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SPAWNews, August, 2001

Archives Available

SPAWN is now listed in the Services & Suppliers Directory at, the one-stop online source for publishing resources, news, tools and information.

BookZonePro has “essential tips and tools for publishing professionals by publishing professionals.” While checking the site, be sure to visit their Resources, Classifieds and Job Bank sections.

Mastering the Book Market is a practical, hands-on, information-packed seminar presented by Publishers Weekly, Publishers Marketing Association (PMA) and Book Marketing Works.

Sponsored by Writer's Digest, BookZone, Radio-Television Interview Report, and Infinity Publishing, the seminar features these outstanding speakers: John Kremer, Dan Poynter, Jan Nathan,

Jodee Blanco, Mary Westheimer, Rick Frishman, Melanie Rigney, Steven Schragis, Art Salzfass, and Brian Jud.

Seminar participants will learn how to publish faster, easier and less expensively than ever before, pitch fiction and nonfiction to television, radio and other media, increase the profitability of their books, and sell more books on the Internet.

2001 seminars will be held in Philadelphia and Dallas. Next year’s seminars are scheduled for San Francisco, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Seminar registration is $496, which also includes membership in PMA.

A complete agenda is listed at Or, write Brian Jud at Book Marketing Works, P. O. Box 715, Avon, CT 06001-0715; phone 800/562-4357; or e-mail

For Travel Writers

November 29 through December 2, 2001 are the dates for the 8th Annual Travel Writers Conference at Troutbeck in the Hudson Valley.

The seminar series will feature a blockbuster slate of magazine editors, including Keith Bellows, editor in chief of National Geographic Traveler, John Rasmus, editor in chief of National Geographic Adventure Magazine, Laura Stanley, travel editor for Wine Spectator, Joe Brancatelli of Forbes and, and special guests from, Food & Wine, the New York State Division of Tourism, American Airlines, and more.

Check out the Web site, for complete information and to submit your application.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to meet and hobnob with some of the top magazine editors in the country.

Fine Tune Your Copyediting Skills

On August 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hillsides Children's Resource Center, 940 Avenue 64, Pasadena, plan to attend a seminar entitled "Copyediting for Profit: The Marketplace for Your Editing Skills."

Panelists will discuss the differences between copyediting, proofreading, and line editing, as well as pay rates, and where the jobs are. There will also be a discussion about reference books, dictionaries, and style guides, along with current language trends.

The fee is $15 for National Writers Union members and $35 for nonmembers.

Revised Reviews

Geoff Rotunno, managing director of, announces that their revamped site is “back with our patented brand of good reviews of good books, good interviews with some very different people, and a passion for literacy with every breath we take.”

In August, is celebrating its one-year anniversary by offering complimentary banner ad space on a first-come, first-served basis on the following popular pages: (available Aug 15 - Aug 31 only), (available all month), (available all month), (available all month), and (available all month).

If you're interested in reserving a spot, send an e-mail to Demographic and ad rate info is available from the same email address.

Rotunno says they are also rebuilding their archive pages, and hope to begin unveiling this revised section sometime in August as well. If you're the owner of a broken link to a page that was previously online, e-mail for an update.

See Patty Fry's latest article, Crushing Writer's Block.

This year’s Book and Author Festival will be on Saturday, September 22 in Santa Barbara. SPAWN will have a table at the event for members to display their books. Further details will appear in the next edition of SPAWNews. If you are interested in participating, please e-mail Mary Embree at

Member News

Chuck Hillig's first book, “Enlightenment for Beginners,” has just been published in German and is now being widely distributed in Europe. Over the years, this classic little book about nondualism has been praised by Deepak Chopra, Stanislav Grof, Dan Millman, Huston Smith, Ken Wilber, Douglas Harding, Sharon Janis, Timothy Leary, Jean Klein, John-Roger, Werner Erhard, and many others. Last year, a professional filmmaker created a short computer-animated film adaptation of this book. Chuck's new book, “The Way IT Is,” has been positively reviewed by Dan Millman, Jerry Katz ( and Jeff Hutner, editor of New Paradigm Digest. Both of Chuck’s books retail for $11.95 and are being distributed by New Leaf and Ingram. They can also be purchased directly from Chuck's Web site,, as well as from numerous other online bookstores.

Liguori Publications announces Patricia Fry's latest book, “Write On: Journal-Keeping for Teens.” This is Fry's 11th book and her first written for the younger set. “Write On” offers the tools preteens and teens need to start a personal journal. It suggests different ways to approach journaling and explains why and how journaling is useful in everyday life. This little book shows kids how to use a journal for problem solving, anger management, getting better grades, healing hurt feelings, learning about oneself and others and even just for fun. At just $3.95, this attractive 48-page book makes a great gift. To order contact Patricia Fry at or 805/646-3045.

See Virginia Lawrence's latest article on Online Marketing.

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