Writing World Newsletter Archive
Return to Newsletter Index · Home


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

   A World of Writing Information - For Writers Around the World

                   http://www.writing-world.com

Issue 5:04         15,200 subscribers           February 17, 2005
*****************************************************************

SPECIAL NOTICE: Please DO NOT REPLY to this e-mail; any messages
sent to the listbox address are deleted. See the bottom of this
newsletter for information on how to subscribe, unsubscribe, or
contact the editors.

*****************************************************************

                           CONTENTS
=================================================================

         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Location, Location, Location, by Jim C. Hines
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: How should I handle last names in my
            fantasy trilogy? by Moira Allen
         WRITER TO WRITER - by Peggy Tibbetts
         JUST FOR FUN: Writer's Prayer, by Alyssa Joy
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

*****************************************************************
WRITTEN A BOOK? GET PUBLISHED TODAY WITH AUTHORHOUSE. Experience
the thrill of having your voice in print. With offices in the
U.S. and the U.K., join over 20,000 authors who have successfully
published with AuthorHouse. To learn more, click here to claim
your free Publishing Guide. http://snipurl.com/b6zh
*****************************************************************
EARN AN MFA IN WRITING through the brief-residency program at
Spalding University in Louisville, KY. Call (800) 896-8941x2105
or e-mail gradadmissions"at"spalding.edu and request brochure FA90.
For more info: http://www.spalding.edu/graduate/MFAinWriting
*****************************************************************
WRITERSCOLLEGE.COM has 57 online courses. Prices are low.
If you can reach our web site, you can take our courses.
http://www.WritersCollege.com
*****************************************************************
DISCOUNTED SOFTWARE FOR WRITERS -- PowerWriter, DramaticaPro,
StoryCraft, WritePro, MovieMagic, StyleWriter, plus many more.
HUGE SAVINGS! GREAT SELECTION! Save online at:
http://www.MasterFreelancer.com
*****************************************************************
THE WELL-FED WRITER by Peter Bowerman - Learn how you can make
$50-100 an hour as a freelance writer and easily earn $1000 a
week or more working 2-3 good days. Details:
http://www.writingcareer.com/pb001.shtml
*****************************************************************
LOOKING FOR PAYING MARKETS?  Absolute Write Can Help! Subscribe
to the Absolute Markets PREMIUM Edition for just $15 a year and
get all the writing markets we can cram into your inbox!  We've
got calls for freelance writers, screenwriters, editors, greeting
card writers, translators... http://www.absolutemarkets.com
*****************************************************************

                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
=================================================================

Writing 101
-----------
No, it's not an announcement of a new class -- it's the 101st
issue of Writing-World! Why are we celebrating the 101st issue?
Because the 100th issue slipped right past me!

I knew it was coming.  I was watching for it.  Then, when Peggy
asked, "When is the 100th issue, exactly?" I checked the numbers
again and realized -- "Uh, it was LAST week."

We launched the newsletter in March 2001, shortly after launching
the website itself.  That year, we had 22 issues; we've had 25
issues each year since then.  We started with 2500 subscribers;
by the first issue in 2002, that had nearly tripled to just under
7500 subscribers.

As Peggy notes in her column, below, what makes this project
truly amazing is the ability to correspond with writers
throughout the world.  I chose the name "Writing-World.com"
because I wanted to project the image of a site that would not
just be helpful to U.S. writers, but to writers everywhere.  I
had no idea, however, how widely this publication would be read!

It's also a reminder that, no matter how much I grump and groan
about the demands of e-mail or the fact that I spend 90% of my
working day at the computer, a publication like this simply
wouldn't be possible without the Internet.  In fact, I have a
hard time imagining what my writing career would look like today
without the Internet!

What about yours?  In our 101st issue, we're asking -- how has
Writing-World (website or newsletter) changed YOUR writing
career?  Have you found your first market or made your first sale
through us?  Or have you perhaps just found the sort of
encouragement you needed to send that manuscript out the door
instead of filing it in your sock drawer?  Send your answers to
"How has Writing-World.com changed YOUR writing life?" to Peggy
Tibbetts, at peggyt"at"siltnet.net, and look for the results in
March.

And finally, thank YOU.  Writing-World.com would not be here
today if not for all of you!

                                          -- Moira Allen, Editor

*****************************************************************

YOUR TRAVEL WRITING CAREER COULD START HERE... TODAY. Imagine
sliding out of bed and knowing your "work" for the day is to
scuba dive along the Great Barrier Reef... mountain climb in the
Andes... or Kayak around the remote islands of the San Juans...
Here's the opportunity you've been looking for:
http://www.thetravelwriterslife.com/sh/wworlda6/

*****************************************************************

TAKE THE TEST -- IT'S FREE! Has that novel been rejected too many
times? Worried that reviewers will notice poor grammar more than
the story? Present a professional image; hire a professional
editor. See the difference editing makes with a free test edit.
Visit http://www.scripta-word-services.com

*****************************************************************

NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
=================================================================

Search engines bidding for About.com
------------------------------------
About.com, the eight-year-old guide to the Web, is up for sale
with bids due this week. Google, Yahoo, AOL, and Ask Jeeves are
apparently bidding in a price range of $350-$500 million.
About.com was founded in 1997 as The Mining Company. Renamed in
1999, About.com uses "Guides", who are subject experts, as hosts
of over 700 topics. It was and acquired by Primedia in 2000.
Primedia touts About.com as "the Internet's largest creator of
original content," with over 1 million links and 250,00 articles
-- each one a potential vehicle for ads. Primedia is selling
those content pages at what could be the top of the market,
according to David Jackson, editor of the Internet Stock Blog and
a hedge fund manager. "Content inventory is getting very
valuable. Compared to three or six months ago, this is a very
good time to sell." Search engines are hungry for content as they
morph into what Jackson calls "content engines". Jackson added:
"One remarkable thing about the deal is the list of buyers."

Penguin introduces new paperback format
---------------------------------------
Penguin Group USA is introducing the Penguin Premium format, a
slightly larger and higher-priced ($9.99) mass market paperback
edition. The new format features high-quality paper stock with
wider margins and more space between lines of text. Penguin
tested the market in December 2004, with Minette Walters's
"Disordered Minds". It was so well-received, says the company's
new president of paperback sales, Norman Lidofsky, that the
publisher is releasing seven more Premium novels between July
2005 and January 2006.

Amazon Prime offers flat rate shipping
--------------------------------------
Amazon is touting the Amazon Prime program as "all you can
eat express shipping". The $79 annual fee for the new membership
program includes unlimited two-day shipping on all orders on
in-stock products, even orders placed by up to 4 family members.
Orders are shipped overnight for $3.99 per item. Amazon currently
offers free shipping on most orders of $25 or more, but not
necessarily in two days.

Read an eBook Week
------------------
March 6-12 is Read an eBook Week. "The idea is for ebook
publishers and authors to hold special events during the week,"
said Rita Toews, Canadian author and originator of the idea. "By
uniting in a mass promotion, I am confident we can bring ebooks
to the attention of the media and the public." In honor of the
week, members of the ebook industry are encouraged to approach
local libraries, reading clubs, and the media to plan special
events and bring them to the attention of the media. "Authors can
hold readings at libraries," said Toews. "Publishers can offer
special discounts, contests, and other promotions in honor of the
event." For free banners, buttons and more information:
http://www.biffmitchell.com/eBook_Week/ebook_week.html

How to Get Published Day
------------------------
To help promote March as Small Press Month, March 4 is "How
to Get Published Day." Across the country publishers and small
press writers will team up with their local bookstores and
libraries to present seminars on the publishing process. In
addition, posters promoting Small Press Month will be distributed
free to booksellers. New this year, the Small Press Center
compiled its own 10 notable small press titles after canvassing
independent booksellers. The list of titles is available on the
SPC web site. For more information, including a list of marketing
suggestions for bookstores and libraries as well as events, go
to: http://www.smallpress.org

*****************************************************************

INTERESTED IN WRITING FICTION OR NONFICTION?  Find inspiration
and ideas for that next project at Profitable Pen's newest
forums! Register for free at http://www.profitable-pen.com.

*****************************************************************

BOOKBLASTER E-QUERY SERVICE FOR NOVELS!  Picture this: you open
your email inbox and there are 30 requests from agents &
publishers to read your novel! Bookblaster will email your query
to 500 agents & publishers with responses going directly to you.
It's quick and highly effective. Info"at"scriptblaster.com
http://www.scriptblaster.com/bookblaster.php

*****************************************************************

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
=================================================================
                                by Jim C. Hines (jchines"at"sff.net)

You're reading through the first draft of your story. You have an
interesting protagonist, an engaging plot, and a terrific opening
to hook your readers. You turn to page two, and it hits you: your
scene takes place in "a room with white walls," or "a grassy
field," or another of the cookie-cutter settings that can make an
editor toss the story into the rejection pile.

Setting is one of the trickier elements of fiction. How much time
should you spend describing the crenellations and gargoyles atop
the castle wall, or the old-oil smell of the neighbor's garage?
Too much description and the reader could lose track of the plot
line. Too little, and your story takes place in a vacuum.

Readers are unlikely to buy into a story if they don't believe in
the world where it takes place. It's not always easy to describe
unique, engaging settings, especially in a first draft. What
follows are some tips to help you in the process.

Research
--------
In college, my greatest fear was that I might disappear in the
bowels of the university library like many a freshman before me.
The library was a labyrinth with confusing colored tape trails on
the floor. The wise freshman brought a three-day supply of food
in case he got lost, as well as breadcrumbs with which to leave a
trail.

Others, like myself, simply avoided the library. Instead, I wrote
about settings I knew and invented details for the ones I didn't.

After a few dozen rejections, I wound up in the hospital with
diabetes. I stayed there for three days, and when I got out, I
returned to my computer to work on a story I had started a few
months before -- a story which happened to be set in a hospital.

This story had earned a number of rejections, and as I reread, I
began to understand why. My made-up hospital was simply wrong.
Beds and curtains and bustling nurses do not a hospital make. I
added details that had stood out when I was a patient and used
them to spice up the story. I talked about the over-moist
pineapple cake I got at dinner and the cramped space around my
bed where visitors barely had room to sit down. I described the
IV tube that snaked around the rails of the bed and the smell of
urine that wafted through the room every time my cathetered
roommate opened the bathroom door. By the time I finished, that
hospital was real. I printed it out, mailed it off, and voila --
it was rejected by an editor who didn't like vampire stories.

It did sell to the next editor, however, becoming my second
professional sale. Of course, life isn't always cooperative
enough to provide real-world research for every story. Sure, I
got lucky this time (if you could call it luck), but what about
the next story?

For real-world settings, the Internet is one of the easiest
places to do a bit of quick and dirty research. A search for
"Paris, France," for example, summons up a number of more-or-less
official sites that provide tourist information, maps, and
history, all of which can add depth to your story. Not only that,
but a search for the words "Paris trip" and "journal" calls up a
number of personal journals describing school-sponsored trips and
vacations. Between these two, you can find a good balance of
information. Online journals are unreliable as a source of
objective information, but they can add flavor.

Another option is to contact people directly. Most states,
countries, and regions are happy to send travel and recreation
information to potential tourists, often at no charge. If you
know a person who has been to the location in question, so much
the better! Many people are more than willing to talk you through
their photo album if you identify yourself as a writer.

For more exotic settings, the library is a good place to start.
Try to find a university library, if possible. Once there,
immediately find a university librarian to help you find what you
need. Librarians, as I eventually learned, are far more helpful
than breadcrumbs.

Remember, you're not required to become the absolute authority.
We're writing stories, not doctorate-level dissertations. In most
cases, we don't want to spend too much time on the setting, since
this can eventually distract a reader from the story. I've found
it helpful to focus on two things: details and differences.

Details
-------
One approach to setting would be to describe everything from the
color of the ceiling tiles in the restaurant to the clothes on
the customers to every item on the menu behind the counter. Go on
long enough, and any reader will know everything about the
restaurant, including the exact color of the kitchen sink.
Unfortunately, the average reader will have thrown the book
across the room after page three and moved on to the latest
Stephen King bestseller.

There's no room to talk about everything, especially if you're
writing a short story. Instead, take a few moments and make a
mental list of details about the last bar you visited. Think of
the smells, the sounds, the decorations, the customers.

Rather than following the "kitchen sink" approach, pick out a
few details that exemplify the setting.

There's a local bar where one spot of carpet is a brighter green
than the rest, marking the spot where the manager used spray
paint to hide a vomit stain. That one detail not only captures
the atmosphere of the place, it also gives us a bit of insight
into the manager.

One famous and oft-quoted example is Robert Heinlein's line, "The
door irised open." Heinlein found a single detail that
established the entire feel of his futuristic environment.

Usually, it takes more than one detail. Try to seek out details
that engage at least two or three of the reader's senses. Visual
details alone are less engaging than details that describe sight,
texture, and sound.

In general, readers do about ninety-five percent of the work when
it comes to description. If you provide those key details, the
reader will do the rest.

Think of your local post office. What three details truly capture
the feel of the place? That can be a bit tricky, since so many
post offices tend to share a lot of the same details. A wall of
PO boxes establishes the scene, but we could be in any one of a
thousand post offices.

What makes your setting different? What detail makes this
particular post office distinct from every other post office in
the world?

Differences
-----------
I'm sitting in my cubicle at work as I work on this article. I
don't need to describe everything to establish a sense of
setting. It would be a waste of time for me to talk about the
gray partitions or the oversized appointment calendar on the
wall. Almost every cubicle in America shares similar features.

I need to find a way to make this place interesting. How does my
cubicle stand out from the rest? Maybe it's the Mexican radio
station playing on my supervisor's computer in the next cubicle.
The array of Lego Star Wars models scattered around my work
station is another possibility, one that gives a bit of insight
into me as well. Or it could be the tiny black gnats who
colonized the plants by the fax machine and like to crawl across
the computer screens, looking like rogue pixels.

Think about difference in terms of your story. What makes your
spaceship/castle/dark alley/bookstore/portable bathroom
different? Choose the details that carry the most punch, the ones
that make your setting stand out. Irising doors do establish
setting, but these days, it's not enough. Lots of spaceships have
irising doors. Instead, describe the fact that your space
explorers are constantly tripping over rabbits scurrying through
the halls of the ship, a result of defective DNA freezers back
when it used to be a colony ship.

Be creative, but be careful as well. Make your details too unique
or silly, and you've made an implicit promise to the reader that
these details will be a relevant piece of the story. If you go
with the space rabbits, your readers may legitimately expect the
rabbits to come up later in the story. The details need to match
the kind of story you write.

Esther Friesner wrote a series of comic fantasy novels in which
she mentions various hamster-related beasts. The reader never
encounters the evil super-hamsters, but because the books are
comedies, and because these details aren't overused, they work to
establish a world gone silly. Mention a rifle hanging on the wall
while writing a murder mystery, on the other hand, and you had
better make sure somebody gets shot.

Putting it All Together
-----------------------
What happens when setting gets glossed over in the writing
process? If a writer isn't aware of setting, if we aren't
consciously looking for details to help the reader know this
place, we fall back on stereotypes and clichˇs. This is both
forgivable and normal, right up to the point where we submit the
story. After all, we're trying to keep track of characters and
plot and voice and the rest of it; setting can easily slip
through the cracks.

Discovering the setting can be one of the joys of revision. It's
a way to add depth and creativity to a story. In other cases,
when setting is more central to the plot, world-building might be
the first step in the writing process. Like most other aspects of
writing, there is no one right way to create setting.

When we skimp on setting, we tend to fall back on things we've
read before. One of my first science fiction stories took place
on a ship which, upon looking back, seems remarkably familiar. I
can almost hear the characters proclaiming their need to "seek
out new life and new civilizations."

Read through your story and ask, "Have I ever read a story that
takes place in this setting, or is this world truly unique?"

If it's the former, it's probably time to do a bit of research.

It's not that hard, and you almost never have to check in to the
hospital.

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

Jim C. Hines has been writing for ten years, appearing in such
markets as Realms of Fantasy, Turn the Other Chick, Sword &
Sorceress, and many more. He currently lives in Holt, Michigan,
with his wife and daughter, both of whom have been amazingly
patient with his writing-related neuroses. And by the time this
article is published, there may be a new member of the Hines
clan. For more info, excerpts from Jim's writing, and soon, tons
of baby pictures, visit his web site:
http://www.sff.net/people/jchines

Copyright (c) 2005 by Jim C. Hines

*****************************************************************

Let Patricia Fry help you meet your writing goals.  Full-time
freelance writer, author of 19 books, president of SPAWN (Small
Publishers, Artists and Writers Network).
http://www.MatilijaPress.com/consulting.html

*****************************************************************

WRITE IN STYLE AND SELL MORE! We edit and evaluate manuscripts,
proposals, synopses and more. Bobbie Christmas (author of Write
In Style) BZEBRA"at"aol.com. Sign up for our free tips/markets
newsletter! Zebra Communications: http://www.zebraeditor.com.

*****************************************************************

THE WRITE SITES
=================================================================

Todays-Woman.net
----------------
A community for men and women over 18, where over 380
writers/poets/columnists meet and exchange ideas, contest, rate
and review and help each other succeed in the writing industry.
    http://www.todays-woman.net

Write Query Letters That Sell
-----------------------------
A free 12-day e-course by Mridu Khullar to help you learn how to
make money writing for magazines.
    http://www.writerscrossing.com/ecourses.html

LiveJournal
-----------
A free and simple-to-use (but extremely powerful and
customizable) blogging tool, built on open source software.
    http://www.livejournal.com

Colossal Directory of Children's Publishers
-------------------------------------------
This is a new link for Sandy Cook's directory to children's
publishers' web sites.
    http://www.childrens-publishers.com

DarkMarkets.com
---------------
The online market guide for horror writers.
    http://darkmarkets.com

Kid Magazine Writers
--------------------
Market guides, interviews with editors, articles and more
especially for children's magazine writers.
    http://www.kidmagwriters.com

*****************************************************************

SUNPIPER PRESS is dedicated to giving exposure to new, emerging
and established writers. Showcasing poetry, short stories and the
works of self-published writers.  Also offers two essay contest
for students. We want you to read AND participate. Join us at
http://www.sunpiperpress.com. Promoting the Voices of Our Future!

*****************************************************************

THE WRITE STUFF: Writer's conference in Allentown, PA, April 1-2,
2005. Keynote: Writer's Digest fiction columnist/sci-fi author
Nancy Kress. 18 sessions: fiction, NF, journalism, children’s,
poetry. Network with agents, editors, published authors.
http://www.glvwg.org/conference.

*****************************************************************

THE WRITING DESK
=================================================================
                                                   by Moira Allen

How Should I Handle Last Names In My Fantasy Trilogy?
-----------------------------------------------------

Q: I'm currently writing a fairly complicated fantasy trilogy.
The basic setup is a country split into fairly autonomous
city-states, each ruled by their own Lord or Prince or Duke.
They all look to a king who's not much more than a figurehead.
Each city-state will have its own laws, rules, customs, etc,
depending on the ruler and on the weather and the physical
conditions in each city-state.

As this will be a detailed world, set in a medieval time frame,
I'm wondering if my characters should have last names. I've seen
similar type books where they use last names, some where they
don't and some where the last name is the town or village the
character was born in. Do you think last names are necessary?

A: I'd say this breaks down into a couple of questions (or more).
First, what is the benefit (or disadvantage) of having last names
for your characters? Will it make a difference if someone
introduces himself as "Simon" or as "Simon de la Mere"?

Second, MOST cultures have SOME form of identification for an
individual beyond a "given" name. In some cultures it is a
"patronymic" -- i.e., the family name, usually the name handed
down by the father's side of the family. In other cultures, of
course, naming is also matrilineal (or combined). Some cultures
base a "last name" upon one's location -- a village or province
(that's where names like "de la" come in). Some base it on
occupation.

Most cultures actually have a combination of the above. For
example, if you are at the level of society where "family"
matters -- i.e., your family is important -- then your "last
name" is generally going to be family-based. (However, it may
also be a combination of family and property -- for example,
"John Scarborough, Lord Ravenscroft" is John from the
"Scarborough" family but he is "lord" of the "Ravenscroft"
property. In society, this man would be referred to as "John
Scarborough" (last name) or "Lord Ravenscroft" (title) -- but not
as "John Ravenscroft".)

If, however, you're of a lower class, then your name is much more
likely to be based on just location or occupation. So you might
be "John the Tanner" (or eventually "John Tanner"), or "John of
Westville" (eventually "John Westville").

"Last names" as we know them in America are actually a more
recent convention. Many immigrants in the past two centuries
didn't have "last names" but were asked to provide them when
immigrating. Officials tended to write down occupational or
geographical identifiers as last names, thus making them "last
names" for the first time. So while someone might have been "John
Johnson", his father, John, could have been "John Ericson," whose
father, Eric, might have been "Eric Olafson." But at a particular
point, "Johnson" gets "frozen in time" as a last name for
everyone in the family.

Another naming structure is clans. These are also closer to "last
names" as we know them -- you might be a "Ross" or a "MacDonald."
In this case, a last name refers to the extended family/clan/kin
group to which you belong. In the situation you describe, where
you have autonomous city-states, the ruling family of each state
would probably have its own "name".

In many cultures, NOT having some form of "identifier" beyond a
given name meant that you were literally a nobody. John of
nowhere? John of nothing? (I'm borrowing from Lloyd Alexander
here, in case anyone catches me ...) The identifier told people
where you "fit" in society. (Not always a good thing, of course.)
So it would be unusual to have a "world" in which no such
identifiers exist.

So your challenge, really, is not so much "whether" to give
people last names, but rather, to determine the social/cultural
basis of those names. Again, keep in mind that it is probably
going to vary by class. It's also likely to vary by other factors
-- for example, the differences between Saxon names and
French/Norman names in England after the Conquest. Names like
"Mandeville" and "de Montfort" are clear signs of Norman descent,
so if you had a "conquest" in your world at some point, it's
likely that the conquerors/ruling class will have a different
naming structure than the underclass/conquerees.

Names are tons of fun. But it's also important to stick to a
consistent "convention" for your names. If one character is
"John," another character had better have a very good reason to
be "Beregard" or "Alvandiel". Have fun!

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

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) 2005 by Moira Allen

*****************************************************************

BOOK PUBLICITY & PROMOTION Smith Publicity -- One of the most
creative publicity and book promotion agencies in the country.
Flexible, affordable publicity packages.  Radio and TV
interviews, features and reviews in newspapers and magazines;
book tours, special events.  Interviews placed on virtually every
top show; stories and reviews in most major newspapers and
magazines.  Check out http://www.smithpublicity.com or call
(215) 547-4778, ext. 111; e-mail: info"at"smithpublicity.com

*****************************************************************

WRITER TO WRITER
*****************************************************************
                           by Peggy Tibbetts (peggyt"at"siltnet.net)

Celebrating our 101st issue (see Moira's Editor's Desk) makes
sense to me. As writers, before we finish one project we're
looking forward to the next. We celebrate a sale or book
contract, then we celebrate the publication. The sale validates
our existence in a society where professionals bring in a
paycheck. Publication validates our work. Our 101st issue honors
the past and represents a bold step into the future as we look
forward to our next issues -- 102 and beyond.

Back in the days of Inkspot.com and the Inklings newsletter, I
thought Debbie Ridpath Ohi and Moira Allen had the coolest jobs
in the world. I longed for my own Internet writing gig.
Eventually I was lucky enough to land the Children's Writing
Resource Editor position at Inkspot, and the opportunity to work
with Moira Allen. When they pulled the plug in 2001, Moira
plucked me out of the talent heap and offered me a job. Now, as
managing editor and columnist for Writing World, I realize it's
so much more than a job where I don't have to dress up or
commute. The work is perfectly compatible with my writing
schedule. I love my job! Moira is a friend as well as my editor.
Our great working relationship gives me an insight that helps me
in my contacts with other editors. But there's another bonus I
never anticipated during my Inkspot-envy years. Over the past 4
years -- has it really been 4 years? -- I have virtually met and
actually corresponded with writers around the globe, including
Indonesia, Kuwait, India, Australia, South America, Germany,
Japan, the UK, and the US. The cornerstone of every writer's
career is building readership. Writing World has given me the
gift of the world of writers, readers, and friends.

Thank you Moira and all our writers, readers, and friends!

These are just a few of the ways Writing World has helped my
career. Join us in celebrating our 101st issue. Please drop me a
note and tell me:

How has Writing World helped your career?

Please send your responses to: peggyt"at"siltnet.net
Subject: Writer to Writer


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

Peggy Tibbetts answers your questions about writing for children
in her monthly column, Advice from a Caterpillar:
http://www.writing-world.com/caterpillar/index.shtml
Visit her web site at: http://www.peggytibbetts.net

Copyright (c) 2005 by Peggy Tibbetts

*****************************************************************

JUST FOR FUN: Writer's Prayer
=================================================================
                           by Alyssa Joy (Alyssa.Joy"at"verizon.net)

Now I sit me down to write.
My head I scratch; my nails I bite.
The clock is chiming half-past ten,
I heave a sigh, begin again.

Now I rub my aching head,
The clock strikes twelve; my eyes are red.
My page reads "The," and nothing more.
My cozy bed I must ignore.

Now to sleep I go at last.
My expectations I've surpassed.
For I have made my goal today.
"Another word!" I think. "Hurray!"

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray my full-time job to keep.
"Or better yet," my silent plea,
"Somebody to publish me."

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

Alyssa Joy is a student at NOVA, triple-majoring in drama,
creative writing, and mathematics. Her passion for writing is
exceeded only by her love of the dramatic arts. She hopes to
transfer to UCLA to complete her three degrees, and there
continue her acting and writing careers.

Copyright (c) 2005 by Alyssa Joy

*****************************************************************

WHAT'S NEW AT WRITING-WORLD.COM
=================================================================

ARTICLES:
---------

The Art of Assembling Anthologies,
by Arlene Uslander and Brenda Warneka
http://www.writing-world.com/publish/anthologies.shtml

The Numberless Hordes: Keeping Your Fantasy Armies a Little Less
Fantastic, by John Savage
http://www.writing-world.com/sf/hordes.shtml

The CONTEST DATABASE is back online with updated listings for
February, at http://www.writing-world.com/contests/index.shtml

*****************************************************************

FIND 1700 MARKETS FOR YOUR WRITING! Writing-World.com's market
guides offer DETAILED listings of over 1700 markets, with contact
information, pay rates, needs and more.  Fourteen themed guides
are available for $2.50 apiece or $25 for the set.  For details,
see http://www.writing-world.com/bookstore/index.shtml

*****************************************************************

MARKET ROUNDUP
=================================================================

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: HER STORY: WHY I LIVE IN MY BATHTUB
Indi Zeleny, Editor
Box 1312, Carmel Valley, CA  93924
EMAIL: zindiz"at"yahoo.com
URL: http://www.herstoryinfo.homestead.com

Adams Media Inc., is compiling an anthology of stories for a new
book tentatively titled "HerStory: Why I Live in my Bathtub and
Other True-Life Stories about the Moments that Make Us", to be
published in Fall 2005. The book will contain 30 true stories --
written by strong women like you -- that celebrate the moments
that help women everywhere deal with the cathartic stuff of life.
They are stories about women who have taken charge of their lives
and inspire us to take charge of our own destinies. See our
online guidelines for a list of suggested themes.

DEADLINE: March 10, 2005
LENGTH: 2,000 words
PAYMENT: $200
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
GUIDELINES: http://www.herstoryinfo.homestead.com (Click on
"Submission Information")

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

EATINGWELL: THE MAGAZINE OF FOOD & HEALTH
823A Ferry Road, Charlotte, VT 05445
EMAIL: editors"at"eatingwell.com
URL: http://www.eatingwell.com

The best way for a first-time contributor to introduce us to his
or her work is through our regular departments. Our two
short-feature departments, "NutritionWatch: The Science of Eating
Well" and "Observer: News From the World of Food," rely heavily
on freelancers. Each issue contains a mix of solid journalistic
profiles, science reports, investigative articles, and travel
pieces in combination with several cooking/recipe-oriented
service features. We expect thorough, accurate research (vetted
by our staff nutritionist and scientific advisory panel) and
thought-provoking writing. At the same time, articles must be
readable -- filled with detail and the creative use of anecdotes.
Please query first for features and departments. We also publish
recipes. See our online guidelines for more information.

LENGTH: Features: 1,500-3,000 words; Departments: 200-500 words
PAYMENT: Features: $1.00-$1.50/word; Departments: $150-$200;
Recipes: $100-$175
RIGHTS: FNASR
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: Query first please. Submissions may be made on disk
by mail, or via email, as an MS Word attachment.
GUIDELINES: http://snipurl.com/co2k

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

STEPHEN D. ROGERS PRESENTS
Stephen D. Rogers, Publisher
EMAIL: submissions"at"stephendrogers.com
URL: http://www.stephendrogers.com

Stephen D. Rogers Presents is an online quarterly publication
that showcases one story every January, April, July, and October.
I'm seeking stories of exactly 1,000 words in any genre, with a
bare minimum of graphic sex, violence, and obscene language. The
story I select will be the one that makes me jump out of my seat
in excitement at what the author has accomplished. Stories with a
twist are always welcome.

LENGTH: Exactly 1,000 words
PAYMENT: $50
RIGHTS: First publication rights
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: Send your story in the body of an email with the
word "submission" in the subject line.
GUIDELINES: http://www.stephendrogers.com/guidelines.htm

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

Please send Market News to: peggyt"at"siltnet.net

"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"
      http://www.writing-world.com/rights/rights.shtml

*****************************************************************

WRITING CONTESTS
=================================================================
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

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

          WriteCraft Spring 2005 Short Story Contest

DEADLINE: March 15, 2005
GENRE: Short story
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: 1,500-5,000 words

THEME: The story must be based on the photo prompt displayed at
contest web page.

PRIZE: $25 cash or Amazon gift certificate

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes

EMAIL: shortstorycontest"at"writecraftweb.com
URL: http://www.writecraftweb.com/wcSScontestguidelines.html

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

          Halagu's Web Poetry Contest

DEADLINE: March 15, 2005
GENRE: Poetry
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: No word length requirements

THEME: Subterfuge Publishing will award 3 prizes to some lucky
poets in the coming months. Anyone can enter this competition by
simply submitting an original poem, in any style with a theme
based on the story of "Hulagu's Web: The presidential pursuit of
Senator Katherine Laforge". Go to the web site, download and read
the first five chapters of the book, this will give you
sufficient information needed to create the appropriate poem. The
poetry should demonstrate poetic excellence, be inspiring, and
relative to the theme of the subjects covered in the novel.

PRIZES: 1st Prize: $350; 2nd Prize: $100; 3rd Prize: $50

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, use online entry form

ADDRESS: Subterfuge Publishing, 10450 Cooks Lake Rd, Lumberton,
TX 77657

URL: http://www.hulagusweb.com/frm_contest_poem.htm

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

          The All Destiny Short Story Competition

DEADLINE: March 31, 2005
GENRE: Short story
OPEN TO: European,  Canadian, UK, and US residents
LENGTH: 1,000-5,000 words

THEME: The story can be scary, funny, or simply thought
provoking, we don't mind but we ask you to send us stories on the
genres of science-fiction/fantasy, supernatural, or horror.
Warning: No excessive profanity or unacceptable entries with
racism, etc.

PRIZE: $100, plus publication on our website and in an anthology

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, in body of email, no attachments

EMAIL: comp"at"destiny.com
URL: http://www.alldestiny.com/comp2004.htm

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

          Poems Niederngasse Poetry Contest

DEADLINE: March 31, 2005
GENRE: Poetry
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: No word length requirements

THEME: If you are dedicated to poetry, Poems Niederngasse is
seeking your best work. Surprise us, make us see our world in a
new way, use language that demands to be read. Write to appeal to
our senses! Show us a world we can reach out and touch! Remember
that we've been reading poetry for a long time, so we're not
likely to be impressed with poems about your kitty, your lovely
baby, or how bad your daddy was. Send up to three poems.

PRIZE: $50

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, in the body of an email, no attachments,
subject line: Poems Niederngasse Contest: Your Name

EMAIL: contest"at"niederngasse.com
URL: http://snipurl.com/co0f

*****************************************************************

2000 ONLINE RESOURCES FOR WRITERS -- links for every kind of
writer!  Still only $5.

THE WRITER'S GUIDE TO QUERIES, PITCHES AND PROPOSALS - available
as an e-book!  Find out how to write the perfect query, book
proposal, novel synopsis, column proposal, or grant application.
Only $8.95 (save $5 from the print edition.)

To order, visit http://www.writing-world.com/bookstore/index.shtml

*****************************************************************

New Listings on THE AUTHOR'S BOOKSHELF:
---------------------------------------

Many Faces to Many Places, by Judy LeBlanc


   Find these and more great books at
      http://www.writing-world.com/books/index.shtml

   Advertise your own book on Writing-World.com:
      http://www.writing-world.com/books/listyours.shtml

*****************************************************************

ADVERTISE in WRITING WORLD or on WRITING-WORLD.COM!  For details
on how to reach 50,000 writers a month with your product, service
or book title, visit
      http://www.writing-world.com/admin1/adrates.shtml

*****************************************************************
WRITER'S SUCCESS: 300+ Online Guidelines, Local Writer's Groups,
Contests, Writer of the Month, and more! Subscribe at
nickyswriting"at"comcast.net with "subscribe" in subject line.
http://writerssuccess.netfirms.com/
*****************************************************************
EXPAND YOUR NETWORK--DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS--NURTURE YOUR CREATIVE
LIFE! Visit the National Association of Women Writers Web site at
http://www.NAWW.org! Weekly Inspirational/How-To E-zine:
http://www.naww.org/homepage.html Membership Information:
http://www.naww.org/generic1.html *****************************************************************
SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network) is
launching local networking Chapters. Check with us to find a
Chapter near you. Contact us if you'd like to start one.
Patricia"at"spawn.org. Subscribe to newsletter http://www.spawn.org
*****************************************************************
WRITERS: FIND MARKETS EASILY - Worldwide Freelance has a NEW
fully-searchable Markets Database. Discover writing markets from
North America, Europe, Australasia and other places. It's free,
so come and try it out here: http://www.worldwidefreelance.com
*****************************************************************
WRITING FOR DOLLARS! - the FREE ezine for writers featuring
tips, tricks and ideas for selling what you write. FREE ebook,
83 WAYS TO MAKE MONEY WRITING when you subscribe. Email to
subscribe"at"writingfordollars.com http://www.WritingForDollars.com
*****************************************************************
PUBLISH AND PROFIT FROM YOUR BOOK OR EBOOK: Learn how to write
and sell your book idea online. Join others from around the world
who are making a good living selling their book or ebook online.
http://www.zizzoo.com/guides/ebook
****************************************************************

Writing World is a publication of Writing-World.com
http://www.writing-world.com

Editor/Publisher: MOIRA ALLEN (writing-world"at"cox.net)
Managing Editor (Newsletter): PEGGY TIBBETTS (peggyt"at"siltnet.net)

Copyright 2005 Moira Allen
Individual articles copyrighted by their authors.

Back issues archived at
http://www.writing-world.com/newsletter/index.shtml

Writing World is hosted by Listbox.com - http://v2.listbox.com

*****************************************************************

Subscribers are welcome to recirculate Writing World to
friends, discussion lists, etc., as long as the ENTIRE text
of the newsletter is included and appropriate credit is given.
Writing World may not be circulated for profit purposes.

*****************************************************************

Do not reply to this message to subscribe or unsubscribe! To
subscribe to Writing World, send a blank e-mail to
subscribe-writing-world"at"v2.listbox.com. To unsubscribe, send a
blank e-mail to unsubscribe-writing-world"at"v2.listbox.com.
To change your address, please unsubscribe your old address and
subscribe your new address.  You can also use the subscription
box at the top of the page at http://www.writing-world.com



Copyright © 2017 by Moira Allen. All rights reserved.
All materials on this site are the property of their authors
and may not be reprinted without the author's written permission,
unless otherwise indicated.
For more information please contact Moira Allen, Editor