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April 1, 2003 Volume 2 Issue 4
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In This Issue...
>>>> Letter From the Editor, Kim Wilson
"Save Money on Books You Need and Want!"
by Lori Pirog
>>>> Write From Home Site Updates
>>>> Column: Regional Reviews
by Hilary Evans
>>>> Call For Submissions
"Just Give Me Five Minutes"
by Andrea L. Mack
>>>> Success Spotlight
>>>> Excellent Editors
>>>> Writing Contest
>>>> Paying Markets
°°°°° LETTER FROM THE EDITOR °°°°°
I want to talk to you about the "f" word. No! Not *that*
word, but rather the word "focus." Recently, especially the
past couple of weeks, I've had a hard time focusing. After
talking with other writers, and reading posts on discussion
lists and message boards, I realize many people are having
the same difficulty. If this describes you, take comfort,
you're not alone. I wish I could give you some great worldly
advice -- words that could instantly restore your focus, but
the truth is I can't. What I can do is tell you how I'm
managing my responsibilities.
I like to consider myself a professional, yet I'm human
too. Something I can't seem to do is go about functioning as
if nothing is amiss. Sometimes I just go on "auto-pilot" --
going through the motions and getting what needs to be done,
done, while my mind is miles away. Other times I let my mind
wander, but with pen in hand. It's amazing how in times of
crisis writing down your thoughts can be a creative outlet
to many of your troubles, worries and concerns. Most
importantly I'd like to tell you to give yourself permission.
Permission to go on auto-pilot. Permission to give yourself
some slack. Permission to write about your feelings
(regardless of your opinion about current events) and
permission to keep on moving forward.
Speaking of moving forward, I want to thank everyone that
participated in last month's contest. I want to congratulate
Dottie Grant Cohen for submitting the first correct answers
to my riddle. If you're wondering about the answers they are:
The bear is white (Polar Bear) and you're at the North Pole.
Now, move forward and read this issue then get busy writing.
"There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books
are well written or badly written. That is all.
--Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
"Save Money on Books You Need and Want!"
by Lori Pirog
As writers we know how important it is to read. For most of
us it's a given: We read because we can't imagine doing
otherwise. When we're out on a shopping trip with family or
friends we seem to be irresistibly drawn to bookstores and
magazine stands. Can you walk away from a bookstore without
It took me years to understand my weakness for books. And it
took many more years to figure out how I could keep my
"need" to buy books under control. What I've found is that
the urge to buy books may never go away but I can manage it
for significant savings.
When I find a book I think I can't live without, I have a
system to find a copy to borrow or purchase at minimal cost.
My first step is to keep an ongoing list of the books I
want. I am lucky to have a fairly good library in my town so
my next step is to check whether or not the book or books I
want are part of the extensive collection.
Sometimes the library has the book I want. Often, however,
it doesn't. If the book is one I've read about but have
never actually seen, I'll put in a request for an
interlibrary loan. Many libraries in the United States offer
this service. At my library it's free! The individuals who
do the search are incredible. They will scour the country
looking for a library from which they can borrow the book.
I've had books on loan from lending libraries for as long as
six weeks. That gives me plenty of time to decide if the
book is one I "need" to own.
Once I've had an opportunity to see a book and I've
discovered it's one I can't live without, I then get on the
Web. The first place I go is http://www.half.com.
I've purchased some great books from this site in new or
like new condition for next to nothing. But if the price for
books listed in these categories is more than I want to
spend, I then look at the Very Good, Good, or even
Acceptable books listed.
Most of the time I don't need a copy that looks like new. In
fact, a used book that shows some wear but has a much lower
price tag may be the best choice. A writer should feel
comfortable owning a book. To get the most out of it we need
to give ourselves permission to not only underline sections
but to make notes in the margins.
If there are no listings for the books you want on
or the prices are higher than you'd like to pay there are
several other sites to check. I go to one or more of several
book search sites that scan multiple online bookstores for
availability and price comparisons:
Many online bookstores offer coupons or other special deals
on a regular basis. If you find the checkout page for an
online bookstore has an option for entering a coupon code,
chances are good you can find the code quite easily. Open a
new page in your browser so you can easily return to the
checkout page. Then on the new page surf over to one of
these coupon sites:
Coupons/Bargains at About.com
Another online bookstore to keep in mind is Book
Closeouts.com (http://www.bookcloseouts.com). This bookstore
specializes in remaindered books. These are typically new
books that a publisher sells inexpensively to used
booksellers because they are overstocks or books that have
been returned from a book store. What I like about Book
Closeouts is their wish list (look in the BCO book club
category). If you are not finding the book you want, you can
enter a request to be e-mailed if the book becomes available.
Also, this bookstore has a nice selection of children's
books at very good prices.
So if you are hooked on buying books, try my suggestions for
finding some better deals. Happy reading!
Lori Pirog publishes "A Creative Line"--an e-zine of Creative
Ideas, Resources, and More for Children's Writers,
Illustrators, and Artists. She is a self-taught artist and a
freelance writer with degrees in Family and Consumer Science
and Human Nutrition. For more information or to sign up for
her newsletter visit: http://www.picturebooksandart.com or
°°°°° WRITE FROM HOME SITE UPDATES °°°°°
==>>"Life of a Writer Mom" Column by Carla Charter
This month read "Multi-Tasking Writers" at
==>>Articles Added to Write From Home
Direct links to these articles can be found at
* Interview with Staci Stallings
by Dana Mitchells
* "Blog, Sweet Blog"
by Mary Dixon Lebeau
* "Famous Women Writers & What You Have In Common with Them"
by Carolyn Burch
* "Going Along for the Ride"
by Phyllis Edgerly Ring
* "Afraid of the Magic"
by Andrea Mack
* "Real Mice Poop on Your Counters"
by Susan Sundwall
COLUMN-----> REGIONAL REVIEWS
by Hilary Evans
I recently queried a new market with three ideas that I
thought the editor would find interesting. She did, but she
wanted them all on spec. That had the potential to be good
for me--but it could have ended up in a lot of wasted time if
her editorial filled up before she read my pieces.
Sometimes you have to chance negotiations. I sent one
completed article and explained that I felt uncomfortable
writing more without a commitment, and invited her to think
over the other stories. She responded with a very positive
letter. (I'll let you know how the sales went in my next
Don't scare yourself into thinking terms are set in stone. If
you are willing to meet an editor halfway, and act like a
professional, chances are you will come away with a better
arrangement. If you are unwilling to do either of the things
mentioned above, you probably should avoid the market
Boise Family Magazine & Treasure Valley Baby
13191 W. Scotfield St.
Boise, ID 83713-0899
Phone: (208) 938-2119
Fax: (208) 938-2117
Boise Family Magazine covers Boise and the surrounding area.
It has a circulation of 18,000, and is printed in magazine
format, rather than the newsprint you might expect from
magazines of similar size. I was very impressed with the
overall look of the magazine, and with the Web site--
especially the writers' guidelines.
I had a question about the guidelines, and after e-mailing
the editor, Liz Buckingham, I received a very fast response.
She completely took care of my concerns, and added some
information new writers should consider.
Boise Family is geared toward families with young children.
Interest caps right around age 12, so save those teen pieces
for someone else--like Carolina Parent. A separate magazine,
Treasure Valley Baby, is printed twice each year for
pregnancy and babyhood issues.
Interested in fun, and family-togetherness, Boise Family's
slogan is, "We encourage families every day!" True to their
word, articles cover every aspect of things you can do
together. "Soda Fountain Fun," "Crafting with Children," and
"Reviewing Movie Reviews" are all examples of recent articles
running in Boise Family.
Features run 1,000-1,300 words, and columns are generally
700-900 words. Ms. Buckingham, who is the editor and
publisher, prefers queries to submissions. The magazine uses
the AP Style, several guides to which are available online,
and the deadline is a full month in advance of publication.
Meaning, an article for Halloween would have to be
submitted--in final form--by September 1.
Boise Family Magazine is a market you will have to negotiate
with. The process begins with photos. Do you expect to be
paid for your pictures separately, or do you expect them to
boost the fees for your article? If you want payment
separately, you're expected to tell the editor when you
"Fees vary upon length, depth of piece, and whether it's an
original manuscript, submitted, assigned, or if it is a
reprint," read the guidelines. This is an excellent reason to
query with clips before sending a story. Boise Family
purchases first, and reprint rights with regional
exclusivity. "At this time, we are not accepting additional
columns," adds Ms. Buckingham.
Please query through mail with clips or in the body an e-
** RPP Market Update **
Pikes Peak Parent
Colorado Springs, CO
According to fellow writer, Belinda Mooney, Pikes Peak Parent
is no longer accepting unsolicited submissions. Thanks for
the heads-up, Belinda!
Do you have a suggestion, question, or insider market info?
You can e-mail any tips you have to mailto:email@example.com
Hilary Evans is the mother of three children, and lives
with her family in Fort Dodge, IA. Her work has appeared in
several regional parenting magazines both online and in
SEEKING SUBMISSIONS FOR A NEW BOOK:
"Freedom Isn't Free: Words from Military Members, Their
Families and Grateful Americans"
I am seeking nonfiction stories and essays from members of
the U.S. Armed Forces (Active, Reserve, Guard, Retired &
Veterans ) their families (spouses, children, parents,
and grandparents), and grateful Americans who appreciate the
sacrifices made by the men and women of the U.S. Military.
In addition to being a freelance writer and author, I am a
third generation military wife. The purpose of "Freedom
Isn't Free" is to honor and pay tribute to the members of
the U.S. Armed Forces as well as offer support and
inspiration to their families, and give the general public a
glimpse into military life and remind everyone that freedom
has a price.
This book is not about politics, political parties or
Deadline: May 1, 2003
Word Count: 2,000 max
Submissions can be thought provoking, humorous, serious,
heartfelt, inspirational, or reminiscent.
Possible topics and areas of interest could include but are
not limited to:
** Military Members (Active, Reserve, Guard, Retired, &
~ Your feelings about leaving your family
~ The pride you have in your job
~ Explaining how being a member of the military is more than
"just a job."
~ A story about an unusual or interesting experience you've
had as a military member
** Military Spouses (Current, Retired & Veterans):
~ Difficulties in saying goodbye (especially spouses married
to those in RDF units)
~ Handling the home and children by yourself
~ Coping with the ups and downs of being a military spouse
~ The benefits of being a military spouse
~ The pride you feel towards your spouse and being a military
~ Explaining deployment to your child
~ Your fears
~ Being pregnant and/or giving birth while your husband was
** Children of Service Members
~ What are your feelings about having a parent in the
~ How do you explain your parents' job to others?
~ Has your class done a school project to show support for
~ Older children, how did growing up in a military family
shape you into the person you are today?
** Parents, Grandparents and Siblings of Military Members
~ Your worries and fears of having a child, grandchild or
sibling in the military
~ Saying goodbye
** Grateful Americans (This category is open to anyone
regardless if they have military ties.)
~ Has a military member or their family had a positive impact
on your life?
~ What does freedom mean to you? Here' s your chance to
explain and thank the members of the U.S. Military.
These are only a few topics. I'm sure you've encountered
many others that are fascinating and would make a great read.
You are welcome to send more than one submission. Reprints
and unpublished nonfiction stories and essays will be
considered, but you must be the copyright owner of your
submission. Please do not send submissions with "author
unknown" as the byline. You, the author of the submission,
retain all copyrights to your story or essay.
You may submit your story or essay in one of the following
~ E-mail: send it in the BODY of an e-mail to
~ Fax it to (609) 888-1672
~ Mail a copy (not the original) to:
"Freedom Isn't Free" Submission
P.O. Box 4145
Hamilton, NJ 08610
Please include your mailing address and a brief bio for
inclusion in the "About the Contributors" section. (Please
note, your mailing address is for my records and will NOT
be published in the book.)
By submitting your story or essay, you agree that you are
the copyright owner to the submitted piece. Upon publication
all contributors will receive a small honorarium
(minimum $10) and a complimentary copy of "Freedom Isn't
Free: Words from Military Members, Their Families and
You will be notified by June 1, 2003 on the status of
If you have any questions regarding this book, please don't
hesitate to contact me.
P.O. Box 4145
Hamilton, NJ 08610
My name is Joanne Sullivan and I am looking for potential
writers to submit inspiring and uplifting stories to share
with the world. Please check out my site!
(Editor's Note: This is a paying gig--$35 upon publication.)
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: "Krack'd Pot Moms" - We're looking for
true, heart-warming, funny stories involving children and
stress. Did you ever have one of those days when nothing
seemed to go right? When you were ready to pull your hair out
or scream at the top of your lungs? Yet, even while you were
standing there feeling like a lunatic with a bazooka, others
couldn't help but laugh at your situation? Was there a day
when you felt your life should have been in a sitcom? Share
your story with us!
Payment: Top three funniest stories will receive $100 in
prizes. Each accepted author will receive one copy of the
book upon its publication. Plus two e-books and a hotel
Deadline for submissions is January 1, 2004 unless we can
get enough really funny stories sooner! Word count should be
350 to 1500 words.
Rights: Buys one-time rights. Must be unpublished story, but
once book comes out you can sell your reprints.
Send submissions to: Alyice Edrich, Compiler/Author, Krack'd
Pot Moms, via e-mail to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or
205 East Street
Merrill, WI 54452
Visit http://krackdpotmoms.com to read detailed submission
guidelines, and view the prizes.
"Just Give Me Five Minutes"
by Andrea L. Mack
"Just give me five minutes." I've said it many times, and you
probably have too. The downside of working at home is that
interruptions are inevitable, especially when there are
children around. Some days, it can seem like the only writing
time you get is divided up into five minute blocks. There is
often no choice but to drop everything to attend to your
number one priorities. Even if you do manage to stake out a
space of time to write, or at least get down a complete
thought, there's a dark cloud of parental guilt hanging over
your head. It can be discouraging. After all, how can
anything significant be accomplished in only a few minutes?
If you stop to think about it, you can really put that few
minutes to good use. Here are ten ways to make the most of
1. Check your submissions list.
Chances are, there's a piece of writing you're still waiting
to hear about from an editor. If sufficient time has passed,
write a letter or an e-mail to check on the status of your
2. Make an idea list.
Choose one market you'd like to write for and think up some
possible topics for articles. Don't worry about whether you
have all the facts--just write down whatever you think of in
your five minutes. The next time you hit writer's block (or
have a free hour or two to fill), you'll have a starting
3. Check a fact.
Make a phone call or use the Internet to look up that bit of
information you want to use in your latest article or story.
If you can't find all the information you need right now, you
can at least track down some likely sources.
4. Build character.
Take a blank page and sketch out some of the personal details
about your latest main character. Where does she shop?
What's her favorite game? The better you know your
character, the easier it is to write about her.
Five minutes isn't long enough to proofread an entire
novel, but it might be long enough to skim through a short
article to check for duplicated words, inconsistencies or
incorrect punctuation. You might not have time to fix them,
but you can circle the errors for later.
6. Contact a publisher
Have you been wondering who to address your latest cover
letter to? Take a few minutes to call the publisher and find
out. Or, write a letter to request guidelines for that
magazine you thought was interesting.
7. Finish a filler.
Remember that funny thing that happened the other day? Take
a few minutes to write it down, and you just might be able to
market it as a filler.
8. File five things.
That pile building up on your workspace never seems to get
any smaller, and it won't, unless you work at it. Sorting a
few bits of it everyday doesn't seem like much, but at least
9. Describe something.
Take one setting from your latest story or article and write
about that, and nothing else. Imagine you are there and
include all the details you can. Later, you can drop it in an
appropriate place in your story.
10. Just write.
At one time or other, we've all been to a writing class or
workshop and heard about how free writing exercises help get
creative thoughts flowing. But, how often do you actually
practice this at home? Take five minutes and just write about
nothing, or anything.
Five minutes can matter, if you use it well. I like to think
of small blocks of time as building bricks. Just as my
daughter puts one block on top of another to make a new house
or tower, I'm slowly making the blocks that will become the
structure of my next article or story. It won't happen
overnight, but if I stick enough of them together, I know
I'll get there.
Andrea L. Mack is a freelance writer/researcher and the
mother of two avid readers. Her areas of expertise include
writing, child development, parenting, literacy and
gardening. She also writes fiction and nonfiction for
Share your success with others. Regardless of how big or
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* Terry Miller Shannon
I'm new here, but I'd like to mention that my son's and my
picture book, "Tub Toys" (Tricycle Press), was published in
September. The reviews have been enthusiastic. There's talk
of a second printing, so we're delighted! It can be found at
Thanks for letting me share--
Terry Miller Shannon
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 next 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.
* Heartfelt thanks to Mel Goring, of Institute of Children's
the most friendliest editor I have worked with. His e-mail
replies are full of warm words and friendliness. Reading one
literally makes my day!
* I'd like to recognize Jackie Duda, editor of The Grapevine
- a regional publication based in Frederick, Maryland - as an
excellent editor. Jackie is always there with a quick reply,
despite her busy schedule. She is very helpful and
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PEP Writers’ Contest 2003-A
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First Prize = up to $10,000.00
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ATTENTION PUBLISHERS! If you are a paying market send your
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they'll be printed in this publication.
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Because editorial positions frequently change it's in your
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name of the current editor.
201 E. 4th Street
Loveland, CO 80537
Bimonthly publication focused on needlework and the history
Seeks articles about the history of needlework techniques,
motifs, and artists.
Pays upon publication $100-300 for articles ranging between
1,500-2,000 words. Buys FNSR. Prefers queries. Accepts e-
queries. Contact publication for theme list.
360 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10017
Publication focused on weight loss, nutrition and fitness.
Seeks articles about food, health, nutrition, fitness and
weight loss motivation.
Pays on acceptance $1 word for articles between 700-1,500
words. Buys FNSR. Query with clips.
St. Paul Pioneer Press
345 Cedar St.
St. Paul, MN 55101-1057
Daily general interest newspaper.
Seeks Op-Ed pieces on a variety of subjects.
Pays on publication $75. Prefers writers with local
1515 Cascade Ave.
Loveland, CO 80538
Bimonthly magazine for Christian youth workers.
Seeks inspirational, personal experience and religious
articles. Column needs include; short ideas for group use;
tips for youth leaders and profiles.
Pays on acceptance $125-300 for articles between 175-2,000
words and $40 for columns up to 500 words. Buys all rights.
Queries accepted by mail, e-mail and fax. Does not buy
fiction. Sample copy available for $2 plus 10x12 SAE with 3
first class stamps.
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