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   A World of Writing Information - For Writers Around the World


Issue 2:14           10,034 subscribers             July 11, 2002

         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: 10 Ways to Increase Your Productivity,
            by Lee Masterson
         The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: How do you sell self-published titles
            through bookstores? by Moira Allen
         JUST FOR FUN: En Garde! by Barbara Florio Graham
         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

Lots of People Want to Hit the Deck!
My editorial in the previous issue about "hitting the deck" drew
an enthusiastic response.  Many writers agreed that they, too,
felt overstressed by the demands of e-mail and the endless
"trivial tasks" that tend to distract us from the actual,
creative process of writing.  I suspect this is especially true
for those of us who realized that we could "earn a living" (or at
least try to) doing "what we love" -- but have found that the
business side of "earning a living" tends to take over and leave
the "doing what we love" part in the dust.

For those of us in the "business" of writing, I don't advocate
forgetting that writing IS a business.  However, we need to be
careful about allowing the demands of others, and the "trends" of
the day, to condition us into behaviors that drain the joy out of
the business we've chosen.  Just as we've been conditioned to
answer the phone whenever it rings, even when we're in the midst
of dinner or a show or a conversation, we're being conditioned to
assume that e-mail MUST be answered quickly -- just because it
can be.  (And let's not even get started on the whole issue of
cell-phones.)  E-mail is a wonderful tool, but tools are supposed
to serve us, not the other way around.

Meanwhile, I DO advocate the concept of "vacation!"  Having just
moved 42 boxes of books halfway across the state, we planned the
only logical vacation possible: We visited the Green Valley Book
Fair.  Actually, this is a huge remainder sale, held six times a
year near Harrisonburg, Virginia.  We spent a happy afternoon
browsing two huge floors of remaindered books, and managed to
come home with no more than another box!  (We also visited
Skyline caverns and a few Civil War sites, for those who wonder
if we ever do anything BUT shop for books...)

And now, in news more relevant to Writing-World.com...

We've Topped Ten Thousand!
The Writing World newsletter now has 10,034 subscribers! Plus,
our website hit rate has risen to around 75,000 per month.  On
June 24, for some reason that utterly mystifies me, the site
received more than 5000 hits in a single day!  That's the highest
to date, and I have no idea why that particular day attracted
such a crowd (though I'm not complaining!). Inkspot's average was
around 100,000 visitors per month, and that included chat rooms
and forums, so I would say that Writing-World.com is well on its
way to beating that record.

                         -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)
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Starts: September 2

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horror writer will show them their greatest fear has become a
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anywhere the reader dare not venture. It takes a special breed of
writer to successfully deliver a finished product so horrific it
stays with the reader long after the story has been read. The
horror writer must learn to go deep within and grasp their inner
most fears and bring them to light. And while character
development, settings and dialogue are important, they alone
won't satisfy the reader looking for horror outside of real life.
This course is intended for writers who already have the basic
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horror. By the end of this course, the student will know there is
more to horror than vampires, werewolves and ghosts. The student
will have written their horror story using their newfound
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6 weeks - $120
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Instructor: Pamelyn Casto
Starts: October 1

In this hard-hitting, fast-paced course, Pam Casto will introduce
you to some of the history of flash fiction, acquaint you with
some of the best writers in the genre, and give you an overview
of the variety of forms flash fiction assumes.  You'll receive
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You'll also work on story analysis and critiquing. You'll learn
about formatting your flash fiction pieces, and you will receive
several markets for flash fiction along with a workable marketing
strategy.  You'll also learn about other possibilities for your
flash fiction work.  Any writer, from poet to novel writer, can
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4 weeks - $75 (maximum 15 students)
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Big trouble for Harry Potter in China
Chinese fans of the boy wizard are snapping up the 5th book in
the series, "Harry Potter and Leopard Walk-Up-To-Dragon." There's
just one problem -- it's a fake. The 198-page book bears the name
and bio of JK Rowling on the cover but it was written by a
Chinese author. "We have not found who wrote the book or where
they come from," said Zhang Deguang of the People's Literature
Publishing House, which has the series'publishing rights in
China. Rowling's agent, the Christopher Little Literary Agency in
London, is aware of the unauthorized book, in which Harry Potter
turns into a hairy dwarf after a "sour-sweet rain," however
refused comment saying only, "We are taking this issue extremely
seriously." Rowling is currently at work on the real 5th
installment, which is expected to be released next year.

EBay buddies up with Paypal
On Monday online auctioneer eBay said it would buy PayPal, the
online payment system used by many of its customers, in a stock
swap worth $1.5 billion. The deal makes eBay one of the few
success stories in the Internet commerce sector. "Having the
leading payment processor fully integrated into the leading
e-commerce site brings a great deal more value to both
companies," said Legg Mason analyst Tom Underwood. "It also keeps
eBay's focus on providing a more full-service offering." PayPal,
which went public in February, already derives about 60 percent
of its business from eBay. The remaining 40 percent consists of
small merchants who present a potential new audience for eBay.

Cable's Lifetime coming to print
Hoping to build on the success of the top-rated women's network,
Hearst and Lifetime Entertainment Corp. plan to launch Lifetime
magazine in March 2003. The magazine will carry the tagline "Real
Life. Real Women," and cover beauty, fashion, food, decorating,
health, relationships and news. Like the cable channel, the
magazine will include storytelling that is heavy on inspiration
and advocacy. Sally Koslow will serve as editor-in-chief.

Danish court disses deep links
On July 5th, the Bailiff's Court of Copenhagen ruled in favor of
the Danish Newspaper Publishers Association, which claimed that
Danish company Newsbooster violated copyright laws by "deep
linking" to articles on some Danish newspapers' Internet sites.
Deep linking is the practice of providing a link directly to
specific content on another web site, instead of linking to a
site's main page. The practice is increasingly under debate,
despite the fact that many web site designers insist there's no
such thing as a "single entry point" for a website. Friday's
ruling must be confirmed by the Danish Maritime and Commercial
Court. In the US, deep linking was at issue in Ticketmaster v.
Microsoft, which settled out of court. Ticketmaster lost a
similar  case against Tickets.com. In February, Kelly v. Arriba
was decided by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San
Francisco, which found that a search engine infringed on the
copyright owner's rights when it linked to copyrighted material
by "framing" it in a new browser window directly linked to the
referring site.

Writers Who Make a Difference Awards: Call for Nominations
The Writer magazine wishes to "recognize writers who, through
their writing, have contributed to the field of writing or to
their communities. We encourage you to nominate writers you know
who have made a difference in one of the following ways:

* Who have helped and influenced other writers either through
their writing or teaching
* Who have been instrumental in bringing about changes in the
publishing field that benefit all writers
* Who have increased awareness of issues of concern to writers
* Who have used their writing to help communities or humanitarian
*Who have been innovative, introducing new forms, subject matter
or perspectives

We are looking for writers in all areas: fiction, nonfiction,
poetry, screenwriting, copywriting, business writing, other.

The name of the writer:
Type of writing:
Works published, where published:
Your reasons for nominating the writer:
How the writer made a difference:
Where we can reach your nominee (name of publisher, publication
or organization):
Your name and e-mail address:

Send your nominations to: nomination[at]writermag.com
Deadline: August 1, 2002

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                     by Lee Masterson (editors[at]fictionfactor.com)

Have you ever wondered how some writers manage to churn out so
much material in a short amount of time?

It seems these prolific authors do nothing else with their lives
but write. They would have to in order to produce the volume of
work that leaves their desks, wouldn't they?

Not necessarily.

The key to increasing your productivity is to fully utilize your
allotted time by writing your already planned material first. You
do have an allotted time scheduled for your writing, don't you?

Maybe we'd better skip straight to the tips then.

Here are the top ten ways to increase your writing productivity

Time Management
Create a weekly time table for yourself. Be honest about how much
time you can afford to set aside for writing without distraction.
This time is NOT to be used for reading or researching. This is
pure creative writing time. Stick to this time table as
rigorously as you can.

Read everything. Read books you've read before because you love
them. Read really bad books. Read outside your usual genre. Read
advertisements on cereal boxes. You'll quickly learn what makes a
story or article memorable and how to spot a lemon in 500 words
or less.

Always have a basic idea of what you will write before you sit
down to the task. Think about this in the car, or bus, on the way
home from work. Create the upcoming conflict while you are in the
shower. Talk over the impending scene at dinner. If you are
alone, tell the dog, cat, or plant -- it doesn't matter! How ever
you arrange it, by the time you sit down to write, the scene will
be almost perfected in your mind. Writer's block cannot exist if
you've already planned what you are going to write.

Set a realistic yet strict deadline for yourself. If you are
writing an article, set your deadline for the day after you
anticipate finalizing the research. No excuses. If you are
writing a longer piece, be aware of your own limitations, but
don't be so lenient on yourself that you procrastinate forever.

Put yourself under pressure. No one creates his best work under
pressure, but it will be enough to get a completed draft
finished. You can always revise and perfect it later, but get it
done first. Set that deadline, then email your friends and call
your family. Tell them what project you are working on. Tell them
when you plan to have it ready. Then tell them they must phone
you, or email you, on that day to read your efforts. If you have
not completed this task, they are allowed to tease, taunt, or
chide you until your ears burn. Now that's pressure!

Keep a file or note pad of ideas that strike you. Take it with
you everywhere you go and write down every little thing that
seems interesting. It might not fit into the story you are
working on, but it may inspire something for a future project.

Work on more than one project at a time. This sounds like the
easiest way to distract yourself, but it works. The mind is a
strange creature. If you actively begin three projects at once,
then if your mind refuses to cooperate with one storyline or
character situation, switch to a short story or article instead.

Be ruthless. Remember, you're on a deadline, so cut your beloved
words to the bone. Find the real story hiding beneath all that
flowery prose. Be sure your character's eyes are the same color
at the end as they were at the beginning. Check that your plot
makes sense, and know when to throw out words you love. You can
always put them into the ideas file and re-use them later.

There is no point in writing if you are never going to submit it
to the judgmental eyes of a complete stranger. Do your homework.
Find a suitable market for your piece and send it out the door.
Not tomorrow, but now. Once it's written, edited and polished, it
does you no good sitting in the bottom drawer. If it's rejected,
send it back out. A rejection is not personal. Maybe it's that
editor's way of telling you he already spent the budget this
month, or he just bought a similar article.

And the Number One way to increase your productivity is...

Write More
Switch off the television. Put the kids to bed a little earlier.
Get out of bed an hour earlier. Take a pocket-recorder with you
in the car. Jot things down during on your lunch-break. Pretend
to have a tummy bug and lock yourself in the bathroom for an hour
(this works!). Take a note pad to bed with you instead of a book.
Stop surfing the net and open a new word-processing file instead.


Lee Masterson is a full-time freelance writer and science fiction
novelist from Adelaide, South Australia. She is also the editor
of Fiction Factor, an online magazine offering articles on the
craft and business of writing, author interviews, paying market
listings, resources, and more. http://www.fictionfactor.com

Copyright (c) 2002 by Lee Masterson

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Former Book Review Editor and Critic for The San Francisco
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                         by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

How Do You Sell Self-published Titles Through Bookstores?

Q: I have a question about selling my self-published book to
bookstores. I've heard they keep 45%; you keep 55%. Do you take
the order, receive payment in advance, and then they own the
copies? Is every store different?

A: One thing many bookstores do is place a "STOP Order" -- Single
Title Order Plan. This would come to you on a little form that
lists the title of the book, the price, and often the discount
the bookstore assumes you will give (usually 40%). You fill in
the amount you charge for shipping, and send a copy back with the
book. Most bookstores send a check directly with the STOP form,
and let you fill in the total on the check.

It's tough to get bookstores to buy in quantity from an
independent publisher or distributor. Most buy only from
distributors like Ingram, Baker and Taylor, etc. Therefore, one
of the first things you'd probably want to do is learn about
distributors and how they work. Baker and Taylor wants, as I
recall, 55%, and that's fairly typical (as they're taking a
discount from the stores). But it's nice to get an order for a
hundred copies from a distributor, even at a greatly reduced

If you're marketing directly to bookstores or other types of
stores (such as gift stores), you're entitled to set your own
terms -- e.g., different percentages for different order
quantities. Some people set different discounts on, say, orders
of 1-4 books (full price), 5-10 books (10% to 20%), 10-20 books
(20% to 30%), 20-50 books (maybe 40%), and more than 50 books
(say 50%). Some stores also expect you to pay for shipping. If
you're publishing your own book, you need to figure out where you
stop "making" money on a book with a discount. Subtract your per
book cost from your retail price, and also factor in shipping if
you have to pay for it, and that gives you the margin in which
you can set discounts.

Remember, too, that bookstores expect to be able to return books
and get a full refund, even though what they are returning may be
the covers torn from your books (perfectly acceptable). Even if
they return the entire book, it's usually so battered that you
can't resell it. So you've lost the product, but still have to
refund the bookstore its money. That's just (sigh) how it works.

If you're selling your own books, definitely check Amazon.com's
Advantage program for authors and self-publishers. (Go to
http://www.amazon.com and scroll to the bottom of the page, and
click the "Join Advantage" link.) Wish it had been there when I
was publishing! And check out these two organizations for

      PMA: http://www.pmaonline.org

      SPAN: http://www.SPANnet.org


Send your writing questions to Moira Allen!  Moira
Allen has been writing and editing for more than 20 years, and is
PROPOSALS (Allworth Press, 2001) and WRITING.COM: CREATIVE
Press, 1999).  For more information, visit

Copyright (c) 2002 by Moira Allen

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               by Barbara Florio Graham (florio[at]alum.barnard.com)

DEAR EDITOR: Your printed rejection card arrived with my
manuscript this morning, and I must say I was appalled at its
lack of originality and style. To quote Rostand's "Cyrano": "Ah,
no, you are too simple ... Why, you might have said -- Oh, a
great many things! Mon dieu, why waste your opportunity?  For
example, thus:"

AGGRESSIVE: How do you expect this editorial department to get
out a magazine when we're swamped every morning with mail bags
full of contributions from people we've never heard of before?
I'm still trying to find space for articles I agreed to print
three months ago!

SYMPATHETIC:  I used to freelance, so I know what a drag it is,
mailing stuff out, then waiting weeks only to hear it isn't going
to be accepted. Believe me, I hate to be the one to have to tell
you this ...

INSOLENT: What garbage! This topic has been written about with
better research, more verve, and far superior organization by my
kid's sixth grade class!

CONSIDERATE: Have you thought about cutting this in half, adding
a few black-and-white glossies, and selling it to your local

PEDANTIC: With regard to your 2,215 word essay received this day
in our offices, I am obliged to inform you that despite the
effort and considerable research invested in this piece, the
subject matter does not meet our ongoing requirements for
articles of serious scholarship.

HELPFUL:  The next time you attempt an article like this, get
quotes from twice as many people, use the best one in your lead,
and keep the descriptions short.

ENVIOUS:  I sure wish I could express myself as succinctly and
eloquently as you have in this beautiful piece of writing. I
really enjoyed reading it, and would use it in the next issue, if
it were not for the fact that it would make everything else in
the magazine look bad by comparison.

ADMIRING: What effort you have put into this remarkable
manuscript! I can't imagine how you found the time to dig up all
those facts and interview all those people. And how beautifully
you've captured the essence of each individual quoted! If only I
still had editorial control of this magazine, which has just been
taken over by a huge, impersonal conglomerate ...

UNDERHANDED:  Liked your idea, but I've been meaning to write
something like that myself. Be sure to fire along any other ideas
you have ...

WISHY-WASHY:  The first time I read this, I sort of liked it. But
when I looked at it again, it seemed kind of weak.  It lacks
something, I think, although I can't exactly put my finger on the
problem.  If you can figure out some way to change it a little,
maybe you should send it back to me and I could take another look
at it.

BUREAUCRATIC: If you hope to interface communication-wise with
the utilizers of this publication, a higher level of verbal
and/or written skills should be evidenced.

PRACTICAL:  Try the mag across the street.  They did something on
this a while back, but might go for a different angle. Besides,
they pay more than we do.

HONEST: I had one hell of a hangover this morning, and a huge
stack of unsolicited stuff to read through, so I decided to skim
every fifth one and reject the others sight unseen. Sorry about
the coffee stains.

"These, my dear sir, are things you might have said,
Had you some tinge of letters or of wit
To color your discourse.  But wit, not so,
You never had an atom -- and of letters,
You need but three to write you down -- an Ass."


"En Garde!" is among 20 award-winning humor pieces by Barbara
Florio Graham and her cat, Simon Teakettle, in their new book,
"Musings/Mewsings." She is also the author of "Five Fast Steps to
Better Writing and Five Fast Steps to Low-Cost Publicity," and
teaches online courses, including, "Tapping Your Innate
Creativity." Her web site is Simon Teakettle Ink:

Copyright (c) 2002 by Barbara Florio Graham


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



There's a growing trend across the country this summer. People
are committing random acts of literary kindness, leaving books in
public places for strangers to find, then tracking the book's
fate online. Thanks to BookCrossing.com, a good idea is
definitely catching on.

Anyone can join in the fun. It's free and easy! Go the web site
and register any book title. Print out a label, write the book's
registration number in the box, and affix the label to the inside
cover. Now set the book free. Leave it at the bus station,
airport terminal, coffee shop, museum -- anywhere you choose.
When a stranger picks up the book, he'll find instructions on the
label how to record the book's progress at the web site. And he's
encouraged to read the book and release it back into circulation.

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Sy Safransky, Editor
107 N. Roberson St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516
EMAIL: sy[at]thesunmagazine.org
URL: http://www.thesunmagazine.org

We publish essays, interviews, fiction, and poetry. We tend to
favor personal writing, but we're also looking for thoughtful,
well-written essays on political, cultural, and philosophical
themes. Please, no journalistic features, academic works, or
opinion pieces. Other than that, we're open to just about
anything. Surprise us; we often don't know what we'll like until
we read it.

To save your time and ours, we suggest you take a look at The Sun
before submitting. Sample issues are $5 each, which includes
shipping and handling.

LENGTH: Up to 7,000 words
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Poetry: $50 - $200
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Allison Gappa Bottke, Editor
PO Box 717, Faribault, MN 55021-0717
EMAIL: editor[at]godallowsuturns.com
URL: http://www.godallowsuturns.com

"Triumphant Teens - True Stories of Hope and Healing for Teens"
is the fifth book in the popular God Allows U-Turns book series.
Writers can be any age or denomination, but the theme must
involve a teenager and a teen topic. Perhaps you know a teen
whose story is perfect but he chooses not to write it; you may
want to write that teen's story using the byline, "as told to."

These true stories must touch the emotions of teens. Open to well
written, personal inspirational pieces showing how faith in God
can inspire, encourage and heal. Hope should prevail. We want
human interest stories with a spiritual application, affirming
ways in which faith is expressed in the daily life of a teen.
When possible, show how a change of heart, attitude, thought,
and/or behavior occurred that clearly describes a U-turn toward
God. Using a "U-turn" lesson/analogy within the story is a plus.

This series isn't a collection of simple, feel-good stories. They
touch on hard-hitting, real life topics in today's world. Read a
current volume, or see the web site for a sample story. Keep it
real. Ordinary teens doing extraordinary things with God's help.

DEADLINE: November 1, 2002
LENGTH: 500-1,500 words
PAYMENT: $50 - $100
RIGHTS: One time non-exclusive rights
SUBMISSIONS: By mail, or email, with "Story Submission" in
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Send us your first person essay about a memorable elementary
school teacher. Be specific about what made him/her special to
you. Please mention the grade level that the teacher taught.

DEADLINE: August 30, 2002
LENGTH: 800 - 1000 words
PAYMENT: $25, plus one copy of book
RIGHTS: One time rights
SUBMISSIONS: Paste into email only, no attachments


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                  Inscriptions Summer Fun Contest

DEADLINE: July 26, 2002
GENRE: Story/Essay
LENGTH: 800 words or less

THEME: What's your fondest memory of summer? Was it when you were
eight years old and you and your best friend from next door sold
lemonade at a makeshift stand in your yard? Or how about when you
were sweet sixteen and took your first moonlight walk on the
beach with your high school squeeze? Maybe it was the first
summer after your retirement when you and the wife finally bought
that huge RV and toured the United States and Canada!

Whatever your favorite summer memory, write it up and share it
with us. Regale us with a cool tale of a hot night, or a hot
story with a cool ending. Either way, if you impress us the most,
you may be the winner!

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
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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


                  Eternal Night Writing Contest

DEADLINE: July 31, 2002
GENRE: Science Fiction
LENGTH: Minimum 3000 words

THEME: To qualify, your science fiction story must take place
entirely at night, or have night as the central theme. The
language and subject matter contained within the story must also
correspond to what you might find in a PG-13 rated film. We hope
that parents would feel their children would be okay browsing our
site, hence this restriction.

PRIZES: $50, plus a signed print of David A. Hardy's "Mountains
of Mystery"
ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, with MS Word or RTF attachment

E-MAIL: methos[at]eternalnight.co.uk

URL: http://www.eternalnight.co.uk/chronicle/c11/writingcontest.html

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