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 3:06          12,700 subscribers             March 20, 2003

SPECIAL NOTICE: Please DO NOT REPLY to this e-mail; any messages
sent to the listbox address are deleted.  If you wish to contact
the editor, please e-mail Moira Allen.


         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Top Seven Block Busters, by David Taylor
         The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: What's the average fee for an editor?
             What is the difference between a proofreader and an
             editor? by Moira Allen
         From the Managing Editor's Mind
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World/Prize Drawings
         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.

March 31, contribute $5 or more to Writing-World.com and
receive a copy of "1500 Online Resources for Writers!" See
http://www.writing-world.com/books/1500.html for details, or go
to http://www.amazon.com/paypage/P2UTPRKYGU4AA1 to contribute.


                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

I have a number of things to talk about in this issue, so bear
with me!

1) It's Makeover Time!
Spring may turn a young man's fancy to... well, whatever... but
it turns a webmistress's fancy to redesign!  Yes, it's time for
the annual (more or less) "redesign" of Writing-World.com.  This
time, you won't notice too many "visual" changes -- except for
the pull-down menu at the top of the page that will, I hope,
streamline navigation.  (Even I got lost in the old menu, but if
you liked that better, you'll find a streamlined version at the
bottom of the page.)

The big change is invisible: I've switched to the use of
"server-side includes" (SSIs, also known as virtual headers and
footers) for the elements of the site that are identical from
page to page (e.g., header, footer, ads, etc.).  This means that
I now have to update only one or two pages whenever I make a
change (such as a new ad), rather than 700.

However, this required switching all the files on the site from
".html" to ".shtml".  (Don't ask me why.)  Thus, all the pages on
the site EXCEPT the main index have been renamed with a .shtml
suffix.  I've also merged several directories (and eliminated a
few older files), so some of the file names have changed

So -- if you "deep link" to a page in Writing-World.com OTHER
than the main index, you'll need to change that link to the new
.shtml address.  Same goes for bookmarks.  If you have trouble
finding a page, please check the new site index
(http://www.writing-world.com/admin1/siteindex.shtml), or
e-mail me.

2) It's Tax Time!
I've just posted a revised version of my articles on handling
writing income and expenses.  Formerly three articles (The Taxman
Cometh I & II and Handling Writing Income and Expenses), this is
now one article: "Handling Writing Income and Expenses," at
http://www.writing-world.com/basics/expenses.shtml  Check it out
if you're trying to figure out your taxes!

3) It's Time to Cut the Spam!
As part of my grand redesign, I am also changing the contact
information for Writing-World.com.  Previously, my e-mail
appeared throughout the site, with predictable results: I'm now
receiving 30 to 40 spam e-mails and viruses per day.  So,
regretfully, I have decided to make my e-mail a little less
accessible.  First, I will soon be retiring the old
"Moira Allen" address.  Second, instead of posting an
e-mail link on every page, I have posted a link to a "contact" page
(http://www.writing-world.com/admin1/contact.shtml).  This page
explains how to contact Writing-World.com regarding such issues
as contest listings, submissions, and general writing questions.
You'll also find my new e-mail at the end of this editorial.

4) It's Not Time for a New Newsletter
Only a handful of people expressed interest in a new newsletter
that would provide our web content by e-mail, so I've shelved
this idea for now.  Several people also thought I meant to change
the current newsletter, or start charging for it (don't worry, no
changes are planned!).  This also proved that it would be too
confusing to offer two newsletters, one free and one not.

5) It's Time to Fight Plagiarism
Two authors have had an interesting week battling plagiarism -- a
battle, I'm happy to report, that they're winning.

It began when a writer contacted me to let me know that one of
her articles (originally published on Inkspot and now published
on Writing-World.com) was appearing on a university English
professor's site, apparently under his name.  It was also
included in his downloadable PDF course pack.

Needless to say, the author was upset.  I recommended that she
determine what she wanted to achieve -- removal of the article,
proper attribution, or actual compensation -- and then contact
the professor.  I pointed out that as the "infringed" party (she
owns the copyright), first contact should come from her.

I then visited the site myself, because I've learned that where
one article is stolen, others are likely to be stolen as well.  I
came across a piece that did indeed look familiar, searched on a
phrase from that article in Google, and immediately found the
(unattributed) source: A well-known article that I've linked to
for years.  I contacted the author (whom we'll call "Author #2")
and let her know.

Author #1 wrote an e-mail to the professor's department head.
Author #2 wrote directly to the professor, using one of Charles
Petit's "copyright infringement notification" letters (see
http://www.writing-world.com/rights/pirates.shtml). She got no
response, so she also wrote to the department head, who returned
on Monday from spring break to find two steaming e-mails from two
steamed authors.

That Monday, the professor responded to Author #1, apologizing
for the "accidental" use of her material.  His story was that the
articles had been sent by a student, without attribution, and
that he had "mistakenly" assumed that they were thus in the
"public domain." He acknowledged that he should have made a
greater effort to find the source.  The department head accepted
this story and asked the two authors if they were "satisfied."

They were not.  Though the professor claimed to have been out of
town until Monday (and thus unaware of the e-mails), BOTH
articles were removed from his site on Saturday.  Clearly, he
must have received the e-mail from Author #2 (even though he did
not respond to it).  But even more tellingly, even though he got
an e-mail ONLY from Author #2 (which referenced ONLY that
author's article), he removed BOTH articles.  Since he had not
yet even heard from Author #1, how did he know that both articles
were a problem?

As both authors pointed out to the professor and the department
head, there was no excuse for "assuming" that the articles were
in "public domain," since a quick Google search would have
enabled the professor to find both of them.  Further, even if one
did assume that an article was in the public domain, that does
not justify posting it under one's own byline.  Finally, as the
professor offers instructions to his students on how to quote and
reference sources, he could hardly be considered "ignorant" of
such procedures.  In short, no one (except perhaps the department
head) believes that this was an "accident."

The bottom line is that the material has been removed from the
site, and will be removed from the downloadable course packs.
Author #1 has given permission for the professor to reprint her
material with proper attribution; Author #2 has given permission
for a link, but has said that the material cannot be reprinted
without compensation.  One can only assume that the professor
will get little more than a slap on the wrist from his
department, but hopefully he will have learned that authors are,
indeed, vigilant -- and willing to fight for their rights.

You can find out more about how to discover whether your work is
being posted without your permission in the articles "Protect
Your Writing" (http://www.writing-world.com/rights/protect.shtml)
and "Protecting Your Work from Electronic Pirates"
(http://www.writing-world.com/rights/pirates.shtml).  The easiest
way to check for stolen works is to paste a distinctive phrase
from your material, in quotes, into a search engine like Google.
If you find an infringing page, PRINT IT, so that you have
evidence of the infringement if the page is removed later.
And if you should happen to find an article that you know was
written by someone else, and there is no indication of
attribution or that the article was reprinted with the author's
permission, take a moment to let the original author know!

                 -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

THE WRITER'S HANDBOOK 2003. This definitive career resource for
writers provides essential information, how-to advice, and paying
markets you won't want to miss! Featuring 3,000+ markets that buy
articles & book manuscripts. To order: 800-533-6644 or
1-262-796-8776 http://store.yahoo.net/kalmbachcatalog/61966.html
Creative Journeys Writing Workshops bring women together to honor
their creativity and spiritual nature through writing.  Workshops
in Arizona, Michigan, Oregon Coast, Mexico.  For details, visit
http://www.creativejourneys.net - gail[at]creativejourneys.net
Our team of professional editors -- including a Pulitzer Prize
nominee and an author published by Dell, Warner, Fawcett, etc.
-- specializes in novels written by first-time, novice writers.
See us at http://www.a1editing.com for prices, references, etc.
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."


Scribe & Quill replaces Inscriptions
The weekly e-mail newsletter Inscriptions has ceased publication,
and will be replaced with Editor/Publisher Bev Walton-Porter's
previous publication, Scribe & Quill.  Scribe & Quill is a
monthly e-mail newsletter for writers of all levels of experience
and all genres; each issue will feature articles, interviews,
fiction, poetry, humor, tips and more.  The publication accepts
submissions, currently paying with ad content.  For guidelines
or to subscribe, visit http://www.scribequill.com

Wal-Mart promotes Literacy Day
April 12 is "Words Are Your Wheels" Literacy Day, which will
bring authors, songwriters, screenwriters, and other
personalities into thousands of Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores
to talk about the importance of reading. Information about
literacy organizations will also be available. Wal-Mart's
program to support literacy has donated $6.6 million to literacy
causes, and runs a national toll-free hotline to connect adults
with literacy tutors. According to foundation director Betsy
Reithemeyer, "This multifaceted effort is designed to raise
awareness and lend a hand to those who need help learning how to
read. This initiative will not only shed light on the problem,
but most importantly will offer assistance to those who may feel
too intimidated to ask for help." Participating authors include
Nora Roberts, Mary Higgins Clark, Suze Orman, and Dean Koontz.
For more information, visit http://www.literacyday.com

Books will be Blaenavon's tourist attraction
Imagine a town full of bookstores! In an experiment to see if
tourists can be lured to Blaenavon, a small south Wales town, at
least eight bookshops will open in June. John Rodger, director
of the Blaenavon Project -- which campaigned for the town to
become a world heritage site -- is backing the book project,
saying, "We're trying to take this little down-on-its-luck town
and put it on the map of the world." An old bank building will
become the Blaenavon Book Bank. Cookery, film and theatre,
photography, and children's bookshops are planned. American
bookseller James Hanna and his partner, Richard Booth, are
offering storefronts complete with bookshelves and a stock of
6,000 second-hand books to prospective booksellers for 15,000
or 20,000, depending on the size of the shop. "There's no such
thing as book-buying people," said Hanna. "There are people and
there are books. Put the two together and you get people who will
buy books."

Harry Potter vs Tanya Grotter
JK Rowling has asked the court in Amsterdam to block the first
western printing of "The Magic Double Bass," by Dmitry Yemets,
which her lawyers say steals from "Harry Potter and the
Philosopher's Stone." The company is planning to release 7,000
copies of the book in April, which features a young girl called
Tanya Grotter, an orphan with magical powers and a strange mark
on her face, who must do battle with an evil figure. Diederik
Stols of Allen & Overy, lawyer for Rowling and Warners, said,
"There are three grounds. Copyright infringement, trademark
infringement and unfair competition. It copies storyline, plot
and the characters." Yemets claims his book is a parody of the
Harry Potter phenomenon, a view echoed by the Dutch
publisher/distributor Byblos in a statement: "Tanya Grotter
doesn't harm Harry Potter in any way, rather she is his
burlesque sister. Yemets writes his novels both as a parody to
the English hero Harry Potter and as a cultural response to the
world hype about the mega best-seller." The case will be heard
on March 25.

NorthernLight on the Block?
If your work has been offered for sale through the NorthernLight
database, you may want to look into whether you have a claim
against the company that owns that firm (divine Inc.), which has
filed for bankruptcy.  NorthernLight is a database that has offered
hundreds of articles and other materials for sale even though
authors had never granted electronic rights for such sales.  For
information, see http://www.authorslawyer.com/l-publishers.shtml
(scroll to the bottom of the page for info on NorthernLight).

E-PUBLISHING MADE EASY!  Get your eBook ready for distribution
with the eBook Creator Toolkit.  Use the software provided to put
your eBook together, get it to look the way you want, and get it
ready to go.  http://virginiarounding.com/ectwebpage/index.html
HELP TO YOU, THE SCREENWRITER...from an Industry professional
with vast experience in script analysis, charging reasonable
rates.  Increase your chances for success!  See my website for
details before submitting your script to an agent/producer/studio
or contest. http://www.coverscript.com

                         by David Taylor (info[at]peakwriting.com)

[Ed.'s Note: This is Part 2 of a four-part series that examines
the creative act of writing and offers valuable techniques for
increasing our productivity as writers. The series, excerpted
from David Taylor's new "The Freelance Success Book," also
encourages every writer to take a close look at the details of
their writing process and their motives for writing. Part 2
offers exercises and advice for "busting" writers block.]

If you're a writer, you can bet there'll be times when the words
aren't flowing well or not at all.

You're stuck.

The key is not to panic and, most of all, not to let the negative
tapes start playing in your head ("Oh, I knew this would happen.
I'm just not a good writer. Never have been. Even my kids think
so."). That's usually when "stuck" turns into "block." When
stickiness comes your way -- and it will -- here are some tricks
to get the motor running and the words flowing. Some are hokey,
and some are based on writing habits we should foster for the
long term.

Popularized by one of my heroes, Peter Elbow, freewriting forces
you to set an arbitrary amount of time, start the timer, then
begin writing as quickly as you can without stopping for anything
until the time period is over. The writing can focus on a
specific problem or remain unfocused, its purpose being merely to
generate thought. Regardless, once you set pen to paper or
fingers to keyboard, you cannot stop for ANY reason: not spelling,
not grammar, not embarrassment, not lack of words. If the words
aren't there, you type/write, "OK, words aren't here, I'm trying
to get them back, here they come..." and keep up the flow for the
entire period of time you've set for yourself.

When teaching, I make all students (even graduate students) keep
freewriting journals and turn them in once a week. More than
anything else, the daily exercise helps students over their fear
of writing and puts them in touch with the inner voice that gives
writing its authenticity. Freewriting also helps to clean out the
synaptic junctions that lie between brain and fingers, junctions
that tend to rust over when writing isn't a habit.

Use freewriting to get started on a first draft, to talk through
problems, to record daily observations for use in your work, or
just as a way to let off steam. The key is to write fast, because
then you will write without fear.

Copy and Write
Sometimes I take out a favorite author's work, read a paragraph
or sentence, then try to recreate it on the page. You can get
inside that writer's language and its rhythms when you do. My
juices are sure to start flowing when typing, "I refuse to accept
the end of man. I believe that man will not only endure, he will
prevail, that when that last ding-dong of doom sounds from the
red and resounding shore, there will still be one tiny,
inexhaustible voice crying out in the wilderness ..." (William
Faulkner, Nobel Prize acceptance speech). But be careful that old
drunk isn't perched on your shoulder when you start your own

Reread and Notate
Put your research materials beside your keyboard. Read through
them with your fingers on the keys. As you read, react to the
materials -- explain, speculate, relate, add to, explicate, argue
with, rant. In other words, use writing to explore the materials.
At the end, you'll have a huge mess on screen or on paper. But
some good stuff will have been made concrete, and you'll be
raring to get started.

Write to Someone
Thank goodness for caring, understanding friends, students and
family. There have been times when the best way for me to get
started on something was as a letter to someone. The someone
represented in some fundamental way the actual audience I needed
to address in the piece.

This works because we're so familiar and comfortable with letter
writing, and especially because we have internalized the trick of
matching our materials to the person we're writing to. As a
result, letter writing provides an easy way to get our voice into
our materials with a slant that is right for the audience. The
trick is to know whether to mail it or not.

Write Dialogue
Set up a conversation on your screen between yourself and some
person who's asking you about your topic. Make it someone you
have a strong reaction to. As you answer his or her questions,
you'll discover the reasons you're sitting there and also the
words you need to get started.

Write Invisibly
This will be disorienting at first, but is definitely worth it.
You can't edit and correct what you can't see. Ha, ha. So, make
your computer screen go black by turning down the brightness
control or some other trick. Not using a computer? No problem.
Stick a sheet of carbon paper between two blank pages and write
on the top with an empty ballpoint pen. It's amazing what
cutting yourself off from visual reinforcement will tell you
about how much you have been relying on headwriting and

Write About Writing
When you're totally stuck, you still have this outlet: describe
your feelings about writing. Use writing to vent about your
blockage. Rail against Mrs. Grumpy in the fifth grade who always
criticized your handwriting and made you feel hopeless and
hapless. Write about what you think is blocking you. Write about
how the writing went yesterday. Write about what you hope to
write tomorrow. Pretty soon, you're putting enough words on the
page that the dialogue between it and your head is back on track.
Writing about writing will teach you something about yourself as
a writer, too, and you may want to keep a writing log about
these concerns on a daily basis. Such a "Writing Progress Log,"
when kept over a period of time, can help you pinpoint what
factors cause the writing to go well, poorly, or not at all.

But don't do this:
1. Don't reread stuff you've already published. Doing so
encourages the fearful reaction: "But ... but can I do it again?"
It also allows you to procrastinate and allows you to rely on
previous writing tricks instead of challenging yourself to grow
beyond them.

2. Don't spend time editing what you wrote the day before.
Rereading it to get back into the flow is fine. But remember,
there's a time to write and a time to edit. If it's not time for
the latter (when the draft is done), get your butt in gear and
stop procrastinating.

3. Don't talk to others about what you're writing. Yes, I know a
lot of advice-givers disagree with this one. But here's my
experience, especially with fiction and screenplays: You can talk
the life right out of your story. You can also get opinions and
ideas that will get in the way of your own. And you can also end
up putting more pressure on yourself because now others have
specific expectations of you. There are times to seek input: but
I don't think it's during the gestation stage when you're in the
middle of those first few critical drafts.

Excerpted from "The Freelance Success Book" (2003).


David Taylor served as an executive editor for nine years at
Rodale Press, where he worked on magazines such as Prevention,
Men's Health, Runner's World and Scuba Diving. Prior to Rodale he
was a professor of English and journalism.  Find out more about
his new book, "The Freelance Success Book," at

Copyright (c) 2003 by David Taylor

Where do great writers get those super ideas for their stories -
those wonderful stories we never forget?  Same place YOU can get
great ideas for YOUR unforgettable stories. For details, see OUT
OF YOUR MIND AND INTO PRINT, http://whortleberrypress.com
WEBSITES FOR $99. We will design and host your website for a full
year for only $99.99.  Get your own domain name for only
19.95/year. Most websites set up within 24 hours.  Visit us at
http://www.for99.com or email for99dollars[at]aol.com for details.


The Writer's Pocket Tax Guide
Freshly updated for 2003, this remains one of the best resources
on the web regarding taxes for U.S. writers.  Written by Attorney
Darlene Cypser.

Alex Catalog of Electronic Texts
A collection of public domain documents from American and English
literature and Western philosophy.

Barnes and Noble Newsletters
B&N offers a variety of electronic newsletters in different
genres, covering new releases, articles, excerpts, etc.

Quiet Poly Writers Magazine
Our goal is to inspire more people to write. If you want to
explore your curiosity, this is the place to start.

E-mail Forms/Quickmailer
This site enables you to easily create web "fill-in" forms (such
as surveys, questions, etc.) that are then emailed to you.

A variety of articles on freelance work (not necessarily just

"The Easy Way to Write a Novel". This popular writer's resource
shows you, step by step, how to achieve your dream of writing a
great novel in the shortest possible time. Suitable for any level
of expertise. Free writing courses. http://www.easywaytowrite.com

                   by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

What's The Average Fee For An Editor?

Q: Do you know the average fee for an editor? I have been told
$30 an hour in San Diego from a freelancer.

A: There really is no such thing. It depends partly on the
location (what the "market will bear") and partly on the
experience of the editor. For example, I charge $35 an hour and
I'm generally considered on the "low" end of the rate scale. (So
$30 an hour would actually be pretty good.)

However, if you're trying to have a manuscript edited, I would
recommend not looking for an "hourly" rate (because who knows
what an hour means?). Instead, ask for a per-page rate. For
example, if an editor charges $5 per double-spaced manuscript
page, you'll be able to determine EXACTLY how much a project will
cost up front -- whereas if it's by the hour, you could get stuck
with an unexpected bill, because it's hard to estimate how many
hours a project will take. (Most editors will take their hourly
rate, divide it by pages, and give you a page estimate -- for
example, if an editor can copy-edit 10 pages an hour, and charges
$30 an hour, that would translate to $3 a page.)

Determining whether an editor is "worth it" is another question.
Part of that question depends on what you are looking for. Are
you trying to obtain "content" or "developmental" editing -- help
with the way the book is written -- or simply "copyediting" and
"proofreading" (making sure the grammar, spelling and punctuation
are correct)? Developmental editing, which helps you structure
the book, is usually more expensive and also more difficult.
You'd want to be sure that you're dealing with someone who has
experience in actual writing -- who can say "this is how to make
this chapter more effective," etc. Copy editing is easier, but
I've seen ads from copyeditors who can't even check the spelling
in their own ad!

Generally an editor will offer you a "sample" of his or her work.
That usually means sending a chapter for review. You can then
evaluate the editor's work on that chapter and determine whether
you feel the person is qualified to handle the rest of the job.
Also, ask if the editor has any references -- former satisfied

What Is The Difference Between A Proofreader And An Editor?

Q: Can you tell me the difference between an editor and a
proofreader? How much would they pay to "proofread" or edit

A: An "editor" is generally a person who works with the content
and presentation of a piece. For example, a "content" editor
might help you develop an article or story concept, or help you
determine areas that need more (or less) information or
explanation. An editor will also generally look at stylistic
issues -- is the material presented well, is it easy to read, is
it understandable, does it flow well? An "editor" will often give
you recommendations on how to actually rewrite a section of text
(or may be paid to do that revision themselves).

A "proofreader" generally handles only "corrections" -- typos,
misspellings, and basic grammatical and punctuation errors. Even
if material is badly written, it's not a proofreader's job to
make substantive changes or even stylistic changes. Some
proofreaders ONLY review for typos; it may be up to a "copyeditor"
to look for grammatical errors.

The best approach is to contact two or three editors and get a
range of quotes so that you can estimate what your costs might
be. You'll find several advertising on the site and in the


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) 2003 by Moira Allen

Are you a Freelance Writer?
FreelanceWriters.com is the only global online directory of
freelance writers.  Your writing skills, experience and contact
information can be listed in the database so that clients and
editors will have your information at the touch of a button. Go
to: http://www.freelancewriters.com/writers_faqs.cfm
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

There are several new developments to report on the movement to
eliminate provisions of the USA Patriot Act that threaten library
and bookstore patrons' constitutionally guaranteed right to read
and access information without government intrusion or monitoring.

A new sign has been posted in the Santa Cruz library systems' ten
branches and on their website:

WARNING: Although the Santa Cruz Library makes every effort to
protect your privacy, under the federal USA PATRIOT ACT
(Public Law 107-56), records of the books and other materials you
borrow from this library may be obtained by federal agents. That
federal law prohibits library workers from informing you if
federal agents have obtained records about you. Questions about
policy should be directed to Attorney General John Ashcroft,
Department of Justice, Washington D.C. 20530."

Versions of this sign are appearing in libraries around the
country. Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act allows FBI agents to
obtain a warrant from a secret federal court for library or
bookstore records of anyone connected to an investigation of
international terrorism or spying. Unlike conventional search
warrants, there's no need for agents to show that the target is
suspected of a crime or possesses evidence of a crime. The law
prohibits libraries and bookstores from telling their patrons,
or anyone else, about FBI inquiries.

In a letter to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Assistant Attorney
General Daniel Bryant said Americans who borrow or buy books
surrender their right of privacy. A patron who turns over
information to the library or bookstore "assumes the risk that
the entity may disclose it to another."

On March 6, Congressmen Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Ron Paul (R-TX)
introduced the Freedom to Read Protection Act of 2003, which
would stop the FBI and other agencies from seeking "personally
identifiable information concerning a patron of a bookseller or
library." The government can still subpoena this information but
has to prove its case to a judge beforehand.

Watch this space for future developments.

For more information:

Freedom to Read Protection Act of 2003 (HR 1157 IH)

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

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.


The Basics of a Nonfiction Book Proposal, by Moira Allen

Building PR for your Print-on-Demand Book, by Sue Fagalde Lick

Conducting Interviews (including E-mail Interviews and Surveys),
by Moira Allen (revision)

E-mail Queries and Submissions: How to Keep Editors Happy,
by Moira Allen (revision)

Fighting Writer's Block, Part I, by David Taylor

First Things First: What You Need to Get Started, by Moira Allen

Handling Writing Income and Expenses, by Moira Allen (revision)

Win one of three copies of John Rains' book, Shooting Straight in
the Media / A Firearms Guide for Writers, at

(This drawing is being held open through March because of a
glitch in our drawing system that made it impossible to enter in

your MS.  Critiquing, Line Editing, Submission Assistance.
info[at]writersconsultant.com, http://www.writersconsultant.com


Tina L. Miller, Owner and Editor
Prairie River Publishing, 607 North Cleveland Street, Merrill,
WI 54452
EMAIL: tina[at]writersapprentice.com
URL: http://www.writersapprentice.com

A brand new free magazine for aspiring, new, beginning, and
intermediate writers to premiere in March/April 2003. Our
modified production schedule will include future issues to be
released in September and November 2003, and it will become a
monthly magazine in January 2004. Now accepting nonfiction
articles on any aspect of writing for the beginning or
intermediate writer, interviews with real working writers like
us, interviews with editors on a particular aspect of the writing
business, how-to's, tips and techniques, information, resources,
marketing ideas, and more. Also accepting essays for our back
page, The Writing Life. Will consider column ideas; query with
five sample columns.

LENGTH: Nonfiction: 300-900 words; Essays: 300-600 words
PAYMENT: Nonfiction: $15-$50; Essays: $10-$25
RIGHTS: First rights
SUBMISSIONS: E-mail preferred; include in body of e-mail. Put
"Writer's Apprentice Submission" in subject line.  Snail-mail:
Send submissions in Word or text on disk or CD-ROM.  Responds in
6 to 9 months.
GUIDELINES: http://www.writersapprentice.com/guidelines.htm


Mary Anne Mohanraj, Editor-in-Chief
PO Box 1693, Dubuque, IA 52004-1693
EMAIL: editor[at]strangehorizons.com
URL: http://www.strangehorizons.com

This online magazine's goal is to publish a regular rotation of
nonfiction articles, including: interviews with authors of
speculative fiction; articles on aspects of science (such as
astronomy, ballistics, artificial intelligence) or technology
(historical or futuristic) that would be of interest to readers
and writers of speculative fiction; criticism of books, movies,
games and any other media relating to speculative fiction; and
articles on history and culture that relate to speculative
fiction. Also considering fiction, poetry, reviews, and art.
Please see specific guidelines for each category at the web site.

LENGTH: Nonfiction: 2,000-5,000 words; Fiction: Under 5,000
words preferred; Poetry: Under 100 lines; Reviews: 750-2000 words
PAYMENT: Nonfiction: $40; Fiction: 4 cents/word; Poetry: $20;
Reviews: $20
RIGHTS: Nonexclusive electronic rights for two months;
nonexclusive archival rights requested (but not required)
SUBMISSIONS: E-mail submissions preferred; check website for
submission requirements for each department.
GUIDELINES: http://www.strangehorizons.com (Click on "submit")


Jennifer M. Hollowell, Owner
PO Box 2443 Lewiston, ME 04241-2443
EMAIL: poemwriter[at]midmaine.com
URL: http://www.geocities.com/jmhcreativesolutions

Seeking handwritten letters to be used in a book-in-progress
teaching individuals how to recapture the lost art of letter
writing. Letters will be published in the author's original hand
(unless paraphrased or quoted within the text). These letters are
meant to serve as an example in this "how-to" guide. Please see
guidelines for specific categories. Also seeking essays about
Surviving Your First Year as a mother, father, grandmother,
grandfather, adoptive parent, foster parent, etc. Please see
guidelines for complete list of categories.

DEADLINE: Letters: June 30, 2003; Essays: December 31, 2003
LENGTH: Letters: 1-2 pages; Essays: 1,500-3,000 words
RIGHTS: Author retains all rights; include permission in cover
letter to print and post submission.
SUBMISSIONS: Send letters to "Letter Submissions" at address
above.  Essays: send in body of e-mail (no attachments) or
snail-mail to "Surviving Your First Year Submissions" at address
above.  Include bio with all submissions.
Letters: http://geocities.com/jmhcreativesolutions/index3.html
Essays: http://www.geocities.com/jmhcreativesolutions/index2.html


"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 peggyt[at]siltnet.net


This section lists contests that charge no entry fees.  For more
contest information, check our online contests section - 68 new
contests added in March!


               Iambs & Trochees Poetry Contest

DEADLINE: April 30, 2003
GENRE: Poetry
LENGTH: 42 lines minimum, 100 maximum

THEME: Unpublished, metrical, rhymed, or blank verse. Free verse
will not be considered. Stanzaic poems such as the terza rima and
sonnet sequence must be within the line parameters. Subject
matter open. No syllabic verse (accentual or forms).

PRIZES: 1st Prize: $300; 2nd Prize: $150; 3rd Prize: $50

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No. All submissions must be typewritten on one
side, single spaced, and have the number of lines in the body of
the poem clearly typewritten at the bottom of the last page.
There must be two copies, one with contestant's name, address,
and phone number or email address, the other without any
identification. "Contest" must be written or typed on the left
front of the envelope.

ADDRESS: William F. Carlson, 6801 19th Avenue 5H, Brooklyn,
NY 11204

URL: http://www.iambsandtrochees.com


                New Worlds First Novel Award

DEADLINE: April 30, 2003
GENRE: Children's fiction
OPEN TO: US writers, 18 and over, who have not yet published a
LENGTH: 100-240 pages; submit no more than two mss.

THEME: Hyperion Books for Children and Jump at the Sun announce
the second annual New Worlds First Novel Award (formerly New
Voices, New Worlds). The award is given annually to the winner(s)
of a competition for a work of contemporary or historical fiction
set in the United States that reflects the diverse ethnic and
cultural heritage of our country. Submissions should consist of a
book-length manuscript of contemporary setting or historical
fiction set in the United States that will be suitable for
readers ages 8 to 12.

PRIZE: $1500 and a book contract, covering world rights including
but not limited to hardcover, paperback, ebook and audio book
editions with an advance against royalties of $7500.

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No. Manuscripts must be accompanied by entry
form, available from publisher or online at URL below.

ADDRESS: New Worlds First Novel Award, Hyperion Books for
Children, PO Box 6000, Manhasset, NY 11030-6000

URL: http://disney.go.com/disneybooks/hyperionbooks/rules.html



Creeton, by Boyd London

Crossing Kansas, by Diane Leatherman

The Freelance Success Book, by David Taylor

Learn the Elements of Fiction and Write Your Novel,
    by Sue Carol Nussbaum

Life as a POW, by Diana Saenger

Make Money Writing for Medical Trade and Health Publications,
   by Laura Gater

Rate Your Mate, by Donna Kordela and Anne M. Duquette

Rebecca, a Maryland Farm Girl, by Diane Leatherman

Secrets of a Successful Freelancer, by Nancy Hendrickson

   Find these and more great books at

   Advertise your own book on Writing-World.com:


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

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
BE PUBLISHED IN Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, USA. From the
world's favorite Writing Market Directory. Free access. Worldwide
Freelance Writer - http://www.worldwidefreelance.com/A2.htm
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

Writing World is a publication of Writing-World.com

Editor/Publisher: MOIRA ALLEN (Moira Allen)
Managing Editor: PEGGY TIBBETTS (peggyt[at]siltnet.net)
Web Associate: JOSE ANICETO
Researcher: JUDY GRIGGS

Copyright 2003 Moira Allen
Individual articles copyrighted by their authors.

Back issues archived at

Writing World is hosted by Listbox.com - http://v2.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.
Do not reply to this message to subscribe or unsubscribe! To
subscribe to Writing World, send a blank e-mail to
subscribe-writing-world[at]listbox.com.  To unsubscribe, send a
blank e-mail to unsubscribe-writing-world[at]listbox.com.

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