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B U S Y  F R E E L A N C E R

Monthly Publication for Busy Writers

December 1, 2003 Volume 2 Issue 12

ISSN 1538-8107


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In This Issue...

>>>> Letter From the Editor, Kim Wilson

>>>> Article: "Stop Information from Burying Your Inner
by L.J. Bothell

>>>> Write From Home Site Updates

>>>> Column: Regional Reviews
by Hilary Evans

>>>> Success Spotlight

>>>> Article: "Motherhood and Deadlines"
by Rose Walker

>>>> Writing Contests

>>>> Anthologies Seeking Submissions

>>>> Jobs

>>>> Paying Markets

>>>> Classifieds

"Enjoy your children, but also let them enjoy you as a writer.
Give and take."---Elizabeth Lyon
Read interview at


Dear Writers,

I cannot believe 2003 is almost over. It seems like yesterday
we were welcoming the arrival of a new year--and now we're
gearing up to do it all over again. Time goes by fast when
you're busy having fun--and "busy having fun" pretty much sums
up my 2003. I love what I do, which explains why it feels more
like fun than work. (Although, when I get into stretches of
running on only three hours of sleep, the "fun" part does seem
to fade a bit.)

I want to thank everyone who e-mailed me in response to the
mid-month post I sent regarding the spoofed PayPal e-mail I
received. I'm usually very good at spotting scams, but this
particular e-mail made me pause long enough to call PayPal to
verify its legitimacy. Once PayPal confirmed it was a scam, I
was worried other less-suspecting individuals would become a
victim of this fraudulent activity. I never imagined I would
receive such a large volume of "thank you" e-mails. I'm sorry
I didn't get a chance to respond to each of you individually,
but please know your kind words melted my heart.

I know with the approaching holidays your time is precious, so
before I close I want to remind you about the three new
columns you'll see in the January issue:

1) "Jump-Start Your Fiction Writing" by Shirley Kawa Jump
2) "Ask the Freelance Pro" by Kathryn Lay
3) "From the Copy Editor's Desk" by Sherry L. Stoll and Jessie

Here's wishing you a wonderful, stress-free holiday season.


Kim Wilson
Editor & Publisher



"Stop Information from Burying Your Inner Editor"
by L.J. Bothell

No matter how you plan it, doesn't it sometimes feel like
every day forces you to rush from one task to another? Yet no
matter how you plan to set aside time to write, you seem to be
faced with interruptions and an avalanche of incoming stuff.
It can feel like your inner writer keeps getting pushed
further away just when you need to produce for a deadline or
add whimsy to your fiction. How can you lessen your stress and
increase your writing output while finding constructive ways
to stem the flow of incoming information, tasks, and

Get organized. Look at all the things you have to consider in
order to succeed as a writer. You need to wear many hats--
business, marketing, and writing--while keeping up with your
real life. The better organized you are at every function, the
more you will accomplish in less time. Start by figuring out
what you need to do and when, and stick to it. Maybe lists are
good for you--make a list of daily and/or weekly priorities
and deadlines.

Perhaps you need to keep a schedule so that you can chunk work
into half hour, hour, or two hour slots. If you set beginnings
and ends for certain functions, you'll be more likely to bull
through tasks, get them done, and feel a sense of
accomplishment. Finally, set quarterly goals for getting rid
of excess baggage, like out-of-date files, and for
establishing what references you need to renew.

Be stringent with yourself on how you handle the many incoming
interruptions you get each day--by mail, e-mail, phone, and
even by doorbell. Even if you get new interruptions all day
long, you can actually cover your bases by taking a couple of
check-in periods for e-mail, voicemail and snail mail, such as
first thing in the morning and again after lunch. Quickly scan
messages and voicemail, determine their priority with regard
to upcoming assignments or current needs, and send off any
necessary answers promptly. Then place all keeper messages
into preset folders (like 'hot,' 'meetings,' 'project name,'
'reference,' etc.) Then get rid of absolutely EVERYTHING else
you do not require. And don't answer the door if you haven't
specifically invited someone over.

Establish and use the right tools for your working style. Get
some kind of filing system in place so you know where
everything is. It's easy to fall into the habit of collecting
research material, or putting bills aside until you absolutely
have to deal with them, but don't. Set up a "batch system" so
you know where everything is and you can attend to tasks
according to your schedule. Develop a file naming protocol for
your computer work, and properly set up an organized file
directory system. Get an easy to use spellcheck writing
program and an online encyclopedia instead of the cumbersome
books, and get public domain stuff you can use and store on
your computer. If you have templates of query letters,
submission bios, and other stock information, set up a
subdirectory on your computer to accommodate this so you don't
have to constantly recreate the wheel. If you have the basics
of what you need on your bookshelves, in your files, and on
your computer, you will have what you need right at your
fingertips and push your writing to a new level.

Multitask your work. This is easier said than done. Get into
the habit of juggling writing, polishing, marketing and
research, instead of getting stymied on each task. For
instance, focus a fourth of your weekly time on researching
markets and generating queries, a fourth of it on business and
administrative duties and the rest on actual writing and
polishing. In time, as you become more experienced, you will
have created several repeat markets and reliable clients, so
that your marketing efforts can take less time and you can
hire an assistant to do some of your other business tasks.
This will in turn leave you with more time for the actual
conceptualizing, writing, and preparing for submission (and
cashing checks, of course!).

Batch your writing efforts. As you develop the ability to
multitask work, find ways to multitask your actual
assignments. If you can handle two or three articles at a time
on similar subjects, you'll only have to search for the
information once and simply revise how you express it for the
appropriate audience. If you have been assigned one article,
try creating one or more spin-off queries on the same content
with a different slant, and even prewrite part or all of the
secondary articles. If you are researching content for your
novel, look for similar types of information at the same time
or make multiple library and interview appointments for the
same day.

Whenever you begin work on an assignment, brainstorm ways you
can create repeat markets, either from the subject or with the

Instead of feeling frustrated with your many forced stops and
starts, plan for them instead. Make sure you let people in
your life know that writing time is for writing, then expect
them to stick with it. Also, before you can get into the meat
of your day, your goal should be to do a quick scan and sort
all priorities and get organized. This boosts your
productivity by allowing you to look at everything, then put
it out of your mind and free yourself for whatever you really
need to focus upon--the heart of your writing. Good luck!
L.J. Bothell is a graphic designer/writer with marketing
communications emphasis who lives and freelances in Seattle,
Washington. Questions? Contact ljwrite@att.net.


==>> "Off the Page" Column
by Tama Westman
This month read "Divide and Conquer through Thirds" at

==>>"Life of a Writer Mom" Column
by Carla Charter
This month read "An Idea Magnet" at

==>>Articles Added to Write From Home

Direct links to these articles can be found at

* Interview with Elizabeth Lyon
by Dana Mitchells

* "Developing a Writer's Discipline: Through Contests"
by Linda S. Dupie

* "Add One More"
by David Geer

* "Short Articles for Fun and Profit"
by Behlor Santi

===>> Featured book: The ASJA Guide to Freelance Writing,
edited by Timothy Harper. Read more about this book at

To purchase The ASJA Guide to Freelance Writing (it's only
$11.17) go to


A friend recently got quite the shock when she discovered an
RPP had published her article but never informed her. If
you've ever needed a reason to submit articles individually,
now you have one. When you send the same story to 100
magazines it is really hard to find out when someone forgets
you. Being a sticky situation, she got all kinds of advice:

** "Call and give that editor a piece of your mind!" Hold the
phone, caballero. If an editor wanted to steal your article,
she wouldn't include your byline. There are these things
happening all over the planet referred to as "mistakes." Being
human, editors occasionally make them. Give your editor the
benefit of the doubt, and 99.9% of the time you won't regret

** "Send the editor an invoice." This is pretty good advice.
In fact, a lot of magazines don't send a check unless they
have an invoice first. I have a very simple template I use
every time.

--- Mag Name & Address


Issue; Page #; Title of Article; Word Count @ Payment Per
Word; Total:

The only thing that can get you into trouble is not knowing
the pay rate for the magazine. In that case, you'll have to
either send the editor a more in-depth e-mail or call and
speak with her by phone.

*** "Ask for advance notice the next time." Here we have some
plain common sense! In my on-spec submissions I always put
something to the effect of, "Please let me know if you can use
this article." I would not send that note with an invoice,
though. Just give your editor a gentle reminder that your
piece was published. Bring advance notice up the next time you
send her a submission.

*** "Try to get your payment, and then move on." If this is
the first time a magazine has forgotten you, chalk it up to
too many submissions and too little time. Try not to feel
overly hurt or bamboozled. At this point, writing off the
market would just add to the mistake. Unfortunately, some
magazines suffer "problems" like teenagers battle acne. When
your requests go ignored, and you've done everything you
possibly can to find respect, consider looking for work

Washington FAMILIES North Florida FAMILIES

Marae Leggs, editor for both Washington and North Florida
FAMILIES is an absolute peach. She was very quick to respond
when accepting my article, and payment and tear sheets were
sent out immediately on publication. Further, when I wrote to
thank her, she called to say hello. This is definitely not an
editor you'd want to lose to one mistake.

Both markets, in my opinion, should be reserved for reprints
only. Payment is either $25 for inclusion in Washington
FAMILIES or $35 for both. The magazines request regional
exclusivity in addition to one-time rights. The regions, in
this case, are the Washington DC and Jacksonville, FL areas.

It seems the guidelines have changed slightly since my last
sale. These days they contain an interesting clause. "We do
not accept manuscripts that have been simultaneously submitted
to other publications in our local regions." In other words,
you'll do yourself a favor by showing these publications a
little respect. It wastes an editor's time to figure a story
into an issue only to have it bought and published by the

An editorial calendar is available at the Web site, or by e-
mail request. Queries for either title should be sent to
mailto:editor@familiesmagazines.com. They work by e-mail or
Mac-compatible disk only. Most of their articles run 500-700
words. Also, the FAMILIES plan things 3 to 4 months ahead of
printing, so make sure you send your seasonal ideas well
enough in advance.

I vaguely remember Marae asking me to send her an annotated
list of story ideas in one e-mail, and that she would request
to see more of those she was interested in. This has become a
standard method of querying I use in place of "mass"
submissions. It saves on bandwidth (and on copy and paste!).

New writers are often paranoid of editors stealing their work.
The truth is, that rarely happens. Most of the time there has
been a mistake, and a few polite e-mails are all it takes to
fix things.

Have a comment, question or suggestion? Know of a great
regional writer who deserves some recognition? Let me know at
Hilary Evans is the mother of three children, and lives with
her family in Fort Dodge, IA. Between homeschooling, writing,
and getting a breath in edgewise, she publishes The Pampered
Pen, an e-zine for stressed-out writers.

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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
mailto:busyfreelancer@writefromhome.com with 'success
spotlight' in the subject line. Your news item will appear in
the next issue. (Hint: This is a great area to do a little
shameless self promotion.)

* I have a couple of small successes to share.

I received a letter from Paul Fontaine-Nikolov, the editor of
Apsaras Review, offering me a position as Staff Writer.
Although I've previously had my work published in this erudite
and cutting- edge publication, I was quite taken aback--not to
mention flattered--so I decided fairly rapidly to accept the
appointment. Well, how could I not!

My first article as an official member of staff--entitled
"Britain’s Final Colonial Enterprise"--will appear in the
December issue.

I also received notification from Writer’s Digest, informing
me that my poem, "North Shore," (Llandudno 1978) had been
awarded an 'Honorable Mention' in their 72nd Annual Writing

Apparently, there were 18,000 entries, so I suppose I
shouldn't feel too miffed at not making it into the top three.
Ironically, only a couple of weeks ago I received another
'Honorable Mention' in the Skyline Literary Magazine’s Second
Annual Short Story Contest for "Seeking Hakim." They do say
things come in threes... mmm, I wonder?

My resume is online at

Many thanks indeed.

Paula (from North Wales)



"Motherhood and Deadlines"
by Rose Walker

You have to pick the kids up, but you need to finish your
article to make your deadline. The cookies for the bake sale
at school needed to be baked, but you needed to go to the
library to do some research. You have obligations to your
family, but you also have obligations to your editor. These
are some of the things a mother and a writer will go through.
You don't want to neglect any of your duties as a mother and
you can't neglect any of your deadlines for your work as a
writer. How do you maintain a balance for motherhood and meet
all of your writing deadlines at the same time?

The main key is to put some balance in your life, so you can
do both of them and do it well. Once you become a writer, who
writes articles, columns or books, you're going to have
deadlines. It does not matter if you are well established or
just getting started, no writer can get around not having
deadlines for their work. Once you become a mother, you are
that for life. Being there for your children is one of the
most important things there is to being a mother. Meeting all
of your deadlines for your work is one of the most important
things to being a good writer. The best way to accomplish both
of them is to establish the three (S's): strategy, structure
and skills.

Stop and plan out your writing career and all the events you
have to do as a mother. Developing a game plan for your
writing and parenting, will allow you to accomplish both,
without either one being neglected. Once you have a strategy
on what and how you want to do things, the next step is to put
into place some structure. This is when you stop and organize
your life as a mother and writer. The last step is using your
skills as a mother and writer to have everything run smoothly.

Put into place a strategy that will work for the writer and
mother. For instance, you might have to designate late night
for your writing time only, especially if you have a large
family with a lot of activities you have to deal with. You
know right up front in the daytime you are a full-time mother
and at night when everyone is asleep, you become a full-time
writer. Set a personal deadline for your work earlier than
your original deadline, since you have to write at night. This
way you'll always have your work done on time.

Now that you have your strategy on how you want to handle your
life as a mother and writer, the next step is to put some
structure with it. The best way to do that is to work with
calendars. You need to have two calendars you work from at all
times. A small one that you keep on you everyday, like a
planner or a palm pilot and the other calendar should be a
large one, you have on your office wall or desk. Write all
your writing projects on both calendars with the deadlines for
each one. Also put the schedule of all your household events
on both calendars too. This way when you're committing to a
new writing project, your household and writing schedule is
with you, so you can work your schedule right then without
anything over-lapping. You'll know when you are suppose to
have all your work submitted to meet your deadlines and you'll
also know when you are suppose to have things done for your

Now is when your skills will fall into place to make this
work. If you have school age children and you are a full-time
writer, work while they are at school, this will allow you to
work set hours, five days a week to meet all of your
deadlines. If your kids are not in school yet, try to have a
parent day set-up with your church or a daycare, where you can
take them for a couple of hours several days a week. This will
give you a set time to complete your work while they're gone.
When you have to take your kids to the doctor, dentist,
basketball practice, or any other activity, take your work
with you to work on while you wait. Laptops are wonderful for
this, but if you don't have one, take a pad and pencil and
handwrite your material, then all you have to do is transfer
it to the computer later. That's something you can do when
they are asleep. This strategy will allow you to make your
deadlines. These are the skills you need to be a great mother
and writer at the same time.

Strategy, structure and skills are the three things that will
make you a good mother, while still making your deadline as a
writer. This will keep your family and all your editors happy
at the same time. With placing those three things in your
life, you're not only making other people happy, but you're
also making yourself happy. You'll feel complete as a mother,
who is there for her children and accomplishing your dream of
being a successful writer. Organizing, planning, having the
know-how and talent, is what will make you a top writer and a
number one Mom.
Rose Walker is an author, freelance writer and columnist.
After leaving Corporate America for twenty-three years as a
banker, mortgage banker and owning her own financial
consulting firm, she walked away to become a writer. She has
written two novels and is currently at work on her third one.

Ms. Walker is a contributing writer for Successful Single
Parenting Magazine. She also writes a monthly column for
Single Focus Newsletter, called Money Matters and a monthly
column for Writer Gazette, titled Financial Write.
Themestream, PageWise, The Writing Parent, IslandOak and
Working Writer have published her articles on parenting,
health, finance and career. Ms. Walker lives in Memphis, TN.


A Woman's Write is a quarterly contest for aspiring writers.
Every entrant will get a critique of her submission from the
professional writers who act as judges. There's a cash prize
for the best submission. The current contest closes on
December 15--the subject is "Birth"--of a child, of an idea,
of a new phase of life. Surprise us! Read the guidelines and
conditions on our Web site - http://www.awomanswrite.com

Deadline: 12/15/03
Entry Fee: $15, payable online, send entry online
Prizes: $300, $100, and publisher enters first prize
winner, at her expense, in the New Century Writers Awards
What: Short mystery story with a shocking,
surprising twist ending.

Guidelines, entry information at:
Every Writer's Annual Holiday Essay Writing Contest

Every Writer is holding its Annual Holiday Essay Writing
Contest now through December 31, and we're awarding a total of
30 cash prizes to the top winners. Prizes will be issued as
5 Winners Receive $100 each
5 Winners Receive $50 each
10 Winners Receive $25 each
10 Winners Receive $10 each

Entry Rules:

- Essays should be 3,000 words or less.

- Subject matter must relate to the holidays, but otherwise
show us what you've got! Tell us a humorous holiday story,
your reasons for not celebrating the holidays, or anything
else you have to tell. Surprise us with something different!

- Entry fee is $10(US). Payment must be postmarked by December
31, to be eligible for prizes, or should be received through
PayPal by December 31.

- You may enter multiple entries for an additional $5 (US)

- HOLIDAY ESSAY ENTRY must appear in the subject line. Every
Writer holds multiple contests at any given time. Please
include this in your subject line to ensure that your entry is
included in the appropriate contest. Every Writer is not
responsible for any misplaced entries if the subject line is
not correctly stated.

- All entries must include the following: Entrant's name, e-
mail, mailing address, and a phone number.

- If you are mailing your entry, and would like your
manuscript returned, please send a SASE with adequate return
postage. Manuscripts without SASE's will be destroyed.

- If you would like your manuscript critiqued, Every Writer
will provide an evaluation sheet with judge's comments for an
additional $10 charge.

For complete details, please visit Every Writer at:
Or Contact:


Race and Childhood Anthology

"Thought-provoking women's anthology that delves deep into
race /racism, through the lens of childhood, in America,"
state the guidelines. Seeks, "honest essays by women that
discuss how the concept of "other" or the concept of being
"other" has defined their childhood, both positively and

Length: 1,500-6,000 words, publisher is negotiable on word
Deadline: December 15, 2003
Publication Date: Fall 2004
Pays on publication $100, plus two copies of the book.

Complete details at:
Zeppelin Adventure

"We're looking for pulp stories with a literary sensibility
and literary stories with a pulp sensibility."

Length: 2,000-8,000 words.
Pays on acceptance 5˘ per word up to $400.
Accepting submissions January 1, 2004-February 16, 2004.
No e-mailed submissions. See complete guidelines at


[Editors note: The following three jobs and links are
published with permission. Please note, after the application
deadline the link is nonfunctional. For a larger selection of
jobs featured on this site go to

New Times in St. Louis, MO seeks a managing editor and an
associate editor. Complete details found at:

 States News Service in Washington D.C., seeks news assistant.
Complete details found at:

WebTickets.com seeks press release writer. Complete details
found at
Greeting Card Writers

Kate Harper Designs Seeks quotes about the weirdness of
everyday life. Pays $25 for accepted quotes. See complete
details at
SportNetwork.net seeks:

News Reporter
Injury Reporter
Match Preview Reporter
Just In Reporter

Complete details found at


ATTENTION PUBLISHERS! If you are a paying market send your
guidelines to mailto:busyfreelancer@writefromhome.com and
they'll be printed in this publication.


Reminder About Paying Markets:

Make sure and read the complete writer's guidelines by either
visiting the Web site or requesting them via e-mail or postal

Because editorial positions frequently change it's in your
best interest to visit the Web site or contact the publication
prior to querying or submitting and verify the name of the
current editor.
P.O. Box 459
New Paltz, NY 12561

Monthly regional magazine covering arts and culture.

Nonfiction: Seeks essays, general interest, humor,
interview/profile, opinion, personal experience, religious,
and travel.

Poetry: Publishes Avant-garde, free verse, haiku, traditional.
(Send poetry submissions Attn: Franci Levine Grater.)

~ Word Count: 1,000-3,500

~ Payment: Guidelines on Web site state, "Chronogram pays on a
sliding scale based on a contract between the editor and the
writer." Writers Digest reports payment to be $75-150.

~ Rights: Buys FNSR (Web and print) with a three-month
exclusive period.

Query with clips via e-mail or postal mail. Accepts
simultaneous submission. Does not offer kill fee.
American Educator
American Federation of Teachers
555 New Jersey Ave.
Washington DC, 20001

Quarterly magazine covering education, condition of children
and labor issues.

Seeks nonfiction essays interview/profile, and topics about
educational research.

~ Word Count: 1,000-7,000

~ Payment: Pays on publication, $750-3,000 for assigned
articles and $300-1,000 for unsolicited articles.

~ Rights: Buys one-time and electronic rights.

Pays expenses of writers on assignment. Accepts reprints. Send
queries via e-mail or postal mail. Not interested in material
that does not support the public school system.
The Women's Review of Books
Wellesley College
106 Central St.
Wellesley, MA 02481

Monthly tabloid reviewing books by and about women.

~ Payment: Pays on publication $75-300 per review.

~ Rights: Busy FNSR

Works only with experienced, published book reviewers. Does
not accept unsolicited reviews. Submit query along with clips
(only print clips, no online clips).

Reviews must be about new releases--no paperback reprints.
Toy Farmer
7496 106 Ave., SE
LaMoure, ND 58458-9404

Monthly magazine covering farm toys.

Seeks nonfiction humor, new product, personal experience,
general interest, historical/nostalgia, and technical.

~ Word Count: 800-1,500

~ Payment: Pays on publication, 10˘/per word

~ Rights: FNSR

Accepts queries via e-mail, postal mail, fax and phone.
Accepts reprints. Complete guidelines available via postal
mail (include a SASE).
Workforce Management
Contact Editor: Carroll Lachnit
Online Editor: Todd Raphael (714) 751-1883

Monthly business magazine for senior level human resource

Seeks nonfiction stories about workforce issues, vendors (not
sales material), management, among others. (See above link for
detailed guidelines.)

~ Word Count: 2,500-3,500 for articles published in the
printed magazine; 1,500-2,000 for secondary articles;
1,000-1,200 for department material; 900-1,500 for online
features; 700-900 for opinion pieces.

~ Payment: Negotiated with each writer. Average pay is
75˘-$1.50/per word.

~ Rights: All
Sources for additional markets and job databases can be found
at: http://www.writefromhome.com/jobsguidelines.htm

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