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	From the Editor's Desk
	NEWS from the World of Writing
		by Dawn Copeman
	FEATURE: Keeping A Writer's Journal
		by Sheila Bender
	The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
	WRITING DESK: Should You Send Unsolicited Manuscripts to
		an Agent by E-mail? by Moira Allen
	FEATURE: The Beginner's Guide To... Writing Terminology
		by Dawn Copeman
	WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
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	The Author's Bookshelf

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Writers Wanted is Back!
Yes, folks, the much beloved and much lamented "Writers Wanted"
section is now back online.  We don't have many listings yet, but
hopefully as the word gets out, the section will grow.

I finally gave up on my search for an inexpensive (or free)
"classified" system that would enable people to post their own
listings but that would also enable me to pre-screen listings
before they went online.  The old system (which was lost when the
server crashed in 2005) had one significant problem: It kept
getting cluttered with the "ads" of writers who chose to ignore
the posting rules, and insisted on posting their "im a riter and
i want to find a job" listings, or announcements of their latest
volume of work, or whatever.  That paled, however, before the
problems of some of the replacement systems I tried; I finally
yanked the whole thing when I discovered that it had become
spammed with dozens of lengthy ads for cell phones from Nigeria.

I've probably spent more hours combing the web for a replacement
system that would work (without having to pay hundreds of dollars
for a "free" service") than I would have spent if I'd just
decided to do what I'm doing now: Listings are now processed
manually.  If you wish to list a "call for writers," you can
simply fill out an online form. This form gets e-mailed to me,
and I've rigged my e-mail response form so that it arrives in my
inbox already formatted for posting.  So all I have to do is
verify that it's a legitimate listing (and not someone's ad for a
casino or nifty dorm room pix), and slap it online.

The listings are divided into two categories: "Paying
opportunities" (defined as an opportunity that pays more than $10
for an article) and "low- and nonpaying opportunities" (defined
as a call for writers that pays $10 or less, or nothing at all).

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Post a listing at

That's Me All Over!
My name isn't quite in lights, but it's definitely "out there"
this month!  If you've been considering whether (or how) to
self-publish your book using POD, you may enjoy my article in the
April "Writers on the Rise" newsletter, "Why Publish with
Lulu.com?"  The article appears in two parts, one toward the
beginning of the newsletter and the second on the "back page" at
the very end.  A follow-up to the article, "DIY Publishing:
Formatting Your Book for Lulu.com" appears on the
Writing-World.com site. (By the way, Writers On the Rise has
just been listed in the May 2006 issue of Writers Digest as one
of the top 101 websites for writers - Congratulations!)

Read the articles at:

Then, my one and only published short story, Truthseeker, has now
been republished on Afterburn SF.  Editor Wade Kimberlin says,
"It is one of the best stories I have ever read, and exactly the
kind of story I had in mind when I started Afterburn SF."  It's a
magical whodunnit, complete with werewolves and a heroine with an
appropriately (for fantasy) unpronounceable first name.  (I don't
think she even has a last name...)

Read it at:

Away From My Desk...
With any luck, I'll be out of town from April 12-17, and won't
be answering e-mail during that period.  I say "with luck,"
because I've managed to acquire my apparently annual spring
sinus infection, and until that gets cleared up, I'm not going
anywhere.  Today I'm heading off to the doctor for some much-
needed antibiotics... Drugs, give me DRUGS!

                                         -- Moira Allen, Editor


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Humourist elected as President of Authors' Guild
The Authors Guild, the nation's largest organization of published
book authors and freelance journalists, announced that its
members elected Roy Blount Jr. to be the organization's new
president. Judy Blume and James B. Stewart were re-elected as
vice presidents. Susan Choi, Mary Higgins Clark, Jennifer Egan,
David Levering Lewis, Stephen Manes, Michele Mitchell, Victor
Navasky, Peg Tyre, Rachel Vail, and Nicholas Weinstock were
elected to the Authors Guild Council, the group's board of
directors. One of Ray Blount Jr's first tasks is the lawsuit with
Google. "Nick (the outgoing president) told me to just fix the
Google thing and the rest would be easy," said Mr. Blount.
"Sounds like a job for a humorist. Google wants to give away
"snippets" of authors' work. Maybe we could work something out,
there. But what constitutes a snippet? We might begin by
stipulating that no snippet shall be as large as a full
witticism. Then we might measure how many snippets there are in,
for instance, 'A Million Little Pieces.'" Roy Blount Jr.
(http://www.royblountjr.com) is the author of 19 books, his most
recent being "Feet on the Street: Rambles Around New Orleans."
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Publishers Report Increases in eBook Sales and Revenue
eBook publishers reported a 36% increase in eBook units sold in
Q2 2005 compared to Q2 2004, and a 69% increase in eBook revenue
earned over the same period. They also reported a 24% increase in
eBook titles published. Publishers reported 484,933 eBook units
sold and $3,182,499 in revenues for the second quarter of 2005.
They also reported 1024 eBooks published during this time. The
report was commissioned by the International Digital Publishing
Forum (IDPF).  The International Digital Publishing Forum,
formerly the Open eBook Forum (OeBF), is the trade and standards
association for the digital publishing industry and is supported
by its members. For more information visit:  http://www.idpf.org.

Google Invites Publishers to Register Books for Paid Access
Google recently announced a new initiative by which publishers
can elect to sell "perpetual online access" via Google Book
Search to the full text of individual books in Google's program.
Publishers have full control over the pricing of every book they
choose to make available in this way, and prices and availability
can be changed as often as publishers wish. This program provides
only for selling access to the entire text of the book;
different, more limited models may be offered at a later date.
Google will take an unspecified portion of the revenues, and will
report to and pay publishers in a similar manner to the current
sharing of ad revenue (such as it is), with expanded reporting to
facilitate publishers' royalty reports to authors. For further
information visit:  https://books.google.com/partner/faq

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Shrinking Support for Australian Novelists
According to "The Australian" there are three problems facing
Australian literature today: fewer books are being published,
sales are falling and shelf-lives are shorter.  They cite the
experiences of Australian novelist Brian Castro.  Despite having
had six previous novels published by mainstream publishers, he
had to turn to an independent publisher, Giramondo, to publish
his seventh novel, "Shanghai Dancing."  This book, which will be
published in the US by Kaya Press, then went on to win two major
literary awards in Australia, even beating a submission by Nobel
laureate J.M. Coetzee. Publishing is certainly going through a
difficult time in Australia: Between 2001 and 2004, sales of
Australian fiction fell 40 percent.  Mainstream publishers have
reduced the number of new Australian novels they produce from 60
a year in 1996 to 32 in 2004 and The Australian went on to
discover that Penguin only plans to issue six literary novels this
year; last year they issued twelve. For more information visit:

Penguin to Cut Australian Paperback Royalties
As if life wasn't difficult enough for Australian writers,
Penguin has recently announced plans to reduce royalties on
subsequent printings of paperbacks from the current 10 percent
standard, to 6 or 8 percent. According to Penguin's publishing
director Bob Sessions, the company is "attempting to draw our
contracts more into line with international practice" and
indicates the lower royalties are already specified contractually
but had not previously been enforced. Australian publishers have
traditionally paid higher paperback royalties than in other
territories. For more information visit: http://tinyurl.com/n8ltr

Verdict Against Amazon.com and Lightning Print Overturned
Last year, a St. Louis jury found that Lightning Print and
Amazon.com (which produced books through the Lightning Print
technology) had infringed upon the print-on-demand patent of On
Demand Machine Corporation.  On March 31, the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington overturned the $15
million verdict against Amazon.com and Ingram Industries, saying
that "no reasonable jury could find they infringed a patent for
printing books."  The Court of Appeals ruled that the St. Louis
decision (which would have required Lightning Print to pay On
Demand nearly 13% in royalties) was based on a misinterpretation
of the patent held by On Demand, which applies to a system that
allows shoppers to view electronic copies of books and have
copies printed through a kiosk.  Lightning Source, owned by
Ingram, prints books individually and in bulk for distributors
and booksellers such as Amazon.com.  The court ruled that this
was different from On Demand's "immediate printing."  The Appeals
court noted that "The printing of a single copy of a book, using
computer technology and high-speed printing" was known before On
Demand won its patent.


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                     by Dawn Copeman (DawnCopeman"at"Write-away.biz)

Okay, okay, so you don't want to talk about agents.  I know this
from the few responses I received to last month's question from E
Masters, who wanted to know about good experiences with agents.
Those of you who did reply said broadly the same thing: it's hard
to get an agent and if you do get an agent who is interested in
your work, then work with them, as it is in their best interests
to get you published.  Fine, matter closed.

But now I really need your help with something that's been
bothering me lately: am I stuck in the Comfort Zone?

You know how it is; you break into writing by writing a specific
type of article for specific magazines.  You find it hard at
first, but then it gets easier to produce more articles on this
topic and so, naturally you do so and in the process you begin to
build a healthy portfolio of clips. Which is fantastic, and after
all, we are all told that this is how to begin: by writing what
you know.  But then, gradually, slowly, without even realizing it
at first, you begin to find yourself trapped in the Comfort Zone!
(Play scary tinkly music here!)

Now, once you're in the Comfort Zone, it can be hard to get out.
I know. I'm there!  And I now find I'm as scared as an absolute
beginner when it comes to phrasing query letters for new subjects
and new magazines.  I find myself procrastinating so long after
I've seen a 'Call for Submissions' that I know, in the heart of
me, I could write an article for, that by the time I get around
to writing my query, I know that all the slots will have been
filled.  End result: I don't write the query and stay stuck in
the Comfort Zone.

So, what I want to know this month is this:  Have you ever been
stuck in the Comfort Zone?  If so, how did you break out?  Or,
did you choose to stay in the 'Zone' and become a niche
specialist?  Also, is it so bad to be in the Comfort Zone or do
we need to stop writing what we know to develop as writers?

Email your answers to me at DawnCopeman"at"Write-Away.biz with the
subject line: Comfort Zone.

Please, please help me to either escape the 'Zone' or show me how
to relax and enjoy it!

Till next time!


For advice on whether to specialize or generalize visit:


Dawn Copeman is a freelance writer based in England.  She is the
editor of http://www.newbie-writers.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

Copyright (c) 2006 by Dawn Copeman


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KEEPING A WRITER'S JOURNAL: 21 Ideas to Keep You Writing
                                                   by Sheila Bender

Keeping a journal is one of the best tools to practice trusting
your writing and to make sure you keep writing. You can keep a
journal in a cheap or an expensive notebook, on scraps of paper
dropped into a box, in computer files or in letter form.  Just as
long as you write as much and as often as you can without editing
yourself and you have access to the words you've written, you are
keeping a journal.

If you haven't been journaling or doing it as often as you wish,
think about where you write and when you are likely to have time
to write. If this is away from home, be sure the notebook you
choose is one you like carrying with you. Train yourself to keep
your notebook with you. If you are most likely to write at home,
keep your notebook in a place in your home where you like to sit.
If your favorite way to keep a journal is using a computer,
accommodate yourself by naming folders in ways that will amuse
you and make you feel good about opening them. If you use
different computers at home and at work, you might want to email
entries to yourself and keep them on one computer in one file.
There is also a wonderful software product out now called
LifeJournal. If you like to use your computer to journal, this
product provides prompts, inspirational quotes, a way to review
your journaling each week to find out what you've been dealing
with and a easy to use and thorough way to assign topics so you
can always retrieve what you've written about in certain areas.

It may seem intimidating to develop the journal-keeping habit,
and you may be thinking defeatist thoughts already, such as "I
can't do this regularly forever. I don't know how many times a
week I'll really remember," and so on.  However, you can commit
to keeping your journal if you shorten the time of your
commitment and promise yourself you will not judge your efforts,
but just write. If you are already keeping a journal, you might
commit to using the ideas below sprinkled in among your regular

Make a specific commitment for a month. For example, tell
yourself that for this month you can make an entry every day or
every other day or perhaps on weekends or on Mondays and Fridays.
Write your commitment down in your journal, and then, whatever
you decided, make sure you write at least that often. You might
want to start the month off with an entry that describes why you
created the system you did and why you bought the notebooks and
pens or pencils or made the files or why you committed the
particular amount of time that you did. At the end of the month,
use your last entry to evaluate how your system worked for you.
Decide in that entry whether you want to stick with your original
system for another month, make some alterations in it, or move on
to a different system. After you write that last entry for the
month, reread your very first entry.  How do your
end-of-the-month thoughts about journal-keeping compare to those
you wrote down at the beginning of your month? You might want to
write about the comparison.

Next, make a commitment to the same system or to a new
journal-keeping system for an additional month. Write this
commitment down in your journal and then keep your entries going
for another month. Do this month by month until keeping a journal
is a habit.

Here are 21 ideas to help make keeping your commitment

Idea 1: A Travel Journal
When you travel, write about your surroundings. Describe the
rooms, buildings, streets, landscapes, people, and activities in
which you are involved. Jot down dialogues and conversation.
Describe yourself in your new surroundings, being sure to show how
you react to the people around you.

Idea 2: Journal Your Journaling
Choose an activity other than journal keeping and keep a journal
for several consecutive days about that activity. Some examples
might be: training a puppy, having a visitor, planting a garden,
or searching for the perfect gift for someone. Or take the same
walk on journal entry days and write about the walk each time you
take it. Whatever you do, capture your thoughts and behavior as
you do the activity you have chosen to journal about.

Idea 3: Word Meditations
Locate five words from anywhere around you: your bulletin board,
a newspaper headline, a shopping bag, a warning label, or a card
in your wallet. Write each of the five words on a scrap of paper
and put the scraps in a bowl or hat. Choose one scrap and begin
to write about that word. Write for ten to twenty minutes without
stopping or editing yourself.

Idea 4: Tidbits, Odds and Ends
On some days you might just want to enter an apt phrase or
description or an ironic question that comes to mind. Leave them
as short paragraphs entered under dates. Someday you might
collect them under one title, such as "Winter Thoughts" or "What
My Mind Wandered to in Spring."

Idea 5: Your Writing Process
If you are engaged in writing anything -- a story, poem, essay,
play, or paper for school or for work -- make some entries about
your writing process.  Be sure to say what your feelings are as
you begin, revise, and finish what you are working on.  What
questions do you ask yourself? What are you learning that helps
you write? What do you think you are working against?

Idea 6: Poems
Do entries in the form of poems, even if you don't think what you
are writing about is poetic. Take what might seem prose-like and
chop the paragraphs into lines like a poem.  When you see the
writing this way, you might find that images stand out, and with
some editing (such taking out extra words), you could have a rich
piece of writing.

Idea 7: Letters
Write letters you would never mail. Tell old boyfriends what
you'd like them to know now that you are older or wiser or
dumber.  Tell family members or friends something you never told
them before.  Tell a toy from childhood or a teacher from long
ago about something that makes you think of them now.  Try
writing their letter back to you. Make a list of people and pets
and objects you remember from your childhood and make entries
from time to time in the form of ten- to twenty-minute freewrites
(where you keep writing without editing or stopping yourself)
about a person, pet or object on this list.

Idea 8: Worries
Sometimes unloading professional worries and goals into a journal
clears space for the writing self.  You can allow one day a week
or a month for this kind of entry.

Idea 9: Revision for the Fun of It
Choose something you have already written in your journal. Begin
to revise it, imagining an editor has asked you for a specific
kind of piece -- a memory piece, a poem, an essay on bus
riding -- and you have gone to your journal (inventory) to find
something and develop it. Don't worry about perfection. Instead,
try to make the revision into something that will interest the

Idea 10: Fellow Enthusiasts
Meet with someone who shares your interest in something --
gardening, fishing, knitting, reading, baking -- and then write
about your meeting with the person and the person's knowledge of
the topic.

Idea 11: Weather Center
Become sensitive to the weather and try describing the weather in
your journal entries. Put your eyes and ears to work on how the
weather affects the landscape, sky, people, animals, buildings,
and vehicles. Write it so that when you reread that entry, you
feel as if you are in the weather.

Idea 12: Writing From Where You Are
Write entries that describe where you are as you write. Even if
you write from the same place every day, describe it as it seems
to you at the moment.  Things change -- what is on the desk, out
the window, under your feet -- and you will become a keen observer.

Idea 13: Prompts
Challenge yourself to write using a prompt. For example, "The
last thing I ate before I sat down to write this entry was
_______ and the next thing I might eat is______. This is because

When I look up from the page, the first thing I see is_____.  I
like/don't like this because_________.

If I could describe the place I am sitting to a set designer for
a movie or play, here is what I would say: ___________.

Here are five things I should not have put in the trash and why.

Here are five things I ought to put in the trash and why.

When I go to the White House for dinner, I always wear my
__________ and take along my _________. That way _________.

When the nightly news director put words under the shot of me to
identify me to the people, the words were ________. This is what
had happened: _________.

Write a list of five to ten prompts of your own that you can use
from time to time. Or ask a friend to invent some for you to use.

Idea 14: The Alphabet
Make the alphabet your friend. Challenge yourself to put down
your thoughts entry by entry with titles that start, with each
letter of the alphabet for 26 continuous entries. Or challenge
yourself to start each entry itself for 26 days with words that
begin with the alphabet's letters in order. Or write 26
meditations, one each on each letter of the alphabet.

Idea 15: Reading Lists
After you read books, write reviews of them in your journal.

Idea 16: Library Searches
Go to library online catalogs and investigate a subject and
writer. Search for some of the books. Write about your search.

Idea 17: Responses to Writers' Groups and Writers
Write about your creative writing class, your writers' group,
your reaction to a writer you are reading.

Idea 18: Radio or TV
Turn on the radio or TV for twenty seconds. Write about what you

Idea 19: Other People's Entries
Invent journal entries your friends or relatives or bosses might
write. If you are a fiction writer, invent journal entries your
characters might write.

Idea 20: Your Journal-Writing Employee
Invent a persona for your journal -- a character who is employed
as a journal writer for you, whose job it is to make entries on a
schedule you propose, someone whose creativity in dreaming up new
ways to approach the genre will be rewarded. Write the job
description in your journal. Write the interview with the job
applicant. Assign this persona a wardrobe, a history, a reason
why he or she wants this job. Write your new employee's entries.
Let him or her react to the world and the people around him or

Idea 21: You Are of Age
Use the journal to write whatever it is you want to write! There
is no wrong way to keep a journal; it is for your eyes only or
for the eyes of exactly who you want to see it.

However you do it, you will probably come to an understanding as
the poet does in Lydia Davis' novel, The End of the Story
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1995). She considers a title for her
collection of material and thinks:

"The best possibility may be MATERIAL -- TO BE USED, which does
not go as far as to say that it is ready but only that in some
way it will be used, though it does not have to be used, even if
it is good enough to use."

If you learn to look at journal material the way Davis' character
does, keeping a journal becomes the best kind of inventory --
always there and never taxed.  It might need some dusting off,
but that is part of the pleasure for a writer who reaches into
old material and begins to use it for essays, poems, articles and


Sheila Bender is a writing teacher, poet, essayist, columnist and
the author of many books, the best known being books on personal
essay writing and journaling.  She runs
http://www.writingitreal.com -- an online instructional and
informational magazine for those who write from personal
experience.  Her latest book is "Writing and Publishing Personal
Essays". For more information, visit http://www.sheilabender.com/

Copyright (c) 2006 by Sheila Bender

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A very nice monthly online newsletter with lots of articles and
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A newsletter by Randy Ingermanson covering various aspects of fiction
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                                                  by Moira Allen

Should You Send Unsolicited Manuscripts to an Agent by E-mail?

Q: A recent guest at my local writers' group addressed the group
about submitting manuscripts to agents and publishers. She seemed
to think the way to go about submitting was to send the whole
manuscript by email (as an attachment), whether it was requested
or not. Do editors and agents really accept manuscripts this way,
especially if the manuscripts haven't been requested? This woman
also believed that an editor should edit through a computer
program rather than snail mail; i.e., the editor suggests a
change, emails the author who emails back, etc. Again, is this an
accepted practice? Is the blue pencil dead? Several of us were
skeptical about her remarks. However, we're curious.

A: The answer is absolutely, positively, categorically NO.  First
of all, one should NEVER send an agent or publisher anything that
they have not specifically requested in their guidelines.  Doing
so simply shows one up as an amateur -- and worse, as an amateur
who either has not bothered to read the instructions or has
chosen not to follow them.  No publisher wants to work with a
person who can't or won't do that!

In this regard, the issue is no different from sending an
unwanted manuscript by mail.  If the publisher or agent does not
want to receive a complete manuscript (and says so in their
guidelines), then they don't want one, period.  It doesn't matter
what method of delivery is used -- what matters is that they have
stated that they don't want it, and if you send it, you are going
to basically ensure that you DON'T make a sale.

Further, in this day of viruses and spam, no publisher wants to
receive an unsolicited manuscript as an e-mail attachment --
especially a book-length manuscript! In fact, most publishers
state that such attachments, and often the accompanying e-mail,
will be trashed unread, which means that the publisher won't even
look at your cover letter, let alone the manuscript itself.

Conversely, once a manuscript HAS been requested, and ONLY when
it has been requested, some publishers and agents will, in fact,
accept it by e-mail.  But only by request -- and if you're not
sure, ASK first!  Many agents will also accept book proposals by
e-mail, but usually not before they have given you the go-ahead.

I thought the statement that "an editor SHOULD edit through a
computer program" was interesting.  It sounds as if this speaker
has ideas about how she thinks the world OUGHT to work, whether
or not it actually DOES work that way.  Unfortunately, it often

In fact, many editors and publishers do handle editing
electronically these days.  My publisher does.  I've submitted my
last two book manuscripts electronically -- but keep in mind that
this is a publisher who has worked with me over four books.  The
editor will go through the electronic file, mark corrections and
changes (usually with bold text or with a highlight color), and
e-mail the manuscript back to me.  I'll go through it
electronically, make any necessary corrections (or simply
"approve" the changes that have been made), and e-mail it back.

That's in the manuscript-edit stages, however.  Once the book
goes to the print and galley proof stage, changes and corrections
may be handled by mail and fax rather than online, because book
may no longer be in an "e-mailable" format. (This is rapidly
changing, however, as more and more publishers -- both book and
magazine -- are creating PDF galley proofs that can also be sent
by e-mail.)

I don't know how many editors are editing electronically rather
than with the "blue pencil" these days.  I suspect one
consideration would be how much editing actually needs to be done
on a manuscript.  If the manuscript only needs light editing,
it's much easier to do online, but if it needs lots of
grammatical changes, it can be easier to mark up with the old
blue pencil.  And it also simply depends on what the editor is
comfortable with.  Some people (like me) are more comfortable
editing hard copy; others are more comfortable editing directly
on the screen.  So here, it really "depends."

Tell the skeptics that they're correct.  The publishing business
is in a state of transition -- more and more publishers and
agents will now accept a SOLICITED manuscript by e-mail -- but
the rules on unsolicited manuscripts haven't changed.

Preserving Newspaper Clips
Finding a Ghostwriter
Designing a Submission Package
Taboo Subjects?



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 "How to Write for Magazines," now available in
print from  http://www.lulu.com/content/223245 or as an e-book at
http://www.writing-world.com/bookstore/index.shtml.  Download a sample
chapter at http://www.writing-world.com/admin1/magsample.pdf

Copyright (c) 2006 by Moira Allen


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THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO... WRITING TERMINOLOGY =================================================================
                                                  by Dawn Copeman

To succeed as a writer you must have a good grasp of the
language. No, I'm not talking about English, although that will
certainly be beneficial! I'm talking about the specialist
language used by writers, editors and magazines to describe the
world of writing. If you're going to succeed as a writer, you
need to learn the writer's lingo. So here's a guide to writing

Article -- a piece of writing on a topic.

Bio -- a short biographical sketch of yourself to go at the
bottom of an article. Write it in the 3rd Person.

Byline - Getting your name in the publication:

		Example: Learning the Lingo by Dawn Copeman

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For more advice on starting as a writer visit:


Freelancer's Guide to Finding Writing Markets", by Gary McLaren,
isn't just a list of markets, but a guide to how to find those
markets, including 60 online databases, 30 newsletters, 37 market
books and e-books, 60 publication directories and more!  Now
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The Writing Desk, by Moira Allen
	Sending Unsolicited Manuscripts by E-mail
	Preserving Newspaper Clips
	Finding a Ghostwriter
	Designing a Submission Package
	Taboo Subjects?

The Beginner's Guide to... Writing Terminology, by Dawn Copeman

Avoiding Repetitive-Stress Injuries: A Writer's Guide
By Geoff Hart

Much though I love my computer, I'm aware of its drawbacks. One
serious problem is the risk of so-called "repetitive-stress
injury" (RSI)-simplistically, any injury that results from
overuse of a body part without giving it time to recover. In
fact, "overuse injury" is probably a more immediately obvious
term, and given how much time many of us spend using computers,
overuse is indeed a risk.

Writers and editors in particular put in an awful lot of miles at
the keyboard every day. For example, I commonly spend a solid 8
hours typing. Then there's that darned mouse. W. Wayt Gibbs,
writing in the June 2002 Scientific American, used the Mouse
Odometer software (http://www.modometer.com) to monitor his
habits and found that in a single 5-day period, he'd recorded
2440 feet of mouse movement and nearly 22 000 mouse clicks. It's
no wonder computer users sometimes experience serious physical

The most common problems fall into three categories:

*	Aches and pains
*	Hand problems
*	Eye strain

Fortunately, a bit of planning and some changes in the way you
work can prevent many of these problems, delay the onset of
others, or make existing ones less serious. It's always much
easier and less painful to stop an injury from becoming serious
in the first place than it is to treat it once it becomes a

Read the rest of this article at


DIY Publishing: Formatting Your Book for Lulu.com
by Moira Allen

One reason for the high cost of most POD services is the simple
fact that most authors have no idea how to design a book for
publication. Hence, Xlibris and iUniverse can charge hundreds of
dollars for the privilege of setting your margins and tweaking
your fonts. By contrast, Lulu.com charges nothing up front to
"publish" your book -- but this means that the burden of making
it look good rests squarely on your shoulders. The good news is,
setting up a basic book design is not that hard! Here are a few
simple steps you can take to make your DIY book look like it was
designed by a professional.

Read the rest of this article at


Read more about the pros and cons of POD publishing:

Why Publish with Lulu.com? by Moira Allen
(Published in the April "Writers on the Rise" newsletter)

The POD Quandary: How to Decide if Print-on-Demand Publishing is
Right for You, by Brenda Rollins

Ten Questions to Ask Before You Sign that Print-on-Demand
Contract... by Sue Fagalde Lick

To POD or Not to POD: Some Pros and Cons, by Moira Allen

RECOMMENDED WRITING CLASSES: Freelancing for Newspapers, by
Sue Fagalde Lick.  8 weeks, $100; enroll at any time!
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This section lists contests that charge no entry fees. For more
contests, check our online contests section.


	2006 Hendrickson Memorial Prize in Short Fiction

DEADLINE: May 1, 2006
GENRE: 	  Fiction
OPEN TO:  International applicants; third year of contest; please
read the rules and regulations
PRIZE:   $300, 100, 100, honorable mentions:
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EMAIL: editors"at"dirtpress.com


	I Love Puerto Vallarta

DEADLINE: May 15, 2006
GENRE:  Nonfiction and poetry
THEME:  "Why I Love Puerto Vallarta". Experiences can be in any
form -- poem, limerick, narrative, song lyrics set to a
well-known melody, even haiku. Judging is based strictly on
content, not writing prowess, but extra consideration will be
given to entries that can rhyme with "Vallarta".
OPEN TO: all 18+.
PRIZES: Free holiday
URL: http://www.vallartasource.com/


	Like Heaven Short Story Competition

DEADLINE: May 7, 2006
GENRE: Fiction
THEME: Original, unpublished stories only. Max 3,000 words. Title
of Story must be 'Like Heaven.
PRIZES: Week-long Writing Holiday in Tuscany
URL:	http:// www.nialamaharaj.com
EMAIL:	ssontheimer"at"iol.it


	Oneswan Productions 2006 Inspirational and Short Story

DEADLINE: May 1, 2006
GENRE: Fiction and poetry
THEME: Inspirational: A story with an explicitly religious,
spiritual or inspirational slant or focus. A story about the
power of religion, power of prayer, or how the power of Christ
touched you will be considered inspirational. Short Story Genre:
Romance,Mystery, Science-fiction, Horror or Fantasy. You may
enter a maximum of two (2) submissions for each of the following
* Inspirational: 1,500 words maximum.
* Short Story: 2,500 words maximum.
* Rhyming Poem and Non-rhyming Poem: 65 lines maximum.
PRIZE: $100
URL: http://www.janetteowens.com/


	Willi Paul Adams Foreign Language Book Award

DEADLINE: May 1, 2006
GENRE: Books
THEME: Biennial award for the best book on American history
published in a foreign language. Book published between July 1,
2004 through June 30, 2006
PRIZE: $1000.
URL: http://www.oah.org/activities/awards/foreign/index.html


	Short Story Contest

DEADLINE: May 10, 2006
GENRE: Fiction
THEME: Short stories must be original and unpublished. Maximum
length 5000 words. No restriction on theme or style. Winners will
be published in the 2nd annual Pale House anthology, scheduled to
be released late July. We look forward to reading your work!
PRIZE: Publication and authors' copies.
URL: http://palehouse.com
EMAIL: palehousepress"at"yahoo.com



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