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THE WRITING DESK - Reslanting, by Moira Allen
FEATURE: Writing for Family History Magazines, by Rosemary Bennett
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Making Things Harder Than They Are

I've done some time travel.  I was sorting through my desk drawers
(yet another writing avoidance strategy), when I came across my old
notebook, the one I used when I first started freelance writing. 

I was just going to throw it out, but then I started to look
through it. Wow!  It was amazing seeing my early enthusiasm for my
new-found career.  Pages upon pages of story and article ideas,
covering a wide variety of topics, some of which were clearly based
on Calls for Submissions I'd seen at the time. There were brief
paragraphs outlining story ideas and nonfiction articles, research
notes and even the draft of two successful queries to

There were contact details for a wide variety of magazines, some of
which showed I was aiming far too high (not that I knew it at the

But what amazed me most about this book was my unbridled enthusiasm
for the craft, the energy I had and the sheer number of article
ideas I'd come up with and the number of queries I was sending out.

I wish I were so prolific now.  Then I had four hours a week to do
my writing, whilst my young daughter was at nursery.  Now I work at
home, and although I do home-school my daughter, I still have
around four hours a day in which I could write, yet I often don't.
Is it that because I have more time I've become lazier, choosier
about projects I undertake?

Nowadays whilst I still check 'Calls for Submissions' I find myself
dismissing most of them: not my area, I know too little about it,
there's bound to be someone with more experience in this area. 
Then, I just went for it.  Brainstormed ideas, figured out angles,
and queried.  It worked, too. 

Looking back, it all seemed so simple.  Now, however, it seems to
have gotten so hard.  Why, I wonder, do we make life more difficult
for ourselves as we progress in this craft?  Is it partly
recognition of our strengths and weaknesses as writers?  Or is it
that we grow scared of breaking into new areas or markets? Or is it
just that we find ways to make life more difficult for ourselves?

I'm hanging on to that old notebook.  In fact, there are a few
blank pages at the back that I'm now pressing into use again. 
Having had the chance to revisit an earlier version of me as a
writer, I'm going to try a fresh approach to my queries, the one
the novice writer in me tried. It worked before; let's see if it
can work again. 

-- Dawn Copeman, Newsletter Editor


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THE WRITING DESK - Reslanting, by Moira Allen
How much do I have to "reslant" a piece for it to be considered

Q: If I have an article titled 30 Ways to Train Your Dog and in it
I include 10 things not to do while training the dog. Can I pull
out those ten ways and include them, word for word, in a new
article called 10 Things Not to Do While Training Your Dog?   Is it
okay to submit both articles at the same time to two different

A: When an article is reslanted, it is generally written as an
article that would be considered "different" from any other article
you've written on the same subject.  I.e., taking a portion of one
article and marketing it as a separate article doesn't really
constitute "reslanting."  (Really, it's an excerpt.)
The best way to test whether something is "reslanted" is to put
yourself in the reader's shoes.  If you read the two articles in
two different publications, would you think they were different
articles? Or would you regard them as being the same?  If you would
regard them as the same (or regard one as being an excerpt of the
other), then they are, essentially, the same.  This means they are
the "same article" with respect to the rights you are selling --
you won't be able to satisfy one editor's request for, say, "first"
rights or "exclusive" rights to a piece if you are selling a
portion of that identical piece to someone else.
That being said, you can submit even the same article to two
different publications if those publications are willing to accept
non-exclusive one-time rights to the material.  If, however, either
publication (or both) want first rights, or exclusive rights (e.g.,
exclusive electronic rights), then you can't. You have to honor
whatever rights you are offering -- and that usually means the
rights that are requested by the publication (which you'll know by
reading its guidelines).
Since most publications that deal with a specific topic like "pets"
are likely to be competing, this is even more reason not to try to
pitch the same article (or very similar articles) to two at the
same time.  Most likely, each will get wind of the fact that you've
sold something similar to a competitor, and that would be enough to
make each editor decide never to work with you again.
It's nice to sell as many different pieces as you can, but it's
even better practice to try to build solid relationships with
editors.  An editor who likes to work with you and feels that you
are reliable is one who will (a) accept more of your material and
(b) probably start giving you assignments, which will be much more
beneficial in the long-term than selling two similar articles now.

Copyright (c) 2009 Moira Allen


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Lulu.com Purchases Tainted Poetry.com
The infamous Poetry.com, home to the "International Library of
Poetry," exists no more.  Instead, Lulu.com has bought the domain
name and is turning it into a poetry-only version of Lulu.com. 
Lulu's idea is that the site will be a place where poets can
connect with other poets and have feedback on their work.  The site
also offers no-fee poetry contests with daily ($25), weekly ($250)
and yearly ($5000) prizes.  One of the downsides of the new site is
that all the work that poets had paid to display on poetry.com has
disappeared.  For more on this story visit: 

Authors Bring Forward Publication Dates to Beat Dan Brown
September in the UK is not normally a time for a huge number of
book releases.  It is, in fact, a relatively quiet period.  But not
this year! This year most of the major book releases that would
normally take please near Christmas are all happening in the first
few weeks of September.  The reason: the authors and their
publishers want a chance at hitting the No.1 Bestseller spot and
they know that they won't do this if they wait to launch their
books until after September 15th, when Dan Brown's sequel to the Da
Vinci Code is published. For more on this story visit: 

World's Oldest Bible is Now Online
The world's oldest Bible, written in Greek on parchment in the
fourth century, has finally been assembled from the remaining pages
that are scattered around the world, and the bible in its entirety
has been published online. The Codex Sinaiticus has been put online
to allow anyone around the world to study it freely.  For more on
this story visit: http://tinyurl.com/oq6bp2


Stories Without Traveling, by Jack Adler, specialist in consumer
travel reporting. Examples of published articles, sample topics,
how to develop a specialty, write queries, use your background and
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FEATURE:  Writing for Family History Magazines

by Rosemary Bennett

Family history research is a very popular hobby these days. If you
are one of the growing band of enthusiasts you probably subscribe
to a family history magazine, or at least read one or more of these
publications from time to time. But have you ever considered them
as a potential market for your writing? Perhaps you have assumed
that all the content is written by professional genealogists and
researchers and that the keen amateur would stand no chance of
being published. If so, think again. Although it is true that the
more in-depth type of article, giving detailed information on how
to do the research, is usually written by professionals, there are
many openings for the amateur historian, and most of these are
paying markets.

The types of article accepted from the freelance can be
surprisingly varied.  For example, in the US, Ancestry Magazine
asks readers to send in a variety of things such as family photos
of ancestors making history (with a 50-word story explaining the
picture), a favourite family recipe, an article describing how you
eventually tracked down an elusive ancestor, and photos and
descriptions of family heirlooms. The payments vary from $50-$300.

In the UK, "Your Family Tree Magazine" publishes readers' case
histories, and also runs a "Skeleton in the Cupboard" article in
which a reader tells the story of an ancestor who had criminal
tendencies or was perhaps a notorious womaniser. The latter type of
article is 700 words in length. 
Other family history magazines run similar sections and many in the
US publish writers' guidelines. These can appear under a variety of
names including "Author Notes," "Submit," "Contributors'
Guidelines," etc., so visit the website of your favourite magazine
and read their requirements carefully. Magazines in the UK are less
likely to publish guidelines, so the procedure here is to send an
enquiry to the editor. In this you should set out brief details of
your proposed article and ask any relevant questions, such as
whether the magazine pays for contributions. 
Whether or not there are guidelines, a careful study of the
magazine must now be made. What is the style of the magazines? Is
it scholarly or an easy read -- aimed at the knowledgeable amateur
or the beginner? Do the articles written by amateurs contain
details of how they found the information about their ancestors,
and if so how much detail is given? If such information is
included, is it given in a box or in the body of the article? All
these points must be born in mind when planning your own article.
As well as the magazines published in the writer's own country
there may be the possibility of writing 'cross-border' articles. If
you live in America, did your ancestor come from the UK? Might his
adventures be of interest to UK readers as well as those in the US?
If you live in the UK, did an ancestor move to America or Canada?
His adventures might appeal to readers in his country of origin and
his new homeland.
Besides all these opportunities, there are also openings for social
history pieces. Many people are becoming interested in more than
just tracing their ancestors and researching their lives. They want
to know what life in general was like for their ancestors. If you
have looked into an aspect of this perhaps you could write an
interesting article setting the scene in which your ancestor lived.
Another possibility is to give details of your ancestor's
occupation if this was unusual, especially if it is now obsolete.
Similar pieces might also be suitable for local history magazines,
although in the UK at least these are not always paying markets.
As well as magazines dealing exclusively with family history, there
are openings for articles on the subject to be sold to other types
of magazine. For example, I am a retired civil servant and some
years ago I sold an article outlining the problems and pitfalls of
family history research to a civil service retirement magazine. It
transpired that the editor had recently taken up the hobby and
jumped at the chance of some hints and tips on the subject. The
article was not difficult to write as it was based on problems
encountered by my husband and myself when researching our own
family history -- problems of which beginners might not be aware.
The article earned me a very worthwhile fee.    
Other types of publications such as those for women, hobby,
retirement, and general interest magazines might also accept
something based on your researches, especially if there was an
interesting story involved. It does no harm to enquire. Or what
about a trade magazine relating to the trade in which your ancestor
worked? Editors of trade magazine sometimes like pieces that
entertain their readers as a change from the work-related type of
article. A bonus of writing this kind of piece is that you have
already done the research while looking into your own family
Below are details of a few of the magazines that accept articles
from readers. You probably know of others, including online
journals, so don't forget to check them out. Family history
research can be expensive, so why not let your writing subsidise

Ancestry Magazine http://www.ancestrymagazine.com 
Guidelines under 'Submit'

Family Chronicle - http://www.familychronicle.com 
Guidelines under 'Author Notes'

Discovering Family History - _ 
Guidelines under 'Author Notes'

Internet Genealogy - http://www.internet-genealogy.com/
Guidelines under 'Author Notes'

Family Tree Magazine - http://www.familytreemagazine.com
Guidelines under 'Writers' Guidelines'

Family Tree Magazine, and Practical Family History - _ 
This applies to both titles.

Your Family Tree - http://www.yourfamilytreemag.co.uk 

Family History Monthly - http://www.familyhistorymonthly.com 

Who do you think you are? - http://www.bbcwhodoyouthinkyouare.com 

Ancestors Magazine - http://www.ancestorsmagazine.co.uk 
Guidelines under 'Writing for Ancestors Magazine'

Cyndi's List - http://www.cyndislist.com/

Writers may also find it useful to browse Cyndi's List. Under
'Magazines, Journals, Columns & Newsletters' are links to a variety
of publications from many countries.


Copyright (c) 2009 by Rosemary Bennett

For information on writing family history visit:


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This is a must-bookmark site, especially if you are working on
fiction or poetry of any kind.  There are some great resources
here; I particularly liked the "structure of the mystery novel"
article. Plus it has lots of poetry markets and daily updated news
from the publishing world. 

A new UK screenwriting site, with articles, interviews, downloads,
course reviews and much more; looks like this is shaping up to be
very useful!

Of Ages Past
Although this site is no longer being updated, it is still worth a
visit or two.  The archives contain a vast amount of information
for writers of historical fiction.  My tip is to click on archives,
then on articles to see the full range for yourself.  


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DEADLINE: September 1, 2009
GENRE:   Poetry
DETAILS: Submit a traditional 14 line sonnet
PRIZE: $50, $35, $15,three honorable mentions, three special
URL:   http://www.illinoispoets.org/pdf/2009schaibleannounce.pdf 

DEADLINE: September 7, 2009
OPEN TO: US residents aged 19+
GENRE:  Nonfiction
DETAILS:  1500 word personal essay on the following theme: "When
did you realize that you had become a grown-up? Perhaps it was when
you first paid taxes or met your son's first girlfriend. Whether
the experience was difficult, funny, easy, or bittersweet, share
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DEADLINE: September 15, 2009
GENRE:   Poetry
DETAILS:  Short poems only, less than 100 words.
PRIZE: $100 CAD for first place. $50 CAD 2nd Place - $25CAD 3rd
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DEADLINE: September 17, 2009
GENRE:  Nonfiction
OPEN TO: Full-time 12th graders or college students
DETAILS: 800-1,600 word essay in answer to one of the three
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PRIZE: $10,000, Five 2nd Prizes of $2,000, three 3rd Prizes of
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DEADLINE: September 25, 2009
GENRE:   Poetry
DETAILS:  Poem fifty lines or fewer.  Must register with ReviewFuse
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PRIZE: $100
URL: http://www.reviewfuse.com/blog/category/writing-contest/

DEADLINE: September 30, 2009
GENRE:  Creative Nonfiction
DETAILS: 2000 words maximum story that demonstrates the benefits
for a woman who fulfills a life purpose by partnering with a dog to
perform extraordinary physical, emotional, or spiritual service.
PRIZE: $250, five 2nd prizes of $25, five honorable mentions
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