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Issue 3:09          12,500 subscribers               May 1, 2003
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                           CONTENTS
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         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: The Buddy System, by Carol Sjostrom Miller
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: Getting Your Rights Back, by Moira Allen
         JUST FOR FUN: Recipe for Getting Published
            by Mridu Khullar
         From the Managing Editor's Mind
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World/Prize Drawings
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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And the Winner Is...
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Now that I've had my new web-tracking program running for a few
weeks, I decided it was time to look at the statistics for
Writing-World.com's various sections, columns and pages -- and
see what readers like and what they don't!  Some of the results
surprised me -- and some didn't.

Needless to say, the most-visited page on the site is the main
index, logging in nearly 12,000 hits in a two-week period.  The
most popular SECTION of the site, however, is the contests
section, which received more than 4200 hits in two weeks --
nearly four times the number of the next most-popular section,
which was "Basics."  Except for the contest section and the main
index, the most popular single PAGE was "Writers Wanted" --
again, not a huge surprise!

Looking at the overall popularity of different sections of the
site (other than contests), I found the following ranking:
Basics, Freelance, Children's, Science Fiction, Publishing,
Links, Poetry, Fiction, Romance, Rights, Mystery, Self-
publishing, Tech Writing, Screenwriting, International, and
Promotion.  The low ranking of the "promotion" section did
surprise me -- I would have thought more Writing-World.com
readers would be looking for ways to promote their books.

The most popular columns, not surprisingly, corresponded to the
most popular sections -- but after that, there seemed to be less
correlation.  The most popular column (based on hits to the most
recent edition) is Peggy Tibbetts' "Advice from a Caterpillar,"
followed by "Imagination's Edge" (sf/fantasy, by Paula Fleming),
"Murder Ink" (by Stephen Rogers), "Self-Publishing Success" (by
Brian Jud), "The Screening Room" (by Laura Brennan), "Romancing
the Keyboard" (by Anne Marble), "Ask an Agent" (by Natalie
Collins), and "Press Kit" (by Debbie Ridpath Ohi).  (Press Kit,
by the way, is on temporary hiatus due to health issues.)

The hit rates for individual articles ranged from a whopping 597
for Mary Cook's article "Finding Your Characters"
(http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/cook.shtml) to a low of
around 11 (almost every article had at least 10 hits during the
two-week period).  "New articles" -- i.e., articles that were
most recently announced in the newsletter or on the main index
page -- consistently had the highest hits, though some older
features had remarkably high rates as well.  Some of the most
popular older articles were Hasmita Chander's "13 Tips on How to
Tech-talk to Non-techies"
(http://www.writing-world.com/tech/techtalk.shtml), my own "How
to Write a Successful Query
(http://www.writing-world.com/basics/query.shtml), and Shery Ma
Belle Arrieta's "Breaking into the Greeting Card Market"
(http://www.writing-world.com/poetry/arrieta.shtml).  A perennial
favorite is Conrad Geller's "Poetic Forms: The Villanelle"
(http://www.writing-world.com/poetry/villanelle.shtml) -- this
must be one of the only articles on villanelles online, because
"villanelle" has always been one of the most popular search terms
bringing people to Writing-World.com.

So what does it all mean?  For the future of Writing-World.com,
it means very little!  Since even the lowest-ranked articles are
still attracting at least 200-300 visitors per year, if not more,
the statistics are hardly a call to purge "deadwood" from the
site. The message of the stats is: Don't Mess with Success!

Not Unrelated: Call for Submissions
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Columnist Stephen Rogers is just about carrying our mystery
section by himself -- so I'm looking for more articles on how
to write mysteries!  I want features on any and all types of
mystery writing -- from cozies to police procedurals and
anything in between.  Articles may apply to writing short
stories, novels, "handheld" mysteries, even non-print media.
However, to sell me an article on writing the mystery, you'll
have to show me that YOU'VE sold a mystery or two!  Please
query with your credentials to Moira Allen.

                  -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Beijing Book Fair postponed
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The 10th Beijing Book Fair, scheduled to run in May, has been
postponed until September 17-21, 2003, because of the outbreak of
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in the city. The event,
which has drawn increasing numbers of international publishers to
China in recent years, was expected to attract the biggest
showing of European publishers ever. A collective stand hosted by
the UK Publishers Association had signed up about 20 UK
companies, and most of the large UK-based academic and
professional publishers had planned substantial presences. A
simultaneous conference on the Chinese journals market,
co-organized by the PA, is almost certain to be postponed.

ALA Toronto conference update
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On April 29, the Executive Board of the American Library
Association (ALA) met in executive session to discuss issues
relating to the joint Annual Conference with the Canadian Library
Association to be held in Toronto in mid June. Even though the
World Health Organization (WHO) has lifted the travel advisory,
the ALA is taking the occurrence of severe acute respiratory
syndrome (SARS) in Toronto very seriously, and the Board has
determined that it needs more time to review information and
conclude its deliberations. Further discussion is scheduled for
May 2. Information on the 2003 Annual Conference will be posted
on the ALA home page as soon as a decision is reached.

Harry Potter back on shelves in Arkansas library
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On April 22, a federal judge ordered that the Cedarville School
District in Arkansas return Harry Potter books to the school
library shelves. Cedarville library committee member Billy Ray
Counts and his wife, Mary Nell Counts had sued the Cedarville
School District over its decision to ban the display of Harry
Potter books in the school district's libraries and require
students to have written permission from their parents to read
them. The parents sued on behalf of their daughter, a fourth
grader, claiming she would be stigmatized by her peers for
reading a book the school had deemed "evil." In early March,
ABFFE, ABC, the Association of American Publishers, PEN American
Center, writer Judy Blume, and 10 other organizations filed an
18-page amici curae brief in support of the lawsuit. The victory
marks the first successful legal challenge to attempts made to
censor Harry Potter books.

Matsushita eyes ebook business
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Matsushita Electric Industrial Co plans to enter the electronic
book business this fall with a special handheld reader it has
developed. The 500-gram handheld reader with a liquid crystal
display is roughly the same size as Japanese comic books and
opens like a print book. Resolution will be on a par with that of
high-definition televisions.

National Geographic wants right to archive
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The National Geographic Society (NGS) plans to appeal a jury
verdict in a landmark case pitting the magazine publisher against
freelance photographer Jerry Greenberg, who claimed his work was
improperly included in a CD-ROM. In 1997, Greenberg filed suit
against the NGS for releasing The Complete National Geographic on
CD-ROM without giving him additional compensation. In late March,
a jury in Miami ruled that National Geographic failed to properly
compensate Greenberg for his photos. The dispute centered on the
question of whether archiving work on microfilm and microfiche is
different from releasing it on CD-ROM. In appealing the case, the
magazine wants courts to recognize new technology. NGS attorneys
argue Supreme Court justices have ruled that converting articles
from print to microfilm or microfiche without a freelancer's
permission is OK. But Greenberg's lawyers successfully argued to
a jury that the CD-ROM created a new product -- an anthology of
the magazine. He was awarded $400,000 for his 64 photos, and
National Geographic pulled the product off the shelves. NGS
spokesperson Mary Jeanne Jacobsen said they will continue to
fight for the right to use Greenberg's photographs on CD-ROM,
based on the claim of ownership of collective copyrights -- or
put more simply -- they "own everything inside the yellow
border."

Free Comic Book Day
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On May 3, go into any participating comic book store near you and
receive a free comic book. Publishers of all genres will be
represented, from humor to edgy hip stuff. Go to the web site and
type in your zip code to find a list of retailers and titles
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THE BUDDY SYSTEM
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                 by Carol Sjostrom Miller (miller_carol[at]usa.net)

In the past six months, I have written more, submitted more, and
sold more than I have in any other six month period since I
started writing. Why have I been so much more productive?

For the past six months, I have had a writing buddy.

My buddy and I exchange weekly and monthly goals, critique each
other's work, share market information, celebrate acceptances,
cry over rejections, and give each other the support and
encouragement every writer needs. Since I'm accountable to her
for my goals, I achieve them. Since we exchange pieces for
critique every Monday, I always have something ready. When my
mailbox is stuffed with rejections and I want to give up writing,
my buddy gets me through it. Even though we've never met -- we
live about 300 miles apart -- my buddy is one of the most
important people in my life.

And I'm not alone. Many writers have discovered the benefits of
having a writing buddy. Here's what you need to know to make this
kind of relationship work for you.

What Are You Looking For?
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The first step is to decide what you are looking for in a writing
buddy. According to nonfiction writer and essayist Lisa Sanders
of Virginia, you should find a buddy who shares similar writing
interests. "Those working on a romance novel should team with
another romance writer," she advises. "They understand the
specifics of their genre, and have experience and ideas that a
nonfiction writer may not have."  Likewise, a poet should team
with another poet, and a technical writer with another technical
writer.

Trust and honesty are also important traits in a writing partner.
You want a buddy who will give you honest feedback, not someone
who is afraid to say that a piece you wrote isn't working. "You
need to be able to trust that your buddy will tell you where you
need help, and honestly work with you to help improve your
writing," says Sanders.

Make sure you look for someone who will be flexible when you need
it. When I was on a tight deadline recently, my buddy reviewed
three drafts of the same article in two days. You should also
find a buddy who is prompt. If you have agreed to return
critiqued pieces on Sundays, you don't want to be waiting to
receive yours every Monday night.

Finally, look for a partner who has a good knowledge of writing,
and who will critique your work, not just proofread it. Yes, you
want your buddy to point out your misplaced commas and redundant
words, but you also need to know if your story doesn't hold
together all the way through, or if your article doesn't deliver
everything you promised in your query. A buddy who can see the
"big picture" and offer constructive criticism will help you
build up your strengths and identify your weaknesses.

Find Your Buddy
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Now that you know what to look for in a buddy, where can you find
one? Anywhere! If you belong to a local writing group or an
online list for writers, you have lots of prospective buddies.
Check to see if your group has an established buddy program that
will match you with a compatible partner. Winter Topaz, a fiction
writer from Texas, signed up for a buddy when she joined an
800-member online support group for writers. She completed a
questionnaire detailing her writing interests, publication
history, goals, and challenges. Soon she was assigned a partner
and she is thrilled with the results. "Even though I got matched
to a complete stranger, I couldn't have gotten a better buddy,"
she says. If your group doesn't already have a program, find
another member who you think meets your criteria for a buddy and
ask if she's interested in being your partner.

Talk to the person sitting next to you at a writing class or
conference; he may be the perfect writing buddy. Or you may meet
her while browsing the writing section of the bookstore or
library.

And don't just look for a buddy in writing-related areas.
Remember that writers are everywhere. Jacque Davis of Illinois,
met her buddy while both were training for a marathon. The two
became fast friends before discovering that they both loved to
write. When the marathon was over, the running buddies became
writing buddies.

Test for Compatibility
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After you've found a good prospect, exchange clips or writing
samples. Do you think you would enjoy reading and critiquing this
person's work, week after week? Does he feel the same? Discuss
your writing goals. Your partnership will be more successful if
they are similar. Talk about the biggest problems each of you
face with your writing. Will you be able to support your buddy
through her fear of rejection? Can he offer suggestions when you
have trouble making time to write?

See if you and your prospective buddy have something else in
common, in addition to writing. If you have small children, for
example, another parent will understand when you can't meet your
goals because someone came down with an ear infection, and may
also be able to pass along tips on how to write with the kids
around.

Most importantly, listen to your gut. Your buddy must be someone
you like, someone whose opinion you respect, and someone you feel
comfortable sharing your writing with.

Make a Plan
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Once you've chosen or been matched up with your partner, it's
time to decide how your buddy system will work. How often, and by
what means, will you communicate? Will you exchange goals? If so,
will you do it weekly? Monthly? Quarterly? Will you critique each
other's work? How often? In person, by mail, or by email?

Every writing buddy relationship is different.  Some buddies
email each other several times a day. Others talk on the phone
two or three times a week. And still others have weekly
face-to-face meetings. There is no right or wrong way to do
things. What's most important is finding a system that works well
for the two of you.

My buddy and I live several states apart, so we exchange our
goals and work via email. I send her a draft of a query letter,
article, or essay, and she emails it back to me with her comments
and suggestions. While she critiques my work, I go over hers. We
also chat online several times each week to discuss our goals,
writing projects, acceptances, and rejections.

An online buddy system works well for us, but other writers
prefer a local partner with whom they can get together. Jacque
Davis and her buddy, for example, meet once a week over lunch to
exchange and return critique pieces, go over their goals, read
their work aloud, and encourage each other. "It has made writing
fun for me again," she says.

Figure out and agree to a schedule. Keep it simple. Deciding to
exchange weekly goals and pieces to be critiqued every Monday,
return critiques every Friday, and discuss your progress in
meeting your goals every Saturday, will get your buddy system off
to a good start.

Reap the Benefits
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It may take a bit of work to get a writing buddy relationship up
and running, but the benefits are definitely worth it. You can
increase your motivation and productivity. Once you have a
writing buddy, you are accountable for your goals and your work.
For many writers, this provides the jump start they need, and
they find that, working with a buddy, they get much more writing
done. Hilary Evans of Fort Dodge, Iowa says, "There's a little
voice in my head that says, 'I have to finish this today! [My
buddy] needs something to critique tomorrow!' "

When you're ready to submit your article, story, or poem, your
buddy can be an invaluable resource. Since Sanders and her buddy
share a similar writing style and interest, they are able to
share marketing information, as well. They exchange writer's
guidelines and often suggest potential markets for each other's
work. "My buddy recently had a piece accepted by an anthology
series. She immediately contacted me to suggest that I submit one
of my stories," Sanders says. "I did, and now our stories will be
in the book together!" Your buddy may be familiar with
publications you are not and help you find new venues for your
writing.

If you've ever felt as though you're the only one struggling to
find ideas, deal with rejection, and squeeze time to write into a
busy life, the companionship and support of a partner can work
wonders. The greatest benefit of having a buddy may be knowing
that someone else is going through the same things you are, and
that you have someone who will support and encourage you through
the bad times and celebrate with you during the good times. Your
buddy understands in a way that family and friends often don't.

"I don't think anyone else in the world understands how I can
spend all day staring at a blank piece of paper and feel like
I've accomplished something," says Evans.

"At first I was afraid that I would see my partner as
competition," says Sanders, "but it turned into camaraderie
instead. We are truly a team." Once you have a writing buddy --
and see the improvements in your writing -- you'll wonder how you
ever got along without one.

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Carol Sjostrom Miller's work has appeared in an array of
publications, including The Christian Science Monitor, Pregnancy,
Skirt!, WritersDigest.com, The Writing Parent, Writer's Weekly,
Inscriptions, and Chocolate for a Teen's Spirit.

Copyright (c) 2003 by Carol Sjostrom Miller

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THE WRITE SITES
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My Favorite Book Shop
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RoseEtta Stone's new bookshop featuring children's books; books
of yesteryear, today, and tomorrow; books for reluctant readers;
and banned, censored, challenged, and burned books.
    http://www.MyFavoriteBookShop.com

NewsTrove.com
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Links to world newspapers, current and "hot" topics, and more --
great for finding news items.
    http://www.newstrove.com

Peter's Place of Freelance Journalism
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A wealth of links for writers -- including radio and television
links, magazines, guidelines, etc. -- and also a major
genealogy resource.
    http://freepages.misc.rootsweb.com/~petersplace/index.htm

Judy Cullins, Bookcoaching
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An extensive list of free articles on book development and
promotion; lots of tips for self-published authors.
    http://www.bookcoaching.com/freearticles.shtml

AllFreelanceWork.com
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A variety of articles on freelance work -- not necessarily just
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Books&Authors.net
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THE WRITING DESK
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                   by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

Getting Your Rights Back
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Q: I received a contract from a national publication that is
asking to buy all rights forever more to an article I submitted
to them. I'm grateful for the clip and $$ (though I still don't
know how much they're going to pay me for it), but I'm also
attached to the article and would like to try to resell it later,
or at least use it on my own web site. My question is, Is it bad
form to ask for a clause in the contract that establishes a
reversal of rights to me after a certain period of time, or at
least in the event that the publication goes under?

A: The first question I'd ask of them is how much they are
paying! Until you know how much you're going to get for the
piece, you don't even know if it's going to be worth parting with
all rights.

Rather than ask for a reversal of rights, I would ask for a
clause specifying that after a certain date (e.g., six months
after publication), you be granted the right to market reprints
of the article to noncompeting publications.  While many
magazines will hang onto "all rights," many will still "give
back" to the author the right to sell reprints of a piece.  IMHO,
this pretty much solves the problem, as this is usually all we
want.

You'll find some additional discussion of "all rights" contracts
at: http://www.writing-world.com/rights/allrights.shtml

     >>-----------------------------------------------------<<

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:
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Copyright (c) 2003 by Moira Allen

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JUST FOR FUN: Recipe for Getting Published
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                     by Mridu Khullar (mridu[at]writerscrossing.com)

Procrastinating
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When you finally decide to put in writing the fabulous idea that
just struck, you enter the first phase of the writing process.
"I'll start tomorrow", "I'm just not inspired yet", "It takes
some research", and "I just don't have the time" are some of the
phrases that will form a part of your vocabulary. When you've
incorporated them into your daily lifestyle and they become
second nature to you, you're ready to enter the second phase.

The Blank Screen
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You sit in front of your computer, usually without a clue to what
you're supposed to be doing. You stare at the blank screen
constantly without blinking. You may take short coffee breaks, or
a walk, but you still manage to make it back to where you
started. You see the cursor blinking in front of you, and
desperately try to put into words, the thoughts inside your head.
Type a few lines of crap, then erase. Repeat this process a
number of times, and proceed.

Feeling Guilty
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You begin to wonder what kind of a writer you are. Your love for
writing suddenly disappears and you make futile efforts to
convince yourself that this was what you were meant to do. You
know you're in this phase when you start considering other job
options. When you finally decide to quit writing, the next phase
begins.

Getting Over It
---------------
You inform your family and friends, that you'll be writing no
more, and they do everything in their power to convince you
otherwise. Sooner or later, you give in to the pressure and
decide to write again. The time taken in this step can vary
according to the intensity of your denial and the inability to
land another job.

Writing
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In this stage, you finally manage to prepare the first draft of
whatever it is you're writing. This may take several days, and in
some cases, several years. But after this stage, you'll be back
on track and the fears and anxieties of the earlier steps will
slowly die out. Pat yourself on the back (if you can) or get
somebody else to do it for you.

Editing and Rewriting
---------------------
Read and reread your work so many times that you're totally sick
of it, all the while correcting mistakes, improving the style and
adding important things that you might have forgotten in the
first draft. Cut out all the unimportant stuff and stick to the
specified word limit, if applicable. Basically, this stage
consists of read, read, read and cut, cut, cut. Now you're almost
at the completion stage. But before you start flying again, you
might want to come back to earth and complete the remaining
steps.

Showing Off
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You show your manuscript or article to your friends, family and
neighbors asking for opinions on it. You're not likely to take
their suggestions, but it might do you some good to listen. Try
not to think about the check you'll be getting while they ramble
on about how you could have done it better. Some of you may want
to hire professional help for editing of your manuscripts. In
such a case, the opinions from friends and family don't count.

Submission
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Convinced that you've got a winner, you approach the editors of
magazines/web sites or publishers you're planning to submit to.
Arm yourself with a good query letter and it should convince them
enough to ask you to send in your work.

Caution: Editors have an uncanny habit of throwing things out the
window. So, read the submission guidelines before making any
moves!

Desperately Waiting
-------------------
A long process, but can vary depending on the cruelty of the
editor. This phase could last from as little as a week, to more
than a few months. Try to stay patient, and don't lose your cool.
DO NOT send inquiries about your submitted work (at least for the
first few weeks).

Rejection
---------
If you're new to writing, this is a definite step. This stage
will almost always be have to be dealt with. If you're lucky
enough to get accepted right away, you may skip the next step.
This stage could lead to excessive drinking and spells of
depression.

Repeat
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Repeat the submission and waiting steps as per requirement.

Acceptance Letter
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You should be flinging your arms in the air and screaming at the
top of your voice. Try not to scare the neighbors though. This
stage is marked by a temporary spell of insanity. Warn your
relatives in advance as it could lead to complications later.

Getting Published
-----------------
When you're article is published and you're carrying your work
all over the place to tell people about it, you can be sure
you've reached the final stage. Now just sit back and enjoy!

     >>-----------------------------------------------------<<

Currently freelancing from her home in India, Mridu Khullar is
the editor of Writers Crossing (http://www.writerscrossing.com)
and the publisher of two monthly online newsletters. Articles
have been published in Rainy Day Corner Publishing, Write Success
and Writing Etc.

Copyright (c) 2003 by Mridu Khullar

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Writers, by nature, love books and history. Who among us didn't
feel a sickening sense of loss at the news of the destruction and
looting of the Iraqi National Library? The answer to the
question, "Who did this?" still demands an answer. The answer to
the question, "How do we fix this?" offers a spark of hope.

The American Library Association has teamed up with 16 other
national organizations to form the Heritage Emergency National
Task Force. At the group's initial meeting on April 16, they
decided the most important first step is to make contact with
library, museum, and cultural heritage professionals in Iraq to
determine their most pressing needs. Once Iraqi contacts are
established, the task force will coordinate with the
International Federation of Library Services (IFLA) and UNESCO to
begin the gargantuan task of rebuilding and restoring Iraqi
libraries and cultural institutions.

Without a doubt, most of the manuscripts, books, and archives are
priceless and irreplaceable. But with the help of librarians and
scholars from around the world, perhaps a portion of Islamic
history will survive.

For more information: http://www.ala.org

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

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                  Cave Canem Poetry Prize

DEADLINE: May 15, 2003
GENRE: Poetry
OPEN TO: African American poets who have not had a book
professionally published. Authors of chapbooks and self-published
works are eligible, but the manuscript submitted should not have
been published as a whole in any form.

LENGTH: 50-75 pages

THEME: Established in 1999, the Cave Canem Poetry Prize supports
the work of African American poets with excellent manuscripts who
have not yet found a publisher for their first book. Please see
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PRIZES: $500 and publication of manuscript by a national press,
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ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No

ADDRESS: Poetry Prize, Cave Canem Foundation Inc., PO Box 4286,
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          Jerry Jazz Musician New Short Fiction Contest

DEADLINE: May 15, 2003
GENRE: Fiction
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: 1,000-5,000 words

THEME: Three times a year, Jerry Jazz Musician awards a writer
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PRIZE: $200

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, in Word or Acrobat; or by mail with SASE.

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DEADLINE: May 20, 2003
GENRE: Humor
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LENGTH: One page

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other rights remain with author. Simultaneous submissions okay.
Original works only. No clippings or forwards. No smut.

PRIZES: $100

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No

ADDRESS: The Funny Paper Cartoon Contest, PO Box 10135, Kansas
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