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

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Issue 4:07          13,200 subscribers              April 1, 2004
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                           CONTENTS
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         From the Editor's Desk
         APRIL CLASSES on Writing-World.com
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Promoting Your Book in the Web - Part II
            by Moira Allen
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: Renting mailing lists to promote a book
            by Moira Allen
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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Lost in Translation?
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Writing-World.com articles are getting world-wide attention!  My
article "Four Ways to Bring Settings to Life" has just been
translated into Hungarian; you can read it (maybe!) at
http://www.sonkolytamas.hu/tan03.htm . Then I received a request
from Literature Board of the First German Fantasy Club (EDFC),
Passau, Germany, asking permission to translate my interview with
Orson Scott Card for a volume being assembled for their "Fantasy
and Religion Project," which is "aiming at portraying the
influence and impact various religions have on non-realist
literature."

Besides being flattered by all this, I think it's a wonderful
opportunity to share information with audiences who aren't going
to otherwise benefit that much from this all-English (and mostly
American) site.  Perhaps in time we'll be able to post
non-English versions of articles directly on Writing-World.com,
but in the meantime, I welcome other requests to translate
materials into other languages.  (Just please do ask permission
first!)

To read the English versions of these articles, see:
http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/settings.shtml
http://www.writing-world.com/sf/card.shtml


When You Clean Links, Do They Shrink?
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No -- they grow!  Writing-World.com's links section has just been
cleaned, fluffed and blow-dried.  Dead links have been culled,
and nearly 100 new links have been added.  Check it out at
http://www.writing-world.com/links/index.shtml


A Brief Note on Record-Keeping
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I received an e-mail regarding my article on keeping records that
pointed out an important consideration: Some records really
should be kept "forever."  The writer's experience was with child
support payment records; having destroyed bank records that were
more than seven years old, the writer had no means of proving
that her husband had paid child support when his ex-wife decided
to sue.  While this type of record doesn't relate directly to
"the business of writing," which was the focus of my article, I
thought the tip was worth passing along!


Thank You For Your Thoughts...
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I want to thank everyone who sent kind messages of condolence
regarding the loss of my cat.  I was overwhelmed by the number of
e-mails I received; we have a lot of pet-loving writers on this
mailing list!  I have tried to respond to each e-mail personally,
but if I missed anyone -- thank you!  Yes, Nani is deeply
missed, but we are learning to cope.  One of our other cats is
rediscovering the bedroom that was formerly Nani's domain --
"Wow! Cool! I can get up on the bed and no one yells at me!"


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

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CLASS SCHEDULE CHANGES
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Four of our April classes are still open for enrollments through
the end of next week:

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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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 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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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.

NOTE: This class is full, but Bruce is accepting sign-ups to go
on a waiting list, in case anyone drops out at the last minute.
If we receive enough last-minute sign-ups, he'll offer the course
again in August.

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POSTPONED CLASSES
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The following courses have been postponed to the June session:

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

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


The following classes have been postponed to the August session:

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

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

Our complete June roster will be posted in the next newsletter,
but you can check it out now at:
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/index.shtml

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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BBC Three presents End of Story
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Ian Rankin, Sue Townsend, Fay Weldon and Alexei Sayle are among
eight novelists who will each write the first half of a short
story for BBC Three's new End of Story program. The story
beginnings will be published in a leaflet and distributed to
coffee shops, libraries, and the Internet. Readers will have six
weeks to complete their chosen tale, with the winners showcased
on BBC Three later this year. Judged by author Muriel Gray and
playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah, some of the eight winning endings
will also be broadcast on BBC Radio 4. BBC Three Controller
Stuart Murphy said the channel wants to uncover the next
generation of writing talent. "With the stories covering a
variety of genres, there's something to suit everyone's style of
writing. This series could change the path of some people's lives
for ever." For more information: http://www.bbc.co.uk/endofstory/

Reviewers wanted
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Booksandauthors.net is seeking book reviews and reviewers. If you
would like to submit a review, send it to:
Booksandauthors"at"aol.com. There are no word length requirements
for reviews. For more information: http://Booksandauthors.net

UK author's dragon hoax wins distribution deal
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Self-published Oxford author Allistair Mitchell staged a hoax
involving a baby dragon to launch his writing career and won a
distribution contract. His book "Unearthly History", a thriller
featuring a dragon, was rejected by several publishers and
agents. He decided to self publish his book under the pen name
PR Moredun. In January he announced to the media that he had
found a baby dragon in a jar in a garage last year, which he
claimed was created by German scientists in the 1890s and sent to
the Natural History Museum in order to dupe British scientists.
However in March it was revealed that the dragon was created by
the modelmakers for BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs series and the
jar was made at a glass blowing studio. He said: "I created the
hoax in order to attract potential readers, and to try marketing
my book even before it was published, from a rather original
starting point." The whole flap landed Mitchell an exclusive
distribution contract with Waterstone's booksellers. A company
spokesman said: "This is a very refreshing approach to book
publishing. My bet is that it is going to be a big seller --
because of the hoax but also because it is a great book and
people will recommend it."

Overdrive brings ebook collections to libraries
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Ebook vendor OverDrive, Inc. is supplying new digital services
to libraries. The San Jose Public Library recently launched the
company's services to give Silicon Valley residents access to
ebooks directly from home or office. To use the service, patrons
simply go to the library's web site, where they can browse titles
and download ebook files. New Jersey's Burlington County Library
System (BCLS) launched an ebook service using the Horizon eBooks
Library, a partnership project between OverDrive and Dynix. A
revolutionary aspect of this progject is that BCLS lends PDA
devices to ebook patrons. BCLS Director Gail Sweet said, "We want
to give all of our users the opportunity to enjoy ebooks and to
learn about PDAs. With this service, our users will have the
opportunity to load up a PDA and head on vacation."

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

Last issue we looked at ways to promote your book through an
author Web site. This issue, we'll look at some other, more
interactive ways to get the word out!

Sign Off with a Promotion
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Every e-mail you send can be a promotional tool. Just create a
signature block that lists, at the very least, the title of your
book(s) and the URL of your Web site. Kathy Stone, for example,
"searched [the Internet] for carnival-related newsgroups and
registered, and for my signature, used 'K. Stone, Author, Fox in
the Box: Memoirs of a Carnie Ticket Seller.' That immediately
caught the eye of numerous folks and I sold over a dozen copies
in 72 hours." Carmen Leal, author of You CAN Market Your Book,
notes, "I have three different Web sites with three distinct
target markets. Depending on which group I'm communicating with,
I will use one or a combination of my three signatures."

Join a Community
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No matter what you write about, you'll find a community on the
Web that is interested in your topic. Online communities
generally consist of an interlinked cluster of Web sites, forums,
chats, discussion lists, newsgroups, Web rings and more. Once
you've found your "community," you've found a pool of potential
readers.

One of the easiest ways to "join" this community is to sign up
with one or more e-mail discussion lists. This gives you a chance
to get to know your potential readers directly -- and to help
them get to know YOU. Find a discussion list that relates to the
topic of your book, lurk for a bit to find out what people talk
about, and then jump in!

The cardinal rule of discussion lists, however, is "no
advertising." If you "jump in" with a promotion for your book,
you may find yourself bounced off the list faster than you can
say "flame wars." E-mail discussion lists loathe blatant
self-promotion. Instead, participate in the "talk." Get to know
people. If someone asks a question related to your area of
expertise, answer it. Ask questions of your own. Let people get a
chance to "meet" you as a person, not just as an author trying to
promote a book. Then, when you've established yourself as an
active and respected member of the group, people won't blink if
you happen to mention that you're going to be giving an author
chat, or if your new book just came out, or whatever. (And
remember, your e-mail signature serves as a QUIET source of
promotion with every message you send.)

To find a discussion group on your subject, try searching Yahoo!
Groups or Topica for relevant keywords. For example, if you've
written an Arthurian romance, search both for groups relating to
"romance writing" and "King Arthur" or "Arthurian lore". Conduct
the same type of search online to find Web sites, chats and
forums relating to your topic.

Chat Up Readers
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Many authors turn to chats as a way to promote their books -- and
as a way to interact directly with readers (or would-be readers).
Chats are conducted in real-time, and can give your typing
fingers a workout. But they're also a great way to connect with
customers.

Karen Wiesner, author of Weave Your Web: The Promotional
Companion to Electronic Publishing: The Definitive Guide,
suggests that you sit in on a couple of author chats before
undertaking one of your own, and also that you write up a
prepared "introductory speech" that includes your URL when you
give a chat. She also notes that many chat sites keep
transcripts, so that people who didn't have a chance to
participate can still read the "chat" later.

If you search on a term like "Author Chats," you'll find that
there are dozens, if not hundreds, of sites dedicated to books
and literature that offer opportunities to "interview" authors.
Some are interested only in bestselling authors -- but others
welcome the chance to chat with anyone who has published a book.
You'll find both general-interest sites and more topic-specific
sites (such as sites dedicated to mysteries, romance, or science
fiction). Try searching on specific terms (such as "romance
author chats") to find the latter. Then, e-mail the site's host
or webmaster to find out how to become a "featured author."
(When you do line up a chat, be sure to mention it on your Web
site and to any groups that you've joined.)

Interviews, Reviews and More
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Sites that focus on books and literature may also publish author
interviews. Often, these sites have a standard questionnaire; as
Karen Wiesner notes, "You go to the website, e-mail them to say
you're willing to do an interview, they zap you a list of
questions which you e-mail back with your answers, and they
upload it to their site."

Check your "community" first: Sites devoted to your subject area
are the most likely sources of author interviews. Or, run a
search on "author interviews." Look at the sites you checked for
chats; these are likely opportunities for interviews as well.
While big-name sites like Salon tend to seek interviews only with
well-known authors, smaller book-related or book-promotion sites
are more open to interviews with "ordinary" authors. Be sure to
link to these interviews from your own site!

These same sites may also review books, so don't overlook them
when sending out your press releases or review copies. Make a
list of relevant sites and send it to your publisher, so that the
publisher can send out review copies directly. (Be sure to get a
full mailing address for the reviewer, and include the title of
the site or publication, so that your publisher knows where its
review copies are going.) Such reviews can reach hundreds or even
thousands of readers.

Direct Advertising
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Traditional forms of promoting a book include advertising and
press releases. These techniques can be used on the Web as well.
The good news is that it is generally far less expensive to
advertise online, while e-mailing a press release can cost
virtually nothing. The bad news is that authors report mixed
results on the effectiveness of these approaches.

Wiesner notes that "the only prerequisite to [e-mailing] a press
release is that you have something newsworthy to share with your
audience." In other words, a press release is not simply an "ad"
for your book. It must have "news value" -- something that will
prompt a publication to run the release. The traditional rules of
press releases apply here: See if you can tie your book's content
to an upcoming event, or show how your book solves a current
problem. You can send out press releases on your own, or go
through a press release site such as PRWeb (which distributes
press releases to various media for free) or Tela Communications
(which charges a fee).

Many authors advertise their books through Web sites, e-zines and
e-mail newsletters. First, you'll need to find relevant
publications (which you may have done already when you searched
for sites to exchange links with). Then, find out if those sites
accept advertising. Some sites will accept "ad swaps" (they place
your ad on their site, you place their ad on yours). Before you
negotiate such swaps, be sure that you are willing to accept
other people's ads on your site! Others charge a fee for
advertising.

To place a Web ad, you'll need to create a button or banner --
which involves a bit of design skill! (Or, find an artist who can
create one for you.) To advertise in e-mail newsletters, you'll
simply need to generate a text "classified." Some sites, like
Writing-World.com's Author Bookshelf, will create an ad for you
based on the text you provide and the cover image of your book.

The Internet provides a wealth of opportunities for you to meet
and interact with your readers first-hand. Once people get to
know you as a person, they're more likely to want to read your
work -- so get out there and start "mingling"!

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

Yahoo! Groups
http://www.groups.yahoo.com

Topica
http://www.topica.com

Chat Your Way to Sales, by MaryJanice Davidson
http://www.writing-world.com/promotion/promo02.shtml

PRWeb
http://www.prweb.com

Tela Communications
http://www.telacommunications.com

"Writing.com: Creative Internet Strategies to Advance Your
Writing Career" (Second Edition), by Moira Allen, offers a number
of tips on book promotion, Web site development, and more.

(This article originally appeared in The Writer -
http://www.writermag.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", "The Writer's
Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals," and "Writing.com". For
details, visit: http://www.writing-world.com/moira/index.shtml

Copyright (c) 2004 by Moira Allen

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THE WRITE SITES
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Creative Screenwriting Magazine
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Interviews with screenwriters, plus other resources. Now offers a
free daily email newsletter; sign up under "CS Daily".
    http://www.creativescreenwriting.com

Romantic Times
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This site offers a huge selection of author tips and historical
research information; follow the links at the bottom of the page.
    http://www.romantictimes.com

Outdoor Writers Association of America
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The association encourages contact among communicators in the
outdoor field, promotes expansion of outdoor coverage in the
nation's media and focuses public attention on natural resource
conservation.
    http://www.owaa.org

Inspired2Write
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Tips, classes and exercises for fiction, nonfiction, poetry,
journaling and more.
    http://www.Inspired2Write.com

Writing on Your Palm
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A site devoted to writing and other issues on handheld devices;
check the extensive column archive at:
http://www.writingonyourpalm.net/columns.htm
    http://writingonyourpalm.net

Young Poets Canada
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The youth division of the League of Canadian Poets; includes a
poetry ezine for and by young poets.
    http://www.youngpoets.ca/youth.php

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

Renting Mailing Lists to Promote a Book
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Q: My publisher asked me to send them information on mailing
lists to rent for my forthcoming book. Are they asking me to rent
lists to promote my book? How do I do this?

A: Unless your publisher actually asked YOU to handle the process
of renting mailing lists, what they probably wanted to know was
whether you had any recommendations as to the type of list that
would be appropriate.

Mailing lists are commonly rented from magazines. Thus, if you
had an idea of the types of magazines that would reach the same
audience that would be most likely to read your book, you would
be able to assist your publisher immensely by making those
recommendations. E.g., if you had written a book on pets, you
could give them a list of pet magazines. If your book is on a
particular hobby or craft, a list of the magazines addressing
that hobby would be useful.

Believe it or not, PR departments really DON'T sit down and
figure out that kind of information for themselves. Many
publishers send out lengthy "PR" questionnaires to authors before
a book is published, asking where the book should be sent for
review, and all sorts of similar questions. (The questionnaire
from my publisher tends to run about 10 pages!) In defense of
such departments, they feel that you (the author) will have a
better sense of the audience for your book, and so might be
better qualified to recommend possible markets.

It's improbable that you would need to get involved in the actual
RENTING of lists. This is extremely expensive, and would be
handled by the PR department itself. Again, most likely, they'd
just like to know where to start. (Of course, I haven't seen the
letter, so I could be completely wrong about what they're
asking.)

In any case, if you're not sure what they want from you, the best
thing to do is call them directly and find out. Such a call won't
offend anyone, and would be the quickest way to straighten out
any questions.

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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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WHAT'S NEW AT WRITING-WORLD.COM
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APRIL COLUMNS:
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Advice from a Caterpillar, by Peggy Tibbetts
Early Chapter Books; Finding a Spanish-Language Publisher;
Submitting to International Publishers
http://www.writing-world.com/caterpillar/cat39.shtml

Imagination's Edge, by Paula Fleming
What Do Protagonists Want?
http://www.writing-world.com/sf/edge/edge15.shtml

The Screening Room, by Laura Brennan
Contacting Actors; Writing from Outside Hollywood
http://www.writing-world.com/screen/screen12.shtml


NEW ARTICLES:
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Promoting Your Book on the Web, Part I: Authors Share Their Tips
by Moira Allen
http://www.writing-world.com/promotion/promo1.shtml


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MARKET ROUNDUP
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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: REGAL CREST ENTERPRISES
PO Box 210, 8691-9th Avenue, Port Arthur, TX 77642
EMAIL: Submissions"at"regalcrest.biz
URL: http://www.regalcrest.biz

Regal Crest Enterprises is seeking novel-length alternative
novels. The kind of stories we want to see have flesh and blood
characters, often gay and lesbian, in settings that don't
necessarily have to be real but must be alive in our
own imaginations. We want to be entertained by plots that are
original or have enough twists to a common story line to be
uniquely memorable.

At this time, we are accepting the following types of
submissions: alternative novels with plots of action, adventure,
mystery, drama, and romance, or romance coupled with sub-plots of
action, adventure, mystery, drama, fantasy, or light science
fiction. Please see our web site guidelines for more information.

LENGTH: 60,000 words or more
PAYMENT: Negotiable, generally 7-10% of cover price.
REPRINTS: Though we do not often publish reprints, we will
consider previously published pieces that are out of contract.
RIGHTS: Negotiable, but generally 4-7 years exclusive print
rights to all English language publication worldwide.
SUBMISSIONS: All submissions must be made electronically. Please
include a cover letter indicating your publishing history and the
entire manuscript as an attached RTF or Word file.
GUIDELINES: http://www.regalcrest.biz/submission.shtml

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CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE CAT/DOG LOVER'S SOUL
Dr. Marty Becker, Carol Kline, Amy D. Shojai, Co-Editors
PO Box 1262, Fairfield, IA 52556
EMAIL: submit"at"yourpetstory.com
URL: http://www.yourpetstory.com/index.html

Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup for the
Cat Lover's Soul stories heighten our appreciation for those
magnificent creatures we call dogs and cats. These stories
inspire us to spend more time with our dogs and cats -- giving
them the love, care and attention they deserve -- and to
celebrate and protect the special bond we share with our canine
and feline companions. Stories should showcase the many benefits
-- physical, emotional and spiritual -- that we gain from living
life in the company of dogs and cats. Please see our web site
for detailed guidelines.

DEADLINES: Dog Lover's Soul: October 15, 2004; Cat Lover's Soul:
December 15, 2004
LENGTH: 300-1,200 words
PAYMENT: $200
RIGHTS: Anthology rights
REPRINTS: Yes
SUBMISSIONS: We strongly encourage you to submit stories online.
You may email a story in the body of the message, or as an MS
Word attachment. Subject line: CS Dog (or Cat) Lover. Or submit
by mail.
GUIDELINES: http://www.yourpetstory.com/guidelines.html

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PENNY BLOOD
Nicholas Louras, Editor/Publisher
532 LaGuardia Place, Suite 616, New York, NY 10012
EMAIL: editor"at"pennyblood.com
URL: http://www.pennyblood.com

We definitely want articles on horror movies. They should be
retrospectives rather than reviews, and light in tone. The more
historical and/or philosophical insight the better. More than
anything we want interviews, so our highest rates go for those.
If you can get good interviews with genre personalities in any
medium, whether its film or literature or music, chances are
we're interested. Non-fiction only, please.

LENGTH: 3,500 words and up
PAYMENT: Up to $125
RIGHTS: FNASR, non-exclusive reprint rights
REPRINTS: Yes
SUBMISSIONS: We accept submissions by email only. Subject line:
Submission, title of your piece. Include text in body of email,
no attachments.
GUIDELINES URL: http://www.pennyblood.com

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"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. For more
contests, check our online contests section.
      http://www.writing-world.com/contests/index.shtml

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          Campbell River Online Story Contest 2004

DEADLINE: April 30, 2004
GENRE: Short story, poem, song, illustration
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: 500-5,000 words

THEME: You need never have visited Campbell River to enter the
story contest or to win, although your story must be set in the
Campbell River area and, in some way, large or small, incorporate
a fictitious character named Charles Moon. Charles Moon is 43,
wears a black hat, and walks on the beach every day. Take any
angle or point of view. Make your story murderous, suspicious,
humorous, science fictious. Go wild. Use any reference sources.
Tales may be told as short stories, poems, illustrations, or
songs. You might get some initial ideas by visiting the donor
links.

PRIZEs: Two $150 prizes, plus gift packs including books, art,
CDs, tours, and gift certificates

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, use online entry form:
http://www.loumilner.com/storycontest/entryform.html

ADDRESS: Suite 440, 1434 Island Highway, Campbell River, BC,
Canada, V9W 8C9

EMAIL: lou"at"loumilner.com
URL: http://www.loumilner.com/storycontest/index.html

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          Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism

DEADLINE: May 1, 2004
GENRE: Journalism
OPEN TO: Local and freelance journalists, see web site for
eligibility requirements
LENGTH: No word length requirements

THEME: Recognizes independent and professional reporting that
sheds new light on controversial issues. Established in 2002, two
prizes are awarded each year, one to a local reporter in a
developing country or nation in transition, and the other to a
freelance journalist covering international news. The stories can
focus on conflict, human-rights concerns, cross-border issues, or
any other issue of controversy in a particular country or region.
Underwritten by the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund and Reuters, and
administered by the Columbia University Graduate School of
Journalism, the prizes were created to honor Kurt Schork, an
American freelance journalist who was killed in a military ambush
while on assignment for Reuters on May 24, 2000, in Sierra Leone.

PRIZEs: Two $5,000 prizes

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No, but entry forms may be printed from web
site

ADDRESS: Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism, Graduate
School of Journalism, Columbia University, 2950 Broadway MC3800,
New York, NY 10027

EMAIL: schorkawards"at"jrn.columbia.edu
URL: http://www.jrn.columbia.edu/events/schork/

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          Armed Forces Joint Warfighting Essay Contest

DEADLINE: May 1, 2004
GENRE: Essay
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: 3,000 words or less

THEME: Combat readiness in a joint context. Essays may be heavy
in uni-service detail but must have joint application. Essays may
not have been published elsewhere.

PRIZES: 1st Prize: $2,500; 2nd Prize: $2,000; 3rd Prize: $1,000;
plus publication of all winners in October "Proceedings"

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No

ADDRESS: Armed Forces Joint Warfighting Essay Contest,
US Naval Institute, 291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402-5034

EMAIL: bjudge"at"usni.org
URL: http://www.usni.org/contests/contests.html#armed

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          Third Annual Conestoga Short Story Contest

DEADLINE: May 1, 2004
GENRE: Short story
OPEN TO: Non-professional writers
LENGTH: 5,000 words or less

THEME: All story entries must fit the genre of speculative
fiction, which includes science fiction, fantasy, horror, and
alternate history.

PRIZES: 1st Place: $100; 2nd Place: $50; 3rd Place: $25

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No

ADDRESS: Conestoga 7, 440 S Gary Avenue, Box 45, Tulsa, OK 74104

URL: http://www.sff.net/people/sfreader/conshort.htm

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            Coast Guard Essay Contest

DEADLINE: May 1, 2004
GENRE: Essay
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: 3,000 words or less

THEME: Any subject relating to the transformation of the Coast
Guard.

PRIZES: 1st Prize: $2,000; 2nd Prize: $1,000; 3rd Prize: $750;
plus publication of all winners in August "Proceedings"

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No

ADDRESS: Armed Forces Joint Warfighting Essay Contest,
US Naval Institute, 291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402-5034

EMAIL: bjudge"at"usni.org
URL: http://www.usni.org/contests/contests.html#coast

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          Commonwealth Short Story Competition 2004

DEADLINE: May 1, 2004
GENRE: Short story
OPEN TO: All Commonwealth citizens
LENGTH: 600 words

THEME: The aim is to promote the Commonwealth through
broadcasting high quality short stories submitted by Commonwealth
writers. The competition is administered by the Commonwealth
Broadcasting Association with funding from the Commonwealth
Foundation. The stories may have any theme or subject, and should
not have been previously published anywhere.

PRIZE: 2,000

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No

ADDRESS: Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, 17 Fleet Street,
London EC4Y 1AA

EMAIL: story"at"cba.org.uk
URL: http://www.cba.org.uk/shortstory2004.htm

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