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Issue 3:14          12,500 subscribers              July 10, 2003
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                           CONTENTS
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         From the Editor's Desk
         CLASSES! CLASSES! CLASSES!
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Watching Out for Web Scams, by Moira Allen
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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Doing the Math ...
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The other day, I came across the splashy web-promo of a
print-on-demand publisher who shall remain nameless (let's just
call it "publisher X," get it? Hint, hint!). I say "splashy"
because of the big numbers splashed across the page -- numbers
obviously designed to impress would-be authors with their sheer
magnitude. According to the promo, this POD publisher has
produced 9000 titles since 1997, and sold 300,000 copies. It
also declares that the publisher's books are available "through"
25,000 bookstores, as well as online bookstores like Amazon.com
and Barnes and Noble.

These are impressive numbers, right? Maybe -- until one dusts off
one's basic math skills and crunches them a bit. (Perhaps the
publisher assumes that writers just don't "do" numbers.) If this
publisher has produced 9000 titles and sold a combined total of
300,000 books -- that means the AVERAGE sale per title is a
whopping 33 copies. (Whoops, that's a lot smaller number.) Since
this publisher charges a minimum of $500, that means at a
sell-through rate of 33, you'd be paying about $15 per book.

But that's just the average. Let's assume that some of those
books actually do BETTER than 33 copies. Let's make the generous
assumption that as many as 20% of those titles sell 100 copies
apiece. If 1800 books sell 100 copies each, that accounts for
180,000 of those 300K books -- meaning that the remaining 120K
are divided between 7200 titles. Crunching those numbers, we find
that if 20% of the titles sell as many as 100 copies each, the
remaining 80% sell no more than 16 copies each.

And what about those 25,000 bookstores? Notice the choice of
words: "through," not "in." You can buy any book that has an ISBN
"through" a bookstore. But that doesn't mean that the books are
IN bookstores -- they aren't. (For a variety of reasons,
including cost and inability to return the books, most bookstores
won't stock POD titles on their shelves.)

Let me make something clear: I'm not opposed to print-on-demand
publishing. I think it has tremendous possibilities, for the
author who knows what he or she is doing -- an author who has
done the market research and is willing to promote the book once
it is published. What I AM opposed to is misleading statistics --
big numbers designed to make an author believe that subsidy
publishing is a quick and easy path to success.

If you've been tempted by grand promises with big numbers, put
your checkbook away and get out your calculator. If those numbers
sound just a bit too good to be true, they probably are.

Reminder: Hold Those E-mails!
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As I mentioned in the last issue, I'm not really here! (Some of
you may assume that's my normal condition, but we won't go
there.) I'm actually off tromping around Merrye Olde England, and
will give a full report when I get home. I'm completely cut off
from email (aww ...) and won't be able to answer any messages
until I return on the 15th. (Actually, I return on the 14th, but
checking my email is NOT going to be the first item on my agenda
when I land.) If you've sent a message and haven't heard from me,
be patient!

In absentia ...

                 -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

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                  CLASSES! CLASSES! CLASSES!
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Announcing our summer course line-up! All classes begin August 4.
(To enroll via PayPal, please click the link after each class. To
enroll with a check or money order, please download our "check
payment" form at http://www.writing-world.com/classes/check.pdf).

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BREAKING INTO THE MAGAZINE AND PERIODICAL MARKET
Instructor: Moira Allen
Eight Weeks - $100

Have you been trying to market your work to magazines with no
success? Are you just getting started, or trying to change your
freelance field? Find out how to develop marketable topics and
ideas, prepare a query, and outline and develop the article
itself. By the end of the class, you'll have an article "ready to
go" and a selection of markets to approach.

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/magazines.shtml
     Read a lecture excerpt!
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/excerpts/moira.shtml

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COLUMN-WRITING WORKSHOP
Instructor: Mary Emma Allen
Four Weeks - $75

Want to write a column but don't know where to start? Learn from
a writer with more than 30 years' experience. She'll help you
query editors and use columns as a springboard for other
ventures.

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/columns.shtml
     Read a lecture excerpt!
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/excerpts/allen.shtml

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HEROES, HEROINES & VILLAINS: USING ARCHETYPES TO CREATE
DYNAMIC CHARACTERS
Instructor: Tami Cowden
Six Weeks - $80

If you've been struggling to create characters that connect with
your readers, this is the class for you. Cowden will explain the
16 heroic and 16 villainous archetypes, guide you in creation of
dynamic, well-motivated characters, and show you how to convey
their personality to your readers.

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/heroes.shtml
     Read a lecture excerpt!
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/excerpts/cowden.shtml

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FLASH FICTION WORKSHOP
Instructor: Pamelyn Casto
Four Weeks - $80 (textbook required)

These powerful and memorable short-shorts look simple to write --
but appearances are deceiving. This course will be a virtual
workshop where instructor and students interact and work with
each other. After completing this course, you'll be creating
"infinite riches in small rooms".

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/flash.shtml
     Read a lecture excerpt!
http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/casto.shtml

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FREELANCING FOR NEWSPAPERS
Instructor: Sue Fagalde Lick
Eight Weeks - $120

Many freelance opportunities exist in the newspaper field. Local
papers are a great place for new writers to break in and
accumulate clips. Fecause newspapers come out daily or weekly,
they need more articles more often, and publish and pay more
quickly. Participants will develop a list of freelance
opportunities, brainstorm ideas for articles, and pursue an idea
from query to completion.

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/newspapers.shtml
     Read a lecture excerpt!
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/excerpts/lick.shtml

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR PICTURE BOOK SPARKLE!
Instructor: Peggy Tibbetts
Eight Weeks - $120

Whether you have a brilliant idea for a children's story or a
finished manuscript you want to submit, Tibbetts will help you
determine whether your story is strong enough for the picture
book market. Learn how to make your story "sparkle" as you write
your manuscript.

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/children.shtml
     Read a lecture excerpt!
http://www.writing-world.com/children/sparkle.shtml

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PUBLISHING YOUR MEMOIRS
Instructor: Kathleen Walls
Four Weeks - $100

Whether you just want to share your history with your
grandchildren, or whether you feel you have the next "Roots,"
this class will show you how to turn your memoirs into a book.

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/memoirs.shtml
     Read a lecture excerpt!
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/excerpts/walls.shtml

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UNDERSTANDING COPYRIGHT LAW: AN OVERVIEW FOR WRITERS
Instructor: Charles E. Petit, Esq.
Eight Weeks (seven sessions) - $100 (textbook required)

This course covers issues of rights, copyright, fair use,
contracts, collaboration and co-authorship, permissions, wills
and more. Student responses to problems will be posted for
discussion in a protected electronic forum.

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/copyright.shtml
     Read a lecture excerpt!
http://www.writing-world.com/rights/pirates.shtml

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WRITING AND SELLING GREETING CARDS
Instructor: Karen Moore
Six Weeks - $120 (textbook required)

Karen has published over 5000 greeting cards and many licensed
property lines. Learn the basics that will give you the
professional edge in this highly competitive field. Karen will
give you insider tips and help you craft your writing style into
saleable greeting cards.

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/cards.shtml
     Read a lecture excerpt!
http://www.writing-world.com/poetry/moore.shtml

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WRITING AND SELLING MYSTERY SHORT STORIES
Instructor: John Floyd
Seven Weeks - $100

Wondering whodunnit, or how, or why?  Or just "how to do it?" If
the art of the mystery story is a mystery to you, don't miss this
introductory course, offered by a writer who has sold more than
400 short stories.  Perfect for beginners and for established
writers who want to hone their skill.

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/mystery.shtml
     Read a lecture excerpt!
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/excerpts/floyd.shtml

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WRITING AND SELLING SPECULATIVE FICTION SHORT STORIES
Instructor: Paula Fleming
Eight Weeks - $120

We'll be focusing on story structure -- on beginnings, middles,
and ends and how to pull them all together. We'll work on the
challenges of speculative fiction, such as orienting the reader
to strange or magical worlds, developing believable alien
characters, the role of research, writing from alien points of
view, and using fiction to ask questions without clear answers.
Each student receives feedback on at least one story.

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/specfic.shtml
     Read Paula Fleming's "Imagination's Edge" column!
http://www.writing-world.com/sf/edge/current.shtml

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WRITING FOR TRADE PUBLICATIONS
Instructor: Mark Lamendola
Eight Weeks - $120

Freelance opportunities in trade magazines have never been better
-- for the freelancer who uses the correct approach. But trade
magazines are hard to break into! This course shows you how to
get those plum assignments.

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/trade.shtml
     Read a lecture excerpt!
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/excerpts/lamendola.shtml

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WRITING LOCAL HISTORY
Instructor: Patricia Fry
Four Weeks - $60

History writing can be a lucrative and enjoyable pastime.
Patricia Fry guides writers in locating article and book markets,
identifies possible research sources, and teaches techniques of
research, interview and fact-checking. Finally, she instructs the
writer in creating a query letter and ultimately the article or
book.

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/history.shtml
     Read a lecture excerpt!
http://www.writing-world.com/freelance/localhistory.shtml

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WRITING SHORT STORIES: A BEGINNER'S GUIDE
Instructor: Sally Zigmond
Six Weeks - $80

Have you always wanted to try a short story but didn't know how
to start? Are you confused by the jargon, such as viewpoint and
narrative structure? And what the heck do they mean when they
tell you to "show and not tell"? Then sign up for this
user-friendly course. Sally will show you how to develop your
ideas, create memorable characters, and construct a piece of
short fiction.

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/shorts.shtml
     Read a lecture excerpt!
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/excerpts/zigmond.shtml

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WRITING THE HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Instructor: Linda Shertzer
Eight Weeks - $125

There's more to historical romance than heroines in long skirts,
heroes on horseback, and fiery embraces. This course will show
you how to give your plot, characters, dialogue, and narration
the special touches that put the historical romance in its own,
significant genre. Each lesson helps you to discover your own
writing strengths, and how to improve your manuscript.

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/romance.shtml
     Read a lecture excerpt!
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/excerpts/shertzer.shtml

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NOTE: These will the last courses offered in 2003.  Courses will
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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Gemstar is history
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It's for real -- Gemstar has officially ended operations. The
company will continue to sell content through July 16, and
support customers' accounts for three years from then, but that's
about all. Booksellers and publishers are dismayed by the move.
"Gemstar customers are very dedicated ebook readers. Hopefully
they'll migrate to other formats," says Simon & Schuster's Keith
Titan, who says the publisher has been seeing growth in all three
other formats. Titan added that it wasn't the idea of a dedicated
device but Gemstar's execution, which involved a closed
distribution system, that was the issue. "We still think that
with things like the right timing and the right price, a
dedicated device can work."

How They Sell Now is online
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Book Magazine has compiled a list of Top 50 Classic Bestsellers,
drawn from Bookscan data. High school and college bookstore sales
are not included in the tally. "How They Sell Now" is posted
online and appears in the new July/August print issue. The list
excludes titles that had strong movie tie-ins, such as "Lord of
the Rings." The Top 25 range from "The Hobbit," "The Catcher in
the Rye," and "The Red Tent," at 500,000 copies a year or greater,
to "The House on Mango Street," "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," and
"Price and Prejudice," at about 100,000 copies a year. For more
information: http://www.bookmagazine.com/issue29/best.html

BBC launches search for the next literary idol
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This fall the BBC will launch the nationwide talent competition,
"Get Creative." BBC writers and producers will search for hidden
writing talent in theatres and public venues in 12 cities and
towns across Britain. Using Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury
Tales" as inspiration, the BBC drama department hopes to find
new Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish versions of the 600-year
old travelogue. The competition is open to all unpublished
writers, age 16 and over. "We think it is very important for
viewers to see that writers are just ordinary folk and don't sit
around wearing smoking jackets all day," said the BBC's Dorothy
Stiven. For more information: http://www.bbc.couk/getwriting

Changes in the future for ISBNs
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We shall soon be running out of 10-digit International Standard
Book Numbers (ISBNs). ISBNs have been a standard and important
means of designating new publication titles for nearly 35 years,
and the mechanism for linking all stock and supply transactions
in the book industry. The acceleration in the publication of new
titles has come from electronic publishing and print-on-demand
publishing. The Book Industry Commission has recommended
extending the 10-digit ISBN to 13 digits. Existing ISBN codes
would be prefixed with "978" and future 10 digit ISBN codes with
a suffix "979." It is anticipated that such changes would be
implemented in 2007.

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WATCHING OUT FOR WEB SCAMS
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                by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

[Ed. note: Excerpted from "Writing.com: Creative Internet
Strategies to Advance Your Writing Career," Second Edition,
Allworth Press, 2003, available from BarnesandNoble.com. For more
information: http://www.writing-world.com/moira/wc.shtml]

While the Web abounds with opportunities and resources for
writers, it has its share of pitfalls and traps for the unwary as
well. Sadly, many shady individuals and organizations have found
the Web an excellent place to hunt for amateur, inexperienced,
and "desperate to be published" writers. Unscrupulous agents,
subsidy publishers who don't deliver, and book doctors who offer
to make a manuscript "saleable" are just a few of the perils
writers face. Unfortunately, these types of predators actively
hunt for amateur, inexperienced, and "desperate-to-be-published"
writers on the Internet, stalking their prey in newsgroups,
discussion lists, and chat rooms.  Here are some of the more
typical scams facing writers online:

Unscrupulous Agents
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As the Web has become crowded with would-be authors, wannabe
authors, and authors who will do just about anything to "get
published," it has also become crowded with sharks who recognize
those authors as ideal prey. Among those who cruise the
discussion boards and writing lists for potential "clients" are
unscrupulous agents, who make their money by convincing authors
to pay in advance for services that they may never receive.

Granted, not every agent who charges a fee is necessarily running
a scam (although I have yet to meet a professional author who has
anything good to say about fee-charging agents). The problem is,
a fee-charging agent is making money off the wrong person: You. A
reputable agent makes a decision about representing a client
based on whether he or she believes that the client's work can be
sold successfully to a publisher. If the agent feels that the
work can't be sold, or that he or she is simply not the right
agent (or with the right connections) to sell that work, the
agent will say no. In short, a reputable agent won't take on your
work unless fairly sure that he or she can make money by selling
it.

A fee-charging agent doesn't have to worry about that, because he
or she is already making money from you, whether the work sells
or not. While many no doubt do make an attempt to market the work
of their clients (or they wouldn't still be in business at all),
the incentive to select only work that can be marketed is gone.
The agent earns a fee whether you get published or not -- and
since that removes any incentive to be selective about clients,
it means that there is absolutely no guarantee that by signing
with a fee-charging agent, you will have any better chance of
getting published.

That doesn't mean that editors and book doctors are fraudulent.
There are many excellent, reputable editors and book doctors --
and unfortunately the cost of a high-quality manuscript edit is
high. And, sadly, very few publishers are willing to provide the
type of editing service for a manuscript that they once did,
which means that if your manuscript isn't just about perfect "as
is," it may have less chance of getting published. The scam,
however, is when agents and editors work together to bilk a
writer of money with promises of acceptance and publication -- as
with the cases below.

Agents and Book Doctors: Woodside and Edit Ink
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In February 1999, the Woodside Literary Agency of Queens, New
York, was ordered to stop its Internet publishing scheme, provide
restitution to consumers, pay penalties and costs to the state
and post a $100,000 bond to protect consumers in future business
dealings. Here's an excerpt from the official press release of
the Office of the New York State Attorney General:

The Attorney General's office had received complaints from dozens
of consumers, many of whom said they lost as much as $400 in fees
to Woodside. The company lured would-be authors with glowing
evaluations of writing samples, and then imposed steep charges
for further review and processing of manuscripts. Consumers who
paid an initial reading fee of as much as $150 were informed that
their work was "publishable." They were then asked to pay an
additional $250 contract fee. To lend credence to the scam,
Woodside told authors that only five percent of submissions were
accepted by the agency. In reality, the company offered contracts
to anyone who paid the initial reading fee.

The Attorney General's Office investigated Woodside after
receiving complaints from writers who grew tired of the company's
repeated solicitations through literary-related news groups and
bulletin boards. In an effort to test Woodside's literary
standards, a group of writers actually submitted a bogus writing
sample that was filled with nonsensical prose, and grammatical
and spelling errors. Woodside later requested the author's entire
manuscript -- and a fee.

Woodside was also accused of harassing writers who attempted to
warn others of the scam by posting warnings on newsgroups or by
e-mail. In some cases, writers were threatened with legal action
when they tried to spread the word about Woodside. According to
Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, "This is another example of how
scam artists are using the Internet to cheat consumers out of
their hard-earned dollars. Internet users and all consumers must
be on guard against unscrupulous businesses."

Another such unscrupulous firm, and perhaps the most widely
publicized, is EditInk, run by four residents of Buffalo, New
York, and one California man. The participants ran a "fictitious
literary agent and publishing house business" that defrauded
more than 3,600 writers nationwide.  According to the Office of
the New York State Attorney General:

This phony literary service generated approximately $4.75 million
in revenues. Consumers were duped into believing that their
manuscripts showed "great promise and excellent commercial
possibilities" but required professional editing. The
participants then made referrals to Edit Ink, a Cheektowaga firm
which charged hopeful writers up to $2,000 per manuscript. What
was not disclosed to the consumers, however, was the fact that
these fake literary agents were receiving a 15 percent kickback
from Edit Ink for every referral. After resubmitting their edited
writings to the literary agent or publishing house, the victims
were informed that their manuscript had been rejected.

The operators of Edit Ink were fined $2 million in civil
penalties, with additional fines for damages to the victims.
According to Spitzer, "These victims placed their hopes and
dreams in fraudulent literary agents and publishing companies
only to be deceived into paying for an over-priced editing
service, lied to about the qualifications of the editors, misled
about the potential for acceptance by a publishing company, and
ultimately rejected by fictitious literary agents or publishing
houses. It is equally important that we fight to get substantial
refunds for these consumers."

Subsidy Publishing Scams
------------------------
Authors who would "do anything to get published" are especially
vulnerable to the promises of subsidy publishers. While most
professional authors regard subsidy publishers as anathema, most
are not actually "scams" -- they are simply companies that take
your money and deliver a "published" book that is virtually
impossible to sell. Such a book is not considered "published" by
any professional standards; it won't receive reviews, it won't
get into bookstores, it won't qualify as a "publication" credit
applicable to membership in a professional organization (such as
Romance Writers of America or Science Fiction Writers of
America). It's simply a book-shaped hunk of pages that makes
authors feel good. But it's not, technically, a scam.

Unfortunately, a handful of subsidy publishers go a step farther,
and take authors' money without delivering even that "hunk of
pages." One such publisher is Northwest Publishing of Utah,
founded in 1992 by James van Treese. Treese worked through a
network of literary agents, who received kickbacks for referring
their clients to Northwest. The company claimed to be selective
in the manuscripts it chose for publication, but in reality, any
author willing to pay the price could be published.

The scam lay in the fact that the books were never actually
published. While a handful would be printed to send to the author,
the author was told that the rest were "warehoused", when in fact
they were never printed at all. According to charges brought
against Van Treese, much of the authors' money was actually
gambled away in Las Vegas. In 1997, Van Treese and his son were
charged with 22 second-degree counts of communications fraud,
securities fraud, tax evasion and racketeering.

In 1997, Charles and Dorothy Deering launched a subsidy
publishing company called Sovereign Publications, following the
same model. The Deerings also operated a fraudulent literary
agency, which served to direct clients to the publishing house.
Again, authors generally never saw the books that they had paid
thousands of dollars to print.

The most recent entry in the subsidy scam sweepstakes is
Press-TIGE Publishing, run by Martha Ivery, aka Kelly O'Donnell.
As Kelly O'Donnell, Ivery ran several fee-charging literary
agencies, as well as a vanity publishing house. Ivery was noted
for soliciting clients through newsgroups, chat rooms, and
discussion groups. She also obtained mailing lists of writers
through conferences and other sources. According to lawyer
Charles Petit, "Many complaints and extensive documentation
demonstrate that Press-TIGE doesn't print the books that authors
pay for, had no ability to do so, and probably never intended to
do so." Authors with claims against Ivery (e.g., books paid for
but not produced) were encouraged to file with the court. During
the hearing, Ivery admitted to operating yet another vanity
publishing house, New Millennium, in Leeds or Catskill, New York.
According to Petit, "Ivery admitted under oath that she
unilaterally transferred some unfulfilled publishing contracts
from Press-TIGE to New Millennium."

There are circumstances in which subsidy publishing (particularly
electronic or print-on-demand subsidy publishing) can be a viable
way to get one's book into print. It is not, however, considered
a professional or commercial form of publication under any
circumstances, and is generally considered a means of taking
advantage of amateur or desperate authors. At least a reputable
subsidy publisher will deliver the promised book, however!

For more information:

Woodside press release from the Office of the New York State
Attorney General
   http://www.oag.state.ny.us/press/1999/feb/feb17a_99.html

EditInk press release from the Office of the New York State
Attorney General
   http://www.oag.state.ny.us/press/1999/feb/feb22b_99.html

Press-TIGE Publishing Files for Bankruptcy," Charles Petit,
   http://www.authorslawyer.com/l-publishers.shtml

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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), and
"1500 Online Resources for Writers." For details, please visit:
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Copyright (c) 2003 by Moira Allen

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MARKET ROUNDUP
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CITY SLAB
Dave Lindschmidt, Editor
1705 Summit Avenue, Apt. #211, Seattle, WA 98122
EMAIL: submission[at]cityslab.com
URL: http://www.cityslab.com

City Slab ~ Urban Tales of the Grotesque wants to publish and
promote stories that are taut, multi-leveled and well thought
out. There is a uniqueness to life lived in an urban setting.
Show me the grit and the contrast of the homeless masses with
the well-to-do. Tell me a story about humanity's quest for sex or
success or peace or bread. Keep at all times in mind that City
Slab is a horror magazine and as such will lean toward tales with
a definite supernatural element. Horror can be done without it,
however, I see far too many of these. Stay away from the first
person point of view. Omniscient or third person points better
lend themselves to the rich narrative style that will grab and
hold our attention.

LENGTH: 5,000 words or less
PAYMENT: 1-5 cents/word
RIGHTS: First Serial Rights
REPRINTS: Occasionally
SUBMISSIONS: Send text in the body of the email. Use at least 12
pt font and double space. Do not send simultaneous submissions.
Attachments will be deleted. Or send by snail mail with a SASE.
GUIDELINES: http://www.cityslab.com/guidelines.html

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ANTHOLOGY: WHO DIED IN HERE?
Penury Press
PO Box 23058, Richfield, MN 55423
URL: http://www.penurypress.com/_wsn/page4.html

"Who Died In Here?" is an anthology of mystery short stories, to
be published by 12/31/03. The stories must include a crime or
death that takes place in a bathroom (private, public, etc.)
Although the idea of the book, and title, is meant to be
humorous, this should not be considered a joke-type book. The
stories must be well written and of high quality. Both humorous
and serious are encouraged. Examples of authors we like are Carl
Hiaasen, Dorothy Cannell, William Kent Krueger, and Ruth Rendell.
Please, no profanity or slang for typical bodily functions. It
may fit your story but it will become very tiresome very soon due
to the nature of the book.

DEADLINE: August 20, 2003
LENGTH: 500-2,500 words
PAYMENT: $25 and publication
RIGHTS: FNASR
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: By mail only, include SASE
GUIDELINES: http://www.penurypress.com/_wsn/page4.html

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CANTER MAGAZINE
PO Box 720522, San Jose, CA 95172
EMAIL: canter[at]equinepost.com
URL: http://www.cantermagazine.com

[Ed. note: Even though Canter Magazine is on hiatus, this is a
separate bi-annual journal of fiction and poetry.]

Are you an aspiring writer of horse-theme fiction and poetry?
Canter Magazine wants to see your work! We're seeking fiction
writers and poets for our new bi-annual journal of fiction and
poetry. All writers (published and unpublished) are encouraged to
submit their stories and poems. Mainstream/contemporary styles
are preferred, though we will also consider historical pieces.
All submissions must be horse-related.

LENGTH: No word length requirements
PAYMENT: Poetry: $5; Short fiction: $10; Longer fiction (3,500
words or more): $20; B/W art: $10
RIGHTS: FNASR
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: Prefer email submissions, will accept by mail with
SASE.
GUIDELINES: http://www.cantermagazine.com/fiction/

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Please send Market News to: peggyt[at]siltnet.net

"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"
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WRITING CONTESTS
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This section lists contests that charge no entry fees.  Send new
contest information to Jose Aniceto (jeb_aniceto[at]mail2me.com.au).
For more contests, check our online contests section (112 new
contests added this month!)
      http://www.writing-world.com/contests/index.shtml

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       The Somewhere in America Short, Short Story Contest


DEADLINE: July 31, 2003
GENRE: Short fiction
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: 100 words or less

THEME: It's simple to enter! Write a 100-word (and not one word
more) complete story. The story must have a beginning, middle and
an ending. No poetry. Any subject accepted. I know it's a
challenge, but that's what life and good writing are about. See
web site for examples of winning stories.

PRIZES: $50 and publication

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes

EMAIL: sydney[at]somewhereinamerica.net

URL: http://somewhereinamerica.net/page4.html

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            The Shell Economist Prize

DEADLINE: August 22, 2003
GENRE: Essay
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: 1,500-2,000 words, must include a 300-word synopsis

THEME: The Economist and Shell have joined forces once again for
the fourth international writing competition to encourage future
thinking. This year's competition poses the question: Do we need
nature? What are the difficult choices that need to be made in
politics, economics, society and public policy? And who is right?
Those whose actions (or inactions) seek to increase man's control
over nature, or those who seek to reduce man's control? Those who
seek to bypass nature, or those who hope to work with it? Those
who put a higher value on human development, or those who value
the preservation, even the reconstitution of nature?

PRIZES: First prize award: $20,000; Two second prize awards:
$10,000 each; Five third prize awards: $5,000 each

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Use online entry form

URL: http://www.shelleconomistprize.com

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