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THE WRITING DESK: Editing, by Moira Allen
FEATURE: Going Green: Green Markets, Green Topics, 
     by Wendy Napolitano
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Never Forget the Power of Writing

I became blocked for the first time in my writing career this week.
Someone very close to me attempted suicide.  I had had no inkling
that this was about to happen; it came out of the blue and the
effect it had on me was profound. 

I couldn't write, I couldn't teach, my head was in a maelstrom. 
I'd talked to my husband, my family, my friends but despite this,
my pain was too real, my confusion too deep.  

Finally, I sat down and wrote about what had happened.  I wrote it
factually, as I would a nonfiction article.  Then I went back and
added my feelings as they had been at each stage of the incident. 
When I finally stepped away from my laptop I finally felt free from
the oppressing sense of shock I had been experiencing.  I almost
instantly became unblocked and could concentrate on the copy I was

I later reflected that despite writing for a living I had become so
consumed with forming the perfect article, creating selling copy
and trying to work on my novel that I had forgotten the deeper
powers of writing and the healing powers it possesses. 

"There's nothing to writing.  All you do is sit down at a
typewriter and open a vein", Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith once
said.  And sometimes, that is what we need to do; to write down
exactly how we feel, what has annoyed us, what is worrying us, what
we hope and fear.  This won't necessarily make the world a better
place, won't protect us from bad things happening, but it does help
us to make sense of the world around us and how we feel. Or as
Norbet Platt puts it: "The act of putting pen to paper encourages
pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about
life, which helps us regain our equilibrium."  

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THE WRITING DESK - by Moira Allen

What's the difference between "proofreading" and "editing"?
Q: I get very mixed up with the terms "proofread" and "editing".  
To me, to proofread is for corrections of punctuation and spelling,
period. Anything more (sentence or paragraph structure, rewrites)
would be editing... correct?  I have a VERY difficult time "just" 
proofreading since of course I ALWAYS know a better way to present 
an idea or state a position/proposal or write a paragraph.

A: I'm the same way.  I can't just "proofread" (check for
misspellings etc.) without wanting to copyedit as well.

Think of it as having three basic levels: Content editing,
copyediting, and proofreading.  Content editing involves addressing
the content of the manuscript -- does the story flow well?  Are the
ideas clear?  Is the material well presented?  Does this area need
fleshing out, does that area need cutting back?  It's getting into
the ideas of the piece, not just the words.

Copy-editing involves grammar, sentence structure, punctuation,
etc. Often, copyediting can involve trying to restructure sentences
so that they are more readable, but that depends a lot on who is
giving you the job.  Some people regard copy-editing as very simple
"check the grammar and nothing else."  Others like to have the
material reworked if necessary (or at least with suggestions
provided) to make it a better "read."

Proofreading is what you said: Making sure that there are no
spelling, punctuation, or format errors.  Since that tends to be
the simplest process (unless you have someone who can't spell!), it
usually takes less time, and therefore usually costs less.

English is my second language; will my texts be edited for grammar?
Q: I am a freelance writer and English is not my first language. 
How can I be sure that a publisher will review my text for mistakes
before it is published?

A: In this country, texts are not always reviewed.  It depends on
where you send your work.  If you sent your work to some of the
online markets, you might find that very little editing is done at
all.  If you wanted to send work to some of the better magazines,
much more editing is done.  Some magazines also check facts.

Most magazines and publications do edit material.  If an editor
knows that English is your second language, that editor will
probably make allowances for errors.  We tend to be impatient with
people who speak English as a first language but write it as if it
were a second language!  However, we are in awe of people who can
write a second language better than many people write their first!  

So, if you wanted to submit articles in English to English-language
publications, you would need to explain that English is a second
language (so that we won't think that you just can't spell or
something).  Then, it would depend entirely on the content of the
article as to whether you were accepted.  If the content is good,
most editors would be willing to "clean up" any problems in grammar.

You can also find independent editors to work with, if you would
rather have your material revised first.  You would want to find
someone who offers freelance editing or "copyediting" services. 
You can find many such editors on the Web.  

Copyright (c) 2009 Moira Allen

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Poetry Writing Increasing Thanks to Internet
The number of people writing poetry has hit an all time high and 
this is all down to the internet, according to an article in the
Daily Telegraph. Social network sites and the growth in poetry
websites have led to more poets than ever having their poetry
published and also to an increase in the number of poetry
competitions available.  For more on this story visit: 

BBC Launches Virtual Journalism School
The BBC is to launch an online journalism school to enable members 
of the public to learn about journalism.  The corporation is also
launching a series of sites in all 33 languages that the BBC works 
in, to enable people in countries without journalism schools the
chance to learn journalistic skills.  The site, which should 
launch in six weeks, will feature 2,500 pages of articles, 250 
films and a self-testing facility. For more on this story visit: 

Most Americans Not Bothered if They Lose Local Press
More depressing news on the state of printed newspapers: the Pew
Research Centre has found that most Americans would not be too
concerned if their local newspaper folded.  Only 43% of those
surveyed said that losing a local paper would hurt the community 
and only 33% said they would miss reading the local news.  For 
more on this story visit: http://tinyurl.com/c3ndzd

Freelance Writers, Editors & Reviewers Wanted  
US-UK Review is looking for writers from both sides of the Atlantic
who can produce articles and reviews displaying an obvious
knowledge, articulacy and occasional humour within their own
subjects and writing fields.  The new website (us-ukreview.com)
launches this April and is now accepting applications from all
writers regardless of experience or previous publishing success.
Writers will cover and review a comprehensive range of subjects
ranging from culture, lifestyle, The Arts & showbiz.

Our editorial stance is open to all styles ranging from chatty,
conversational, quirky, irreverent and humorous to serious and
factual. What we are looking for in applicants is the ability to
write in a reasonably mature but engaging style within their field
of knowledge. We're NOT looking for is writing in the style of
local newspapers, tabloids, music mags, reportage, instructional or
short pieces, etc.


Writers will be hired on a freelance basis and can expect fees up
to $120 for a single article/review depending on the
assignment/other factors, whilst smaller pieces will pay a
commensurately lower figure.

Please send your application - something you've previously written,
along with your resume (STATING WHERE YOU READ ABOUT OUR
RECRUITMENT) by email and also post a second hard copy as a
back-up.  In subject window, please put: your name/Application¯
then E-Mail to: editorial-us"at"us-ukreview.com and also post hard copy
to: US-UK Review, USA Editorial, 23 Castalia Square, London, E14

First Breakout Novel Intensive Scholarship
For the first time, Free Expressions Seminars is offering a
scholarship to its acclaimed Writing the Breakout Novel Weeklong
Intensive, with top New York literary agent, Donald Maass.

The scholarship is available for one student who wishes to
participate in the September 21-27 Writing the Breakout Novel
Intensive, to be held in San Antonio, Texas. It covers complete
room, board, tuition and all other workshop expenses, except

The workshop offers thirty-five writers the opportunity to dig into
their novels-in-progress in an intensive workshop in which they'll
take daily classes with Don Maass and receive in-depth feedback on
their work from Maass and a roster of experienced industry
professionals. Suitable for published and pre-published writers
alike, the workshop's core focus is on creating a "breakout" work,
one that transcends genre to offer a rich, dramatic, and memorable
experience to the reader.

For more information on the workshop or to download a scholarship
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FEATURE: Going Green: Green Markets, Green Topics
by Wenona Napolitano

Everything lately is about being green or going green. Green is the
hottest trend right now. Everyone's doing it, from A List
celebrities to your next door neighbor. You can't open up a
magazine or newspaper or turn on the television without being hit
with some shade of green, some topic with an eco-friendly slant.

So as a writer, how do you cash in on the green? By writing about
green topics, of course. But maybe you are thinking you aren't very
green. Do you have to walk the walk to talk the talk? Yes and no.
Many of today's eco-writers were green long before green was cool,
but even if you are not a seasoned greenie, there's plenty of room
for newbies. 

You can slant eco-friendly topics for everyone from the beginner to
the well seasoned greenie. Many publications are featuring green
angled articles and lots of eco-friendly sidebars and resource
boxes. Redbook, Woman's Day and Family Circle are really getting
big with the green; in the past several issues they've had several
areas full of everything from features on how families have gone
green to green home furnishings, plus sidebars about everything
from green beauty to green air fresheners.

So what can you write about if you're new to the green game? How
about the amusing (or amazing) results of your efforts to try to go
green? Or you could write about your neighbor who has taken the
water conservation thing a little too far and stopped bathing. With
new green businesses and products popping up every day, you could
write product reviews or company profiles. 

Green is everywhere: in fashion, in the home, in building products,
in the garden, in your grocery store. Kids are going green, schools
are becoming eco-friendly, and businesses are trying to go

Global warming, animal conservation, water pollution, saving the
polar bears, recycling... You can give anything and everything an
eco-slant from cleaning out your closet (donate, donate, donate,
don't throw anything anyway) to digging through people's garbage
and making something new and cool from the stuff they throw away.
The major problem is writing something new about being green. You
can't rehash the same advice without putting a new angle or a new
spin on it. Find new ways to go green or new ways to be green.

Want markets? Here's a few that are totally green.

One of the biggest "green" publications is Plenty Magazine. They
have both print and online versions and feature a variety of
green-focused topics from lifestyle to food and travel. They are
"looking for creative, well-researched ideas that put a positive
spin on protecting the environment." Plenty editors like
fleshed-out pitches that are detailed, not vague. The pay for print
publication is up to $1 a word; online-only publication is $150 per
story. Send query and clips to editorial"at"plentymag.com. Detailed
writers' guidelines are available at http://www.plentymag.com.

The Sierra Club's bimonthly publication is Sierra Magazine. They
are looking for "strong, well-researched, literate writing on
significant environmental and conservation issues." Their features
usually focus on the work of the Sierra Club. Sierra pays around $1
a word on acceptance. They prefer written queries sent the
old-fashioned way, no emails. Get more details and examples of what
they publish at http://www.sierraclub.org. Submit queries and
clips to:

Managing Editor
Sierra Magazine
85 Second St., 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105-3441

E: The Environmental Magazine is another publication focused on
green topics. This bimonthly publication has been around since 1989
and appeals to both general readers and environmental experts. They
are an advocacy magazine that "aims to broaden the base of the
environmental movement, not preach to the converted." Regular
sections that they seek submissions for include Features, Currents,
In Brief, Money Matters, Going Green, Consumer News, House and
Home, Your Health, Eating Right, Tools for Green Living. Except for
the Tools for Green Living review section, which is unpaid, all
articles are paid around $.30 a word. E accepts queries by email,
fax, or mail. Full guidelines are available online at
http://www.emagazine.com. Send queries via email to editors Jim
Motavalli (jimm"at"emagazine.com) or Kathleen Mangan

Mother Earth News is a bimonthly magazine that promotes "self
sufficient, financially independent, and environmentally aware
lifestyles." Readers range in age from teens to over 90. Their
readership is over one million across the US and Canada. Mother
Earth News highly recommends you read their magazine before
submitting. They want freelance articles that are written with
practicality in mind, being informative, well documented, and
providing hands-on information readers can use. Payments range from
$25 to $150 depending on experience and content. Send queries with
a short synopsis and a one page outline to
letters"at"motherearthnews.com.  More detailed guidelines can be found
at http://www.motherearthnews.com.

Natural Home Magazine's motto is "living wisely, living well." 
Their style is straightforward and fact-based. They like articles
to be written in second person with colorful and evocative wording.
Their readers are "eco-savvy homeowners.... that care deeply about
healthy living, natural products, and a sustainable economy." Their
guidelines are detailed and strict; they can be found at
Contact Jessica Kellner, managing editor, with any questions or
detailed ideas and queries, at jkellner"at"naturalhomemagazine.com.

Indiana Living Green: A Hoosier's Guide to a Sustainable Lifestyle
is a small publication put out six times a year in Indianapolis.
They cover most aspects of a sustainable lifestyle, such as
gardening, homes and building, travel, transportation, fashion,
energy, local food and wine, and family and education. Articles
slanted to the Indiana area are recommended but not always
necessary. Indiana Living Green likes articles in the 500-750 word
range written in Associated Press style featuring short sidebars
and information resource boxes. Queries or completed articles
should be sent to editor"at"indianalivinggreen.com. Pay rates start
around $75 for articles and are negotiable. See complete writer
guidelines online at http://www.indianalivinggreen.com. 

AllGreen Magazine is a new publication in Connecticut whose mission
is to "bring green to the mainstream." They are currently accepting
free content to be published on their Web site. For work to be
considered in the print magazine, they like to see detailed queries
with names of interviewees, approximate article length, and
availability of photographs along with clips sent to
allgreeneditorial"at"allgreen.com.  Check out detailed guidelines at

Portovert, which translates to "gateway to green," is a new
wedding-planning magazine focused on all aspects of the green
wedding, from the invitations to the honeymoon.  No writer
guidelines or specifics are listed online, so contact them via
email at info"at"portovert.com to see if your idea currently meets
their editorial needs. They have many online articles and samples
at http://www.portovert.com.

Green Options Media is a family of sites that includes
FeelgoodStyle.com, EcoChildsPlay.com, EcoLocalizer.com,
Sustainablog.com, CraftingaGreenWorld.com, and several other sites.
To view a description of their sites visit
http://greenoptionsmedia.com/advertising/sites.html. They are
currently looking for writers. Learn more at
http://craftingagreenworld.com/want-to-write-for-go-media/. If you
would like to write for Green Options Media, e-mail Senior Editor
Jeff McIntire-Strasburg (jeff"at"greenoptions.com) and place "Writing
for GO Media" in the subject line. Introduce yourself and include
your background and experience. Attach writing samples or link to
samples that can help them get a sense of your voice and style.

These are just a few of the green publications that are out there.
More are popping up everyday both online and in print. By going
green you can make some more green yourself!

Copyright (c) 2009 by Wenona Napolitano

Wenona Napolitano is a freelance writer and the author of The
Everything Green Wedding Book. She writes regularly for
Ecolocalizer.com, FeelgoodStyle.com, EcoChildsPlay.com and the Buzz
Blog Community http://buzz.prevention.com/community/. Learn more
about her at http://www.everythinggreenweddings.blogspot.com and

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Writing Resources at CSU
If you need to work on an area of your writing and can't afford to
take any classes this year, then this is the site for you.  This is 
a comprehensive, easy-to-read site that is packed full of
information on a wide variety of writing techniques and genres. 

Victory Crayne's Writing Tips
Another one for those of us who can't afford any classes, this is a
series of articles on various aspects of writing such as how to
grow your fiction writing skills to the use of dashes. Well worth a

This site is a much-needed tonic at the moment.  When you're
finding it hard to write or to justify the time you spend writing,
visit this site for inspiration and encouragement and to remember
why you started writing in the first place. 


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This section lists contests that charge no entry fees. Unless
otherwise indicated, competitions are open to all adult writers.
For a guide to more than 1000 writing contests throughout the
world, see Moira Allen's book, "Writing to Win: The Colossal Guide
to Writing Contests"

DEADLINE: April 15, 2009
GENRE:  Nonfiction
DETAILS:  FGI is offering a $1500 scholarship for a SCBWI member to
attend the August 2009 Society of Children's Book Authors &
Illustrators (SCBWI) conference in Los Angeles. To apply for the
2009 scholarship, submit a 250-word, double-spaced essay describing
what you hope to accomplish by attending this year's summer
PRIZE: $1500 scholarship
EMAIL: fairygodsistersink"at"yahoo.com

DEADLINE: April 15, 2009
GENRE:  Short stories
DETAILS: Edward Bulwer-Lytton wrote "It was a dark and stormy
night..." and this competition seeks the best (as in worst) opening
lines in any genre of fiction.  The line must be a single sentence
as long as you wish, but a limit of 50 - 60 words is recommended.
You may enter as many times as you wish.   
PRIZE: "a pittance"
URL: http://www.bulwer-lytton.com

DEADLINE: April 15, 2009
GENRE:  Short stories
DETAILS:  PARSEC is "Pittsburgh's Premiere Science Fiction
Organization: For the promotion of literary Science-Fiction,
Fantasy, Horror and other Speculative Fictions".  The Theme for
this year's contest is Dark Glass. "This can be used as a metaphor,
literally, or anything in between. Please remember though,
Confluence attracts many families and the story will be printed in
the program book. A certain restraint and subtlety is called for.
Too much explicitness will definitely count against you." 3,500
words max.
PRIZE:  $200
URL:  http://www.parsec-sff.org/contest/contest09.html

DEADLINE: April 15, 2009
GENRE:   Novella length short fiction
DETAILS: "Write in any genre! Just remember this is an open forum;
romance and adventure are appropriate - porn and gore aren't." 5000
- 15000 words
PRIZE: $100 minimum
URL:  http://rustyaxe.com/putp2/index.php

DEADLINE: April 15, 2009
GENRE:   Poetry, Nonfiction, Short Stories
OPEN TO: Women writers aged 50+
DETAILS: Poetry: One poem, maximum one and a half pages,
double-spaced; Fiction/Essay: Maximum 500 words
PRIZE $100 each for poetry and prose (fiction and essays compete
URL: http://portiasteeleaward.org/contest.htm

DEADLINE: April 30, 2009
GENRE:   Poetry
DETAILS:  1 - 3 poems, max 100 lines each
PRIZE $100, $50, $25
URL:  http://www.theshinejournal.com/2009poetrycontest.htm


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