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   A World of Writing Information - For Writers Around the World


Issue 2:13           9850 subscribers               June 27, 2002

         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: When Clients Don't Pay, by Melissa Brewer
         The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: Can I sell my story as a tabloid?,
            by Moira Allen
         From the Managing Editor's Mind
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World/Prize Drawings
         Writing Events
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                      FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

Back to the Deck...
I received an interesting e-mail from a reader after last week's
issue; she noted that my editorial sounded much more relaxed, and
suggested that perhaps spending more time on that deck was a good
idea! I have to agree; having been forced, through the move, to
wean myself from the computer for a time, I find myself in much
less of a hurry to get back to it.  Somehow, staying up until 2
a.m. reading e-mail has lost its appeal, as has the thought of
making yet one more tiny change to the website...

E-mail is a wonderful thing, but its speed brings problems. Since
we know that someone can respond to us at something like the
speed of light, many people have come to EXPECT lightning-fast
responses.  Let an e-mail letter sit in the inbox for a day or
two, and one is likely to get anxious follow-up e-mails asking
whether one received the message and when one would respond. Just
as we have learned to drop everything else and grab the phone
when it rings (whether we want to or not), we are gradually being
conditioned to the idea that speedy e-mail replies are a
necessity, rather than simply a nice option.  (What did we do
when we had to wait for letters to spend a week or two crossing
the country?)

Now that my computer is downstairs, I find that there are times
when I'd much rather be upstairs, where I can look out the window
-- or, yes, sit on the deck (when it's not 95 degrees, like
today...).  Not that the downstairs window is uninteresting; this
is a split-level, and my office looks out at the base of the
front flower-garden. It's rather like having a sprite's-eye view
of the sunflowers.  But the upstairs beckons with its couch and
cup of coffee...

So I think I shall make a commitment this summer: I'm going to
try to rediscover what life was like outside the computer room.
And when I'm in that room, I'm going to make an effort to focus
more on creativity (that novel that is languishing on the OTHER
computer) and less on such tasks as updating mailing lists or
tweaking HTML.  I'm going to remember that the world will not end
if my book is a couple of weeks late to the publisher (which it
will be).  And I'm going to remember that answering e-mail is not
a life-and-death situation.

If you're a frazzled writer, wondering why the joy of writing
seems to have gone out of your life, I'd recommend considering a
similar commitment this summer.  Remember when summer meant
vacations and fun, instead of just higher temperatures?  We all
had a reason to begin writing -- and often, that reason isn't
what we're focusing on today.  Maybe this summer would be a good
season to "hit the deck" -- to sit back with a cup of your
favorite beverage and take a look at where your writing (and your
writing life) is headed.  Is it where you want to be?  Is it
making you feel happy and fulfilled?  Or do you need to refocus,
and find a better balance between "endless work" and the things
that bring you joy?

                         -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)
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Changes at iUniverse
iUniverse is reportedly laying off about 36 employees in an
effort to cut costs and refocus efforts on publishing books for a
fee. The change was initiated by a new management team, headed by
CEO Kim Hawley. Richard Tam, founder and former CEO, will become
chairman of the board. Douglas Bennett, former president and COO,
is expected to depart the company. Hawley says the new team will
focus on author publishing rather than corporate documents. They
plan to hire at least 10 new people to support a series of
marketing and sales initiatives to help authors, distributors,
and retailers. The new initiatives will be announced soon.

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About.com lawsuit expands
A class-action lawsuit expanded this month to include about 50
current and former About.com guides, who claim they are due back
wages and overtime. New York City labor attorney Leon Greenberg,
who is representing the guides, contends that the workers were
treated as freelancers even though they qualify as employees
under the law. The lawsuit alleges that the company misled guides
about the number of page views their web sites received, plus
violated copyright law, minimum wage and overtime laws by under
paying them for their work. About.com owner Primedia has stated
the suit is "completely without merit and entirely frivolous."
Success in federal court could spell trouble for other web sites
that consider their employees to be independent contractors but
encourage them to work extensive hours.

Maybe we don't need Oprah after all
Good Morning America's new book club "Read This!" debuted on June
13th, with a plug for Ann Packer's novel, "The Dive From
Clausen's Pier," making it an instant best seller. "The response
has been comparable to an Oprah pick," said Paul Bogaards,
executive director of publicity for Alfred A. Knopf, Packer's
publisher. An additional 100,000 copies were shipped when the
novel became No. 1 at Amazon.com. On June 20th, NBC's Today Show
hosted its inaugural Book Club, introduced by Laura Bush and
featured John Grisham recommending the first pick; Stephen
Carter's "The Emperor of Ocean Park," also published by Knopf, who
immediately printed another 250,000 copies. Today will broadcast
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by a bestselling author, and the author. A second features a
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                           by Melissa Brewer (mysmys[at]comcast.net)

The Scenario
The perfect project -- the one with a decent budget, and a
wonderful project manager or editor -- is finally complete. You
send an invoice to the person in charge. The contract stated
"payment on acceptance/ completion," and you have their signature
on file, so there is nothing to worry about. Besides, they sent
you a deposit. Of course they'll want to send you the remaining
balance as soon as possible.

A week goes by and the check hasn't arrived. Alarm bells go off
in your head, but you decide to give your client the benefit of
the doubt. The check is in the mail, you're sure, and the new
Anthrax-prevention equipment at the post office sure has slowed
the mail.

By week two your bills are arriving on time, so you decide your
client may have cut the checks late. You promise yourself that at
the beginning of next week, you'll make sure you give a friendly
reminder call, if the check isn't here. When you call, your
contact person isn't there to take it. You leave a message for
him to call you, although you don't want to sound like a
collection agency.

Days go by with no return call. You send an email that goes
unanswered. Those alarm bells go off again. Did you do something
wrong? Are they going out of business?

How can you retain your client relationship and get paid?

An Ounce of Prevention
We all like to think the best of our clients, and sometimes, in
earnest, we gloss over some of the fine details.

It's important to "check out" our clients before we begin working
for them. Retailers and suppliers always do credit checks on new
customers. Most freelancers can't afford the time or money to do
this. However, if the company is publicly traded you can always
look them up on the web. In fact, always do a quick check on the
search engines for any press releases the client has put out, bad
publicity, etc. If your client is a day away from bankruptcy and
you're their last hope, they're not going to tell you that. If
something looks unstable, go with your gut and ask for a larger
deposit, or pass on the job altogether.

You can also check the warning reports for writers and consumers
to see if other writers have had problems with your client. If
they're listed, steer clear!

   Writer's Weekly Warnings Report

   The Rip-Off Report

   Writers Alerts

   National Writer's Union Alerts

A legally binding contract is a must for any freelancer. You can
change the contract to reflect the time allotted, deposit, and
completion date. I always include the number of allowed
revisions, a kill fee, and a statement explaining that the
copyright for the project transfers after I receive the final

Here are a few links to contract resources you can use when
sealing the deal:

   Sample Contract

   When is a Contract a Contract?

Nudge Them
Nothing makes a freelancer panic more than an unpaid invoice. The
thought of Ramen noodles and Tang is terrifying -- or at least

Approaching your client about a delinquent account isn't
difficult. You can send a "thank you for the project" email and a
short note saying, "By the way, the check hasn't arrived in the
mail yet, I was wondering when you mailed it?" If you don't get a
response, call the main office phone number and ask for the fax
number to the Accounts Payable department. Send a polite note to
the AP office explaining, "I'm afraid that this invoice may have
been lost in the shuffle. It's several days past due. Please
update me on the status when you have time." Usually this will do
the trick, and you'll get a polite phone call or email with a
notation about the "paid" status. Make sure you note all of the
dates and times you've called and keep copies of all of your

Nudge Harder!
What if your client won't return your email or phone calls and
the Accounts Payable department only has a voice mailbox? (This
is a sure sign of trouble!)

Make sure your contact person is actually in town. Once an editor
left for three weeks without any notice and the accounting
department couldn't pay me without his approval. If this happens,
call (or leave a message for) the accounting department and fax a
copy of the invoice and initial contract. Explain that the
copyright doesn't transfer to their company until you're paid and
that the signature on the contract authorizes your payment. It's
a matter of CYA for them -- cover your assets.

If you're still being ignored, and it's been a month, it's time
to get serious. Before you report them to the Better Business
Bureau, or decide to sever your relationship, make sure it's
worth losing their business in the future.

Try sending a "friendly" past-due postcard from this collection
agency web site: http://www.madagency.com/postoffice.html. (I've
used one of the "light" postcards twice and didn't lose either

If you do more work for this client in the future, make sure that
you ask for a larger up-front deposit, just in case.

When the Client Becomes a Debtor
Once you've figured out that you're not getting paid without some
outside interference, don't panic, harass, or spread vicious
rumors about your client. There are steps you can take, but it's
wise to tread lightly and remain civil, in order to stay out of

If you're a member of the National Writer's Union or another
organization for writers, it's time to make a phone call. Your
union representative can help mediate disputes with clients. If
you're not a union member, you can contact Angela Hoy. She
publishes reports on non-paying clients in her newsletter,
Writer's Weekly.

   Report to Writer's Weekly

If your client is a member of the Better Business Bureau, you can
contact the local branch. Consider hiring a collection agency, or
you can start sending snail-mail collection letters with 30, 60,
and 90 days "past due" notices.

   Download sample collection letters here:

If you handled transactions solely online, you can also consider
reporting the client to the FBI's Internet fraud department:

Sometimes, no matter what you do, your client won't pay. They may
skip town or go directly into bankruptcy, absolving themselves of
debt. Unfortunately, as a freelancer you can't write this off as
a loss against your taxes. What you can do is go to court and try
to collect as much as you can. As long as you keep records of all
your correspondence, you'll have a decent court case. However,
even if you go to court and a judgment is entered against the
client, the chances are still slim that you will be paid.

The only certainty about a non-paying client is that you can
learn from your experience. Luckily the paying clients usually
outnumber the non-paying and late-paying clients about 30-to-1.
They make freelancing worthwhile.


You'll find more information on contracts and payment issues at

You'll find links to other sites on contract issues at


Melissa Brewer is a full-time freelance writer and author of "The
Writer's Online Survival Guide," available at
http://www.webwritingbuzz.com. She hosts a web site for
professional freelance writers and publishes a weekly newsletter,
The Web Writing Buzz.

Copyright (c) 2002 by Melissa Brewer

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                         by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

Can I Sell My Story as a Tabloid?

Q: I am writing a true but tragic story about a historical event.
I am not sure if I can make it long enough to turn it into a book.
Is there some way I can get this story published in tabloid form,
and sell it individually or by bulk over the Internet, charging
perhaps 75 cents per copy? I realize I can turn it into a short
story, but I am anxious to get it out soon.

A: The only real answer to your question lies in what YOU want to
do with this story. Do you want it to appear as a printed book?
Do you feel comfortable with it appearing in a purely electronic
format? Do you feel that the story works better as an article
(perhaps a long article or a multi-part article) or do you feel
that it fits better in the "book" format (even if short)? Another
question is whether you are treating this as nonfiction, or as a
fictionalized (or at least dramatized) account of a true event.
That, too, will influence where and how it can be sold.

Depending on what you want to do with this piece, you have many
options available to you. If you want to sell the piece to a
"real" publisher, you might want to do some research on
publishers that handle this period of history. One good place to
look for such a publisher would be a museum. You'll find many
"short" books in such places -- historical accounts that may
focus on only a single event and that may be printed at around
50 to 100 pages, rather than as a "full-length" book.

If the piece comes in at "article" length (e.g., anywhere from
2,000 to 10,000 words), you might be able to find a history
magazine that would be interested in publishing it. Again, a
number of such publications exist, and some will take longer
articles because their readership is interested in details rather
than in the "quick fix" of more popular magazines. Payment varies
in such publications. A good place to find this type of magazine
is at a GOOD newsstand -- e.g., Barnes and Noble, or a shop that
specializes in magazines (including those that you don't normally
find in your local drugstore or supermarket).

If you wanted to sell this material electronically, you could
choose to do it yourself, or you might want to go through an
actual electronic publisher. One choice is to have it published
"commercially" as an electronic book. I'm not as familiar with
nonfiction e-book publishers; this would take a bit of hunting.
Or, you could have it "subsidy published" electronically. The
cost of having a book subsidy-published online is MUCH less than
doing it in print, and you receive a fairly hefty percentage of
royalties (usually at least 40%). A firm like Xlibris also offers
you the opportunity of having your book presented in "print on
demand" form, which means that a copy is printed out and shipped
individually each time a customer orders it. Again, you receive
around 40% of the profits. Unless you are an experienced publisher
and marketer, you'll be better off going through a subsidy
electronic firm than trying to do the whole thing yourself; such
a publisher will handle the actual mailing, etc., of the product,
and you also wouldn't have to set yourself up as a "retail business"
(which you would if you distributed the product yourself).

You can find out more about electronic publishing at


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Allen has been writing and editing for more than 20 years, and is
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Copyright (c) 2002 by Moira Allen

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Library officials reported to the media this week that FBI
investigators are visiting libraries across the country to check
the reading records of people suspected of having ties with
terrorists. Such searches are now legal under the Patriot Act,
and it's a criminal offense for librarians to reveal any details
of the investigations. Some have vowed to resist these searches.
ALA director for intellectual freedom Judith Krug advises worried
librarians to keep only the records they need, and discard those
that reveal which patron checked out a book. According to Kari
Hanson, director of the Bridgeview Public Library in suburban
Chicago, an FBI agent came seeking information, but her library
had no record of the person. "Patron information is sacrosanct
here," she said. "It's nobody's business what you read."

Bookstores can also have their records searched, although Amazon,
Barnes & Noble, and B. Dalton have refused to say whether this
has occurred. "What's so frustrating is that we're supposed to be
watchdogs over the government's use of power," said Chris Finan,
director of the American Booksellers for Free Expression. "But
there is so much secrecy that we can't even tell what the
government is doing or how much it's doing it."

Is the loss of intellectual freedom worth the pursuit of this
phantom security? I think Supreme Court Justice William O.
Douglas said it best: "Restriction of free thought and free
speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one
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DEADLINE: July 1, 2002
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SUBMISSIONS: Please e-mail submissions as MS Word attachment,
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LENGTH: 300 - 1000 words
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Present a problem, research it, and provide an answer in the
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AZ 85254
EMAIL: joannef[at]notyetretired.com
URL: http://www.notyetretired.com

Not Yet Retired.com is for people over 50 who plan to continue
working into their retirement years. We provide information on
developing post-retirement careers, businesses, or becoming a
free agent. On the home page, our "Profiles In Success" section
features a mature person who is successfully working and earning
in their later years. Writers should take a look at the profile
currently posted. We retain the right to publish the material in
other formats as well. We need a head-shot of the subject, sent
digitally. Author receives credit and resource box.

LENGTH: 1500 words or less
RIGHTS: All rights
SUBMISSIONS: Please query first by email with profile subject
to Joanne Fritz: joannef[at]notyetretired.com


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If you have questions about rights, please see
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                  Solstice Dreams Prompt Contest

DEADLINE: Weekly deadlines through July 17, 2002
LENGTH: 1,000 words or less

THEME: Are you ready to start writing? We are starting a little
experiment to get all the creative juices out there flowing. This
month we have a contest where you respond to a prompt we give you
at our Weekly Contest web page. The entry period for each prompt
will start on Monday and end on Saturday at 12:00 am EST. The
first prompt is: "I was at the store the other day ..." Take it
from there. Anything you want can happen as long as it takes place
at the store. It can be something serious or something very funny,
it's totally up to you. You may submit three works per contest

PRIZES: Weekly prize: $25

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, in body of the email or attached in Word
E-MAIL: Contests[at]solsticedreams.com

URL: http://www.solsticedreams.com/WeeklyContest.html


            James DiBartolomeo Fiction Writing Contest

DEADLINE: July 30, 2002
GENRE: Fiction
LENGTH: 2500 - 6000 words

THEME: The Drexel Online Journal is a general interest
publication for a broad audience with wide-ranging interests and
tastes. We publish fiction of varying length and type. The most
important requirements are freshness of approach and quality of
writing. Please visit our web site to read the kind of fiction
we're looking for.

PRIZES: Grand prize: $500
ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, as attachment, or in body of email
E-MAIL: doj[at]drexel.edu

ADDRESS: The Drexel Online Journal, Dept of English and
Philosophy, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19104

URL: http://www.drexel.edu/doj/

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