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Issue 2:22           11,300 subscribers          October 31, 2002

         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
            How to Succeed in Sports Writing, by Neil Barraclough
            He Clicks, He Scores! by Chuck Bednar
         The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: How do I set a fee? by Moira Allen
         From the Managing Editor's Mind
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World/Prize Drawings
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests
         Writing Events

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

Happy Halloween!
I don't know how many goblins will show up at our door tonight;
the weather is a brisk 40 degrees or thereabouts, and likely to
be brisker (and wetter) after dark.  Which means that hubby's
office should get a nice offering of unwanted Halloween candy...

Despite the chill, autumn has always been my favorite time of
year.  I love "harvest time," and I love driving down a "tunnel
of trees" that looks as if it's roofed and floored in gold.
We're blessed, this year, to be living in a part of the country
that has gorgeous color; the maple trees down the street look
like crimson torches.

This time of year always makes me feel "crafty" as well.  I start
breaking out my craft supplies and putting together ornaments and
Christmas gifts.  I can't help but believe that taking time to do
something creative with one's hands is surely a stimulant to a
writer's general creativity.

At the same time, crafting reminds me why I WRITE for a living.
Whenever I develop some particularly nifty craft item, I always
feel the urge to try to sell it.  This year, it's "shell
bouquets."  They're cute, and I'm sure someone might like to buy
them.  But assuming I could charge, say, $25 apiece, and assuming
that the supplies cost me around $10 per bouquet, I'd have to
sell at least 20 to earn the same money I can earn from a single
column that takes two hours to write.  Plus, I don't have to
spend an entire weekend minding a booth at a craft fair -- which
has to be one of the most mind-numbingly boring tasks imaginable.
(Been there, done that, couldn't even AFFORD the t-shirt.)

That's not the main reason I choose not to market crafts,
however.  The main reason is the example set by my sister, who
has burned out on more crafts than I've even attempted.  The
reason: Each time she gets involved in a craft, she succumbs to
the urge to "make it pay."  And as soon as she turns it into a
business, it ceases to be fun.  I remember her heartfelt "never
again" the year she made 100 ceramic unicorns for a Renaissance
festival; I think that marked the end of her ceramic phase.

Writers can make the same mistake.  Sometimes, when we decide to
"make it pay," we lose track of the creative joy and enthusiasm
that got us into this business in the first place.  It can be too
easy to get into a rut, to start churning out the literary
equivalent of 100 unicorns.  One unicorn is magical; after about
a dozen, they all start to look alike.

Fortunately, writing offers infinite potential for newness.
Every project offers the potential to create something different,
something unique, something you've never written before.  To stay
fresh and creative as writers, I believe we need to hang onto
this sense of "doing something new," to constantly challenge
ourselves to go places we haven't gone before.  Money is nice,
but let's never forget WHY we started writing in the first place!

                         -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)


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Write a Novel in a Month!
The "National Novel Writing Month" (NaNoWriMo) website encourages
authors and would-be authors to take up the challenge and write a
novel (50,000 words or more) in the month of November.
"NanNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has
thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away
by the time and effort involved... By forcing yourself to write
so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make
mistakes.  To forego the endless tweaking and editing and just
write."  Last year's challenge brought in 5000 participants, 700
of whom "crossed the 50K finish line" by November 30.  Judging is
on word-count only; the site offers forums where writers can keep
in touch and commiserate, and a virtual party at the end of the
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No Harry Potter Book #8
Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, dismissed British
media speculation she may be planning an extra book. "The plan is
to have only seven books in the series," said Neil Blair of
Christopher Little agency. "There is no truth in the rumors." The
Scotsman reported that in April 2000, Warner Brothers registered
trademarks for three more Harry Potter titles: "The Alchemist's
Cell," "The Chariots of Light," and "The Pyramids of Furmat."
Rowling's agent said none of the registered names would be used
for any future Harry Potter book.

POD requires guerilla marketing
Laurie Notaro published "The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club,"
with iUniverse, then marketed the book aggressively at
Amazon.com. A literary agent noticed it, and eventually sold the
book to Villard, which had originally rejected it. Her book spent
several weeks on the NYT bestseller list last summer. Author Joe
Vitaro published "Spiritual Marketing" with 1st Books Library,
then used guerilla marketing techniques via email and Amazon to
accumulate several thousand in book sales. But these success
stories are the exception, according to POD publishers such as
iUniverse and Xlibris, who note that most POD titles sell just a
few hundred copies.  For example, of iUniverse's 10,000 titles,
only six can be found on the shelves of Barnes and Noble (which
owns a share of iUniverse) -- and those are "meant to showcase
iUniverse, not to provide their authors the hope that their work
will be distributed in B&N bookstores," according to Steve Riggio,
CEO of B&N.  John Feldcamp, CEO of Xlibris, admits that "We don't
know if POD will become an effective outlet for alternative
publishing, or just a new variety of vanity press," and points out
that the titles that are successful are not the "best" books, but
those that the author has been willing to market aggressively.
According to author Richard Galli, planning to publish only 50 to
500 books is building "failure into the model... What's the point
of publishing at all if you're not going to compete?"

AOL launches First Read
America Online has launched a new feature called First Read,
which allows users to preview upcoming book releases. The kickoff
preview offered members a sneak peek at the first chapter of the
newest Lemony Snicket's children's book, "The Carnivorous
Carnival." AOL's Personal Finance Channel is publishing excerpts
from "Rich Dad's Prophecy," the latest in Robert T. Kiyosaki and
co-author Sharon L. Lechter's Rich Dad series, which offers
advice about investing and saving for the future. The book
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To many aspiring young writers, sports journalism is the dream
job. The competition is intense, which is precisely why it is so
difficult for writers to break into the sports writing field.

Sport is big business. Newspapers and magazines are devoting more
space to the subject. Sport is sexy. Sport sells. Think of the
competition among writers in general, then double it -- even
triple it. Then you're somewhere near the level of competition
involved in sports writing.

So how do you break in and establish yourself as a bona-fide
sports reporter? Here are a few tips to help you along the way.

Breaking in
This is the hardest stage of your career as a sports writer. Try
local papers first. Offer to cover events for very little or
nothing at all. It stinks, I know, but I'm afraid it's the only
way in!

At this stage your best option is to specialize in one sport and
become an expert in that field. Get your name known by sports
editors and fellow sports journalists alike. As is the case with
all writing, networking is the key. Get your face and name known,
and the rest will follow.

Maintaining a regular workload
Sports writing is about turning up at a football game and writing
a report, right? Wrong. No one can make enough money from working
on a Saturday or Sunday alone. So what do you do during the week?

You write news stories about the sport you cover. If there are
professional clubs in your area, phone them up and find out what
is going on. Whip up a story and send it to the publications that
may be interested in it. If you have a story that is new to an
editor, there is a good chance he will bite and you will make a

Try breaking into magazines. Write general features on the sport
you cover. Arrange set-piece interviews with a famous sports star
by approaching his club and setting a time and date. Remember,
every interview is an opportunity to make more money than you
bargained for. Ask the questions that fit the magazine you are
writing for. These will often be more general questions, as the
magazine will probably not hit the shelves for months, so your
piece has to be timeless.

Also ask him/her about the major story in their sport at the
moment. A controversial view from a leading sports figure will
always sell. Asking about these issues may just uncover another
source of income for you. The feature goes to the magazine as
agreed, and then you write up and sell the "current" story to as
many newspapers as possible.

The sheer nature of sports journalism doesn't allow much time for
queries. File your news story to the paper, then get on the phone
to the sports editor and tell him about your story. Be
professional, keen and calm, and end the conversation by saying,
"I've just emailed the story to you." If he shows any sign of
interest then get off the phone as quickly as possible. Sports
editors are busy people, and while you want to be professional
and make contact to explain your story, you don't want to be a
nuisance and turn off the editor. Brevity is the key.

Earning the commissions a sports writer wants
It's a long hard road to get where you want to be in this field.
You need to gain the trust and appreciation of sports editors
everywhere. Then -- and this is the most important -- gain the
trust and favor of sports stars everywhere. You can't be a sports
writer if no one is willing to talk to you. But if you prove to
editors that you do a good job, and prove to sports professionals
that you are a professional yourself, both of them will
accommodate you.

Keep supplying the news, views and interviews that editors want,
without upsetting the people you talk to, and you'll go a long
way. You need a lot of determination to get started. But once you
get your foot in the door, you can be as successful as you want
to be in this field.


Neil Barraclough is a UK-based freelance writer and journalist
who provides content and material for over 300 publications. For
more information visit his website at:

Copyright (c) 2002 Neil Barraclough

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                              by Chuck Bednar (sports[at]bednar.com)

You are a veritable fountain of sports knowledge. You can name
all the Daytona 500 winners from the past decade and the last
five Heisman Trophy winners. You know who holds the NBA record
for highest career free-throw percentage. Not only do you know
what OPS is, but you can actually explain it. And you can write.
But you don't know where or how you can pursue a career as a
freelance sportswriter.

Fear not. The road to success as a freelance sportswriter is only
a few mouse clicks away.

First things first. Without published samples of your writing,
it's next to impossible to hit the big time. The first thing you
need to do is to build up a healthy collection of clips. Quality
is more important than quantity, but it's important to have a
wide array of samples. Not just different sports, but also
different styles of articles, such as features, news, editorials,

With nearly 1,500 topics, it can be hard to find a sport to cover
at Suite 101 (http://www.suite101.com). Still, it is one of the
better places on the web to cut your teeth as a writer. In
addition to writing articles, you also have to perform basic site
maintenance, such as checking links and participating in
discussions. You have the option of updating your site weekly,
biweekly, or monthly. This market no longer pays, making it far
less attractive than it once was.

Like Suite 101, AllSports (http://www.allsports.com) doesn't pay,
but they do provide free web hosting and the freedom to choose
what sports, league, and/or team you want to cover. Also, they
have won numerous awards for their work, making it both a
comfortable place to work and a well respected addition to your

E-Sports Media Group (http://www.esportsmediagroup.com) also
offers flexibility and the advantage of working for a popular
service. E-Sports syndicates the works of accepted authors and
promises royalties based on article sales. It's always a risk
working on commission as you never really know how much you'll be
making from month to month. But the exposure makes E-Sports worth
checking out.

Once you feel comfortable with the amount and quality of your
clips, it's time to look for bigger and better things. First,
stop by SportsEditor.com (http://www.sportseditor.com). Join the
discussion list to make some valuable contacts in the business.
Get yourself listed in their member directory, and check out
their list of job openings.

Then point your browser to Content Exchange
(http://www.content-exchange.com/cx/index.cfm). List yourself in
their database and see if there are any openings that fit your
qualifications. Subscribe to newsletters such Writers Weekly
(http://www.writersweekly.com) and Freelancing for Money
(http://freelancing4money.com). They are invaluable commodities.
Check out the help wanted listings at these sites for valuable
leads to potential employment:

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   Telecommuting Jobs

Finally, if you're really serious and you don't mind paying a few
expenses here and there, I recommend subscribing to
Writersmarket.com. The cost is $3 per month, but you get contact
and submission information for both magazines and publishers. The
added benefit of additional markets and more up-to-date
information is well worth a few extra bucks to the serious sports


Chuck Bednar was a sports columnist with e-sports! and the Canada
Post, and Baseball Editor for About.com. His sportswriting
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Copyright (c) 2002 Chuck Bednar

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                         by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

How Do I Set A Fee?

Q: Recently I was invited by an editor to write music articles
about various topics. He wants me to submit an article a week, or
more if possible. He asked about my fee, and I wanted to get some
advice. I'm a new writer, and I'm not sure what I should charge.
What would be fair for myself as well as for the site owner?
Should I charge by the word, a flat fee per article, or a monthly
fee? What is the standard for a situation like this?

A: Setting a fee is a tricky question. The first point I'd like
to make, however, is to FORGET the fact that you're a "new"
writer. You were invited. That means the editor considers you
professional enough for his needs. We never need to tell people
that we are "new" or in any way consider ourselves "inferior" to
more experienced writers -- it's information no one needs to

How long are these articles supposed to be? How much research
will be involved? I think the first question you should ask
yourself is how much time the project will require. How many
hours do you anticipate spending on each piece? If they are going
to be "short and easy," then you could set a lower fee. If they
are going to be long and complicated, you'll want to set a higher
fee. This will also influence the issue of whether you can do
more than one per week.

Since you already offer a professional writing service, this
suggests to me that you've established some idea of "hourly
rates" that you charge for those services. Multiply the number of
hours per article by that rate, and see what you come up with.
While it's very unlikely that you can actually CHARGE that rate
in this case, it will give you an idea of how many hours this is
taking and what it might be "costing" you if you set your fee too
low. After all, those hours are going to be taken away from
possibly higher-paying projects, and you need to take that into

Next, do you have any idea what this site pays freelancers, if it
uses them on a regular basis? If you do, see where their standard
rate fits into the numbers you've just "crunched."

I would charge a flat rate per article. Then you get paid for
each piece that you actually write. Definitely don't charge per
month -- what if you write four pieces in one month and six in
the next? On an arrangement like this, charging by word is too
awkward; a flat per-article rate is most appropriate. Basically,
this is going to be more or less a column, and a flat rate is
standard for that type of writing.

The final question is still "how much." Unfortunately, with no
idea of what the market will bear, that's just about impossible
to answer. I can tell you that I won't write a column for less
than $50, which seems to be a fairly standard rate for a lot of
web sites. So if this were, say, 1000 words per article or less,
with no more than 2 to 3 hours (TOPS!) involved in each article,
that might be reasonable. If the articles or hours are greater,
you'll want to charge more. But that strikes me as a figure that
most sites won't choke on.

Are these columns going to be "timeless" or more dated (as in
news items)? I would make sure that your contract has a time
limit on how long they have to remain "off" the web. I'd want to
see electronic rights revert to you, or become nonexclusive,
after two or three years. (If the site goes out of business, all
rights should revert to you.) I'm assuming, from the description,
that he is not claiming any print rights.

Before you proceed, be sure that you've negotiated a written
contract that includes all the necessary terms: what rights you
are giving up, what the payment rate will be, WHEN you will be
paid, etc. ALSO, don't turn in more than four articles until
you've actually gotten paid! I've heard too many horror stories
about writers who have written 10 or 20 "columns" before
discovering that they were never going to get any money.


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Pitches and Proposals," "Writing.com: Creative Internet
Strategies to Advance Your Writing Career" (second edition
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Next month writers have a chance to show off their passion for
the pen. Brain child of Delaware author John Riddle, "I Love to
Write Day" will be celebrated for the first time on November 15.
Riddle has even petitioned Congress to pass legislation
officially designating the day.

More than 8,500 schools will hold writing activities and
publishers will donate books to the most creative students. In a
recent poll to pick the "perfect choice" to announce "I Love to
Write Day," Oprah Winfrey won out over David Letterman. However
it's not clear whether she has accepted the nomination.

Writers are encouraged to host a writing program at their
library, school, or bookstore. But if you're a private person,
you can choose from several suggested activities at the web site.
You can help a young person or senior citizen write a letter,
poem, story, or essay. The idea is to share your love of writing
-- and write!

It will be fun to see if "I Love to Write Day" catches on. Happy

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Romancing the Keyboard, by Anne Marble
"Writing Better Dialogue"

Self-Publishing Success, by Brian Jud
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The Fundamentals of Fiction Series, by Marg Gilks

Part III: Critique Groups and Writers' Groups

Part IV: Writers Write!

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Anna Genovese, Acquisitions Editor
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
EMAIL: editor[at]unseenpress.com
URL: http://www.tor.com

We're looking for non-traditional romances: unique and original
dark fantasy/sf, erotic fantasy/sf, paranormal/sf/speculative
romance/"chick lit." Romantic paranormal mystery/suspense is
fine, but not straight romantic mystery/suspense. Romantic
historical fantasy is acceptable, but no straight romantic
historicals. The romance cannot be an afterthought, but neither
can the plot. The romance should comprise 50% or less of the main
story. We are open to more erotic works as well as less graphic
ones; however the sex and romance should be believable and
rational and well-suited to the story. Every story absolutely
must have a paranormal element.

LENGTH: 1-2 page synopsis, the first 3 chapters or 60 pages of
PAYMENT: Advance/royalty contract
RIGHTS: Exclusive rights
SUBMISSIONS: All submissions must be accompanied by a cover
letter detailing publication history and any pertinent details.
No simultaneous submissions, no query letters, no phone pitches,
only one piece of work per email/envelope.
GUIDELINES: http://www.tor.com/torfaq.html (Tor submissions


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

We are currently compiling 3 new story collections:

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

DEADLINE: November 5, 2002

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

DEADLINE: January 5, 2003

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: February 5, 2003

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


Ed McFadden, Editor
PO Box 329, Brightwaters, NY 11718-0329
EMAIL: info[at]dnapublications.com
URL: http://www.dnapublications.com/fantastic/index.htm

A quarterly fantasy and science fiction magazine, each issue is
filled with imaginative stories, poetry, interviews and art, by
professional and small press writers. We feature fantasy and
science fiction in all forms. While elements in the story must be
SF/F oriented, mixing genres is permissible. Stories must be well
written, factually correct, and entertaining. Stories should be
entirely fictional; do not send stories based on actual events.

LENGTH: Fiction: 2K-15K (4K-5K is average); Poetry: 3-20 lines
PAYMENT: Fiction: 1-5 cents per word; Poetry: up to $1 per line
SUBMISSIONS: No email submissions. Do not query. Enclose SASE.
Include name of publication with submission.
GUIDELINES: http://www.dnapublications.com/info/guide.htm


Richard Barfoot, Senior Editor
St Michael's High School, Throne Road, Warley, West Midlands
B65 9LD, UK
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                     Lord Acton Essay Contest

DEADLINE: November 15, 2002
GENRE: Essay
LENGTH: No page requirements or limits

THEME: Dedicated to fostering the integration of religious
principles with morality and economic thinking. The contest
encourages scholarly reflection on the role of religion in
promoting and securing a society of free and responsible persons.
Participants are encouraged to draw on their own research and
academic background to discuss the interrelationships among
religious believers and institutions, the mediating structures of
society, and economic and political systems. Submit a scholarly
paper, op-editorial, article (published or unpublished), or
treatise that expounds on the themes of personal or economic
liberty, theology, and/or their institutions of support.

PRIZE: First Place: $2,000; Second Place: $1,000; Third Place:

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No, by mail only including application form on
web site.

ADDRESS: Lord Acton Essay Contest, The Acton Institute, 161
Ottawa NW, Suite 301, Grand Rapids, MI 49544

EMAIL: awards[at]acton.org
URL: http://www.acton.org/programs/students/essay/


            Ring in the New Year with a Flash! Contest

DEADLINE: November 30, 2002
GENRE: Short fiction
LENGTH: 500 words or less

THEME: In the spirit of the new year, we are sponsoring a fiction
contest for original, unpublished short stories. To be eligible,
at least part of the story must take place at midnight on New
Year's Eve -- any year, any location, any universe. The contest
will open on November 1, 2002. Special consideration will be
given to those stories that are complete, exhibit originality and
incorporate a twist of some kind.

PRIZES: First place: $100; Second place: $75; Third place: $50;
Fourth place: $40; Fifth place: $30; Five honorable mentions: $25

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, include text in body of email. See web
site for submission guidelines.

EMAIL: newyearcontest[at]flashquake.org
URL: http://www.flashquake.org/contest.html

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