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Issue 3:17          12,500 subscribers            August 21, 2003

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         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Don't Shoot Holes in Your Credibility
            by John Rains
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: Are research notes protected by copyright?
            by Moira Allen
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

How the Worm Turns...
I'm sure I'm not the only person to be plagued by the latest
virus (the one that arrives with titles like "Your Details" or
"Application" or "Wicked Screensaver."  However, thanks to the
fact that my e-mail address is in perhaps as many as 12,000
address books, I've gone beyond "plagued" to "inundated."  Today,
I cleaned out now fewer than 100 virus messages from my inbox --
many from e-mail addresses that I recognize (which is a subtle
hint, my friends and readers, to run a virus check on your

However, this virus is also a wicked SPOOFER -- i.e., it uses
"address spoofing" when sending itself out from an infected
system.  This means that it not only sends itself TO people in
your address book, but it also pulls e-mails from that address
book to use as the RETURN address (thus disguising its actual
source).  Thus, if your e-mail address is in someone else's
infected address book, your address may be spoofed, making it
appear that YOU are sending out virus e-mails.  You may not
know you've been spoofed until you start receiving bounces from
e-mail addresses you've never even heard of.  This can be
annoying for Mac users, who aren't vulnerable to the virus, but
who ARE vulnerable to spoofing.

Unfortunately, I'm getting a lot of virus messages from people I
know -- which means there's a high probability that those people
DO have the virus.  This one is one of the most rampant and
insidious to come around in a long time -- so to protect yourself
and everyone you e-mail, please check your system!

Free Bookmarks
If you enjoyed my stained glass photos, here's a chance to get
your own stained glass bookmarks!  As a special gift to Writing
World readers, I've loaded two pages of bookmark-size images.
Just download the images and print them out.  (You may be able
to print them directly from your browser, using the landscape
format, but I recommend downloading them first.)  These come
out best when printed on coated photo paper, and the highest
possible print resolution.  I also recommend laminating your
bookmarks; if you do, they'll look like new for years.  Just
cut them out, then take them to Staples or Office Depot.  Ask
them to squeeze the entire set onto a single ledger-size sheet,
with at least half an inch between each bookmark for trimming
purposes.  To download your bookmarks, go to:

Besides books and bookmarks, I've been collecting something else
for the past two years: Market guidelines!  In the process, I've
built up a collection of nearly 2000 guidelines.  And now I'm
making those guidelines available to you!

Beginning this month, I will be publishing a series of 13 themed
market guides, beginning with "Hobby, Collectible and Special
Interest Publications."  Each guide will contain between 100 and
150 market listings (minimum).  The series will be published over
the next six months, with a new guide coming out approximately
every other week.  The first three guides will cover:

* Hobbies, Collectibles & Special Interests (available NOW)
* Travel (to be published around September 15)
* Sports and Outdoor Recreation (including Auto & Aviation)
  (to be published by September 30)

Subsequent guides will cover the following subjects:

* Arts, Entertainment and Writing
* Business, Computers, Finance
* Culture, History, Ethnic, & Misc.
* General, Current Events, Environment
* Homes, Health, Animals & Pets
* Literary Magazines
* Regional
* Religion
* Trade
* Women and Parenting

Each guide costs $5; or, you can order three guides for $12.50,
or subscribe to the entire series for $50 (a savings of $15).

Now the obvious question:  With so many market guides available,
what makes these different or special?  (Or, "why should I spend
my money here and not somewhere else?")

Here are a few answers to that question:

1) Current listings.  You won't find a bunch of outdated URLs
that lead nowhere (at least, not if you buy the guides now!)

2) DETAILED listings.  I don't know about you, but I'm frustrated
by "market guides" that just give me a list of URLs and require
me to do all the research. Clicking through to magazine after
magazine only to find out that a market is inappropriate is time-
consuming.  That's why my listings include a complete description
of each publication, including (in most cases) price and rights
info.  (I say "in most cases" because there is always a handful
of editors who refuse to share that info.) Check out a sample
listing at http://www.writing-world.com/guides/sample.shtml

3) Listings you won't find in other guides.  I have hundreds of
listings that you probably won't find anywhere else -- for
example, on average, 70% of my listings can't be found in The
2003 Writer's Market.  You won't find most of these listings in
WoodenHorse or The Writer's Handbook either.

4) No "dud" listings.  Another thing I find annoying is to pay
for a market guide only to find that it includes markets that
either don't pay or don't use freelancers.  If a market doesn't
pay, or doesn't use freelance writers, I won't list it!

5) Guidelines that aren't on the Web.  Many of the guidelines
used to build these listings are available only by e-mail or
surface mail. Thus, each guide has many listings that you won't
find in any guide that is based on online guidelines alone.

6) International and electronic markets. While the majority of
the publications listed are U.S. print magazines, these guides also
include a number of international and electronic markets that you
may not easily find elsewhere.

In my admittedly biased opinion, I believe this is a vital
resource for writers.  As the economy tightens, we need
high-quality information on where to sell our work -- and where
to get the best rates and terms for that work.  This series
enables you to pick and choose the topic areas that interest you
-- the magazines that you're most likely to be able to write for
and sell to.  Better yet, you can subscribe to the entire series
for about the same price you'd pay for "that other" market guide
-- and get hundreds of markets "that other guide" won't give you!

The guides are available in electronic (PDF) format.  For
security purposes, these guides will NOT be posted online for
download; they will be e-mailed to buyers after payment is
received.  (Please allow up to 48 hours for delivery.)  Guides
can be purchased by PayPal or check/MO.  You can order ANY of the
guides in advance; future guides will be published in order of
highest demand.  To order YOUR favorite subject(s), go to:


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Authors investigating KeepMedia
The American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and The
Authors Guild are investigating whether KeepMedia.com, a new
online database of magazine and newspaper articles, has properly
acquired the electronic rights to freelance works that it's
making available to the public. KeepMedia, funded by Louis
Borders (co-founder of the bookstore chain), began operations on
July 28, 2003. This is an exploratory investigation at this
phase. KeepMedia is not accused of any wrongdoing. For a list of
KeepMedia publications and instructions for finding out if your
work is being infringed upon, go to the ASJA web site:

How you write reveals your gender
As reported in Nature News Service, researchers at Bar-Ilan
University in Ramat Gan, Israel, have developed a computer
program that uses a simple algorithm to analyze writing style and
determine the author's gender. By scanning key words and syntax,
the computer program detects whether a nonfiction book or novel
was written by a man or a woman. The program confirms the
stereotypes we have about the differences in language use by men
and women. Men really do talk more about objects, while women
focus more on relationships. Men categorize. Women personalize.
Men have an informational style. Women have an involved style.
Led by Moshe Koppel, the Israeli researchers tested their
algorithm on 566 English-language works in numerous genres both
fiction and nonfiction that were primarily published after 1975,
and were able to correctly ID the author's gender 80% of the
time. One text that fooled the program was Kazuo Ishiguro's "The
Remains of the Day." Koppel's research was rejected for
publication by the National Academy of Sciences "on ideological

Reading is not teens first choice
In a recent study, Harris Interactive and Teenage Research
Unlimited surveyed 2,618 people between the ages of 13 and 24 and
found that respondents spend twice as much time per week watching
TV as reading books or magazines for pleasure. The survey,
conducted in June 2003, showed that the time spent with various
media among teenagers and young adults was: 16.7 hours per week
online (excluding email); 13.6 hours per week watching television;
12.0 hours per week listening to the radio; 7.7 hours per week
talking on the phone; and 6.0 hours per week reading books and
magazines (not scholastic).

Online book sales expected to double
Online retail book sales will nearly double over the next five
years, according to "US eCommerce Overview: 2003 to 2008," a
report recently released by Forrester Research, Cambridge,
Massachusetts. Overall, the study predicted, e-commerce will
experience a 19% compound annual growth rate over the next
five years, from $95.7 billion to just under $230 billion and
will account for 10% of total US retail sales by 2008. The study
estimates that online book sales will grow from $2.8 billion in
2003, to $5.5 billion in 2008. However, due to greater growth in
merchandise and service categories -- such as the food and
beverage, home products, and sporting goods industries -- overall
online book sales will continue to lose online market share.
Currently, books generate 3% of all US online sales, compared to
14% in 2000. In 2008, online book sales will account for 2.4% of
online sales.

Mark Twain's Letters available online
The University of California, Berkeley's Mark Twain Project is
making five volumes of Twain's letters from 1876-1880 available
online in a page-by-page format via Palo Alto-based "ebrary," and
as downloadable ebooks through the University of California Press.
UC Press is making the ebooks available this month through
Amazon.com and eventually through other outlets. Many of the more
than 700 letters in the new electronic edition have never been in
print in book form before. Viewing "Mark Twain's Letters,
1876-1880: An Electronic Edition" through ebrary's web site is
free to account holders, but there is a 25-cents per page charge
for printing. The ebooks cost $9.95 each. For more information:

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Hero Productions is developing a television series "highlighting
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                          by John Rains (johnrains[at]hotmail.com)

I am engrossed in a page-turner, a tale of a serial killer, and
at a moment of tense action the main character says he clicked
off the safety on his Glock.

Aw, geez, I wish he hadn't done that.

What's the problem? Glock is famous for making pistols without
external safety latches. That's the problem. (You can have a
manual safety installed on a Glock, but if your character is
using one of those, you had better explain it.)

Readers like me, and there are many, are distracted by such
errors. We lose confidence in the writers. The mistakes jar us
out of our focus on the story and turn attention to the writing.
In fiction, the errors usually aren't fatal -- we go on reading,
but with diminished enjoyment. In nonfiction, mistakes about
firearms can be deadly to a writer's credibility.

Firearms mistakes are common in all forms of writing -- news
stories, TV and movie scripts, opinion pieces, novels. So common,
in fact, that it is more surprising than not to read a story
about firearms without catching the writer in a mistake.

The subject is confusing for many writers, especially those who
haven't handled guns or shot them. But writers who want to earn
and keep the trust of their readers, not to mention their
editors, need to avoid mistakes.

I will give you some tips on how to do that, but first, let's
look at some of the most common mistakes to guard against:

* Confusing terminology. "Cartridges" and "bullets" aren't
interchangeable terms. A bullet is one component of a cartridge,
the one that flies from the gun muzzle. "Spent bullets" and
"spent cases" are different things. Which did the police actually
find at the crime scene? A spent bullet is one that has stopped
moving after being fired. A spent case is one from which the
bullet has been fired. Either might be found at a crime scene,
but spent cases are more likely to be lying in plain sight.

* Confusing types of guns. Rifles and shotguns are different. The
terms aren't synonymous. Revolvers are different from
semiautomatic pistols. The term "automatic revolver" is almost
always an error (there is an obscure exception but you are
unlikely to encounter it outside the specialized firearms press).

* Getting technical details wrong. Does the gun have a safety or
doesn't it? Many revolvers and some semiautos don't (because
their mechanisms make them unnecessary). Your character can't
"check the clip" in his revolver, because revolvers don't have
"clips" (or, more properly, detachable magazines). If the police
report said the suspect had a .380-caliber pistol, don't assume
it is a typo just because you never heard of a .380. Chances are
it was a .380, not a .38. Reporters, by the way, are notorious
for writing caliber designations improperly, putting periods in
front of metric numbers. They write ".9 mm," producing an
absurdity, since a bullet that small would be less than a
millimeter in diameter. "Assault rifle" has a specific meaning --
a fully automatic rifle, not a semiautomatic rifle or a rifle
that looks menacing or militaristic.

* Using loaded language. I mentioned "assault rifle." Not only is
the term often wrong, besides being an obvious redundancy, but
also it is loaded. The phrase implies that a rifle so labeled is
more sinister or more deadly than other kinds. Nonsense. All
rifles can be lethal, but in fact many deer rifles use cartridges
with more range and power than the military's infantry weapons.
"Arsenal" is a commonly misused word that is also loaded. Again,
it implies menace where there may be none. Many people have gun
collections that are perfectly legal. (One reporter wrote that
the police had seized "a small arsenal of four guns.") Other
loaded terms to watch for: "Saturday Night Special" (vague, but
also racially tinged), "weapon of mass destruction" (ridiculous
description of a sawed-off shotgun), "cop-killer bullets" (a
highly charged description of a bullet that doesn't exist).

* Using stereotypes. In fiction, stereotypes are too shallow, too
cheap and too easy -- they are crutches for hacks. In nonfiction,
stereotyping people is unfair and misleading. The truth: Only a
tiny minority of people who own guns use them for crimes or
otherwise cause harm. Only a small minority fit such stereotypes
as beer-swilling rednecks waving guns or incompetent boobs who
shoot themselves or their friends.

Writers owe it to their readers and to themselves to be accurate
and fair. But how do they thread through the thicket of
misconceptions, misinformation and sheer arcana, some of which is
counterintuitive? For example, the uninitiated might logically
assume that a shotgun shell with No. 8 shot would be more
powerful than one containing No. 4 shot. The opposite is true. To
avoid errors (and embarrassment), you will need to do some
research. You will need to learn at least a little about how
firearms work, how they are used, how the various kinds differ.
You will need to learn a vocabulary of firearms terms.

I recommend that you:

* Get a copy of the "Non-Fiction Writer's Guide" from the
Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute. It's free
and, despite the title, can be useful to the fiction writer as
well as the nonfiction writer.

* Buy a copy of "Armed and Dangerous/A Writer's Guide to Weapons"
by Michael Newton. It's available from Writer's Digest Books.

* Buy a copy of "Gun Digest" or "Shooter's Bible," in either of
which you can find pictures of many modern firearms and
information about their features, as well as ballistics data and
extensive listings of cartridges.

* (Shameless plug) Buy a copy of my book, "Shooting Straight in
the Media/A Firearms Guide for Writers," available in ebook at:
http://www.acriticalmass.com, or in paperback from me:

* Spend some time at a shooting range with an instructor or a
knowledgeable friend who can show you a variety of guns and teach
you how to handle them safely. Don't be squeamish. Whatever your
feelings about guns, you're a writer -- and this is the best
research you can do. If the character in your novel is going to
shoot a 9 mm pistol, you ought to know what it feels like to load
and fire that gun. It's called writing with authority.

* Use the Internet, where you can find sport-shooting groups,
firearms manufacturers, advocacy groups (on both sides of the
gun-control debate), photos and technical data, collectors'
clubs, and chat groups. You have a wealth of information
available. But as always, you need to know enough to sift out
dubious material. That's how the next tip can be invaluable.

* Line up a contact (better yet, two or three) who has a broad
knowledge of firearms and is willing to be a sounding board for
you. You might start with a local gun club or ask for referrals
from a sport-shooting association. Many people are happy to share
their expertise, especially if they know you are trying to be
accurate and fair. Such sources can tell you whether a particular
gun makes sense in a given scenario.

One caution about that last tip: Don't assume expertise on the
part of the clerk behind the sporting-goods counter or the
average cop. Many police officers have little knowledge of or
interest in guns, except for what they need to qualify with their
issued weapons.

By the way, remember my complaint about the novelist who didn't
know that Glocks don't have safety latches? Perhaps that sounded
like a trivial error. But suppose you were writing a scene in
which the bad guy snatches a pistol from a police officer. The
bad guy aims the gun at the officer, pulls the trigger -- and
nothing happens. The safety is engaged, and before the villain
can figure out how to disengage it, the police officer
counterattacks. That scene has happened a number of times in real
life. But if the pistol is a loaded Glock, it will fire when the
bad guy squeezes the trigger.

Your whole scene, and maybe the whole story, can fall apart on
that one little point. Check those details and score a
bull's-eye in your writing.


John Rains is a newspaper writing coach in North Carolina and
has self-published three books: "Shooting Straight in the Media/
A Firearms Guide for Writers," "Writing Beyond the Routine/For
More Readable Newspapers," and "Write Your Way into the Papers."
Visit his weblog: http://www.smalltownpress.net/blogger.html

Copyright (c) 2003 by John Rains

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Are Research Notes Protected by Copyright?

Q: My partner is developing a presenting-storytelling business in
which she is interviewing real people and shaping the material of
their lives into dramatic stories, which she will present orally.
If it is possible, she would love to use feature and news
articles about unusual people as a jumping off point for her
interviews -- not using the articles themselves, but by
contacting the writer of the article and buying access to the raw
background research/interviews she or he used to create the
article. Do you know if a writer can sell the background
information -- interviews, biographical research, etc -- used to
create an article that is then sold or published, if the next use
of the material does not create a copy of the article? Does a
salaried newspaper writer automatically lose ownership rights to
her or his research -- does that belong to the paper or magazine
that employs her or him?

A: This is a slightly complicated question. In terms of an
article, what is protected by copyright is the article itself,
not the research materials that went into that article. Those
research materials could be a variety of different things,
however, and each can have its own copyright issues.

I don't know whether a person's research notes, tape recordings,
etc., are necessarily covered by copyright. However, they do
belong to the person who made them -- i.e., if the author of an
article has a collection of research notes, perhaps recordings of
interviews, etc., those items are the PROPERTY of the person who
created or recorded them. Note that I use the term "property"
here as separate from "intellectual property" or "copyright."
Copyright rests with the original CREATOR of an item.

Let's say, for example, that the author of one of these articles
used material from a letter written by the subject of the
article. Perhaps the subject gave the article author a copy of
that letter, with permission to use its contents in the article.
The PHYSICAL COPY of the letter belongs to the author of the
article. However, the COPYRIGHT to that letter belongs to the
person who actually wrote the letter. In a case like this, the
person who wrote the article might not have permission from the
person who wrote the letter to share that material with another

Similarly, in some cases a person might grant an interview
specifically for a particular article, but not for any other use.
Thus, the person who wrote the article (and conducted the
interview) might not have permission to share that interview with
someone else, for some other purpose beyond the original article.

What this boils down to is that it's going to be a case-by-case
basis. The issue is not whether using the background research is
a copyright infringement of the original published article -- it
isn't. It's completely unrelated. However, it could be an
infringement of the copyright resting in the background research
materials themselves, depending upon what those materials are. In
some cases, you may need not only the permission of the person
who wrote the published article, but of the person who, say,
granted an interview or provided some personal materials for
research purposes.

The best place to start, obviously, is to simply ask the authors
of the articles for access and permission, and see what type of
material you can acquire and what type of permission can be
granted. In some cases, the author may be able to refer you to
the subject (e.g., for an interview) for additional permission.


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:

Copyright (c) 2003 by Moira Allen

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creative people. We are working on a science-fiction project
called Aria Kalsan and are currently seeking writers for short
fiction pieces. The Aria Kalsan setting takes place shortly in
the future. After the Earth becomes uninhabitable, the people of
earth quickly started dying as available food and water dwindled
away. Only the wealthiest people of the world were able to
escape to the nearby Moon space station and start civilization
again. Now, history repeats itself as the survivors who have
spread to the center of the galaxy start the exploitation of
resources all over again. The plots should focus on the
humanistic aspect of setting and not the technological
characteristics. First drafts are due October 1, 2003, with a
publication date set for December.

DEADLINE: August 29, 2003, for story outlines, concepts, and
sample chapters
LENGTH: 2,000-8,000 words
PAYMENT: $25-$50, plus 2% of gross profits
RIGHTS: Authors grant permission for unlimited publication and
duplication. Authors retain copyright.
GUIDELINES: Setting background and style guides will be emailed
to interested parties.


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EMAIL: writers[at]momsvoice.com
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We are currently accepting articles on all topics covered by
MomsVoice. Articles on a personal level or professional
level are both encouraged. Please see our web site for content
and special issue deadlines.

LENGTH: 500-2,500 words
PAYMENT: $25 for original work and $15 for reprints
RIGHTS: First online rights, exclusive for 2 months
SUBMISSIONS: Please send in text format, no HTML. Preferred style
is in MS Word, standard fonts (no special symbols), as an
attachment. Please use single line spacing, with one space after
a period.
GUIDELINES: http://www.momsvoice.com/pages/writers.html


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          Alsop Review Fiction and Poetry Competition

DEADLINE: August 31, 2003
GENRE: Poetry, short story
LENGTH: No word limit

THEME: We strongly recommend studying the type of poetry and
short stories that appear on The Alsop Review, and reading the
Poetry Lessons posted on the web site.

PRIZES: $100 each for best short story and poem

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, all submissions should be entered into the
body of the email using cut-and-paste. Subject line: Poetry
Competition or Fiction Competition

EMAIL: alsop[at]alsopreview.com

URL: http://www.alsopreview.com/Main/competition.html


          Jerry Jazz Musician New Short Fiction Contest

DEADLINE: September 15, 2003
GENRE: Short fiction
LENGTH: 1,000-5,000 words

THEME: Three times a year, Jerry Jazz Musician awards a writer
who submits, in our opinion, the best original, previously
unpublished work. Our readers are interested in music, history,
literature, art, film, and theatre, particularly that of the
counter-culture of mid-20th century America. Your writing should
appeal to a reader with these characteristics.

PRIZES: $200 and publication

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, send your story via Word or Acrobat
attachment. Please be sure to include your name, address and
phone number with your submission.

EMAIL: jm[at]jerryjazz.com

ADDRESS: Jerry Jazz Musician Short Fiction Contest, 2207 NE
Broadway, Portland, OR 97232



       Iowa Short Fiction/John Simmons Short Fiction Awards

DEADLINE: September 30, 2003
GENRE: Fiction
OPEN TO: Any writer who has not previously published a volume of
prose fiction
LENGTH: At least 150 word-processed, double-spaced pages

THEME: The manuscript must be a collection of short stories.
Previously published stories are eligible for inclusion.

PRIZES: Award-winning manuscripts will be published by the
University of Iowa Press under the Press' standard contract.

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No, by mail only

EMAIL: uipress[at]uiowa.edu

ADDRESS: Iowa Short Fiction Award, Iowa Writers' Workshop, 102
Dey House, Iowa City, IA 52242-10

URL: http://www.uiowa.edu/uiowapress/submissions.htm#SHORTFICTION


          14th International Tanka Splendor Award

DEADLINE: September 30, 2003
GENRE: Tanka
LENGTH: Individual tanka should be in English, written in 5 lines
containing 31 or fewer syllables, preferably without titles. The
tanka sequence should consist of a title with three or more
tanka, each of which contains 31 or fewer syllables written in 5

THEME: Each author may submit either a group of up to three (3)
unpublished tanka or one tanka sequence of any length. All
material must be original and not under consideration elsewhere.

PRIZES: 31 tanka and 3 tanka sequences will be awarded
publication in Tanka Splendor 2003 and for each winning entry the
author will receive a $20 gift certificate for AHA Books.

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Use online entry form

EMAIL: ahabooks[at]mcn.org

ADDRESS: TS2003 Contest, PO Box 767/1250, Gualala, CA 95445

URL: http://www.ahapoetry.com/TScontes.htm

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