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Issue 4:17          14,300 subscribers            August 19, 2004
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                           CONTENTS
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         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Titles, Subtitles and Back Covers: Do They
            Really Sell Books? by Denise Hamilton
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: No shortcuts to publication!
            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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Time for Some Changes
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I've had to make another "tough" decision -- the decision that I
really don't need any more Viagra, Cialis (what the heck IS
Cialis, anyway?), or body-part enlargements in my life.  I also
don't need to meet any "special friends" who, supposedly, met me
recently in a chat room (I don't chat) and would love to get
together online and share their personal photos.  In short, if I
really, really want spam, I'll buy it in a can.

So, it's time once again to change Writing-World.com's primary
e-mail address.  Our e-mail is now "editors"at"writing-world.com."
You will also notice that I'm not plastering this e-mail quite so
liberally throughout the newsletter -- I figure that anyone who
really needs to talk to me can scroll to the masthead at the
bottom of the page! I've also set up a new "contact information"
page at http://www.writing-world.com/admin1/contact.shtml

I will be checking the old e-mail address through the end of the
month, after which the address will be shut down.  I will also be
setting up an autoresponder on that e-mail to let people know
that the e-mail is being changed -- but not, for obvious reasons,
what it is being changed TO!  The message will provide a link
back to our contact page.

Just so no one gets the wrong idea, this change has nothing to do
with our readers.  The problem is, it's very easy for spam robots
to get hold of a newsletter return address, and it's impossible
to "conceal" that address when sending out a newsletter.  The
only solution I've found is to periodically close out an old
e-mail address and open a new one, which seems to keep the
spammers at bay for a little while.  Also, since our e-mail
address is in perhaps as many as 14,000 "address books," it is
inevitable that whenever a new virus comes around, we get
inundated with virus attachments.

Change #2
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The second change I will be making to Writing-World.com was a
much tougher decision.  I recently reviewed the site to
determine exactly what was on it -- and discovered that we now
offer more than 600 articles and columns.  That's a lot of
material!

This caused me to ask, "How much more material does this site
actually need?" When I launched the site, my goal was to "grow"
it into a major resource for writers.  However, I believe that
growth has been accomplished; anyone coming to the site for
the first time is going to find no shortage of material to
review!  Therefore, instead of adding four or five new articles
to the site every month, I'm going to reduce that number to two
or three per month (plus columns).

This means that MOST new articles posted to the site will appear
in the newsletter first, though we will still use some "web-only"
pieces (particularly articles that are very genre-specific).  It
also means, of course, that I will be buying fewer articles every
year, and that it may take longer for an article to be posted
once it has been purchased.

If you ARE new to the site and haven't had a chance to check out
our 600+ articles, there are three easy ways to find out what's
available on Writing-World.com.  The first is to use the
pull-down menu at the top of each page; each category in the menu
will take you to an index page listing the articles in that
category.  (Or, just scroll down to the bottom of the page for
our "shortcut" navigation menu.)  The second is to use the Site
Index (http://www.writing-world.com/admin1/siteindex.shtml),
which lists all the articles on the site, by category.  (This is
also a great place to check before submitting an article, just to
make sure we don't already have something on the topic.)  The
third is to use the "PicoSearch" function at the top of each
page, which enables you to search for articles by keyword.  You
can also locate our columns by going directly to the main column
index at http://www.writing-world.com/columns/index.shtml

Check it out and enjoy!

                                          -- Moira Allen, Editor

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Free (and almost free) e-books for Writing World subscribers!
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Two authors are offering free, or almost free, e-books for
Writing World subscribers this month. The free one comes from
Marshall Chamberlain, who is offering his massive, 323-page
e-book "Creative Self-Publishing in the World Marketplace" to
Writing World subscribers during the month of August. Just go to
http://www.gracepublishing.org/page44.html to request a copy of
the e-book any time between August 1 and August 31. I've
downloaded a review copy, and will say that this appears to be a
great resource for self-publishers. (Use "Writing World" for the
organization entered in the form; the e-book will be delivered
between September 1-3, as Chamberlain will be out of the country
during the month of August.)

The second, "not quite free" offer comes from Jennifer Lawler,
author of "Dojo Wisdom for Writers." Lawler is offering a
selection of three e-books to any subscriber who purchases "Dojo
Wisdom" from Amazon.com on August 31. The free e-books include
"Queries that Sold" and "Ten Tips for Finding a Writing Goal
Buddy," plus your choice of any writing e-book on her website.
Just forward your Amazon.com confirmation e-mail to
jennifer"at"jenniferlawler.com and she'll give you information on
how to download your free books. For more information on "Dojo
Wisdom," visit http://www.jenniferlawler.com

Read a banned book
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Banned Books Week, the national celebration of First Amendment
rights, now in its 23rd year, will be held from September
25-October 2. The 2004 theme is "Elect to Read a Banned Book."
"Open your mind to a banned book" is this year's challenge to
readers. The program is sponsored by the American Booksellers
Association (ABA), American Booksellers Foundation for Free
Expression (ABFFE), American Library Association (ALA),
Association of American Publishers, American Society of
Journalists and Authors, National Association of College Stores,
and is also endorsed by the Center for the Book of the Library of
Congress. ABFFE President Chris Finan said, "This year, Banned
Books Week will provide us with a wonderful opportunity to drive
home the message that reader privacy is an essential element of
First Amendment freedom." For more information:
http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/bannedbooksweek/bannedbooksweek.htm

Xlibris outsources jobs to the Philippines
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Xlibris Corp., a Philadelphia book publisher, has laid off about
35 customer-service workers and moved the jobs to the
Philippines. According to CEO John Feldcamp, by relocating the
work to a country where wages are lower, the company can triple
the number of people doing similar work for the company. The US
jobs paid about $24,000 a year. In the Philippines, salaries for
replacement workers are about one-fifth of that. "It was an act
of necessity, not of greed," said Feldcamp. "We're not actually
saving a dime." About 75 people were hired in Cebu, where the
company already had an office. An additional 25 hires are
expected this year. Employees who lost their jobs in Philadelphia
were given about two weeks' severance pay. Most of them had
worked for Xlibris for a year or two. The layoffs took effect at
the end of July.

C-SPAN cancels Booknotes
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On December 5, C-SPAN's popular author interview program,
Booknotes, will celebrate its 800th author interview and its final
show. Since the show debuted April 2, 1989, host Brian Lamb (also
founder and CEO of C-SPAN) estimates that 1.8 years of his life
have been dedicated to reading. "It's been great, but I also
think it seemed, in many ways, like I was always studying for a
semester exam every week," said Lamb. "Even kids in school get
the summers off. I just thought it was time to do something new."
On December 12, Lamb will host a new interview program
tentatively called Q&A, which will occasionally feature authors.
However most guests will come from all walks of life, including
politicians, journalists, doctors, scientists, and historians.
Archives of Booknotes will remain on the web site. According to
Lamb, BookTV -- C-SPAN2's 48-hour programming on the weekends --
will most likely air another author interview show soon. For more
information: http://www.booknotes.org

Ebook software pioneers will launch audiobooks
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At the World Science Fiction Convention in Boston on Labor Day, a
new company will launch audiobooks. Paperback Digital was created
by the same team that built the Palm Reader software into the
most successful ebook platform to date. Using the MP3-CD standard,
their audiobooks compress up to 17 hours of book narration
onto one CD. Paperback Digital specializes in science fiction
and fantasy titles, which will be available on CD or
downloadable digital file, from $14.95 to $25 (for unabridged
versions). At the recent BEA, AV Books also promoted disks using
the MP3-CD format, combining unabridged audio with an electronic
reproduction of the book that can be read or listened to on a
computer.

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TITLES, SUBTITLES AND BACK COVERS: DO THEY REALLY SELL BOOKS?
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              by Denise Hamilton (dhamilton"at"inktreemarketing.com)

Does a title really sell a book? The short answer is, yes. If a
book does not attract a reader initially, it will be overlooked
and not purchased. The book title is the element that creates the
initial attraction to the book. Watch people who are browsing in
a bookstore. A catchy title grabs their interest and makes them
reach for the book out of curiosity. A great title makes browsers
think, "Really?" or "What does THAT mean?" or "That's what I
need". Think long and hard when choosing your book's title. The
title must give some clues about the book's contents in a snappy
"one-liner".

Many authors struggle fiercely with the title choice, not
realizing that the title is there somewhere in the book's
contents. They just haven't recognized it because they are too
close to the project. Sometimes it helps to talk to impartial,
unbiased persons. Tell them what your book is about, and then
listen to their feedback. Alternately, on the tongue-in-cheek
advice of one publishing professional, open a bottle of wine and
start writing. Make a list of everything that comes to mind about
what you have written in your book. Nothing is too silly, but do
try to strike on the central theme or message. When your list is
complete (and the wine is all gone), group your notes into
categories. Choose the snappiest, most intriguing words that say
something about your book without sounding like a boring
explanation.

Perhaps these titles will help you:

Woman-Sense Rules!
Fit to Cook
Climb Your Stairway to Heaven
Light the Fire
Spell Success in Your Life

If you are planning on a series, your title should be your
"brand". Then as you make your brand into a household word, you
ensure future sales. As each title in the series is published,
you know that people will buy the latest book to complete the
series. Think Harry Potter or Nancy Drew.

Adding a Subtitle
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The subtitle of your book is a great way to increase sales. The
subtitle gets to the heart of the book and convinces the reader
of the book's benefits. It lets people know that the book is
unique and that they really can't live without it. It makes the
reader believe that he or she just can't live without your book
-- and that is your objective.

Check the following subtitles:

Woman-Sense Rules! - The Spiritual Woman's Guide to Finding
Yourself When You Didn't Know You Were Missing
Fit to Cook - Why "Waist" Time in the Kitchen?
Climb Your Stairway to Heaven - the 9 habits of maximum happiness
Light the Fire - Fiery Food with a Light New Attitude!
Spell Success in Your Life - A road map for achieving your goals
and surviving success

In the title and in the subtitle, you can use humor or emotions
to sell your book, but avoid clichˇs and "corny" expressions, or
overly common sayings. They soon become stale and annoying. Keep
the title unique, catchy and relevant, and use the subtitle to
explain.

Before making the final decision on your title, conduct a title
search. Although you cannot copyright a title, duplicating titles
only leads to confusion, and you want people to buy your book, not
a competitor's book. Make your title one that increases the
likelihood of increasing your book sales.

Getting the Most from Your Back Cover
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Now that you are aware of the importance of the title and the
subtitle of your book, think about using the back cover to sell
the benefits of your book. The next time you're browsing in a
bookstore, take notice of the first thing a customer does once
she has picked a book off the shelf -- she turns it over and
reads the back cover! If the back cover is persuasive enough
about the book's benefits to her, the customer will likely open
the book and peruse the contents. So, how do you create an
impressive back cover?

Keep the text simple -- but powerful. You shouldn't need much
more than 100 to 200 words to convey everything you need to
attract the buyer. Use compelling phrases to communicate the
message in your book. Using simple phrases, or "sound bites",
will sell the reader on the benefits of your book. Small, strong
teasers capture the reader's attention and entice her to read the
book. Bullets work very well to clearly outline benefits. You
have a whole book to explain all the details, so for now, just
outline the important benefits of your book and persuade the
customer to buy it!

Use testimonials. Contact people with credibility and recognition
in your field and ask them for an endorsement. Ask those who have
read and appreciated your manuscript to write a review. Use
reviews collected from sending advanced reading copies to media
and book reviewers. Third party endorsements are very persuasive.
People are influenced by knowing that someone else, especially
someone they deem as credible, has read your book and does
appreciates its benefits. This is why a publicity campaign is so
important once your book has been published. People listen to the
media. They believe what the media says is true and therefore, if
the media advocates your book, the public believes it must have
value.

Use your credentials and background to sell the reader on your
book, but limit the amount of information about yourself. Unless
the book is about you, all the reader needs to know is why and
how you are qualified to write it. A couple of lines is all you
need. You can include a photo of yourself if you like but be sure
to keep it small, and please, unless you're already a celebrity
or you have another very good reason, don't put your photo on the
front cover. Your book is not about you. Many people like to know
who wrote the book and like to relate to the author through a
photo, but make sure you consult with your designer in keeping
the photo size and placement tasteful.

Speaking of designers, please hire one! The expertise and end
results are worth their weight in gold. Professional design can
make a world of difference when presenting your book to media,
potential buyers, distributors, and any other book professionals
along the way. If you take your book seriously and you don't want
it to look amateurish, hire the experts who can make it look
professional. Many volume buyers make their purchasing decisions
based solely on the appearance of the cover. Media persons and
potential buyers will also assess books the same way. Do people
judge a book by its cover? You bet they do! Do they buy a book
based on the benefits listed on the back cover? Absolutely!

If you create a professional calibre book that has a great title
and that clearly identifies the benefits of the book to the
reader, you are well on your way to bestseller!

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Denise Hamilton is co-author and publisher of "Fit to Cook - Why
'Waist' Time in the Kitchen?" She is also VP of Sales at Ink Tree
Ltd., a book marketing and publicity company. Visit her web site:
http://www.inktreemarketing.com

Copyright (c) 2004 by Denise Hamilton

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THE WRITE SITES
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The Mysterious Home Page
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A streamlined, "just the links, ma'am" jumping off site for the
mystery world online.
    http://www.cluelass.com/MystHome/Publishers.html

WingSpan Press
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Find a host of tips and download a free Book Promotion Timeline
from this publisher's website. (Though most of the rest of the
site primarily promotes the publisher's services, each section
also has lots of good links to articles off-site.)
    http://www.wingspanpress.com/promotion.htm

Ideas4Writers
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Though the majority of the info on this site is available by
paid subscription, there are still loads of story-starter
ideas and tips to be found for free.
    http://www.ideas4writers.co.uk

Digitized Materials from the Rare Book Division
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Digital images of rare books from the Library of Congress.
    http://www.loc.gov/rr/rarebook/digitalcoll.html

Writer's Blog
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News and current events of interest to writers.
    http://www.writerswrite.com/writersblog/

Book Blog
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Gossip and news about authors, new releases and bestsellers.
    http://www.readersread.com/bookblog/

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

No Shortcuts to Publication!
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Q: I am 67 years old and have a large amount of written work. I
have tried to publish it to no avail. Vanity publishing is beyond
my budget. I have tried one or two agents but the cost was
prohibitive. I believe what I need is an agent or mentor. What
would you do?

A: To be blunt, the only way to get your work published is to
acquaint yourself with the way the publishing industry works.
Reputable agents, for example, do NOT charge advance fees --
which means that there is no cost involved in working with a
"real" agent. If you have encountered agents who ask for up-front
fees, you've been dealing with ripoff artists. I'd recommend
browsing the "writing" section of Barnes and Noble -- it has the
best selection I've seen of books that will help you understand
the process of submitting your work to agents or publishers.

To determine whether your work is marketable, I recommend joining
an online critique group and gaining some feedback. Such groups
are free (though they do require participation -- to get
critiqued, you must also provide critiques for others). You'll
find a list of critique and discussion groups at:
http://www.writing-world.com/links/critique.shtml

Or, look into finding a "real world" writing group. Some are
good, some are not so good. Unfortunately, these can be hard to
track down; I don't know of any resource on the Web that lists
local groups. The best place to find a group is either at your
local library(s), or through Barnes and Noble. (B&N often has a
bulletin board near the restrooms where local writing and book
groups post meeting announcements). Look for a group that
actually reviews and gives feedback to members' work.

Q: I am 14 and working on a fantasy novel, and would like to see
it available from bookstores as soon as possible. I have had
difficulty contacting publishers, so would like to launch the
book via a writing contest; do you know of any that will help me
do so?

Congratulations on making such progress on a novel. I wish you
all the best of luck in getting it published -- however, there is
no good "shortcut" to the accepted method of submitting a book to
a publisher or an agent. Unfortunately, many publishers that deal
in adult or young adult fantasy DO require that a writer have an
agent, as they receive so much unacceptable material. So your
first task is to find an agent to look at your manuscript. That
may not be easy because of your age, but I would recommend that
you give it a try anyway. You'll find information about how to
locate agents, and what to look for, at:
http://www.writing-world.com/links/agents.shtml

Do not choose an agent who charges a "reading fee". Agents should
only charge fees for when they have actually sold your work to
a publisher.

You may also be able to locate a small press that can publish
your book; many of these DON'T require agents. If you haven't
looked at the latest Writer's Market, I recommend doing so; you
should be able to find a copy at any library.

Self-publishing will not give you the results you are looking for
-- specifically, getting your book into bookstores.
Self-published and subsidy-published books, including books
produced by print-on-demand companies, RARELY are accepted by
bookstores, for a variety of reasons too lengthy to explain here.
Just suffice it to say that if you go this route, it won't
happen, so don't waste your time and money.

As for contests, I'm not aware of any that will help you get
this type of novel published. However, you can find a
listing of contests in our contest database at
http://www.writing-world.com/contests/index.shtml

     >>-----------------------------------------------------<<

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" (now available as an
e-book) and "Writing.com: Creative Internet Strategies to
Advance Your Writing Career". For more details, visit:
http://www.writing-world.com/moira/moira.shtml

Copyright (c) 2004 by Moira Allen

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WHAT'S NEW AT WRITING-WORLD.COM
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AUGUST COLUMNS:
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Oops again!  In the last issue, I listed the correct URLs for
the August columns, but forgot to load them.  So here they are
again, in case you were wondering what happened to them!

Advice from a Caterpiller, by Peggy Tibbetts
Finding Funding for Self-Publishing; Finding a Market for a Poem;
Statistics on Children's Publishing
     http://www.writing-world.com/caterpillar/cat43.shtml

Imagination's Edge, by Paula Fleming
Using Current Events in SF/Fantasy
     http://www.writing-world.com/columns/sf/edge17.shtml

Press Kit, by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Author Showcases and Syndication Services, Part II
     http://www.writing-world.com/columns/promotion/press18.shtml
     (NOTE: This is the last installment of this column.)

The Screening Room, by Laura Brennan
Should I Write My Own Screenplay from my Novel?
     http://www.writing-world.com/columns/screen/screen14.shtml

ARTICLES:
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Crafting the Perfect Profile, byJohn Rains
(Includes Parts I and II from the newsletter.)
     http://www.writing-world.com/freelance/rainsprofile.shtml

How to Be a Great Radio Guest! by Larry James
     http://www.writing-world.com/promotion/radio2.shtml

Radio Station Checklist: "Stuff" You NEED to Know & Do BEFORE You
Go on the Air!, by Larry James
     http://www.writing-world.com/promotion/radio1.shtml

To Job or Not to Job: A Writer's Question, by Antonio Graceffo
     http://www.writing-world.com/freelance/job.shtml

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MARKET ROUNDUP
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GREATEST ESCAPES.COM
Victoria Brooks, Editor-in-Chief
Suite 310, 318 Homer Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 2V2 Canada
EMAIL: editor"at"greatestescapes.com
URL: http://www.greatestescapes.com

We prefer stories set in offbeat, exotic locations, but popular
tourists' destinations presented with fresh perspective are also
acceptable. We look for vivid description based on meticulous
observation. Every article must be written with a personal voice
and point-of-view and with enough detail that readers can
discover (or rediscover) a place through the writer's eyes.
Typically, this means stories are written in the first person,
though we are open to other styles. We look for humor, action,
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other travelers, tour guides or travel companions. We publish
features, departments, short anecdotes, photo essays with short,
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PAYMENT: Features: $100; On Location articles: $50
RIGHTS: First Internet rights and re-publishing rights
REPRINTS: Yes
SUBMISSIONS: Queries and completed manuscripts may be sent by
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GUIDELINES: http://www.greatestescapes.com/writersguidelines.html

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ANTHOLOGY: DEATHGRIP EXIT LAUGHING
Walt Hicks, Editor
EMAIL: wwhicks"at"exitthelight.com
URL: http://www.hellboundbooks.com/dgrip4.html

Humor in fiction is often used effectively to manipulate the
emotions or thoughts of the reader. Regardless of the genre or
media, most popular entertainment relies on some form of humor to
equalize or enhance elements of horror, fear, suspense, dread,
revulsion, etc. HellBound Books Publishing is looking for those
unique stories, regardless of genre, which use a pervasive
element of humor throughout to play havoc on the reader's psyche.
Must be well-plotted, original, daring, character-driven, and
well, hell -- funny in places. No pastiches using established
characters. No stale, failed left-overs from other anthos,
please. No chewing human flesh with your mouths open. Make the
editor laugh and gasp in the same paragraph, and you'll likely
make a sale!

DEADLINE: December 31, 2004
LENGTH: 2,000-5,000 words
PAYMENT: 3 cents/word, plus one copy of finished book
RIGHTS: First International rights
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: Email only, send as attachment in MS Word or
WordPerfect only. No MAC
GUIDELINES: http://www.ralan.com/antho/listings/deathgr4.htm

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: FAMILY GATHERINGS
Helen Kay Polaski, Editor
Rocking Chair Reader, Adams Media, 57 Littlefield Street,
Avon, MA 02322
EMAIL: rockingchairreader"at"adamsmedia.com
URL: http://www.adamsmedia.com

Family Gatherings will feature 60-70 delightful stories that
revolve around family gatherings in America's small towns and
small town homes. From weddings and reunions to rallying around
one another for support and encouragement, Family Gatherings
offer the perfect opportunity for family members to bond, share
heartfelt stories, and create lasting memories through work and
play.

What we're searching for is vivid word-weaving and great
storytelling. We want stories that travel full circle, tell a
complete story, and depict inspiration, good times, and homespun
humor with the delightful flavor of the elusive small town
atmosphere we all long to recapture. If your story is written
about a small town, revolves around a family gathering, and
brings a precious memory with it, we're interested! Questions and
queries welcome. Please see our online guidelines for more
information.

DEADLINE: September 10, 2004
LENGTH: 500-1,000 words
PAYMENT: $50 for each accepted story; $250 for the story selected
as the lead story
REPRINTS: We do not seek stories previously published in
anthologies (with the occasional exception of small regional
publications).
RIGHTS: Anthology, archival (data storage/retrieval), promotional
use, and serial rights
SUBMISSIONS: Email is preferred; no attachments please. Copy and
paste your submission into the body of an email.
GUIDELINES: http://www.adamsmedia.com/rocking.html

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contests, check our online contests section.
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          Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards

DEADLINE: September 15, 2004
GENRE: Poetry
OPEN TO: Poetry books published between September 1, 2003 and
September 1, 2004
LENGTH: No word limit

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

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

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

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No

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

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

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          Jerry Jazz Musician New Short Fiction Contest

DEADLINE: September 30, 2004
GENRE: Short fiction
OPEN TO: All
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

URL: http://snipurl.com/8eka

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          2004 Preservation Foundation Contests

DEADLINE: September 30, 2004
GENRE: Nonfiction
OPEN TO: Unpublished writers
LENGTH: 1,500-5,000 words

THEME: General Nonfiction: Any appropriate nonfiction topic is
eligible.

Travel Nonfiction: Stories should be true accounts of a trip
taken by the author or someone known personally by the author.

PRIZES: $100 award in each category

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, send as attachment

EMAIL: preserve"at"storyhouse.org

ADDRESS: The Preservation Foundation, Inc., Attn: Richard Loller,
3102 West End Avenue, Suite 200, Nashville, Tennessee 37203

URL: http://www.storyhouse.org/contest.html

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