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Issue 2:17           10,550 subscribers           August 22, 2002

         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
            by Karen Ann Moore
            by Moira Allen
         The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: How do you prepare a publications list?
            by Moira Allen
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World/Prize Drawings
         Writing Events
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

Deja Vu?
My book is finished!  My book is finished! My book is...

Wait... Didn't I just say that in the LAST issue?

Ah, but that was the LAST book.  This is a NEW book.  Sort of.
Actually, it's another revision -- a new edition of "1200
Online Resources for Writers."  Only now it's "1500 Online
Resources for Writers" -- and counting!

And it's great, if I do say so myself.  It offers resources
in 98 different categories, divided into nine basic chapters:

* General Writing, Reference and "Getting Started" Sites
* Genres and Categories
* Markets and Market Information
* Rights, Copyright and Scam Warnings
* Research
* Networking (Classes, Critique, Discussion, etc.)
* Promotion, Self-Publishing and Website Development
* International Writing Resources
* Miscellaneous (including awards, grants, funding, character
  naming, and resources for young writers)

Since I've also cleaned out all the dead links from the
previous edition, this version actually offers something like
500 completely new listings.  But the e-book is still available
for just $6.95.  For now, it can be purchased directly from
Writing-World.com; in another week or so it should also be
available from Booklocker.com (and will be bundled into the
old electronic edition of Writing.com).

This book is also a "limited edition." It's an "interim"
version of the master directory I'm compiling for the new
edition of Writing.com.  When Writing.com is published in
April 2003, the directory will go online, available only to
purchasers of the new edition -- which means that this
"interim" directory will no longer be available.  So my
advice is to grab it now -- while the links are still "hot"!
(Find out more at http://www.writing-world.com/books/1500.html)

OK, time to start writing a book for the NEXT issue...

                         -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)
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                  CLASSES!  CLASSES!  CLASSES!

Instructor: Elizabeth Peake
Starts: September 2 (6 weeks, $120)

Fear is the choice weapon of the horror writer. We horror writers
will go into any dark dwelling, any crawl space, anywhere the
reader dares not venture. The horror writer must learn to go deep
within and grasp his innermost fears and bring them to light.
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.


Instructor: Natalie Collins
Starts: September 9 (6 weeks, $100)

Tired of floundering 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 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, plus a listing of legitimate literary
agents with good reputations and a track record of sales.



Instructor: Karen Moore
Starts: September 23 (6 weeks, $120)

Learn the basics of greeting card writing that will give you the
professional edge in this highly competitive field. Moore will
you insider tips and help you craft your writing style into
saleable greeting cards. With the help of her book, You Can Write
Greeting Cards (required text), students will be ready to meet
the publishers face to face. Karen has designed the final lesson
so that each student can personally polish pieces to be submitted
to publishing houses.



Instructor: Mary Emma Allen
STARTS: September 23 (4 weeks, $75)

Have you thought you'd like to write a column but haven't know
where to start? Writing columns for newspapers, magazines, and
online publications can be some of the most rewarding work of
your writing career. Learn from a writer with more than 30 years
of experience in this field. She'll get you ready to query
editors and use column writing as a springboard for other writing



Instructor: Peggy Tibbetts
Starts: September 24 (8 weeks, $105)

* Understanding the Picture Book Market
* Creating a Dummy: How picture books are produced
* Character
* How to Define "Sparkle"
* Story: Elements of story, plot, conflict
* Humor, Imagination and Word Play
* Line-By-Line: Going over your story to make it "sparkle"
* Submitting Your Picture Book Manuscript

"Peggy Tibbetts is a great teacher! Sensitive, yet honest,
professional, approachable, and very informative."
-- Jeanne Pallos, PB workshop student


Instructor: Pamelyn Casto
Starts: October 1 (4 weeks, $75; maximum 15 students)

In this hard-hitting, fast-paced course, Pam Casto will introduce
you to 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 of flash fiction.  You'll receive weekly
lessons, reading assignments, and writing exercises. You'll also
work on story analysis and critiquing. You'll receive several
markets for flash fiction along with a workable marketing
strategy.  You'll also learn about other possibilities for your
flash fiction work.

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Tight times at The Times
Plagued by weak ad revenue, The New York Times Book Review is
reviewing fewer books each week. "It is heartbreaking," said
Patricia Eisemann, Scribner VP of publicity. "If the paper of
record doesn't review you, it's tough. Our window [for media
attention] is three weeks." Reviews often run months after a book
is released. One prize-winning novelist, whose recent book was
never reviewed, feels snubbed: "The Times is the touchstone for
the success of any book. For a well-received and widely read book
to not be reviewed is a slight." TBR editor Charles McGrath
shares the frustration: "We're trying to spread the pain around
so that it's not just first-time authors and the small publishers
that get neglected. It's almost a triage situation." He sees no
change in policy in the near future.

Children's author shuns spotlight
She is the successful author of 35 children's stories. However a
sudden international interest in her new fantasy trilogy, "Tales
of Otori" threatens to change her life forever. To avoid being
thrust into the spotlight, the 59-year-old Austalian writer
submitted her final manuscript for the first book, "Across the
Nightingale Floor," under a pseudonym. The book cover claims it
was written by unknown newcomer, Lian Hearn. But Australian
newspapers revealed the author is British-born Gillian
Rubenstein, an Oxford language graduate who grew up in Caversham
and settled in South Australia in 1973. Rubenstein refuses to
confirm that she is the author saying only, "There is a strong
tendency among the spectators or the readers of culture to pigeon
hole people. And that's the thing artists hate having done to
them. They want to be free to do whatever seems to be the right
thing at the time." Critics have called the first book an
"exquisitely wrought adventure" that will appeal to all ages.
Film rights went to Universal for an estimated $3.6 million.
British publisher, Macmillan has paid about 300,000 for the
book, which will be released in September.

Readerville.com goes to print
On September 25, Readerville.com will launch a new print
magazine, The Readerville Journal. As with the 2-year old
literary discussion site, The Journal will provide interviews,
book and author lore, advice, recommendations, essays, short
fiction, commentary, and reviews -- as well as a concise guide to
notable releases and a unique digest of content from the
Readerville Forum. The first issue features an interview with
Jeffrey Eugenides; a memoir of a memoir festival by Chris Offutt;
an ode to John Crowley; a Q&A with publisher-poet Felix Dennis;
short stories by Dan Chaon and Katharine Weber, and much more.
For more information: http://www.readerville.com

Fictional Earnings Contest Winners Posted
A number of you have heard the reading of the winning "fictional
earnings" contest entry over the radio, and have written to
inquire where the winning entries can be read.  You'll find the
winners (and the honorable mentions, and more) posted at

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                        by Karen Moore (kaartl[at]earthlink.net)

You've done it! You've got the look, the copy, the idea that will
generate millions of greeting card sales. This is so hot you're
pretty sure the execs from Hallmark will insist you create your
line exclusively with them. Congratulations!

In the event that you don't know exactly how to market your
great card line, here's a few steps you might want to take.

Before you go after a market, make sure there is a market for
your idea. Go to local outlets, from destination card shops to
giant mass marketers, and see if your idea already exists. If it
doesn't, you might have discovered a niche that isn't being
addressed, or it might mean it's been tried and dropped by
publishers. It's important to suggest your reasons for
recommending your line.

Look at your product with a critical eye. Is it fresh? Does it
have rack appeal? Why would the consumer pick your card over
another? Make sure you have at least ten strong examples of your
line. Most publishers want to know you can do 12, 24, 48, or more
cards. Will your look and copy direction sustain that many cards?
If not, look again and make some changes.

Create a proposal
Most likely, you won't get to stand in front of a publisher and
share your idea. You'll have to send a presentation and hope it
catches their attention. What should you include in that

* The focus or main idea of your line
* Who you think will buy your line
* Why you think this line is important to the market
* What need it addresses in the market
* What application you think it might have for seasonal product,
  as well as everyday lines
* What other products you think might be created as well--
  calendars, bookmarks, note cards, etc.
* Your background and ability to help feed more ideas into
  building your line
* What you think is out in the market that is similar, and why
  your line is different
* Your copyright notice

Be careful if you've based your line on a popular book or
celebrity. You need permission to actually create a line from
some other published works.

Know the market
Check out Writer's Market or some other industry resource. You
can go online to The Greeting Card Association for member
publishers and submit to them. If you don't happen to find the
right publisher, consider self publishing your line and offering
it on your web site. While that can work, you need to answer most
of the questions outlined here. Ideas are great, but they only
work if someone buys your product.

Good luck with getting your line into the marketplace!

For more information:

Greeting Card Association - http://www.greetingcard.org

Greeting Card Association list of member card publishers -

Greeting Card writing/publishing information -


Sign up now for Karen Moore's class, Writing and Selling Greeting
Cards, beginning September 23 at Writing-World.com!


Karen Moore is a published author, seminar leader, and conference
speaker. A long-time greeting card writer and product developer,
she is the author of "You Can Write Greeting Cards," as well as
many licensed property lines. She has developed products for
American Greetings, Gibson Greetings, Standard Publishing and
others. She has conducted training seminars, and been a
conference speaker in the areas of greeting card writing, writing
for children, and networking.

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                      by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

Peggy Tibbetts has been a professional writer, editor, and full
member of the Society for Children's Book Writers & Illustrators
for the past 26 years. She's worked as an associate producer for
an educational film company, contributing editor for Children's
Magic Window magazine, and Children's Writing Resource Editor at
Inkspot. Tibbetts has edited several successful children's book

Q: How would you describe the market for children's books? Is it
a hot market? Growing? Or very tight for writers?

A: Rather than hot or steadily growing, I would describe the
picture book market as constant. Mass marketing of soft cover,
paperback, and board books in stores like Walmart and Target has
created a consistent demand. Children's publishers are always on
the lookout for good picture book manuscripts. But the market is
also very competitive; some editors receive thousands of
submissions per year. As a result, they've tightened up their
submission policies; fewer publishers will look at unagented

Q: How tough is it to break into this market? Is there a lot of

A: Competition is definitely a major issue for children's
writers. The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators
(SCBWI) has over 17,000 members worldwide. But there are probably
only about 50 publishers who do picture books. Those aren't the
most encouraging odds.

Also, established children's authors often work with a specific
editor at a publishing house. If that editor is looking for a
mass market picture book about Halloween, she'll turn to her
"stable" of authors first, who are always more than happy to
oblige, since a children's author's income is neither steady or
lucrative. I'm afraid it's really the old catch-22: you have to
get a book published to get a book published.

Q: Beyond good writing skills, what types of skills does one need
to write picture books effectively?

A: A strong visual sense is certainly a necessary trait of every
good picture book writer. Good PB writers are also very much in
touch with their inner child. Naturally inquisitive, they ask a
lot of questions, especially "what if?" Among the authors I've
known, the PB writers tend to be more outgoing, extroverted, than
say, novel writers, who tend to be more reclusive.

Q: How well do you need to understand children to write picture

A: During the writing process it's more important to be in touch
with and understand your inner child. Kids are individuals just
like adults. I always advise children's writers -- whether they
write picture books, middle grade novels, YA or nonfiction -- to
go to the library, bookstore, or school and volunteer for story
time. You'll notice that every child is unique. By reading aloud
to kids you discover their shared interests, common concerns, and
what makes them laugh out loud. Then the adult in you finds a way
to take all those things you observe and put them in your book.

Q: Is writing for children easier than writing for adults?

A: Because it can't be repeated enough, let's get this straight
-- writing for children is NOT easier! Unfortunately I do believe
some writers still think children's books are easier to write.
Okay, they're definitely shorter. But that doesn't translate to
easy. I compare it to writing poetry. In fact poets often make
good children's writers. (Although I won't get into stories that
rhyme vs. stories in verse; I cover that in greater detail in my
workshop.) Good poetry packs emotion and story into as few words
as possible, which is the same for picture books. In picture
books, as in poetry, when it comes to words, less is more.

Q: Since illustrations are often provided after a story is
written, how does one go about writing a picture book when one
can't actually "see" the pictures?

A: If you can't see the pictures (in your mind) then don't write
the book! It's that simple. I believe a writer HAS TO SEE the
story before she can write it. That's why the picture book dummy
is so important. For picture book writers the rough draft begins
with sketches.  In my workshop, I not only teach students how to
make a picture dummy, but also how to incorporate it into the
writing of the story. The dummy is not meant for submission to
editors, but as a way to bring the story to life for the writer.
It is the writer's job to write a good story. The illustrator
will bring the story to life for readers.

Q: What are some good reasons to write picture books?  What are
some bad ones?

A: The illustrations are one great reason to write picture books.
I've had several stories published in children's magazines, and
no matter how I visualize the story in my mind, the illustrations
always work like magic to bring the story to life. It never
ceases to amaze me!

Money, or lack of, is a good reason to stay away from children's
books. While mass marketing has kept the market steady, the books
are inexpensive, so the advances are low (usually less than
$3000), or non-existent. Many publishers pay royalties only or
flat fees. Some children's writers never quit their day jobs, or
if they do, find they can only maintain a steady income by doing
regular school visits, or speaking at conferences.

Q: What elements do you consider absolutely essential in writing
a picture book? What are some common mistakes made by picture
book writers? Most of all, what is "sparkle"?

A: I can sum up all the answers to these questions in one word --

Storytelling is the most important basic skill of a good picture
book writer.

The most common mistake new writers make is they don't tell a
story. They have a good idea, interesting scenes, and charming
characters -- but no plot. Incidents aren't stories. Incidents
happen with no connection to what came before and no effect on
the end. Sally spots a beautiful butterfly and follows it through
the garden, then she goes to the library and learns it's a
swallowtail. Sounds nice enough. But nothing happens. Not really.
Sally learns about the swallowtail, but that's not a plot, and
it's not a story. Incident stories convey a mood, a place, or a
sense of time. Plot driven stories contain conflict, tension, and

Because of television and mass marketing, writers see plenty of
examples of incident stories and believe that's what sells. The
truth is, the children's book publishing industry is full of
contradictions, and while incident stories are published and
produced, they are NOT what editors want from new writers.

Story is what sets a great picture book apart from a pretty good
one. If you want to break into the children's picture book
market, you must write a good story with a strong plot. Not only
will a good story make your book sparkle, but it'll make the
editor's eyes sparkle, too!


Sign up now for Peggy Tibbetts' class, How to Make Your Children's
Picture Book Sparkle! beginning September 24 at Writing-World.com!


Peggy Tibbetts' published books include "Carly's Ghost," "Rumors
of War," and "How to Spread the Word-of-Mouse." Visit her web
site: http://www.rumorsofwar.net

Read her column, Advice from a Caterpillar:

Copyright (c) 2002 by Moira Allen

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A Celebration of Women Writers
A collection of resources by and about women writers, including
an online collection of older works. Browse by author, century,
category or country.

The Falcon's Pen
A general writing resource site, with links, some articles,
chats, and other resources.

Trade Book Publishing Agreement Checklist
A good overview of items commonly found in a book publishing

A good place to check on computer virus hoaxes, Internet chain
letters, and other Internet hoaxes. Check here before heeding
that plea to "pass this on to everyone in your address book."

Planet eBook
Information for epublishing professionals and authors (especially
self-publishers), including industry news, resources, software,
rights management, and more.

Country Domains
List of country domain suffixes.

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                         by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

How Do You Prepare A Publications List?

Q: I was wondering how one goes about writing an "I've been
published in" resume. What are the basics and where can I find
tips on doing this?

A: What you're really talking about is not a resume, but a
publications list. And it is as simple as that: A list of your
publication credits. The easiest way to do this is to list your
publications chronologically, with the most recent first:

   "My Latest Article," Dog Fancy Magazine, February 2002
   "My Other Article," Cats Magazine, November 2001
   "Another Great Article," Newport News Gazette, July 2001

... and so on

Italicize the names of magazines and books, as you would in a

If you have material published in different types of publications
-- e.g., newspaper articles, magazine articles, books, etc. --
I'd divide those into categories. List your published books
first, then chapters in other books, then magazine features, then
newspapers, etc. If you have ongoing columns,  you could list
those in a separate category.  List fiction separately from
nonfiction. You can also include a category for awards (e.g.,
contests you've won).

Initially, you'll probably be sending the same list to everyone.
Over time, though, you'll want to create a short version of your
complete list. Your official "publications" list should generally
be no longer than one page. One way to do this is to limit the
"official" list (the one you mail out) to a page that includes
just your most recent credits. However, if you have credits in
different areas -- e.g., gardening publications, women's
publications, travel publications), you may eventually want to
create several "subject-specific" lists that you would use when
querying that type of publication.

A publication list is something that you would include with a
query letter. It is not the same as a resume that you would use
to apply for a writing job -- however, you would use it to
ACCOMPANY such a resume. For more information on how to create an
actual resume that reflects your writing experience, see
"Creating a Writer's Resume" at:


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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E-books and the Romance Field, by Anne Marble

Flashes on the Meridian: Dazzled by Flash Fiction, by Pam Casto

How to Write for Pet Markets: An Interview with Moira Allen,
by Kelly Milner

Promoting Your Book: The Uses and Abuses of Mailing Lists,
by Anne Marble

Succeeding as a Technical Writer, by Michael Knowles

Visualization for Writers, by Holly Lisle

Win a copy of Steven Schneiderman's "Make Your Ebook Sell"



David Key, Creative Director
P.O. Box 132024, Houston, Texas 77219-2024
EMAIL: editor[at]versionmag.com
URL: http://www.versionmag.com

We not only report with our own spin on the news: we create it.
Our fearless, independent, and creative approach appeals to a
very powerful demographic -- a stylish, ultra-modern readership
with far-reaching interests and an unquenchable passion for new
perspectives and new ideas. We are the today, and the tomorrow of
Houston. Our writers need to have a fresh, unique, and grabbing
style. If it isn't new and exciting, it isn't Version. Some
stories that we currently need writers for: the cell phone; the
stereotype vs. the culture of Houston; rise of DJ's and scratch;
expanding waistline clashes with media's view of women; how young
girls become pro models. We are also accepting any story ideas
from writers.

LENGTH: 1,000 - 4,000 words
PAYMENT: 15 cents a word, up to a maximum of $250 for reviews,
and $800 for feature stories
SUBMISSIONS: Submit the article, tagline, 100-word sketch, and
photo via e-mail as an attached file, preferably in MS Word, or
in plain text, or pasted into the body of the e-mail submission.
Attach photos as a TIFF scanned at a resolution of 300. In
addition, first-time writers must also furnish a mailing address
and social security number.
GUIDELINES: http://versionmag.com/writersguidelines.htm


Linda Sherwood, Editor
PO Box 29, Merritt, MI 49667
EMAIL: editor[at]countyfamilies.com
URL: http://www.countyfamilies.com

County Families is published 10 times a year and distributes more
than 15,000 copies to Michigan parents in Crawford, Kalkaska,
Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw and Wexford counties. Dedicated to
offering readers information to inform, educate and entertain,
articles are all about positive parenting and supporting parents.
Features local resources to meet universal parenting challenges
and prefers the use of local subjects wherever possible.
Preference will be given to local freelancers for feature
stories, but we welcome submissions from freelancers outside of
the area. If you can offer ways to localize a story through a
sidebar or additional information, that's even better. If
pitching a feature article, you must be willing to interview
local experts and people. Articles must include expert sources
and comments from other parents, except for the Laugh Lines and
Parent Talk departments.

LENGTH: Feature articles (need 2 - 3/issue) 1200 - 1800 words;
Fillers 600-800 wordS
PAYMENT: Feature articles $100-200; Fillers $50; Reprints $25-50.
RIGHTS: First rights and one time rights
REPRINTS: Yes, please submit full manuscript and information about
where and when it has appeared before.
SUBMISSIONS: Send a query with two clips or sample articles, by
email or mail. Mail submissions should include an SASE. Emails
should not include attachments, and will be deleted unread.
GUIDELINES: http://www.countyfamilies.com/guidelines.html


Gail Swanson, Eve Hogan, Co-authors
PO Box 613, Puunene, HI 96784
EMAIL: MusicLoversSoul[at]aol.com
URL: http://www.chickensoup.com

Music is the accompaniment to the melodrama -- and the comedy --
of our lives; it is there at every turn -- inspiring us,
consoling us, influencing us. Music triggers our emotions causing
to feel our entire keyboard range from hatred to joy to love.
Music evokes our memories, just as our memories evoke the music.
We're looking for heartwarming stories about music, and how it
changes lives and inspires people; true stories that will make
readers laugh, cry, or sigh. Stories should be positive,
universal, and non-controversial. The "point" or "message" should
be evident without preaching. No essays, commentaries, tributes,
philosophical, or biographical pieces will be accepted. Please
refer to other Chicken Soup books, and sample stories at the web
site, to better understand our story-telling style.

DEADLINE: September 1, 2002
LENGTH: 300 - 1,200 words
RIGHTS: Author retains rights
SUBMISSIONS: Email (we prefer to see the story text in the body
of the email), fax to: 808-879-8201, or mail to Eve Hogan
GUIDELINES: http://www.musicloverssoul.com


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         The Louise Laffin 2nd Annual Fiction Competition

DEADLINE: September 1, 2002
GENRE: Fiction
LENGTH: Less than 14,000 words

The competition was established by New Genre to promote the
acceptance of science and horror fiction as honorable types of
literature which give pleasure and participate in the
intellectual discourse of mankind. The competition honors the
memory of Louise Laffin, whose appreciation of things -- in life
and in literature -- was not determined by preconceived ideas,
but rather by their intrinsic value. Each entry must be an
original unpublished work. Submission of an entry constitutes
agreement to have the work, if chosen as the winner, published in
the periodical, New Genre. Each entry must conform to the style,
length and other requirements for publication.

PRIZE: $300 and publication

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No, by mail only

ADDRESS: New Genre, 25 Cutter Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144

URL: http://www.ngenre.com


                   Happy Tales Literary Contest

DEADLINE: September 1, 2002
GENRE: Fiction
LENGTH: No word limit

THEME: Have you ever read a great work of literature and been
disappointed by an ending that might have been more uplifting,
affirmative, or happy? Do you harbor suspicions that the Capulets
and the Montagues might have worked things out, that Romeo and
Juliet could have gotten into a longer term relationship? That
if Rochester had hired a sharp lawyer and annulled his first
marriage (he was tricked, right?), he and Jane might have gotten
together much sooner and avoided all that unpleasantness about
the fire?

Now you can help to right things, by entering the "Happy Tales"
literary contest. Take any literary work with a sad, disturbing,
or negative ending and supply a happy, affirmative, or uplifting
ending. The new ending must more or less parody the idiom, style,
atmosphere, and so on,of the original.

PRIZES: The grand prize winner of the contest receives the
coveted Nahum Tate Cup. Winnner and guest, will receive roundtrip
transportation from any point in the United States, to Missoula,
MT, to attend the 2003 Montana Festival of the Book, and will be
honored, read, fed, and possibly ridiculed. Winning entries will
be published at the festival web site or published in other

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, also by mail

E-MAIL: lastbest[at]selway.umt.edu

ADDRESS: Happy Tales, Montana Festival of the Book, Montana
Center for the Book, 311 Brantly Hall, The University of Montana,
Missoula, MT 59812-7848

URL: http://www.bookfest-mt.org/happy.htm

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August 23-28 - Freelancing Later in Life Workshop, Eliot, Maine

August 24 - NAWW Meeting: Copyright and Media Law with
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September 5 - Book Writing/Publishing/Promoting Seminar with Dan
Poynter, Spokane, WA

September 8-14 - The Complete Writer - Intensive Writers' Camp,
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September 12-15 - "Marry Your Muse" Facilitator Workshop,
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September 14 - The Well-Fed Writer Seminar (with Peter Bowerman),
Seattle, WA

September 21 - Northwest News Writing Conference, Vancouver,

September 25 - Booksigning by Kimberly Ripley (author of
"Freelancing Later in Life", Newington, NH

September 28 - Penticton Writers' Conference, Penticton, British
Columbia, Canada

September 28 - 29 - Free Expressions Seminars - Writing Success
Series, Seattle, WA


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