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July 1, 2003 Volume 2 Issue 7
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In This Issue...
>>>> Letter From the Editor, Kim Wilson
"Solo Searching: 10 Ways to Find Extra Alone Time for
You and Your Writing"
by Victoria Groves
>>>> Write From Home Site Updates
>>>> Column: Regional Reviews
by Hilary Evans
>>>> Success Spotlight
>>>> Excellent Editors
"Attention: Joining Critique Groups Will Improve Your
by Becky Crum
>>>> News Items
>>>> Writing Contest
>>>> Paying Markets
°°°°° LETTER FROM THE EDITOR °°°°°
I hope this finds you doing well and having a
productive, low-stress summer.
I currently have family visiting from out of town. Please
note, I will be out of the office until Monday, July 7.
During this time I'll periodically check my e-mail. If you
need to get a hold of me please mark your e-mail as important
Here's wishing you a SAFE and happy Independence Day!
"Solo Searching: 10 Ways to Find Extra Alone Time for You and
by Victoria Groves
We could all use extra time in the day to squeeze in all
sorts of things, from sleep to errands to project deadlines.
While creating a 25-hour day may be impossible, writers can
create extra time for their writing with a bit of additional
organization. Become more efficient with the time you have,
instead of dwelling on what little time that actually is.
Here are a few starters:
1. Take a Kid Break
For those writers with children, consider hiring a
neighborhood teen to take the kids outside or to the
playroom. This way, you can sit at your own computer and
avoid the "Mommy!" and "Daddy!" interruptions that stop you
from getting the most out of your writing time.
2. Trash the Games
If you're a procrastinator, Minesweeper and Solitaire may be
taking a serious bite out of your writing time. Get rid of
the games, and promise yourself that this time you won't fish
them out of your desktop’s recycle bin.
3. Uncover that Extra Hour
Are you a morning or a night person? If you could use an
extra hour of writing time at either end of the day, plan
ahead to help you squeeze in the hour. For example, if
mornings involve frantically packing lunches, ironing clothes
and giving everyone an extra wake up call, get the family to
pitch in. Many frenzied morning tasks can be done the night
before, leaving you in the peaceful pre-alarm silence of
morning. Likewise, if nighttime chores like cooking cleaning
and washing can be shared among multiple family members, you
can schedule some extra time for your writing related
4. Write it Down
Keep a notebook in your car, by your bed or next to your
favorite chair in the den. Writers can never tell when
inspiration might strike, so be ready for it. Minimize the
time you spend staring at a blank screen. Instead, flip
through the article, story or verse ideas you've scribbled
down, and get to work.
5. Go For a Walk (Or a Drive)
While it’s probably difficult to write and walk , you can use
a mini tape recorder to record your ideas while you take a
stroll around the block. No one will bother you and the
exercise is a plus, especially for those of us sitting at a
computer screen for most of the day. When you return,
transcribe your verbal notes. Writing your ideas down after
you've talked them through out loud will help you sift out
the gems without all the instant editing to which we
sometimes subject ourselves.
6. Clean Up Your Writing Space
Whether you're a believer in the ancient art of Feng Shui or
an eyebrow raising skeptic, rearranging and decluttering your
writing space can do wonders for your state of mind. You will
become more motivated and efficient. And when an editor wants
to go over your notes from an interview, you'll actually be
able to find them!
7. Pencil it In
Make your writing time a consistent slot in you and your
family’s day. Lunch is at noon, the dog gets a walk at 1 p.m.
and you have uninterrupted writing time from 2-4 p.m. By
making writing a constant ritual, even for only 20 minutes a
day to start, you will produce more and those around you will
(hopefully) learn to respect your work schedule.
8. Compartmentalize the time you have
If it’s only an hour a day, decide to search markets and
write queries every other day, and spend the opposite days
writing. Or decide that the first 10 minutes of the hour will
be for e-mail, the next 20 will be for freewriting, etc.
Since there isn't a supervisor checking in on you, you've got
to be your own drill sergeant and make sure you stick to the
schedule you've created.
9. Times Up!
Use a timer to keep you on track. If you have two hours of
writing time each day, use a timer to signal when one hour is
up. It will keep you on track and remind you that your
writing time is precious. It can also tell you when certain
segments of your time is up, if you're using tip number
10. Family Fun
If you have kids who sometimes sidetrack you from writing
bliss, buy them a notebook, some cool pens or pencils, and
encourage them to journal or write creatively. You may even
start them on a lifelong hobby or profession.
Victoria Groves is a newspaper reporter and freelance writer.
She also writes and edits the Dollar Diva e-newsletter
(http://www.dollardiva.com), a publication that teaches
economic independence, entrepreneurship and philanthropy to
girls and young women. She can be reached at
°°°°° WRITE FROM HOME SITE UPDATES °°°°°
==>> "Off the Page" Column by Tama Westman
This month read "Get Published Today!" at
==>>"Life of a Writer Mom" Column by Carla Charter
This month read "Learning Under the Masters" at
==>>Articles Added to Write From Home
Direct links to these articles can be found at
* "Writers on the Move"
by Linda S. Dupie
* "Writing Contests: Legitimate or Scams"
by Kimberly Ripley
* "Word Power"
by Peggy Duffy
* "From Poster to Writer"
by Meredith Warshaw
COLUMN-----> REGIONAL REVIEWS
by Hilary Evans
Last month, I committed probably the worst mistake an online
writer can make. I flubbed up an address. The Village Family
can be found at http://www.thevillagefamily.ORG Thanks to
everyone who let me know about the mistake. (** Editor's
note: I'm partly responsible for this error. I check all
links prior to publication but somehow this bad link slipped
by me. My apologies for any inconvenience or aggravation
this may have caused you.--Kim Wilson)
Just as a side-note, I update this stuff at the last possible
minute so it should be a very rare occasion that a magazine
has gone out of print by the time the info gets to you. Don't
hesitate to e-mail me (at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) in the
event of a bad link. I'll appreciate it, and other readers
will too. Now, on to the meat'n potaters'.
Ann Verbeek, Editor
P.O. Box 7559
Round Rock, TX 78683-7559
Austin Family Magazine enjoys a circulation of 41,000 in
Austin, Texas and the surrounding areas. They accept reprints
and unsolicited manuscripts by e-mail and mail, with an
emphasis on the former in both cases. The editor has
consistently answered quickly whenever she accepted a piece
from regional writer, Erin Hill Gifford.
Each issue contains three feature stories. The cover centers
on an Austin person, group or family, and all features have
to do with pregnancy, delivery, fitness, nutrition, emotional
and physical health, community service groups, education,
childcare, and anything else that falls under their tagline,
"Smart parenting, healthy homes."
Austin Family also has a variety of columns. Light Relief - a
humorous essay written by a dad - Health Issues, Healthy
Homes - environmental and gardening issues - Books, and News
Flash - specific to the Austin area. Anything that would
interest one of today's connected families, from travel to
homeschooling to local events, is needed.
A normal range for an article is 800-900 words, but the
editor is very flexible when it comes to word count. The
guidelines note that sidebars, resource lists, and photos
With your submission, please include your name, address,
phone number, e-mail address, and a short bio. Payment is
made on publication, for one-time rights, and varies from $20
for reprints to $70 for articles 2000 words and over.
Space Coast Parent
Sharon Kindred, Editor
P.O. Box 247
Cocoa, FL 32923-0247
Centered in Brevard County, Space Coast Parent runs 30,000
issues each month. A lot of writers had good things to say
about SCP, and its editor, Sharon Kindred. "She's always been
nice," says Brette Sember, noting that even when an article
was used at the last minute, Kindred notified her in advance.
Space Coast Parent works two to three months in advance.
Traditionally this editor prefers local writers for
assignments, although she buys reprints on a regular basis.
"They do a really nice job with the layout and pay promptly,"
says Linda Sherwood. They also provide a tear sheet - a copy
of the page where your story appeared.
When submitting an article, make sure to include all of your
contact information. Like Austin Family, Space Coast Parent
keeps subs on file for later use.
The editor makes a note that art and photos are a major
benefit to any story, and asks writers keep in mind that
stories generally come in half and full pages. For Space
Coast Parent, this usually means 600 or 1200 word lengths.
One-time rights on reprints are purchased for $30.00 and
varying rates for originals. (Be sure to make a note whenever
you submit an original article on speculation, or the editor
may use it thinking it's a reprint, and you'll be stuck with
the reprint price.)
County Families Magazine is not accepting submissions or
queries at this time. The print edition has taken a short
break, although the online version will continue to be
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. Her work has appeared in
several regional parenting magazines both online and in
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:email@example.com with 'success
spotlight' in the subject line and I'll print your news item
in the next issue. (Hint: This a great area to do a little
shameless self promotion.)
* Rev. Sue Lang
"I recently finished my manuscript for a small group
discussion resource called: Who Is My Neighbor? The Stories
of Ruth and Jonah. It will be published by Augsburg Fortress
Publishers in August 2003. I have a chapter on Pastoral
Ministry Support in Pastor and People: Making Mutual Ministry
Work (Augsburg Fortress, April 2003). I'm also the Christian
Parents section editor at Busy Parents Online and Spirit
I have articles slated for publication in The Lutheran
magazine in both July and August and my e-newsletter, The
RevWriter Resource, a practical resource for busy
congregational leaders, is in the 8th month of publication.
* Roberta Beach Jacobson
Her nonfiction article about Athens appears in the textbook
Mini World 2004 (Macmillan Language House, Tokyo, 2003).
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.
"Attention: Joining Critique Groups Will Improve Your
by Becky Crum
Congratulations, you've just completed writing a story or
article that you've been working on for several weeks. Are
you confident enough to submit it for publication? Where do
you turn for help?
This is the moment when most writers think about joining a
critique group. It would be great to get a 'thumbs up' from
other writers before actually submitting to an editor.
Joining critique groups can be as scary as submitting your
work to publishers. Beginning writers have many doubts and
fears when it comes to participating in writing groups.
Accepting negative comments can be a painful experience.
Instead of one person reviewing your work; you will have
several people who will give you feedback on ways to improve
your writing techniques. The important thing to remember is
that everyone in the group has dealt with feelings of
insecurity about their writing. Accept comments on your work
with a positive attitude to strengthen and develop your
skills as a writer.
You may feel that since you lack the credits that established
writers have, you are not qualified to give a critique. The
best advice is to be honest and give the author the same kind
of critique that you would like to receive.
These suggestions will enhance your involvement in a critique
(1) Tell the members of your critique group what your
specific goals are. Some people write for personal
satisfaction, while others dream of publication. Do you enjoy
entering contests or submitting to magazines? Do you want to
write a novel or a biography? You never know when a member of
the critique group might hear of an opportunity that would be
perfect for you.
(2) Be open-minded when reading what others have written.
You might write fiction, however, another member of the group
may submit an educational piece. Read it with an open mind.
Comment on grammatical errors or anything that was confusing
to you. Never try to rewrite or change the contents. Each
writer has their own rhythm and style that makes their
(3) Remember that belonging to a critique group does not
always mean that you must use the suggestions that other
members give you. After reading the comments on a story or
article that you submitted, you have the right to accept and
change the piece, or keep it as you originally wrote it. You
should never take it personal if a member of the group
doesn't connect with your work. If the majority of the group
has similar comments, then you should seriously consider
whether to revise it. You don't agree with everything you
read and you should not expect others to agree with
everything you write.
(4) Always compliment the writer whenever possible. Everyone
deserves praise for their accomplishments. Perhaps you
thought the title was exceptionally clever, or a particular
scene touched you with deep emotions, then the writer needs
to know how well they did in that area. Positive comments
keep us motivated and feed our egos. Before you send a
critique, review your observations and make sure that you
have given the writer encouraging advice.
The purpose of a critique group is to help one another
achieve their individual goals. When we submit to an editor,
we want to do so with confidence that we have sent a well-
written story or article. Participating in a writing group
can give you assurance that your work is polished and
Each member of the critique group has had different levels of
experience in their writing careers. Sharing that experience
with others will benefit everyone by creating a network of
people who genuinely care about each other and work together.
Communication with others, who are dedicated writers, is a
great way to learn about new markets and opportunities to
advance your career.
If you are serious about your writing and want to submit your
best possible work for publication, then nothing could be
more important to your career than having the support of a
Becky Crum writes the Inspirational Insights column for The
Krikit's Chirp, a monthly E-newsletter. She is a graduate of
Institute of Children's Literature and an active member of
the League of Utah Writers. Becky serves as Assistant
Newsletter Editor for the SCBWI Utah/Southern Idaho Chapter.
Her publication credits include motivational articles for
company newsletters, the I.C.L. Web site, the Family Support
Group Newsletter for U.S. Army dependants and a poem in
Whispers of the Heart. Becky lives in Utah and is working on
a young adult novel, New Beginnings. She may be reached at
Longtime online writing instruction company Writers on the
Net (http://www.writers.com) is entering the publishing
field. Although its first print offering will not be released
for several months, it is offering an e-book version online
for free. "The Word Book from Writers.com" is subtitled "A
Guide to Misused, Misunderstood, and Confusing Words with
Bonus Quirky Tangents and Illuminating Quotations." Authored
by Paula Guran, the e-book is available for easy download in
PDF from http://www.writers.com/thewordbook.
Answers are provided for questions such as: Is it "affect" or
"effect"? Should you use "sensual" or "sensuous"? Why is
"whisky" sometimes spelled "whiskey"? Guran explains usage
differences and offers advice in a common sense, friendly
(and occasionally flippant) manner far removed from pedantic
expertise. Examples of correct usage are often provided via
profound or amusing quotations from the famous, not-so-
famous, and infamous past and present. Sometimes an example
offers an interesting fact. ("Fewer than 650 mountain
gorillas and 40,000 lowland gorillas are left in the world.")
Tangents are taken into some of the quirks and fascinations
of the language. You'll discover why Star Trek weapons were
dubbed "phasers," when the phrase "wreak havoc" was first
used, and how "rap" (referring to music) became a word in
Writers on the Net is also encouraging online participation
in selecting the book's cover. Four choices are offered and
visitors are asked to select their favorite.
For more information on Writers on the Net or "The Word
Book," please contact mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enter the AuthorMania.com Writing Contest for a chance to win
our $1000 prize! For rules and more details, see:
Enter Rainy Day Corner Publishing's first Non-Fiction Article
Competition for parents/adults 18 and over.
The contest runs April 15, 2003 - August 15, 2003 with the
winner announced October 1, 2003. The article will not be
longer than 2,000 words and will target readers of all ages.
The entry fee is $10; the grand prize is up to $250 and
publication on our Web site (http://www.rainydaycorner.com).
You may enter via postal mail or e-mail. Payments can be made
by check or money order or via Pay Pal using the link below.
Linda S. Dupie
Minneapolis, MN - Poetic Mayhem Contest - Deadline 9/30/03
Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine
The Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine’s Poetry Contest is
underway. While the deadline is far into the future, it’s not
too soon for writers to start writing and submitting their
best work. The prizes are $100, $20, $10 and three Honorable
Mentions. There is also a free one-year subscription to
"Futures" FMAM) to one Publisher’s Choice poet.
The first poem submitted is free; $1 for each additional
poem. There is no limit to the number you can enter, so enter
as often as you wish.
Include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) for a list
of the winners.
Poetry is open to clean language poems, all lengths, all
styles: mysterious, haiku, sonnets, inspirational, light
verse, lune tall tales, narrative, abstract, acrostic,
ballads and beat, limerick, prose, nonsense, rondeau,
sestina, villanelle, sijo senryu, tanka, fantasy, rhyming and
All works are considered for publication in "Futures."
Previously published poems and simultaneously submitted poems
are accepted. The final judge is RC Hildebrandt, the award-
winning, internationally published poet. Each entry or group
of multiple entries is required to include poet’s bio. Send
poems and make checks payable to Futures Mysterious Anthology
Magazine and mail to:
3039 38th Ave.,
South, Minneapolis, MN 55406
(Do not send cash!)
Contest ends: September 30, 2003.
For more info go to http://www.fmam.biz
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Reminder About Paying Markets:
Make sure and read the complete writer's guidelines by
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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.
Christian Parents Section at Busy Parents Online
Updated May 20, 2003
The following sections are currently open for submissions:
Power for Parenting - Essays on how parents saw God at work
to give them strength and assurance. The essay may be serious
or humorous. 500-800 words. Essays to be submitted in the
text of an e-mail. No attachments. Pays up to $12.
Faith Focus - A feature article that offers information and
interviews of interest to the Busy Christian Parent.
800-1,000 words. Queries only. Pays up to $22.
Let the Little Children Come - A resource section for parents
and Sunday School teachers containing stories and prayers
for children, ages, preschool through elementary school. 500
words. Stories should be relevant to 21st century life and be
based on bible stories or verses. Pays up to $10. Partners in
Christian Parenting - A section that focuses on maintaining a
healthy relationship with your soul-mate in the midst of a
busy lifestyle. Articles focus on how-to build and nurture
your relationship through the years. 800-1,000 words. Queries
only. Byline and URL link. No payment at this time.
Book Reviews - 150-250 word reviews of books that are helpful
for the Christian Parent. No payment at this time.
Faith Links - 50 word summary of faith based Web sites and
Christian newsletters. Sections include sites for children,
teens and the resources for whole family. No payment at this
Christian Charity Connection - A profile section of Christian
Charities explaining their mission and listing pertinent
contact information. 250 words. No payment at this time.
Byline and URL link.
All queries may be submitted to RevWriter Susan M. Lang,
Section Editor at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
No attachments will be accepted. Reprints are acceptable, but
there is no payment at this time. Responds in 4-6 weeks.
Inquiries regarding contributions to other sections at BPO
may be addressed to Editor-in-Chief, Gina Ritter at
1422 Euclid Ave. #730Q
Cleveland, OH 44115
Monthly magazine focused on Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.
Seeks general interest, interviews/profiles, home and
garden, travel, humor, and historical/nostalgic pieces. Pays
on publication $250-1,000 for pieces between 800-4,000 words.
Accepts queries via mail, e-mail and fax.
Call for Submissions
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