful
tips on what to do if you receive a suspicious letter (especially
one containing any form of powder). Since Jade works at the New
York Times, this must be a topic very close to home for her --
and we can only hope that it doesn't become too close to home for
the rest of us.  Read her suggestions at
http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com/Tips.html

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                    NEW ON WRITING-WORLD.COM
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NEW SELF-PUBLISHING SECTION!
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Self-Publishing FAQ, by Moira Allen
     http://www.writing-world.com/selfpub/FAQ.html

Basics of Self-Publishing, by Moira Allen

  Introduction
     http://www.writing-world.com/selfpub/basics.html

  Establishing Your Self-Publishing Business
     http://www.writing-world.com/selfpub/business.html

  Preparing Your Book for Publication
     http://www.writing-world.com/selfpub/preparing.html

  ISBNs, Copyright, and Other Technicalities
     http://www.writing-world.com/selfpub/ISBNs.html

  Setting a Price for Your Book
     http://www.writing-world.com/selfpub/pricing.html

  Working With a Printer
     http://www.writing-world.com/selfpub/printer.html

  Marketing and Advertising Strategies
     http://www.writing-world.com/selfpub/marketing.html

  Getting Your Book Reviewed
     http://www.writing-world.com/selfpub/reviews.html

  Processing Orders
     http://www.writing-world.com/selfpub/orders.html

  Filling Orders and Shipping Books
     http://www.writing-world.com/selfpub/fulfillment.html

  Handling Invoices and Commercial Customers
     http://www.writing-world.com/selfpub/invoices.html

Self-Publishing Links
     http://www.writing-world.com/links/selfpub.html

Self-Publishing Success - A Column by Brian Jud
     http://www.writing-world.com/jud/jud01.html

Promoting Your Self-/E-Published Book, by Richard Hoy

  You're Not an Author, You're a Business
     http://www.writing-world.com/selfpub/hoy01.html

  Know What Your Book Is Worth
     http://www.writing-world.com/selfpub/hoy02.html

  The Market for Fiction
     http://www.writing-world.com/selfpub/hoy03.html

  Less is More: Put Money in Your Pocket Even if You Sell
  Fewer Books
     http://www.writing-world.com/selfpub/hoy04.html

  The Right Book Price
     http://www.writing-world.com/selfpub/hoy05.html

  Selling Books by E-Mail
     http://www.writing-world.com/selfpub/hoy06.html

  Distributing Self-Published Books
     http://www.writing-world.com/selfpub/hoy07.html

  Online PR: Theory and Practice
     http://www.writing-world.com/selfpub/hoy08.html

  Online PR: The Registration Campaign
     http://www.writing-world.com/selfpub/hoy09.html

  Online PR: The Linking Campaign
     http://www.writing-world.com/selfpub/hoy10.html

  Online PR: Building a Database of Media Contacts
     http://www.writing-world.com/selfpub/hoy11.html

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MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR INVENTORY
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                              by Dana Cassell (danakcnw[at]ncia.net)


One of the neatest things about writing for a living (even if
it's only a part-time living) is that we get to re-sell our
inventory.

"What inventory?" you ask.

All that information you have stuffed in file folders and
computer files. You know -- the interviews you've conducted and
transcribed. The how-to tips and advice and backgrounders you've
gathered from all those experts whose brains you've picked. The
statistics you've dug out of government studies and academic
research.  The anecdotes you've collected from people who have
experienced what you've written about.

Chances are you have a bulging manila or hanging file folder for
each article you've written, stuffed full of "inventory" -- some
of which you used in the article, much of it sitting unused.

And not using that inventory is what keeps so many writers from
earning a decent living -- because time is such a precious
commodity for the writer.  You are limited by the number of hours
in a week or a month as to how many projects you can research and
write.  But all that "inventory" hidden away in those folders is
virtually time-free.  You've already spent the time to gather it.
About all you have to do now is package it -- which means your
time invested in the next uses of it could yield way more per
hour than your original project did.  Or, you can sell it for
less and still make the same amount per hour invested.

So how do you use your inventory?  Here are eight ways to sell
your research material more than once:

1. Use the information from several related articles to make
others.  Let's say you've written a bunch of articles about all
the tourist and vacation spots in your area or state. Pull out
those spots that cost the least and put together an article on
"10 Fun Weekends for Frugal Families."

2. Look for different audiences for the material.  For example,
you've researched the dangers of poisonous house plants for a
child safety article.  In the process, you discovered that many
of these same house plants present similar dangers to pets.  Use
the basic information again for a similar piece targeted to puppy
owners.  In instances like this, you may need to make a few extra
phone calls to obtain some quotes from a veterinarian or two, but
the time investment will still be minuscule compared to starting
a brand new topic from scratch.

3. Look at different age groups.  Information on the damage the
sun's rays can do to the skin could be slanted to a baby care
magazine, a teen magazine, a seniors magazine.

4. Keep a list of reprint markets that buy articles in your field
of interest.  Once you've sold first rights to a piece and it's
been published, offer reprint rights to other publications and
websites.  This can be especially profitable, because you
probably will not have to do any additional research or writing.

5. Cannibalize your articles.  Look at your sold articles to see
where bits and pieces can be resold as fillers or stand-alone
photos and captions or quizzes or "10 Ways/Tips" pieces.

6. Look for non-competing magazines that have different readers
with common concerns.  For example, if you've written an
article for a pet store trade journal on dealing with
shoplifting, you can reuse most of the material in an article for
a sporting goods trade journal.  Similarly, an article on family
values or dealing with tragedy written for a Baptist magazine
could likely be reslanted with little effort for a Presbyterian
magazine.

7. Pull out your articles every few years to see which can be
updated -- probably for the same magazines.  You see these
articles regularly -- such and such revisited 10 years later.
Where are they now?  What has happened in the last three years?
These articles require a bit more work than the previous six, but
the sales are usually easy and the research quick because you
already know where to go for it.  Plus, a nice chunk of the new
article will be a recap of what you wrote the first time around.

8. Consider other media.  If you've done several articles on one
subject, consider reusing the material in a book, a column, a
seminar, an audio tape, a newsletter, and so on.

So think about scheduling a day or two every month, or one week
every quarter to review your inventory and parlay it into
profits.

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

Dana K. Cassell has published more than 2,000 articles in nearly
200 publications, and has authored or ghostwritten several books,
including Food for Thought: The Sourcebook of Obesity and Eating
Disorders (Facts On File) and three e-books for Intellectua.com
(How to Market Your Freelance Article Ideas for Maximum Income,
How to Set Your Fees as a Freelancer or Independent Consultant,
How to Market Your Writing or Editing Skills, and How to Break in
as a Freelance Writer).  Dana is also founder of Cassell Network
of Writers and webmaster of http://www.writers-editors.com

Copyright (c) 2001 Dana Cassell

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                            CONTENTS
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PART II:
       The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
       WRITING DESK: Guest Column: On Getting Paid (Dave Kaiser)
       Market Roundup/Writing Contests
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                         THE WRITE SITES
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Do-It-Yourself Counter-Notification Letter
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We all worry about having our work pirated, and wonder what we
can do to protect ourselves -- but what if the reverse happens?
What if someone claims (falsely) that you've infringed someone's
copyright on your website? This site offers tips, and a sample
letter, you can use if someone tries to have your material
removed by your ISP.
http://www.techtv.com/screensavers/showtell/jump/0,24331,3323990.00.html

Wooden Horse Publishing
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Though the markets database on this site costs $149 per year, the
site is also packed with loads of free stuff, including extensive
coverage of magazine industry changes (new magazines, shut-downs,
editorial changes, etc.)
     http://www.woodenhorsepub.com

Ghostwriting Guide
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If you'd like to find a ghostwriter, or get started as a
ghostwriter, check this handy site.
      http://www.wambtac.com/ghostwriting.htm

Tips for Getting Your Script Past the Gatekeepers
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Advice from a story analyst to any writer hoping for "that big
break."
     http://www.wga.org/craft/gatekeepers.html

Fear of Writing Online Courses
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New classes for writers.
     http://www.fearofwriting.com/course/index1.htm

ScriptRep.com
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Loads of information for screenwriters and would-be
screenwriters, including lots of contact lists for agents,
producers, etc.
     http://www.scriptrep.com

Book Review Sites
-----------------
Extensive list of sites and publications that review books -- a
great way to find reviewers for your own.  Also includes a link
to Daily Newspaper book reviews.
     http://www.execpc.com/~mbr/bookwatch/links/othr_rev.htm

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THE WRITING DESK - SPECIAL GUEST COLUMN
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                              by Dave Kaiser (Kaiserdr[at]yahoo.com)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Kaiser wrote this letter in response to last
issue's article on "How to Make Sure You Get Your Check" (by
Felicia Hodges).  It had so much useful information that I felt
it should be shared directly.


Dear Moira,

You had some good tips about how to get your check and how to get
paid on time. With some of the procedures you outline, however, a
writer could actually be reducing the amount of the check.

For 14 years I was the managing editor of a national, weekly
business publication, and several others since. I wrote our
magazine's listings for publications, like Writer's Digest, that
gave our requirements and rates. But, the listings often went in
to publications months before they appeared in print and our
needs and payment schedule often changed in the interim.

Many writers, submitting their first query to an editor, are so
pleased their work has been accepted that they don't follow ask
what the word rate is, or when they can expect to be paid.
Therefore, one key requirement when accepting an assignment is to
'talk' to the assigning editor, either via email or phone and
find out EXACTLY how much will be paid for an article and WHEN.

The editor or managing editor also often encounters problems with
the publisher and accounting department. Our policy was that if I
wanted to pay a writer, I had to submit a check request form,
with a clip of the published article, to accounting in order to
get them to issue a check. However, while our Writer's Digest
listing (which neither the publisher nor the accounting department
had ever read) said we paid 15 cents per word, I could and did
have the authority to ask for a check for anywhere from 15 cents
to 30 cents a word. The printed listings only gave our BOTTOM rate.

Thus the problem with your suggestion to send a bill. Sometimes
writers did send me a bill, based on our Writer's Digest listing,
of 15 cents per word. When such a bill came in, it would be
routed directly to accounting, and back to me. I, in turn, might
have planned to pay the writer 25 cents per word, but since the
bill came in for 15 cents per word, I had no choice but to pay
the lower rate.

Also, publishing companies have an entire echelon of accounting
methods over which the editor hasn't the slightest control. When
I sent a check-request form to accounting, there wasn't the
slightest way for me to know when a check would be issued to the
writer, a lot had to do with billing cycles. If I sent the bill
to accounting before the 20th of the month, for instance, a check
would usually be cut before the first of the following month.
But, if I sent a check request on the 21st of the month, it would
take about 40 days before the check was even cut.

Instead of sending a bill WITH an article, I would suggest
e-mailing the editor after the article has been received and hope
that, due to its timeliness and excellence, that the editor has
decided to pay you a higher rate -- then send a bill. When
approaching an editor about such a possibility, simply tell the
editor that, to meet your bookkeeper's accounting requirements
you need to send a bill and would like to know what rate is being
paid.  That could even strike a chord of comradeship because the
editor has to jump through such accounting hoops all the time.

At the same time, this provides a good opportunity to find out if
the editor has any other assignments and to suggest another
topic!

Dave Kaiser

Copyright (c) 2001 by Dave Kaiser

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                          MARKET ROUNDUP
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Call for Submissions: BEYOND THE LAST STAR
Sherwood Smith, Editor
(Address to be posted on sff.net site after December 1)
E-MAIL: darkfire[at]sff.net
URL: http://www.sff.net/books/guidelines.html

BEYOND THE LAST STAR is the last volume in the Darkfire anthology
series. We currently have no plans for another series.  Stories
for this volume should be set in the far far distant future -- so
far distant that there is little connection with our present
world. Therefore, almost anything goes in terms of setting and
genre: Beyond the Last Star is for stories that take place in the
universe after ours -- either metaphorically or literally -- on
new worlds after the next Big Bang, in a fairytale universe, in a
spiritual afterlife, or in new sort of life here.

Recent volumes in the series dealt with technological advances we
might expect to see in the near or distant future arising from
humanity's current situation. Think beyond that to what comes
next -- changes of kind rather than changes of degree. Characters
may be human, alien, machine, sentient suns (but be sure to
explain how that works), or something entirely new.

If your story is SF, it should not focus on gadgetry directly, or
be derived from any of the standard tropes. If you do the
next-step-in-evolution-is-psychic thing, avoid having your
characters "blesh" or do "stardances"... be original, be wildly
creative, be brave. If your story is fantasy and has damsels in
distress, dragons, evil wizards, or otherwise goes back in time
to a real or imagined milieu on Earth, make a nod toward the
circumstances that allowed the same culture to rise again on a
new world. If magic works, it had better have a mechanism and
discernable rules. If your story is horror, emulate King's Apt
Pupil or Delores Claibourne rather than his Christine or Carrie.
That is, go for drama and psychological horror rather than magic
and unexplained (and unexplainable) things that just happen.

The successful submission will have strong characters, realistic
challenges, and solutions that come from clear thinking or depth
of insight. Tone and genre are open, but dystopian visions will
be a tough sell for this book. Stories don't have to suitable for
Reader's Digest, but should have an element of hope: characters
should show growth, and challenges should be resolved.

If you are reading these guidelines somewhere other than at
sff.net, you should check there before continuing. We reserve the
right to make changes in the guidelines from time to time, and
will post a note there when the anthology is full (which will
probably happen long before the official closing date):
     http://www.sff.net/books/guidelines.html

PAYMENT: 5-10 cents/word ($25 minimum, $300 maximum per story),
on acceptance
RIGHTS: First World Anthology Rights
SUBMISSIONS: Surface mail preferred; check website after December
1 for mailing address. E-mail subs will be read last. No simsubs
or multiple submissions.
REPRINTS: No
DEADLINE: Submissions accepted between December 1, 2001 and March
1, 2001 (or until filled)

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ARIBELLA: THE MAGAZINE FOR TODAY'S WOMAN
Jamie Roumeliotis, Editor
URL: http://www.aribella.com/
E-Mail: submissions[at]aribella.com, Jamie[at]aribella.com

Aribella publishes articles that educate, enlighten, and
entertain women. We are interested in well-written, informative
articles in the following areas: current events, women's issues,
health, nutrition, fitness, work, parenting, relationships,
financial matters and self-improvement. We encourage both new and
experienced freelance writers to submit articles for potential
publication. Please familiarize yourself with the site for
examples of the types of articles we publish. Pieces should be
thought-provoking and original. Article lengths should be within
500 to 1500 words unless otherwise approved by the editors.
Opinion pieces may be submitted in the form of a letter to the
editor. Upon approval, artwork and photographs may be submitted
for inclusion in your article. Please include a 10 to 50 word
biography for inclusion at the end of the article. When querying,
please include your name, contact information, and previous
publishing experience as well as the article's title, subject,
word count and a brief description. We also welcome the
submission of completed articles (including reprints) that are
relevant to the topics covered by Aribella.

LENGTH: 500-1500 words
PAYMENT: $20-$50 for features, $10 for first person narratives
and reprints; on publication
RIGHTS: exclusive electronic rights for three months, plus
archival rights
REPRINTS: Yes
SUBMISSION: E-mail; no attachments.

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BLUESUITMOM
Rachael Bender, VP of Technology and Content
URL: http://www.bluesuitmom.com
GL: http://www.bluesuitmom.com/about/guidelines.html
E-mail: rachael[at]bluesuitmom.com

The primary goal of BlueSuitMom.com is to help executive working
mothers find work and family balance. We are looking for
information from experts in a variety of fields relating to
working mothers as well as features written by writers and
journalists. Recent BlueSuitMom features include:

* Negotiating salary or signing bonuses
* Dealing with working mother guilt
* How to find work and family balance
* How to keep in contact with your children while traveling

We use feature articles as well as monthly columns and "Ask the
Expert" sections. If you are interested in becoming an "expert,"
please send us an email with your qualifications. We accept
unsolicited manuscripts, but prefer that you first send a query.
Send queries by e-mail to Rachael[at]bluesuitmom.com. Include a
brief description of your story idea, the approach you plan to
take and why it would be valuable information to a
BlueSuitMom.com reader. We also would like to see 3-5 clips that
have been published on other Web sites or in print. I think it is
a good idea for writers to read over our site before sending a
query. Search the site before sending me your idea. If your idea
is on child care, you should already know that we have a
general piece on child care and articles about how to look
for a nanny. Tell me why your piece will be different from the
articles we already have on the site. Writers should include a
one- to two- sentence biography of themselves that will appear at
the end of your article.

LENGTH: 500-1000 words; 1500 words maximum.
PAYMENT: Sliding scale, based on experience; begins at
.15/.20-word, "though many of our established writers make double
that." Pays 60 days after acceptance.
RIGHTS: Rights acquired depend on the article. Sometimes we
acquire all electronic rights, sometimes we acquire first-time
electronic and print rights, sometimes we also acquire
non-exclusive syndication rights. It depends on the piece and if
we plan to use it in our print endeavors and on the Web site.
REPRINTS: Sometimes.
SUBMISSION: E-mail; no attachments. Response time: One month.
Does not respond to all queries; if no response after one month,
try again with a different idea.

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"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
     http://www.writing-world.com/rights/rights.html

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                        WRITING CONTESTS
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This section lists contests open to all writers and that charge
no entry fees (unless otherwise noted). For dozens of additional
contest listings from around the world, visit
     http://www.writing-world.com/contests/index.html

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                  Fiction House Competition 2001

DEADLINE: October 31, 2001
GENRE: Short fiction
OPEN TO: Entrants must be over 16 years of age and at time of
entry must not have earned an aggregate of more than 10,000 from
their writing during the last two years.
THEME: The Internet
LENGTH: 1600-1800 words
PRIZES: 1st 150, 2nd 100, 3rd 50
ONLINE ENTRY: Yes (as attachment in .txt or MS Word)
URL: http://www.fictionhouse.com/html/competition.html
E-MAIL: competition[at]fictionhouse.com (include "Competition 2001"
in subject)

*Source: Fiction House

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     Literal Mind 1st Annual Halloween Short Fiction Contest

DEADLINE: October 22, 2001
GENRE: Short Fiction
OPEN TO: All
THEME: Halloween: be sure to include fright, intrigue and imagery
LENGTH: 1000 words maximum
FEE: None
PRIZES: 1st: A Logitech Optical Marble Mouse; 2nd: A copy of
Bitten, by Kelley Armstrong; 3rd: Pack of bookplates; plus
publication in Literal Mind
ONLINE ENTRY: Yes; no attachments. At the end of your e-mail,
include your name, mailing address, e-mail address and word
count.
URL: http://literalmind.com
E-MAIL: monique[at]literalmind.com

*Source: Literal Mind

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                      West Coast Ten-Minute Play Contest

DEADLINE: November 1, 2001
GENRE: Play (10 minute)
OPEN TO: U.S. residents
THEME: Open but "No musicals, 1-acts, children's plays... No
plays previously given an equity performance"
LENGTH: 10 pages maximum
PRIZES: 1st $100, 2nd $75, 3rd $50 + performances at Annual West
Coast Ten-Minute Play Festival
ONLINE ENTRY: No
CONTACT: Jill Forbath Roden, Artistic Director, West Coast
Ten-Minute Play Contest, PO Box 18438, Irvine, CA 92623-8438
URL: http://www.employees.org/~jillkat/upnt.htm

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