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B U S Y F R E E L A N C E R

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April 1, 2004 Volume 3 Issue 4

ISSN 1538-8107

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In This Issue...

>>> Letter From the Editor, Kim Wilson
>>> Ask the Freelance Pro
by Kathryn Lay
>>> Write From Home Site Updates
>>> Regional Reviews
by Hilary Evans
>>> Sponsor Message
>>> Success Spotlight
>>> From the Copy Editor's Desk
by Sherry L. Stoll
>>> Grammar Goofs
>>> Sponsor Message
>>> Jump-Start Your Fiction Writing
by Shirley Jump
>>> Writing Contests
>>> Anthologies Seeking Submissions
>>> Jobs
>>> Paying Markets
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"As most writers know, you must market yourself. Even the best
publisher won't market you extensively unless you have a title that
has sold tens of thousands of copies. What to do? Be aggressive,
assertive and just get out there and let your name be known."
--Shirley G. Webb
From her article "Writers, Go Home"
http://www.writefromhome.com/writingtradearticles/386.htm

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°°°°° LETTER FROM THE EDITOR °°°°°

Dear Writers,

Greetings and welcome to spring!

This month I want to talk to you about missing deadlines. If you're
a time-crunched pro, you may want to skip this letter as you
already know and understand this topic. For those of you that are
beginning or aspiring writers, my hope is that you'll glean some
insight about the importance of meeting your deadlines. Hopefully
my advice--if followed--will help propel your career to the level
of success you desire.

Regularly, I speak and correspond with editors of print and online
publications. These particular editors treat writers with respect;
are not affiliated with deadbeat publications; and pay in
a timely manner.

Within the past few months I've heard many of them complain
about writers missing deadlines by either submitting late or not
submitting at all. One editor asked if I would address this topic
to my readers. Since this is an important subject, I'll gladly
accommodate her request.

I've commented before that repeatedly missing deadlines will
eventually have a negative impact on your career, if not kill it
altogether. Before I go any further I want you to know that
editors--including myself--understand about family emergencies.
Editors also understand that because of these emergencies, it's not
always possible for the writer to call or e-mail their editor right
before or on the deadline date. All of my forthcoming comments
exclude emergencies.

So, how serious can missing a deadline be? Well, several editors I
know keep a list of writers that have missed or blown off
deadlines, and they admit they'll never work with these writers
again. But for the writer it doesn't stop there. Many editors
share--with other editors--the names of those on their list.

Why is missing a deadline--even if it's by a few days--such a big
deal? For starters, your editor may have a meeting with other
staff members the day after your deadline. You're placing her in a
position of going to that meeting without the editorial content she
counted on having. When a writer defaults on deadlines she leaves
the editor with open slots that need to be filled.

Besides money, the publishing world revolves around deadlines and
editorial calendars. If you are having problems with an article
contact your editor immediately. Most likely, the editor won't be
upset and will guide you with what steps to take to complete the
piece. If you ask for an extension, do not, I repeat, do not miss
that deadline. If you need to make further arrangements, then do
so. (I recently spoke with an editor that granted a writer several
extensions. The last deadline has passed and this editor still has
not heard from the writer.)

Throughout my career there have been times that I've juggled 30+
deadlines within 30-days. Naturally, this isn't an every day or
every month occurrence, but here's how I manage to stay on top of
my workload:

1. I don't procrastinate. The same day I receive an assignment,
I begin working on the piece. It may be for only ten minutes, but
I'll get the project moving forward.

2. Whenever I send a query I have an outline of the piece already
completed and a list of my intended sources. Once I receive the
assignment I begin scheduling interviews. My article-outline
serves as a useful roadmap and makes starting an article a breeze.

3. I make my deadlines my top priority. When necessary I've had to
give up family time, let the laundry pile up, and serve fish sticks
and french fries for dinner. I try to avoid being put in this
position, but sometimes when I have many deadlines this is my only
alternative if I want to turn my work in on time.

If you find you're having a hard time meeting your deadlines, sit
down and in an honest manner think about why this is happening. Are
you juggling too many assignments? Are your procrastinating? Are
you not getting an adequate amount of uninterrupted time to work?

By having an honest discussion with yourself about your problem
meeting deadlines, you'll be able to get to the root of the dilemma
and hopefully remedy the situation.

Remember, besides being an editor/publisher, I'm also a writer.
It's my hope that by bringing this subject to your attention you'll
be able to establish--and keep--a good working relationship with
your editors.

Finally, editors do share positive feedback about writers. Many
times I've recommended competent writers to other editors, and
vice versa. I assure you, your professionalism and good work ethics
will not go unnoticed.

Here's wishing you much success.

Kim Wilson
Editor/Publisher

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ASK THE FREELANCE PRO

Building Your Clip File
by Kathryn Lay

Building byline credits and clips are important to building your
freelance writing career, whether you are hoping your career will
be full time or a part-time supplement to your income. Yet, it
seems like a catch-22 in the beginning, a struggle to build that
resume and clip file that will help you climb the ladder to higher
profile and higher paying markets.

But, there are ways to begin that climb using hard work and
persistence.

1. Always be watching for new markets. Check the bookstores, the
grocery stores, your friend's coffee table and bathroom magazine
rack. Join market lists and take magazines for writers, both the
larger ones and regional writing club publications. Never pass an
opportunity by.

Several years ago a friend in a local writer's group announced
during one of our meetings that he knew of an out-of-state travel
magazine that was looking for short how-to articles on family
travel. I wrote down the information he gave and went home that
night to outline an article. The next day I made some calls to some
veterinarians and pet boarders. That afternoon I mailed the
completed piece about traveling with pets to the magazine. Two
weeks later, I had an acceptance and a check. I was shocked to
learn that no one else in our writer's group took advantage of this
opportunity. They made a big deal about how I was making so many
sales, yet all it took was getting it done. It was a nice little
clip that led to a few other articles on family travel and
traveling with pets.

2. Look for publications that buy a lot. If you are part of a
church or specific denomination, find out if they have Sunday
School take- home papers. These thin publications come out weekly
and purchase 2-4 stories, poems, and essays or articles each week.
That adds up to more than 150 manuscripts a year they are in need
of for their publication.

A generic article such as my article on inviting others to share
our Christmas dinner can sell across denominational lines. Since
many take-home papers and smaller religious publications buy one-
time rights, you can resell the same piece many times to different
denominations.

3. When you sell, you are selling your writing and yourself. Your
first sale is only the beginning. As soon as possible, send another
query, article, essay, or story to that editor. Thank them for
their purchase of your first piece and see what else you can do for
them. Don't harass the editor by sending one piece after another
without waiting for a response on the next piece you've sent, but
don't let grass grow under your feet.

I was shocked when I received that first phone call from Woman's
Day and sold my first piece to them. I had originally hoped it
would be a feature piece, but was just as thrilled that they bought
my idea and had me shorten it to fit the Kid's Day section. As soon
as I got the contract, I sent another idea for that section and
they bought it. A couple more and I was ready to query a larger
piece. After sending several ideas and them choosing one, I again
sent other ideas for the Kid's Day section. In a 16 month period I
sold them ten pieces; nine for the Kid's Day section. I would have
been thrilled with one sale to Woman's Day, but repeat performances
were fabulous for my resume, clip files, and my checking account.

4. Start by breaking into smaller sections. Besides smaller columns
such as the above, many magazines have areas with parenting tips,
humor, great ideas, etc. The pay is minimal, but you've suddenly
received a clip from Family Circle, Woman's World, Christian
Parenting Today, and others. Who wouldn't be thrilled with a
humorous anecdote sale to Reader's Digest?

5. Go local. Does your city have a local family, parenting, or
general interest publication? What about a small-town newspaper?
Take your clips, resume and ideas to the editor. Years ago, when I
approached the editor of a local newspaper with the idea of a
column sharing humor and insights about local people and events, I
took samples of possible columns along with the few clips I had at
the time. I didn't hear back for a couple months, but after a
reminder phone call, the editor looked over my packet and offered
me a column. She asked if I'd do it for free. I suggested $15 per
column and she agreed. It came out once a month for two years until
the newspaper stopped running. I had nearly 24 columns to add to my
clips. When I approached a larger newspaper in a neighboring town
about doing some profiles for a column they had, I was able to show
them my newspaper clips. I was approved to be one of their profile
writers and enjoyed doing this for many months, with a much higher
pay scale.

6. Join writers' groups, civic groups, the P.T.A. and get your name
out. I was pleasantly surprised when a new member of our local
children's writers group, an editor for a lawyers magazine, asked
me to do some transcribing and writing for their publication. For
nearly two years now I have done this almost monthly.

7. Scour the papers for ideas. Profiling interesting people is fun
and profitable. I have found articles on interesting teens, adults,
and events that have become articles for children's magazines,
antique and collectible publications, religious magazines, a merry-
go-round publication, and more. Clip those exciting stories, look
for a publication that would fit the story, get in touch with the
person or group and suggest an interview, then query the magazine.
You can become a local correspondent for regional and national
publications.

Before you know it, your clip file and resume will be overflowing
and you will feel confident when approaching those larger
publications.

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Kathryn Lay has had over 900 articles, essays and stories published
in Woman's Day, The Writer, Writer's Digest, Guideposts, Family
Circle, Cricket, Spider, Chicken Soup, Chocolate for Women, and
hundreds others. Her children's novel, KING OF FIFTH GRADE will be
published in Fall 2004. Check out her Web site at
http://kathrynlay.com

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REGIONAL REVIEWS
by Hilary Evans
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And now for the official word on United Parenting Publications
(formerly known as United Advertising) on the "iffy" mags that were
looking for new owners. The following titles have exchanged hands,
and are continuing publication:

* Minnesota Parent
* Arizona Parenting
* Parents' Monthly (Sacramento)
* Parenting Orange County
A big thanks to Bill Lindsay at U.P.P. for that information.

Now on to this month's markets:

Child Guide
306 S. Georgia Ave.
Martinsburg, WV 25401
Phone: 304-263-7154
mailto:meg@childguidemagazine.com
LOCAL WRITER PREFERENCE

Meg Partington is a wonderful editor. Her response was timely, and
efficient.

Child Guide is published in the eastern panhandle, West Virginia,
Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland and Winchester
Virginia. They are a general focus parenting magazine. Maternal,
infant and family health, summer camps and reading programs, school
issues, special needs, teens and tweens, and other general areas of
family life interest Partington.

This sounds like a great choice for any writer...there's only one
thing: This magazine generally only works with local freelancers.

"We like our writers to be from the areas we cover because they are
our best sources of information and regional story ideas," says
Partington.

Child Guide's pay scale is from $15 to $60, for an array of photos,
short business briefs, 500 word, and 500-700 word articles.
Interested writers should send their clips via mail, or e-mail
published stories, including when and where they appeared.

MetroFamily Magazine
1015 Waterwood Pkwy. Ste. G
Box H-1
Edmond, OK 73034
Phone: 405-340-1404
mailto:editor@metrofamilymagazine.com

"Educate, inspire, and uplift." MetroFamily focuses on innovating
new pieces that put families in action. Editor, Denise Springer, is
interested in compelling leads, pull-out quotes and sidebars. She's
also a fan of humor when it's warranted.

What's her best piece of advice?

"Surprises: Put one in every piece you write. Startle readers with
an unexpected statistic or raise eyebrows with a surprising
outcome."

Technical specifications include adding a comma after each
selection in a string of properties. (i.e. The cat, the mouse, and
the cheese stay in the kitchen.) Denise would also like (which by
now should be obvious editor speak for, "Do this now to work for
me...") your word count, including sidebars, in the top right
corner of your manuscript. E-mail submissions as Word for Windows
attachments, or as part of your e-mail body.

The publishing world, as we've tasted of late, is uncertain.
Tomorrow your best client could be gone. Expand, explore, fight
your fears of rejection all the way to the bank. The worst an
editor can say is that he or she just isn't interested. You will
survive, and so will your career, when you approach magazines from
more than one area.

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Have a comment, question or suggestion? Know of a great
regional writer who deserves some recognition? Let me know at
mailto:hilie_e@yahoo.com

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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.
http://www.pamperedpen.com

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SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT

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.)

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Just wanted to brag a bit about my first article in a print
publication. It's titled "The doula's role during L&D" and is in
the March 2004 issue of RN magazine (http://www.rnweb.com). It's
obviously geared for nurses, and explains what a labor doula is and
how doulas and nurses can work together. The editors even made a
Continuing Education quiz out of the article for nurses.

This is so much fun, I've got to do it again!

Thanks,
Patti Newton CCCE, CLE
http://www.proudpregnancies.com
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Naya Lionsong, the editor of Mindful Insights, has offered me a
regular platform for my book reviews in her e-zine, which is issued
every two months. She has suggested a proper column with a
personalized logo etc. and has asked me to pick a title. Any
suggestions?

You can read the January/February issue right here:

Mindful Insights
http://lionsongpublications.netfirms.com/jf1204.html

Many thanks,

Paula
P.M. Bardell
mailto:paula-bardell@freelance-worker.com
http://www.paula-bardell.com
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FROM THE COPY EDITOR'S DESK

Don't Leave Me Dangling
by Jessie Raymond


"One morning, I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my
pajamas, I'll never know." -Groucho Marx, Animal Crackers

Groucho knew the humor potential of the misplaced modifier. But
it's not funny when one crops up unintentionally in your own
writing. That grammar gaffe and its cousin, the dangling
participle, seem to sneak up and hide quietly until your piece has
gone to print. Then, the sentence that sounded fine when you read
it to yourself suddenly leaps out as a one-liner, or at least a
head-scratcher.

A misplaced modifier is any word, phrase, or clause that, due to
its position in the sentence, modifies the wrong noun or pronoun.
(Unfortunately, a computer's grammar-check won't pick up this kind
of error, because the computer can't tell what part of the sentence
a particular phrase is meant to modify.) Some examples include:

"I handed my credit card to the waiter sipping my brandy."

"Cheryl gave a brownie to the cute boy that she had baked in Living
Arts."

"He couldn't take his eyes off the woman wearing the evening gown
with the dazzling smile."

In each case, the writer is relying on the reader to know that the
waiter wasn't sipping brandy, Cheryl didn't bake anyone, and the
evening gown didn't have a dazzling smile. But the reader shouldn't
have to work to understand the writer's intended meaning.

In the above examples, the writer should have rephrased the
sentences and moved the modifiers closer to their targets. The
first two are easy:

"Sipping my brandy, I handed my credit card to the waiter."

"Cheryl gave the cute boy a brownie she had baked in Living Arts."

The third example is trickier. Changing it to "He couldn't take his
eyes off the woman with the dazzling smile in the evening gown" is
not much better. Maybe it's time for an overhaul, such as:

"He couldn't take his eyes off the woman in the evening gown. Her
dazzling smile mesmerized him."

Sometimes, when a misplaced modifier is just a single word, it can
cause more confusion than a phrase or clause. The reader may not
have any contextual clues to decipher what the word should modify:

"Sarah almost drove to Canada."

"Fred nearly ate the whole cake."

These sentences are fine if Sarah contemplated getting in her car
and heading north but didn't, and if Fred considered eating the
whole cake but didn't touch it. But if Sarah drove a long way, and
if Fred ate 90 percent of the cake, then these sentences should
read:

"Sarah drove almost to Canada."

"Fred ate nearly the whole cake."

Like misplaced modifiers, dangling participles are words, phrases,
or clauses that modify the wrong part of the sentence. They usually
introduce a sentence and often use "-ing". They "dangle" when the
word or phrase they are meant to modify does not follow
immediately.

Even more than misplaced modifiers, dangling participles can offer
great opportunities for misunderstanding and thus, inadvertent
humor. Some (extreme) examples:

"Teetering along in high heels, the dog dragged me across the
street."

"Reeking of mold, I threw away the outdated cheese spread."

"Making a high-pitched whining noise, I immediately steered the car
into a gas station."

But they're usually quite easy to fix:

"I teetered along in high heels as the dog dragged me across the
street."

"I threw away the outdated cheese spread, which smelled of mold."

"When the car started making a high-pitched whining noise, I
immediately steered it into a gas station."

You don't have to eliminate the participial phrase, but if you keep
it, make sure you are not weakening the structure of your sentence
by turning the subject passive. For instance: "Teetering along in
high heels, I was dragged across the street by the dog," keeps the
participle from dangling. But using the passive voice waters down
the sentence.

Misplaced modifiers and dangling participles are easy to miss. When
you're editing your work and you know your intended meaning, you
may overlook grammar problems like these, even after multiple
re-readings. Fortunately, they're not difficult to remedy: just try
to keep modifying phrases next to the word or words they modify.
But be open-minded; sometimes, no matter how you juggle the words,
a sentence with several modifiers just won't work. Delete and start
over until your meaning is clear.

And if you get discouraged, take heart in the following AP
headlines:

"Complaints About NBA Referees Growing Ugly"

"Two Sisters Reunited After 18 Years at Checkout Counter"

"Enraged Cow Injures Farmer with Ax"

See? You're not alone.

None of us like to get caught with our modifiers misplaced or our
participles dangling, but it could be worse: In the world of
grammar, these goofs can be lot more entertaining than sentence
fragments or comma splices.

At least when they happen to someone else.

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Jessie Raymond lives in Vermont with her husband and three
children. In addition to running her home-based resume-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.

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GRAMMAR GOOFS

What grammar goofs do you consistently make? When doing a final
edit on a project, how do you tighten up the piece? It's my hope
the readers of Busy Freelancer will learn from each other, and be
able to submit tight, error-free manuscripts and queries,
ultimately increasing the freelancer's chance of making a sale.

Send your grammar goofs to
mailto:busyfreelancer@writefromhome.com with "Grammar Goofs" in the
subject line. Don't be shy or intimidated. You're not the only
writer running into grammar roadblocks.

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JUMP-START YOUR FICTION WRITING

Enriching Your Descriptions
by Shirley Jump


Have you ever read a book and been amazed at how rich the
descriptions were? How the story seemed to transport you to another
time, place and/or era? If you've ever tried to write prose with
strong description--that also doesn't run into the purple prose
territory--you know how hard that delicate balance can be to
achieve.

Here are some tips for making your prose more descriptive and thus,
more powerful:

1. Find Descriptions You Like.
If I read a book that has really good descriptive phrases in it, I
often buy a second copy so I can mark it up with my highlighter.
Not so I can memorize and copy the author's work later, but so I
can analyze his/her technique and try to apply those lessons to my
own work. For instance, in White Oleander by Janet Fitch, there's
one scene where the blood spatter from a gun shot is likened to a
poinsettia. That's a unique description that stayed with me long
after I put down the novel. I made a note to myself to try to find
more unique ways of describing things--to go beyond the typical
crimson river of blood and find something more evocative.

2. Write Down Things That Mean Something To You.
Sometimes, we strive too hard to describe things that simply don't
have meaning, either to us or our characters. Then the description
feels forced and doesn't come out as good. If you care about
something, however, you put more meaning into it. Try writing down
a description of a favorite pet, a place that means a lot to you, a
special holiday, even something as simple as a necklace you
inherited from your grandmother.

3. Look At Things With Your Character's Eyes.
Good descriptions are truly FILTERS of your character's
perceptions.

A claustrophobic will see a closet very differently from a
character who doesn't have a fear of small spaces. A man who has a
fear of heights (e.g. Richard Gere in "Pretty Woman") will view a
fire escape on an apartment building a lot differently than a
fireman who runs up and down them all the time. The characters'
descriptions of these places will be different too because they
will be imbued with their thoughts, feelings and emotions about the
place. A character who hasn't been outside much will feel
differently about a sunny day than one who has a hangover and isn't
up to the sun being in his face.

4. Brainstorm.
When you're looking for unique ways to describe things, try
brainstorming. Get out a piece of paper and list all the words
associated with that place, item or person. Think of whatever you
can that might go along with what you are trying to describe. If
you are looking for really unique words and phrases, try the Visual
Thesaurus on the Web (http://www.visualthesaurus.com).

5. Don't Rely On The Tried And True.
Clichés are called clichés for a reason. They've been done a
hundred times and people are tired of them. Your job is to find a
unique way to express your character's environment. This does take
work. It's not always about grabbing the first words that come to
mind and spewing them onto the page. Try my "Rule of Six" when in
doubt. Write down several options and take the sixth.

6. Use Your Imagination.
I know, this sounds silly, but too often we as writers forget this
important step. Don't forget to close your eyes. Picture the place.
Feel it, hear it, smell it, taste it. Write down all those
perceptions. If necessary, repeat the eye closing until you get a
strong sense of what you are trying to convey. I have been known to
dance around my office alone, acting out the steps to a tango
scene, and often close my eyes to imagine a place or time.

7. Surround Yourself With The Things You Want To Describe.
Put on the music your characters are dancing too. Drink a cup of
coffee as you describe it. Eat a piece of chocolate. Sniff the salt
air, etc. Try to capture the moment or place whenever you can so
you can add that extra touch of realism.

8. Don't Overdo It.
There is a tendency by some writers to overdo description at the
expense of character and plot. Remember, the setting is there to
help show your characters and to help advance your plot. It can be
used as another character. Don't let it overshadow the best parts.
If you see too many paragraphs of description before any action
happens, then cut it back. Otherwise, you are killing your pacing
and ruining the very mood you were trying to create.

Remember, a few well chosen words can go a long way. Use your words
well and you'll find your books filled with descriptions that bring
them to life!

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A resident of the Midwest, Shirley is married and has two children,
two cats, a dog and more fish than one person can count. In
addition to articles, she is the author of How to Publish Your
Articles (Square One Writer’s Guide Series) and several romantic
comedies for Silhouette Romance (The Bachelor’s Dare, December
2003) and for Kensington Books (The Bride Wore Chocolate, 2004).
Visit her Web sites at http://www.shirleyjump.com and
http://www.shirleykawa-jump.com

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"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented
individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work."
--Stephen King

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WRITING CONTESTS

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The Orphic Prize for Poetry Book

Deadline: May 1, 2004
Entry Fee: $20

Complete details located at:
http://veenet.value.net/~dbear/04bookprize.html

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The Easy Way to Write: 2004 New Novel Contest

Deadline: May 10, 2004
Entry Fee: $25

Complete details located at:
http://easywaytowrite.com/contest.html

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The Power of Purpose Worldwide Essay Competition

Essay contest designed to initiate thought and discussion about
purpose.

Deadline: May 31, 2004
Entry Fee: None

Complete details at http://www.powerofpurpose.org/howtoenter.html

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The 11th Annual Austin Film Festival is announcing its Call For
Entries for the Screenplay, Prime Time, and Film Competitions.

Screenplay Competition deadline: May 7.
Entry fee: $40.
Categories: Adult/Family and Comedy.

Prime Time Teleplay Competition deadline: June 1.
Entry fee: $30.
Categories: Sitcom and Drama.

Film Competition early deadline: June 15.
Entry fee: $40.
Categories:
Feature, Short, and Student Short.
Late deadline: July 15. Entry Fee: $50.

For rules, entry forms, and success stories, please visit
http://www.austinfilmfestival.com or call us at
1-800-310-FEST(3378).

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ANTHOLOGIES SEEKING SUBMISSIONS

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

Complete details located at
http://www.chickensoup.com
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* Fedora IV

"Raw, hard crime fiction about Private Eyes and tough guys."

Seeks dark, gritty stories.
Length: 3,000-6,000 words
Deadline: July 31, 2004
Payment: Pro-rated share of royalties. No advance.

Complete details located at
http://www.crimefictionwriter.com/bracken/antho.htm

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* Then Along Came an Angel

Seeking true, angel stories with a Biblical focus.

Compensation: Pays $25, free book and author bio.
Deadline: Open

Detailed guidelines at
http://www.juliebonnheath.com/anthology_submissions.htm

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JOBS

[Editors note: The following 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 http://www.journalism.berkeley.edu/jobs/

~ Position: Associate Editor
Publication: Farm Show Publishing, Inc.
Location: Minneapolis, MN
http://journalism.berkeley.edu/jobs/index.php?cat=magnews&ID=1257

~ Position: Various
Publication: New Times
Location: Various
http://journalism.berkeley.edu/jobs/index.php?cat=newswire&ID=1270

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More Jobs.....

~ Position: Ace Tech Editor for CIO Newsletter
Publication/Company: FierceMarkets, Inc.
Location: Telecommute
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=365104

~ Position: Business Reporter-Experienced
Publication/Company: Warren Communications News
Location: Washington DC
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=390149

~ Position: Senior Editor
Publication/Company: Trend Pot, Inc.
Location: New York
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=387700

~ Position: Copy Editor
Publication/Company: The Rutland Herald
Location: Vermont
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=390190

~ Position: Freelance Writer Based Outside the US
Publication/Company: Madison Newspapers, INC
Location: Outside of US
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=385798

Want to find writing jobs in your area? Go to Regional Help
Wanted at http://regionalhelpwanted.com. After entering the
vicinity where you would like to work, the site will give you
a list of job boards specific to your desired location.

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PAYING MARKETS

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market send your guidelines, freelance needs and job openings to
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the next issue of Busy Freelancer.

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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 mail.

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.

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Twins: The Magazine for Parents of Multiples
http://www.twinsmagazine.com/guidelines.html
11211 E. Arapahoe Rd., Suite 100
Centennial, CO 80112-3851
Mailto:sharon.withers@businessword.com

Bimonthly magazine for parents of multiples.

Publishes informational and educational feature stories and short
pieces geared for parents of multiples.

Pays $25-250 for assigned articles and $25-100 for unsolicited
pieces. Buys FNRS. Feature length is 1,300 words; department items
600 words; and Growing Stages 200-250 words.

Query with clips and resume. Prefers complete manuscript from
unpublished writers. Accepts queries/submission via e-mail or
postal mail.

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ASPCA Animal Watch
http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=awatch_writersguide
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
345 Park Ave. S., 9th Floor
New York, NY 10010
Mailto:editor@aspca.org

Quarterly magazine focused on animal welfare. Topics include
endangered species, pets, wildlife, farm animals, lab animals and
humane consumerism.

Pays $100-900 for feature article between 350-3,000 words. Pays
$75-225 for column and department pieces of various word length.

Prefers e-mail queries, but will accept mailed queries. Buys FNSR
and Web rights for 6 months. Accepts simultaneous submissions.

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Recreation News: The Official Publication of the ESM Association of
the Capital Region
http://www.recreationnews.com
7339 D Hanover Pkwy
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Mailto:editor@recreationnews.com

Monthly publication focused on leisure activities for federal and
private workers.

Topics covered: outdoor recreation, travel, fitness and indoor
pasttimes.

Pays on publication $50-300 for articles between 800-2,000 words.
Buys first or reprint rights.

Accepts queries via fax, phone, e-mail and postal mail. Publishes
reprints. Accepts simultaneous submissions.

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Incentive
http://www.incentivemag.com/incentive/index.jsp
770 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
Mailto:lestelle@incentivemag.com

Monthly magazine covering sales promotion and employee motivation.

Seeks articles about motivation, how-to's, interviews/profiles,
incentive oriented travel.

Pays $250-700 for assigned articles between 1,000-2,000 words. No
payment for unsolicited articles.

Buys reprints. Query with published clips.

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