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	From the Editor's Desk
	NEWS from the World of Writing
	THE INQUIRING WRITER:  Seasonal Writing
		by Dawn Copeman
	FEATURE: How To Pitch Your Book At A Writing Conference
		by Cynthia P. Gallagher
	The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
	WRITING DESK: How Can I Find Out if My Idea Is Original?
		by Moira Allen
	BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO... Article Structure
		by Dawn Copeman
	WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
	JUST FOR FUN: 20 Things to Prepare for When Starting a
		Writing Career, by Scott Sandridge
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It's Too Darn Hot...
When my husband travels, he always likes to stay at hotels that
offer hot tubs.  Maybe that's why we finally moved to Virginia...
the entire state seems to have turned into one gigantic hot tub!
All one needs to do for the "sauna experience" is to step
outdoors.  Even the cats have given up on the deck, at least in
the middle of the day; Puff has decided she prefers to go out
at 3 a.m., and I can't say that I blame her.  It's usually under
80 degrees by that time...

However, all that heat means too few excuses not to sit at the
computer; it's downstairs and thus in the coolest part of the
house.  From my ground-level window, I can gaze out into the
ecosystem that was once my "garden" -- I haven't pulled weeds in,
well, suffice it to say, a VERY long time, which means that I now
have VERY long weeds.  On the bright side, at least that portion
of my front yard is GREEN, unlike the lawn.  Maybe I should just
live and let live...  Even HTML'ing articles is more fun than
pulling weeds!

New Children's Column
We're pleased to announce that Writing-World.com has a new
childrens' writing column: "Writing for Young Readers," by Eugie
Foster.  Eugie is a short-fiction writer specializing in genre
and children's literature, and has sold more than a dozen stories
to the Cricket Magazine Group, including Spider, Cricket and
Cicada, as well as to an assortment of other children's
magazines. She holds an M.A. in developmental psychology, has
co-authored a textbook on child development, and is a frequent
speaker at Dragon*Con's Young Adult Literature Track. Eugie

"Welcome to Writing for Young Readers!  Each month, I'll provide
information and insights to aid writers -- whether aspiring or
up-and-coming -- connect with both kids and editors.  Topics I'll
cover include marketing strategies, how- and what-to's, useful
child development snippets, and sub-genre focuses.  I'll also
bring you exclusive interviews with editors of children's books
and magazines."

Visit the first installment of this new column at

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Fears Over Implications Of New Russian Law For Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists is concerned that
amendments to the 2002 Law 'On Counteracting Extremist Activity'
could make it illegal for the media to report any stories that
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                     by Dawn Copeman (DawnCopeman"at"Write-away.biz)

Last month I wanted to know if you are a seasonal writer. Do you
find it hard to work in summer with the outdoors calling?  Or do
you find that your creativity freezes in winter?  In short, I
wanted to know if you suffered from 'Seasonal Writing Disorder'.

Well, it seems, once again, that opinion is divided.  Some of you
agree wholeheartedly that 'Seasonal Writing Disorder' exists.

"I thought I was the only one with this problem and it gives me a
lot of trouble. On the one hand, we're taught we MUST write
daily, and sometimes I can, but not usually. Family crises come
along and I must cope," wrote Jean M. Madigan.  She continues:
"Sometimes, it's me, I have post herpetic neuralgia, and often
the pain won't let me write, but I always feel guilty for not
writing everyday."

Another who suffers from 'Seasonal Writing Disorder' is John
Craggs.  "Hot weather really knocks the stuffing out of me,
making writing in the summer months a physical chore. My brain
feels distinctly sluggish too.  Whereas in the colder seasons
both brain and body are definitely livelier.

"How do I cope?  To some extent I simply don't, but as a
part-time writer I can sometimes afford to juggle things.  A
deadline is still a deadline, but in the summer I can avoid those
which are self-set.

"Currently a small USB fan is running on a front port and making
life a little more bearable; 1 from a 'cheapo shop', money well

For others, 'Seasonal Writing Disorder' is a luxury they do
without. As Sal Amico M. Buttaci writes: "In the long-ago days of
my youth, when I first began writing, I fell for that old myth
about the Muse delivering literary gems, so I waited for them to
fall in my lap.  Perhaps once or twice I can recall it happening
just that way, but that was over fifty years ago.

"Back in the 60s, my undergraduate university days, I had a poet
professor who insisted that all serious writers were
self-disciplined, wrote something daily, and almost never were
plagued with writer's block.  It took me a decade to internalize
all that, but for about 30 years now I do write everyday. The
seasons come and go without slowing me down creatively. Whether
snow falls or rain pours or sun shines brightly, I continue
writing poems, stories, letters, and books.  I love to write, so
why would I let even one day go by without doing what love?"

Good point, but what if, no matter how much you love your work,
you just can't bring yourself to do it today?  Diane Schuller
from Canada, whilst acknowledging that she doesn't suffer from
'Seasonal Writing Disorder,' does admit that her productivity is
affected by the weather: "I'm not a seasonal writer -- I write
year round. Perhaps I'm more productive in winter, only because
I'm 'forced' to be indoors more."

So there you have it. 'Seasonal Writing Disorder' exists and it
does not exist.  I guess it's like Writer's Block: real to some
but not to others.

Sometimes, however, regardless of the weather, I find it hard to
write.  Sometimes it seems too much work.  Sometimes I doubt my
abilities, or question whether my 'luck' is about to run out.
When that happens I glance up to the pin board above my desk and
look at the pictures of nice cars I'd like to buy one day.  Or I
work on my laptop with the wallpaper of a typewriter and the
words 'I am a writer' written below it.  Or I re-read some of my
old work. Or I listen to "Bring me To Life" by Evanescence --
because that's what my writing does to me, and one way or
another, I find the will to continue. But what about you? How do
you motivate yourself to keep on writing?  Do you have a
motivational picture? An image of something you're going to buy
when you've sold enough articles?  Maybe you've got a rejection
letter pinned up that you're going to prove wrong by selling that
piece?  Perhaps you have a favorite song that helps you to write?
 We all have down days; how do you get through them?

Email your responses to me DawnCopeman"at"Write-Away.biz with the
subject line Motivation.
Till next time,


For advice on how to avoid seasonal writing and write everyday
visit: http://www.writing-world.com/basics/everyday.shtml and


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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                                          by Cynthia P. Gallagher

The very nature of writing often isolates us from the outside
world, and from making contact with kindred souls who understand
the writing life all the more important. A great place to find
this camaraderie is at the numerous writers' conferences held
throughout the year in every location from Cape Cod to the
Caribbean. In addition to the fellowship, networking, and
continuing education, conferences frequently offer a bonus: the
professional consultation.

This is your opportunity for a personal, albeit brief, meeting
with an agent, editor, or other industry professional. The common
thread here is pressure.  You have about ten minutes to dazzle
the consultant with your talent. A tall order, but with a little
preparation and the following hints, it can be the most
productive part of your conference experience.


Nothing turns off a literary consultant faster than an
ill-prepared writer. Take the time in advance to research the
professional(s) available. Don't schedule time with random people
based solely on reputation or popularity. A representative may
not handle your genre, or work with writers at your level. You
will save time and money by learning sooner rather than later
which consultant best suits your needs -- and vice versa. Review
the consultant's bio just prior to your scheduled meeting and
present yourself as an informed professional who's aimed in the
right direction.

Similarly, find out who the "popular" ones are and why. Time
slots with well-known agents and editors are likely to sell out
in short order, so plan accordingly.


This all-important two- or three-sentence summary of your writing
project has a dual purpose: to describe the book's genre and
basic premise, and to intrigue the consultant. A well-crafted
pitch tantalizes with a hook that sets the manuscript apart from
the rest. That's a lot to pack into a couple of sentences, so
choose words wisely.

This isn't as difficult as it sounds. Read the movie descriptions
in your local TV guide, or pick up your favorite novel and read
the jacket or flyleaf copy. For example, see if you can identify
this bestseller: "This is a family saga that begins with a birth
in 1750 in an African village and ends seven generations later at
the Arkansas funeral of a black professor whose children include
a teacher, a Navy architect, and an author."

Or this one: "Set in Depression-era Louisiana, this serialized
novel is a prison guard's account of events that challenge his
most cherished beliefs in the place of ultimate retribution:
death row."

These pitches came from the back covers of Alex Haley's Roots and
Stephen King's The Green Mile.


Even if a consultation is held on the beach, it is still a
business meeting. Save the Speedo for later. Neatness counts when
making first impressions. Even if the editor seated across from
you sports two days' worth of stubble and a wrinkled shirt, set
the example by presenting a professional appearance. And leave
the chewing gum, snacks, and cigarettes behind.

Twinges of self-doubt are normal, but a consultation is not the
place to seek validation. Remember, you must first believe in
yourself and your work before you can persuade others to believe
in it. Be proud of your writing.

Exude self-assurance, but not arrogance. Openers like "I'm the
next John Grisham," or "Today is your lucky day" will only
alienate the consultant. It's okay to convey enthusiasm, but
temper your zeal with a patina of humility.


Consultations can be nerve-wracking even to veteran writers. If
you're really nervous about it, pretend this is someone you've
met at a party. Ofter a personable handshake and some small talk
to start things off in a relaxed manner. You'll then find it easy
to segue into the business at hand.

Often the consultant will take the onus off you by asking, "How
long have you been writing?" or "Tell me about your book." If
your agent or someone else has recommended a consultation with
that specific person, you have an automatic ice-breaker. A few
exchanges about your mutual contact, and you're off and running.

Most consultants are approachable and easy to talk to...
sometimes too easy. Get them started and you may have trouble
getting them to stop long enough for you to describe your
project. Make sure -- politely -- that they remember this is your
time. Steer the conversation back where it belongs: your writing.


It's only natural to want to impress the agent/editor, but they
should also make an impression on you. You'll derive more from
the encounter with active participation. Think ahead of some
pertinent questions that aren't covered in their bios. Don't sit
waiting for the consultant to drop career-changing comments in
your lap. Ask what the editor looks for in a first-time author.
Ask how many books the agent has sold in the past year.

On the flip side, try to anticipate questions they may ask you:
What is your target market? How do you plan to promote your book?
What makes this book different from others like it? Write down
possible questions ahead of time and review them before the


Most consultants will have a supply of business cards with them;
be certain to ask for one. If none are available, jot down the
name (properly spelled!), complete mailing address, phone number,
and email address. Even if the consultation doesn't culminate in
a contract, you'll want to send a brief thank-you note later.
It's a courteous business practice that at best will keep your
name favorably alive in the consultant's memory, and at least
will make your mother proud. Hang onto the contact information
for future reference.


It doesn't happen often, but it does happen: Once in a while
you'll emerge from a consultation wondering why you wasted your
money. Take heart; you can salvage a seemingly useless encounter
by remembering a few points:

It bears repeating that those allotted minutes fly by; you are
entitled to every one of them. I was once kept waiting many
minutes into my scheduled consultation time while the editor
stood two feet away, chatting with another professional. If a
consultant acts bored, interrupts constantly, or is otherwise
rude, be sure to let the conference staff know. If they provide
evaluation sheets, use them. They take these comments seriously.

If the consultant isn't interested in your work, ask if he knows
anyone else who might be, either inside or outside his own
publishing house. It never hurts to inquire, and he might give
you a name that could lead to something positive.

Remember that every consultation is a learning experience. The
more practice you have dealing with the myriad personalities in
the literary world, the less intimidating they become.

Above all, don't let a nasty encounter deflate you. Even if he
was interested in your project, would you really want to work
with someone so unpleasant?


When the bell (or buzzer or tap on the shoulder) ends the
consultation, finish your thought and wrap things up. Don't keep
the next writer waiting by overstaying your welcome, and give the
consultant a moment to catch his breath before the next writer
comes in. Conclude your session with thanks and a clear idea of
what the consultant wants you to follow up with, if anything.

After you've left the meeting room, immediately jot down a
summary of the consultation. Include important points like
advice, requests, referrals, and preferences. If you've scheduled
multiple consultations over the course of the conference, the
rapid pace will soon blur everyone and everything. Get it down on
paper while it's still fresh in your mind.


When a consultant waxes rhapsodic about your work, it's easy to
get carried away with euphoria. If you're anything like me, you
respond to a manuscript request by being first in line at the
post office the next morning. Then comes the endless wait for the
reply, which may take weeks, months, or indeed may never come at
all. So take a consultant's ebullience with a grain of salt and
tell yourself that seeing is believing. What an enthusiastic
consultant offers as encouragement may be false hope, and the
disappointment can be devastating.

I once met with a film producer who raved about my historical
novel to the point where he envisioned Sally Field playing the
lead. I'd already composed my Oscar acceptance speech when he
called to say he'd misunderstood a major characteristic of the
novel's protagonist and was no longer interested. It was a long
fall from that Oscar podium. . .

The whims of industry professionals are as fleeting as mercury.
When your excitement starts to run away with you, curb the
anticipation with a bridle of reason, and hope for the best.


The people with whom you consult are just that: people. They do
not hold the fate of your career in their hands, and most of the
time they don't bite. Approach a consultation the way you would
any other business interview, and you'll be fine. Take a couple
of calming breaths before you go in, smile, and be yourself. And
maybe, just maybe, you'll end up with a great success story to


Cynthia P. Gallagher is a veteran of writers' conferences and the
author of the dog breed books, The American Pit Bull Terrier and
The Boxer, scheduled for release this year. She also writes
fiction under the name Cynthia Polansky, and her latest novel
Remote Control will be available winter 2006. Visit her website
at http://www.cynthiapolansky.com.

Copyright (c) 2006 by Cynthia P. Gallagher

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                                                  by Moira Allen
How Can I Find Out if My Idea Is Original?

Q: How can a writer KNOW that their story idea has not already
been published? I mean why spend hours on a storyline that has
been done before? All I have found are Copyright Title or catalog
number searches. But how can you search for a story idea? Does
such a tool exist? Or do authors and publishers rely only on the
memory of editorial staffs?

A: You can never really know whether someone has used a similar
idea -- but that should not prevent you from doing the best job
you can with an idea.  It has been said that there are no NEW
ideas, and it just depends on how well the writer handles a
particular idea.

However, it helps to be familiar with the genre in which you are
writing.  If you are writing in science fiction or fantasy, for
example, it's a good idea to have read a number of the "classics"
in the field and to be reasonably aware of what is being
published today.  That way, you'll be able to spot some of the
ideas that have been "done to death."  You'll also be able to
notice what the trends are -- what types of stories aren't being
done today, for example.

On the other hand, other genres have so many books produced every
year that it would be impossible to determine whether an idea has
already been "done."  For example, in the romance field, there
are hundreds if not thousands of books published every year --
and if you were thinking of writing, say, a "pirate romance," you
can bet there are several dozen pirate romances published every
year.  But that doesn't mean you can't write another (and perhaps
better) one! Similarly, there are thousands of mystery novels out
there, so it's just about impossible to come up with a completely
"new" twist on a mystery.  But there's still room for another
mystery series with cats, or whatever.

Remember, too, that ideas are not covered by copyright, which is
why you won't find this information in a copyright search.  Only
the written book is covered by copyright.  So just take the idea
you have and do the best you can with it, and don't worry about
whether someone else has worked with a similar idea.

More Questions This Month:
	Should I Query if My Article is Already Written?
	How Do I Request Guidelines?
	Will My Research Get Me in Trouble with Homeland Security?
	How Does One Judge Contest Material?

Read the answers at http://www.writing-world.com/desk/desk08.shtml


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
FICTION AND POETRY, available in print and electronic formats
(see http://www.writing-world.com/bookstore/index.shtml.) For
information on reprinting Moira's articles on writing, visit

Copyright (c) 2006 by Moira Allen


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THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO... Article Structure
                                                  by Dawn Copeman

Ever wondered what makes some articles succeed?  Why sometimes
you pick up a magazine and can't stop reading one piece, whereas
another piece has you turning the page before the end of the
first few paragraphs?  More crucially, ever wondered why your
query was accepted but the article rejected?  Well, the secret
may lie in the article's structure.

You see, there is more to writing an article than putting words
down on paper.  You have to choose an appropriate structure;
write an engaging hook; match the target magazine's house style;
keep the writing tight and on focus; ensure it ends in a way that
satisfies the reader; and deliver everything you promised in the

This is a lot to take in, but over the next few months I will
guide you through each of these areas and show you how to write a
successful article.

So let's start by looking at article structures...

To read the rest of this column, go to:


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The Writing Desk, by Moira Allen

The Beginner's Guide to... Article Structure, by Dawn Copeman

Writing for Young Readers, by Eugie Foster
AUGUST: Writing for "Tweens"

Plagiarism, Copyright, and the Eighteenth Century, by Jack Lynch

Tips from the Procrastination Princess, by Mridu Khullar

Six Tips for Writing Celebrity Profiles, by Kayleen Reusser


20 Things to Prepare for When Starting a Writing Career
                                            by Scott M. Sandridge

1.  Unpaid bills.

2.  The realization that you don't write as well as you thought
you did.

3.  A pile of rejection slips the size of Mt. Everest.

4.  Reading stories from other writers and discovering they write
better than you do.

5.  Rough critiques and rougher reviews.

6.  More unpaid bills.

7.  Strange looks from the "normals" who automatically assume
you're rich.

8.  Being surrounded by hot nerdy elf babes.... and waking up to
learn it was only a dream.

9.  Getting stalked by Olga the Troll Hun.

10. Losing your day job prematurely.

11. Did I mention unpaid bills?

12. Finding out your masterpiece of beautiful prose was really an
ugly duckling.

13. Finding out your ugly duckling was the real masterpiece.

14. Writers blocks at the worst possible moments.

15. Epiphanies a day too late.

16. Starting off with a short story and ending up with a novel.

17. Starting off with a novel and ending up with a 10-book series.

18. And then having to cut your novel down to short story size
and your 10-book series down to novella size.

19. Going to a booksigning and hearing crickets.

20. Even more unpaid bills.

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This section lists contests that charge no entry fees. Unless
otherwise indicated, competitions are open to all adult writers.
For more contests, check our contests database.

DEADLINE: August 31, 2006
GENRE: English translations of poetry, stories and essays by
contemporary Mexican writers.
PRIZE: $200 for author, $75 for translator
ADDRESS: Dancing Chiva, Editorial Assistant, Tameme
P.O. Box 58063, Washington, DC 20037
URL: http://www.tameme.org/submissions.html
EMAIL: cmmayo"at"starpower.net

DEADLINE: August 31, 2006
GENRE: Nonfiction
OPEN TO: UK or Irish citizens, or residents of the UK for at
least 3 years, who are working on their first major commissioned
works of nonfiction.
PRIZE: 10,000, two other awards of 5000 each.
ADDRESS: The Royal Society of Literature, Somerset House, Strand
London, WC2R 1LA, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
URL:  http://www.rslit.org/prizes/jerwood.php

DEADLINE: August 31, 2006
GENRE: English Language Published Books
OPEN TO: British or Commonwealth citizens aged 35 or under who
have had an English language book of any genre published in the
past year.
PRIZE: 5000, shortlisted entries receive 500
ADDRESS: Booktrust, Book House, 45 East Hill, London, SW18 2QZ
United Kingdom
EMAIL: tarryn"at"booktrust.org.uk
URL:   http://www.booktrust.org.uk/prizes/jlr.php

DEADLINE: September 1, 2006
GENRE: Full-length manuscripts of creative nonfiction
OPEN TO:   US residents with no more than two published books
PRIZE: $12,000 advance against royalties and publication by
Graywolf Press, a prestigious independent publishing house.
ADDRESS: Graywolf Press, 2402 University Avenue, Suite 203, St.
Paul, MN 55114
URL: http://tinyurl.com/gzzan
EMAIL: wolves"at"graywolfpress.org

DEADLINE: September 1, 2006
GENRE: Fiction
THEME:  Write an alternate happy and humorous ending (in the
style of the original) for any tragic literary work.
PRIZE: $200
ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes or by mail
URL: http://www.bookfest-mt.org/happy.htm
EMAIL: humanities.mt"at"umontana.org

DEADLINE: September 15, 2006
GENRE: Poetry and short fiction
LENGTH: No limit for poetry; stories 7,500 words maximum
PRIZES: $500 in each category
ADDRESS: Terry Kennedy, University of North Carolina at
Greensboro, MFA Writing Program, 3302 Hall for Humanities &
Research Administration, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
URL:   http://www.uncg.edu/eng/mfa/gr/award.html




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