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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 Jessie Raymond
>>> Sponsor Message
>>> Jump-Start Your Fiction Writing
by Shirley Jump
>>> Anthologies Seeking Submissions
>>> Paying Markets
"I committed a major faux pas when I used the phrase "in fact" in a
news story. My editor called me in to the office and explained..."
From "Working with the Write Words" located at
°°°°° LETTER FROM THE EDITOR °°°°°
In June I mentioned I was going on vacation and the July
issue would be published late. Well, as you probably noticed July
came and went without the issue arriving in your inbox. Don't
worry, your spam filter hasn't gone crazy.
We had a lot of fun on vacation but I got sick four days before we
had to begin our 20 hour drive back home. As the days progressed my
husband kept insisting that I go to the doctor, but of course I was
stubborn and refused. I thought I had a nasty virus that simply
needed to run its course. On my tenth day of running a high fever
and feeling absolutely miserable I decided perhaps my husband was
right. I made a doctor's appointment for the same day.
During the appointment my doctor said she suspected I had pneumonia
and sent me to the hospital for lab tests and a chest x-ray. (My
first thought was, "You're kidding, right? Who in the heck gets
pneumonia in the middle of the summer?") The results confirmed her
suspicion. I indeed had a bad case of pneumonia.
I spent most of the month of July in bed recovering, thus the
reason you did not receive the July's issue. (Thankfully, I was
able to eat and drink. Staying hydrated was my saving grace from
being admitted to the hospital.) I'm finally starting to feel
better and one thing is for certain: I'll never, ever, take good
health for granted again.
Before I close, I'd like to take a moment and welcome all the new
subscribers. I hope you enjoy this issue and those yet to come.
Here's wishing all of you good health and much success!
PS: Just a reminder: Be careful what you ask for because you just
might get it. During our fun yet very busy vacation I said on
several occasions, "I just want a few days of doing nothing." I
guess the joke's on me as I got more than I bargained for.
ASK THE FREELANCE PRO
Writing on the Move
by Kathryn Lay
It's a busy world we live in. We're raising families, working
jobs, spending time with friends, involved in hobbies or volunteer
work or sports, going to college, dating, running children to
soccer games and activities.
Somewhere in the midst of our busyness, we want to have a freelance
writing career. Is it possible when you have so little free time?
Yes. It's possible and very probable if you use what time you have
to your best advantage.
Waiting It Out
How much time do you spend waiting for appointments? The dentist,
the doctor, the hair salon, etc. Whether you're waiting 15 minutes
or an hour, there is time that can be spent with your writing
While waiting for such appointments I've studied magazines for
ideas, read market information, began articles, outlined stories or
articles, planned out book scenes, even completed pieces that were
ready to rewrite, print, and mail out when I returned home.
One waiting session while my daughter got her hair cut was spent
writing out a short essay I'd been wanting to do. I wrote the
first draft during the waiting time, rewrote it when I got home,
typed it into the computer, and e-mailed it that night. Three days
later I had an acceptance and two weeks later a check that more
than paid for my daughter's haircut.
Traffic Jam Brainstorming
Do you have a long commute? Perhaps you find yourself wading
through an occasional traffic jam during morning or afternoon rush
hour, sometimes stuck at a standstill because of construction or a
wreck. Turn a frustrating situation into productive time. With a
small digital recorder, you can record ideas, tidbits of writing,
dictate a query letter, and more.
Fifteen minutes of time lost in traffic can be enough to prepare a
query. A week of such moments could give you time to produce 5
queries. At 25 a month, you're well on your way to finding
saleable ideas that will bring requests to see your article. And,
you will hone your query writing skills.
15 Items Or More
There's little more boring than spending 30 minutes waiting in a
long line at the grocery store. But once again, you've got time
that can be used for your 'writing.' Scour copies of magazines for
ideas and inspiration, jot down titles of articles listed on the
covers. Keep a notebook handy for such moments and opportunities
to work on ideas, opening lines, and market possibilities.
Garage Sale Oddities
Do you like to garage sale shop on the weekends? Turn your hobby
into another chance for ideas. On your next trip, buy something
unusual, ugly, strange, or outrageous. Write a story around it.
Research it. Set it near your computer for inspiration.
An ugly green fish vase that was cheap and too wild to pass up
became the perfect ending for a tornado story that was published in
Cricket magazine. Someone else's trash may be your literary
Carpooling Your Writing
Are you a Mom who arrives thirty minutes before school is out to
wait in line to pick up your children? You've got more quiet,
uninterrupted writing time. No phones or television to distract
you. Read a writer's magazine and make a list of market ideas.
Work on your current Work-in-Progress, whether article, story, or
book. Thirty minutes, five days a week can add a lot of pages to
Whether you work at home or outside the home, you probably take a
lunch break. Even if you usually eat it with the kids or with your
co-workers, find one lunch time a week to eat alone. Take the kids
to the grandparents for an hour. Tell your friends you'll see them
tomorrow at lunch. Get away to a restaurant, a sidewalk café, a
coffee shop. Watch the people around you. Describe them, the way
they act and react, their conversations. Try a new restaurant each
week for a new atmosphere, new customers.
Long driving trips are perfect opportunities to write. When
someone else is doing the driving, put on your headphones and spend
a few minutes writing. This is especially good on the way home
from a trip when your mind is swirling with new ideas for stories,
articles, or travel pieces.
Storytime Is A Time For Story Writing
When the kids are home for the summer or Christmas holidays, take
advantage of the story times at your local library. Give them a
fun outlet for boredom and yourself a chance to find a quiet corner
amongst the books to let your own literary talent flow.
When my daughter was a toddler and pre-school age, she loved going
to our library's special time with crafts, exciting guests, and
story readings. The children were safely enclosed in a room with
adult supervision, while I was able to write for thirty minutes.
During these times I created many articles and stories that sold,
researched publishers for my children's books, got to know the
children's librarian, read through issues of Writer's Digest and
market books, made lists of ideas to write and query.
During one such session, I saw an ad in a writer's magazine from
Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul needing stories. The deadline
was in 3 days. I quickly read some of the stories from a Chicken
Soup book, wrote a story about my daughter's adoption, and mailed
it the next day. I was thrilled to learn a few weeks later that my
story was one of those chosen for the book.
Being busy isn't a reason to postpone your writing career, it's
only an excuse. How many boring and wasted minutes do you have in
a day? More than you think. How many bylines might you see thanks
to those boring and wasted minutes? More than you think.
Kathryn Lay has had over 1000 articles, stories, and essays
published in magazines and anthologies such as Woman's Day, Family
Circle, Guideposts, Kiwanis, Cricket, Spider, Chicken Soup for the
Soul Bible, Chocolate for a Woman's Courage, and many more. Her
first children's novel, CROWN ME! is due out this fall. Check out
her Web site at http://www.kathrynlay.com.
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This month read "Working with the Write Words" at
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This month read "I'm Not the Only One" at
"Bribing My Way to Deadlines"
==>> "I Love Being a Writer--Except for the Writing"
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by Hilary Evans
While the rest of us are thinking Dog Days, your regional editor is
thinking Holidays. Get your Halloween hats on and your snow boots
out, and stay away from the cabana bar for a while. It's time to
Many of the higher paying magazines want a story about their area.
An event. Pull up their local newspaper page and do a search for
Halloween, and Christmas. Check their event calendar, or search
their Chamber of Commerce page for yearly happenings.
Iowans say this state has four seasons--Almost Winter, Winter,
Yes...Still Winter, and Construction. Articles on new ways to enjoy
old snow, slush-proofing the entryway, and finding daycare on snow
days relate to the Midwest. What topics fit your area?
One of my best-selling regional articles to date remains, "Ten
Traditional Tools for Pumpkin Carving." I clacked it out in about
twenty minutes after making a few Jacks with the kids. Don't get me
wrong, it wasn't just fluff. It included tidbits from fixing broken
stems to preservation. The best thing about this kind of story is
sidebar potential. Most major cities have pumpkin patches, and an
article on carving is a perfect match.
Changing seasons come with their own problems, activities, and
emotions. Tap into them now in order to sell all "Almost Winter"
Northwest Family News
16 West Harrison Street, Suite 204
Seattle, WA 98119
Susan Petty, the Northwest Family News publisher, is a no-nonsense
kind of gal. Her guidelines outline explicitly what she does--and
"We do not include articles with unproven medical treatments or
religious content," she says. So, what do they want? "Human
interest stories of local families dealing successfully with
challenges such as natural disasters, health or education."
Petty says, "Our editorial calendar is a good guide to what we
want," pointing to the Web site. Seasonal queries are taken eight
weeks in advance. According to the guidelines, "the editorial
emphasis is uplifting, positive and practical, focusing on the
importance and pleasures of family life."
Articles should be between 650 and 950 words, and queries should be
e-mailed before submission. Snail mail queries may not be read, and
won't be returned to you, regardless whether you've included a
SASE. Unsolicited illustrations, thankfully, are a different story.
At this point, e-querying with text in the body of your message
should be second-nature, unless the guidelines note otherwise. Also
include your full contact information (name, address, phone, e-
mail, etc.) on all queries and submissions.
Photos are very important to this magazine. They can be mailed or
e-mailed, as long as digital files are at least 350Kb in size. If
you provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope, they will be
returned to you if need be. Make sure you tell the editor in your
query they are available, and whether or not your submission can be
used on the Web site.
"Articles for use in our regular columns are accepted after query
only." Read Petty's guidelines. "Columns include: Craft of the
Month, Party of the Month, Practical Parent, The Family Pet, The
Family Business, The Healthy Family and Reviews You Can Use. We
currently have a regular gardening writer, but may accept short
gardening submissions after query."
"You won't get rich writing for us because we can't pay much,"
Petty says, though they're $25-$40 rates for reprints are industry
standard. This market accepts up to twelve freelance submissions
each issue however, making it a great opportunity for a budding
UPDATE: Western PA Parent stopped publication...last August. Any of
you stragglers can stop sending submissions to their former editor.
She runs another magazine now, and sounded a wee bit annoyed.
Mahoning Valley Parent
100 DeBartolo Place, Suite 210
Youngstown, OH 44512
"Our writers guidelines are pretty simple," says editor/publisher,
Amy Leigh Wilson."500 word departments, 1,500 or so word features;
e-mail submissions with article included in body of e-mail. We pay
on publication and I'll e-mail back if I'm interested in using
something you've sent."
I know we hate to see things like this, but by submitting to
Mahoning Valley Parent realize you might not hear back. The editor
is requesting that you don't call and ask about your submission,
because frankly, if she doesn't have time to e-mail you when she
dumps your manuscript, you know she doesn't have time to check her
files and figure out if she's run into it yet.
"I'd love to see some highly developed, well researched parenting
articles instead of the usual first person accounts about the funny
things kids/pets/husbands do," she says. Examples can be found at
the Web site.
One trick in writing is staying up-to-date with editorial
calendars. Major magazines run anywhere from six to twelve months
in advance, while most regionals are two to three. It takes some
work getting used to, but when you're a writer, and a parent,
adding time travel to your schedule isn't much of a stretch.
Have a comment, question or suggestion? Know of a great
regional writer who deserves some recognition? Let me know at
Hilary Evans makes her home in North Central Iowa with husband,
Dennis, and their three children. She is the proud new owner of The
http://www.thewritingfamily.com -- your online
resource for writing together.
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(Hint: This is a great area to do a little shameless self
A physician colleague, Alberto Righi, MD, and I have signed a
contract for a book entitled, "The Death of Mammography" to be
published by Caveat Press in the spring of 2005. The book will
focus on breast cancer, the demise of mammography for political and
legal reasons, and how it can be saved.
Rene' Jackson, RN, BSN
Freelance Health Care Writer
"The Death of Mammography" by Rene' Jackson R.N. B.S.N.
Alberto Righi M.D.
Publish date: Spring 2005
FROM THE COPY EDITOR'S DESK
Columnist, Jessie Raymond, is on vacation this month. Beginning
with the September issue "From The Copy Editor's Desk" will resume
its normal schedule.
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JUMP-START YOUR FICTION WRITING
by Shirley Jump
I know the Fourth of July has come and gone, but that doesn't mean
you can't have a little fireworks in your novels. Chemistry between
characters is a part of virtually every genre--it isn't limited to
the romance industry. What differentiates a romance novel from
other kinds of books is the concentration on the relationship. In a
romance novel, the primary storyline is focused on the development
of the relationship and overcoming the obstacles and conflicts
between the hero and heroine. In other types of novels, the
relationship is secondary to the mystery, thriller plot, sci-fi
So, you have two people and they're attracted to each other. You
want to show this without using any of the tired clichés. How do
you create fireworks on the page?
First, you find out what makes these people tick. What do they want
out of life and why? Then find out who they are--why did they
choose the profession they are in; how has their family life
affected them; what does their environment say about them, etc. Do
they have pets? Something important to them? Other
people/relationships already in place?
Yes, this all helps you add sparks. How, you ask? Simple. Once you
have all this information, you are set to give that character his
WORST NIGHTMARE. What was Meg Ryan's character's worst nightmare
for a relationship in "You've Got Mail?" A man like Joe Fox. What
about all those old Doris Day/Rock Hudson movies? They were always
each other's worst nightmare. It works in "Down with Love,"
"Bridget Jones's Diary," "Kate and Leopold." It works because
sparks fly when you put opposites in a room. Give us two characters
with everything in common and lots of endearing looks and what
We like to see characters spar (look at the Ross and Rachel
relationship on "Friends" or Sam and Diane on "Cheers"). We like
to see them struggle to overcome differences and find common
ground. That constant push-pull makes for wonderful fireworks.
The second element you need is attraction. These people have to
have chemistry. That does NOT mean you put Barbie and Ken on the
page. Some of my favorite books have been about ordinary men and
women who don't wear single digit sizes and always have on perfect
makeup. That's closer to real life. Their attraction is based on
that intangible chemistry that brings them together.
Third, you need a sense of danger or importance outside of the
characters. Something else needs to be going on that is bigger than
whether the two of them will kiss, thus providing a little, ah,
frustration. That helps keep the fireworks level high and also
keeps the reader turning the pages to see if these two do
eventually get together.
Fourth, don't just spring these fireworks on the reader. I've read
many a book where the characters go several chapters barely
noticing each other, then all of a sudden, they're in mad
passionate love. Give the reader some hints of attraction
throughout--you don't have to overdo it, just lay the groundwork so
the ensuing fireworks are believable.
Finally, you go beyond the tried and true. Watch movies to try and
describe ways that people show attraction. Don't just talk about
beating hearts and racing pulses--try to work harder and come up
with something a little different. Every human being is unique and
the way they interact with each other is also unique. Show this in
When you combine two characters who have important agendas, every
reason in the world why they shouldn't be together, and a powerful
attraction, you get fireworks, no matter the time of year. Use this
to set up conflict, further your plot and give your characters
additional dimensions. You'll find they spark to life on the page
all over the place!
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
"The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you
get up in the morning, and does not stop until you get into the
ANTHOLOGIES SEEKING SUBMISSIONS
* HEART & SOUL: CALL FOR INSPIRING TRUE STORIES OF LOVE AND FAITH
"The richest source of creation is feeling, followed by a vision of
The popular book series A CUP OF COMFORT provides a highly visible,
paid publishing opportunity for compelling true stories about the
experiences and relationships that comfort, inspire, and enrich our
lives. Now actively seeking submissions for two exciting new
A CUP OF COMFORT FOR LOVE
Romantic true stories for/about couples, lovers, soul mates.
Possible themes: puppy love; true love; new love; enduring love;
first love; mature love; unrequited love; love of my life; the one
that got away; rekindled love; friends to lovers; the odd, yet
perfect, couple; unique engagement, wedding, anniversary
experiences; turning points and milestones in a
marriage/partnership; defining and "aha" moments that spark, shape,
or strengthen a love relationship.
Submission Deadline: September 1, 2004
A CUP OF COMFORT FOR SPIRITUALITY
Soul-stirring true stories about enlightening and enriching
spiritual experiences and journeys. Possible themes include: gifts
of spiritual teachers/mentors; soul-nurturing spiritual practices
and rituals; discovering a spiritual path, divine truth, or kindred
spirit; receiving and actualizing (putting into positive action) a
spiritual lesson or epiphany; divine intervention and direction;
evidence of the presence of a higher spirit; the awakening and/or
deepening of one's inner spirit; enlightening, life-defining, or
life-changing spiritual experiences. All benevolent spiritual paths
and faiths welcome, including New Age, Native American, and
Submission Deadline: December 31, 2004
LAST CALL: Submissions will also be accepted for A Cup of Comfort
for Faith (traditional religions) through August 15, 2004.
Additional volumes are planned.
Stories must be original, true (based on real people and actual
events), uplifting/inspiring, in English, and 1000-2000 words.
Aspiring and published writers welcome.
Entrants pay NO entry or reading fees.
Pays one $500 grand prize per book; $100 each for all other
published stories; copy of book.
(click on "Share Your
Story"); or e-mail request to
mail SASE to
Cup of Comfort
Adams Media 57
Avon, Massachusetts, 02322, USA
* Then Along Came an Angel
Seeking true, angel stories with a Biblical focus.
Compensation: Pays $25, free book and author bio.
Detailed guidelines at
[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: City Reporter
Publication: Ventura County Star
Location: Ventura, CA
~ Position: Writer/Reporter
Publication: Targeted News Service
~ Position: News Designer
Publication: The Redmond Spokesman
Location: Redmond, OR
~ Position: Lifestyles/Education Writer
Publication/Company: Carroll Daily Times Herald
~ Position: Web Writer-Retirement Planning
Publication/Company: The Capital Group Companies, Inc.
~ Position: New Media Editor/Reporter
Publication/Company: Michigan Association of Realtors
~ Position: Wire Editor
Publication/Company: The Dickinson Press
Location: North Dakota
~ Position: Technical Writer/Editor
Publication/Company: Newspaper Association of America
Location: Washington, DC
~ Position: Proofreader
~ Position: News Copy Editor
Publication/Company: East Valley Tribune
~ Position: Copy Editor
Publication/Company: Commercial Real Estate Direct
~ Position: Writer/Editor
Publication/Company: Jewish Post
Location: New York
~ Position: Senior Editor
Publication/Company: Health Magazine
~ Position: Managing Editor
Publication/Company: Not listed
~ Position: Editorial Director
Publication/Company: Not listed
Location: New York
~ Position: Direct Mail Copywriter
~ Position: Content Manager
~ Position: Freelance Dining/Nightlife Writer
Publication/Company: AOL CityGuide
~ Position: Writer
Publication/Company: Cherbo Publishing Group, Inc.
Location: South Dakota
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.
ATTENTION EDITORS and PUBLISHERS! If your publication is a PAYING
market send your guidelines, freelance needs and job openings to
mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org and they'll published in
the next issue of Busy Freelancer.
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.
Woman This Month
Nikki Ahmad, Editor
P.O. Box 20461
"Woman This Month" invites queries from freelance writers about
articles based on: women in the news; an up-and-coming woman;
social commentary on an adventuresome woman; and an interview with
a notable current woman in business, medicine, education, art,
science or social work. We also welcome queries from freelance
writers who can write short stories of interest to women. Our focus
is on women--their accomplishments, their intelligence, their
passions, fears and hopes as women, their struggles and triumphs.
The magazine celebrates the achievements of women rather than their
appearances. We're not interested in advice or how-to columns.
Length: 800-2400 words (articles); 1600-2400 words (fiction)
Payment: $50-$100 for articles; $75-$100 for fiction
Rights: non-exclusive reprint rights
Reprints: one copy
Submissions: We accept queries by e-mail only.
Subject line: query;
Include text in body of e-mail or attached as MSWord doc
P.O. Box 160
Brooklin, Maine 04616
Quarterly magazine designed to "inspire, inform, and affirm people
who want to create positive social change."
Seeks nonfiction articles about people making a difference.
Pays on publication $75-1,500 for articles between 150-3,000 words.
Query with clips. Does not accept e-queries. Does not publish
nostalgia, sentimental, political, opinion, or religious pieces.
2054 University Avenue, Suite 600
Berkeley, CA 94704-1082
Monthly magazine targeting the hatha yoga community.
Seeks articles about holistic health, meditation, conscious living,
spirituality, and yoga.
Pays on acceptance $75-3,000 for articles between 300-6,000 words.
Prefers queries but will accept unsolicited manuscripts. Accepts e-
queries. Buys non-exclusive worldwide, print and non-print rights.
P.O. Box 5506
Newtown, CT 06470-5506
Bimonthly magazine for gardening enthusiasts with a focus on
ornamental gardening and landscaping.
Seeks nonfiction articles including how-tos, garden design,
specific plants or garden tools.
Pays on acceptance $300-1,200 for pieces between 800-2,000 words.
1790 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Monthly lifestyle magazine for physicians. Does not publish
articles on health-related subjects. Publishes features and
profiles of "doctors who excel at nonmedical pursuits and who do
volunteer medical work."
Seeks articles about sports, books, electronic gear, photography,
gardening, food, music, art, travel and humor.
Pays on acceptance $1,000. Preferred length is 1,800 words. Pays
$650 for departmental pieces of 1,100 words.
Query with clips. Does not accept e-queries.
The Three Penny Review
P.O. Box 9131
Berkeley, CA 94709
Quarterly literary magazine.
Seeks essays on books, theater, film, dance, music, art, television
Pays on publication $200 per story or article, and $100 per poem or
Table Talk piece. Besides payment, writers receive a one year free
subscription. Length for nonfiction is 1,500-3000 words, and 100
lines max for poetry.
Does not accept e-queries or submissions. Visit Web site for
specific submission details.
Herbs For Health
1504 SW 42nd St.
Topeka, KS 66609
Bimonthly magazine providing solid information to the general
public about the benefits of herbs.
Pays on publication 33¢/per word for nonfiction articles between
Prefers queries but will accept unsolicited manuscripts. Buys
FNASR. Accepts e-queries.
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