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

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Issue 1:20            6800 subscribers         November 30, 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: Writing the Ultimate Holiday Newsletter,
                by Moira Allen
PART II:
       The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
       WRITING DESK: Word Count, Simultaneous Submissions, and
            Character Names, by Moira Allen
       Market Roundup/Writing Contests
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                      FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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Trying Again...
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Yes, it's late!  I actually did send the newsletter out on
November 30, right after I returned from vacation -- but for
some reason, it didn't go through.  Though this is now nearly a
week late, we'll resume the "normal" schedule next week.

No More Part II
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You'll probably have noticed that this issue is being sent in ONE
part, not two.  After testing the two-part format for a couple of
months, I've decided to return to the one-part format, for
several reasons.

The first is the problem of subscribers who do not receive Part
II, for reasons that still remain a mystery.  We still haven't
worked out WHY so many people never get the second half, but we
HAVE determined that almost 99% of those affected by this problem
are on AOL.  Maybe AOL thinks that these subscribers are getting
duplicate messages and screening out Part II, or maybe when a
user's mailbox is full, the message gets bounced into the ether
-- dunno.  But it's annoying for everyone.

The second reason is "bounces."  Each issue results in an
average of 100 to 150 bounces -- subscribers who have vanished
into the ether, or whose mailboxes are full. A two-part issue
doubles the number of bounces.  Returning to the one-part
format will ease the nerve-frazzling task of sorting through
300 (or more) bounced messages.

I apologize to anyone who is inconvenienced by the one-part
format. Remember that you can also read the newsletter online, at
http://www.writing-world.com/newsletter/current/html


                        -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)
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THE WRITER'S GUIDE TO QUERIES, PITCHES AND PROPOSALS, by Moira
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
freelancing jobs; how to find a teaching or speaking position;
how to get writing grants; more. For more details, see
http://www.writing-world.com/moira/index.shtml
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                  NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Internet Tax Moratorium Extended
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The Senate has approved an extension of the ban on Internet-
related sales taxes.  The bill has already been passed by the
House, and now goes to President Bush, who has indicated his
wilingness to sign it.  The new moratorium will extend until
November 1, 2003.

Newsletters Get First Amendment Protection
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Colorado's supreme court has extended First Amendment protection
to newsletters and commercial publications.  Any writing in such
a publication is now protected (in Colorado) if what is published
is "newsworthy and of legitimate public concern."

Electronic Paper Revisited
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Recently I reported on the imminent arrival of a handheld
reader that would use "electronic paper." During my vacation,
I had the opportunity to see such "paper" demonstrated first-
hand, at Disney's Epcot Center.  It's interesting -- but a
bit disappointing.  As I explained previously, the "paper"
consists of thousands (millions?) of electronically charged
beads sandwiched between thin sheets of plastic.  The beads
are black on one side, white on the other, with a positive charge
on one side and a negative on the other. When a current is
passed over the "paper," the beads respond by flipping to the
black or white side, respectively.  This part works great; the
problem is that the remaining beads, those that form the
background "paper", are unaffected by the charge and remain
"randomized" -- some with the black side up, some with the
white side up.  The result is a "paper" that is a rather dark,
salt-and-pepper gray.  The paper was demonstrated by Xerox,
who is working on applications for business signs; the person
conducting the demo didn't have much to say about e-readers.

FreelanceWriting.com Seeks Moderators
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FreelanceWriting.com has launched three new discussion forums
(book publishing, self-publishing, and electronic publishing),
and seeks moderators to start new topics, manage the flow of
discussions, reply to writers' posts, etc.  The position is
voluntary (no pay); moderators are expected to check the forums
once or twice a week (about 10-15 minutes per week).  Contact
Brian Scott at bskcom[at]visto.com if interested.  For more
information, see
     http://www.freelancewriting.com/yabbprivate/yabb/YaBB.cgi

Writing in India List Debuts
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Writers in India (or Indian writers abroad) now have a list to
call their own. Hasmita Chander has launched a discussion list
called "Writing in India", for professional writers and also for
those would like to write, or who want to know more about the
writing scene in India.  "It's to be a group in love with reading
and writing" and will share "writing opportunities, encouragement,
writing resources, market information, and much more..." Chander
notes that "information on publishing is hard to find here.
Indian publishers rarely have guidelines, and they don't easily
give out information on pay rates, or topics they would like
submissions on. With this list, I hope to have a place where
writers can share this information and develop the writing scene
here." To subscribe, send a blank e-mail to:
     writingindia-subscribe[at]topica.com

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                    NEW ON WRITING-WORLD.COM
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NEW COLUMNS:
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Advice from a Caterpillar
     http://www.writing-world.com/caterpillar/current.html
     How anthrax has affected the slush piles at children's
     publishers; how to determine what age group to write for.

Self-Publishing Success
     http://www.writing-world.com/jud/current.html
     Making the most of direct-mail advertising.

Romancing the Keyboard (NEW Romance column)
     http://www.writing-world.com/marble/current.html
     Creating believable, interesting villains.

NEW ARTICLES:
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Handling the Media Interview, by Michele Giles
     http://www.writing-world.com/promotion/giles.html

Grants, Fellowships, & Residencies: What Do They Mean to You?
by Megan Potter
     http://www.writing-world.com/general/grants.html

What 'Type' Is Your Character? by Paula Fleming
     http://www.writing-world.com/sf/type.html

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WRITING THE ULTIMATE HOLIDAY NEWSLETTER
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                         by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)


Your heart knows that each friend or relative on your list
deserves a thoughtful, personal holiday letter.  Your mind knows
that there are just 365 writing days in the year, and those
letters would consume far too many of those days.  The obvious
solution is a holiday newsletter -- but you've sworn never to
resort to one of those ghastly, 7-page mimeographed monstrosities
that you receive each year.

Don't worry: You don't have to violate that oath.  Using your
writing and editing skills, you CAN send warm and thoughtful
greetings to everyone on your list.  The key is to forget the
word "letter" and concentrate on "news" -- with an editor's eye
to what is, and what isn't, fit to print.

Making a List
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As a writer, you wouldn't dream of starting an article without
some idea of who your audience is.  Before you write the first
headline of your newsletter, ask yourself who will be reading it.
Close family?  Friends?  Distant relatives?  Chances are, your
newsletter will be a way of keeping in touch with people who only
hear from you once a year.  What do you want to communicate to
those people?

But don't limit your audience to relatives and friends. Think
creatively about your readership.  A newsletter could be used to
keep in touch with editors, to keep your work before their eyes
in a fresh, entertaining manner.  Use it to keep in touch with
business associates. Give your coworkers a laugh. Brighten the
holidays for your children's teachers, your veterinarian, your
printer. Broadening your potential audience helps you focus on
articles of truly general interest, rather than the family trivia
that makes most holiday newsletters so deadly.

Choosing the News
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Now that you've built your mailing list, you must write for that
audience.  Your newsletter is for your readers, not for you.
This means defining what is "news" and what is not.

Stop thinking like a writer for a moment, and start thinking like
an editor. As you look at the past year with a critical eye,
you'll discover that "all" the news from your household really
isn't fit to print.  Phrases like "We all had a wonderful year
and really enjoyed sharing visits with our many friends and
traveling to beautiful places" aren't news; phrases like "Jim got
promoted" and "we had twins" are.  Keep in mind, too, that your
friends and acquaintances want to hear about you and your
immediate family, not the doings of your distant cousins. Let
relatives who don't live in your house or qualify as tax
deductions write their own newsletters.

The typical holiday newsletter rambles from Aunt Mary's operation
to cousin John's amateur opera solo.  In your newsletter,
however, any item worth mentioning should be treated as a
separate "story."  Start by separating "front page" news from
"inside" news.  Reserve the front page for major life events -- a
new job, a promotion, a marriage, a move, a new book published.
These are the highlights of your year -- and your newsletter.
Notice I've highlighted positive events here; while negative
events may also be newsworthy, they should generally be given a
secondary position.  Remember that you want to inform your
friends, not burden them.

Events such as travel, hobbies or activities, minor publications,
or your children's roles in school productions, are "inside"
items.  They don't deserve front-page coverage, but they do make
your newsletter more interesting.  This is also the place to
include such items as your son's poem or your daughter's
valedictorian speech (or excerpts thereof).

Flesh out your news with supporting features that provide
additional information or entertainment. The more humor you can
include, the more your readers will love you.  Write about what's
going on in your part of the world.  If you traveled somewhere
interesting, include a "travel article" as a sidebar to your
piece on your adventures. If you've started a new hobby, describe
it in a short "how-to" piece or recount the history of the
activity.

Finally, round out your newsletter with special columns that
cover the ongoing events in your life that need to be updated
routinely.  Include a "books" column to list the latest titles
you've published, or a column on "careers" or "weather."

Contributions from other family members can also add interest.
Allow your spouse and children space for input.  You could even
add a column written from the perspective of a family member who
can't write -- a pet, or a baby.  (My cat's column became such a
popular feature that I began to feel no one much cared what "I"
had to say!)  Consider a column of fillers or newsbriefs for
items that deserve only a few lines of coverage.

Once you've written the stories, create headlines that will
tease, tantalize, amuse, make a play on words, and generally draw
the reader into the story. Add subheads to break up long
articles. Be imaginative.

Wrapping It Up
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Once your text is ready to go, it's time to decide on a format.
An ideal size is a single standard page printed on both sides;
this folds easily to fit into a card.  If you have lots of news,
a four-page newsletter printed on both sides of an 11x17 page
works well.  Anything longer than four pages will increase your
postage and printing costs.

While a desktop publishing program such as Pagemaker is ideal for
laying out a newsletter, most word processing programs will also
allow you to design an attractive layout.  If you're having
trouble getting such a program to work, however, or if you have
elements that aren't computerized, cutting and pasting the
old-fashioned way still works just as well!

A huge block of type looks dense and boring, so divide your
newsletter into columns.  While three columns is a fairly
standard approach, sometimes elements such as a photo will
require a different layout.  A long article will take up less
space in two columns rather than three.  Or, you may combine
three-column, two-column and even one-column elements on the same
page.  (This is easily done in Pagemaker, but may not be possible
in a program like MS Word.)

Choose readable fonts, and use only two or three at a time --
e.g., a pleasant "serif" font such as Times or Century Schoolbook
for the text, a bold sans-serif font such as Arial or Helvetica
for headlines and subheads.  Avoid overly fancy fonts that may
look nice but are awkward to read -- no one will appreciate a
newsletter in "Old English" or script.

Artwork can be the key that brings your text to life.  Look for
photos, clip art or line art that complements your stories.  Be
creative; again, look for humor.  When you travel, look for
artwork that can be included in the newsletter.  Line art often
works better than photographs; unless you want to pay for color
ink cartridges or color photocopying, chances are that your
newsletter is going to be reproduced in black and white.

Finally, your newsletter needs a name -- preferably something
more interesting than "The Smith Family Times".  It also needs a
masthead -- your family's "who's who".  This is also the best
place for your address and phone number -- so that your friends
won't have to search holiday envelopes for your return address.

Your Special Gift
-----------------

I purposely haven't told you HOW to write your newsletter.
That's where your unique skills as a writer come in.  Your
options are virtually limitless.  You could take the role of
participant/narrator, of roving reporter interviewing  yourself
or family members, or even of the teddy bear in the corner that
has observed the year's events through shoe-button eyes.  Or use
a combination of all of these!  By letting your imagination run
wild, you can turn the holiday newsletter into a creative writing
experience that is as much a treat for you as for your readers.

You'll know you're a success when people start asking to be added
to your mailing list.  You may even inspire some imitations that
enliven your own holiday mail!

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

Moira Allen has been writing and editing for more than 20 years.
She is the author of The Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches and
Proposals (Allworth Press, 2001) and Writing.com: Creative
Internet Strategies to Advance Your Writing Career (1999).  Allen
is the editor of Writing-World.com; for more information about
her books, visit http://www.writing-world.com/moira/index.shtml

Copyright (c) 2001 Moira Allen

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                         THE WRITE SITES
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Writer's Postage Chart
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This is a great resource for anyone mailing manuscripts from or
between Australia, Canada, Great Britain/Northern Ireland, New
Zealand, and the U.S.
     http://www.mirror.org/terry.hickman/Postage.html

Charlotte Dillon's Resources for Romance Writers
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There's a huge amount of information on this site, not just for
romance writers but for all writers.  Check out her excellent
collection of links for various periods of historical research.
     http://www.geocities.com/charlottedillon2000/

Writing a Story Synopsis
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While this article is geared toward screenwriters, it will be
helpful to anyone trying to figure out how to write a synopsis.
     http://hollywoodnet.com/Johnson/wsynop.htm

Writing a Selling Synopsis
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Another good synopsis article, with a sample synopsis.
     http://www.authorsofromance.com/synopsis.htm

International Dialing Codes
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Want to call an overseas editor or expert? Here's a list of
phone codes.
     http://kropla.com/dialcode.htm

Meet Authors and Illustrators
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An extensive list of children's authors and illustrator sites.
     http://www.childrenslit.com/f_mai.htm

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THE WRITING DESK
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                         by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

How Is a "Per Word" Payment Calculated?
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Q: I was wondering about invoicing for articles paid per word --
do you invoice for the estimated word count agreed upon, or do
they pay you for how ever many words actually end up printed?

A: This depends largely on the editor.  Some pay for the words
you wrote, others prefer to pay for the "edited" word count.  For
example, if I receive an article that I believe I'll print with
very little cutting, I'll write a contract for the author's word
count.  If, however, I think I'll need to cut the article by a
significant amount, I'll edit it first, THEN issue a contract for
the edited count.

If the editor plans to pay you for the words used rather than
those submitted, it's up to that editor to inform you of this.
The payment basis should be specified in your contract -- if
you're being paid by the word, the contract should indicate the
final count being used, and the total payment you should expect.
In the absence of such a contract, submit an invoice for the
number of words in your original article.

Simultaneous Submissions
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Q: What if I wish to send out my article to two or more
publications simultaneously? Does it look good that I wish to
sell my work at the maximum number of publications and fast? How
should I go about it?

A: Simultaneous queries and submissions are still generally
frowned upon, though some publications are now more accepting of
them. It's best to check a publication's guidelines to determine
if it accepts simultaneous submissions.

Even though you can SUBMIT your work to many publications at once
(whether that's wise or not), you generally can't SELL your work
to the "maximum number" of publications, as most publications
will want some degree of exclusivity. You'll generally sell
"first" print or other publication rights, and then offer the
material as a reprint to other markets (usually for a lower
price).

While it's great to try to sell your work to a lot of
publications and/or fast, it's generally a better idea to look
carefully at your markets and try to find publications with which
you can develop a good long-term relationship. Ultimately that
will result in more sales at better prices.

Using Someone Else's Character Names
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Q: I would like advice on the legality of using a character's
name that is also used in another book.  The stories are
completely different.  I believe there is no copyright on names,
so as long as my story is original, is there a problem?  Also, do
you need to get permission to use the name of a town, or the name
of your neighbor?  Could the town (or neighbor) object?

A: In general, you should have no trouble using the name of a
character from another book in your own book, as long is you are
clearly not using the same CHARACTER.  [NOTE: In this instance,
the writer wished to write the true story of a pet who had been
named after a book character.]  Generally, if a character IS
protected by copyright or trademark (as is the case with many
comic-book characters), the entire character is protected, not
just the name.  (I.e., you could probably name a character "Clark
Kent," but you could not write a book about "Superman" without
the right permissions.)  Since your book is a true story, and
there is no possibility of confusion about the characters, you
should have no problems.

Similarly, there are no legal restrictions on using the names of
towns, locations, etc. The only point at which you would be
likely to get into trouble is if, for any reason, an individual
named in your book felt that you were defaming him or her --
i.e., by writing something negative, insulting, and untrue. For
example, you shouldn't need your neighbor's permission to write
something like "John Smith often helped me look after my pets."
However, if you were to say, "John Smith was a animal-hating SOB,
and a menace to the community," you would be well-advised to
change the person's name!

In short, where it comes to using the names of people and places,
the issue is not "copyright," but rather, "defamation." If you
are simply describing people, places, etc., and the roles they
play in your true story, you should have no problems.

If you have any concerns about possible issues of defamation, it
would be best to consult a lawyer. Otherwise, write your book and
enjoy!

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

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
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EASTGATE
Charles Bennett, Editor
Eastgate Systems, Inc., 134 Main St.,  Watertown MA 02472
(617) 924-9044; fax: (617) 924-9051
URL: http://www.eastgate.com
GL: http://www.eastgate.com/Guidelines.html
E-MAIL: dgreco[at]eastgate.com

While we are not currently publishing an online magazine, we do
publish electronic writing on CD-ROM and occasionally on our Web
site. Eastgate publishes fine fiction and nonfiction hypertexts
-- interlinked, interactive work, specifically written to be read
on the computer. We publish stand-alone hypertexts on disk and
CD-ROM; we also publish selected Web works in the Eastgate
Reading Room. We typically purchase exclusive world rights, and
we offer royalties and advances to authors with works to be
published on CD-ROM or other removable media. We publicize our
titles on the Web and in print, through advertising and direct
mail, and our readers purchase them as they would purchase
anything else from a small, literary press. The time between
acceptance and publication is also like a literary press -- we
select, edit and promote our works with care. Familiarize
yourself with Eastgate's list before submitting. The vast
majority of submissions we receive are from authors looking to
publish something that could just as well be print. Eastgate is
not a print publisher. Eastgate does not publish or distribute
ebooks. No exceptions. If you visit our website you'll get a
sense of what hypermedia is and why it is important to our
mission.

While our first concern is publishing fine writing, we're
interested in the world of literature beyond the confines of
paper. We don't normally publish work that has appeared, or could
appear, in printed form. E-books or downloaded manuscripts are
inappropriate for us -- please do not send them. We also don't
adapt unsolicited manuscripts; your work should already be in
hypertext form (a collection of linked texts, pictures, sound &
video) before you submit it to us.

PAYMENT: $100 to $300 for material that appears online in the
"Eastgate Reading Room"
(http://www.eastgate.com/ReadingRoom.html). For works published
on CD-ROM, we typically pay a modest advance against royalties.
RIGHTS: Reading Room: first nonexclusive web rights. CD-ROM:
exclusive first worldwide rights.
SUBMISSIONS: No unsolicited submissions. No e-mail submissions.
Send diskette, Zip or CD-ROM to postal address. Simsubs OK.

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

FICTION FIX
Miranda Fuller, Articles Editor
Coffeehouse for Writers
URL: http://www.coffeehouseforwriters.com
E-mail: articles[at]coffeehouseforwriters.com

Fiction Fix is a monthly publication for aspiring novelists and
short story writers. Fiction Fix provides insightful how-to
advice for fiction writers. Our topics cover the various elements
of fiction writing, with a focus on ways for writers to
strengthen their skills. We prefer specific, targeted articles
over those that attempt to cover a broad subject. For instance,
don't write about characterization, tell us how to characterize a
villain. Don't talk to us about self-editing skills, give us 6
examples of wordiness and show us how to correct them. We are
also interested in articles on marketing fiction, including
market research, successful cover letters, and novel proposals.
We sometimes interview well-known authors for profiles, but these
are generally staff-written. We do not print fiction or poetry.
We're not looking for first person essays or articles on the
wonders of "being a writer." We are not interested in articles
that serve as thinly veiled attempts to promote a product,
service or website. All authors receive a 60-word bio, which may
include links, and any self-promotional information should be
limited to the bio. However, links within the body of an article
that are informational (not promotional) are acceptable. Fiction
Fix embraces a friendly, straightforward writing style. Share
your own writing experiences. Convey solid, informative material
with a light, personable touch. In addition to our regular
feature articles, we accept and welcome your 300-500-word
articles for This Writer's Opinion. Articles for this section
should express the author's opinion--and rationale for that
opinion--on any writing-related topic. We currently do not pay
for opinion pieces.

LENGTH: 800-1,000 words
PAYMENT: To $20 ($30 to $50 on special assignments), within 10
days of publication, by PayPal unless writer requests otherwise.
RIGHTS: First electronic rights, plus archival rights; articles
will be removed from archives on request.
REPRINTS: Yes, but no payment.
SUBMISSIONS: Query first. Submit articles as text only or in RTF
format. No attachments without prior permission.

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INSPIRED[at]HOME.COM
Tiffany Windsor, Founder/Publisher
P.O. Box 50206, Pasadena, CA 91115, (626) 403-6677;
fax (626) 403-0793
URL: http://www.inspiredlifestyles.com
GL:
http://www.inspiredlifestyles.com/July%202001/7801_writersguidelines.htm

Inspired Lifestyles seeks submissions in alignment with our
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