Vol. 4 Issue 9
February 26, 2001
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
~Quote of the Week
~Article -- Inherited Story-Telling: An Interview With Dennis McGowan by Bev Walton-Porter
~Article -- Finding Paying Markets Online by Kyle Looby
~Inscriptions Dialogue Contest
~Inscriptions Conspiracy Contest
~Publishing News and Notes
~Humor --Demand Letter by Kerann Christopherson
~Link of the Week
~Book Shelf -- "From the Corner of His Eye" by Dean Koontz, "The Brethren" by John Grisham and "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" by Dave Eggers
~Book Reviews -- "Passional" by Roland James, "Jonno's Not Right" by Ryan Davidson, "Echo's Voice" by Sarah Mankowski, "Famous Cases Revisited: From Sacco-Vanzetti to O. J. Simpson" by Dr. Henry Lee & Dr. Jerry Labriola and "Gravity's Force" by Ebony McKenna
The 2000 Inscriptions Engraver Awards (http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com/Engravers.html) were announced last Monday, and two "audience" members won free books just for attending the cyber-award ceremony. The complete list of winners can be found on our Web site.
Comments from the winners:
"Thanks, everyone. I was shocked -- never expected to win (for favorite online columnist) so didn't attend. Now I wish I had. This honor is very ironic and sad, given that Inkspot is now defunct and I won't be doing my column anymore. However, on an optimistic note, I've sold the compilation of my Inkspot columns (with a couple bonus ones) to Hard Shell and the book will be out in a couple months." --Karen Wiesner (http://www.inkspot.com/karen/), FAVORITE ONLINE COLUMNIST
"Wow, I'm stunned. And deeply honored, since I know the choice was made by the online writing community and honored also because of the high caliber of the writing Web sites who were also nominated. This means a great deal to me. Thank you so much for your support of Inkspot all these years." --Debbie Ridpath Ohi, founder of Inkspot (http://www.inkspot.com), FAVORITE WRITING-RELATED WEB SITE
"I was (gulp) voted Favorite Online Editor by The 'Academy' of 5,000 Inscriptions subscribers! Wow! I don't know what to say...but wowzers!!! I can't believe I won!!! Gosh, I've never won anything before so I don't know what to say but I'd love to thank the 'Academy' and everyone who voted for me. I woke up this morning to dozens of congratulatory e-mails and I was writing to everyone saying, 'What? What did I win?!? Tell me quick! The suspense is killing me!!!' When I found out, I was thrilled!! Okay, they're making me leave the stage now. I've talked too much..." --Angela Adair-Hoy, editor of WritersWeekly.com (http://www.WritersWeekly.com), FAVORITE ONLINE EDITOR
"I am thrilled to have been selected Favorite E-Author. I have never won anything in my life so this means more to me than you will ever know. It means a lot coming from Inscriptions, too, believe me! I love the e-zine and all the hard work you put into the Web site. Thank you again for sponsoring the award. I really appreciate the voters believing in my work and you giving me the opportunity to reach them." --Charlee Compo (http://www.geocities.com/windlegends/), FAVORITE E-BOOK AUTHOR
"Thank so you much! I'm honored to be a dual winner and have the award badge on the Web site! " --Jamie Engle (http://www.mystic-ink.com/ebookconnections/home.html), eBook Connections (http://www.ebookconnections.com/), FAVORITE ONLINE WRITER AND FAVORITE E-ZINE OR NEWSLETTER
Comments from readers:
"It's so nice that Inkspot got Favorite Writer's Web site, especially in light of the recent debacle with Xlibris. I hope that it will allow Debbie [Ohi] to move forward with some warmth in her heart! I wish her all the best!" --Jennifer Moore (Bittercat@netzero.net)
"Congrats to all the winners and those nominated!!!" --Dorice Nelson (email@example.com)
Circle March 28th on your calendar. That's the day the U.S. Supreme Court intends to deal with the landmark case, Tasini vs. The New York Times. The outcome of this verdict will help all freelancers determine their worth in the online realm, particularly with regards to payments and electronic rights. To read more about this case, visit the National Writers Union Web site (http://www.nwu.org/tvt/sc.htm).
Disclaimer: I work as the overnight producer of The New York Times Web site and separately as a freelance writer. Thus, I'm forced to keep my opinions about this case to myself.
Last week's survey (http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com/Survey.html) really got people fired up. Although I completely disagree with the majority of respondents, I definitely think the commentary is worth reading. These are the communicators of the present and future, folks, and they're easily offended.
Forward our e-zine to other writers interested in making money from their work. Or encourage your writing and editing pals to enter our monthly contest and subscribe.
Have a great week!
Jade Walker, Editor
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"I always tell people that I became a writer not because I went to school but because my mother took me to the library. I wanted to become a writer so I could see my name in the card catalog." --Sandra Cisneros
Read "American Character," the story of Charles Lummis, a flamboyant photojournalist, Indian rights activist and scandal-tainted presidential advisor on the 19th Century Southwestern frontier. Publisher's Weekly hailed it as a "compulsively engaging and spirited biography of a man as colorful as he was influential." Visit (http://www.CharlesLummis.com) or order it (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/1559705507/inseasonA/).
eBook Connections is your connection for everything eBook-related. Featuring the eBook Best Seller List, the RunningRiver Reader eZine, the award-winning ePub Market Update and educational booklets about eBooks and ePublishing. We focus on quality. Visit our Web site at http://www.ebookconnections.com and our sister site, ePublishing Connections, http://www.epublishingconnections.com.
ARTICLE -- Inherited Story-Telling: An Interview
With Dennis McGowan
By Bev Walton-Porter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
From the tender age of five when his mother encouraged him to write about his day, through his many years in law enforcement as a patrolman and detective, the drive to write stayed firmly within Dennis McGowan.
"My books sound real. They are, now and then, subtle. This is not by design, but hand-me-down inheritance," McGowan said.
Now he has unleashed this inherited story-telling ability into a series of three books, the first of which is "False Stature," released in Dec. 2000 by iUniverse (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0595146244/inscriptions).
Inscriptions: How and why did you begin writing?
Dennis McGowan: Experiences motivate and my firsts were as a young boy, probably at about five years old. In the late afternoon, our mother would hand my older brother and I paper and pencil to write about our day's adventures. When Dad came home, we gave her the filled pages. After the evening meal, she would read our scribblings aloud. Editing and improvising as she read each tale to its conclusion, Mom would pronounce to all around the kitchen table my brother and I had done so well, both of us deserved gold stars! Gold stars all the time.
After I was on "The Job," two professors I had in college told me to quit the police department and embark on a writing career. Later as an elected officer for the Rockland County PBA, I wrote position and white papers on law enforcement for the NYS legislature that were well received.
When I taught a criminal investigation's course on deviant behavior at Rockland Community College, I would ask my students to write about their "most enduring experience" as an exercise to ease the first day tension. Classes consisted of students from pre-police academy recruits to inspectors and chiefs from various departments. Each individual was able to share a common denominator through their writing and we all learned.
Inscriptions: Who are your favorite authors and genres?
McGowan: My contemporaries, Edward Dee ("Nightbird") and Dan Mahoney ("Detective First Grade") are among James Joyce, Norman Mailer, Colum McCann, Lewis Burke Frumkes ("The Logophile"s Orgy"), John Updike, Marilyn Meredith and John H. Briant. [Dee and Mahoney are] two authors I've become acquainted with through the Internet. My readings are eclectic. I read to learn how others view their characters and their worlds -- imagined or real.
As a pre-teen, "Seven Story Mountain" by Thomas Merton; on the train home in my second year of high school, "A Stone for Danny Fisher," and five years after I became a police officer, "Law and Order" by Dorothy Urnick. These were the books and authors who impressed me.
Good writing is good writing, whether it be a police procedural or science fiction/fantasy. Does Mickey Spillane write like Raymond Chandler? Thomas Merton like Tom Wolfe? I reject the pigeon-hole concept of genre, though "False Stature" is listed on one Web site in three different genres (i.e., espionage, suspense and thriller) under the generalized fiction umbrella.
Inscriptions: How did the idea for "False Stature" come about?
McGowan: Being a police officer and pretty active, each time an incident took place I'd be asked to relate what happened. As the son of a prolific storyteller, my father, I became pretty good at it. Good enough for a few to say, "You've got to write a book. At least, write some of this stuff down."
Other comments and thoughts followed, but the reactions of my peers gave me the impetus to begin writing.
Inscriptions: How long did it take for you to research and write "False Stature"?
McGowan: Research was built in. After spending a number of years on the police department as a patrolman and as a detective, each incident was a story to be told or written.
As I got into "False Stature," I realized it could not be contained in one book and developed my fiction into a series of three novels: "False Stature," "Echoes of Ignorance" and "Yesterday's News," which, combining re-write, took 30 months each to complete.
The process begins behind a computer keyboard at about 6:30 a.m. Most mornings the yellow legal pad sits to the side, waiting to hold random ideas unrelated to the task at hand. Some can be incorporated into the day's work. Others are used later or in another chapter or book.
For instance, on an urban sidewalk, a young teenager is swinging down a lamppost. Is he a lookout for a rip-off going on down the street? Or is he waiting for his girlfriend? When I was rewriting the second book, "Echoes of Ignorance," I brought this young man into existence.
The author can write about anything, but s/he must bring the reader into the action with the characters. The reader, too, has something to say.
Inscriptions: How has the Internet helped or hindered your writing?
McGowan: The Internet has been a conduit to other writers with whom I correspond through e-mail. As a member of the Mystery Writers Association, National Writers Union, Police Writers Association and Retired Police Association of the State of New York, many venues and links have enhanced my writing. I subscribe to various sites, such as Inscriptions Magazine, which bring relevant information to my craft. You can research and market the world through the Internet.
Inscriptions: What are your writing goals for the year ahead?
McGowan: To have my other books published, finish a memoir and continue to write about situations within the human condition.
Inscriptions: Do you have any other books in progress right now?
McGowan: "The Box," a memoir, refers to the button accordion on which I've played Irish traditional music since childhood. "The Box" has become an integral part of my life during good times and bad, telling the story behind the man.
Inscriptions: What's your opinion of e-publishing?
McGowan: It has become very difficult for the unknown writer to obtain an agent. They are as scarce to him or her as "the streets of New York paved with gold" my parents heard of before they immigrated to America from Ireland.
Any venue that moves the many great new writers out of obscurity, past the "star-struck" larger publishing houses, is progress for the industry. The e-publisher has become, and will continue to provide, a different type of "agent" for the traditional publisher.
Many traditional publishing houses are cracking their doors open to the successes of e-publishing and joining the wave of progress. The industry will grow and learn to use the many advantages of the Internet, not only to its economic advantage in the marketing arena, but for the aesthetic breath of fresh air.
The writer today works in exciting times.
Inscriptions: What is one bit of expert advice you would pass along to writers who are just getting started?
McGowan: If you look at writing like music, it is a craft. Being a craft, there are certain do's and don'ts. Learn as much as you can, use it, then re-use your teachings until you master them. Never be stingy with your knowledge.
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ARTICLE -- Finding Paying Markets Online
By Kyle Looby (KAL_1@msn.com)
Whether you're an experienced writer looking to branch out, or a novice just starting your freelance writing business, hop on the Internet and join the thousands who are already making a living at Web writing.
In order to make money online, you have to know where to find the jobs and markets. Online markets are a bit harder to find than their print counterparts whose guidelines are listed everywhere, but with a little research, you can find the perfect spot for your work.
DISADVANTAGES TO WRITING ONLINE
As with anything, there are disadvantages to writing for online publications. They generally don't pay as well as print markets. According to the National Writers Union's National Survey of Freelance and Contract Writer's Rates (Summer 1999), online publications pay, on the average, $.50/word, compared to $1.50/word for print magazines.
Plus the majority of Web site publications pay much less than that. If you want to reach the upper range of payment online, you have to submit to the bigger online publications.
Another disadvantage of writing online is that you don't really have clips to send out if you submit an article or query via snail mail. So many print publications want to see what you've already published, especially if they haven't previously worked with you. You can include your published online articles as samples, telling editors where they have been published, but it just doesn't have quite the same pizzazz as paper clips.
ADVANTAGES TO WRITING ONLINE
So why in the world would you want to write online? Well, for one thing, it's immediate gratification. Most online publications have a lead-time of one to two months, compared to six months or more for print.
You also have the opposite situation when sending out e-mail queries or submissions: If you only have print clips, you can't really send them via e-mail. But if you have been published online, you can just type in the URL and the editor has immediate access to your work.
Readers also have more access to your writing. Web sites, e-zines and newsletters often archive articles, so your work -- and your name -- is easily accessible to people. Sure, print pubs have back issues, but to read them, most people have to schlep on down to the library. Online, all they have to do is click a button.
Ready to find an online market? Then visit some popular job boards. These boards can be found primarily on Web sites for writers, and they list both print and online markets. All you do have to sift through them and weed out the print pubs. Check these writing job boards for online markets:
American Journalism Review Job Link
Copyeditor Job Board
World Wide Freelance
Writers' Job Market
The Write Markets Reports
iUniverse Job Board
As with job boards, many writing Web sites have classified ad listings. With some, you have the option to search for jobs either by keyword or by indicating your choice of freelance or full-time, telecommute or on-site. Just list your choices and the search engine will bring up the jobs that match your specifications. Check out the classified ads at these sites:
Editor and Publisher Classifieds
If you love to bid, then consider a job auction. At these sites you can search for your dream job, then suggest how much you're willing to make. If you win, you get the job. In fact, I got my very first writing job this way, and it turned into a long-term assignment. Check out these job auctions:
NEWSLETTERS, E-MAIL LISTS AND DISCUSSION GROUPS
Most Web writers subscribe to e-mail lists, newsletters and discussion groups geared towards their particular interests. Besides providing a great opportunity to network with other writers, these online communities also offer information about new jobs and markets.
Most e-zines and writers sites have newsletters, and you can access them by visiting a mailing list host site:
Think about your hobbies and passions. What interests you? There are probably dozens of e-zines, newsletters and Web sites out there dedicated to your interests. Surf the Web for your favorite sites, and chances are you'll see that they accept submissions.
These sites and newsletters will likely have guidelines listed, too. Subscribe, post and pretty soon, you'll be ready to contribute an article or two. You can find lists of e-zines at:
Writing is like painting a room. You spend all kinds of time doing the prep work -- you get your gear together, lay down drop cloths, wash the walls and prime them. Only after all that work is done can you start painting. Writing is like that, too. You probably spend more time researching your article and finding the right markets than actually writing.
To make your market search a little easier, pick up a copy of the 2001 Writer's Market. This book and accompanying CD-ROM provides 4,000+ market listings in a searchable, sortable, customizable disk. Instantly locate leads with a powerful search engine, use the submission tracker to organize your queries and proposals or create your own specialized lists of markets. Wanna save some cash? Simply subscribe to the Writer's Market Web site (http://www.writersmarket.com).
The Inscriptions Birthday Club (http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com/Birthday.html) -- Newspapers and calendars often tout the birthdays of famous politicians and movie stars. So Inscriptions created a birthday listing for writers. If you're interested in being listed, send an e-mail (Birthday@inscriptionsmagazine.com) with your full name and date of birth in month/day/year format in the body of the message.
WANT MORE? -- Then visit the Inscriptions Web site (http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com). There you'll find the tip of the week, our electronic book club, free downloads for writers, surveys, archives of past issues and more!
INSCRIPTIONS DIALOGUE CONTEST
Great dialogue can move a plot line forward, define the habits and feelings of characters and increase the pace of a story. Some authors really have a knack for dialogue and we'd like to showcase the best examples.
To enter, send us a bit of dialogue, no more than 1,000 words. The dialogue must be between two people, who are identified only once. Then, keep the scene going simply by using their commentary, rather than continuous attribution (he said, she said). The topic of the conversation is completely open. The entry with the best banter wins.
There is no fee to enter the Dialogue Contest (http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com/Dialogue.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 "Dialogue Contest." At the top of your e-mail, title the dialogue exchange, then paste your entry below it. At the end, include your real name, pen name (if applicable), mailing address and e-mail address. Enter as often as you like.
Entries that do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified. Each entry will be acknowledged, once received by the Inscriptions staff.
1st place -- $50 gift certificate from Amazon.Com (or cash equivalent) and publication in Inscriptions.
2nd place -- $20 gift certificate from Amazon.Com (or cash equivalent) and publication in Inscriptions.
3rd place -- $10 gift certificate from Amazon.Com (or cash equivalent) and publication in Inscriptions.
We only ask for one-time electronic rights to the winning entries. Deadline for all entries is March 23, 2001. Winners will be announced in the April 12th issue of Inscriptions.
INSCRIPTIONS CONSPIRACY CONTEST
The Inscriptions Conspiracy Contest (http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com/Conspiracy.html) has ended. Winners will be announced in the March 12th issue of Inscriptions.
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 TheWrittenWordEZinefirstname.lastname@example.org.
MURDER AND MARRIAGE: A lecherous freight-bum can't believe his luck when his boxcar is invaded by young couple eloping to Philadelphia. Read Harlan Ellison short story, "Riding the Dark Train Out" (http://www.fictionwise.com/servlet/mw?t=book.htm&bookid=465&id=6815).
PUBLISHING NEWS and NOTES
~All New (Web sites/Designs/Content/Zines/Publications)
Freelancehelp.com (http://www.freelancehelp.com), a Web site where freelancers in creative services can find work, debuted.
Write_Time_Write_Place_News (http://www.writetimewriteplace.homestead.com), the newsletter for discerning readers and writers, will launch March 1.
Small Town Press (http://www.smalltownpress.net), a Web site for community journalists, revamped its look and expanded its content.
BuzzWhack.com (http://www.BuzzWhack.com), a Web site dedicated to demystifying buzzwords, premiered.
ePodunk (http://www.ePodunk.com), a Web site that provides information about more than 20,000 U.S. communities, debuted.
Talent Cue (http://www.talentcue.com), an online directory for U.K. freelancers in the communications industry, launched.
Savoy, a general interest magazine for African-Americans, premiered.
The Associated Press (http://www.ap.org), debuted two new multimedia wire feeds. AP Entertainment Online will feature news, photos and content from Fashion Wire Daily. AP Online en Español will provide breaking news and features in Spanish.
The Write Friend (http://www.writefriend.com), a proofreading, editing and personal tutoring service, launched.
Angel Advisor (http://www.angelsociety.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=displayPageContent&SITECONTENTID=2), a bimonthly magazine dedicated to serving the early stage investing market, premiered.
AsiaOne-AutoSpeed (http://autospeed.asiaone.com.sg), an online motoring magazine, launched.
~Publishing Industry Changes
Maryann Miller (http://members.aol.com/mcm0704/index.html) is the new senior editor of Clocktower Books (http://www.clocktowerbooks.com).
Americana Publishing, Inc. (http://www.americanabooks.com) purchased the assets of Trine Publications, Inc. for 10,000 shares of common stock.
James Gorman is the new columnist for "The Outsider" column in The New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com).
Jane Von Mehren is the new editor-in-chief of Penguin Books (http://www.penguinputnam.com).
Joseph Bruno (Joebruno9991@home.com), former vice president of the Boxing Writers Association, is the new editor for Professional Boxing on Suite101.com (http://www.suite101.com/welcome.cfm/professional_boxing).
Miranda Fuller (email@example.com) is the new articles editor of the Fiction Fix newsletter (http://www.topica.com/lists/FictionFix).
E-ZineZ (http://www.e-zinez.com) will merge with Ezine-Tips on March 2.
Peter Bruce, former editor of Financial Mail, has been named the new editor of Business Day (http://www.bday.co.za).
Sue Robinson, former editor of Radio Times, is the new editor of Sainsbury's Magazine (http://www.sainsburys.co.uk).
~Publishing-Related Mailing Lists/E-zines
HorrorLit (http://www.yahoogroups.com/group/HorrorLit) is a mailing list that covers everything horror, from Edgar Allen Poe to Stephen King. Other authors that are frequently discussed include Clive Barker, Robert McCammon, Dean Koontz, John Saul, Anne Rice and Michael Slade.
ReviewTalk (http://www.yahoogroups.com/group/reviewtalk) -- Do you review books, music, movies, Web sites, programs, games, anything? Then join this discussion forum for reviewers.
Freelancers Journal (http://www.topica.com/lists/itezine) is an e-zine offering valuable tips for finding new projects, updating your skills and setting your rates.
Heinlein (http://www.yahoogroups.com/group/Heinlein) is a mailing list to discuss Robert A. Heinlein's many science fiction novels and stories.
WritersZines (http://www.yahoogroups.com/group/WritersZines) -- Do you have a zine or a print newsletter you want to publicize? Are you looking for specific publications but you're tired of searching the Net? If so, join WritersZines and post or find the list of your choice.
CopyWriting (http://www.CopyWritingCenter.com) is a newsletter offering the methods professional Internet copywriters use when writing persuasive ads, sales letters, e-mails and e-zines.
John Wells and Warner Brothers (http://www.warnerbros.com) have purchased the film rights to Stephen L. Carter's debut novel, "The Emperor of Ocean Park," for a seven figure deal.
Dimension Films (http://www.dimensionfilms.com) has contracted Harlan Ellison (http://www.harlanellison.com/home.htm) to adapt his teleplay, "Demon With a Glass Hand," into a screenplay.
Karl Beidler, a teen who was suspended from Timberline High School in Washington for mocking his assistant principal on a Web site, has won $10,000 in court because the school violated his right to free speech. The North Thurston School District will also pay the ACLU $52,000 in attorney fees.
Christine Beck, local news editor of the Ashbury Park Press in New Jersey, died. Cause of death was not released. She was 42.
Roger Caras, author, died. Cause of death was not released. He was 72. Caras wrote more than 60 books about animals, including "A Perfect Harmony: The Intertwining Lives of Animals and Humans Throughout History" and "The Bond." He was also the president emeritus of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Frank Gilbreth, author and columnist for The Post and Courier in South Carolina, died. Cause of death was not released. He was 89. Gilbreth spent over 50 years writing the "Doing the Charleston" column under the pen name Ashley Cooper. He also wrote the books, "Cheaper by the Dozen" and "Belles on Their Toes," both of which were made into movies.
Phyllis Levy, book editor for Good Housekeeping, died. Cause of death was not released. She was 69. Levy previously worked at Simon & Schuster, where she helped discover Ken Kesey, author of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
Ann Przelomski, former city and managing editor of The Vindicator in Ohio, died. Cause of death was not released. She was 82. Przelomski spent 46 years working as a journalist and editor in newspapers, and was inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame in 1986.
EVERETT, PENN.: The workshop, "Nonfiction Writing," will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28 at the Everett Free Library, 137 E. Main St. in Everett, Penn. Cost is free. For more information, e-mail Diana Megdad (firstname.lastname@example.org).
SAN DIEGO, CALIF.: The San Diego Chapter of Sisters in Crime present "identity theft" experts Linda and Jay Foley to talk about the fastest growing crime in the U.S. The workshop will be held at 7 p.m. on March 1 at the Beers Community Center, Uptown District, Hillcrest in San Diego, Calif. Cost is free for members and $3 for non-members. For more information, call (858) 481-6411 or e-mail (email@example.com).
LAS VEGAS, NEV.: The Publishing Profit Boot Camp (http://www.selfpublishingsuccess.com/bootcamp), a three-day seminar designed to teach authors and information marketers comprehensive strategies to create ancillary products to generate cash flow, and other tactics for overall publishing success, will be held March 2-4 at the Alexis Park Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. Speakers include Fred Gleeck, Jan Nathan, Phil Craig, Kimberly Judd, Tami DePalma, Yanik Silver, Raleigh Pinsky, Alex Carroll, Ted Ciuba, Jerry Jenkins and Wade Thomas. Cost is $697. To register, call (800) 345-3325.
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.: The "Breaking Into Freelance Writing" workshop will be held at 9 a.m. on March 3 at The Business Informant, 2812 W. Colorado Ave. in Colorado Springs, Colo. Featured speaker will be author Wendy Burt. Cost is $30. For more information, e-mail (WendyBurt@aol.com).
LAKE HELEN, FLA.: The Florida Authors Book Fair and Fundraiser will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 3 at Lake Helen Public Library, 221 N. Euclid Ave. in Lake Helen, Fla. The travel writer team of Gordon & Janet Groene will attend. Cost is free. For more information, e-mail Pamela Pape (firstname.lastname@example.org).
MANALAPAN, N.J.: The Sisters in Crime-Central Jersey chapter will meet at 10 a.m. on March 3 at the Monmouth County Library, Manalapan Branch, 125 Symmes Drive in Manalapan, N.J. Guest speaker will be Dr. Paul Kovalski, a forensic dentist who will detail the mechanics of forensic dentistry and how it is used in solving crimes. A writing session on the differences between writing mystery and suspense will also be held. Guests welcome. For more information, call (732) 238-2793.
DENVER, COLO.: The Rocky Mountain Book Festival will be held March 3-4 at the Denver Merchandise Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave. in Denver, Colo. More than 200 authors are expected to attend. Cost is $4. For more information, call the Colorado Center for the Book at (303) 839-8320.
LOS ANGELES, CALIF.: The Organization of Black Screenwriters (http://www.obswriter.com) will meet at 1:30 p.m. on March 3 at the Golden State Mutual Life Building, 1999 W. Adams in Los Angeles, Calif. Screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard ("Remember the Titans") will be the guest speaker. Cost is free for members, $15 for non-members. For more information, e-mail (OBS@obswriter.com).
PASADENA, CALIF.: The Los Angeles Chapter of Sisters in Crime (http://www.sistersincrimela.com/meet.htm) will meet at 2 p.m. on March 4 at the South Pasadena Public Library, 1115 El Centro in Pasadena, Calif. Guest speaker will be Emmy-awarding winning writer Michael Perry ("NYPD Blue," "The Practice" and "Law & Order").
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.: "Tough Love II: An Evening of Abrasive Prose Guaranteed to Sandpaper the Smile Off Your Lover's Face" will be held at 8 p.m. on March 4 at Café du Nord, 2170 Market St. in San Francisco, Calif. Guest speakers will be Lydia Lunch, Jerry Stahl, Cara Bruce, Thomas S. Roche and Tarin Towers. Cost is $8. For more information, contact Cara Bruce at (415) 819-6907.
~Writers Needing Input
Renee Goldsby (email@example.com) recently started her own greeting card business. Her market is "Sympathy" cards. She is interested in finding colleges, books, software and workshops teaching greeting card writing. Classes in Detroit, Mich. are of particular interest.
Linda Sherwood (firstname.lastname@example.org) is seeking input from anyone who has participated or has information about contests where the writer of the winning essay can win a house or real estate item including historical homes, inns or bed and breakfast type businesses.
Francesca Flynn (email@example.com) is researching
traditional Tibetan medicine used in combination with other medical
systems: Ayurvedic, Chinese and Western/allopathic. Flynn seeks
leads on organizations or practitioners using both Tibetan and
other medicine. This information will help in funding a clinic
for exiled Tibetan monks and nuns in India.
Carole Bell (firstname.lastname@example.org) is looking for information on how to locate a consulting firm or firms that will be able to consult on the value of publishing rights, and the value of licensing a trademarked name with those rights.
Corinna Richards (email@example.com) is seeking new brides or brides who have had or are planning a themed wedding, for an online interview.
BlueNile.com (http://www.BlueNile.com) laid off 20 workers, or about 20% of its staff.
MyPlay.com (http://www.MyPlay.com) laid off 22 employees, or about 41% of its staff.
Tomorrow Times, Taiwan's first online newspaper, has shut down.
Soapbox.com (http://www.Soapbox.com) has closed.
FreeShop.com (http://www.FreeShop.com) has shut down.
Desteo.com (http://www.Desteo.com) has closed.
CatalogSite.com (http://www.CatalogSite.com) will no longer be published.
Driveway.com (http://www.Driveway.com) will be discontinued on March 5.
Autovia (http://www.autovia.com) has ceased operations.
InsideTheWeb.com (http://www.InsideTheWeb.com) plans to shut down on March 5.
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The winners of the 2000 Pearl Awards for Excellence in Paranormal Romance (http://paranormalromance.writerspace.com) are:
BEST ANTHOLOGY OF PARANORMAL ROMANCE: "Mistletoe and Magic" with stories by Lisa Cach, Stobie Piel, Lynsay Sands and Amy Elizabeth Saunders
BEST FANTASY OR MAGICAL ROMANCE: "A Kiss of Shadows" by Laurell K. Hamilton
BEST FUTURISTIC ROMANCE: "The Star King" by Susan Grant
BEST NEW AUTHOR OF PARANORMAL ROMANCE: Susan Grant
BEST OVERALL PARANORMAL ROMANCE: "Dark Magic" by Christine Feehan
BEST SCIENCE FICTION: "The Star King" by Susan Grant
BEST SHAPE-SHIFTER: "Dark Prince" by Christine Feehan
BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE NOVELLA OR SHORT STORY: "A Candidate for the Kiss" by Angela Knight in the "Secrets: Volume 6"
BEST TIME TRAVEL ROMANCE: "The Highlanders Touch" by Karen Marie Moning
The 2001 Bollingen Prize for Poetry and a $50,000 award was given to Louise Gluck for her 1999 book, "Vita Nova." Gluck won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for her collection, "The Wild Iris."
The winners of the 2000 British Book Awards are:
AUTHOR OF THE YEAR: Nigella Lawson, "How
to Be a Domestic Goddess"
BEST NEWCOMER: Zadie Smith, "White Teeth"
BEST CHILDREN'S BOOK: "His Dark Materials III: The Amber Spyglass" by Philip Pullman
BOOK OF THE YEAR: "Man and Boy" by Tony Parsons
~Book Signings and Author Appearances
Aliza Sherman will discuss her book, "Cybergrrl @ Work: Tips & Inspiration for the Professional You," at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 28 at Borders Books & Music, 5 World Trade Center, in New York City, N.Y. For more information, call (212) 839-8049.
Lorenzo Carcaterra will sign copies of his book, "Gangster," at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28 at Bibelot in Baltimore, Md.
Malachy McCourt will sign copies of his book,
"Singing My Him Song," at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 28 at Barnes
and Noble, 2289 Broadway in New York City, N.Y. For more information,
call (212) 362-8835.
Ray Bradbury will appear for a discussion at 6:30 p.m. on March 1 at The Learning Annex in San Diego, Calif. Cost is $49. For more information, call (619) 544-9700.
Jan Burke will sign copies of her book, "Flight," at 7 p.m. on March 1 at Barnes and Noble, 6326 East Pacific Coast Hwy. in Long Beach, Calif. For more information, call (562) 431-2253. Burke will also appear at 5 p.m. on March 5 at Clues Unlimited Mystery Bookstore, 123 S. Eastbourne in Tucson, Ariz. For more information, e-mail (email@example.com).
J.A. Jance will sign copies of her book, "Birds of Prey," at 7 p.m. on March 1 at Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. 1st St. in Mount Vernon, Wash. Tickets are free with the purchase of a J.A. Jance book at Scott's Bookstore, or for a $5 donation to benefit the Skagit Literacy Council and the Mount Vernon City Library. For more information, e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher
will sign copies of his book, "Chances of a Lifetime: A Memoir,"
at 7:30 p.m. on March 1 at Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St.
in New York City, N.Y. For more information, call (212) 253-0810.
Christopher will also appear at 8:15 a.m. on March 2 at the Stamford
Sheraton Hotel, 2701 Summer St. in Stamford, Conn. For more information,
call (203) 869-5023 or e-mail (email@example.com).
R.L. Stine will discuss his series, "The Nightmare Room," during an online chat at 8 p.m. on March 1 on AOL (Keyword: Live).
T.E. Krieger will sign copies of the book,
"The Portable Pundit: A Crash Course in Cocktail Party Conversation,"
at 8 p.m. on March 1 at Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd. in W. Hollywood,
Calif. For more information, e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Vicki Allen will sign copies of her books, "The Search for Shannon" and "For Molly," at 1 p.m. on March 2 at Waldenbooks, Peachtree Mall in Columbus, Ga. For more information, call (706) 322-7287. She will sign books at 5 p.m. on March 2 at Books-A-Million, 3201 Macon Road, #101 in Columbus, Ga. For more information, call (706) 562-0300. Allen will appear at 1 p.m. on March 3 at Bookland, 1501 Lafayette Parkway in LaGrange, Ga. For more information, call (706) 884-4484. She will also sign books at 1 p.m. on March 4 at Waldenbooks, 2905 Montgomery Mall in Montgomery, Ala. For more information, call (334) 286-0731.
Chris Carter, creator and writer of "The X-Files" and "The Lone Gunmen," will conduct an online chat at 5 p.m. on March 2 on Yahoo! Chat (http://chat.yahoo.com/c/events/info/2001/03/02/030201carter.html).
Larry Karp will sign copies of his book, "The Midnight Express," at 12 p.m. on March 3 at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St. in Seattle, Wash. For more information, e-mail (email@example.com).
Les Standiford will sign copies of his book,
"Deal With the Dead," at 1 p.m. on March 3 at the Vero
Beach Book Center, 2145 Indian River Blvd. in Vero Beach, Fla.
For more information, e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Maureen McKade will sign copies of her books, "Outlaw's Bride" and "Mail-Order Bride," at 1 p.m. on March 3 at Bookin' It Bookstore, 113 1st St. SE in Little Falls, Minn. For more information, e-mail (email@example.com).
Suzanne Brockmann (http://www.suzannebrockmann.com)
will sign copies of her book, "The Defiant Hero," at
1 p.m. on March 4 at Bookstar, 3402 Poplar Ave. in Memphis, Tenn.
For more information, e-mail (SFTHQ@aol.com).
John Searles will sign copies of his book, "Boy Still Missing," at 2 p.m. on March 4 at Barnes and Noble, 1076 Post Road East in Westport, Conn. For more information, call (203) 221-7955.
James Patterson will sign copies of his book, "1st to Die," at 12:30 p.m. on March 5 at Barnes and Noble, 600 5th Ave. in New York City, N.Y. For more information, call (212) 765-0592.
Dennis Lehane will sign copies of his book, "Mystic River," at 7:30 p.m. on March 5 at Barnes and Noble, 3981 U.S. Hwy. 9 in Freehold, N.J. For more information, call (732) 409-2929.
Michael Sivy will discuss his book, "Michael Sivy's Rules of Investing," during an online chat at 8 p.m. on March 5 on AOL (Keyword: Live).
Deepak Chopra will discuss his book, "How to Know God," during an online chat at 10 p.m. on March 8 on Yahoo! Chat (http://authors.yahoo.com).
Suzanne Gold (http://www.suzannegold.com) will sign copies of her book, "Daddy's Girls," at 1 p.m. on March 11 at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. in Corte Madera, Calif. For more information, call (415) 927-0960.
~Published Books -- Fiction
Stephen King will publish the novel, "Dreamcatcher,"
on March 20 in hardcover with Scribner. Three free installments
will be featured in Time Magazine (http://www.time.com) on March
Gary Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org) published the humor collection, "Spider's Night on the Boom," in paperback with iUniverse.
Nancy A. Collins published the short story collection, "Avenue X and Other Dark Stories," in hardcover and paperback with Xlibris.
G. Wells Taylor (http://www.wildclown.com) has self-published the novel, "When Graveyards Yawn."
Linda Orlando published the romantic suspense, "GuestHouse," in electronic format with Awe-Struck E-Books.
Andre West published the fantasy novel, "Gypsy Pie," in electronic format with Word Wrangler.
Jessica Blackman Freedman (http://home.earthlink.net/~jessbf/wsn6F5B.html) has self-published the romance, "Paradise Hotel: A Romance for Intelligent Adults," in electronic format.
Lori Ocker published the children's book, "The Adventures of Rolo," in electronic format with Street Saint Publications.
Anthony Caplan (email@example.com) published the novel, "Birdman," in paperback with Trafford Publishing.
Elise Dee Beraru published the western romance, "The Hero's Best Friend," in electronic format with Awe-Struck E-Books.
J.C. Wilcan published the novel, "Ruth's Crossing," in paperback and electronic format with Xlibris.
Michael C. McPherson (http://members.tripod.com/~Michaelm_4/index.html) published the mystery, "A Cause for Justice," in electronic format with E-Books Online.
~Published Books -- Nonfiction
Gordon Knapp (firstname.lastname@example.org) published the nonfiction book, "All About Trucking and Becoming a Driver Trainer," in paperback with Trafford Publishing.
Donald Montgomery (email@example.com) published the nonfiction book, "John Bruce O.B.E.: Journeyman Plumber," in paperback with Trafford Publishing.
Don C. Hall and Annette R. Hall (annette@I-Served.com) published the nonfiction book, "I Served," in paperback with Trafford Publishing.
Elijah M. James (firstname.lastname@example.org) published the nonfiction book, "Independent Consulting: The Definitive Guide," in paperback with Trafford Publishing.
Sheila Cohill (email@example.com) published the nonfiction book, "A Writer's Guide to Storyboarding Interactive Multimedia Products," with Albooktross.com.
Ralph Peterson published the nonfiction book, "Fly a Big Tin Bird," in paperback with Trafford Publishing.
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By Kerann Christopherson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I was perusing Writer's Digest's Top 100 Markets "Hot List" online the other night and came across something that just struck me funny. Under "What writers must know," one magazine stated, simply, that they "like" writers who are professional, experienced and talented. Really? Gee, how unlikely. I couldn't resist doing a cover letter.
Dear Mister Editor:
I know you prefer to use talented writers, unfortunately, I am not one of those types. However, I would like you to publish my luscious manuscript on the eating habits of the fascinating earthworms of the earth -- and hurry. I would like to see it printed in your current issue, so if you can recall it, I would appreciate if you would put a close up worm on the cover please (either end will do). If it isn't possible to get all copies off the stands at this juncture, publication in the next issue will be okay, I guess (but don't forget about the cover).
Also, please note (as I am not a pro), I didn't check my spelling, worry about word usage or bother with the whole paragraph concept. Fancy punctuation is not my style either. I stuck to exclamation points to provide your readers with some much needed consistency. You will see how it improves the whole tone. Enthusiasm helps the story move along (especially the underground romance scene).
By the way, although I have sent you 27,004 words in total (not counting the exclamation points), you will notice some of the pages got stuck together. I couldn't do anything about that (I put lots of sugar in my coffee, and that's the way it goes). They are mostly compost-related (not too exciting) anyway.
And fourthly (I hope you will understand), I have not been outside or talked to anyone much (except my worms -- they are night crawlers, if you must know), and I haven't seen or read anything lately so, not only do I lack experience in the writing arena but this is pretty much my first experience altogether in about 30 years.
Thank you, I know you will publish me. Don't forget I'm counting on the money (and you really should have gotten this in last month -- so you sort of owe me one). Reminder: I need better dirt and more worms if I am to be expected to keep this pace up writing about them.
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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Are you a super creative editorial manager who knows how to combine great content and profit? Have you been searching for a way to show your talent? Is fact checking habitual for you? Do you know copyright law like the back of your hand? Can you create a top notch content flow that looks like art but is systematically grounded? Would you rather stay home creating a controlled vocabulary than go out to dinner on Friday night ... [well, maybe not that far].
CubeCentral.com (http://CubeCentral.com), a subsidiary of CITA Biomedical is looking for a top notch and experienced Content/Editorial Manager. The Content Manger will be responsible for initiating and supervising the development, assignment, editorial quality and updating of content for CubeCentral.com using a variety of original and pre-existing content.
The preferred candidate will have:
* Clinical training or experience in the mental
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* Graduate degree in health or rehabilitation field.
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* Managerial experience with the ability to supervise a remote staff.
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* Expert knowledge of Internet copyright law
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* A minimum of two-plus years experience in an online environment. Prior telecommuting experience is a plus.
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This position is full-time, telecommuting and includes insurance, paid vacation, 401(k) and more. Applicants must have home office capabilities including business phone line, computer and other requisite office equipment.
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Men's magazine requires a young, experienced staff writer. Send resume to Tom Loxley, Editor in Chief, Maxim, Dennis Publishing, 30 Cleveland Street, W1P 5FF, London, U.K.
We are looking for a number of freelance copywriters to provide popular summaries of technical reports for an established national organization. To ensure good liaison with the client, you will need to be within easy reach of one of the following locations: London, Leeds, Cardiff, Leicester or Bristol.
You will normally work from home on a project-by-project basis, at mutually agreed times and to agreed but tight deadlines. The part-time work will initially extend over a three month period, with a possibility of longer-term arrangements being offered.
Please send resume, copies of recent relevant work and an indication of fee rates to Renaissance -- Partners in Communication, 23 Palace St., Westminster, SW1E 5HW, London, U.K. or e-mail (email@example.com).
Experienced freelancers wanted to cover personal finance and career issues for 900,000-circulation women's magazine. Candidates must have clips from consumer print magazines, preferably women's or personal finance magazines.
Story lengths range from 1,500 to 2,500 words. Heavy emphasis on service pieces, although we do assign "think" pieces as well. We pay on acceptance.
Rates based on experience and credentials. Please send resume and clips, either by e-mail to Jackie Day (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by snail mail to Jackie Day, Senior Editor, Working Mother, 135 West 50th St., 16th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10020.
Mother Earth News, America's premier rural-lifestyle/environmental magazine, is looking for a top-notch editorial team. We're hiring top editors to lead Mother through her fourth decade and beyond as the world's best magazine for people interested in rural living, alternative energy, alternative building techniques and environmentally responsible lifestyles. The magazine is a bi-monthly with a paid circulation over 350,000. If you're an excellent editor who understands our audience, please send a resume, cover letter and work samples to Bryan Welch (email@example.com).
~Freelance Book Reviewers
Inscriptions (http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com), the weekly e-zine for professional writers, is looking for book reviewers. Only published authors and/or editors may apply. Reviewers must be willing to read electronic and paper manuscripts.
If you are chosen as one of our reviewers, you'll receive an assignment and our reviewing guidelines. After several accepted reviews, you'll leave freelancer status and become a member of our staff (http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com/Stafflist.html).
Book reviewers receive $5 for each accepted and published review. Inscriptions archives all book reviews for one year on our Web site, but you have the right to sell your reviews to other publications, once they have appeared in our magazine.
To apply, contact Jade Walker (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following information in the body of an e-mail:
* E-mail address
* Reading preferences
* Billing preferences (Paypal or check)
* Publishing experience
No attachments accepted. Application deadline is March 5.
We are the leading provider of video-conferenced
based distance learning "A" level courses to schools.
We are seeking to appoint experienced writers of open and distance
learning materials to author AS courses in the following subjects:
Send resume to 4 Llys Britannia, Parc Menai, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 3BN U.K. or e-mail (email@example.com). Application deadline is March 2.
Tired of using technologies that someone else deemed worthy? Tired of programming in languages that someone else has chosen? Are you a geek who writes exceptionally well, or a writer who is secretly a geek? Here's your chance to be a leader in the industry, identifying the latest and most relevant Internet tools and technologies as applicable to our 175,000 professional subscribers. Our readers will look to you for well-crafted articles that will guide their strategic and technical decisions.
You will be responsible for brainstorming new article ideas and working with authors to refine their manuscripts. You will spend your time researching industry trends and new technologies, acquiring authors and crafting sentences and paragraphs for maximum clarity. You will also travel to trade shows and conferences to keep abreast of the changes in the industry and to promote the magazine.
You will report directly to the editor-in-chief and will work closely with the editorial staff and pool of existing writers and columnists. This is also a management position responsible for two direct reports.
The ideal candidate has the following education and experience:
* Two years of editorial experience with a
newspaper, magazine, Web site or related publication.
* Strong leadership background; comfortable working with people and able to resolve conflicts in a professional manner.
* Excellent command of the English language and a proven ability to write and edit articles in a clear, consistent manner.
* The ability to discuss Internet technologies and techniques, including topics like the future of the Open Source movement and Peer-to-Peer communications.
* Hands-on experience creating Web pages with HTML (without the use of WYSIWYG editors).
* Strong enthusiasm for the Internet and emerging technologies.
Serious candidates only please. If interested, please send a resume with cover letter and salary requirements to Amit Asaravala (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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* Customize your resume for this job.
* Send your resume as plain text in the body of your e-mail.
Web Techniques Magazine is a part of CMP Media's Internet & Mobile Group, where technology is our passion. Our philosophy varies from the norm in that we consider each team member to be an integral part of the decision-making process. In addition to being highly skilled in their areas of expertise, our editors, developers and designers work together to determine the future of our products. We encourage staff members to develop their own projects and to take ownership for their success and growth within the company. CMP Media Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.
I'm looking for a freelance writer in the Bahamas to write short online travel profiles on hotels, restaurants, attractions, etc. Visit WCities (http://www.wcities.com) to get an idea of what's needed. E-mail (email@example.com) with "wcities" in the subject line.
Know of a good industrial construction project/worker story? Know where you can take some pics of industrial construction workers on-site? If so, we want to hear from you.
Industrial Tradesman Magazine (http://www.industrialtradesman.com) is a national magazine that pays top dollar for photos and articles about industrial construction workers. If you think you might be on to something, e-mail the editor (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Leading financial trade publication seeks staff writer. Daily deadline background helpful. Minimum two years experience at a business publication. Marketing coverage a plus. Send resume, salary requirements and clips to Coelle Peck (email@example.com) or fax (212) 581-4076.
Experienced book editor needed to work in a fast-paced, growth-oriented environment (http://www.sourcebooks.com). Work with authors, edit, proofread and lead manuscripts through to completion. We publish a wide variety of bookstore-oriented fiction and nonfiction books.
Must have excellent communication skills, the ability to juggle multiple projects and general knowledge and interest in a variety of subjects. We have published three New York Times bestsellers and are looking for an editor with two-plus years book experience.
Experience: Developmental editing; Copy editing/proofreading; Project management; Acquisitions experience a plus.
Send your resume and letter of interest to Sourcebooks, Inc., P.O. Box 4410, Naperville, Ill. 60567, Attn.: Todd Stocke, Editorial Director, or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Instructional media company seeks writer for staff position. Must be able to quickly grasp complex concepts and procedures and explain them clearly, logically and concisely.
Must have excellent English and communication skills and be able to write various materials including scripts, workbooks, proposals, ad copy, etc. Must be able to manage multiple projects at once and produce sparkling results without clear direction. One to two years journalism background/experience preferred, nursing/medical background a plus. Send resume with three writing samples to Jody Pietranowicz (email@example.com).
~Online News Editor
The Press Democrat (http://www.pressdemocrat.com) seeks an online news editor to create and maintain content for its Web site. Working closely with The Press Democrat's newsroom staff and other members of the Web department, the online news editor is responsible for planning, developing, implementing and maintaining Web projects that complement and enhance the newspaper's coverage of events, issues and people in the Redwood Empire.
The online news editor is also responsible for planning and posting the site's daily afternoon update, for using news judgment to post breaking news to the site when appropriate, and for reporting and writing bulletins for the Web site when necessary.
We're looking for someone with journalism skills and experience who's passionate about both the news business and the Internet. Our ideal candidate also has HTML and PhotoShop skills, understands advanced Internet applications, is comfortable with PC and Macintosh operating systems, and is eager to learn new technologies. S/he also thrives in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment and is available to work weekends and evenings.
The Press Democrat is headquartered in Santa Rosa, Calif., in the heart of Sonoma County's Wine Country and an hour from the beaches of the rugged North Coast. Part of the New York Times Company, The Press Democrat offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including stock purchase and 401(k) plans.
Applicants should include URLs and/or examples of relevant work with their letters and resumes, and send them to Catherine Thorpe (firstname.lastname@example.org), Online Content Manager. You may also mail resumes to The Press Democrat, P.O. Box 569, Santa Rosa, Calif. 95402. No phone calls, please.
~Web Site Editors
The University of Newcastle (http://www.ncl.ac.uk) requires two Web site editors to help develop a high quality, effective external Web presence to help recruit students from both home and overseas. One post is for three years, the other for one year.
Applicants should be graduates with experience in writing or developing publicity materials in a style appropriate to presentation in Web-based format. Must have Web publishing skills.
Send resume to Human Resources Section, University of Newcastle, 1 Park Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, U.K.
Meetings & Events Publishing Group (http://www.meetings-and-events.com) produces regional quarterly trade magazines for the meeting and event industry in Minnesota, New England and beginning this spring, Missouri. We are looking for freelancers based in Missouri who could write departments such as destinations, chef/restaurant profiles and industry features such as golf outings, meeting at unique venues, crisis management, technology, etc.
Pay is approx. $500 for 2,000 words. Writers should submit a resume and a few writing samples via e-mail (email@example.com).
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SANDS OF TIME: Edward Davis of the Time Service is on a rescue mission. Eighteen months ago, two Service personnel going to Tiberius's Rome were lost when their Jump Field missed and put them in Thebes around 1390 B.C. Now that the Service has finally calculated their location, Edward, with his background in Egyptology, is to go back 35 and a half C's to bring them home ... if they're still alive. Read "Thebes of the Hundred Gates" by Robert Silverberg (http://www.fictionwise.com/servlet/mw?t=book.htm&bookid=417&id=84).
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Massage Magazine (http://www.massagemag.com) is an internationally circulated trade publication for massage therapists and allied health professionals. We have been in publication since 1985, have a readership of about 80,000 and publish six times per year.
We strive for comprehensive coverage of the art and science of massage therapy and related healing arts, with the goal of supporting our readers as they work to promote the benefits of healing touch.
Most of our readers are professional therapists who have been in practice for several years. About 80% are self-employed; 95% live in the U.S. The vast majority of our readers have completed formal training in massage therapy. The techniques they practice include Swedish, sports and geriatric massage, energy work and myotherapy, among many others. Our readers work in settings ranging from home-based studios to spas to integrated clinics.
Our readers seek practical information on how to help their clients, improve their techniques and/or make their businesses more successful, as well as feature articles that place massage therapy in a positive or inspiring light. Since most of our readers are professional therapists, we do not publish articles on topics like "how massage can help you relax." Before preparing a query or manuscript for us, read at least one issue of the magazine, as this is the best way to get a feel for the topics we cover and the tone they're presented in.
Types of articles:
FEATURES: We publish six to 12 full-length feature articles per year. Topic examples: the use of massage in a particular setting (such as corporate or hospital); projects that provide massage therapy to disadvantaged populations; accounts of how massage helped a person overcome or deal with a physical condition; descriptions of types of massage used in non-Western cultures; and trends of national significance, such as the incorporation of complementary techniques into the mainstream medical system, among others. Submissions should be 1,500 to 3,000 words.
BUSINESS: We publish at least six articles per year that describe, in detail, techniques to grow or improve a massage therapy practice. Topic examples: increasing or retaining clientele; setting goals; marketing techniques; new business ventures and money management, among others. General business-related articles written for small-business owners will be considered. Submissions should be 500 to 3,000 words, depending on the complexity of the topic.
NEWS BRIEFS: We publish up to 15 news articles per issue. These articles must display concise, fact-checked reporting and direct or paraphrased quotes, and must focus on current events or trends. News briefs can be on anything newsworthy, particularly those situations that impact therapists on a national or North American level. Submissions should be 200 to 800 words.
TOUCHING TALES: We publish up to six articles per year that detail how massage/bodywork "touched" either therapist or client on an emotional, spiritual and/or physical level. Submissions should be 1,000 to 2,500 words.
IMPRINTS: We publish one article per issue that details an experience which has left an imprint on the client and/or therapist: a new realization, a reason for entering the health care field, a poignant or humorous remembrance, etc. Submissions should be 500 to 1,000 words.
PROFILES: We publish two to six profiles per year. Profiles must highlight why a particular therapist's story is compelling; describe a particular clientele; or serve as an example of how the therapist solved an ongoing business or clientele-related situation. Submissions should be 1,000 to 2,500 words.
MIND/BODY/SPIRIT: We publish two to six articles per year on the topic of the relationship(s) between mind, body and spirit, with a specific focus on how massage therapy impacts clients' emotions or spirituality, and how therapists can address or respond to this during sessions. Submissions should be 1,000 to 3,000 words.
SELF-CARE: We publish three to six articles per year which describe techniques that help the therapist care for her/himself. Topics range from exercises to relieve repetitive stress injuries, to ways to relax. How-to articles must be accompanied by photos or illustrations. Submissions should be 1,000 to 3,000 words.
GUEST EDITORIALS: We publish one guest editorial per issue. These may be written by either a practicing therapist or student of massage/bodywork who is passionate about a particular issue facing the field, who has a challenge to present to massage and bodywork practitioners, or who has a unique perspective on the role of massage/bodywork in the greater society. Guest editorials must be accompanied by a professional-quality head shot of the author. Submissions should be 750 to 1,500 words.
TECHNIQUE, GENERAL DESCRIPTION: We publish three to six articles per year that describe a particular, well-established system of bodywork. These articles must be written to a specific guideline, available by contacting our editorial department.
TECHNIQUE, HOW-TO: We publish three to six articles per year that tell readers, through both text and photos/illustrations, how to perform a massage technique or stroke. These articles must be written by a professional therapist with several years' proven experience in the application of the technique, and must be written to a specific guideline, available by contacting our editorial department.
Submission process: Query by regular or electronic mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). No telephone or faxed queries, please. We do not accept multiple submissions. Manuscripts must be double-spaced with ample margins, submitted by attaching a text file to e-mail sent or formatted on a Macintosh-compatible disk in Microsoft Word.
Reference lists (required on technical pieces) must include the author, title, publisher, city and state of publication and publication date of cited works. Source lists (required on all pieces) must include each source's name, telephone number and address.
Author's bio: Include a 20-100 word author's biography at the end of the article. This should include: the author's professional and/or educational background; what the author does now; other information that would identify the author (other publications written for, books authored, etc.).
Rights: We generally request first North American rights, although we sometimes request exclusive rights. Reprints will be considered.
Payment for articles ranges from $50 to $400, depending on the subject matter, category, length and quality of writing. Payment increases proportionately for longer and more weighty articles. Payment is made upon publication. Authors, photographers and artists also receive two complimentary copies of the issue their work appears in.
Response to a submission is usually made within two months. If we decide to publish your work, a publishing agreement will be sent to you. Manuscripts and artwork are returned only with SASE.
Massage Magazine is a bimonthly publication. The length of time between acceptance and publication of any article can vary from two to 24 months, sometimes longer.
Karen Menehan (email@example.com), Editor
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Aviation International News (http://www.ainonline.com) is a monthly trade publication of news, news features, special reports, aircraft evaluations and surveys on business, commercial and regional aviation worldwide, written for business pilots and aviation industry people. While the heartbeat of AIN is driven by the news it carries, the human touch is not neglected. We pride ourselves on our people stories about the movers and shakers and others in aviation that make a difference.
Much of our material is staff written, gathered from on-site interviews, press events, aviation convention coverage and a myriad of news sources. Our correspondents and stringers cover most of the business/corporate aviation world. Additionally, a section of each month's issue covers regional airlines, directed at regional airline executives and operational management.
Regular departments include Accident Recaps, Avionics Update, Bizplane People, Regional Update, Congressional Observer, FBOs: Touching Bases, In the Works (updates of new aircraft), Rotorcraft Update, Software/Paperware and Washington Report.
Subscriptions are free of charge to qualified recipients and most revenues are derived from advertising sales. Circulation of AIN's monthly publication is approximately 37,000.
Supplementing our monthly editions, we publish on-site issues at one international and two U.S. domestic aviation conventions and two major international airshows each year, for a total of 25 editions per year. At the international airshows, our coverage extends to military and airline aviation as well as space activities. The highlights from our 25 editions are published online on our Web site. We also publish two weekly newsletters, the subscription-based, AIN Weekly (http://www.ainweekly.com), and an exclusive industry news feed, AIN Reports (http://www.flightneeds.com).
New writers should query the editor-in-chief (firstname.lastname@example.org) in writing. No phone queries, please. Unsolicited hard-copy manuscripts are permissible, but will be returned only if accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Unsolicited articles from unknown writers sent via e-mail will not be acknowledged.
Writers should read several issues of AIN or AINonline to become familiar with our editorial focus. Subjects should be related to business/corporate aviation, helicopters and regional airlines.
Manuscripts should be sent in an electronic format, preferably by e-mail (email@example.com). E-mail submissions should be sent as attachments in WordPerfect for Windows, Microsoft Word or plain text. Electronic files sent by mail should be saved (in one of the aforementioned formats) on a 3.5" disk and include a hard copy. Typed submissions should be double-spaced. Typical manuscript lengths are 100 words for news briefs, 125 to 1,000 words for news items and no longer than 3,500 words for feature articles. All submissions are expected to be factually accurate.
High-quality artwork is preferred with all submissions, and is required for longer news stories and features. Acceptable artwork includes slides and prints (color preferred). Electronic artwork must be saved in TIFF format at 300-dpi resolution and its dimensions may be no smaller than 8x10 inches. A hard copy should be sent with electronic-formatted artwork; because it will be used for identification only, the hard copy does not need to be camera-ready. "Thumbnails" of multiple electronic photos are acceptable for this purpose. Copyright waivers, if required, should be obtained before sending in any artwork.
It is AIN policy not to allow the subject of an article to preview the article before publication, except to check facts in highly technical articles, such as pilot reports. The assigning editor or editor-in-chief must approve all other instances.
For the most part, try to follow the inverted pyramid newspaper-type story: start with a summary lead; follow with the supporting facts arranged in descending order of importance; and end with additional information which could be cut without detracting from the story.
Get to the point -- FAST. The most significant fact in every news story -- the biggest announcement of a press conference, the most newsworthy point of an event or press release, the most controversial issue of an interview (except for Q&A-type interviews, like the monthly's "Leading Edge) -- should be in the article's lead. Get to the main point in the first paragraph. Don't bury the good stuff later in the article. Special reports and features don't require quite the upfront punch of news stories, but don't leave readers hanging around, waiting for something interesting --they will probably stop reading after a few paragraphs. Present your main points early and then fill in the details.
Please stick to the facts and be as precise as possible. If you have any doubt about what is told to you, ask questions and get confirmation from other sources. Check that names are spelled correctly and proper titles are used. Tip: Always get business cards at press conferences and interviews. Also, get telephone numbers of people you interview so that you have a way to contact them if you have additional questions, need to verify facts or need to identify people or things in photos. Check and double-check your facts. Don't guess or write from memory. We can't check every little fact in every article. We have to trust our writers.
Get both sides of the story. Or the three sides ... or four ... or more. Again, don't accept one company's word, even in a press release, that it has signed a contract/bought a service/sold a product/formed a joint venture with another company. Get the other company's confirmation. (Believe it or not, sometimes companies fudge the truth.) Do this with seemingly innocuous stories, but especially with contentious stories: all parties must be given an opportunity to give their takes on the issue. If a company doesn't want to comment, say so in the article.
Avoid the temptation to be too clever or witty. Historically, most complaints about our stories are due to a writer's clever quips rather than mistakes of fact. Please no opinionating or patronizing. Remember, people and companies are serious about their jobs, opinions and products. By treating them lightly, amusingly or in a pontificating manner, we can easily insult them. Once something gets into print, no correction can make up for the original impression.
Get prices. Ask for both the current list price and the trade price. Find out if the price includes installation and labor charges. Find out if the price of an aircraft includes the interior completion, or if it is for a "green" (interior not completed) aircraft.
Don't transcribe taped interviews verbatim. Paraphrase. Make the quotes understandable, even if you have to put words in the interviewee's mouth. Just keep the meaning of what the person was trying to say; i.e., change the words, but not the meaning.
Be alert for public relations hype and avoid repeating it, unless you attribute it to the company or know it's true. OKAY: "XYZ company, which claims to be the world's largest manufacturer of hyperbole, revealed today ..." NOT OKAY: "XYZ Company, the world's largest manufacturer of hyperbole, revealed today ..." -- unless you can confirm this is true.
Use short sentences. Give our readers (and your editors) a break. Think short. Write short. When your prepositional phrases and dependent clauses, which many writers are wont to use, begin to make your sentences look like paragraphs -- and long ones at that -- and your paragraphs begin to fill an entire manuscript page, and there are a plethora of commas, semi-colons and m-dashes in a single sentence, please, please, please, oh, please cut the sentence in half, or thirds -- or even in fourths -- okay?
When you do use prepositional phrases, dependent clauses and other such things, make sure they relate to the rest of the sentence. Don't just throw in a phrase because you want to stick the information somewhere in the paragraph. NO: "With a range of 4,000 nm, the ZoomJet was certified last year." -- unless last year the ZoomJet was specifically certified with a new range of 4,000 nm. Otherwise, the two things are unrelated.
Avoid stringing too many modifiers in front of a noun. NO: "The South American-designed four-seat home-built composite liquid-oxygen-fueled twin-engine turbocharged piston-powered V-tailed float-equipped recently painted prototype BelchFire convertiplane..." yada yada yada.
Please use the Aviation International News Style Guide, The Associate Press Stylebook and Libel Manual, Jane's All the World's Aircraft and the World Aviation Directory as style sources. Use only one space after punctuation at the end of a sentence. All punctuation marks go inside the quotation marks. No comma before the "and" or "or" in a string. Example: "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
Use English measurements. Convert all metric measurements to English. Place metric amount in parentheses after the English measurement, if deemed important. Main currency is U.S. dollars -- no need to convert to another currency if $ is the only currency used. However, if the significant currency is not $, list that currency first, then $ amount in parentheses afterward.
Include the title or affiliation of all people. All titles, except Chiefs of State, are lower case. Include the location of company facilities (city and state or country) early in the article.
Payment of $.30/word or a negotiated amount will be paid upon article acceptance. Writers must submit an invoice to receive payment.
Aviation International News
P.O. Box 277
Midland Park, N.J. 07432
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I am: Jade Walker (MaidenFate@aol.com)
What I'm Reading: "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" by Dave Eggers
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"Passional" by Roland James
Reviewed by Martine G. Bates (MartinegB@aol.com)
Publisher: Internet Book Company
Rating: * * * stars
Tom Payne did what many of us dream of doing: he visited the homeland of his ancestors, hoping to find some distant relatives. He had some letters written to his great-grandfather, the name of a town and no knowledge of Italian. Remarkably, Tom found his distant cousins in the Tuscan mountains with little effort.
Unfortunately, this deeply religious family man also found trouble in the form of a beautiful, tempting woman who made her attraction to him no secret. Tom was unable to resist Maria's overtures, and was soon enmeshed in an affair, and in a murder case in which he was the only suspect.
The story engages the reader's attention from the first page. While the bare-bones plot is a familiar one -- man and woman have an affair, woman's husband is murdered, man is charged -- Roland James presents a well-constructed, believable story full of unexpected events.
The characters are also well developed. Tom is portrayed as a complicated man, mortified at his own behavior even as he is drawn into an affair he fears will destroy his marriage and damage his soul. He loves his wife, Annie, and his children, who are all back in Wales, but manages to put thoughts of them aside while he is with Maria.
Annie and Maria are foils for each other in every way: Annie is the wholesome Mother Earth whose life revolves around her home and family, while Maria is the dark, smoldering temptress. Even so, neither the women nor the other characters are stereotypical. They all contain elements of individuality that make them real.
"Passional" is not without its problems, though. The point of view zooms frequently from one person to another so the reader must learn to pay close attention to keep from getting lost. A double-space to signal a change in viewpoint would have helped tremendously. The sentence structure rambles on unimpeded by such trivialities as punctuation. It reads as though someone took a handful of commas and sprinkled them on each page without regard to where they landed.
Finally, and this may seem like nit-picking, Roland cheats the readers out of a vicarious trip to Italy. Tom visits one of the most beautiful areas in the world and barely notices his surroundings. A few descriptive paragraphs like James A. Michener used to describe the beauty of Hawaii, or Mary Stewart wove into her early mysteries would have been a welcome addition.
"Passional" as an excellent story that just misses being a great book.
"Jonno's Not Right" by Ryan Davidson
Reviewed by B. Lynn Goodwin (LGood67334@aol.com)
Publisher: Jacobyte Books
Rating: * * stars
Ryan Davidson's "Jonno's Not Right" is an aptly titled novel. As the story begins, Jonno interacts with a cat, then a dog. His perceptions seem skewed, and the reader is offered glimpses into his fantasies, dreams and internal voices.
When his parents bicker and mistreat their children, we understand why he fantasizes and escapes into a drug-induced state. We learn about his very normal insecurities as we hear him interact with "Girl" on the phone. Disgusted with his vague meanderings, she asks him not to call her again.
Jonno lives with his parents and sister. One day, the four of them venture into the Australian countryside. While camping the first night, Jonno finds a diary, calls the girl it belongs to and meets her the next day. He first believes he loves her, then rejects her as a fat girl. This relationship is as bumbling as the earlier one with Girl.
The next day, his disgusted father orders him out of the car, returns 10 minutes later and hands him $400 and a hat, then comes back 10 minutes after that to find him gone. A buddy from school who has given him a ride then offers him a place to stay. With his friends he sinks further into drugs and obsessions with sex.
Jonno carries his angst-ridden behavior to extremes. He seems like a hamster on an exercise wheel, racing against recurring fantasies. Even in rehab, he struggles with voices, dreams, hallucinations and the effects of drugs and sexual fantasies.
Sometimes he and his cronies seem pathetic, but some people might find humor in his relationship with girls. Most of Jonno's battles are with his mind. He alienates people and retreats into rambling, detached fantasies.
Ryan Davidson's descriptions create vivid images. Although his narrative rambles far too much, his descriptions show promise. Davidson uses "Jonno's Not Right" to offer a unique look into a disturbed mind, and in doing so, confirms the truth of its title. Jonno's escapades and his inability to change prove that he is not right.
"Echo's Voice" by Sarah Mankowski
Reviewed by Elizabeth Burton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rating: * * 1/2 stars
Echo Forrester is a woman out of place. Adopted as a toddler by top executives in the powerful LTK entertainment corporation, she is the pampered and admired subject of an entire hemisphere.
But Echo hates the admiration and would willingly surrender the luxury of her life for reality and the freedom to be herself. That her only ultimate purpose is to provide a child for her adoptive parents only adds to the horror of her existence. For Echo is a rare thing, a fertile woman in an age when human-induced sterility is the norm; and the society that holds her as a prisoner in a diamond and velvet cage will do anything to ensure she fulfills the destiny they've chosen for her.
Echo is rescued by Rick Brock, a dedicated National Police officer who gives up the career that has been his life to help her. Together, they seek a way to ensure that Echo will be able to remain as she is: free and independent.
"Echo's Voice" is part science fiction and part social satire, extrapolating existing trends to their ultimate extreme. Sarah Mankowski's 25th century is a world constructed entirely by the media, where the line between fiction and reality has not just blurred but has disappeared altogether. It is a frightening warning of the potential of the mass media to manipulate the truth and to rewrite history.
Yet, while Mankowski calls attention to the dangers of apathy and self-indulgence, she also holds out the hope that there lies within some of us an unshakable core of independence, a yearning for the truth that will seek satisfaction no matter how hard the spin doctors seek to transplant their distorted ideas in its place.
"Echo's Voice" is a tale of courage and dedication, of a young woman whose spirit refuses to succumb to the temptations of both the serpent and paradise, who accepts hardship with the same dauntless enthusiasm as she does pleasure. It is a warning to all of us not to allow ourselves to be lulled by the sweet voice of those who think they know best about what we should know and believe.
Given the fascinating future Mankowski has posited, it is unfortunate that the book suffers badly from being much, much too long. About midway through, the pacing slows to a crawl and the narrative rambles more than the characters do. The original point -- that we risk losing our personal independence if we allow ourselves to be turned into entertainment junkies -- gets lost and the book suffers as a result. There are too many plot threads, and it becomes impossible to determine which was intended to be the main one, mostly because as soon as one is resolved another is introduced and the book goes off in a new direction.
Even more disappointing, "Echo's Voice" becomes excessively preachy in the second half, so that the characters are little more than talking heads for discussion of social and philosophical issues that the first half handled much more readably.
Mankowski has the writing skills and imagination to become a first-class science fiction writer. She just needs to forego trying to include too many ideas in one work.
"Famous Cases Revisited: From Sacco-Vanzetti
to O. J. Simpson" by Dr. Henry Lee & Jerry Labriola
Reviewed by Jan Kozlowski (JCKoz452@aol.com)
Publisher: Publishing Directions
Rating: * * * stars
Dr. Henry Lee and Jerry Labriola make it clear in the first paragraph of their prologue that "Famous Cases Revisited" takes a very different slant from the library of books that have been written collectively on the Sacco-Vanzetti, Lindbergh baby, Sam Sheppard, John F. Kennedy, Vincent Foster, JonBenet Ramsey and O.J. Simpson cases.
In their words: "What if the world's foremost forensic scientist could be transported back and forth in time at will, observing crime scene searches, examining physical evidence, bearing witness to famous trials in American history and offering commentary on the proceedings as they occurred?"
The answer to that "what if" scenario is a fascinating look at not only the details of seven of the U.S.'s most infamous criminal cases, but also at the history of forensics, police procedures and the moods of the American public over the past century.
The two cases afforded the most pages, or "the bookends" as Lee and Labriola call them, are the Sacco-Vanzetti case and the O.J. Simpson case. The Sacco-Vanzett case is the story of two Italian anarchist immigrants who are charged with the death of a shoe factory paymaster and his guard in South Braintree, Massa. in the 1920s. The Simpson case focuses on the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman for which Football Hall of Famer was tried in the mid-1990s. The middle matter includes shorter analyses of the Lindbergh, Sheppard, Kennedy, Foster and Ramsey cases that, for divergent reasons, have captured our attention over the past 70 years.
Lee, who was either directly involved in the original investigations or consulted in official reexaminations of all of the cases covered, allows the readers to witness the dramas up close and personally through the use of dual literary devices -- a time machine that whisks him back to each of the trials and the introduction into the proceedings of the character Sam Constant who represents the public opinion of the time.
If you're a true crime junkie looking for gossip, dirt or gruesome tidbits, "Famous Cases Revisited" is not going to be your cup of cocoa. The book Lee and Labriola have written has a very specific purpose, to show readers that forensic mistakes such as failing to secure crime scenes, being careless in collecting and preserving evidence and possibly suppressing or planting evidence are as prevalent today as they were back in the 1920s. They reason that the most important thing any of us can do is to take a page from history and learn from past mistakes.
As a writer and mystery/suspense fan, I found this book to be a gold mine of information, entertainingly presented, that not only gives the reader an inside look at the forensic particulars of some of the most captivating cases of the past century, but also a unique behind-the-crime-scene-tape education into how the mind of a top notch criminalist works.
"Gravity's Force" by Ebony McKenna
Reviewed by John Coon (email@example.com)
Publisher: Red-e2 Pty Ltd.
Rating: * * stars
Kaeman lay on a hill over the city of Djitani on his home world of Etania watching the evening star of Tyberon. Etania's moon, Tessera, is in its crescent phase, and Kaeman can clearly see the stars. He also sees missiles launch from the dark side of Tessera and slam into the city. Rushing into town, Kaeman finds there is a cover-up in process, and terrorists are being wrongfully blamed for the missile attack.
While going home, Kaeman is critically injured in an explosion. Ramis, a student medic, befriends him and cares for him through his recovery. She helps Kaeman escape the hospital to avoid his being taken prisoner and they both run from the military. They go to his home in the wilderness where Ramis is welcomed and accepted into the community.
So begins the story of a conspiracy more vast than any seen before on Etania. The scientists and the ancient prophets actually agree that when the long awaited conjunction occurs between Etania and Tiberon, a great ice age will begin and end life as they know it.
Sonek, Minister of Defence, is one of the great movers and shakers in the conspiracy to actually move Tessera out of orbit and crash it into the planet, preventing the conjunction. His new wife, however, sympathizes with the natives of Etania and causes her husband no end of consternation.
Kaeman goes to Teesera to find the truth. When he finds it and realizes what is really about to happen, he and Ramis set out to thwart the plot and save their home.
While adequate, the characters were not fully developed. Even the main characters, Kaeman and Ramis, a multi-racial couple, seemed to be presented only on the surface and were not really real.
"Gravity's Force" was well plotted and proceeds in a logical manner , even if things did occasionally get a bit improbable. At 524 pages, the novel was just too long -- the story doesn't seem big enough to support this book's size.
Ebony McKenna shows a keen imagination and an ability to tell a story. "Gravity's Force" is something I can recommend to almost anyone, even to those who are not science fiction fans. I, for one, am looking forward to her next novel.
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LAST WEEK'S SURVEY: Profanity. The Web site, Fuckedcompany.com, provides a useful service to the online writing community -- it tells when sites are laying off staff and/or closing. However, its name includes a profanity. Are you offended when magazines include this site's title in stories?
Yes -- 46%
No -- 44%
Other -- 9%
Total: 192 votes
"YES! I am intolerant of any profanity or obscenity in my e-mail or anywhere!!! " --Justrite470@cs.com
"Yes. Since it offends many, it shouldn't be used." --firstname.lastname@example.org
"Absolutely I am offended. One of the talents of a writer is to be able to use language well. If a site has value, why block a segment of readership with offensive language? If they can write well, they can say it with plain, ordinary words. Would we say it wouldn't matter if our grammar were poor? Or our spelling horrid? Let's get some values here. We've bowed the knee to vulgarity and I for one think we ought to go back to using good language skills." --Betty Rosian
"It's not just this example. I am offended by any use of profanity. Call me what you like, that's the way it is. I see the use of profanity as a lack of respect for readers or listeners. If you know that a word or phrase is likely to be offensive to some people, then by using it you are essentially saying that you don't care what those people think or feel. In virtually all cases of profanity there is a less objectionable way of getting across exactly the same point. Nobody's going to complain if you don't use bad language, so why risk alienating part of your audience?" --Kevin Tisserand
"Throwing the f-word in constituents' faces, at the very least, sends one of these messages: (1) We're too dumb to realize that different members of our audience have different sensibilities; (2) We know it offends some people, but we're too dumb to care -- or to understand how this can hurt us. (3) We're too dumb -- and lazy -- to come up with anything more original." --Leslie Limon (email@example.com)
"Its use in an unexpected place is meant to grab attention -- any attention is better than no attention -- but when profanity comes into casual use, it eventually ceases to be profane. Our few remaining cuss words are in danger of extinction -- so save them for special occasions or they'll go the way of the dinosaur." --WriteBites@aol.com
"Profanity of this magnitude is never needed. It is such a waste." --Marion Stearns (Tiny50@webtv.net)
"I was offended reading it on your survey." --Bob Perks (http://www.BobPerks.com)
"Yes, I find casual profanity offensive. Too much sugar can ruin a pie and too much vinegar can ruin a salad, just like too much profanity can ruin the spicy effect the writer is trying to achieve." --firstname.lastname@example.org
"There's no need for it. Call the site, 'LaidOff.com' or some such thing. The title was probably arrived at by some twenty-something that has no kids and is trying to impress." --Callingcro@aol.com
"I'm astonished that anyone would want such an ugly domain name. The Internet is a 'family' thing. So many children come online that we need to keep it as clean as possible. I know children use foul language, and many writers for young people include such language because they think it gives their dialogue a more realistic ring. But I disagree. To me it seems we are merely putting a stamp of approval on the practice. It's certainly the case that more children and young people are using foul language than when I was young. Even children little more than toddlers can be heard using it." --Laraine A Barker (http://lbarker.orcon.net.nz)
"I probably would not pay much attention to a site that uses profanity -- especially in its title. Writers are supposed to uphold the English language. Although sometimes profanity is necessary to accurately describe the situation, I think in this case it is not necessary. Choose another word, I say." --Jean Strong (email@example.com)
"Why not use some of the other bazillion words in the English language to make a point, instead of stooping to another level? Not all of us wants to hear profanity in every other word!" --firstname.lastname@example.org
"Even though I voted yes I would like to say what the word means. I use to think it was said in poor taste by uneducated people. Last year a man rang up a talk radio station to talk about the word. Now I don't know if this true and it would need to be checked out. He said a long time ago it was agreed on to shorten a sentence in court and it became F.U.C.K. It means for unlawful carnal knowledge. It's not a word I like to use but if you are writing, you sometimes need to use it." --Graham Vowles (email@example.com)
"I am offended. I do not believe it is necessary. My wife says that anyone who resorts to swear words is short on vocabulary. Profanity is intended to emphasize your point. Jesus says 'Let your Yes be Yes, and your No be No. Anything more comes from the evil one.' Jesus was a wise man, so I have no problem in believing that that is so." --Jessop Sutton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"What a turnoff! I'm not a prude, but such a title is offensive." --Kaysmithholt (Kaypok@aol.com)
"I wouldn't find the reporting of such a name offensive, even though the name itself is mildly so. I would be extremely offended by any reporting which refused to name the site. However, the example site you use "Fuckedcompany.com" I find quite offensive as well: not because of the profanity, but because they make a game out of other people's misery." --Kevin Maclean (email@example.com)
"Doesn't bother me at all" --LSComp@aol.com
"I think they might have been smarter picking the name for sensitivity purposes, but the name really does say it all. As a former veteran employee of the retail wars, I think it could be readily applied to just about any company doing business today. What bothers me more is the way the TV networks are allowing the word to slip through on sport telecasts and other programs. While watching a basketball game with my sons the other night, we clearly heard the word m***** F***** Ni****. The fact that it came through once was bad enough. I lost track after five times in about 10 minutes. Unfortunately, this was not the first time and I know it won't be the last." --Kevin Tipple (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"I'm not offended by a name; only by profane action." --Sheryl Stafford (SSheryljane@aol.com)
"No I am not offended by the name. As a subscriber, I enjoy what Pud has to say in his lively newsletters. I do wonder what he has on his business cards though!" --Roberta Beach Jacobson (email@example.com)
"I think it's appropriate especially if you have ever been screwed over by those offending dot-coms. If it's written f*ckedcompany.com, everyone still knows what it stands for." --Karyn Zoldan (http://www.bridgemarketing.com)
"It's a tacky name but I'm not offended. If they don't mind the negative connotations associated with their name, who am I to tell them to change it?" --Kim Bundy (http://www.sff.net/people/kbundy/index.html)
"My response is between 1) so what if they want to use the word to get attention, and 2) at this stage of the game, is this going to really ruin the morals of this country??? I'd be more concerned if those people were advocating violence, or more uncontrolled weapons in the streets, etc." --DavidTrans@aol.com
"Not offended -- more worried. Filter software is so poor that I believe even my site is blocked -- for including the word "naked" in the title of one of our business eBooks! Seems like we can't actually have freedom of speech on the Internet unless the computers say so!" --Ross (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"I can't say that I find much 'bad' language to be objectionable -- you can't work around newsrooms long and survive if swear words offend you. And to have this company name printed is no problem at all -- it is, after all, a company name. Also, because profanity is part of real life, it does have a place in many novels. And I think that's maybe my point; it has its place but c'mon, guys, let's not overdo it. Bad language for the sake of it doesn't have much of a place anywhere. As I tell my kids, anyone with a half decent vocabulary rarely needs to swear to get their point across. And most of us listen a lot more when we're not being bombarded with these extra words that carry so little weight once the shock value gloss has worn off, which for many of us today, it surely has. Profanity should not be used instead of good, hard-hitting writing." --Glenys O'Connell (email@example.com)
"No. Unless it is out and out bigotry or racism of some kind. Otherwise I think a title like that is funny." --Amy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"I'm only offended by the lack of imagination
of the usual swear words. In other languages you get 'you were
conceived by camel vomit.' But then I've been known to refer to
'ladies of rental virtue' and 'female contract
labor negotiators' instead of hookers and pimps. This works better in German." --email@example.com
"Am I offended when magazines use this company's name in stories? No. What does offend me is that they couldn't think of a better name to begin with. Why Fuckedcompany.com? It's actually quite an interesting and informative Web site that is, um, screwing itself over not only with its socially unacceptable name, but with its provocative site subheads such as 'Assgrab Central' and 'Get Laid.' You people are writers. Learn some real words. I once worked for one of the largest newspapers in the U.S. Imagine my shock when, after a couple of years, I finally met the head honcho, only to discover that every other word he used was 'Goddamn.' Writers should have a decent vocabulary and know how to use it." --firstname.lastname@example.org
"I wouldn't be offended if magazines used the 'name' of this site in it's stories, however I am offended by the use of such unnecessary profanity in stories, period. Ours is a language rich in words -- useful, meaningful words -- let's use them and not reduce ourselves to such meaningless smut." --D. Schuller (email@example.com)
"I am not offended with the word. I read many good books and stories where the word is included, and I accept it. The title of the company, however, is indicative of the owners. They limited their own market by utilizing the word that does offend so many. Shows a lack of common sense." --C. Hope Clark (http://www.chopeclark.com/fundsforwriters.htm)
"Maybe. I'm all for freedom of the press and I would never say that the company name should not be listed simply because of its name but I do find the name distasteful. I've found that when fighting for a cause, profanity and hostility don't get you too far. But the name does invoke a strong, clear message." --firstname.lastname@example.org
"I voted 'other,' because my reaction is I am more annoyed than offended. Flaunting the 'f' word is unnecessary, in my opinion, and hints at sophomoric rebellion. After surviving being the parent of an adolescent male and putting up with raging teenage hormones which included the slamming of doors, over-exercise of the 'f' word and other epithets intended to shock or offend -- I feel I've paid my dues, so to speak. I've had my quota of the word. I am a grown-up. I'm also a writer and fond of expressing myself with words. How unoriginal. Surely there could have been a more creatively clever name for this site?" --Jonette Stabbert (email@example.com)
"I coordinate programs, many of which are for writers, on my job. In addition, I appreciate the connections because of personal creative work, (although my 'job' job often leaves me too tired to write!). The name of the company as mentioned in the survey is problematic for me because this is a place of business. As an educational institution, we probably have a bit more 'academic freedom' than a traditional corporate environment. But it still is difficult and poses a problem. Would I want my director or colleagues to see this? The other thing is we also run a career counseling center, where information from this mentioned site (with profanity in its name) might be very useful to clients, but how professional is it to share something like this with them? It is a real dilemma for me." --Colleen Kruger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"I am not a prude and while I have been known to add vulgar words to the dialogue in my novels, I don't do it for the shock value. I do it for a reason: to express how the character is feeling and to use 'real' language in the storyline. I don't think there are that many folks out there...especially menfolk...who, upon smashing their fingers with a hammer are going to shout: "Oh, shucky darn!" I want realism in my dialogue so I use profanity. That said, though, I am offended by the unnecessary garbage some writers throw into their work simply to get attention. Obviously, the site mentioned in the survey had that in mind. While it does grab the eye, it also shows the level of intelligence and maturity of the Webmaster and his/her staff. Sometimes you just feel like shaking your finger at these idjuts and saying: 'Potty mouth!' I see no redeeming value whatsoever in using such a ridiculous title." --Charlee Compo (http://www.windlegends.com)
"I'm not offended reading the title in a magazine or on the Web, but if I had to read it out loud or reference it in something I wrote -- that's another story." --Mollysnap@webtv.net
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