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Vol. 4 Issue 3
January 15, 2001
ISSN: 1522-3728

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

~Editor's Note
~Quote of the Week
~Article -- Crossing Many Paths: An Interview With G. Miki Hayden by Joy V. Smith
~Article -- How to Break Into and Write for the Greeting Card Market by Shery Ma Belle Arrieta
~Inscriptions Bad Poetry Contest
~Publishing News and Notes
~Promotions
~Humor -- Death by Acceptance by Robin Shain
~Job Opportunities
~Contests
~Markets
~Link of the Week
~Electronic Book Club -- "Homage to a Princess" by Patrick P. Stafford
~Book Reviews -- "Be Your Best -- The Family Manager's Guide to Personal Success" by Kathy Peel, "Internet Enhanced Compulsive Syndrome" by Fabian Krause, "Aegis" by Scott E. Barr, "Backwoods East Jesus" by Kaley Noonan and "Awaken to Superconsciousness: How to Use Meditation for Inner Peace, Intuitive Guidance and Greater Awareness" by J. Donald Walters
~Inscriptions Engraver Awards
~Sources
~Subscription/Advertising Information

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EDITOR'S NOTE

Rumor has it that about 750 people are about to be laid off from CNN and its affiliates due to restructuring caused by the Time Warner/AOL merger. Again, I say it is absolutely crucial that we all stick together. The market is feeling its growing pains, and suffering from the tech stock nose-dive of last year. If you find a job opportunity, or a new paying market ... go ahead and apply for it. Or if it doesn't suit your abilities or interests, tell the employer to contact us. Our Jobs and Markets listings are free. We particularly like telecommuting and freelancing job ads. Networking is key in our business, and besides, it's just good form.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Writing a book is an adventure; to begin with, it is a toy and an amusement, then it becomes a master, and then it becomes a tyrant; and the last phase is just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude -- you kill the monster and fling it ... to the public." --Sir Winston Churchill

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ARTICLE -- Crossing Many Paths: An Interview With G. Miki Hayden
By Joy V. Smith (Pagadan@aol.com)

"Pacific Empire" (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0965792919/inscriptions), an alternate history by G. Miki Hayden, includes historical background, which incorporates WWII, the Nazis, the Jews, Japan, Pearl Harbor and the Pacific islands. The time span of the book, 1931 to 2003, allows for an in-depth look at the Japanese mind set. The book received a favorable review in the NY Times, was on the reading list for the Sidewise award and was included in Mike King's comprehensive list of Alternate Histories in the Harry Turtledove/AH folder on AOL.

When she's not promoting this book, Hayden writes a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction, teaches writing classes on the Internet (via Painted Rock -- http://www.paintedrock.com and Writer's Digest online -- http://www.writersdigest.com) and acts as the president of the Short Mystery Fiction Society.

Hayden knows how to cross the boundaries of many genres, and she shared her tricks of the trade with us.

Inscriptions: You've written a number of science fiction short stories. Can you tell us about your most recent SF publications?

G. Miki Hayden: Both science fiction and mystery are hard markets to crack. There aren't many publications out there and the more established ones like to publish well-established names. Therefore, I have always sought out the small press markets, which are generally more supportive of newcomers and more likely to give the less-well-known writer a hearing.

A few [months] ago, a story of mine appeared in the Spaceways Weekly anniversary issue. This is an online e-mail publication. I've also had a few mystery stories accepted in magazines such as Futures and Murderous Intent Mystery Magazine in print, and in Nefarious online. It's very gratifying to have a short story published.

Inscriptions: What is your favorite genre?

Hayden: My favorite genre is the one I get published in. I also write literary fiction. Some people don't think much of "literary," but it is not so different from genre fiction, except that the focus may be less formulaic. I
don't criticize genre for having a formula, as much can be done with that -- especially in science fiction (as opposed to mystery). Still, writing nongenre work can be somewhat liberating.

Inscriptions: You've also written a lot of nonfiction. I imagine this helps when doing research for current stories, and I suspect you've gotten story ideas when working on articles. Is there an instance of this that stands out in your mind?

Hayden: Yes, sometimes nonfiction will provide material for a fiction work. My book, "By Reason of Insanity" (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0966585801/inscriptions) stemmed, in part, from my professional writing when I was covering the health care industry. I included a great deal of material about managed care because I learned so much over the years as a journalist in that field. The background there is very authentic.

Still, I had to do additional research in the field of psychiatry and psychiatric medication. Much of this I did on the Internet by studying the posts of those who either work in the field or were themselves patients taking prescription medication. This, plus other Internet resources, was very, very helpful to me.

Prior to writing about health care, too, I covered the corporate security field (theft protection, not company stocks). I got many ideas from this for details in my mystery writing as well as my science fiction which often is a cross-genre effort. Even my book, "Pacific Empire" is crime-related, as every story has at its heart a crime.

Of course, I additionally write nonfiction columns for genre writers and readers. This is more along the lines of trying to promote. Promotion is an entire occupation in and of itself.

Inscriptions: Can you tell us a little bit about your research for "Pacific Empire"? Why did you choose alternate history and Japan as the focus of this book?

Hayden: I have always had a strong interest in both Japan and World War II. I was a history major in college, but really concentrated on Russian history. Later, I read a great deal about the war and the concentration and prison camps set up both by Germany and Japan (not to forget Stalin's labor camps, either).

I had a great interest in Japanese literature and film, moreover, which lent me a knowledge of some of the subtle details of Japanese society. When actually sitting down to write "Pacific Empire," however, I had to go back and look into the German/Japanese relationship and how that spun out. It is a very interesting aspect of the history of the war, as the Germans did not deal in an entirely aboveboard fashion with their allies. It would certainly have been possible for the Japanese to back out of an alliance with the Germans.

I was interested, too, in uncovering the Japanese mistakes in carrying out the war, so that I could "correct" those in the book. Why an alternate history of the war in the Pacific? I hadn't seen one in English, although
this type of novel is of great interest to the Japanese. "Pacific Empire" was released by Fusosha in Japan last coming summer, by the way. Rights have also been bought by a publisher in Singapore.

Inscriptions: What are you working on currently?

Hayden: As I suggested above, I'm been writing some nongenre fiction. I have finished "The Hidden," about Moslem immigrants and artists in the East Village, which my agent is sending around, and I am working on a novel entitled "Doomers Suck™." I am very concerned about the Y2K problem, which remains real and unsolved, and this nongenre novel includes much of that material -- also takes a look at where we stand in this country today in regards to our democracy (versus corporate dominance of our society).

I also am working on a sequel to "By Reason of Insanity," which takes Dr. Dennis Astin into the world of the nursing home and Alzheimer's patients. Dr. Astin also finds out about the Nazis -- one of whom is old and ailing in this story -- and needs a psychiatrist.

And I'm just finishing a speculative fiction sequel to "Pacific Empire" -- called "New Pacific." The setting is 2031 and the globe is dominated by a one-world government, or so it appears. In reality, behind the scenes, the few large corporations rule. Commerce is all and devious plots are afoot -- mind deletion and brain transfer are real technologies that can now be misused. But then, this scenario partially sounds like what's actually coming, doesn't it? I hope we find a more humanistic and spiritually fulfilling alternative to our present course. But with six billion people perched precariously on the planet today, concessions have to be made to maintain the stasis. Or do they?

Inscriptions: Any advice for writers?

Hayden: There is one piece of advice that starts with "don't" that I'd like to give. Don't take yourself too seriously. I think the hardest part of being a writer is that we tend to feel that somehow the world is obliged to put our stories into print, which it is not. A lot of suffering is grounded in this type of thinking and the frustration that arises from inevitable difficulties in getting published. It's a long, hard, rocky world out there, and we and our beloved words aren't inevitable. The world will still go on very nicely if we aren't published. Even our personal world will continue ticking along pretty much as usual if our writing doesn't gain acknowledgment.

One thing we all must understand: People do establish wonderful careers as writers and are often no better off than the rest of us humans. Their sense of achievement might be a little bit larger than ours (or not), but they still are subject to the same slings and arrows as the ordinary guy. Happiness and knowing ourselves are so much more fundamental than a writing career. Don't blow a gasket because your book hasn't been accepted anywhere or believing that you're the great unrecognized talent of the 21st century.

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ARTICLE -- How to Break Into and Write for the Greeting Card Market
By Shery Ma Belle Arrieta (iamshery@msc.net.ph)

The greeting card market is one of the most profitable and high-paying markets for writers. According to Sandra Miller-Louden, a veteran greeting card writer/teacher and author of the book, "Write Well & Sell: Greeting Cards," each greeting card verse can earn a writer between $50 to $150.

"A writer can really get spoiled in this genre, because not only is it fun, immediate writing, it also pays quite well!" said Miller-Louden.

I COULD DO THIS

Miller-Louden was flipping through a greeting card catalogue in Feb. 1986 when she read one of the verses and thought to herself, "I could do this."

"I knew no one in the business and I made every mistake in the book," Miller-Louden said. "But even so, [I] sold my first card to Current of Colorado Springs, the same card catalogue I was browsing through, three months
later. It was a Halloween caption and even though I only netted $15 for it, I was thrilled that someone paid me for my words. Later that same year, I sold two more verses to Oatmeal Studios in Vermont for $50 each."

That was the beginning of Miller-Louden's writing career in the greeting card business.

Dan Reynolds, on the other hand, began writing for the greeting card market eight years ago when one of his works was accepted.

"First, I collected a lot of my best material, then I mailed card companies and asked for their submission requirements. I received back two responses: one from Oatmeal Studios and the other from Recycled Paper Greetings," Reynolds said. "Oatmeal was not interested. Too bad for them as RPG responded favorably and out of my first submission to them, they had one of my cards finish number one in the country in their test market research. From there I was given a royalty contract and I've been with them ever since 1992."

Mary Emma Allen, however, broke into the greeting card industry by writing, designing and selling her own finished cards. Allen makes her cards by hand, using watercolors and pen and ink to create original designs.

"Along with my writing, I was doing crafts and artwork. This included painting in oils and watercolors," said Allen. "How could I combine my writing and painting? Why not produce greeting cards and note paper for some of the outlets that took my quilts, toys, crafts? My mother operated a country general store and was always on the lookout for new items to sell. She encouraged me to produce cards for her customers."

VOICE AND RACK IMPACT

The greeting card genre is different from all other types of writing, hence editors, when buying potential greeting card material look for the "me-to-you" voice.

"No, question -- the vast majority of editors look for that 'me-to-you' voice in a greeting card. Note I use the word 'voice' rather than the more common 'style' used to indicate other genres. That's because greeting card writing is unique in that it is an interactive genre. The greeting card writer is that anonymous third voice between two other people, the card sender and the card recipient. She is saying for others what they may be unwilling or unable to say for themselves," said Miller-Louden.

Reynolds said editors have different needs for each line of cards. Once you determine that need, strive to really be the best at it.

"Know your market. Make sure you query with a company. If you're doing funny stuff like I do, be better than the next guy. If you're doing sentimental material, make sure your sap runneth over," said Reynolds.

Rack impact, according to Miller-Louden, is something the greeting card writer should understand.

"How do you see most cards displayed? Either in a spinner or a rack. In either case, but especially in a rack display, each greeting card has 1.5 seconds to catch a reader's (consumer's) eye. If the card is too esoteric, has too many words, is obscure in any way, the buyer will move onto the next card without even picking it up," said Miller-Louden. "Every editor has this concept, 'rack impact,' in mind and uses it as her basic criterion for buying a writer's work."

BREAKING INTO THE INDUSTRY

So, how easy or hard is it to break into the greeting card industry?

"I consider 'breaking into' any type of writing as submitting and selling one's work," said Miller-Louden. "I've had students do that with their first batch of greeting card ideas. Depending upon one's creative output, it is definitely easier than any other genre I can think of. Many of my students/readers have sold their greeting card work in a remarkably short time."

Miller-Louden said writers should submit their works to midsize and smaller companies. She works with the premise that by doing so, they'll have a greater chance of receiving individualized attention, comments and feedback.

"Most beginners think Hallmark or American Greetings, and sure, if that's where one starts submitting work, then yes, the odds become less favorable. I don't direct my students there. They get their valuable experience dealing with editors, assignments, deadlines with midsize companies; and many have accumulated quite an impressive portfolio of sales in only a year or two," said Miller-Louden.

Because there is generally less competition in the greeting card market, it's a market that's relatively easy to break into.

"Many people don't know how to submit their work to card companies," Miller-Louden said. "They're confused about whether or not to draw, how to physically submit a card idea, etc. That weeds out many people who, because they don't know how, don't bother to find out."

TO RHYME OR NOT TO RHYME

So which type of material has a higher chance of getting accepted and purchased by a greeting card company?

"Overall, unrhymed has an edge," Miller-Louden said. "But, having said that, I also must stress that rhymed verse has made nothing short of a dramatic comeback in terms of freelance writing in the past four to five years.'"

Allen suggests that writers come up with original greeting cards by creating their own verses.

"Keep a notepad with you so you can write down bits of poetry, meaningful inspirational phrases, humorous incidents as they come to you," Allen said. "Then you can draw upon these when writing verses for your own cards or creating verses to send to greeting card companies."

THE BUSINESS OF GREETING CARDS

Miller-Louden reveals that response time is generally faster online than using the regular postal mail.

"I think that's just inherent in its nature. The fact that physically an editor can sit at a keyboard, just as I'm doing now, and respond quickly, rather than open an envelope, look at 3x5 index cards, deal with the return envelope, etc. It sounds as if I'm making a big deal over nothing, but when you consider that even a midsize greeting card company can receive as many as 250 envelopes per week, multiplied by 10 to 15 ideas in each envelope...well, you see why cyberspace submitting is faster and more conducive to quick turnaround time," Miller-Louden said.

"Payment and contracts have more to do with the individual companies and their policies," Miller-Louden adds. "I don't believe those are dictated by whether a company is in cyberspace or traditional. The range of pay is anywhere from $3/line of poetry, which is considered low, to $150/verse for a humorous caption. Humor pays generally more. In my own career, I've been paid as low as $15/verse to as high as $150/verse. When you break this down to a 'per word' dollar amount, it's often unbelievable. I've made as high as $50/word."

WRITE TIGHT

The greeting card industry is the perfect honing ground for writers. It's the best genre for learning how to write "tight."

"As I've mentioned before, greeting card writing teaches a writer to 'write tight,'" Miller-Louden said. "In my book and in my class, we go through specific examples of this. Also, greeting card writing is no different from conventional writing when it comes to working with an editor, an assignment, a deadline, a contract, etc. It's just 'shorter' writing."

EXPERT ADVICE

The most important step to breaking into greeting card writing is to study the market.

"Study the racks, not as a consumer, but as a writer," Miller-Louden said. "Don't just look at the writing, look at the artwork as well. See the greeting card as a whole entity...study how artwork and text combine to form this perfect whole we call 'greeting card.'"

Allen suggests writers study the specific guidelines for each company when making a submission.

"Since I've not written for a greeting card company, only designed and produced my original cards, I can't say for sure what leads to success there. However, as with any type of writing, check out the guidelines the greeting card companies put out. Learn what they're looking for, study the cards they have on the market, and check out how they want you to submit your verses," Allen said.

Tenacity is what Reynolds believes is needed to launch a successful greeting card writing career.

"Write/draw everyday. I compare card people wannabes to those folks who say, 'I want to learn how to play the guitar.' Yeah, today, they want to learn the guitar but when they find out the hard work involved they fall quickly to the wayside," Reynolds said. "The only people who will eventually become a greeting card person is the person who really wants to do it and who takes the many rejections they will get not [as] defeats but [as] a challenge. I get rejection all the time and I just think to myself, 'They're the ones that are losing out.'"

Once you've studied the markets, and prepared a few ideas, take the next big step.

"Submit your work. You can't sell what you don't send in. I can't stress that enough. I have taught many talented people, yet only a fraction follow through and actually send in their work to editors," said Miller-Louden.

So pick up your pen or put your fingers on the keyboard and begin writing your way to greeting card success.

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INSCRIPTIONS BAD POETRY CONTEST

Roses are red.
Violets aren't green.
I love my man
because he's so keen.

Yes, we're groaning too. Now it's up to you to truly make us ill by writing the world's worst love poem. Hokey is preferred. Lame, clichéd and saccharine will be enjoyed.

There is no fee to enter the Bad Poetry Contest (http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com/Bad.html). Entries must be written in English, however, the writer can live anywhere in the world. Paste your entry directly into the body of an e-mail and send to Contest@inscriptionsmagazine.com with the subject heading "Bad Poetry Contest." Include your real name, pen name (if applicable), mailing address and e-mail address at the BOTTOM of the entry. Enter as often as you like.

Entries without complete author information at the bottom of the e-mail, sent in other formats (including attached files), missing a title or with the incorrect subject heading will be disqualified. Each entry will be acknowledged, once received by the Inscriptions staff.

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We only ask for one-time electronic rights for the winning entries. Reprints are welcome. Deadline for all entries is Jan. 26, 2001. Winners will be announced in the Feb. 9th issue of Inscriptions.

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PUBLISHING NEWS and NOTES

~All New (Web sites/Designs/Content/Zines/Publications)

AuthorsOnTheWeb.com (http://www.AuthorsOnTheWeb.com), a Web site featuring author Web sites, recently debuted.

UpsideFN.com (http://www.UpsideFN.com) recently premiered a live, streaming audio network providing technology stock news.

LeadersOnline (http://www.leadersonline.com), an executive search firm, recently debuted.

Solutions, a magazine providing tips for the latest PlayStation 1 and 2 games, recently launched.

EPIC Journey (http://www.eclectics.com/epic), the official newsletter of the Electronically Published Internet Connection, recently premiered.

The New York Times on the Web recently debuted an improved Science section (http://www.nytimes.com/pages/science/index.html) and a new area dedicated to Health (http://www.nytimes.com/pages/health/index.html).

Rogue Worlds (http://www.specficworld.com/rgworlds.html), an online science fiction, fantasy and horror magazine, will launch on April 15.

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~Publishing Industry Changes

Patricia Edmonds is the new editorial director for Techies.com (http://www.Techies.com).

Rosie's McCall's, a magazine scheduled to launch in April 2001, has changed its title to Rosie's. McCall's will cease to exist after the March issue.

The Chattanooga Times and Chattanooga Free Press have combined into the single title of the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://www.timesfreepress.com), and redesigned its pages.

The Romantic Bower (http://www.theromanticbower.com) has been resurrected. Submission guidelines and pay rates have changed, and contracts will no longer be issued.

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~Publishing-Related Mailing Lists/E-zines

Wordcraft (http://www.topica.com/lists/Wordcraft) is a mailing list for all creative writers who seek to view and critique the work of others.

Writers-Editors Unite (http://www.topica.com/lists/WEUnite/) is a place where you can get your writing questions answered by editors.

WritersPad Too (http://www.topica.com/lists/WritersPad/) is a mailing list for new and published writers to share market information, discuss on writing and publishing and share off-list exercises and critiques.

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~Columnist Leads Successful Charity Drive

Bob Greene (http://chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/greene/), a syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune, asked his readers to donate books to the Chicago school system. The public responded with 500,000 volumes. Thousands more were also sent to churches and shelters in the area.

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~Legal News

A Missouri state judge recently threw out a $24.5 million judgment against Todd McFarlane (http://www.spawn.com/interface.html), the creator of the comic book Spawn. McFarlane was sued by hockey player Tony Twist for the unauthorized use of his name in the Spawn books. Judge Robert H. Dierker said the case lacked "credible evidence that McFarlane at any time intended to injure Twist's marketability, to capitalize on the market recognition of the name Tony Twist, or in fact derived any ... benefit whatsoever."

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~RIP

Edvins Beitiks, veteran reporter for the San Francisco Examiner, recently died from complications of myeloma. He was 56. Beitiks covered news and sports and reviewed books, film and music.

Leonardo Benvenuti, screenwriter, recently died of a heart attack. He was 77. Benvenuti wrote more than 200 scripts, including "Once Upon a Time in America" and "Marriage Italian Style."

Elene C. Brown, columnist and feature writer for the Daily Local News in Pennsylvania, recently died of cancer. She was 48. Brown's weekly column featured a humorous look at family issues.

Frederick Drimmer, writer and editor, recently died. Cause of death was not released. He was 83. Drimmer was best known for writing and editing books on the macabre, including "Scalps and Tomahawks: Narratives of Indian Captivity" and "Body Snatchers, Stiffs, and Other Ghoulish Delights."

John G. Fay, associate executive editor, arts editor and critic for the Mobile Press Register in Alabama, recently died. Cause of death was not released. He was 83. Fay spent more than 40 years with the newspaper, until his retirement in 1986.

Roland Flint, former poet laureate of Maryland, recently died from cancer. He was 66. Flint published six poetry collections and spent 29 years teaching English and creative writing at Georgetown University.

Howard Kaplan, veteran columnist, editor and reporter for The Denver Post, recently died. Cause of death was not released. He was 74. Kaplan spent 31 years with The Post, and retired in 1991.

John T. Norman, veteran correspondent for the AP-Dow Jones Newswire, recently died of cancer. He was 82. Norman was the service's first and only Washington correspondent for 23 years, until his retirement in 1990.

Faunce Pendexter, veteran journalist, recently died. Cause of death was not released. He was 85. Pendexter spent 40 years working for the Lewiston Evening Journal and the Lewiston Daily Sun in Maine. He won awards for editorial writing in 1981 and 1982 from the New England Associated Press News Executives Association.

Pat Reese, veteran reporter for the Fayetteville Observer in N.C., recently died. Cause of death was not released. He was 73. Reese, who joined the newspaper in 1957, was best known for his coverage of crime and politics. In 1983, he was shot by the director of the country mental center, a man who later killed himself.

Virginia C. Tracy, journalist, recently died. Cause of death was not released. She was 97. Tracy specialized in feature writing, and interviewed celebrities like Charles Lindbergh, Cary Grant and Alfred Hitchcock. She published articles in The Catholic Review, The Baltimore Sun, The St. Louis Globe, The Evening Sun and the Baltimore News American. She retired in 1970.

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~Events

Several authors will be honored at the Laura Bush Celebrates America's Authors event at 10 a.m. on Jan. 19 at the DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St., N.W. in Washington D.C. Stephen Ambrose, Stanley Crouch, Carol Clark, Steve Harrigan and Mary Higgins Clark will read selections from their work. President-elect George W. Bush, former President George Bush Sr. and former First Lady Barbara Bush will also attend. Tickets to the event are free but required. For more information, call (202) 484-1771.

Ironminds (http://www.ironminds.com) will host a night of readings with several of its contributors at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23 at the KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St. in New York City, N.Y. Guest speakers include Will Leitch and Mike Bruno. Cost is free. For more information, e-mail (andy@ironminds.com).

Peter Bowerman (http://www.wellfedwriter.com) will host the workshop, "Slaying the Cold-Calling Dragon," at 9 a.m. on Jan. 27 in Atlanta, Ga. Cost is $65.

The Central Jersey chapter of Sisters in Crime will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 27 at the Monmouth County Library, Symmes Dr. off Route 9 in Manalapan, N.J. Guest speaker will be a Monmouth County sheriff's officer and his K-9. For more information, call (732) 723-0756.

Anthony Lewis, Gerald M. Boyd, Soma Golden Behr, Tamar Lewin, Janny Scott and Michael Winerip will discuss the New York Times series, "How Race Is Lived in America," at 8 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the 92nd St. Y, Lexington Ave. at 92nd St. in New York City, N.Y. Cost is $20. For more information, call (212) 415-5500.

The Association of Freelancers in Publishing will sponsor the workshop, "Writing Book Reviews for Profit and Publication," at 6 p.m. on Feb. 8 at the Black Enterprise Amphitheater, 130 5th Ave. at 18th St., 10th floor in New York City, N.Y. Guest speaker is Max Rodriguez, publisher of QBR, The Black Book Review. Cost is $10. For more information, call (718) 430-1796 or e-mail (anything@freelancerspub.com).

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~Writers Needing Input

Renee Jones (reneepj@yahoo.com) is looking for fun, cute, hilarious stories of the trouble pets get themselves in. Think "America's Most Wanted" for pets and the household crimes they commit.

Margaret Feinberg (mafeinberg@juno.com) is working on a story for New Man Magazine on "35 Things That Makes Your Wife Fly (Other Than Sex)." She needs short testimonies and examples from women of things husbands do that makes them feel appreciated and loved.

M. Griener (mgriener@hotmail.com) is working on a novel and looking for other novelists to offer feedback/critique.

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~Informed Caution

Playboy Magazine (http://www.playboy.com) laid off its fiction editor and canceled the position.

Wizards of the Coast (http://www.wizards.com) laid off 100 people, or about 5% of its staff.

The Chicago-based daily newspaper, The Daily Southtown (http://www.dailysouthtown.com), and the weekly Star Newspapers, have laid off 60 people.

The Industry Standard (http://www.thestandard.com) plans to lay off 36 people, or 7% of its staff.

AmeriTrade Holding Corp. (http://www.ameritrade.com) laid off 230 people, or about 9% of its staff from its offices in Forth Worth, Texas and Omaha, Neb.

A 16-year-old boy in North Stormont, Ontario spent 30 days in jail, including Christmas and New Year's, for writing a fictional story of a student blowing up his school. When police searched his home and school, no weapons or bombs were found. The boy's 14-year-old brother was also arrested for "uttering death threats."

Morgan Online (http://www.jpmorgan.com) laid off 150 people, or 50% of its staff.

MVP.com (http://www.MVP.com) laid off 36 people. In December, the company laid off 79 people in Chicago, Austin, Texas and Boulder, Colo.

Egypt's Culture Minister Faruq Hosni has pulled three books from store shelves after claiming they were indecent and contradicted government policy. The banned books were "Before and After" by Tufiq Abderahman, "The Children of the Romantic Error" by Yasser Shaaban and "Forbidden Dreams" by Mahmud Hamed.

Streetmail (http://www.streetmail.com) laid off 46 people.

Sportswriter Robin Miller was fired from The Indianapolis Star for sending dirty jokes in e-mail. Miller spent 30 years at the newspaper.

Wine.com (http://www.Wine.com) laid off 75 people.

Snowball.com (http://www.Snowball.com) laid off 36 people, or about 20% of its staff.

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~Dead Publications

Send.com (http://www.Send.com), the online gift-giving service, has closed.

Bookface.com (http://www.bookface.com) has shut down.

 

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PROMOTIONS

~Award Winners

The Premio Nadal, Spain's oldest literary award, was given to Fernando Marias for his novel, "El nino de los coroneles." He also received a $17,000 prize.

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~Book Signings and Author Appearances

Patricia Elam will sign copies of her book, "Breathing Room," at 7 p.m. on Jan. 16 at Barnes and Noble, 720 Lancaster Ave. in Bryn Mawr, Penn. For more information, call (610) 520-0355.

MJ Rose (ParisPoet@aol.com) will sign copies of her book, "In Fidelity," at 7 p.m. on Jan. 16 at Dutton's Book Store, 11975 San Vicente in Los Angeles, Calif.; at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 at A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books at Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Ave. in San Francisco, Calif.; on Jan. 20 at the San Diego Writers Conference; at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23 at R.J. Julia's, 768 Boston Post Road in Madison, Conn.; and at 1 p.m. on Jan. 24 at Borders, World Trade Towers Store in New York City, N.Y.

Peter Maas will sign copies of his book, "Abandon Ship!" at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 16 at Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway in New York City, N.Y. For more information, call (212) 362-8835.

Ken Burns will sign copies of his book, "Jazz: An Illustrated History," at 6 p.m. on Jan. 17 at Borders Books & Music, Crossroads Center, 5871 Crossroads Center Way in Baileys Crossroads, Va. For more information, call (703) 998-0404.

Brad Meltzer will sign copies of his book, "First Counsel," at 7 p.m. on Jan. 17 at Vero Beach Book Center, 2145 Indian River Blvd. in Vero Beach, Fla. For more information, e-mail (publicity@verobooks.com).

Jeffery Deaver will sign copies of his book, "Speaking in Tongues," at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 at Barnes and Noble, 2900 Peachtree Road N.E., Suite 310 in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, call (404) 261-7747. Deaver will sign books at 7 p.m. on Jan. 19 at Barnes and Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane in Brentwood, Tenn. For more information, call (615) 377-9979. He will also appear at 12 p.m. on Jan. 20 at That Bookstore, 316 W. Main St. in Blytheville, Ark. For more information, e-mail (bookstbly@missconet.com).

Linda Richman will discuss her book, "I'd Rather Laugh: How to Find Happiness When Life Has Other Plans for You," during an online chat at 8 p.m. on Jan. 17 on AOL (Keyword: Live).

Millie Criswell will sign copies of her book, "The Trouble With Mary," at 3 p.m. on Jan. 18 at Waldenbooks in Quaker Bridge Mall, Route 1 in Princeton, N.J. For more information, e-mail Judy Spagnola (Judyspags@aol.com). Criswell will appear at 7 p.m. on Jan. 18 at Borders Books, 40 Brookside Ave. in Old Bridge, N.J. For more information, e-mail Sally Klaczkiewicz (sklacz@msn.com). She will appear at 4 p.m. on Jan. 19 at Waldenbooks, Burlington Mall in Burlington, N.J. For more information, e-mail Judy Spagnola. Criswell will appear at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 at Waldenbooks, Echelon Mall in Vorrhees, N.J. For more information, e-mail Judy Spagnola. She will also appear at 1 p.m. on Jan. 20 at Waldenbooks Depford in Depford, N.J. For more information, e-mail Judy Spagnola.

Jayne Ann Krentz will sign copies of her book, "Lost and Found," at 6 p.m. on Jan. 18 at Sam's Club, 2601 Skypark Dr. in Torrance, Calif. Come to the signing and receive a free day at Sam's Club. For tickets, e-mail Michelle Olvera (michelleo@advmkt.com). Krentz will appear at 7 p.m. on Jan. 19 at Borders Books & Music, 1072 Camino Del Rio North in San Diego, Calif. For more information, call (619) 295-2201. She will also appear at 3 p.m. on Jan. 20 at Barnes and Noble, 1725 Arden Way in Sacramento, Calif. For more information, call (916) 565-0644.

Stephen J. Cannell (http://www.cannell.com) will sign copies of his book, "The Tin Collectors," at 7 p.m. on Jan. 18 at Barnes and Noble, 7020 Valley Creek Plaza in Woodbury, Minn. For more information, call (651) 739-7274. Cannell will appear at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St. in Kansas City, Missouri. For tickets, call (913) 384-3126. He will also appear at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 at Barnes and Noble, Lincoln Park, 7700 W. Northwest Hwy., Ste. 300 in Dallas, Texas. For more information, call (214) 739-1124.

Dr. Eric Maisel will sign copies of his book, "Sleep Thinking," at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 18 at Readers Books, 127 East Napa in Sonoma, Calif. For more information, call Kathleen Caldwell at (707) 939-1779. Maisel will also appear at 7 p.m. on Jan. 19 at Borders, 233 Winston Dr. in San Francisco, Calif. For more information, call Sharon Kreider at (415) 731-8009.

Richard Lewis will sign copies of his book, "The Other Great Depression," at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 20 at Barnes and Noble, 55 Old Orchard Center in Skokie, Ill. For more information, call (847) 676-2230. He will also appear at 7 p.m. on Jan. 22 at Borders Books & Music, 612 E. Liberty in Ann Arbor, Mich. For more information, call (734) 668-7652.

Terry McMillan will sign copies of her book, "A Day Late and a Dollar Short," at 7 p.m. on Jan. 22 at Borders Book Shop, 1727 Walnut St. in Philadelphia, Penn. For more information, call (215) 568-7400.

John Kaufeld will discuss his book, "America Online for Dummies," during an online chat at 8 p.m. on Jan. 22 on AOL (Keyword: Live).

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, will sign copies of her book, "Reinventing Yourself With the Duchess of York: Inspiring Stories and Strategies for Changing Your Weight and Your Life," at 12 p.m. on Jan. 23 at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St. in Kansas City, Missouri. Purchase one copy of the book and receive two event tickets. This is a special fund raiser for the KC READS children's literacy program. Due to the overwhelming interest and limited time, only 500 tickets will be available. For tickets, call (913) 384-3126.

Nancy Cartwright will sign copies of her book, "My Life as a Ten Year Old Boy," at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23 at Borders Books & Music, 3700 Torrance Blvd. in Torrance, Calif. For more information, call (310) 540-7000.

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~Published Articles, Stories, Poems and Interviews

Don Vasicek (dvasicek@earthlink.net) has published the article, "Page 20 to Page 30," on Themestream (http://themestream.com/articles/4840.html).

Kim Bundy (http://www.sff.net/people/kbundy/index.html) has published the short story, "Blood Brothers," in the January issue of Sinister Element (http://www.sinisterelement.com).

Betty Auchard (Btauchard@aol.com) has published the story, "Driving Denny," in the book, "Chocolate for a Woman's Blessings" by Kay Allenbaugh.

Mary Emma Allen (me.allen@juno.com) has published the article, "Writers, Praise Yourselves," in WriterSpeaker.com (http://www.writerspeaker.com/ezine.html#success), and the article, "Submit a Query/Article Per Week" in Write Success.

Naomi Mathews (Lanao2@aol.com) has published the article, "For the Birds -- Basics of Building a Nestbox," on Garden Guides (http://www.gardenguides.com/articles/buildinganestbox.htm).

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~Published Books -- Fiction

A.J. Russo (russo@msmary.edu) will publish the novel, "The Healer," on Feb. 21 in paperback with Word Wrangler.

Tracy Jones (http://www.scican.net/~ptjones/bio.html) has published the science fiction novel, "Crimson Dawn," in electronic format with Wordbeams.

Colin Roberts (http://www.the-otherworld.freeserve.co.uk) has published the horror novel, "Samhain," in electronic format with Pulsar Books.

Kim Bundy (http://www.sff.net/people/kbundy/index.html) has published the science fantasy novel, "The Death of Jabari," in paperback with iUniverse.com.

Leo Gallagher has published the novel, "Depraved," in paperback with Trafford Publishing.

Patricia Crossley (http://www.patriciacrossley.com) has published the time travel romance novel, "Journey's End," in electronic format with New Concepts Publishing. Her paranormal romance novel, "Beloved Stranger," was also published in electronic format with Wordbeams.

John Tannock has published the science fiction novel, "Devolution Degrade," in electronic format with Awe-Struck E-Books.

John Michael Finn has published the poetry collection, "Flashback: A Journey in Time," in electronic format with Mightywords.com.

Gerd Balke has published the novel, "Paradise Fermenting," in paperback with Trafford Publishing.

Charlee Boyett-Compo (wndkepr@pcpartner.net) has published the fantasy romance novel, "The Windweeper," in electronic and paperback formats with Dark Star Publications.

Rita Hestand (http://ritahestand.romance-central.com) has published the contemporary romance novel, "Pretend Mom," in electronic format with Wordbeams.

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~Published Books -- Nonfiction

Grant McDuling (mcduling@mail2me.com.au) has published the book, "Classic Motorcycles," in electronic format with Xlibris.

Gary Zukav has published the self-help book, "Soul Stories," in paperback with Fireside.

Blanca Greenberg (Greenbla@aol.com) has published the nonfiction book, "Chronicles of an Internet Writer," in electronic format with Booklocker.com.

Dr. Edward A. Taub has published the nonfiction book, "Balance Your Body and Balance Your Life," in paperback with Pocket Books.

Richard Rhodes has published the nonfiction book, "Visions of Technology: A Century of Vital Debate about Machines, Systems and the Human World," in paperback with Touchstone.

Kurt Vonnegut and Lee Stringer have published the nonfiction book, "Like Shaking Hands With God," in paperback with Washington Square Press.

Paul J. Roper (http://www.selec.net/pauljroper) has published the nonfiction book, "Signs of the Times and Coming War in the Middle East," in electronic format with Crossroads Publishing.

Meg Weaver (mweaver@woodenhorsepub.com) has published the nonfiction book, "Writing for Magazines: Twelve Things Writers Must Do Today to Make Money," in electronic format with Booklocker.com.

Michael L. Hart (mike@recorder.ca) has published the nonfiction book, "Game Warden's Lament," in paperback with Trafford Publishing.

Richard Wagner and Howard Cook have published the nonfiction book, "Designs on Space: Blueprints for 21st Century Space Exploration," in hardcover with Simon & Schuster.

Teller, the silent half of the Penn and Teller magic duo, has published the memoir, "When I'm Dead All This Will Be Yours," with Blast Books.

John Horgan has published the nonfiction book, "The Undiscovered Mind: How the Human Brain Defies Replication, Medication and Explanation," in paperback with Touchstone.

Donald Vaughan (dvaughan@mindspring.com) has published the nonfiction book, "The Everything Civil War Book," with Adams Media.

Curt Suplee has published the nonfiction book, "Milestones of Science: The History of Humankind's Greatest Ideas," in hardcover with National Geographic.

Scotti Kent has published the nonfiction book, "It Happened in North Carolina," in paperback with TwoDot Books.

Dr. Michael E. Weinblatt has published the nonfiction book, "The Arthritis Action Program: An Integrated Program of Traditional and Complementary Therapies," in hardcover with Simon & Schuster.

Michael Meanwell (http://www.meanwellstore.com) has self-published the nonfiction book, "The Enterprising Writer: How to Earn $111,245 a Year, Writing What You Like When You Like," in electronic format.

Jay McGraw has published the self-help book, "Life Strategies for Teens," in paperback with Fireside.

Gene D. Matlock has published the nonfiction book, "The Last Atlantis Book You'll Ever Have to Read!" with Dandelion Books.

Paul W. Ewald has published the nonfiction book, "Plague Time: How Stealth Infections Cause Cancers, Heart Disease and Other Deadly Ailments," in hardcover with The Free Press.

Yup Lee (yuplee@hotmail.com) has published the nonfiction book, "Man as the Prayer: The Origin and Nature of Humankind," in paperback with Trafford Publishing.

Courtney Rosen has published the nonfiction book, "How to Do Just About Everything," in hardcover with Simon & Schuster.

 

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HUMOR/ECLECTICA

Death by Acceptance
By Robin Shain (rshain@alltel.net)

To the Editor:

If you have accepted my submission and not heard back from me yet, please check the obituaries. I have probably died from Death by Acceptance.

After receiving countless rejection letters from you over the years (when you bothered to respond at all), I sent my latest submission strictly out of habit. I was completely unprepared for you ever to accept my work. Your
acceptance letter sent such violent shockwaves through my system that I dropped dead on the floor.

I hereby retract my submission and ask that you not publish it. My one goal in life had been for you to publish my work and your acceptance letter really screwed that up. Writers aren't really supposed to reach all of their goals, you know. With my one goal achieved, my body thought its work on Earth was done so it closed down shop.

Thanks a lot.

My last request is that I be allowed to leave this world as I entered it: unpublished by you. At least this way, I'll still have something to whine about around the water cooler in Purgatory.

And one more thing. If you want to attend my funeral, that's fine by me, but please, no kind words about my writing at this late date or I'll roll over in my grave.

Posthumously Yours,
...

 

If you have any writing, publishing or media-related humor or insights, please send them to Editor@inscriptionsmagazine.com with the subject heading "Humor."

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES

~Freelance Reviewers

Pink slipped? Know the Internet inside and out? Need some extra cash? The Webby Awards (http://www.webbyawards.com) seeks qualified individuals to review sites in 27 categories.

Ideal individuals are qualified Web developers, online journalists and other new media geeks who have a thorough understanding of what is out there and what it takes to be considered part of the best. Reviewers will evaluate sites entered in The Webby Awards' Call for Entries according to The Webby Awards judging criteria: content, structure and navigation, design, functionality, interactivity and overall experience.

Compensation? Yes, and the opportunity to win two tickets to the Fifth Annual Webby Awards for those reviewers who complete assigned work on schedule. The catch? Sufferable at worst: you must be able to complete a minimum of 25 hours of work during the next three weeks. BUT it can be done online from anywhere in the world.

To apply, please visit our Web site (http://www.webbyawards.com/reviewer) and complete the online application. In the Professional Qualifications area, please type "Jade Walker, Inscriptions."

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~Various Editorial Positions

Two award-winning national higher education newsmagazines have four positions available for expanding news coverage operation. Applicants should desire to join a group of highly dedicated professionals who enjoy a warm, intellectually stimulating and inviting newsroom environment located only 15 minutes from Washington, D.C.

ASSOCIATE EDITORS: Senior positions requiring five years of news editing experience. Associate editors will work directly with editors in planning news coverage, assigning stories and editing copy. Quark XPress experience preferred.

STAFF WRITER/REPORTER: Candidates must have strong writing and reporting skills and a desire to delve into the world of higher education. Prior experience, including college newspaper or related reporting, a plus.

COPY EDITOR: Edit for clarity, accuracy and AP style. Strong grammar skills and ability to meet deadlines required. Experience with Quark XPress desirable.

WEB CONTENT MANAGER: Oversee Web site content, including articles, tables, graphs, news and other links. Responsible for overall site control, publishing schedule and coordination with prior publication and
technical support staff.

Very attractive salary and benefit package. Send resume and clips to Hilary Hurd (Hilary@cmabiccw.com) or fax to (703) 385-1839. No phone calls, please.

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~Web Editor

Campus-wide responsibility for administrative Web site content development and management. Requires excellent writing/editing skills, thorough understanding of the Web environment and requirements of online publishing, project management skills, ability to work independently or as part of a team and proficiency in using Web authoring software, graphics tools and site management software.

Web site authoring may include student recruitment, fund-raising, student activities and services and academic programs. Bachelor's degree required with a minimum of two years experience in Web authoring and project management or equivalent. Send letter/resume/references to Sarah Briggs (sbriggs@albion.edu).

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~Various Editorial Positions

Tax Analysts, a nonprofit, multimedia tax publisher in Falls Church, Va. is looking for candidates whose legal skills and dedication set them apart. As a nonpartisan congressional watchdog, you'll have the opportunity to put your experience to good use in our casual atmosphere, where there's no dress code, great benefits package, competitive salaries and metro access.

LEGAL EDITOR -- Write and edit summaries of IRS rulings and regs, and other tax-related documents for electronic and print publications. Other writing or reporting duties may be required. Law degree required. Writing experience and an interest in federal tax law desired. Will train a candidate with potential and a desire to learn. Code: Federal

LEGAL WRITER -- Summarize court cases and rulings, edit other legal documents, and "cover the beat" at tax conferences. Law degree and excellent writing skills required, knowledge of taxation a plus. Code: State

REPORTER -- Experienced journalist to cover state and local tax conferences and conduct investigative reporting on tax issues. Experience with tax or state and local government helpful, but not necessary. At least one year of reporting experience required. Code: Reporter

E-mail (hr@tax.org) resume and cover letter or fax to (703)533-4619, and please specify job code listed above. No phone calls, please. EOE.

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~Content Production Manager

Ziff Davis Internet, a subsidiary of Ziff Davis Media, a world-recognized leader in Web publishing, seeks a Content Production Manager for a ground floor seat in a major Web initiative. Here, you'll be rewarded for your entrepreneurial spirit, ability to work independently, initiative in starting and completing projects and cultivation/improvement of existing products so they consistently achieve the next-level of user experience.

Candidate will be responsible for heading up a team of production editors that will convert our print pubs into Web-ready pages. Will also serve as the liaison between the content production group and the editorial group on the publications.

Establish production schedules, manage entire production process. Identify and standardize on the process and workflow. Three to five years strong production and managerial experience required. Knowledge of content management systems -- Vignette, HTML. Database knowledge -- a plus.

Please send resumes to Ziff Davis Media Publications, Human Resources, 28 East 28th Street, 8th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10016, or e-mail (opportunities@ziffdavis.com). Be sure to include the job code CMP-CT with all correspondence.

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~Editor/Writer

Advisor Media (http://www.Advisor.com) has a rare opportunity for an aggressive editor/writer. Also opportunities in design, sales, Domino Web development, database management and other publishing/Web areas.

Bring your achievements, "do it" attitude and experience in technology and business topics to the rapidly growing Advisor world of dozens of print and Web pubs. Founded in 1983, Advisor Media has excellent benefits, no VCs and zero corporate nonsense. E-mail (eBizOpp@Advisor.com) resume and salary history.

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~Associate Technology Editor

Did those stock options let you down? Start-up didn't work out? Veteran, rapidly expanding and prosperous Primedia-owned national weekly magazine (http://www.intertec.com) covering the TV/broadband/Internet industries is seeking an aggressive, tough-minded journalist for its newly opened San Francisco bureau.

Will cover applications/software in the broadband arena, including interactive TV, streaming media and new broadband horizons such as PVRs, VOD and digital TV. The selected candidate will write news, trend/analysis stories, special sections and columns.

The qualified individual must be able to build sources with various players including those in the cable TV/broadband industries. Some travel to industry functions, conferences and trade shows will be involved. Three years reporting experience, ideally with comfort level in tech, with a weekly or daily publication preferred.

Primedia provides a business casual work environment, and rewards your skill and commitment to excellence with a competitive salary and benefits package including a stock purchase plan. For consideration, please e-mail (jobs1@intertec.com) resume. Salary requirements mandatory to be considered. EOE.

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~Freelance Copy Editor

Glossy monthly seeks experienced copy editor for 30 to 40 hours during the second week of each month. Willing to consider an arrangement in which the copy editor works from home if he or she has a Macintosh with
Quark 4.1 or later and a reliable e-mail connection. We pay a competitive hourly wage.

Please email resumes as an attached MSWord file to Andrew Page (andrew.page@avenuemag.com).

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~Copy Editor

Experienced professional for print and electronic publications needed to edit for clarity, accuracy and adherence to style guidelines. Minimum three years experience required, newspaper or magazine work preferred. Strong grammar skills, ability to work under tight deadlines. Familiarity with business issues a plus. Must have good computer skills; experience with Quark XPress, HTML, desirable.

The Kiplinger organization, one of America's most respected business and personal finance publishers, located just two blocks from the White House, seeks individuals for its business forecasting staff. Terrific opportunity to
help shape business and economic coverage for the country's oldest and most widely read business newsletter and its business forecasting Web site.

The Kiplinger organization offers excellent benefits, including pension, profit sharing, 401(k), health and dental coverage, and more, plus competitive salaries and terrific growth opportunities.

Qualified applicants should forward resume with cover letter and salary requirements to Personnel Department Kiplinger Washington, Editors, Inc., 1729 H Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006 or e-mail (personnel.department@kiplinger.com).

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~City Editors

Wcities.com, which syndicates its content to Web sites and handheld devices worldwide, is seeking part-time city editors for its various city guides. Editors supervise freelance writers, write, edit and update content.

Currently, we are seeking city editors in the following locations: Chicago, Oklahoma City/Tulsa, San Antonio, Little Rock, St. Louis, New Orleans, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, New York City and the Bahamas. These positions must be filled by someone who lives in or very near the assigned location and are telecommuting positions. Candidates must have a computer and Internet access. We also have an opening for a bilingual Spanish/English editor for our Mexico region. Send resumes and one writing sample to Melissa (Melissa@wcities.com).

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~Editor/Writers

National award-winning, Santa Barbara, Calif.-based publishing company seeks professional individuals to join our team. Positions are responsible for producing and editing content focused on diversity, business and
employment issues.

Will develop/edit content designed to attract and maintain users for .com sites. Develop pieces that create a sense of community for members of diversity groups, including all minorities, women, mature workers, disabled, veterans and the gay/lesbian communities.

Produce original content for diversity employment and business Web sites, create newsletters and advertorials as needed. Source and edit content providers. Requires strong research skills and knowledge of MS Office. Degree in English/journalism is highly desirable. Please fax resume to (805) 964-4554 or e-mail (hr@hbinc.com).

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~News Channel Manager

BayArea.com (http://www.bayarea.com), a subsidiary of KnightRidder.com (http://www.KnightRidder.com), is a premier local portal focusing on life and events in the Bay Area. Sites include JustGo, Mercury Center and Contra Costa Times. BayArea.com provides users with local news and information ranging across numerous areas of interest including breaking news, sports, entertainment, events and community. The portal also provides users with additional online services and functionality such as free E-mail, E-commerce and free Web sites.

Reporting to the Program Director, the News Channel Manager is responsible for overseeing programming for the news channel, including developing programming schedules, setting quality control procedures and editorial standards, maintaining the editorial calendar and assigning tasks to the producer pool to carry out programming.

The News Channel Manager also works in concert with other channel managers in planning and executing BayArea.com programming goals, including production work on those other channels. Additional responsibilities include being the primary resource for all news programming related matters for the Western Region's marketing, operations, business development and sales departments.

The News Channel Manager is a creative thinker and decisive problem-solver that can lead, manage and create excitement around a project and the channel. He/she can work independently as a member of another channel's project, and has strong news judgment and an understanding of Bay Area issues, geography and trends.

The News Channel Manager communicates excellently with other content departments, as well as marketing, operations, sales and other disciplines to assign the appropriate sense of urgency to issues, and communicates that sense to subordinates, other departments and supervisor.

As the manager, he/she has working knowledge of HTML and basic Web publishing tools, as well as the ability, and inclination, to grow those skills, and general knowledge of what makes a good user interface. The News Channel Manager has basic understanding of content partner's editorial procedures and the ability to learn other editorial disciplines quickly, and has excellent editing and writing skills, including the ability to write with, edit, voice, and know what tone is appropriate to a subject.

Requirements:

* BA in journalism, writing or English
* Two-plus years working experience in content production or management for a Web-based company.
* Must be an excellent news writer, and be able to provide three to five samples of headline writing.
* Working experience using HTML for editing and posting news content.
* Ability to prioritize and multitask while providing good news programming judgment.

BayArea.com is comprised of a creative, aggressive and entrepreneurial team. As a core member of this team, the News Channel Manager will play a significant role in bringing BayArea.com to the forefront as a leading edge community information source.

BayArea.com offers its team members a full compensation package including competitive salaries; benefits including medical, dental and vision; 401(k) with matching contributions; tuition reimbursement and stock options.

If you are interested in joining this exciting venture, please forward your cover letter with salary requirements, a current resume as a Word attachment and the required three to five samples to Lisa Donald (lisa@fancyshindigs.com). Please include the job title in the subject line.

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~Acquisitions Director

Position will acquire content (book content) for Informata.com's Data Repository. Develop e-content acquisition strategy and relationships that will make Informata the pre-eminent e-content and POD depository.

Secure e-content from assigned publishers/producers. Identify "saleable" content. Manage acquisition process. Develop e-contact acquisition model that is linked with the publisher's. Serve as account manager/liaison for e-content for specific publishers. Stay current on e-distribution/e-content/e-reader technology. Maintain high level and mid-level contact with client publishers.

BA/BS with five years publishing industry knowledge/contacts. Familiarity with e-book technology. PC/database skills with presentation, planning and project skills.

Send resume with minimum salary expectations to Baker & Taylor Books, Human Resources, P.O. Box 6885, Bridgewater, N.J. 08807 or e-mail (mnichk@btol.com). Baker & Taylor is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer offering a drug and smoke-free environment.

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~Reporter

Reuters (http://www.reuters.com) is seeking a reporter to join its Chicago corporate news desk for up to six months, starting immediately. Applicant for this temporary position should be able to handle fast-paced spot news from public companies as part of the Chicago corporate reporting team.

Successful candidate will be expected to provide well-written, concise and accurate stories on corporate actions under tight deadlines. Duties may include interviews with executives from corporations; participation in conference calls with Wall Street analysts and cover of news conferences. The manager may request other assignments as news events develop.

REQUIREMENTS: College degree or equivalent work experience; at least two years of reporting experience at a major news organization or publication preferred.

CONTACT: Greg McCune (greg.mccune@reuters.com), Reuters Midwest Bureau Chief or write to Reuters America, 311 South Wacker Dr., Suite 1170, Chicago, Ill. 60606. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Reuters is an equal opportunity employer.

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~News Editor

Weekly Thoroughbred Magazine seeks aggressive leader for Internet daily edition. Must have knowledge of horse racing and breeding, and news reporting and editing skills. Send resume, clips and salary requirements to Dept. MM, P.O. Box 8237, Lexington, Ky. 40533.

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~Freelance Writers

Wine Spoken Here, a new newsletter for wine connoisseurs, is looking for freelance writers. These are paid positions and may lead to a paid staff position. E-mail (winespokenhere@hotmail.com) resume, cover letter and three writing samples to Wine Spoken Here, Attn. P. Broussard, Editor, 454 Gray Ave., Yuba City, Calif. 95991.

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~Associate Editor

BiZBash.com Idea Center, an innovative, creative new media company, is looking for a detail-oriented, high-energy writer/editor to join our exciting, growing team. We are a B2B online resource for the special events industry, and our editors report on special events in New York City and write about trends in business entertaining and marketing.

Job responsibilities will include reporting (both on the phone and at events) and writing, as well as some copyediting and proofreading. Candidates must possess excellent writing and verbal communication skills, be detail-oriented and be able to work both independently and as part of a team under deadline pressures.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree. Background in journalism, PR or a related field. Knowledge of AP or New York Times style. Computer literacy and extreme comfort with online research. HTML and Photoshop knowledge and experience an asset.

If you meet these qualifications and enjoy working in a fast-paced, creative environment, please e-mail (jobs@bizbash.com) your resume and clips.

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~Writer

AmbiguousMedia is setting up a new e-zine due to run this summer. We are looking for collaborators. We need a team of talented writers able to write fiction and nonfiction on a variety of subjects, with a quirky, ironic slant. The zine will run as a multimedia platform, and be delivered on a monthly basis.

All collaborators receive monetary compensation for any work selected. We are also looking for Web designers interested in helping to create the zine site and download issues. E-mail (rhizome@bellsouth.net) resume and samples.

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~Freelance Copy Editors

We publish print and online health, lifestyle, sports, marketing and business/high-tech publications. We have openings for part-time, freelance copy editors.

You're the ideal candidate if:

* You're meticulous.
* You know when it's okay to bend the rules.
* You can deal effectively with client marching orders (a.k.a. "feedback").
* You have at least three years experience.

We use AP and Chicago style guides, so we expect you to be versed in both. Applicants will be required to take a copyediting test. If you're good, it'll be a snap.

Bonus points for people with strong working knowledge of MS Word and Quark, previous experience editing Web content and knowledge of the fields we cover.

If you're interested in part-time work, can handle the commute to Walnut Creek, Calif., and wouldn't mind our easygoing work environment and flexible hours, we want to hear from you.

Mail your resume to Freelance Copy Editor, Diablo Publications, 2520 Camino Diablo, Walnut Creek, Calif. 94596 or e-mail (editjobs@diablopubs.com) your resume as a .PDF or Word attachment. No calls please. Diablo Custom Publishing is an equal opportunity employer.

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~Creative Directors

Artisan (http://www.artisan-inc.com), a digital talent agency, seeks interactive creative directors for both freelance and permanent opportunities. We are looking for three-plus years of Internet experience plus universal background in creative media.

Please e-mail (nicole@artisan-inc.com) resume and list of URLs. URLs must have a description of your specific contribution.

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~Freelance Senior Editor

Working Mother Magazine is looking for an experienced full-time freelance editor to fill in for three to five months (beginning mid-March) while one of our senior editors is on maternity leave. Will be responsible for assigning and editing columns and features. Send resume and clips to Sharlene Breakey, 135 W. 50th St., 16th floor, New York, N.Y. 10020. No phone calls, please.

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~Editor

TV Guide Online (http://www.tvguide.com), the Web's leading site for TV listings and entertainment information, is looking to add a new member to its Editorial Department! We are seeking a Senior Editor of Listings to join our exciting online team. If you are a "team-player" and enjoy working in a fast-paced, creative environment, then we'd like to meet you.

You will be responsible for the online listings pages, one of Tvguide.com's most heavily trafficked sections, and will help to determine the visual style of the listings; create more "user friendly" navigation within listings and develop personalization and customization formats for the listings.

The major focus of this position is the online listings; however, there will also be some time to satisfy some of your creative urges and contribute to TV Guide Online's editorial content by writing and editing feature stories and columns.

Qualifications: College degree. At least five years experience in new media. Knowledge of technology is a plus. Excellent communication skills and logic are extremely important. TV Guide Online not only offers an exciting and fun work environment, but also a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, 401(k), TransitChek, Life Insurance and a discount health club membership.

When applying, please e-mail (hrnewyork@tvguide.com) a resume. If attaching a resume, submit in MS Word format only, no ZIP files please. Also send a brief cover letter and salary requirements. Please indicate Listings Editor in the subject heading. TV Guide, Inc., is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Inscriptions reprints job notices for free to benefit writers and editors looking for publishing jobs. We find that these free ads help both the company looking for content providers and the writers/editors searching for work. Inscriptions is not responsible for positions that fill quickly. While most editorial jobs have freelance or telecommuting capabilities, individual companies have the right to refuse such offers. If you have a writing or publishing-related (paying) job opportunity, feel free to e-mail (Editor@inscriptionsmagazine.com) with the Subject heading "Jobs." We do not charge to publish classified ads in the Jobs section.

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CONTESTS

~Deadline is Feb. 14.

Poetry Contest with Minerva -- All information can be found at (http://www.writingtree.com/eWriter/contests/index.jsp). This contest, which is being moderated by the renowned poet, minerva, is accepting poetry entries of any length. Please review all of the contest information before submitting your entry. $100 first prize, $50 second prize, $25 third prize.

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~Deadline is Feb. 28.

Kit Cat Artists wants your best death scene, 500 words or less, double spaced. Open to writers of all medium, published or unpublished. Win $60.

Please remember to place your name and address on the first page. Winner will be notified by March 15. Send a check or money order for the required $10 judging fee to Kit Cat Artists, P.O. Box 310960, Newington, Conn. 06131.

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~Deadline is Feb. 28.

Win a Starring Role in a Movie! (http://www.azreporter.net/news/features/movierole.html) -- For anyone that has ever desired to be a part of the excitement of Hollywood and to be involved in the production of a movie, the opportunity has arrived.

Back Alley Productions, producers of the comedy film, "Einstein's Brain," and the award-winning short dramatic film, "Execution at County Jail" (both available at http://www.ifilm.com), is giving two aspiring actors the awesome opportunity to share in the excitement and personal satisfaction of being involved in the production of a feature length motion picture.

"The Art of Trash," an original motion picture, explores the age old question of art vs. commerce. "The Art of Trash" will be filmed in New Jersey in early 2001. There are two supporting roles available, which are not age/gender specific, which are being offered in this exciting contest.

All you have to do is write 250 words or less on why you feel you should be in a movie, submit a picture (snapshots are okay) and a $25 entry fee to Back Alley Productions, P.O. Box 644, Agoura Hills, Calif. 91376. Please include your telephone number.

Winners will be notified by telephone by Feb. 28th. For more information, e-mail Todd Pliss (saxon17@earthlink.net).

 

If you missed a previous announcement, visit our Web site. They are all listed in deadline order. Contest announcements should be sent to Editor@inscriptionsmagazine.com with the subject heading "Contests." Each contest is printed in deadline order. Please include the name of the organization, magazine or Web site sponsoring the contest, contest guidelines, entry fees, prizes and deadlines. We only accept contests that offer cash or another substantial prizes (valued over $100) -- publication on a Web site or in a book is not enough. Inscriptions is not responsible for misinformation or scam artists. Enter contests at your own risk.

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MARKETS

~Nonfiction

International Wildlife Magazine (http://www.nwf.org/intlwild/) is a "popular" consumer magazine published for the National Wildlife Federation, the largest conservation organization in the U.S. Its circulation is 300,000. International Wildlife, which covers wildlife and a wide range of related subjects outside the U.S., is a sister magazine to National Wildlife. The magazine is published six times a year.

Kinds of Articles Published: Environmental and wildlife issues, wildlife profiles, species status reports, personal adventure, personality profiles, scientific trends, humor, essays, how-to's, peoples' relationship to the land, place stories, gee whiz, wildlife art, anthropology, paleontology, underwater and historical pieces.

Length: Most stories run 1,500 to 2,500 words. The magazine also publishes short features of about 750 words.

Payment: Payment begins at $450 for the short features and ranges substantially upwards for longer stories. The magazine buys all rights to text and one-time rights to photographs, plus reprint and promotion rights for the National Wildlife Federation. Pictures and text submitted together will be purchased as a package. Text payment is on acceptance.

Audience: International Wildlife readers include conservationists, biologists, wildlife managers and other wildlife professionals, but the majority are not wildlife professionals. In fact, International Wildlife caters to the unconverted -- those people who may have only a passing interest in wildlife. Consequently, our writers should avoid a common pitfall: talking only to an "in group." International Wildlife is in competition with television and hundreds of other periodicals for the limited time and attention of busy people. So our functions include attracting readers with engaging subjects, pictures and layouts; then holding them with interesting and entertaining as well as instructional text.

Story Ideas: Too much environmental writing is self-serving and dull. Yet, even the dullest subject can be made interesting. The challenge is to come up with new approaches, new slant, new angles. We appreciate creative thinking and novel ways to cover conventional subjects. Even more, we appreciate proposals on unconventional or unusual subjects.

Editing: Some stories require very little editing; many are edited heavily. A copy of the edited story goes to the writer for comment prior to publication. Edited stories are also sent to scientific authorities for comment and for a check of all factual material.

Writing We Like: We've published everything from poetic nature essays to field journals, and we are reluctant to say that one kind of writing serves our purposes more than another. But we do appreciate the following: Lean copy. We want every word to count. Cut out extraneous material; avoid convoluted sentences.

Tight structure -- Every piece must have a structural backbone. Just as every paragraph should have a topic sentence, every story should have a topic paragraph, a "billboard" that points the way for the reader, telling him exactly what the story is about and where it is going to take him. This orientation paragraph should generally appear high up in the story, preferably immediately after the lead.

Hard reporting -- We want the whole story, with specific hard facts reported from primary sources. Use the phone. Don't be satisfied with general quotations; get colorful quotes that say something. Get the latest statistics and numbers. Cover all sides, but don't get so close to the story that you can no longer distinguish what is important.

Engaging leads -- Write them to entice the readers into the piece.

Understandable -- Avoid the lingo of biologists or wildlife managers. Remember our readers, no matter how well educated, are "just folks."

Anecdotes -- They help bring most copy to life. Use them.

Punchy endings -- Don't leave us with flat closers, such as story summaries or innocuous platitudes about environmental lessons. The ender, as with the lead, should be a high point of the story.

Stories We've Run -- We urge all contributors to study past issues of the magazine before submitting proposals. The following articles have appeared in past issues. They are listed here to indicate the variety and types of pieces that we need:

"Drawing the Line in a Vanishing Jungle" by David Schwartz (July-August 1991). In fighting to preserve their home in Ecuador's ravaged rain forest, the Awa Indians may serve as a model to indigenous people everywhere.

"Impresario of the Morning Chirp" by Lucille Craft (May-June 1991). What began as one man's hobby to record bird songs has led to one of Japan's longest-running radio shows.

"The Sheer Wonder of Penguins" by Tui De Roy and Cheryl Lyn Dybas (March-April 1991). Tales and tidbits about the world's coolest birds accompany a portfolio of spectacular penguin photos.

"Dr. Ant" by Don Lessem (January-February 1991). Nobody knows more about ants than Harvard's E.O. Wilson.

"Frogs in Trouble" by Kathryn Phillips (November-December 1990). Amphibians are vanishing at such an alarming rate that they may be telling us the Earth is deteriorating, too.

"How We Invented the Lion" by Joseph Kastner (September-October 1990). Art through the ages illustrates how humans attached the qualities of nobility and bravery to lions, characteristics they most admired in themselves.

"Ruth Harkness and the Panda Miracle" by Michael Kiefer (September-October 1990). More than 50 years ago, a dress designer from New York managed to bring the first live panda out of China. In the process she stirred the public to "pandamonium."

"Old Enemies in the Same Boat" by Randy Hyman (July-August 1990). A whale-saver and a former whale-killer have formed an uneasy truce in a tourist venture off the coast of Norway while the world powers examine their ban on harvesting the giant mammals.

"Running for Their Lives" by Virginia Morell (May-June 1990). Only time will tell whether the nearly worldwide ivory ban will save Africa's troubled elephant population.

"Safe Passage in Shark Territory" by Howard Hall (March-April 1990). The great white shark is frightening, but its image is overblown -- as abalone fishermen who use motorized anti-shark cages have discovered in Australia.

"Wonder Holes" by Mike Lipske (January-February 1990). Cenotes, or giant water-filled sinkholes, are havens for unknown creatures and invitations to diving adventurers in Mexico.

"The Tale Before Peter Rabbit" by Robert Peck (January-February 1990). Illustrator Beatrix Potter was best-known for her Victorian-era children's books, but in a different time she might have been applauded for her remarkable natural history art.

"Civilizing the Hunt" by Douglas Starr (November-December 1989). A reporter delves into Italy's lax system of game management that allows even songbirds and hawks to come under fire.

"Presenting Crazy Alan Root" by Michael McRae (November-December, 1989). A profile of one of the world's most colorful filmmakers explores how one man explains nature to the masses.

"Will the Sun Ever Shine on Budapest?" by Don Hinrichsen (September-October 1989). A Hungarian bureaucrat and a dissident struggle to solve Hungary's huge environmental problems in their own ways.

"Iguana Mama" by Noel Vietmeyer (September-October l989). A scientist in Panama raises 18,000 lizards for the stew pot in a novel experiment in sustainable development that could help to save rain forests.

"Fall of the Garden of Eden" by Michael Kiefer (July-August 1989). By cutting a swath through their pristine environment, some ancient cultures might have prompted their own collapse.

"The Witness Was a Maggot" by Anne Underwood (May-June 1989). Insects are the basis of a growing but grisly branch of sleuthing called forensic entomology.

"Does Your Cup of Coffee Cause Forest Fires?" by Curtis A. Moore (March-April 1989). New linkages between pollutants and gases in the atmosphere are raising unlikely questions about our daily activities and the world's climate.

"Daniel Janzen's Dry Idea" by Thomas A. Lewis (January-February 1989). A restoration ecologist in Costa Rica is using time, wind, animals and the force of his own personality to return a dry forest back to its original state.

"Up Close With Gorillas" by Debby Crouse (November-December 1988). How tourists watching the great apes in Rwanda are paying to save an endangered species.

Submissions: Write a one or two-page proposal letter to Jonathan Fisher, Editor, International Wildlife, 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, Va. 22184. Outline what you would cover and how you would organize the material. This should be a tightly written, specific "selling" letter designed to make the story compelling to the editors. You should also include sample pictures, if you have them, a brief note about your background and samples of your magazine writing.

Assignments: All assignments will be made or confirmed in writing. The assignment letter will outline payment, length, delivery date and other suggestions or ground rules. The assignment letter will be accompanied by a transfer-of-rights form to be signed and returned.

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~Nonfiction

Blacklines Magazine (http://www.blacklines.net) is a quarterly magazine publishing features on black designers in architecture, interior design, construction, development and the arts.

Writers should be familiar with or express an interest in covering the work of black designers in architecture, interior design, construction, development and the arts in any U.S., Caribbean, African or European city.

In other areas, we are seeking writers to develop articles for our business development and marketing section, technology, academic forum, reviews, should focus on design, technology, education, news and updates.

The Environment, the Summer Issue, presents an exploration of designers investigating and designing for the environment, sustainability and ecology. It examines the process in design with regard to the selection of materials, the change and reformation of design practices around green issues and ideologies and the issues of art, design, development and environmental justice with regard to black communities.

Technology, the Fall Issue, examines the source of design inspiration and ingenuity using technology as a vehicle and interactive design tool. It focuses on the essence of design creativity and the balance of practice with
the application of media, devices and the impact of e-business and the digital world. How is technology affecting the design practice? What are the visible and invisible signs of its impact? And how are designers affecting and effecting black design and aesthetics today?

Academia, the Winter Issue, reflects on the state of academia in the U.S. today for black designers. It will investigate the education of designers, the conditions of schools in the inner cities and examines the successes and losses in academia. Who are the leading academics among black designers? Where are black designers being nurtured? And what needs to be done to develop more black academics and extend the education of future black designers?

Atim Annette Oton (mitale@aol.com), Executive Vice President
Blacklines Magazine
2011 Newkirk Ave., Suite 7D
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11226

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~Nonfiction

Apogee Photo Magazine (http://www.apogeephoto.com) is interested in providing an electronic forum for high quality work from photographic writers and photographers. We use freelancers for about 75% of our content.

We will accept articles up to 2m500 words on any photographic subject geared toward the beginning to advanced photographer. Articles must have at least two photographs accompanying them. We will pay $.10/word for previously unpublished works (up to $150) and $.03/word for reprints. This amount includes usage of any photographs accompanying the article.

You must hold the copyright, and you must have signed model releases for any identifiable person or persons which appear in your photographs.

We strongly suggest you initiate contact with Apogee Photo by first mailing us a query letter with details of your proposed photographic article or photographic project. Please mail your query letter to Apogee Photo Submissions, 12794 S. Hwy. 285, Conifer, Colo. 80433 or e-mail (mfulks@apogeephoto.com).

All submissions must be accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope bearing sufficient postage for the return of your materials. Photographs submitted shall be no larger than 8x10 inches and shall be packed with cardboard inserts for protection. We will not accept nor bear any responsibility for original negatives, slides or transparencies. All slides or transparencies must be marked "Duplicate" on the slide mount. Apogee Photo will make every effort to protect your photographs, duplicate slides and manuscripts but you agree not to hold us responsible for any loss or damage which may occur.

Any unsolicited submission which is not accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope bearing sufficient postage becomes the property of Apogee Photo and will not be returned.

If Apogee Photo accepts a submission for electronic publication, the author and/or photographers shall continue to hold copyright ownership. The author and/or photographer agrees to grant Apogee Photo a royalty free non-exclusive license to electronically publish the article and/or photograph(s) in Apogee Photo Online Magazine; to archive back issues of Apogee Photo Online Magazine containing the article and/or photographs(s) and to publish such back issues on the World Wide Web; and to reduce back issues of Apogee Photo Online Magazine containing the article and/or photographs(s) onto a fixed electronic medium such as CD-ROM or diskette for distribution to readers.

 

Do you have a paying market you would like shared with Inscriptions readers, send complete freelance writing guidelines, current needs and payment rates to Editor@inscriptionsmagazine.com with the subject heading "Markets."

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LINK OF THE WEEK

Each week, Inscriptions selects one writing or publishing-related Web site as the link of the week. This site receives a graphic award and a link from the Inscriptions homepage. To submit a site, send an e-mail to Editor@inscriptionsmagazine.com with the Subject heading "Inscriptions Award" and include the full name and URL in the message area.

The Inscriptions Link of the Week is:

The Write Daily
http://www.writedaily.com

Once you get past the annoying pop-up advertisements, The Write Daily becomes a very useful site. Got writer's block? Each day, this site offers a useful exercise to refresh those dried out brain cells. Feeling extra brave? Post your inspired scribblings in the Write Daily Forums and receive some critiques. If you can't log into this site on each day, they'll even e-mail a writing prompt to you for free.

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ELECTRONIC BOOK CLUB

Each month, we feature a new electronic book title. Everyone who signs up for the book club will then be pointed to the featured book for purchase and reading. Throughout the month, we'll discuss the book on our book club mailing list. E-book suggestions are always welcome.

The January reading selection is the poetry book: "Homage to a Princess" by Patrick P. Stafford. It is available for $6.50 on CD-ROM and for $3.50 as a download from Athina Publishing (http://www.athinapublishing.com/athinabooks.shtml).

Description: The purpose of this poetry is to evoke profound emotion for and passionate reflection of Lady Diana Spencer, a person whose unique strength of character, aura of charm and beauty and acts of kindness and remarkable charity defined her -- even before her tragic death -- as an individual of rarefied qualities and extraordinary stature.

Here are 50 poems, each a rhapsodic song or a brief, symphonic movement in major chords encapsulating a sentiment, an event, a salient moment or experience, and often times the partial ambiance or distinct consciousness of millions who weighed, felt and suffered the sudden loss of someone most likely too rare and good for this world.

Author Bio: Patrick P. Stafford is a resident of the city of Grants Pass in southern Oregon and lives there with his wife Liane and novelist father Elsan Stafford. Stafford writes regularly for Planetexpat.com (http://www.Planetexpat.com), Neighborhood America, Amateur Chef Magazine and other national publications and has sold many poems, articles and editorial pieces to magazines and periodicals over the last 27 years. He is currently marketing a number of his film scripts and treatments as well as a manuscript of poems he has written about the Vietnam War. Stafford also operates a freelance writing/editing and resume service.

To subscribe to the Inscriptions Book Club, send a blank e-mail (I-BookClub-subscribe@egroups.com).

To suggest an e-book for consideration, please send a press release to Editor@inscriptionsmagazine.com with the subject heading, "E-book Club." In the release, include the name of the book, the author, the ISBN, the publisher and the publisher's URL and a short description of the book. If it interests us, we will contact the author and/or the publisher for a review copy.

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BOOK REVIEWS

Ratings:

* * * * Outstanding book, engrossing, a classic
* * * An interesting read, very likable
* * Good, but not great.
* Not recommended.

"Be Your Best -- The Family Manager's Guide to Personal Success" by Kathy Peel
Reviewed by Tina L. Miller (tina@tinalmiller.com)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0-345-41984-7
Rating: * * * 1/2 stars
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Can't seem to find enough hours in the day? Join the crowd. Kathy Peel's book, "Be Your Best -- The Family Manager's Guide to Personal Success," documents the many roles women in society play, from wife and mother to friend and career woman, and helps busy women put it all in perspective.

Step by step, Peel helps readers take control of their lives with helpful hints and action plans. Peel emphasizes that women need to take care of themselves first to maintain the energy and stamina necessary to meet all of their other responsibilities. She gives practical suggestions, like taking midweek mini-retreats to a museum or park or learning a new craft or hobby. Lest readers think they do not have time for such pleasures, Peel emphasizes how necessary they are to living a balanced life and shares her credit and debit system for fitting important things into busy days.

Peel also shares a long list of potential time robbers and specific time-saving solutions to maintain a focus on what is really important, like only calling long-winded friends just before you need to leave the house to go somewhere so you have a legitimate excuse to keep it short, or keeping a few generic gifts on hand (such as candles, gift certificates to toy or sports stores or theaters) for last-minute birthday gifts to save a shopping trip.

Peel encourages women to take risks, build equity in themselves and create the kind of life they want. She shows readers how to develop a "Hit List" and incorporate a Three-D strategy to focus on the things they need to do while delegating or deferring non-essential tasks. Following Peel's tips promises to lead to a happier, more effective woman and family, with more time and energy for the things that really matter.

Writing in an easy-to-read conversational style busy women will appreciate, Peel offers some good tips for those new to the "achieve your own personal success" scene, but veteran readers will find many of the suggestions to be tried and true tips other authors also suggest. Still, this book contains a few new ideas busy women can try, and if readers can glean even one great idea from the book, it will be well worth the time spent reading it.

The realistic approach is refreshing and Peel's candor in acknowledging that she, too, continues to struggle in many areas warms readers to her suggestions. "Be Your Best -- The Family Manager's Guide to Personal Success" is well organized, well written and a great self-help starter book for any woman looking to take more control over her life.

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"Internet Enhanced Compulsive Syndrome" by Fabian Krause
Reviewed by Lise Hull (castlesu@aol.com)
Publisher: Internet Clinic CC
Format: Electronic
ISBN: 0-620-25682-6
Rating: * star
http://www.internetclinic.org/books/b001.html

Spending the bulk of this book descrying the problems of Internet brokerage, with the resultant broken dreams, financial ruin and compulsive behaviors that can lead to the breakdown of families, entrepreneur Fabian Krause does little more than promote himself in this poorly written book on the so-called "Internet Enhanced Compulsive Syndrome."

Krause explains why so many good-natured, hopeful amateurs leap at the chance to make their fortunes working as Internet brokers. Having no business acumen, these naive people become increasingly tied down to the Internet, processing masses of e-mail in the hopes of acquiring their income with relative ease. Krause complains about the pitfalls of Internet brokerage, and even cites case studies to illustrate his point. However, he's careful to point out that his program the Internet Clinic, has the answers to avoiding IECS.

The book amounts to little more than a prolonged advertisement for Krause's Internet Clinic and his "humanitarian' campaign to stop spamming, hoax e-mails and chain letters by placing green clovers or statements on Web sites, saying something to the effect of, "I hate spam." Eventually, Krause explains that his preliminary program, which can be accessed on his incredibly slow-loading Website, teaches a variety of ways to avoid IECS and how to be successful on the Internet.

Unfortunately, Krause not only violates his own suggestions (such as not writing with poor grammar or misspellings, and not wasting the reader's time), but he also has no credibility. I have to ask, what is "Hot Mail Com"? If one is an experienced Internet user, he or she would recognize the inaccuracy in this reference.

Nowhere in the book does Krause document his findings. The case studies seem invented to fit his points, such as they are, while his questionnaire is designed to make everyone think they have IECS. Where does he come up with the criteria that a score of 3 or more means the person answering the questions has a serious problem? Has he done any research? Where are the references and statistics to back up his suppositions and claims?

As someone who has considerable knowledge in using the Internet, I found this book insulting. What the author said could have been condensed into a few pages. It would be more beneficial, from a humanitarian viewpoint, for Krause to explain the psychology of the so-called compulsive syndrome, how to treat it if one has it, and to make the core of the book a discussion of Krause's program. To hint at it, encouraging readers to head over to the Website for details, and, perhaps, thereby get hooked into purchasing something, makes this book glorified publicity, not something of real substance.

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"Aegis" by Scott E. Barr
Reviewed by Liz Burton (blueiriscafe@att.net)
Publisher: Cloudy Mountain Books
Format: Electronic
Rating: * 1/2 stars
http://www.eBookAd.com/eb.php3?ebookid=322

Since its inception 40 years ago, the Agency has been experimenting to create genetically enhanced superhumans, destroying thousands of lives in the process. To date, only 15 Gifted, as the successes of Project Aegis are called, have survived; and the Agency now seeks to recruit them. Those they cannot recruit, they intend to destroy.

Scott worked for the Agency until he learned the harsh truth behind his existence. He quits to seek out the other Gifted and prevent the Agency from collecting them, but his resignation makes him and his friends as prime targets. Connecting with his fellow "mutants" becomes a race against time and death.

While this book is basically well-written, it is really little more than an overdeveloped superhero comic book without the benefit of illustrations. The characters and their powers are derivative of the X-Men and just about any other genetically-enhanced/mutant concept going.

Given that, it's not surprising that the character development is shallow, at best. Women in particular lack any sort of realism, being notable mostly for their absolute lack of logic and a tendency to change their minds
between one breath and the next. However, the male characters aren't much better, spouting noble platitudes and posturing more than is absolutely necessary.

That, in itself, wouldn't be a mark against "Aegis" if it were well-plotted. Unfortunately, the story elements tend to change as the author's needs demand. First, the mysterious Agency supposedly must be discreet in its
search for the other Gifted. Nevertheless, their attempt to capture Scott results in wholesale destruction of an entire neighborhood. Three days later, Scott again says the opposition will have to be discreet to "maintain the Agency's public image." Apparently, that discretion is only necessary until Barr decides it's time for a little action.

Although all of this sounds like a sweeping condemnation, it isn't exactly. There is a fair percentage of speculative fiction fandom that can enjoy this kind of pulp style despite its flaws, and they may enjoy "Aegis." Those who love reading superhero fiction may also appreciate it for its entertainment value. It is has all the elements of action -- superpowers, heroes fighting against overwhelming odds and special effects that are sufficiently well-described that an imaginative reader can supply his or her own graphics.

For the those who prefer their speculative fiction firmly grounded in reality, original in concept and populated by fully-developed characters, however, this book is unlikely to be of any interest.

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"Backwoods East Jesus" by Kaley Noonan
Reviewed by Gary Presley (presley@dialnet.net)
Publisher: Authorlink
Format: Electronic
Rating: * * 1/2 stars
http://www.authorlink.com/008061ms.html

When we reach that hard place Kaley Noonan calls "Backwoods East Jesus," we meet Mark Zickle, crouched over his morning bowl of cold cereal, listening unperturbed as his father demands rent money. Mark is an 8th grader. We are in Ohio, but we apparently have arrived by way of Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County.

Religious zealotry and nihilistic philosophy clash throughout the book, with symbolism lurking like a shark below the roiling waters. Mark and his sister Josephine are trapped in a house of horrors conjured out of the
marriage of misfits.

Mark is the protagonist in this sad tale of a family gone awry, but he clings to Josephine, protector and protected, as his father Victor and his mother Lois circle and spin into mutual destruction. Josephine wants no part of the war, and, as she flowers into independence, is driven away by her mother. Lois then attempts to rescue Mark with religion. Lois has been captured by a Jim Jonesian evangelist, a man whose church is later destroyed by Victor.

Mark's character is well written, and Josephine and Lois are fleshed out nicely as well. Victor is London's Wolf Larsen -- landlocked, wickedly interesting, but he is the least well written of the four.

Some of Noonan's allusions jar an attentive reader. For example, Mark and Josephine, children of a fundamentalist, apparently attend a Catholic school. More puzzling, it's oddly named "School 20." Some of
Noonan's other religious references are confusing as well.

A reader who fancies Faulkner or Flannery O'Connor will himself paging through quickly to the end. "Backwoods East Jesus" moves slowly, mired occasionally in overly long descriptive passages, but it is a compelling story.

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"Awaken to Superconsciousness: How to Use Meditation for Inner Peace, Intuitive Guidance and Greater Awareness" by J. Donald Walters
Reviewed by Karen Sweeny-Justice (ksweenyj@highland.net)
Publisher: Crystal Clarity
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 1-56589-136-8
Rating: * * * stars
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1565891368/inscriptions

"Awaken to Superconsciousness: How to Use Meditation for Inner Peace, Intuitive Guidance and Greater Awareness" is one of those rare books that can impact a reader on different levels. Although many references are made to various yoga techniques and Indian sages, one need not be a practitioner of any form of yoga to get something positive from J. Donald Walters' work.

Nicely divided into three parts, "Awaken to Superconsciousness" leads its readers on a path toward spiritual growth that works with all religions, not just Eastern ones. Walters provides background information on what superconsciousness is, outlines the process he advocates in order to grow, and provides not only examples of how raising his own consciousness has helped him, but also a number meditative exercises.

For those who don't practice yoga, Walters explains why correct body positioning is essential, and his use of affirmations makes sense for anyone who wants to improve their outlook on life.

Although I would have liked Walters to include better written pronunciation guides for the many Indian terms he used, he does do a good job at conveying his information. The only drawback that I ran into was the inability to do the suggested meditation exercises while trying to read the book, something that Walters apparently realized, for a number of audio tapes are advertised as companion products for those who want to learn more.

 

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LAST WEEK'S SURVEY: Online Shopping. What is your favorite online bookstore?

Results:

Amazon.com -- 53%
Other -- 22%
I don't shop for books online. -- 14%
BarnesandNoble.com -- 9%

Total: 121 votes.

Comments:

AMAZON

"I use [Amazon] for all my gift giving, home-purchases and even study material (Classic lit.)" --mcdalessio@earthlink.net

"Amazon.com in a walk. Their customer service and prices are unmatched by anyone else in the business." --BakerH@aol.com

"[Amazon] is a company that makes it easy to find books. If they are behind, they get it out as quickly as possible. I normally receive my items within two to three days." --Elizabeth Ferree (M2Beab@aol.com)

"We live on a remote Greek island where we have no international press available from October till Easter, so ordering from Amazon is important for us. We use Amazon.de (in Germany). The offer a full range of books (we don't care about CDs or videos), including American titles." --Roberta Beach Jacobson (editor@kafeniocom.com)

"I voted for Amazon, but I want to add some thoughts about online bookstores overall. I regularly browse Amazon, Borders and several other bookstore sites. However, I rarely buy from any of them. I regard them instead as terrific sources of information. I can read reviews, check the spelling of authors or titles that I've copied down (and can't read my own scribbles), find out when a book was published (critical when I'm requesting interlibrary loan books, which have to be at least a year old), see what else a favorite author has written, check links to author interviews and essays, etc. But when it comes to purchases, I generally buy books locally. This not only saves me the shipping costs but provides an opportunity to browse through the offerings and stumble across interesting things. Plus, I can usually get a cappuccino from the in-store cafe and spend some time at the listening stations in the music section. I would miss the online bookstores if they disappeared, but my book-buying habits would not be affected much. I make exceptions under special circumstances. Case in point: last spring, I ordered an advance copy of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" from Amazon. I wanted to make sure my son would have a copy as soon as it was available. " --Nancy Groves (NGroves@aol.com)

"Amazon isn't necessarily my favorite. It's simply the only one from which I've bought books. I was pleased with my purchase and I received excellent service from them. Unfortunately, the exchange rate makes buying anything online from America undesirable at the moment. Although the rate is rising (has been as low as US$.39 to NZ$1 and is now around $.45) it still needs to be above $.50 before I'll consider buying again." --Laraine A Barker (http://lbarker.orcon.net.nz)

 

OTHER

"Don't forget not all the people who enjoy Inscriptions live in the USA. All your options are American. Maybe that's why so many people like me are voting for 'other.' Personally I use Amazon.co.uk and receive brilliant service." --Diana Kimpton (Diana@wordpool.co.uk)

"I use Amazon.co.uk -- the Amazon store in England -- and since the choice the survey had was amazon.com, I choose Other instead." --Pernille Sylves (http://bell.dk/)

"Since I generally want out-of-print books, I shop at Abebooks.com, where I'm more apt to find what I want right away at a reasonable price. I'm not impressed with Amazon's behavior patent-wise or used-book wise, and neither Barnes & Noble nor Borders need my money. I'd rather support an independent bookstore over someone listed on the NASDAQ." --GT (gtaylor@hypercube.org)

"I really like Abebooks.com for used and remaindered titles. ABE is a kind of information node for independent used booksellers all over the world, plus they have a flexible search engine." --Leslie Birdwell (lpbirdwell@hotmail.com)

"BarnesandNoble.com and Amazon.com are great; however since they also have the newest books I find that I can walk into the bookstore and buy them off the shelf. Most of the pleasure of bookstores is going in and sitting down in the middle of the aisle and reading the backs of the books available. There is a fantastic online bookstore out in California called ABE and they are an opened market for all the small second hand bookstores. If there is a title that I cannot find, I can go to them. If it cannot be found, I can place it on a want list and then I am notified when the book is located." --Winddancer (LEOTJCJ@AOL.COM)

"Half.com -- Brand new or slightly used books for less than half retail cost. You'd have to be nuts (or rich) to pay full price." --Suz (voybabe@stargate.net)

"Half.com sells used books and is very reasonable." --Mollysnap@webtv.net

"Unless I buy directly from the book's publisher, I always choose Powells.com over any other online sellers for their easy site navigation and instant gratification. From choosing my Rocket download to actually reading the book takes about two minutes. You can't beat that." --Kate Douglas (http://www.katedouglas.com)

"Hey, what about Indigo? They are a great resource for Canadian readers, and I can usually get a better price than Chapters online." --KD (karen_dyer@telus.net)

"My favorite is Bookfinder.com. You can get used books and out of print books from small local bookstores rather than the giants you list." --Sam Chapnick (sierra@researchdog.com)

"I always used to buy my books from Amazon -- their range is impressive, but I find their delivery time slow. So now I buy from BOL -- almost as large a range as Amazon, and a much speedier service. The discounts offered by online book shops are only worthwhile if you're buying several books, otherwise the postage charge cancels out your saving. However, they stock a much larger range of books than my local book shop, and it's just as much fun as browsing in a bookstore!" --Helen Dann (allister_and_helen@ah-dann.freeserve.co.uk)

"Barnes and Noble has more recognition for the buying public, but not including the sites authors are published on in the business end (i.e. iUniverse, Xlibris, Dandelion, et. al.) lowers the commission for the author." --TIVNANMAC@aol.com

 

I DON'T SHOP ONLINE

"I don't shop online anymore because I almost put my family into bankruptcy from my visits to Amazon and Other." --Anne (ASanderlin@aol.com)

"If I can't see it, touch it, smell it, read a few passages of my choosing -- not some marketing person's -- then I'm just not interested. There's something about the smell of new books that's just simply intoxicating." --Bittercat@netzero.net

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