Writing World Newsletter Archive
Return to Newsletter Index · Home

                     W R I T I N G  W O R L D

   A World of Writing Information - For Writers Around the World


Issue 2:20           11,000 subscribers           October 3, 2002

         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Setting Boundaries, by Kristi Holl
         The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: Hijacked! An E-Author's Nightmare,
             by Moira Allen
         From the Managing Editor's Mind
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World/Prize Drawings
         Writing Events
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

Get published! Get published! Get published! Get published!
Get published! Get published! Get published! Get published!
Get published! Get published! Get published! Get published!
Visit http://www.1stbooks.com/getpublished/no_rejection.html
EARN AN MFA IN WRITING through the brief-residency program at
Spalding University in Louisville, KY. Call (800) 896-8941x2105
or e-mail gradadmissions[at]spalding.edu and request brochure FA90.
For more info: http://www.spalding.edu/graduate/MFAinWriting
WRITERSCOLLEGE.COM has 57 online courses. Prices are low.
If you can reach our web site, you can take our courses.
DISCOUNTED WRITERS' SOFTWARE -- PowerStructure, DramaticaPro,
StoryView, WritePro, MovieMagic, InkLink, plus many more.
is a weekly ezine for business and technical writers featuring
career tips, how-to articles, software and book reviews, an
extensive North American jobs list, and Guerilla WriteFare!
Subscribe at http://www.writethinking.net/

HELP SUPPORT WRITING-WORLD.COM! Your $5 contribution helps us pay
our writers -- and entitles you to a copy of Moira Allen's ebook,
"Writer's Guide to Rights, Contracts, Copyright & Permissions."
See http://www.writing-world.com/admin1/rights.html for details,
or donate at http://www.amazon.com/paypage/P2UTPRKYGU4AA1


                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

Back to the Dark Ages
What did we do without computers?  I found myself exploring this
question earlier this week, when my Internet connection slowed to
a crawl, then died.  I was inclined to blame Cox, which has been
digging up all the local roads to install fiberoptic cables --
but the Cox technician informed me I had a "bad Internet card."

I'm inclined to take almost anything Cox technicians say with a
grain of salt, but decided to take the computer to the shop anyway.
And even though the repair shop couldn't find anything wrong with
the card, I decided to have a new one installed.  All of which,
of course, takes time...

So I returned home to an empty house.  So still, so quiet... I
drifted around the rooms, wondering what on earth to do with
myself!  Was it possible that I had reached the point where
no computer = no life?

Unwilling to accept that, I dug into the closet for my craft
supplies.  Within minutes, my sink was strewn with seashells,
ready to be assembled into "shell bouquets."  The glue gun was
ready, the glitter was out -- I just needed a couple of items
from the craft store. A quick errand, and I'd be ready to play!

That was when the phone rang with the now-unwelcome news: "Mrs.
Allen, your computer is ready!"  So my errand turned into a
business trip, and I came home not just with florist wire, but
with my trusty (?) cyber-companion as well.

Once I got it home, of course, I figured I'd better test it to
make sure that the repairs had (a) worked and (b) not damaged
anything vital. And then, of course, the newsletter was waiting
to be completed and proofed and sent.  Not to mention the other
100+ e-mails that had stacked up while I was offline...

And so, just as reluctantly as I had entered the "dark age" of
computer-free living, I returned to cyber-reality.  I answered
e-mails, uploaded files, tackled the newsletter.

Today, however, all I need to do is write the "Writing Desk",
and send the newsletter on its way.  And then, you know what?
I'm going back to my shells!

                         -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)


MOIRA ALLEN'S NEW "1500 Online Resources for Writers" offers the
best of the web for only $6.95! Find out more or order direct at

Do you want clients and editors from all over the world calling
you with exciting and rewarding assignments?  Are you a
freelance writer interested in making more money by increasing
your exposure to clients seeking your unique expertise? Then
register today as a Charter Member of www.FreelanceWriters.com.
Go to http://www.freelancewriters.com/writers_faqs.cfm#faqid14

                  CLASSES!  CLASSES!  CLASSES!

Instructor: Sue Fagalde Lick
Starts: October 7 (8 Weeks, $120; maximum 20 students)

Participants will develop a list of freelance opportunities at
their local newspapers, brainstorm ideas for the articles editors
want and pursue one or more of those ideas from a query to a
completed article. They will also develop a plan for future
newspaper freelancing, including ideas for more assignments,
resale opportunities and becoming a regular contributor.


Instructor: Moira Allen
Starts: October 21 (8 weeks, $100)

If you've been trying to market your work to magazines or other
periodicals with no success, or if you're just getting started as
a freelance writer, this is the class for you. Allen will walk
you through the process of developing topics and ideas, preparing
a query, and outlining and developing the article itself. By the
end of the class, you'll have an article "ready to go" and a
selection of markets to approach.


Instructor: Bruce Boston
Starts: November 4 (6 weeks, $100)

An intensive workshop and discussion group for poets actively
writing in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
Students will be expected to post at least one poem per week. All
poems will be discussed and critiqued by the instructor and the
class as a whole. There will be no formal lectures. The instructor
will introduce topics each week along with poems that illustrate
the material being covered.


Instructor: John Floyd
Starts: November 4 (7 weeks, $100)

An introductory course in how to write mystery/suspense short
fiction and get it published. It is intended for beginning writers
as well as for established writers who want to hone their skills.

You've got a great story. We can teach you how to write it.  Join
a craft-oriented, supportive community of writers. Online 10-week
workshop begins 9/23. Tutorials also available. NYTimes: "The
most personal of the programs." http://www.writerstudio.com
The Book Sage will edit your novel, short story, article or
poetry. We specialize in science fiction, fantasy, romance and
cross-genre. Check us out at http://www.thebooksage.com.


BusinessWeek misleading writers about contracts
According to the National Writers Union, BusinessWeek is forcing
work-for-hire (WFH) contracts on freelance writers and doing so
in a very misleading way. Their letter to contributors states:
"BusinessWeek is updating its payment system for freelancers and
stringers" and the new system will be "speeding payment processing
considerably." Writers are told this is "a direct response to
feedback from freelancers" and its "potential" is exciting. But
in fact the contract results in writers receiving less, since
BusinessWeek and its parent company McGraw Hill will be entitled
to any additional revenues resulting from the sale of their work.
If writers do not sign the contract, they will no longer be hired.
For more information: http://www.nwu.org

So you want to write a book
In case you ever doubted the old adage that there are far more
writers of books in this country than readers, a survey by the
Jenkins Group (which sponsors the annual Independent Publisher
Awards) found that 81% of Americans "feel they should write a
book." They also estimate that 6 million people have written a

Helping Hand warning
The San Angelo Police Department in Texas, is gathering
information about the practices of Helping Hand Literary Service/
Janet Kay & Associates, run by George Harrison Titsworth and
Janet Kay Titsworth. Helping Hand charges upfront marketing fees,
and advertises for writers in newspapers and magazines across the
country. Clients and former clients are asked to contact
Detective Brian Elkins either by phone: 915-657-4351; or e-mail:
det_brian_elkins[at]yahoo.com Writer Beware has received a number of
complaints about Helping Hand, and would like to continue to
collect data, send to: beware[at]sfwa.org

PayPal hit by scam
Online payment service PayPal Inc. has been targeted by scam
artists trying to get credit card data, user names and passwords.
On September 16, a scam e-mail with the subject line, "PayPal
Verification," suggested that users log into their PayPal
accounts to confirm they were still active users of the service
and requested the users' passwords. On September 25 another e-mail
arrived in some users' inboxes claiming it was having trouble with
its computer system and provided a link for users to log into their
accounts to make sure their information was not affected. Both
e-mails took users to an official-looking site that asked for
personal data, including user name, password and credit card
information. As soon as PayPal learned of the scam, spokesperson
Julie Anderson said it contacted the Internet service provider
and asked it to take down the spoof sites, and notified the FBI.
However, PayPal didn't notify its 18 million users of the scam.

Writing a novel? Then get organized & save time with WriteItNow
Keep track of your novel's characters, events, ideas & locations.
See review at http://www.kobweb.co.uk/writeitnow.html. Register &
get 4 FREE add-ons. FREE download http://www.ravensheadservices.com
CHOOSE A FICTION SPECIALIST! Affordable, author-friendly editing,
critiques, & tutoring by a member of the Editors' Association of
Canada & published writer with 11+ years experience in American
& Canadian markets. Email Marg for info: editor[at]scriptawords.com

                           by Kristi Holl (kristi[at]kristiholl.com)

Last weekend, I cleaned and cooked all day Saturday for a guest
who never called or showed up. I could have spent that day
writing. I fumed, but did nothing about it. Right now, I'm
waiting by the phone for a long distance call that was supposed
to come an hour ago. I won't make it to the post office on time
now to mail my finished manuscript. Judging from the acid in my
stomach and tension in my neck, it's time to set some limits.

Trust Yourself
Being an approval junkie, I cringe at setting and enforcing
boundaries. Claiming sufficient writing time and energy has been
a twenty-year learning experience--and I'm still learning.
However, speaking up and setting boundaries is one thing.
Enforcing limits is quite another.

Setting boundaries is about learning to take care of ourselves as
writers, no matter where we go or who we're with. Boundaries
emerge from deep decisions about what we believe we deserve (and
don't deserve). The ability to set boundaries increases as we get
it through our thick skulls that what we want and need as writers
(time, solitude, new experiences) is vitally important.
Boundaries emerge as we learn to value, trust, and listen to the
writer within.

Step One: Recognize boundary issues.
This isn't as easy as it sounds. One writer has been writing for
six years and still finds it a struggle. "I'm good at setting
boundaries with my friends and family once I realize something is
hurting me or making me angry; it still takes forever, though, to
recognize when something bothers me."

We're all good at stuffing our feelings and staying busy enough
to ignore them, but boundary issues don't stay confined to our
minds. As Harriet Lerner says, "We need to listen to our bodies
to know where our boundaries are."

For a variety of reasons, we may be adept at ignoring the knot in
the stomach, the headache, the cramped neck, the sadness that
occurs when people invade and take over our time, space and
energy. The next time you feel this way, don't automatically
reach for the Excedrin or Pepcid AC; consider instead whether
it's a physical reaction to boundary violations.

Anger, rage, complaining, and whining are clues to boundaries we
need to set. Other clues might include feeling threatened or
suffocated when around certain people. Listen closely to

Step Two: Set necessary boundaries.
Even after recognizing the anger and hurt when your boundaries
have been trampled, it can be difficult to think clearly about
the situation and decide what to do. I have found journaling a
big help at such times. Writing brings clarity, which is no
surprise to most writers! Describe the incident in your journal.
Write how you feel about it. Is it related to your writing? Is it
a pattern with this person? What do you need to do? Write out
what you might say. Practice until you can say it firmly, but
with kindness. If you're still angry when you finish, perhaps a
letter setting the boundary would be better.

Set limits clearly, using as few words as possible. Avoid
justifying, rationalizing, or apologizing. Offer a brief
explanation, if that would help, but don't get trapped into being
defensive. ("I know you want to have company again this weekend,
but I really need some down time, with no company.") If they
insist (however nicely) on inviting people over, just say,
"That's fine. I know our needs are different. I'll plan to spend
the day up at the lake (or at the library, or wherever) to unwind
and write." Smile! End of discussion!

By the way, don't try to set boundaries with people while
simultaneously fixing their upset feelings. It can't be done.
Their feelings and reactions to your boundary will probably be
negative, but they are responsible for those feelings, not you.

Step Three: Enforce boundaries.
I should mention that some people will be perfectly happy to
respect your boundaries. They've simply been unaware that their
actions cause you any distress. We are very good at hiding our
frustration, of saying "Oh, it's okay" when our writing time is
interrupted for the umpteenth time.

On the other hand, people who have been able to control and use
us will react more negatively. There's an old saying: "People
don't respect people they can use. People use people they can
use, and respect people they can't use." Users may get angry with
you for setting a boundary, especially if it forces them to take
more responsibility for themselves. That's okay.

Be aware of one thing however: it does no good to set a boundary
until you're ready to enforce it. So convince yourself first.
Once you know deep down what your limits are, what your true
needs are, it won't be difficult to convince others. Haven't you
noticed that people tend to have a sixth sense about when you've
truly reached your limit?

This Is Only a Test!
You will be tested when you set boundaries. Plan on it. They
might be little tests: your toddler curls up and sucks her thumb
when you sit down to write. They might be big tests: your wife or
husband threatens to "find someone else who's agreeable like you
used to be."

Sometimes you have to get mad (and noisy!) to set boundaries, but
you don't have to stay mad to enforce them. If you're prone to
"people pleasing" and approval seeking, however, demons will come
out to torment you for a while when you set boundaries,
threatening you with losses both real and imaginary. Just stay
calm--and quiet. Be confident and go on about your business. If
you can do this, their protests will die down fairly quickly.

Do be prepared to follow through on any consequences you've
mentioned or boundaries you've set. If your boundary is that you
will write undisturbed in your bedroom from 3-4 p.m., yet you
allow your children to constantly interrupt while you whine about
it, it's not a boundary yet. Our boundaries must match our
behavior. Just remember, boundaries aren't made to control
others' behavior, just our own. The kids may keep trying to
interrupt; you may have to lock your bedroom door and ignore the

Carve Out the Time
Often we writers are given tips for carving writing time out of
our busy lives. We look for hidden pockets of time to write. We
set aside time alone to think, to do research, to journal. All
the planning in the world, however, won't do a bit of good unless
you set and enforce boundaries with those who (for whatever
reasons) feel they own all your time.

Setting and enforcing boundaries may be difficult at first, but
the sense of freedom they bring--as well as time to pursue your
writing dream--makes it well worthwhile.

(For more information, see "Time and the Writer," by Moira Allen,
at http://www.writing-world.com/basics/time.html)


Kristi Holl has been a published author for over twenty years,
writing despite a dozen surgeries, divorce, raising children
alone, numerous moves, and extreme cash flow crunches. She is the
author of First Aid for Writers; for information and a free
chapter, visit http://www.KristiHoll.com

Copyright (c) 2002 by Kristi Holl

Dr. Mary Ann Diorio, certified Life Coach and freelance writer,
specializes in coaching writers by helping them identify harmful
attitudes that are keeping them from success. For a FREE
CONSULTATION, write MaryAnn[at]LifeCoachingforWriters.com.
DON'T KNOW WHERE TO SEND YOUR WORK? We'll research & target
markets, prepare cover letters, track submissions. Reasonable
Rates, References. WRITER'S RELIEF, Inc., 245 Teaneck Rd. #10C,
Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660 (201)641-3003, http://www.wrelief.com


Children Come First
... because they're our greatest treasure! News, articles, book
reviews covering the world of children's literature.

Poetic Voices
A ton of information for poets, including market listings,
contests, conferences, articles, columns and more.

Thought CafŽ
A UK site where writers can post their work for feedback, or
simply read hundreds of stories, poems and essays.

A literary magazine with hundreds of stories in a variety of
genres, as well as an extensive writers' section with guidelines
and articles.

A journalism site offering coverage of headline topics.

Free Screen Saver for Humor Writers
Get the "18 Tips for Humor Writers" screen saver which includes
sage advice such as "Don't go out and give birth to three
children just to have something to write about" and "There are
two people in this world who need attorneys: people writing their
first book and people who own Yorkshire terriers."

Reasonable, competitive rates. Electronic or hard copy editing.
Free five-page sample edit provided. References available.
http://www.theweisrevise.com; weisrevise[at]nvc.net; (605) 229-0121.
You CAN Take Credit Cards Online! What's the right solution
for YOUR product or service? Get the ebook Tom Mahoney of
merchant911.org calls "a must-read for anyone thinking about
establishing an e-commerce Web presence."

                         by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

Hijacked! An E-Author's Nightmare
Just over a week ago, I got a panic-stricken e-mail from a writer
friend (and advertiser), reading "Help! Someone has stolen my
e-book!" Mike Knowles had just launched his new e-book, "You Can
Take Credit Cards Online," and discovered that within a day of
launching his new website to advertise it, someone else launched
an identical site, selling HIS book under a different name.  The
site had been copied in every detail, down to the glowing reviews
of the book -- the only difference being that the reviews praised
another author instead of Mike.

By the time I got the e-mail, Mike had already swung into action.
 He looked up the domain name of the pirating site through
"Whois", and contacted the ISP.  He also contacted the payment
system used by the site to accept book orders (which happened to
be the same system Mike himself was using), and let them know
that the site was fraudulent.  According to Mike, the payment
company was at first reluctant to take action, but finally agreed
to look into it.  His steps paid off: I visited the fraudulent
site in the morning, ate lunch, went back for another look, and
found that it had vanished.

If this were just a story of a stolen e-book -- a blatant and
brazen act of copyright infringement -- it would be chilling
enough.  But as Mike examined the course of events, he realized
that so far as he could tell, his e-book itself HADN'T been
stolen.  He had sold only two copies since setting up his own
site, and knew the purchaser in each case.  It seemed unlikely,
therefore, that the person who set up the pirating site could
actually HAVE a copy of his e-book, let alone be selling it under
another name.  What, then, was going on?

Some clues may lie in the "Whois" information about the site.
The site was run by "Abantu Safaris" and "Nhloehle Ndawana."
Since neither of these names matched that of the fraudulent
author, it is clear that the infringement wasn't simply the work
of an individual, but of a group.  In addition, the site was
registered out of Canada (which is certainly not a crime, but
makes it more difficult for any U.S. authorities to take action).
 Further, the site had been set up only days before the
infringement was discovered.

It became clear that this was not the action of an "author"
seeking to make money off someone else's work.  What these people
had stolen was not Mike's BOOK, but Mike's SALES PAGE.  The goal
of such a theft was not, most likely, to market a stolen product
-- but to collect credit card information.  By the time a buyer
realized that no product was forthcoming, chances are that the
site would have shut down and moved on.

Did I mention "chilling"?  This event may indicate a new scam
that could have repercussions for authors AND consumers.  If
scammers are hijacking author sales pages to defraud consumers,
it's not only going to hurt the would-be buyers, but the authors
as well.  If consumers start to worry about whether an e-book
site is legitimate or fraudulent, e-book sales will surely
suffer.  Unfortunately, as these scams are (for now) small, they
aren't attracting much attention from the authorities.

Fortunately, there ARE steps we can take to protect ourselves and
our customers.  As an author, you can watch for infringers and
thieves by periodically searching for your book's title online.
You can also search on other phrases, such as phrases from
reviews, that appear on your "sales page," to ensure that the
page hasn't been "hijacked".  If you find an infringement, don't
assume there is "nothing you can do."  Look up the infringing
domain in "Whois" and contact both the infringer and the ISP
hosting the site.  (You'll find information on how to deal with
infringement, including copies of legal letters to send to an
infringer and the infringer's ISP, in Charles Petit's article,
Protecting Your Work from Electronic Pirates.  Petit also has an
expanded, and somewhat more technical, version of this article on
his own site; see Resources, below.)  You may also be able to
determine the identity of the company used to collect credit card
payments (e.g., PayPal), and let them know that the site is

As a consumer, you can also take steps to ensure that you are
buying from a legitimate author or publisher.  If you aren't sure
about a site, or a product, try the following:

1) Search for the author's name and/or book title on Amazon.com.
While not all e-books or POD titles are listed on Amazon.com,
many are, and this is a good indication of the book's legitimacy.
 (The author or publisher has to have gone to the trouble of
registering an ISBN to get a listing.)

2) Search for the author's name and/or book title online.  This
may give you information on the author's reputation, and whether
the author has written other books.  It should also tell you
whether the author's name is, in fact, associated with that
particular title (or whether the title appears under some other
author's name).

3) Check "Whois" to see who has registered the domain.  Is it
registered in the author's name, or some other name?  Is it
registered in the author's country of residence, or a different
country?  How long has the site been active? (This isn't always
an indication of fraud; Mike had only set up his own site a few
weeks earlier.)

4) Use Google or Alta Vista to search for LINKS to the author's
site.  (In Google, go to the "Advanced" search function and use
the "link" option.)  If a site is legitimate, or if the author is
well-known in the field, chances are that other sites will have
linked to that site.

If you find indications of fraud, TAKE ACTION! Scams like this
are often considered too small for U.S. authorities to pay much
attention to -- and when they're run from other countries, that
makes them even more difficult to shut down.  Vigilant consumers,
however, can shut down a fraudulent site even more quickly than
the authorities -- because once a scammer knows that he's been
"caught," he's going to close shop and go somewhere else.

Whois - http://www.networksolutions.com (click on the "WHOIS"
     tab at the top of the page)

Protecting Your Work from Electronic Pirates, by Charles Petit

Piracy and Infringement, by Charles Petit
	(This version of the article also includes links to
    software and other tools to track down a hard-to-find
    infringer or ISP.)


Moira Allen is the author of "The Writer's Guide to Queries,
Pitches and Proposals," "Writing.com: Creative Internet
Strategies to Advance Your Writing Career" (second edition
forthcoming in May 2003), and "1500 Online Resources for
Writers." For details, visit:

Copyright (c) 2002 by Moira Allen

Need promotion but aren't sure where to start or can't afford to
do as much as you'd like?  Join Promo Blitz for December 2002.
The rule of seven dictates that you must get your name and book
in front of readers at least seven times to make an impact.  We
can help and inexpensively.  Details at
Do you want clients and editors from all over the world calling
you with exciting and rewarding assignments?  Are you a
freelance writer interested in making more money by increasing
your exposure to clients seeking your unique expertise? Then
register today as a Charter Member of www.FreelanceWriters.com.
Go to http://www.freelancewriters.com/writers_faqs.cfm



Until recently, I never knew the word for it, but I know it
happens -- a lot.

According to Charlotte Dennett, chair of the Vermont Local NWU,
"Privishing is a practice little known to authors. It happens
when publishers kill off troublesome books by 'privately'
publishing them without any promotional fanfare."

Not wanting to be accused of censorship, editors will publish
controversial books which attack political issues or blow the
whistle on corporations. At the same time, the publishers shy
away from the possibility of book banning or lawsuits. To play
it safe, they kill the book. But politics and whistle blowing
aren't the only things that can get a book privished.

For example, a writer pens the first book in a publisher series
which is written by several authors. The writer's book sells
well, but the next book in the series by a different author
doesn't sell as well. The publisher will then stop printing the
writer's book, creating a shortage on orders from booksellers,
then fill the shortage with the new book in the series that
isn't selling as well.

Privishing happens. It's been a publishing practice for decades.
Yet it's still not widely known among writers. Writers usually
blame themselves if their books don't sell well. There isn't much
we can do about it except be aware. An author who writes a
controversial book, especially non-fiction, would be well advised
to consider self-publishing.

For more information read "Privishing: Publishing's Dirty Little
Secret," by Charlotte Bennet in the Summer issue of American
Writer, quarterly magazine of the National Writers Union.

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

WRITER GAZETTE: http://www.writergazette.com
WRITERS MANUAL: http://www.writersmanual.com
EBOOKSCAFE: http://www.ebookscafe.writergazette.com
'Write Again!' is the perfect material, market, submission and
deadline management software for your writing career.  Buy for
$29.95 or download 30-use demo at http://www.asmoday.com/WA.htm


Advice from a Caterpillar, by Peggy Tibbetts
How to Research Children's Articles; Whether to Self-Publish; How
Long to Wait After a Sale Before Sending Another Submission

Press Kit, by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Networking and Promotion Through Writers' Conferences

The Screening Room, by Laura Brennan
How Do You Get Your First Screenwriting Job?

Self-Publishing Success, by Brian Jud
"Misunderstood Marketing" - The difference between "marketing"
and "selling"

New Series: "Fundamentals of Fiction" by Marg Gilks

Want to get started on that story or novel, but you just don't
know where to begin? This new series will walk you through the
steps involved in writing (and selling) your fiction.

Part I: "I've Got an Idea!"

Part II: "Read, Read, Read!"

Your Publicity Photo, by Patricia Fry

NEW: Win one of three copies of Julie Hood's The Organized
Writer: 30 Days to More Time, More Money, and Less Frustration!

NEW: Win one of two copies of Karen Wiesner's ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING
The Definitive Guide {The Most Complete Reference to Non-Subsidy

Win one of three copies of Julie Duffy's new "21st Century
Publishing" (all about print-on-demand)

Win one of three copies of Rusty Fischer's new book," BEYOND THE
BOOKSTORE: 101 (Other) Places to Sell Your Self-Published Book!"

BREAK WRITER'S BLOCK FOREVER! Jerry Mundis, author of 40+ books,
Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Guild, One Spirit Book Club
selections, will show you how. End paralysis, avoidance behavior,
last-minute crisis writing, and inability to finish. Endorsed by
bestselling authors Lawrence Block, Judith McNaught, Suzannah
Lessard, and others. **GUARANTEED** http://www.unblock.org
Be more prolific!  Increase your income! Write your book
faster than you ever thought possible.  Learn to create your
book's blueprint in 2 hours, buy a best-selling plot and more.


PO Box 667, Layton, Utah 84041
URL: http://www.gibbs-smith.com

We are accepting submissions for children's picture books (ages
4-8), with particular interest in western (cowboy or ranch
lifestyle) themes or backdrops. Submit the complete manuscript
to Children's Book Editor.

We also accept submissions for children's activity books, with
particular interest in outdoor activities. Submit an outline and
writing sample to Children's Book Editor.

For non-fiction, we seek manuscripts in the following subject
areas: interior design, architecture monographs, architectural
guides, Arts & Crafts, cooking-school cookbooks, cowboy themes,
western or country humor with general appeal, western lifestyles,
western collectibles. Send a complete proposal to the Nonfiction
Editor. Include a letter describing the subject, your analysis of
the market, an outline of contents, and sample writing. If
photographs or illustrations are a major component, send samples,
not originals. We are not responsible for loss or damage to

LENGTH: Picture books: 1000 words; Activity books: less than
15,000 words; Nonfiction: No word limit
PAYMENT: 2% royalty
RIGHTS: Exclusive rights
SUBMISSIONS: No submissions on disk or e-mail. Manuscripts will
be returned if accompanied by SASE. No multiple submissions.


Nicole Kobrowski, Editor-in-Chief
PO Box 687, Westfield, IN 46074
EMAIL: editor[at]unseenpress.com
URL: http://www.unseenpress.com

Do you have true paranormal stories or ghost hunting tips? We're
interested in articles and manuscripts on just about every aspect
the paranormal. Types of articles especially needed are:
ghosthunting techniques, places to go, ghostbusting etiquette. We
especially want helpful resources for ghosthunters and those
interested in the paranormal and we are always interested in what
types of hunter groups are in countries around the world.
Additionally, we are seeking true stories that will be included in
our 2003 anthology of stories from around the globe.

LENGTH: Original Articles: 500 - 1000 words; Antidotes: 100 words;
Fiction: Maximum of 3,000 words; True stories: No word limit;
Manuscripts: 50,000 - 100,000 words
PAYMENT: Original Articles: 3¢/word to a maximum of $100;
Antidotes: $5; Fiction: $50; True Stories & Manuscripts: Negotiated
RIGHTS: We require a contract to be signed by both parties stating
the work terms and rights that will be bought.
SUBMISSIONS: Send query or completed work, state credentials and
what your work will cover. We accept MS Word attachments. For
articles only, we also accept text in the body of email.
Snail-mail manuscripts also accepted. Submissions without a SASE
will be unread and destroyed.
GUIDELINES: http://www.unseenpress.com/guidelines.htm


Paul Andrew Dawkins, Publisher
1531 Palmer Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28303
EMAIL: paulandrewdawkins[at]yahoo.com
URL: http://www.thedawkinsproject.com

The publisher is looking for letters that are written directly to
individuals (alive or deceased) that writers wish to celebrate.
Each letter should be written, however, with the thought in mind
that there will be a third party to this communication between
writer and the subject of the letter: the reader. The writer
should therefore provide as much detail as possible in
celebrating the impact the subject has had on his or her life.

LENGTH: No word limit
RIGHTS: Author retains all rights.
SUBMISSIONS: By email, fax or regular mail. IWriters should
complete Biographical Fact Sheet (on web site) and attach it to
each letter submitted.
GUIDELINES: http://www.thedawkinsproject.com (Submission Rules)


"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

your MS.  Critiquing, Line Editing, Submission Assistance.
info[at]writersconsultant.com, http://www.writersconsultant.com
WRITING  THE BREAKOUT NOVEL, with NY literary agent Donald Maass
and GET THAT CONTRACT WRITE THAT BOOK, with author/editor
Elizabeth Lyon. Tampa, Seattle, Dallas. For more information:
http://www.free-expressions.com or 1-866-I-WRITE-2.

This section lists contests that charge no entry fees.  For more
contests (24 new listings added this week), visit:


  John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism

DEADLINE: October 6, 2002
GENRE: Non-fiction
OPEN TO: Journalists
LENGTH: No word limit

THEME: The 2002 Oakes Award will go to the author(s) of an
article or single-topic series on an environmental issue
initially published between October 1, 2001, and September 30,
2002. A series must be designated as such by the publication when
it is printed. A regular column may also be submitted as a
series. Only newspaper and magazine articles are eligible. If
photos and/or illustrations substantially strengthen the winning
piece, the judges may divide the award among the writer and the
photographer or illustrator. Fiction cannot be considered. No
more than two entries by the same writer may be submitted. A
translation must be supplied for any article not written in

PRIZE: $5,000


SUBMISSIONS: Two reprints, copies, or originals of each article
must be submitted with every entry. Every copy must have an entry
form which may be printed from the web site:

ADDRESS: Oakes Award Committee, 40 West 20th Street, NY, NY 10011

URL: http://www.oakesaward.org/rulesentry.html


           Institute for Brand Leadership Essay Contest

DEADLINE: October 15, 2002
GENRE: Essay
LENGTH: 1500 - 2500 words

THEME: Like it or not, Starbucks, Nike, Gap, even Q-tips are
becoming a pervasive aspect of consumersā lives around the world.
Whether you love brands, hate them, or don't care, we at the
Institute for Brand Leadership believe that you have insight into
why they have become so powerful. We want you to share that
knowledge with us. We want you to apply a theory (or set of
theories), from a particular discipline or area of study to answer
the following question: "Why and under what conditions are people
more likely to buy brand names rather than their generic
counterparts?" If you are studying sociology, for example, you
might tell us what Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, Habermas,
Foucault, and/or Giddens would have to say about this. What
connections can you make between theory and the power that brands
enjoy today?

PRIZE: First prize: $3000; Second place: $1500; third place: $500


EMAIL: dblumenthal[at]instituteforbrandleadership.org

URL: http://www.instituteforbrandleadership.org (2002 "Brand
Power" Essay Contest)


                   PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

DEADLINE: October 31, 2002
GENRE: Fiction
OPEN TO: American citizens
LENGTH: Book length

THEME: This annual prize honors the best published works of
fiction by American citizens in the immediately preceding the
calendar year of the award ceremony. The award will be given on
May 17, 2003, for books published during 2002. Anyone may submit
a book for consideration, including publishers (trade, university,
or small presses, but not vanity presses), agents, and authors.
We do not accept self-published books or e-books.

PRIZES: First among Equals prize: $15,000; Finalists: $5000


SUBMISSIONS: Send four copies of each book to the PEN/Faulkner
office. You may send four bound galleys for books which will be
published in November and December.

ADDRESS: 201 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003

URL: http://www.folger.edu/public/pfaulk/submit.htm

eBooklet, RESOURCES FOR WRITERS by subscribing to NAWW WEEKLY,
the FREE inspirational/how-to emagazine for women writers. Send
blank e-mail to: naww[at]onebox.com or visit http://www.naww.org
SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network) is offering
a free monthly online newsletter for those interested and/or
involved in the writing and publishing process. Subscribe at
http://www.spawn.org or send an email to Subscribe[at]spawn.org.
FREE E-BOOK: 'Writer's Online Guidelines Book,' containing more
than 200 paying markets for your writing.  Sign up for the
Absolute Markets newsletter at http://www.absolutewrite.com or by
sending a blank e-mail to: join-awmarkets[at]mh.databack.com.
at Worldwide Freelance Writer. Subscribe today and get a FREE
list of 22 Outdoor and Recreational Markets. Send e-mail to
wwfw-subscribe[at]topica.com - http://www.worldwidefreelance.com
FICTION FACTOR - The online magazine for fiction writers,
bringing you FREE articles on improving your fiction writing,
tips on getting published, free ebook downloads, heaps of
writer's resources and more! http://www.fictionfactor.com
WRITING FOR DOLLARS! - the FREE ezine for writers featuring
tips, tricks and ideas for selling what you write. FREE ebook,
83 WAYS TO MAKE MONEY WRITING when you subscribe. Email to
subscribe[at]writingfordollars.com - http://www.WritingForDollars.com

on how to reach 80,000 writers a month with your product, service
or book title, visit

                  Copyright (c) 2002 Moira Allen
          Individual articles copyrighted by their authors.
Editor/Publisher: MOIRA ALLEN (Moira Allen)
Managing Editor: PEGGY TIBBETTS (peggyt[at]siltnet.net)

Writing World is hosted by Listbox.com - http://listbox.com
Subscribers are welcome to recirculate Writing World to
friends, discussion lists, etc., as long as the ENTIRE text
of the newsletter is included and appropriate credit is given.
Writing World may not be circulated for profit purposes.
To subscribe or unsubscribe from Writing World, DO NOT REPLY TO
THIS E-MAIL. Send an e-mail to: Majordomo[at]newsletter.listbox.com
in body of message.

Copyright © 2017 by Moira Allen. All rights reserved.
All materials on this site are the property of their authors
and may not be reprinted without the author's written permission,
unless otherwise indicated.
For more information please contact Moira Allen, Editor