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February 1, 2003 Volume 2 Issue 2
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In This Issue...
>>>> Letter From the Editor, Kim Wilson
"Unlimited Markets for Every Idea"
by Angela Butera Dickson
>>>> Write From Home Site Updates
>>>> Column: Regional Reviews
by Hilary Evans
"Work at Home Writer or Chameleon?"
by Andrea L. Mack
>>>> Success Spotlight
>>>> Excellent Editors
>>>> Paying Markets
░░░░░ LETTER FROM THE EDITOR ░░░░░
Hanging on my office wall is a calendar of nature photos.
Sprinkled throughout this calendar are little pearls of
wisdom. One reads, "There's nothing like 20 below to make
you appreciate 20 above." This quote reminds me of the
motivational "glass half-full or half-empty" story.
A few weeks ago my husband officially received "the call"
from Uncle Sam. His Army Reserve unit was once again
mobilized. I'm now back to being a happily-married-single-
mom, and that got me thinking about "my glass," but not
in the traditional sense of having a positive or negative
attitude, but rather from the perspective of "how much" is
in my glass.
According to the old saying, the focus is on the glass
being halfway filled--my glass was almost over-flowing. I
reevaluated my priorities and goals, making the necessary
changes in order to maintain my focus (and my sanity). I
prefer the contents of my glass right in the middle -- as
that to me, symbolizes balance.
Take a look at your glass. If it only contains a few drops,
you may be bored or under-stimulated. Make time to find
positive things to add to your life. If, like me, your
glass is close to over-flowing, toss what you can, delegate
tasks, and do whatever is necessary to get some symmetry
into your daily life.
Whether you view your glass as half-full or half-empty isn't
as important as achieving the balance and peace of mind of
being in the middle.
Finally, I want to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day. Give
your sweetie an extra hug on behalf of everyone that is
unable to hug their valentine.
"Hard work often leads to success. No work seldom does."
"Unlimited Markets for Every Idea"
by Angela Butera Dickson
There is unlimited promise, and probably cash in every idea
you generate. From the ordinary to the exceptional, each
idea slanted and re-slanted properly can elicit many
satisfying acceptance letters.
Recently a talented colleague asked me [if there are
unlimited markets for every idea] "then what is all this
stuff doing in my file cabinet?" My advice to her and to
you is; look again at your unsold ideas and ask yourself if
they are tailored specifically to the market you're
Freelance writer Karen J. Gordon says, "Really saturate
yourself with the market's "need" and write your piece
Your job as a writer is to find a need and then show the
editor you can fill that specific need for his target
audience. If your market is a national woman's magazine
make sure your article is written in friendly, relaxed
tone with a conversational style and boasts a subject that
has broad appeal. If it is an article for a science
magazine, is your finished piece rich in provable data and
does it carry enough background information for the
magazines typical reader to understand the concepts easily?
Some writers can spot an excellent idea effortlessly, while
some work harder to find just the right idea for an article.
It doesn't matter how you generate ideas -- both methods can
become more productive by tapping into the fullest potential
of every concept you create. Visualize the possibilities and
you'll get many miles out of each idea. Become and "idea
angler" and your concept has no limits.
Want to know how to exploit the limitless potential in
every idea? Read on.
* One Good Slant Deserves Another
Understanding "slant" will get you everywhere. The slant or
angle of your piece is the part that makes it suitable for
the specific market you've chosen. Change the slant and a
new market possibility opens. Change again -- presto --
another new market. You can change your slant as many times
as you can find new markets to query.
Here's an example of an idea that has many possibilities:
An article about "America's Love Affair with the Banana"
would be good for the general marketplace but remember to
get the most mileage from your hard work by becoming an
* So Many Slants, So Many Markets
How about changing the slant of the piece to one or all of
--> The Healthy Fruit
a banana article for a health publication
--> Ten 10-minute Banana Crafts for Preschoolers
for a parenting publication
--> Banana Boat Beauty Secrets
for a woman's publication
--> The Banana Impact on the Consumer Market
for a produce trade publication
--> Lose Weight Deliciously with Bananas
for a weight loss publication
--> Bananas, the Pinnacle of Agriculture in Honduras
for an in-flight publication
--> How Bananas Can Lower Your Blood Pressure
for an insurance publication
--> Keeping Bananas Fresh
for a cooking publication
--> Sipping on a Peel: 8 Banana Smoothy Recipes
for a food publication
--> Do Spots Mean My Banana's Sick
for a children's publication
That's a total of ten more market specific slants for
different articles that all build on the research already
completed for just the first piece.
The humble banana is just one topic in a world of millions
and every concept can find a market. Slant for your target
market and re-slant for your next target market.
Freelance writer Kelley Hunsicker offers this advice,"...
knowledge comes from being published by an assortment of
different markets. But, I still think market research is
important so that you can find new markets to submit to."
* The Benefits of Slanting
Getting the most mileage from each of your ideas has
several benefits. The work involved in research, quote
collection and organization of concepts need only be done
once and can be recycled many times.
The same goes for the labor of writing your query letters.
The basic query letter need only have the address and the
angle or slant of the topic changed for successive target
This provides for greater productivity and with that greater
name recognition and you can surely appreciate the increased
income potential offered by mushrooming all of your ideas.
*If It's Good Once, It's Good Twice
Depending on what rights you sell the first time your
article is published will govern your ability to sell
reprints. If you still have reprint rights -- use them and
target similar markets for extra cash. This is a great way
to exploit your original idea further and gain the most
benefit from it.
*There is a Market for Everything
It's true there is a market for every idea; in fact there
are many markets for every idea if you use your ability
to angle your concepts to meet the needs of each specific
target publication. Be sure to capitalize on your creative
ability to slant and re-slant and tap into the unlimited
potential in all of your ideas for increased productivity,
name recognition and profit. Some ideas may be more of a
challenge than others, but all ideas can find a market
through the skills of a creative writer.
Angela Butera Dickson is a freelance writer living in
Southern Maine. She is the author of Just Ask Angela, a
weekly advice column and loves to hear from readers. You
can e-mail your questions or comments to:
░░░░░ WRITE FROM HOME SITE UPDATES ░░░░░
==>>"Life of a Writer Mom" Column by Carla Charter
This month read "My Notebook and I" at
* Interview with Author Chris Gavaler
by Dana Mitchells
Read this interview at
==>>Articles Added to Write From Home
Direct links to these articles can be found at
* "The Write Space"
by Carol Sjostrom Miller
* "Might As Well Write"
by Carolyn Burch
* "Give Your Manuscript a Boost"
by Christine Collier
* "What's the Story?"
by Phyllis Edgerly Ring
* "How To Write What You Don't Know"
by Shelley Divnich Haggert
* "Earn $5,000 per Month in Residual Income from Market
by Jennie S. Bev
COLUMN-----> REGIONAL REVIEWS
by Hilary Evans
You've got a list of regional magazines, and an article to
submit. It's been written, polished, and looked over by a
few other people. They've given it their stamp of approval.
The only thing stopping you from pasting your work into an
e-mail and sending it off are the publishing specifics..or
Some magazines just don't publish guidelines. They all have
different reasons for this. Simply e-mail or call, and ask
how to submit your manuscript. Most of the time, you will
get a very nice response, stating what the editor is
currently looking for.
The following publications do not have guidelines published
online, but were kind enough to share this information.
Northern Nevada Family may be including them on their Web
site in the future, while Connecticut Parent Magazine has
yet to establish a home on the World Wide Web. In both
cases, the editors seem professional, and eager to work
with like-minded individuals.
--> Northern Nevada Family
P.O. Box 2458
Carson City, NV 89702-2458
Phone: (775) 883-5515
Northern Nevada Family covers the Carson City, Genoa,
Dayton, Gardnerville, Minden, Lake Tahoe, and Reno-Sparks
areas, and has a circulation of 26,000. Like most regional
parenting magazines, this is a free paper which is
distributed at family centers throughout the region. The
publisher/editor, Darcy Otranto, took the time to write up
the following guidelines, and allowed them to be passed on.
"I am always looking for articles dealing with family
health, safety, education and recreation as well as
parenting articles of local interest," writes Ms. Otranto.
She is also looking for articles between 400 and 700 words.
Darcy Otranto also asks that full articles not be submitted,
but that you send a list of titles with descriptions to her
via e-mail. Please also include an approximated word count.
Article rates vary between $15 and $25 for one-time rights.
Authors receive a complimentary copy of the magazine along
with their check, which is mailed within two weeks of
publication. Sample copies of Northern Nevada Family are
available for $1.50.
--> Connecticut Parent Magazine
420 East Main Street, Suite 18
Branford, CT 06405
Phone: (203) 483-1700
Last month we heard a bit about Connecticut's other regional
parenting magazines--and sister markets--Connecticut's
County Kids and Hartford County Kids. Both the Counties and
Connecticut Parent ask for state exclusivity. Unless you
know both groups' policies though, it's hard deciding which
to send your work to.
Connecticut Parent Magazine has the larger circulation, at
50,000 copies. It covers Greenwhich, Stamford, Danbury,
Norwalk, Brideport, New Haven, Meriden, Hartford, and
Connecticut Parent's guidelines aren't published online, so
I sent off an e-mail to the magazine. Managing editor, Joe
Zibell, was kind enough to respond with a detailed list of
what the magazine is looking for.
"Stories are chosen based on their news-worthiness,
timeliness and overall quality," writes Zibell. This editor
likes slightly longer articles than the staff at
Connecticut's County Kids, from 1,000 to 1,500 words.
However, they also pay a higher rate, at $40 an article for
reprint rights. Payment and "tear sheets" (pages containing
your article versus the whole magazine) are sent upon
Sending your manuscript and ideas off without knowing the
guidelines can be unnerving, and for good reason. Markets
differ from each other, and the last thing you want to do
is sell your rights for less than they are worth. If after
checking a magazine's Web site (when applicable) you
haven't found any submission guidelines, e-mail the
publication with a guideline request. More often than not,
the effort will reward itself.
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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"Work at Home Writer or Chameleon?"
by Andrea L. Mack
What does it take to be a writer? I often heard it said
that a writer has willpower and determination, along with
the ability to tell a good story. That's definitely true,
but in my experience, one of the most important qualities a
writer can have, especially a work-from-home writer, is
For instance, you need to be flexible about your writing
time. I usually get up before my children do and have a
quiet hour to myself to work on my latest project. But some
days turning on the computer is like activating a
children's alarm clock. Before I even open a file, my
3-year-old is stumbling into the room, begging to sit in
my lap. If I was really flexible I'd write with her in my
lap, but my arms won't do that so early in the morning.
Instead, I stop what I'm doing to give her the attention
she needs and let my writing wait. I sneak back later when
my children are busy playing. I can usually get a whole
page written before they crash into my writing room to ask
me to resolve their latest squabble. Later, when they are
watching their favorite television show, I slip away again
and write up a query letter. When they play outside in the
backyard, I bring along my notebook. Who cares if my notes
are full of sandbox sand? At least I've managed to squeeze
in a few minutes for writing.
Being flexible about where and when you can write is only
the beginning. Consider the situation where you've carved
out a precious half hour in your day to write, you've got
the determination, the talent, the skill, and the perfect
project to work on--everything except the words. The
characters in your novel just won't talk to you today. When
this happens to me, I'm tempted to spend my time reading
e-mail or checking out a few writing Web sites, but, then
I remember that writers are flexible. If a project isn't
going anywhere, I can start another. I'm a writer, I can
write anything--an essay, a poem, or even a letter to my
The trick is to get some words down before one of the
children comes in to break my concentration. Once I get
writing, it's like I've slipped into another world. One
that requires my complete attention -- yet I have to be
flexible here. At the first cry of "Mom, I have to go
potty!" I leap from my chair and snap back into the world
of motherhood. Flexibility is critical.
Sometimes you need to draw on your flexibility as a writer
when your novel characters are talking to you and they send
your story in a new direction. Or the woman you interviewed
for your article makes some interesting points that don't
quite fit with your article slant. Or an editor liked your
article but wants you to narrow or broaden the focus. Or
when you can't think of anything new to write about, and
you cleverly recycle an old idea into a fresh article to
sell it again.
Rewriting and revising is all about being flexible. Tossing
out all those carefully chosen phrases you crafted requires
a willingness to adapt. If you are too set on having those
words in your story, well, it may never get out of the
Of course, once you start to let your thoughts bounce
around like rubber bands, it's hard to stop. You might wake
up at 2 am one night, not because your daughter is calling
you again, but because you've realized that Chapter 1 is
really Chapter 6. You might be in the middle of cooking
dinner when a key point for your article pops into your
head. At the playground, you might find yourself writing
notes on the back of an old gum wrapper.
If you think about it, there isn't much in the writing
process that doesn't require some ability to adapt to
change (except of course getting paid). You have to be
determined enough to follow through, but the ability to
recognize and adapt to changes is a huge part of being a
writer. In fact, I think writers are really chameleons. Did
I mention that I've decided to repaint my writing room
yellow to match the color of the early morning sunlight?
Andrea L. Mack is a freelance writer/researcher and the
mother of two avid readers. Her areas of expertise include
writing, child development, parenting, literacy and
gardening. She also writes fiction and nonfiction for
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Thank you and keep up the good work!
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KnitLit Too: Stories from Sheep to Shawl. We are having
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Their Stories and Other Writing about Knitting. Deadline
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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 usually 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
Parade, The Sunday Magazine
711 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10017
Weekly general interest publication. Seeks articles on health,
social issues, trends, interviews and profiles.
Pays on acceptance minimum of $2,500 for articles between
1,000-1,200 words. Query by mail and include a SASE.
Does not accept e-queries or publish fillers, quizzes,
poetry, personal essays, fashion or fiction.
Lakestyle: Celebrating Life on the Water
P.O. Box 170
Excelsior, MN 55331
Quarterly publication targeted for lake home and cabin
owners. Seeks how-to articles, book excerpts, interviews
and profiles and personal experience.
Pays on acceptance $250-500 for 1,000-2,000 word pieces.
Buys first and reprint rights.
Not interested in historical or nostalgia material.
Early Childhood News
2 Lower Ragsdale Drive
Monterey, CA 93940
Publication for teachers and parents of young children, from
birth through age 8.
Seeks articles pertaining to the childcare business and
economy, health and medicine.
Pays on publication .10-.35б for 300-1,200 words. Buys all
Note: Early Childhood News does not publish writer's
guidelines. Visit and review their Web site to get an idea
of the type of material they publish.
Air Force Times
6883 Commercial Drive
Springfield, VA 22159
Publication for Air Force Personnel and their families.
Seeks articles on career information, housing, base
activities and general material of interest to Air Force
members and their family.
Pays on acceptance $100-500 for articles between 750-2,000
words and $75-125 for columns between 500-900 words.
Buys first rights. Accepts simultaneous submissions and
queries by mail, e-mail and phone.
Not interested in advice pieces.
P.O. Box 187
Dayton, WY 82836-0187
Magazine devoted to the sport of falconry. Seeks articles
about the latest techniques in training, captive breeding,
and dog handling, humor, conservation news and personal
Preferred word count is less than 500 words. Payment starts
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