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SPAWNews, November, 2001

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Editor’s Notes

This is our first entirely online newsletter. As most of you know, we decided to discontinue mailing the newsletter due to the expense of printing and postage.

We encourage feedback from members regarding our articles. We would also like to have articles from those of you who wish to contribute to SPAWNews. The articles should comply with our purpose and interests. We are especially looking for articles from graphic designers, illustrators, authors, and small publishers, but will consider all others.

We are also interested in member’s activities such as book signings, art shows, seminars they are presenting, or classes they are teaching.

SPAWNews reviews member’s books on any subject and nonmember’s books on writing, editing, art, illustration, publishing, book promotion, or any subject that would appeal to our readers. If you wish to send a book for review, mail it to SPAWN, P.O. Box 2653, Ventura, CA 93002-2653.

Please e-mail all other information to me,

~Mary Embree

This months's articles:

Recession-Proof Your Writing Business

By Patty Fry


SPAWN Member Area

by Virginia Lawrence

Our new Member Area will include a surprise! Patricia Fry is compiling a Market Update. This Market Update will appear every month, and it will be available only to SPAWN members. The Market Update will:

  • report changes and trends in the world of book publishing and periodicals
  • let you know about jobs for writers
  • list hot print and Internet markets
  • alert you to good sites and books for your research purposes
  • share tips for promoting your books and yourself
  • present interviews with publishers and editors.

As soon as we finish the final technical details on the new area, we will invite all SPAWN members to come and enjoy. Watch for the next SPAWN Member Area announcement!

December 8, 2001 Addendem: The SPAWN Member Area is now open. All members have received their ID and password. Use that, and you can enjoy the SPAWN Member Area.


If you are a small publisher who uses Quality Books’ “Publisher’s Cataloging In Publication” (PCIP), you will be interested in knowing their new fee schedule. These prices were effective October 1, 2001.

New Fee Schedule

60 Days Turn-Around, $40

30 Days Turn-Around, $60

10 Business Days Turn-Around, $85

Any Service with Next Day Shipping return, add $15

Any Service with Unconfirmed Fax, add $7.50

Any Service with Confirmed Fax, add $12

You must complete their form and send it to the Title Selection Committee of Quality Books along with your galley or manuscript, or information such as title page, table of contents, bibliography, or sample chapter. Call them at 815/732-4450 or fax them at 815/732-4499 to request the form. Contact their Publisher Relations department and ask for Jane Griswold if you have any questions. Her extension is 475.

SPAWN is a nonprofit corporation. Donations are tax deductible.

Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network

P.O. Box 2653

Ventura, CA 93002-2653


Telephone & Fax: 805-646-3045

Wendy Dager

Senior Editor, SPAWNews


Hal Ranzenhofer

Managing Editor, SPAWNews

Telephone: 805/984-3216


Virginia Lawrence

SPAWN Webmaster


Patricia Fry

Acting President


Ruth Hibbard



Advisory Council

Patricia Fry

Author, Publisher

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

Mary Embree

Author, Editor, Literary Consultant

Founder and President of SPAWN

Patricia Fry

Vice President

Virginia Lawrence, PhD

Writer, Editor, Webmaster

Secretary of SPAWN

Ruth Hibbard


Frances Halpern

Author, Columnist, Talk-show Host

Marsha Karpeles

Executive Director, Manuscript Libraries

Richard F.X. O'Connor

Author, Publisher, Editor, Consultant


To promote the literary arts and provide education, information, resources and a supportive networking environment for artists, writers, and other creative people interested in the publishing process.

Submission Guidelines

Members and Nonmembers: Please send your press releases, seminar information, and books for review to Wendy Dager, Senior Editor, SPAWNews, 3039 Country Lane, Simi Valley, CA 93063 or email

SPAWN membership dues are $45 per year; spouses, half-price. Make your check payable to SPAWN and mail to P.O. Box 2653, Ventura, CA 93002-2653.

SPAWNews, Member Directory and Web site listings, and discounts for SPAWN events are included in membership.

SPAWN is a nonprofit corporation. Donations are tax deductible.

Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network

P. O. Box 2653

Ventura, CA 93002-2653




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