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Issue 2:23           11,400 subscribers         November 14, 2002

         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Local History: A Lucrative Niche Market
             by Patricia Fry
         The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: Can one use modern words in a historical
             work? by Moira Allen
         JUST FOR FUN: Top Ten Writing-Related Neuroses
             by Jim C. Hines
         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

A Shameless Plug
I was updating my links to The Writer's Market a couple of weeks
ago and made an astounding discovery: For reasons unknown,
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Sorry, We're Closed...
Due to a HUGE backlog of articles, I am closing Writing-World.com
to submissions until next spring.  This means I will not be
accepting articles for either the site or the newsletter.  Yup, I
overbought over the past year, and I have enough articles to keep
the site running until April or May; I'll probably reopen to new
submissions around March.

I will also offer a pay increase when I reopen: Authors will be
paid 5 cents a word (my current rate) for non-HTML'd articles and
6.5 cents for HTML'd articles. (I'll post an HTML format guide
when I reopen.)

For more information on submissions, including what I'm looking
for (and what I really don't need), and for announcements on when
I'm actually open to submissions again, please see our guidelines
at http://www.writing-world.com/admin1/guidelines.html

A New Source of Inspiration
This weekend I discovered a whole new key to creativity: BOREDOM!
I've taken on a project that is worthwhile -- but involves some
deadly dull research time.  The problem is compounded by the fact
that after getting a computer "upgrade" at my local repair shop,
my browser now functions with the approximate speed of slow
molasses.  Flowing UPHILL.  (The computer folks are coming to
take a look on Friday; they don't believe me.)

So, after about three hours of point... click... wait...
download... point... click... wait... download... my brain
rebelled.  FEED ME, SEYMOUR! it cried, and drove me upstairs to
the "writing" computer.  The result:  I actually produced 24
pages of my novel last weekend!  Woo-hoo!

But I have a concern.  I'm writing a romance novel, you see, and
my concern is: My husband LIKES it.  Now, my husband has a
tendency to laugh himself sick at the cover blurbs of most
romance novels I bring home (though, granted, a description of a
knight with "rippling tendons" tends to convulse both of us).  He
also makes dramatic puking noises if I share a tender "romance"
scene.  When he read my chapters, however, he laughed in all the
right places, didn't puke once, and looked around for more.

This could mean that I'm such a great writer that I can make even
a romance enjoyable to "Mr. Logic."  Or, it could mean that I am
so far off the track of what makes a "marketable" romance that
what I've produced is enjoyable to people who consider computer
magazines and military history books "light reading."

I've decided to believe the former.  Meanwhile, anyone know a
good agent who's also a computer nerd/military history fanatic?

                         -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)


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Software puts rare books back in circulation
Turning the Pages is a new technology from the British Library
that presents rare books on a computer screen and allows viewers
to "turn the pages" through a touch screen. The library developed
the software to make available manuscripts that are too valuable
to leave their climate-controlled vaults, and is available for
use by other institutions, though the cost is said to be $1,500
to $2,300 per page. A sample can be viewed at the British
Library's site: www.bl.uk/collections/treasures/news.html

Writers are still passionate about pens
The PaperMate Pendulum Pen Writers' Survey asked more than 400
journalists, authors, poets, designers, and other communications
professionals about their writing habits and attitudes toward
technology. The results found that 97% of respondents admitted it
would not be possible to get their job done efficiently without
ever using a pen. Ninety percent said they use a pen or pencil to
write, either daily or several times a week. Other results: The
number one color for writing is black (58.7%), followed by blue
(38.4%) and other colors (2.9%). Writers prefer ballpoint pens
(53%) versus other styles. In addition to the Internet, cell
phones (39%) and laptops (29%) are the items professionals
appreciate the most. And writers (38%) usually purchase writing
instruments at a price between $2 and $4.99.

Authors not satisfied with big houses
The National Writers Union unveiled the results of a new study at
the National Press Club in Washington on November 8. They asked
80 authors, published by Penguin Putnam, Houghton Mifflin, Random
House, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster, to evaluate their
publishers. The authors responded that they aren't satisfied with
the marketing or editing their books receive. The biggest
complaint was about promotion. Authors felt that publishers did
not live up to the contract terms. Marketing personnel were
inaccessible, and promotions were abandoned too quickly. Authors
are also frustrated by the high turnover rate among editors. One
of the unusual conclusions from the study was that authors felt
publishers should be releasing fewer books, a position that the
NWU said it may soon endorse.

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Experts typically advise fledgling writers to "Write about what
you know" -- your work, hobbies, or interests. Many writers pen
their memoirs and others write about harrowing experiences,
overcoming a challenge, or their views on a particular issue.
Family history is another popular topic for the novice writer.
Rather than simply logging genealogical data, write the story of
your ancestors. Or go a step further and write the history of
your community.

My most profitable writing project to date is a comprehensive
history of my hometown. The first edition of "The Ojai Valley, An
Illustrated History" (Matilija Press, 1983) took five years to
complete. After another intense year of research, I published the
revised edition in 1999. This 358-page volume has sold steadily
for nearly twenty years and will probably continue selling for as
long as it's available. Not only is it popular with newcomers to
our valley and descendants of early pioneers, but tourists also
buy it and carry it back to their own hometowns.

If you're a history buff or if you'd like to document the story
of your community, here's my step-by-step guide to writing your
local history:

Determine the need
Does your community have an interesting history? Has anyone ever
captured it on paper? In my preliminary research, I discovered
that there had been a lot written about the Ojai Valley over the
years, but the material had never been collected and presented
under one cover. There were small pamphlets that touched on local
history, numerous magazine and newspaper articles archived, and a
multitude of individual stories as yet untold.

Figure out who will read the history of your town. Talk to the
librarian, the director of the chamber of commerce, the city
manager, teachers, docents at the museum, and merchants, about
whether they see a need for a written history of your area. Ask
how they see a book like this being used. This will help
determine your slant and focus. Will it be a small book with just
the basic history, a profile of the people who settled and
developed the community, a chronicle of historic events, an
account of historic places, or all of the above?

Who will publish your book?
Before I started this monumental project, I went in search of a
publisher. The local newspaper publisher said he would produce
it. He backed out, however, when I held fast to my convictions to
create this book for the community. He was looking to market to

I wrote the book not knowing how I would get it published.
Ultimately, I decided to self-publish. This was in 1983, before
self-publishing was fashionable, convenient, and relatively
inexpensive. Today you can design and prepare a book yourself and
have copies printed as you need them through a print-on-demand
company. Consider selling ads to display in your book to help
with publishing expenses.

If you prefer that someone else publish your book, submit a
proposal to the daily newspaper publisher, the area or state
historical society, a local philanthropist, or a regional

Research the history
During those five years researching the history of the Ojai
Valley I spent months at the library pouring over early
newspapers. I also researched library and museum records and
collections throughout the county and beyond. I interviewed
historians, old-timers, descendents of pioneers, and people
involved with annual events and historic places. I interviewed
the woman who started the Biblical Gardens at the Presbyterian
Church, the son of an early forest ranger, the original curator
for the local museum, the family of the first stable owner, and
the woman who started the community orchestra.

Through diligent exploration, I also located people and
organizations with old letters, scrapbooks, record books, and
other memorabilia. A local water company had a scrapbook
depicting the building of our most significant dam. A famous
theosophical organization in the community shared their 60-year
old photo album with me. One pioneer descendant had a box full of
old letters.

Talk about your project everywhere you go and you will be given
more leads than you can follow. While some of them will be dead
ends, many will provide you with incredible information. During
the research phase, ask for an interview with your local
newspaper and publicly invite people to contact you with their

Organize your information
The accumulation of material for a project like this can become
overwhelming. It's crucial to your sanity that you figure out a
way to organize it. Here's my method: In the research phase, I
carried a steno pad everywhere I went. While researching
newspapers I'd note a variety of information, dates, names and
events. At home I'd cut up the pages, organize the material
according to subject, and file each topic appropriately. I had
file folders labeled churches, cemeteries, early pioneers, the
business district, schools, and events.

Collect old photographs
If you want to illustrate your book, gather photos and conduct
interviews. Ask about old photos everywhere you go. Gathering
pictures is often as easy as scanning the photo and saving it on
a disk.

Define your chapters
When you've come to the end of the research process, it's time to
start building your book. Establish a logical chapter sequence.
Will you organize your book chronologically or by popular
attractions, events, and sites? Maybe you'll want to introduce
early settlers and tell the history through their stories. Next,
organize the file folders according to your chapter sequence.

Start writing
Take the material from the file folder representing Chapter One,
organize it in appropriate order, and write an outline. Repeat
this process for each chapter. Most likely, you'll find
information and data suited to Chapter Two in the Chapter Eight
file. That's okay. This is your opportunity to make adjustments
and corrections. Your book may take on many forms before it's
organized the way you want it.

Write the book from your outline. I prefer to start at the
beginning, but if your chapters are pretty cut and dried, you
could start with the most important chapter and work from there.
Some people feel more confident writing the easiest chapters

Verify your facts
You'll find that some facts are practically etched in stone,
while others seem to change before your very eyes. Follow the
trail of elusive facts as closely as possible. If you still can't
substantiate something, forget it, or include it with qualifiers
such as, "according to folklore," or "I'm told by several old
timers that ..." or "Old Jake remembers it this way ..."

Market your book
Plan your marketing strategy before you write the book. Fill your
book with the names of early pioneers, the folks you interviewed,
those who loaned you photographs, and the locals you quoted. By
all means note the agencies and organizations that worked with
you on this project. Everyone involved will buy at least one book
and many of them will buy several.

Create and maintain a mailing list of these folks and everyone
else you meet who expresses even a remote interest in your book
project. Add your Christmas card list, class reunion list, and
member list for your organizations. Once the book is published,
send flyers or a personal letter to everyone on your list.

Notify bookstore owners, the buyer for the museum gift shop, and
others when your book will be available so they can alert their

Suggest your book as a premium item for local businesses. A bank
might give away a book to each new customer. Realtors might want
to use your book as a gift for their clients. If you're the
publisher, consider offering quantity discounts.

As soon as your book is published, send press releases to local
newspapers, radio, and TV stations. Follow up with a call
suggesting an interview.

Send a flyer to the school district, library system, and city
hall. My Ojai history book is in every local school library and
there are numerous copies in the county library system. Each Ojai
City Council member has a copy of my book in his drawer in
council chambers.

You don't have to be a historian in order to write a book on
history. All it takes is diligence and persistence, good research
and interview skills, an interest in your community, and a love
of writing.


Patricia Fry is a freelance writer and the author of "A Writer's
Guide to Magazine Articles for Book Promotion and Profit" and
"Over 75 Good Ideas for Marketing Your Book."  Visit her web site
at: http://www.matilijapress.com

Copyright (c) 2002 by Patricia L. Fry


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National Novel Writing Month
This web site encourages authors and would-be authors to take up
the challenge and write a novel in November.

Women on Writing
Reviews, columns, and resources for writers and readers alike.

The Chicken's Guide to Search Engines
A site that will help you validate your web page code, optimize
your page for better search engine rankings, submit your URL and

Visual Thesaurus
A visual representation of the English Language that's a whole
lot more fun than the printed page. Be sure to take the Guided

WriteDirections How-To Articles
A variety of useful articles, with an emphasis on promotion and

A directory of e-mail newsletters.

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                         by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

Can One Use Modern Words In A Historical Work?

Q: I'm writing a historical novel, and my writers' group has
criticized some of the words used in the book. For example, I
referred to a character as a "maverick," and someone pointed out
that this word wouldn't have been known in the period I'm writing
about. Similarly, another character was described as having a
Mohawk, which I suppose might be anachronistic. But shouldn't I
use words that are familiar to today's reader? I couldn't
possibly write the whole novel in the language of the period!

A: I know that one can go way too far out on a limb about whether
or not a word has an "equivalent" in modern speech -- and
obviously we write in modern speech. Some writers use
anachronistic words in medieval settings deliberately, to
excellent effect. It's the accidental use of such words that
looks sloppy and makes one think that the writer is (a) lazy and
(b) hasn't done his or her homework. When a writer IS sloppy,
this usually spills over into other aspects of the story -- it's
not going to be the single occurrence of a Mohawk or a Maverick
that makes us want to throw the book across the room.

My feeling about "what word to use" is to suggest that the writer
do his or her durndest to think about what word the CHARACTER
might have used, or thought of. For example, I once read a novel
in which a Viking stared into a woman's "cocoa-colored eyes."
There is no way a Viking would have had such a thought, because
he would never have heard of cocoa. But I don't feel that the
writer, in this case, should have felt "hindered" by the inability
to use that word -- I mean, c'mon, how many other words for
"brown" are there? A more careful writer might have stepped back
and asked, "what might this woman's eyes have reminded a Viking
of?" Polished wood? Chestnuts? The polished jasper stone in the
hilt of his dagger? It shouldn't take a writer too long to come
up with a more appropriate word, without having to strain his/her
vocabulary or having to run to a bunch of obscure references.

Similarly, I recently critiqued a story in which the writer
compared the sound of an avalanche to that of a locomotive --
yet the story was set in a medieval fantasy universe, where
no one would have heard a locomotive and thus made such a
comparison. This doesn't simply apply to medieval times; would
YOU instantly think of a "locomotive" in this case, as a modern
person? Probably not, because chances are, you don't have a lot
of interaction with trains today, and even if you do, you might
not use that term. "Locomotive" makes me think of the American
West more than the modern day. But again, how much effort would
it take to get past that sticky word, and search for a few
alternatives? Did it sound like the crash of thunder? If the
character was a warrior, might it sound to him like the clash of
armies (complete with the pounding hooves of war horses and the
shock of weapons and armor colliding)?

Some writers have also pointed out that one can certainly use
"modern" words that are, in effect, translations of words that
would have been used in the period. For example, just about any
culture, anywhere, would have a word for "thunder" -- so one's
hypothetical avalanche could sound like thunder no matter where
or when you set it, without being anachronistic.

Your Mohawked lady could be described as having her head shaven,
leaving only a crest of hair like a horse's mane flowing from her
forehead to the nape of her neck. You could even remove "like a
horse's mane" and still convey the impression without similes.

None of these alternatives impoverish the writer by "removing"
possible words from his or her vocabulary.  They enrich the
writer (and the reader's experience) by encouraging that writer
to stretch beyond an easy (and perhaps inappropriate) simile for
an equally easy, but more appropriate, phrase.

Here's an interesting site on "antique words":


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

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JUST FOR FUN: Top Ten Writing-Related Neuroses
                               by Jim C. Hines (jchines[at]sff.net)

10. OMD (Obsessive Mailbox Disorder). The need to check one's
mailbox every 5-10 minutes in search of rejections or
acceptances. A similar phenomenon has been observed with online

9. Manuscript Perfectionism. "Let me help you write that thank
you note to Grandma. First of all, let's make sure it's in
Courier font, 12-point, and double-spaced.  Now put your name and
address in one corner, and the word count in another...

8. E-mail Retentiveness. The need to point out and/or correct
typos, grammar mistakes, punctuation, etc, in e-mail and other
online correspondence.

7. Cinematic Impotence. The inability to enjoy movies, due to
constant analysis of storyline, character development, and plot

6. AADD (Authorial Attention Deficit Disorder). "What was that?
Sorry, I was thinking about a story idea...."

5. Sleep Disorders. When one jolts awake at 2:00 am to write down
an idea. Note: Said ideas have only a 25%-30% chance of coherence
when viewed the next day.

4. Mini-Depression. Usually seen upon receiving another rejection
letter. "But _____ was my best story! What's wrong with these
editors? What's wrong with me? I suck at this! I should just give
it up. I'm the worst writer in the world! Hey, what if I rewrote
it in first person and chopped out the bits with the octopus?
Yeah, that would be perfect!" Often leads to...

3. Manic Episodes. "Get out of the way. I need a
computer/notepad/typewriter NOW! I've got the BEST idea, and I
can't do ANYTHING ELSE until I write this ENTIRE STORY!"

2. Inappropriate Affect. When emotional response doesn't match
the situation. Your cousin got stoned and crashed his Corvette
into a Chinese restaurant? Wow, what a great story starter!

1. A Perverse Love of Rejection. Who else would proudly state, "I
have over 300 rejection letters sitting in the box under my


Jim C. Hines' first novel, "Goldfish Dreams" will be released in
2003. Goldfish Dreams Newsletter provides monthly updates and
information about the novel-publishing process. Visit his web
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Copyright (c) 2002 by Jim C. Hines

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It's time for our Harry Potter fix again! Fans are rejoicing at
this weekend's release of "The Chamber of Secrets."

The young wizard is certainly one of the hottest pop culture
phenomenons of this new century, yet we must also remember that
the series enjoys another dubious distinction, topping the
American Library Association's list of The Most Frequently
Challenged Books for the past two years. Judy Blume, whose books
have frequently been the target of zealous book banners, summed
it up this way: "The real danger is not in the books, but in
laughing off those who would ban them." Bestseller status and box
office success does not protect creative works from being banned.

While JK Rowling's books have been credited with reviving the joy
of reading among children and parents, another less celebrated
benefit is that the controversy over the books' contents has made
kids (and adults) more aware and proactive about the issues
surrounding censorship and book banning. Kid Speak is a new web
site where kids can learn about free speech through a newsletter,
contests, and other activities. I took the "Censorship IQ" test
online and found out I'm well informed but still have more to
learn about censorship in today's world.

For more information:
Kid Speak!

Judy Blume Talks About Censorship

American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression

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accepting submissions for a short story anthology to be published
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your best work whether you're an unpublished or published author.
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LENGTH: No word limit
SUBMISSIONS: By mail only, manuscript format
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EMAIL: bear[at]orlo.org
URL: http://www.orlo.org/bear.html

Published quarterly, the magazine celebrates the big tent theory
of literary arts, including investigative reporting, fiction,
essay, poetry, news, creative opinion, reviews and interviews in
each issue. Unsolicited submissions and query letters are
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See submission guidelines at web site for details.

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                   Mary Roberts Rinehart Awards

DEADLINE: November 30, 2002
GENRE: Fiction, Non-fiction, and Poetry
OPEN TO: Unpublished works
LENGTH: Fiction & non-fiction: up to 30 pages; Poetry: 10 pages
of individual or collected poems

THEME: To help aspiring authors, a number of years ago the family
of the late Mary Roberts Rinehart began awarding small
grants to writers whose work showed particular promise. These
grants were given to honor Ms. Rinehart, a writer of fiction and
nonfiction whose work was popular in the earlier decades of the
1900s. Writers seeking grants must be nominated by someone in the
field -- another writer, an agent, an editor or the like.

PRIZES: $2,000 Award for each category: fiction, non-fiction, and


ADDRESS: Mary Roberts Rinehart Awards, English Department,
MSN 3E4, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444

EMAIL: bgompert[at]gmu.edu
URL: http://www.gmu.edu/departments/writing/rinehart.htm


                     Bicycle Love Contest

DEADLINE: November 30, 2002
GENRE: Essay
LENGTH: 750-2,000 words

THEME: We're looking for stories of passion, devotion, or
obsession -- and some good cycling -- capturing the sublime
nature of rider and bike. We seek inspiring personal tales
showing the many wonders of cycling. Please submit your lively
essay, comic or serious, on the joys of mountain or road riding,
and your unbridled feelings about your bike. Tell us about the
place cycling has in your life. Try to capture all that is good
about it -- the obvious and the ineffable. We also considered
calling this contest "How Bicycling Changed My Life," or "Why I
Love My Bicycle So Damned Much." Feel free to incorporate these
themes into your essay as well.

PRIZE: 1st Prize: $1,000; 2nd Prize: $500; 3rd Place: $250

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, as Word attachment, or in body of email

ADDRESS: Writing Contest, Breakaway Books, PO Box 24,
Halcottsville, NY 12438

EMAIL: BikeLove[at]breakawaybooks.com
URL: http://www.breakawaybooks.com/Bicycle_Love_contest.html


                      Letter Writing Contest

DEADLINE: November 30, 2002
GENRE: Letter
OPEN TO: Letters from daughters to mothers
LENGTH: 1500 words or less

THEME: The Letters From The Heart Project seeks letters about the
challenges in the daughter/mother relationship, its sorrows and
triumphs, its heartfelt expression of truth and lessons learned
about forgiveness. The more detailed you are in your letter, the
more it will make a difference for you. Entry letters can feature
any emotions of the heart, such as understanding, acceptance,
love, resentment, anger, betrayal, sorrow, regret, guilt, joy,
celebration, vulnerability, gratitude, respect, courage, letting
go, freedom, control, fear, estrangement, etc.

PRIZES: Grand Prize: $1,500; 1st Prize: $1,000; 2nd Prize: $750;
3rd Prize: $500; 4th Prize: $300; 5th Prize: $200;
6th-10th Prize: $100

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, use online entry form.

ADDRESS: Letters From The Heart Project Contest, Lisa R. Delman,
20533 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 1240, Aventura, FL 33180

EMAIL: Lisa[at]lettersfromtheheartproject.com
URL: http://www.lettersfromtheheartproject.com/contest.htm

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