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   A World of Writing Information - For Writers Around the World


Issue 2:15           10,204 subscribers             July 25, 2002

         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: What Makes a Horror Writer?
            by Elizabeth Peake
         The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: Can I deduct expenses before I make money?
            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

How to Make Time Stand Still (Almost)
I've discovered a new key to productivity: Auto breakdown!
Having your car in the shop is a great way to keep the nose to
the computer; it's amazing how much one can get done when
errands are no longer optional, but impossible.  It's also
amazing how many errands no longer seem quite so vital when one
has no choice about "letting them wait"!

Thanks to my involuntary "inCARceration" this past week, I've
nearly finished the second edition of Writing.com, and have
high hopes of actually meeting the July 31 deadline.  I don't
know when the book will actually appear in print (probably
early next spring), but will keep you posted.  The new edition
will have an online directory of links (as opposed to a
printed version, which, of course, would be out of date before
the book even came off the press).

But all good things must come to an end...  I've just been told
that my car is ready.  So I'll return you to your regularly
scheduled newsletter, while I go to pick it up...

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                   CLASSES!  CLASSES!  CLASSES!

Instructor: Moira Allen
Starts: August 1

Is there such a thing as the "perfect query"?  Perhaps not -- but
there are ways to ensure that your query stands out from the
rest.  Moira Allen, author of The Writer's Guide to Queries,
Pitches and Proposals, will show you exactly what editors want to
see in a query -- and what they DON'T want to see.  Find out how
to create an attention-getting hook, how to follow up with the
all-important sales pitch, and how to present your credentials
even if you don't have a single published clip.  The course will
also look at "nontraditional" queries, including e-mail queries,
"quick" queries, multiple-pitch queries, and column queries.
Participants will be able to submit two query letters for review.

4 weeks - $50
To enroll, visit http://www.writing-world.com/classes/queries.html


Instructor: Elizabeth Peake
Starts: September 2

The horror reader knows exactly what being afraid is. They are
afraid of one thing, and only one thing: They are terrified the
horror writer will show them their greatest fear has become a
reality. Fear is the choice weapon of the horror writer. We horror
writers will go into any dark dwelling, any crawl space, 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 his inner most fears and
bring them to light. While character development, settings and
dialogue are important, they won't satisfy the reader looking for
horror outside of real life. This course is intended for writers
who already have the basic writing skills but need to learn the
fundamentals of writing 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 a horror story using
newfound insights and possess the confidence to submit to a paying

6 weeks - $120
To enroll, visit http://www.writing-world.com/classes/horror.html



Instructor: Natalie Collins
Starts: September 9

Tired of foundering hopelessly in the quest for the perfect
agent, only to be struck down time and time again? While there is
no surefire way to impress an agent, there are things you can do
that will stack the deck in your favor. This workshop will
include sections on the three basic ingredients to selling your
work to an agent: 1. Killer Query, 2. Superb Synopsis, and 3.
Meticulous Manuscript. Workshop participants will receive a
critique of their query and synopsis, and will also receive a
listing of legitimate literary agents with good reputations and a
verifiable track record of sales.

6 weeks - $100
To enroll, visit http://www.writing-world.com/classes/agent.html


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
weekly lessons, reading assignments, and writing exercises.
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
benefit from this course on writing flash fiction that is
powerful, memorable, and highly publishable.

4 weeks - $75 (maximum 15 students)
To enroll, visit http://www.writing-world.com/classes/flash.html

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Writing degrees are bestsellers on campus
Creative writing degrees and MFA programs have almost doubled
over the last decade according to Associated Writing Programs.
The best programs are competitive. Frank Conroy, Director of the
University of Iowa's program, says he has almost 700 applications
for 20 slots: "I think there may be too many now. There are
people teaching writing who don't know anything about it." Mike
Magnuson, who conducts Southern Illinois University's MFA
program, said students aren't misled into thinking it's a one-way
ticket to a best seller: "We're really honest about the chances
of failure in publishing." The pitch from Columbia's Randall
Albers is that "it can really enhance your job skills -- your
ability to read and write and listen -- even if you don't become
the next Toni Morrison."

Will Martha Stewart cook the books?
In September, the Martha Stewart Living TV show will feature a
weekly author segment, "Martha's Favorite Books." Her picks will
branch out into literary fiction and beyond, compared to
previously highlighting lifestyle and children's titles. The
first episode will feature "Everything Is Illuminated" by
Jonathan Safran Foer. Other titles planned: "Oaxaca Journal" by
Oliver Sacks, "Melons for the Passionate Grower" by Amy Goldman,
"The Lobster Chronicles Life on a Very Small Island" by Linda

Self-publishing pays off
Using the Internet as a marketing tool is beginning to pay big
dividends for self-published authors. In the past 18 months, over
three dozen self-published novels have been contracted by major
houses. St. Martin's recently awarded hefty advances and
full-page ads in The New York Times Book Review to India Edghill
for "Queenmaker," and James Conroyd Martin for "Push Not the
River." Pocket Books senior editor Amy Pierpont sees the
advantage of self-published novels: "If they've sold, the authors
bring with their project an established fan base." Other books
and authors making the leap are "Thunderland" by Brandon Massey,
"Temptation" by Victoria Christopher Murray, and "The Hearts of
Men" by Travis Hunter.

Rodale revises book publishing
During his first 18 months, Rodale CEO Stephen Murphy whacked $40
million in operating costs and laid off most of the writers. "I
wanted to get leaner so we only publish books we believe in."
These days the company is signing outside authors to write books.
Successes include Andrew Weil, an expert in alternative medicine,
and fitness guru Denise Austin. Another move was to break down
the walls between books and magazines, which has already paid
dividends. Prevention's best-selling cover story last year was on
the peanut butter diet. Four months later, it was a successful

Palm expands with PC Reader
Palm Digital Media continues its ambitious expansion of the
platform with a new version of the Palm Reader that will work on
both the Mac and PC operating systems. The Palm Reader for
Desktops has similar features to the PDA Palm Reader, plus it
automatically resizes the ebook for a larger screen and reflows
the text. The new software will allow readers to switch back and
forth between platforms, reading part of an ebook on a laptop,
then reading the rest of it from a PDA.

Summer sale on Palm ebooks
WHSmith Online is the first site to market over 4,000 Palm
Digital Media titles. The bookseller is providing the titles
through Overdrive's Content Reserve. Many bestsellers are
discounted 20%.

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                by Elizabeth Peake (elizabeth[at]elizabethpeake.com)

When you think of horror, what comes to mind? If you're an
average movie viewer, you probably think of Jason Voorhees and
Freddie Krueger. The average reader most likely thinks of
vampires and werewolves.

But if you are a horror reader, you know exactly what fear means
to you. Horror readers are afraid of one thing. They are
terrified the horror writer will show them their greatest fear
has become reality.

Fear is the weapon of the horror writer.

We horror writers will go into any dark dwelling, any crawl
space, anywhere the reader dare not venture. We will take a good,
hard look at your fear; then we'll come back and tell you all
about it.

We will break the rules and kill off anyone. It doesn't matter if
you have grown to love the character. It doesn't matter if the
character is young or old. We're rule breakers. That's how we
scare you.

We're not concerned with happy endings, warm blankies, and fuzzy
slippers. Happiness is not in our job description. Our job is to
scare you. And we love our job.

We will take your sense of well being, and feed it to that hungry
part of you that wants to be scared. We'll make sure you don't
look at common household pets the same way. You'll become
suspicious of everyone and everything you once thought safe
and secure. And we'll do it long after you put our stories down.

You'll reassure yourself by thinking it's only a story, and
stories aren't real. And you'd be right. The story is fiction, a
work of someone's imagination.

The underlying theme, however, is very real. Sometimes bad things
happen to good people. Sometimes we are out of our environment and
feel very uncomfortable. Sometimes, circumstances are beyond our
control. Sometimes, some body or some thing wants to take over.
And that is very scary.

Why do some readers prefer, even LOVE to read horror? Because we
like to be scared. So why not do it safely? We'll take our fear
in small doses, one chapter at a time. If the going gets tough,
we just need our bookmarks to give us an intermission. We can
always go back and face our fear once we have taken a little

Why do horror writers prefer this genre? Because misery loves
company, and you WILL be scared with us. We're not facing any
fear alone. We're not stupid. We know what's out there, and it's
too scary to face alone. Besides, we might need you as bait.

Speaking of fear, let's discuss it a little further. Thirteen
sounds like a good number, don't you think?

* The look on the face of your doctor who is about to tell you
  the results of your test
* The confirmed reality that your spouse is having an affair
* The call in the middle of the night from the police regarding a
  car accident involving your son or daughter
* The realization the person peeking through your windows is
  someone you know or worse, someone you don't
* The feeling in your gut when you awake and realize your newborn
  hasn't stirred all night
* Dark places
* The low growl your dog makes when you are in the house alone
* The need to keep both feet covered while you sleep
* Heights
* Ground zero
* Taking a test
* A police car in your rear view mirror
* Spiders

Real life horror. Yet something is missing from each of those
scenarios. You won't find a vampire or a vengeful mummy in real
life. Hideous beings from another world aren't hiding under your
bed. Six-foot slugs aren't eating your loved ones right out of
their final resting places. Look as far as the eye can see, you
still won't find flesh-eating zombies coming toward you.

When writing horror stories, make them plausible. Make your
readers believe in your tale with vivid scenarios, strong
characters, realistic dialogue, and terror so real they won't
question it. They know the story is fiction, but they'll accept
that it could happen. That's what storytelling is all about. Make
them beg for more.

We've discussed common fears that haunt us in the world today. If
you want to write horror, think about the things that really scare
you. Think about all the stuff that makes your mouth go dry and
your insides shake uncontrollably. Go deep inside, so deep it
scares you. Go to that place you refuse to bring to light because
it makes you ill to think about such things. When you get there,
grab onto those unspeakable fears and talk about them. Those are
the stories horror writers need to tell.

Why? Horror is changing because horror readers are changing.
They've grown weary of reading the same stuff with different
names and different towns. They want to be scared to the point of
no return. The only sure way to do that is to show them their
real fears.

If you want to show the reader what scares him, then show him
what scares you. Go deep and face your fear.


Elizabeth Peake is a member of the Horror Writers Association and
co-owner of http://www.fortheloveofwriting.com,
http://www.abstracts-ezine.com, and
http://www.fortheloveofhorror.com. She is editor of "The Written
Scroll for Horror," a newsletter published weekly. Visit her web
site: http://www.elizabethpeake.com

Copyright (c) 2002 by Elizabeth Peake

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Mystery Writers' Resources
Everything you wanted to know about mystery writing.

Book Bitch
A forum for book lovers, including reviews, links, and book

The Writers Mind.com
Searching for an agent or publisher? You'll find them listed here
according to subject and genre.

The Skeptic's Dictionary
A critical survey of questionable therapies, eccentric beliefs,
amusing deceptions, and dangerous delusions.

Ever wonder what happened to Mickey Spillane? Search "Where are
they now?" and find out. Over 25,000 subjects.

Horror Writers Association
A worldwide organization of writers and publishing professionals
dedicated to promoting horror and dark fantasy.

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                         by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

Can I Deduct Expenses Before I'm Actually Making Money?

Q: I'm not yet a professional writer (I'm not making any money
yet), but I'm actively pursuing a career as a writer. Am I
allowed to deduct business expenses (hardware, software,
supplies, photocopies, etc.) from my taxes at the end of the
year? I thought I would have to be actually MAKING MONEY to be
able to do that, but I'm wondering what the rules are for
individuals sinking a lot of personal capital into a
not-yet-profitable business.

A: Don't worry! You CAN deduct business expenses even if you
haven't made any money yet. The key is to be able to demonstrate
that you are actively ATTEMPTING to sell your writing, even if
you haven't succeeded.

I'm not sure what the latest IRS rules are for declaring a
business, but typically it's something like "you have to show a
profit in two years out of five." Note that "show a profit" isn't
the same thing as "make money." To show a profit, your income has
to be higher than your expenses.

There are also no "rules" on when that two years out of the five
have to be. Also, "two years in five" is not a hard-and-fast
rule; if you start to show a business income of any kind, even
when you're not making a profit, you're not likely to raise too
many eyebrows.

You also need to know what you can deduct and what you can't.
Don't go overboard claiming a huge LOSS based on "investing" in a
startup business (e.g., by buying a computer, etc.) -- that's the
sort of thing that tends to get the IRS interested in you (read:
AUDIT). If you are not making an income yet, you will need to
"expense" such investments, i.e., deduct them over a period of
five years rather than all at once. If you are earning enough
income to cover these expenses, then you can usually deduct
hardware, up to a certain amount, but you must still depreciate
software and books.

The same applies to deducting the costs of a "home office" -- a
portion of your rent or mortgage that applies to a room in your
house used exclusively for business. You can take this deduction
only if it doesn't create a loss, or only up to the point that it
creates a loss.  For example, if you had "home office" expenses
of $3000 in a year, and only $2000 in income, you could deduct
only $2000 of home-office expense.  (More accurately, you could
deduct only what was left after all your other deductions.)

Other expenses can be used even when they create a loss. This
includes expenses like office supplies (paper, toner, pens,
envelopes, stamps, etc.), professional expenses (using a lawyer,
an accountant, etc.), the expense of your Internet connection,
expenses of photocopying and printing (e.g., making business
cards), etc., etc.

It's vital to keep good records. Maintaining a monthly
spreadsheet of your income and expenses is easy and a wonderful
way to have everything "all added up" by the end of the year.
Keep all your receipts. All I do is label an envelope with the
month and year, and stuff everything in it until the end of the
month. Then I close that envelope and start a new one. At the end
of the year, I shove all the envelopes into a box in the back of
my closet and forget about them; unless you're audited, you'll
never actually NEED those receipts.  But if you ARE audited (and
I have been), you'll be very glad you had them in some sort of

One other thing -- keep copies of all your correspondence, such
as query letters, rejection letters, acceptances, contracts, etc.
This is what you'll need if you ever have to "prove" that you
were making an honest attempt to make money as a writer (even if
you haven't succeeded). Again, no fancy filing is necessary; just
a file folder for the year should be sufficient. I divide my
correspondence into "pending" and "completed," and that's it.

For more information:

The Taxman Cometh, Part I

The Taxman Cometh, Part II

The Writer's Pocket Tax Guide


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

Copyright (c) 2002 by Moira Allen

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Got blog?

Blog is short for Weblog, which is a web site entirely composed
of links to other sites. Therefore a weblogger, or blogger, is
someone who tirelessly searches the Internet for the less
traveled corners of the web and current news articles, usually
accompanied by an opinionated sentence or two -- hence the term,
microcontent, or an ultra-short article abstract.

The past two years has seen an explosion of blogs on the
Internet. This month's release of "We've Got Blog: How Weblogs
Are Changing Our Culture" by the editors of Perseus Publishing,
adds this description to the mix: "Instantaneous and raw,
unedited and uncensored, Weblogs are self-publishing at its best
and its worst -- occasionally brilliant but often pretentious,
sometimes shocking but always fascinating."

For readers, blogs yield instant information and communication.
As corporate interests gobble up media outlets, blogs have become
a source of alternative news and views, sort of an independent
media. Readers can participate in current events by immediately
responding online to news items.

For writers, blogs offer publicity, research, and networking
tools. Writers who create Weblogs increase their exposure, while
those who find their sites linked to blogs increase their
traffic. As research tools, blogs have it all over search
engines, providing links to up-to-the-minute information and

If you're not into blogs, you're missing thousands of the hottest
resources on the Internet. Check out a few today!


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10 Ways to Increase Your Productivity, by Lee Masterson

20 Steps to Writing Great Love Scenes, by Karen Wiesner

Small Press Magazines: Should You Bother? by Bruce Boston

Three Ways to Market Your Book, by Julia Wilkinson

Writing for Trade Magazines, by Mark Lamendola

Win one of three copies of Patricia Fry's "The Successful
Writer's Handbook"

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Editorial Department, PO Box 16190, Rocky River, OH 44116
URL: http://www.kaeden.com

We are looking for stories with humor, surprise endings and
interesting characters that will appeal to pre-readers through
third grade. Our beginning books are 8-24 pages in length,
generally with 1-4 sentences on each page. We are also looking
for longer stories written with high interest/lower vocabulary
for older students. Our readers are early, emergent and fluent
readers in pre-kindergarten through second grade, so vocabulary
and sentence structure must be appropriate for the beginning
reading levels. Kaeden Books are used in many reading programs
such as Reading Recovery, English as a Second Language and many
Title I programs. Familiarity with these programs and
methodologies will help you understand what we need from our
authors. Please become familiar with our product line.

LENGTH: 24 to 300 words
PAYMENT: Advance/royalty contract
RIGHTS: Exclusive rights
SUBMISSIONS: By mail only, manuscript format, include SASE
GUIDELINES: http://www.kaeden.com/writers.asp


Colleen Sell, Editor
PO Box 863, Eugene, Oregon 97440
EMAIL: wordsinger[at]aol.com
URL: http://www.cupofcomfort.com

A Cup of Comfort is the best-selling book series featuring true
stories about the relationships and experiences that matter most
in our lives. These wonderful stories come from people just like
you -- ordinary people with extraordinary stories to share. Cup of
Comfort stories weave powerful life lessons into vividly told
tales. They are nonfiction stories that read like fiction, but
always ring true. They are slice-of-life tales that make us think
and care, that give insight and inspire positive action. Create an
anecdotal story about an incident or series of related incidents
that had a profound and positive impact on you or on the persons
you are writing about.

We are currently compiling two new story collections:

Stories that capture the beauty, power, resiliency, blessings,
challenges, joys, and complexity of mother-daughter relationships,
both conventional and unconventional.

DEADLINE: October 15, 2002

Stories that celebrate the spirit of giving, the joy of sharing,
the heart of the holiday, and the cherished memories of Christmas
past and present.

DEADLINE: November 15, 2002

For all CUP OF COMFORT submissions:
LENGTH: 1,000 - 2,000 words
PAYMENT: $500 for best story in each book; $100 for each story
RIGHTS: Author retains rights
SUBMISSIONS: By email: Copy and paste your story into the body of
an email and send it to Colleen Sell: wordsinger[at]aol.com
No attachments,one story per email.
By mail: Send computer disk and printed copy of each story to
Colleen Sell at the address above.
By FAX: 1-508-427-6790, include cover sheet addressed to Colleen
Sell, include title and number of pages, and topic.
GUIDELINES: Send for guidelines to: wordsinger[at]aol.com


Debi Orton, Editor-in-Chief
EMAIL: submit[at]flashquake.org
URL: http://www.flashquake.org/index.html

An independent, quarterly, web-based publication that focuses on
works of flash fiction, flash nonfiction (memoirs, essays,
creative nonfiction, humor), flash plays, and short poetry. We
aim to make Flashquake a top quality paying venue for literary
writers, and award stipends to all chosen contributors in each
category. We're open to any type of writing within those categories,
and specifically, we're looking for original work with fresh ideas
and strong, clean, concise writing. We want to see pieces that
readers will think about after they've finished reading them. See
web site for examples of published work.

LENGTH: Less than 1,000 words
RIGHTS: Author retains rights
SUBMISSIONS: Email, see Tips for Preparing Electronic Submissions:
GUIDELINES: http://www.flashquake.org/guidelines.html


Market News
The Writers Exchange resource site has been incorporated into
Sell Writing Online: http://www.sellwritingonline.com
Authors should send book review and interview requests to Dallas
Franklin: dallas[at]sellwritingonline.com
Sandy Cummings' Writers Exchange E-Publishing will remain at:


"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


This section lists contests that charge no entry fees.  For more
contests (new listings added every two weeks), visit:


                  Pockets Fiction Writing Contest

DEADLINE: August 15, 2002
GENRE: Fiction
LENGTH: 1,000 to 1,600 words

THEME: There are no pre-selected themes for the fiction contest.
Contest guidelines are essentially the same as for regularly
submitted material. Designed for 6- to 12-year-olds, Pockets
magazine offers wholesome devotional readings that teach about
God's love and presence in life. Each page of Pockets affirms a
child's self-worth. The purpose is to open up the fullness of
the gospel of Jesus Christ to children. It is written and
produced for children and designed to help children pray and be
in relationship with God.

PRIZES: $1000, and publication in Pockets magazine

ADDRESS: Upper Room/Pockets, Lynn W. Gilliam, 1908 Grand Ave.,
P.O. Box 340004, Nashville, TN 37203-0004

URL: http://courtyard.upperroom.org/pockets/contest.html


                    Ann Durell Fiction Contest

DEADLINE: August 31, 2002
GENRE: Middle grade and YA Fiction

OPEN TO: Writers (US residents 18 years and older) who have not
previously been under contract for, or published a middle grade
or young adult novel (8 to 14-year olds). Writers who have works
under contract or have published works for other age groups or in
other genres (i.e., non-fiction, poetry, picture books) are
eligible. Writers who have agent representation are eligible
provided they have not contracted for or had published a novel
for children ages 8-14. Manuscripts currently under consideration
by other publishing houses are not eligible.
LENGTH: 100 to 200 pages

THEME: In honor of the 150th Anniversary of Dutton, the editors
at Dutton Children's Books, a division of Penguin Putnam Books
for Young Readers, announce a new fiction contest named for our
former publisher, Ann Durell, who nurtured the talents of such
beloved authors as Lloyd Alexander, Judy Blume, Eleanor Cameron,
Walt Morey, and William Sleator. Manuscripts will be judged on
the basis of literary quality, age appropriateness, originality,
commercial potential and the strength of any or all of the
following: characterization, narrative voice, setting and mood.

PRIZES: Grand Prize: standard advance/royalty book contract,
includes a $7,000 advance against royalties and a $1,000 cash
prize. Honorable Mention: $500


GUIDELINES: Manuscripts should be submitted in 12 point type,
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