News

Updated April 9, 2001

 

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

Fotos From the Future, a Web site of short stories by Moses Cramden, recently debuted.

X-Ray, a magazine for British radio station Xfm, will premiere in April as a quarterly music lifestyle publication.

The New York Times recently launched College Times, a section devoted to academic news and information of use to college students and faculty.

Music.com Magazine, a quarterly publication providing music news and reviews, recently debuted. Each issue comes with a multimedia CD.

Instructor New Teacher Magazine, a publication to help new teachers get started in education, recently premiered.

The Chicago Tribune recently launched the new broadsheet-sized version of its Friday section. More commentary from critics and reporters has also been added.

Vampyre Magazine, the bimonthly publication that delves into the vampire myth, has been relaunched by Sabretooth Press.

 

~Publishing Industry Changes

Liz Jones, editor of Marie Claire Magazine, has resigned. She has been replaced by Marie O'Riordan.

Litline.org has stopped hosting most of the journals, presses and organizations once listed on the site. Only publications produced at Illinois State University will remain.

Frontier, BusinessWeek's monthly insert, has changed its name to BusinessWeek SmallBiz.

The e-Writer's Place has gone on a temporary hiatus while the publisher searches for a new Web host.

The Wall Street Journal has raised its U.S. newsstand cost from $.75 to $1.

Bertelsmann and Italian publishing company Mondadori have merged their Spanish language publishing services. The new venture will be called Grupo Editorial Random House Mondadori.

Michael Hann has resigned as the editor of Four Four Two Magazine, in order to edit The Editor. Hann will be replaced by Mat Snow.

Jeff Blackburn, the new general manager of Amazon.com worldwide digital group, has put out a call for major electronic publishers to submit their titles to Amazon's e-bookstore.

Palm, Inc. recently acquired Peanut Press for an undisclosed amount.

LTDBooks launched a new young adult line of e-books.

Fantasy, Folklore and Fairytales has temporarily suspended publication while the publishers move to the U.K.

 

~Publishing-Related Mailing Lists/E-zines

Critique is a monthly newsletter reviewing new and classic literature, magazines and media. Each issue is available in a downloadable PDF.

Health Market Hints (http://www.yahoogroups.com/group/HealthWrite) is a monthly e-zine offering tips on health writing, industry updates, book reviews, news and interviews.

All About E-Zines is a monthly newsletter designed to help newbies learn the ropes of online publishing.

Rom-Critters is a private online writing and critiquing forum for romance writers who are actively and seriously pursuing a career in romance writing. New members are selected quarterly.

The Dream Weaver is a monthly e-zine offering romantic fiction and columns on writing by Su Kopil.

 

~Legal News

The heirs of author Margaret Mitchell's estate have filed suit against Houghton Mifflin to halt publication of Alice Randall's book, "The Wind Done Gone." Randall's book retells the story of "Gone With the Wind" from a slave's perspective, one who claims to be the half-sister of GWTW's heroine, Scarlett O'Hara. The Mitchell estate claims the book violates the copyright of the original novel.

The city of Kirkland, Wash., has filed suit against the owner of Justice Files, a Web site that offers personal information on police officers. City officials say the site intrudes on the officers' privacy rights. Elena Garella, attorney for the Web site, said all of the information was obtained from public records.

 

~Events

CHICAGO, ILL.: The Great Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Challenge, sponsored by The Independent Writers of Chicago, will be held at 5 p.m. on April 10 at the Chicago Marriott, 540 N. Michigan Ave. in Chicago, Ill. Cost is free for members and $15 for nonmembers. For more information, e-mail Marilyn Hopkins.

LOS ANGELES, CALIF.: The Writing & Publishing Nonfiction seminar will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 10 at the Learning Annex in Los Angeles, Calif. The event will be hosted by Dan Poynter. For more information, call (310) 478-6677.

FULLERTON, CALIF.: Author Sam McCarver will discuss the "Magic and Method of Mystery Writing," at 10 a.m. on April 14 during the meeting of the Orange County Branch of the California Writers Club at Downey Savings & Loan, 201 W. Bastanchury in Fullerton, Calif. Cost is free. For more information, call (714) 525-2988.

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y.: The Rare, Used & Out-of-Print Book Fair will be held at 10 a.m. on April 14 at the Tip Top Shoe Building, 155 W. 72nd St., 4th floor in New York City, N.Y. Cost is free. For more information, call (212) 579-0689 or e-mail.

MANALAPAN, N.J.: Author and editor Brian Keene will shares his tips on "guerrilla marketing" for writers at 12 p.m. on April 14 during a meeting of the Garden State Horror Writers at the Monmouth County Library, on Symmes Drive, off Route 9 in Manalapan, N.J. Cost is free. For more information, call (609) 443-3438.

PLANTATION, FLA.: The Mystery Writers of America Florida Chapter Book Fest will be held on April 16 at Barnes & Noble, 591 S. University Dr. in Plantation, Fla. Guest authors include Nancy J. Cohen, Tim Dorsey, Anna Flowers, Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, Joe Gregg, John Lantigua, Stuart McIver, Barbara Parker, P.J. Parrish, Maxwell J. Richards, J.R. Ripley, Deborah & Joel Shlian, Cynthia Smith, Patty Sprinkle, Joyce Sweeney, Elaine Viets, M. Diane Vogt and Dirk Wyle. Cost is free. For more information, call (954) 723-0497.

BUFFALO, N.Y.: E-Poetry, 2001: An International Digital Poetry Festival will be held April 19-21 at the Buffalo-Niagara Marriott Hotel, 1340 Millersport Hwy. in Amherst, N.Y. For more information, e-mail with "E-Poetry 2001" in the subject heading.

 

~Writers Needing Input

Lee Appleyard is seeking information about organizations (U.S. and international) that have taken strides in the reclamation of land and water damaged by the effects of coal mining, as well as information on the impact of coal mining.

G.W. Thomas is looking for authors who write electronically published mysteries for an article he's writing for The Mystery Review.

William Horner is seeking information regarding the student dueling corps and/or the student fighting corps in 1930s Germany. He's also seeking accounts and information regarding the Bestimmungsmensur "duel" at Heidelburg University in 1933 and a physical description of Heidelburg in that year.

 

~Informed Caution

Oxygen Media laid off 35 employees from its online division. In December, Oxygen fired 65 people and shut down its Seattle office.

WinStar, the publisher of Office.com, laid off 2,000 employees.

Brill's Content laid off 14 employees.

Inktomi Corp. laid off 250 employees or 25% of its staff.

Internet.com laid off 65 employees, or 15% of its staff.

CBSNews.com, the online division of CBS News, laid off 20 employees or 25% of its staff.

Due to its recent merger with Primedia, About.com has informed its guides that all compensation packages will be cut. Some pay cuts will be as high as 80%, and the basic stipend for new guides is now back to pre-1997 levels. At least 85 guide sites have also been eliminated.

Chemical Week laid off 20 employees.

Creative Planet laid off 70 employees. The company laid off another 70 employees last December and recently raised $30 million in funding.

Fortune and Fortune Small Business laid off 30 employees.

Akamai, an Internet content-distribution company, laid off 180 people, or 14% of it staff.

Exp.com laid off 25 people or 25% of its staff. The company also laid off employees in December.

Viant laid off 211 employees or 38% of its staff. The company will also close its offices in Houston, San Francisco and Munich, Germany.

Religious fundamentalists in Pittsburgh, Penn., burned copies of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books, along with copies of the Disney videos, "Hercules" and "Pinocchio," because they contain paranormal material.

eCompany Now Magazine laid off seven employees or 10% of its staff.

go2 Systems laid off 35 employees.

zUniversity.com laid off more than 120 employees.

Emap, a publishing house in the U.K., laid off 100 employees from its online division.

TheStreet.com laid off 38 employees, or about 20% of its staff, mostly from the editorial department.

Wal-Mart has announced a company-wide decision to not sell the book, "American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing," by Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck.

 

~Dead Publications/Publishers

eBookNet.com has shut down.

Cinema Papers, Australia's longest-running film magazine, has closed. Recent contributors are still waiting to be paid.

iDolls.com has been suspended.

RadioDigest.com has shut down. Recent contributors are still waiting to be paid.

eCircles.com will close on April 15.

Whoodoo.com has been suspended. Recent contributors are still waiting to be paid.

SV Magazine, the weekly Sunday magazine in the San Jose Mercury News, will shut down this month.

The Berlin Reporter, a newspaper that has been published in New Hampshire for over 100 years, has closed.

CalendarCentral has been suspended.

Third Voice has shut down.

Internet.com has closed its Miami news site, and laid off its South Florida reporter. News from that state will now be covered on the Atlanta site.

All Star Newspaper has been suspended.

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Last Week's News
 

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

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has launched a new portal, and changed its URL.

JBS Publishing, Inc., an electronic publisher, recently debuted three Web sites: Read-A-Bargain, Reader House and Pixel Press.

The Chinese government has granted two online entities permission to publish news on the Web: SINA.com and Sohu.com.

BusinessTechnology.com, a Web portal for senior executives looking for technology-based business solutions, recently premiered.

The New York Times recently debuted three new weekly, e-mail products: Your Money, Travel Dispatch and Circuits.

Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun and the International Herald Tribune have joined forced to publish a daily English-language newspaper in Japan. The publication will launch on April 2.

 

~Publishing Industry Changes

S. Joan Popek has resigned as the editor of Millennium Science Fiction & Fantasy Magazine. The new editor is Diana R. Moreland.

Brandon Holly has resigned as the fashion editor of GQ. The new senior editor for style is Katrina Szish.

GamePro.com has been redesigned.

Dorothy Kalins, former editor-in-chief of Saveur and Garden Design magazines, has been hired as the executive editor of Newsweek.

The Los Angeles Times canceled its four Valley edition columns. The site plans to launch Ann O'Neill's "City of Angles," column to cover the L.A. social set. On May 6, the newspaper will also expand its Metro section.

Variety.com has redesigned its Web site and switched to subscription-based access.

The National Writers Union and Contentville have joined forces to design a Web-based licensing system to help compensate writers for their work. The Publications Rights Clearinghouse lets writers register the copyright of their work and receive royalty payments for any work that is sold on the Contentville site.

Fuckedcompany.com has started a subscriptions service. The free version of the site will still be available, but the amount of information will be more limited than with the paid service.

AtRandom.com plans to offer paperback version of its electronic titles.

Director Spike Lee will write a sports column for Gotham Magazine.

 

~Publishing-Related Mailing Lists/E-zines

The Inscriptions Book Club -- Love to discuss the books you read? The Inscriptions Book Club lets professional writers/editors gather in cyberspace to share opinions about the monthly selection. The April selection is "Hearts in Atlantis," by Stephen King.

Creative Journaling is a mailing list designed to promote and encourage the use of daily journaling.

 

~RIP

John Ardoin, veteran music critic and author, died from complications of lymphoma. He was 66. Ardoin spent more than three decades at The Dallas Morning News in Texas, writing articles about music. He also wrote four books.

Richard Harwood, veteran reporter, editor and ombudsman for The Washington Post, died of cancer. He was 75. Harwood won the George Polk Memorial Award and the Distinguished Service Medal of Sigma Delta Chi for reporting. In 1997, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Thomas Pryor, former editor of Daily Variety, died. Cause of death was not released. He was 89. Pryor spent almost 30 years with the magazine, until he retired in 1988. For three decades before that, he covered the film industry for The New York Times.

Frank Wilder, editor of The Patriot Ledger in Massachusetts, died. Cause of death was not released. He was 51. Wilder previously worked for the Boston Herald, the North Wyoming Daily News in Wyoming and the Biddeford Journal Tribune in Maine.

 

~Events

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y.: The discussion, "How Freelancers Can Keep and Upgrade Their Skills in a Time of Change," will be held at 6 p.m. on March 28 at the Verizon Headquarters, Auditorium, 23rd Fl., 1095 Avenue of the Americas in New York City, N.Y. Panelists include Arturo Sinclair, Agency.com; Michael Williams, C3i, Inc.; Sara Horowitz, Working Today; and Greg Elin, Greg Elin Inc. Cost for NYNMA members is free, and $15 for nonmembers. For more information, e-mail Lorraine Martin.

BALTIMORE, MD.: The Write Now Literary Conference will be held March 30-31 at Coppin State College, Tawes Center, 2500 W. North Ave. in Baltimore, Md. For more information, e-mail.

PORTLAND, ORE.: The Oregon Book Fair will be held March 30-31 at Portland's Memorial Coliseum, I-5 Rose Garden Exit in Portland, Ore. Cost is $6. For more information, e-mail.

PALM HARBOR, FLA.: The Publishing and Book Marketing Seminar will be held at 1 p.m. on March 31 at Books-A-Million, 33550 U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor, Fla. Guest speaker will be publishing consultant Sylvia Hemmerly. For more information, e-mail.

ASHEVILLE, N.C.: The "Suspense & Imagination" panel will be held at 2 p.m. on March 31 at Barnes & Noble, 83 S. Tunnel Road, Suite E in Asheville, N.C. Guest speakers will be Scott Nicholson, Robin Spriggs, Joshua Warren, Steve Eller and James Newman. For more information, call (828) 296-9326.

 

~Writers Needing Input

Brad Cook is seeking information regarding post-World War II adoptions, specifically German children being brought to America.

 

~Informed Caution

Access Magazine laid off 21 employees, or 25% of its staff.

Contentville.com laid off four employees, who were in charge of areas receiving minimal traffic.

Healthgate has decided to discontinue the acceptance of queries from its contributors. All queries will now be made on an invitation-only basis.

Grassroots.com laid off 13 employees, or 22% of its staff.

Electronic Arts laid off over 150 employees.

The Associated Press Web site was hacked last week by the group, HFURY.

iWon.com laid off 38 employees.

The Boca Raton News laid off 30 employees.

 

~Dead Publications/Publishers

Speak Magazine has closed.

Mature Outlook Magazine has shut down, and laid off six employees.

MaritimeDirect.com has ceased operations.


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