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SPAWNews, July, 2005

Wendy Dager, Editor

For contributions to the newsletter and Letters to the Editor, please e-mail the editor of SPAWNews:

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Table of Contents

- Editor’s Note

- Market Update

- Letter

- Book Review

- Join a Publishers Association

- Three Things I Learned at BEA

- Find Local Businesses Online

- Ask the Book Doctor

- Speaking of Writers Conferences

- Member News

- Opportunities

- Contests and Awards

- Events and More

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Editor’s Note

The Lazy Days of Summer

By Wendy Dager

My name is Wendy and I am a procrastinator.

Yes, I am a terrible procrastinator. I am also lazy. I will work on my freelance writing and editing projects and find any excuse to take a break. The refrigerator calls my name and invites me to have a snack. The laundry piles up as I type. The phone rings and I can’t ignore it, even though I know it’s a friend who wants me to go shopping with her. And now that it’s summer, I fear I may become even worse. Or, perhaps, better. Better at procrastinating.

How I admire people like SPAWN Executive Director Virginia Lawrence and SPAWN President Patricia Fry. These are two of the hardest working writers/entrepreneurs in the businesses of writing and entrepreneurship. Recently, I was thinking about them and the other SPAWN members and SPAWNews subscribers who are consistently able to come up with new ideas and put them into effect.

Inspired by these thoughts, I decided to get moving.

I rewrote an old sitcom pilot script and a cable television show pitch and gave them to a friend who is considering starting a production company.

I got busy with the sequel to my novel and e-mailed the first sixty pages to my agent.

I designed a newsletter for a hobby that has turned into a small business.

I wrote a nonfiction book proposal and e-mailed it to a publisher.

My name is Wendy and I’m a procrastinator. But it seems that maybe this summer won’t be as lazy as I thought.

–Wendy Dager is editor of SPAWNews. E-mail her at

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Market Update

The July Market Update includes two-dozen (count 'em) opportunities for SPAWN members. Read it from cover to cover and you'll find information about a FREE book festival, more places to get your book reviewed (ever hear of the Historical Novel Society?), article-writing opportunities, jobs for artists and photographers, and a creative writing course in Europe. We've also introduced two new organizations, one for mom writers and one for Christian publishers. Editor Patricia Fry has even tucked in a cute essay about her office cats, and invites stories about yours.

Each issue of the SPAWN Market Update is different, but each is designed to help members help themselves sell more books, find writing gigs, land a publisher, learn more about screenwriting and become more informed about the publishing industry.

In this month’s July 2005 Market Update:

  • Encouraging News! 75 new magazines so far this year.
  • Get paid for those Senior Moments – find out where!
  • Find outlets for your stories or your horse articles.
  • Name an outlet for your sports articles.
  • Since timing is everything – find out where to see when a market is primed for your topic
  • Discover 5 additional book promotion methods and where they can be used
  • Sizzling response to last month’s hot topic in the Editor’s Rant
  • Who provides representation for the small publisher in the Christian book marketplace

Read all about it in the latest edition of the SPAWN Market Update at Go to the member area using your user name and NEW password (if you’re a member, the new password appears in each monthly edition of SPAWNews) and click on Market Update.

Not a member, yet? Want to see what you’re missing out on? Contact and she’ll give you a sneak peek.

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I just Internet-stumbled across your organization via Google. I see that you offer your services to writers, illustrators, etc. You also list photographers as a group of "artists" that you serve. What type of service(s) would be worth my while to become a member? I am a local photographer, and could use any help that you have to offer—just wondering what that may be.



Hi Jay,

I hope you spent some time at our Web site gleaning information about SPAWN. We are a networking organization for those who are interested in publishing. This includes artists, graphic designers and photographers. How can you be helped through our organization? You can meet authors and others who are seeking a photographer for a project. I was working on a book a couple of years ago and, had I found a publisher for it, I would have hired a photographer to take pix of fathers and babies for each chapter and, possibly, the cover. I often need a photographer for magazine articles. We also have freelance writers doing brochures and other projects that need photographs. These are some ways that you, as a photographer, can benefit from membership in this organization.

Each month I write the SPAWN Market Update, which is posted in the Members Only area of the SPAWN Web site. I frequently note opportunities for photographers. I'll come across publishers seeking a good photographer, and magazine editors looking for photographs. As a member, you have access to all upcoming issues of the Market Update, as well as access to our archives—a treasure trove of information and opportunities for you.

Often, we see members collaborating on projects. For example, you might be interested in creating a book of photographs and want to collaborate with a poet or a creative writer through SPAWN. As you can see, there are numerous ways that the information we provide here can benefit you.

Let me know if you have any further questions.


Patricia Fry, President

SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network)

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Book Review

By Patricia Fry

Six Figure Freelancing: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money

By Kelly James-Enger (Random House Reference, 2005)



Kelly James-Enger has become successful at something many of us just think about. She quit her job in the rat race to become a fulltime writer. Within three years, she matched her former salary as an attorney and within six years, she was earning a six-figure income. Her new book, published by Random House, tells all.

To read the full review of Six Figure Freelancing: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money, go to

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Four Benefits of Joining a Publishers Association

By Sarah Bolme

"Why should I spend my money to just be part of a group?" This was the response I received when I asked my friend if she was planning on joining a professional organization to which I belonged. Sadly, many individuals see membership fees for a professional association as a waste of money.

Professional associations exist for just about any industry. Associations are formed for the purpose of collaborating and learning from one another with the sentiment that helping each other provides better results than each person just doing it alone. When you join a professional association you receive great benefits. However, it is up to individuals to take advantage of the benefits offered by a professional association.

Read more about the four reasons for you, a self- or small publisher to join a publishers association at

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The Three Things I Learned at BEA

By Mindy Reed, MLIS, MA

I had the pleasure of attending Book Expo America at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City the first week of June. There was palpable excitement as we walked the aisles of the exhibition hall, filling free tote bags with advance copies of books.

I have attended this trade show in the past, but this year was noticeably different.

Read more about insights for your publishing success at

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Customers Finding Local Businesses Online

By Virginia Lawrence

The major search engines have made tremendous improvements in their local search. Now when someone searches Google, Yahoo, AskJeeves, MSN, or A9, he can get good information about local businesses.

This step forward in local search is only the beginning. Yahoo and Google are already sending local information to our cell phones when requested. As a searcher, won’t it be great to use a cell to quickly find a nearby place to eat while driving through an unfamiliar city?

Of course, it will take a while before everyone figures out how to use the local searches by cell phone. But everyone can search locally today by going on the Internet and searching on Google, Yahoo, and MSN. This means we want to get our businesses well positioned for local search.

Read more how to get listed in a local search at

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Ask the Book Doctor: Good Rejections, Story Classifications and Release Forms

By Bobbie Christmas

To find out more about these and other topics go to

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By Richard F.X. O’Connor

I have long had the privilege of being a faculty member of the just-concluded Santa Barbara Writers Conference and it got me to thinking: What should writers expect from Writers Conferences?

On the one hand, they are reaffirming—in a group setting—of the craft we exercise in private, hence a lonely craft.

Read more about writers expectations at

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Member News

Bobbie Christmas’s book, "Write in Style", just earned an award for Best in its Division at the Georgia Author of the Year Awards. It had already won First Place in the Royal Palm Literary Awards in 2004. Bobbie, who writes the "Ask the Book Doctor" column, says she is honored by these awards. For more information about Bobbie, her books and services,

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Contests and Awards

Read about the latest contests at:

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Events and More

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Read about the coming events at:

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  • Member Forum. In the SPAWN Forum, you can discuss publishing with knowledgeable published writers and publishers.
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Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network

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Wendy Dager

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Virginia Lawrence, Ph.D.

SPAWN Webmaster


Virginia Lawrence, Ph.D.

SPAWN Executive Director


Patricia Fry

SPAWN President


Advisory Council

Carol Doering

Dallas Glenn

Rosalie Heacock

Literary Agent

Andora Hodgin

Writer, Editor, Publicist

Irwin Zucker

Book Publicist

Jim Lane


Marcia Grad-Powers


Melvin Powers


Dan Poynter

Author, Publisher

Jean Wade


Board of Directors (as of December 1, 2003)

Patricia Fry

Author, Publisher

President of SPAWN

Virginia Lawrence, Ph.D.

Writer, Editor, Webmaster

Executive Director of SPAWN

Ruth Hibbard

Treasurer of SPAWN

Richard F.X. O'Connor

Author, Publisher, Editor, Consultant

Tamara Dever

Book Designer

SPAWN Founder

Mary Embree

Author, Editor, Literary Consultant of SPAWN


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