Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Top 100 Freelance Markets

Top 100 Freelance Markets from Writers Digest

Click on a market to view its details. Or browse the listings.

  1. Parade
  2. Art & Antiques
  3. Family Circle Magazine
  4. Bloomberg Wealth Manager
  5. Attaché Magazine
  6. Guideposts for Kids on the Web
  7. Community College Week
  8. The Old Farmer's Almanac
  9. Child
  10. Air & Space Smithsonian
  11. Remedy
  12. Golf For Women
  13. Mother Jones
  14. Hilton Head Monthly
  15. Travel + Leisure
  16. American Profile
  17. Golf Tips
  18. Wired
  19. Outside
  20. Condé Nast Bride's
  21. Islands
  22. New Jersey Monthly
  23. Salt Water Sportsman
  24. Scouting
  25. Stamats Meetings Media
  26. Muscle Mag International
  27. Smithsonian
  28. Vim & Vigor
  29. Guide
  30. Sew News
  31. These Days
  32. Hemispheres
  33. Alaska
  34. Evansville Living
  35. Let's Live Magazine
  36. Metropolis
  37. The Lutheran Digest
  38. Friendly Exchange
  39. Book
  40. Heartland USA
  41. Canadian Geographic
  42. Notre Dame Magazine
  43. The Chronicle of the Horse
  44. Luxury Golf Homes & Resorts
  45. Yankee
  46. Bassmaster
  47. California Homes
  48. Writer's Digest
  49. Offshore
  50. American Health & Fitness
  51. MyBusiness Magazine
  52. Charlotte Magazine
  53. Voyageur
  54. The Upper Room
  55. Sport Diver
  56. Delicious Living!
  57. FW: The Art of Living
  58. Nights Publications
  59. Speedway Illustrated
  60. Yoga Journal
  61. Family Motor Coaching
  62. The Fisherman
  63. Balloon Life
  64. Orange Coast
  65. Oxygen!
  66. Utah Business
  67. AmericanStyle Magazine
  68. OnEarth
  69. Request Magazine
  70. Points North
  71. Star Date
  72. AAA Midwest Traveler
  73. Big Apple Parent/Queens Parent/Westchester Parent
  74. Blue Ridge Business Journal
  75. The World & I
  76. Kansas!
  77. Proceedings
  78. ComputorEdge
  79. Progressive Populist
  80. Victorian Homes
  81. Vermont Business Magazine
  82. Good Old Days
  83. My Daily Visitor
  84. The Horse
  85. Automobile Quarterly
  86. Alaska Business Monthly
  87. Lost Treasure
  88. Northern Ohio Live
  89. Rhode Island Monthly
  90. Adventure Cyclist
  91. Diversity: Career Opportunities & Insights
  92. The Outdoors Magazine
  93. Rock & Gem
  94. Decorative Artist's Workbook
  95. Antique Trader
  96. Adirondack Life
  97. Toy Cars & Models
  98. Coast to Coast Magazine
  99. Michigan Out-of-Doors
  100. Wisconsin Outdoor Journal

Industry Info

Literary Agent, Janet Kobobel Grant
Books & Such Agency

Big news!
My agent, Janet Kobobel Grant, just got quoted on and was told that the would appear in Publishers Weekly!

Writing Op - Parenting Media Websites

Check out the writers guidelines for iParenting Media. is an award-winning network of family-oriented Web sites owned by iParenting Media, the leading producer of parenting information. One of their excellent magazines is Family Energy:
Writers Guidelines:

Hand-Out #2 - NJCWG 7/24/06

Here is hand-out #2 from the NJCWG 7/24/06 meeting.

Fine Tuning Your Pitch

1. Keep It Simple
An elevator pitch is short – very short. In the time it takes to get from the first floor to the third floor, you should be able to introduce yourself, offer a sincere compliment and give your pitch. All of this should be done without breaking a sweat or running out of breath.

2. Know who you are talking to and use their name.

3. Ask permission to pitch your idea.
If they say “no” ask if you can send them an email with your idea. If they say “no” again (maybe they aren’t taking new clients or just don’t like elevators) thank them for their time and move on.

4. Make sure to give your name
I knew one lady who gave her elevator pitch to an editor – literally in an elevator. She was so nervous that when she was done and the doors to elevator opened, she leapt out and disappeared into the crowd. There was one problem, the editor really liked her idea but she never said her name so he didn’t know how to get in touch with her. ALWAYS introduce yourself (briefly) before giving your pitch.

5. Offer a compliment or tell them where and/or why you recognize them.
Obviously if you are interested in certain editors, publishers or agents you will have done your homework and know something about them. Know what they look like (use the internet), read things that they’ve written. Listen to tapes/CD’s from conferences where they’ve spoken. Get to know their style and their MO (mode of operation).

6. Be prepared to give your whole spiel in about 30 seconds.
You want to leave time for a question or two and for contact information.

7. Don’t forget to offer the title of your piece.
Many people forget to say the title of their work. If the editor forgets everything else, hopefully the title will stick in their head (make a good one). If you have a website or blog they will be able to find you again even if they don’t know your name and they lost your business card.

8. If they show any interest at all, close the deal.
Make sure you set a specific day (and time) to call them and repeat the information. If they ask you send them a proposal or manuscript, repeat that this is what you will do. Then DO it – right away – not months later.

9. Always thank them for their time and consideration – but don’t gush. This is a business deal, you are not the big lottery winner and this is not a marriage proposal.

The Write Stuff Boot Camp!

The WriteStuff Writers' "BOOT CAMP"
Maneuvering the Manuscript and Publishing Trenches!

The Missouri Historical Society
Emerson Center
St. Louis, Missouri

Join the WriteStuff Writers' in St. Louis and experience hands-on professional workshops to help you take your creative work to a higher and more successful level!

Presented by publishing industry professionals, the fun and interactive sessions explore the complex elements of writing, editing, marketing and publishing from the trenches up!

Special Guest! A presentation in the Writer's Studio with motivational speaker, Appalachian Trail Blazer and author, Jean Deeds (There are Mountains to Climb). You won't want to miss her incredible story of walking the Appalachian Trail alone!

WriteStuff Writers' Conferences supports the mission of Ambassadors for Children, a not-for-profit global volunteer organization providing humanitarian aid to children in need around the world.

Other Boot Camp breakout workshops include:
Two Minds — One Story
Writing with a partner: how the elements of support, discipline and give and take all come into play when you write with a partner. This workshop presents a roadmap that will lead to a clear understanding of how to make it work and how to get started!
Web Sites and Blogging!
Simple explanations from a professional Webmaster on how to:
Create your own Web site
Use search engines and make them work for you
Sell your books and promote your name through the Internet
Understand the world of personal blogging
Understanding the Gray Areas of Publishing
Whether considering a traditional, vanity or print on demand publisher, you need to understand your options and what to expect. Publishing has changed—so learn what will work best for you!
Exploring the Writer's Market!
Six Things You Need to Know Before Approaching an Agent or a Publisher!
Learn why ninety-five percent of query letters and unsolicited manuscripts go into the rejection pile. If you're just starting to look for an agent or have become frustrated with unanswered queries and e-mails, you won't want to miss this workshop taught by a literary agent!
And More!
Click here to explore all of the Boot Camp breakout sessions and to reserve your seat today!

Contest - Writers Digest 2006 Short Story Contest

The Writer's Digest 7th Annual Short Short Story Competition
We're looking for fiction that's bold, brilliant...but brief. Send us your best in 1,500 words or fewer.But don't be too long about it—the deadline is Friday, December 01, 2006.
PRIZESFirst Place: $3,000Second Place: $1,500Third Place: $500Fourth Through Tenth Place: $100Eleventh Through Twenty-Fifth Place: $50 gift certificate for Writer's Digest Books
* The First-Place winner has the option of a FREE "Best Seller Publishing Package" from Trafford Publishing.
* The names and story titles of the First-through Tenth-Place winners will be printed in the June 2007 Writer's Digest, and winners will receive the 2007 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market.
The 7th Annual Writer's Digest SHORT SHORT STORY COMPETITION COLLECTION Sponsored by Trafford
The 1st- through 25th-place manuscripts will be printed in a special competition collection, published by Trafford Publishing. Use the entry form to order your copy or purchase a copy online using a credit card. Order now to receive the 50%-off, pre-publication special price. (Publication date: May, 2007. You are not required to purchase the collection to enter the competition.)
For entrants paying with a credit card, we will accept manuscripts submitted online.
The Rules
1. The competition is open to manuscripts of 1,500 words or fewer. Entries outside the word limitation will be disregarded. Type the word count on the first page of your entry along with your name, address, phone number and email address.
2. The entry fee is $12 per manuscript. You may enter as many manuscripts as you wish. You may send one check (in U.S. funds) and one entry form for all entries. If you are submitting your entry via regular mail, you may send one check (in U.S. funds) and one entry form for all entries.
3. All entries must be in English, original, unpublished, and not submitted elsewhere until the winners are announced. Writer's Digest reserves the one-time publication rights to the 1st-t through 25th-place winning entries to be published in a Writer's Digest publication.
4. If you are submitting your entry via regular mail, all entries must be typewritten and double-spaced on one side of 8-1/2 x 11 or A4 white paper. Manuscripts will not be returned.
5. Entries must be postmarked by Friday, December 01, 2006.
6. Winners will be notified by February 9, 2007. If you have not been contacted by this date, you may assume that your entry is not a finalist and may be marketed elsewhere.
7. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard with your entry if you want to be notified of its receipt. We cannot notify you personally of your story's status before the winners are announced. If entering online, you will receive a confirmation email for each entry you submit.
8. Winners' names will appear in the June 2007 issue of Writer's Digest magazine. Afterwards, their names and story titles will be posted at
9. The following are not permitted to enter the competition: employees of F+W Publications, Inc., and their immediate families and Writer's Digest contributing editors and correspondents as listed on the masthead.
Privacy PromiseOccasionally we make portions of our customer list available to other companies so they may contact you about products and services that may be of interest to you. If you prefer we withhold your name, simply send a note with your name, address and the competition name to: List Manager, F+W Publications, 4700 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236.
A message from our Competition Collection sponsor:
Trafford Publishing is proud to sponsor the 7th annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection. We love helping make author's dreams come true. In fact, since 1995 Trafford Publishing has helped more than 5,000 authors publish over 7,000 new titles around the world. If your short story is part of a book or you have a separate manuscript you want to publish we welcome you to visit our website or give us a call—we'll even send you a free guide which explains how publishing your book is easier than you might think.
We wish you all the best with your contest submission. 1-888-232-4444 ext 1587
Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition Online Entry Form
Writer's Digest Short Short Story Printable Entry Form

Writing Op - GUD Mag

"Stop me. Make me linger over the image. Break my heart. Make me angry. Inspire me to write a story, a letter. Show me something I've seen before, but open my eyes to it." Editor of Gud Magazine

If you think you've got what it takes, send Gud your finest. Don't expect feedback -- not going to happen. And PLEASE, read the guidelines. Electronic submissions, print and e-versions, paying semi-pro rates.

Hand-Out - Improving Your Focus

Below you will find the hand-out from the NJCWG's 7/24/06 meeting.

Improving Your Focus

1. Know your genre
I can’t stress enough how important it is to know what genre you are writing for AND what sub-genre your manuscript falls into. It is not sufficient to say it is fiction – or even a mystery. Is it a cozy? A caper? A Noir? Or a fem-jep (female in jeopardy)? Each is written in a different style and the popularity of each thrives and wanes in its own right. This sub-genre issue applies to every kind of writing. Check out your areas of interest.

2. Research what’s out there and know the saturation limit for your genre.
Is there a glut in the genre you want to write for? Remember that it takes one to three years for a new author’s book to get on the market. Will your topic still be relevant after a long wait?

3. Has your topic “been done” before?
When it comes to periodicals, understand what’s recently been written by other writers for the publication you are targeting AND in similar publications. Can you give your topic a new slant? Offer information not seen before? Provide insight that others have not offered?

4. Is your topic narrow enough?
Have you narrowed your topic enough to offer details that a broader article might miss? If you are writing about dogs you might want to focus on one aspect of dogs (e.g. grooming, feeding or training) or one breed of dog (there are over 400 pure breeds of dogs). Volumes and volumes have been written about dogs. If you are writing a short article you would be well advised to be VERY specific.

5. Is your topic broad enough?
Lawn care might be a good topic for the spring issue of a general magazine but writing only about eradicating the Black Medic (a broad leafed lawn weed) might be a bit too specific for the needs of the general public.

6. Know your publisher.
What sort of articles and/or books does the publisher that you are targeting want? Don’t send a mystery to a romance publisher and don’t sent an article about women wearing too much make-up to a glamour magazine. These may seem obvious but there are subtle differences a well. What is the mission statement of the magazine that you want to write for? Just because a magazine calls itself “Christian” doesn’t mean that it publishes testimonials. If a Christian magazine’s focus is on missions, you won’t want to send a profile piece on a Christian skier unless you can show how the profiled person uses his skiing to lead others to Christ.

7. Know your reader.
If you are writing about wedding cakes you might want to reconsider an article specifically about grooms cakes if you are writing for the New Jersey Bride. Brides and Grooms on the East Coast traditionally do not want groom cakes. Now you’d be hard pressed to find a wedding in the southern United States without a grooms cake. Readers (and publishers) in Texas might appreciate this article (if it hasn’t been done a dozen times already). Now a “new” slant would be to do an article for New Jersey Bride on traditions that other parts of the country hold dear (like grooms cakes) and ways that brides and grooms on the east coast could incorporate these traditions into their weddings to make them special.

8. Know the ‘need’.
Anytime you can fill a need for a publisher you will hit an automatic home-run with your article. Find out what a magazine needs and get to work providing the words.

9. Know the format.
Every publication uses a slightly different format. Read, read and re-read the writers guidelines – then follow them exactly. The editors will love you for saving them time and money. In addition to the general guidelines read the magazine itself. Does the magazine use sidebars? Subheadings? Quotes? Statistics? Numerous anecdotes? Do the writers often site specialists? Do the titles use alliteration? Are articles written in first person, third or both?

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Monday's Meeting

Next meeting - Monday, July 24, 2006

6:15-7:00 Chat Time
7:00-8:00 Discussion - Pitching Your Project
8:00-9:00 Critiques

Ringwood Baptist Church
30 Carletondale Road
Ringwood, NJ 07456

Discussion Time - Pitching Your Project
What is an "elevator pitch"?
What will get a publisher's positive reaction?
What will get a publisher's negative reaction?
How do you find a F-R-E-S-H angle?

On July 24 we'll begin this discussion and we will continue it on August 14, 2006.

BRING: One project idea that you would like to have published. As a group, we'll fine tune that idea until it POPS! This should not be an article or book chapter (something you've already written). It should be only an IDEA for an article (or book) that you would like to write.

ALSO: Be prepared to briefly tell the group what you've been working on. I will share the progress of my latest research trip to Michigan for my book If a Tux Could Talk: The Men Who Help Plan Their Weddings, and the Women Who Love Them For it.

Get ready - this is going to be a H-O-T summer for getting published!

Louise Bergmann DuMont
Facilitaor, NJCWG

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Writing Op - Medical

Post Looking for Vet, Medical, and Home Emergency Writers

Greetings, folks -
I'm the Director of Content and Architecture for Informed Publishing -- we have been publishing helping profession field guides for over 20 years. I am currently looking for freelance writers with experience in developing, contributing, and/or editing material for Veterinary and Medical guides, as well as for a Home Emergency Guide. You can see our current titles at

Writers should have either practical experience in the field for which they write, or should have previous experience writing on this subject. Pay scale is commesurate with experience, between $35-$50 an hour, with a flat NTE.

You can contact me directly at Serious and qualified inquiries only, thanks.

Writing Op - Soap Opera Website

Writer needed for Soap Opera website

We are hiring for and are in need of someone to write daily recaps for three soap operas. This job is a part-time paying job and we are legitamite! If you are seriously interested, please email me at soaps2006 at, or use the contact text on the site to contact me. My name is Chrissi.

Here are the details thusfar:

Daily Soap Opera Updates/News Writer/Website Manager

Job Description:
As the Daily Soap Opera Updates/News Writer and Website Manager, you will view or listen to daily soap opera program(s) and write the daily recap of the show. You will also write news about the show and manage the content of your assigned website. In addition, you will have to create and edit polls, find pictures over the Internet/post them on the website, and manage content priority. Forum moderation is another one of the tasks you will oversee.
You will have an on-line interface that will be easy to work with and displays all of the information you will need to research each individual actor/actress.

Skills, Experience, & Ability:
Internet experience is necessary for this position, however, we are also looking for several required skills and abilities that we feel are very important to success in this position. These are:
Being Internet savvy (including having the ability to utilize the Internet or other resources for research and finding information, and the ability to use forms and manage content).
Possessing strong writing skills.
Having Photoshop experience (or experience with any other image-editing software) is mandatory.
Being creative, reliable, and dedicated.

Job Status:

Part-time (2-4 hours a day)

For two of the soaps, you may have to start ASAP, as we will require someone to complete actor profiles.

Actor/Actress Profile Manager

Job Description:
As the Actor/Actress Profile Manager, you will create, edit, and manage the list of actors and actresses associated with each and every active running soap opera. This will entail researching and inputting relative information on each individual actor/actress including, but not limited to: birth date, birthplace, marital status, biography, current role in soap opera, career highlights, and any other pertinent information.
You will have an on-line interface that will be easy to work with and displays all of the information you need in order to research each individual actor/actress.

Skills, Experience, & Ability:

Minimal experience is necessary for this job. There are, however, several required skills and abilities that we feel are very important to succeed as an Actor/Actress Profile Manager. These include:
Being Internet savvy (having the ability to utilize the Internet or other resources for researching and finding information).
Having strong writing skills.
Possessing creativity, reliability, and dedication.

Job Status:
Part-time (2-4 hours a day)

The site is

Writing Op - NonChristian Paying Market

Opinions & Con reports Wanted

Looking for rants, musings, and enthusiastic praise on topics of interest to science fiction fandom. Got something you think fandom should know about, good or bad? Wantyour opinion heard? I'm starting an Opinions section at Firefox News,

I'm paying $20 per "opinion" piece. I pay promptly after acceptance, and my current TAT for responding to slush pile submissions is one to two weeks.

I am also looking for con reports. I'm particularly interested in con reports from Comic-Con (and WorldCon, upcoming) but will look at submissions for ANY con. I pay $10 per thousand words for con reports and I'm basically looking for a review of the con -- what was good, what wasn't, comments on the hotel, on the program, who you saw that was notable, interesting previews, etc.

E-mail submissions to


The Benjamin Franklin Award

The Benjamin Franklin Awards™ for excellence in publishing have named "Scared Poopless: The Straight Scoop on Dog Care" as the 2006 Winner for Best Health Book. The Ben Franklin is awarded by PMA, the Independent Book Publishers Association. Books are judged for both editorial and design excellence by reviewers, editors, designers, artists, acquisition librarians, bookstore buyers, wholesalers and distributor.
For the full story go to:

For information about the 2007 awards go to:

Friday, July 21, 2006

Hot Ideas!


Next meeting -- Monday, July 24, 2006

Our July 24 discussion is one you won't want to miss. We'll talk about pitching your project in a way that will get you published.

It does not matter if this is your first article or if you are a multi-published novelist - everyone needs a G-R-E-A-T pitch and F-R-E-S-H angle. On Monday, July 24, 2006 (continuing on Monday, August 14) we will discuss the hows and whys of getting published -- and rejected. We'll dig into a bag of resources that will make your story "different" from the thousand others that authors are tossing out to editors.

IMPORTANT: Bring to these meetings one project idea that you would like to have published. As a group, we'll fine tune that idea until it POPS! This should NOT be an article you've already written. It SHOULD be only an idea for an article (or book) that you want to write.

ALSO: Be prepared to briefly tell the group what you've been working on. I will share the progress of my latest research trip to Michigan for my book If a Tux Could Talk: The Men Who Help Plan Their Weddings, and the Women Who Love Them For it.

Get ready - this is going to be a H-O-T summer for getting published!

Louise Bergmann DuMont
Facilitaor, NJCWG

ICRS 2006

The International Christian Retailers Show (ICRS) formerly known as the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) was held July 9-13, 2006 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO

Here are a few things that came from that convention.


Big announcements (editors moving to new publishing houses, new titles that will cause a stir, etc) are often made shortly before the ICRS. This year, two items came to light.

1) Warner Faith changed its name to Faith Words. They are no longer are a part of Time Warner but are now associated with Warner Books. All of its entities were bought by Hachette Livre, the third largest publisher in the world.
2) Multnomah announced that it was purchased by another publishing house but for legal reasons the identity of that publisher hasn't been disclosed yet. An announcement is expected July 31.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Max Elliot Anderson Interview

This month I have an interview, about my children's mysteries & adventures, by the Chicago Writers Association.

You can find it at

Max Elliot Anderson

Adventure books for readers 8 and up

Saturday, July 08, 2006

The Organized Writer

Do you need to get your writing organized? Check out this website:

The Organized Writer has some great free writing articles as well. Just click the FREE ARTICLES tab once you get to the website.


* Learn the Four-Step Secret to a Perfect Manuscript
Tired of proofreading for hours? Moving from first draft to perfect manuscript can be a slow and tedious exercise even for the most experienced writers. But you can create a perfect manuscript with just four simple steps....

* Personality Traits of a Real Writer
All writers are creative types, with cluttered desks, and messy piles, right? To be a good writer, one lives on coffee and stale potato chips only coming up for air when the book's done, right? Maybe. Or maybe we as writers have convinced ourselves that this is how a "real" writer acts....

*Sell Your Book with Pennies
Imagine you share a huge penny jar with each of your potential readers. Every interaction with a reader either adds or subtracts pennies from the jar. When readers need your info (non-fiction) or entertainment (fiction), they will trade the jar for your book, but only if the jar is full. Overflow the penny jar, and your reader will buy nearly everything you write.

Writing Op - Firefox News (not really news)

Please also see the general submission guidelines:

I am looking for fiction submissions on the themes below. Payment is on acceptance; submission response time is currently 1 to 2 weeks. I reserve the right to occasionally exceed this timeframe but I really try to respond quickly!

Pay rate is $.01/word up to $100.

Submit stories to

Themes have a deadline, however, themes may be closed to submissions early if I feel like I have accepted enough stories!

Without further ado, here's the first six themes I'm looking for material on:

It's the End of the World As We Know It
Stories about cataclysms, pandemics, disasters, alien invasions, and other angsty and grim subjects. Should be strongly character driven, and the stories may take place during or after the disaster. Note that you may submit comedy as well as dark stories and I'm open to unusual methods of ending the world!
Deadline: September 1st, 2006

Magic in the Modern World
Stories about magic coexisting with the modern world. Funny, romantic, silly, serious -- but with a strong underlying fantasy element.
Deadline: October 1st, 2006

Stories about protagonists who save the day. May be fantasy or science fiction, and may be about anything from a reluctant hero to a superhero. No Mary Sues!
Deadline: November 1st, 2006

Beauty and the Beast
I don't want to see stories that are a rehash of the fairytale. What I'm looking for are romances where one of the characters is physically unappealing to the other protagonist -- for any reason you can think of. One of the heroes, for example, may be disfigured, may belong to a fantasy or alien race, or, as in the original fairy tale, may be magically cursed. You may also come up with other reasons ... Stories can be fantasy or science fiction. Note: No Bestiality. I shouldn't have to say this, except, apparently, I do. If the story makes me go, "Ewwww!" I'm not going to buy it! There's a fine line that shouldn't be pushed, here ... also, please note the site's "PG" rating!
Deadline: January 1st, 2007

Bad Guys
Submissions should be about rogues, renegades, mercenaries, pirates and others of a questionable moral persuasion. The protagonist should be likeable even if his actions aren't.
Deadline: February 1st, 2007

The only requirement for this theme is that one of the characters must be an alien. Authors may really run with this one; I'm curious to see what sorts of submissions I get.
Deadline: March 1st, 2006

More Info:

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Friday, July 07, 2006

Sandy Cove Christian Writers' Conference

Sandy Cove Christian Writers' Conference
October 1-4, 2006

Refine your writing and speaking skills• Be mentored by editors and professional writers• Network with editors and professional writers• Expand your vision of how God can use you• Enjoy His presence on the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay in Northeast, Maryland.

Editors and Publishers
Join us for four days of seminars and workshops with editors from these publishers . . . (other are being confirmed at this point)
ACW Press Jim Watkins
Beacon Hill Publishing Judi Perry
Big Idea Cindy Kenney
Byline Iris Dowling
Focus on the Family Lissa Halls Johnson
The Free Lance-Star Linda White
Gospel Communications
Peggie Bohanon
Group Publishing, Rev. Lee Sparks
Harvest House * Terry Glaspey
Howard Publishing * Denny Boultinghouse
Light and Life Doug Newton
River Oak (Cook Communication's Fiction Line) Jeff Dunn
Standard Publishing Robin Stanley
Pleasant Word * and WinePress * Athena Dean and Carla Williams
The Upper Room * Susan KingWesleyan Publishing House * Larry Wilson
Write the Vision Maurice Gray

Other faculty members include:
Books & Such Literary Agency Wendy Lawton
Christian Writers Guild * Andy Scheer
XarisCom Editorial Services Jim Watkins director of conference
Bonnie Brechbill professional writer
Sharon Norris Elliott, director of AuthorizeMe, professional writer
Roger Palms, former editor of Decision magazine
Claudia Tynes professional writer

Registration, Etc.
Overnight Costs
Deluxe/Family/Handicap Rooms: $488 per adult, single occupancy / $398 per adult, double occupancy
Add $15 per night, per room for bay view rooms. Rates are per person and include lodging, meals, materials, seminars, plenary sessions, continuing workshops and two free manuscript evaluations as well as two private appointments with an editor or professional writer.
Call for upgraded room rates.
Day guest cost
Just $308.00 includes meals, materials, seminars, plenary sessions, continuing workshops and two free manuscript evaluations as well as two private appointments with an editor or professional writer, but no overnight accommodations.
Payment policy: A $100 deposit per room is required at time of reservation. Full payment is due by September 1, 2006. If you register after September 1, you will be asked for full payment at that time.
Call 800.234.2683 to register!
Need a same-sex roommate for the conference? Visit the Sandy Cove Writers/Speakers Forum to see if someone with similar interests needs a roommate to defray costs. Click here to join the forum.

Sandy Cove offers scholarships. Click here for details.
The writers conference has a vision of underwriting all transportation and conference expenses of at least one conferee from a developing country each year. However, our funds are currently depleted. If you would like to contribute to bringing students from overseas, your tax deductable donation can be made to "Sandy Cove Ministries" and earmarked "Writers Conference International Scholarships."

Special needsThe entire Sandy Cove Conference Center is under one roof and completely handicap accessible. Special dietary needs can be accomodated by the chef. (All meals are served buffet style.)

TransportationVisit the Sandy Cove Writers/Speakers Forum to carpool with someone from your area. Click here to join the forum. To schedule shuttle service from the Baltimore or Philadelphia airports to Sandy Cove, call About Town Limosine Service of North East, Maryland, at 1-410-287-6400 (the cost is approximately $20 each way per person for groups).
We do not recommend using the Aberdeen, Maryland, Amtrak station.

Email Jim Watkins, the directorOr call him at 1-765-618-7913.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Max Elliot Anderson

This interview with Max Elliot Anderson was just posted about writing adventures and mysteries for readers 8 and up.


Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Writing Op -

Here is a note I received from Kevin Lucia

Hi folks,

My friends and I are creating an ezine off the foundation of our small and humble writer's forum, Emerging Christian Writers.

We're looking for the following:

Fiction & Non-fiction - non-fiction about ANY aspect on faith or writing book & movie reviews
articles concerning the arts & entertainment: movies, video games, comic books, cartoons, sci fi/fantasy, music, faith artwork & poetry

This publication is created from a broad Christian world-view, but it is not an evangelizing publication. Non-Christians are more than welcome to submit, just make sure you fly right by the submission guidelines. Pardon our dust as we get up and running, and eventually we're going to be hosted at, but right now it's on my server space.

Sadly, I cannot pay at this time. However, if we get a lot of people involved in this, perhaps we can publish an annual through Lulu or something!

Oh, and the email I'm using for submissions is: Submissions can be sent in Word, Open Office...any of the regulars.


Kevin Lucia - Editor

Monday, July 03, 2006

Website Update

Well, I had the day off from work today so I spent it updating my website. If you know of any grooms-to-be or any newlyweds, I created a Groom's Survey for your convenience. It is now up on the website as well. (just click on the grooms survey button).

Wishing you all a blessed July 4th.

Louise Bergmann DuMont
Faciliator, NJCWG

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Press Release - If a Tux Could Talk

Timothy R. DuMont & Amanda Lillis
after a recent performance at Carnegie Hall

This press release is also available on my website - click the NEW Work in Progress button.


July 3, 2006

Contact Info:
Louise Bergmann DuMont
Cell 551-427-3794

AUTHORS SEEK soon-to-be wed grooms,
brides, newlyweds, clerics & wedding professionals

If a Tux Could Talk:
The Men Who Help Plan Their Weddings,
and the Women Who Love Them For It

Today's groom is not afraid to order quiche tartlets for his reception or display a daisy boutonniere on his tux. Since most couples are footing more than a third of their wedding costs, grooms are participating in the decision-making more than ever before. If a Tux Could Talk: The Men Who Help Plan Their Weddings, and the Women Who Love Them For It is not simply an other how-to manual. It reflects the changing role of a groom with both candor and comedy while it addresses the spiritual issue of leadership and offers specific ways for a couple to value the talents and strengths of each partner.

Tim R. DuMont is currently preparing for his wedding to the gifted and beautiful Amanda Lillis. Tim's mother, author and speaker Louise Bergmann DuMont, has been happily married to Tim's father (John DuMont) for over 30 years. Together this mother-son team hope to share both the fun and the folly of wedding planning with brides and grooms in the midst of their nuptial preparations.

Author, Louise Bergmann DuMont says,
“Tim and I are eager to get our latest book, If a Tux Could Talk: The Men Who Help Plan Their Weddings, and the Women Who Love Them For It ready for publication. We are looking for grooms, brides, newlyweds, clerics, wedding coordinators, and other wedding professionals willing to share their experiences. If you are interested in participating in this project, you can contact us as –”

“We are especially looking for 1) chuckle-until-your-face-hurts anecdotes 2) ‘uniquely his’ wedding ideas 3) romantic groom stories 4) unusual family, ethnic or religious traditions that were incorporated into a wedding 5) individuals who invented new traditions 6) spiritual lessons learned as a result of wedding preparations and 6) last but not least, any wedding related event that was extraordinary, distinctive or atypical.”
To schedule a speaking engagement, or a book signing you can contact Louise and/or Tim at Additional information about Louise, her books and the programs she offers are found at her website:


New Column for Author Louise Bergmann DuMont

I have new column (Espresso for the Heart) that appears on The Comfort Cafe. The story is a rewrite of one I did for my book, Grace by the Cup: A Break From the Daily Grind. You can read the story at:

Louise Bergmann DuMont

Writing Op - Comfort Cafe

The Comfort Cafe - an exceptional website for those seeking encouragment, comfort or Christian instruction -- is looking for new writers. Currently unpublished writers have the opportunity to garner some clips and established writers can tithe their writing to a great website. The Comfort Cafe does not pay, but it certainly is worth a look.

A Note From Ruth Wood, Editor

We Are Looking for Writers

Our Help for the Hurting page lists all the topics we hope to address in the future. If you have a story or article that relates to one of these areas, I’d love to hear from you. Review our writer’s guidelines, then send submissions to


Saturday, July 01, 2006

Marketing Columnist Wanted

Marketing Columnist Wanted
Can you help small businesses market their businesses online and offline? We're in need of one columnist willing to write original 350 to 500 word articles, for our e-zine--not website, once a month for $10 per column, per issue. 30 days after publication, you'll be able to sell your column as a reprint to other publications. The key is to offer advice not found on the Internet. Send us three sample columns along with your credentials. Deadline is August 1, 2006. We'll make our
final decision August 15, 2006. And the new marketing columnist will begin writing his/her first column in September, 2006.

3 Scholarships - Phlly Writers Conference

A Note From the Facilitator of the NJCWG
For years I've talked about three important networking tools available to writers
1. Local writers groups
2. Online writers groups
3. Writers Conferences

If you've heeded my advice and joined CWG (Christian Writers Group) online, you may be eligible to take advantage of a scholarship to one of the best Christian writers conferences on the east coast - The Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference.

Louise Bergmann DuMont


The Cecil Murphey Scholarship


CWG member Cecil (Cec) Murphey has once again demonstrated his heart for fellow writers in a tangible way by offering scholarships to a writing conference. This round of scholarships offers the full registration fee and housing for two members of CWG to attend the Greater Philadelphia
Christian Writers Conference on August 10-12.