Vol. 4 Issue 4
January 22, 2001
ISSN: 1522-3728

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~Editor's Note
~Quote of the Week
~Article -- Agent of Change: An Interview With Richard Curtis by Bev Walton-Porter
~Article -- Finding Writing Ideas on Your Day Off by Pauline Clark
~Inscriptions Bad Poetry Contest
~Publishing News and Notes
~Humor -- Rejection by Gary Presley
~Job Opportunities
~Link of the Week
~Electronic Book Club -- "Homage to a Princess" by Patrick P. Stafford
~Book Reviews -- "Assignment: Bosnia" by Barry Friedman, "Lady Jane's Nemesis" by Patricia Oliver, "A Deadly Dozen: Tales of Murder from Los Angeles" by Susan B Casmir, Aljean Harmetz and Cynthia Lawrence, "Prager's Pattern" by John Alvar and "Equal Terms" by Paul Candy
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ARTICLE -- Agent of Change: An Interview With Richard Curtis
By Bev Walton-Porter (bev@inscriptionsmagazine.com)

Since launching his own agency in the 1970s, legendary New York literary agent Richard Curtis has worked with over 100 top authors of fiction and nonfiction. He's also had more than 50 of his own books published, including "How to Be Your Own Literary Agent," "Beyond the Bestseller" and "Mastering the Business of Writing." Perhaps that's why Curtis knows how authors think, because he is one himself.

Now Curtis is jumping into the arena of electronic publishing, a venture that has led him to a place where most literary agents fear to tread -- the Internet. Using new technology, Curtis is figuring out ways to "brand" good books on the Web, and pay writers the royalties they deserve.

INSCRIPTIONS: You've had an incredible career and now you're taking it to a higher level with the launching of e-reads.com (http://www.e-reads.com). For those who haven't been introduced to e-reads.com, briefly explain the project and where you plan to take it in 2001 and beyond?

RICHARD CURTIS: In the summer of 1998, two inventions offered the potential to change the publishing world radically and forever. One was the introduction of the hand-held electronic reading device. The other was the development of print-on-demand technology.

I had been predicting their advent for over a decade and thinking about how authors could take advantage of them. All of the solutions I came up with pointed to a departure from the traditional literary agent role. That's when I decided to start e-reads, a publisher devoted to publishing books in all formats, electronic and paper. I also realized that a brand-new business model was called for, one built around the author as partner.

The new technology empowers authors to print, distribute and advertise their own work, and that means they should enjoy a far larger share of the revenue than they traditionally have done.

Since then, we have acquired some 1,200 titles, almost all of them previously published, out-of-print titles. We are now distributing them and earning royalties for authors. Our model of splitting all net revenue with authors on a 50-50 basis was recently adopted by Random House and will, I am certain, be adopted by all publishers when they see the wisdom of it.

In 2001, our retail Web site will be launched, and e-reads the publisher will become e-reads.com, the online book store. We will then carry not just our own titles but those of other publishers. We also intend to begin publishing original works.

INSCRIPTIONS: Why do you think other agents and publishers have been so reluctant to jump on the e-publishing bandwagon? Is it the money issue plus the fact that it seems to give writers more power over their work?

CURTIS: Although most agents and publishers understand the e-book revolution superficially, they have failed to grasp and confront the profound implications. The ability for authors to sell their work directly, or almost directly, to readers threatens to make traditional middleman roles -- such as literary agents, publishers, book stores and even libraries -- irrelevant.

Facing your own irrelevance is like facing your own death: You go into denial. Far from denying it, I have embraced it and tried to find a way to make it work to my advantage, and therefore to the advantage of authors.

INSCRIPTIONS: What's it like to be the man behind some of the greatest writers of our time?

CURTIS: You flatter me. I have been associated with many wonderful writers, and a few great ones. Serving authors, great and small, has been a privilege. There is no greater pleasure than helping authors realize their full potential, either for a specific book or throughout a career.

A good agent's position isn't behind authors; it's beside them. As an author prospers, or fulfills his or her dream, so does the agent prosper and achieve fulfillment.

INSCRIPTIONS: Now that you're working both sides of the desk, as a literary agent and a publisher, what's a typical work day like for you?

CURTIS: When asked how much of my time is devoted to my agency and how much to e-reads, I say 100% to each. I have never worked so hard in my life, but neither have I felt such excitement and satisfaction.

I rise at 5:30 a.m., work on correspondence, contracts and e-mails until 9 a.m., wake my wife and have a civilized breakfast with her, then go to my office. Not too many of those fabled three-hour, three martini publishing lunches for me -- a homemade sandwich at my desk is more my speed and buys me more precious hours of work time.

I go home at 6:30 p.m., have dinner, read manuscripts till 1 a.m., usually while watching a ball game. Down to four or five hours of sleep. It catches up to me at embarrassing times and I doze off, all too often when my wife is trying to tell me something important that I absolutely must remember!

INSCRIPTIONS: Do you ever yearn to write novels yourself? If so, what kind of novels would you write and why?

CURTIS: I have had over 50 books published, most of them novels, and I believe that one of my advantages in working with authors is that I've done it all myself. I approach authors not so much as an agent but rather as a collaborator. "How are we going to handle this scene?" is a question I will commonly ask. I've often said that no one should presume to become an author or agent until he or she has tried to write a book.

By the way, I can't blame you for not being aware I had had all those books published. You can look the titles up, but most of them are out of print. I am proudest of my humor books, and my own company is reissuing my favorite, a collection entitled "The Client From Hell and Other Publishing Satires."

INSCRIPTIONS: Tell us about any other projects you might consider launching in the near future. What's on your short-list of things to do before you retire?

CURTIS: Retire? Me? Seriously, I have just put the finishing touches on a program I developed with a software engineer that will revolutionize the way royalties are reported to authors by publishers. It will enable authors to get their statements electronically and to follow the performance of their books in real-time. Look for news of The Royalty Tracker.

INSCRIPTIONS: Finally, what are your predictions for the publishing industry over the next five to 10 years?

CURTIS: Small, lightning-fast online publishers will come to dominate the larger, slower ones. The companies that can travel light -- I call them "virtual" publishers because they are digitally driven -- will prosper and eventually take over those that are rooted in bricks and mortar and dependent on overhead-intensive editorial and distribution functions.

Authors will have far more choices and control over their work, and a brand new way of reaching readers will be availed to authors. So I'm more hopeful about the future of publishing than I have been in decades. It's just that what I call "publishing" is not what most people call publishing. My vision of the future seems to be a decade ahead of everybody else's. It's kind of lonely to be this far ahead of the curve, and I look forward to having company one day.



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ARTICLE -- Finding Writing Ideas on Your Day Off
By Pauline Clark (pclark@reporters.net)

Wouldn't it be great if you could just sit around and wait for assignments to pour in? No thinking, no querying, no generating ideas. Unfortunately, for the majority of us who've chosen to be freelance writers, it's not that
simple and we've all had those days when we draw a blank and can't think of a single thing to write.

Sometimes, it's a good idea to just get up and walk away from the computer. Forget about markets and querying and the bills that are piling up, and just take some time to do something you enjoy. You may be surprised at the ideas that will appear.

Last week, for instance, I found myself in a slump. I was looking for an idea for a full-page feature to publish in the daily newspaper I write for. Sitting in my home office staring at the computer screen just didn't cut it so I figured I might as well do something else with the day.

My plan was to drive to the next town and complete a mystery shop (yes, I'm a mystery shopper, too). It was a beautiful Saturday so I suggested a family ride. Spending quality family time, things to do on a Saturday -- those might be articles a regional parenting magazine might like.

We decided to bring our recyclables to the bins since the box was overflowing in the kitchen. The recycling program is new and I'd brought my camera along to take a picture of my family throwing our recyclables into the bins. The local newspaper will be receiving an article on how the recycling program is going, and I should also be able to find a market for an article on how to organize your recyclables.

While we were near the downtown area, we noticed one of the town's oldest buildings was being torn down. The camera came out again and the quotes I gathered from some of the bystanders will accompany background material from an historical article I did on the building a few years ago.

We'd also decided to stop at an antique shop on the highway to bring in the old bottles my husband found while cleaning out his tool shed. Not only did we make a $30 sale for the bottles, I also found out some interesting facts about the collectibles that are in demand in the area and how "The Antique Roadshow" has hurt small antique dealers. I'll be visiting the shop again next week for an interview that will provide me with material for both my newspaper feature and an article on appraising for a collector's magazine.

With the leaves missing from trees, my family noticed the old cemetery high up on a hill that's not usually visible. We climbed up a very steep incline and discovered some very old graves. I took a picture of my daughter by a child's tombstone and later I'll talk to a genealogy expert who's been researching local cemeteries. The new regional magazine I saw on the supermarket shelf will surely appreciate such an article.

Once I had completed the mystery shop, I thought about markets for an article on mystery shopping.

On the return trip home, my daughter suggested we stop and see if the salmon were running at a local fishing spot. I was amazed at the number of fishermen at the site and quickly snapped some more photos. A local game warden should be able to give me the lowdown on the salmon fishing season -- Angler and Hunter magazine and the newspaper will both want an article.

As we continued on the journey home, I marveled at all that I'd accomplished. I even ended up doing this article from that decision to take some time away from the computer.

As a writer, your own circumstances may not be the same as mine. You may be simply looking for some character ideas for a novel. Perhaps you write Web site reviews and are in need of some new subject material. Maybe you write articles for a specialized field.

The point is the ideas are out there. Sometimes you just need to quit thinking so hard. Let your mind relax and open to the possibilities. In no time, you'll have a list of more possible articles than you can complete in the foreseeable future.

If you take the time off and you still don't have any brainstorms, maybe you just needed to take a day off. If you're a genuine writer, you'll have more ideas tomorrow.



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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.

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

Write Time Write Place (http://www.writetimewriteplace.homestead.com), a Web site for writers and struggling authors, recently debuted.

The e-Writers.net newsletter (http://www.e-Writers.net), a monthly zine for writers, recently launched.

Broad Universe (http://www.broaduniverse.org), a Web site resource for women science fiction and fantasy writers, recently premiered.

Marvel Magazine, a print publication providing reprints of Marvel Comic's Ultimate titles and other entertainment features, recently debuted.

Random House (http://www.randomhouse.com) plans to launch a softcover imprint in autumn 2001. The publishing line, Random House Trade Paperbacks, will release about 75 paperback versions of hardcover titles each year.

Offshore Online (http://www.OffshoreOn.com), a database and e-mail newsletter service for the offshore financial community, recently premiered.

Philyra Writes (http://www.philyrawrites.homestead.com), a Web site geared toward online writers, will debut on Feb. 1.

FireEngine.com (http://www.fire-engine.co.nz), an online men's magazine for New Zealanders, recently launched.

Sports Trend and SGB Magazines recently merged to create Sporting Goods Business, a combined resource for the sporting goods industry.

Media Plus (http://www.mediaplusmagazine.com), a site featuring news and reviews of music, games, beauty and sex, recently premiered.


~Publishing Industry Changes

Bell & Howell's Information and Learning unit (http://www.bellhowell.com) and Dow Jones & Company (http://www.dj.com) have joined forces to digitize the newspaper archives of The Wall Street Journal. Once complete, the project will be made available to educational institutions and libraries.

The Toronto Star (http://www.thestar.com) recently redesigned its Web site.

Xlibris (http://www.xlibris.com) is now offering its e-books in Glassbook format.

House Beautiful (http://housebeautiful.women.com/hb/), the decorating monthly magazine, was recently redesigned.

Hovis Publishing Company has purchased feminist publisher, Spinsters Ink (http://www.spinsters-ink.com), for an undisclosed amount. Two new titles are expected to be released in September.

Essence will add a bridal guide special section in February. The magazine's Web site (http://www.Essence.com) plans to relaunch in March.


~Publishing-Related Mailing Lists/E-zines

Writers Online Network (http://resourcesforwriters.com/won.html) is a collaboration forum for writers to help each other with ideas, the writing craft and the publishing industry.

Announce It Write (http://resourcesforwriters.com/aiw.html) is an announcement-only forum for writers who publish or edit e-zines, writers who have Web sites, writers who are promoting their e-books/books, writers who are seeking subscribers for their writer's lists and writers who want to announce their publishing successes.

KaZoodles (http://www.egroups.com/community/KaZoodles) is a bi-monthly publication featuring zines, lists, books and sites on writing and publishing.

Affirmation-for-Writers (http://www.egroups.com/community/Affirmation-for-Writers) is a mailing list to boost the self-esteem of the publishing community.

Crimebooks (http://www.egroups.com/community/crimebooks) is a mailing list for the discussion of true crime and crime fiction, and related topics such as criminology, forensic science, psychology, serial crime, criminal profiling, policing, crime in TV and film, murder mystery, psychological thriller and suspense writing.

The Freelance Jobs Newsletter (http://www.topica.com/lists/allfreelancejobs) is a weekly listing service for anyone seeking freelance work in areas such as writing, graphics, Web design, programming and other work-at-home jobs.


~Legal News

Akbar Ganji, one of Iran's leading investigative journalists, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and five years of internal exile for attending a conference in Berlin that authorities believe harmed Iran's image. Ganji plans to appeal.

Mohammed Junior Ouattara, an award-winning journalist on the Ivory Coast, was arrested and accused in the involvement of a failed coup. Ouattara, who works for Agence France-Presse, was arrested by plain clothes officers and taken to jail.



Gould Beech, journalist and speechwriter, recently died of Parkinson's disease. He was 87. Beech co-founded the Southern Farmer magazine, and later worked as a political speechwriter and aide to Jim Folsom, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Alabama.

Bill Caldwell, veteran columnist for the Portland Press Herald and the Maine Sunday Telegram, recently died. Cause of death was not released. He was 81.

Jim Coleman, veteran sports writer, recently died. Cause of death was not released. He was 89. Coleman, who was one of the best known sportswriters in Canada, spent 70 years writing articles and columns for a variety of newspapers. In 1985, he was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

Gregory Corso, poet, recently died of prostate cancer. He was 70. Corso was best known for his beat poetry, particularly the 1958 poem, "Bomb." He wrote more than 20 collections of poetry and other works.

L. Sprague de Camp, science fiction author, recently died. Cause of death was not released. He was 92. de Camp was a prolific writer -- he wrote more than 120 science fiction and fantasy books and several hundred short stories. He also won the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award and the Grand Master Award for Lifetime Achievement in Fantasy.

Jack O'Brian, newspaper columnist and critic, recently died. Cause of death was not released. He was 86. O'Brian wrote about television, Broadway and soap operas. He joined The Associated Press in 1943 as a drama and movie critic and later syndicated his column.

Auberon Waugh, writer and journalist, recently died. Cause of death was not released. He was 61. Son of novelist Evelyn Waugh, Auberon made a name for himself in British tabloids. He also founded the Literary Review.


~Writers Needing Input

Linda Formichelli (linda-eric@lserv.com) and Monique Cuvelier are working on a book/booklet on how to break into writing by breaking the rules. They're looking for writers who have:

1. Successfully negotiated with an editor.

2. Written an article for a magazine they've never read.

3. Sold an article with a very short pitch (like one paragraph).

4. Used a magazine's editorial calendar to come up with query ideas (especially if you obtained the calendar in a sneaky way).

5. Come up with an article idea in a strange place (in the shower, on a bus...).

6. Come up with ideas for one magazine by reading completely unrelated magazines.

7. Become buddy-buddy with an editor by sending holiday cards, remembering her anniversary, keeping a Rolodex card of personal information on the editor, etc.

8. "Stolen" ideas from trade journals, government reports, press releases, etc., to query newsstand magazines.

9. Dumped a troublesome magazine, only to have a better one take its place.

10. Queried a magazine without getting their guidelines first.

11. Sent out simultaneous submissions, especially using a mail merge program -- and gotten an assignment from it.

12. Called a magazine to get the editor's contact information and been asked to pitch your idea right then and there.

13. Gotten an assignment with an intro letter instead of a query.

14. Written for free to gain experience and gotten a good paying assignment from the resulting clip.

15. Broken into print magazines by writing for online magazines first.

16. Written "what you don't know" instead of "writing what you know" (i.e., being a generalist instead of a specialist).

17. Found article sources by reading other articles on the assigned topic.

18. Started at the top -- landed their first assignment with a top paying market.

Candace Dean (Candacedeanchi@aol.com) has published a smattering of travel articles but can't seem to break into the magazine realm. She's looking for suggestions and possibly a mentor.


~Informed Caution

Looksmart (http://www.LookSmart.com) laid off 170 people, or about 30% of its staff.

LivePerson (http://www.LivePerson.com) laid off 60 people, or about 35% of its staff.

The Periodical Writers Association of Canada (http://www.web.net/~pwac/) is urging writers and readers to boycott Books in Canada and Amazon.com. It claims Books in Canada agreed to provide its previously published reviews to Amazon without compensating the writers or requesting additional rights to the work. Amazon has removed all Books in Canada reviews from its site until copyright issues have been handled.

NBCi (http://www.nbci.com) laid off more than 100 employees this week.

Jupiter Media Metrix Inc. (http://www.jmm.com) laid off 80 people, or about 8% of its staff.

CNN (http://www.cnn.com) laid off 400 people, or about 9% of its staff. The company plans a full reorganization, requiring employees to work in its television, radio and interactive channels.

AltaVista (http://www.altavista.com) laid off 200 people, or about 25% of its staff. Two sets of lay-offs were also made in 2000.

Drkoop.com (http://www.Drkoop.com) laid off 44 people, and plans to close its Austin, Texas office.


~Dead Publications

Entertaindom (http://www.Entertaindom.com) will shut down on Feb. 1.

Swizzle.com (http://www.Swizzle.com) has closed.

Green Magazine (http://www.greenmagazine.com) has ceased publishing Web content.

The Athens Banner-Herald will publish its final afternoon edition on April 30. After that time, it will merge with the morning newspaper, The Athens Daily News (http://www.onlineathens.com).

Offspring magazine has closed. The December/January issue was its final one.

Psycomic.com (http://www.psycomics.com) will close on Feb. 1.


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~Award Winners

The winners of the 2001 John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott Medals were Richard Peck for "A Year Down Yonder," and David Small for "So You Want to Be President?"

"Hope was Here" by Joan Bauer, "The Wanderer" by Sharon Creech, "Because of Winn-Dixie" by Kate DiCamillo and "Joey Pigza Loses Control" by Jack Gantos were awarded Newbery Honors.

"Casey at the Bat," illustrated by Christopher Bing and written by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type," illustrated by Betsy Lewin and written by Doreen Cronin and "Olivia" by Ian Falconer were awarded Caldecott Honors.

The second annual Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature for young adults was awarded to David Almond for "Kit's Wilderness."

The winners of the Printz Honors were "Many Stones" by Carolyn Coman, "The Body of Christopher Creed" by Carol Plum-Ucci, "Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging" by Louise Rennison and "Stuck in Neutral" by Terry Trueman.

The Robert F. Sibert Award for the most distinguished informational book for children was awarded to Marc Aronson for "Sir Walter Raleigh and the Quest for El Dorado."

"The Longitude Prize" by Joan Dash, illustrated by Dusan Petricic, "Blizzard!" by Jim Murphy, "My Season with Penguins: An Antarctic Journal" by Sophie Webb and "Pedro and Me" by Judd Winick were named as Sibert Honor Books.

The 2001 Coretta Scott King Author Award was given to Jacqueline Woodson for "Miracle Boys."

"Let It Shine! Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters" by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Stephen Alcorn was named as the King Author Honor Book.

The Mildred L. Batchelder Award for best translated work was given to "Samir and Yonatan" by Daniella Carmi as translated by Yael Lotan.

The Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime contribution in writing for young adults went to Robert Lipsyte.

Philip Pullman won The May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award.

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for the author or illustrator whose books have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature was given to Milton Meltzer.

The winner of the Pavement Saw Press' Transcontinental Poetry Award (http://pavementsaw.org) was "Mortal, Everlasting" by Jeffrey Levine. The Editor's Choice Award was given to Daniel Zimmerman for his collection, "Post Avant."

The SF Romance Sapphire Awards (http://www.egroups.com/community/scifi-romance) were recently given to:

Best Science Fiction Romance Novel:
* First place: Saira Ramasastry for "Heir to Govandhara"
* Second place: Catherine Asaro for "The Veiled Web"
* Third place: Marilynn Byerly for "Star-Crossed"

Best Science Fiction Romance Short Story:
* First place: MaryJanice Davidson for "Love's Prisoner"
* Second place (3-way tie): Catherine Asaro for "A Roll of the Dice," Linnea Sinclair for "Gambit" and Jane Toombs for "Ghost of Love"


~Book Signings and Author Appearances

Richard Lewis will sign copies of his book, "The Other Depression," at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 24 at Borders Books & Music, 6670 Sawmill Rd. in Columbus, Ohio. For more information, call (614) 718-9099. He will also sign books at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 at The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St. in San Francisco, Calif. For more information, e-mail (read@booksmith.com).

John Dunning will sign copies of his book, "Two O'Clock, Eastern Wartime," at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 24 at Borders in Baileys Crossroads, 5871 Crossroads Center Way on Route 7 at Columbia Pike in Baileys Crossroads, Va. For more information, e-mail Colleen Holt (cholt1@bordersstores.com). He will appear at 4 p.m. on Jan. 28 at The Black Orchid Bookshop, 303 E. 81st Street in New York City, N.Y. For more information, e-mail (BOrchid@aol.com). Dunning will also sign books at 7 p.m. on Jan. 29 at Barnes and Noble, 1972 Broadway in New York City, N.Y. For more information, call (212) 595-6859.

Susan Vreeland will sign copies of her book, "Girl in Hyacinth Blue," at 7 p.m. on Jan. 25 at Barnes and Noble, Metro Pointe, 901 B South Coast Drive, Suite 150 in Costa Mesa, Calif. For more information, call (714) 444-0226.

James Fadiman will sign copies of his book, "The Other Side of Haight," at 7 p.m. on Jan. 25 at The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St. in San Francisco, Calif. For more information, e-mail (read@booksmith.com).

Peter Maas will sign copies of his book, "Abandon Ship," at 7 p.m. on Jan. 25 at Vroman's Bookstore, 695 Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, Calif. For more information, call (626) 449-5320. Maas will sign books at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 at Barnes and Noble, 10850 West Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles, Calif. For more information, call (310) 475-4144.

Millie Criswell will sign copies of her book, "The Trouble With Mary," at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 at Barnes and Noble, Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Md. Criswell will also sign books at 2 p.m. on Jan. 27 at B. Dalton Bookseller, Annapolis Mall in Annapolis, Md. For more information, e-mail Binnie Syril Braunstein (BSBGC@aol.com).

Cara Black will sign copies of her book, "Murder in the Marais," at 12 p.m. on Jan. 27 at San Francisco Mystery Bookstore, 4175 24th St. in San Francisco, Calif. For more information, call (415) 282-7444.

Olivia Goldsmith will sign copies of her book, "Bad Boy," at 1 p.m. on Jan. 27 at Bookends, 232 E. Ridgewood Ave. in Ridgewood, N.J. For more information, call (201) 445-0726.

Roland J. Bishop will sign copies of his book, "Code Name: Fire Ant," at 1 p.m. on Jan. 27 at Barnes & Noble, 1955 W. New Haven Ave. in Melbourne, Fla. For more information, call (321) 726-9505. Bishop will also sign books at 1 p.m. on Jan. 28 at Barnes & Noble, 1900 W. International Speedway Blvd. in Daytona Beach, Fla. For more information, call (904) 238-1118.

Tracy Chevalier will sign copies of her book, "Girl With the Pearl Earring," at 2 p.m. on Jan. 27 at Borders Books & Music, 1360 Westwood Blvd. in Westwood, Calif. For more information, call (310) 475-3444.

Bruce Boxleitner will sign copies of his book, "Frontier Earth: Searcher," at 2 p.m. on Jan. 27 at Dangerous Visions, 13563 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, Calif. For more information, e-mail Arthur Cover (arthur@readsf.com).

Anita Shreve will sign copies of her book, "Fortune's Rocks," at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 at Barnes and Noble, 1149 S. Main St. in Walnut Creek, Calif. For more information, call (925) 947-0373.

Michael Connelly will sign copies of his book, "A Darkness More Than Night, at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 at Barnes and Noble, 160 S. Westlake Blvd. in Thousand Oaks, Calif. For more information, call (805) 446-2820. Connelly will also sign books at 1 p.m. on Jan. 28 at Borders Books & Music, 14651 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, Calif. For more information, call (818) 728-6593.

Former President Jimmy Carter will sign copies of his book, "Hour Before Daylight," at 6 p.m. on Jan. 29 at Borders Books & Music, 1360 Westwood Blvd. in Westwood, Calif. For more information, call (310) 475-3444.

Linda Cobb will sign copies of her book, "Talking Dirty Laundry With Queen of Clean," at 7 p.m. on Jan. 29 at Borders Book Shop, Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Ave. South in Minneapolis, Minn. For more information, call (612) 825-0336.

Former U.S. Senator Eugene McCarthy will sign copies of his book, "1968: War & Democracy," at 7 p.m. on Jan. 30 at Barnes & Noble, 105 Fifth Ave. at 18th St. in New York City, N.Y. For more information, e-mail Beth Gissinger (bethgissinger@mindspring.com).

Michael York will sign copies of his book, "A Shakespearean Actor Prepares," at 7 p.m. on Jan. 30 at Barnes and Noble, 1972 Broadway in New York City, N.Y. For more information, call (212) 595-6859.

Dave Barry will sign copies of his book, "Big Trouble," at 7 p.m. on Jan. 30 at Barnes and Noble, 591 South University Dr. in Plantation, Fla. For more information, call (954) 723-0489.

Iyana Vanzant will sign copies of his book, "Until Today," at 7 p.m. on Jan. 30 at Borders Books & Music, 2210 W. 95th St. in Chicago-Beverly, Ill. For more information, call (773) 445-5471.

Jayne Ann Krentz will sign copes of her book, "Lost & Found," at 7 p.m. on Jan. 30 at Borders Books & Music, 2101 Richmond Road in Beachwood, Ohio. For more information, call (216) 292-2660.

Susan Miller will sign copies of her book, "Planets and Possibilities: Explore the Worlds Beyond Your Sun Sign," at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 30 at Barnes and Noble, 240 East 86th St. in New York City, N.Y. For more information, call (212) 794-1962.

Dennis Lehane will sign copies of his book, "Mystic River," at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 at Barnes and Noble, 170 Boylston St. in Chestnut Hill, Mass. For more information, call (617) 965-7621.

MJ Rose (ParisPoet@aol.com) will sign copies of her book, "In Fidelity," at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 at Barnes & Noble, Cobble Hill, 106 Court St. in Brooklyn, N.Y. She will also appear at 1 p.m. on Feb. 10 at Borders in Stamford, Conn.


~Published Articles, Stories, Poems and Interviews

Jo-Ann Parks (jmparks@citytel.net) has published a review of Stargate SG-1, episode "2010," on Themestream (http://www.themestream.com/gspd_browse/browse/view_article.gsp?c_id=292498).

Douglas Clegg was recently interviewed in ShadowKeep (http://www.shadowkeepzine.com/interview/index.html).

Joseph Hayes (http://www.jrhayes.net) will publish the horror story, "Ah, Duena," in the June/July issue of Electric Wine Magazine (http://www.electricwine.com).

Suzanne Montalalou (ZanLouMont@aol.com) published the article, "Dancing Baby Down," about belly dance as childbirth preparation, in Child Birth Solutions (http://www.childbirthsolutions.com/content/worldbirth/middle_east/index.html), and the article, "First Encounters With Belly Dance," in Discover Belly Dance (http://www.discoverbellydance.com).

Jeremy C. Shipp (Foresery@aol.com) has published the short short story, "Big One at the Big Top," in the Jan. 21 issue of ShadowKeep (http://www.shadowkeepzine.com/qwik/jan0103.html).

Sharon Martini (mimitu@aol.com) has published the article, "From A to E-book: Creating a Children's Picture E-book," in the Children's Writing Resource section of Inkspot (http://www.inkspot.com/genres/child/features/ebook.html).

Beth I. Skinner (beth_skinner@yahoo.com) has published a review of Myron Magnet's book, "What Makes Charity Work?" in National Review Online (http://www.nationalreview.com/weekend/books/books-skinner010601.shtml).

W. Adam Mandelbaum (NYLAWMAN@Justice.com) has published the short story, "Port Hole," in the Jan. 21 issue of ShadowKeep (http://www.shadowkeepzine.com/fiction/jan01/03.html)


~Published Books -- Fiction

Betty Sullivan La Pierre (http://www.geocities.com/e_pub_2000) has published the mystery, "Double Trouble," in electronic format with E-Pub2000.

Amy Crawshaw has published the historical romance, "Winter Into Spring," in electronic format with Gemini Books.

Judith B. Glad will publish the historical romance, "Duchess of Ophir Creek," on March 17 in electronic format with Awe-Struck E-Books.

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

Joanne McCraw will publish the Regency romance, "The Viscount's Journey," on March 10 in electronic format with Awe-Struck E-Books.

Christie Shary has published the novel, "Blue Mosaic Vase," in electronic format with Gemini Books.

Elise DeBeraru will publish the Western romance, "The Hero's Best Friend," on Feb. 14 in electronic format with Awe-Struck E-Books.

Sharon Martini (mimitu@aol.com) has published the children's book, "Max and Me," in electronic format with SeeSpotBooks.com.

Barbara Raffin will publish the romantic suspense novel, "Wolfsong," on Feb. 2 in electronic format with Awe-Struck E-Books.

Alan McGregor has published the science fiction romance, "The Raphael Experience," in electronic format with Awe-Struck E-Books.

Ian Perry has published the erotic novel, "Fall to Temptation," in electronic format with Erotic-ebooks.com.

Robert Lynn Love has published the science fiction story collection, "The Thomas Brent Adventures," in electronic format with Gemini Books.

John M. Spafford has published the novel, "Sin in the Camp," in electronic format with Rhiannon Publications.

Penelope Marzec will publish the inspirational romance, "Sea of Hope," on April 19 in electronic format with Awe-Struck E-Books.

TL Schaefer (SchaeferTL@aol.com) has published the mystery, "The Summerland," in electronic format with Atlantic Bridge Publishing.

Wilf Nussey has published the thriller, "The Darts of Deceit," in electronic format with Gemini Books.

Dorothy Compton will publish the Regency romance, "Honorable Intentions," on April 3 in electronic format with Awe-Struck E-Books.

Mindy Wilson has published the children's book, "In a Parrot's Shoes," in electronic format with Gemini Books.

Graeme Rickard will publish the science fiction novel, "The Refuge," on April 10 in electronic format with Awe-Struck E-Books.

Maria Grazia Swan has published the mystery novel, "Love Thy Sister," in electronic format with Gemini Books.

Sean Taylor has published the short story collection, "Playing Solitaire," in electronic format with Cyber Age Adventures.

Kristi Davitt will publish the young adult novel, "Aftershocks," on March 3 in electronic format with Awe-Struck E-Books.


~Published Books -- Nonfiction

Robert L. Minteer (http://3mpub.com/minteer) has self-published the philosophy book, "The Freedom Bell Curve," in electronic format.

Karen Sweeny-Justice (ksweenyj@highland.net) has published the nonfiction book, "How to Write a Romance Novel: Where and How to Submit It," with Roberts Publishing.

David Milsted has published the reference book, "The Chronicle of the 20th Century in Quotations (1900-1929)," in electronic format with NoSpine.com.

Bonnie Calcagno has published the nonfiction book, "Finding Career Direction," in electronic format with Gemini Books.

Ted Lea (tedloralea@home.com) has published the nonfiction book, "When I Grow Up I'm Going to Be a Millionaire," in paperback with Trafford Publishing.

Isaac and Rebecca Stewart have published the nonfiction book, "Walk a Straight Path in a Crooked World," in paperback with Trafford Publishing.

Ken Swarner (http://www.kenswarner.bigstep.com) has published the humor book, "Children: The Story of a Corporate Merger," in paperback with Booklocker.

Priscilla Y. Huff has published the nonfiction book, "HerVenture.com," with Prima Lifestyles.

Sallie Christensen with Gina Mazza Hillier (inspire@icubed.com) have published the nonfiction book, "The Highest and the Best: A Gifted Healer's Vision of Third-Millennium Medicine and Humanity's Intuitive Evolution," in hardcover, paperback and electronic format with Xlibris.

Speaking online? Giving a book signing? Publishing a new article or book? Win a contest? Inscriptions would like to promote you and your achievements. Send us a press release for inclusion in the Promotions area. To receive a copy of our media kit, simply send a blank e-mail (inscriptions_3@sendfree.com).



FIRST CONTACT: Robert Silverberg, Damon Knight, James Patrick Kelly and Nancy Kress have combined their unique talents to create this bundle of alien first contact stories (http://www.fictionwise.com/servlet/mw?t=book.htm&bookid=84&id=6815).



FLASH (http://www.shagmail.com/al/affiliates.cgi?151) -- From the strange and bizarre to the funny and amusing. We've got the best, pictures, cartoons and more.



By Gary Presley (presley@dialnet.net)

Remember the pre-Web world when freelancers gathered in neighborhood cafés to weep into their mocha lattés over paltry pay rates and errant editors?

Don't you love progress? Now we can whine to one another via e-mail.

Oh, we pretend we need e-mail to exchange market tips and submission guidelines, but our daily message count would be in the single digits if we didn't go begging for a sympathetic ear to hear our latest random house of horror story.

Trouble is, editors like e-mail too.

Crueleditor DeVille now can zap you with a rejection before you've finished the pint of Cherry Garcia you bought to celebrate making the deadline.

Writing is a tough town. Just ask my friend Deb. An editor e-mailed Deb a rejection accompanied by one of the editor's own essays. "Why buy your stuff when I can write better?"

Deb was blue. Deb descended into a funk. Deb cast doubts on the editor's ancestry and threatened to cross state lines to inflict bodily harm.

"Blow it off," I e-mailed in my best supportive voice. "I can think of 10 rejections better than that. Or maybe it's worse. Whatever. You know what I mean."

"Can't neither," she e-pouted.

"Can too."

Deb and I are still arguing. We decided to let you judge.

1. "I could write better than this without using vowels."

2. "Was your monitor on when your wrote your essay?"

3. "I'm sorry. This doesn't reach our target reader. Most are literate."

4. "Rehearse this line: 'Do you want fries with that?'"

5. "Your comma count exceeds our quota."

6. "I doubt you have enough literary skills sufficient to write a check."

7. "I read this to my assistant, and he asked me if I was hallucinating."

8. "Stop your attempts to duplicate the 1,000-monkeys-with-typewriters experiment."

9. "Do you realize this piece has subtracted from the sum total of human knowledge?"

10. "Arrest imminent. Brazil possible safe haven."


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



WHAT ARE YOU READING? -- The Book Shelf section of Inscriptions (http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com/BookShelf.html) needs your input. Each week, we'll e-mail subscribers to ask what book they're currently reading. If you'd like to be e-mailed first, let us know! Drop us a line at Editor@inscriptionsmagazine.com and include "Book Shelf" in the subject heading.



DAILY INSPIRATION -- Get a writing or publishing-related quotation in your e-mail box everyday with The Written Word (http://www.topica.com/lists/TheWrittenWordEZine)! It's better than a calendar, and more helpful than a book you rarely browse. To subscribe, send a blank e-mail to TheWrittenWordEZine-subscribe@topica.com.



~Magazine Editor

Publisher of two upmarket luxury magazines seeks an experienced editor in the Houston, Texas area. To qualify for this position, you must be a highly skilled writer and copy editor with at least five years of relative experience. This position reports to the Sr. Managing Editor.

Compensation range is $25,000 to $28,000, depending on skill and experience levels. To view samples of these magazines, visit our Web sites at http://www.penworld.com and http://www.insync-watch.com. Then send resume to Glen Bowen (glen@penworld.com) or write to World Publications, Inc., 3946 Glade Valley Dr., Kingwood, Texas 77339.


~Freelance Writers

Jump: For Girls Who Dare to be Real seeks nonfiction on how-to, new product, general interest, interview/profile and personal experience. Accepts simultaneous submissions. Pays on publication. Length: 1,500 to 2,000 words. Query (letters@jumponline.com) with published clips.



Daily Mail's Web site about London (http://www.thisislondon.co.uk) requires a journalist with experience in both news and features. Must have a flair for working on the Web. Send resume to Human Resources, This Is London, 60 Charlotte St., London W1T 2NU, U.K.


~Freelance Writers

Compose educational materials within introductory physics using text and animation. Requirements include demonstrable expertise in physics, a conversational writing style and strong computer skills. Experience with Flash preferred but not required. E-mail resume and writing sample to Mark Diller (markd@forceandmotion.com).



Join a growing national magazine, already a leading authority in the birding field that features some of the best photographers and nature writers in the country. Birder's World, a beautiful birding magazine with gorgeous photography and top-quality writing seeks a top-notch editor with at least five years of editing experience, preferably with a consumer magazine.

Candidates must have demonstrated flair for quality writing, editing and developing dynamic stories, strong management skills and knowledge of birding. BA degree in journalism, English or communication is required; science background is a plus.

Our office is located in a beautiful western suburb of Milwaukee, Wis. We offer an attractive benefit package that includes 401(k)/profit sharing. Interested candidates should e-mail (hr@kalmbach.com) a resume, writing samples, a cover letter (include your e-mail address if available) detailing editorial experience and salary requirements. Equal Opportunity Employer.



Seeking true stories of Christmas, 100 to 500 words in length. Positive, inspirational, heartwarming and/or humorous in tone. We'd like to focus on the noncommercial aspects of Christmas although all will be considered. $20 paid upon publication and a byline given. Buys all rights. Please e-mail (REdwardsCreative@aol.com) submissions.


~News Producer and Associate Online Editor

Do you have a nose for the news? Are you a night owl? We are looking for an experienced HTML'er with a news background to help produce the Boston Globe Online (http://www.boston.com) on the third shift.

The News Producer will optimize Boston Globe printed content for the Web, produce and add value to breaking news stories using a variety of sources and implement quality control standards. Candidates must have extensive computer skills, the ability to learn new systems with ease and the capacity to keep cool while juggling deadlines. A ruthless attention to detail and a keen sense of innovation and creativity is required. Candidates with news publishing experience will be given high consideration, but should be warned that this is not a writing or reporting position. A flexible schedule is a must.

We are also looking for a creative individual to produce and oversee all aspects of our Arts & Entertainment coverage. One of the most visited parts of Boston.com, this section encompasses movies, dining, arts, music, general event listings and more. The right person will keep the site interactive and up-to-date and develop and maintain a strong relationship with the A&E editorial team at The Boston Globe.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to: Selection of daily events and features, creating special sections and packages, translating print features to an online environment, supervising interns and more. Candidates with past journalism experience will be given high consideration, but should be warned that this is not a writing or reporting position. Knowledge of the local Boston scene is a must. Successful candidates will have strong written and oral communication skills, at least two years of Web and HTML experience, and a proven ability to work well with others. Digital photo and/or project management experience a plus.

Send resumes to Hilary Shields (resumes@boston.com), Human Resources Generalist, and include the title of the job in the subject area.


~Asia Editor

Petroleum Argus (http://www.petroleumargus.com), the international energy information agency, is seeking an Asia Editor for its busy Singapore bureau. The successful candidate will have at least five years experience of business journalism and will spearhead our coverage of the entire Asian region.

The Asia editor is responsible for:

* Writing features and news
* Commissioning and editing articles from staff and stringers
* Liaising with our London HQ

The job offers a competitive salary and extensive travel opportunities. Knowledge of the region, experience in energy and relevant language skills are preferred, but not essential. Send resume to Euan Craik (asiaeditor@petroleumargus.com), Managing Editor or write to Petroleum Argus, 93 Shepperton Road, London N1 3DF, U.K.


~Book Collaborator

We seek a 50-50 collaborator (no upfront fee) for a book based on acclaimed documentary -- The Holland Avenue Boys: A Success Story. See our Web site (http://hometown.aol.com/hfis646942/HAB.html). E-mail (HFis646942@aol.com) resume with no attachments, or snail mail to Holland Avenue Boys Ltd., 155 W. 72nd St., Suite 404, New York City, N.Y. 10023.



We need editors to direct our growing group of magazines based in Topeka, Kansas. We publish Mother Earth News, GRIT, CAPPER'S, Farm Collector and John Deere Tradition magazines. Our titles specialize in rural lifestyles and farm collectibles.

If you're looking for a challenging position in a livable locale and unlimited potential for growth, we'd like to talk with you. For more information, e-mail Bryan Welch (bwelch@ogdenpubs.com), Publisher, Ogden Publications, Inc., or write to Ogden Publications, Inc., Attn.: Bryan Welch, Publisher, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, Kan. 66609.



International Publishers seek writers for an English-language illustrated reference series on cultures of the world. The titles are Denmark, Haiti, Pakistan, South Korea, Sri Lanka and the Ukraine. Preference will be given to writers of those nationalities, writers resident in those countries, and/or North Americans with ethnic ancestry of those cultures.

Previous experience writing for a young readership (aged 12 to 14) is helpful but not essential. Each 25,000-word manuscript must consist of original researched text and must cover in-depth the geography, history, government, economy, people, lifestyle, language, arts, leisure and food of the country, as well as relations between that country and North America.

The manuscripts are due by Sept. 1, 2001. Each title commands a one-time payment (no royalties) of about US$1,700 (or the equivalent in any currency of Singapore$3,000), and all rights rest with the publisher. If interested, please e-mail Karen Kwek (karenkwek@tpl.com.sg).


~News and Online Editor

Publisher of industrial magazines requires a news and online editor to join the Trade and Industry team. You will contribute news and features to two B2B print and online magazines.

Applicants should have experience of magazine publishing, ideally within the industrial or technical market place. Must have news writing and commissioning skills, commercial awareness and an interest in online publishing. Send resume to Becky Kay (r.kay@elsevier.co.uk), Human Resources Department, Elsevier Science Ltd.



Steady work is offered to food-trade-oriented journalists who want to work from their homes. We are looking for freelance writers who are interested in learning about produce, deli, specialty foods and international trade. These writers must contact many people in the trade and get their perspectives on merchandising, marketing, managing and procuring food items primarily sold in supermarkets.

Articles generally range from 1,000 to 3,000 words. Pay is $8/column inch plus phone expenses, and there are many, many articles to write. Send clips to Phoenix Media Network Inc., P.O. Box 810425, Boca Raton, Fla. 33481 or e-mail (KWhitacre@phoenixmedianet.com). Attachments will not be opened.


~Freelance Business Reporter

GlobeSt.com (http://www.GlobeSt.com), a Web site covering news for the commercial real estate market nationwide, is seeking a freelance reporter -- a true news hound who understands Washington, D.C.'s business markets.

We need a reporter who can file three stories daily. No Web experience is needed, just a knack for digging for news and producing tight and accurate articles. Minimal word counts. Send resume and clips to John Salustri (jsal@globest.com), National Online Editor.



The Associated Press (http://www.ap.org) is looking for a talented, aggressive and experienced reporter to cover biotechnology.

In this high-profile position based in San Francisco, Calif., the biotech reporter will develop coverage of biotechnology for a national audience. This coverage will include both commercial developments and scientific and medical advances in the field, in coordination with business and science editors in New York and Washington. Covers genomic research at Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley national laboratories as well as at university research facilities. Initiates coverage of biotechnology companies in California and elsewhere.

Send resume and clips to Anthony Marquez (amarquez@ap.org), assistant bureau chief, or write to Associated Press, 1390 Market St., #318, San Francisco, Calif. 94102.



Eurogay (http://www.eurogay.co.uk), Europe's biggest gay and lesbian Web site, requires editors and junior editors. At least one year experience is required for the editors. E-mail (jobs@eurogay.co.uk) resume to Eurogay Media Ltd.


~Financial Journalists

Financial journalists, resident in the U.K., required to contribute to a new personal investment course. For more details please e-mail (diana@bursinesstrain.co.uk) an outline of your work to date and area of expertise.


~Associate Editor

Parents Magazine (http://www.parents.com) seeks an associate editor to work with the Homestyle Editor to develop, style and produce home decorating and product-related columns and features. Candidates must have strong writing and organizational skills, experience seeking and acquiring new products and a demonstrated interest in home decorating and design.

G+J USA is a subsidiary of Bertelsmann and the publisher of nine consumer magazines. We plan to double in size over the next three years. Please e-mail resume to Miles Merwin (mmerwin@gjusa.com) in a Word for PC format.


~Contributing Writer/Editors

The American Literature area of the growing Web-based online community, Suite 101.com (http://www.suite101.com), is seeking to replace the contributing editor/writers for several existing topics. Specifically, we are looking for someone to apply for and write the following topics:

African American Literature and Poetry
African American Women's Literature
Multicultural Literature
Poetry Book Review

Descriptions of and links to these current topics can be found online (http://www.suite101.com/topic_page.cfm/4221/2236). If you are interested in applying for one of these topics, please follow the link on that page to "Become an Editor." Complete the online application using the exact topic title in your application. You will also need to submit your own list of links for the topic. You may want to visit the actual topic page to get a sense of what the topic involves, but you will be writing your own articles and maintaining your own list of links, if approved.

Requirements: Good writing skills, Web knowledge, enjoy helping others navigate the Net. All work is submitted via simple to use online forms. No HTML required.

Responsibilities: Writing articles on a weekly, bi-monthly or monthly basis, and providing Best-of-the-Web links to Web sites which relate to the topic.

Compensation: Ranges from $15 to $25 based on the frequency of publication. In addition, as a Contributing Editor, you will have your own topic page and a link to your Home page, access to Suite 101 resources (editors, technical support, etc.) and the opportunity to become a valuable member of a valuable service. Suite 101 requires all potential editors to register prior to beginning an application. Follow the membership link to join. Registration and membership are free.

Feel free to contact Irene Taylor (gitaylor@suite101.com) with questions, but please do not send a resume. All prospective contributors must complete the online application form.


~Fashion Writer

The Daily Mail's new Web site (http://www.femail.co.uk) requires an ambitious young fashion writer. Applicants should have a proven journalistic track record in local or national newspapers or magazines. Knowledge of the Internet is not essential, but knowledge of fashion definitely is. Send resume to Ted Verity, Editorial Director, Associated New Media, 60 Charlotte St., London W1T 2NU, U.K.


~TV Editor

The Hollywood Reporter (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com) seeks a senior reporter to cover the TV industry in New York. At least five years reporting experience required. Knowledge of TV industry essential. Daily experience preferred.

The Hollywood Reporter is a daily business publication covering all aspects of the media and entertainment industry, including the film, television, music and new media sectors. Based in Los Angeles, the paper has bureaus in New York, Washington D.C. and London, and a network of foreign correspondents around the world. Please send resume and clips to Howard Burns (hburns@hollywoodreporter.com). No phone calls, please.



iBoost.com (http://www.iBoost.com), a Web site focused on providing high quality information and services to online businesses, is looking for writers to cover topics relevant to eCommerce. Potential topics might include: a look at the current ad climate, how and where to setup an affiliate program, which ad software should I use?, etc. Articles should be around 1,500 words, and topics should be cleared through editor first.

Pays $50/article, on acceptance, plus a link to author's information and Web site. When we find a writer we like, he/she will be published frequently and receive great exposure. E-mail (nlindsey@iboost.com) with qualifications and topic ideas.


~Freelance Writer

We are looking for a writer to do the phrases, clever slogans and play on words our client, Gallery Furniture, will use in all TV commercials. Here are some examples of liners, or leads, our client has used in the past:

* Don't get burned. The weather's hot, but this summer, the prices are lower than ever.

* Give your wallet the weekend off! Come during our Half Price Weekend Sale.

* The Olympic games are "down under" this year and so are our prices!

Our client does many sales throughout the year, and we are looking for a writer to do liners for all of these sales. This will be a retainer project and one that will be consistent throughout the year. We would give the writer the list of sales our client will be doing, and we would need 10 to 15 liners per sale for the next commercial shoot. Our client also does several sponsorships during the year, and this retainer project would also include any :30 TV spots. We would give you all the information on the sponsorship, and you would provide a :30 script.

If interested, we need from you:

* Monthly flat rate for 10 to 15 liners per sale (approximately four to six sales per shoot, 1 shoot per month)

* Sample liners. Give it your best shot: Five liners each for "St. Patrick's Day" and "President's Day"... let us see what you can do.

This is a fairly simple and fun project. Please e-mail (kimberly@loveadv.com) with your rate and samples.



Nonprofit Web site (http://www.oneworld.net) harnessing the Internet for human rights and sustainable development requires an editor/manager to lead a small team based at the Panos Institute.

Applicants should have experience and understanding of the Internet as well as excellent managerial skills. Salary £25,619, pro rata. Requires three days a week (21 hours). Only U.K. applicants need apply. See Web site (http://www.oneworld.net/jobs) for application details.


~Senior Writer/Editor

Cincinnati Magazine, the city's award-winning general interest magazine, is seeking a senior writer/editor to join its editorial team. The writer's major responsibility is to contribute terrific feature stories, along with a range of smaller pieces. The top candidate will have a compelling writing style and strong reporting and interviewing skills.

Education: B.A. Experience: A minimum of three years reporting experience at a newspaper or other consumer publication. Investigative skills a big plus. And the extras: A healthy curiosity about a range of topics and the ability to become an expert in unfamiliar territory. The creativity and smarts to know what works for our magazine. While the job does not entail editing per se, the Senior Writer/Editor will need to be, along with all other editors, an idea machine for the entire magazine.

Cincinnati Magazine is owned by Emmis Communications, an equal-opportunity employer. Emmis also owns Atlanta Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Los Angeles Magazine and Texas Monthly. Send cover letter, resume and five writing samples to Kitty Morgan, Editor, Cincinnati Magazine, 705 Central Ave., Suite 370 Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. No electronic submissions.


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~Deadline is Feb. 5.

Writing for the Web Essay Contest -- Themestream (http://www.contests.themestream.com) is sponsoring an online writing contest with a $2,500 prize for the best essay about writing and publishing in today's online world.

The contest, entitled "Wielding Words in the Web World," gives writers the opportunity to share stories about topics such as breaking into Web writing, the pros and cons of traditional publishing and self-publishing and the future of online writing. In addition to the grand prize, Themestream will award four $500 prizes to the runners-up.

Entry deadline is Feb. 5 with the winners announced on Feb. 28. Topics and submission information can be found on Themestream's Web site.


~Deadline is Feb. 28.

Short Fiction Contest with Michael O'Donnell (http://www.writingtree.com/eWriter/contests/index.jsp) -- This contest, which will be moderated by published author and writing lecturer Michael O'Donnell, is accepting short fiction entries of 1,000 words or less. Please review all of the contest information before submitting your entry.

Entries must be fewer than 1,000 words in length and should be fiction or creative nonfiction. They should not have been previously published in a magazine or literary journal. All entrants agree to have their entries posted on WritingTree at the time the contest results are announced. The authors retain all rights to their entries. Prizes: $100 first place, $50 second place, $25 third place.


~Deadline is Feb. 28.

Gardening Humor Essay with Gordon Kirkland (http://www.writingtree.com/eWriter/contests/index.jsp) -- This contest, which will be moderated by syndicated humor columnist Gordon Kirkland, is accepting short humor entries of 800 words or less with a gardening theme.

Yes, it's time to share those funny stories about your past horticultural successes (or failures). You know, the ones that determine whether or not you're a "plant" person. Please review all of the contest information before submitting your entry. Prizes: $100 first place, $50 second place, $25 third place.


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HAIR-RAISING REQUEST: An alien spider arrives on earth to find a host to carry its eggs. It crawls into a young girl's bookbag, and into her hair, and then manipulates her into getting a beehive hairdo to provide a safe environment from which to begin its conquest of humanity. Find out what happens next in Michael A. Burstein's story, "The Spider in the Hairdo," for less than $1. (http://www.fictionwise.com/servlet/mw?t=book.htm&bookid=431&id=6815).




Romancing the Holidays Vol. II (http://www.elanpress.com/guidelines.html) -- Romance and holidays go hand-in-hand. From Jan. 15 till July 1, we're accepting manuscripts for our 2002 anthology.

Do your hero and heroine meet in the woods, looking for the Ground Hog's shadow or on a star-spangled Fourth of July night? Does a secret baby bring her parents together on Mother's Day? Thrill us with your story.

Here's your chance to be creative and have fun. Any holiday will be considered, even some of the lesser known ones. Religious, ethnic and civic holidays are all acceptable as long as the featured holiday is a prevalent element in the story. Open to all romance subgenera (mystery, futuristic, fantasy, historical contemporary, etc.), any time period and locales. Level of sensuality may be sweet to explicit, as long as any physical intimacy is appropriate to the story and in good taste.

Each submission should be 7,000 to 8,000 words in length, standard manuscript format (double-spaced, 1" margins).

Authors selected for our anthology will receive an advance of $30 and royalties on every copy sold, figured at 10% on the cover price, to be divided equally among the contributors. Authors may also purchase copies at a discount. Books will be trade-size in paperback format.

Send your submissions to Christine Jones, Publisher, Elan Press, 4918 W. Torrey Pines Cir., Glendale, Ariz. 85308. For more information, e-mail (elanpress@aol.com).



Writers Graphic Image (http://www.writersgraphicimage.com) believes writers should be compensated for their crafting efforts, so I decided to make Writers Graphic Image a "low-pay" market -- low pay because I earn no income from this Web site or its monthly e-newsletter update, WGI DOODLE. Submissions are welcome from any writer who can follow the guidelines and does not mind being paid a pittance for their works.

I ask for 30-day, non-exclusive, one-time electronic Internet rights to publish on Writers Graphic Image and in WGI DOODLE. Bylines and bios (50-word max.) will be included with each submission published. URL to a personal or business Web site can be included in your bio. Payment is upon acceptance. You can count on a two to four week response time.

Note: As each issue of WGI DOODLE is archived for 12 months in its entirety online, I request 12-month archival rights. That means no articles will be pulled from archives until the entire issue is deleted from the Writers Graphic Image site.

Any content is allowed except for XXX porno. Titillating erotica will be considered as long as it is in good taste. Now on to the submission specifics for each category:

Feature Article -- Must be writing or photography-related and targeted for the beginning writer or amateur photographer (1,000-word max.). Only one or two articles will be published each month. Published online and in newsletter. Overall payment: $10.

Note: No reprints for this category, please! If you do have a reprint that fits the "Feature Article," rewrite the article so that it appears original to my subscribers and site visitors. Too many reprints are circulated in writing and photography zines as it is.

Writer Spotlight -- Attempt to keep submissions related to a current "Pic of the Month" or "Puzzle of the Month" writing project or exercise. I will consider your own imaginative project as long as it relates to the current photograph or puzzle and is no longer than 1,000 words. Only one submission is published a month. Submissions due by the 25th of each month to be considered for the following month's publication. Send your
submission as text in the body of an e-mail. In "Subject" of e-mail, state month and photograph or puzzle title, e.g., "February - Suncows." Accepted submissions published online and in newsletter. Overall payment: $5.

Humor -- Original articles, poems, jokes, parodies, quotes, cartoons, illustrations or photographs about the writing or photography life (500-word max. for written content). Depending on length of written material, or quality of art, more than one submission may be published a month. Published on-site only, but the title, byline and URL to the "Humor" page will be in WGI DOODLE the month the submission is published. E-mail text submissions in the body of an e-mail. Send cartoons, illustrations and photographs as JPEG/JPG or GIF attachments. Payment: $5.

Writer & Photography Tips -- One tip for writing and one tip for photography is published each month (250-word max.). Published online and in newsletter. Overall payment: $3 for each tip.

E-mail submissions by pasting text in the body of an e-mail. The only attachments I will accept are JPEG/JPG or GIF. Include category in "Subject" heading. Any e-mailed submission received is considered as your permission for the rights I request in these guidelines. Send submissions to Patricia Spork (WGIDoodle-owner@listbot.com), Editor.



Granta Magazine (http://granta.nybooks.com/latest_issue.html) -- The main guideline for submitting work to Granta is simply to read the magazine thoroughly and ask yourself honestly if you feel your piece meets our criteria. We receive many submissions every day, many of which are completely unsuitable for Granta (however well written).

Here is a list of things that Granta does not publish:

* Academic essays or essays about writers.

* Book reviews.

* Straight reporting or feature articles whose primary interest is immediate, i.e., stories whose relevancy will not last the life span of the magazine. We have a three-month lead between going to press and being published. The pieces we publish should outlast that period by several years (as the issues themselves do).

* Genre fiction. That means no Romance, Crime, Science Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Historical.

* Poetry.

* Travel writing without a story. Then we went to X and a funny thing happened, then we went to Y and another funny thing happened, etc. There should be a narrative focus, a point, a reason for you to tell us the story.

Any issue of Granta Magazine will reveal stories or nonfiction that breaks one or the other of these rules to some degree. That's why it's useful to take a look at a copy and try and work out what convinced us about a particular piece.

Here is a list of practical things that will help us to deal with your submission:

* Do not send more than two stories at a time.

* Submissions should be made by post only. Faxes and e-mails are not accepted. Please don't send computer disks.

* Enclose SAE and postage: International Reply Coupons if you are outside the U.K. (U.S. stamps do not work from the U.K. Sorry to state the obvious, but no one seems to be aware of this). Please indicate (and enclose sufficient postage) if you would like your ms. returned, otherwise it will be recycled if unsuitable.

* Layout: please type in a plain, legible font on one side of the page.

* Cover letter: a brief intro is fine.

* Length: we have no length guidelines.

* Timing: we aim to respond in three months. However, we have regularly exceeded this time span, unfortunately, just so you are prepared for a potentially long wait. We do respond to every manuscript eventually.

And finally, if you remain undaunted, the address for submissions is The Editor, 2-3 Hanover Yard, Noel Road, London N1 8BE, U.K.


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."



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:

Visuals of Publishing

Ever wonder where your manuscript goes after it arrives at that New York publishing company? Jodi Reading and Johnna Wolfe did, so they decided to go on a journey to find out. Follow this photographic exhibit into the bowels of the slush pile, and learn a little history along the way.



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Two teens battle a Cherokee witch in a novel of railroad sabotage and romance in Oklahoma's "Little Dixie." Read Chapter 1 of "The Witchery Way" at http://www.wordwrangler.com/robertferrier.html.



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.

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

"Assignment: Bosnia" by Barry Friedman
Reviewed by Linda Wellman (LWPCWRITER@aol.com)
Publisher: iUniverse
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0-595-09648-4
Rating: * * * 1/2 stars

Matt O'Brien, ex-United States senator, has fought valiantly for investigation into the thousands of missing citizens and military personnel lost in the 1990s war in the Balkans. His determination garners him an appointment from the president to serve on an international commission investigating the incident.

The commission drags its feet and O'Brien takes matters into his own hands. He teams up with an old friend, radar engineer Hank Wilson, who is in Bosnia locating buried mines. Together the two begin to unravel a major conspiracy that draws them into the hands of a band of ultra nationalists who will stop at nothing to conceal their activities.

O'Brien's wife, Peg, has stood by him for 20 years, but his dedication to the Bosnia project tears at the fabric of their marriage. Despite the bitterness that boils up between them when O'Brien is listed as missing, Peg goes to Bosnia and finds herself trapped in the dangerous Bosnian killing fields.

Matt and Peg are expertly characterized. Matt has an inner spirit that will leave the reader breathless as he repeatedly faces terror, torture and defeat.

Although the book starts slow, the information in the first chapters supply a thorough background into the history of the 1990s war in the Balkans, and helps the reader to understand the complexity of the various nationalities.

Barry Friedman takes his readers on twists, slams them into blank walls, then sweeps them up and blasts off in another direction. "Assignment: Bosnia" is an exciting thriller filled with high technology, intrigue, graphic description and surprises with every turn of the page.


"Lady Jane's Nemesis" by Patricia Oliver
Reviewed by Lynne Remick (UnderCoverReader@aol.com)
Publisher: Signet Books
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0451200691
Rating: * * * stars

Lady Jane doesn't give a fiddle about being betrothed at birth to Roger Hastings -- she has just seen him dallying in the park with a married woman! Disheartened, she begs her father to let her out of the agreement. She could never marry someone she doesn't trust. Her father adamantly disagrees.

Soon, the illustrious Roger comes calling, with his sights set on marriage. Jane suspects that ulterior motives have driven him to such an end. In fact, his father is indebted over £20,000 to the local card shark and hasn't the resources to pay. Although Roger promises to make her happy, Jane advises him that there is no benefit for her in the marriage.

Jane harbors no care for what her father wants, or what Roger wants. However, since she was a child, Jane has wanted to marry Roger Hastings ... and she still does. Plus, Lady Maud Horton will do anything in her power to make sure the marriage doesn't last.

Set in Penhallow, Devon, in 1816, "Lady Jane's Nemesis," has all the sense of a Regency romance. Its heroine, however, brings a breath of fresh air to a stuffy society. While exuding class and distinction, Jane is never at a loss to say what's on her mind. I would have liked, however, for her to have a more appropriate name to depict her unique personality, and one that is not so closely associated with other fictional and historical characters, i.e., "Jane of Tarzan" and "Lady Jane Grey."

Roger, on the other hand, portrays a character with a hunger for lust, one so easily led to give up the mistress he loves to marry Jane and pay his father's debts. Here, I would have liked to see quite a bit more resistance and tension. Roger too quickly hopped the fence from dallying with a woman of ill repute to whom he wrote love letters, to sucking up to Jane to get her to accept his proposal. He had little to gain personally but honor, a trait that did appear believably important to him.

Regardless of Roger's character flaws, which create a lack of tension between the characters, and Jane's plain, common name and her sometimes "too" predictable actions, Patricia Oliver provides a wonderful plot and well-written, entertaining read. I enjoyed the style and grace -- yet humorous and candid nature -- of Oliver's writing, and look forward to sitting with one of her books again.


"A Deadly Dozen: Tales of Murder from Los Angeles" by Susan B Casmir, Aljean Harmetz and Cynthia Lawrence
Reviewed by Michelle Angelini (manxtabi@juno.com)
Publisher: Uglytown Productions
Format: Paperback
ISDN: 0-9663473-2-3
Rating: * * * * stars

Mystery, written by authors living in Los Angeles, takes on a new perspective in "A Deadly Dozen." Each author in this short story collection is knowledgeable about the field of crime, because of some aspect of their life's work, in addition to being members of the Los Angeles Chapter of Sisters in Crime (SinC/L.A.).

"A Deadly Dozen" is a collection of murder mysteries, and every story contains all the elements of a crime: a dead body or bodies, a motive, a list of suspects and a unique plot. The endings, arriving through twists and turns, surprise the reader. Remarkably, the villains aren't totally evil monsters without consciences, but ordinary people with hidden agendas.

It would be difficult for me to say which story in this book is my favorite, since all were enjoyable. Instead, I will summarize two of them.

"Wifely Duties" by Cory Newman tells of a wife's plot to kill her husband of 37 years. Lucy Hummelthorpe prepares a feast for her husband, Walter, with an additional secret ingredient. She sets the mood for his entrance after work, wearing a special dress and later, playing a tape of her favorite artist, Julio Iglesias. As Lucy expects, Walter is in his own world. He talks about work and notices little else, until the end of meal, when the next part of Lucy's plan begins.

Gayle McGary's "The Cats and Jammer" is a story of a young mystery writer with an overactive imagination and curiosity about the inner workings of a criminal investigation. When Jammer begins a new story, he uses the people in the cottage complex he owns as his characters, not realizing a crime had actually been committed. Jammer imagines numerous scenarios. When the police arrive, Jammer does his best to get involved in the investigation, since he is sure his intuitive knowledge will help the police solve the crime. Nevertheless, the police are less than enthusiastic about his help.

All the stories reveal the dark, deadly world of crime and murder, however they are light, enjoyable reading. Every plot is well developed, as are the characters and the situations. The descriptions are especially vivid. Once I began reading, "A Deadly Dozen" became a welcome break from life, and I kept reading because of each author's style.


"Prager's Pattern" by John Alvar
Reviewed by Jade Walker (MaidenFate@aol.com)
Publisher: Writers Club Press
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 189365222X
Rating: * * * stars

Aimee, a 14-year-old girl living in a small, New York town, has no idea that her life is about to be forever altered. Instead of a jaunt to the mall with her best friend, she is brutalized and almost murdered, then "rescued" by a pedophile.

Douglas Prager, a computer technician with a genius grasp of medical imagery, is a 40-year-old man who's in love with Aimee. The highlight of his weekend is to sit in his car and watch Aimee walk by so he can use this image to fuel his improper sexual fantasies. On this Saturday morning, however, he sees Aimee get accosted on the street by two strangers who clearly mean to kill her in broad daylight. In response, Douglas risks his own life to charge in and save her.

"Prager's Pattern" is a book of many stories, all entwined into a clear and readable pattern. Hired guns, rats hiding in the witness protection program, the Mafia pulling strings from prison, police officers struggling with stray bullets and an overriding theme of child molestation provide this "chase" story with a surprising amount of depth. The head-hopping is a bit difficult to follow without any clear typographical breaks, but each new point of view sorts itself out within a few sentences.

Douglas is a conflicted man, someone who is torn by his own desires for Aimee and the need to save her from the men trying to kill her. Aimee is caught in a web of death that really has nothing to do with her. She is an innocent wearing the face of a "mark," and her life is completely changed by that fact.

John Alvar uses his debut crime novel to break all the genre's boundaries. The hero is a pedophile, and yet the reader can't help but root for him. Sympathy also bursts forth for two professional killers. One is a big lug who hates killing children but does so as part of his job. The other one is hired to clean up everyone's messes, a job he handles with an admirable efficiency.

"Prager's Pattern" is a unique story, and a fresh breath of air in a genre that often feels stale with recycled plots and characters. I don't know how many publishers passed on Alvar's book, but I'm thrilled he decided to self-publish it. This story left me breathless and clamoring for more.


"Equal Terms" by Paul Candy
Reviewed by Martine G. Bates (MartinegB@aol.com)
Publisher: Internet Book Company
Format: Electronic
ISBN: 1-930739-05-2
Rating: * * stars

James "Bart" Hobart was a Formula 1 driver at the top of his form. He had a house in England, an apartment in Monaco, a yacht and a devoted family. He was rich in every sense of the word. It was looking good for him to finish the current racing season in the top three.

He could never have predicted the sudden, dramatic change his life would take when his racecar malfunctioned and sent him crashing into a wall at a high rate of speed.

Although James survived the accident, he was left paralyzed from the waist down. Finding himself unable to walk, drive, maneuver in his own home or even put his pants on without help, James had to learn virtually everything again.

The story begins with preparations for the race that would end James' career, and follows the driver and his family through the difficult period that follows. In the 10 months or so that it takes for James to adjust to his new life and his new self, the family experiences further misfortune and a shocking turns of events.

James was the son of working class parents who made good in Formula 1 racing. He married a model, had a son and went on to achieve fame and fortune beyond his wildest dreams. In spite of his incredible rise to success, he stayed grounded and remained a devoted husband, father, son and brother.

Therein lies at least part of the problem with "Equal Terms." James and his family were too perfect to be believed. Although a feeble attempt was made to show James feeling sorry for himself after the accident, it fell far short of portraying the deep despair that someone in his position would actually feel. James' wife never seemed to lose her sunny disposition, and his teenage son's only attempt at rebellion was to cringe when his mother treated him like a child.

The story is like rice pudding with all of the cinnamon and much of the sugar left out: palatable, but way too bland. The dialogue was stilted and unnatural, with far too few commas and other little goodies that make written talk resemble spoken talk.

In spite of these problems, "Equal Terms" was an easy read, one I was never tempted to abandon. The story and the characters were engaging enough to make me want to read on. It falls just short of being a really good book.


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The Preditors & Editors 2000 Readers Poll (http://www.sfwa.org/prededitors/perpoll2.htm) has Inscriptions listed in the following categories: Favorite Nonfiction article (From Sandman to Guardian Angel by Jade Walker); Favorite Nonfiction E-zine (Inscriptions); Favorite Print/Electronic Book Editor (Jade Walker) and Favorite Magazine/E-zine Editor (Jade Walker). Support us by voting in these areas. Also, feel free to nominate one of our other wonderful freelance writers. Search through the 2000 Archives to find your favorite poem, short story or nonfiction article.



Make your opinions count. The survey for this week is now on our Web site. Visit http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com/Survey.html. This week's topic: Writing Classes. As a professional writer, do you continue to take classes to hone your writing skills?


* Yes
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Comments are always welcome. All letters are subject to editing. Once you've made your vote, simply send your opinions about the survey question to Editor@inscriptionsmagazine.com with the subject heading "Survey." If you cannot respond to the survey on the Web, you can also send it in e-mail and your vote will be added.


LAST WEEK'S SURVEY: Online Chats. Would you be interested in attending Inscriptions-sponsored online chats with authors and editors?


Yes -- 61%
Maybe -- 26%
No -- 12%

Total: 119 votes.



"Yes, I would attend. That would be an incredibly useful addition to your Web site as well." --jan@independentsongwriter.com

"Yes, if you had known or literary authors." --jscheeres@hotmail.com

"Sounds great, for two reasons. First, I am an e-book author and would love to talk to other authors and publishers; and, second, I am currently writing the second of three books for freelance writers and perhaps could find people to interview." --Bobbi Linkemer (bobolink@inlink.com)

"I would definitely be interested in online chats with authors, editors, etc." --glsbrag@brazosnet.com

"I would love to attend author/editor/writer's chats at Inscriptions Magazine. Well, as long as they don't conflict with the two writer's chats I already host on Wednesdays!" --JudyB (jbwrites@msn.com)



"Maybe, because I rarely do chats. Not enough time." --Joy (Pagadan@aol.com)



"No, I would not be interested in an online chat. I have touched them a few times now and find them to be much too rabid. Thanks anyway." --D. Schuller (moonwind@telusplanet.net)

"Afraid not. I do not do chats." --Hope Clark (HopeClark1@aol.com)

"Online chats are not an option for me because time on the Internet can be quite costly here in terms of telephone charges. I also find chat boxes too bitty when more than two or three take part." --Jessop Sutton (sutton@kingsley.co.za)




You've heard of the Oscars, the Emmys, the Pulitzers and the Webbys. Well now we're sponsoring the 2000 Inscriptions Engraver Awards (http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com/Engravers.html). All of the nominations have been received, and we're currently tallying them into ballots. Voting will begin Feb. 1. Only subscribers of Inscriptions may vote.

Winners in each category will receive:

* An Inscriptions Engraver Winner coffee mug
* A personalized Inscriptions Engraver award certificate
* An Inscriptions Engraver award badge for Web sites
* Four weeks of free advertising in Inscriptions

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