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Issue 2:12           9600 subscribers               June 13, 2002

         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: The Book Proposal, by Patricia Fry
         The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: Do I Still Own The Words?, by Moira Allen
         JUST FOR FUN: Prevision, by Fred Bortz
         From the Managing Editor's Mind
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
         Writing Events
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                      FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

Found It!
Yesterday, the burning question on this editor's mind was --
where IS the editor's desk, exactly?  Actually, I knew where my
desk was; I just couldn't SEE it beneath the boxes and piles of
papers on top of it.  Last night I settled down to the task of
shoveling stuff off my desk and onto the appropriate shelves, or
into drawers, or (in many cases) into the trash...

Yes, we've moved.  The operative decor is still "cardboard" --
cardboard decorated with hieroglyphic marker squiggles that are
SUPPOSED to let me know what is in every box, but that seem far
less useful now than when I first scribbled them.  I keep
meticulous lists of everything I pack, which of course doesn't
help a bit; the thing I want to find is the one thing I didn't
bother to list, thinking, "of course I'll remember where I put
THAT!"  (Not!)

This is our 9th move in 18 years of marriage, so I'm quite the
veteran of the process.  I pack everything myself, having lost a
few irreplaceable items the one time I let movers pack.  This
move involved a grand total of 256 boxes -- including 42 boxes of
books and 45 boxes of papers!  (How can you tell you're moving a
writer...?)  Actually, most of the papers are my husband's; as he
has been working at home, his entire "office" is contained within
about 40 file boxes.  Our real estate agent must have thought we
were a little strange; the first question we asked when looking
at a house was always "where can we put the bookshelves?"

Of course, the last thing to "come down" and the first thing to
be set up (after the desks) was the computer.  However, I
experienced a strange phenomenon: Having gone a few days without
e-mail, I found myself in no hurry to log in and see what was
waiting for me. (What was waiting was something over 200
messages, of which about one-third were spam, not to mention all
the little Klez viruses that still show up in my inbox.)  I found
that I'd rather unpack a few more boxes, or perhaps even just
enjoy a cup of coffee on our new deck (never had a deck before!)
than check e-mail.  Oh, dear -- what if this condition persists?
Might I even... gasp... get a LIFE?

A special thanks is due to Peggy Tibbetts this month.  If
she weren't on board, you wouldn't be getting a newsletter this
week -- and she's had to put it together with very little input
from me, since I've been offline and out of touch.  Peggy is
doing a super job, and deserves a "Writing-World.com Lifesaver
Award," if there is such a thing.  Thanks, Peggy!

Now, where did I pack that whatchamacallit...

                         -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)
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Instructor: Linda Shertzer
Starts June 17

There's more to writing a popular historical romance than just
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Mailing your books, manuscripts, and press releases will cost
more starting June 30. The Postal Service suffered a $1.6 billion
loss last year, before the anthrax mailings that cost hundreds of
millions more. According to Postal Service board of governors
chairman, Robert Rider, "Raising rates is not the long-term
solution to retaining universal service." Postmaster General John
Potter said there won't be another increase until at least 2004.
First class mail hikes to 37 cents for the first ounce, but
remains at 23 cents for each additional ounce. Priority mail,
post cards, and media mail will also increase. For more
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New online horror bookstore opens
Shocklines was founded by Matt Schwartz, former editorial
director of B&N.com, in conjunction with Rich Chizmar of Cemetery
Dance Publications. Their initial focus is on small press and
hard-to-find publications, though limited editions, autographed
copies, T-shirts, artwork and music are also for sale. "Horror is
a specialty niche market and is underserved for people who want
to browse," said Schwartz. "I want to reach those Stephen King
and Dean Koontz readers who may not know these kinds of rare and
collectible items exist." He estimates customers at between
1,000-2,000 and expects to reach as many as 10,000 this year. For
more information: http://www.shocklines.com

NipponNews.net launches into cyberspace
Nippon News, a press agency for magazines based in Tokyo, has a
new web site. "Our two main objectives are to facilitate access
for International media to Japanese news and to support access
for Japanese media to reporters globally," said Senior Manager
Laurent Benchana. "From one country to another, the cultural and
linguistic barriers remain thick. But Nippon News wishes that
they no longer remain an obstacle to the efficient distribution
of information worldwide." This focus has already produced
promising results. Since January 2002, the press agency has
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                             by Patricia Fry (matilijapr[at]aol.com)

The first time I heard the term "book proposal," I quickly
changed the subject. I didn't even want to know what it entailed
because I wasn't going to write one. I had a completed manuscript
and a cover letter. What more could a publisher want?

Since that day many years ago, I have written a dozen or more
book proposals. A well-designed book proposal is an excellent
marketing tool. It gives a publisher the information he/she needs
in order to evaluate your project. You can also use it as a guide
to writing your book.

During the process of writing a book proposal you'll find out if
you truly have a book at all. As Mary Embree points out in her
book, "The Author's Toolkit" (Seaview Publishing, 2000), there
are at least six major things you can learn about your project as
you go through the steps.

Here is Embreee's list in condensed form:
* how to focus on your subject
* how to describe your book to others
* how to organize your material
* whether you have a salable idea
* how to sell it yourself
* what is your competition

I suggest writing the book proposal before sending query letters
to potential publishers. You will want to be prepared should the
publisher ask to see your proposal. If you plan to self-publish,
definitely write a book proposal first.

For this article, we're focusing on the nonfiction book proposal.
While publishers and agents sometimes request proposals for
novels, they are not quite the same. According to Embree, a
fiction proposal doesn't have as many parts, "The proposal for a
novel might have only the title page, a synopsis and an author

What goes into a nonfiction book proposal?

Cover Letter
Write a formal letter on your letterhead that identifies your
package as a book proposal. Post your title here. List the parts
you've included: synopsis, promotional ideas, about the author,
etc. Give a projected completion or delivery date. If the book is
finished, say so.

Title Page
Center your title on the page using an attractive (but readable)
font in 14-point type or larger. The authors' names go under the
title in smaller letters. "Your title should be provocative and
succinct," says Embree. "Short titles are usually preferred by
publishers and they are easier for potential readers to remember.
You can add a subtitle if you think that your short title doesn't
tell enough about the book."

Some authors write a brief description of their book on the title
page. If your title and subtitle adequately describe your book
this is probably unnecessary.

I also include my projected word count at the bottom of the title
page. How do you determine your word count? I base this on each
individual publisher's requirements. Before sending a query
letter, usually the first step in marketing a manuscript, you
should request the publisher's guidelines. Your proposed word
count should be within their standards. By the time you complete
your book proposal, you should have a fairly clear idea as to how
many words you can actually deliver.

Synopsis or Overview
The synopsis is the meat of your book proposal. Describe your
story or the theme and purpose of your book. If you can't write a
one or two-page synopsis, you'd better rethink your idea.
According to Embree,  "The synopsis should have a beginning,
middle and end. Tell how your book opens, what it is about and
how it ends. You may want to give some of the highlights,
specific events, dialogue or unknown facts."

How important is the synopsis or overview? According to Jeff
Herman and Deborah Adams, authors of "Write the Perfect Book
Proposal," "The overview can open -- or close -- the door for
you." They challenge authors to consider what they would say if
they had five minutes face-to-face with a publisher. Put that
kind of energy, effort and perfection into your synopsis.

As far as I know, this section is my own creation. This is where
I list the experts I'll be working with on this project and their
affiliations. For my book, "Creative Grandparenting" I listed
about a dozen agencies and individuals I had already contacted.
In my "Fatherhood and Fathering" book proposal, I listed nearly
thirty. I mentioned that I planned to provide a photograph of a
father and his child for the beginning of each chapter.

If you plan illustrations for your book or have an idea for a
specific design, provide samples for the publisher

Promotional Ideas
Publishers need to know that the author is willing to help
promote his book. If you're affiliated with a large organization
related to your book topic, say so. If you are a skilled public
speaker, mention that. I know a cookbook author who landed a
publisher because of a commitment from a national kitchen store
to carry her book.

You should have plenty of ideas about who will buy this book and
how it should be marketed. Share these ideas with potential

Market Analysis
For this section, you will research books similar to yours and
explain how yours will differ. What makes your book stand out
from the rest?

About the Author
Send your bio, include writing experience and education as well
as your involvement and/or expertise related to your proposed
book topic. I introduce myself as a working writer with 29 years
experience writing for publication. I list some of the magazines
I've written for -- especially those relating to my topic. I also
list my published books and include a list of books in the works.
Sometimes a publisher will ask to see something from this list.

Give the publisher every reason to be interested in you and to
trust you as the author of this book.

Chapter Outline
Here's where you really find out if you have a book. List each
chapter by title and briefly describe the proposed content. If
you can't outline 8 or 10 chapters, you probably don't have a
book. Think smaller. Write an article or pamphlet, or do more

Sample Chapters
Often, but not always, the proposal includes sample chapters.
Some publishers will specify they want to see anywhere from one
to three sample chapters. Generally, you want to send Chapter One
and the chapter that you feel is most powerful or most important.

A book proposal is a necessity in today's publishing climate. So
you might as well bite the bullet and write one for your
manuscript. Once you've broken through the mystery of your first
book proposal, you'll be surprised how easily others will go
together and how vital the proposal is to your project.


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 (c) 2002 Patricia L. Fry

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Who controls ideas and information in cyberspace? An important
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Plus a fascinating timeline of the issue.

13 Warning Signs of a Bad Poetry Contest
What to watch out for before sending that poem -- or that check.

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                         by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

When a Publication Buys My Manuscript, Do I Still Own The Words?

Q: I just sold a feature article to a magazine. Several other
publications are asking to reprint the article. I have no
intention of changing the article when I resell it. I have always
had the understanding that the original manuscript belongs to me,
and the copyright on the magazine (for first serial rights) is
simply their version. If I use my title and all my words, then
it's only my article the other publications are buying. Do you

A: Um -- no. What you "own" after you sell an article depends
entirely on the rights you have sold. In this case, if you have
sold First North American Serial Rights, then you do, in fact,
have the right to resell exactly the same article to another
publication, without any changes, as long as you do not allow
another publication to actually publish the piece "first." For
example, some publications have a clause that restricts reselling
material for six months after the first publication. In this
case, subsequent sales constitute "second" serial rights
(regardless of how often you sell them); the distinction is
simply that any subsequent sales can no longer be considered a
"first sale" or "first use" within that specific medium.

If, however, you sell a larger set of rights to an article,
such as all rights, you do not retain the right to resell that
material elsewhere in its current form. You are, indeed, selling
YOUR words, not just your manuscript. When you sign an all-rights
contract, or a work-for-hire contract, you are saying that this
particular publication will be the ONLY publication allowed to
use those particular words, in that form. If you then sold
reprints of the exact same article to other publications, you
would be in violation of your contract and could be sued.

There is no "magazine version" vs. "your version." Granted, a
magazine may significantly edit your work; however, as long as
you have licensed them to use that work (and most contracts
include a clause that licenses a magazine to edit such work), it
is the "same" work -- not two separate works. So you can't treat
"your manuscript" as something separate from "their article" that
originated with you.

This is why it's so important to understand the contract terms
that you're signing. Otherwise, you can easily lose more rights
than you want to lose.

So if you sell first rights, or one-time rights, sure, you can
resell that article to someone else, as often as you like. But if
you've sold all rights, you can't.

For more information on what different types of rights involve,
see "Rights and Why They're Important," by Marg Gilks


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PROPOSALS (Allworth Press, 2001) and WRITING.COM: CREATIVE
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JUST FOR FUN: Prevision
                                by Fred Bortz (DrFredB[at]att.net)

A time-traveling author who thought
Every book critic ought to be shot
Found a wormhole or two,
And he changed a review,
When he should have been fixing the plot.


Dr. Fred Bortz  is an author of eight children's science books, a
science book reviewer and columnist
(http://www.scienceshelf.com), and winner of the American
Institute of Physics "Brain Teaser" Limerick contest. Visit his
web site at: http://www.fredbortz.com

Copyright (c) 2002 by Fred Bortz

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When I was a kid, I didn't want to be Nancy Drew, I wanted to be
Carolyn Keene, author of the series. However Keene's true
identity was the publisher's closely guarded secret. The guardian
of that secret, Mildred Wirt Benson, passed away on May 28th, at
age 96, after she fell ill at The Blade newspaper, where she
still wrote a weekly column. Benson wrote 23 of the 30 original
Nancy Drew mysteries, for which she was paid $125 per book and
never collected any royalties. A successful journalist in her own
right for 58 years, she wrote more than 130 books under several
pen names.

"To be remembered for more than an hour, a tale must ride in a
sealed capsule, isolated from everyday living," Benson said. "A
presentation should be as true to childhood aspiration in the
year 2003 as in 1906. Such sentiments definitely identify an
author with a swiftly receding past."

To keep alive Benson's memory, as well as her timeless work, in
the 21st century, I'm re-reading one of my favorites, "The Clue
of the Tapping Heels." Choose your favorite Nancy Drew mystery
and join me if you'd like!

For more information:

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

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Angela Giles Klocke, Editor/Publisher
127 Bishop Rd. NW, Cartersville, GA 30121-7324
EMAIL: agklocke[at]bellsouth.net
URL: http://www.thewritingparent.com

The Writing Parent is in need of three monthly columnists. The
columns will be on the subject of writing as a parent, in three
different age groups: infants to 3 years, 4 to 7 years, 8 years
and up. Applicants should be the parent of at least one child of
their own in one of the age groups. One can apply in more than
one age group, but if chosen, will only write for one column.
Applicants should apply with at least 6 ideas.  Chosen columnists
will be expected to turn in near-perfect copy, needing very few
edits. Articles must be at least 800 words and have a real point.
Rambling about life as a writing parent is not what we want for
the columns. Ideas presented must not be "easy" tips that anyone
can come up with. Humor is welcome, as long as it is relevant and
not forced.

LENGTH: 800 words
PAYMENT: $30/month
RIGHTS: First rights; material can be reprinted after 90 days
DEADLINE: August 1, 2002

TWP also needs web site/ezine articles. Please send queries only.
No poetry. We do not wish to see ideas on personal "here's what
happened one day when..." stories. If you wish to share these,
we'll publish them on our One Writing Parent Shares page, but
there is NO pay for these. We're looking for articles to assist
writing parents - not just writers in general, but writers who
are struggling to BE writers due to their duties as a parent.
We'd love articles that juggle the mechanics of writing with
unique ideas for parent writers.  WOW us! We've seen so many
of the same idea. Take some time to really come up with something
unique. Think parent-writers - what could a father who is just
entering the field of writing do to become more successful while
not neglecting his four children? How can the mother of two juggle
her full-time job, mothering and writing? Teach our readers how
to become the professional writer he and she would like to be.

LENGTH: 600 - 1200 words
PAYMENT: $20 for originals; $8 for reprints

For both columns and articles:
RIGHTS: First electronic rights for 90 days after publication
SUBMISSIONS: By surface mail or email, no attachments please
GUIDELINES: http://www.thewritingparent.com/guidelines.html


Lilly Walters and Michael MacFarlane, Co-Authors
P.O. Box 398, Glendora, CA 91740-0398
EMAIL: mrmacf[at]aol.com
URL: http://www.celticsoul.com

Do you have a story, anecdote or article about your heritage? We
are collecting stories for another in this wonderful series. This
will be a book of heartwarming, motivational, and inspiring
stories in any way related to things past, present and future
connected to the Celts or Celtic culture, e.g. Scots, Irish,
Welsh, Cornish, Breton, Manx and their descendants throughout the

LENGTH: 300 - 1000 words
RIGHTS: Author retains rights
SUBMISSIONS: Use the submission form at the web site:
Mailing instructions also included


John Dorn, Executive Editor
33 E. Minor Street, Emmaus, PA 18098
EMAIL: jdorn[at]backpacker.com
URL: http://www.backpacker.com

Backpacker is a proud sponsor of Leave No Trace. All articles and
photos that appear in the magazine must adhere to ecologically
friendly practices. We do not promote motorized use in the
wilderness or backcountry. We prefer queries to completed works.
Send samples of your published work with your first query. Our
readers are knowledgeable and experienced backpackers, therefore
we accept only authentic, well-researched, well-crafted stories.
"BACKPACKER features usually fall into one of several distinct
categories: destinations, personality, technique, or gear. Gear
features are generally staff written. In order to make the grade,
a potential feature needs an unusual hook, a compelling story, a
passionate sense of place, or unique individuals finding unique
ways to improve or enjoy the wilderness. Good Backpacker articles
contain the following attributes: Foot-based travel - BACKPACKER
primarily covers hiking. When warranted, we cover canoeing,
kayaking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and other human-
powered modes of travel. Wilderness or backcountry - the true
backpacking experience means getting away from the trailhead and
into the wilds. All of the places we write about require an
overnight commitment, at minimum, in the backcountry. For example,
while we write often about trips in the wilderness in and around
Yosemite, we do not publish articles about day-hikes that can be
done in Yosemite Valley. North American destinations - we only
occasionally cover foreign locales. Our defined market is North
American destinations. Advice for improving the backcountry
experience - our readers want to know how to, when to, where to,
and with what. Every BACKPACKER article incorporates one or more
of these things. We write not merely to inspire our readers to do
something, but to help them identify and research new places to
go, techniques and skills to use, or the gear to take." Freelancers
most often break into BACKPACKER's pages in the departments,
including SignPosts, Movable Feast, Wild Things, Body Language,
Outfitting, Know How, Weekend Wilderness, and Backcountry.

LENGTH: 100 - 1750 words
PAYMENT: $.60 to $1.00 per word
RIGHTS: All rights
SUBMISSIONS: All queries should be sent to the appropriate editor.
See Contributor's Guidelines for more information:


Market News
Publishers for the CeLEBRATIONS series of inspirational books
plan to release the first 10 titles in a 35-title series this
fall. They're interested in receiving heartfelt, positive,
detailed letters written to, and celebrating, loved ones. Payment
is $25. For more information: http://www.thedawkinsproject.com


"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"

Please send Market News to Moira Allen

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This section lists contests that charge no entry fees (unless
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               Inscriptions Honoring Father Contest

DEADLINE: June 28, 2002
GENRE: Story/Essay
LENGTH: 800 words or less

THEME: Write an endearing story about how your father or
grandfather made an impact on your life. Tug on our judges'
heartstrings with a warm, familial tale and you may be the

PRIZES: Grand Prize -- $25 gift certificate from Amazon.com (or
cash equivalent) and publication in Inscriptions.

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Paste each entry directly into the body of an
e-mail with the subject heading "Inscriptions Honoring Father
Contest." Double space your entry, using standard manuscript
format. At the end of your e-mail, include your real name, pen
name (if applicable), mailing address and e-mail address. Enter
as often as you like.

E-MAIL: Contest[at]inscriptionsmagazine.com

URL: http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com


              11th Annual Marguerite de Angeli Contest

DEADLINE: June 30, 2002
GENRE: Children's fiction
OPEN TO: US and Canadian writers who have not previously published
a novel for middle grade readers.
LENGTH: 40 - 144 manuscript pages

THEME: The contest is named for Marguerite de Angeli (1889-1987),
award winning children's author and illustrator. She told simple
stories about the lives and dreams of active, impulsive, and
inquisitive children, whose adventures often brought them into
contact with persons of other races and cultures. Her books
helped children of many cultures understand and appreciate each
other, and showed all children that they are important parts of a
diverse, larger society.

PRIZES: $1,500 in cash and a $3,500 advance against royalties,
with a contract (on the Publisher's standard form) for hard-cover
and paperback editions.


ADDRESS: Marguerite de Angeli Contest, Delacorte Press/Random
House, Inc., 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

URL: http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/games/marguerite.html


                 Arrow North American Poetry Awards

DEADLINE: June 30, 2002
GENRE: Poetry
OPEN TO: US and Canadian residents
LENGTH: 40 lines or less

THEME: Poems can be on any subject, and should not be previously
published. All poems must be the entrant's own original work. Each
poem should be submitted on a separate page. We will be producing
an anthology of selected entries in the competition.

PRIZES: 1st place: $300; plus ten $50 encouragement awards

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, in body of email, no attachments
E-MAIL: submissions[at]writersnewsletter.com

ADDRESS: Arrow North American Poetry Awards, Arrow Publishing,
PO Box 120, LOWOOD QLD 4311, Australia

URL: http://www.writersnewsletter.com/North_America/Poetry/poetry.html

THE COMPLETE WRITER: Combining Business and Creativity for
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