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

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December 2004 Volume 3 Issue 11

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
>>> Market Reviews
by Hilary Evans
>>> Sponsor Message
>>> News & Noteworthy
>>> Success Spotlight
>>> From the Copy Editor's Desk
by Jessie Raymond
>>> Sponsor Message
>>> Jump-Start Your Fiction Writing
by Shirley Jump
>>> Writing Contest
>>> Calls for Submissions
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"It's so easy to set big grandiose goals for New Years and never
meet them. I keep 13 in play, which means I keep at least 13
queries live at all times. When I get a rejection, I submit
something else. I actually keep closer to 18 now that it's a habit.
I've followed this plan for three years and it now raises a sense
of urgency in me when I see the numbers drop."
---C Hope Clark, from her article "Organization--How Do You Do It"

Read the article at
http://www.writefromhome.com/writingtradearticles/432.htm

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Dear Writers:

With the approaching holidays, television news, print
publications and online venues bombard us with advice and how-to
snippets--sometimes to the point of making me wonder if "the powers
that be" believe we as viewers and readers have zero common sense.

For example, the other morning while getting ready I turned on the
television to listen to the morning news. I heard the anchor tell
parents to stay tuned because some excellent holiday travel tips
were coming up. Since I'm a parent, the anchors "tease" caught my
attention--which quickly turned to disappointment. The big news was
this: When traveling with children make sure to pack plenty of
snacks and toys.

My first thought was, "Hmm, it must be a slow news day. Any parent
or guardian knows that packing extra snacks and toys isn't a matter
of convenience, but rather a matter of survival--for the adults and
their little darlings!"

While applying my mascara, my writer's mind took over and I thought
about all the articles I could write simply by paying attention to
the news. If you're looking for article fodder, I suggest you
listen to the television news or read newspapers, magazines and Web
sites. Look for material that you think crosses the line from being
newsworthy to fluff.

Pay attention to inaccuracies on topics you know well. Then turn
your frustration--from hearing or reading the misinformation--into
income. Instead of blasting the source with an angry e-mail or
phone call, jot down the error and turn it into a filler or
informative article. When you sell the piece(s) you'll get double
satisfaction; you're correcting an error and making money while
setting the record straight. You'll be profiting by being part of
the solution, not the problem.

Speaking of setting the record straight, I need to clear up some
misinformation circulating in the writing world. Various places
list me as a literary agent and/or a book publisher. For the
record, I am neither. Please, DO NOT send me book proposals,
manuscripts, or queries inquiring if I'd like to represent you or
publish your book. (Right now my inbox is brimming with book
queries, proposals and manuscripts.) If you're looking for a
publisher or agent I highly recommend "Jeff Herman's Guide to Book
Editors, Publishers, and Literary Agents 2005: Who They Are! What
They Want! How to Win Them Over!" by Jeff Herman--available at most
book stores or through my amazon link
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May your December be filled with smiles instead of stress. See you
next year.

Kim Wilson
Editor/Publisher

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ASK THE FREELANCE PRO


Writing Beyond the Myths
by Kathryn Lay

Becoming a freelance writer means wading through a ton of
information, misinformation, rules and ideas. It's easy to become
overwhelmed by what you should or shouldn't do. Sometimes, myth
becomes reality. Or if it's not myth, it's just ideas that work for
some and isn't necessarily THE way for everyone.

Myth #1

Always send your manuscripts to the masthead editor at a
publication where you aren't familiar with a specific editor.

The problem with this is that in these days, editors move suddenly
and often. You may have the newest issue of a publication in your
hands, but the editor you're submitting to has left before this
issue hit the stands. Although you rarely will be rejected for
submitting to the editor, if you don't have more current
information from a market source that checks changes frequently,
consider making a quick call to find out the name of the Sr.
Editor before popping your query or manuscript into the mail.

Myth #2

Never write for "pay on publication" or "all rights" markets.

Though it's true I discourage my writing students for doing this
often, and rarely do it myself anymore, there are times when you
may want to throw this advice to the wind and submit anyway.

Are you new to writing with no publication credits at all?
Sometimes it's important to build that resume of acceptances for
querying larger publications.

Is it a publication that would look good on your resume? Perhaps
its one that has been around a while and having it as part of your
resume looks impressive. I've written for a few all rights
markets mainly just to say I've sold to them, though I wouldn't
make a habit of it.

Is your story's marketability limited? Perhaps there is only one
real good possibility for a market for your story and that market
buys all rights or pays on publication. If the article or story's
theme is so limited in scope that it's best for a very specific
and specialized market, don't worry about losing rights or waiting
for pay. Count it as an opportunity to sell a piece that may not
sell anywhere else.

Myth #3

If your credits are small, start at the bottom, it is easier.

I began my career with this attitude, feeling I didn't have that
much to offer larger publications--until I wrote a short story
that I sent to a small magazine that bought one story an issue,
paid only $50 per story, and had a small readership. The story was
rejected. The editor told me that it was more an anecdote than a
short story.

Not long after that, I tried sending it to First For Women
magazine. I figured it was a long shot and had little chance of
selling. To my surprise, the editor loved it and wanted it for
their new 5 Minute Fiction story on the back page of the magazine.
I had to cut my 1,000 word story in half. They accepted the
rewrites.

Instead of a 1,000 word story in a small publication for $50, I
sold a 500 word story in a very large slick magazine for $500.
After that, when I made my list of where to send articles and
stories, I began at the top. When a piece sells to a larger
publication, I'm always glad I followed my instincts and wonder if
it would have sold first to a smaller publication had I began
there.

Myth #4

Don't read too much of the same type of writing you are doing, you
might accidentally copy it.

If you aren't reading in the genre or area of writing that you hope
to break into, how will you know what is being bought or read? How
will you know when the rules have been broken or kept, what's been
done so you can do it differently, and what editors seem to be
buying?

As a writer of middle-grade novels for children, I read tons of
books for kids, especially in the age group I write. It gives me a
feel for these kids, their dialogue and their interests. I read
nonfiction magazine pieces for their age to see what they like to
learn about.

As a magazine writer, I study magazine topics to see what hasn't
been done. I read essays to see how others have done them in
specific magazines so I know which of my styles would fit that
publication.

You'll have your own style and voice, but it helps to know what's
going on in the market by reading.

Myth #5

You have to write what you know. If you aren't an expert in an
area you can't teach a reader something new or make your fiction
realistic.

Although it is helpful to write about what you are already familiar
with; your own experiences, areas where you are an expert or
hobbies you've spent time learning, you can also write about what
you learn through research, interviews and a new life experience.
Don't be afraid to step into the unknown, just make sure your newly
learned knowledge is accurate and real. By using experts or
learning-by-doing, you can make your writing of new things as real
as that of what you already know.

Myth #6

If you get a dozen rejections, it's time to give up on that piece.

Not if you haven't exhausted the market opportunities. I've had
articles or stories sell the first or third time out, and some sell
on the tenth or fiftieth or even more. There are lots of stories of
authors who were rejected 15 or 29 or 42 times before selling a
popular book.

Sometimes an article or essay just isn't at its best timing.
Sometimes you hit publications when they are full. Maybe an editor
can't use your piece now, but when you've exhausted other
possibilities and send it back to the same publication, they need
it now. That's happened to me. Perhaps your piece needs a little
more tweaking or another expert or a sidebar.

If you truly believe in a piece, keep searching for a home. It's
not the amount of rejections, it's the amount of possibilities that
matter.

Learn everything you can about the freelance writing market, but
don't be afraid to question another writer's rules if they bog you
down.

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Kathryn Lay has had over 1,000 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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MARKET REVIEWS
by Hilary Evans
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Trade magazines offer great pay, and regular deadlines--so why are
so many writers afraid to give them a go? You needn't be an expert
or an award-winning journalist to take these publications on.
Chances are, a good sample and a letter of introduction is all you
need to get your foot in the door.

* Finding Trade Magazines

The easiest way of finding trade magazines is by asking the
professionals you know what they read. Once you've got the title,
you can look the magazine up at the local library. You may even be
able to order a copy for free through interlibrary loan.

You can also check out free subscriptions to trade magazines at
http://www.writefromhome.com/trademags.htm

* Making First Contact

Though Writer's Market may suggest you send your more knowledgeable
pitch, most of the writers I've spoken with say a letter of
introduction is just as--if not more--effective. Share a bit about
yourself, particularly in regards to your publishing background
and any connections to the industry.

Just like querying consumer magazines, if you don't have any
experience, it's best to skip it and highlight the good points you
do have. Good research skills, and attention to deadlines will make
any editor take notice.

Professional Mariner
P.O. Box 569
Portland, ME 04112
http://www.professionalmariner.com/

John Gormley, Editor
Mailto:editors@professionalmariner.com

Do you know someone that works on the water? Did you catch a recent
local story involving a commercial boater? If so, Professional
Mariner is just right for you. This is the magazine that talks
about the hows and the whys of working on oceans, lakes and rivers
all across the country.

Editor, John Gormley, spends a good amount of page space covering
"Maritime Casualty Reports"--in fact, they take up half the online
magazine. The rest is devoted to technology, trends and ways to
make business more efficient.

Rights are negotiable. Pay starts at 25 per word. Articles may be
used in print and online. The Web site is an excellent indication
of the types of work they're looking for. Contact by e-mail or
snail mail, but please, no phone calls.

Today's Catholic Teacher
2621 Dryden Rd., Suite 300
Dayton, OH 45439
Phone: 800-523-4625
Fax: 937-293-1310
http://www.peterli.com/tct/

Betsy Konek, Editor
Mailto:bkonek@peterli.com

Conveniently, Today's Catholic Teacher has a PDF of their
guidelines available at:
http://www.peterli.com/tct/pdfs/writetct.pdf It seems they are
updated frequently. They also encourage calls and e-mails to the
editor for editorial purposes.

This magazine is specifically for Catholic teachers in grades K-8,
though teachers in grades 4-8 make up the most active audience.
Editor, Betsy Konek, enjoys informal, helpful articles accompanied
by color illustrations. (Note: these do increase payment!)

According to their guidelines, articles fall into three lengths:
600-800 words, 1,000-1,200 words and 1,200-1,500 words. Payment is
$100-$250 depending on length, depth of research and quality of
writing.

Topics of interest parallel those of other teaching magazines.
Catholic teachers cover more than just religion, and they are
worried about issues affecting all areas of education. New
technology, testing methods, laws and controversial subjects--even
ways of teaching subjects that make them new and engaging would fit
well in this magazine. If you're still in doubt, a sample issue is
available for $3.00. You can also view the contents pages at the
Web site.

Trade magazines may not hold the same flare as national glossies,
but they tend to be a faster, less difficult sell. In many cases
the pay is just as attractive, as well. These are excellent markets
for beginning writers or freelancers who have hit mid-level
plateaus.

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Hilary Evans writes about entertainment, history and education. You
can reach her at mailto:hilie_e@yahoo.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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* I'm pleased to announce that THE CONURE HANDBOOK (Barron's
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about my book, my other writing, or me and my family, visit my Web
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Anne C. Watkins

* Congratulations to Carolyn Howard Johnson for being awarded
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Promoter: How To Do What Your Publisher Wont" won USA Book News
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FROM THE COPY EDITOR'S DESK

Dealing with Dreaded Plurals and Possessives
by Jessie Raymond

My father used to tell me a joke about a pet-shop owner who needed
to place a mongoose order. He wanted a dozen, but didn't know the
correct plural form of "mongoose." (Mongeese?) So first he called
the supplier and ordered one mongoose. Then he immediately called
back and said, "On second thought, I'll take eleven more."

Since most writers have little occasion to write about one
mongoose, or even a dozen, few worry about its proper plural form.
(For the curious: It's "mongooses.") But, like the pet-shop owner,
many writers will avoid the plural form of certain words. And if a
possessive is required, some writers have been known to take up
Spanish or even Chinese as their first language rather than
continue to struggle with their native tongue.

When you write a possessive noun, where does the apostrophe go? And
why do so many people, especially shopkeepers, insist on putting an
apostrophe where none is needed? ("Banana's on sale today!")

The basic rules are easy. When a singular noun becomes possessive,
it takes a simple apostrophe-s: "a girl's Dachshund." When the noun
is plural, the apostrophe follows the s: "the girls' sweatshirts."

But, typical of the English language, nothing is easy. "Its," the
possessive form of "it," does not take an apostrophe at all. Why
not? Maybe to differentiate it from the contraction "it's," for "it
is." Maybe to keep style-guide publishers in business. Maybe to
make some of us feel superior to some shopkeepers. No one knows for
sure.

Things get more complicated with proper names, notably when the
name ends in an -s. Most commonly, proper names are made possessive
like any other nouns, whether or not they end in -s: "Mr. Johnson's
dune buggy," "Ms. Ross's divining rod." A plural possessive proper
name is treated the same way as any plural possessive: "The
Johnsons' timeshare," "The Rosses' Studebaker."

But some writers and editors disagree. They say if a proper name
sounds like a plural, it should be treated like one and receive
only the final apostrophe. That is, "Charles Dickens' books" would
be treated like "the fans' cheering section" because "Dickens"
sounds like the plural form of "Dicken." Other names that end in
's' but that don't sound like a plural form would take the standard
apostrophe-s, such as "Marlo Thomas's diary."

This rule has the potential drawback of looking awkward when two
names are handled differently in the same sentence, such as: "I
find Charles Dickens' books boring compared to Marlo Thomas's
diary." (If you ever come across that actual sentence in any
serious writing, I wager that the treatment of possessive plurals
will be the last thing on your mind. I use it merely as an
example.)

Seeing the different endings of two proper names so close together,
the reader might think the copyeditor had made a mistake. Because
of that, many writers and editors, regardless of the particular
name, choose the consistent treatment for all singular proper names
ending in -s; that is, to always add an apostrophe-s.

In certain cases, however, adding an additional 's' to a name that
already ends in 's' can make pronunciation difficult. Perhaps to
save the tongues of clergy across the English-speaking world (and
to keep front-row parishioners dry), the possessive forms of Jesus
and Moses are usually left as "Jesus" and "Moses." The possessive
forms of Greek names, such as "Ulysses" and "Demosthenes," are
usually handled the same way.

In summary, while there is some logic to possessive plurals, there
are also enough exceptions to make you bang your head on your
dictionary. (Ever notice how many of the world's greatest writers
have been alcoholics or drug addicts? We blame their tortured
souls, but the culprit is more likely their having to form the
plural possessive of words like "colossus.") For proper names, the
simplest approach (but not the only approach, as I've indicated
above) is to pay attention to the correct form of the name before
it becomes plural or possessive, and then apply the same general
rules of plurals and possessives that you use with common nouns.

So your neighbors, the Jones family, are collectively known as the
Joneses. You might covet Mr. Jones's lawn mower. (A few of you
might covet Mr. Jones' lawnmower.) You might work hard keeping up
with the Joneses' lifestyle. But nobody, not even the most intense
social climber, would try keeping up with the Jone's lifestyle.

My advice is to always keep a style guide handy. If the Joneses
come home from the pet store and ask you to write about their new
mongoose family, you're going to need it to bang your head on.

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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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JUMP-START YOUR FICTION WRITING

To Market, To Market To Sell Your Novel
by Shirley Jump
http://www.shirleyjump.com

Every once in a while, I hear from a writer who wants to know if
there is such a thing as writing to market. He or she wants to get
in on the next hot craze, whether it be vampire novels or chick-lit
or soccer-mom lit (whatever that might be), before that trend
becomes passe. The writer wants to know how to approach their
fiction with the market in mind, and how to craft their next story
to fit the market.

To me, this widget approach to fiction doesn't work. Yes, I believe
in being smart about your writing and possibly holding off on that
2,000-page Chinese historical saga if the hottest thing right now
is quick page turners set in present day. However, notice I said
"possibly." Sometimes, the best way to write to market is not to go
by what the market is telling you, but to listen to what your gut
is telling you.

Why? Because what is hot today is books that were bought at least a
year, very often two years, ago. And in the world of publishing,
virtually nothing is instantaneous. So whatever you see on the
shelves today isn't guaranteed to be hot in two years. You have to
be thinking ahead, not in the present.

That requires a nice-sized crystal ball, a good deck of tarot cards
or an innate sense of what readers buy. I don't possess either of
the first two, and haven't found a good store at the mall that
sells either of them (perhaps if I ventured out of the shoe
department more often I would). So what it boils down to is
figuring out what readers buy.

Hmm...sounds tough, doesn't it? Well, it's not as hard as it
sounds. You're already looking at a reader. Yourself. What do you
buy? Reject? What do you see the people beside you in the store buy
and reject? In the airport? The library? What books are they
picking up and putting back?

Go a step further...what do these book selections have in common?
They aren't all mysteries or romances, any glance at the bestseller
list will tell you that. They are, however, all good stories.
Compelling stories. With compelling, interesting characters that
readers care about. They are hitting on issues that are relevant to
readers' lives today.

That's a key element--relevant to reader's lives today. What are
people interested and/or worried about today? How do you figure
that out? Make a list of ten things that you see hitting the
headlines on a daily basis.

Then put on your soothsayer hat. What do you think people are going
to be worrying about and/or concerned about two years from now? If
you look at book and movie trends, you'll see these have been
pretty reflective of what is on readers' minds: global warming,
terrorism, infidelity, Internet protection, etc. Some books and
movies have taken a dramatic turn on this; others have taken a
lighter bend.

Then look at core concerns everyone has: family, life, love, home,
etc. How can you out a spin on this that is reflective of our
changing world? Have you studied some of the trends in our
population? We have had an exponential growth occurring in the baby
boomer and teen populations. Women are gaining in more powerful
positions in the workplace (look at Condi Rice and Senator
Clinton). They are putting off marriage and children, experiencing
more of their lives beforehand and generally having more of a
voice. Think about the fiction you have read lately--have you seen
this trend in novels, too? I guarantee you have.

Now, what everyone wants to do is write the next hot thing. While
it would be great to be able to predict that (and no one can) your
best bet for doing that is to take something you know will be
popular (by using the above methods) and then put your own spin on
it. Twist it just a bit--like Harlequin has done with its Steeple
Hill Cafe line, which is Inspirational Chick-Lit. See? A twist on
something hot.

Be sure, however, to do all of this within the context of your
writing strengths and abilities. Don't just write something that
you think is hot without taking into account what your capabilities
as a writer are. Otherwise, it's like trying to pretend you're a
piano player when you're really a singer. You'll undoubtedly hit
the wrong notes and not feel like you're in the right place. You
want to be true to the gifts that are your own. So listen to your
own inner voice and write what moves you and you'll find that your
writing will move others, too.

Writing to market isn't about trying to catch a trend like it's a
passing train. It's about paying attention to what people care
about and then using your skills in fiction to ride the right car
on the right tracks for you as a writer. That may mean nonfiction,
it may mean thrillers. It may mean mysteries or suspense or one of
a dozen different kinds of novels out there.

Tell the stories of your heart...and you'll find them imbued with
heart. The market will come and go with trends. If you're lucky
enough to latch onto one, by all means run with one, but if your
stories dictate something else, then tell them with the best
possible voice you can. That's your job as a writer..and your
promise to your readers to give them a book they'll never forget.

And that, fellow writers, is what a powerful book market is really
about. Books that get people to read...and keep them reading.

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Shirley Jump's newest book, THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE, a romantic
comedy with recipes, is on stands now. Go to
http://www.shirleyjump.com to read reviews and excerpts of the book
Writers Unlimited is calling "a brilliantly funny read."

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WRITING CONTEST

Writer2Writer No Fee Contest:


The new Writer2Writer contest has begun!

There is no fee to enter, but you must be subscribed to our FREE
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Take a look at the photograph shown here:

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Your assignment is to write the opening line and one paragraph
(maximum 135 words) plus a snazzy title. (Title will not be
included in the word count) It can be the beginning of a short
story or novel, or if you'd rather, may be a complete story.

Entries will be judged solely on creativity. There are absolutely
no limitations on genre; write whatever the photograph portrays to
you.

Closing date for entries: 12 midnight, January 30, 2005 (wherever
in the world you live)

Full details and rules can be found on the contest page:
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Please check these carefully, as they will change for each contest.
Entries that do not comply will be disqualified without
notification.

If you have any questions after checking the guidelines, feel free
to contact Cheryl Wright at mailto:cheryl@writer2writer.com

Under no circumstances will attachments be opened.

Please note: Contests are ongoing; check back often.

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CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS
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--->>>Anthology:

"God Allow U-Turns" series is seeking submissions for their new
book line "God Answers Prayers." This specific call is for
stories about how God answered prayers from military members and
their families.

Deadline: February 25, 2005
Length: 500-1,500 words
Payment: $50 upon publication + one copy of the book
Rights: One-time non-exclusive. Accepts reprints.

Complete guidelines at
http://www.godallowsuturns.com/guidelines.htm

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--->>>Accepting Queries

Jennifer Newton Reents is currently accepting queries for LowCarb
Energy's Web site (http://www.lowcarbenergy.com) Please send
queries to mailto:jennifer@coincide.com. Pay ranges from $25 to $75
depending on content and food writing and general writing
experience.

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--->>>Writers Wanted

Can you share a personal point of view piece on your success as a
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Guest column articles wanted for e-zine:

"How I Developed A Deeper Relationship With Our Lord."

"How I Landed A (Specific Dollar Amount) Writing Assignment."

"How I Sold (Specific Dollar Amount) In
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"How I Made (Specific Dollar Amount) Marketing My Business."

"How I Took The Busyness Out Of My Life."

Read the guidelines at
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Pays $20

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JOBS


~ Position: Food Editor
Publication/Company: Houston Chronicle
Location: Texas
Deadline: 12-07-04
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=445540

~ Position: Financial Newsletter Writer
Publication/Company: StreetAuthority.com
Location: Telecommute
Deadline: 12-09-04
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=446026

~ Position: Freelance Reporter at the Jersey Shore
Publication/Company: Cape May Star and Wave
Location: New Jersey
Deadline: 12-12-04
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=446827

~ Position: Managing/Content Editor
Publication/Company: HCPro
Location: Massachusetts
Deadline: 12-14-04
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=322292

~ Position: Features Editor
Publication/Company: The Arizona Republic
Location: Arizona
Deadline: 12-17-04
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=448387

~ Position: Editor-In-Chief
Publication/Company: Ski Racing magazine
Location: Colorado
Deadline: 12-17-04
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=448285

~ Position: Reporters
Publication/Company: Rolla Daily News
Location: Missouri
Deadline: 12-20-04
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=448879

~ Position: Freelance Writers
Publication/Company: Black Enterprise Magazine
Location: New York
Deadline: 12-20-04
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=448865

~ Position: South Florida Writers
Publication/Company: Gulfstream Media Group
Location: Florida
Deadline: 12-20-04
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=448900

~ Position: Editor
Publication/Company: Parkway Publishing
Location: Oklahoma
Deadline: 12-21-04
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=449234

~ Position: Staff Writer
Publication/Company: Columbia Free Times
Location: South Carolina
Deadline: 12-21-04
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=449225

~ Position: Copy Editor/Page Designer
Publication/Company: The Courier
Location: Louisiana
Deadline: 12-21-04
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=449237

~ Position: Stringers in convention cities
Publication/Company: GHI LLC
Location: USA
Deadline: 12-22-04
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=449436

~ Position: Sports Reporter
Publication/Company: Tracy Press
Location: California
Deadline: 12-23-04
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=449924

~ Position: Public Safety Reporter
Publication/Company: The Bulletin
Location: Oregon
Deadline: 12-23-04
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=449863

~ Position: Staff Writer
Publication/Company: Michigan House of Representatives
Location: Michigan
Deadline: 12-23-04
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=449768

~ Position: Editorial Writer
Publication/Company: The News Tribune
Location: Washington
Deadline: 12-24-04
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=449988

~ Position: Book Editor
Publication/Company: Bowtie/KBC
Location: New Jersey
Deadline: 12-24-04
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=450024

~ Position: Sports Editor
Publication/Company: The Delaware Gazette
Location: Ohio
Deadline: 12-24-04
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=450079

~ Position: Writers
Publication/Company: The News-Enterprise
Location: Kentucky
Deadline: 12-24-04
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=450141

~ Position: Freelance Writers
Publication/Company: Ascend Business Magazine
Location: Freelance/All locations
Deadline: 12-26-04
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=450369


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

ATTENTION EDITORS and PUBLISHERS! If your publication is a PAYING
market send your guidelines, freelance needs and job openings to
mailto:busyfreelancer@writefromhome.com and they'll be published in
the next issue of Busy Freelancer.

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Reminder About Paying Markets:

Make sure and read the complete writers' 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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The Lane Report
http://www.kybiz.com/lanereport/issues/lane.html

Lane Communications Group
201 E. Main St., 14th Floor
Lexington, KY 40507
Mailto:editorial@lanereport.com

Monthly magazine covering statewide business in Kentucky.

Seeks essays, interviews and profiles pertaining to Kentucky
business and business owners.

Pays on publication $100-375 for pieces between 500-2,000 words.
Buys one-time rights. Accepts queries via e-mail, postal mail and
fax. Accepts simultaneous submissions.

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5678 Magazine
http://www.5678magazine.com

P.O. Box 8886
Gaithersburg, MD 20898
mailto:durand5678@aol.com

Bimonthly magazine about various types of dancing including
couples, line, swing and country.

Nonfiction: Seeks how-to, humor and historical/nostalgic articles,
and interviews and profiles with a length of 600-2,00 words.

Fiction: Humorous and "slice of life" pieces between 600-1,500
words.

Pays on publication $35-100 for nonfiction and fiction. Buys first
rights. Accepts e-queries.

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Miniature Quilts
http://www.quilttownusa.com/Chitra/mq.htm

2 Public Ave.
Montrose, PA 18801
Mailto:chitraed@epix.net

Bimonthly instructional magazine focused on miniature quilts.

Seeks how-to articles and interviews/profiles of quilters who make
miniature quilts.

Pays on publication $75 per published page of text (1,500 words,
max). Buys reprint rights. Does not accept e-queries.

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Birmingham Parent
Complete Guidelines:
http://www.writefromhome.com/guidelines/birminghamparent.htm
Publication's Site: http://www.birminghamparent.com
Editor: Carol Muse Evans

3584 Highway 31 South, #324
Pelham, Al 35124
Mailto:editor@birminghamparent.com

Regional parenting publication covering Birmingham and Alabama.

Seeks local features that apply to parents and children in the
local area. Prefers to work with local, established writers.

Pays on publication up to $300 for features between 1,000-2,500
words. Buys FNSR, occasionally buys reprints. See guidelines for
query details.

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Nailpro
The Magazine for Nail Professionals
http://www.nailpro.com

7628 Densmore Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Mailto:jmills@creativeage.com

Monthly magazine for professional manicurists and nail technicians.

Seeks how-to, humor, inspirational, interviews/profiles, personal
experience and book excerpts.

Pays on acceptance $150-450 for pieces between 1,000-3,000 words.

Also seeking articles on products and the marketing of nail
services. For these pieces Nailpro pays on acceptance $200-300 for
pieces between 1,200-2,000 words.

Buys FNSR. Accepts queries by postal mail, e-mail and fax. Accepts
reprints and simultaneous submissions. Query first!

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Across the Board
http://www.conference-board.org/publications/atb/writersGuide.cfm

845 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10022-6679
Mailto:atb@conference-board.org

Bimonthly magazine focused on business, specifically higher
management.

Seeks essays, humor, personal experience, book excerpts, opinion.

Pays on publication $50-2,500 for pieces ranging from 1,000-3,500
words.

Not interested in high-tech articles. Accepts queries via postal
mail, e-mail and fax but prefers detailed proposals that include
the "bare bones of your article." Accepts simultaneous submissions.
See Web site for detailed guidelines.

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