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Monthly Publication For Freelancing Parents

November 1, 2003  Volume 2 Issue 11

ISSN 1538-8107

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In This Issue...

>>>> Letter From the Editor, Kim Wilson

>>>> Article:
"The Home Office: Image Isn't Everything"
by Jessie Raymond

>>>> Write From Home Site Updates

>>>> Column: Regional Reviews
by Hilary Evans

>>>> Success Spotlight

>>>> Excellent Editors

>>>> Article:
"It's Not My Fault"
by Jackie Woolley

>>>> News Items

>>>> Writing Contests

>>>> Anthologies Seeking Submissions

>>>> Jobs

>>>> Paying Markets

>>>> Classifieds

"A good idea will keep you awake during the morning, but a
great idea will keep you awake during the night."
--Marilyn Vos Savant


Dear Writers,

I have two pieces of exciting news to share with you!

Beginning in January 2004, three new columns will be added to
Busy Freelancer. They are:

"Ask the Freelance Pro" written by the prolific, WORKING
writer, Kathryn Lay. Kathryn has numerous pieces published in
national, regional, and online publications.

"Jump-Start Your Fiction Writing" written by successful
author, Shirley Kawa-Jump. Shirley's next release, The
Bachelor's Dare, will hit bookstores this December and be
followed by The Daddy's Promise in June 2004, along with
several other books due out in 2004 and 2005.

"From the Copy Editor's Desk" written by experienced copy
editors, Sherry L. Stoll and Jessie Raymond. When it comes to
grammar and editing, both of these ladies know their stuff.

By adding these new columns, combined with Hilary Evan's
"Regional Reviews" column, you're sure to find each issue
jam-packed with quality, useful information written by
professionals in each specific area.

I'm confident the combined expertise of Hilary, Jessie,
Sherry, Kathryn and Shirley will propel you to the success
you desire.

As well as the new columns, you'll also find plenty of
markets, jobs, calls for submissions and news items.

I'm looking forward to kicking off 2004 with our "new"
look and editorial content. If you have other suggestions on
how I can make Busy Freelancer a better publication please
let me know!

Now, here's the second piece of my good news: This past month
I accepted the managing editor position for Showing at
PregnancyFashion.com (http://www.pregnancyfashion.com).
If you get a chance stop by and take a look at the site and
download a copy of the magazine. I must give credit
where it's due. The existing layout, design and content was
done before I accepted the position. I wish I could take
credit for the current site and magazine because I think it's

Here's wishing you a success-filled month and a Happy


Kim Wilson
Editor & Publisher


"Working from Your Home Office: Image Isn't Everything"
by Jessie Raymond

When I first thought about starting a résumé writing service,
I looked to the Internet for tips on working at home.
"Project a professional image," the experts instructed.

As a stay-at-home mom with a 3-year-old child and a big, dumb
yellow Lab, I wondered exactly how that might be possible.
Still, I searched out all the online advice I could find,
until I got laughing so hard I snorted. You wouldn't believe
some of the outrageous suggestions I found. They included:

1. Have a separate entrance for your office. Well, I did have
a separate office in the house, at least. But, unless I made
clients climb in through the window, they'd have to use the
same door as the rest of us.

2. Dress for success. Did I mention I was a stay-at-home mom?
If my jeans don't have any holes and there are no chocolate
stains on my shirt, I consider that a high-fashion ensemble.
I dressed up for a wedding a few months ago, and my daughter
spent the day caressing my legs, in awe of this unfamiliar
substance known as "pantyhose."

3. Keep pets and children out of sight. Again, I don't think
these Internet experts understood my situation. If my dog is
not sleeping on my feet, it's because my daughter has left
the fridge open and he's trying to see how much ground beef
and cheddar cheese he can consume before I catch him. If my
daughter is not climbing on me, she is doing an art project
with pudding on the furniture.

4. Portray your home business as a professional service.
Here, the experts recommended renting a post-office box,
having a separate phone line installed, getting business
cards and stationery printed up, and generally investing a
lot of money up front. If I had that kind of money, I
wouldn't be starting a résumé writing service from an office
where clients had to enter through a window. I imagined other
suggestions. Perhaps I should put a water cooler in the
corner? Hire someone to push a sandwich cart down the hall
around lunchtime? Pipe in Muzak?

My carefully developed business plan ("Put ad in paper; write
résumés; get paid") clearly didn't meet the standards that
business experts recommended. So I took the cheap and easy
way out: I ignored them. I took out a simple line ad in the
classifieds and, to my surprise, got three calls the first

The day my first client was to arrive, I paced the house,
second-guessing my decision not to try harder in the
"professional image" department. I warned the dog not to jump
and promised my daughter a trip to the playground if she
would sit through a video while I worked. I dressed in clean,
if not corporate, duds, and rechecked the floor for stray
Happy Meal toys and dirty sippy cups.

When my client arrived, the Lab greeted her with more than
his usual enthusiasm. "I have three dogs at home," she
explained, gently removing his front paws from her chest. I
dragged him off her and ushered her into the office,
apologizing all the way. The dog followed us in and laid his
head on the woman's feet. We got to work, and I tried not to
stare at the piece of dog hair on her lapel.

As the interview wore on, my focus shifted from trying to
make a good impression to laying out the client's job
history. I grew more confident that perhaps the home-business
thing might work after all. I didn't look like a
professional, but I did know how to write a good résumé.
Maybe, if the dog didn't wake up, I could even finish the
meeting with some degree of class.

And then the noise started.

The rhythmic click-clicking grew louder as it approached the
office. The partially closed door swung fully open, and
there, wearing nothing more than a pair of patent-leather tap
shoes and a Broadway smile, stood my daughter. She shuffled
into the office and tapped her heart out, ending with a loud

Horrified, I considered my options: I could (a) laugh and
lightheartedly apologize for the interruption or (b) sternly
admonish my daughter for bothering me while at work and march
her to the den.

I was leaning toward (c), crawl somewhere dark and die of
shame for thinking I could pull off the minimum decorum
required in a business situation. But I wasn't even halfway
under my desk when the client started clapping and cheering
for my little performer, who exited the room backward, bowing
as she went. "I have two children of my own," she said, as
the clicks receded. "Three is a great age, isn't it?" I eased
back into my chair.

After sharing a few anecdotes about our respective children,
we finished the interview, and the next day I presented the
client with a polished résumé and cover letter. She thanked
me for my fast service and complimented me on my charming
child. And she paid me.

Business has kept rolling in, slowly but steadily, so I no
longer worry about my image. Rather than waste energy
pretending that I'm working from a "real" office, I warn
clients on the phone that I have a dog and a child on
the premises but that I don't charge for the entertainment.
As long as I provide a good résumé, in a timely fashion, at a
reasonable price, no one seems to mind the rest. In fact, I
think the casual atmosphere helps put people at ease.

So, although you'll never see it on the Internet, I believe
there ought to be another guideline for running your home
business: Let your clients see the real you. Of course you
must try to keep the disruptions to a minimum, but don't
sweat it; an occasional naked tap-dance routine can really
help break the ice.

Jessie Raymond lives in Vermont with her husband and three
children. In addition to running her home-based résumé-
writing service, she writes a humor column, "Around the
Bend," for the Addison Independent of Middlebury, Vermont.
Her work has also appeared in Vermont Magazine and Pregnancy
Magazine, as well as in online publications, including iNet
Vacation and American Woman Road & Travel. You can read more
of her writing at http://www.jessieraymond.com.


==>> "Off the Page" Column by Tama Westman
This month read "Three Steps to Sanity in the Writer's Life"
at http://www.writefromhome.com/offthepage/358.htm

==>>"Life of a Writer Mom" Column by Carla Charter
This month read "Writing, Writing, Anything but Writing" at

==>>Articles Added to Write From Home

Direct links to these articles can be found at

* "Drawing From Your Own Experiences"
by Marion Tickner

* "How I Landed, Juggled, and Completed a Baker's Dozen of
Projects and How You Can Too!"
by David Geer

* "The Benefits of Writers' Groups"
by Chitra Soundar

===>> Featured book of the Month:
The ASJA Guide to Freelance Writing, edited by Timothy
Harper. To read about this book go to

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


by Hilary Evans


Even the best ideas fizzle without the research to support
them. Chances are you won't get by with articles based on
personal experience or a single expert opinion taken from
books. Most editors expect "in-depth" research.

So what does that mean? Barebones research can be gleaned off
an Internet page. It includes the basic facts, and perhaps
one expert or one study supporting them. Not surprisingly,
this research may also be refuted (quite successfully) on
other areas around the Web. Still, your work has gone to
waste. Compare these facts with other sources, and you are on
your way to a well-rounded article.

"Interviews are an important way to gather information and
interpret it," says Brette Sember, RPP veteran. "They are
also useful because they provide opinions and can point out
controversies you might not be aware of."

Karen Cole agrees. "An interview is worth a thousand Web
pages," she says. "When I first started doing articles, I
would try to learn all about a topic before talking to anyone
so I wouldn't seem uninformed. I finally realized that
experts are more than happy to give me the lay of the land.
I've saved a lot of time since I figured that out."

Interviewing experts is a great way to get the inside scoop,
but where do you find interviewees? The same places you find
published studies, and more advanced information on any

"I do most of my research online," says Sember. "I find
government sites to be helpful for medical research for
example. It's also useful to contact organizations that are
involved in the subject matter."

Online databases like Profnet (http://www.profnet.com), and
university public relation offices are good contacts to keep,
as well as your friends and family. Articles based on
personal experience tend to fall flat, but having access to a
popular expert is one way to land a story.

Parents' Press
Dixie Jordan, editor
1454 Sixth St.
Berkeley, CA 94710

Parents' Press covers the San Francisco Bay Area, with a
circulation of 75,000. It deals with parenting, from
pregnancy through the teen years, and publishes teen articles
online at http://www.parent-teen.com.

Generally, Parents' Press buys all rights to an article, to
the tune of $100 to $500. They will also accept first print
and reprint rights for $25 to $50.

Photos help sell stories but do not receive additional
payment when part of an article. On their own, an inside
picture will garner $15, while a cover shot earns $75. Photos
should be mailed, with photo releases and model info written
on the backs, to Ann Skram, Art Director, at the main

Ms. Jordan was great! She got back to me right away on
Parent's Press' current needs. She's backlogged currently on
personal essay, family travel and activity, and "generic"
reprints without San Francisco Bay Area tie-ins.

What Dixie would like to see are well-researched articles
with a Bay Area focus, articles on pregnancy and birth,
"meaty" family issues and elementary-age issues.

"Information from the Web should be double-checked by phone
or e-mail--it's often out of date," she says. She also needs
writers to distinguish between quotes taken from books, and
those from interviews.

Patty's Girl Talk
Patty Gale, editor

Patty Gale is the owner, and creative director of Patty's
Pretty Paper (http://www.PattysPrettyPaper.com/) a store
dealing in homemade cards, and gift sets. It's a pretty neat
shop, and must be doing well because she has decided to start
another business, Patty's Girl Talk.

Girl Talk will focus on helping young girls turn into
responsible, young women. The idea sounds lovely, and Patty
is a doll. Unfortunately...

"I'm not sure if this is something that professional writers
will be interested in as I am not in a position to offer a
pay rate at this time," she says. "What I can offer is a
permanent monthly space each month with exposure..."

It's a tale we hear too often. Wise-up, you budding
professionals! Does Cosmo trade articles for ad space? No
way! Patty is a great lady and I wish her luck on her new
venture, but I wouldn't recommend this market until she is
able to pay.

The Internet has given writers a better glimpse at their
publishing opportunities. It has also made submitting easier,
but "easy" is not always a good thing. Getting "the scoop"
may take time and effort, but it's sure to pay off. Editors
are in need of writers who do thorough research. The next
time you get a brilliant idea, put in that extra effort to
make your story shine.

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.


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 and I'll print your news item
in the next issue. (Hint: This is a great area to do a little
shameless self promotion.)

* Betsy Day writes: I'm a freelance production editor for a
small publishing house in New York City, though I live in
Roanoke (for the past two weeks, that is). This house
specializes in psychology and nursing books and journals. My
job is essentially to answer copy editors' queries to the
authors (so as not to tire them, poor dears), check running
heads, titles, references, throw a fast eye over the copy
editor's work and shuffle it off to the in-house production

But I do more than that. I check validity of some references
on the Web or with the authors, I CAREFULLY read the
manuscript, make sure the references in text have a partner
in the References section. I've found that even if I don't
bill for the extra work I do, I get acknowledgments in the
books (and I always remind the authors to include the copy
editor). I find errors the authors and copy editor missed,
and I get to e-mail or call the authors and (very important)
establish a good relationship with them.

The relationship established has earned me the total copy
editorship and production and contact with literary agents
for one author (and he paid me cash on the line) whose book I
worked on through my "real" job. We continue a cordial
relationship. Another author, really an editor of a book with
several authors, has recommended me to his friends who
publish psychology papers. Another has recommended me to a
student who's stuck on her Ph.D. thesis, and she pays by the
week! For consultation, not actual writing.

So, cultivate, cultivate, cultivate. Don't ruin your nails--
wear your gardening gloves, but keep your best professional
and empathetic attitudes well watered and your work will grow
for you.

Betsy Day
* Chitra Soundar writes: My book on Indian culture, Gateway
to Indian culture, part of the Montage culture series from
Asiapac Books, Singapore is out on the stands with a
special culture-pack of items like - Indian games, recipes,
bangles and such.
More details at my cyber-home -

Yours truly
Chitra Soundar


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.


"It's Not My Fault "
by Jackie Woolley

Murphy's Law warns that if anything can go wrong, it will.
The Peter Principle observes that in any organization people
tend to be promoted until they reach their level of
incompetence. And the Wal-Mart Principle notes that the
other line always moves faster until you queue up.

Jackie's Writs for Writers explains basic truths that shape
our lives, however dimly they may register on our conscious
minds, leaving us to ponder Edna St. Vincent Millay's
comment, "Life isn't one damn thing after another. It's the
same damn thing over and over again." Bad things happen to
good writers, which explains the fault is not ourselves but
is written in the wind, our fat genes, or our dong quai tea

-> Law one:

Nature abhors an empty bookshelf. In spite of the hundreds
of feet of book shelves I have, there's never a day when a
shelf is empty of books or papers. Like closets, they're
always full, even the day after I've donated five boxes of
books to the county library. (And every book I got rid of
yesterday is the one I need tomorrow.)

-> Law two:

When I wake up at three o'clock in the morning, I can write
the most beautiful prose ever imagined. In my head. This is
the flip side of the postulate that says if I carry around
pen and paper day and night, the only thing I create is a
grocery list.

-> Law three:

As soon as I learn to use my latest computer, it becomes more
obsolete than the VCR I don't know how to program. The new
models operate faster, store more megabytes, and cost half
what I paid two years ago.

-> Law four:

Writing expands to fill all time available yet it is never
enough. Even when I'm over the flu, the last kid graduates
from college, and the in-laws move to Alaska, my output of
finished pages never seems to grow. That's why it's
important to put down what I really care about--not what any
dingbat would note.

-> Law five:

The minute I sit down to write a book, the plumber arrives to
unplug the drain, my son calls to say he may be moving back
home "just until I find a job," and my husband proposes a
hiking vacation in the Smokies. "It'll be great fun. Pack
it in. Pack it out."

->Law six:

It always takes longer to write a book than I plan. This is
the flip side of another law that says that no editor will
believe my husband started the campfire with chapter five
because there was no dry wood.

-> Law seven:

The day I receive the tenth rejection slip for my manuscript,
my neighbor on the right will say, "Why don't you write a
little book which tells us how to power walk while
meditating, eat fat free desserts, and get rich on social
security? If it's sexy, so much the better." My best friend
asks if I've found a real job yet.

-> Law eight:

When my book comes out, my great aunt, the fourth-grade
friend I haven't seen for forty years, and the new cashier at
H.E.B. will ask for and expect free copies.

-> Law nine:

I can never not worry about selling books. The more I write,
the more complicated will be my concerns. Shelf
merchandising and shelf life. Market segmentation and
positioning. Returns and royalty statements. And why people
will buy my book in hardback when they can wait and get it in
paperback or check it out free at the library.

-> Law ten:

This law concerns an original idea for my whatever current
novel I am writing: Suppose I am writing about a female
mountain climber who gives birth to a green-haired boy and
teaches him to read Humpty Dumpty at age six months. I will
finish chapter 15 when the exact story appears in a Movie of
the Week--except this kid learns to read Alice in Wonderland
in Japanese.

-> Law eleven:

Every good idea has been done before. This is the reverse
side of the law that says there's nothing new in the world,
which leaves me with Benjamin Franklin's advice "to either
write things worth reading or do things worth writing." This
theorem makes it clear why three-fourths of the people in the
world are writing something somewhere that sounds familiar.

-> Law twelve:

Fiction has to make sense even if the writer’s life doesn't.
The current blockbuster novels, with notable exceptions, have
less social redeeming value and make more ado about nothing
every year. A black slick cover with glistening red lips
would not accurately portray a book about worm farming, so
forget it.

Like all good laws, these basic truths are bound by the
standard of truth set by the Congress of the United States
(as once explained by Robert Fulghum in a Houston Chronicle
column): If the information sounds plausible, you want to
believe it, and you can sell it to your constituents, it’s
Jackie Woolley got her writing start as a reporter for her
high school newspaper. Her articles have been published in
national publications, including Christian Science Monitor,
Off Duty Magazine, Christian Herald, Sunday Digest, Lutheran
Digest, Story Circle Network, and Busy Freelancer. Her
fiction and poetry appeared in college literary publications
and Sunshine magazine. Word Books published her nonfiction
book, All the Things You Aren't...Yet, in 1980. While
completing her M. A. in literature/creative writing, she co-
edited Bayousphere. For the next twenty years, she edited
engineering reports. She recently won semi-finalist in the
prestigious William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition,
2002, for her literary novel manuscript, THE SOUND OF
WINDMILLS. She continues to write stories and articles and
has completed four book manuscripts, putting them in her
writing trunk until she decides what to do with them.


Peace of the Valley has ceased publication.
For further details contact
BridgettTorrence, Editor at mailto:editor@peaceofthevalley.com.
A new travel Web site has been launched at
http://www.inetvacation.com. The editor, Gwen Morrison, has
been writing travel columns, and parenting articles
for several years. The site is a great place for busy
parents who are looking for that next great family
getaway and more. A comprehensive site dedicated to
providing visitors with up-to-date travel news,
destination guides and reviews, travel tips from
leading experts, great photos and more. The site is
being updated weekly and offers visitors a chance to
sign up for the latest articles to see what's new!

You can visit the site at http://www.inetvacation.com
Tomorrow’s Bestseller Announces Author Managed Publishing:

Authors Can Now Get Published and Control the Process

LOS ANGELES-October 09, 2003-Today at their corporate
offices, Tomorrow’s Bestseller announced the immediate
availability of key Author Managed Publishing features on

Author Managed Publishing is a new concept in the literary
world offered exclusively by Tomorrow’s Bestseller.
Utilizing a proprietary and automated Lightspeed Publishing
System, any author can realize their lifelong dreams in a
matter of days. Unlike traditional, or even typical online
self-publishers, authors using this new Author Managed
Publishing service, set their own prices, choose to offer e-
book and print formats, keep all their literary rights,
approve their final manuscript and track their sales and
royalties--right online.

"I cannot adequately describe to you the complete elation and
joy I felt when I held my book in my hands, realizing 'I did
it.' Had it not been for Tomorrow’s Bestseller, my dreams
would remain forever squashed in the editorial waste bins of
rejection controlled by the all too self-serving traditional
publishing industry." [L.K.]


Alpine Village Family
Positive Parenting Writer's Competition

We are excited to announce our first annual Positive
Parenting Writer's Competition! Our goal is to highlight
positive parenting practices and to recognize and reward our
winning authors.

We invite writers to contribute their work to one of our
three main categories.

1. Articles/Essays
Your article/essay will be 1500 words or less and will give
entertaining and inspiring information and/or tips that
encourages positive parenting.

2. Autobiography
Your autobiography will share your story in 2500 words or
less and will either share how you were parented in a
positive fashion or how you positively parented (or are
parenting) your children.

3. Poetry
Your poetry will be 500 words or less. All poetry that has
parenting as it's theme will be considered.

To enter, please visit our Web site and follow instructions
for entry. Deadline is January 1, 2004

Kelly McCausey



Do You Have A Funny Story?

Have you done something that was dumb but really funny? We
all have. And now Stephanie Marston, Co-author of Chicken
Soup for the Empowered Woman's Soul is seeking stories for
Living Stupid: Dumb Things Smart People Do. Now you have an
opportunity to contribute to this new series by sharing your
humorous, true-life experiences.

What makes a good Living Stupid story?

A Living Stupid story is a humorous, true story, that tickles
your funny bone or makes you laugh out loud. It's a story
about something you've done that later makes you smack your
head and laugh at yourself. (It can even be a funny story
about someone else.)

Chapter headings will include dumb things people have done At
Work, Around the House, At Play, In Love, Outdoors, On
Vacation, In Friendship, With Children, With Your Parents,
With Your Pets, By Yourself, During Sex. Anecdotes should be
fun-loving--the more outrageous the better, but keep it
clean and "printable."

If you have a humorous life experience and would like to be
included in Living Stupid: Dumb Things Smart People Do, send
your story to Living Stupid, P.O. Box 31453, Santa Fe, New
Mexico 87594-1453. Please keep a copy of your story, as
submissions cannot be returned. Or e-mail stories to
mailto:smarston@earthlink.net. (We prefer e-mails!) The
maximum word count is 1200 words. For each story selected for
the book a permission fee of $100 will be paid for the
rights. There are no limits on the number of submissions.

Stories must be received no later than March 15, 2004.
Seeking Submissions for a new book

"Kiss Me Without Lipstick: Reflections of Men who Love Women
with Breast Cancer"

Presently seeking stories and essays from men who have been
in a relationship with a woman who has been diagnosed with
breast cancer.

This book will be a collection of the thoughts and emotions
of men who have been touched by the experience of breast
cancer as it relates to a woman they love. That woman could
be their wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister or any
other influential female figure within their lives. A portion
of the proceeds of this book will be donated to breast cancer

Possible themes include but are not limited to: Defining
moments of the relationship during or after diagnosis,
reconnecting after diagnosis, finding strength through
adoration during treatment, examples of unconditional love,
faith and devotion. Unique and uplifting journeys
through the breast cancer experience.

*Hint* The stories chosen for this anthology will be
reflective of what men can expect to experience when faced
with the news that a woman they love has breast cancer. They
will be inspiring, heartening and encouraging as well as
thought provoking and touching.

Guidelines: Stories should be minimum 1500 words, maximum
2,000 words. Written in First-person or Third-person
narrative--essay or non-fiction from a male point of view
only. Style: Dramatic or touching, humorous or introspective,
all styles welcome.
**Please note: Absolutely no fiction or poetry.**

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2004

Formatting: All submissions must be pasted into the body of
an e-mail and sent to the Anthology Editor at
mailto:anthology@recovery4u.com. Submissions including
attachments will be deleted unread. Please add a bio that you
would like included in the book. Maximum 100 words.
Previously unpublished writers are encouraged to submit. By
submitting your story or essay you are agreeing that you are
the copyright owner of the work.

Payment: Each chosen author will be paid an honorarium of
($10) upon publication. Byline and bio included in book.

Rights: Chosen authors will receive a contract upon
acceptance that grants the Anthologist limited rights for a
specified duration.

If you require any additional details or instructions on
submitting via fax or snail mail please
mailto:anthology@recovery4u.com and visit our Web presence at
God Allows U-Turns series is looking for submissions for
their new book:
Teens Making a 180: True Stories of Hope and Healing for

Allison Gappa Bottke
P.O. Box 717
Faribault, MN 55021-0717

Seeks true stories that will impact and influence teens.
Authors can be of any age, but the story must relate to

Pays $50-100 for stories ranging between 500-1,500 words.
Buys one-time, non-exclusive rights. Accepts reprints.

See Web site for chapter topics, specific needs, submission
format, and tips. Does not accept handwritten submissions.

Deadline: Open
Chicken Soup® series is seeking stories for the following new

* Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul: Stories of Healing
Hope, Love, and Resilience
Deadline: February 2004
Send stories to mailto:stories@recoveringsoul.com
Pays $300

* Chicken Soup for the African American Soul
Deadline: December 31, 2003
Send stories to mailto:afAmSoul@aol.com
Pays $300

* Chicken Soup for the Girl's Soul
Specific guidelines found at http://www.preteenplanet.com
Send stories to mailto:mail@lifewriters.com
Pays $300

* Chicken Soup for the Heroic Soul
Deadline: December 31, 2003
Send stories as MS Word document attachment to
Pays $300

Word count for all stories is 300-1,200. For chapter topics
and further details for all the upcoming titles go to

If you'd rather mail your submission, send it to:

Chicken Soup for the Soul®
Attn: Story Submissions
PO Box 30880
Santa Barbara, CA 93130


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with permission. Please note, after the application deadline
the link is nonfunctional. For a larger selection of jobs
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Public Affairs Writer for University of Maine

Salary range: $38,000-40,000
Application Deadline: November 3, 2003
Sports Reporter for El Dia Newspaper (Houston, TX)

Salary: Not specified
Application Deadline: Not specified
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Family Circle
375 Lexington Ave.
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Publishes nonfiction essays, personal experience, humor,
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Columns/Departments include: Women Who Make A Difference,
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P.O. Box 1778
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Mystery magazine publishing fiction and nonfiction.

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Pays 1¢/word for fiction and $10-25 for nonfiction + 2
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Intelligent Enterprise

Publication targeting IT professionals and business leaders.
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Melody of the Heart
JoAnn Reno Wray, Publisher/Editor

Quarterly Christian e-zine.

Publishes articles, fiction and poetry. Pays on publication-
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rights (for one issue only).

See Web site for details--13 pages of material including
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2445 McCabe Way, Suite 400
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Teresa Ciulla, Executive Editor

Electronic version of Entrepreneur print publication. Seeks
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Rates not stated. Pays on acceptance. Buys first worldwide
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See Web site for detailed guidelines including a style guide.

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