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Issue 4:18          14,300 subscribers          September 2, 2004

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         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Take Control of Your Time, by Kelle Campbell
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: Can I sell my writing from South Africa?
            by Moira Allen
         JUST FOR FUN: What Not to Say to a Writer,
            by Jo Ann Yolanda Hernández
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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

Dispatches from the Spam Wars
In the previous issue, I announced that I would be changing
Writing-World.com's e-mail address in an effort to stem the spate
of spam.  I had recently taken back the task of e-mail checking
from Darcy Lewis (moving her to more interesting projects), and
since doing so, I've been receiving 1 MB (or more) of spam
attachments per day!

Imagine my surprise, therefore, on discovering that this spam was
NOT coming to the e-mail address I'd just taken back from Darcy
-- but was coming to my NEW, and supposedly "safe" e-mail,
"editor"at"".  This address had been spam-free for months -- but no
more.  So much for using that as the new "official"
Writing-World.com e-mail!

Then, to make life even more interesting, my autoresponder on the
old e-mail address got caught in a loop over the weekend.
Apparently it responded to a spam e-mail, and generated a bounce
message from the phony spam address, which of course resulted in
a new autoresponder message, which bounced again...  By the time
I found out about this, the loop was generating about three
incoming message per minute, and I had more than 10,000 message
in the inbox.  That e-mail address is now shut down for good, and
I removed the autoresponder from "editor"at"" just to be safe.

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Is It Fall Yet?
On the bright side, it looks as if the summer heat and endless
mugginess may be coming to an end.  Yesterday, as I drove home,
I saw at least two trees along the road that were beginning to
turn -- just a spritz of crimson and gold amid the green, but
a glimmer of hope for those of us who loathe the sauna that is
Virginia during the summer! I'm hearing the SOUNDS of autumn as
well: more cries of geese flying overhead, and nearer to hand,
the ka-plang, ka-plonk of acorns falling onto the metal roof of
the shed next door.  The air is just a little crisper, and there
are actually days when the deck beckons with the promise of a
cool, breezy escape from the computer.

Of course, this just means that snow-shoveling is only a couple
of months away...  Oh, well!

                                          -- Moira Allen, Editor

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Book club will feature self-published books
SPECTRUM Children's Book Club, part of the SPECTRUM Home and
School Network on the web, will institute a limited-time trial
program to give self-published children's authors a chance to get
noticed. The Ready for Prime Time program is calling for
self-published children's authors to submit their books for
review until December 15, 2004. There is a $20 fee; however, that
includes 2 months of advertising for all submissions. Not all
books submitted will be selected for review. Reviews will begin
appearing online in 2005 at the SPECTRUM Children's Book Club
web page. SPECTRUM readership includes teachers, school media
specialists, and representatives of publishing houses. For more
information: http://www.incwell.com/primetime/

Amazon.com will acquire Joyo.com Limited
Amazon.com has announced an agreement to acquire Joyo.com
Limited, a British Virgin Islands Company, which operates the
Joyo.com web sites in cooperation with Chinese subsidiaries and
affiliates. The Joyo.com web sites are the largest online
retailers of books, music and videos in China. Joyo.com will
become Amazon.com's seventh global web site. The transaction is
valued at approximately $75 million. "We are very pleased to be
entering the Chinese market with Joyo.com," said Jeff Bezos,
founder and CEO of Amazon.com. "In a relatively short time,
Joyo.com has established itself as the leading online destination
for books, music and videos in China, and we're happy to be part
of one of the world's most dynamic markets."

Search is on for Peter Pan sequel
London's Great Ormond Street Hospital, which owns the copyright
to J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan", has announced a search for the
sequel to celebrate the book's 100th anniversary. The sequel must
remain true to the spirit of the original. The central theme
should still encompass the eternal dilemma between the delights
of childhood and the pathos of leaving it behind, yet be placed
in a contemporary setting. The hospital's Special Trustees are
inviting publishers and literary agents to forward the names of
up to two authors who would like to be considered for the
project. The author can be a writer of children's or adult fiction,
of any nationality, although the book, a narrative fiction, is to be
written initially in English. The trustees are appointing an
advisory panel of experts from the worlds of children's
entertainment and publishing, including Liz Attenborough,
Mariella Frostrup, Daisy Goodwin, Lizo Mzimba and Lord Puttnam.
Nominated writers will be asked to submit a brief synopsis and a
sample chapter by January 31, 2005. The winner will be announced
in the spring and it is envisaged that the new Peter Pan will be
published in Autumn 2005. For more information:

Newspaper guild challenges Reuters' outsourcing plan
Reuters media company is in trouble with their union over
outsourcing. The Newspaper Guild of New York, whose members
include more than 500 Reuters America staff, is considering court
action against Reuters for its decision to outsource editorial
work to India this year. The Reuters' announcement does away with
20 editorial jobs in the US in favour of 60 employees in
Bangalore. According to the Guild, Reuters is guilty of
violating their collective bargaining agreement. Reuters
spokesperson Stephen Naru said: "We don't believe that we are in
violation of any agreement and we plan to proceed with our plans
as we previously stated." Barry Lipton, president of Newspaper
Guild of NY, said: "Besides exporting good jobs out of America,
the company's plans, at a minimum, violate the spirit of a 1998
deal it made to add jobs in New York City, in exchange for
millions of dollars worth of tax breaks."

Books wanted for review
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which is generally rated the number two station for adults in
Reno, Nevada. After she airs the reviews on the radio, Weber
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                           by Kelle Campbell (kelle"at"kcwriter.com)

Finding enough time is a challenge for everyone, especially
writers. Chores, family and friends, even writing-related tasks
such as tracking assignments and payments, all claim your time
until there's almost nothing left. The answer is time management,
but coming up with a system that suits you and keeps you on top
of your workload is a very personal endeavor. The methods you
choose must fit your work style, personality and needs.
Experiment with different techniques until you find what works
best for you.

Use "To Do" Lists
When starting a new project or assignment, break it down into
immediate, intermediate and long-term goals so as to better keep
on track. Put major deadlines on a wall planner or calendar as a
visual reminder and whenever possible set a time buffer to allow
for emergencies.

Develop A Priority Plan
One of the toughest challenges can be deciding what to do first.
Should you tackle the 2,000-word article or the high-paying
copywriting assignment? Over-research and last-minute emergencies
can also result in your neglecting your important projects. Use
these questions to decide which project should be next on your

1. When is the deadline? The sooner the deadline, the higher the

2. How much work is needed to reach the deadline? If it's
labor-intensive, start early.

3. How much time is required to complete the task(s)? Time
estimates will keep you on track.

4. Who assigned it? If the editor/client is demanding or pays a
lot, that will place them higher on your priority list.

Learn To Say No
Resisting too many demands on your time can be tricky, but
courteously declining extra work is a skill every professional
needs. If the request comes from friends and family, explain your
workload and make arrangements for a later date. If clients or
editors are asking for your services, explain that you're swamped
at the moment and offer to help them later. You can refer them to
another writer.

Tackle One Assignment at a Time
Multi-tasking is not always the answer. Moving between projects
means your time becomes fragmented, you're unable to focus on
specific assignments and your sense of urgency is heightened.
Starting one project only after you finish another can save you
time and energy because instead of retracing your steps, you'll
just keep moving forward.

Cluster Tasks
Grouping common tasks together can also save you time. Do you
send out a query letter or routine correspondence on Monday, two
of the same on Tuesday, and then two more on Thursday? Designate
one or two "mail days" and then work until you have many
documents to send at one time (of course, this is for work
without tight deadlines).

Match Your Work Schedule to Your Energy Cycle
When do you feel at your best? If it's possible, target your most
challenging projects for that time of day. Low-energy times are
best for "no-brainers" like reading publications, checking
e-mail, filing, ordering supplies, and so forth.

You can also keep your energy from seriously flagging before the
end of your workday by inserting energy boosters into your
routine. Whether it's switching from one type of task to another,
exercising, taking a quick nap, or something else, figure out
what will help get you going again.

Automate Computer Tasks
1. If you frequently go to your computer's menu bar to perform a
specific task, create a toolbar button for easy access. Toolbar
buttons are those icons on your screen that identify different
program functions. An example is Microsoft programs' little
printer icon designating the printing function. Most application
software should allow you to add buttons. In Microsoft Word, you
do this by going to the Tool menu and clicking the Customize
button, selecting the appropriate category of commands and then
dragging the button you want to the toolbar.

2. Macro commands can be used for more complex tasks. The Tools
menu's macro function allows you to group a series of tasks into
a single command under your choice of a toolbar button, a menu,
or keyboard shortcut.

3. Instead of formatting your articles each time, develop
templates into which you can paste your text. To save a document
as a template, simply select the Save As function, choose
"Document Template" in the Save As Type section of the dialog
box, and then save as usual.

4. You can also establish style formatting (font, indentation,
line spacing, etc.) by going to the Format menu and clicking on
the Styles function.

Track Project Hours
Whether your assignments are for publications or clients, keep an
eye on how many hours you spend working. This applies even if
you're not being paid an hourly rate because tracking work time
helps you figure out just how profitable a project is.

For example, if a low-ball $200 assignment takes only two hours,
the resulting $100 per hour makes it worthwhile to take on
similar assignments. However, if an attractive but
labor-intensive $2,000 project works out to be only $10 per hour,
you may have to decide whether you can pay your bills with that
type of job.

In addition, tracking how much time you actually spend on a
project can alert you to any bad habits such as procrastination.
At times, I have scheduled most of a day for a project, only to
find that I only worked three or four hours and spent the rest of
the time on chores or drifting through the day.

The easiest way to create a tracking sheet is with a spreadsheet
program or by creating a table in a word processing file. Label
the columns with whatever you need to track such as
client/publication name, description of the project and hours
worked. Add any other information you might find useful.

Taking time for yourself is not often considered a strategy for
increased productivity, but it is. Relaxed people can recharge
and regroup faster than stress addicts. So take a walk, stretch
out with a novel, take up a hobby. Balancing your work life with
private time will result in a truly productive career.


Kelle Campbell specializes in public relations writing and
magazine writing. She writes and edits material for the
educational technology and hospitality industries, and her
articles currently focus on small business, marketing and
technology. Visit her web site at: http://www.kcwriter.com

Copyright (c) 2004 by Kelle Campbell

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

Can I Sell My Writing from South Africa?

Q: Is it possible for me to sell work on the Web from South
Africa? What implications are there, such as copyright, tax, etc.

A: The quick answer is: There is no reason why you can't submit
material from South Africa, either to the Web or to print
publications in the U.S. or elsewhere.  Your work is covered by
the copyright laws of South Africa (which I'm guessing are
probably not too different from those of the U.S.).  You do not
need to register the copyright to your works in the U.S. to have
material published in the U.S. or on the Web.

Payment can be awkward, however, especially if it is in small
amounts.  Most international transactions tend to involve bank
fees and/or exchange fees.  Thus, you might find that if you sold
an article to a webzine for, say, $35 US, you could lose $10 or
more trying to deposit that check in your local bank.  So it's
better to try for the higher-paying markets, OR find an alternate
means of getting paid.

For example, I purchase articles from writers around the world
for Writing-World.com.  I've foudn that most writers prefer to be
paid with a check, as U.S. currency is generally stronger than
"wherever" and thus the exchange fees are less burdensome.
However, other mechanisms include PayPal (http://www.paypal.com),
where you have to go through several steps to set up an
international account.  Once you have that account set up,
though, anyone else with a PayPal account, anywhere in the world,
can send you money, and the fees are very low compared to bank
fees.  I also offer alternatives such as a gift certificate to,
say, Amazon.co.uk or some other online organization, where you
can basically SPEND your pay without having to go through a bank

Regarding taxes -- I have no idea what the laws are regarding
self-employment income in South Africa.  However, in most
countries, there are rules about how such income is taxed.  In
general, you only need to worry about the tax laws in YOUR
country -- in MOST cases, you will not incur any tax liability in
the country in which your material is published.  However, if you
end up selling material for very large sums of money in the U.S.,
you may wish to talk to an accountant about making sure that your
status as a non-U.S. citizen is clear, so that no tax liability
is incurred.

To sell your material, all you need to do is find an appropriate
publication -- one that you feel you can write for, based on its
guidelines -- and follow the submission guidelines.  Most editors
really don't care where their writers come from!

You'll find some additional information on writing for
international markets in the international section of
Writing-World.com at


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:

Copyright (c) 2004 by Moira Allen

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JUST FOR FUN: What Not to Say to a Writer
                by Jo Ann Yolanda Hernandez (BronzeWord"at"juno.com)

As a writer, always have a sideline job you can mention at
cocktail parties.

At these parties inevitably someone comes up to you and asks what
you do for a living. If you say you are a writer, their very next
question will be: "What have you published?" If you say, nothing,
the person will sniff as if you have developed a bad odor and
avoid you for the rest of the party. If you name a book, they
will look you up and down and say, "I've never heard of it," and
avoid you for the rest of the party.

The friendly guy comes over, pats you on the back and tells you
he just heard you are a writer. You know from whom! The
friendly guy will tell you he has been thinking of writing a
book. You perk up. A potential ally in the isolation of your
writing career? You ask how long? The friendly guy laughs. "Oh, I
haven't written a word. I figure I could push out a book over the
weekend. Writing can't be that hard to do."

The friendly guy leaves and you are blindsided by a young lady
dressed in black with blood purple lipstick. She stares at you.
You stare back. She stares back. You smile. She stares some more.
"I heard you're a writer." Guess from whom? You nod. She squints
she is staring so hard. "What about?" You tell her "Life." She
closes her eyes, takes a deep breath and whispers, "Awesome."

You slide away while she has her eyes closed and join a group. A
loud fellow points at you. "You're the writer." You nod. The loud
fellow looks at everyone in the group, winks and asks you, "Can
you tell me the theme of your book in one sentence?" You open
your mouth and he interrupts, "Because if you can't tell me the
theme of your 400-page book then you're not really a writer. A
Real Writer will be able to shoot out one sentence that tells
what the whole book is about."

The woman next to the loud fellow says, "Like a sound bite." The
redheaded woman says, "In the movies they call that the trailer."
The loud fellow snaps his fingers, "Just like that," and everyone
nods their head. You leave to refresh your drink.

The bartender asks if you are having a good time. Always on the
lookout for a good plot you say, "I bet you see a lot here." The
bartender hums a yes. "Must have tons of stories about things
that have happened in places like this." He nods. "Care to share
one with me?" He asks, "Why? You a writer?" You beam. "Yes. Does
it show?" "Nah. It's always the writers that ask weird questions
like that."

Then he leans closer to you, "Man, how do you think up all those
plots?" You wave your hand at the crowd. "There's a thousand
stories in the naked city." He looks blank. "Look around. All of
these people have something going on in their lives." The
bartender snorts. "You're telling me. I get an earful all night.
One sob story after the other. Jeez. You'd think they'd have
enough of that with their therapists." You leave your drink and
the party.

You stop off at home to check on your sainted mother. "Hi, mom."
"Where have you been? I smell booze on you." You laugh. "What
have you been up to?" You open your mouth. "You still with that
computer thing? Writing stories? When are you going to get
serious and get a real job? Don't you want to have a real job?"
You kiss her on the cheek and tell her you love her.

You head home. Your keyboard waits for you. The hardest and best
job in the world and you love it.

Well, maybe except for being a parent and a bartender.


Jo Ann Yolanda Hernandez wrote her first novel at seventeen. She
earned a Master's in Creative Writing at the University of San
Francisco, wandered a bit and ended up in Mesa, AZ where she
teaches at a local community college. Her manuscript, "The Throw
Away Piece", won first prize in the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize
at the University of California, Irvine.

Copyright (c) 2004 by Jo Ann Yolanda Hernández



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EMAIL: editor"at"europeanvisits.com
URL: http://www.europeanvisits.com

European Visits Online Magazine accepts article submissions from
both experienced travel writers and ordinary travelers (not to
mention extraordinary travelers!) for online publication. Our
publication is about visiting Europe. We'll consider material on
Israel & other Middle Eastern countries, and also Iceland, as
many travelers combine visits to these places with stopovers in
Europe. Turkey, Eastern Europe and Russia are all within our
range. We don't use material on the Caribbean, Hawaii, South
America, Africa, Asia, India, Australia, or North America. We are
interested in good, short pieces about the processes & pitfalls
of travel in general and will use an occasional piece on nifty or
unusual travel gear in the Reviews category. We publish articles
in several categories, please see web site for specific

LENGTH: General: 550-2,500 words; Reports & Reviews: 200-1,000
words; Special Interest: 500-1,500 words; Europe Writes: 150-750
words; Destinations: 500-2,500 words
PAYMENT: 5 cents/word
RIGHTS: Non-exclusive online rights and one-time non-exclusive
print rights. All rights revert to author after use.
SUBMISSIONS: Submissions by email are greatly preferred, with the
words "Article Submission" in the subject line. Our preference is
that the full text be sent as the body of an email message.
Please do not send attachments of any type. Send disk submissions
on 3.5" DOS compatible disk only. Do not send Mac disks.


KT Publishing
PO Box 584, Caboolture, Qld 4510, AUSTRALIA
EMAIL: submission"at"writingaustralia.com
URL: http://www.writingaustralia.com

Fiction: General short fiction, mainstream, literary, genre,
children's stories. Good writing is the main criterion. No
explicit sex or violence.

Articles/Features: Instructive or motivational articles that
could be of genuine help to writers; writing/selling to specific
market areas, interviews with established Authors, Publishers or
Agents, techniques you use or have seen used (good or bad).

Personal Essays: A strong, thoughtful, first-person essay
relating to writing. May be humorous, philosophical or

Poetry: Various slants on the writing life
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Submit maximum 2 poems.

LENGTH: Fiction & Articles: $50: Essay: $12.50-$25; Poetry: $10
PAYMENT: Fiction & Articles: 1,000 words or less; Essay: 250-500
words; Poetry: 8-20 lines
RIGHTS: One-time only electronic publication of the copyright
owner's work; copyright is retained by the owner. Also archival
rights at our website, with instant removal at the copyright
owner's request.
SUBMISSIONS: Submissions can be sent via email, but must be in
the body of the message, with the word "Submission" in the
subject field. Computer diskettes can be sent by post but the
submission must be in plain text.
GUIDELINES: http://www.writingaustralia.com/submissions.html


Magazine Editor
Hunting Net, Inc., 11964 Oakcreek Parkway, Building B, Unit G,
Huntley, IL 60142
EMAIL: editor"at"hunting.net
URL: http://www.hunting.net

Hunting Net is especially interested in topnotch writers who can
make hunting and outdoor related topics entertaining while
maintaining accuracy. We like a variety of articles from those
that have a human element imposed (i.e. Me and Joe stories) to
those that are more factual in nature. Our readers also enjoy
"how to" articles. Above all, we strive to provide our visitors
with articles and editorials that are fun to read while providing
useful information to assist in their pursuit of outdoor
activities. Study the articles we already have posted on our
site. You will find a mixture of topics for both the hunter and
non-hunter alike. Hunting Net houses a variety of sites including
Turkeyhunting.com, Waterfowlhunting.com, Deerhunting.com and
Sportingdog.com. Look at the sites, see what we have and look for
what we may be missing. Choose areas where you are most
knowledgeable to create topics and angles for stories. From time
to time, we will also be looking for writers to assign specific

LENGTH: 750-1,500 words
PAYMENT: $25-$350
RIGHTS: one-time use only rights
SUBMISSIONS: By mail only. We require a double-spaced, typed
printed version as well as a Microsoft Word PC Word formatted
version on disk included.
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This section lists contests that charge no entry fees. For more
contests, check our online contests section.


            Situation: Comedy Contest

DEADLINE: September 18, 2004
GENRE: Sitcom script
OPEN TO: 18 years and older
LENGTH: Half hour script

THEME: Friends has taken its final bow. We've seen the last of
Sex and the City. Frasier has left the building. Where will
television find its next great comedy hit? From you. With beloved
sitcoms departing from network schedules and few surefire hits
waiting in the wings, we find ourselves on the brink of a
potential comedy crisis. But we at Bravo are no longer content to
sit on the sidelines while the art of the sitcom is left to
languish. Instead, we are putting the power in your hands, as
writers and viewers, with a bold new program we're calling
Situation: Comedy

If you think you've got an idea for the next great sitcom, read
our rules, fill out our application and send us your script. The
writers of the best five scripts will be flown to Los Angeles for
in-person pitch meetings with industry experts, and the best two
pitches will be developed into 15 minute presentations that will
air on Bravo. Viewers will then vote for their favorite, and the
top vote-getter will pocket a cash prize and exclusive
representation for one year from their choice of the William
Morris Agency or the Creative Artists Agency, to help launch a
successful writing career in film and TV.

PRIZE: $25,000


ADDRESS: Situation: Comedy, 11271 Ventura Blvd. #515, Studio
City, CA 91604

URL: http://www.bravotv.com/Situation:_Comedy/How_to_Apply.shtml


          Simon Scanlon Writing Awards

DEADLINE: October 4, 2004
GENRE: Nonfiction
LENGTH: 1,500-2,000 words

THEME: In memory of Franciscan Friar Simon Scanlon, our longtime
editor and publisher, The Way of St. Francis has established the
annual Simon Scanlon Writing Awards. Applicants submit an
original essay or feature-length article. This entry must not
have been previously published or presented in any form. Subject:
any theme dealing with the influence and relevance of Franciscan
life, spirituality, history, etc. to our world today. Must be
oriented to a general reading public, not an academic audience.
Profiles, essays, poems, human interest stories, interviews, etc.
are acceptable. Published examples in The Way can be used for

PRIZES: 1st Prize: $1000; 2nd Prize: $500; 3rd Prize: $250

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, MS Word email attachment

EMAIL: ofmcaway"at"att.net

ADDRESS: The Way, 1112 26th Street, Sacramento, CA 95816-5610



      Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism

DEADLINE: October 6, 2004
GENRE: Nonfiction
OPEN TO: Newspaper and magazine journalists
LENGTH: No word length requirements

THEME: The 2004 Oakes Award will go to the author(s) of an
article or single-topic series on an environmental issue
initially published between October 1, 2003, and September 30,
2004. A series must be designated as such by the publication when
it is printed. A regular column may also be submitted as a
series. Only newspaper and magazine articles are eligible. If
photos and/or illustrations substantially strengthen the winning
piece, the judges may divide the award among the writer and the
photographer or illustrator. Fiction cannot be considered.

PRIZE: $5,000


ADDRESS: Oakes Award Committee, 40 West 20th Street, New York, NY

URL: http://www.oakesaward.org/rulesentry.html


         2005 St. Martin's Press/MALICE DOMESTIC CONTEST

DEADLINE: October 15, 2004
GENRE: Best First Traditional Mystery Novel
OPEN TO: Unpublished mystery novel writers
LENGTH: No less than 220 typewritten pages or approximately
60,000 words

THEME: Please see website for specific and detailed mystery
guidelines. All eligible writers must send for an application
form to the address below which also contains the address for
mailing entries. Do not mail entries to the address below, you
will not be entered in the contest. Application requests only,

PRIZES: $10,000 advance against royalties, standard St. Martin's
Press contract


ADDRESS: St. Martin's Press Malice Domestic Contest, Thomas
Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

URL: http://www.minotaurbooks.com/minotaur/malice.html



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