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Issue 2:10           9250 subscribers                May 16, 2002

        From the Editor's Desk
        News from the World of Writing
        FEATURE: Seven Simple Steps to a Great Press Release,
             by Elizabeth Hanes
        The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
        WRITING DESK: Should I register the copyright for photos
             or artwork?, by Paula Lerner
        Writing Genre Poetry to Sell Your Short Story or Novel,
             by Stephen D. Rogers
        From the Managing Editor's Mind
        What's New at Writing World
        NEW SECTION!  Writing Events
        Market Roundup/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

Sorry it's Late...
Sorry this is late; I didn't realize that the issue was too long
and had bounced from the listserv yesterday.  I had to trim a few
things to get this out, but you'll see them next time!

Looking for a Writing Event?
Writing-World.com has just launched a new "events" section.  This
section will list upcoming conferences, seminars, workshops,
chats, booksignings -- any event that would be of interest to
writers.  Find out what's coming up in the writing world at

If you have an event you'd like to list on Writing-World.com,
please see http://www.writing-world.com/events/listyours.html for

Have You Published an E-Book?
Apparently my call for "e-published authors" in the last issue
wasn't entirely clear.  I'm looking for authors who have
published an E-BOOK (whether commercial, subsidy, POD or
self-published), to help me with a survey for the next edition of
Writing.com.  (I'd also like to interview e-publishers.)  If
you've published an e-book, or if you are an e-publisher, and
would be willing to participate, please contact me.  (I promise,
it's not a 40-question survey like the last one!)

And Speaking of Surveys...
The results of the Writing-World.com reader survey have been
collated at last!  Look for them in the next issue!

"Writers Wanted" Section Updated
On the wise suggestion of a reader, I have made a change to the
"Writers Wanted" section.  Listings will now be dated, and
listings over three months old will be removed from the section.
Yes, this section DOES include paying markets!  Check them out at

Fundraising Can Be Fun...
...but not if you have to suffer through endless appeals for
donations! Rather than trying to come up with a fresh pitch for
funds in every issue, therefore, I'm going to establish a
"fundraising month" once or twice a year, with prizes, drawings,
etc.  (I came across this idea on another site, and a reader also
suggested it.)  In short, I hope to put the "FUN" back in
"fundraising" -- watch for it in October!

Of course, I still welcome donations at any time; to find out how
you can help support Writing-World.com (and how to get a copy of
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Start Date: June 3

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Instructor: Stephen D. Rogers
6 weeks - $75
Start Date: June 12

Would you like to earn more than recognition for your poetry?
Then try your hand at writing for the genre magazines -- mystery,
horror, science fiction and fantasy.  Publications such as
Asimov's, Alfred Hitchcock, and Ellery Queen pay good money for
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***Read Stephen Rogers' article on genre poetry, below!***

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In a survey by InsightExpress, a unit of Interpublic ad agency,
only 22% of consumers polled actually preferred reading magazines
online, and 73% said they wouldn't forego paper for online
magazines even if they cost half the price of print. The major
reasons given for their disdain: 54% - the inconvenience of using
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- online magazine access charges; and 23% - eye strain. "Though
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attention," commented InsightExpress COO Lee Smith. "Online is
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European Union will tax this
On May 7th, the European Union approved new rules for July 2003,
requiring the US and non-EU firms to levy value-added tax (VAT)
on products such as computer games, software, and electronic
services downloaded or consumed online to private customers in
the 15-nation bloc. Under US rules, a business is not taxed for
selling digitally delivered products. "We continue to be
concerned about the potential for discrimination in terms of
proposed tax rates and administrative and compliance burdens,"
said Tara Bradshaw, US Treasury spokeswoman. Digitally delivered
products, such as e-books or magazines, will be taxed at full
VAT, which is not always the case for the equivalent
non-electronic goods.

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                by Elizabeth Hanes (Elizabeth[at]elizabethhanes.com)

It's a simple equation: media exposure equals more money for you
as a writer. Give an interview on a local radio station and watch
your book sales increase. Get quoted in a magazine article and
find yourself negotiating more pay for your next freelance
article because you're a "recognized expert" on a topic.

And while you can dream up many creative ways to get the
attention of the media, the fact is 99% of all media exposure
begins with a simple, well-written press release.

Writing a great press release -- one that grabs the attention of
an editor and results in media coverage -- is easy once you
understand the basic elements involved and how they fit together.

Format Correctly
News is a time-sensitive, bottom-line oriented business. Give
editors and reporters the basic information first: who you are,
how they can reach you, and when they can run your story. Start
by placing the release date in the upper left-hand corner.

     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 22, 2002

Most of the time, this is the release date you'll use, but if
you're issuing a release well in advance of an event, you can
give a specific date. For instance, if you're publicizing a book
signing four weeks ahead of time, you might want to put "FOR
RELEASE (date)." Choose a date that's closer to the actual event.

Next, drop down two lines and tell the editor whom to contact and
how to do it. You would be surprised how many people make it
difficult for the media to contact them about a story! Format the
information like this:

     Elizabeth Hanes
     555-555-0021 (office)
     555-555-0034 (cell)

Hook 'em With an Irresistible Headline
Drop down two more lines and type your headline in bold caps.
Write your headline in the form of a question, provocative
statement or outrageous claim to pique the editor's interest. "Do
400-year-old Horses Roam New Mexico?" works better than "Local
Author Writes Book About Bloodlines of Local Horses."

Show You're a Pro by Giving a Dateline
Two lines below your headline, the story begins in earnest.
However, before you dazzle the editor with your sparkling prose,
provide dateline information. The dateline shows where the press
release originated and gives the date it was written. This allows
the editor to categorize the release in a variety of ways, while
also letting her know your news is fresh. Here's how to format
the dateline:

     LOS LUNAS, NM (5/16/02) --

Immediately after the "em" dash, begin your story. Double space
and use 12-point Times New Roman or Courier.

Reel 'em in With a Compelling Lead
Editors read dozens of press releases every day. It's crucial you
provide a one or two-sentence lead that grabs and holds their
attention. Playing off the headline above, here's an example:

"When Spain sent conquistadors, missionaries and horses to New
Mexico 400 years ago, they expected their legacy to last. Now,
surprising new DNA evidence shows that the blood of the original
Spanish barb horses -- long thought to be extinct -- may still
flow strongly through the veins of local mustang herds."

Use the Inverted Pyramid Style
Chances are, you learned this technique when you worked on the
high school newspaper, but it bears repeating. Editors are busy
folks working on tight deadlines. Don't waste their time by
making them wade through eight paragraphs before discovering your
point. Instead, put the basic information  in the first paragraph
of your release. If applicable,use the "Five W's": who, what,
when, where, why, and how. In the subsequent paragraphs expand on
the Five W's. Focus on the newsworthy item or event you're
publicizing, but also include information about yourself, your
credentials and education. Be brief. A press release should run
between 300-500 words or no more than two pages.

Tell Them When the Show is Over
If your press release runs to two pages, number the second page.
Two lines below your last sentence, type either "-30-" or "###"
to indicate the story's end. This tells the editor she received
your entire release.If you don't mark the end of the story, the
editor might wonder if there's a page missing.

A Few Do's and Don'ts
DO send your release to a specific editor. Address the envelope
by name to the person you think would be most interested in your

DON'T send your release to more than one editor at a single
newspaper. If you don't get a response within four weeks of
mailing your release, write a new one and send it to another
editor at the paper.

DO send your release to different types of media outlets. Radio
stations make good targets, especially those with talk radio
formats. Send releases to television stations only if your news
involves a visual event they can cover.

DON'T send your release to every media organization in town,
regardless of their focus. Your local gardening magazine will not
appreciate receiving your press release about an article you
published detailing technical advances in jet propulsion engines.

DO follow up with a phone call. In 20 years of public relations,
I've never been rebuffed by an editor for making a courtesy phone
call to inquire about whether they received my release or had any
questions about it.

DON'T pressure the editor to commit to a story or ask when "your
story" will be running. This is a surefire turn-off for editors.
Rather, keep your follow-up brief and polite. "I just wanted to
see if you had any questions" and "thank you very much" are
really the only things you need to say.

A single, well-written press release can net you media exposure
in several outlets. Issue press releases on a regular basis and
watch the payoff you reap through increased book sales and higher
profile name recognition.


Elizabeth Hanes is a professional copywriter with 20 years'
experience in marketing communications and public relations. Her
clients include large international corporations and small, local
non-profit organizations. In addition, she's an award-winning
humorist. Her web site is: http://www.elizabethhanes.com

Copyright (c) 2002 by Elizabeth Hanes

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Founded to support new writers and reading audiences for
literature, this site includes information about college level
writing programs and writer's conferences.

EPN worldreporter.com
This e-zine offers an extensive array of articles and other
resources for journalists around the world.

RWA Chapter and Contest Links
Find an RWA chapter or romance contest here!

Rhymes, phrases, quizzes, quotes, famous documents and more.

The Write Line Newsletter
Another newsletter for writers? Yes, and this one's worth a look;
good articles, professional presentation, from Lorin Oberweger.

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                          by Paula Lerner (paula[at]lernerphoto.com)

Should I Register the Copyright for Photos or Artwork?
Q: I often include photos or artwork with my article submissions.
Should I register the copyright for these?

A: You must register your work with the Copyright Office in
Washington to enjoy the full benefit and power of U.S. Copyright
law. If you are infringed and your work is registered, you can
legally pursue the infringer for damages of up to $150,000.
Without registration, the best you can get is a usage fee, plus a
small penalty. Sometimes letting a client or infringer know that
the image in question is indeed registered is enough of an
impetus for them to resolve an unauthorized usage problem
quickly, without resorting to legal action.

Registering your work is not difficult. The process can be easily
incorporated into the regular part of your work flow. The
simplest, cheapest, and most effective way is to get into the
habit of gang registering all your images (not some, but all of
them) as unpublished work before they leave your hands. Begin by
making a visual copy of the group of images you wish to register.
My own practice uses Michael Grecco's technique of making cheap
copy prints of ganged-up slide pages on a light table, or ganged
up contact sheets on a copy stand,two at a time. By using this
technique you can incorporate between 40 images (in the form of 2
slide pages) or 72 images (in the form of two contact sheets) per
copy print.

Grecco describes his technique here:

Seth Resnick describes the digital procedure here:

As long as you send off the proper package to the US Copyright
Office before the images are published, you can gang up hundreds
or thousands of images and register the lot for one low $30
registration fee. Give the ganged group of pictures a name, such
as "Pat Photographer Photo Collection, January 2002."

If you have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can fill out the form on
your computer.

Form VA:

Short Form VA with instructions:

Happy registering!

For more information
Editorial Photographers Copyright Registration page:


Paula Lerner is an award-winning freelance photographer based in
Boston. Her clients include national and international magazines,
plus corporations and institutions.  She is Vice President of
Editorial Photographers, a non-profit group that promotes good
business practices among photographers and fair contracts from
publishers. Her web site is http://www.lernerphoto.com

Copyright (c) 2002 by Paula Lerner

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                        by Stephen D. Rogers (sdr633[at]hotmail.com)

Have you been trying without success to break into the genre
fiction markets? One way to get your "foot" in the door, pun
intended, is through the poetry section. Almost all of the major
genre magazines accept poetry. A poem adds to the table of
contents without taking up too much space and offers the reader a
chance to rest between longer pieces. If that doesn't sound very
glamorous, remember that entry-level positions are just that, a
place to enter. Once you've been invited over the threshold you
can roam to your heart's content.

I would go so far to say that a brilliantly executed poem is
worth as much or more than its fictional counterparts. The
Science Fiction Poetry Association (of which I'm a member) gives
the Rhysling Awards for Best Poems of the Year and the Horror
Writers Association gives a Bram Stoker Award for Poetry
Collection. While you may not see genre poems on the bestseller
list any time soon, they are a vibrant and respected part of the

Back to Basics
So just what is a genre poem?

First, it is a poem, anything from free verse to sestina, elegy
to prose poem. Any form you happen to favor is suitable for genre
poetry. If you hate rhyme, don't use it. If when you hear the
word "feet" you immediately think of running your toes through
warm sand instead of measuring accented syllables, don't worry.
There are so many different conventions in poetry that the field
is wide open.

Second, the topic of the genre poem is genre:  science fiction,
fantasy, horror, mystery, or western (cowboy poetry). The first
four are covered in depth during the course "Writing (and
Selling!) Genre Poetry" available through Writing World.
Unfortunately, the paying market for cowboy poetry is almost

Know Your Market
To impress the editors of these publications, you should read
well in your chosen genre. Don't just read the poetry; read the
short stories and novels, watch the movies. You want to soak up
the givens, the expectations, the sensibilities.

Consider the first two lines of my poem,"ăThe Price of Peace"
(Fables, Spring 2001):

     Arthur was King of the Britons
     I of the dragons in flight

Is there any question this is a fantasy poem?

Can you come up with a suitable third line? How about a fourth?

     He ruled the earth in the daytime
     I in the darkness of night

Heck, we just wrote a short fantasy poem. Only those first two
lines were actually from "The Price of Peace," which ran for 28

Or maybe you like this better:

     He dressed his men in tin foil
     So they'd cook au jus delight

Or maybe you don't.

Ready, Set, Go!
Writing genre poetry is not rocket science.  Even writing science
fiction poetry isn't rocket science -- even if the poem is
divided into stages instead of stanzas.

Do yourself a favor. Take some time out of your novel or short
story submission-rejection cycle to write some genre poetry.
You'll have fun, collect some checks, and make some influential
friends. And if you're already selling short stories and novels,
don't let that stop you. Genre poetry is a good way to keep your
name in front of readers. Think of it as taking out ad space but
getting paid to do so.

For more information

Science Fiction Poetry Association:

Articles on Poetic Forms:


While a fifth of his published poems are literary, Stephen D.
Rogers pays the bills with genre poetry that has appeared in over
a dozen online and print magazines. SIGN UP TODAY FOR ROGERS'

Copyright (c) 2002 by Stephen D. Rogers

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Don't Treat Your Characters Like Puppets! by Anne Marble

Houses are People Too: The Structure of a Literary Device,
by Geoff Hart

India as a Writer's Market, by Hasmita Chander

Sell More Books with a Powerful Back Cover, by Judy Cullins

Trim the Fat from Your Writing, by Marg Gilks


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Heart 2 Heart Stories
Bex Hall, Editor
EMAIL: bexhall[at]adelphia.net
URL: http://heart2heartstories.com

This is the first book in the series, "The Heart of the
Stepfamily," with plans to have it in print by December 2002.
Each story must be true and have a beginning, middle and
conclusion; including that moment when the reader will experience
that "Ah, I get it!" emotion. Ideal essays, written in either
first-person or third-person, will make the reader get goose
bumps, feel warm and fuzzy, laugh, cry, experience heart tugging
emotions, feel hope, gain positive insight, find solace or peace,
and/or draw optimism for their selves or their life situation.
Styles such as narrative essay, humor, literary, or creative
nonfiction, are all acceptable. If it's something about which you
are passionate, you've experienced stepfamily life in some
capacity, and you've met with successes, both small and large,
while growing together, then you are qualified to write the
story. We welcome both published and non-published writers.

Authors may submit multiple stories. Simultaneous submissions are
acceptable, but not stories that will be published by similar
mass market anthologies. Must be written in English.

LENGTH: 750 - 2000 words
PAYMENT: $100 award to author whose story is chosen to lead the
book. Generous author bio and byline with each published story,
plus inclusion in Author's Showcase web page, with Author bio,
photograph, and story excerpt.
DEADLINE: July 12, 2002
RIGHTS: FNASR and reprint rights
SUBMISSIONS: Use the submission form at the web site:
GUIDELINES: For more information go to:


Chicken Soup for the Single Parent's Soul
Laurie Hartman and Nancy Vogl, Co-Editors
526 W. 14th Street, #185, Traverse City, MI 49684
EMAIL: singleparent[at]voyager.net
URL: http://www.singleparentsoul.com/big/index.html

As a single parent, everyone has extraordinary circumstances, so
we know you have a story! Chicken Soup stories have a beginning,
middle and an ending that often closes with a punch, creating
emotion rather than simply talking about it. Tell an exciting,
sad, uplifting or funny story about something that has happened
to you as a single parent or about someone you know who is a
single parent. Or perhaps you were raised in a single parent
family. The story should start with action and include a problem,
issue or situation. It should include dialogue and the characters
should express their feelings through the conflict or situation.
It should end in a result, such as a lesson learned, a positive
change or pay-off. The most important thing we're looking for are
stories that uplift, encourage, support, offer hope and
inspiration and lets the readers of each story feel like they are
not alone. Above all, let your story come from your heart.

LENGTH: 300 - 1200 words
DEADLINE: August 1, 2002
RIGHTS: Author retains rights
SUBMISSIONS: Use the submission form at the web site:
For mailing instructions see Story Guidleines.
GUIDELINES: http://www.singleparentsoul.com/big/guide.html


Walt Tegtmeier, Content Editor
7300 W. 110th St., Suite 900, Overland Park, KS 66210
EMAIL: wtegtmeier[at]dto.com
URL: http://www.DiscoverTheOutdoors.com

Articles for DiscoverTheOutdoors.com cover a broad array of
subjects for a variety of interests and experience levels.
Articles geared to a beginning and/or intermediate level
participant should be written to communicate clearly with that
specific level of understanding, and generally at a 7th - 8th
grade reading level. More advanced articles will necessitate a
higher level of writing. Unless the topic or the assignment
demands otherwise, feature articles should be as detailed but
concise as possible. All articles require photographs and/or
artwork to support the subject.

LENGTH: 800 - 1200 words
PAYMENT: $250 - $300 for each original, exclusive, assigned
article, accompanied by at least three (preferably more)
photographs. $175 for previously published articles, including
photographs. $25 for each stand-alone photograph.
RIGHTS: Exclusive, first electronic rights on original articles
for 6 months following acceptance, after which rights revert to
non-exclusive. Non-exclusive rights for reprints, or photographs
and art related to original feature articles.
SUBMISSIONS: Email article as Word 6.0 attachment. Photos and art
may be submitted in a variety of formats. For detailed
instructions for text and photo art, see Writer's Guidelines.
GUIDELINES: http://www.discovertheoutdoors.com/dto/about/writers.jsp


Market News
Away.com (http://www.away.com), an online travel destination, has
acquired New York-based GORP.com (Great Outdoor Recreation Pages,
http://www.gorp.com), a web site promoting outdoor recreation and
adventure travel.


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self-addressed, stamped envelope, "GL": guidelines.
If you have questions about rights, please see
"Rights: What They Mean and Why They're Important"

Please send market news to Moira Allen

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       Voices Network Anthology Poetry/Short Story Contest

DEADLINE: June 1, 2002
GENRE: Poetry, Haiku, Short Story
LENGTH: No specification

THEME: The Voices Anthologies are just one of the ways for you to
express yourself at Voices Network. We offer our publications for
sale to the general public after the contests are over to raise
money to run this web site operation. Please submit one entry per
person. Approximately 55% of the works are accepted.
Poems/stories are divided by age. Younger children are judged by
less stringent requirements; as the age of the poet goes up so do
the standards for selection. Editors look for originality,
rhythmic sounds, rhymes, and audience appeal. The editors also
look subjects authors care about or trivial subjects approached
in a novel way.

PRIZES: 1st Place - $100; 2nd Place - $50; 3rd Place - $25

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Use the submission form at the web site:

URL: http://www.voicesnet.com/our_publications.htm


           Leisure Books New Historical Voice Contest

DEADLINE: June 1, 2002
GENRE: Historical Romance
OPEN TO: Unpublished authors with a complete historical romance.
(Author may not have published a romance novel in print format;
contest is open to authors who have published electronically.)

LENGTH: 85,000 - 100,000 words

THEME: Send the first 50 pages and synopsis to Leisure Books New
Historical Voice Contest. The story must take place before 1900.
The manuscript must be 85,000-100,000 words, completed, and fit
within our historical romance guidelines:

Our editors will read each submission and request the manuscripts
of our top selections. It is imperative that your manuscript be
ready to send at a moment's notice. The top three entries will be
sent to 50 RT Bookstores That Care, each of which will have one
vote in determining the final winner. The first three chapters of
each finalist will also be posted at Romantic Times web site for
readers to vote. The writer who receives the most online votes
will receive one vote toward the final tally.

PRIZES: Grand Prize Winner will receive a publishing contract
with Leisure Books.


ADDRESS: New Historical Voice Contest, 276 Fifth Ave., Suite 1008,
New York, NY 10001
URL: http://www.dorchesterpub.com/contests/ExtremeMeasures.htm


         Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism

DEADLINE: June 1, 2002
GENRE: Journalism
OPEN TO: Print journalists employed by a local news outlet;
Freelance print journalists and those contracted by news
LENGTH: No specifications

THEME: Underwritten by the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund and Reuters,
and administered by the Columbia University Graduate School of
Journalism, the prizes were created to honor Kurt Schork, an
American freelance journalist who was killed in a military ambush
while on assignment for Reuters on May 24, 2000, in Sierra Leone.
One award goes to a local reporter in a developing country or
nation in transition, and the other to a freelance journalist
covering international news, to recognize independent and
professional reporting that sheds new light on controversial
issues. The stories can focus on conflict, human-rights concerns,
cross-border issues, or any other issue of controversy in a
particular country or region. See web site for detailed

PRIZES: Two $10,000 prizes will be awarded; one to a local
reporter in a developing country or nation in transition, and the
other to a freelance journalist covering international news.

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No, by mail only. Entry form on web site.
Print, follow instructions, fill out, and send with submission.

ADDRESS: The Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism,
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 2950 Broadway,
MC 3800, New York, NY  10027
E-MAIL: schorkawards[at]jrn.columbia.edu
URL: http://www.jrn.columbia.edu/prizes/schork/

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