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

  A World of Writing Information - For Writers Around the World


Issue 2:08           9000 subscribers              April 18, 2002

        From the Editor's Desk
        News from the World of Writing
        FEATURE: Recession-Proof Your Writing Business
                by Patricia L. Fry
        The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
        WRITING DESK: Creating a Bio, Reslanting an Article
        JUST FOR FUN: 15 Ways You Know You Were Born to Write
                by I.J. Schecter
        From the Managing Editor's Mind
        What's New at Writing World
        Market Roundup/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

If I Give it Away, Will You Respect Me in the Morning?
A couple of weeks ago, I received a notice from Inscriptions,
announcing that the newsletter would now be offered only through
paid subscription.  Inscriptions has been a favorite writing
newsletter of mine for several years, and I was more than happy
to hand over $5 to keep my copies coming.  (I have no doubt that
the majority of Inscriptions' readers will also feel that $5 is
not too high a price to pay to keep such excellent information
flowing.)  However, the very fact that this newsletter -- which
has been free for, I believe, five years -- has gone to the
paid-subscription model points to a shift in how business and
information are likely to be handled on the Web in the future.

Most of you know that I've already begun to ask for VOLUNTARY
contributions to help support Writing-World.com and the Writing
World newsletter.  Your response has been enthusiastic and
generous.  But some readers (of both publications) are
undoubtedly wondering why information that has thus far been FREE
suddenly has a price tag attached.

The answer is simple: The information was never TRULY free.
SOMEONE had to pay for it -- and that someone was generally the
editor or publisher of the site or newsletter.  In the
information business, you get what you pay for.  I have learned
(through Inkspot and Writing-World.com) that if I want
high-quality material from experienced, professional authors, I
have to offer a fair price for that material (if you call 5 cents
a word a "fair" price!).  Writing-World.com generally posts eight
to ten new articles per month, and features six regular columns
(two monthly, four bimonthly); each column or feature averages
around 1000 words.

The cost of the information itself, however, is only half the
story.  The other half is the time involved in maintaining a
website that has (in my case) more than 300 articles, 700+ links,
a constantly updated listing of more than 100 contests, and a
biweekly newsletter that offers (on average) 18 pages of
information.  Add in the time involved in handling advertising,
promotions, and general e-mail, and the site consumes easily 15
hours a week, often more.  I can only guess at how much time must
be involved in maintaining Inscriptions, which goes out weekly
and is more than twice as long as Writing World!

We editors laughingly refer to this as our "free" time -- but again,
it isn't really free.  It costs -- whether it's time that could be
spent on projects that actually produce income, or projects
that are simply personally fulfilling (such as that
long-postponed novel).  And that, more than anything else, is the
cost that editors like Jade Walker, Bev Walton-Porter and myself
are finding that we can no longer afford.  In today's economy, a
writer's time is a precious commodity (to the writer, at least!)
-- and not one that can be "spent" lightly.

I've begun to address the problem by hiring help -- Peggy
Tibbetts is doing a WONDERFUL job as the new managing editor of
the newsletter, Debbie Ridpath Ohi (yes, Inkspot's Debbie) is
helping me with contests and is about to start a new column, and
Noah Chinn is my capable research assistant, taking on such
thankless tasks as collating the reader survey.  These wonderful
people are already giving me back precious hours that I can spend
(gasp) WRITING -- handling my columns for The Writer and other
publications, generating new articles, finding new markets, and,
yes, working on that long-postponed novel.  But it is your
continued support that makes this possible.

Does this mean that Writing World is also looking at a "paid
subscription" model?  I won't say that it will NEVER happen --
but my goal is to make sure that it doesn't.  We currently have
9000 subscribers; if only 1000 were willing to pay for the
newsletter, that would be a nice chunk of change -- but it would
also mean that 8000 writers would no longer be getting the
benefit of Writing World's articles, columns, markets and
industry news.  I'd rather find other ways to support the site.

So, for now, I will continue to appeal to my readers for support,
and continue to seek alternatives.  My goal is nothing less to
than to make Writing-World.com one of those rare entities: A
dot-com SUCCESS!

                        -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)


To contribute to Writing-World.com, click on any of the
Amazon.com payboxes on the site (the purple box at the top of
each page), or go to http://www.amazon.com/paypage/P2UTPRKYGU4AA1
PayPal users can send a contribution to Moira Allen.
If you'd like to donate by check, please e-mail
Moira Allen for details.  Everyone who donates $5 or
more will receive a free copy of Moira Allen's "The Writer's
Guide to Rights, Contracts, Copyright and Permissions."


Victoria Strauss, host of the excellent "Writer Beware" site
(http://www.sfwa.org/beware/), offered a comment and a correction
on the last issue.  She has this to say about the article, "The
'Standard' Book Contract" (The Write Sites): "This article has
been getting a lot of attention in the past month or so in
writers' forums and on e-lists--despite the fact that it's over 2
years old. In my opinion, it's both hyperbolic and inaccurate.
Most of the issues the author identifies as part of the supposed
devolution of book contracts were old news even in 2000."  She
also corrected the URL listed for "Literary Agents: Hard to Find
Addresses" (http://mailer.fsu.edu/~tjp4773/agent.html), and
offers "A caveat about this website: while it contains useful
information, the site owner doesn't vet the agents he lists as
carefully as he should. This page is clean, but other parts of
the site list several agents about whom Writer Beware has
received multiple complaints for fee-charging and other abuses."


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Recognize a Writer Who Has Made a Difference!
Do you know of a writer who has made a difference -- to you
personally or to the world in general?  Now's your chance to give
that writer some recognition, by nominating him or her for The
Writer's 2002 Writer Awards.  The awards are designed to
recognize writers who have made a difference in the writing
community.  "Nominees should be writers who... have helped their
peers, brought about changes that benefit their vocation,
increased awareness of issues important to writers, influenced
other writers through their teaching or writing, or helped create
space for new voices."  Send the nominee's name and a brief
description of how the writer has made a difference to:

The Writer
P.O. Box 1612
Waukesha, WI, 53187-1612
E-mail: nomination[at]writermag.com

Include your name, address, and e-mail.  Deadline for nominations
is July 15.

Book Club Bandwagon
In the aftermath of Oprah Winfrey's announcement that she would
be retiring her book club, media outlets are scrambling to fill
the void. Starting in June, NBC's "Today Show" will introduce new
authors by having a best-selling author choose a book written by
a lesser-known talent. ABC's "Live with Regis and Kelly"
announced they will soon kick off their own book club. USA
Today has launched a new book club in the newspaper's Life
Section and on its web site, that will be promoting selections in
print over a six-week period, with the added aim of driving
online discussion. And for those who just can't accept the loss
of Oprah's club, Pat Holt is urging readers to join with West
Coast long distance provider Working Assets to petition Oprah to
restart the club. Readers can send an email to Oprah from their
site: http://www.actforchange.com

Tattered Cover Book Store Wins First Amendment Case
Imagine this nightmare scenario: A character in the novel you're
writing is involved in manufacturing methamphetamines. As a part
of your research you buy several books about the process at your
local bookstore. A month later there's a DEA Agent knocking on
your door. For now, it's one nightmare that won't come true. On
April 8, 2002, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that Denver's
Tattered Cover Book Store does not have to turn over customer
records that had been sought by local law enforcement officials,
who had argued that the information would assist in a case
involving the manufacture of methamphetamines. "This is an
important victory for bookstores around the country. It strongly
affirms the fact that protecting the privacy of bookstore records
is essential to preserve free speech," said Chris Finan,
president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free

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RECESSION-PROOF YOUR WRITING BUSINESS =================================================================
                          by Patricia L. Fry (matilijapr[at]aol.com)

Nearly everyone is concerned about the state of the economy and
most of us are affected by a downturn. It seems unfair that, at a
time when writers have so much to say, publishers are producing
fewer books and magazine editors are printing fewer stories.

Business drives magazines. When business revenues wane, workers
are laid off and advertising slows. Without advertisers, editors
can't afford to pay writers. Within the past several months, five
of my favorite magazines have gone under and several others have
cut back on the amount of freelance work they're using. One
editor, who liked my work, generously assigned me six articles --
one each for the next six issues. When I completed the job, the
editor wrote an apologetic letter saying that their advertisers
were pulling out and they had to cut back on the number of
articles they can use in each issue. Over the last eight months,
they've published two of the six with a promise to use the others
as space allows.

In times like these, more editors request articles on spec rather
than issuing a contract. They don't know what direction their
publication will take in the uncertain economy and they don't
want to make any promises they can't keep. Consequently, the
writer is often left writing for naught.

What's a writer to do in times of economic struggle? The strategy
I've used over my 28 years as a freelance writer is to rethink
and reorganize my business. My motto is: if things aren't going
your way, find another way. Here are some ideas to help keep your
writing business afloat even during the hard times:

- Woo your long-standing clients and editors. Stay in touch with
them so they'll think of you when they need something done.
Remind them of your skills and make a few suggestions for
projects that you might do for them.

- Write about the things people need to know during times like
these: how to live on less, stress reduction, healthy grieving,
penny-saver vacations, quick and easy money-making tips, and
survival techniques, for example: how to plant a Victory Garden
and easy Christmas gifts to make.

- Subscribe to several online and print writing magazines and
newsletters. Many of them list jobs for writers while also
keeping you updated on trends in the writing industry.

- Go outside your comfort zone. Search out new magazines, ezines,
web sites and businesses that might need your expertise.  Browse
magazine racks at bookstores, study Writer's Market and do web

- Take on clients. There are always people who want help writing,
editing or self-publishing a book or researching their family
history. Become their paid mentor.

- Produce pamphlets to market through appropriate agencies and
or/businesses -- for example: recipes for diabetics or heart
patients, how to keep the faith when the world seems doomed, or
how to garden away arthritis pain.

- Do something entirely different. Teach writing through a local
adult education program, write ads for businesses, typeset
manuscripts for clients, conduct research for others, or scour
the web looking for those that need help with spelling and
grammar and then apply for the job.

- Write for less.  As one writer friend says, "When times are
tough, I'm never above any writing assignment no matter how
superficial or low-paying. Those little jobs sometimes lead to
bigger and better assignments."

- Solicit businesses and publications that are thriving in this
economy. Right now, greeting card sales are up. People are eating
more sweets and other comfort foods.  American flags are a
booming business.

- Write speeches. CEOs and association leaders often hire speech
writers. If you have a knack for speechwriting, read the local
calendar of events in the newspaper to find out who is speaking
and where. Attend speeches and presentations. Join or visit
organizations and get involved at the district and state level
where you'll meet men and women who hire speechwriters.

- Advertise your services. Build a web site or join an
organization such as the National Association of Women Writers
(http://www.nawww.org) and get web site space where you
can get recognition for your work. Send out brochures to local
businesses or a targeted mailing list.

- Ensure greater success during difficult times by establishing
and maintaining a good reputation all the time.


Patricia Fry is a freelance writer and the author of "A Writer's
Guide to Magazine Articles for Book Promotion and Profit" and
"Over 75 Good Ideas for Marketing Your Book."  Visit her web site
at: http://www.matilijapress.com

Copyright 2002 Patricia L. Fry

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provide the layperson with an easy understanding of forensic

The Passionate Pen
Resources for romance writers who are passionate about getting

The Glossary of Poetic Terms
Searching for that one site with the excellent glossary of poetic
terms? It moved to:

The Dialectizer
No, you won't get thin thighs in 30 days, but you can convert
English text to any of several comic dialects.

[Editor's note: This site was submitted by my intrepid
managing editor, and it is hysterical.  Try running any of
my "Writing-World.com" articles through it for a new "take"
on the business of writing!]

Chicklit: For women who love words
And the men who love women who love words.

Laughter Crafters
A discussion group for serious humorists.

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                         by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

How Do I Prepare a Bio?
Q: What should one put in a short bio that appears at the end of
a article/column? I'm having trouble trying to figure out what to
write and still keep it professional/business like.

A: Here's a brief "model" that you can adapt to just about any
need. Don't list the sentences by number, though; run them
together into a paragraph.

1) Jane Doe has been writing professionally for XX years, and is
the author of X books and more than/nearly XXX
articles/stories/whatever. (Use this line to list your most
prominent writing achievements.)

2) Her work has appeared in such publications as... (List two or
three publications that most directly relate to the publication
you're writing THIS bio for. For example, if you're writing an
article for a business publication, try to list other business
magazines here.)

3) Doe has practiced professional --- for X years... (Use this
line to establish any professional credentials that might be
helpful in demonstrating your expertise on the subject area, if

4) Doe is also an avid photographer/blacksmith/birdwatcher...
(Some publications like to list some personal interests; others
don't. The key is, do they relate to the topic of the article?
Again, if you're writing a business article, most people won't
care that you like to mudwrestle on your days off.)

5) Doe lives in the XXX area... (Some people add "with
spouse/kids/cats" to this line. Put in whatever you feel
comfortable with.)

6) For more information, visit Doe's website at XXXX (or, if you
wish, list your e-mail, but ONLY if you really want people to
contact you.)

Here's how it looks in the end:

Jane Doe has been writing professionally for 125 years, and is
the author of 2,462 books (more than Isaac Asimov!) and 300
articles. Her work has appeared in such publications as Godey's
Lady's Book and Amazing! She is also an experienced tanner and
hedge witch, and lives in the Hatchpatchi Hills with her two
husbands and four turtles.

How Much Should You "Reslant" an Article to Make it "New"?
Q: Three publishers are interested in a nonfiction article which
I recently developed. Information from several authors leads me
to believe that if one "slants" material a bit differently to
accommodate the various periodicals, you can submit the original
without designating it a "reprint." However, I am ignorant as to
the depth of the "slant" or remodeling of a piece which allows a
writer to send the same to more than one editor as an original.
The essence of the manuscript remains the same.

A: The essence of "reslanting" is that a reader should be able to
read the different versions of your articles and feel that s/he
has read a "different" article.  This is especially true if
you're trying to submit the piece to different markets at the
same time.  Another issue is whether the markets that are
interested in the piece are competing, or whether they are in
different "market areas" that don't overlap.  For example, if two
women's magazines are both interested in the article, these would
most likely be competing publications -- and no matter how much
you "reslant" the piece, you're not going to overcome the
editors' objections to having it appear in a rival publication.
However, if one market is, say, a woman's publication, while
another is a regional publication, the overlap would probably be

If there is overlap between the types of markets, then your best
bet is to go with the BEST market first, and then worry about
offering it elsewhere.  The issue of "first" rights to a piece is
tricky -- again, if a reader would feel that the article was
essentially the same, even though you might have changed a few
items here and there, an editor is going to feel that it is
pretty much the "same" article.

Another issue is whether you hope to establish positive,
long-term relationships with any of the publications who are
considering the piece.  When someone seeks to send something to
as many publications as possible, that person often is forgetting
that, by getting "lots of money now," one may be risking ticking
off editors that might otherwise have provided future
assignments.  The long-term value of staying on good terms with
one, or even three, editors, can far outweigh the short-term
benefit of being able to sell the same article to three markets
at once.  Again, I'd pick the BEST market of the three and start
there, and worry about how to market to the other three


Moira Allen has been writing and editing for more than 20 years,
PROPOSALS (Allworth Press, 2001) and WRITING.COM: CREATIVE
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Copyright (c) 2002 by Moira Allen

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JUST FOR FUN: 15 Ways You Know You Were Born to Write
	               by I.J. Schecter (ij_schecter[at]hotmail.com)

1.  You include an SASE with all personal correspondence.

2.  You think the Bible should be reset in 12-point Courier.

3.  It drives you crazy that your friends don't take an extra
minute to get the grammar and punctuation of their e-mails right.

4.  You encourage your six-year old to copyright the story he
wrote at school.

5.  You can recite return postage rates for London, New York,
Los Angeles, and Guam.

6.  Someone mentions pickle juice, and your first thought is,
"Pickle Juice, that's a good title for a novel."

7.  You feel sex ranks a distant second to the sensation of
holding a solid felt tip in your hand.

8.  You think baseball players should feel they're doing well
if they get a hit every thirty at-bats.

9.  You have four separate novels you'd like to get to, ten short
stories, two dozen articles, and enough screenplays to bury a
small village.

10. You fall in love based on proper use of syntax.

11. If your house was on fire, you'd save your copy of
"Writer's Market" first; your grandmother's jewelry second.

12. You couldn't balance a checkbook if your life depended on it,
but your submission log is cross-referenced three different ways
and dates back to 1980.

13. Your outgoing message says, "Hi, I'm not here right now.
Please leave a query and the synopsis of your proposed message,
and I'll let you know whether to call back."

14. You'd rather meet Stephen King than Gandhi.

15. You see an average man sitting on a normal bench on a regular
day and suddenly feel compelled to write a story about it.


Do you have a humorous essay, poem, or other item on the subject
of writing? Don't keep it to yourself. Share the laughter! Send
it along to: Moira Allen

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Thank you again for all the kind words of support you've sent my
way these past two weeks. Most everyone seems happy with the
change, and the rest seem willing to give me a chance.

I can't let this week's issue go by without mentioning the
Authors Guild vs. Amazon debate over used book sales. When I
ordered my new rice cooker from Amazon last week, I noticed they
didn't offer me the option of a used one. Can you imagine the
corporate flak that would generate? I never go for the used book
option because it's a separate purchase, with separate postage
figured in. Do you know how much postage costs these days?

All things considered, no matter which side of the argument you
lean toward, debate is good for the writer's soul -- and keeps
writers' discussion lists buzzing!

                          -- Peggy Tibbetts (peggyt[at]siltnet.net)

PUT SPARKLE IN YOUR PICTURE BOOK! Sign up for Peggy Tibbetts'
8-week course on Writing-World.com, beginning June 4 -- and get
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Why Do I Need an Outline? by Cheryl Sloan Wray

Marketing Electronic and POD Books: What Works, What Doesn't,
by Cathi Stevenson

The Top Ten Mistakes New Fiction Authors Make, by Sally Zigmond

Writing in Rhyme, by Laura Backes


The Writing-World.com links section has just been fully cleaned
and updated!  Inactive links have been purged or corrected, and
new links from past issues of Writing World have been added. We
now have nearly 700 links in 29 categories.  Check it out at


PLUS, 17 new contests have been added to the Contests section!

New listings added regularly to the "Writers Wanted" section:

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Judy Galbraith, Publisher
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Email: help4kids[at]freespirit.com
URL: http://www.freespirit.com/html/c_author_nf.html

Free Spirit Publishing specializes in Self-Help for Kids and Self
Help for Teens. We are dedicated to publishing high quality
nonfiction materials that empower young people -- and help adults
who care deeply about young people. We are currently accepting
submissions in the following topic areas: Mental and emotional
health issues; Social skills; Character Education; Creative
teaching and learning; Gifted and talented Youth; LD (Learning
differences); Family and parenting issues; Social action;
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potential authors to visit our web site to familiarize themselves
with our very specific publishing niche.

LENGTH: No word limit
PAYMENT: Advance plus royalties
RIGHTS: Exclusive rights
SUBMISSIONS: No email. Query before sending full manuscript, by
mail only with SASE.


Dave Felts, Editor
3645 Chatam Drive, Palm Harbor, FL 34684
URL: http://www.sfreader.com

Fiction: Editor Dave Felts is looking for character-driven
science fiction, fantasy, horror, or any combination of these,
with the emphasis on characters over tech, and atmosphere over
gore. Adult language and situations okay. No erotic fiction.
Articles: Anything related to speculative fiction and the craft
of writing speculative fiction. No Con reports please. Author
Interviews: Interviews with a speculative fiction author, with a
preference for published book-length authors.

LENGTH: Fiction: up to 8,000 words;
Articles & Author interviews: up to 2500 words
PAYMENT: Fiction: $20 for first rights; $10 for reprints;
Articles & author interviews: 1 cent/word for first rights;
half cent/word for reprints
RIGHTS: First time electronic rights, or reprint rights
SUBMISSIONS: By mail only. Send full manuscript for unpublished
work; query first for reprints.
GUIDELINES: For more information go to:


Lisamarie Sanders, Editor
15214 Sheads Mountain Road, Rixeyville, VA 22737
Email: editor[at]chalkdust-online.com
URL: http://www.chalkdust-online.com

Chalkdust-Online was created in conjunction with the
inspirational book series, "Chalkdust on the Sleeve of My Soul"
(working title). Both the book series and web site aim to remind
teachers of the special contribution they make to society, and
inspire them to continue touching lives. If you are a teacher,
were a teacher, or had a teacher, we'd like to hear from you.
Please send us true stories that will touch us and help us
remember what an important privilege it is to be called
"teacher." Sample categories include: Touched Lives; Beyond
Books; The Way to School; I Teach; Behind the Desk; and From the
Small Desks. All submissions must be true and verifiable (based
on actual people and events), must be original works by the
author, not derived from other works, and written in English.

LENGTH:  500-1200 words
PAYMENT: $5 for stories used on the web site; $100 for stories
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no entry fees (unless otherwise noted). For dozens of additional
contest listings from around the world, visit


        Armed Forces Joint Warfighting Essay Contest

DEADLINE: May 1, 2002
GENRE: Essay
LENGTH:  3,000 words maximum

THEME: Combat readiness in a joint context. Essays may be heavy
in uni-service detail but must have joint application. Essays may
not have been published elsewhere.

PRIZES: 1st Prize - $2, 500; 2nd  Prize - $2,000; 3rd Prize -
$1,000, plus publication of all winners in "Proceedings"


ADDRESS: Armed Forces Joint Warfighting Essay Contest,
US Naval Institute, 291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402-5034
URL: http://www.usni.org/membership/contests.htm


        First Annual Silver Threads Memoir Contest

DEADLINE: May 1, 2002
GENRE: Memoir
LENGTH: One-page synopsis, 50-word summary, 30 ms pages

THEME: Silver Threads is committed to developing the craft of the
literary memoir as an emerging genre. We encourage and assist
published and unpublished authors to write and produce their own
life experience. A literary memoir is similar to an autobiography
in that it is personal account based on the experiences of the
author. Unlike an autobiography, a literary memoir is not
necessarily a life story. It may focus on a particular theme, a
specific time or place, or an important lesson learned. It may
take an expansive view or a narrow one, a conventional form or an
unorthodox one. It may, for example, combine prose and poetry or
be crafted out of multiple media. The only requirement is that
the memoir be a creative or contemplative work not merely the
anecdotal reconstruction of a life.

PRIZES: Three to five manuscripts will be designated as
finalists, all of which will receive constructive critiques, in
writing, from the contest judges. Silver Threads will edit
winning manuscript and prepare it for publication. Silver Threads
may seek to publish the winning manuscript if, in the opinion of
Silver Threads, the manuscript is of exceptional literary quality
and sufficiently marketable.

ELECTRONIC ENTRY:  To enter, please send: A completed application
form (e-mail the contest director for a PDF copy of the rules and
application form); a one-page synopsis of the memoir; a statement
of no more than 50 words summarizing what you consider the main
lesson, theme, or thread of the memoir; the first 30 pages of the
manuscript, printed in 12-point type, double spaced with standard

ADDRESS:  Silver Threads, c/o Robert Goodman, 3738 Carmel View
Road, San Diego, CA 92130

E-MAIL: rg[at]silvercat.com



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