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

Monthly e-publication for busy writers and those aspiring to
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February 1, 2004 Volume 3 Issue 2

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
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>>> Jump-Start Your Fiction Writing
by Shirley Jump
>>> Writing Contests
>>> Anthologies Seeking Submissions
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>>> Paying Markets
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"The first fear many writers commonly identify with is "fear
of failure," but in reality it is so much more. After all,
what is "failure" really?"--Tina L Miller in her article "How
Fear Impacts Your Writing." Read the article at
http://www.writefromhome.com/writingtradearticles/246.htm

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°°°°° LETTER FROM THE EDITOR °°°°°

Dear Writers,

One word describes my January: Busy! I began the new year with
quite a bit of work, and the momentum didn't stop. The work
just kept coming, and coming and coming. I also had several
deadlines get moved up. Most of the month I averaged 90-hour
weeks in the office. (I don't like turning away work, unless I
absolutely have no other choice.)

I'm usually very busy (who isn't these days?) but it's been a
long time since I experienced the kind of volume I saw in
January. But, I need to give credit where it's due: I couldn't
have taken on this workload without the help and cooperation
of my family. They're terrific!

So, what's my secret to acquiring all this work?

First, there is no secret. All of my work is the direct result
of my marketing efforts. Some of the incoming work came from
queries that were circulating. Other work came from contacts I
made several months ago. The rest came from two other
avenues: direct phone calls from editors inquiring if I
wanted assignments; and project work for existing clients.

Marketing yourself and your work is an important part of this
business. Even during my 90+ hour weeks, I still made time for
marketing.

My advice to anyone that wants to maintain a busy writing
career is: Market yourself and keep doing so even after you
see your desired results.

The whole process is fairly simple and certainly not as
complicated as writer's are led to believe. Make the effort,
do the legwork and you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you
created all your looming deadlines.

Have a wonderful, super-successful month!

Warmly,

Kim Wilson
Editor & Publisher

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ASK THE FREELANCE PRO

Growing Ideas
by Kathryn Lay

Whether you begin with an idea or begin with a market you want
to submit to, it's a safe bet that you should understand
something about the publications you want to write for before
you submit your queries, articles, essays, and stories.

As a writing instructor, contest judge, and workshop teacher,
I've always told my students to study recent and back issues
of magazines they would like to write for--the types of
columns, articles, stories, advertising, sidebars, photographs
or artwork, etc. This is often emphasized to writers, but an
area that I haven't seen mentioned when talking about studying
magazines is the idea of studying a potential market by
reading the Letters to the Editor.

Not only can you gain insight into the wants and needs of the
magazine's readers, but you will find a wealth of idea
suggestions.

Recently, I went through the Letters to Editor sections of
five magazines and came up with nine ideas for articles,
queries, and short stories.

Examples:

In a children's magazine, children wrote in with questions.
One asked about study tips for making good grades. Although
this publication wouldn't actually publish that type of
article, as a homeschool Mom and wife of a teacher, I knew I
could come up with some clever ideas for a 'list article' of
study tips for a parenting or teaching publication.

Another kid wrote about how they didn't have any friends at
recess to play with and wondered how they could make friends
during recess time. I was able to work out a short story plot
as well as an article for kids and another for parents on this
subject.

In an adult religious publication, a reader wrote in telling
how two preschool sisters had dubbed her as 'grandma' and how
she and her husband created Easter baskets for them and their
family to encourage them. This became an idea for finding the
ministry opportunities around you.

In a large history magazine, a letter to the editor discussed
how President Washington sat for many artists during his
Presidency and complained about the time consumption involved
in these 'bothersome demands.' I began wondering about artists
who had painted presidents.

In the same publication, a reader told about while in the
service during WWII, some of the members of his bootcamp were
moved into a tent city at a local zoo and about the mixture of
military and animal noises day and night. This led to an idea
for a children’s story.

A letter in a Woman's Magazine discussing her weight loss from
a diet printed in the magazine also talked about how her
battle with thyroid disease led to weight gain that made the
disease even more difficult and how losing the weight helped
her illness. I began thinking about how people diet to
decrease the effects of specific diseases such as heart
disease, diabetes, and so on.

And in an old issue of a now defunct publication, a reader
talked about how she left a six-figure job that was hurting
her heath and happiness. She began exploring other fields by
volunteering, working part-time, and taking college courses.
She talked about how making radical changes made her stronger
and willing to take even more risks that gave her joy. This
also led to a short story idea and a variety of ideas for
nonfiction pieces for women, family, religious, and children's
publications.

Another way of finding new ideas is by sitting down with a
stack of magazines and write down the title and theme or plot
of every article, essay, and short story. I will go back
and look at each one, wondering how I can approach the subject
differently or use a nonfiction idea for fiction or take an
element in a fiction piece and explore the nonfiction idea
behind it.

All of these ideas are put onto 3 X 5 cards and placed into my
'idea box.'

Sometimes, I'll spend time looking through my 'expert box' for
new ideas. On those cards are names of people I know or know
of. They include the professions, skills, interests, and
hobbies of these 'experts.' The caving hobby of the father of
one of my daughter's childhood friends became an idea for a
children's short story that led me to break into a large
publication I'd been longing to write for, thanks to the
information from this man and his hobby.

Other stories have grown from learning of an interesting job
or hobby from a friend of a friend, or reading about local
people in the paper.

So, now that you are loaded with new ideas, how do you begin?

After I've had an 'idea day' or session, I'll take another
hour of my day and sort the ideas into age groups since I
write for both children and adults. Then, within those areas I
can sort the ideas into nonfiction and fiction. Once that's
done, I begin working on query letters while the ideas are
fresh and get them out into the mail or e-mail.

Essays, stories, or nonfiction pieces that can be sent out
whole (as opposed to a query) are gone over until I find the
one that really interests me.

I rarely find that I turn every initial idea into a query or
publishable piece of writing, but if those idea sessions yield
a half-dozen or dozen useable ideas, the studying time has
been well-worth the break from actual writing. And when those
ideas are exhausted, it'll be time for another study through
magazines, experts, and old ideas.

Feel free to send your ideas for columns or freelancing
questions to be answered to me at mailto:rlay15@aol.com.

Happy ideas!

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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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The football season may be over, but shouts of "Defense!
Defense! Where's the defense?!" are still ringing in my head.
The Chiefs' defeat to the Colts has scarred my husband--and
possibly, my eardrums--for life. All this shouting has made
me consider my own defense though, as a writer.

Most writers play on offense. We study markets and send out
queries. But what do we do when the rejections come in? Hang
our heads, wipe away the tears and plod onto the next
magazine? Heck no! We should call in our defense and go at it
again!

Recently I queried a new parenting magazine. Having never seen
a copy, I went the easy route and checked local community
calendar information. After finding a family-friendly event, I
wrote the editor asking to cover the story.

"I'm sorry," read her response. "It's an interesting idea, but
we don't cover one organization at once." The offense-me wiped
away her disappointment, and sent in the defense to recover
the ball. A five second search lead to two related charities,
a revised idea, and one more e-mail. Tailoring my
"interesting" idea to the magazine's current needs landed me
an 800-word story, and $150.00 in the bank.

The following markets are good considerations for higher pay:

Nashville/Rutherford/Williamson Parent
2228 Metro Center Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37228
615-256-2158
Web site: http://www.parentworld.com
Editor: mailto:npinfo@nashevilleparent.com

Susan Day is the editor for these three Tennessee publications
geared toward parents with children, infant to age 14. The
idea here is "resource." She likes sidebars, easily digestible
information, and clean organization.

"Stylistically, we adhere to the Associated Press Stylebook,"
says Day. "Please organize sections of material with
subheads." Articles also need to be well researched, with a
local focus. Two expert opinions are needed, although notes
Day, one of those may be a national voice if from a well-known
organization.

Features are between 1300 and 2000 words, with sidebars
excluded from that count. The details will be worked out
through a formal assignment agreement.

These pieces are normally purchased as WORKS FOR HIRE, meaning
once you are published and paid you no longer own the rights
to your work. Some writers have a real problem with that, and
try to renegotiate their contracts. That is a perfectly
normal, acceptable thing to do--and one that can land you
better rights and more pay.

Just remember that if you settle for selling all rights to a
project, you have no way of selling reprints, or publishing
the article on your personal site unless you get written
permission first.

Portland Parent
119 SE Main, Suite 204-B
Portland, OR 97214
503-460-2774
Web site: http://portland.parenthood.com/aboutus.html
Editor: mailto:portlandparent@yahoo.com

I know. I know. Already someone is saying, "But I have a
different address for the editor." When I write to editors
asking for guidelines, I also ask what will make their jobs
easier. "Easier" for them generally means better chances for
you. The above address is where Marie Sherlock prefers queries
to be sent. Whether you choose to honor that request is
strictly up to you.

Speaking of Marie, nice gal. She noted that she's going over
the magazine's guidelines, but these will do for now:

Portland Parent runs two kinds of features: topics and events.
Both need a local focus and run over 900 words. Departments go
from 450 to 900 words and cover Out & About (day trips in
Portland area), Family Travel (Pacific Northwest
destinations), Parenting People (profile of person or group
making a difference), and reviews and updates concerning area
entertainment.

Again, this market does not accept reprints. Ms. Sherlock
expects queries to explain your article and provide a short
outline, give an idea of your sources, and a history of your
work as a writer. Seasonal ideas needed three to four months
in advance.

Payments are negotiated at the time an assignment is made, and
reprints are out--just like the magazines above. Portland
Parent responds in three to four weeks.

Football season is a funny time of year, both in that it's
amusing and downright bizarre. It's the one time you really
see men get together and gossip, only it's teams and owners
and coaches receiving the brunt of society's whip. Fortunately
there is a glint of truth in all the chatter. Defense
strengthens your game, and keeps you ahead of the competition.
Use it to turn your next rejection into a successful sale.

UPDATE
Parents' Monthly (Sacramento) is not taking submissions until
2005.

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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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Lori Batcheller writes:

I'd like to share some recent and upcoming successes
surrounding my book "Alpine Achievement: A Chronicle of the
United States Disabled Ski Team."

Now entering its third year of publication, I am receiving as
much publicity as during its debut around the Olympic and
Paralympic Games. This winter, a review will be featured in
the Professional Ski Instructors of America Magazine, another
review came out in November in Palaestra Magazine, and I have
been quoted in articles on adaptive skiing on Wired.com and
360 Magazine. This month my book and thoughts on adaptive
skiing will be mentioned in an article in the Los Angeles
Times. It is gratifying to be called by other journalists who
are covering this exciting sport, which is growing even more
popular with the return of disabled veterans from Iraq.

Lori Batcheller
Author, "Alpine Achievement: A Chronicle of the United States
Disabled Ski Team" and "Journey to Health: Writing Your Way to
Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Well-being."
http://www.lbcreative.com
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Congratulations to Jeff Smith on the publication of his
interview "Book Writing Secrets: An Interview with author
James Allen." To read the interview go to
http://www.highertrustmarketing.com/news/IPPSJan29-04.html

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FROM THE COPY EDITOR'S DESK

Don't Feel Badly--Please
by Jessie Raymond


Observe Linda. She has hurt a friend's feelings and has
decided to send an apology. She sits down at her desk with a
blank scented note card and a large plumed pen (left over from
her elegant wedding this past summer) and commences:

Dear Flora,

I feel very--

She stops. She knows how she feels, but she can't remember how
to word it. Does she feel bad? Or does she feel badly?

Quickly, she thinks back to school and recalls her English
teacher, Mr. Pelcher, droning on in his high, nasally voice,
"Repeat after me, Class: Adjectives modify nouns or pronouns;
adverbs modify adjectives, verbs, and other adverbs."

And she thinks, "How is that supposed to help me?" She never
liked Mr. Pelcher anyway.

Like Linda, we know the difference between adjectives and
adverbs, but when it comes to I feel bad or I feel badly, we
often get hung up. I believe there are three reasons for this:
the seven "sense" verbs, the word well, and a fear of sounding
uneducated.

Perhaps because Linda spent so much class time passing notes,
she doesn't remember Mr. Pelcher's lecture on the sense verbs:
feel, look, sound, taste, seem, appear, smell. Unlike most
other verbs, these link a sentence's subject with a sensation.
When other verbs would take an adverb ("I shop frequently"),
the sense verbs take an adjective ("I feel exhausted.") With
sense verbs, the subject ("I"), not the verb, is being
modified; therefore, an adjective is called for.

If Linda remembered other situations where she might use the
word feel, she'd know intuitively that it takes an adjective.
She's always saying things like "My bra feels tight," but
never, "My bra feels tightly."

And that goes for the other sensory verbs as well. Linda is
known, in restaurants, to say things like, "Excuse me, Miss,
but this salmon smells odd." Not oddly. And she is forever
asking her new husband, "Do these pants make me look fat?" She
never says fatly.

So even without consciously knowing the rule behind sense
verbs, Linda generally uses adjectives with them. Then why is
bad/badly any different?

I blame the word well, because it can serve as either adverb
or adjective. As an adverb, well is the opposite of badly; as
an adjective, well is the opposite of sick. So if she hasn't
been ill lately, Linda can say either: She feels good or she
feels well--where well is an adjective.

But what if Linda has had one too many sombreros with that
odd-smelling salmon? And what if her attentive husband, seeing
her face grow pale, asks how she feels?

In reality, Linda would probably just say, "Andrew, can't you
see I'm as sick as a dog here?" But for argument's sake, let's
pretend she wants to say that she feels bad. Or badly.

Hand to clammy brow, she reasons as follows:

1. Adverbs usually follow verbs (as in I played well or I
played badly).

2. I feel well sounds similar in structure to I played well
and is grammatically correct.

3. Well is an adverb in I played well, so an adverb after I
feel would be appropriate. Therefore:

"I feel badly, Andrew. Get the check."

Now Andrew, knowing how ornery Linda gets after a few
sombreros, isn't going to say, "Sugar, the only way you could
feel badly was if your fingertips were frostbitten," but he's
thinking it. Linda, in step 3 of her mental checklist, forgot
that in the sentence 'I feel well,' well is not an adverb;
it’s an adjective meaning "not sick." She should have said, "I
feel bad."

But even beyond grammar rules, for Linda there is another
reason to favor, "I feel badly." You see, she has heard
certain people (whom she would describe as "less fortunate
than myself") say things like "I did good on my driver's test"
or "My rash itches bad." She knows that these people--in
addition to keeping their skin problems to themselves--should
be using adverbs. So to her ear, adverbs in general just sound
classier. The -ly ending is the grammatical form of the
extended pinky, she thinks. But then, does that make I feel
badly proper? Or just affected?

She looks down at her note card and raises a well-plucked
eyebrow.

Dear Flora,

I feel--

Bad? Badly? Which is it? And then, suddenly, she knows what to
do. She writes, with a flourish of her plume,

--like a terrible friend for hurting your feelings. Can you
ever forgive me?

Let's give Linda a hand. Not only did she help us clarify the
bad/badly issue, but she also gave us a good writing tip: If
you can't figure out the proper grammar in a sentence, don't
waste all day fretting; just change the darn sentence to avoid
the problem.

And whatever you do, don't feel badly about it. Please.

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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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~~~ My biggest grammar goof is leaving out a word or
transposing letters, and then when I'm going through the piece
to proofread, my brain automatically inserts that word or
changes the letters back around. I once got an e-mail about
this--it was supposed to be funny--

Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't
mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny
iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer is at the
rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll
raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey
lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe. Pterty Cool.

Gretchen Roberts

~~~ I am a published freelancer of numerous articles on
various topics. Although I have many grammar goofs, my most
constant grammar goof is typing so fast that I omit words like
'the.' I have been making this mistake for years! At last, I
have my own personal proofreader--my 12 year old son who
proofreads my work for this annoying bad habit!

Happy Writing
Christine Cristiano

~~~ After I read your grammar goofs about dependable mistakes,
I just had to share this.

I got so tired of my list of common typos, my own personal
dependable typos that I added them to the autocorrect in my
wordprocessing program. True it doesn't work for many e-mail
programs. But it saves me a great deal of time now when I'm
proofing. Just thought I'd share. -C

Carole McDonnell
Prayer, Patience, Postage, Persistence
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Christianfantasysciencefiction
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ChristianAuthorsandArtists
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EthnicWriters
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HudsonValleyWriters

~~~ Alright, I admit it; I cannot spell "receive." Even
writing that word there made me stop and think.

I always hesitate before I write it and most times I still get
it wrong. The thing is, it's one of the most common words I
tend to use and yes I am embarrassed about it--thank goodness
for the spell-check!

Regards

Nadia


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JUMP-START YOUR FICTION WRITING

Where are we, ToTo?: Using Setting to Power Up Your Story
by Shirley Jump


One of the most important aspects of your book is the setting.
Setting is like another character. It just doesn't place your
story in a seaside resort or a creepy mansion--it gives
limits, parameters and definition to your story. It can serve
as a backdrop for your character's deepest fears, force them
to face challenges they never wanted to confront before, and
make them step out of their natural comfort zones. In
addition, setting can be used effectively to convey who and
what your characters are all about.

In other words, setting does that one trick all writers want
to do better--show instead of tell. Granted, it doesn't do all
the showing work (there are other tricks for that, which we'll
get into in later columns) but it does go far toward
demonstrating who your characters are and what kind of people
they become under pressure.

That's a lot for one little place to do, isn't it?

That's why it's important to choose your setting carefully and
to think about how each setting choice will impact your story.
Let's say you have a story that pits a young girl against a
seasoned criminal. If you choose a daycare for your setting
and put the story after hours, the young girl might be the one
with the advantage. She's going to know that environment and
be able to take advantage of every Play-doh encrusted corner.
Hey, sounds like a pretty good plot, doesn't it? It was--for a
movie called "Home Alone," which put a child in his home
setting (where he had an arsenal of toys at his disposal) and
pitted him against criminals who didn't have the brains to
know the kid was going to beat them.

Now, try using the setting against the characters. Take a
football player and a ballerina and put them in a raft going
down a rushing river. There, neither is in their natural
element and the setting will work against the characters.
They'll have to learn to use skills other than the ones
they've relied on all their lives to beat the river.

Setting can also be used as a character, like the inn in "The
Shining" or the house in "The Amityville Horror." In those
kinds of stories, the place was as much a part of the story as
the people themselves. Without that place, there wouldn't have
been a story.

Think about the place where you are planning on setting your
story and ask yourself a few questions:

-> How do each of my main characters feel about this setting?

-> What special skills do they have that can work in this
setting? What skills do they have that will fail them in this
setting?

-> How will this setting test them?

-> How can I use this setting to increase the tension between
the characters?

-> How can I use the setting to show the characters at their
worst? And at their best?

In showing characters at their best or worst in a setting, you
can have the woman who was afraid of the dark rise to the
occasion when the lights go out and take care of those she
loves. She can conquer the setting--and her fears--because the
people she cares about are more important. You can also use
the setting as a visual for the obstacles in a character's
life, like the skyscraper in "Die Hard." There are a lot of
steps to the top for Bruce Willis, much like the many steps he
needs to go through in order to redeem himself enough to save
his wife and be a good enough man to reunite with her.

If you can keep in mind that setting is not just a place to
park your story, you'll find it's a much more powerful tool
than you ever imagined. Use it to add depth and richness, not
just to your characters, but to their challenges and to your
plot. Twist and turn your setting, looking at it from
different aspects. See if there is a new way to use that
place. And then get the maximum bang for your setting dollar!

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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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"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope
that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could
say, "I used everything you gave me"---Erma Bombeck

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WRITING CONTESTS
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PICTURE BOOK CONTEST

Blue Oasis Online Support Teams (BOOST) 2nd annual writing
contest

Accepting submissions January 1st through April 15th, 2004

First prize: $100.00 and manuscript reviewed by editors at
Publish America

Second prize: $50.00

Third prize: Selection of Writer’s Digest Books

All winners will be announced in The Blue Review, the official
newsletter of BOOST and will receive a free one-year
subscription.

For more information go here:
http://boost4writers.com/contests.html
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Plug in your gray cells and zap your muse. Pick up your pen or
flex your fingers, because WriteCraft has an exciting new
feature--a quarterly Short Story contest! Be the winning
author, win $25, and see your story published on WriteCraft's
Web site. Simply go to http://www.writecraftweb.com and click
on "Short Story Contest" for details. Hurry! The deadline for
the first contest is March 15, 2004.

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Writer's Digest 73rd Annual Writing Competition
Deadline: May 15, 2004
10 Categories with more than $30,000 in prizes. Complete
details found at:
http://www.writersdigest.com/contests/writing_comp04.asp

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Wildfire Literary Competition (Erotica)
Deadline: March 9, 2004
Complete details found at
http://www.aptmedium.com.au/wildfire/competition.html

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ANTHOLOGIES SEEKING SUBMISSIONS


* 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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* We Had a Dream: Reflections on America--Then and Now

Seeking personal essays, memoir and social commentary on the
sixties and seventies in America.

Length: 5000 words max
Compensation: Authors will be compensated, amount not stated.
Prefers working with published authors.

Details found at:
http://journalism.berkeley.edu/jobs/index.php?cat=free&ID=1156

Mailto:tkennedyea@aol.com


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JOBS

[Editors note: The following five jobs and links are
published with permission. Please note, after the application
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jobs featured on this site go to
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~ El Dia
Position: Reporter
Location: Houston, TX
Details found at:
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~ The Republican-American
Position: City Editor
Location: Waterbury, CT
Details found at:
http://journalism.berkeley.edu/jobs/index.php?cat=newswire&ID=1168


~ Santa Barbara News Press
Position: Page Designer
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Details found at:
http://journalism.berkeley.edu/jobs/index.php?cat=newswire&ID=1151


~ CNET Networks
Position: Associate Editor
Location: Cambridge, MA
Details found at:
http://journalism.berkeley.edu/jobs/index.php?cat=newmed&ID=1166


~ ECT News Network
Position: Freelance Technology News Writer
Location: East Coast location preferred
Details found at:
http://journalism.berkeley.edu/jobs/index.php?cat=free&ID=1152


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PAYING MARKETS

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Reminder About Paying Markets:

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Because editorial positions frequently change it's in your
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Book Publisher Seeking Manuscripts

Gom Publishing seeks manuscripts in several genres. Complete
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Blue Mountain Arts is interested in reviewing poetry and
writings suitable for publication on greeting cards. We are
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Blue Mountain Arts, Inc.
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Post Office Box 1007
Boulder, CO 80306

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The Blue Review, a monthly "subscription only" newsletter for
children’s writers, is actively seeking submissions. Each
month we publish a theme-based issue for our readers.

Audience: New and experienced children’s writers
Rights: First (30 days)
Pay: On publication (Paypal is preferred method)
Feature: (1000 words) $10 and one copy of the newsletter
Filler: (500 words) $5 and one copy of the newsletter
Tip: We prefer "How-to" articles about the craft of writing.

Send complete manuscript in the body of an e-mail to Kathy
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submitted for any topic on the theme list. No attachments
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To read full writer’s guidelines visit
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Upcoming Themes:

2004 March: Descriptive Action and Scenes

2004 April: Picture Books

2004 May: Writing Contests

2004 June: Electronic Writing

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Silent Sports
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Mailto:info@silentsports.net
P.O. Box 152
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reprints. Accepts queries by mail, e-mail and fax. Request a
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Wall Fashions
http://www.thewallpaper.com
Mailto:klundquist@gwmcnamara.com
4215 White Bear Parkway, Suite 100
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Tabloid magazine published 10 times per year, with a primary
focus of the wall covering industry.

Seeks nonfiction interview/profile, how-to and
historical/nostalgic.

Pays upon publication $150. Buys all rights. Accepts queries
via mail and e-mail. Query with published clips. Sample copy
available for $4, writer's guidelines free.

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