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         From the Editor's Desk
         FALL CLASSES on Writing-World.com
         WRITER TO WRITER: Email submissions, by Peggy Tibbetts
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Stuck in the Middle? Try Prompts,
            by Alina Sandor
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: What is an imprint? by Moira Allen
         JUST FOR FUN: Dear Editor, by Jenna Glatzer
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                           by Peggy Tibbetts (peggyt"at"siltnet.net)

Our discussion about email submissions has definitely hit a
nerve! Responses are still flowing in. As I mentioned in the last
issue, this topic will run through the next issue, so I'd still
like to hear from you. New writers, please feel free to join the
discussion! I'm still putting out a special call to editors and
agents to share your feelings about email submissions. You may
remain anonymous, if you wish.

To date, no agents have responded to the survey. However the
fiction editor of a small literary journal shared some insight
on why she accepts only snail mail submissions: "We need a hard
copy to work with and we cannot afford to print out all of those
pages ourselves. Most editors of lit mags carry manuscripts
around with them to read as time allows throughout the day. Very
rarely do I read submissions at my desk -- they're read on
commutes, on lunch breaks, in my back yard, and sometimes in bed
before I go to sleep. I hate reading from a screen -- too hard
on the eyes, neck, and back/shoulders." Conversely, editor and
freelance writer CGS Lim prefers the convenience of email
submissions: "As an editor, email submissions are convenient and
they save paper. I can start editing them immediately without
having to ask the writer to submit a diskette or to email me the
text. And also, email submissions have no chance of getting lost
in the clutter on my desk. As a freelance writer, I do not submit
anything on paper anymore."

For international writers, email submissions have opened up
markets for new writers, as reported by UK writer D. Copeman: "I
am a new writer with less than one year's experience and I prefer
to do most of my submissions via email as it enables me to target
more international publications. Email has enabled me to break
into American markets and to target publications in South Africa,
Canada, and Australia. All of these are highly attractive to
UK-based writers as they tend to pay on acceptance and not on
publication, as is the norm in the UK." For experienced
international writers, email submissions can be their only means
of submission as expressed by R. Hall: "I live on an Outback
property in Western Australia and with only a weekly mail service
and no regular access to a post office to purchase stamps or
register mail, email is the best option for me. It also allows me
to submit to international publications without the huge expense
of overseas postage costs."

Most international writers say it's difficult to obtain US
postage and according to PJ McNamara, International Reply Coupons
(IRCs) aren't the solution either: "I live in Canada and just
cannot get ahold of US stamps, so it's impossible to send US
publications a SASE. I tried using IRCs for a while, but many
publishers would just return them -- often because they had no
idea of how to handle them." However P. Aiken reminds writers:
"It used to be a hassle to get postage for SASEs but not anymore.
International writers can purchase US postage at the US Postal
Service web site." (http://www.usps.com) However A. de Chevigny
pointed out that it might not be a simple matter of proper
postage: "I live in Canada and half the packages and envelopes I
send to the United States either get opened and contents
disappear, or they never reach their destination, and I must
resend. And those odds are worse for packages coming into Canada
from the US. I have spoken with the postal departments of both
countries and have been informed that the problem lies with the
customs department."

New writer E. Hanes feels that the personal and immediate aspect
of email submissions has helped her break in with editors:
"Email, while often considered impersonal, is in fact, much more
personal than a paper letter. With email, you can engage in an
immediate exchange of ideas and information -- and get a sense of
the personality of the person you're conversing with. The biggest
benefit I've found to pitching by email is that I can get into a
back-and-forth with the editor to determine what ideas they're
really looking for." B. Boyd discovered quite by accident how the
immediacy of email contact can lead to a quick sale: "My first
sale was in response to one of my first queries, emailed to a
startup magazine; the editor responded immediately and gave me an
assignment. My second sale was also via email submission to a
national magazine. I then sent requested clips via snail mail,
the address on the publication's web site was wrong so the
envelope came back to me. I called the editor to obtain the
correct address and in that phone conversation was assigned the
article. I think this was a lucky matter of the editor needing a
story and me calling at the right moment."

However new writers also expressed some misgivings about email
submissions, like R. Rushton: "One thing I've found, email
queries occasionally go unanswered, but whenever I send one snail
mail, with SASE, the publisher or agent seems to feel obligated
to reply via my paid-for stamp and envelope." While S. Busch
prefers email submissions, she added: "I wonder about how email
submissions get to the slush pile. Do editors have to print out
each email to create a hard copy to be tossed into the slush? Or
do they simply collect hundreds of submissions sitting online
waiting to be read? E-slush? From that perspective I can see why
most editors might prefer snail mail."

Now eight years into her freelance writing career, J. Airey has
found the best of all possible worlds: "Now the three main
newspapers and two magazines I write for accept all my articles
and photographs via email. Last week heavy rains caused much
flooding in our area, washed out roads and bridges. At 6:00 a.m.,
when I heard the rumble of water in the ravine by my house I
grabbed my camera shot several photographs and sold them before
noon. I spent three days shooting photographs in different areas
of the flooding, selling the photographs to various newspapers. I
couldn't do that 150 miles from our capital city without a
digital camera and computer hooked up to the Internet. I always
say, don't miss that window of opportunity."

This discussion will continue in the next issue. Thanks again to
all who have responded thus far. Please keep those responses
coming in!

For agents and editors: Do you consider email queries or
submissions, and why? If not, why do you prefer submissions
by mail?

For new writers (5 years or less): Do you find that most of your
submissions are by email? In other words, are snail mail
submissions about as rare for you as email used to be for the
rest of us?

For experienced writers (more than 5 years): What percentage of
your submissions are by email these days versus five years ago?
Or are you fed up with snail mail submissions and now submit
exclusively by email?

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


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Copyright (c) 2005 by Peggy Tibbetts


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                                                  by Alina Sandor

Many books on the writer's bookshelves feature prompts to bolster
the writer's creativity. In some circles, though, these have
become constrained to question-and-answer type exercises and used
more for journal writing than actual fiction and nonfiction
projects you might have underway. These are terrific if you are
stuck for a new article or story idea, but what if you are in the
middle of a piece of prose, and run out of steam? No fresh ideas
are coming -- and a prompt on remembering the first time you rode
a bike seems way off the subject. What then?

Before you decide prompting can't help, you might want to give it
another look.

Prompting is all about inciting ideas, inspiring new ways of
looking at things.  There are several ways prompting can work for
you, no matter what stage your story is in. It can help round out
characters, develop new scenes, and create inspiration when you
feel stymied.

Question Prompts
Maybe you are writing a really great story that at first you were
excited about. Now, halfway through, you're stuck.

Don't panic. Bogging down might mean you haven't thought your
story through enough. Try creating prompts by asking yourself
questions about what you want to do with your story.

In a notebook or new computer document, make a list of questions
about your story in progress. Is something in your story
bothering you, or is there something that you can't figure out
how to resolve?

Write down every question that comes to mind, whether you plan to
answer them right away or not, or even if the question seems
irrelevant. What you're doing is making a list of prompts
specifically for your story.

Try not to make the prompt start with the words "will" or "can"
or any other query you could answer YES or NO. The point is to
let your mind run wild, brainstorming as many ideas as possible.
Here are some sample prompts that I came up with while writing a
recent story. Notice how each one demands a lengthy answer.

* Why is Michael's mother so overprotective of him?
* What ends do I need to tie up?
* What kind of fame is Charlott looking for, if any?
* Why does Michael tell Charlott his secret?

The answer to those four questions filled dozens of pages and
gave me ample ideas for my story. Once your questions are in
writing, your mind actively tries to help move past your block.
Your prompts may lead to more prompts, and more ideas.

Response Prompts
Question prompts work well if you have trouble coming up with new
scenes or an ending, but what if you are stuck coming up with the
next sentence? This is where response prompting comes in handy.

Let's go back to the story from before. Here's a passage where I
was particularly bogged down:

"Michael's down at the police station."

"What?" Charlott suddenly became more sober. "Why?"

"Why do you think? They're questioning him." Andrea grabbed
Charlott by the shoulders and hoisted her up. "You're going to go
down to the station and tell them this was all a lie."

Charlott jerked away. "It wasn't a lie."

Okay, now what? This is just a smaller part of a bigger idea, a
bigger thought I wanted to write down. How could the next line
lead into the rest of the story?

In the middle of prose, it's easy to get lost in the overall
picture or the emotion. Response prompting can help you stay
focused on the scene a hand instead of worrying about the larger

Let's start at the end. Take a look at your last line. You didn't
write it for nothing; it was going somewhere. Examine the emotion
you were attempting to convey. Write down the thought process
that went into writing that last line.

Example: I was trying to shock the reader. Michael, one of the
lead characters, is in jail. That alone would shock the reader
because Michael's generally a nice guy. Charlott loves Michael,
yet she is slowly destroying him by revealing his darkest secret.

Now turn your thinking into a question: Is Charlott going to
explain herself to Andrea, her best friend? Or make an excuse?
What would add to the shock factor?

The prompt pushes you to the next line by keeping your thoughts
geared to the emotion that you want to deliver to the reader. If
examining the emotion doesn't work, try to zero in on your
character's motive at that exact moment. You may find that your
character didn't have a clear motive, and that's why you became

Prompt Rummaging
Sometimes, no matter what you do, you just can't write. Your
brain won't let you put down one coherent sentence, let alone
come up with a prompt to get things rolling. In this case,
knowing how to prompt-rummage can help. This process helps you
take stale, bogged-down characters and scenes and look at them in
a whole new way.

First, you need several good sources for already preconceived
prompts, such as "365 Writing Prompts for the New Year" from
Writer's Digest Books, "The Pocket Muse" by Monica Wood, "The
Writer's Idea Book", or "The Writer's Idea Workbook", both by
Jack Heffron.

Thumb through these resourses looking for similarities between a
certain prompts and your story. Keep an eye out for interesting
ways to integrate a piece of a ready-made prompt into your story
by directing it, looking at it from all angles.

Suppose I came across this prompt from The Writer's Idea
Workshop: "Spend some time with your junk -- your souvenirs and
trinkets, old gifts and holiday cards, broken toys and
photographs. All the stuff that for one reason or another you
haven't thrown out or given away. Write a short piece ..." An
exploration of my packrat syndrome might not have anything to do
with my story, but I might add that as a trait for one of my
characters. The part about a broken toy could inspire a scene in
which Michael remembers how he had smashed his favorite baseball
through the window when he found out his brother died.

See how it works? One prompt can produce a wealth of ideas, as
long as you are open to the possibilities. This kind of prompting
adds a dose of reality to your prose, because most prompts ask
you to look at yourself instead of at your character.

Character Prompts
The characters are the heart of your story. If you lose touch
with your characters, you'll lose sight of your story. How can
you find that familiarity again? Character prompting is like a
personal e-mail to get you back in touch with these people you

To start, put your character's full name at the top of the page.
Underneath it, start a dialog with him. Ask him about the
situation he's in at the moment. Is he furious, happy, confused?
Ask him how he thinks he will solve his current problem.

Don't worry; you're not just talking to yourself. You're creating
prompts by making this person real again. Each question is a
prompt, followed closely by an answer from your character. Go
deep. Ask her about her worst fears, how she feels about her
body, what her favorite memories are. The most pressing questions
you need to ask, though, are about what she thinks might happen
next. What are her goals? Remember, your story isn't just about
the plot; it's also about the person living the plot.

When you try prompting, don't censor yourself. Keep an open mind
and keep practicing. Once you get the hang of manipulating
prompts, you can conquer any writer's block that comes your way.


Alina Sandor is a freelance writer, does manuscript critiques and
reviews, and is author of "The Misadventures of a Carboholic: A
Low Carb Cookbook." Visit her web site at:

Copyright (c) 2005 by Alina Sandor


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                                                   by Moira Allen

What Is An Imprint?

Q: In my reading about publishers, I see the term "imprint" used.
Would you explain, or refer me to an article that will give me
understanding about, what an imprint is?

A: An "imprint" generally refers to the publisher "name" that
goes on a book. It is not necessarily the name of the publishing
company as a whole. A single publishing company may have
different imprints for different types of books. For example,
let's assume there is a publishing company called MegaBooks
Incorporated. That's the "parent publishing company." It
publishes mysteries under the imprint of "Deadly Press," and
publishes science fiction under the imprint of "Futures Books."
Both of these imprints represent units or branches of the parent
company. Neither the mysteries nor the sf books may actually
carry the name "MegaBooks Incorporated" -- or, that name may be
buried somewhere on the copyright page. Some publishers have one
imprint that is their primary name and several other smaller
imprints that represent different, more specialized publishing

One reason for so many imprints is that many big corporations
and publishers have swallowed up smaller publishers that were
originally independent. Books may be still published under the
name or "imprint" of the smaller publisher, even though that
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Moira Allen has been writing and editing professionally for more
than 20 years. A columnist for The Writer, she is also the author
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Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals" (now available as an
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Copyright (c) 2005 by Moira Allen


JUST FOR FUN: Dear Editor
                                                 by Jenna Glatzer

Dear Editor,

It is with regret that I feel
I must decline your publishing deal.
While your interest in my work brings me a thrill
I still have this pesky heating bill.

Two cents a word means my cat will cry
When she sees her food bowl's run dry.
It's really not that I'm trying to trouble you,
But your publisher drives a BMW.

You get health insurance and paid vacations
While I eat Ramen and sleep in train stations.
The collection agency says if I don't pay,
They're sending Biff the Bruiser my way.

I value my knees and don't want them mangled
And would rather not watch my fish get strangled,
So I'm afraid that I am searching for closure
On assignments that pay in "great exposure."


Jenna Glatzer is the editor-in-chief of Absolute Write.com and
the author of many books, including "Make a Real Living as a
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co-wrote with Jamie Blyth of The Bachelorette, is hot off the
press. Visit her web site at: http://www.jennaglatzer.com.

Copyright (c) 2005  by Jenna Glatzer



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430 Princeland Court, Corona, CA 92879
EMAIL: editor"at"nutsvolts.com
URL: http://www.nutsvolts.com

Seeking articles about all things electronic: computers (hardware
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See online guidelines for more information.

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RIGHTS: One time rights
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GUIDELINES: http://www.nutsvolts.com/writers.htm


Randall D. Larson, Editor
18201 Weston Pl., Tustin, CA 92780
EMAIL: editor"at"9-1-1magazine.com
URL: http://www.9-1-1magazine.com

Serving law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, and
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issues and cover major incidents from both a responder and a
communications standpoint. Eighty-five percent free-lance. Our
primary need is for articles, accompanied if possible by
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LENGTH: 1,000-2,500 words
PAYMENT: Feature articles: 10-20 cents/word; Columns: $50
SUBMISSIONS: We prefer queries, but will look at manuscripts on
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GUIDELINES: http://www.9-1-1magazine.com/information/edGuides.asp


12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904-6600
EMAIL: manuscripts"at"adventistreview.org
URL: http://www.adventistreview.org/thisweek/about.htm

We're looking for new writers -- men and women of all ages whom
the Lord has gifted and called to write. We're looking for
people with a passion for God. Please see online guidelines for a
complete outline of departments and issue topics.

LENGTH: 50-1,800 words; see online guidelines for word length
requirements for each department
PAYMENT: Unsolicited articles: $40-$100; Solicited articles:
RIGHTS: One time rights
SUBMISSIONS: You may use email, but some of the editors prefer
hard copy through snail mail.
GUIDELINES: http://www.adventistreview.org/thisweek/writers.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"


This section lists contests that charge no entry fees. For more
contests, check our online contests section.


        1st Annual Descending Darkness Short Story Contest

DEADLINE: July 15, 2005
GENRE: Short story
LENGTH: 1,500 words or less

THEME: Story must contain some supernatural or horror element.
Descending Darkness is primarily a dark fiction,  horror ezine,
and the contest must reflect that. Our parameters for what is
classified as dark fiction is broad, but I don't want stories of
fuzzy happy gnomes playing hopscotch in the noonday sun. If you
must write about gnomes then they better have a dark aspect. No
fan fiction, or copyrighted characters.

PRIZE: $50

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, attachments only

EMAIL: admin"at"descendingdarkness1.com
URL: http://www.descendingdarkness1.com/Contest.htm


           HSBC/SA PEN Literary Award

DEADLINE: July 31, 2005
GENRES: Short story
OPEN TO: Any citizen of South Africa or of the Southern African
Development Community (SADC) countries, born in 1965 or later
LENGTH: 2,500-5,000 words

THEME: No specific theme. All stories must be unpublished,
original works in English.

PRIZES: 1st Prize: $5,000; 2nd Prize: $3,000; 3rd Prize: $2,000


ADDRESS: New Writing From Southern Africa, New Africa Books, PO
Box 46962, Glosderry, 7702, Cape Town

URL: http://www.newafricabooks.co.za/editorial.asp


           2nd Annual Dog Story Contest

DEADLINE: August 1, 2005
GENRE: Nonfiction
LENGTH: 2,000 or less

THEME: Dog Lovers, put your dog out, sit down and write your
favorite dog story! To celebrate dog stories and the human-dog
bond (and because we just love a good dog story), Doghero.com
announces the contest for non-fiction stories of dog heroes,
favorite dogs, and interesting or funny dog stories.

PRIZES: 1st Prize: $125; 2nd Prize: $75; 3rd Prize: $50; 4th &
5th Prizes: $25 each


EMAIL: storycontest"at"doghero.com
URL: http://doghero.com/features/2005-contest-rules.htm


           Naval Intelligence Essay Contest

DEADLINE: August 1, 2005
GENRE: Essay
OPEN TO: Any military or civilian author
LENGTH: 3,500 words or less

THEME: Any subject pertaining to naval intelligence or
intelligence support to naval or maritime forces.

PRIZES: 1st Prize: $1,000; 2nd Prize: $500


ADDRESS: Essay Contest, Naval Intelligence Professionals, PO Box
11579, Burke, VA 22009-1579

EMAIL: navintproessays"at"aol.com
URL: http://www.usni.org/contests/contests.html#intelligence


        AAAS Science Journalism Awards Competition

DEADLINE: August 1, 2005
GENRE: Science journalism
OPEN TO: Articles published between 7/1/04 and 6/30/05, within
and by a US organization and available by subscription or sold at
LENGTH: No word length requirements

THEME: Prizes awarded to reporters for excellence in science
writing in each of the following 6 categories: large newspaper
(over 100,000 daily circulation), small newspaper (under 100,000
circulation), magazine, radio, television, and online. Online
entries can come from a variety of digital sources: newspaper,
radio, television, and online-only sites. Online entry form must
accompany all submissions.

PRIZE: $3,000 in each of 6 categories


ADDRESS: AAAS, Office of Public Programs, 1200 New York Avenue,
NW, Washington, DC 20005

EMAIL: media"at"aaas.org
URL: http://www.aaas.org/aboutaaas/awards/sja/index.shtml



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