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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
>>> Success Spotlight
>>> From the Copyeditor's Desk
by Karen J. Gordon
>>> Jump-Start Your Fiction Writing
by Shirley Jump
>>> Sponsor Message
>>> Workshops, Classes, Seminars & Conferences
>>> Writing Contests
>>> Calls for Writers/Submissions
>>> Paying Markets
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°°°°° LETTER FROM THE EDITOR °°°°°
This month the featured book on Write From Home is "The Complete
Writer: A Guide To Tapping Your Full Potential" by Beverly Walton-
Porter, Mindy Phillips Lawrence, Pat McGrath Avery and Joyce
Faulkner. In the chapter "Writing and Mindfulness: Powerful
Partners" Mindy Phillips Lawrence shares this wisdom:
"If you weren't worried about whether you could pay the bills,
whether or not the storm outside would blow you away, whether or
not you would find the information you need for your article,
whether or not you could finish writing it before the school bus
gets home, how much better would your performance be? If all you
were thinking of was your topic or the characters in your head and
what they were saying to each other, how much easier would it be to
transfer that topic or conversation to paper or computer? By
breaking your day down into mindful segments, you can concern
yourself with the act of writing when the time comes to write. It
allows you to proceed moment-to-moment without thinking about the
After I read her advice, I stopped, went back and reread her
words several times, pondering their importance. I realized that
often when I'm busy working I'm not "in the moment." Although I'm
writing and editing part of my mind is elsewhere thinking about
upcoming events; ways to get my four-year-old to eat vegetables;
how to get my whites whiter (especially socks); what I'll make for
dinner tomorrow night; and on and on and on.
Now that I'm more aware of my acute condition of WMS (Wandering
Mind Syndrome) I make an extra effort to turn off the incessant
mind chatter and focus all my brain cells on the current task.
However, I realize that creativity breed's creativity. While I
work, I keep pen and paper close and when a creative work-related
thought comes to mind, I quickly jot it down and return to my
project. If the thought is not about work, I dismiss it until
later, as there will always be time to figure out how to get my
whites whiter and my youngest spawnling to eat vegetables.
If you suffer from WMS, I welcome you to think about what Mindy
said and I challenge you to "stay in the moment" and focus on your
current project. Give yourself permission to deal with distractions
some other time. Trust me, when you're not busy working you WILL
find the time to address all the other thoughts and concerns that
bombard your mind throughout the day.
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ASK THE FREELANCE PRO
"Letting the Fear Go"
by Kathryn Lay
When I was a kid, I was really afraid my parents might split up. I
was also afraid of heights (still am), losing my best friend,
making bad grades in school and spiders.
As a writer, I find that there are different fears I struggle with.
But if I hold onto those fears, it affects my performance,
productivity, marketing and joy in my writing.
Common writing fears include:
1. Fear of writing it down.
I've known many would-be writers who have a great desire to write,
but are afraid to actually sit down and do it. What if it's lousy?
What if it's harder than they think? What if they discover that
they really don't have anything to say or don't know how to say it.
No writing is carved in stone. The great thing about writing is
that it's most often rewritten. Sit down, get it down, then
rewrite it until you feel good about it. Tell yourself that it's
only for you. Begin your writing career or enhance it by taking
writing classes, going to a writing conference or joining a writing
2. Fear of critique.
You've got those stories, articles, or that book written, but you
wonder if it's ready to be seen by an editor. You know other
writers who could look at it, but what if they suggest changes?
What if they don't tell you it's wonderful and worthy of an award?
What if they don't get it or the humor doesn't make them laugh?
Find one writer whose opinion you trust. Explain that you
want their honest help, but you're nervous. Remember that, even
though you've poured your heart into your writing, they aren't
telling you that you are a horrible person because they suggest
that point number three in your article needs to be fleshed out or
because the ending to your short story is too easy. Finding a good
critique partner or group is the best free help you can get. If
it's confusing to them, it'll be confusing to an editor and you
won't be sitting beside the editor to explain what you mean.
3. Fear to market.
I remember in my early writing career how scary it was to send out
those first pieces. Later, when I found marketing fun and an
adventure, I met a writer who told me she'd written four children's
novels, a dozen short stories and several poems. But she was
afraid to send them out, so they sat in her drawer. What if you get
rejected? What if you get rejected five times on the same story?
What if you run out of market ideas?
Have a market plan and get organized. You've invested a lot of time
researching, writing and rewriting your piece, so why would you not
send it out? What does it cost but a little bit of time and some
postage (often not even the postage with the many opportunities to
submit by e-mail)? When you've written your story or while you are
planning your essay or article, make a list of potential markets
for that project. Check the Writer's Market, writing magazines and
writing Web sites. Look at bookstores and friends' homes for ideas
of magazines to market to. Begin your list with the best market
and work your way down. Now, if it is rejected, you already know
where you will send it next, and next, and next.
4. Fear of rejection. What if my piece comes back rejected? Does
this mean the editor hates me? Does it mean they never want to see
my writing again? Is it time to throw this piece of writing away?
How many rejections DO indicate I should give up on a piece?
Rejection is a part of writing. The real test as a writer is how
you handle rejection. Is it a personal reflection on you as a
person? No. Is it an indication you are a lousy writer? No.
Does the editor hate you? Why would they? Rejection is such a
broad thing in writing that you have to learn to separate it from
your writing, from your belief in yourself as a writer and from
your confidence in that piece.
This is one reason why I have come up with a marketing plan for my
pieces. If I find fifteen markets for an article, then after two
rejections, I can still see that long list. Do I give up on a
piece after a few rejections? Rarely. If I get any specific
comments from an editor, I will look over the piece and perhaps
rewrite it. If I've gotten to the end of my list and still no sale,
I definitely rewrite the piece. But I've had essays or articles or
stories sell suddenly after giving up. A new market comes along or
I notice an editor has moved from a publication I sent it to
A piece might be rejected because of the content not being needed,
the slant of the piece, or the editor's needs or mood that day. My
favorite rejection story is the personal experience piece that was
rejected and, several weeks later I accidentally sent it back to
the same magazine because I'd forgotten to cross it off my list.
This time it was accepted. Why? Perhaps the editor rejected
everything on her desk that day when it first came through. Or
maybe the second time they discovered they needed something on this
Letting fear control you as a writer is what can bring on writer's
block, marketing inability and lack of confidence. Trust your
dreams and who you are. Take risks. No one is going to send a bomb
with a rejection or tell every editor they know that you are the
worst joke of a writer they've ever seen. Hone your skills, spend
time marketing, find trustworthy critiquers and treat rejection as
an opportunity to learn or sell to a better market that may come
Don't be afraid. Be excited. It's more fun.
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 "Embracing Change" at
==>> "Life of a Writer Mom"
by Carla Charter
This month read "The Fine Art of Editing" at
==>> "Basic Self-Editing 101"
by Gay Ingram
==>> "Christmas Marketing Plans"
by C.Hope Clark
===>> FEATURED BOOK
"The Complete Writer"
by Beverly Walton-Porter, Mindy Phillips Lawrence, Pat
McGrath Avery, Joyce Faulkner
Read Table of Contents and Excerpt at
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==>> "How To Write a Speech"
TAXES & FREELANCERS
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WRITING FOR LOVE AND MONEY
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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,
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'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
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*** C. Hope Clark has an article coming out in College Bound Teen
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*** Derrick Hurlin has had the following recent successes:
-> A publisher approached him(!) and asked to publish his book of
41 short stories, "Let's Go. You Drive." This has been self-
published up to now, and is in its third edition.
--> Over ten years, he has collected sayings and quotations, most
of them as editor of the local Mensa monthly newsletter. He
collected them in a book, self-published, called "Graffiti Wise and
Witty" -- now also just out in its third edition.
--> A local high school will soon be staging a play from his book,
"Seven Fun Plays for Young People."
--> He has been asked to be the final adjudicator for a high-
school's Short Story contest.
--> His latest editing contracts include a novel and a D.Phil.
Derrick is a writer living in Pretoria, South Africa. He is also a
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FROM THE COPYEDITOR'S DESK
"Your Number's Up"
by Karen J. Gordon
Counting, addresses, dates, times, names, ages: What do you do
with all those numbers? Should you spell them out or use the
numerals? As is often the case when it comes to copyediting
questions, there's no one right answer. If you're writing for
someone else, it's a good idea to know what usage manual is
preferred and abide by the guidelines. If the final word is left
with you, set some rules for yourself so you can have a bit of
consistency as you decide what usage works for each situation.
The first thing to note is if something is actually being counted.
General rules for enumeration are as follows:
1. Chicago Manual of Style (CMS)--Spell out whole numbers one
through one hundred (thirty-seven, 110); "round" numbers (three
thousand years); and any number beginning a sentence (Two hundred
thirty years ago . . .).
2. The Associated Press Stylebook (AP)--Spell out whole numbers
one through nine and any number beginning a sentence.
3. Other--Some publishers prefer that whole numbers one through
ten be spelled out.
* Hint--when spelling out higher numbers, use a hyphen to connect
a number word ending in "y" with another word (twenty-three); do
not use a comma or "and" between separate words that make up a
number (one hundred fifty-eight--not one hundred, fifty-eight or
one hundred and fifty-eight).
In addition to the general guidelines stated above, there are
several other usage rules and exceptions. Let's break them down by
the different ways you might use numbers in your writing.
1. If the item being counted is expressed as a rate, use the digit
rather than spelling it out: 35 miles per hour or 70 words a
2. If you have two numbers together, alternate usage: four 2-story
houses or 700 sixteen-ounce cans.
3. For very large numbers you may use a combination of numerals
and spelled out numbers: 25 million dollars.
4. If the numbers are for related terms, be consistent in use: 5
out of 370 people.
5. Ordinals--For whichever style guide you've chosen to follow,
the rules for ordinals are the same: eighth attempt, 103rd day,
the millionth time.
1. House numbers, apartment and suite numbers, and highway numbers
are written as numerals: 435 Ventura Blvd., #17; Highway 101.
2. According to CMS, street names are spelled out if less than one
hundred: Fifty-third Street. But if you're not obliged to those
guidelines, numbered streets may be written as numerals: 10th Ave.
3. According to AP, always use figures for the address number: 3
Twenty-seventh St. or 27 W. Broadway.
4. Sometimes a building's number is also its address. In that
case, spell it out: One Financial Plaza.
DATES AND TIME
1. Unless the date or time is used at the beginning of the
sentence, use digits for years (2005), abbreviated years ('98),
days of the month when used with month and/or year (June 12,
1975), and exact time (11:32 p.m.).
However, if you're going by AP guidelines, use digits if the
sentence begins with a calendar year: 1976 was a bicentennial
2. If a day stands alone, it's usually spelled out: Taxes are due
on the fifteenth.
3. Some other examples of dates and time spelled out are centuries
(the twentieth century), time as o'clock (three o'clock), and
times of day expressed in hours or parts of hours (quarter past
4. Decades can be spelled out or written as numerals: the eighties
or 1980s or '80s.
According to Karen Judd's Copyediting A Practical Guide, in
dialogue most numbers are spelled out.
"I was born in nineteen fifty-one."
"The train goes by at precisely four forty-five," the ticket agent
NAMES AND TITLES
1. For organizations and businesses, refer to their pattern of
use: Fourth Street Animal Hospital, 7 Cousins Tree Products,
2. Monarchs and titles of works are usually written with Roman
numerals: Henry IV, Rocky II.
3. Personal names can be written with Roman or Arabic numerals:
John Smith II or John Smith 2nd.
1. CMS spells out the age: a six-year-old dog; a fifty-three-year-
old grandmother; three years old.
2. AP always uses numerals: The 6-year-old dog; a 53-year-old
grandmother; 3 years old
1. Percentages--use figures (10 percent)
2. Dates--the ordinal form (March 5th) is not considered correct
usage. It should read March 5.
3. Money--Once again, whether the number's spelled out or not
depends on the usage guide. But keep this in mind: if you do spell
out the number, also spell out the word (twenty-three dollars, ten
cents). If you use the figure, remember to use the dollar or cents
symbol ($23, 10¢).
* * * *
Counting, addresses, dates, times, names and ages: As you can
see, there's no one right way when it comes to using numbers in
your writing. In fact, it all can be a bit daunting. My best
advice is to follow the publisher/editor's guidelines or, if the
decision is yours, choose a style guide you like. Just remember,
when it comes to using numbers in your writing, the choices you
make are probably going to be consistently inconsistent.
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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---> "Grammar for Grownups"
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Ten Tips For Working With Your Editor
by Shirley Jump
Even if you haven't sold anything yet to a publisher--or even if
you've sold a hundred things--it's handy to keep a few tips in mind
when working with your editor and publisher. I'm a writer, just
like you are, and I know that we all tend to get excited sometimes
and we forget, particularly in a business when we're working with
our own personal words on the page, to treat this like a business.
What that means is we sometimes mess up. These tips are designed to
hopefully help you head off those mistakes before you make them.
1. HAVE A PLAN OF ACTION:
You should have a plan of action for every phone call, e-mail and
meeting. Maybe that sounds overdone, but it can come in handy. When
I am chatting with my editor, I have a list of things I want to go
over. That way, nothing gets forgotten, I make sure I stay on task,
and she can see that I'm not there for a purely social call. I have
business to conduct. I have gone into the meeting (whether it's a
phone call or e-mail or in-person meeting) with a purpose.
2. START AND END WELL:
While small talk is all well and good, don't go overboard. Your
editor and your publisher really don't want to hear an hour's worth
of stories about your kid learning to walk. I know, you have the
most adorable children on the planet (next to mine of course <G>)
but truly, keep the chit-chat to a minimum. Their time is
valuable--show them that you recognize that. At the end of the
meeting, thank them for their time and get out of Dodge without
lingering overly long. Same goes for those phone calls.
3. DON'T BE A PEST:
I know how hard it is to be patient in this business. Ask any of my
friends--my middle name is Impatient. But calling your editor on a
daily basis to check on a proposal or to see if he has read your
latest masterpiece is not a way to make him like you more. If
anything, it's a way to get labeled as T-R-O-U-B-L-E. And once
you've got the big T label, it's hard to shake. Try to be patient,
realize publishing works in its own time zone and be smart: GET TO
WORK ON SOMETHING ELSE.
4. MEET YOUR DEADLINES:
This sounds basic, but you'd be surprised how many people don't do
this one basic thing. Deadlines are critical in publishing. Miss
one and you can throw an entire production schedule into a tizzy.
In the book world, it can topple other deadlines for other people's
books like dominoes. Unless you have lost a limb or an immediate
family member, you rarely have an excuse to miss your deadline.
5. GET THE LITTLE THINGS RIGHT:
This, again, seems like a basic, but it's an important one. Go over
your work with a fine-toothed comb. Look for those spelling errors,
those dangling participles, those paragraphs that just don't work.
The more perfect you can make your work, the less work your editor
has to do and the happier she is. You may think your editor exists
solely to proof your work but the reality in publishing today is
that editors work EXTREMELY hard for very little money and are
often juggling dozens and dozens of deadlines, reading hundreds of
manuscripts, and trying to keep their heads above water every day.
Whatever you can do to make her life easier is appreciated, believe
6. TO THAT END, SHOW HIM APPRECIATION:
Thank your editor from time to time. Send a card at Christmas, or a
small gift (nothing too extravagant). Thank the copyeditor who does
a great job on your manuscript, thank the art department that
creates a killer cover for you. Thank the marketing department when
they provide great publisher support. And it never hurts to tell
your editor's boss (the senior editor) that your editor is doing a
good job. This is a business fraught with complaints so a few kudos
from time to time are appreciated.
7. THINK OF YOUR EDITOR AS A HELP ALONG YOUR CAREER:
Your editor wants to see you succeed. If she has authors who become
big names, it makes her look good too. Every few months (or at
least once a year) sit down with your editor and map out a strategy
for the coming months/year. Where do you and she see your career
heading? What other books or materials could you be writing that
you haven't explored yet? How can you complement the job she is
doing and vice versa?
8. IF YOU HAVE A BAD EDITOR...DON'T MAKE IT WORSE:
Not every editor is a dream editor. Some are just plain difficult
to work with, for one reason or another. It can be a personality
clash, a work styles clash or simply the editor is bad at her job.
And sometimes, it's YOU that's the problem (be honest with yourself
and take a good look at where you might be contributing to the
friction). When you have a bad editor, or a bad relationship with
an editor, DO NOT make it worse by digging your heels in and
refusing to cooperate. Publishing is a small industry and you'd be
surprised where your editor will end up tomorrow...or how a door
that seems closed today might open tomorrow.
9. INCLUDE YOUR EDITOR IN YOUR GOOD NEWS:
When you get a good review, final in a contest, receive a
nomination for an award, send those kudos along to your editor (but
draw the line at every little piece of fan mail---reserve this for
the occasional great event that can be used as a PR tool for your
career at the publishing house). Number one, it's nice to let your
editor bask in the glow, since he worked on the book with you, and
two, it's also a way to show the publishing house that the book is
doing well and getting noticed---a good thing to keep uppermost in
their minds as you go to contract on the next one.
10. FINALLY, ASK WHERE YOU CAN IMPROVE:
At least once a year, you should have this difficult conversation
with your editor: What am I doing well with my writing and where
can I improve? This is a tough question to ask--trust me, I know,
because I've asked it myself several times. No one wants to hear
what they are doing wrong. However, you will learn an INVALUABLE
amount from this and show your editor that you are committed to
improving your craft, making her job easier and making the final
product--the book--better every time. A win-win for everyone.
Learning to work well with your editor is key to making your
writing career move forward. A great editor can be a tremendous
help to your career, so be sure you are doing everything you can to
make your editor/author relationship the best it can be. And if it
isn't the best, try to do something today to improve it. In the
end, you both have the same goal: to produce wonderful books. By
working together, you'll achieve exactly that!
Booksellers' Best Award winner Shirley Jump spends her days eating,
shopping and writing romantic comedies with recipes and attitude
for Kensington Books (The Angel Craved Lobster, August 2005) and
for Silhouette Romance (The Marine's Kiss, August 2005; The Dating
Game, December 2005) to feed her shoe addiction and avoid
housework. A wife and mother of two, her sole mission in life is to
humiliate her children in public. Visit her Web site at
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The international Cat Writers' Association (CWA) will hold its 12th
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November 18-20, 2005. The conference is open to anyone interested
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CWA Awards Banquet, sponsored by Nestle Purina PetCare Co.,
features more than 40 MUSE Medallion and 20 corporate-funded
writing awards. CWA events are in conjunction with the Cat
Fanciers' Association International Cat Show, the largest cat show
held in the Western Hemisphere, scheduled at the nearby San Mateo
Full registration for the writing conference is $125 prior to
October 31. Information and registration options will be posted on
the CWA Web site at http://www.catwriters.org
CWA, founded in 1992, is dedicated to providing news, information,
and education on all aspects of cat care and welfare, as well as
improving the quality of writing about cats and other companion
animals. Its 200 members include published writers, photographers,
illustrators, novelists, editors and broadcasters.
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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.
VANITY FAIR ESSAY CONTEST
Essays must address the following topic: What is on the minds of
America's youth today?
Deadline: September 30, 2005
Complete details at:
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
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
Atriad Press is seeking submissions for their upcoming book
"Haunted Encounters: Tales from Haunted Libraries"
Deadline: October 31, 2005
Payment: $50 upon publication, plus copy of book
Length: 1,000-2,000 words
Complete details at:
Chicken Soup for the Shopper's Soul
Deadline: February 28, 2006
Payment: $200 or 16 copies of the book
Length: 500-1,800 words
Complete details at:
Freelance Academic Writers
ACI (Academic Consulting International) is seeking freelance
academic writers. Complete details found at
~ Position: Travel Writers
Location: Freelance/All locations
~ Position: Freelance Writers
Publication/Company: IT Compliance Institute
Location: Seattle, Washington
~ Position: Freelance Copywriter/Editor
Publication/Company: NY Attorney/Philanthropist
Location: Brooklyn, New York
~ Position: Freelance Writers
Publication/Company: The Erickson Tribune
Location: Freelance/All locations
~ Position: Editor
Publication/Company: Fairfield Daily Ledger
Location: Fairfield, Iowa
~ Position: Night Police Reporter/General Assignment Reporter
Publication/Company: The Gazette
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
~ Position: Sportswriter
Publication/Company: The Roanoke Beacon
Location: Plymouth, North Carolina
~ Position: Editor
Location: Rockville, Maryland
~ Position: Copyeditor
Publication/Company: EyeWorld Magazine
Location: Washington, DC
~ Position: Freelance Writer
Publication/Company: Construction Equipment Guide
Location: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland (OR) and Dallas
~ Position: CDC Reporter
Publication/Company: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
~ Position: Staff Writer
Publication/Company: The Dispatch
Location: Gilroy, California
~ Position: Sunday Editor
Publication/Company: The Call
Location: Woonsocket, Rhode Island
~ Position: Copyeditor
Publication/Company: Herald & Review
Location: Decatur, Illinois
~ Position: General Assignment Reporter
Publication/Company: The Nashville Graphic
Location: Nashville, North Carolina
~ Position: Copyeditor/Page Designer
Publication/Company: The Daily Times
Location: Farmington, New Mexico
~ Position: Minority Affairs/Demographics Reporter
Publication/Company: The Gazette
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
~ Position: Features Writer
Publication/Company: The Herald-Palladium
Location: St. Joseph, Michigan
~ Position: Healthcare Reporter
Publication/Company: American Medical Association
Location: Chicago, Illinois
~ Position: Copyeditors
Publication/Company: Wausau Daily Herald
Location: Wausau, Wisconsin
~ Position: Senior Technology Journalist
Publication/Company: Ziff Davis Media, Inc.
Location: New York, New York
~ Position: City Reporter
Publication/Company: The Herald
Location: New Britain, Connecticut
~ Position: Sports Reporter
Publication/Company: Small Rocky Mountain Daily
Location: Kalispell, Montana
~ Position: Trade Paper Reporter/Writer
Publication/Company: Radio & Records
Location: Century City, California
~ Position: Entertainment Writer
Publication/Company: Ocala Star-Banner
Location: Ocala, Florida
~ Position: Editor
Publication/Company: Redmond Media Group
Location: Framingham, Massachusetts
~ Position: Features Editor
Publication/Company: Oshkosh Northwestern
Location: Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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.
252 N. Main Street, Suite 200
Mt. Airy, NC 27030
Editor: Scott Cullen
Bimonthly magazine focused on the office product industry. Target
audience consists of resellers of office supplies, office furniture
and office equipment.
Seeks technical articles, interviews/profiles and new product
Pays $300-500 for pieces between 700-1,500 words. Buys all rights.
Accepts queries via e-mail, postal mail and fax.
Sample copy and detailed writer's guidelines available free of
charge by writing to above address.
Christian Parenting Today
465 Gundersen Drive
Carol Stream, IL 60188-2489
Published quarterly this magazine "provides parents information
that spans birth to 14 years of age in the following areas of
growth: spiritual, social, emotional, physical, academic."
Pays 12-20¢/word for pieces between 750-2,000 words. Buys FNASR and
Does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. Query via postal mail
only. Response time is 6-8 weeks. Does not accept simultaneous
(When querying, make sure to remember this is a Christian
publication for parents--not a mainstream parenting mag.)
126 Hermitage Road
Butler, PA 16001
Editors: DeWayne Johnston, June Johnston
Monthly publication for the members of FCRV. Readers are interested
in RV travel to include weekend trips and extended vacations. The
target audience is also interested in conservation and wildlife.
Camping Today seeks nonfiction pieces consisting of: humor,
interviews/profiles, destination pieces, new product and technical
pieces related to RVs.
Pays on publication $50-150 for pieces between 750-2,000 words.
Buys one-time rights. Accepts reprints and simultaneous
submissions. Send query or completed manuscript via postal mail. No
Sample copy and detailed guidelines available by sending a request
and 4 first-class stamps to above address.
5220 Lankershim Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91601-3109
Bimonthly magazine "whose readers include the members of the
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and other televisions
Seeks articles on trends, VIPS of those behind the scenes in
broadcast and cable TV, programming and new technology.
Pays on publication--or within six months--$1,000-1,200 for pieces
between 1,500-2,000 words and $250-500 for department pieces
between 250-500 words.
Buys FNASR. Query via postal mail and include published,
Sources for additional markets and job databases found
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