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June 1, 2003 Volume 2 Issue 6
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In This Issue...
>>>> Letter From the Editor, Kim Wilson
"The Weekend Writer's Task List"
by S.A. Watkins
>>>> Write From Home Site Updates
>>>> Column: Regional Reviews
by Hilary Evans
>>>> Success Spotlight
>>>> Excellent Editors
"Writing For Anthologies"
by Moushumi Chakrabarty
>>>> Writing Contest
>>>> Paying Markets
°°°°° LETTER FROM THE EDITOR °°°°°
You're probably gearing up for summer--anxious and happy to
finally put the cold weather behind you. If you're wondering
how to manage your writing schedule around the busy summer
months, I have a suggestion that hopefully will help you--
especially those of you in the beginning stages of your
Under normal conditions I work in what I call "time" mode--
meaning, I set aside a certain amount of time everyday to do
my writing and normal office work. This plan works great when
life is running smooth, but when I need more flexibility I
switch over to what I call "task" mode. In "task" mode I
don't set aside a certain amount of daily time to work, but
rather I write down specific tasks that MUST be
accomplished before I go to bed.
The biggest difference between "task" and "time" mode is that
"task" mode is highly prioritized and demands a lot of
focus--for short periods of time--no dilly-dallying, playing
games, surfing the Web or other time-wasters are allowed.
When in "task" mode you may feel as if your productivity is
low, but since you are concentrating on high priority items
your productivity may be just slightly lower or you may
actually feel better about your workday because what you
accomplished is important stuff.
Often in the summer and around busy holidays you'll find me
in "task" mode. Without "task" mode I'd be working around the
clock (between home, family and work) and after several
months would certainly suffer burn-out. This method has come
in very handy for me and I hope it does for you too!
No matter what mode you are in this month, I want to wish you
a productive and stress-free June.
"The Weekend Writer's Task List"
by S.A. Watkins
For many of us, freelancing full-time is just plain
out of the question. Money and family responsibilities
can sometimes conjure up scary thoughts about
emergencies, improper time management or disappearing
savings. And for a lot of us, the thought of walking
away from steady income causes nightmares!
But if you're like me and the urge to write is
something that even the grind of your 9 to 5 can't
kill, don't stress needlessly over your choices. You
can still find time to write--even when the time
you're allotted is limited.
We've all read articles on the best times to write,
the importance of a writing space, time management,
etc. Unfortunately, many of these guides appear to be
skewed to the more experienced freelancer--or to
writers who can stick to an absolute schedule day-in
and day-out. So what does the beginning writer with a
full-time job and a family do to get into the game?
How do we find the time to research markets, query and
submit work without taking time away from life's
Doing the majority of your writing tasks on weekends
could prove the best option.
* Friday Night
After everyone has eaten and the week's events have
been hashed out, retreat to your office to do some
quick research. Using your market guide and the
Internet, track down ten publications for which you
plan to write, familiarize yourself with their
guidelines and note all pertinent information.
Later, when your house is quiet, craft as many query
letters as you can, or prepare your manuscripts for
delivery in Monday's outgoing mail. If you've selected
markets that accept queries or manuscripts via e-mail,
send your work Friday evening. Your pitch will be the
first thing editors see when they log in on Monday
* Saturday Morning
If you can write a couple of hours before breakfast,
do it! Lots of markets--particularly e-zines and
small-press publications--accept stories and articles
without having to see queries first. The early hours
of Saturday morning are often an ideal time to write a
600-word article or a short fiction story for a
* Saturday Afternoon
After breakfast and lunch, use a few hours to surf the
Internet for writer's resources. There are many
newsletters and e-zines specifically for writers and
most of them are free! Some are general in scope, but
others are geared specifically to parents, novelists
and technical writers. Track down as many of these
resources as you can and sign up. If you're
unsatisfied for any reason, most newsletters are a
snap to unsubscribe from.
* Saturday Night
Use this night to clean up! Update your submission
software, clean out your e-mail folders and organize
any important information in your files. Cancel or
update any magazine subscriptions and have
cancellations and payments ready to go out in Monday's
mail. If you haven't already, back up your computer
files. Throw out any unnecessary paper and material.
If you use a shredder, have a trash bag handy. You
don't want to make a bigger mess than you had before
* Sunday Morning
Think of five ideas that you'd like to write about and
jot them down. Don't worry about markets, guidelines
or the business end of things yet. Just put your five
ideas down on paper for later contemplation.
* Sunday Night
Gather your query letters and manuscripts and put them
into your "out box" or your bag--they're going to be
in the next morning's mail. Read a couple of chapters
of your favorite reference book or open a new
resource. Jot down any ideas this resource inspires.
Though it doesn't happen often, some editors will
respond to queries or submissions over the weekend; so
check your e-mail.
Part-time writers needn't feel less productive than
their full-time counterparts. If your lifestyle
absolutely precludes a set writing schedule, "The
Weekend Writer's Task List" might help. Try using it
in its original format or as a guide for better time
management and organization.
A part-time freelancer out of Brooklyn, New York, S.A.
Watkins' work has appeared in Fate, Working Writer,
Jive, Write Success, Writing For Dollars, National
Association of Women Writers E-zine and many others.
Contact S.A. Watkins at mailto:email@example.com.
°°°°° WRITE FROM HOME SITE UPDATES °°°°°
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==>>Articles Added to Write From Home
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* Interview with J. Toy Snipes
by Dana Mitchells
* "Professionalism and Persistence Pay Off"
by Guy Belleranti
* "Famous Women Writers & What You Have In Common with Them"
by Carolyn Burch
* "Hungry for Nonfiction? Try this Recipe!"
by Marilyn Freeman
* "The Night Before the Morning After"
by Joanne Appleton
* "In A Quandary About Your Query?"
by Kimberly Ripley
COLUMN-----> REGIONAL REVIEWS
by Hilary Evans
There's no way around it. As humans, we make mistakes. How we
handle these mistakes can lead us to new opportunities, or
the end of a career. Jayson Blair is the ultimate example of
how not to react to writing troubles, but authors every day
are doing the right thing and seeing the benefits.
I was struck with admiration while reading a post by author,
Tequitia Andrews. She was celebrating a very special
assignment. It wasn't with a glossy magazine, or even from a
high-paying trade publication, but with a local parenting
magazine that she'd had trouble with in the past.
Mrs. Andrews generously shared her wisdom on patching up
important working relationships.
"I really wanted to work locally," says Tequitia. Armed with
online clips, she approached the editor of a local parenting
magazine in 2001, and landed a story. Completed, turned-in
and accepted, she thought her first job had gone brilliantly.
Then she got "the call."
Many of us have gotten a similar call, and if you ever work
for a major magazine you likely will too. The call goes
something like this, "We loved the story, but..." this is
often followed by a million ways they believe it can be
primped, re-slanted, and added-to. At the time of her "call,"
Tequitia was told the article would not be appearing in the
current issue, and needed revision.
This was more than frustrating, Tequitia explains, because
she had already announced the article's appearance to family
and friends. Faced with the disappointment, she backed out of
Now I know some of you are saying, "I've done that. Why
aren't you writing a column on me?" - okay, so maybe you
aren't. The point is, Tequitia did not stop there. She didn't
let one disappointment end her career. She kept submitting
ideas to magazines, and eventually, began mailing her local
When she didn't receive any response from the editor on any
of her queries she sought out advice. A writer friend
recommended a break, and it was just what she needed. It was
six months before she began querying her local editor again,
and the results were immediate. "She was responding," says
Tequitia. The editor wasn't buying any stories, but the lines
of communication had opened.
Just a few weeks ago, Tequitia's local editor contacted her.
"I went into my inbox, and in it was an e-mail from her
saying 'August story'." She has her first assignment from
this magazine in over a year, but because of her reasonable
persistence it wont be her last.
The next time you find yourself in a sticky situation with an
editor, remember your fellow writers who are determined to
set things straight.
The Village Family Magazine
Attn: Laurie Steen
501 40th St SW #11
Fargo, ND 58103
This one's a keeper folks! They accept queries for stories
1500 to 2500 words long, and pay 7˘ a word for first North
American rights. Better yet, they buy reprints at $30 to $50
and accept everything via e-mail!
The Village Family Magazine is 25,000 issues strong, and is
delivered every two months to families in Fargo, and West
Fargo, North Dakota, and Moorhead, Minnesota. There's an
online edition with content from the magazine posted online
to help you get a feel for their editorial. (According to
momwriter, Belinda Mooney, staff writers cover the food and
craft departments. - Thanks, Belinda!)
In addition to fairly good pay, editor, Laurie Steen, invites
authors to submit a small biography with their work. She also
assures us that before being printed in the magazine, authors
will be notified of acceptance, and of any modifications
editors have made for space, or local relevance.
More thanks to Mrs. Mooney who pointed out there had been a
staff change at Piedmont Parent. There is a great article at
the Web site welcoming the new editor, Michelle Byrd, who is
also expecting a baby this month! It's a busy time for
Piedmont Parent, and I've asked Mrs. Byrd to let me in on
their revised guidelines once things have settled down.
Michelle Byrd requests solicitations for June and July be
sent to Mark Ethridge at
mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. A new set of writer's
guidelines will be available sometime in August. I'll keep
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 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.)
* Stephanie Watkins!
"April 2003 was a very busy month for me: My work
appeared in Write Success, Writing For Dollars,
Writing Porn for Fun and Profit, Jive, and Working
Writer. In addition, my love of writing short articles
has paid off: On May 1, my biweekly column "Short &
Sweet" debuted on WritersCrossing.com."
* Tracy Lyn Moland!
"Hi, I just thought I would share my success. I have written
a book called 'Mom Management, Managing Mom Before Everybody
Else.' Since the release of the book I have had a number of
excerpts and articles published in a variety of publications.
They are truly promoting me as the expert and the book as a
must have for all Mothers. We have just signed the contract
for the book to be in stores across Canada this year and the
US next year!"
Tracy Lyn Moland, http://www.MomManagement.com
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"I am happy to share news about my recent publishing
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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.
"Writing For Anthologies"
by Moushumi Chakrabarty
Are you fond of writing personal essays? Did you finish a
piece on childhood rituals with your siblings and sigh with
satisfaction? Don't put that piece in a drawer to languish.
There’s a market out there which covets this type of writing.
The Anthology market. It’s wide and all-encompassing. You can
find anthologies on gardening stories, arts and crafts,
healing from miscarriages, friendship, first love, diseases,
handwritten letters--you name it.
As a freelance writer it is difficult to break into the major
newspapers and magazines circuit. Even if you have researched
your market well, got the facts right and written it up in
your most engaging style, it still means many more rejections
before you can see your byline. True, the big boys on the
block do pay big bucks, but getting your foot into the door
can cause you many a sleepless night.
Why not kill two birds with one stone? Sharpen your writing
and boost your writer’s ego by attempting a personal essay.
Breaking into print by writing for an anthology is traveling
down a more pleasant road. You get to write about something
that is personal, compelling and vivid to you.
Sometimes it is cathartic as you relive the last lucid
moments of your mother’s life. Sometimes it reminds you of
the less frenetic pace of life--that W. H. Davies was
entirely correct when he asked us to ‘stand and stare.'
A story in an anthology has certain common elements. An
anthology has a central theme around which the stories are
woven. They all have character, dialogue and a message. The
editor asks that the story be true. Rambling is not
encouraged and lively dialogue is an excellent strategy when
writing this kind of story. People who will read the stories
will ponder over them and draw a parallel with their own
experiences, their own lives. That’s the biggest success an
anthology can hope for.
It’s easy to find calls for submissions in different
anthologies. An excellent hunting ground is
http://www.anthologiesonline.com. A writer will find various
projects to try her hand at and can hope to meet success with
at least a few. Of course, this is not the only resource.
Most of the excellent writing newsletters one finds on the
Web often announce calls for submission. These include
http://www.writefromhome.com. Once you have submitted your
piece and it is accepted, the editor sends you a release form
which you sign and return.
Don't be discouraged if the Chicken Soup series of
anthologies has turned down your story. There are many lesser
known anthologies which offer a great opportunity for the
writer. In fact, some editors and compilers of the anthology
work with the writer to polish up a piece.
Payment is not very fancy. Some editors pay with a copy of
the anthology, some pay $10-15. You should seriously consider
it however, since it is great exposure and experience. So
rummage through your memories and get started.
Moushumi Chakrabarty is a writer, a poet, a mother and a
reader--just some of the multiple hats she wears in her life
everyday. She grew up in India and has lived in Bahrain in
the Middle East before making her home in Ontario, Canada.
She has written since early grade school in journals,
graduating to newspaper and magazine articles. These days she
writes mainly for online venues on topics as varied as
parenting, the environment, writing and humor. Her first e-
book, 'Positive Thoughts for Writers - Tips and Resources to
Jumpstart Your Creativity and Make You Smile' is to be
released this summer.
Enter Rainy Day Corner Publishing's first Non-Fiction Article
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The contest runs April 15, 2003 - August 15, 2003 with the
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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
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ATTENTION PUBLISHERS! If you are a paying market send your
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publication prior to querying or submitting and verify the
name of the current editor.
Mass High Tech: Journal of New England Technology
529 Main St., Suite 602
Boston, MA 02129
Weekly newspapers focused on New England-based technology
Seeks opinion and technical pieces ranging between 700-900
words. Buys all rights. Not interested in product reviews.
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Ft. Worth, TX 76102
Bimonthly magazine focused on spicy foods.
Seeks how-to's, humor, interviews/profiles of chefs and
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feature article ranging between 1,000-3,000 words. Accepts
reprints. E-queries preferred. Not interested in fillers and
does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. Write to above
address for complete guidelines.
The Vegetable Growers News
P.O. Box 128
Sparta, MI 49345
Monthly agriculture publication.
Publishes essays, general interest, how-to's, opinion,
interviews/profiles and technical pieces. Pays on publication
$100-125. Accepts queries by e-mail, standard mail fax and
phone. Write to above address for free sample copy.
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