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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
>>> Sponsor Message
>>> News & Noteworthy
>>> Success Spotlight
>>> From the Copyeditor's Desk
by Jessie Raymond
>>> Jump-Start Your Fiction Writing
by Shirley Jump
>>> Workshops, Classes, Seminars & Conferences
>>> Writing Contests
>>> Calls for Writers/Submissions
>>> Paying Markets
°°°°° LETTER FROM THE EDITOR °°°°°
I hope you don't mind receiving the June issue a few days early.
We'll be out of town over Memorial Weekend. Before we leave, I want
to wrap up my "end of the month/first of the month" duties.
Ready or not, summer is almost here. "Let chaos reign" becomes the
mantra for many writing parents. The warm summer days--and the yard
work--beckon you to leave your office. And of course we can't
forget about our little darlings home on summer vacation chanting,
"Mom! I'm bored." Trying to maintain a writing schedule may seem
difficult, if not impossible. However, if you're trying to boost
your writing career now is the time to maximize your output. Let me
For various reasons freelancers cut back on submitting and querying
over the summer months. By taking advantage of this slow period,
you increase your chance of gaining an acceptance because there's
But, lack of competition is no excuse for sloppiness. You still
need to target your queries and submissions to well-researched
markets. Also, make sure you write tight, error-free copy. (FYI:
From an editor's standpoint, one of my biggest pet peeves is
receiving queries and submissions that are not geared towards my
audience. This wastes not only my time, but the writer's time as
If you're lacking ideas, now is the time to think about the
holidays and other timely events that will happen six, nine or
twelve months from now. Unless you're targeting a publication with
a short lead time, forget submitting summer-related ideas.
I hope you find these suggestions useful. If you decide to amp up
your output, please let me know your results. Hopefully, when
Autumn arrives you'll have many acceptances, numerous assignments
and several checks to cash--all from your summertime writing
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ASK THE FREELANCE PRO
Rewrite Your Way to Publication
by Kathryn Lay
You've finished that article, essay, short story or book. Is it
time to print it, stuff it in an envelope, slap on those stamps and
shove it in the mailbox?
Writing is rewriting and rarely is a first draft ever ready to be a
For some, the rewriting is the fun part. For others, it's a
drudge. You're having to switch from your creative brain to your
editor brain. But it's important if you want to make that
manuscript truly sellable.
By following a few steps, you can make sure that your written piece
is as polished as it can be before that editor takes a first look.
* LET IT SIT:
At first glance, your original draft may seem utterly brilliant or
totally trash. Rarely is it either. It's time to step away from
that particular piece. It's difficult to rewrite while it's
completely fresh in your mind. You've just finished the piece and
you're either sick of it or convinced you could never make it any
Depending on you and the type of piece it is, you may want to let
it sit for a day, a week, or months for longer pieces. When you
pick it up again, you'll have a new perspective and you'll more
likely see it as it really is.
Now's the time to begin rewriting.
* READ IT ALOUD:
Try reading into a recorder or just reading the piece aloud.
You'll be able to notice places that are jarring or sentences that
ramble, don't make sense or are difficult to read.
Listen for the voice for fiction or if the sequence of events or
steps you are sharing make sense for an article. If it's an essay,
does it flow easily? Does the ending seem abrupt? Are there parts
where you think, huh?
It's time to fix those big and little problems. Maybe you need to
rearrange thoughts in your article, add more emotion or less
telling to your essay and strengthen the ending to your short
Cut, add, expand, tighten, delete. Don't be afraid to take the red
pen to your beloved words.
* READ BACKWARDS FOR PUNCTUATION:
Try reading your piece backwards to check for spelling and missing
punctuation that your spellcheck may have overlooked. This way you
won't get involved with the actual writing, you'll focus only on
punctuation and spelling.
* FIND A CRITIQUE GROUP OR ANOTHER WRITER:
Get an unbiased read from another writer. Mom, the kids, your best
friend--they may not be your best critiquers. "It's just wonderful
and perfect just like it is," or "Boy, this is a stinker," may
influence you the wrong way. Sure, they are readers, but in this
raw state, can they give your manuscript a professional look-see
before it's edited and typeset and sitting on a shelf?
Check your library, bookstore or book editor of the newspaper to
see if an established critique group exists in your area. Not one?
Consider beginning one. Place an ad on the library bulletin board
or at a local college and begin your own supportive, helpful group.
Once you've let your piece sit, read it aloud, rewritten, checked
the punctuation and perhaps had it critiqued before rewriting
again, and you feel it's in the best shape possible, you're ready
to send it out and wait for a response.
Your piece may sell as is, or an editor may express interest if
you'd do a rewrite. Do you get discouraged? No way. Now's the
time to prove to an editor that you can and will rewrite.
When I sent a short story for consideration to Cricket Magazine for
children, they were very interested in the piece but felt it might
be better for the younger age. The editor of Spider magazine,
their younger publication, liked the piece but said it would need
to be cut from 900 words to 600, and a few more details added in.
Right away I worked on cutting it down to 600 words, then found
ways to use a few words to add the information the editor wanted,
then cut it back to 600 words. It took some work, but the story
was bought and published. Recently, a story to Cricket was
accepted after doing a few rewrites.
Many of my pieces for magazines have been accepted without rewrite
suggestions. But when I am asked to do rewrites, I am quick
to run to the challenge. If I completely disagree with the
suggested changes, I'll talk with the editor. Often, once you
share your reasons for keeping something a certain way, the editor
will agree. If not, you must decide whether it's important enough
to lose the sale, or the sale is more important than those specific
words or ideas.
Remember that your words are not written in stone until they are
published. And by then, any changes are too late. So
consider the importance of rewriting and revising: to polish your
well thought out ideas, make your words sparkle and encourage
editors to want to get more and more from you because you send them
writing that needs little-to-no tweaking.
Kathryn Lay has had over 1,000 articles, stories and essays
published in magazines and anthologies such as Woman's Day, Family
Circle, Guideposts, Kiwanis, Cricket, Spider, Chicken Soup for the
Soul and many more. Check out her Web site at
http://www.kathrynlay.com to learn about her first children's
novel Crown Me! and her writing book, The Organized Writer Is A
Selling Writer. E-mail her at mailto:email@example.com
°°°°° WRITE FROM HOME SITE UPDATES °°°°°
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This month read "Earning One's Stripes" at
==>> "Life of a Writer Mom"
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This month read "Fantasy Versus Reality" at
==>> "What Happens When You're Gone?"
by C. Hope Clark
==>> "Travel Writing: From a Bloggin' Byline to a Payin' Byline
by Roy A. Barnes
==>> Interview with Dawn Colclasure
by Shaunna Privratsky
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NEWS & NOTEWORTHY.....
* Revenue magazine launches a digital edition. Complete details
located at http://www.revenuetoday.com/press_051005.htm
* Mississippi Mom Magazine--a new publication targeted at middle to
upper class moms living in Mississippi--recently launched.
* Peter Bowerman, author of The Well-Fed Writer and The Well-Fed
Writer: Back For Seconds is doing a book signing, Tuesday, June 14,
2005, at the Amherst, NY, Barnes & Noble.
WRITING FOR LOVE AND MONEY
Your daydreams could be worth a small fortune. Thanks to a booming
$1.52 billion romance market--and a ravenous audience--publishers
are now willing to pay $7,000 ... $24,000 ... 50,000 ... even for
Never written a word of fiction? One of today's biggest romance
novelists started off as a secretary...until she discovered the
secrets to writing page-turning romance books the market craves.
Two years later, an eager publisher offered her $97,500--for ONE
If you're intrigued by the opportunity this market offers, take a
few minutes to learn the secrets of this exciting and romantic way
to "live the writer's life."
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:firstname.lastname@example.org 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.)
*** Kathryn Lay. Her book CROWN ME! won a beautiful trophy at the
recent annual Oklahoma Writer's Federation Conference/Contest for
Best Juvenile Book of 2004 entered, and she won two unpublished
contests there. Also, CROWN ME! is on the New York Charlotte Award
Committee's Recommended Reading List, as well as the Hawaii Nene
Award Committee's Recommended Reading List (along with some other
amazing books) and a Catholic School in Maryland's Summer Reading
*** Cindy LaFerle on the recent release of her book, Writing Home
(Hearth Stone Books).
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FROM THE COPYEDITOR'S DESK
by Jessie Raymond
If you thought parallel construction meant building houses in
equidistant rows, you might want to take a closer look at your
In grammar terms, "parallel construction" means the consistent
treatment of similar elements in a sentence or list. It's easier
to demonstrate than to define, so here's a sentence that lacks it:
"I love talking on the phone and to play on the computer."
If the phrases were treated consistently, the sentence would read
either "I love talking on the phone and playing on the computer"
or "I love to talk on the phone and play on the computer."
Sounds simple enough, but it gets more complicated when more than
two elements must agree. When I worked as a freelance copyeditor,
I often ran into sentences like this: "I own a dog, two cats, and
love rabbits." Not quite.
To make this construction parallel, each element of the series
must be handled the same way. The first two elements of the
series, the dog and cats, refer back to the verb "own." The verb
"love" with the third element (rabbits) breaks the parallelism.
If the writer actually owns a few rabbits, he or she could say, "I
own a dog, two cats, and three rabbits." Otherwise, the sentence
should be revised to read, "I own a dog and two cats and I love
To maintain parallelism, writers should avoid mixing parts of
speech: "You are both inconsiderate and a jerk." No fair treating
an adjective and a noun as if they are parallel. "You are an
inconsiderate jerk" works just fine.
Comparisons must be parallel as well. Otherwise, careless writers
could end up with some thought-provoking sentences, such as "My
watch is cheaper than my sister." Okay, that's an extreme example,
but the point is clear: "My watch" is possessive, so the
comparable phrase should be "my sister's" (where "watch" is
Faulty parallelism occurs just about everywhere, even in newspaper
headlines and on TV. There's a daytime commercial in which a 70's
celebrity hawks a certain correspondence school. She describes the
available degrees as "medical transcription, taxidermy,
cosmetology, travel agent, and more!" Clearly, the script writer
intended to list the various fields of study available but
couldn't come up with a parallel term for the travel field.
"Travel agency" wouldn't work. (How about "travel-agent
A common cause of faulty parallelism concerns conjunctions and
where they fall in a sentence. Either/or tends to trip up many
writers. People write things like "Either you must mow the lawn or
weed the garden." The phrase that follows "either" must always be
consistent with the phrase that follows "or." So the sentence
could be rewritten correctly two ways: "Either you must mow the
lawn or you must weed the garden" or (more concisely) "You must
either mow the lawn or weed the garden."
Like many other subtle areas of grammar, faulty parallelism can
sneak into your writing and lie there so quietly that the average
reader might not even notice it. To check your work, extract just
the comparable elements from a sentence and listen closely to
whether they agree in form. You may have to reword a phrase or
move a conjunction, but you can't argue with the results:
unambiguous and graceful writing (and the assurance that
you haven't just publicly insulted your sister).
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
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by Anne Stilman
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by Susan Thurman
---> "Grammar for Grownups"
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--->"Punctuate It Right!"
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JUMP-START YOUR FICTION WRITING
Giving Your Characters A Voice: Mastering the Art of Dialogue
(Part I of Two-Part Series)
by Shirley Jump
Dialogue--it seems like one of those things that should be so easy
to write. I mean, all of us talk, right? And some of us talk a lot
more than others ;-). But when it comes down to it, writing good,
strong dialogue is a lot more difficult than it looks. In order to
learn how to write great dialogue, however, you need to know how it
works. In this two-part series (second part to come next month),
I'll take a look at dialogue within your novel.
THE TWO PURPOSES OF DIALOGUE:
It helps to think of the purpose of your dialogue before you start
writing it. That way, you can hopefully avoid adding unnecessary
conversations that will bore the reader, slow your pacing and
essentially, drag the whole story down.
* Show the Character:
One purpose of dialogue is to show the character. Think about how a
nun would speak as opposed to a gang member--radically different
language, sentence structure, word usage, etc. Or how your mother
talks compared to you. Or how someone from the South speaks as
opposed to a Maine fisherman.
First, these characters are going to use their particular dialects.
However, a caution here--don't use so much dialect that the reader
spends more time translating than reading the story. The number one
rule in fiction is to not to do anything that pulls the reader away
from the most important thing: the story. So, go ahead and use
dialect, but use it sparingly. Kind of like using pepper, a little
is a great seasoning, too much will ruin the meal.
The other risk here is your own assumptions. If you don't live in
Tennessee, or haven't gone to Tennessee and done a lot of research,
you may assume you know how people there talk. And you can very
easily get it wrong. If your only image of how gang members talk is
from seeing them in TV movies-of-the-week, you risk perpetuating a
stereotype instead of creating real, true characters.
The solution again, is to research well and use dialect and idiom
sparingly, making sure you are always aware of WHO the character is
and WHY he is that way. That is going to be your true mission in
showing the character.
Showing character through dialogue is done in a number of ways.
Someone who is reticent and shy might not have much to say or speak
in short sentences. Some talkative people keep the conversation
rolling forever and ever because they like to hear their own
voices, or they are trying to deflect attention from something
else, or because they want to prevent someone else from talking.
Men talk differently from women, using shorter sentences. They get
right to the point, where a woman will tell you a story just to
recap her shoe shopping woes at the mall that day.
You can show a character’s feelings simply by using words. Look at
TV--how much of dialogue used on movies and sitcoms shows you the
character without an action? Close your eyes and simply listen.
Then make a list of all you know about the character from those
words. Frasier, for instance, is a bit pompous and a lot picky
(have you heard him talk about a wine?) whereas his dad has a
relaxed, roll-off-his-back kind of attitude. Raymond is gregarious,
trying to keep everyone happy where Marie is a smothering mother
who can work criticism into the best of compliments. (I saw a
preview the other day where Debra said, "Cleaning is cleaning." And
Marie said, "If you think so, dear." A lot was shown in two lines.)
When writing your dialogue, come back to that earlier advice: WHO
is your character and WHY is he that way? When you know those
answers, you can write the dialogue that SHOWS your character.
* Move the Plot Forward:
The other purpose for dialogue is to move the plot forward. You
want to avoid the:
"Hi, how are you?"
"Glad to hear it. What are you doing?"
"Want to go to the movies?"
Those kinds of conversations are BORING and lose your reader right
When you write dialogue, you need to think of it as an extension of
your story. Like narrative and plot events, dialogue is used to up
the tension, increase the stakes, reveal truths and solve the
character’s problems. The worst kind of book is the one where
characters have what’s called a "conversation conflict." Meaning,
if these people would just TALK they could solve a very simple
problem. The author avoids writing dialogue that will wrap up the
plot because she knows it’s going to make her book end on page 50.
Good dialogue is about INCREASING THE CONFLICT. When you have two
characters on a page, one of them should want one thing and the
other should want something else--these two things, in the best of
worlds, should be in conflict. For example: a child who has just
found out she is adopted wants her mother to tell her who her birth
mother is. But the adoptive mother wants to protect the child from
the truth and thus, evades answering or makes something up or
simply won't talk at all. Try writing this dialogue scene and see
how it works--chances are you will both show the character and move
your plot forward.
The job of the dialogue is to show how your characters feel about
the changes in your plot (brought about by conflict) and what they
plan to do about it (or maybe not do anything at all). It can also
let you show what characters are covering up, or what they want to
expose, simply by the words you choose to have them vocalize.
* What Things Are Said, Which Aren't?:
Another decision you have to make with dialogue is which things are
going to be important enough to be said, and which will be skimmed
over in narrative. A good rule of thumb is to decide whether this
event is an important one. You might not know that on the first
draft (such as discovery of a clue in a mystery or a small side
note about a character's background that is glossed over in a first
draft) but as you begin to shape and write your story, you will see
the areas that need to be spoken.
Also remember, sometimes the things that are NOT said (more about
this in next month's column) are the most important in the story.
Readers are pretty smart and they'll get it when a character is
hiding something if you craft it right. That in and of itself adds
tension and shows your character, giving you a great two-for-one!
The best tip I can leave you with to help you learn how to
write good dialogue is to learn to listen: To the conversations
around you, the ones in good books, the ones in movies, and the
ones you are writing in your own stories (I write my dialogue as I
speak it aloud to be sure it sounds natural). Always read back your
dialogue and listen for stiffness, stilted sentences, unnatural
pauses or word usage, and any slow spots that can be rewritten to
accomplish the above objectives.
Look for ways to empower your dialogue. In Part II of this, I'll
reveal specific examples of types of dialogue (covering the
basics, not a ton of nitty-gritty examples) to give you an overview
of uses and types.
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
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WORKSHOPS, CLASSES, SEMINARS & CONFERENCES
Peter Bowerman, author of The Well-Fed Writer and The Well-Fed
Writer: Back For Seconds is conducting a commercial writing "how-
Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Holiday Inn, Amherst, NY
Fee: $47 ($37 for students with valid ID)
Complete details at http://wellfedwriter.com/seminars.shtml
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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The international Cat Writers' Association Inc. (CWA) is accepting
entries for its 12th annual Communications Contest for writers,
photographers and editors in print, online and broadcast media. All
published writers and photographers are eligible, regardless of CWA
This year CWA is offering a record number of corporate-sponsored
special awards of $500 to $1,000, as well as its own Muse
Medallions(tm) to winners in approximately 40 writing and graphics
categories. The special awards cover topics that include veterinary
research, feline health, behavior, nutrition, seniors, kitten care,
safety issues, the human-animal bond, humane issues and responsible
ownership, plus awards for fiction and for new writers.
CWA's writing competition is open to work published between June
16, 2004 and June 15, 2005. Categories cover feline-oriented
articles and columns, short stories, poetry, books, photography and
video/audio tapes published in magazines, newspapers, newsletters
Fees: $8.50 per entry for CWA members and $15 per entry for
nonmembers. Awards will be presented at CWA's annual
conference, November 18-20 in San Mateo, California, in conjunction
with the Cat Fanciers' Association's International Cat Show.
Deadline: July 1, 2005.
Rules and entry forms are available at the CWA Web site
(http://www.catwriters.org) or by sending a business-size SASE to
contest chair Beth Adelman
69 Poplar St., 2C,
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Poetry Contest: Barbara Bradley Award
Entries must be a lyric poem, under 21 lines, written by a woman.
Deadline: June 30, 2005
Entry Fee: Nonmembers pay $10 for up to three poems and $3 for each
Mail Entries To:
NEPC Contest Coordinator
16 Cornell Street
Arlington, MA 02474
Writers' Journal Annual Romance Contest
Deadline: July 30, 2005
Length: 2,000 words, max.
Entry Fee: $5 per entry
1st Place: $50
2nd Place: $25
3rd Place: $15
Read complete submission guidelines at link listed above.
Send entry and fee to:
P.O. Box 394
Perham, MN 56573
The Dabbling Mum Free Essay Writing Contest
No Entry Fee
First place receives $35 in gift certificates and a leather-look
organizer with calculator--great for those in-person meetings!
3 Winners picked.
Non-cash prizes total $100
Contest Begins: Now
Contest Ends: July 4, 2005
Enter by online form only:
In 500 words: Write an essay using this sentence as the beginning
sentence, "The day I found my 'true' purpose in life was..."
CALLS FOR WRITERS/SUBMISSIONS
Letters To My Teacher
Adams Media, Inc. in Avon, Massachusetts, is compiling an anthology
of stories, written as letters, for a new book tentatively titled
Letters to My Teacher: 50 Inspirational Stories About Lessons
Learned, to be published in late 2005. The book will contain 50
true stories-written by people of all ages--that celebrate the
valuable lessons learned from teachers in our lives.
This is a unique opportunity to acknowledge the special teacher in
your life and to share your experience with an appreciative
Deadline: July 1, 2005
Length: 500-750 words
Payment: $10 plus copy of the book
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 two new volumes:
-->> A CUP OF COMFORT FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS
Having a baby is one of the most exciting, challenging, and magical
experiences in a woman's life. It can also be an emotional roller-
coaster ride and a physical endurance test. Never more so than
during pregnancy does a woman need a little extra TLC. The 50
heartwarming true stories selected for inclusion in this anthology
are sure to bring comfort, joy and encouragement to expectant moms
of all ages and backgrounds, whether awaiting the arrival of their
first child or their tenth. For this volume, we want positive
personal stories about the memorable experiences that inspire,
reassure, sustain and delight women during those wondrous and
sometimes anxious months of planning, conceiving, carrying,
delivering and welcoming home her new bundle(s) of joy. Any topic
relevant to this unique time in a woman's life is acceptable, as
long as the story is positive and meaningful to expectant mothers
Submission Deadline: August 1, 2005
-->> 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:email@example.com .
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:firstname.lastname@example.org).
Name of Company: Health BookPublisher
Job: Ghost Writer
Publisher is seeking experienced health writers to ghost write
consumer health books. Writer will interview authors/physicians as
well as complete research for the manuscript, which will be
approximately 120 pages--25,000-30,000 words. We are looking for
writers who can turn material around quickly. Each applicant will
be asked to complete an original writing sample to demonstrate
understanding of clarity, organization and tone.
Please send an e-mail with: an overview of your health writing
experience, your interviewing experience, and your fee
requirements. If we need more information, we will ask you for it.
Flossin' Magazine http://www.flossinmag.com/about.htm is hiring
writers and copyeditors. Interested candidates should send their
resume to mailto:email@example.com
Note: Resumes must be formatted in PDF, plain text or rtf.
Company: TriMark Publications
Complete details at:
~ Position: Op-Ed Writer
Publication/Company: Keybridge Communications
Location: Washington, DC
~ Position: Writer/Editor
Publication/Company: Staffing Industry Analysts
~ Position: Writer
Publication/Company: The Sun Herald
~ Position: Freelance Writer
Publication/Company: Construction Equipment Guide
Location: Atlanta, St. Louis & Cincinnati
~ Position: Freelance Writers
Publication/Company: IAG Research
Location: New York
~ Position: Business News Reporters
Publication/Company: Venues Today
Location: Freelance/All locations
~ Position: Lifestyle Editor and Reporters
Publication/Company: Clarion Publishing
Location: Houston, TX area
~ Position: Cops Reporter
Publication/Company: Lincoln Journal Star
~ Position: Sports Copyeditor/Page Designer
Location: North Carolina
~ Position: Weekend Editor
Publication/Company: Bluffton Today
Location: South Carolina
~ Position: Copyeditor
Publication/Company: The News-Press
~ Position: Community Reporter
Publication/Company: Silicon Valley Community Newspapers
~ Position: Health Care Reporter
Publication/Company: Ocala Star-Banner
~ Position: Staff Writer
Publication/Company: The Sand Mountain Reporter
~ Position: Managing Editor
Publication/Company: Kirkland Newspapers, Inc.
Location: North Carolina
~ Position: Features Writer
Publication/Company: Conley Publishing Group
~ Position: Associate Editor
Publication/Company: The Advisory Board Company
Location: Washington, DC
~ Position: Editor
Publication/Company: Southwest Newspapers
~ Position: Reporter/Writer
Publication/Company: The Enterprise
~ Position: Freelance Writers
Publication/Company: National Association of Realtors
Location: Freelance, All Locations
~ Position: Copyeditor
Publication/Company: Waterbury Republican-American
~ Position: Content Writer
Publication/Company: Write Image, Inc.
~ Position: Editor
Publication/Company: Showbiz Weekly
~ Position: Lifestyles Editor
Publication/Company: The World Newspaper
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.
Art Calendar Magazine
P.O. Box 2675
Salisbury, MD 21802
Monthly magazine for visual artists.
Seeks articles focused on the business aspect of an artist's
career. Topics include marketing how-to's, interviews, career-
building, and business practices.
Pays upon publication $150 for original, unpublished pieces and $75
for reprints, plus $25 per published photo. (Note: They love
Prefers completed manuscript instead of queries. Accepts electronic
submissions--no attachments. Not interested in reviews or "get rich
quick" material. Sample copies available by sending $5 to address
ASU Travel Guide
1525 Francisco Blvd., E.
San Rafael, CA 94901
Quarterly guidebook focused on international travel and travel
discounts for airline employees.
Seeks international travel articles and discounts for airline
employees. Destination pieces only. Not interested in "tips"
articles or material from inexperienced travelers.
Pays upon acceptance $200 and buys FNSR and reprint rights.
Length: 1,800 words. Accepts simultaneous submissions. Allow one
year response time to queries and manuscripts.
Sample copy and complete guidelines available by sending a 6 x 9
envelope and five first-class stamps to above address.
Editorial Fax: (323) 843-9252
4160 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Monthly magazine for "owners, managers, and program directors of
physical fitness facilities."
Seeks articles about how-to manage fitness centers and programs,
news about fitness research, technical pieces, and major events
within the industry.
Pays $60-300 for assigned articles. Buys all rights.
Length: 750-2,000 words.
Accepts queries by postal mail, e-mail and fax. (For a list of
editors and their e-mail address go to
Not interested in exercise instructions.
Sample copy available by sending $5 to address listed above.
Lynn W. William, Editor
P.O. Box 340004
Nashville, TN 37203-0004
Interdenominational devotional for children ages 6-12.
Pays on acceptance 14¢/word for stories and articles, $25 and up
for poetry, and $25 and up for games and activities. Buys
newspaper, periodical and electronic rights. Accepts reprints.
Length: 400-1,000 words for articles and stories, 24 lines max for
Does not accept e-mail or faxed submission. Manuscripts must be
double-spaced and mailed to above address along with a SASE.
Sources for additional markets and job databases found
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