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In This Issue...
>>> Letter From the Editor, Kim Wilson
>>> Sponsor Message
>>> Ask the Freelance Pro
by Kathryn Lay
>>> Write From Home Site Updates
>>> News & Noteworthy
>>> Success Spotlight
>>> From the Copyeditor's Desk
by Jessie Raymond
>>> Jump-Start Your Fiction Writing
by Shirley Jump
>>> Sponsor Message
>>> Workshops, Classes, Seminars & Conferences
>>> Writing Contests
>>> Calls for Writers/Submissions
>>> Paying Markets
°°°°° LETTER FROM THE EDITOR °°°°°
When I published the June issue of Busy Freelancer, I had no idea
that I'd be skipping the July issue. During the second week of
June, I unexpectedly had to take several weeks off work as my
family and home needed my undivided attention.
After my brief hiatus, life was beginning to return to "normal" and
then last week a close friend of mine was diagnosed with small cell
lung cancer. (She, and her friends and family are stunned at this
news as she's always taken excellent care of herself and has never
smoked.) She's the mother of two boys ages seven and four. Her
youngest son and my youngest son were born one day apart and the
three boys are the best of friends (as are our husbands). They live
right around the corner from us and I've volunteered to "do
whatever I can" for them.
Right now, I don't anticipate skipping any more issues in 2005,
however, I do need a little more flexibility in my schedule.
Beginning with the August issue, Busy Freelancer and Write From
Home will be published sometime during the first week of each month
instead of on the first day of each month.
Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. As usual,
if you have a suggestion on how I can make Busy Freelancer and
Write From Home better publications please don't hesitate to send
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input and opinions help me determine the Busy Freelancer content.
Here's wishing you a wonderful, productive, low-stress August.
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ASK THE FREELANCE PRO
Rev Up Your Web Site
by Kathryn Lay
When I built my first Web site, I began by using the free program
that came with my server. There were no bells or whistles, no
flashes or shows, not even a clickable part taking viewers from one
spot to another. It was all one straight page of writing, telling
a little about me as a writer and some of my publications. It was a
beginning and I was proud that I even had a Web site.
But then I sold my first children's book and I began seriously
looking at my Web site compared to other children's authors. Long
before my book hit the market, and with the insight of a friend who
was ready to help, I started from scratch and together we put
together a more informative and pleasant looking Web site.
I looked over other children's writers Web sites, and found them to
be amazing. My biggest decision was whether to focus only on my
children's book or on my writing as a whole. Being an eclectic
writer of magazine pieces and books, of teaching writing classes,
my writer's book and my many articles at various Web sites, I
decided that I had to include all of my writing, teaching and
Almost immediately, I began selling more of my book for writers,
had a few more editors come to my site and ask for me to write
articles for them, and was invited to speak on children's writing
at a writer's conference.
My site is a constant work-in-progress. I am learning from other
authors' Web sites exciting ways to market myself and my books.
After talking with several successful writers and authors, I found
a variety of suggestions for revving up a bland or stand-still Web
1. One of the hottest additions to many Web sites are BLOGS. These
are Web logs/journals. They may include musings from the author
about their newest published work, or something they are currently
working on. Some blogs are responded to by Web site visitors,
others are purely journal-type entries by the author. It's a great
way to get teens especially interested in you and your work and to
keep readers coming back to your site.
2. Once your book is published, you may want to do speaking
engagements and school programs. Include a link at your Web site
listing what your programs include, your fees and how to contact
you. When attending events where teachers and librarians are
attending; give out cards and brochures or bookmarks with your Web
site listing so they can learn about your programs.
3. Some authors add contests to their Web sites where young readers
can answer questions from the book, write an essay or just enter a
random drawing to win a book copy. Or perhaps visitors to your site
can name a character in an upcoming book.
4. Include a book teaser from your upcoming or latest book--such as
a sample scene or the first page of the first chapter. Leave them
wanting to read more of the book.
5. Write a teacher's guide about your book. How can your book be of
use in the classroom? What kind of projects or writing ideas can
teachers use to go along with it? Some schools have listed my book
in their Summer Reading lists, and two states have included it on
their Suggested Reading Titles. I am working on fun questions to
include at my Web site for kids who read my book this summer.
6. Include printable coloring pages or bookmarks. Offering these
little freebies that also advertise your book is an easy promotion
7. Add resource information that goes along with your book. My book
involves politics and medieval fun. I have included links for kids
to Web sites about politics and about medieval history, facts and
fun. Kids and teachers have thanked me for these links.
8. Use your Web site to preview your upcoming books or share
information about bookstores where you'll be doing signings. You
may still be heavily promoting your first book, or your fifth, but
you've just made a recent sell. Make sure the title, a blurb about
the story, and a pub date is listed when possible. Work on your
existing reader base and get them excited about your next book long
before it hits the shelves.
9. Most of all, make your Web site interesting, fun, and
informative, yet easy to navigate. If links are broken, or visitors
must wait for lengthy downloads of pictures and animated flash, you
may have lost those repeat visitors.
When you check other Web sites that you like, ask the author what
program they used to put theirs together.
Several authors have recommended using:
** Front Page (http://www.microsoft.com/frontpage/)
** Macromedia Dreamweaver for updating text
Even if you use a simple and basic software program, the important
thing to enhancing a Web site is to add interesting, informative
and easily accessed content.
Check out Kathryn Lay's work-in-progress Web site at
http://www.kathrynlay.com to learn more about her mid-grade novel,
CROWN ME!, her writing book THE ORGANIZED WRITER IS A SELLING
WRITER and her online classes.
°°°°° WRITE FROM HOME SITE UPDATES °°°°°
==>> "Off the Page"
by Tama Westman
This month read "Bypassing Bylines" at
==>> "Life of a Writer Mom"
by Carla Charter
This month read "Characters I Have Known" at
==>> "Online Fiction: Eight Paying Markets on the Internet"
by Erika Dreifus
==>> "Print on Demand"
by Christine Collier
==>> Interview with Kathryn Lay
by Shaunna Privratsky
* * * NEW COLUMN ADDED TO WRITE FROM HOME! * * *
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NEWS & NOTEWORTHY.....
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WRITING FOR LOVE AND MONEY
Your daydreams could be worth a small fortune. Thanks to a booming
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If you're intrigued by the opportunity this market offers, take a
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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:email@example.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.)
*** My article on Commercial Writing was published in Funds for
Writers (http://www.fundsforwriters.com ) in July. This is my first
*** Travel Writer Roy A. Barnes shares:
I had been 86'ed from an air-inclusive press trip to the Midwest in
June because the CVB couldn't get my airfare in order, and I was
really down for a couple of days. Well, I told myself that I
wasn't going to sulk anymore and that I needed to do something
constructive for the weekend that I would've been on the press
trip. So I cold-called over 100 CVBs primarily around the USA and
Canada with my clippings....and guess what?
I did get some invites to several of them, but none were air-
inclusive. Still, one CVB invited me twice so far to their luxury
suite for a pro ball game!
Well, in July, one of the CVBs was impressed with the online
audience readership of some of my published travel clippings, and
invited me to their area, and have sent me the airline e-ticket
already, and are paying for my rental car and hotel expenses, etc.
I am due to leave around mid-September. Since I have the e-ticket
confirmation in hand, I'm mentioning this...no red herring this
time, ha ha.
The lesson I learned is that when one door shuts, I try to open a
hundred more, and eventually I may hit paydirt.
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FROM THE COPYEDITOR'S DESK
"Which Word When?"
by Jessie Raymond
Every time I write, I thank my word processor's built-in grammar
checker for calling my attention to questionable words and phrases.
But it can become a dangerous crutch. Many grammar issues are more
related to style than actual mechanics, and the grammar checker
doesn't pick up on nuances that a persnickety editor might. It also
can't necessarily tell you whether words that are spelled correctly
are in fact being used correctly. If you depend on your grammar
checker to find every problem in your writing, you're probably
letting a lot get by.
With that in mind, I'd like to go over just a few of the words and
phrases that cause us to cramp up in mid-sentence, the ones that
make us look foolish if we don't get them right.
For instance, when should you use "fewer" rather than "less"? This
is not a tough one; we've all learned that "fewer" refers to a
number and "less" refers to a quantity. Example: "Next time we go
out to breakfast, I'll eat fewer pancakes and drink less coffee."
But don't panic if you choose the wrong one; common usage has
blurred the distinction. If your supermarket has a sign over the
express lane that says "Ten items or less," at least you know
you're not the only one who doesn't always get it right.
How about "lie" and "lay"? Here, the confusion lies (ha, ha) with
"lay," which is both a present-tense verb in itself as well as the
past tense of "lie." The high-school grammar book answer is that
"lie" is an intransitive verb (meaning it doesn't take an object).
"She lies around all summer. I lay around too when I was her age."
"Lay," on the other hand, is a transitive verb (meaning it takes an
object). "Lay your pencil on your desk when you have finished your
exam. If you laid your books on the floor, you may pick them up
when the bell rings."
And what about those cool abbreviations that we think make us look
smart? If you like to use "e.g." and "i.e.," make sure you know the
difference. The first, e.g. (Latin for "exempli gratia"), means
"for example." The second, i.e. (Latin for id est), means "that
is." In more technical writing, these come in handy. But if you
can't remember which is which, just write out "for example" or
"that is." No need to sound affected.
Speaking of which...
How about "affect" versus "effect"? Put simply, "affect" is a verb
and "effect" is a noun, as in "I worried that the caffeine would
affect my sleep. In fact, it had no effect at all." But nothing is
ever that simple.
"Affect" can also be used to mean "to put on," as in "The
disgruntled waiter affected a cheery smile for his customers." And
"effect" can also act as a verb meaning "to cause." For example,
"We predict that our new policy will effect a positive change in
Writers often wonder about "different from" and "different than."
The two phrases have been used interchangeably for long enough that
you won't get rapped on the knuckles for choosing either one. But
if you want to get picky, "different from" is preferred in
sentences such as "Your breakfast looks different from mine." Save
"different than" for when a full clause follows. For example,
"Today my oatmeal tastes different than it did on Tuesday."
Perhaps most frustrating for writers is distinguishing between
words with different meanings but very close spellings. I won't use
up column space to note the distinctions between the host of
confusing word pairs, like stationery and stationary, compliment
and complement, or capital and capitol--mainly because if you're
like me, you'll have to look it up next time anyway. Just keep in
mind that these words, unlike "less" and "fewer," cannot be used
interchangeably without changing the meaning of the sentence.
So before you send out your romance-novel manuscript, for example,
double-check those tricky words. Be careful to write that the
heroine's periwinkle gown complemented the blue of her eyes. If you
accidentally wrote that the gown "complimented" her eyes, you'd
have a talking gown. And that would be a fairy tale, not a romance.
Thanks to the complexities of the English language, there isn't
room in one column to touch on more than just a smattering of words
that trip up writers. So choose your words carefully, keep
reference books close at hand and don't expect your grammar checker
to find every problem. Until the perfect computer comes along, you
bear full responsibility for the quality of your writing.
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
Need to brush up on your grammar? Check out these books:
---> "Grammatically Correct: The Writer's Essential Guide to
Punctuation, Spelling, Style, Usage and Grammar"
by Anne Stilman
---> "The Everything Grammar and Style Book: All the Rules You
Need to Know to Master Great Writing"
by Susan Thurman
---> "Grammar for Grownups"
by Val Dumond
--->"Punctuate It Right!"
by Harry Shaw
--->"Write Right!: A Desktop Digest of Punctuation, Grammar, and
by Jan Venolia
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JUMP-START YOUR FICTION WRITING
Dialogue Isn't Just Words: Three types of dialogue
(Part II of Two-Part Series)
by Shirley Jump
There are three main types of dialogue (there's lots of other
smaller sub-types, but for these purposes, I'm only using three).
Depending on your scene, who your character is and what their
purpose is for that scene will help you decide which type to use.
Direct Dialogue: This is when your characters come right out and
say what they are thinking. They get to the point, they tell the
truth, and they don't hold anything back. This is often used toward
the end of a novel, when characters are finally getting real with
themselves and each other (because they have their growth journey).
Writing Exercise: Have a conversation between two characters where
they both reveal the truth (either the truth about an event or the
truth about their feelings).
No Dialogue: A lot can be said when you don't say anything at all.
When a character chooses to be silent, there is a reason. You have
to show that reason through the character's actions. Think of the
teen who stomps off to his room and slams the door. Little question
there that he's angry and frustrated. What about the husband and
wife who argue bitterly, then the husband comes up to the wife and
without words, offers her a tissue to dry her tears or a blanket
because he’s seen she’s cold? It’s a moment of détente, an olive
Writing Exercise: Create a scene where one character won't talk
about an event or won't respond to another. Show an emotion with
this silent character through his actions.
Misdirected Dialogue: This is used when a character wants to be
evasive, maybe because she doesn't want to have this conversation,
or she has something to hide, or wants to focus attention on
something or someone else. Often, this happens when one character
is being direct and the other doesn't want to be. They speak in
metaphors, and answer questions with answers that aren't really
answers at all.
Writing Exercise: Write a scene with two characters where one is
talking directly and the other isn't (you can later move up to two
using misdirected dialogue). Think of this as a dance--as one
character moves forward, with purpose, the other uses some fancy
steps to get away.
The Main Tools of Dialogue:
Dialogue uses a number of tools to accomplish its goals. If you
listen to a normal conversation between two people, you'll hear all
of these things happening. We rarely complete sentences, say
exactly what we mean, or refrain from expressing emotions through
1. Interruption: Characters interrupt each other, just like real
people do. You don't want to have this long, five paragraph
monologue by one character because a.) it's boring and b.) it
doesn't happen in real life. To show interruption, use an em dash
(--) [a side note, to create this in Microsoft Word on your
computer, you can either go to Insert-> Symbols or hold down
Ctrl+Alt+NumLock+the minus key all at once].
An example of interruption:
"I want to go to the mall," Casey said.
Mom sighed. "I don't have the time, the money, or the patience. I
just got home from work and you have that report to write."
"Don't go there, Casey. I said no and I meant it."
2. Trailing off: Like interruptions, this is when a character
doesn't finish a sentence. However, in trailing off, the character
chooses not to finish and just lets the words end in the middle.
For this, you use ellipses (three dots). That shows that the
character has simply let the words come to a premature end. "I'm
not sure about this..."
3. Silences: That's when one character doesn't respond. They can
either do something or simply not speak:
"I think we should talk," Dan said. "There's something wrong here."
Joan fiddled with the dishtowels, straightening them for a third
time, aligning the edges perfectly.
"Aren't you going to say anything?"
He let out a gust. "Fine. We'll just pretend everything's normal
and you're not plotting to kill me."
4. Echoing: Characters often echo what others have said to them,
either to avoid answering or to clarify what was said.
Mom was waiting at the door when I came home. "Where have you been?
And where did that bag come from?"
"The one in your hands."
"Oh, that bag. Uh...the mall?"
5. Emotional changes: In dialogue, you can show characters are
angry, sad, sympathetic, happy, etc. If your dialogue is really
strong, the reader will understand without the need for any
narrative to explain.
"I got tickets to the Good Charlotte concert! I can't believe it!
This is going to be so awesome!"
"That's the same night as Grandma's birthday party. You can't go."
"You never let me do anything fun! Why do I have to go and watch
Grandma fall asleep in her cake again?"
6. Details: When characters are from a certain area, demographic,
age group, etc., they will use references that are within their
framework. That helps you really see these characters and know who
"Hey, man, have you seen the new Ram? That hemi really ramps it
Joe nodded and wagged his Coke in Dan's direction. "Three hundred
and forty-five horses. I'd give up my Bulls season tickets to have
7. Tags: New writers often think they need to get creative with
their dialogue tags. They want to show off their vocabulary (he
shouted, he screamed, she shrieked, she garbled). But really, that
old standby of "said" works the best. It becomes an invisible word
to the reader, because it's what the reader expects, and thus, the
attention is on your dialogue and not the tag. The other best tag
(see above dialogue examples) is an action tag. Show the character
doing something and you can show him being evasive, emphatic,
Dialogue Writing Exercise: Choose a piece of prose and find
examples of all of the above in the snippet of a scene. If you
don't want to pick one out, let me know and I'll forward a scene
from one of my books that has them all. When you are done, what was
shown about the character? What has moved forward with the plot?
Dialogue is an important tool--use it well and you create a more
powerful, engaging book. Sticks and stones may break your bones but
great words can make your book a stronger creature.
Shirley Jump is an award-winning romantic comedy author. Look for
two releases in August: THE ANGEL CRAVED LOBSTER and THE MARINE’S
KISS. If you can't wait that long for a Shirley Jump fix (or you
just want to see if she applies her own advice to her dialogue),
pick up THE DEVIL SERVED TORTELLINI in bookstores today or order an
autographed/personalized copy at
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WORKSHOPS, CLASSES, SEMINARS & CONFERENCES
2005 NW Journalism Conference
Saturday, September 17, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, September 18, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center, Oregon Ballroom
777 NE Martin Luther Kind, Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232
RSVP by Friday, August 26.
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Successful Self-Publishing Seminar
Join some of the industry's leading professionals in a
comprehensive seminar about how to turn your manuscript into a
nationally or internationally distributed publication that SELLS!
We will cover pre-press and formatting issues, printing 101, POD
and eBook technology, publishing law 101, marketing and promotion,
bookseller relations, and distribution. We will also present a
bonus segment on copyright basics for writers.
Brian L. Jud, BookMarketing.com
John F. Harnish, Infinity Publishing
Lisa Gibson-Wilson, Renaissance Management Services
Kevin Wayne Johnson, author of Give God the Glory series
Nancey Flowers, author of A Fool's Paradise
Tonya Evans-Walls, intellectual property and literary lawyer and
Saturday, September 24, 2005
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Philadelphia Airport Hilton
*$90 per person, includes lunch, seminar materials, and FREE CD of
the most important forms in the publishing industry.
*$75 per person for groups of 4 or more!
Register now at http://www.FYOS.com/seminars.htm
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PO Box 25216
Philadelphia, PA 19119
Writers Move Forward in Fort Worth: Women Writing the West Annual
Women Writing the West, a non-profit professional writer's
organization welcomes budding poets, published writers wishing to
expand their markets and those seeking agents and editors to
showcase their work in the market place. All that and more takes
place at the 11th annual Women Writing the West Conference, October
21-23 at the Fort Worth Plaza Hotel in Fort Worth, TX. Writers
interested in the portrayal of women's stories in film, fiction and
nonfiction can step forward, meet other like-minded writers for
networking and hone their writing and marketing skills. The
convention theme Forward! Fort Worth promises inspiration for new
writers of all experiences.
The annual WILLA Literary Awards in several categories will also be
announced during the Saturday evening banquet. Finalists will be
honored at a Saturday luncheon. The award is given in honor of
Pulitzer Prize winning author Willa Cather.
"We're offering a Texas welcome to writers from across the
country," notes WWW President Sarah Rickman of Ohio. Pre-conference
tours of the Cowgirl Hall of Fame and Museum as well as other Fort
Worth specialties such as reliving a cattle drive also promise a
weekend to encourage.
Confirmed conference sessions include panels related to researching
women's history, publishing picture books, moving from fiction or
fact to film as well as workshops on promotion and improving
writing skills. New panels are being added. Award-winning authors
such as Jann Arrington Walcott, Texas University's Clay Richards,
WILLA Winner Linda L. Hunt will not only share their expertise but
mingle with writers. Agents and editors from across the country as
well as Texas will talk about their needs and the publishing world
in general. Nomad Press, Wings Press, Timberwolf Press, and
WaterBrook Press will be represented among others. Agents include
David Hale Smith, Mike and Susan Farris of the Farris Agency and
To register, determine costs or find out more about Women Writing
the West go to http://www.womenwritingthewest.org or
mailto:WWWAdmin@lohseworks.com or send postal mail to:
Women Writing the West
8547 E. Arapahoe Road,#J-541,
Greenwood Village, CO 80112.
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Writesideout.com is accepting entries for its first annual NO FEE
but LOTS OF FUN writing contest.
The contest theme is "Editors Are Evil." Writers are invited to
send 600 words in the form of a story, report, poem, even a ransom
note, so long as it addresses the all-in-good-fun theme. Prizes are
limited edition, custom, full color T-shirts with an evil editor on
the front and each winner's entry printed in full on the back, as
well as publication on the Web site for one year. The contest
closes September 15, 2005.
Full information and the entry form are available by clicking on
the CONTEST LINK on the front page of http://www.writesideout.com.
TOM HOWARD/JOHN H. REID POETRY CONTEST
Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2005
Prizes of $1,000, $400, $200, plus four Encouragement Awards of
$100 each. Winning entries will be published. Submit poems in any
style or genre. You may submit work that has been published or won
prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the anthology and online
publication rights. Entry fee is $5 for every 25 lines, payable to
Winning Writers. Submit online or mail to:
Attn: Tom Howard Poetry Contest
351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222
Northampton, MA 01060
Winning Writers is one of the Writer's Digest "101 Best Web Sites
for Writers" for 2005.
More information: http://www.winningwriters.com/tompoetry.htm
SEEKING AUTHORS FOR STATEWIDE COMPETITION
The Unlimited Potential Theater Company (UPTCo), a project of
VSA arts of New Jersey (VSA/NJ), is seeking poems, essays, short
stories and plays by New Jersey residents eighteen years of age or
over for its twelfth annual Joyce Indik New Jersey Wordsmith
Competition. The contest is open to all writers, and submissions
by writers with disabilities are especially encouraged. All works
submitted will be juried by a panel of judges who are professionals
in the fields of theater and/or literature. Selected works will be
showcased at the New Jersey Readers’ Theater followed by a
reception to honor the authors.
Deadline for submissions is October 14, 2005.
VSA/NJ, a nonprofit organization that is an affiliate of the
international VSA arts network, is dedicated to promoting the
creative power of people with disabilities. UPTCo, a project of
VSA/NJ, is an inclusive program designed to involve individuals
with physical disabilities in all aspects of the performing arts.
Funding for UPTCo is provided in part by The Henry H. Kessler
Foundation, NJ Department of Community Affairs, United Way of
Central Jersey, Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission, NJ
State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of
the National Endowment for the Arts. The content of this program
was developed in part through funding provided by the central
office of VSA arts, under an award from the U.S. Department of
Education. However, the content does not necessarily reflect the
policy of the U.S. Department of Education and endorsement should
not be assumed.
To request an application or to receive additional information,
VSA arts of New Jersey
703 Jersey Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 745-3885, 745-5935, or 745-3913 (TTY)
2006 New Voice in Literature Award
In association with Red Engine Press, we are proud to announce the
Scribe & Quill New Voice in Literature Award
For additional details, judge profiles or to enter electronically,
visit the official contest page:
Contest brochure may be downloaded at:
* Unpublished adult fiction in English
* Length of 60,000 to 125,000 words
* Standard manuscript format
* Electronic submissions should be in PDF format, attached to
e-mail form and sent to mailto:AcquisitionEditor@redenginepress.com
* Submission fee may be paid electronically on the Red Engine Press
* Hard copy submissions must be bound
* Send hard copy manuscripts to:
Red Engine Press
P.O. Box 264
Bridgeville, PA 15017-0264
* Include name, address, telephone number and e-mail address with
* Include book title, genre and word count
* Please let us know how you heard of this competition
* Include SASE
* Include $25.00 entry fee
* Application period opens June 1, 2005 and closes
December 20, 2005
* Employees and associates of Red Engine Press and Scribe & Quill
may not enter competition
* Winning author will receive a contract to publish winning title
with Red Engine Press
CALLS FOR WRITERS/SUBMISSIONS
The Blue Review is the monthly newsletter of Blue Oasis Online
Support Teams (BOOST), aimed at helping children's writers of all
experience levels. We feature informative articles about the craft
of writing. We are a theme based publication. Go to:
guidelines and themes.
Rights and Payment:
One time exclusive rights. Pays on publication.
Payment: $25 for feature articles, 1,000-1,200 words; $10 for
fillers, 500-700 words. Contributors will receive one free copy of
The Blue Review.
GREAT PUBLISHING OPPORTUNITY FOR UPLIFTING PERSONAL STORIES
A Cup of Comfort is a best-selling anthology (book) series
published by Adams Media, an F+W Publications company. Each volume
features powerful true stories about the experiences and
relationships that inspire and enrich our lives.
Submissions are now being sought for:
-->> A CUP OF COMFORT FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM
A child's diagnosis of autism usually strikes fear in the hearts of
parents--and often turns their world upside-down and their lives
inside-out. The incidence of this mysterious neurobiological
disorder has risen dramatically in recent years, leaving parents in
search of answers, support and hope. For this inspirational
volume, we seek personal anecdotal stories (not prescriptive
articles) about the unique aspects of parenting a child with autism
and related disorders (Asperger syndrome, Rett's disorder,
disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder).
Possible themes include, but are not limited to: impact on other
members of family; creative solutions to everyday challenges;
breakthroughs; effective treatments; silver linings; tender
moments; helpful support; unexpected positive outcomes; blessings
large and small; reasons for hope; adult children with autism. We
are most interested in stories written by parents, but will also
consider and likely publish some stories written by professionals
and family members or friends with intimate knowledge of the child
and parents in question.
Submission Deadline: October 1, 2005
Note: Deadlines are sometimes extended.
Stories must be original (not derived from another published work),
true, positive, in English and 1,000-2,000 words. Open to aspiring,
unpublished, and published writers.
Payment: One $500 grand prize per book; $100 each, all other
published stories. Plus copy of book.
Guidelines: http://www.cupofcomfort.com (click on "Share Your
Story") or e-mail request to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org .
Additional volumes with varying themes are planned.
A Cup of Comfort is published by Adams Media, an F+W Publications
company, and edited by Colleen Sell (mailto:email@example.com).
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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.
Reminder About Paying Markets:
Make sure and read the complete writers' guidelines by either
visiting the Web site or requesting them via e-mail or postal mail.
Because editorial positions frequently change, it's in your best
interest to visit the Web site or contact the publication prior to
querying or submitting and verify the name of the current editor.
Across the Board
The Conference Board
845 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Bimonthly magazine focused on business, specifically higher
management. Not interested in new product pieces.
Seeks articles, essays, opinions and personal experiences.
Pays on publication $50-2,500 for pieces between 1,000-3,500 words.
Buys first rights. Offers 20% kill fee. Query with published clips
or send manuscript on spec.
Arts & Activities
12345 World Trade Drive
San Diego, CA 92128
Editor: Maryellen Bridge
Published 10 times per year this magazine covers art education at
levels from preschool through college for educators and therapists
involved in arts and crafts education and training.
Please see their Web site for a detailed list of topics they are
Pays on publication $35-150 for pieces between 200-2,000 words.
Buys FNSR. Sample copy available by sending a 9x12 SAE and 8 first-
class stamps to above address.
243 Vallejo Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Editor-In-Chief: Bruce Kelley
Monthly magazine focused on the San Francisco Bay Area.
Seeks interviews/profiles, travel, consumer affairs, political,
sports, and arts pieces. All material must relate to San Francisco.
Pays on publication $100-2,000 for pieces between 200-4,000 words.
Offers 25% kill fee. Sample copy available by sending $3.95 to
above address. Query with published clips.
Sources for additional markets and job databases found
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