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

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March 1, 2004  Volume 3 Issue 3

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
>>> Jump-Start Your Fiction Writing
by Shirley Jump
>>> Writing Contests
>>> Anthologies Seeking Submissions
>>> Jobs
>>> Paying Markets
>>> Classifieds

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"Guess what? I checked the calendar, there’s a Sunday, Monday,
Tuesday, all sorts of days, but Someday isn't listed. Someday
never comes."--Tama Westman
From her Off the Page column
http://www.writefromhome.com/offthepage/379.htm

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°°°°° LETTER FROM THE EDITOR °°°°°

Dear Writers,

Do you write fiction? If so, I need your help.

I want to feature on Write From Home a list of how-to
books about the art and craft of writing fiction. Since I
don't write fiction, I feel uncomfortable recommending books
about this topic. I'd much rather compile a list of suggested
books from you my readers--the ones actually pursuing fiction
writing. Due to your experience, you have a much better
understanding of the elements that comprise a quality, well-
written book about writing for the fiction market.

Please send your recommendations to kim@writefromhome.com and
I'll add your suggestions to the list. Thanks in advance for your time!

Speaking of fiction, The Pampered Pen--owned by our own Hilary
Evans--is seeking fiction and poetry. This is a paying market.
Complete details are listed at
http://pamperedpen.kitgenie.com/submissions.html

Here's wishing you a great, success-filled month.

Warm regards and happy writing!
Kim Wilson
Editor/Publisher

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ASK THE FREELANCE PRO

How to Write a How-To
by Kathryn Lay

A reader asked, "Do I have to be an expert to write a how-to
article? I'm a homemaker and mom. I hear how-to articles are
popular, but I'm not sure where to begin."

Everyone is an expert at something, but no one is an expert at
everything.

How-to articles are very popular and run the gamut from how to
build an entertainment center, how to become a more organized
person in 30 days, how to save money on a tight budget, or
increase your energy. You can write a how to on romancing
your spouse, planning an educational vacation, helping your
child be well-mannered, or finding a better job.

Begin by making a list of things that you have learned, done,
or accomplished. What are your hobbies and interests? What
have you done that someone else has asked you how you did it?

I've written about how to help someone who is adopting a
child, communication in marriage, families ministering
together, learning to handle your anger, teach your child
manners, set writing goals, resell your writing, show love to
the special people in a teen's life. Each of these were
things I've done or experienced, making it easy to share
information. Sometimes I used quotes from others, sometimes I
didn't.

Once you've made your own 'know-how' list, think about others
you could interview. Who do you know with an interesting
hobby, job, or know-how? You may not know how to find the
best R.V. parks while traveling, but maybe you have a friend
who does it often. Studying the subject, research, and
interviews can help you write how-to's even if you've had no
personal knowledge about the subject.

I've written about remodeling an antique carousel, surviving
the loss of a spouse, sibling rivalry, and traveling with your
pets. I've never remodeled a carousel, lost my husband, my
daughter is an only child, and we've never taken our pets with
us on vacation. But others I know have done these things and
provided me with the interviews, information sources, and
step-by-step ideas that made my articles real.

I interviewed dozens of experts for my article for Woman's
Day, "Safety-Proofing Your World." I was then able to use
some of those same experts to do an article on storm safety
for a magazine to child-care workers, and an article for
Kiwanis on how to teach our children to be safe when on their
own. I sold another short article on winter safety to Woman's
Day for their Kid's Day section. I was amazed at all that I
had learned and later felt a bit of an expert on such safety
issues.

Once you've done your research and interviews or decided on
writing about an area you are familiar with, organize your
article chronologically. Take it step by step or event by
event. Make sure the order is logical, that there is no leap
of logic that makes no sense or leaves the reader feeling
something is missing.

I am not a huge outliner, but with how-to articles, I almost
always outline my 'plan of attack.' I will make a list of the
main topics I want to cover and the steps in each one, then
tie them together in a fluid transitional move from one area
to the next.

Editors love it when you list supplies, steps, or other
reading sources. My first sale to Woman's Day was an article
about how to give an "Ooey, Gooey Kid’s Party." I'd listed
several parties, the supplies and steps to putting them
together. But the editor asked for something I hadn't thought
of--how to clean up after each type of party.

Make sure to include how you dealt with any difficulties you
experienced or your reader might experience. Don't go
overboard in this area, but if you are writing about the
creative way you found to encourage your child to keep his
room clean, don't leave out the moment of triumph when it all
fell together.

Look at your beginning. Can you open with an anecdote that
leads into why you did what you did that led to this how-to
piece?

In, "Surviving the Time Wars" for a religious publication, I
began with:

I pulled the laundry from the dryer, carried the basket to the
couch and began to fold towels, sheets, and wash rags. When
I was done, I looked around me at the little piles and tried
to decide which ones to put away first. When I burst into
tears, I knew for sure that I was tired and had too many
projects waiting for my attention. Time and busyness had
become my enemy. But how could I battle a lack of time and
win?

Lastly, whenever possible, make your how-to personal whenever
possible, whether your own feelings or remembrances, or those
of the expert you have interviewed.

In my article on how to minister to couples who were in the
process of adopting, I gave many examples from our own
situation of times when people were encouraging, supportive,
and celebratory with us. In my article for a parenting
publication on finding your child's learning style, I shared
my daughter's personality and learning style, as well as those
of friends' children to give examples for each of the
different learning styles.

Writing how-to's are fun and rewarding. Almost every magazine
has one, whether it's a physical how-to or emotional one.
Your life and interests are filled with knowledge for writing
such articles. And just imagine all the fun you'll have by
learning how to do something new so you can write about it.
I look forward to your comments and writing questions.

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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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Wow. In a blink of an eye, over a dozen United Parenting
Publications closed shop. Some are in the process of changing
hands, but as of this writing, the following are finished:

Our Kids Atlanta
Our Kids Austin
Connecticut Family
Dallas Family
Portland Parent
Rhode Island Parents Paper

How do we pick up and dust off after an established client has
closed its doors? We feel out the market, and move on. For
instance, while Dallas Family can no longer buy, publish or
pay for our work, DallasChild is going strong. Our Kids
Atlanta may be out of the picture, but at Metro Augusta Parent
things are business as usual.

Some writers may have made the mistake of putting all their
eggs into one basket, and now that UPP has made off with their
hatchlings they are facing several months without pay. I feel
for you, because I was once in the same situation. It taught
me the importance of diversification.

The Parenting Publications of America organization may offer
one solution. This is the second year they are offering
advertising space at their annual convention by way of a
resource table. Writers are invited to send up to 100 copies
of a flier for display. You can print on both front and back,
but may not exceed one page. The largest permissible size is
8.5"x11". The PPA is offering the resource opportunity along
with inclusion in their online database of writers, for a
total of $35.

Here's the catch: Supplies are due March 4th.

I honestly can't say whether this is a good enough opportunity
to invest in express shipping--especially 100 pages of express
shipping. I also know some of you might not have the money for
100 color copies--consider 25 instead. Shrink your flier down
to 1/4 the size, put 4 on a page, and use the paper cutter at
the copiers to turn them into 100.

Other tips for making use of your fliers:
* List titles and descriptions of available articles, and
include a URL to a site with more information
* Include a photo you've taken, and mention you can supply
photos and local quotes
* Note your specialties or any columns you've written
* Say you are open for assignment

For more information, visit:
http://www.parentingpublications.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=ShowPage&PageID=50


Now, some of you may be worried about heading to Metro Augusta
Parent or DallasChild, or any other magazine that may seem to
be "the competition" of a market you were--until recently--a
regular contributor for. Put your fears to rest.

"I honestly don't have any concerns about which publications a
writer has written for in the past. I'm just looking for good
quality articles that go beyond the standard, boring parenting
magazine fare," says Rebecca Murphy, editor of Metro Augusta
Parent. "Most of what I run is reprints. But even if I am
soliciting an original piece, I want good writers and
interesting stories."

Shelley Pate, editorial director of DallasChild feels
similarly. "Please advise writers to feel free to mention
their experience with other parenting publications (even those
deemed former competition). In fact, we'd be happy to review
clips of their published materials in these or any other
parenting magazines."

Even when your only market is going AWOL and you feel your
career crumbling beneath your feet, don't panic. With the
number of regional publications on the market, you will always
be able to find an outlet for your work. Now, on to the
markets...

DallasChild
Lauren Publications, Inc.
4275 Kellway Circle, Suite 146
Addison, Texas 75001
Phone: 972-447-9188
1-800-638-4461
Fax: 972-447-0633
Mailto:editorial@dallaschild.com


Do you live in the Metroplex area? Even know where the
"Metroplex" is? If not, it is time to find out. DallasChild is
part of Lauren Publications, a company that also develops
BabyDallas and FortWorthChild. The Metroplex covers the
Dallas/Fort Worth area, and is home to the majority of Lauren
Pub's writers.

They do take some reprints however. Please send them in the
body of an e-mail, either as a full story or a list of titles
and summaries. Pay attention to the following guidelines as
well:

Features and Columns range from 1500 to 2500 words, and are
mostly written on assignment by area writers.

In the Know, D-FW Kids, and Real Moms' Life Guide are 200 to
500 words.

Getaways, Are We There Yet?, and Who's In Charge Here? are
either 600 to 850 words or 1000 to 1500.

Dining with Children is a local family-friendly restaurant
column from 300 to 500 words.

You may e-mail, mail or fax stories to the editor, Tanya
Crosby, or editorial director, Shelley Pate. A sample of
articles is available at http://www.dallaschild.com


Metro Augusta Parent
P.O. Box 3829
Augusta Ga. 30914
Phone: (706) 261-KIDS
Fax: (706) 733-6663
Mailto:editor@augustaparent.com


"I happily accept reprint submissions via e-mail (preferably
within the body of the e-mail), and generally pay between $20
and $35, depending on length, etc." Says Rebecca Murphy.
"Particular interests include articles that take a new twist
on issues...the articles I buy are informative, but stand out
as unique and interesting."

Metro Augusta Parent buys one-time print and Web rights.
Articles can be seen at http://www.augustaparent.com.

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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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I've got 3 articles in the debut issue of
"Low Carb Energy," hitting newsstands in May! I decided to
concentrate on food writing this year and it's paying off
already.

Sharon Wren
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Thank you for your newsletter--I always look forward to
receiving it! I wanted to share my first publishing success.
In fact it is the only submission I've ever made, which made
it that much more exciting. It's a story titled "A Second
Chance" included in "Chicken Soup for the Bride's Soul" which
was released in bookstores on January 27, 2004. More
information can be found on http://www.chickensoup.com

Thanks!

Ariana Adams
Freelance Business/Technical Writer
Mailto:aadams@carolina.rr.com

Please visit my Web site:
http://home.carolina.rr.com/ncwriter
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Author, Speaker and Editor Julie Bonn Heath announces the
release of her new book, "Dangerous Comrades: A Misadventure
in Gang Affiliation," a novel for ages 8-adult about the
dangers of gang membership. Read reviews and ordering
information at http://www.juliebonnheath.com
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Hi,

I'm taking you up on your offer to cover our small (or not so
small) successes.

I wanted to write about a recent success I had. I love writing
articles about pets, specifically dogs, and recently I had my
first national publication, an article in Dog Fancy, "The
Adoption Interview," out this month. It was a detailed
discussion of how people can adopt rescue dogs, and the
process rescues go through to ensure such adoptions are as
close to perfect as can be.

I was surprised and pleased to see the article even got a
blurb on the cover, which I certainly didn't expect. And then
someone from a rescue in Indiana wrote and asked me if they
could reprint my article in their archives, to give to people
who want to adopt. It's probably not going to pay, but I was
still thrilled!

Jody Norman
http://www.neonrainbowpress.com/jodynorman/index_fl.html
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I'd like to share that I have another article posted in
Writing Tips at the Institute of Childrens Literature. It's
titled, Stay With The Dog.

Guideposts for Kids recently published my article about Heifer
Project International, titled, Just One Animal. I've also sold
another poem to Wee Ones titled, Stars. Life is good.

Susan Sundwall
http://www.susansundwall.com
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I am excited to announce that I have been made a Contributing
Editor for the new publication 2e: Twice Exceptional
Newsletter (http://2enewsletter.com) and will have a column on
gifted/special needs children in each issue.

Meredith Warshaw
http://www.uniquelygifted.org
http://www.meredithwarshaw.com
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FROM THE COPY EDITOR'S DESK

Easing Comma Drama
by Sherry L. Stoll

Are you knee deep in drama regarding commas? Do you scatter
them willy nilly throughout your writing? My own insecurity
about where they should go once had me sticking them in
everywhere. Like me, you need to remember that commas are
normally placed where you would pause to take a breath when
speaking.

We all know that commas separate nouns and noun phrases within
a list. It's best to place a comma before the final 'and' in
each list. This is a good practice because it allows pairs or
extended noun phrases to be listed. However, it's always a
good idea to check the style guide for the publication you're
writing for.

Examples:

Amber brought corn chips, dip, and pork rinds.

Sandy brought a deck of cards, a card table and four chairs,
and drinks for everyone.

Commas are also used for setting aside parenthetical clauses.
These clauses give additional information or added emphasis in
a sentence. They could be left out without really changing
the overall message.

Examples:

Writers, although underpaid, are in high demand.

The speech was long, therefore, people nodded off.

You can also use commas to separate independent clauses from
supporting words or dependent clauses.

Examples:

I made it to work, despite the fact that my car ran out of
gas.

Although she was late, she made it to her son's recital.

Coordinating conjunctions such as 'or,' 'and,' 'but,' 'so,'
and 'yet' are joined by commas as they separate two
independent clauses.

Examples:

I think a comma should go here, but I'm not really sure.

Sally knew she was supposed to be watching her carbs, yet that
bagel was screaming her name.

There are two very common misuses of commas.

The first is the comma splice. This happens when independent
clauses are only separated by a comma with no coordinating
conjunction used.

Example of Misuse:

Soccer is fast moving, many kids participate.

The second common misuse of commas is the run-on sentence.
This happens when both the comma and the coordinating
conjunction are forgotten.

Example of Misuse:

The lights are on no one is home.

I hope this eases your drama about commas. If in doubt, place
them where you would take a breath when speaking. Try not to
overuse them.
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Sherry L. Stoll is a freelance writer, poet, greeting card
writer, and book reviewer. You can go to
http://sherry_l_stoll.tripod.com where you'll find links to
her published works. She appreciates your comments at
mailto:slstoll@asde.net
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GRAMMAR GOOFS

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

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

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JUMP-START YOUR FICTION WRITING

Creating Characters Who Live on the Page
by Shirley Jump

In my very first rejection letter for my first novel, the
editor said, "unfortunately, the characters didn't come alive"
for her and thus, she was sending back my masterpiece
unwanted.

I was crushed and dejected. What did that mean, anyway?
Characters come alive? They were certainly alive and well to
me. I'd written several hundred pages about them, too. They'd
been in my head for months. They'd been my constant worry for
weeks while I waited to hear back on my submission.

But they hadn't existed for anyone else but me. Let me show
you why.

Excerpt from VERY FIRST BOOK:

When Lindsay walked in the townhouse, she immediately kicked
off her shoes and dropped her purse on the nearest chair. Her
cats, eager to see her, were rubbing up against her legs
within seconds. She looked down at them and laughed. They were
practically knocking each other over to get to her. George,
the biggest one, had little trouble shoving his way in
closest. Tabby, a smaller gray cat, was pushing up against
him. Maggie, the tiniest of the three, just sat off to the
side, mewing softly. Lindsay, feeling bad for her, picked her
up first, scratching her gently behind the ears. Maggie was
pure white and partly deaf. Lindsay had found her on the side
of the road one winter morning, cold, hungry and afraid. After
a few meals and a cozy bed, though, Maggie had warmed up to
Lindsay and was now the most affectionate of the three.

LATEST BOOK (JUNE RELEASE):
The mouse won--by default.

If the doorbell hadn't rung, Anita Ricardo was sure she would
have won the staring contest with the scrawny rodent. Then she
could have chalked up at least one point for herself on this
hot, calamity-prone day that gave new meaning to Murphy’s Law.

Well, maybe a half point.

A plaintive squeak-squeak sounded behind her. The mouse sat on
the windowsill, nose twitching, watching her. He blinked
several times, raised his teeny snout in the air, sniffing.

"Don't get any ideas," Anita told him. "I'm not sharing."

The mouse lowered his head, stretched his body toward her.
When he did, he looked skinny and deprived. Lonely.

Anita glanced inside the basket and spotted a package of wheat
crackers. "Oh, all right. But just one."

She withdrew a cracker from the package and tossed it on the
flaking paint of the porch floor. The mouse scrambled down and
dove for the cracker. Anita thrust the basket through the
window, clambered in after it and shut the screen.

There. She might not have any hot water. Or a front door she
could open. Or reliable electricity. But she had managed to
outsmart one wily mouse.

Surely, that was a sign her life was on the upswing. If not,
she had a flashlight, a hand fan and plenty of cookies to tide
her over.

Excerpt © copyright 2004 by Shirley Jump. Excerpted from The
Daddy’s Promise, Silhouette Books, June 2004. To read more,
visit http://www.shirleyjump.com

Now, granted, the second excerpt is longer, but it shows a
great deal more about the character. I chose two where the
characters (females) were dealing with animals on purpose, so
you'd have similar scenes to look at.

Let’s dissect why they work/don't work:

1. EVERY INTERACTION SHOULD TEACH US SOMETHING MORE ABOUT THE
CHARACTER. What more do we know about Lindsay at the end
of the excerpt? Not a whole lot, really. She has three cats
and she rescued one from the street. Okay, that makes her a
nice person and a cat lover. Doesn't tell us a ton about her.
Doesn't make her come alive. Can you see her? Imagine her?
Predict how she'd react in a situation? Probably not very
well.

Take the second scene with Anita. You can see she's got a
sense of humor ("well, maybe half a point" and "and plenty of
cookies to tide her over"). You know her life is in trouble,
just from some of the things she's talked about: "calamity-
prone day," "sign her life was on the upswing," etc. You can
see where she's living just by the description of the setting
where the mouse is (flaking front porch, she has to climb
through the window to get in and out of her house). And, the
mouse is a metaphor (i.e., an analogy/comparison) for her own
self, which is why she ends up sympathizing with him and
tosses him a cracker. All that, in one interaction with the
lowliest of God's creatures.

2. THE INTERACTIONS SHOULD MOVE THE PLOT FORWARD AND KEEP THE
READER'S ATTENTION. In the first example, it's one big blah-
blah paragraph. Nothing happens. She comes home, feeds her
cats. Big deal. In the second example, I cut out the middle
part, but there's a visitor in between the two mouse
interactions--a visitor who changes everything for Anita. When
that visitor comes and changes everything for Anita so too,
does her attitude. Look at the beginning--she’s feeling
defeated (calamity-prone day, half a point). By the end of the
scene, she's feeling like her life is on the upswing. The plot
has moved forward and things are changing for the character.

3. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO "SEE" THE CHARACTER. I don't mean
describe the character (that’s a whole other issue, dealing
with Point of View, that I'm not going to get into here), but
rather, you can see who they are. I talked about this a little
in the first example. You can see what kind of person Anita
is, what kind of woman she is and maybe even picture her a
little. You know she’s small and agile because she can climb
through the window pretty well. But other than that, there’s
really no physical description. Yet, after reading that one,
do you not feel you know and can see Anita better than
Lindsay?

4. USE DETAILS. The key to great characters are in the
details. "Scrawny rodent," "teeny snout," "wheat crackers,"
"flaking paint," etc. I don't overdo the adjectives. One good
one will do the work of five bad ones. You don't want to
overwhelm your reader with too much description. Yet in
Lindsay’s example, there’s not a lot of description. A little
of the cats, but that’s not what we need. We need to see
Lindsay’s world. Where she lives, what she’s seeing, how she
feels about it. The details are the character’s filter of the
world around them. Use them.

5. DON'T PUT IT IN UNLESS IT DOES ALL OR MOST OF THE ABOVE. If
the scene doesn't show your character, move your plot forward,
interest your readers and/or give a vivid idea of your
character’s world, DON'T put it in. It’s fluff otherwise and
you don't need it. Don't be afraid to cut things that don't
work. Sometimes you write them, just to get them out of your
head so you can get to the good stuff.

Good characters are about good writing. Characters who come
alive HAVE lives. You can see, touch, feel and hear their
lives when you read the words on the page. Put those in and
you'll have an editor sending you an acceptance letter instead
of a rejection!

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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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"Jill's family shows support in a variety of ways, but mostly
by looking through unfolded clothes in baskets of clean
laundry, eating off of paper plates even when they're not
having a cookout and letting her take the time to write when
she's near a deadline."---Jill Miller Zimon, from the "About
Jill" section of http://www.jillmillerzimon.com
(Reprinted with permission.)

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

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

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

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

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

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The Dabbling Mum is hosting a free writing contest with $80 in
prizes for the 1st place winner, $46 in prizes for 2nd place,
and $30 in prizes for 3rd place.
For more information visit:
http://thedabblingmum.com/contests/index.htm

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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
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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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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 jobs and links are
published with permission. Please note, after the application
deadline the link is nonfunctional. For a larger selection of
jobs featured on this site go to
http://www.journalism.berkeley.edu/jobs/


~ Position: Regional Science Reporter
Publication: Contra Costa Times
Location: Plesanton, CA
http://journalism.berkeley.edu/jobs/index.php?cat=newswire&ID=1220


~ Position: Page Designer/Copy Editor
Publication: Santa Barbara News-Press
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
http://journalism.berkeley.edu/jobs/index.php?cat=newswire&ID=1205

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Want to find writing jobs in your area? Go to Regional Help
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PAYING MARKETS

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Reminder About Paying Markets:

Make sure and read the complete writer's guidelines by either
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mail.

Because editorial positions frequently change it's in your
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prior to querying or submitting and verify the name of the
current editor.

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South Beach Magazine
http://southbeach-usa.com/guidelines.htm
Mailto:editor@southbeach-usa.com

Online regional magazine targeting the Miami Beach area.

Seeks interviews/profiles, articles about cultural events,
nostalgia, fashion/modeling, and South Beach nightlife.

Length: Feature articles 800-2,000 words, preferred word count
is 600-1,000 words.

Pays immediately upon acceptance $200-500 and purchases
electronic rights.

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AskMen.com
http://www.askmen.com/editor/1_10/writer_guidelines.html
Mailto:iwanttowrite@askmen.com

Online publication targeting working, professional men between
the ages of 18-45.

Articles must be written exclusively for Askmen.com. Submit a
500-700 word sample article and resume. Send article and
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above. Pays $50 per article.

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The Herb Companion
http://www.discoverherbs.com/My%20pages/HC/HCGuide.html
Real Health Media
C/O Ogden Publication, Inc.
1504 SW 42nd Street
Topeka, KS 66609

Bimonthly magazine for herb gardeners, cooks, crafters and
general enthusiasts.

Seeks articles, recipes, craft ideas and profiles.

Pays upon publication 33 cents per published word.
Purchases FNSR for The Herb Companion and subsequent
nonexclusive rights for use in other publications and
promotions.

See Web site for specific submission details.

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German Life
http://www.germanlife.com/submissions.html
1068 National Highway
LaVale, MD 21502

Bimonthly magazine covering past and present German culture.

Seeks articles with a max word count of 1,200 words. Sidebars
and short pieces should be between 300-800 words, and book
reviews between 250-300 words. Submissions must follow the
Chicago Manual of Style.

Pays upon publication $300-500 for feature articles, $100-130
for reviews and short pieces, and up to $80 for fillers. Buys
first English/German language serial rights.

Articles are scheduled approximately 18 months prior to
publication. Read complete guidelines and editorial calendar
on Web site.

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