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SPAWNews, March, 2009

Sandra Murphy, Editor

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Table of Contents

- Editor's Note

- Market Update

- Book Review by Patricia Fry—Publishize: How to Quickly and Affordably Self-Publish a Book That Promotes Your Expertise By Susan C. Daffron

- Ask the Book Doctor—About Chapter Format, the Library of Congress, and Using Big Words by Bobbie Christmas

- Member News

- Opportunities

- Contests

- Events and More

Editor's Note

by Sandra Murphy

The house is still in chaos as one repair turned into a domino effect—floors before or after paint? Hallway plaster before either? And most of all, where is??? One of the missing items, carefully encased in a plastic bag to avoid the plaster dust, paint splatters and drywall crumbs is my list of member information for renewal reminders. I’ll print out another list and send from that, without the benefit of my notes from previous emails. If you get a duplicate, just remind me in gentle terms. Remodeling doesn’t leave much stamina left for criticism!

Mindless activity like painting walls can give your subconscious a chance to work out problems. I have committed to have my cozy mystery book, DeadTodd, ready for my writer’s group to read in September. The slowdown has been, while many people wanted Todd dead, how many had the opportunity? In the midst of painting walls red, the answer came and gave me the momentum to go on. With the amount of priming and painting still to be done, I should be able to work out all the snags in the story. Now if only I can figure out where that folder went…it’s a mystery.

Sandy, Editor, SPAWNews

Market Update

by Patricia Fry

The March 2009 edition of the SPAWN Market Update is designed to inspire, encourage, teach and equip authors, freelance writers, artists, poets, screenplay writers and other creatives for success in his/her chosen field. We, here at SPAWN, spend all month searching for and collecting material for this special, one-of-a-kind newsletter, and this edition is definitely one of our best efforts. For example,

  • We tell you where to go online for legal advice related to copyrights, permissions and so forth.
  • We provide links to hundreds of book review sites. (For book promotion.)
  • We list 8 opportunities for screenwriters and several paying markets for artists and photographers.
  • We reveal 11 opportunities for freelance writers and links to 13 directories of writing jobs.

Do you want to know which writer’s conferences are canceling this year? There are quite a few of them. There are also some publishers, a distributor and over 30 magazines that have gone out of business—find out which ones.

Perhaps you've been receiving SPAWNews in your email box FREE for a few months or for several years. Subscribing was a good move on your part. If you are reading this newsletter, you get many additional points and you are, no doubt, experiencing some new successes in your field as you become educated through our articles and book recommendations, you enroll in some of the writers conferences and contests and you study our Q and A feature.

Now, take the next important and worthwhile step and join SPAWN. It will take only a few minutes of your time, $45 out of your pocket (for a one year membership). You will gain access to the SPAWN Market Update, which is unlike any other publication you currently receive. You will be able to communicate with other members through SPAWNDiscuss and you can post your news and announcements in SPAWNews, which goes out to about 2,000 authors, writers and artists.

Join today and choose from 6 FREE books/ebooks. As a member of SPAWN, you could be much closer to your publishing or writing goal by summer.

Book Review

by Patricia Fry

Publishize: How to Quickly and Affordably Self-Publish a Book That Promotes Your Expertise

by Susan C. Daffron

Logical Expressions, Inc., 2009

Paperback, 262 Pages, $24.95

To order: or

Here’s a book with a catchy title for business owners, speakers, workshop leaders, coaches, teachers and others who want to promote their business or expertise through a book. The purpose behind Publishize is to help you self-publish a book that will give you more credibility in your field. On her book cover, Daffron says, “Publishize is a hands-on guidebook for entrepreneurs who want to use self-publishing as a new revenue stream in their business.”

To read the full review of Publishize, go to

– Patricia Fry is the president of SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network) and the author of 28 books. Read her hallmark book The Right Way to Write, Publish and Sell Your Book, revised 2nd edition. and her NEW Author’s Workbook If you are struggling to promote a book, order Patricia’s newest ebook, The Author’s Repair Kit. Visit her informative publishing blog often at

Ask the Book Doctor: About Chapter Format, the Library of Congress, and Using Big Words

by Bobbie Christmas

Q: Is there a way to reconcile chapter beginnings using the computer?

A: I’m not sure what you mean by “reconcile,” but this much I know: At the end of each chapter, insert a page break. With a page break at the end of each chapter, when you hit Return three or four times to begin the new chapter, the new chapter will always begin on the same line, the one you just designated, even if you later add or delete lines from prior chapters.

To insert a page break, go to Insert, then Break, then Page Break.

To read more about these and other interesting topics, go to

– Bobbie Christmas, book doctor, author of Write in Style (Union Square Publishing), and owner of Zebra Communications, will answer your questions too. Send them to Read more “Ask the Book Doctor” questions and answers at

SPAWN Members Take a Turn—Member News

Last month, Patricia Fry, the President of SPAWN, spoke to members of the Women's Artistic Network in Simi Valley, California on the two steps to publishing success. Writers and artists alike were eagerly taking notes and absorbing the resources and facts. If you would like to invite Patricia to speak to your group, contact her at

If you live in the vicinity of Simi Valley, and are interested in visiting an active and fun writers/artists group, visit their website at:

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Shadow Forest Authors is a fellowship of authors for charity. Our mission is to get authors from around the world and from all genres to unite with SFA and participate in donating books and ebooks to selected beneficiaries, literary foundations who fill a much-needed void.

SFA invites authors to get listed and participate in this worthy cause. All we ask is that authors donate a copy of their title to a SFA beneficiary of their choice: The Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation - Australia,(who also accept CD’s) Book Aid International - U.K, Got Books Inc - U.S.A, Adult Reading Assistance Scheme - New Zealand, The World Public Library - U.S.A. Participating authors receive a mention on the SFA site and the chance to sell further books via our unique supporter program. Come join us, united we can fill a much needed void in worldwide literacy issues.

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Patricia Fry is now accepting new editorial clients. Get the best of both worlds—hire a seasoned editor who can also guide you through the publishing process. Contact her at or through her website at

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Members Patricia Fry and Sandy Murphy are now members of Cat Writers of America. Sandy’s latest article, Have You Seen the Cat? can be found in the Spring Issue of Feline Wellness magazine. And don’t forget Patricia’s new book about cats—read a FREE chapter of Catscapades, Tales of Ordinary and Extraordinary Cats. Email Patricia at

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Compliments—we love them!

“I don't say it enough, but I certainly do to other writers: you do a fantastic job with the SPAWN Market Update. This month, I checked out probably half-dozen sites on first read and submitted to 4 of them. I read a lot of writing e-zines and the Market Update is one of the best out there with a great deal more helpful information.&rduo;

Sande Cropsey

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Good news from Leon Cooper:

Discovery Channel will license his new documentary Return to Tarawa-The Leon Cooper Story. The 47-minute documentary, narrated by Ed Harris, is based on his return to Tarawa a year ago. In November, 1943, he served as a Navy landing craft officer, landing assault troops on Japanese-defended beaches during the three days that became known as “Bloody Tarawa.” More than 6,000 men were killed including 1,300 US Marines with an additional 2,500 wounded. He returned with a camera crew to film the garbage that covers the hallowed ground called Red Beach and learned that more than 200 Americans still lie where they fell sixty-five years ago—including a Congressional Medal of Honor winner. Live ammunition (ours) lies everywhere on the tiny, densely populated island. Current Discovery plans call for showing it, beginning in April. They have exclusive license rights in the US and Canada but Leon will be able to sell the DVD copy of the film throughout the world.

Leon is writing a novel, Remembering Private Somes. It's fact and fiction. Somes was a young Marine who lies in an unmarked grave on the island, forgotten by our nation but remembered by the Aussies and New Zealanders on “Anzac Day.”

You may find his blogs to be of further interest:

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Simon Teakettle, described by U.S. Business Week as “the cat who owns the company,” blogs from a computer in Gatineau, Quebec. His company is known worldwide, with thousands of references showing in search engines, ranging across 44 countries in 11 time zones. Check it out at:

Barbara Florio Graham

Simon Teakettle Ink

Author of MEWSINGS/MUSINGSand international award-winner.

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Note: To have your announcements included in this section, you must be a paid member of SPAWN. Please email your news to

Opportunities will debut their new site at Christian Book Expo in Dallas March 20-22, 2009. Christian Book Expo is sponsored by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) and is expected to be the largest Christian conference this year.

Publishers and authors can submit their book videos to for free. Advertising opportunities are also available.

To watch previews of Christian books on, visit the website at

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The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications from its members for the first Jan Nathan Scholarship which consists of a grant for full payment of tuition and housing to attend the Stanford Professional Publishing Course, a week-long course designed to bring together mid-career publishing professionals, exposing them to advanced publishing strategies and new media models that includes both print and digital strategies. The Scholarship is open to IBPA members in publishing who meet Stanford's pre-requisites, including a minimum of four years' publishing experience.

Deadline is April 15, 2009.

For additional information or questions, please visit the IBPA website at Additional information about the Stanford Publishing Course may be found at

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Level Best Books is an independent publishing cooperative devoted to publishing literature, primarily works of fiction. The cooperative has published six anthologies: Undertow: Crime Stories by New England Writers (November 2003); Riptide (November 2004); Windchill (October 2005); Seasmoke (November 2006); and Still Waters (November 2007) and Deadfall (November 2008). They plan to publish a collection of crime stories each fall, which will be introduced at the New England mystery conference Crime Bake.

They are currently accepting submissions for the seventh anthology, currently untitled, featuring original crime stories by New England writers in the following genres: mystery, thriller, suspense, caper, and horror. They will consider stories with elements of the supernatural.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Original stories, no more than 5,000 words in length, not previously published anywhere, including on the web via an e-zine or your own website.

  • Please submit hard copy with SASE and include a brief cover letter describing your publishing experience. No electronic submissions.
  • Level Best Books will accept submissions from January 1, 2009 to March 31, 2009.
  • If you have any questions about whether you qualify as a New England writer, please query before submitting,

Mail submissions to:

Level Best Books

P.O. Box 161

Prides Crossing, MA 01965

PLEASE NOTE: Level Best Books is not accepting submissions other than the above short stories at this time.

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Book Hub Inc., a new independent book distributor, announces its official company launch this month, opening up its office and website to the public. In conjunction with the company launch, Book Hub will host an open call for any publishers who are in need of distribution, marketing, or subsidiary rights services.

As a new and innovative distributor, Book Hub offers a full range of services to small and medium-size publishers including, distribution to national accounts, co-op marketing programs, and subsidiary rights representation. Book Hub represents a unique mix of fiction and non-fiction titles ranging from mainstream to eclectic and works with publishers that are committed to big design capabilities and strong editorial visions.

Publishers interesting in working with Book Hub can send submissions and sample titles to the address listed below or visit Book Hub’s website,


Read about the latest contests at


Read about the coming events at

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Note: SPAWNews advises "caveat emptor" when dealing with venues, contests or promotions unknown to you. SPAWN is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

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