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

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May 1, 2004 Volume 3 Issue 5

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

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"Next time you read a magazine or newspaper, think 'what can I do
for this publication?' You might just find yourself a regular
income."--Cheryl Wright
From her article, "Write Your Way to Regular Work."
http://www.writefromhome.com/writingtradearticles/390.htm

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°°°°° LETTER FROM THE EDITOR °°°°°

Dear Writers,

Have you seen the May issue of Writer's Digest? For the second year
in a row, Writer's Digest named Write From Home one of the "101
Best Web Sites For Writers." Of course, I can't take all--or even
most--of the credit for the site's recognition. The kudos must go
to the writers and their work. Without freelancers, Write From
Home wouldn't contain the hundreds of articles or columns currently
housed there. I also want to thank Writer's Digest for choosing
Write From Home. I feel honored that Write From Home is listed with
many other wonderful sites for writers.

Speaking of being grateful to writers, the staff at Strange
Horizons (http://www.strangehorizons.com) is a prime example. This
publication is featured as one of the markets in this issue. While
perusing their site, double-checking their market information, I
read that they do not pay their staff, but they are a paying
market. Now this is something you don't see often. I e- mailed the
editor, Susan Marie Groppi, to confirm this fact and to let her
know I was listing Strange Horizons in Busy Freelancer. She
promptly replied, confirming that indeed the staff donates their
time and, yes, they are a paying market. She also said she's
delighted to be mentioned in Busy Freelancer and that their
articles department is always looking for new contributors.

Too often, writers see or experience the negative side of this
business. I love these moments when I can share positive, upbeat
information with you--the valued writer.

Here's wishing you much happiness and success.

Kim Wilson
Editor/Publisher

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ASK THE FREELANCE PRO

Query Letters: Why Write Them & What To Expect
by Kathryn Lay

Why should I send a query letter and not the whole article? How do
I know which is best or required?

The purpose of your query letter is to sell an 'idea.' Most of the
time, you will be sending a query letter for an unwritten
manuscript, for an idea you hope the editor will want to read. If
the query letter is the only thing an editor sees from you to make
their decision on your idea and style, then your query must catch
their eye and show them that they want to see this piece.

The first several years and couple of hundred sales I made to
magazines were without query letters. These were all short stories,
essays, or nonfiction pieces to smaller publications that preferred
seeing the complete manuscript.

Editors know what their magazine needs are and what ideas they will
use. No matter how much you study, you won't always know what's on
that editor's mind at the time you send your manuscript. Rather,
with a query, you are sending an idea.

The editor may love the sound of the idea and ask you to submit a
manuscript on speculation (meaning, they aren't promising to buy
it, only consider it). Or, they may like the idea, but want a
different slant. Or, they may not like the piece and prefer
something else based on the experience you mentioned in your query.

Very often, the queries I've sent that have resulted in sales, were
specific but not used in the specific way I suggested. Editors have
taken portions of the idea and asked me to write a smaller piece or
a larger piece. Because I sent a query rather than a manuscript, I
could be more flexible.

For example, my first sale to Woman's Day was from a query on "20
Ooey Gooey Kid's Party Ideas." They wanted only a few ideas for the
Kid's Day section, and even suggested one of their own to go along
with July 4th, the issue my piece was scheduled to be in. I was
flexible and made that the first of many sales to them.

Response time on query's are much faster than manuscripts. And many
large magazines won't even look at a manuscript that wasn't
requested.

Another advantage is that many publishers, both print and online,
are willing and prefer to look at e-mail queries. After my second
sale, my editor at Woman's Day preferred me to send a few basic
ideas, one or two lines, and then she chose one.

I'm ready to send out my query letter. What kind of response will I
get back?

There are numerous possibilities to what your query letter will
bring.

1. No reply.

The truth of the matter is, a small percentage of publications
don't respond to a query they aren't interested in. So, like a
manuscript, I give my queries a time limit. If I haven't heard back
in 6 weeks, I send it elsewhere. Generally, I've found that a
positive response comes quickly, even 2-3 weeks. Although I have
had responses take much longer, keep your ideas moving. Don't let
'no replies' discourage you and don't allow your great idea to
languish.

2. A form or personal rejection.

You will most commonly receive form rejections. Occasionally, an
editor will scribble a note explaining they have something similar
or can't use your idea, but to please send more. That is a good
rejection. As with the 'no reply,' don't let form rejection letters
put you in the dumps. Find another market.

3. We'll look at it on speculation.

The majority of positive responses you will see in the beginning
will be this approach. The editor likes your idea and will give you
the go-ahead to send the full manuscript, but emphasizes this is on
speculation. This means that they will be happy to read and
consider it, but are making no promises to buy it. Yet, if you've
reached this stage, you have taken a giant leap forward, out of the
slush and rejections.

4. We'd like to hold your manuscript for possible future use.

This response has its ups and downs. It means they like it. It may
mean they are currently filled for the next several issues. It may
mean they need more approval. It may mean that they think they like
it, but aren't sure.

The holding pattern can be frustrating. The best response to such a
letter is to give them a time frame. If they want to hold it
indefinitely, you may want to let them know you will give them 90
days to make a decision, then will send it elsewhere.

Editors are most often wonderful people. But, this is your career
too. Don't be held hostage, especially on a timely or interesting
idea that might easily find a home elsewhere.

5. The Phone Call.

I've learned that many of the larger magazines respond to a query
they like by calling. This way, they can give you an idea of what
they are looking for in your article. Sometimes, the whole idea you
are proposing won't fit their plan, but something has caught their
eye and they'd like to discuss it with you. Decision Magazine
couldn't use the manuscript I sent, but were interested in the
basis for the piece and asked for a shorter version of the 'how to'
part of it. Parenting also asked for a smaller, more focused
portion of a piece I proposed. And On Mission called to assign an
article after reading my resume sent with a different query.

6. E-mail

Now we've got e-mail. My first response from Woman's Day came via
e-mail. So have many others. When you are looking at guidelines,
check to see if a publication allows or prefers e-mail queries
and/or manuscripts. Many do. Surprisingly, many print magazines
also prefer it. But don't expect that always to mean 'a quick
response.' Sometimes it is quicker. Other times, it still may take
weeks. So don't be too quick to followup.

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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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°°°°° WRITE FROM HOME SITE UPDATES °°°°°
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==>> "Off the Page" Column
by Tama Westman
This month read "Text Thinning: The art of self-editing" at
http://www.writefromhome.com/offthepage/387.htm

==>> "Life of a Writer Mom" Column
by Carla Charter
This month read "Loving Small Town Journalism " at
http://www.writefromhome.com/LWM/388.htm

==>> "The Art of Confession: Personal essay writing for our
generation"
by Pamela Occhino
http://www.writefromhome.com/writingtradearticles/389.htm

==>> "Write Your Way To Regular Work"
by Cheryl Wright
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===>> Featured book:

"Starting Your Career As A Freelance Writer"
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REGIONAL REVIEWS
by Hilary Evans
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Our two youngest children had dental surgery in April. It was a
long process (took two months to schedule). We were so happy the
date was finally here, when (isn't there always a "when") our son's
doctor recommended a special type of medication for use after
his surgery--$650 worth of special medication!

Because it was "recommended" vs. "necessary" and because this was
dental surgery, we had to pay it in advance. Talk about scrambling.
All our savings and a garage sale later, both of the kids were
taken care of just as they should have been. Everyone's fine and
feeling better, but the experience really gave me a shake. If I
hadn't saved money out of each check my children would have been
back on the waiting list.

It's hard to take savings out of $25 and $50 checks, but when you
are a freelance writer, a savings account is absolutely necessary!
You need to take money out for taxes, you need to take money out
for life's nasty little surprises. You need to take care of
yourself!

Working with the following markets will help you do that.

The Upper Valley Parents' Paper
35 South Main St.
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone:(603) 643-1441
http://www.uvpp.com/
Mailto:Kenneth.Cadow@valley.net

I like Ken Cadow because he manages to make use of his time, and be
a gentleman too--a friendly guy. He has a definite blue print of
what he wants his magazine to be, asks for it, and pays 10 cents a
word on publication.

So, what is he looking for?

"Stories should offer advice or ideas to make parenting easier and
should include some degree of personal experience and humor, when
appropriate," says Cadow. A list of resources--books, Web sites,
classes--is generally expected.

"We accept very few submissions as our editorial calendar is
planned out far in advance. However, we do read submissions and get
back to the writers within 8 weeks," he says. "Maximum length,
including resource list, is 1350 words."

Baton Rouge Parents Magazine
11831 Wentling Avenue, Suite A
Baton Rouge, LA 70816-6055
Phone: (225) 292-0032
http://www.brparents.com
mailto:amy@brparents.com

Amy Foreman-Plaisance is the editor at Baton Rouge Parents
Magazine, and offers interested freelancers a huge load of
information--not just on their editorial calendar and preferences,
but on writing in general. It's all part of their Editorial Guide,
available in pdf format. The format is also host to the editorial
calendar, which is pretty standard form.

This magazine goes out to over 50,000 readers every month, with a
sister edition, Baton Rouge Baby, delivered twice a year. Payment
varies per project.

"We want something of interest to parents who are living in the
Baton Rouge community." Read the guidelines. They invite new
writers to query with information on who they are and what their
story will include.

"In general, we try to help our readers enjoy and get the most out
of their parenting experiences." This isn't contained just to
changing diapers or choosing a daycare provider, but figuring out
childcare tax credits, dealing with elderly parents and finding
safer family cars.

The important thing with this market is to have some meat n'
potatoes for their readers. You have to draw readers in with
information they haven't seen--and cannot find--anywhere else.and
with a local twist.

"Thorough research and reporting are essential." Mention the tips
on good feature writing. Other bits of advice include breaking your
article into "mini-chapters" of roughly 400 words, opening every
paragraph with an interesting sentence, and beginning the story
with an anecdote or eye-catching bit of information.

Many regional parenting publications operate more like newspapers.
They tell readers who is doing what and when. Baton Rouge Parents
Magazine does just the opposite. They want a concept, good
research, and most importantly, they need a writer to spell out
what it all means.

This publication prefers IBM-formatted files, but also receives
Microsoft Works or Word or Clarisworks for Mac. Please make sure
all photos are 180 dpi or higher...and good luck.

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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 writers, http://www.pamperedpen.com, and recently took
over publication of The Writing Family--an online resource for
writing together. http://www.thewritingfamily.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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Just a little brag.

I am published in the April 2004 edition of Cat World Magazine in
the UK. I even got a little blurb about my article on creating the
perfect garden for cats on the cover, AND two photos of my own
cat--Cici, published alongside my article.

Needless to say, what a GREAT feeling!

Thanks

Nadia Ali
mailto:nadia@freelance-worker.com

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FROM THE COPY EDITOR'S DESK

Double Negatives Get No Satisfaction
by Sherry L. Stoll

Double negatives are everywhere. They leap at us from song lyrics.
For example, The Rolling Stones "Can't Get No Satisfaction." It
makes the double negative flag pop up in my brain every time I hear
Mick Jagger belt it out, but it wouldn't feel quite the same to
hear him say "I Can't Get Any Satisfaction."

In Shakespeare’s time the use of double negatives was allowed. For
writers of today they are considered grammar mistakes.

So what is the rule for double negatives?

It is the nonstandard usage of two negatives in the same sentence.
They cancel each other out and create a positive sentence. If you
use one negative in a positive sentence, it is considered negative.

Sounds like algebra, doesn't it?

Here is a list of words that are always considered negative.

No

Not

None

Nothing

Nowhere

Neither

Nobody

No One

Hardly

Scarcely

Barely

Use them once in a sentence to convey a negative meaning. Use any
combination of them in a sentence and you're conveying a positive
meaning.

As with any rule, there is an exception. It doesn't apply when a
second negative appears in a separate clause or phrase. Here’s an
example: I won't do that, not now, not ever.

In everyday life we see examples of double negatives all the time.
I regularly drive by a billboard for a furniture store that says,
"Don't Buy No Ugly Couch." Even though the bad grammar makes me
cringe, I get the positive image of buying a pretty couch. The
advertisement could have easily said, "Don't Buy Any Ugly Couch."
Then I wouldn't have to shudder each time I pass buy.

You can probably think of several examples of your own. Think of
song lyrics, movie dialog, and advertising for starters. Are they
conveying positive or negative meanings?

Remember that when you want a sentence to say no, one negative is
plenty.

In the end, we really have no choice other than to let Mick sing
his diddy about satisfaction the way he wants to. Just use it as a
trigger to refresh yourself on the rules of double negatives as
you're dancing about like I do.

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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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JUMP-START YOUR FICTION WRITING

Should You Let Your Characters Drive?
by Shirley Jump

A lot of writers ask me if I let my characters drive when I'm
writing. Meaning, are they the ones behind the wheel, dictating
what comes next in the plot. The answer?

Yes. And no.

When I first start writing a novel, I begin with a what-if scenario
(which I talked about in the WHERE DO YOU BEGIN column in January).
These what-ifs are the kind of little brainstorms that occur at odd
moments. I turn them over in my mind a little and if I think
there's enough there for a whole book, I sit down and start
writing.

That is the beginning of my plot and usually the opening scene of
my novel. I often write this and the next chapter or so, letting
the characters show me who they are and where they want to go.
Then, once I have a chapter or two, I take over the driving.

I sit down and analyze the characters, coming up with a list of
their skills, strengths and weaknesses. It is ALWAYS these
weaknesses that will cause the problems for the characters in the
novel and propel my plot along (think of Macbeth's ambition,
Hamlet's indecision, Oedipus's pride). Their skills and strengths
help get them out of situations, but it is these weaknesses that
brings about character growth and knowledge--and therein lies your
plot.

How? Their weaknesses are what gets them into trouble, essentially.
One of my favorite movies to analyze in classes is "Die Hard." Not
because it's such a wonderful movie but because it's pretty clear
plot-wise. What are Bruce Willis's character's weaknesses? He's a
rebel. He's an alcoholic. He's on the outs with his wife. He has a
bad temper.

Trust me, with this guy, we could go on and on. Let's stop there,
though, and look at how those weaknesses create a plot.

His alcoholism puts him at a decided disadvantage right in the
beginning of the movie. He's got a bad hangover and he's not
performing up to par. He can't find any aspirin, which is at first,
his primary goal. The hangover puts the bad guys at an advantage,
which is Bruce's first mistake. They have taken control and he's
not thinking straight.

Second, he's on the outs with his wife. That's part of why they're
apart and she's where she is when she's taken hostage. He's not
communicating with her, so he's got that other disadvantage. Still,
he wants to save her, so he goes in there anyway. Think, however,
how the plot might have been different, had he and his wife been
close. They might have taken hostage together--clearly changing the
plot.

Third, he's a rebel. This makes him go into the entire situation
alone. He's the hero, so things turn out okay in the end because he
went solo, but he does suffer along the way and people do get hurt.
He doesn't call on help even when he clearly needs it, putting his
life further at risk.

His bad temper--need I say more? He ruins his job, his relationship
with his wife, his friendships, almost everything in the course of
this movie. At the end, the bad temper is what allows him to take
out the villain, but it also costs him relationships (over and over
again, as we see in the sequels).

He does, more or less, overcome these weaknesses and use them to
his advantage. The solo rebel is able to sneak up on the villain
better than a SWAT team. The heartbroken man willing to risk
anything to save his wife has more at risk than one whose
relationship is secure.

When I sit down to write out my synopsis, I look at my characters'
weaknesses and also what their goals are. How are these self-put
obstacles going to hinder their journey? I develop plot problems
and twists from those things, then give the characters teaching
moments from these events. In the end, because I write romances, it
comes full circle and the protagonist(s) learn and grow, resulting
in a happy ending.

So, yes, my characters are partly behind the wheel because it is
their individual qualities and flaws that are creating this
particular story and its events. However, like an eagle-eyed
Driver's Ed teacher, I'm right there beside them, correcting wrong
turns, halting speedy skips past important stages and putting the
brakes on anything that gets off course.

When you sit down with your novel or short story, make a list of
your characters' skills, strengths and weaknesses. Look at the
fatal flaw within their character (pride, ambition, stubbornness,
etc.) and see how you can use that to direct the plot's path. Then
think of ways you can twist these lessons so your character is
forced to grow and change--even more than what you first planned.

Let the characters drive, but don't let them take over. It's your
novel, after all, and you're the one fueling it. Make sure you have
it moving in the right direction--and don't let them take any
shortcuts.

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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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"Hard work is the key to success, so work diligently on any project
you undertake. If you truly want to be successful, be prepared to
give up your leisure time and work past 5 PM and on weekends. Also,
have faith in yourself. If you come up with a new idea that you
believe in, don't allow other people to discourage you from
pursuing it."
--Charles Lazarus

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WRITING CONTESTS

New Essay Writing Contest is now online at The Dabbling Mum.
No Entry Fee
3 Winners receive prizes totaling $130
Contest Ends: May 28, 2004
Enter by online form only:
http://thedabblingmum.com/contests/index.htm

In 500 words: Write an essay using this sentence as the beginning
sentence.

"When life gets the better of me, I turn to God for help and..."

Sign up for our BUSY parents e-newsletter and you could win a book!
http://thedabblingmum.com

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The Power of Purpose Worldwide Essay Competition

Essay contest designed to initiate thought and discussion about
purpose.

Deadline: May 31, 2004
Entry Fee: None

Complete details at http://www.powerofpurpose.org/howtoenter.html

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2nd Annual Hidden Talents Short Story Contest

Deadline: May 31, 2004
Reading Fee: $10, $5 for Junior Writers
Prize: $10-500

Complete details located at
http://www.talltalespress.com/pages/882189/index.htm

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Boston Review Seventh Annual Poetry Contest

Deadline: June 1, 2004
Entry Fee: $15 US, $25 International
Prize: $1,000 to winning poet

Complete details located at http://bostonreview.net/contests.html

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ANTHOLOGIES SEEKING SUBMISSIONS

* A Cup of Comfort seeks stories for three upcoming anthologies:

A Cup of Comfort for Faith
Deadline: June 1, 2004

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 http://www.cupofcomfort.com/share.htm

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* 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
http://www.crimefictionwriter.com/bracken/antho.htm

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* 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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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: General Assignment Reporters
Publication: Point Reyes Light
Location: Point Reyes Station, CA
More info:
http://journalism.berkeley.edu/jobs/index.php?cat=newswire&ID=1336

~ Position: Wire Editor/Page Designer
Publication: Santa Barbara News-Press
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
More info:
http://journalism.berkeley.edu/jobs/index.php?cat=newswire&ID=1330

~ Position: Sports Writer
Publication: Daily Republic
Location: Fairfield, CA
More info:
http://journalism.berkeley.edu/jobs/index.php?cat=newswire&ID=1327

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More Jobs.....

~ Position: Editorial
Publication/Company: Slack Inc.
Location: New Jersey
Deadline: May 31, 2004
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=397386

~ Position: Managing Editor
Publication/Company: D Magazine
Location: Texas
Deadline: May 28, 2004
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=396906

~ Position: Writers
Publication/Company: SNITCH
Location: California
Deadline: May 25, 2004
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=229362

~ Position: Freelance Writer
Publication/Company: Scholastic
Location: Connecticut
Deadline: June 2, 2004
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=397988

~ Position: Reporter
Publication/Company: Messenger-Inquirer
Location: Kentucky
Deadline: June 1, 2004
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=397699


Want to find writing jobs in your area? Go to Regional Help
Wanted at http://regionalhelpwanted.com. After entering the
vicinity where you would like to work, the site will give you
a list of job boards specific to your desired location.

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PAYING MARKETS

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

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Reminder About Paying Markets:

Make sure and read the complete writer's guidelines by either
visiting the Web site or requesting them via e-mail or postal mail.

Because editorial positions frequently change it's in your best
interest to visit the Web site or contact the publication prior to
querying or submitting and verify the name of the current editor.

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Strange Horizons
http://www.strangehorizons.com

Weekly Web magazine about speculative fiction.

Seeks:

~ Nonfiction articles and interviews. Pays $50 for articles between
2,000-5,000 words. Buys non-exclusive rights for two months and
appreciates the option to archive. Prefers original work, but will
consider reprints. Guidelines for article submissions located at
http://www.strangehorizons.com/SubmissionGuide_Articles.shtml

~ Poetry. Will consider all forms, but prefers poetry that does not
rhyme. Pays $20 per poem. Does not accept simultaneous submissions
or unsolicited reprints. Poems must be under 100 lines. Guidelines
for poetry submissions located at
http://www.strangehorizons.com/SubmissionGuide_Poetry.shtml

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Washington Monthly
http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/inside/writersguidelines.html
733 15th St. NW, Suite 520
Washington DC 20005
Mailto:editors@washingtonmonthly.com

Monthly magazine focused on politics, policy, and media.

Seeks essays, general interest, opinion, personal experience, book
excerpts, and technical.

Pays on publication 10˘/word. Buys all rights. Accepts queries by
mail, e-mail, fax, or phone. Does not publish fiction, poetry or
celebrity profiles.

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Latin Trade
http://www.latintrade.com
95 Merrick Way, Suite 600
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Monthly magazine about Latin American Business.

Seeks humor, business news, expose, and historical/nostalgic and
travel. Pays on publication $200-1,000 for pieces between 800-2,000
words. Buys all rights.

Write to above address for free sample copy and complete writer's
guidelines.

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Desert Living
http://www.desertlivingmag.com
342 E.Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Mailto:dawson@desertliving.com

Bimonthly magazine focused on lifestyle and culture.

Seeks articles about fashion, culinary trends, modern design, and
entertainment. Pays one month after publication $25-400 for pieces
between 300-2,000 words. Buys first electronic rights.

Accepts queries via mail, e-mail, fax or phone. Request via e-mail
a sample copy.

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AftonMedia.com (http://www.aftonmedia.com) is a small startup
publishing house and training provider currently in need of several
articles about teaching English as foreign language (TEFL). The
articles are intended for *teachers*, not students. We accept
articles of 1,000 to 1,500 words in length and pay $25-50 per
accepted manuscript. Ideally, the author should have some teaching
or TEFL background as a brief bio will be included. Query with
ideas and short bio.

Articles should provide practical solutions and inspiring
encouragement for teachers. Please don't send any attachments,
Mailto:info@aftonmedia.com.

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The Writer Corporation, will be a launching a general interest
magazine of the highest quality, based out of Bombay, India,
possessing a national and international outlook. In relation to
this, we'd like to call upon established journalists, freelancers,
photographers, feature writers, and reporters, from India and
around the world, to contribute to the magazine.

The publication will have a wide-ranging national and international
focus, including features, writing and photography on society, art,
culture, literature, music, business, personalities, films, world
politics, environment, global issues etc., and is targeted at the
well-heeled, learned, literate and inquisitive crust of educated
Indians (and of the subcontinent)--in India and abroad--while also
reaching out to other international readers generally interested in
such issues.

All work will be commissioned and payment is by negotiation.

For a more exhaustive picture, please contact Ms. Monaesha Pinto at
mailto:IQ@writercorporation.com

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