Monday, May 29, 2006

Writing Op

Keeping your Cool In the Midst of Medical Madness - a compilation of 2500 word stories by patients and health care providers. Tell your story of 'Medical Madness'.

Show how you kept your witness, good name, integrity, and peace in a hair-raising story of medical attention (or inattention). Let's encourage others to maintain, or adopt, a Christian witness in these stressful times.

Deadline: December 20, 2006.

For all submission, write in Times New Roman 12 and double space.

If your story is used, you will receive a book + discounts when the book is published. For further information, please contact Charlotte Holt at For more information regarding Charlotte go to

Publishers are currently looking at proposals for these books. Please send you stories.

Two Writing Ops

Two Writing Opportunities:

Trusting Him for Life After Divorce - a compilation of 1500 word testimonies. The stories should reflect the faithfulness, mercy, love, compassion and power of God through and after divorce. Tell your story for His glory! Help others in their time of heartache.

Trusting Him With Your Addicted Child - a compilation of 1500 word testimonies. Stories of parents with former, or presently, addicted children. Show how God sustained or sustains you. Let's encourage other parents in this situation with our own victories by God's power.

Deadline: August 15.

All in Times New Roman 12 and double space

If your story is used, you will receive a book + discounts when the book is published. For further information, please contact Charlotte Holt at For more information regarding Charlotte go to

Publishers are currently looking at proposals for these books.

Christian Humor

Those of you interested in writing Christian humor might want to check out this blog.

Writing Op - Highlights for Children

From Kim Griswell, Coordinating Editor
Travel and Adventure
Articles that feature adventurous travel. Not the "family vacation" kind of thing, unless your family goes to study turtles in the Galápagos Islands, as does the author of "Stars and Sea Lions" (June 2006). We prefer articles that feature kids in some way. Publishable-quality photos are almost essential for these kinds of articles, since it would be difficult (or impossible) for us to acquire photos if the writer couldn't provide them. Please remember that even travel and adventure articles need a focus—not simply "We went here and did this," but something that reveals the meaning behind the travel or the reason for the adventure, etc. 750 words maximum.

From Marileta Robinson, Senior Editor
Fiction for Young Readers
We need fun, lively stories as well as quiet, thoughtful stories for young readers at first- and second-grade reading levels. I would like to see more stories with boy appeal, like "Training Wheels" in September 2005 and "Fox and His Halloween Tail" in October 2005. 500 words maximum.

From Carolyn Yoder, Senior Editor
World Cultures
• Intimate looks at other peoples and their traditions—particularly in northern and southern Africa, Asia (other than India), Europe, Canada, the Caribbean, and the Pacific (articles on children)
• Holidays—first person

U.S. History
• Modern history (20th century), particularly the Civil Rights movement
• Holidays, particularly Christmas and Thanksgiving
• Articles that touch on the diversity of people in the United States
• Biographies of U.S. subjects as children
• Anecdotal articles on George Washington and Abraham Lincoln
• Articles on patriotic themes
• HUMOROUS articles on U.S. history (review back issues for articles on Lincoln and humor, Washington and his teeth, Jefferson getting his life mask, and Ben Franklin and his love of exercise)

From Judy Burke, Associate Editor
We're interested in sports articles that focus either on a known athlete (a squeaky-clean one), on the development of specific skills (for example, fielding a grounder), or on the challenges faced by athletes of any kind (for example, being smaller than your teammates). Successful articles often include quotes gained from personal interviews with athletes or experts and useful tips for
readers who play that sport. 800 words maximum.

From Andy Boyles, Science Editor
Science and Nature Articles
Our guidelines state that our word limit is 800, but articles that are even shorter (350–400 words) are especially welcome as possible one-page features. We put a high value on articles that show science as a process—articles that follow a scientist or group of scientists as they try to solve one of nature's mysteries.

We are always looking for science articles about animals that are of high interest to kids. An article might follow researchers who study such animals. The article may tell the adventures of only one day, but information about the animals and the research will arise naturally in the course of the action, so our readers will learn something about both.

We currently have enough articles about birds, reptiles and amphibians, insects (especially bees), and volcanoes.

From Joëlle Dujardin Kirkland, Associate Editor
Crafts: Crafts with boy-appeal, games, holiday crafts, and crafts from other cultures (with background included)

Younger Nonfiction: First-person accounts of fieldwork; arts stories; biographies with interesting slants; kids living in other cultures; ancient history; animals; details from urban life (workers, transportation, etc.). These stories should have a clear focus and should be written at a first- or second-grade reading level. 450 words or fewer.

Gallant Kids: Leads (or articles) on kids under thirteen years old doing service in their communities. 350 words

From Linda Rose, Assistant Editor
Full-Page Puzzle Activities
On the inside-back cover, we like to take advantage of the cover-stock surface by using a large illustration or incorporating photos in the puzzle. Often, this is the page on which we can do several activities within one (for example, using one illustration for a number of activities). Submissions to this area ideally include detailed art directions/notes, as well as succinct and easily understood activity directions for the reader. (Artwork or photos do not need to be submitted with the manuscript.)

Careers Articles
We are always in the market for fresh and interesting articles that take an in-depth look at a career. Our hope is that a career profile will provide kids with information that they cannot easily get elsewhere, such as in a typical "careers" book or in an encyclopedia. Instead, we want our career pieces to be intriguing reads that just happen to be about a person's career.

As our guidelines point out, "We prefer biographies that are rich in anecdotes." Substantive and "insider" anecdotes are often critical to the success of these articles; we want kids to feel that they are getting a "behind the scenes" or inside glimpse into the subject.

Focusing on one individual (or, in some cases, a few) often helps to make the manuscript feel more personal. Career pieces that focus on a person within a career tend to be more appealing. We prefer research based on firsthand experience, consultation with experts, or primary

From George Brown, Assistant Editor
Short Activities
We're looking for short puzzles, activities, teasers, and interesting tidbits to go on our mixed pages—those four or five pages per issue with a variety of short activities. These activities, which can be almost anything, have to be powerful to pull readers into the magazine. However, we do not publish word searches, crossword puzzles, or fill-in-the-blank activities.

Highlights recommends reviewing the magazine's submission guidelines, available at, found in the About Us section. Back issues can be found at most local libraries. Please send submissions to the specific editor listed above, or
Manuscript Coordinator
Highlights for Children
803 Church Street
Honesdale, PA 18431

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Your Writing IQ

At yesterday's meeting of the NJCWG we took this brief Writing IQ test. Now its your turn!

Each sentence is either True or False. If you check the blog at the end of this week, I will offer the answers along with some explanations.
  1. Writing is more art than it is craft.
  2. If no one else believes in your writing, maybe it is time to give up.
  3. Practicing your craft will increase the likelihood that you will be published.
  4. There are many good reasons for writing.
  5. Writers are artists and they must wait until the ‘muse strikes’ before they write.
  6. You should not submit manuscripts to publishers who are not willing to pay for your work.
  7. Your first draft must encompass all that you previously learned.
  8. It is OK to “borrow” quotes from other writers – so long as you give them credit.
  9. Writing a quality manuscript is only a small part of getting publsihed.
  10. Unless you write a book, you are not really a writer.
  11. When you receive a rejection it indicates that your work is of poor quality.
  12. Always SHOW, rather than TELL in your writing.
  13. It is good for a writer to ‘play’ with words.
  14. Every sentence must carry the story forward in some way.
  15. It is good to start a manuscript with a long section of narrative.
  16. Every writer should own and use a dictionary and an extensive thesaurus.
  17. They should not depend on the spell check & thesaurus in MSWord.
  18. Spelling and grammar don’t count when you write a creative piece.
  19. The word said is the best choice for a tag in dialog.
  20. It is not important to know how you want to end a story before you begin to write.
  21. A writer should concentrate on their main characters. Minor characters do not need to be three dimensional.
  22. Send your manuscript out as soon as you are done writing it. Never let it sit for more than a few hours.
  23. Each manuscript deserves a minimum of three to five revisions.
  24. To an editor, the story is more important than the writing.
  25. Editors like when you call them to check on the status of your manuscript.
  26. It is not good to read while you are working on your own manuscript.
  27. When it comes to books, marketing is at least (if not more) important than the writing.
  28. Selling your manuscript all about who you know.
  29. It is easier to sell a manuscript with fair writing and a good story, than it is to sell a manuscript with excellent writing and tired story.
  30. The number one rule of writing is – KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE
  31. If a sentence is beautifully written, leave it in your manuscript even if it has little to do with the story.
  32. Only new writers need to attend yearly writers conferences.
  33. One of the best ways to improve your overall writing is read good writing.
  34. Nonfiction sells better than fiction.
  35. An established writer should attend a writers conference only to pitch his or her manuscript to a publisher or agent.
  36. Finding a title that expresses the essence of the book is important .
  37. Once you’ve established your place in the writing community you can skip attending writing seminars, classes, conferences and critique groups.
  38. A good writer varies sentence length to create interest, emphasis and flow.
  39. Reading magazines, contemporary novels and other “fluff” is a waste of time.
  40. Editors are impressed with long manuscripts, complex ideology and a college level vocabulary.
  41. The most important sentence in each manuscript is the first one.
  42. Sentences are like jokes, the punch line should be at the end.
  43. Within a manuscript, a writer should change their POV (point of view) often.
  44. Good writers often uses the Golden Triangle when writing.
  45. Established writers don’t get many rejection slips.
  46. Writers Write. They don’t just talk about writing and read about how to write.
  47. Good writers seek out other writers for information, inspiration and affirmation.
  48. Writers should devoid themselves of anything that is not connected with writing. This helps them to concentrate and be productive.
  49. Every writer should carry a pen and notebook to jot down character descriptions, story ideas, important contacts, interesting words, fascinating facts, or ANYTHING that encourages that writer to write.
  50. If God calls you to write something, it will be published.
  51. Your query letter is often more important than your manuscript.
  52. Editors enjoy rejecting manuscripts – its a power thing.
  53. Writing for the web is not really writing.
  54. Writers need other writers.
  55. If God calls you to write, He provides the tools & the talent. You provide the sweat and the tears.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

North Jersey Christian Writers Group (NJCWG)

Ringwood Baptist Church
30 Carletondale Road
Ringwood, NJ

Monday, May 22, 2006

6:15-7:00 - Chat Time
7:00-8:00 - Lesson - The *Writers IQ Test*
Learning the do's and don'ts of good writing.
8:00-9:00 – Critiques

Upcoming topics of discussion:
How to research articles, stories and books (June)
Story Starters - Ideas to get you writing again (June)

Poetry for the Non-Poet (July)
Learn to write by "patterning"
Using Personality Profiles to Creating Credible Characters

If any member of the group has a topic they would like to see taught/discussed, please notify the faciliator, Louise Bergmann DuMont (

Terms of the Writing Trade

Terms of the Writing Trade
Presented to the NJCWG by Louise Bergmann DuMont 4/24/06

Query Letter
A query letter offers your story or article idea to an editor/publisher. When they accept your query you receive an assignment. The more experience you have writing, the more likely you will write query letters rather than cover letters (see below). Query letters allow you to pitch an idea without actually writing the article. This means you don't write something until you know you've sold it. Most query letters use a standard three or four paragraph format and are limited to one page.

Cover Letter
A cover letter accompanies a completed manuscript. It is a single page with your contact information and a short paragraph that describes the piece you are submitting and/or your credits. Both query and cover letters are your "first impression." They are at least, if not more important than the manuscript itself.

Clips are copies of published articles, stories and other manuscripts. Some (not all) editors want to see clips. Clips are samples of your writing style and let editors know which publications already accepted your work. It is always best to send a photocopy of the actual printed articled. If the copy (due to glossy paper or faulty equipment) is of inferior quality, you can send the photocopy along with a clean computer generated copy of the EXACT article that was printed. This means that you do NOT 'fix' your writing after it was published.
If you haven't been published yet and an editor requests clips send him or her a ‘writing sample’ instead. Make sure it is your best work and that the writing is related in some way to the type of publication they work for.

Simultaneous Submissions
The term ‘simultaneous submission’ refers to one manuscript sent to different markets during the same time period. Check a publication's guidelines carefully. Many markets do not accept simultaneously sumbited manuscripts.

Multiple Submissions
"Multiple submissions" refers to several different manuscripts that are sent to the same publisher in one envelope. Some editors allow you to send mutiple short works, like poems. Do follow the publication’s guidelines since very few editors will accept multiple submissions of items other than poetry or fillers.

Multiple Queries
Multiple queries refers to pitching one good idea to many different publishers during the same time period. This is always acceptable. BUT, you should never keep one publisher hanging on while you wait to hear if an other publisher will pay you more money. The rule is - first come, first serve.

Lead Time
Small to mid-sized agazines typically work three to six months in advance. Larger publications need up to eighteen months. Lead time is how far ahead editors will consider queries and submissions. When you are lying on the beach you should be writing your Keeping Christ in Christmas article. When the frost first hits the pumpkin, you pitch Spring in Spring Cleaning piece.

Editorial Calendar (AKA - Theme List)
Publishers often plan an annual calendar of topics or themes. Familiarizing yourself with a publications editorial calendar means knowing in advance what the editors want and when. Writing to accomodate the specific needs of an editor is often the difference between a sale and a rejection. You can obtain a publication’s theme list by looking up their address in Sally’s Stuart's Market Guide (CBA) or The Market Guide (ABA). Follow the publishers instrucitons - sending the approriately sized SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) with postage in the amount they indicate. If you are requesting the material via postal mail it is very important that you follow the publishers specific instrucitons. If you check the publishers website you may be able to get their writers guidelines and theme list without paying for the postage.

In the United Sates of America your work is copyrighted as soon as you put the words into a readable format. It does not matter if you scribble it on the back of a napkin, type it on a typewriter, or process it using a computer. If you have serious concerns about someone attempting to appropriate your work, you can put a copy (never the original) of your manuscript into an envelope and mail it to yourself. Once it arrives back home, do NOT open the envelope. The postmark will legally date the material as long as the envelope remains sealed.

As long as you own the copyright, feel free to sell your work again as a reprint. Markets will pay less for reprints, but recycling your material can bring in substantial profits over the long haul.

Payment on Acceptance
Read the guidelines carefully! Payment on acceptance means you get paid when your work is accepted, no matter when (or if) the magazine publishs it.

Payment on Publication
Payment on publication means you will not get paid until your work is published. This could be months (or even a year) later.

Working On Spec
Spec is short for 'speculation'. Many magazines want to see the finished article before they decide whether to publish it. At times, writing on spec may be the only way to break into a new market, but there is certainly a down side. You can spend a great deal of time writing an article, revising it upon their request, and then find out that the editors decided to use someone else’s piece. Weigh the pros and cons. For new writers, this can be very tough. Experienced writers, can often negotiate a later publishing date.

In the course of your research and article preparation, you may incur expenses like travel, long distance calls, cell phone calls, or taking an interview subject out to lunch. You must get approval for necessary expenses BEFORE you write the article. Most publications do not pay expenses for new writers. For experienced writers who work regularly with a publication expenses may be paid for assigned work. Remeber, reasonable requests are often accommodated, but if you are unprofessional or pad a bill, other editors will hear about it.

Kill fees
A kill fee is sometimes paid if your article was accepted for publication but for some reason the editor must drop or "kill" the article before it goes to press. Many of the large markets pay a 10 to 50 percent kill fee. This reimburses a writer for their time and work. When an article is "killed" the author is free to publish it elsewhere.

Knowing the different kinds of ‘rights’ offered by publishers is very important. I could mean more sales (through reprints) or a greater reimbursement for the savvy freelancer.

- All Rights - When you give up all rights you no longer own that piece of writing. You cannot publish your work before or after this sale, you can not put it on your website and you can’t send it to your mother without permission from the publisher. NEVER give up all rights unless you are being paid substantially for your efforts.

- First Serial Rights - This usually refers to rights in one country. For example: First North American Rights (FNAR).

- Electronic Rights - Used when a market publishes your work on its Web site. Within this you will also find first electronic rights, electronic rights for an exclusive period, or electronic archive rights (to post your work indefinitely).

- Anthology Rights - Used when your work is included in an anthology--a collection of similar stories, essays or articles compiled in a book. For this you are often paid a one-time fee along with some copies of the book. Be sure to read your contract to find out if you may reprint the story elsewhere (after a specified period of time) or if the anthology has purchased the exclusive right to your story.

- One-time Rights - The publisher has the right to publish your work one time. After that you can resell the piece as a reprint.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Writing For Trade Magazines Article

There is an excellent article on writing for trade magazines by Tony P. Martinez & Alison P. Martinezon on The SpiritLed Writer website. Check it it out!

Writing Op - Paramount Cards Inc.

P.O. Box 6546
Providence, RI 02940-6546
It is suggested that new freelance contributors make a thorough study of material appearing on published cards by browsing through the greeting card counters to gain a better insight into the types of cards on the market. Paramount Cards currently ONLY accepts submissions sent through a postal carrier. They are not accepting e-mail submissions at this time.

  • Please TYPE each idea on a SEPARATE piece of paper, small enough to fit into your envelope without folding. A 3 X 5 size is suggested.
  • IDENTIFY each item by NUMBER and keep a duplicate copy for your own records.
  • Your NAME, ADDRESS and SENTIMENT NUMBER should be on each item submitted.
  • Enclose a SELF-ADDRESSED, STAMPED ENVELOPE large enough to accommodate the return of your material.
  • Only 10 to 15 items should be submitted AT ONE TIME.
Due to the large volume of freelance material we handle, it is impossible for Paramount to offer criticism of your work.

Mail submissions to:
Paramount Cards Inc.
P. O. Box 6546
Providence, RI 02940-6546
ATTN: Freelance

Paramount is interested in EVERYDAY material: (Birthday, Friendship, Get Well, Anniversary, Sympathy, etc.) at all times. Along with verse, they also buy prose sentiments (long or short), cute and juvenile sentiments.
Paramount Cards makes and sells a variety of everyday and seasonal greeting cards, with a focus on lower priced and discounted cards for independent and small- to medium-sized card stores, drugstores, supermarkets, and dollar/value store chains. The company also operates the CardSmart retail chain, a group of franchised and company-owned card and gift stores. Paramount Cards was founded in 1906 by Russian immigrant Samuel Markoff.

Writing Op - Contests for Childrens Writers

From the Editors of Childrens Writers Newsletter
Dear Writer,
We constantly hear from editors that the vast majority of the manuscripts they receive are rejected because they were not written to the editor's specifications. Few editors will consider a story or article that does not meet their specs - precisely.
Writing contests also have exact specifications. That's why we encourage writers - all writers, new ones and old pros too - to enter contests. They're excellent, professional training experiences and, if you win, they can get you published and pay healthy prize money.
The winners in these contests will be published in Children's Writer, the monthly newsletter that goes to every children's book and magazine editor/publisher in North America. Along with the winning piece, we'll publish an article on it and the other top-ranked entries and their authors. There are also cash prizes. The cash prizes alone are a lot of good reasons to write a piece and enter.
Current subscribers to Children's Writer enter free. All others pay a $10 reading fee - standard for writing contests. But, if you are not a subscriber, your $10 fee will also bring you an eight-month trial subscription to Children's Writer. You can submit multiple entries, but please use the attached entry form for each one.
The contest rules are important. They follow this letter. Please read them very carefully.
Please note the opening and closing dates each contest. Be sure that your entry arrives in the correct time window, and note that the deadline is absolute!
Now, warm up your computer and write a prize-winning piece.
P.S. A majority of entries do not make it past the first reading because they are not targeted to the specified age range or because they exceed the word limit. Don't fall out of the running because of either of these two easy-to-meet specifications. Age-target your writing and count your words.

Entry period is August 1 to October 31, 2006. Winners are announced in the March, 2007 issue of Children’s Writer. Prize structure is $500 for first place plus publication in Children’s Writer, $250 for 2nd place, and $100 for 3rd, 4th, and 5th places.
The contest is for an original early reader mystery story, to 750 words. Early readers are defined here as ages 4 to 7, children beginning to read entire stories on their own, stretching their recognition of words and concepts, but likely to need some assistance from an adult. The entries should not be for reading by an adult to a child. Submissions will be judged on story line, characterization, and freshness, but also on structure, grammar, and ultimate publishability. Mysteries should be well-constructed, and have a strong point-of-view character. The mystery must be one an early reader can grasp and potentially solve: It must be age-appropriate.

Entry period is December 1, 2006 to February 28, 2007. Winners are announced in the July 2007 issue of Children’s Writer. Prize structure is $250 for first place plus publication in Children’s Writer, $100 for 2nd place, and $50 for 3rd and 4th places.
We are looking for nonfiction articles for teens, ages 13 to 17, based on a personal experience, to 1,200 words. The article may be told in the first or third person, or take the form of an interview, but should be the experience of a teen, for a teen. The subject may be a serious issue (family, school, or community issue) or it may be light (entertainment, fashion, friends, or fun). The subject and approach may be spiritual or inspirational, but may not be denominational or dogmatic. Publishability is the ultimate criterion.

Entry period is August 1 to October 31, 2007. Winners are announced in the March, 2008 issue of Children’s Writer. Prize structure is $500 for first place plus publication in Children’s Writer, $250 for 2nd place, and $100 for 3rd, 4th, and 5th places.
The contest is for a story about an adventure, small or large, to 1,200 words, for ages 8 to 12. The adventure may take place in another genre, such as historical fiction, or fantasy, or may be contemporary. The antagonist or conflict may stem from other characters, from internal goals, from nature, society, or technology, but the story should balance plot and characterization. Stories will also be judged on age-targeting, originality, style, and the overall quality of writing. Publishability is the ultimate criterion.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Writing Op - Living With Teenagers

LifeWay Christian Resources
One LifeWay Plaza
Nashville, TN 37234-0174
Lifeway Writers guidelines:,1703,A%3D161894%26M%3D200043,00.html
Description: Informs and educates parents of teenagers on how to best deal with typical issues and problems faced by teens. Provides strong Christian emphasis and Biblical solutions.
Frequency: Monthly
Newsstand/Subscription Rate: $20.25/yr
Circulation: 48,000

Writing Op - Young and Alive

P.O. Box 6097 Lincoln, NE 68506

Description: Publication for young adults who are blind or visually impaired. Presents material from a non-denominational, Christian viewpoint and features articles on adventure, biography, camping, careers, health, history, hobbies, holidays, marriage, nature, practical Christianity, sports, and travel. Features run 800-1,400 words; pay varies.
Frequency: Quarterly
Circulation: 25,000
Art: Slides or prints; $10/photo.
Queries: Not necessary
E-queries: No
Unsolicited mss: Yes
Submission formats: Hard copy
Response: 12 months.
Freelance content: 90%
Rights: One-time
Payment: On acceptance
Tips: Not accepting mss until 2009.

Writing Op - Bread for God's Children

P.O. Box 1017Arcadia, FL 34265
Description: Christian family magazine with Bible study, stories, teen pages, parent news, ideas, and more.
Frequency: 6x/yr
Circulation: 10,000
Nonfiction: Articles or craft ideas based on Christian principles or activities; how to implement Christian ways into daily living; 600-800 words; $20-$30.
Queries: Not necessary
E-queries: No
Unsolicited mss: Yes
Submission formats: Hard copy
Response: Submissions 1-6 months.
Freelance content: 20%
Kill fee: No
Rights: 1st
Payment: On publication
Tips: Stories must be from a child’s point of view, with story itself getting message across; no preaching or moralizing, no tag endings. No stories with speaking animals, occult, fantasy, or romance. “Our purpose is to help Christian families learn to apply God’s word in everyday living. We are looking for writers with a solid knowledge of Biblical principles and who are concerned with the youth of today living according to these principles.”

Writing Op - A.D. Players

A.D. Players is currently seeing previously unpublished materials.

2710 W. AlabamaHouston, TX 77098
Seeking full-length plays or musicals (12 actors max.), or one-act children’s plays or musicals (8 actors max.) with Judeo-Christian world view.
Payment: Negotiable rates

NJCWG - Meetings

At our last meeting, NJCWG (North Jersey Christian Writers Group) members discussed various good and bad opening lines and paragraphs. It was a very productive discussion.

Some upcoming topics of discussion:

  • Take a *Writers IQ Test* to see how much you know, or need to learn
  • How to research articles, stories and books
  • Poetry for the Non-Poet
  • Story Starters - Ideas to get you writing again
  • Learn to write by "patterning"
  • Using a Personality Profile to Creating Credible Characters

If any member of the group has a topic they would like to see taught/discussed, please notify the faciliator, Louise Bergmann DuMont (

The Writer Magazine - Current Issue

In the June issue of The Writer Magazine you'll find these great articles:

  • Learn to craft an engaging story for kids whether you're writing fiction or nonfiction
  • Build your short story scene by scene
  • Develop the right voice for your creative nonfiction
  • 4 top fiction editors tell you what they're looking for
  • Interview: R.L. StineWriting to entertain

Monday, May 08, 2006

NJCWG - Meeting Tonight

Meeting - TONIGHT

North Jersey Christian Writers Group (NJCWG)
Ringwood Baptist Church
30 Carletondale Road
Ringwood, NJ

6:15-7:00 - Chat Time
7:00-8:00 - Lesson
8:00-9:00 - Critiques

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Writing Op - GodsAmazingLove Website


We have added some catagories to the regular features of the ezine, so the number of articles we need has increased:

If you haven't checked it out since the first announcement--please do. There have been quite a few changes.

Two of the new catagories are: **Miracles Along The Way** & **Real Men Love Jesus**

Here is the link to the Regular Features Page (which lists all the catagories and includes guidelines and compensation info).


Friday, May 05, 2006


Wine Press Publishing is one of the few self-publishers that I eagerly endorse. This publisher produces a quality product and will give you an honest evaluation of your work.

They are hosting a number of FREE web conferences. For more information go to:

This link will give you an overview of the topics covered at the conference and the upcoming conference dates. Attending one of these conferences would be well worth your time if you are considering self-publishing.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Script Writing

Interested in script writing with a Christian flare? Check out this website:

ACT ONE is a nonprofit organization that trains people of faith for careers in mainstream film & TV.

Act One offers two main programs -- the Writing Program, for aspiring film and television writers, and the Executive Program, for aspiring entertainment executives -- as well as Screenwriting Weekends and many other programs and services.

Writing Op - NONPaying - Pine Tree Mysteries

Calling short mystery writers! My web mystery ezine, Pine Tree Mysteries, is now active online. Premier issue features Absolute Write member, Jenny Schwartz, plus stories by two other great writers. Read submissions by Jenny, Donna, and Sylvia, then click on the Guidelines and send in your own story. New writers welcome.

Morgan Drake, editor
Pine Tree Mysteries

Monday, May 01, 2006

Writing Op - Erickson Tribune

The Erickson Tribune (, the nation’s largest retirement newspaper with a circulation of over 3 million and a target audience of age 62-plus, is looking for articles that reflect the Trib’s masthead message of “Inform—Inspire—Involve.”Our Readers:Published by Erickson Retirement Communities, the Tribune is read by people who aspire to live better by taking full advantage of what life has to offer. We do not refer to our readers as “seniors” or “elderly.” They are vibrant, educated individuals who lead busy, productive lives. We try to give them articles that inform and inspire them. We do not view “aging” as a disease, rather, as another chapter in life complete with exciting possibilities.Subject Ideas: Our readers are middle income and interested in a broad range of topics. Stories dealing with leisure pursuits such as travel, music, food and cuisine, wine, coffee, scrapbooking, and gardening are always good possibilities, but we are open to other ideas that might appeal to our target audience as well. Sentimentality is not a road we travel as our audience is living in the here and now. Profiles of retirees doing interesting and amazing things are certainly welcome. We do not publish fiction.Stories about hi-tech, computers, finance, and fitness are also good, as our readers are looking for ways to keep their minds and bodies in shape. They tend to have dynamic relationships with their adult children and grandchildren, and stories relevant to those relationships are welcome. Strong, engaging profiles of individuals age 62-plus (both well-known and not so well known) are also welcome. “How to” articles, depending on the topic, are acceptable as well.

Submission Guidelines:
Completed articles only—NO QUERIES, PLEASE. All articles must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document.
Word count: approximately 800 (should not be previously published or written for another publication)
Please also be sure to put the title of the story in the subject line of the message.
Please allow plenty of lead time for seasonal stories. (For example, if you have a Christmas related story, make sure you have pitched it by October)
We reserve the right to edit for style, length, and clarity.
If we use your story, we will pay $200 within 30 days of publication.
You will also receive a byline on your story.
We’ll send you three samples.
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Only e-mail submissions will be accepted.


An English professor wrote the the folowing words on the chalkboard and he asked his students to punctuate the sentence correctly.
A woman without her man is nothing

Most of the males in the class punctuated the sentence as follows:
A woman, without her man, is nothing.

All the females in the class punctuated the sentence this way:
A woman: without her, man is nothing.