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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
>>> Writing Contests
>>> Anthologies Seeking Submissions
>>> Paying Markets
"I cannot stress enough, how important it is for writers to write
every day. I know only too well how difficult it is to maintain a
disciplined writing schedule; anything can and everything will
happen to divert your attention. However, it is only with
determination and self-motivation that we will achieve success."
--Cheryl Wright from interview conducted by Shaunna Privratsky
°°°°° LETTER FROM THE EDITOR °°°°°
On or right before the first day of each month I upload Write From
Home and send out Busy Freelancer. Usually I'm diligent and
strictly adhere to this schedule, but I need to make an exception
to this rule for the July issue. In the middle of June, I am going
out of town on a three-week nonworking vacation (My family still
doesn't believe the "nonworking" part. To them, seeing is
believing). I'll publish the July issue of each publication on
approximately July 7--give or take a day or two. Most of my
columnists are taking off this particular month, but I'll make up
for it by including extra markets, jobs, and contests.
Since I'm talking about schedules, and sticking to them, I want to
give you a little look into what goes on behind the scenes of Busy
Freelancer and Write From Home.
When I receive requests from writers to add their link to Write
From Home, or Success Spotlight submissions, I usually don't
respond to these e-mails right away. Instead, they sit in a file
and I deal with them at the end of the month. Processing these
requests and submissions all at once saves me time (a precious and
hot commodity). If you send me a request to add your link or a
Success Spotlight submission please know I WILL respond to you--but
it'll be at the end of the month when I begin typesetting these
areas of the publications.
As usual, I wish you a success-filled, low-stress month.
PS: For many, summers are more hectic than the rest of the year.
Don't forget to take time out of your busy schedule and nurture a
very important person--YOU!
ASK THE FREELANCE PRO
Writing for the Inspirational Market
by Kathryn Lay
My first writing sale was to a Sunday School take-home paper. It
relayed experiences my husband and I had while working with the
children of local Hmong refugees. Soon after, I sold my first piece
to Home Life magazine, sharing the heartache of a false pregnancy
and the hope of a loving husband.
Before I knew it, I had dozens of acceptances from religious
publications from a variety of denominations. I was hooked on
writing personal experiences for the inspirational market. And from
the response of editors and readers, I believed I found a writing
niche that came natural.
Writing personal pieces for inspirational markets is rewarding and
can be done over and again once you understand the makeup of such
1. Scrutinize your experiences.
When I look back over the stories and essays that have sold, I see
that the only commonality is that they all happened to me and I
learned something from each experience. I've written about my
infertility and later our daughter's adoption. I've written about
times when I've been afraid, angry, and honest. I've written of
moments with my daughter: rescuing a baby bird, gardening, home
schooling moments. I've written of events that took a moment or
happened over weeks or months.
I've begun keeping a Personal Experience journal. Here I can write
down an event, an interesting meeting or moment of the day,
something I've done or someone has done for me. If I write down
what happened soon after and what was said or done, later, when
I've found my theme for the piece or my take-away message, I know I
will be able to remember the details of the event because of my
To make these experiences saleable and readable to many, I have to
find a common ingredient that others could relate to, such as the
joy of holding my child, the fear of letting that same child try
her wings as she gets older, hurt feelings when a friendship is
broken, a special moment with a dying relative that becomes a much
2. Get the reader involved.
Now that I know what my universal theme is--friendship, loneliness,
loss, fear, struggling with anger or unforgiveness--I write my
story with that in mind. I want my reader to feel that, although
they didn't have that exact experience, they have had the same
basic feelings, fears, frustrations, joys, and triumphs. My reader
must feel a part of my story, through the emotion, showing of the
event, and honesty of my piece.
This is when description, dialogue, anecdotes, and reaction are
used to draw in the reader. I began my article on my false
pregnancy with; "Mrs. Lay, you are six weeks pregnant," the doctor
said, shaking my hand. I was able to go right into my emotions, a
description of the rest of the day sharing the good news with
family and friends, and the eventual reaction to the same doctor
explaining weeks later that I was not pregnant, there would be no
3. Taking it home.
The greatest impact of an inspirational piece is that the reader is
able to take something with them. A feeling of hope or
encouragement. A sense that they too can overcome this type of
challenge, survive this ordeal, or just gain a new idea for
handling their own similar situation.
When I wrote about my daughter and me rescuing a baby cardinal and
having to set it free, I was able to talk about my own reluctance
to let my growing daughter have more independence and freedom away
from my protective wings. Every parent can relate to these
When I wrote of a special last moment with my father-in-law, I
didn't emphasize that he was dying, but the moment of joy we shared
over a bowl of peaches. Anyone caring for an ill family member can
relate to those little events that become huge memories later on.
4. It's the honesty that heals.
If you are able to delve honestly
into your feelings and share what you've learned from big and small
experiences, you can inspire readers with your words. It wasn't
easy being honest over an anger issue I had to deal with, or about
the loss of faith in God during our infertility, and so on. But my
own honesty has resulted in letters from readers who have thanked
me and shared their own stories. They were blessed and moved to see
someone else experiencing their same feelings, fears, hurts, and
Not only was I honest about my feelings, but about how I changed,
grew, and found joy. My goal with inspirational pieces is to leave
my reader feeling that there is hope for their own situation.
Do you have a story to share that can be an inspiration to readers?
Look through magazines of all types to find personal experience and
inspirational writings. It doesn't have to be religious to be
inspirational. The change in you during this event may not be
monumental, but if there is change, growth, or a new knowledge
gained, then you have a story that can be shared.
Books to help you learn how to write personal experience pieces:
"Writing from Personal Experience: How to Turn Your Life into
Salable Prose" by Nancy Davidoff Kelton
"Writing Personal Essays: How to Shape Your Life Experiences for
the Page" by Sheila Bender
"Write from Life: Turning Your Personal Experiences into Compelling
Stories" by Meg Files
"Writing Life Stories" by Bill Roorbach
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
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by Hilary Evans
"Write what you know."
Sometimes that advice just doesn't work. I'm a boring person, by
normal standards. I enjoy things other people only smile politely
and slowly nod at. You know, you really can only get so many
rejections that say "not very interesting" without taking the
matter to heart--so, if you're like me, don't write what you know.
Write what you need to find out.
For example, I've been doing a physical fitness routine--walking
every day, eating healthier meals and all that--and all of a sudden
my left leg aches. In fact, when I sit for more than an hour, it
swells considerably. My first thought? Blood clot. Blood clot en
route to my brain, or my lung, or my...you see where this is going.
Blood clot--that's all that needs to be said.
After a visit to my doctor though, I found out it's just
tendonitis. All those inactive winter months didn't just give me an
extra layer of "insulation," they gave me some major pain. Now,
this is something we all need to know, but have very little
interest in finding out--until it becomes a problem. Throw in some
resources and a few local quotes, and that, my friends, is a recipe
P.O. Box 7884
Fredericksburg, VA 22404
Phone: (540) 657-4109
The editor, Ann McDuffie, is new--and very nice. She got back to me
within a reasonable time frame, and still apologized for the wait.
She states in her guidelines a response time--which isn't always
seen for regional parenting magazines. Many will just junk your
manuscript and move on. Also, "Fred Parent" is a market for
"Our goal is to create a large parenting network that informs,
educates and entertains," reads the guidelines. "Stories should
have a local angle, resource, and contact number or Web site."
Queries should relate the article's focus, ideas for pictures and
relevant information about you. "What makes you the person to cover
this topic?" asks the guidelines. Someone will get back to you
within four to eight weeks.
All articles are accepted on speculation. (That means even if your
query is given the thumbs up, you aren't guaranteed publication.)
If accepted, your article must arrive by the 15th--two months
previous to the issue you'll be in. You can send it in the body of
an e-mail message or as an attachment.
Their payment varies according to many factors, but is between $10
and $25 for fillers under 500 words, and $25 to $50 for cover
articles up to 1000 words.
Some advice on making this editor happy? Draw people into the story
using an intriguing lead. Use anecdotes--personal stories, other
people's as well as your own--to help readers connect, and deliver
a powerful ending. Also, do your research. An article without facts
is just an opinion piece, no matter how well you present it. (The
exception, of course, is when you are a qualified expert in a
field--and even then, other sources are appreciated.)
Dane County Kids
Erickson Publishing, LLC
P.O. Box 45050
Madison, WI 53744-5050
Justine Kessler is the Editor in chief for Erickson Publishing,
LLC, the publisher of Dane County Kids. She's a very down-to-earth
and helpful person, and responds to inquiries in well-enough time.
Like many editors, Ms. Kessler is a little fed up with misguided
"I get many submissions that do not relate to our content or
audience at all, which is a waste of time for the writer and for
me." For this reason she asks that writers request a copy of their
editorial guidelines BEFORE making a submission. Stand out by
taking her time seriously.
Other problems Kessler mentions are articles that only contain
nationally relevant sources. Dane County Kids needs stories focused
on the Madison area.
"As an editor, I am eager to receive article ideas or submissions
that relate to a particular local child, family, teacher, group or
event who is doing something unique within our community," says
Kessler. And as a writer, filling that void will put you in top
position for being published.
When you write what people need to know, in a way the editors need
to receive it, you improve your chances for acceptance
tremendously. Many writers focus on things people want to learn, or
would enjoy reading about--and many writers are good at that. If
your queries tend to meet with questionable glances and a lack of
enthusiasm however, it might be wise to make your mark bringing
people the information they hope they won't have a use for.
Have a comment, question or suggestion? Know of a great
regional writer who deserves some recognition? Let me know at
Hilary Evans is the mother of three children, and lives with her
family in Fort Dodge, IA. Between homeschooling, writing, and
getting a breath in edgewise, she publishes The Pampered Pen, an e-
zine for writers,
http://www.pamperedpen.com and recently took over
publication of The Writing Family--an online resource for
writing together. Visit The Writing Family at
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* As a mom of two young daughters, my writing time is at a premium
and I write mostly short articles. My latest one is in the
March/April issue of Today's Christian Woman. They published my
Reader Pick on Fern Nichol's book, "Every Child Needs a Praying
Mom". I am so excited!
* I was able to increase the pay I offer freelance writers for The
Dabbling Mum.com Sure it's still not the $50 per article I want to
pay...but it's getting there! This is a HUGE success because I
minimize outside ads so that the publication doesn't look crowded.
Any time I pay a publication, it comes from my own pocket, or the
ads from the site.
* Are you looking for a summer read about writers? My four book
series might be just what you are looking for! The Writer's Club,
Mystery is our Shadow, Christmas at Cliffhanger Inn and the last in
the series, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, follow four women
writers, Amy, Jenna, Taylor and Lily. We will witness their first
meeting at a writer's retreat in a log cabin in Vermont. From then
on each face mystery and continue to keep in touch as the years go
by and they raise their families. They will co-author a book, hire
an agent, one will become a live-in ghostwriter in an eerie gothic
style house. They will attend a wonderful writer's conference at
Raven's Inn, stay at a writers' B & B which will bring more mystery
and later a wonderful holiday adventure. While Amy's daughter is
planning her wedding a mystery will end this series. What has
happened to the bride, Raven Moore? Why did she call off her
wedding one week before it was scheduled?
My two middle grade books, Adventure on Apple Orchard Road and
Twelve Months of Mystery make great summer reads for the kids.
Christine E. Collier
[Editor's Note: For your convenience, you may use the following
links to purchase books by Christine Collier.]
The Writer's Club
Mystery is Our Shadow
Christmas at Cliffhanger Inn
Something Borrowed, Something Blue
Adventure on Apple Orchard Road
Twelve Months of Mystery
FROM THE COPY EDITOR'S DESK
Clichés are a Dime a Dozen
by Jessie Raymond
Although this column is officially devoted to grammar, this month
I'm tackling a matter of style: clichés. According to the American
Heritage Dictionary, a cliché is "a trite or overused expression or
idea." (In other words, clichés are phrases that have been done to
death. They're as old as the hills. Get it?)
Clichés are tempting to use in writing; they come to mind quickly,
almost automatically, and readers will know what they mean. Of
course, using clichés doesn't break any grammar rules. (There's no
law against it. Whatever floats your boat.) But in order to write
vividly and keep the reader interested, a writer must strive to use
language in a new way.
Most writers instinctively reject the most common clichés in their
writing, if not in casual conversation. The following examples are
just a few of many thousands (a drop in the bucket) that writers
should try (work like a dog) to stay away from (avoid like the
Water over the dam
Raining cats and dogs
Out of the frying pan and into the fire
Madder than a wet hen
I'm so hungry I could eat a horse
Hit the nail on the head (or, as one of my employers used to say,
with a straight face, "You really hit that on the nutshell.")
But many clichés are so ingrained in our language we don't always
realize we're using them. Writers working on deadline don't have a
lot of time to play with words, so they sometimes find themselves
falling back on phrases that are likely to be quickly recognized by
readers, such as:
It comes as no surprise
In this day and age
From the word go
For what it's worth
In my humble opinion
So how does a writer know when a popular phrase has become a
cliché? Of course, there is no objective answer for that. But if
you guess that most of your readers could fill in the last word of
a particular phrase without thinking too hard (without batting an
eye, quick as a wink, or without missing a beat), it's probably a
Language is constantly changing. Movies, television, new
technology, and current events constantly bring new phrases into
the lexicon, but these new phrases age rapidly. I remember a period
in the 1980s when we considered it hip to respond to a distasteful
situation or behavior by saying, "Gag me with a spoon." As I
recall, that grew annoying (got old, wore out its welcome) in about
a week. My mother would say even sooner than that.
The faster a new phrase permeates the media, it seems, the faster
it goes out of style (becomes yesterday's news). Are the following
expressions trendy? Or overused?
Been there, done that
Don't go there
PC (politically correct)
Talk to the hand
A warm, fuzzy feeling (or the warm fuzzies)
In conclusion (to make a long story short, at the end of the day,
when all is said and done), clichés will be around forever (till
the last dog is hung). But good writers--those who rely on their
own unique choice of words rather than on the handy but tired
phrases already in heavy use--will find their writing strong and
their readers (and editors) wanting more.
(Stick a fork in me. I'm done.)
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
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JUMP-START YOUR FICTION WRITING
It's All In A Name
by Shirley Jump
I'm one of those writers who can't start a book until I have two
things established: the main characters' names and the working
title (I say working title because I rarely get to keep the titles
I come up with; the marketing department makes that decision). Both
of these things give me a sense of who the characters are and also
help me determine what the book is about. Without those two key
elements, I might be able to write, but not very much, because I'm
essentially lacking a hook to hang my story on.
So, how do you come up with a character name? I start with meaning.
I look at who my character is as a person and then do a reverse
baby name look up (there are literally tons of sites on the
Internet for this, just type in "baby names from meanings" into
Google and you'll get several) and winnow down the lists by trying
the name out aloud. If it "sounds" like the person I envision for
my book, then I try it on the page and see if it works in the text.
Why? Because for me, I need to have the name match my internal
vision. I'm sure you, like me, have talked to people on the phone
or the Internet and formed a mental picture of them based on their
name. When you meet them in person, they look the complete opposite
of what you envisioned. Kim isn't at all like what you pictured a
Kim to be; Jeremy looks more like a David.
The other reason I like to have my names mean something is that I
feel like it's a hidden code to my readers. Readers are smart, I've
found, and they like to find things like that in books.
When it comes to titles, I work hard to come up with something that
works for the book. While I'm doing my brainstorming for the book,
I'm usually doodling title ideas as well. Most times, I come up
with five or six versions before settling on one (knowing full well
that it might not stay). The working titles usually capture the
essence of the book--the theme, in other words--so that whenever I
look up at that header or open the file, I'm drawn back to the core
essence of what the book boils down to.
I also try to think about the marketing aspect of my titles. I work
hard to come up with ones that are catchy, less than five words in
length (three or less is even better) and that also capture the
tone of the book. It's a lot of work for a few words, but when an
editor keeps a title (as Kensington did with all of the titles I
have in my THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE series, which comes out in
September), I feel like I did something right.
As an example, let's take that one book: THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE
and I'll talk a little about the thought process that went into
choosing that title. The original premise for the book (a woman
wakes up in the wrong man's bed three weeks before her wedding)
came from a few pages of a rejected manuscript that I had
originally called "One Night of Madness," back when it wasn't a
romantic comedy or a single title.
As I worked on taking those seven pages and creating an entirely
different book from them, I started jotting down ideas about what
was going to be important in this book: food, family and love. And
often in that order <G>.
I also wanted the title to be a juxtaposition because the heroine,
Candace, ends up doing the one thing she would never do--go home
with a stranger.
So I started fooling around with ideas. "The Bride Went Naked."
Tossed that out because it was too sexy and not funny enough. "The
Bride Craved Chocolate" wasn't enough of an ironic juxtaposition
and again wasn't funny. Then I finally came up with the one title
that ties into a key event in the book and the title with the bride
*wore* chocolate was born.
From there, the other titles in the series were relatively easy to
develop: THE DEVIL SERVED TORTELLINI, THE ANGEL CRAVED LOBSTER,
etc. They all linked into that first title, with the little bit of
irony and comedy built in. They also capitalized on the classic
hooks of romance: brides, angels, etc.
A title, a character name, either of them can give you a nice
starting off point and great focus point for your work. If you put
a little effort into these two things, you'll have a launch pad for
a wonderful story.
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 and for Kensington Books (The Bride
Wore Chocolate, 2004). Look for her latest book, THE DADDY'S
PROMISE, on stands June 8th or visit her Web sites at
read excerpts and reviews.
"When I tell people I've written more than thirty books they are
amazed, but when I tell them we have at least forty more in the
works and on the way, they give me a look of total disbelief (as
many people are struggling along on a single book). Don't be awed
or impressed or for a minute think doing this is difficult. It
isn't. It's just a mechanical process, and you could easily do
forty or four hundred books or articles at the same time. The
process is really a no-brainer."
--Don Aslett from his book "Get Organized, Get Published!"
* Online Magazine Sponsors Free National Essay Contest!
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Current writing contest:
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Postmark Deadline: June 30, 2004
Entry Fee: $15 per entry--25 pages max.
Prize: $1000 + publication
* Mid-American Review is sponsoring the following contests:
~ Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award
~ Creative Nonfiction Award
~ James Wright Poetry Award
Postmark Deadline: Oct. 1, 2004
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: $1,000 + publication for each genre
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* Fantastical Visions 2004 Short Fiction Writing Contest
Postmark Deadline: Oct. 15, 2004
Entry Fee: None for one manuscript, $5 for two manuscripts, $3 for
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ANTHOLOGIES SEEKING SUBMISSIONS
* Viva Voce Press is currently seeking stories for upcoming
anthologies: "They Lied! True Tales of Toddlers" and "They Lied!
True Tales of Wedding and Honeymoons"
Do you know a funny story? Do you have a friend with a funny story?
You know the kind of story we mean--funny, unexpected experiences
that sound a little hard to believe, but, oh so true.
Viva Voce is currently looking for submissions on two themes:
Toddlers and Weddings & Honeymoons, to be published in the spring
of 2005. This is your chance to share your story with the world--
and become a published author. If selected, you will be paid a one-
time fee of US $100.00.
Deadline is July 15, 2004
Details found at
* A Cup of Comfort seeks stories for three upcoming anthologies:
A Cup of Comfort for Love
Deadline: July 15, 2004
A Cup of Comfort for Spirituality
Deadline: December 31, 2004
Length: 1,000-2,000 words
Payment: $500 Grand Prize, all other published stories receive $100
Complete details located at
* Fedora IV
"Raw, hard crime fiction about Private Eyes and tough guys."
Seeks dark, gritty stories.
Length: 3,000-6,000 words
Deadline: July 31, 2004
Payment: Pro-rated share of royalties. No advance.
Complete details located at
* Homewrecker: An Atlas of Illicit Love
Seeking fiction, nonfiction and poetry "by and about homewreckers,
the homewrecked, and the society that creates them."
Deadline: September 1, 2004
Payment: $100 for fiction or nonfiction, $35 for poetry + copy of
Complete details located at
* Then Along Came an Angel
Seeking true, angel stories with a Biblical focus.
Compensation: Pays $25, free book and author bio.
Detailed guidelines at
* Girls Gone Stupid: Dumb Things Smart Women Do
Do You Have Funny Story?
Have you done something that was dumb but really funny? We all
have. And now Stephanie Marston, Co-author of Chicken Soup for the
Empowered Woman's Soul is seeking stories for Girls Gone Stupid:
Dumb Things Smart Women Do. Now you have an opportunity to
contribute to this new series by sharing your humorous, true-life
What makes a good Girls Gone Stupid story?
A Girls Gone Stupid story is a humorous, true story, that tickles
your funny bone or makes you laugh out loud. It's a story about
something you've done that later makes you smack your head and
laugh at yourself. (It can even be a funny story about someone
Chapter headings will include dumb things women have done Working
Stupid, Inspired Stupidity Around the House, Stupid In Love or
Lust, The Gift of Stupidity, Silliness In The Great Outdoors and
Around the Globe, Public Displays of Stupidity, Idiocy With Kids,
With Your Pets, The Art of Stupidity, Fiascoes With Family &
Friends, Random Acts of Dumbness and Stupid Things Guys Do.
Anecdotes should be fun-loving--the more outrageous the better, but
keep it clean and "printable."
If you have a humorous life experience and would like to be
included in Girls Gone Stupid: Dumb Things Smart Women Do, send
your story to
Girls Gone Stupid
P.O. Box 31453
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87594-1453.
Please keep a copy of your story, as submissions cannot be
returned. You may also e-mail stories to
mailto:email@example.com. (E-mail submissions
preferred! The maximum word count is 1200 words. For each story
selected for the book a permission fee of $50 will be paid for the
rights. There are no limits on the number of submissions. Stories
must be received no later than October 15, 2004.
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