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                     W R I T I N G  W O R L D

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Issue 4:06          12,800 subscribers             March 18, 2004
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                           CONTENTS
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         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Promoting Your Book in the Web - Part I
            by Moira Allen
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: Keeping Tax Records, by Moira Allen
         JUST FOR FUN: Two Poems, by Guy Belleranti
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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Time Is Running Out!
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If you've been thinking about enrolling in one of our April
classes (which begin April 5), please don't wait until the last
minute.  If I were a more savvy marketer, I'd probably try to
convince you that the classes are so full that you might not get
a place if you wait.  The reality, however, is that signups have
been very slow this spring -- which means that if instructors
don't get their minimum registration by the end of March, a
number of classes are going to be canceled.

Normally, we hold registrations open through the first week of
class, even after the first lecture has gone out, because (for
some inexplicable reason) we always get a bunch of signups AFTER
classes start.  However, if a class doesn't meet its minimum, it
won't start at all -- which means no late enrollments will be
accepted.  So if you've been planning to enroll but just haven't
clicked that PayPal button or sent your check, please do so as
soon as possible.  Enrollments WILL end on March 31!


More on Taxes...
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I decided to use the Writing Desk column this week to cover the
subject of "Keeping Records."  Here, I want to clear up a couple
of points on the home office deduction.  In the last issue, I
stated in error that one could deduct a percentage of one's
mortgage.  That is not correct.  You can deduct a percentage of
your mortgage INTEREST, your property taxes, and your homeowner's
insurance, but you cannot actually deduct a percentage of your
PRINCIPAL payment.  Your mortgage principal is a payment upon an
asset, and can't be deducted as part of the home office expense.
However, if you rent, you can deduct the appropriate percentage
of your rent (and rental insurance).

Saying Good-Bye
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Last week, I said good-bye to our 19+-year-old cat, Nani.  Nani's
health had been failing gradually for the past four years, when
she was first diagnosed with kidney disease.  Last year, we
learned that she had high blood pressure, which contributed to
the kidney disease and was also causing her retinas to detach, so
that she was becoming blind.  We only discovered the problem when
she began to walk into walls!  (Many vets don't seem to be fully
aware of this condition -- if you have a cat with kidney disease,
especially if it also has a heart murmur, ask your vet to check
for high blood pressure.)

For four years, I've been saying, "Well, I don't think we're
going to have Nani with us much longer."  But for four years, our
tough little survivor kitty kept surprising us.  Even though she
was almost totally blind this past year, she had learned her way
around our new house, and had no trouble finding her way
downstairs to the computer room, or even out on the deck to bask
in the sun.  Nor do I believe it was a complete coincidence that,
a week before she died, we had a sudden unseasonable "heat wave"
in the middle of our dreary Virginia spring, giving her one last
chance to go out and bask.

Then, as the cold settled back in, something seemed to "snap."
She stopped eating, stopped purring, stopped cuddling.  She
seemed to be shutting down -- this time, we felt certain, for the
last time.  So we made the painful decision, but made it without
guilt, for it was clearly her time.

Getting my work done is a little easier now that I no longer get
this little nose inserted under my elbow -- Nani's way of telling
me that it was time to stop typing and start petting.  And the
house seems very quiet, even though we have two other cats.  And
I'm not sure how I'll find my most important papers anymore...

Saying good-bye to a pet is never easy.  If you are coping with
pet loss, or know someone who is, you might want to stop by my
pet loss site at http://www.pet-loss.net - or check out the
sniffle-inducing "Rainbow Bridge Flash Movie" at
http://www.indigo.org/rainbowbridge_ver2.html.

                 -- Moira Allen (moirakallen"at"writing-world.com)

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APRIL CLASSES ON WRITING-WORLD.COM
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Last chance to enroll in our April 5 classes!

BREAKING INTO THE MAGAZINE AND PERIODICAL MARKET
Instructor: Moira Allen (8 weeks, $100)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/magazines.shtml

If you've been trying to market your work to magazines or other
periodicals with no success, or if you're just getting started as
a freelance writer, this is the class for you. Allen will walk
you through the process of developing topics and ideas, preparing
a query, and outlining and developing the article itself. By the
end of the class, you'll have an article "ready to go" and a
selection of markets to approach.

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CREATING THE "KILLER" CRIMINAL
Instructor: Kathleen Walls (4 weeks, $75)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/criminal.shtml

This course will present a framework for a writer to create a
believable killer. This course will provide an understanding of
the traits and procedures required to create a realistic killer,
through a composite of real life criminals and fictional ones. I
am also going to look in depth at motivation. By the end of the
course, you should be able to craft a believable and fascinating
killer!

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HEROES, HEROINES AND VILLAINS:
USING ARCHETYPES TO CREATE DYNAMIC CHARACTERS
Instructor: Tami Cowden (6 weeks, $80)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/heroes.shtml

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 to you, guide you in
creation of dynamic, well-motivated characters, and show you how
to convey the personality of the people in your stories. By the
end of the class, you'll understand the driving force behind
characters that evoke emotion from readers.

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INTRODUCTION TO SPECULATIVE FICTION WORKSHOP
Instructor: Bruce Boston (8 weeks, $100)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/boston.shtml

Our definition of speculative fiction will be inclusive rather
than exclusive, ranging from the experimental work of writers
such as Italo Calvino and Donald Barthelme to the science fiction
and fantasy of writers such as Alfred Bester, Tanith Lee, and Kim
Stanley Robinson. Attention will be given to the special concerns
and aspects of craft that are relevant to the writer of
speculative fiction. Students may participate in group
discussion, have their work critiqued, and receive suggestions
for specific markets.

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WRITING AND SELLING REVIEWS AND OPINION PIECES
Instructor: Sue Fagalde Lick (6 weeks, $90)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/reviews.shtml

Magazines, newspapers and web sites of all sorts publish reviews
not only of books, but movies, CDs, DVDs, computer programs,
plays, operas, dance recitals, new camera gear, cruises, bed and
breakfast inns, and almost anything else you can think of. Op-ed
pieces, commentaries and editorials offer a place to say what you
think, backing it up with facts to convince readers to change
their minds. Participants in this class will find out how to
write reviews and opinion pieces and where to get them published.

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WRITING FOR THE CONFESSION MARKET
Instructor: Bea Sheftel (8 weeks, $75)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/confessions.shtml

Learn all the elements of what it takes to write and sell a
successful confession story and then do it again, and again.

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WRITING ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
Instructor: Chris Gavaler (6 weeks, $100)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/suspense.shtml

Keep your readers on the edge of their seats as danger stalks
your characters -- and romance finds them! Learn how to weave
together the elements of romance, mystery and suspense; create
dynamic heroines and villains; and use the elements of dialogue,
background, plot and description to the best (chilling) effect.

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WRITING THE TV SPEC SCRIPT
Instructor: Laura Brennan (8 weeks, $120)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/script.shtml

Do you have a secret -- or not-so-secret -- longing to write for
the small screen? The "spec script" is the calling card
of the entertainment industry. A great one can help you break
through to agents, win competitions, and impress show runners.
The class will include an overview of the television industry,
finding your unique voice, and the special requirements and
challenges of writing for television. Brennan will take you
through the process of choosing a show to spec, developing your
ideas, "breaking" the story, and writing a killer opening.

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We're offering three class sessions in 2004, beginning in April,
June and August.  For the full list of 2004 classes, visit

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/index.shtml

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Will the Internet kill the encyclopedia?
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In the age of the Internet, encyclopedias are gathering dust, and
most families with young children don't even consider buying
printed sets anymore. Even digital versions struggle for sales.
At libraries, the volumes are ignored as patrons seek information
through search engines on the computers. Some teachers still
stress their usefulness and require students to use them as a
source for reports. But with today's children knowing their way
around a computer before they know how to read, it's almost like
forcing students to use slide rules when they know calculators
can do the job faster. "The Internet was really the fifth nail
that was driven into the coffin -- not the first," said Joe
Esposito, former chief executive of Encyclopaedia Britannica, now
a digital media consultant. Sales for print volumes have declined
steadily since 1990, well before the Internet boom. Most
librarians still believe encyclopedias provide good topical
overviews, suited for elementary and middle school reports.
There's also an ongoing debate about the reliability of data
found on the Internet, and an awareness that kids need to be
taught how to evaluate that information.

Court rules POD services infringed patent
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On March 4, a jury in a St. Louis federal district court found
that the print-on-demand services run by Amazon and two other
companies, Lightning Source Inc. and Ingram Industries Inc.,
infringed on a patent held by the On Demand Machine Corporation
(ODMC), based in St. Louis. The company was awarded damages of
$15 million for past infringement up to December 2003. According
to the district court jury, these print-on-demand businesses
infringe on a patent involving "a system and method of
manufacturing a single book copy," issued in 1995, to the late
Harvey Ross, founder of ODMC. The companies are likely to appeal
the jury's decision. "This is only a district court decision out
of St. Louis," says Douglas Goldhush, a patent lawyer with
Squire, Sanders & Dempsey. If the courts continue to uphold the
patent, other POD companies may have to pay damages, licensing
fees, or both to ODMC. "If the patent stands as valid and is
infringed," Goldhush added. "On Demand could have the
opportunity to assert it over anyone else who is using a
print-on-demand system or method covered by their claims."

Get Caught Reading Photo Contest
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The Great Lakes Booksellers Association (GLBA) recently announced
its second annual Get Caught Reading Photo Contest. A variation
of the Get Caught Reading campaign sponsored by the Association
of American Publishers and the Magazine Publishers of America,
which features posters and magazine ads of famous people reading,
the GLBA contest calls for regular people to shoot pictures of
other regular people reading. "The contest is a great way for
bookstores to promote reading and have fun with customers," said
GLBA Executive Director Jim Dana. For more information:
http://www.books-glba.org/caughtreading.php

ABA FAQ addresses coming changes in bookselling
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Over the next few years, major changes evolution will take place
in the unique identifiers used to identify books. Effective
January 1, 2007, the International Standard Book Number (ISBN)
will expand to 13 digits from 10 digits. In preparation, the
American Booksellers Association (ABA) has a compiled an online
FAQ. For more information:
http://www.bookweb.org/education/6865.html

April is National Poetry Month
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National Poetry Month brings together publishers, booksellers,
literary organizations, libraries, schools, and poets, to
celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture.
Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate
through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other
events. For National Poetry Month 2004, the Academy of American
Poets will launch a National Poetry Almanac, featuring twelve
different monthly themes highlighting activities, ideas, and
history for individual exploration and classroom use. For more
information: http://www.poets.org

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PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ON THE WEB - PART I
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                   by Moira Allen (moirakallen"at"writing-world.com)

When I put out a call to authors to share their favorite
electronic book-promotion tips, the flood of responses was far
more than could be contained in a single article. So, in this
issue we'll look at ways to promote your book through a Web site;
next issue, we'll look at other strategies.

Creating a Presence
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As Karen Wiesner, author of Weave Your Web: The Promotional
Companion to Electronic Publishing: The Definitive Guide, notes,
"The age of handing someone a business card at the point-of-sale
when you're at a conference or in passing and saying, 'Call me'
is past. The best tool at anyone's disposal is a webpage. Now we
hand out business cards and say, 'Check out my website.' This is
where you can show the world all they need to know about you, how
to and why to buy your product."

There isn't space in this article to discuss how to design and
build an effective Web page (see Resources, below, for more
information).  Suffice it to say that an author Web site must be
more than just an electronic "ad" for your book. Nobody surfs the
Web looking for ads. They look for content -- and the more
content you can provide, the more likely you'll be to entice
visitors to buy your book.

Many authors recommended posting at least one "free" chapter of
your book online, with your publisher's permission. If your book
is nonfiction, consider including articles on related topics, or
a FAQ about the topic, or even a reader question-and-answer page.
If your book is fiction, you may still be able to include useful
articles or FAQs; for example, if you've written a Regency
romance, consider converting some of the research you must have
done for the book into articles that could attract readers to
your Web site. Or, consider posting writing tips for would-be
authors who might wish to learn the secrets of your success.

Here are some other features authors have built into their Web
sites to attract readers:

* Freebies. Julie Hood, author of The Organized Writer, offers a
free downloadable organization calendar for writers on her site.
Others offer bookmarks, bookplates, and other items that can be
downloaded or mailed inexpensively.

* Prize drawings. Many authors offer a drawing for a free copy of
their book -- and use the entries to build a promotional mailing
list.

* Contests. You could offer readers a chance to win a copy of
your book, or something related to your book. Karen Wiesner
cautions, however, that one should not offer a contest that
requires someone to actually buy your book (or read it) before
they can enter (e.g., a contest that asks readers to write an
essay about their favorite chapter in your book).

If you're a self-published author, it's easy to give away free
copies of your books. If you're not, ask your publisher to give
you a few extra author copies for promotional purposes; many will
be happy to oblige.

Attracting an Audience
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Building a Web site is just the beginning. Carmen Leal, author of
"You CAN Market Your Book!", points out that "having a Web site
is meaningless if people don't come to the site regularly and
refer others." To bring readers to your site, you must know where
those readers can be found. Fortunately, there is a thriving
online community for just about any topic you can imagine. To
find the community most likely to be interested in your book,
search on terms relevant to your topic (e.g., "Regency period" or
"Regency romances").  You'll quickly locate sites and discussion
lists where potential readers "hang out," chat, and stay
informed.

Once you've found that community, here are some ways to tap into
it to attract traffic to your own site:

* Exchange links with related Web sites. Don't be afraid to ask
for a reciprocal link even from a competing author; most
recognize that the benefits of a link swap go both ways.

* Write articles or offer a column to newsletters and ezines that
cover your topic. As you begin to explore sites relating to your
topic, you may find dozens of small e-mail newsletters that are
hungry for material. Most can't pay, but will be glad to publish
original articles or book excerpts in exchange for a byline and a
link to your site -- or even a free classified ad.

* Launch your own e-mail newsletter or e-zine. Leal sends out
weekly marketing tips from her book -- and notes that a
newsletter can serve as a marketing vehicle all by itself. She
also offers a free "quote of the day" on her Web site and via
e-mail. "Many people visit my site daily to read the quote, while
others go for the e-mail version. My quote e-mails are forwarded
to others by my subscribers, so I am getting untold exposure."

* Join a Web ring. As you explore sites relating to your topic,
you may notice that many belong to Web rings. These rings are a
way to bring together a network of related sites. Click on the
"join the ring" link on the Web ring banner (usually found
toward the bottom of the page) to find out how to get your site
listed. Use the ring to find still more sites that might be
interested in swapping links with you. Also, check whether sites
belong to more than one ring; you may find several that are
appropriate for your site.

* Promote your Web site offline as well. Include your URL on your
business card, and on promotional materials for your book. Make
sure your family and friends know where your site is, so that
they can refer people to your page. Include it in your bio
whenever you sell an article to a print publication.

One of the best things about this type of electronic promotion is
that it can be done for little, or even no, cost. You can host
your site on a free service such as Yahoo! Geocities or
Homestead, or pay as little as $9.95 per month to host it on an
independent service provider (ISP). Registering your own domain
name (e.g., "JoanQAuthor.com" or "MyBookTitle.com") costs around
$22 or less per year. Programs like BBEdit (for the Mac) or MS
FrontPage (for PCs) make it relatively simple to create your own
Web site -- but if you're daunted by the thought of working with
HTML, you can usually find an inexpensive, template-based site
development package. (Free hosting services, such as Homestead,
offer free templates as well.)

The question, however, is not whether you can afford to promote
your book on the Internet. Today, as more and more publishers are
investing less and less in promotion, you can't afford not to!

Resources
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Writing-World.com: Book Promotion Tips
http://www.writing-world.com/promotion/index.shtml

Do You Need an Author Website? by Moira Allen
http://www.writing-world.com/promotion/website.shtml

Nuts and Bolts of an Author Website, by Chris Gavaler
http://www.writing-world.com/promotion/gavaler.shtml

Weave Your Web, by Karen Wiesner
http://www.karenwiesner.com

You CAN Market Your Book, by Carmen Leal
http://www.writerspeaker.com/YCMYB/YouCan.asp

The Organized Writer, by Julie Hood
http://www.organizedwriter.com

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Moira Allen has been writing and editing professionally for
more than 20 years.  A columnist for The Writer, she is also
the author of "Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer"
(just released!), "The Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches and
Proposals," and "Writing.com".  For more details, visit
http://www.writing-world.com/moira/index.shtml

Copyright (c) 2004 by Moira Allen

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Show Me the Money!
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Figures on the royalties paid by romance publishers.
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Designing a Website
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A step-by-step guide to creating a web site, with information on
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    http://www.jessett.com

Manuscript Tracker for Macintosh
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FaithWriters.com
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A site for Christian writers, including forums, writing
opportunities, articles and more.
    http://www.faithwriters.com

Me Write a Synopsis?
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Tips on handling that dreaded sales tool.
    http://www.vivianbeck.com/writing/tips/mewrite.htm

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THE WRITING DESK
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                   by Moira Allen (moirakallen"at"writing-world.com)

Keeping Tax Records
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Handling your financial records (including expense receipts and
income records, such as stubs from payment checks) falls into two
main categories: TRACKING your finances for tax purposes, and
FILING your records for storage.

CREATING A SPREADSHEET

The simplest way to track expenses is to create a spreadsheet on
your computer.  I keep a single spreadsheet for the entire year,
so that, by the end of the year, I have totals for all the
categories of expenses that I declare on the Schedule C.  I
create a column for each category of expense -- e.g., "utilities"
(such as phone), "office supplies" (paper, printer ink/toner,
etc.), "postage" (which could, in theory, go under supplies),
"bank fees" (the cost of a checking account, or PayPal expenses),
and so forth.  I have a master "expense" column, and a separate
column for income.  Each time I incur an expense, or receive
income, I enter the amount in the master column and in the
appropriate category column.

My own expense sheet gets a little more complex, as I like to
track expenses and income by month as well as by year.  You can
do this easily by setting up a separate spreadsheet for each
month, or you can set up various ways to track your monthly
totals on a master spreadsheet.  Probably the easiest way to do
this is to run a total at the end of each month -- and at the
bottom of your spreadsheet, add together the monthly totals,
rather than the column totals.

I recommend recording your income and expenses when those items
occur, rather than letting them stack up in your folder until the
end of the month - but I'm also obsessive-compulsive about file
systems!  However, I DON'T recommend waiting until the end of the
year, or tax time, to try to make sense out of all the receipts
and check stubs you've stored in your files!

Keep in mind that purchases such as computer hardware and
furniture must be depreciated or expensed, so they should have a
separate column (or even a separate spreadsheet).  Similarly,
books and software must generally be amortized, so they should
also have separate columns.

FILING YOUR RECORDS

Keep in mind that the primary reason you are keeping these
records is in case of an audit.  If you are not audited, you will
never need them again.  And since the chances are actually very
slim that you ever WILL be audited, this means that there's a
very good chance that, once you've stowed away your records for
the current year, you may never look at them again!

That ought to remove a bit of the mystique over HOW to save those
records.  Forget expensive multi-pocket file folders,
alphabetical or categorized labels, etc.  That sort of filing
system is useful if you expect to refer to a set of files over
and over again -- but in this case, you probably won't.  So the
simplest way to store your financial records is to file them by
month, either in a file folder or an envelope.  When the month is
over, close the folder or envelope and start on the next one.

It's a good idea to keep those folders or envelopes handy during
the year, in case you need to track down a receipt before the
year is over.  For example, if you decide to return something,
it's handy to know that you bought it in April -- and that your
file of April receipts is right there in your desk drawer.  At
the end of the year, I just pull my folders out of the drawer and
file them in my "tax files" box, which lives in a closet, and
start a new set of folders for the next year.

Some people prefer to file their receipts by category (e.g.,
office expense, books, utilities, etc.) on the premise that this
makes it easier to cross-reference the receipt to the appropriate
category.  If you track your expenses routinely during the month
(rather than saving the job for tax time), however, such
cross-referencing shouldn't be necessary.  This sort of filing
also involves more folders and categorization, and makes it a
little harder to track down a receipt if you need it for a
return.  Also, some receipts may be hard to categorize.  If, for
example, you stopped at the office store and bought a chair, a
book, a software package, and a ream of paper, how would you
categorize that receipt (other than making three extra copies for
the appropriate folders)?

HOW LONG TO KEEP YOUR RECORDS

You'll see varying recommendations on how long to keep records.
The standard answer on keeping receipts and income stubs is three
years -- though I've heard some accountants recommend keeping
business receipts longer than personal receipts.  Audits are
generally initiated within three years of filing -- thus, audits
for 2003 taxes are likely to be initiated in 2006.  However, the
IRS can also initiate an audit at any time if it believes that
you significantly underpaid your taxes -- and your receipts are
the only proof you have that you didn't!  Thus I prefer to hold
onto receipts for at least five years.

However, that doesn't mean that you have to have boxes of paper
stacked up in your closet.  Scanned receipts are also acceptable
-- so at the end of three years, I simply scan my old receipts,
create an archive file, and toss the originals.

I've also seen recommendations that you should hold onto your
actual tax returns "forever."  Don't assume that the IRS can
provide you with a copy of an old return; it often can't, and
often can't come up with supporting schedules even if it can
locate your 1040.  So keeping your tax forms is probably a good
idea -- and remember, again, that you can scan older records.

Another advantage to scanning, besides the fact that it saves
space, is that you can create an archive that you can store
separately.  Save all your financial records (and your electronic
copies of letters, invoices, etc.) onto a CD, and store that CD
somewhere outside your home.  If you or your spouse works at an
office, store the CD there.  If not, ask a family member or
friend to keep it.  This way, if anything happens to your records
(such as as fire), you still have a backup.

Besides your income and expense receipts, hang onto your
correspondence, including query and cover letters and the
responses you receive. (I recommend keeping both paper and
scanned copies of your contracts.)  Should the IRS ever decide to
question whether your writing is a "business" or a "hobby" (e.g.,
if you haven't managed to show a profit in three out of five
years), this is your evidence that you are making every
reasonable attempt to run a business. Hold onto your contracts
FOREVER -- this is the only proof you have of the rights you did
(and more importantly, didn't) sell.

While it's a bit late in the year to try to keep good financial
and tax records for 2003, it's never too late to start for 2004!

For more information, see "Keeping Records," at
http://www.writing-world.com/basics/records.shtml

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Moira Allen has been writing and editing professionally for
more than 20 years.  A columnist for The Writer, she is also
the author of "Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer"
(just released!), "The Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches and
Proposals," and "Writing.com".  For more details, visit
http://www.writing-world.com/moira/index.shtml

Copyright (c) 2004 by Moira Allen

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JUST FOR FUN: Two Poems
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                           by Guy Belleranti (guybel"at"comcast.net)

Author's Blues
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What makes writing hard
Is having to choose
The words I should use
And those I should lose.

Shortcomings
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Writing short and precise
Is the method preferred.
But, unfortunately,
I get paid by the word.

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Guy Belleranti writes short stories, poetry, articles, puzzles
and short humor for both adults and children. Recent work has
appeared in Crimestalker Casebook, Arizona Highways, Futures
Mysterious Anthology, Boys' Quest, Wee Ones, and Children's
Playmate. His story "A Present for Beetle" was published as an
ebook by ChildrenzBooks in their "100 Books for Emergent Readers"
project.

Copyright (c) 2004 by Guy Belleranti

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MARKET ROUNDUP
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URL: http://www.legendofbooks.com

Legend of the Chapter House is an anthology of stories written
about Greek Life. How do you sum up your life in a fraternity or
sorority with a single experience? What story do you use to
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events? What are the stories that define your collegiate
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DEADLINE: April 30, 2004
LENGTH: 500-2,500 words
PAYMENT: $100-$200
RIGHTS: Anthology rights
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: Submit via email attachment.
GUIDELINES: http://www.legendofbooks.com/about.html

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POTTER'S FIELD
Cathy Buburuz, Tyree Campbell, Co-Editors
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PO Box 782, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-0782
EMAIL: GraveyardSubmission"at"hotmail.com
URL: http://samsdotpublishing.com

Sam's Dot Publishing is looking for stories and black & white
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the graveyard, to be published December 1, 2004, in magazine
format, with a color cover. We are looking for spooky stories. We
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to graveyards in some way. However, it does not have to be a
conventional graveyard. We do not want gore, blood, splatter,
slice-and-dice.

LENGTH: 2,000-8,000 words
PAYMENT: Originals: one-quarter cent/word, $5 minimum, $20
maximum; Reprints: $5 to 5000 words, $8 more than 5000 words;
Illustrations: $8-$12
RIGHTS: One-time anthology rights
REPRINTS: Yes
SUBMISSIONS: Submit your story in the body of the email. Subject
line: Story Submission - title of your story. Include: your
email, name, snail mail address, word count, title, a 50-100
word bio in the third person.
GUIDELINES: http://samsdotpublishing.com/pottersfield.htm

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WRITING CONTESTS
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This section lists contests that charge no entry fees. For more
contests, check our online contests section.
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GENRE: Essay
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: 200-2,000 words

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very special to them. What is it you love about your town? Tell
the world why your town rocks and win cash.

PRIZES: Weekly Prize: $100; Monthly Prize: $500

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, use online entry form

EMAIL: admin"at"welcome-to-my-town.com
URL: http://welcome-to-my-town.com

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            Ursula Nordstrom Fiction Contest

DEADLINE: April 15, 2004
GENRE: Middle grade novel
OPEN TO: Writers over 21, who have not been previously published.
LENGTH: 100-300 manuscript pages

THEME: HarperCollins Children's Books has established an annual
first-fiction contest in the name of legendary children's
publisher Ursula Nordstrom (1910-1988) to encourage new talent in
the writing of innovative and challenging middle grade fiction.

PRIZE: Contract for a hardcover edition, $7,500 advance, and
$1,500 cash award.

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No

ADDRESS: Ursula Nordstrom Fiction Contest, HarperCollins
Children's Books, 1350 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY
10019

URL: http://www.harperchildrens.com/writingcontest/

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            Paul Zindel First Novel Award

DEADLINE: April 30, 2004
GENRE: Novel for 8-12 year olds
OPEN TO: US writers over 18 who have not been previously
published.
LENGTH: 100-240 manuscript pages

THEME: Hyperion Books for Children and Jump at the Sun announce
the third annual Paul Zindel First Novel Award for a work of
contemporary or historical fiction set in the US that reflects
the diverse ethnic and cultural heritage of our country. Each
manuscript must be accompanied by an entry form which can be
printed online.

PRIZE: Contract for world rights including hardcover, paperback,
e-book, $7,500 advance, and $1,500 cash award

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No

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

URL: http://www.hyperionbooksforchildren.com/contests.asp

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