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

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Issue 6:01          15,600 subscribers            January 5, 2006
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                           CONTENTS
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	From the Editor's Desk
	NEWS from the World of Writing
	QUESTIONS AND QUANDARIES: What do you want to know?
   		by Dawn Copeman
	FEATURE:  Cast the Vision for Your Book
		by W Terry Whalin
	The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
	WRITING DESK: I'm in Eighth Grade; Where Will I Find the
	Time to Write?
		by Moira Allen
	FEATURE: 5 Tips To Writing Great Headlines
	  	by Kristina Springer
	WRITING CONTESTS with no entry fees
	The Author's Bookshelf

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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It's a New Year and a New Format...
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Welcome to the first issue of the new year!  It probably doesn't
look all that different -- still the same old boring e-mail text,
not even jazzed up with HTML...  However, this is the first of
our new MONTHLY issues, so we have changed a few things!

First, of course, we have a new managing editor, Dawn Copeman,
who will be handling the newsletter from England.  (I love the
Internet...)  She introduces herself and her website below.
Dawn has also agreed to take over the management of the Contest
Database, which means that it will actually be updated once
again!

Second, since we are going monthly, we will often have two
articles per issue instead of just one.  We may also, at times,
have more than one column, and we may also continue an article
or column on the website if it is too long for the newsletter.
(I say this because I'm already looking at a very LONG article
that I'll probably add to our inventory...)

My regular "Writing Desk" column, for example, will now answer
one question in the newsletter, and three or four more in the
extended online version of the column.  Survey responses may also
get "extended" onto the website.  (You'll find the expanded
Writing Desk column at
http://www.writing-world.com/desk/desk01.shtml)

To make room for some of these changes, we're dropping the
markets section.  There are many other, much better market
newsletters out there, and offering just three markets per month
seems almost silly.  One of my favorites is AbsoluteWrite, which
offers a free and a paid edition; another favorite is
WritersWeekly.  You'll find these and other market publications
in our "publications" links section at
http://www.writing-world.com/links/publications.shtml - if you'd
like to find market resources specifically for science fiction
and fantasy, check http://www.writing-world.com/links/sf.shtml

Beyond that, however, I don't have a great deal of "news" to
share.  I had expected to have more, but our Christmas season was
a bit on the stressed side, culminating in a rushed visit to the
animal emergency clinic last night when our cat stopped breathing
-- fortunately I got him started again with a couple of squeezes
to the chest, or the half-hour trip to the clinic wouldn't have
helped much.  He's fine now; they think perhaps he had a blood
clot, as he has a heart condition. (Now I'm the one suffering
from stress reaction...!)

I also realized that I had a completely empty "inventory" with
respect to "new articles for the website," so there aren't any
this month. That means that I AM in the market for a limited
number of submissions, with reprints and ad swaps preferred. So
if you have something you'd like to send along, please e-mail
your query or article to editors"at"writing-world.com. We're also
open to humor submissions, including jokes, short humorous
poetry, etc., relating to writing.  We do NOT want humorous
personal stories or accounts, or semi-inspirational "this really
funny thing happened to me and I learned a valuable lesson..."
pieces.

One last possible change -- I am still looking into options to
keep the "Writers Wanted" section going.  (Thanks to all the
folks who have offered suggestions for classified programs.)
I am now toying with the idea of making this a mailing list
rather than an online classified section; this would give me
much more control over what gets posted.  I'd probably put it
on Yahoo Groups, since that's free, so that anyone can sign
up to RECEIVE Writers Wanted notices -- but postings would
have to go through me, which would preclude spam.  It would
also preclude the need to go in and remove or update listings
that have been filled.  So for those of you who have been
clamoring to have this section restored, please drop me a
note to let me know what you think of this option!

Finally, I want to thank all the folks who sent e-mails in
support of my decision to cut back on the amount of time I spend
on Writing-World.com so that I can focus on "actual writing."
Your sentiments and holiday wishes were greatly appreciated, even
if I didn't manage to thank each of you personally!  (And wow,
there are some COOL electronic Christmas cards out there these
days!)

                                         -- Moira Allen, Editor

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Postal Increases for U.S. Mail
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If you're a U.S. reader and you've visited the Post Office
lately, you've probably enjoyed one of these scintillating
exchanges:

Q) "Do you know what the rate is going to be for mailing books?"
A) "Gee, sorry, no.  They haven't given us the sheet with the
rate increases yet.  But we should know by next Monday."

Q) "Do you have any 2 stamps?"
A) "Are you kidding?" (Postal agent doubles over with laughter.)
"You think they actually ISSUED 2 stamps when they planned the
rate increase?  Hahahahahaha....."

Well, OK, they haven't actually doubled over with laughter. But
forget about buying 2 stamps anytime soon.  However, my local
post office says that you can bring in your old stamps and trade
them in for new denominations -- i.e., bring in a roll of old 37
stamps and trade them for a roll of 39 and pay the difference.

I've spent about an hour hunting over the USPS.gov site to try to
find "everything you need to know about the latest rate
increases" -- and I haven't found everything YET.  However, this
should be enough to keep you going...

1) First class rates for a one-ounce letter have risen to 39

2) I have NOT found a chart yet for additional first class rates
(e.g., for two ounces, three ounces, etc. -- it must be there,
somewhere -- but I'm figuring that it is safe to assume that all
subsequent ounces, up to 13, are going to be 2 higher.  So for
the MOMENT I will assume that a 2-ounce letter that cost 60
today will cost 62 next week.

3) Priority mail rates have gone up; the rate for a package or
envelope between 13 and 16 ounces is now $4.70, and from 16
ounces to 2 pounds is $5.45.  However, you can still use the flat
rate envelope for $4.70 regardless of the actual weight.  I have
not found information on rate increases, if any, for the flat
rate priority BOXES (which are VERY handy when mailing small but
heavy items, such as a number of books or magazines).

4) International rates are going up, and the charts for these are
quite confusing, as you have to know what zone you are mailing to
(and the zone numbers vary by type of mail).  However, it appears
that a one-ounce letter to Canada or Mexico will now be 63, and
a 1-ounce letter to most other countries that used to cost 80
will now cost 84.  There is not, however, an easy correlation
between subsequent ounces; i.e., don't expect that a 2-ounce
letter costs $1.68, for this may depend on where it is going.

5) Media mail rates have also risen. The rate for media shipments
(books, tapes, CDs, DVDs) is now $1.59 (up from $1.42); two
pounds is $2.07, three is $2.55, four is $3.03, five is $3.51,
and so on.  For those of you who send out books weighing less
than one pound from home, I'd recommend using a $1 stamp and a
60 stamp.

You can find more info on rates at the not-terribly-informative
USPS website: http://www.usps.com/ratecase/welcome.htm

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QUESTIONS AND QUANDARIES:
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                  by Dawn Copeman (DawnCopeman"at"Write-away.biz)

What do you want to know?
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Hello and welcome to my new column.  My name is Dawn Copeman and
I am thrilled to be the new managing editor of the writing world
newsletter.

I live in England but write mainly for American and internet
publications - they pay faster!  I normally write about history,
travel, cookery, health, food allergies, writing and British
traditions and customs.  I work with Moira on her
TimeTravel-Britain website (http://www.timetravel-britain.com),
where I am a columnist and contributing editor.

I am also the editor of http://www.newbie-writers.com - a site
for new and aspiring writers.  Subscribers get a free e-book with
85 pages of useful advice from many of today's successful
freelance writers, including Moira of course!

So what is this new column all about?  Well, each month in this
column I will put your question to other writers or to editors
and then the following month, I'll give you their feedback. In
this way I hope to try to either solve your problems or just
assuage your curiosity.

This new column is similar to Writer to Writer in that we want
you (in fact, we need you) to participate.  For this column what
I want to know is:  what do YOU want to know?  Are there any
questions you really want answered?  Are there any problems
bugging you right now? Do you want to know if other writers have
gotten through them and how?  Is there something you've always
longed to ask an editor but never dared? If so, this column is
here to help!

Simply e-mail your questions to me and I'll do the rest!

Email your questions to DawnCopeman"at"Write-Away.biz with the
subject line "Questions".

To start the ball rolling I have a question I want answered - Do
you have a Business Plan?

I know I should have a business plan for my writing - it is,
after all, what I do for a living, but somehow I've never got
around to writing one.  How about you?

Do you write a business plan?  If so, do you review it, how and
how often?

If you don't have a business plan, how do you review your writing
goals and set new ones?

If you do have a business plan, has it helped you to become more
organized as a writer, or do you feel it detracts from your
writing time?

(For more information about developing a business plan, see
Moira's article, Building a Writer's Business Plan, at
http://www.writing-world.com/basics/plan.shtml)

Email your responses to DawnCopeman"at"Write-Away.biz Subject:
Business Plan. Please let me know if I can use your name in the
newsletter.

So, let me know what you want to know and let's help each other
out!

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Dawn Copeman is a freelance writer based in England.  She is the
editor of http://www.newbie-writer.com a site for new and
aspiring writers as well as a contributing editor and columnist
at http:// www.timetravel-britain.com. Visit her website at
http://www.write-away.biz

Copyright (c) 2006 by Dawn Copeman

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ARE YOU WRITING YOUR BOOK BACKWARDS? Publishers want book
proposals, not manuscripts! Discover the secrets to getting
published in: Book Proposals That Sell, 21 Secrets to Speed Your
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CAST THE VISION FOR YOUR BOOK
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                                               by W. Terry Whalin

As a book acquisitions editor, I've reviewed thousands of
manuscripts and book proposals from literary agents and
individual authors.  Often they miss a key ingredient in their
proposals. These proposals lack vision.

As the writer of the proposal (and eventually the book), it is
your responsibility -- not the editor's or publisher's -- to
create the basic vision for the book. It's much easier to change
a suggested format or length than to create it in the first
place.

How Long Will It Be?
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Many people fail to include this specific information in their
nonfiction book proposals. What does your book look like? Is it
40,000 words or 140,000 words?

When I've called authors and asked for this information, they
often reply, "Well, what size of book do you need?" As an editor,
I hesitate to give this size or cast this vision. I know that
whatever vision I would cast, the author would tell me, "That's
exactly what I was thinking," whether they were thinking such a
thing or not. They are eager to sell the manuscript.

It is the responsibility of the author to cast the vision for the
book and project a word count and finished length. To help you
cast this vision, let me tell you that most standard 192-page
paperback books are about 40,000 to 50,000 words. Many beginning
writers are hesitant to give such a number because they've never
written a long book. Others include a smaller number like 25,000
or 30,000 words. This size is not attractive to many publishers
as it produces a small, thin book.

Why is the thickness a factor? Walk into any bookstore and look
specifically at the number of books displayed with the cover face
out on the bookshelf. You'll find only a few. More books can be
stocked if they are spine out from the bookshelf. A 25,000-word
nonfiction book will not have much of a presence in the store
with the spine out.

Many writers tell me, "I want the publisher to decide how big the
book will be." Then they say with pride, "I'm flexible." To be
"flexible" will not cut it with the editor. You are the expert on
this particular topic and subject matter; it's why the publisher
is paying you an advance and investing a great deal of money to
produce your book. You have a responsibility to envision the
length of your book. How many words will you need to completely
cover your selected topic?

This number is critical to a successful book proposal, as the
editor uses this proposed word count to project the number of
pages in the published book. Then he works with the production
personnel to run the production numbers. These numbers are put
into the spreadsheet document that gives the complete financials
on the book. The author never sees these numbers, but based on
these figures, the editor has parameters for offering an advance
on the royalties of the book and the percentage for royalties.

Without the author's word count, the editor can't accomplish this
important function -- or he takes a wild guess at the number,
which could be substantially wrong. These financial figures are
used for much more than simply your project inside the publishing
house. They are used for annual budget projections for the
editorial area and other places. While seemingly a small issue,
these financials figure into other areas inside the publishing
house.

How Long Will It Take to Write?
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Beyond the word count or length of the manuscript, you also need
to provide a delivery date. It is important to remember the word
count with nonfiction because the entire manuscript is not
complete. You have written only the proposal and a chapter or two
of the project. How long will it take you to write the remainder
of the book?

When I have approached authors about this question, they ask me,
"When do you need my manuscript?" Your editor cannot answer for
you. You are the only person who knows the demands on your time
and energy during the coming months and how quickly you can write
the book. This timeframe is different for every person because
one person may write several thousand words in a day while another
may only be able to write several hundred words a day.

Why is the completion date important? Because whatever date you
tell the editor for completion will go into your book contract.
This date sets off a chain of events throughout the publishing
house (production, marketing, sales and editorial). A detailed
schedule of events and benchmarks to produce the book is created
and various people are held accountable for the scheduled
events -- events that authors know nothing about. Authors are
notoriously late; however, a late manuscript can cause delays
that could hinder the success of your book.

For example, who will be editing your book when it comes into the
publishing house? It may be an inside person, or the publishing
house may send your book to an outside freelance editor.

Last year we determined that one of my authors needed a
developmental editor to work with her from the beginning of the
project. The publishing house leadership was excited about this
author and wanted the book to be excellent. I began to call my
network of editors looking for someone to do it and to negotiate
a timeframe and price for the editing.

For my first call, I connected with one of the top freelance
editors in the business, whom I have known for many years. She
regularly edits some best-selling authors who have sold millions
of copies. Her first question was "When will this project begin?"
I explained the manuscript was due in a few weeks. She instantly
said, "My schedule is booked solid for the next year."

I was astonished, since I didn't know what I was doing next
month. "You're booked for a year?"

Then she explained, "Yes, usually I am contracted at the same
time the author is contracted." When I called some other
freelance editors, I learned the same story from them -- their
schedules couldn't accommodate this book that needed
developmental editing because they planned their work 12 months
in advance.

Let's return to the topic of casting a vision for your book and
knowing when you will deliver the manuscript. If during the
contract process, you agree to submit your manuscript in six or
eight or twelve months, then your editor will be expecting your
manuscript on time. If you deliver your manuscript a month or two
late (it happens more often than you might think), you will throw
off all the internal plans the publishing house is making for
your book, plus the assigned freelance editor will have their
schedule thrown off. You will set off a chain reaction that can
and will influence the effectiveness of your book sales.

Also, the marketing will be affected regarding your manuscript
delivery date. The publishing world has trade magazines such as
Publisher's Weekly. These publications have a slightly different
audience, but each one selects books to be reviewed and
highlighted to booksellers (always an important market for
authors). The submission deadlines are months in advance of the
release date for a review of your book to appear in these key
trade magazines. If your publisher doesn't have your manuscript,
then your book will not be one of those submitted to the trade
magazines for review and you will miss a key marketing
opportunity. Almost every magazine is working four to six months
in advance of the cover date printed on the magazine. The
marketing department needs to have your book manuscript in order
to make the greatest possible impact.

You don't want to bear the responsibility of your book not being
properly marketed or sold into the stores because you missed your
book deadline by a month or two or three. Be thoughtful about it
and don't give yourself a deadline for delivery that will be
impossible to achieve. Set a reasonable due date which will work
for you. It's a key part of your responsibility with the vision
casting for your book.

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W. Terry Whalin has written more than 60 nonfiction books and has
also worked as an acquisitions editor for Cook Communications and
Howard Publishing. He is the creator of a website to encourage
writers at: http://www.Right-Writing.com. A popular speaker at
conferences, Terry and his wife, Christine, live in Scottsdale,
Arizona.

Copyright (c) 2005 by W. Terry Whalin. Excerpted from Book
Proposals That $ell, 21 Secrets To Speed Your Success by W. Terry
Whalin (Write Now Publications, 2005). All Rights Reserved. Used
with Permission. http://www.bookproposals.ws

For more guidance and information on how to put together book
proposals visit: http://www.writing-world.com/publish/index.shtml

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THE WRITE SITES
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Newbie-Writers.com
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Advice for new writers, plus free 85 page e-book with advice from
successful freelance writers.
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SF Writer
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Great tips for science fiction writers -- and other writers too!
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WinningWriters.com
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This site lists only poetry competitions
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SendMeFile
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This site offers help for those times when you need to send
someone a file that is too large for an e-mail attachment.  A
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ESnips
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This is another site that lets you upload and store or share
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THE WRITING DESK
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                                                   by Moira Allen

Q: I'm in Eighth Grade; Where Will I Find the Time to Write?

I am a considerably "talented" eighth grade student wishing to
participate in multiple writing contests. How can I commit
myself, even with unpredictable homework assignments and
extra-curricular activities, to finishing a story? Also, I'd like
some help with a story idea [about a young man on Christopher
Columbus' crew who is struck blind]. Do you have any suggestions
on how he could be "struck blind"?

A: Regarding being struck blind, I would recommend that you look
into illnesses and fevers common to the period, particularly the
sort of illnesses that would likely affect people who have been
on a ship for a long period of time.  Keep in mind that sailors
were affected by a number of conditions relating to bad
nutrition, so something like that might work.  Certain fevers
could lead to blindness.  A blow to the head might also result in
blindness, or a blow/cut to the optic nerve. (I just know I'm
going to get letters from readers saying "Wow, you sure don't
know anything about the causes of blindness, do you?" The answer
is, of course, "nope.")

You might try searching on "causes of blindness" or just on
blindness in general, and see what turns up.  You might also
search on 15th-century illnesses, or some combination of terms
that would get you there.  Also, another alternative is to simply
ask an eye-doctor for suggestions!

Regarding the question of TIME -- your situation is really no
different from that of any other writer.  While in your case it's
homework and extracurricular activities, there will always be
SOMETHING making demands on your time.  In high school, it will
be MORE homework and activities.  In college, it will be enough
homework to make high school look like summer vacation.  After
college, it's work.  Every would-be writer starts by asking, "How
can I find time to write with all my other commitments?"

The answer is -- if writing is important enough to you, you'll
find a way to juggle your schedule and fit it in.  Only you can
decide what trade-offs to make.  While I don't recommend letting
your homework slide, you may decide that you want to give up one
or two outside activities so that you have some additional time
to write.  All I can tell you is that no matter where you are in
life, you'll face the same challenge.

So the "moral" of that story, if you will, is to figure out how
to do those trade-offs now. Don't suppose that "later, I'll have
more time to write" -- because you will never have more time than
you do today! And later, if you let the writing go, you may not
feel the same passion for it that you do today.  So just keep
writing!

You'll find some tips on finding time to write at
http://www.writing-world.com/basics/time.shtml

Find more questions and answers the expanded version of this
month's "Writer's Desk" column on the web at
http://www.writing-world.com/desk/desk01.shtml

Q: Why don't editors respond to 1ueries?
Q: How do you denote flashbacks in fiction?
Q: Should I go over my editor's head?
Q: How do I record a phone interview?

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Moira Allen has been writing and editing professionally for more
than 20 years, and has written several books on writing,
including "Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer" and "The
Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals."  Her most
recent book is Mendocino Memories, now available in print or
download at http://www.lulu.com - download a free sample
chapter at http://www.writing-world.com/admin1/Christmas.pdf

Copyright (c) 2006 by Moira Allen

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FIVE TIPS TO WRITING GREAT SUBHEADS
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                                             by Kristina Springer

Skim through a nonfiction article online or in a magazine and
you'll likely notice that a major difference between nonfiction
writing and other types of writing, such as academic and
creative, is the inclusion of subheads. When writing nonfiction
articles, it is good practice to break big chunks of text into
smaller, more digestible chunks by inserting good, clear
subheads. Many readers skim through articles to see what piques
their interest. Subheads can quickly tell your reader what you
will discuss in each section and help readers decide whether they
want to read all or part of your article. Other readers are just
looking for an answer in a hurry (for example, how do I get my
baby on a set feeding schedule?) and will likely just skim your
document to find what they need. Providing good, clear subheads
will help your reader get the information they are looking for
fast. Here are five quick tips for writing great subheads:

Make Your Subheads Complete
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Your reader should be able to tell exactly what each section is
about just from reading its subhead. Your subheads should be as
clear and concise as possible so that there is no question in
your reader's mind as to a section's content. For example, a
subhead like "Migraines" is vague. Your reader might ask himself,
"What about migraines?" A more exact subhead is needed. A subhead
like "Dealing with Severe Migraines" is appropriate. This tells
the reader exactly what will be discussed in that section.

Use Subheads Frequently
-----------------------
If you find that you've gone over a page without a break in text,
then you've probably gone too long without a subhead. Look over
what you wrote. Can it be broken into two sections? Did you
perhaps talk about the benefits and risks of taking aspirin daily
on the same page? If so, split up the information and place the
benefits information under one subhead, and the risks information
under another. This will save your reader time by allowing him to
go right to the information he is interested in.

Make Your Subheads Active
-------------------------
With a lot of nonfiction articles, especially how-to articles,
you are asking your readers to do something, to perform some kind
of action. Because of this, it makes sense to start your subheads
with an action verb. For example, when writing a piece on how to
perform various actions using Microsoft Word, I would change this
vague group of subheads:

	New Documents
	Tables
	Pictures

to a clearer group of subheads that open with an action verb:

	Opening a New Word Document
	Inserting a Table
	Inserting a Picture

Use More than One Level of Detail
---------------------------------
If you have first-level subheads throughout your document, then
you are off to a good start. Even better, however, is to add
another level of detail: second-level subheads. It's a busy world
and if you can help your reader pinpoint what she is looking for
in a hurry, she'll thank you. For example, if you have a subhead
that says:

	Setting Up an Exercise Program

you can break it down further by adding these second-level subheads:

	Setting Up an Exercise Program
		Choose a Time to Exercise
		Select the Type of Exercise
		Gather your Workout Gear

Make Your Subheads Parallel
---------------------------
Parallelism between your subheads is key to producing a
professional piece of writing. Creating unparallel subheads is a
mistake amateurs quite frequently make in their writing. Take a
look at this group of subheads from an article on how to find a
literary agent:

	Talk to Other Authors
	How Do I Search Online?
	Writer's Conferences

Read these subheads in succession and you can probably hear that
the flow is off. The first subhead begins with a verb. The second
subhead asks a question. The third subhead is a noun. To make
these parallel, you need to choose one style and carry it out for
the entire grouping of subheads at that same level. By beginning
each subhead with a verb, I've now made these subheads parallel:

	Talk to Other Authors
	Search Online
	Attend Writer's Conferences

Any of the styles of subhead are fine, just as long as you carry
it out for the entire level. If you want your first-level
subheads to ask a question, then all of your first-level subheads
should ask a question. Second-level subheads under each group of
first-level subheads must also be parallel with each other but do
not need to be parallel with the first level.

When writing nonfiction articles, you want to make your writing
as easy to digest as possible for your readers. Today's readers
live fast-paced lives and want to get the information that they
seek fast.  One way of making your writing easier for your reader
to use is to break it up into chunks with the use of subheads.
Keep these five tips in mind when working on your next article
and you'll create subheads like a pro!

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

Kristina Springer is a freelance writer and writing instructor at
DePaul University in Chicago, IL, where she received a Master of
Arts in Writing. Currently, she is working on a Young Adult
fiction novel as well as a number of nonfiction articles. She
lives in a west suburb of Chicago with her husband, Athens, and
children Teegan and Maya. Visit her web site at
http://www.KristinaSpringer.com.

Copyright (c) 2006 by Kristina Springer

For advice on how to improve your writing skills visit
the Research, Writing and Skillbuilding section at:
http://www.writing-world.com/basics/index.shtml
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SOUTHERN REVIVAL: DEEP MAGIC FOR HURRICANE RELIEF seeks mss for a
publication to benefit Southern library restoration. Free verse,
flash fiction, creative nonfiction, prose poems. Deadline 3/1/06.
http://www.magical-realism.com, click on "Southern Revival."

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JUST FOR FUN
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                                                 by John M. Floyd

LITERARY VS. GENRE
With fiction, two choices
Are all that you've got--
One deals with the psyche,
One deals with the plot.
As for the poor hero,
More often than not,
One gets him befuddled
And one gets him shot.


HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
Since rejection's a fact
And my writing's an art,
I've been told my rewards
May just be in my heart.

Well, I've found those rewards
In my heart, if you please--
Now I'd like to find some
In my SASE's.


ALTERING THE EGO
I'll admit I've had problems
With my pseudonym:
When my book was a failure
They knew I was him--
But when I sold the sequel,
Which did splendidly,
Then I couldn't make people
Believe he was me.


DISTINGUISHED COMPANY
Think hard, when choosing pseudonyms,
About the letter C;
The paperbacks upon the racks
Go alphabetically.

If yours is Wynn, your book is in
The very bottom shelf;
If Aaron, yours is first in line,
But still off by itself.

The best location is amongst
The Crichtons and Cornwells,
The Clancys, Cusslers, Chandlers, Christies,
Conroys and Clavells.

So choose a name that puts your book
In with the lean and mean;
The proven way to get it sold
Is first to get it C'n.

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

Mississippi writer John Floyd (jfloyd"at"teclink.net) has sold more
than 500 short stories and fillers to 100+ publications,
including Strand Magazine, Grit, Woman's World, Alfred
Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and Ellery Queen's Mystery
Magazine.  His stories have been nominated for both the Pushcart
Prize and the Derringer Award.

Copyright (c) 2006 John M. Floyd

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WRITING CONTESTS
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This section lists contests that charge no entry fees. For more
contests, check our online contests section.
      http://www.writing-world.com/contests/index.shtml

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Great Authors Online (Fiction)

DEADLINE: February 1, 2006
GENRE: Fiction
OPEN TO:  All writers of fiction - Short Story and
Novella/Novellette.
LENGTH:  Short Story up to 25,000 words, novella - 25,000-
50,000 words.
THEME:  We are a new science fiction publisher and are looking
for new talent. The winners in both categories get published. We
are looking for talent, not money.
PRIZE:  Your book printed and a possible publishing contract
ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, submission by email only.
EMAIL:  contest"at"greatauthorsonline.com
URL: http://www.greatauthorsonline.com

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Children's Writers' and Artists' Yearbook Children's Story
Competition, sponsored by A & C Black

DEADLINE: February 28, 2006
GENRE:  Children's Literature: Short story for children aged
9-12. Entries should not be extracts from longer works, or
picture book texts.
OPEN TO: ALL
LENGTH: Maximum 2,000 words
THEME:  Secrets
PRIZE: 500 or 1000 of A&C Black's Books plus publication in
Times Educational Supplement and on the A&C Black website.
ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes. You may only submit MS by email.  To enter
you must first register at http://www.acblack.com.  Entries must
be submitted via email to competition"at"acblack.com with the
subject subhead: CWAYB06 COMPETITION. Please include your email
address in the file if submitting as an attachment, or in the
body of the email.
EMAIL:  competition"at"acblack.com
        subject heading: CWAYB06
COMPETITION.
URL: http://www.acblack.com/childrensstorycompetition

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

The InnermoonLit Award for Best First Chapter of a Novel

DEADLINE: March 1, 2006
GENRE:  Fiction - Novel excerpt
OPEN TO: US citizens aged 18+
LENGTH: 2000 words
THEME:  Most engaging, entertaining first chapter of a novel.
All genres welcome. Writers retain all rights to their works, and
there is no entry fee. See website for complete details.
PRIZES: 1st Prize: $100; 2nd Prize: $50; 3rd Prize:  autographed book
ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, submission by email only.
EMAIL: submit via website below.
URL:
http://www.brianagincourtmassey.com/contests/bfcguidelines.html

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