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

Monthly e-publication for busy writers and those aspiring to become
busy writers.

May 2005 Volume 4 Issue 4

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
>>> Sponsor Message
>>> News & Noteworthy
>>> Success Spotlight
>>> From the Copyeditor's Desk
by Karen J. Gordon
>>> Sponsor Message
>>> Jump-Start Your Fiction Writing
by Shirley Jump
>>> Contests, Workshops and Seminars
>>> Writing Contest
>>> Calls for Writers/Submissions
>>> Jobs
>>> Paying Markets
>>> Classifieds

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"Readers are indispensable to writers. A writer without a reader is
just someone muttering to himself."
---Ralph Keyes, from his book "The Writer's Book of Hope."
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0805072357/writefromhome-20

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Dear Writers:

Because of my tight schedule, I don't watch much television
(excluding Power Rangers, Blues Clues and Sesame Street). But
the other night while working in my office I turned on CMT and
listened to a program featuring country music superstar, Randy
Travis. During the program, Randy made a comment about how a person
never knows when his or her words--or actions--will impact someone
or make a difference in their life. Randy is known to be humble,
down to earth and whenever possible, he'll take an extra moment to
talk with his fans, sign autographs, etc. He doesn't take his fans
for granted and realizes they are the foundation of his success.

Now, I'm no mega superstar. I don't have tens of millions of
readers awaiting my next release, whether it's a book, article or
essay. I don't have a tour bus or paparazzi camped outside my house
(thank God!). Regardless, I do have one trait in common with Mr.
Travis: An immense appreciation and gratefulness towards my
supporters, specifically, you my readers.

I try hard to provide you with useful information, inspiration, and
encouragement through Busy Freelancer and Write From Home. By doing
so, you--my faithful readers--have again paid me a huge compliment.
For the third year in a row, Writer's Digest Magazine selected
Write From Home as one of the 101 Best Web Sites for Writers. I'm
not privy to the names of the individuals responsible for
nominating my site. However, if you nominated Write From Home and
happen to be reading this, please accept my sincere thanks. (Also,
thanks to the staff at Writer's Digest for selecting Write From
Home from the nominations!) As usual, if you have a suggestion
about how I can improve Busy Freelancer or Write From Home, please
don't hesitate to let me know.

In my quest to provide you with useful information, I've added
another columnist--Karen J. Gordon--to the Busy Freelancer/Write
From Home staff. Karen and Jessie Raymond will alternate writing
"From the Copyeditor's Desk."

Karen is a talented copyeditor, freelance writer and proofreader. I
trust her expertise and am confident she'll provide you with
accurate, helpful information.

Many of you will remember that Jessie Raymond and Sherry
Stoll were the columnists for "From the Copyeditor's Desk." Sherry
has resigned from writing the column to pursue writing
greeting cards--to include launching her own greeting card line.
(Congratulations, Sherry!) Although, I'm sad about her departure,
it's a wonderful feeling when I see a freelancer go after their
dream in their niche area.

I wish Sherry--and you--all the success you desire. Have a
productive month. And, Happy Mother's Day to all the
moms reading this!


Warmly,

Kim Wilson
Editor/Publisher

PS: Thank you for your prayers, well-wishes and positive thoughts
regarding Caryn. She's still on a ventilator in critical condition.
Last Thursday she had her 6th surgery--which was her 4th skin
graft. According to her family, the doctors have deemed her
surgeries a success and she's making improvements. She's a very
determined, resilient little gal, especially considering she's only
eight-years-old. On behalf of Caryn and her family, thank you for
your concern, prayers and positive thoughts.

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ASK THE FREELANCE PRO


When Life Interrupts Creativity
by Kathryn Lay

It's amazing how life just keeps going on, even when you're in the
midst of a deadline or an assignment that takes lots of your time.
Or you are revising a novel you're desperately wanting to get in
the mail.

But life does happen. Events come along that are unexpected,
sometimes good, sometimes irritating, sometimes devastating.

After more than ten years of waiting for a child to come along, my
husband and I adopted our daughter and it was a dream come true.
But I'd spent the last five years building a writing career. I
spent hours every day writing and rewriting and looking for markets
and marketing. But suddenly, my new daughter needed a lot of my
attention. For the first time in a long time, I went days without
writing. And even then, it wasn't a lot of productivity.

Recently, several dear writer friends have gone through a time of
taking care of a sick parent. They are emotionally and physically
exhausted and depleted. They want to create, but are often unable
to find that creative energy.

Another learned that her daughter was getting married, and several
months have gone into making her daughter's dream come true.

Others have lost spouses to cancer or dear friends to accidents.

Others have dealt with moving, changing jobs, dealing with problems
in their young children's world, personal sickness and more.

So what do you do? How can you deal with those times and still not
lose your momentum?

1. Journal

This is a time to keep a written account of what you are
experiencing, the daily happenings of this particular event, what
you are feeling, what you are learning, what makes you mad or happy
about it. You may or may not want to write about this situation at
some point, but if you do, you will find that you may not remember
some things clearly later on that happened. Or it may just be
cathartic to use your writing skills, your abilities, to get it all
out.

Buy a special notebook, something used only for relaying your
thoughts on this particular event. Imagine the thrill of
presenting such a journal to your child after their wedding,
relaying all that you went through and thought about as you
prepared for this. Or your child's birth.

2. Market old projects

You may not have the energy to create something new, but when you
need time away from the situation, you can use it to find markets
for old manuscripts, look for places to send reprints, or just
study new markets.

Perhaps spend 30 minutes a day taking one manuscript and finding
some place to send it. Keep envelopes and stamps around. Print a
cover letter, package it, stamp it, and drop it in your mailbox.
Don't stress over it. Make it easy. You will feel that you still
have a thread to your writing, even when the act of writing
something new is beyond your ability at this moment.

3. Read

Renew your creative mind by reading something in the area you want
to write or picking something new. Read in the bathtub with soft
music playing, read in the hospital waiting room, while your child
is napping, when you are taking a break from packing or job
hunting.

You'll be amazed at how spending time reading without doing any
writing will give you new ideas and renew your creative spirit.

4. Permission to not write.

Give yourself permission to take a break from writing. Writing has
become so much a part of my being and of my intent to help my
family financially that I feel guilty when I take time off. Many
times in the midst of being ill or when family members are sick,
I've tried to keep up with the projects I've got going on, rather
than allowing myself to accept the need to step back.

Maybe you need to ask an editor for an extended deadline. Maybe
you need to let go of a project entirely.

When you let go of those guilty feelings of 'not writing,' you can
focus on the current situation with a whole new sense of peace.
And if you're writing while completely stressed, how will the
project ultimately turn out?

5. Therapy

Perhaps you DO want to continue working on a project. Perhaps it's
therapy during a time when chaos reigns, giving you a sense that
part of your world is still normal. Again, push aside the guilt
for the need to do this. Write in small increments, write only on
things that give you pleasure or a sense of accomplishment or de-
stress.

Whether you are a full time writer, part time, or hobbyist, there
are times when you'll be forced away from your routine due to
unexpected life moments. By being prepared, those hiccups in your
writing won't add to an already stressful time.

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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:rlay15@aol.com

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NEWS & NOTEWORTHY.....

* Linda Formichelli, magazine writer and co-author of The Renegade
Writer, will soon be starting an 8-week e-course on breaking into
magazines. Each lesson will walk you through one part of the
publishing process--from thinking up salable ideas to sending out
a winning query letter--and include an assignment. The course,
which costs $99 per month for two months, includes unlimited e-mail
support. If you're interested in more information, please contact
Linda at mailto:linda-eric@lserv.com.

* Yoga4Everybody (a market featured in last months issue) has
ceased publication.

* Mountain Resort Magazine releases its debut issue in June 2005.
More information located at http://mountainresortmag.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.)

*** Karin Rex and I are excited to announce that we were just
appointed Deans of Suite University's Writing & Publishing School
(http://www.suite101.com/suiteu/school.cfm/15917). Between us we
have many years of successful freelance writing experience and we
are looking forward to working with both the established and
aspiring writers the school attracts. Suite University represents
an excellent opportunity for writers to learn and practice the
craft of writing. It is also a great place for those who have a bit
more experience to share their knowledge by becoming a course
developer and online instructor
(http://www.suite101.com/suiteu/devapp/member.cfm). Thanks for
letting us share our good news.

Come visit us when you get the chance!
Erin Huffstetler & Karin Rex

*** I am pleased to announce my essay, "The Anole Story," appears
in the recently released anthology, A Cup of Comfort for Mothers &
Sons. In addition to this anthology, my short stories and essays
have appeared in numerous publications, including Newsweek, The
Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Brevity,
Octavo, Drexel Online Journal, Three Candles, So To Speak, Literary
Mama and elsewhere. My fiction was recognized by the Virginia
Commission for the Arts as a finalist in the Individual Artist
Fellowship program for literary artists. My short story, "First
Thing in the Morning," was selected by storySouth for the Million
Writers Award, Notable Online Short Stories for 2004, and two of my
stories were selected by storySouth for the Million Writers Award,
Notable Online Short Stories for 2003. I maintain a Web site at
http://www.authorsden.com/peggyduffy

Peggy Duffy

*** Derrick Hurlin, of Pretoria, South Africa, has the following
successes:

~ Travel article, "Savouring Cyprus", published in "Diversions," a
glossy leisure magazine for doctors and other health professionals.

~ The same article appears on the Web at
http://www.gomideast.com/index.htm

~ Third edition of his self-published book of short stories, "Let's
Go. You Drive"

Contact details:
Dr Derrick C.R. Hurlin
Writer, Re-writer,
Editor - Technical and literary
P.O. Box 346
La Montagne, Pretoria
South Africa
0184

Tel./fax: +27 12 803-5579
Cell: +27 83 719 9468
mailto:hurlin@icon.co.za

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FROM THE COPYEDITOR'S DESK


"Abbreviate This"
by Karen J. Gordon

It's a fast paced world and our language is keeping up. E-mails
(electronic mail) and IMs (instant messages) are filled with
abbreviated phrases, not to mention being abbreviations themselves.
BRB, HIH, SWDYT and WTG are commonly used instead of their longer
forms: "be right back," "hope it helps," "so what do you think,"
and "way to go." The shortened terms are referred to as acronyms,
and they are--kind of. Acronyms, however, are much more than
letters strung together to quickly make statements such as NP (no
problem) or TY (thank you). Net slang has its place, but the W.O.B.
(world of abbreviations) is much larger than that.

Whatever type they may be, abbreviations are used to save time and
space. They simplify confusing and technical terms. They give us
snappy ways of referring to long names of organizations. And, in
general, abbreviations make life easier. Let's take a look at two
types of abbreviations commonly used in writing.

* Acronym
An acronym is formed by taking the first letter or letters
of several words. What distinguishes an acronym from other types of
abbreviations is that the new string of letters can be pronounced
as a word. Some examples are as follows:

AIDS: acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
HUD: (Department of) Housing and Urban Development
NATO: North Atlantic Treaty Organization
RAM: random access memory
laser: light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation
radar: radio detection and ranging

The use of acronyms makes life more simple. But the rules can be
confusing. We capitalize all acronyms except those that have become
integrated into our official language, such as radar and laser. And
because they're spoken as words, acronyms are written without
periods.

The first time an acronym's used, we begin with the complete term
unless the abbreviated form is commonly known. In the following
example, since GSA is a proper noun, all the words in the term are
capitalized.

"The representative from the Government Services Agency (GSA)
proposed a series of town meetings to discuss the wheelchair ramp
issue."

In the next example, the acronym RAM is a familiar term so the
acronym itself comes first and is capitalized, but the words in the
term are lowercase because RAM's not a proper noun.

"My new computer came with 512 MB of RAM (random access memory)."

In the last example, the acronym radar is lowercase because it's
officially become a part of our language. Because it's familiar,
there's no need to write out the term.

"A powerful radar station was built in Greenland."

* Initialism
The second type of abbreviation we'll look at is also
formed by taking the first letter of several words, but it's
sounded letter by letter rather than being pronounced as a separate
word. Some examples of initialisms are as follows:

a.m./p.m.: ante meridiem/post meridiem
c.o.d.: cash (or collect) on delivery
r.p.m.: revolutions per minute
ATM: automated teller machine
FBI: Federal Bureau of Investigation
HIV: human immunodeficiency virus
UFO: unidentified flying object
URL: Uniform Resource Locator

The rules for using initialisms can get tricky. The current leaning
is not to use periods. But in the case of c.o.d., if we take them
out, we're left with the word 'cod' which has several meanings of
its own. To avoid confusion, and because they often look more
correct, in most lowercase initialisms we leave the periods in.

As with acronyms, if the initialism isn't commonly known, we spell
out the complete term first, followed by the abbreviation.

"Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a mind-body system made up
of our neurology and our linguistics."

There are several other things to keep in mind when using acronyms
and initialisms.

* Plurals
In most cases, add a lowercase "s" with no apostrophe (ATMs).
However, there is an exception to the rule:

If the acronym or initialism contains capital letters and periods,
add an apostrophe and an "s" (M.B.A.'s).

* A or An
To decide which article to use, read the abbreviation out loud.

If the pronunciation of the first letter is a "hard" consonant, use
"a" (a scuba diving course).

If the pronunciation of the first letter is a vowel or "soft," use
"an" (an FBI agent).

* Redundant acronyms and initialisms
It's incorrect to repeat part of the abbreviation. Some of the more
common abuses are as follows:

ABS system: antilock brake system system
APR rate: annual percentage rate rate
ATM machine: automated teller machine machine
CAD design: computer-aided design design
DOS operating system: disk operating system operating system
DMZ zone: demilitarized zone zone
HIV virus: human immunodeficiency virus virus
ISBN number: International Standard Book Number number
PC computer: personal computer computer
PIN number: personal identification number number
RAM memory: random-access memory memory
SAT test: Scholastic Assessment Test test
UPC code: Universal Product Code code
VIN number: vehicle identification number number


You can see by my examples of acronyms and initialisms that when it
comes to capitalization, there's no hard and fast rule. Some
abbreviations are upper case, some lower. Some of the full terms
are viewed as proper nouns, others not. I suggest using your
dictionary for verification and, above all else, be consistent in
your use.

And one last thought to take away with you: The word acronym is an
acronym itself! You don't believe me? Here, see for yourself . . .

http://www.acronymfinder.com/

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Karen J. Gordon is a freelance writer, copyeditor, and natural
healing practitioner living in Eugene, Oregon. She writes articles
and essays on a variety of subjects including the art and craft of
writing, natural healing and personal growth. She is a member of
the National Association of Women Writers and Willamette Writers
and is co-moderator of the online discussion list, Write From Home.
Her freelance credits include work in both print and electronic
publications. In addition to writing and editing freelance, Karen
is currently working on her forthcoming nonfiction book, Loving
Theresa. Visit her Web site at http://www.karenjgordon.com

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JUMP-START YOUR FICTION WRITING

When the Going Gets Tough
by Shirley Jump
http://www.shirleyjump.com

When I first start writing a novel or short story, I enter what I
call the "honeymoon" phase. The first three chapters are always a
breeze, with the characters nicely cooperating, the plot hanging
together well and everything looking rosy and bright. I have great
hope that the whole book will be finished on time and with ease.

Ha, ha, ha. That feeling ends around the time I enter the
middle of the book. Without fail, at that point I am hating
the story, the characters are refusing to cooperate, and it
looks like there's no hope of ever finishing. I know I have
done this before, however, and I can do it again. When I
reach this point, I pull out a few regular tricks:

1. RE-READ THE WHOLE STORY. Inevitably, when the book gets
hard to write, it's because I'm stuck on a plot point or some
aspect of character development. I go back and re-read the entire
book in one sitting, and ALWAYS find the clues I need to solve the
plot or flesh out the characters. Those clues will be there for
you, too, laid by your subconscious in tiny little bits of the
back-story. For example, in my June 2004 book, THE DADDY'S PROMISE,
I reached that point with my heroine. I had no idea what her big
issue was with committing to a man who was arguably desirable, nice
and caring. Then, in the back-story, two little clues emerged:
Anita's mother had died when she was very young, leaving her at the
mercy of the foster system and with some serious abandonment
issues. Luke, the hero, had left California for Indiana, which
essentially left Anita feeling abandoned. She couldn't be sure he
wouldn't run again when the going got tough. Once I figured that
out, the rest of the book flowed quickly. For those of you who have
read the story, you'll see the moment the light bulb went off in
the "rabbit" and "turtle" scene.

2. LOOK CLOSER AT YOUR CHARACTERS. Often, they have all the
clues you need built into their characters already, but maybe you
haven't brought out these elements. Sit down with your main
characters and ask them what they are afraid of, what their worst
nightmare would be, what one thing they don't want to face. Then
make them face it in the story. Good novels are all about
change--about characters who grow and develop over the course of
the novel. You can't make your characters change without making
them face difficult choices and situations.

3. LOOK AT THE LEVEL OF CONFLICT. Have you given your
characters enough conflict? Have you thrown enough roadblocks into
their paths? Enough to keep them from solving their problems too
quickly? To discover if you have created "a conversation conflict,"
look at your main novel problems and ask yourself if this is the
type of problem that could be solved with a conversation. If so,
then you don't have enough conflict to carry your story from
beginning to end. What you've got instead is a plot that is driven
by contrivances--meaning the reason these characters don't simply
talk out their problems and solve them is because other things get
in the way. While this can work for a chapter or two, it's
impossible to believe for a four-hundred page book unless there is
an EXTREMELY compelling argument for your character not to want to
talk this problem out. Instead, develop conflicts that are based on
the characters themselves, meaning based on their weaknesses. Think
of a character who refuses to admit he is wrong. Think about how
that fault could lead to trouble when the protagonist has led a
search party into the woods--and gotten them lost, too.

4. THROW ANOTHER BEAR IN THE BOAT. I don't remember what
author said this initially (maybe it was Jenny Crusie, who is, in
my opinion, the goddess of writing wisdom), but when I heard this
snippet in a writing workshop, it stuck with me. If you have a plot
that is going nowhere, throw another bear--i.e., more problems--
into the mix. This forces your characters to act, to take new
directions. Don't be nice about it, either. Throw grizzlies in,
instead of cubs. Sure, you might write yourself into a corner for a
few pages, but I bet if you go back to step one and re-read, you'll
find your way out of that plot forest.

5. DECIDE IF EVERYTHING IS ESSENTIAL. Sometimes, you write
scenes just to write them. You think it might be funny or touching
or show your character in a different light. However, the scene
doesn't do anything with the plot, and thus drags the book down.
While it is good and advisable to write scenes that show your
character and help to develop the different facets of your
protagonist, these scenes must do double-duty. They can't just be
there for comic relief; they must also move the plot along. Go back
to these dead-end scenes and look at how you can make them work to
your advantage. How can you use that event in your novel to raise
the stakes, increase the tension or send your character on a new
path? If you can't do it, then cut the scene.

Remember, above all, that these are words. They aren't oxygen. You
can, indeed, cut pages and pages from your books and live through
the experience. Not every word you write is gold, as much as you
might wish otherwise. However, you can find the nuggets among the
ore and by a little bit of polishing, rearranging and honing,
you'll create a true gem in the end!

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Fee: $445, Returning Students $395

Complete details found at http://www.writingclasses.com (scroll
down to "Humor Writing" under Summer Schedule)

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Wildacres Writers Workshop

Writers Retreat, July 2-July 8

Writers Workshop, July 9-July 16

Location: Blue Ridge Mountains near Little Switzerland, NC.

Complete details including fees and curriculum located at
http://www.wildacres.com/

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"Why It's Great" Writing Workshop

Marge Piercy, the famous and, for many, iconic novelist and poet,
will be offering writers an unusual opportunity this summer to work
with her. As writer in residence at the unique "Why It's Great"
Writing Workshop & Retreat, she will be leading workshops and
reading from her work. The five-day event takes place July 24-29 at
the World Fellowship Center, a secular educational camp in the
beautiful New Hampshire White Mountains.

For complete information, go to http://www.whyitsgreat.com and
select "Workshop" on the menu.

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Chesapeake Bay Writers' Retreat

Dates: November 11-13

Location: Aspen Institute Wye River Conference Center (on the
Eastern Shore of Maryland).

Fee: $699 if registered before May 1, $799 after May 1

Sponsored by Chesapeake Bay Magazine

Complete details located at http://www.baywriters.com


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WRITING CONTESTS

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Helen Keller Foundation seeks unpublished poetry or prose up to
3,000 words for inclusion in an anthology about overcoming physical
or emotional disability.

Deadline: June 1, 2005

Prizes:

First Place: $2,000
Second Place: $1,000
Third Place: $500

More information at http://www.helenkellerfoundation.org

Send manuscript and SASE to:

The Helen Keller Foundation
Diane Sharper
English Department
Towson University
Towson, Maryland 21252

Mailto:dscharpe@towson.edu
Phone: 410-704-2868

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Fiction and Nonfiction Contest Sponsored by The Writers' Workshop
Complete details found at http://www.twwoa.org

Deadline: June 25, 2005

Length: 5,000 words for either contest

Prizes for each contest:

First Place: $500 or a free stay in the Hamptons and opportunity to
meet the judges, Kurt Vonnegut and Peter Matthiessen, plus
autographed books by Vonnegut and Matthiessen.

Second Place: $250 or 3-day stay at the The Mountain Mews Bed and
Breakfast in Asheville, NC, plus autographed books by Vonnegut and
Matthiessen.

Third Place: $150 and autographed book

Entry Fee: $25 per submission
Make check payable to The Writers' Workshop and mail to:

KV Fiction Contest or PM Nonfiction Contest
The Writers' Workshop
387 Beaucatcher Road
Asheville, NC 28805


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CALLS FOR WRITERS/SUBMISSIONS

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I am in need of a writer who can write an interesting story with a
specific and limited vocabulary for young children-ages 5-8.
Remember Dick and Jane? The story is only 8 pages and with
only a few sentences per page. The story will be printed in a
little booklet and sold. The author gets credit, but I have
ownership. Payment is $50.00
Send inquiries to Connie at mailto:ConnieJ2003@aol.com

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Peculiar Pilgrims

Complete details found at
http://www.hourglassbooks.org/submissions.html

Hourglass Books is currently accepting submissions for its upcoming
anthology, "Peculiar Pilgrims." This book is "a collection of
stories about spiritual journey and encounter."

Deadline: Open

Payment: Royalties in accordance with the Authors Guild model
contract.

Accepts reprints and simultaneous submissions. Submissions must be
in the body of an e-mail. No attachments. Send submissions to:
mailto:editor@hourglassbooks.org

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"They Lied: True Tales of Weddings and Honeymoons" Extends Deadline


Last year we sent out a call for submissions for our next book,
"They Lied! True Tales of Weddings and Honeymoons" and the response
we received was fantastic.

It was so good in fact that we've decided to expand the call for
submissions to October 15th, 2005 to get even more of those funny,
unexpected, knee-slapping stories.

You know the kind of story we mean--the ones that sound a little
hard to believe and may not have seemed all that funny at the time,
but you look back on them now and can't stop yourself from laughing
out loud--that's what we want! From off-beat engagements, to
ceremony catastrophes; from dueling in-laws and reception disasters
to honeymoon hijinx, we want to hear it all.

This is your chance to share your story with the world and become a
published author. If your story is selected, you will be paid a
one-time fee of $100 US.

Check out the FAQ section of our Web site:
http://www.theyliedtruetales.com for submission guidelines.

Come on and send us your stories, we'd love to read them!

Halyna M. Parypa
Viva Voce Press Inc

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JOBS

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~ Position: Freelance Writer
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~ Position: Researcher
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~ Position: Copywriter
Publication/Company: The Motley Fool
Location: Virginia
Deadline: 05-25-05
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~ Position: Managing Editor
Publication/Company: Main Line Life
Location: Pennsylvania
Deadline: 05-25-05
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http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=505649

~ Position: Managing Editor
Publication/Company: Prescott Newspapers, Inc.
Location: Arizona
Deadline: 05-25-05
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http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=505595

~ Position: Sports Editor
Publication/Company: The New Jersey Herald
Location: New Jersey
Deadline: 05-25-05
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=505665

~ Position: Writer/Analyst
Publication/Company: Not Specified
Location: Florida (Miami)
Deadline: 05-25-05
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=460930

~ Position: Writer
Publication/Company: Not Specified
Location: Alabama
Deadline: 05-26-05
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=505960

~ Position: Editorial Freelancers
Publication/Company: Not Specified
Location: Illinois
Deadline: 05-30-05
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=507105

~ Position: Writer
Publication/Company: The Capital group Companies, Inc.
Location: California
Deadline: 05-30-05
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=182780

~ Position: Associate Editor
Publication/Company: The Boston Phoenix
Location: Massachusetts
Deadline: 05-31-05
More info:
http://www.journalismjobs.com/job_listing.cfm?JobID=473702


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

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.

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PERSONAL ESSAY MARKETS

Eight paying markets for personal essays are listed in Erika
Dreifus' article "Getting Personal: Eight Paying Markets For Your
Personal Essays" located at
http://www.writefromhome.com/writingtradearticles/459.htm

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Family Travel Fun.com

http://www.familytravelfun.com/writersguidelines.html

Mailto:webmaster@familytravelfun.com

Online planning guide for family vacations.

Seeks reprints about destinations and reviews of family-friendly
vacation spots.

Pays $15 for pieces between 800-1,000 words. When submitting put
manuscript in the body of an e-mail. No attachments.

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Coastal Living
http://www.coastalliving.com/coastal/magazine/writers_guide.html

Lifestyle magazine "for people who love the coast."

The guidelines for this magazine are very detailed. Please read
them via the link listed above. You'll also find e-mail addresses
for specific department editors at this link.

Pays $1/word, plus expenses for pieces between 500-1,000 words.
Query first. Does not accept unsolicited manuscripts.
Accepts e-queries but clips and a copy of the query must be sent
via postal mail. Pays 25% kill fee of assigned fee.


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Sources for additional markets and job databases found
at http://www.writefromhome.com/jobsguidelines.htm

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If your publication is a PAYING market send your guidelines,
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