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Issue 3:16          12,500 subscribers             August 7, 2003

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         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Promote Your Book Through Magazine and Ezine
            Articles, by Patricia Fry
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: Should I write from the heart or write for
            the market? by Moira Allen
         JUST FOR FUN: Top Ten Things Writers Don't Want to Hear
            by Jim C. Hines
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

Trip Report Online!
I've discovered that "playing" with digital photos is an
addictive behavior.  First, there was the task of sorting through
the 900 photos that I took in England.  Needless to say, not all
900 were worth sharing -- or even saving.  Even so, I managed to
come up with 40 "montage" pages for my personal album.  (Don't
worry, I'm keeping those at home.)  And then there were the 200+
stained glass photos...

I've sorted out what I consider the cream of the crop for my
online trip report -- including a brief "stained glass gallery".
You'll find it all here:

Report: http://www.writing-world.com/england/report.html
Photos: http://www.writing-world.com/england/photos.html
Stained Glass Gallery:

The photos should give you an idea that we did, indeed, have a
wonderful time.  Traveling in England has changed a bit since my
first visit in 1979 (or our second visit in 1991).  Now,
thankfully, it's hard to find a hotel room that DOESN'T have an
"en suite" bathroom.  And they're real bathrooms, not the
makeshift, retrofitted units we encountered in London in 1991.
Better yet, Britain seems to have adopted "real" toilet paper --
anyone who has traveled there a decade ago will probably remember
the stuff one used to encounter, which made Sears Catalog pages
look soft.  They haven't gone so far as to include wash cloths
with the towels, however; fortunately, I thought to pack my own.

The weather tended toward "warm and muggy" -- made us Virginians
feel right at home!  We even got a few sunny days, which I gather
is the exception rather than the rule.  (Happily, our day at Bath
Abbey was one of those sunny days, which was a great help to my
stained glass pictures.)

So far, I haven't been able to convince my hubby to move to
England -- he has this funny thing about wanting to keep his job,
so that we can pay the rent and keep food on the table and all
that sort of mundane stuff.  And since everything in England is
quite a bit more expensive than here, he seems to have peculiar
doubts as to my ability to "cover" it all on a writer's income.
But he is listening to suggestions of spending an entire summer
there, if he can persuade his company to let him work "remotely"
for a couple of months.  We'll see!

Enjoy the pix!

                 -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

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Library's strategy thwarts Patriot Act searches
The Patriot Act has prompted libraries across the country to
examine their record-keeping habits. The Boulder Public Library
has stopped keeping long term records of what books patrons have
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New overtime rules may exempt journalists
A new proposal is being considered by the Department of Labor
that would relax the definition of who is eligible for overtime.
Management and labor advocates agree that the new definitions
would exempt most journalists from overtime pay by considering
them "creative professionals." The proposed changes recognize
that "journalists require creativity, they require skills, they
require a high level of performance," said Rene Milam, vice
president and general counsel for the Newspaper Association of
America (NAA), which generally supports the proposed changes.
"I think every publisher is going to re-evaluate the positions
at their paper, and I'm sure there'll be some shifting," Milam
added. Bernie Lunzer, secretary/treasurer for The Newspaper
Guild-Communications Workers of America, worried that the change
will mean longer hours for more news employees, and predicted a
tug-of-war at Guild-represented papers, with publishers trying
to remove contract language providing for overtime pay. "This is
particularly unfortunate for journalists who already often give
uncompensated time to their papers out of a sense of duty,"
Lunzer said.

They built the Better Bookmark
The Better Bookmark was the winner of "best new product" award at
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readers can attach it around everything from paperbacks to
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Adler explains, "I created it because I like to read whenever
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Bookstore Tourism hits the road
In an effort to support independent booksellers, Larry Portzline,
a part-time teacher, has coined and trademarked the concept of
"Bookstore Tourism." The goal is "to encourage book-lovers across
the United States to organize day-trips to cities and towns with
interesting, fun, and unique bookstores that folks in their own
communities may not be able to visit regularly." The first
excursion began in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where on Saturday,
July 12 at 5:00 a.m., 45 book lovers boarded a chartered bus
for New York City's Greenwich Village. Once in Manhattan, the
group was dropped off in the Village with a map of 18 recommended
stores in the area. Tour-goers paid $99, including dinner at a
restaurant facing Manhattan's skyline, and were eager to make the
trip again. Portzline's next trip to New York City on September 27
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                          by Patricia Fry (matilijapr[at]aol.com)

The editor of a writing-related ezine said to me the other day,
"I don't know why more authors don't offer us articles. We almost
always publish them along with their bio. It's great publicity
for their books."

Why not promote your book doing what you love best -- writing?
Here are several examples to help get your started.

Many popular magazines and ezines use book excerpts. Of course,
they generally want excerpts from books that relate to their
magazine -- cooking magazines want excerpts from cookbooks, a
travel magazine will quote travel books and poetry magazines want
to excerpt poetry books.

Use your imagination to come up with more possibilities. If your
book features Native American art in Southern California, for
example, a California history or travel magazine might be
interested in publishing your chapter on California tribes. An
excerpt from a book on tax tips for home-based businesses might
provide a good article for a writer's magazine.

Submit articles on topics only remotely related to your book and
still promote it. I wrote a book called "Creative Grandparenting
Across the Miles" and I've promoted it through articles featuring
storytelling techniques for grandparents, how to teach
grandchildren money awareness, how grandparents can uphold family
traditions and tips for helping grandparents bond with their new
grandbaby. But I can also plug this book even if I'm writing an
article about snails. I might mention, for example, that when I
was writing the grandparent book, I met a grandfather who paid his
5-year old grandson a penny apiece to catch garden snails.

I've also used articles to promote my book, "The Mainland Luau:
How to Capture the Flavor of Hawaii in Your Own Backyard." There
are the obvious articles: "Eight Ways to Roast a Pig," "Recipes
for Your Backyard Luau," "Fresh-Flower Lei-Making," "The Family
Reunion Luau" and "Tips for Learning the Hawaiian Language." And
there are the obscure: how about a piece on early culture
comparisons for an ethnic or history magazine; flower arranging
for a floral or gardening magazine; examining the lost continent
of Lemuria (now the Hawaiian Islands) for a travel, history or
New Age magazine or the mechanics of writing a how-to book for a
writer's magazine? Do you see how I could promote the luau book
in any of these articles?

You can almost always get a tagline at the end of an article. Use
this as an opportunity to promote your book. I often write:
Patricia Fry is the author of several books including "Creative
Grandparenting Across the Miles: Ideas for Sharing Love, Faith
and Family Traditions" (Liguori Publications). If the topic of
the article more closely relates to the luau book, my
journal-keeping book, my writing books, the metaphysical book or
one of my local history books, I promote those instead.

The most effective articles for marketing your book are those
relying on your expertise. I've written articles as an expert on
the importance of grandparents in a child's life, how to be a
better grandparent, tips for traveling with your grandchildren,
long-distance grandparenting, how parents can help strengthen the
relationship between their child and the grandparents and how to
choose gifts for grandchildren. Anyone interested in reading one
of these articles may also want to read my book.

Most magazine and ezine editors will reject articles that
blatantly promote a product, so keep your article from sounding
like a sales pitch for your book. Simply write a useful and
informative article suitable to a particular magazine and mention
your book where appropriate.

Expect to be paid anywhere from $50 to $1,000 for an article
based on your book. You might also be asked to give away some of
your promotional pieces. And why not, if it means having them
published in a national magazine that's read by anywhere from
20,000 to 500,000 people?

By now, you probably have dozens of ideas for marketing your book
through articles. To come up with even more:
   * Study a variety of magazines from cover to cover.
   * List as many topics related to your book as you can.
   * Brainstorm with friends and family.

Do articles sell books? I believe so. I've sold dozens of
articles based on the luau book and have, as a result made a lot
of book sales. Less than a year after self-publishing "The
Mainland Luau," I reprinted it. A year later, my stock was
running low again and, because of my good sales record, I had an
offer that I couldn't resist from Island Heritage Publishing
Company in Hawaii. Now they publish and distribute this book
under the new title, "Entertaining Hawaiian Style."

Writing a book is fun. Promoting it can be terrifying and
intimidating. That's why I recommend to authors that they start
their book promotion efforts doing something they love -- writing.


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

Copyright (c) 2003 by Patricia Fry

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                   by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

Should I Write from the Heart or Write for the Market?

Q: I am aspiring to be a Christian writer. I write in several
styles: poetry, essay, plays, etc. From my research of the
writing market, I could not find any publishers who publish the
kind of work that I do. Many articles say to write about what is
in the heart. Other articles say to write about things that the
publishers are looking for. Even though these are not totally
contrasting views, and in reality, it seems like the latter is
correct, I cannot do that. I write down the words that come from
my heart, and if it is not in my heart, then it would be
difficult putting it on paper. I really do not know what to do or
how to begin.

A: Since you are writing Christian material, you will need to
familiarize yourself with the Christian marketplace. This tends
to be a little different from the ordinary "freelance"
marketplace, and includes both magazines and book publishers.

You'll find a lot of information on Christian writing from the
sites I list in the links section:

Plus, you may find something more specific to the type of work
you're doing at this site that focuses on Christian poetry:
http://snowfaux.com/utmost.htm there.

Regarding writing from the heart vs. writing what publishers want
-- these aren't really contradictory. However, sometimes these
pieces of advice are given in response to two separate questions.
If someone simply wishes to WRITE -- where the act of writing and
getting what is "in one's heart" on paper is the primary goal --
then the correct advice is to "write what's in your heart." If,
however, your goal is to SELL your writing -- i.e., you are
interested in approaching writing as a BUSINESS -- then you need
to be aware of what sells. It's the same as any other business.
Writing from the heart and the heart alone means writing for
yourself, and that's a wonderful thing; there is nothing wrong
with that. If, however, your goal is to be successful in the
marketplace, then you need to learn what that marketplace will
and won't buy. It's basically two different approaches to
writing. Consider it the difference between writing as vocation
(a business) and writing as avocation (a matter of personal

The choice is yours, and one that you will need to make. If your
goal is to "make money as a writer," then you have chosen to
approach writing as a business, and you'll need to learn how the
business works (including identifying what publishers are
interested in buying). If your goal is personal fulfillment, then
you won't need to do this.

At the same time, you can often combine the two. The key is to
define what issues that are close to your heart AND of interest
to paying publishers. The next step is to learn how to craft an
article that expresses what you want to say, in the manner that
is acceptable to a publication (and to the typical reader). You
don't have to write about things you don't care about to get
published; you simply need to learn how to express the things you
care about in a manner that is likely to lead to publication.

What ISN'T an option is to say, "I want to do it MY way and still
get paid for it." That doesn't work in any business -- it
wouldn't work if you were selling shoes, fixing cars, or selling
real estate -- and it doesn't work in the writing business. The
challenge that faces all of us is to hold onto the values that we
cherish (including the things that we WANT to write about) and
meet the needs of the marketplace.


Moira Allen is the author of "The Writer's Guide to Queries,
Pitches and Proposals," "Writing.com: Creative Internet
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Copyright (c) 2003 by Moira Allen

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10. That sounds like a great story. You do know Terry Pratchett
already did three books on that idea, don't you?

9. This was supposed to be a parody, right?

8. I was playing Freecell on your computer, and ... what does
"Cannot Read IDE Drive" mean?

7. You should write more sex scenes! (Said by a parent or

6. Thanks for letting me read that story. It was so good, I
emailed it to all of my friends.

5. It was pretty good for a first draft. What do you mean, it
wasn't a first draft?

4. Have I told you about my 13-year old cousin who just sold her
first book to Tor?

3. I like Harry Potter. You should write stuff like that.

2. Since you like all that grammar and spelling and stuff, would
you proofread this for me?

1. What do you do for a real job?


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Immigration, Migration, & Exile Issue
Jon Tribble, Managing Editor
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901-4503
URL: http://www.siu.edu/~crborchd/

We are seeking submissions for our Spring/Summer 2004 issue
focusing on writing inspired or informed by the experiences,
observations, and/or cultural possibilities of the following
topic: "Wander This World ~ Immigration, Migration, & Exile." We
are open to work that covers any of the multitude of ways that
our world and ourselves are shaped by the history and experiences
of immigration, migration, and exile across any and all
continents, oceans, nations, and communities. All submissions
should be original, unpublished poetry, fiction, or literary
nonfiction in English or unpublished translations in English (we
do run bilingual, facing-page translations whenever possible).
Please query before submitting any interview.

DEADLINE: October 31, 2003
LENGTH: No word length requirements
PAYMENT: $15/page (poetry: $50 minimum; prose: $100 minimum), 2
copies of the issue, and one year subscription
RIGHTS: FNASR; all rights revert to the author upon publication
SUBMISSIONS: No e-mail subs; include SASE with submissions
GUIDELINES: http://www.siu.edu/~crborchd/exile.html


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EMAIL: r_a_miller[at]arrivistepress.com
URL: http://www.arrivistepres.com

We're looking for literary fiction and narrative journalism
serving the 22 to 34-year old demographic. Topic not as important
as clear, concise, gripping writing.

LENGTH: 750-2500 words
PAYMENT: $100-200
RIGHTS: Exclusive digital for 12 months, then rights revert
REPRINTS: No set policy
SUBMISSIONS: Please follow instructions in our web site
GUIDELINES: http://www.arrivistepress.com/submissions.shtml


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EMAIL: stanmovieman[at]hotmail.com
URL: web site under construction

We're seeking heartfelt, humorous tales of delightful revenge for
a short story anthology.

LENGTH: 50-1,000 words
PAYMENT: $50-$250 upon publication
RIGHTS: One time rights
SUBMISSIONS: Please submit by email in a Word document or PDF file.
GUIDELINES: For more information send email to:


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"


This section lists contests that charge no entry fees.  Send new
contest information to Judy Griggs (writeupsetc[at]yahoo.com).
For more contests, check our online contests section.


         Dark Fire Fiction Short Story Contest

DEADLINE: August 31, 2003
GENRE: Short story
LENGTH: 5,000 words or less

THEME: Pick one of the opening lines below, and take it onwards.
The tale can twist where it will, but please keep it within our
genres of horror and dark fantasy.

The following opening lines must be used exactly as printed here.
Choose one and take it somewhere interesting.

1. "You've got to be kidding," Janet said. "In our cellar?"

2. Arnold was astonished when he saw Mr. Collins lumbering up the
sidewalk towards him, mainly because he had forced himself to sit
through the man's dull funeral just the week before.

3. The dragon opened its mouth and yawned, consciously letting
the moonlight glint off the razor-sharp teeth; I was supposed to
be impressed.

4. The world was filled with blood: roiling, boiling, unending
sticky redness.

5. I froze, crouched close to the wall; there was something out
there -- I had definitely heard it move in the darkness.

PRIZES: 1st Place: 25; 2nd Place: 15; 3rd Place: 10
All winners and 5 Honorable Mentions will be published in the
Contest Winners issue.

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Please send your work as MSWord, RTF, or text
within the body of the email. No other formats will be viewed.

EMAIL: editor[at]scared.org

URL: http://darkfireuk.tripod.com/darkfire/id33.html


            Happy Tales Literary Contest

DEADLINE: September 1, 2003
GENRE: Fiction
LENGTH: No word limit

THEME: Have you ever read a great work of literature and been
disappointed by an ending that might have been more uplifting,
affirmative, or happy? Do you harbor suspicions that the Capulets
and the Montagues might have worked things out, that Romeo and
Juliet could have gotten into a longer term relationship? That if
Rochester had hired a sharp lawyer and annulled his first
marriage (he was tricked, right?), he and Jane might have gotten
together much sooner and avoided all that unpleasantness about
the fire? Take any literary work with a sad, disturbing, or
negative ending and supply a happy, affirmative, or uplifting
ending. The new ending must more or less parody the idiom, style,
atmosphere, and so on, of the original.

PRIZES: Grand prize: $300 and the Nahum Tate Cup. Entries,
including the winning entry, may be read and praised and/or
ridiculed by contest judges in a public session of the Montana
Festival of the Book, September 18-20, 2003, Missoula, MT.
Winning entries will be weblished at the Festival web site or
published in other media.

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, also by mail

EMAIL: lastbest[at]selway.umt.edu

ADDRESS: Happy Tales, Montana Festival of the Book, Montana
Center for the Book, 311 Brantly Hall, The University of Montana,
Missoula, MT 59812-7848

URL: http://www.bookfest-mt.org/happy.htm


            Kingsley Tufts Poetry Awards

DEADLINE: September 15, 2003
GENRE: Poetry
OPEN TO: Poetry books published between September 15, 2002 and
September 15, 2003
LENGTH: No word limit

THEME: Established in 1992 by Kate Tufts to honor her late
husband, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is presented annually
for a work by an emerging poet, one who is past the very
beginning but has not yet reached the acknowledged pinnacle of
his or her career. While some poetry prizes discover and honor
new voices and others crown an indisputably major body of work,
this award at Claremont Graduate University aims to sustain a
poet who is laboring in the difficult middle between these

Established in 1993, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award is presented
annually for a first or very early work by a poet of genuine
promise. Please see web site guidelines and printable entry form.

PRIZES: Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award: $100,000; Kate Tufts
Discovery Award: $10,000


ADDRESS: Poetic Gallery for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Awards,
Claremont Graduate University, 160 E Tenth Street, Harper East B7,
Claremont, CA 91711-6165

URL: http://www.cgu.edu/tufts/index.html



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