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Monthly Publication For Freelancing Parents

July 1, 2002 Volume 1 Issue 7

ISSN 1538-8107


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In This Issue...

>>>> Letter From the Editor, Kim Wilson

>>>> Article:
"Sanity in the Home Office"
by Nadia Ali

>>>> Write From Home Site Updates

>>>> Article:
"Journaling, Exercise for the Mind"
by Heather Long

>>>> Success Spotlight

>>>> Article:
"The Dreaded Synopsis"
by Shirley Webb

>>>> Excellent Editors

>>>> Article:

"Ready, Set, Go!"
by Gayle Trent

>>>> Humor Column
"Write Under a Pen Name"
by Sheri Waldrop

>>>> Paying Markets

>>>> Classifieds



Dear Readers & Writers,

I've just returned from a much needed 18 day vacation. If
you've e-mailed me within the past few weeks and have not
received a reply, please be patient. I will be returning
all e-mails this week.

This year during my vacation I did something new - I
worked very little. Usually while taking time away I'll
have fun and relax but continue with a light workload.
Since October when my husband was called to duty (he's an
MP in the Army Reserves) I've been going non-stop taking
care of my family, managing the household and running my
writing business. I needed the break and my family needed
my undivided attention.

I'm happy to say that after my vacation I feel relaxed,
rested and rejuvenated. I have a fresh focus on my writing
goals and look forward to getting back to work.

Of course I couldn't completely turn off or ignore my muse.
I did come up with numerous article ideas and a few possible
book topics.

I never realized how much of a difference doing very little
work on vacation can make. If you have a vacation planned
I highly recommend "getting away" from your business. No
(or very little) e-mail, computers, cell phones, office
phones, faxes, queries or submissions.

I know having a home-business does not always allow you to
completely "get away" and if that describes you, then try
to limit your work-related activities. I guarantee, you will
come back to your writing work recharged.

Finally, if you're in the USA I want to wish you a safe and
happy Fourth of July.

Kim Wilson
Editor in Chief




"Sanity in the Home Office"
by Nadia Ali


Working at home is a breeze; after all you are not on
anybody else's schedule except your own, right?

Unfortunately, this is untrue for writers who juggle
writing and looking after a family. Working at home takes
on a whole different meaning when compared to a regular
office. Sure, there are the advantages of wearing your
favorite slippers and PJ's with the kitchen just a step
away, but first time parents who have toddlers or babies
won't get to see this side of the joy of working from home
for a while.

* Small Children

Trying to work with a child on your lap as you type away at
the keyboard is not good for either one of you. Nor is
allowing your children to be playing catch near the
computer. Then there are the times where your temper flares
at your children and you know it's not their fault. Don't
blame them for "being kids" when things get frustrating or
you have lost your trail of thought. Remember it's a home
before it's an office.

Children at this age are not open to explanations of why
you won't play with them. Thus the chaos begins and you
feel inadequate and begin to question yourself. There will
be times when you feel as though your "want" to work from
home is unfair to your child - this is a phase most home
writers go through. Don't give up. If possible, set ground

* Ground Rules

These ground rules have to be determined by what you see
your schedule to be. If little Samantha needs her bottle
at 11 a.m. take your break then and give her your undivided
attention. You will find that kids will adapt to a routine
faster than you think. They will learn that during certain
periods of the day you will be in your office. They will
learn from the tone of your voice or the way you keep
saying, "I'm coming" that this is your time. Depending on
their age, explain to your kids what is happening, they
will understand and not be turbulent and frustrated with

* Expectations

Bear in mind that one of the biggest sacrifices of working
from home is being able to recognize that you will NOT be
as productive as you want. It happens to persons who engage
in telecommuting, particularly mothers. You work at home
because you want to be there for your kids, so obviously
your priority is as a mother, then a worker. Having high
expectations of what your writing capabilities are in a day
will only frustrate you further. Expect to go at a slower

* Set Limits

As much as you would like to do it all and be a super
writer at home, it is not going to happen. If you are
a parent of older kids their routine is even more demanding
as it requires you to leave your home office much more than
you would like - to drop them off at basketball, drill team
practice, dental appointments, etc. Then there is the task
of doing homework with them. Not to forget the call of the
house - to do your household duties. So when do you get
time to write? This is where you have to know your own
limits and say it aloud for all to hear. Don't do things
that you don't have to do. Trying to handle everything
will only make you feel overwhelmed and stressed out.

*Write Now

Having realized your limitations and made them known, you
should be set to ease the sanity into your home office.
Finding space to write becomes easier with time and as the
kids grow so does your writing ability. The once "chaos"
becomes an acceptable part of everyday and life takes on a
routine. All you now have to worry about is what do you
want to write about and where do you start? I always find
the beginning is a good place to start.


Nadia Ali is a freelance writer who works from the comfort
of her home. As a mother of two, she tries to balance the
schedules of her children and writing deadlines. She has
found her niche in travel and greeting cards. Credits
include High Cotton, Kalan LP Greetings, an interview with
Writing-World.com, Kinetic Travel & Inland Mania.




==>>"Life of a Writer Mom" Column by Carla Charter

This month read "The Five W's Revisited" at

==>>Articles Added to Write From Home

Direct links to these articles can be found at

* "Getting in the Game"
by Hilary Evans

* "Writing: Then and Now"
by Judy Skapik

* "Fiction or Nonfiction, Try Switching Them"
by Christine Collier

* "How Do You Measure Your Success"
by John M. Prophet

* "Give and You Shall Receive"
by Terri Mrosko

* "Beyond the Basics"
by Linda S. Dupie

* "Only a Writer Understands a Writer"
by Marilyn Freeman

* "Writing: Business or Art?"
by Tina L. Miller

* "Teach Yourself To Write"
by Shirley Kawa-Jump



If you'd like your book considered for the "Featured Book of
the Month" at Write From Home please send a review copy or
galley to the postal address listed at the end of this




"Journaling: Exercise for the Mind"
by Heather Long


A journal is a record of experiences, ideas, or reflections
kept regularly for private use. At least that is one of the
definitions for it. My journal is the gym for my mind. Like
the thirty minutes I spend on the bike each day or the
fifteen-minute brisk walk around the mall, my mind needs a
flexion and cardio workout as well. The journal provides
the exercise my mind needs to keep in shape.

Journaling began in earnest when I was seventeen years old.
A million and one stories have begun and ended in the pages
of my journals. Snippets of experiences, personal memoirs
and simple, ranting rages fill the pages. When my daughter
was born, I took to journaling letter entries to her. The
idea was to custom write a book I would give her on her
sixteenth birthday as a present, which said, "Hi, I'm a
person, too." That journal possesses only three letters
so far, but in each one there is thought and feeling.

The exercise of journaling is a good way to decompress from
a stressful period in life. Five years ago, my Tennessee
Walking Horse mare developed an eye ulcer. It was a
dangerous situation, which could easily result in her
losing the eye. A lavage system, a tube inserted through
her sinus passage to her eye, was set up and she required
medications to be flushed through the tube every two hours.
I spent two weeks living in the barn, arising every two
hours rhythmically to give her a shot. The journal saved
my life as I poured in the fears, the worries and
sometimes the not so lucid hallucinations that come from
lack of sleep. The eye was saved and eventually I was able
to sleep regular hours again, but there is some honesty in
those journals that continues to move me today.

From time to time, I reread the journal entries and reflect
on the times when I wrote them. It is amusing to read an
entry from when I was nineteen and my world revolved around
the success or failure of a relationship I was involved in.

I find myself struggling to remember what the gentleman in
question even looked like; at least until I read the three
pages where I describe each and every feature. The journal
is a tool. It's a memory, some story ideas that were born
within the pages never see fruition while others return in
different forms in later journals.

To get into good physical shape, I work out on my bike. To
get into good writing shape, I work out with my journal.
The journal is a personal friend and companion. It
remembers things I've long since forgotten and it's
always there, waiting for me to pick up the pen and revisit
the colorful tales of my recent days or to recount some
misadventure I'd like to explore.

Working on a journal is just like working an exercise
program, you can't say you are too tired and you can't put
it off. When I'm tired and can't think of anything
particular dazzling to write, I pull out a book of quotes
and write one down. Then I write about what the quote makes
me think about.

Another good exercise is to randomly pick a channel, watch
whatever pops up for five minutes and detail what your
thoughts are about it. A third trick that works is to look
around the workspace you sit in and choose three items that
are laid out there and write about why they are there and
what purpose they serve.

Granted, each and every one of these exercises seem
mundane, but then so is riding that stationary bike through
that same set of preprogrammed routes each day. The purpose
is not necessarily to write something brilliant, but simply
to write. Once begun, the pen begins to move of its own
accord and the words flow.

Practicing journaling lets your mind flex and with each
flexion, your skill improves. Soon, you find you are
writing ten and twelve pages in the same amount of time it
used to take you to write two.


Heather V. Long is a freelance writer who resides in
Virginia. When she is not working hard on writing
assignments, she is working on quilts and spending time
with her husband Scott and daughter Cassidy. Heather also
raises horses, manages four dogs, three cats and a tank
full of fish.



Share your success with others. Regardless of how big or
small, I want to know about your accomplishments. If you
sell an article, receive a book contract, or met a writing
goal send the information to
e-mailto:busyfreelancer@writefromhome.com with the subject
'success spotlight' and I'll print your news item in the
next issue. (Hint: this a great area to do a little
shameless self promotion.)



* Brette Sember on the release of her 7th book, "The
Visitation Handbook: Your Complete Guide to Parenting
Apart" and for selling a quiz book to American Girl for
their series. Read more about Brette and her books at




"The Dreaded Synopsis"
by Shirley G. Webb


Finally, after one year and three months my historical
novel for sophisticated young adults, "Cherokee Love" is
finished. Writing a novel (40,000 words) was quite a
stretch for me since my publishing career had been books
for young readers at more or less 3,000 words. I'm in love
with "Cherokee Love," its characters and the storyline. I
read it over and over, proud as I can be with my new creation.

A creation? Yes my/your very personal creation. You work
until late at night. You look at the carpet and put off
vacuuming until the kids and man's best friend start eating
off the floor. Your husband tries to be supportive, but
drifts off to sleep on Sunday afternoon after he finally
agreed to listen to you read a portion of your novel. You
decline invites from your friends for shopping trips to the
mall, and dinners consist of nothing that Martha would
approve of.

Then the day comes. It's finished. You e-mail your agent,
Jan Morrison, who has been waiting patiently for the last
three chapters to be completed. She says, "I'm very
pleased Shirley. Now you must write a synopsis."

You reply: "A synopsis? No problem."

So you work until late at night. You look at the carpet and
put off the vacuuming until the kids and man's best friend
start eating off the floor. (Your husband is still
sleeping.) So you get it down...eight pages. That's good
for a twenty-five page novel, right? Wrong. Your agent
says, "One page."

You run out to Barnes and Noble, look up and down the row
of helpful writing books stacked neatly on the shelves and
then you bend over (with discomfort) to the bottom row and
pull out the few books on writing you don't have at home...
nothing on writing a synopsis. You don't panic. You go home
and look at your bookshelf. You look in the index of
several books. One book by a well-known author says there
should be one paragraph of synopsis for every chapter in
the book. Another says three pages should be sufficient,
and your agent still says, "one page."

At 6:00 a.m., you wake and the house is quiet. You tiptoe
to the computer and turn it on. Gee, does he have to say,
"welcome" so loud? With all 185 pages of your novel tucked
in your black notebook sitting at your left hand, you
critically start to write.

The problem with writing the eight-page synopsis was I
included everything. Didn't want to leave out any of my
creative details I was especially proud of. Can't possibly
leave out the details of all the historical research and
the twist that I so cleverly dreamed up. Wrong.

To describe a story (write a synopsis), however, is a
separate issue from writing about your character's goals
or the plot. You have to zero in on what the story is
about. What's at stake, what your character is fighting
for...what she must overcome to make her goals a reality.

The synopsis is not a review, it's not a literary critic
evaluating your novel, it's the heart and soul of your
story. Tell what's at stake, the time, the place, the
setting, her goals and a sense of why this story would
engage the interest of the reader. Simple, clean and concise.

In the first paragraph of my one page synopsis I wrote:

"Cherokee Love is a story of one young woman's challenges,
struggles and achievement of personal goals in the male
dominated society of 1865, when women were not applauded
for intellectual accomplishments. Deborah Howell will not
be denied her freedoms, yet the story itself is about this
issue of freedom while still being able to give total love
to family and marriage."

This paragraph covered the essence of the whole book
fighting for freedom for herself, her goals and her rights
as a woman.

Then I just simply had to, in three more paragraphs, tell
how she overcame her fears and the struggles that took her
to the attainment of her goals and a few details of the
challenges presented to her as she climbs the road to

If you are still fighting the condensing of your synopsis,
start again and write only about one thing - how your
character feels compelled to act out the attainment of
these goals and what steps it took to get there.

Remember, a synopsis is a short overview of the novel,
characters, and plot, not the details or an explanation of
your story, characters and plot.

According to Evan Marshall's book "The Marshall Plan" he
tells us that the synopsis has other uses. "Later when you
sell your novel, your editor may ask you for a synopsis to
be used as the basis for jacket or cover copy for your
book...the synopsis performs a number of important
functions. It therefore, deserves as careful attention as
you've given the novel itself."

Good luck, you can do it.

These are a list of the books that were a great help to me
in preparing my synopsis:

"A Story is a Promise" by Bill Johnson

"Writing the Breakout Novel" by Donald Maass

"The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing" by Evan Marshall


Shirley is a retired TV ad writer. She lives with her
family in Connecticut. She is of Cherokee heritage and has
a great love for the culture and traditions of the
Cherokee, having learned them firsthand from her
grandmother when she was a young child. She is a member of
the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
and has written eight stories for young readers. "Nokomis
and The Enchanted Lake", book one in a series of five, has
been published electronically for interactive learning in
the classroom. Her historical novel for Young Adults,
"Cherokee Love" is now complete and will be offered to
publishers shortly. She is now working on the sequel to
"Cherokee Love" which is titled, "Love Is A Promise."



Over the years I've had the opportunity to work with many
wonderful editors; and I know you have too. I want to use
this space to call attention to editors you feel are worthy
of praise. Please send me the editors name and the
publication they are affiliated with. Once received, I'll
post the information in the following issue of Busy
Freelancer. You may send your submission to

Here's your chance to publicly thank and acknowledge an
editor that you feel deserves recognition.




"Ready, Set, Go!"
by Gayle Trent


Do you ever feel like your life is on fast-forward? I do.
In fact, this is what I have going on as this article is
being written: I'm participating in my childrens schools'
parent interview with an accreditation team on April 9; I
have a mini-conference/book signing event the weekend of
April 13; I'm attending a fellowship program from April
17-19; my twins' birthday is on April 21; and I'm
recovering from the flu. Granted, this is an unusual month,
but the true test of a freelance writing parent is making
the best of the month without letting it get the worst of


Your health and your family must never take a back seat to
your work. If you're sick, you won't be able to meet your
obligations. If you're short-tempered with your family,
you'll probably still be able to meet all your deadlines
and make all your appearances but you'll be berating
yourself the entire time for being snappy with your
husband or not taking time out to be with your children.

Once you get those priorities in order, look at your due
dates and the amount of work involved to get ready for your
upcoming activities and let those two factors determine the
order in which you prepare for them.

*Make a List; Check it Twice

There's a reason Santa puts smiles on faces on Christmas
morning - checklists and delegation. (I know, I know. That's
Two reasons, but we'll get to delegation in a minute.)
Make a list of every project you have to do, and then make
a list of everything you have to do with regard to each
project. I'll show you what I mean:

1. Parent Interview

-Make list of pros and cons regarding school.

-Confer with my husband to make sure his concerns will
be addressed as well.

-Decide what to wear.

2. Mini Conference/Book Signing

-Make up promotional materials for my latest release.

-Make copies of my latest newsletter in order to try to
recruit new subscribers.

-Offer to take acquaintances' promotional materials in
goodwill gesture and to aid with networking.

-Prepare business cards with additional taglines for the
work I am promoting and sans home address. Include Web
site URL and e-mail contact information.

-Decide what to wear.

3. Fellowship

-Prepare promotional materials for latest release to be
dropped off at bookstores en route to the fellowship.

-Decide what to wear.


4. Birthday

-Prepare party favors for party at school.

-Order birthday cake for party at school and two cakes
for "home" party.

-Buy and wrap gifts.

-Determine where to have the "home" party. (Who wants to
clean house the day they return home from a business
trip? Not me!)

As you can see, deciding what to wear is a factor in three
out of four events. Therefore, this item can be done all at
once and checked off all three lists. In packing for the
fellowship, I'll want to go with a color scheme that will
allow me to pack only one or two pairs of shoes. Plus, I'll
want to include comfortable clothes that I can drive in. A
blazer could be an option here as well. I could wear comfy
pants and a tee shirt for the six-hour drive and then dress
the outfit up with a crisp blazer when I get to the hotel.

For the mini conference/book signing, I'll want to wear
black. The event is the first of its kind being hosted by
a local university, and it might warrant some local
television coverage. We have a local anchor who is on the
heavy side, and I don't want viewers to confuse me with him.

The main thing in determining what to wear is to decide
beforehand and try it all on. I've said I've had the flu,
but I've also had the fudge. At this point, it's difficult
to determine a victor (but my money's on the fudge).

Save yourself some unnecessary panic by trying on your
clothes. The outfit you intend to wear might still fit, but
may not look the same on you as it did a year ago or else
you might decide it isn't the look you're going for. Still
yet, the outfit might look fine but have a button missing
or a rip in the seam. Fixable, if you can catch it before
it's time to leave for the conference.

As with most author-related functions, you'll more than
likely find yourself in situations where you'll need every
ounce of self-confidence you can muster. If you don't have
an outfit on hand that will help you achieve this state of
self-confidence, go shopping. It's a worthy investment.


You can't do it all. You might WANT to do it all, and you
might think that nobody can do any of it as well as you
can, but you can't do it all and do it properly. The
children's birthday parties at home and at school have
always been my "thing." I'm no Martha by any means, but I
take pride in baking my children's cakes and cutting them
to form neat shapes. I enjoy getting the perfect party
favors. I love seeing their little faces light up when
everything comes together, both at their school party and
at their party for family and friends.

This year when the children have their party at school, I
will be in West Virginia. While I can still put together
party favors, I won't be able to prepare the cakes myself.
I won't be able to see their school friends open their
goody bags and say, "Cool!" I won't be the recipient of the
smiles that tell me I "did good." But Tim, my husband,
will. This will be a first for him; and I think that while
he's intimidated at the thought of playing host to forty
kindergartners, he's excited about it. Plus, he'll get to
be the center of attention for about five minutes when the
children introduce him to their favorite friends. He'll get
to enjoy that feeling of pride and connection and love that
comes with the gleeful smiles, the giggles, and the
icing-spattered faces. He'll get to relate the stories of
who said this and who did that. If it can't be me, there's
nobody else I'd rather have standing there in my place.

He'll do just fine...and he'll carry the memory forever.


Gayle Trent is a freelance writer and author residing in
Virginia. She is the author of "Photo Finish" (Oct. 1999),
"Mama Liked Blue" and "Anything For A Buck." Her essay
"Byline" will appear in "Chocolate for the Teen's Spirit"
(2002). You may reach Gayle at gd830@hotmail.com.




"Write Under a Pen Name (So Your Children Won't Disown You)"
by Sheri Waldrop


If you have ever visited a writer's chat board, or list,
after a certain amount of time you will see an inevitable
question: "Should I use a pen name when writing?" People
ask this question for various reasons, and the answer is
not a simple one.

Here, I will give advice on when a pen name is advisable.
After all, I have cloaked myself behind a pen name on
occasion, and so speak with the voice of experience.
Pen names can be a useful method to use when you want to
hide your identity. This is especially useful for a special

You don't want anyone to know that you are the person that
wrote that piece.

For instance, I'm a humor writer. I have decided that when
I am old and gray, that I would like to have my children
still speaking to me. So, when I venture into humor that
involves poking mild fun at their antics, I have chosen at
times to write under a pen name. After all, they are both
teenagers now, and if angered enough could inflict serious
damage to dear ol' Mom, or at least intense psychic pain.

And teenagers never forget being the source of humor.
Like proverbial elephants, small humorous and teasing
comments are stored in their memories, and could mean
living on a raisin ranch when I am older, if I'm not

Other reasons to hide your identity include writing on
highly controversial topics. These are topics which could
invite severe hate mail, or even flaming effigies on your
lawn. I have known writers who write for 'alternative news'
sites, with topics ranging from "How the Government is
Secretly Microwaving Us" to "Ten Ways to Become a
Communist", or even, "Start Your Own Paramilitary Group for
Fun and Minimal Profit (step one involves moving to either
Montana or North Dakota...)"

Some writers have also tackled topics that could cause
lawsuits if they are tracked down (i.e. "I Saw the CEO of a
Fortune 500 Company Embezzle Funds: The Autobiography of a
Secretary" or, "Sexual Dysfunctions of Your Congressman-an
Insider's Story"). Obviously, for privacy reasons, a pen
name is highly suggested in these situations.

And then there is the reason for using a pen name that
causes me to become sick with jealousy and envy. This is
the highly successful, and very prolific writer who doesn't
dare let their adoring fans know that they can churn out
ten novels a month, and sell them for millions of dollars
(after all, writers are supposed to SUFFER and spend HOURS
creating). Instead, they will write under a pen name, and
can make millions more under a whole new identity. Or, they
may want to break out of their genre (after all, could
anyone stand it if they bought a novel by Stephen King and
it wasn't HORROR?). To avoid being mobbed by angry fans,
these highly successful writers will often try new or
different genres under a different nom d'plume.

Perhaps you have considered writing under a pen name for
any or all of these reasons. One of the biggest reasons, of
course, is to ensure that family members will still speak
to us. After all, not all of us have the courage to write a
'Mommy Dearest' expose, nor would we want to, under our
real names. Guidelines for pen names are relatively simple:

Make sure it is simple, and that no one can ever trace it
to the real you. Offer your agent large sums of money to
maintain your privacy and never disclose your real name.

There is a special type of writing under an assumed name
that is not actually a pen name. This is known as
'ghostwriting' and is quite lucrative for skilled writers.

This is the way it works:

A famous CEO of a corporation, a congressman, or a person
who is highly respected as a fount of useful information/
wisdom decides to write a book. The problem is that they
can't write at all, and their spelling is at the third
grade level.

Therefore, they hire a real writer to tell their story, or
to interview them and put their ideas on paper in a legible
form. The writer makes good money, but the byline on the
best selling book will state 'By Congressman Smith' with no
mention of the ghostwriter. The ghostwriter will have
signed a non-disclosure agreement, in which they swear on
their very life to never, ever reveal to the general public
that congressman Smith is not the real writer of the book
(although anyone who knows Smith even remotely will know
that there is no possible way he could have typed a legible
letter, much less written a book).

This is called, "Seeing yourself on the best seller list,
but you can't tell a soul."

This is the downside. The upside is that word usually gets
out quickly if someone is really good at ghostwriting, and
there will be plenty of requests for similar help, since
fame does not necessarily imply writing ability.

In conclusion, if you want to write anonymously, and make
money, ghostwriting is one form to look into. If you want
to write anonymously, to keep your family still speaking to
you, then using a pen name is often a good idea.


Sheri Waldrop is a registered nurse and certified diabetes
educator with over 20 years experience as a critical care
nurse and health educator. Currently, she is the owner of
Proscribe Writing Service, and has written on topics for
clients such as: About, Inc., Women's International
Network, Advance Nursing Magazine, French Cove
Magazine, Discover Belly Dance, and others. She also
manages an Internet company that provides dial-up
services, and teaches ESL (English as a Second Language) to
Hispanic adults. She has developed and written monthly
newsletters on Women's Health issues, created patient
education brochures, developed the Hispanic diabetes
curriculum for a major teaching hospital, and created
content for Web sites on topics ranging from fitness and
health to corporate communications. She is married with two
teenaged children, and is an avid gardener in her spare
time. You can view samples of her writing and learn more
about her writing service at



Tina L. Miller, author of When A Woman Prays;
Obadiah Press, a Christian publishing house; and the
AmericInn in Merrill, Wisconsin, are sponsoring a weekend
retreat for one very special woman to "get away and pray,"
relax, and reconnect spiritually in the author's hometown of
Merrill, Wisconsin!

Long for a little time alone to reconnect spiritually with
God? Need a breather from the normal day to day routine?

Many women have difficulty finding time in their day to pray
and contemplate uninterrupted. Wouldn't it be wonderful to
take a short sabbatical to renew your spirit?

Tina L. Miller, author of When A Woman Prays, published by
Obadiah Press, and the AmericInn want to treat one special
woman to a spiritual getaway to nurture her soul and renew
her spirit. One (1) lucky grand prize winner will receive
a complimentary two day and two night stay at the AmericInn
to relax and refresh in the peace and tranquility of
northern Wisconsin-in Miller's hometown of Merrill-in a
fabulous king size whirlpool suite. The winner will also
enjoy dinner out with the author Saturday evening at one of
Merrill's finest restaurants, Club 64.

In addition, the grand prize package will include a bouquet
of fresh flowers delivered to the winner's suite from
Brose's Flower Center in Merrill and a beautiful gift basket
from Country Meadow Soapworks, and a numbered, first
edition copy of When A Woman Prays personally signed by
author, Tina L. Miller.

Ten (10) runners up will receive a signed & numbered first
edition copy of When A Woman Prays.

No purchase is required! All prizes will be awarded.

To enter, simply print your name, address, and telephone
number on a 3x5" index card or a postcard along with the

"When A Woman Prays"
by Tina L. Miller
"Get Away and Pray"

Mail your index card or postcard to:

Get Away and Pray
c/o Tina L. Miller & Obadiah Press
607 N. Cleveland Street
Merrill, WI 54452

You may enter as many times as you wish; however, each
entry must be mailed separately. Multiple entries
received in the same envelope will be discarded. No
obligation or purchase necessary.

The winners will be selected in a random drawing on
Thursday, May 1, 2003, the National Day of Prayer. The
grand prize weekend get-a-way will be held on Saturday,
June 21, and Sunday, June 22, 2003, in Merrill, Wisconsin.

Two days and two nights' accommodations will be provided at
and by the AmericInn in Merrill, Wisconsin, for the winner
and a guest (double occupancy). Dinner with the author for
the winner and one guest is being sponsored by Club 64,
Merrill, Wisconsin, for Saturday evening, June 21, 2003.

No substitutions or date changes will be allowed. The
winner will be responsible for her own transportation costs
for her and her guest and all taxes or costs associated
with acceptance of this prize. This contest is open to
residents of the United States and Canada who are 18 years
of age or older as of May 1, 2003. Void where prohibited.

Obadiah Press and other contest sponsors are not
responsible for lost or misdirected entries.

Employees of Obadiah Press, Obadiah Magazine, and AmericInn
and their families are not eligible to enter or win any of the prizes.



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