B U S Y F R E E L A N C E R
Monthly Publication For Freelancing Parents
November 1, 2002 Volume 1 Issue 11
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In This Issue...
>>>> Letter From the Editor, Kim Wilson
"How I Found My Writer's Voice"
by Heidi Hoff
>>>> Write From Home Site Updates
>>>> New Column: Regional Reviews
by Hilary Evans
"To Market To Market"
by Nadia Ali
>>>> Success Spotlight
"Connect the Dots"
by Christine Collier
>>>> Paying Markets
░░░░░ LETTER FROM THE EDITOR ░░░░░
I love this time of the year. The crisp temperatures,
shorter daylight hours and the Thanksgiving holiday
put me in a great mood.
This year I have so much to be thankful for. (Don't
worry, I won't bore you with my own list.) If you
get a chance, take a moment and reflect. What are you
thankful for? You'll be amazed at how many blessings, big and
small, come to mind.
This is a great exercise to spawn article ideas. For
example, several years ago I lost contact with a dear
friend. After many years of searching, this past
August I found her. I discovered she had also been looking
for me and the strong bond we once shared was still there.
Ideas such as essays on friendship and numerous how-to
articles are waiting to be penned.
I realize everyone has their troubles. But no matter what
situation you're in, finding things your thankful for will
not only generate writing material, it will also lift your
spirits and appreciation for the positive moments in your
Here's wishing all of you a happy, safe and healthy
"Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you
are usually right" --Henry Ford
"How I Found My Writer's Voice"
by Heidi Hoff
I found my writer's voice after I had children. Before
their arrival I made several attempts at writing but the
words that spilled out onto the paper lacked cohesiveness,
flow and rhythm. I read books about how to find it and read
the works of many authors to see fine examples of it but
whenever I tried to emulate someone's style it sounded
awkward. The words were mine but the voice was someone
else's. I'd go back to it every once and a while, testing
the waters by writing about little things that happened in
my life but it still wasn't me. I remember people in my
high school English class having their voice and I was in
my mid thirties still looking for mine.
With the birth of our first daughter, writing was shelved
for a while. Motherhood opened up a whole new world to me
and little did I know that my voice was being strengthened
by my new experiences. What did I know about being a
mother? I had no preparation, no experience and no idea
that I would come to know love on such an intense level. I
was challenged by my new role and couldn't wait to learn.
I quit a job to be there for her, to be the first person
she saw in the morning and the last to kiss her goodnight,
every night. I worked hard for my family, putting aside my
needs for the sake of hers and my husband's. My sacrifice
made my voice even stronger. The only writing I had time
for was in a journal that I started for Emily when she was
born. I tried to write descriptive passages about her life
as it was then, so she would later read about my loving
feelings for her. When I look back on those entries, I hear
my voice in the words but it is faint.
When our second daughter was born I gave more of myself to
my family than I ever thought possible. Many days I felt
drained, empty and exhausted but pressed on because their
love filled me back up again. Journal number two was
started for Erin and slowly with each entry I was more
pleased with how my voice sounded. In my writer's voice I
heard the fatigue that comes with little sleep. I heard
the happiness and fulfillment that my family brought me. I
heard my prayers to God, thanking Him for the gifts and
the challenges He bestowed upon me to make me stronger and
test my character day after day.
My daughters are a little older now and when I sit down to
write, my voice is there. It's immediate, it's strong and
what I'm feeling inside comes through me onto paper. A
writer's voice comes at different times and in different
ways for everyone. Mine came to me through love.
Heidi Hoff is a freelance writer and publisher of Preschool
Planet, an e-zine for parents of preschool aged children.
She lives with her family in beautiful British Columbia,
░░░░░ WRITE FROM HOME SITE UPDATES ░░░░░
==>>"Life of a Writer Mom" Column by Carla Charter
This month read "Signs Along the Writing Road" at
==>>Articles Added to Write From Home
Direct links to these articles can be found at
* "The Best of Both Worlds"
by Pamela Kessler
* "Capturing the Spark"
by Andrea L. Mack
* "Three-Ring Circus"
by Heather V. Long
* "Interviewing...with Children"
by Carol Sjostrom Miller
* "Using the Internet to Write From Home"
by Dana Mitchells
* "Writing Around House Guests"
by Uma Girish
* "Perhaps Never Before Has So Much Been Written So Badly"
by Mark Landsbaum
* "Everything I Needed to Know About Rejection I Learned in
by Carol Sjostrom Miller
* "How To Make All Your Friends Hate You"
by Sharon Wren
NEW COLUMN-----> REGIONAL REVIEWS
by Hilary Evans
Not too surprising is the fact that many regional parenting
magazines have articles specifically for adults. Instead of
focusing on what kids are doing at such and such stage,
topics revolve around savings plans, breast cancer
prevention and dealing with divorce.
The following two markets are examples of magazines that
focus on the whole family, meaning parents matter too.
Remember to localize articles by using area experts or
paying attention to community calendars. Have fun selling!
* Chesapeake Family
1202 West Street, Suite 100
Annapolis, MD 21401
Chesapeake Family covers the Annapolis area of Maryland.
This includes Bowie, Upper Marlboro, and Kent Island, and
most of Anne Arundel and Calvert Counties. The editor,
Suzette Guiffre, is responsible for perfecting the 40,000
copies of Chesapeake Family distributed each month.
What does it take to get in between these pages? A local
tie, and apparently, an emphasis on the outdoors. The
articles archived at the Web site all have to do with
outdoor activity. Hiking, school sports, and bike riding to
be specific. Two articles outlay specific recreation points
in the area, the third uses examples from local sports
Even the parent driven articles are based on activity.
"Working in Exercise Without Working Out" from the October
2002 issue clearly demonstrates the magazine's target
audience. Active, interested parents who want the best for
their children, and themselves.
* Memphis Parent
460 Tennessee Street
Memphis, TN 38103
Another monthly magazine with a circulation of 40,000,
Memphis Parent also recognizes moms and dads have special
needs. Serving the Metro Memphis area - including
Germantown, Bartlett and Cordova - editor Jane Schneider
runs a tight ship.
The magazines guidelines are spelled out plainly on the
Web site, and articles are subject to a board of experts.
While most articles are concerning children and their
issues, I've found that every other issue tends to have an
adult-specific article. Recent examples are Septembers,
"Building a Friendship Bridge" a post-child guide to
bonding with OUR peers and July's "Shopping for Financial
Ms. Schneider prefers e-mailed queries to full articles,
and asks that writers wanting to submit on-spec use postal
mail. Faxes are not welcome. Manuscripts for Memphis Parent
will require basic information, including name, address,
phone number, word count and available rights.
The articles in Memphis Parent are well researched, and
use more than one source for information. Unless you are
an expert in your field, keep first person pieces to
essays. This woman expects facts to be checked, and names
to be correct. Getting your foot in the door is worth the
Memphis Parent won the Parenting Publication of America's
2000 Gold Award of Excellence for editorial content. Both
the magazine and the Web site are well put together, and
professional. The pay for reprints is moderate, and for
original articles, excellent. Best of all, like Chesapeake
Family, Memphis Parent offers writers an opportunity to
address the adult concerns that come along with children.
Having a niche market is a wonderful way to build clips for
national magazines, but don't be fooled. Magazines with
specific markets regularly offer writers opportunities to
branch out, while maintaining positions with the editors
they already know and love.
Hilary Evans is the mother of three children, and lives
with her family in Fort Dodge, IA. Her work has appeared in
several regional parenting magazines both online and in
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"To Market, to Market"
by Nadia Ali
Gather your basket full of manuscripts, fiction and
nonfiction and follow me as we take a walk down to the
writer's market. A place where we will find a market that's
right for your writing. The Internet is the best place to
start, particularly with the aid of search engines that can
offer up a host of writers' links in seconds. Finding a
market to sell your masterpiece should not be too difficult
an experience for you to handle.
* Writer's Data Base
There are sites that have writer's guideline databases which
are free for visitors to peruse. Every so often these
databases are updated so most times you read fairly current
particulars. The ability to locate the right market can be
found under simple categories of publications. For example
if you have written something about how to plan the perfect
kids birthday party, you can search under family or
parenting. You will find a whole host of various
publications and online resources which detail things like
the word count, required writing style, who to contact, and
other such specifications.
Two sites to search are:
* Writer E-zines and Newsletters
Markets can be found via the Internet by joining free
newsletters and e-zines that not only provide up to date
market information but also tips and advice on the topic of
writing. Normally markets found in e-zines are in direct
response to needs specified by the editor who appeals to
writers for submissions on "ASAP" basis. Thus the quicker
your response to these ads the better for you.
Below are five places containing markets.
* Newspaper Markets
Local newspapers also offer a great place to sell your
work. Unlike the previous markets the best place to look
for guidelines is right in your living room with your own
daily paper. Even coffee shops, libraries and those offices
we go to for the sake of our kids such as dental and doctor
offices offer a good selection of newspapers for you to
browse through. Many freelancers find this an ideal place
to gather publishing clips, extra money and constant work
while exploring other markets.
You can find a large selection of newspapers at:
Always read and re-read your articles before sending them
anywhere. Better yet have someone else read them to you.
Having spent all that time finding a market, following the
guidelines and then writing a piece to suit, you really don't
want to be turned down because of mistakes. Remember you
can always take the same article and re-slant it using your
writing skills and turn it into a different article
altogether. For example a parenting issue on how to cope
with your kids on a car trip can be turned into a travel
issue about 10 tips for traveling with kids on the road.
With an abundance of market sites, writers guidelines,
online resources, publications and periodicals out there
you will find a home for your basket full of goodies.
Nadia Ali is a freelance writer who works from the comfort
of her home. As a mother of two, she tries to balance the
schedules of her children and writing deadlines. She has
found her niche in travel and greeting cards. Credits
include High Cotton, Kalan LP Greetings, an interview with
Writing-World.com, Kinetic Travel & Inland Mania.
Share your success with others. Regardless of how big or
small, I want to know about your accomplishments. If you
sell an article, receive a book contract, or met a writing
goal send the information to
e-mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject
'success spotlight' and I'll print your news item in the
next issue. (Hint: this a great area to do a little
shameless self promotion.)
**** Debbie Williams writes:
I just had to share the good news with you and your readers:
I finally met a writing goal this fall. I now have a regular
column in a national print publication! Since I didn't use
the regular methods to achieve it, it's even more precious
Once again networking has opened the doors of opportunity:
this columnist position came as a result of writing for
"Byline" for a couple of years, but even more importantly,
sharing content and cross promoting with the editors who
finally could use my work. Never underestimate the power
of promoting others--you just never know when your paths
will cross again.
My monthly organizing column can be read in "ePregnancy
Magazine," available at most news stands the first week of
Thanks for providing us with the means to share both the
highs and lows of our writing journey---
more time, less stress, better quality of family life
Put Your House In Order: A Study Course for Christian Home Managers
Home Management 101: A Guide for Busy Parents
**** Christine Collier writes:
The first part of 2002 began a turn around in my humble
writing career. First I made many sales to Kim and it just
seemed to blossom from then. Other writing article sales
(ICL, the Writer's Journal and Writer's Digest
correspondence school) and many children's stories to the
online E magazine, Wee Ones, continued to encourage me.
Sales to Hopscotch, GP4K, Dollar Stretcher, Rainy Day
Corner,and Simple Joy continued to reinforce my writing.
As this was happening I continued to work on my short story
mysteries about four women writers that become such good
friends they form the Writer's Club. Each will face many
mysteries. One writer receives a beautiful antique bridal
chest for a wedding gift from her husband. What happens
when a new name, her husband's late wife's name is suddenly
carved into the chest? Another writer will work in a
beautiful old bookshop, The Wren's Nest, which caters to
first edition and rare books, she will face a masked
intruder. An old writing desk will reveal a secret drawer
with old letters from the past and a charming old inkwell
will become a beautiful memory from long ago. This book,
The Writer's Club, is for sale at
The first chapter can be read at I Universe.
"Connect the Dots"
by Christine Collier
Remember when you were a child and received a book of
connect the dots puzzles? Sometimes the picture in the
puzzle could be seen without even connecting the numbers
together with a line. However, sometimes it was a complete
surprise. I always loved them, especially when the numbers
went very high in order to complete the picture. In a way
writing is like connecting the dots. Some stories start out
with an obvious story line from the beginning. Others take
twists and turns and take us to unknown territory. We
connect the spaces to complete the story.
Our number "one" in writing is the opening of the story.
"One" is usually larger in size than all the other numbers
in a connect the dots puzzle; the beginning dot is the most
important point of the entire puzzle. Without a proper
beginning the puzzle is ruined. How true this is of our
story as well. If our beginning doesn't have a hook or
something to catch our attention the story will go unread.
All the rest of the dots follow smoothly along, sometimes
very short distances, sometimes with long detours of lines.
So goes our plot, hopefully smooth and easy with good
dialogue that moves our story quickly. Sometimes however,
it takes us on an exciting, unexpected turn.
Okay, there are a few numbers left; most of the puzzle is
complete. Can you see a picture taking shape? Is your story
tight and clearly defined? Do the first few sentences carry
you throughout the story?
Finally, the end is near, your puzzle is done. Are your
lines straight from dot to dot? What about your writing,
did following the "dots to dots" fill in all the details
and in the end produce a completed story?
Christine Collier began her writing career as an "empty
nester mom" after Amy, Adam and Andrew flew the nest. She
became a first time grandmother of Emma this past fall.
Collier completed a writing course at the Institute of
Children's Literature, and presently is taking the advanced
writing course at ICL. She enjoys writing middle grade
fiction, especially mysteries. Recently she wrote a short
adult "cozy" mystery. Her work has appeared in Holiday &
Seasonal Celebrations, WeeOnes, Once Upon A Time and the
Institute of Children's Literature. She writes a chat news
column for the newsletter for children's writers, From
Dolly's Desk, mailto:email@example.com telling of
sales, markets and good news about her fellow writers.
She can be reached by sending
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ATTENTION PUBLISHERS! If you are a paying market send your
guidelines to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org and
they'll be printed in this publication.
Reminder About Paying Markets:
Make sure and read the complete writer's guidelines by
either visiting the Web site or requesting them via e-mail
or postal mail.
You'll notice I don't publish the editor's name with a
listing. Because editorial positions frequently change it's
in your best interest to visit the Web site or contact the
publication prior to querying or submitting and request the
name of the current editor. (I'd hate to supply you with a
name, only for you to submit to the wrong editor.)
Travel magazine focused on destinations and tourist
attractions. Eager to work with new and unpublished
Seeks first-person stories.
Pays: $25 (Canadian)
Length: 750-850 words
Rights: One-time electronic use. (The Web site states
they also publish the story in a small chain of five
regional weekly newspapers.)
Accepts e-mails queries and submissions in the body of an
The Drexel Online Journal
Department of English and Philosophy
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Online general interest magazine.
Fiction: Short stories. Not interested in erotica, romance,
Length: up to 3,000 words.
Essays: Personal experience, humor, history, culture,
technology, health, work, the arts, among others.
Length: 1,500-2,500 words
Slice: Brief pieces of fiction and nonfiction.
Length: 200-800 words
New Terrain: Personal travel experiences.
Arts and Entertainment
Length: 800 words
Poetry: Payments starts at $25/poem
All payments are made one month after publication.
Accepts submissions vial e-mail (prefers attachments in
doc or rtf format) and postal mail. See Web site for
current list of editors.
Science Fiction and Fact
475 Park Ave. South, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Science fiction stories.
Pays on acceptance 6-8 cents/word for stories up to
7,500 words and $450-600 for stories between 7,500-10,000
words, and 5-6 cents/word for longer pieces.
Also interested in fact articles with a length of
approximately 4,000 words.
Does not accept simultaneous submissions. All submissions
must be sent via postal mail.
100 W. Putnam Ave.
Greenwich, CT 06830-5316
Men's general interest and lifestyle magazine.
Publishes book excerpts, how-to, humor, inspirational,
personal experience, interview/profile, technical and
Length: 350-1,200 words
Pays on acceptance 50-80 cents/word for assigned articles
and 25-80 cents/word for unsolicited articles.
Buys FNSR and reprint rights. Sample copy free, writer's
guidelines for a #10 SASE.
Does not publish fiction.
The Good Health Guide to Cancer Prevention and Treatment
48 S. Service Road, Suite 310
Melville, NY 11747
Bimonthly magazine covering cancer prevention and
Seeks essays, interviews/profiles and health pieces of
Buys all rights and pays $1/word. Accepts simultaneous
submissions and brief e-queries.
Request guidelines and free sample copy at above address.
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