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     N a t i o n a l    W r i t e r ' s   M o n t h l y

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                     February, 1998

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NATIONAL WRITER'S MONTHLY. A division of The Write Markets Report.
ISSN 1094-1541. Copyright 1998 Deep South Publishing Company.

From the Publisher's Desk
In the News 
Free Mags! 
Guidelines by e-mail 
Guidelines on-line 
Paying Markets

Q: I would like to get recommendation letters from editors, but don't
know how to approach them. 

A: When you receive a positive statement from an editor, in writing or
by phone, ask them if you can quote them in your marketing materials.
Most, if not all, will say yes. 

Q: I want to self-publish my booklet, but don't have the money to pay
a vanity publisher. What can I do?

A: After completing my booklet, "How to Be A Syndicated Newspaper 
Columnist," I 'self-published' it for $30. Using Microsoft 
Word, I formatted the pages myself, and asked a friend with graphic 
design experience to create an attractive cover for me. He was happy 
to help at no charge. I took the finished product to my local copy 
shop and ordered 10 copies. They used card stock for the covers and 
plain, inexpensive paper for the body. I quickly placed ads on the 
Internet and was thrilled when all ten copies were sold within three 
days. I returned to the copy shop and ordered twenty more booklets 
using the money I received for the first batch. Within a few weeks, I 
had developed a wonderful relationship with the copy shop owner and 
he offered to print the booklets professionally and let me pay for 
them on an as-needed basis. I still self-publish the booklet and have 
a difficult time keeping it in stock. The price is now $5.95 (down 
from $14.95) and I receive inquiries and orders every day. 

Q: I have so many article ideas that I have a difficult time focusing 
on each one. I think my disorganization is severely limiting the 
number of queries I could be sending out. Can you give me some 
organizational advice for my ideas?

A: It is often hard for creative professionals to stay focused on 
individual tasks. My advice is to purchase an accordion file at your 
local office supply store. Choose one that is labeled by month. The 
next step is to keep a small note pad by your side at all times. When 
you have an idea, write it down quickly on your note pad and get back 
to the task at hand. At the end of each day, file your ideas in the 
accordion file. This simple method has helped me stay focused and 

Do you have questions regarding profitable freelancing? Send them 
to with "WM Q&A" in the subject header.


24-Hour Short Story Contest
The 1998 Annual National Writer's Monthly 24-Hour Short Story Contest will be 
held this summer. If you're interested, please send us 
e-mail so we can add you to the list. Guidelines will be sent to 
entrants in March. Contest rules: Contest topic will be 
simultaneously e-mailed to all participants at a pre-scheduled time. 
Topic will also be posted at our website for those experiencing 
e-mail problems. Stories are due back within 24 hours of start-time. 
Stories must be received by e-mail or fax. Entry fee will be $2 per 
entrant. One entry per person. Cash prizes will be awarded for 
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place stories. Winners will be announced 2-4 weeks 
after contest deadline. Do _not_ send entry fees at this time.

In the News

Failed Magazines
The Web
Internet World

New Magazines
Teen People
Time Inc's new People spin-off. Celebrity news and profiles mixed 
with human-interest stories. 
CONTACT: Christie Hrunka, Managing Editor, Teen People, 1271 Avenue 
of the Americas, 37th floor, New York, NY 10020. 

The Spanish edition of eMOTION! (sic) magazine -- the automotive 
industry's newest publication -- will have the largest Hispanic 
readership of any magazine in North America, according to Publisher 
Myron Stokes. The magazine will reach more than a million Hispanic 
households as a newspaper supplement in major markets throughout 
North America. Due out in early March, the first issue also will have 
an English-language circulation of 2 million households. CONTACT: 
Myron Stokes, Publisher, 313-628-0721, or David Morales, Editor, 

ESPN Magazine
Launching March 11, 1998, will utilize ESPN's award-winning variety of
sports news resources combined with fast-paced, timely, in-depth
commentary and opinion. Bi-weekly. CONTACT: Jon Pessah, Deputy 
Editor; Terry Egan, Senior Editor (Hockey, Auto Racing, and Tennis); 
Neil Fine, Senior Editor (Front-of-the-Book Sections and Horse 
Racing); Roxanne Jones, Senior Editor (Professional Football and 
Boxing); Chris Raymond, Senior Editor (College Sports); Glen 
Waggoner, Senior Editor (Baseball and Golf).

Meredith Corporation's new magazine for women over 40 will launch in 
Sept. 98. CONTACT: Myrna Blyth, Editor-in-Chief, More Magazine, 1716 
Locust St., Des Moines, IA 50309.


Cynthia Morgan is the new editor at BYTE.


The following *paying* markets offer free sample issues on request.
Please request sample only if you plan to query them in the future.

Bob Vila's American Home
250 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019

Desktop Engineering Magazine
P.O. Box 874
Peterborough, NH 03458

Desktop Publishers Journal
462 Boston St.
Topsfield, MA 01983-1232
Attn: Jennifer Paul Carton, Managing Editor

Fiery Foods Magazine
P.O. Box 4980
Albuquerque, NM 87196

55 West Oak Ridge Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(send SASE with two 1st-class stamps)

Heartland USA
1 Sound Shore Drive
Greenwich, CT 06830
(send SASE with two 1st-class stamps)

High Country News
P.O. Box 1090
Paonia, CO 81428


The following *paying* markets provide writer's guidelines by e-mail:

Boston Review Politics
literature and culture
Pays to $125

Eating Well Online, George Online, Premier Online, Elle Online
Electronic versions of Eating Well, George, Premier and Elle
Pay varies

Designed to inspire home among its readers by publishing stories of
people making a difference in families, companies, communities, and
Pays $0.30/word

SPARE TIME magazine
Money-making opportunities, business advice, selling and marketing,
management, taxes, technology, education, and training for small 
and home-based entrepreneurs and for business startups. 
Pays $0.15/word

Swing Magazine
Lifestyle magazine written by, for, and about people in their twenties
Pays $0.75/word

Veggie Life
Growing Green, Cooking Lean, Feeling Good
Pays $0.35/word

Brings insight and inspiration to Christian women who want their 
faith to lead their lives. 
Pays $0.15-0.25/word.


The following *paying* markets provide writer's guidelines on-line:

The Armchair Detective
Quarterly magazine devoted to mystery and crime fiction
Pays $12/printed page

Hands-on, how-to clinical journal for hospital, critical care,
emergency, and home health nurses. 
Pays $50-75/printed page

Stone Soup
Stories, poems, books reviews, and artwork by young people through age
Pays $10 flat fee 

Career education magazine featuring news, trends, interviews, and new
Pays $600-800 for features

Thunder Mountain Press, America's On-line Bookstore, features a sample
author's contract at:



Reprinted from The Write Markets Report
Free e-issue on request to

Adventure Journal, 650 S. Orcas St., Suite 103, Seattle, WA 98108.
P(206)762-1922. F(206)762-1886. Website pending
. Attn: Submissions Editor. Features
insightful, informative articles about travel that go beyond the norm.
Welcomes new writers. Circ. 150K. Bimonthly. Pays within 30 days of
publication. Publishes ms 1-2 months after acceptance. Buys first N.A.
serial rights that remain for a period of 6 months. No reprints.
Responds 8 weeks. Sample $3.50 + large SASE. Subscription $13.50; call
(800)846-8575. Guidelines by mail with SASE. NEEDS: Features on
international travel; discovery articles on hideaways; quick getaway
articles. Pays $0.15/word for unsolicited mss. Features average
2,500-3,500 words; other articles 700-1,200 words. Submit query,
clips, and social security or taxpayer ID number by mail with SASE.
PHOTOS/ART: Must be itemized on separate submission sheet that
includes name, address, phone number, and social security number. Pays
$50-400 depending on size. HINTS: "We need mss for The Adventurer's
Palate - articles about good food that travelers discover on their

Entrepreneur's Home Office, 2392 Morse Avenue, Irvine, CA 92614.
F(714)755-4211. E-mail .  Website
. Janean Chun, Articles 
Editor. 50-60% freelance. Entrepreneur's Home Office is a magazine to 
help home-based business owners grow their businesses. The readers 
have been in business for more than 3 years and are in need of 
information from technology to legal issues to balancing family and 
business. Welcomes new writers. Circ. 150K. Bimonthly beginning in 
March, '98. Pays 30-45 days after acceptance. Buys first world 
rights. No reprints. Responds 6-8 weeks. Sample $2.95 + $3 shipping 
with a note requesting sample issue. Subscription $18.00; $24 Canada; 
$30 other. Guidelines by mail with SASE or by e-mail. NEEDS: Feature 
articles important to the sophisticated home-based business owner. 
Pay varies, usually $500-600 for first-time writers. Submit query, 
cover letter, and bio by mail with SASE. PHOTOS/ART: No HINTS: "You 
need to look at the magazine before you query. We need new angles. 
Biggest mistake is making an idea too broad or too basic. Send a 
well-written query letter with an article idea we haven't thought of 
before that would inform our readers. Sounds basic, but a lot of 
writers don't do this."

FPINS - Fotopress Independent News Service International, Box 1268,
Station "Q", Toronto, ON M4T 2P4, Canada. P(416)299-4887.
F(416)299-6442-fax correspondence limited to 3 pages, good for
time-sensitive news. E-mail . Website
. Provides a wide variety of text,
photographs, illustrations, graphics, and comics to magazines,
newspapers, radio, TV stations, and the motion picture industry.
Considers "substantially revised versions of previously published
articles." Responds 8 weeks. NEEDS: Fillers, magazine columns,
magazine features, newspaper columns and features, news items, radio
broadcast material, documentary, government, the environment, travel,
art, sports, entertainment, and lifestyles. Buys one-shot and article
series on international politicians, scientists, celebrities and
religious leaders. Pays 50-75% for syndicated materials and sends
copies of all clips. Also handles books for reprint on health, beauty,
aging, and other timely topics in related fields. Pay varies. Submit
6-12 columns of 500-3,000 words each. One-time articles can range from
one-part to multi-part series, each of ~1,500 words. Submit ms typed,
double-spaced on 8.5x11 paper with name, byline, brief bio, phone
number, fax number, e-mail, and social security/insurance number on
the first page of copy. E-mail submissions also accepted in text-only
format. Enclose SAE with postal money order for amount of return
postage if you want your ms returned. PHOTOS/ART: See above. Photos
purchased with or without features for minimum of $7.50 (CDN) each.
Color slides or Photo CD preferred; must be fully captioned. Request
photographer's guidelines. HINTS: "We require material to be of a
universal nature as publication may be up to one year after
acceptance. Be sure to research your idea thoroughly. Note if articles
have been previously published and where. In your biography, tell us
who you are and why you are qualified to write a particular story."

NATIONAL WRITER'S MONTHLY, 1006 S. Country Club, Shoreacres, TX 77571.
E-mail Website under construction. Carolyn 
Ulmer, Managing Editor. 50% freelance. Electronic marketing 
newsletter sent to freelance writers free-of-charge. Circ. 3,871. 
Monthly. Pays on publication. Publishes ms 1-3 months after 
acceptance. Buys electronic rights (issues are archived at website). 
Accepts reprints. Sample free by e-mail. Subscription free. 
Guidelines by e-mail. NEEDS: Short items on how to sell the written 
word. Pays $10 flat fee for mss to 300 words. PHOTOS/ART: No HINTS: 
Also seeks mss on inspirational success stories. Must be "how-to." 
Show readers how you or another writer achieved success (first sale, 
big sale, self-publishing, etc.).

Orange Coast magazine, 3701 Birch St., Suite 100, Newport Beach, CA 
92660. P(714)862-1133. F(714)862-0133. E-mail . Website
. Martin J. Smith, Editor; Sharon Chan,
Associate Editor. 90% freelance. Regional lifestyle magazine serving
residents of Orange County. Welcomes new writers. Circ. 40K. Monthly.
Pays 1 month after acceptance. Publishes ms 3 months after acceptance.
Buys first serial rights. No reprints. Responds 2 weeks. Sample may be
purchased from circulation department or check Orange County
bookstores. Subscription $15; $27 outside US. Guidelines by mail with
SASE. NEEDS: Queries. Pays $400-700 for features of 2,000-3,000 words;
$100-200 for departments; $25-50 for shortcuts. Submit query, cover
letter, and clips by mail with SASE. PHOTOS/ART: No HINTS: "Read
previous issues. Remember that you are writing for an audience that is
literate, wealthy, and sophisticated, but avoid dry, intellectual

Reno Air Approach, 650 S. Orcas St., Suite 103, Seattle, WA  98108.
P(206)762-1922. F(206)762-1886. E-mail
. Heidi Schuessler, Managing Editor.
80% freelance. Inflight magazine for Reno Air. Welcomes new writers.
Circ. 35K print run reaching 500K passengers/month. Monthly. Pays on
publication or on acceptance depending on experience. Publishes ms 2-3
months after acceptance. Buys first N.A. serial rights. No reprints.
Responds 6-8 weeks. Sample $2 to cover postage. Subscription N/A.
Guidelines by mail with SASE or by e-mail. NEEDS: Travel stories,
personality profiles, business stories, restaurant and hotel reviews.
Pays up to $0.25/word for features of 2,500-3,000 words and
departments of 75-600 words. Submit query, clips, and bio by mail with
SASE. PHOTOS/ART: Contact Art Director.

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