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SPAWNews, April, 2003

Wendy Dager, Editor

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- FEATURE ARTICLE: Syndicate Your Articles in Newspapers and Online (PART II OF II)


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My teenager buzzed my cell phone while my husband and I were out doing errands on a recent Saturday. She said someone from the New York Times had called our home—something about the death of one of my editors. Turned out that Sylvia Burack, founder and longtime editor of The Writer magazine, had died at the age of 86, and the Times reporter was writing her obituary. I wasn’t sure what the reporter wanted me to say. The two articles (“Creating Greeting Cards” and “Writing Newspaper Opinion Articles”) I’d written for Burack eventually appeared in different editions of The Writer’s Handbook—an annual guide published by The Writer magazine—but that had been several years ago.

Then, suddenly, I remembered.

Although a little embarrassed, I told the reporter that the first how-to article I’d sent The Writer was—well—pretty bad. I’d never written an instructional piece and it showed. But Burack did something remarkable. She sent me a note—typed on a typewriter, with Wite Out corrections—that said something like, “We want to publish this, but you need to fix it.” Attached to her note was my original article, with about a gallon’s worth of red ink edits. I rewrote the piece using her guidelines, sent it back and it became “Creating Greeting Cards.”

What’s remarkable about this story is not that Burack chose to use a typewriter even after computers took over the world. It’s that she cared enough to send a personal note to me, an unknown who’d had a little success writing greeting card copy. She saw the potential in my article and took the time to tell me how to make it better so I could share my knowledge with other writers. As most of us know, this one-on-one style is certainly not the norm. It’s awfully tough to find that yesteryear editor-with-a-heart-of-gold. And, now, with the passing of Sylvia Burack, it seems as if those days are truly gone.

–Wendy Dager is editor of SPAWNews. She writes a biweekly opinion column for the Ventura County Star, and is currently seeking a publisher for her comic mystery novel, I Murdered the PTA.

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This month's SPAWN Market Update is dedicated to the A in SPAWN, Artists. Members will find over two-dozen resources to help them market their artwork, photography and graphic design work.

We interviewed Valentina Pfeil, a graphic artist who specializes in book cover design. She tells us how to find a good book cover designer. Do you know what we must do before considering a designer? Read Valentina's answers to find out now.

Authors with books to sell will be fascinated to read Patricia Fry’s interview with Nell Gavin of Books and Quill Collectibles. Nell is offering only autographed books for sale at her Waxahachie, Texas bookstore and she is seeking books now. (See OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITERS below.)

The May issue of the SPAWN Market Update will cater to the independent publisher and will feature an interview with self-publishing guru and SPAWN member, Dan Poynter. If you have a book in the works, join SPAWN now to learn what you need to know in each Market Update.

When you join SPAWN, you have full access to all back issues of the Market Update are in the Member's Only area of the SPAWN Web site,

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We have two new Chapters already thanks to members Tami Dever and Greg Lawson. The Austin Chapter, in Austin, Texas met for the first time in March. Meetings are scheduled in Austin at Borders in the Westgate shopping center near 290 at S. Lamar every first Thursday of the month. At each meeting, Tami plans to have a guest speaker on topics of interest to those who are involved in the publishing process. This includes writers, publishers, artists, editors, agents, printers, etc. For more information contact Tami at (See Tami’s chapter report below.)

If you live near San Diego, in the area of Ramona, California, and are interested in attending Chapter meetings, contact Greg at He is still in the planning stages and hopes to launch the Ramona Chapter of SPAWN sometime in May.

If you're interested in starting a SPAWN Chapter in your area, find out more at and then contact Patricia Fry at

Note: Please remember that you must be a paid SPAWN member prior to becoming a SPAWN chapter leader.

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The Austin chapter of SPAWN held its first meeting Thursday, March 20.We had nine attendees and all are very excited about this new group. Many more people showed interest in future events via email. Our agenda included explaining the mission of the national organization and offering membership information, introducing ourselves, and talking about our publishing interests, sharing information about upcoming local publishing events, and brainstorming ideas for future guest speaker topics. We already have a volunteer to develop a monthly newsletter highlighting meeting topics and local publishers/authors. Everyone lingered afterward to chat with each other about their projects and all voiced their excitement about finally having a group like this in Austin.

There will be more updates as the months go by!

–Tami Dever, President, SPAWN-Austin,

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Literary Law Guide for Authors: Copyright, Trademark, and Contracts in Plain Language by Tonya Marie Evans and Susan Borden Evans, Attorneys at Law.

If you are a writer or independent publisher, you will, at some point in your career, want to know more about this mysterious thing called copyright. One day, you'll receive that coveted article or book contract, only to find it is written in Greek. Well, fret no more, for mother-daughter team, Tonya Marie Evans and Susan Borden Evans, both attorneys, have produced a book designed to raise our comfort level with publishing legalese. They seem to have all of the answers and they present them to be understood by the non-lawyerly masses.

I own a couple of books on intellectual property law and I've never read one that is as straightforward and layperson friendly as this one. I found it to be a real confidence builder for someone who needs to know this stuff, but who has not passed the bar.

Not only does this book address our most fervent copyright questions, but it eloquently covers privacy issues, right of publicity, trademark law and it provides sample contracts and legal forms. As a bonus, this writing team gives tips and techniques for negotiating better contracts with our publishers.

One question I get fairly often from SPAWN members is, "How does one arrange a collaboration agreement?" From now on I will reference and recommend this book.

This is an easy read, but it is also a valuable reference book. I found the glossary complete and helpful. There is an extremely informative Table of Contents and the index is top notch. Another thing I like about this book is that Tonya and Susan included SPAWN in their brief Resources for Writers section.

Good news! This isn't the last you'll hear from the Evans’: They plan to add to their Literary Entrepreneur Series. So stay tuned to FYOS Entertainment, LCC at —Patricia Fry

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The Education of an Illustrator edited by Steven Heller and Marshall Arisman. Published jointly by Allworth Press and School of Visual Arts. 265 pages; paperback; $19.95 

Business and Legal Forms for Illustrators by Tad Crawford. Allworth Press, 191 pages; paperback; $24.95. 

Graphic designers and/or illustrators are essential to nearly every published book. The cover design alone may be the reason prospective book buyers pick a book up off of the shelf of a bookstore. An eye-catching cover helps to sell the book. The illustrations in a children’s book are the first thing one sees. If they are appealing it is more likely that the parent, or whoever is looking for a book for a child, will then read the story to see if it is the kind of book he or she wants to buy.  

Artists as well as writers specialize in certain genres such as mystery novels, children’s books, “coffee table” books and nonfiction of various kinds. Books of all kinds with interesting or charming illustrations will appeal to most readers. Yet, it seems that very often artists are underrated when it comes to their contribution to book sales.  

According to Marshall Arisman, “The majority of art students enrolled in an art school in the United States must declare themselves either fine or commercial artists at age nineteen.” However, he believes that “it is possible to expand the boundaries where fine art and illustration meet into an image-making process that redefines our tired old definitions...” Many artists would like to have an outlet for their creative energies other than fine art. Most need to supplement their income with commercial art projects but don’t know what is available to them. “The Education of an Illustrator,”which deals with the fields of illustration and graphic design, could be invaluable to such artists. It contains a collection of essays, interviews and even course syllabi and curricula written by professionals and educators. In an interview with Thomas Woodruff, a fine artist as well as a successful illustrator, he was asked whether he thought there was a connection between illustration and representational fine arts. Woodruff replied that there was a great relationship between them. He explains, “All religious paintings are based on Bible stories, so in theory it is illustrative work.”  

There are first-hand accounts from various professional artists and teachers who discuss their successful careers in illustration and provide information on resources available to artists of all kinds. This book is highly recommended to any artist who is considering the field of illustration and/or graphic design and would like to know more about the commercial opportunities available to them. 

Business and Legal Forms for Illustrators is another book that is essential to any artist considering the business of art. As Tad Crawford (author, book publisher, and attorney) says, good business practices are important to the success of any professional, including the illustrator. This 8-1/2 x 11 inch book contains 21 ready to use forms with instructions, information on contracts and negotiation, explanations of the terminology used in contracts, and sage advice for illustrators. Updated to cover electronic rights, this revised edition contains a complete set of business and legal forms, including the Illustrator-Agent Contract, Book Publishing Contract, Collaboration Contract, Illustrator’s Lecture Contract, Permission Form, Nondisclosure Agreement, License of Rights, and many more. There are also checklists throughout the book to help the artist ensure that he has covered everything.  

There is a tear-out section where the needed forms can be detached from the book and copied. Also included in the book is a CD-ROM that contains all the forms so that one can customize them for their individual needs.  

Other books by Tad Crawford that could be valuable to artists are AIGA Professional Practices in Graphic Design, Business and Legal Forms for Fine Artists, Business and Legal Forms for Graphic Designers, Business and Legal Forms for Photographers, and Selling Your Graphic Design and Illustration. —Mary Embree

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By Arlene Graham

I came home to them again. Three this time. Self-addressed stamped envelopes—SASEs. They just lie on my kitchen table, teasing and taunting, as my family goes about doing every day things. Without putting my purse down, I pick one up, say a silent prayer, and open it. It’s another rejection from a literary agent. This is my ninety-ninth. And it hurt. I hope the next two are good news, but they aren’t. By now the phrases are familiar, “Please don’t be discouraged,” “We have carefully considered your work,” or my favorite: “I’m afraid I must pass…” 

Yet, I don’t give up. I can’t. I won’t. Sure, I get up at 4:30 in the morning, go to work at a regular paying job that I love, spend two hours a day on the freeway, and come home. I look forward to the two hours a night of “my time.” Just my computer and me. 

Actually, it’s just my music and me. Music is my muse. I put on the headset from my CD player, slip in a CD and I write. I rock back and forth to the beat of the music as the words flow from my brain to my fingers. And they are good words, regardless of what those literary agents think. 

For those two hours, I’m in my own little world, a world that I create. I just put it on paper.  Writer’s block is no match for me in my music world. As a writer, I write best when I’m alone and in a darkened room. All writers have quirks, some stranger than the next. My quirkiness was kept behind closed doors, unknown to even my husband. Until I made the mistake of not closing the front window blinds on one of the rare days I was alone. 

My neighbor, Mark, thinks I’m strange. This means a lot coming from him. He is in law enforcement, and has seen lots of strangeness. This particular morning, I was alone, sitting at my computer with a horrible case of “plot block”. Plot block is that annoying moment when my fingers stop typing, because my mind has stopped thinking. I no longer know where my characters are going or what they will say. 

To combat plot block, I slip a CD (usually Toby Keith or Matchbox Twenty) in my stereo, grab a pen and paper, turn the music up, and pace. Yes, I pace. Back and forth, submerging myself in the passion of the music. The faster I walk, the more dialog I scribble down. I was doing great, until I heard a lawnmower stop. I’d forgotten to shut the front room blinds. Mark was staring at me through the front window with a wide grin on his face. 

No, I didn’t take offense, or think he is some perverted Peeping Tom. Mark is a great guy, a noble guy, the neighbor I can count on to open my wine bottles when I can’t. He is the guy who helped carry my husband in the house when he threw out his back. He is the guy that I borrow milk, eggs and ice from. He is the guy I tell my son to run to in the case of an emergency. Now, he always greets me with a knowing smile. 

The other day, I walked outside to get the mail. Mark was talking with a cop friend of his who had stopped by. In a booming cop-like voice, the other man asked when my second novel was going to be published. His wife had read my first, To Walk Among the Stones, and had really, really liked it. 

As I relished the giddiness I felt in having a fan waiting for my next book, I smiled, waved, and thanked him for the compliment. In a confidence-filled voice I answered, “Soon.” Walking back into the house, I leafed through the mail. Another SASE stared at me. With another silent prayer, I opened it. Another rejection, another “We wish you all the best as a writer.” 

Glancing at the clock, I knew that I had a few more hours left before my family came home. Tossing the rejection in the ever-growing pile, I grabbed a Toby Keith CD, my portable CD player, and sat at the computer. I then entered my own little world. Arlene Graham’s novel, “To Walk Among the Stones” (Whimrose Press) is available by check or money order from Whimrose Press PO Box 387, Simi Valley, CA 93065.  Cover price is $13.95.  SPAWN members pay $11. “To Walk Among the Stones” can also be ordered at your local bookstore (Baker and Taylor distributor) or from  “To Walk Among the Stones” will be on display at the Publishers Marketing Booth at this summer's Book Expo America in Los Angeles. Arlene Graham is available for speaking engagements. Write to her c/o Whimrose Press, PO BOX 387, Simi Valley, CA 93062-0387, call 805-583-2620 or email  LJCASH@EARTHLINK.NET.

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Electronic Scrip Incorporated (ESI) is a California-based corporation dedicated to establishing relationships between commerce and community. Since 1999, over $40 million has been distributed to schools and groups. eScrip is a fantastic resource for fundraising where participating business partners contribute a percentage of your grocery loyalty cards, credit card, and debit/ ATM card purchases to up to three schools, groups or organizations of your choice. You register any one or all of your existing grocery loyalty, debit and credit cards for use in the program. Participating merchants will make contributions to your chosen group, based on purchases made by you, just by using the cards you have registered. You can go to, click on the orange Sign Up button, type in SPAWN, then register your grocery cards and/or credit cards. Remember that SPAWN is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. SPAWN gets a little over 2% in donations from all purchases from participating merchants. If you already have an eScrip account, please remember that you can list up to three groups.

Thank you for supporting SPAWN!

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Independent publisher Troy Corley, author of Let's Go Buggy! The Ultimate Family Guide to Insect Zoos & Butterfly Houses, has successfully sold her book to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's gift shop. The Washington, D.C. museum is the most visited natural history museum in the world.

Arlene Graham will be signing copies of her book To Walk Among the Stones on Tuesday, April 8, 1-4 pm, at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, CA 93065, and Thursday April 17,  1-4 pm, at Barnes and Noble, Westlake Village Promenade,160 South Westlake Blvd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.

Sanyika Calloway Boyce announces that her book, Crack 'Da Code: What Every College Student Needs To Know About Money, Love & The Dream Job is available at or

Dan Poynter, author, publisher, and speaker wants SPAWN members to know that he has two new sections on his Web site, Article Bank: Articles and quotations (great fillers) that may be used by editors of magazine, newsletters and web sites,, and Statistics Bank: Fascinating numbers on book publishing,

Patricia Fry was recently interviewed for an article called, "How to Write for Women's Magazines" by Brigitte Aflalo-Calderon. Also participating in this piece were Jenna Glatzer, Sarah Gray Steiner and Jennifer Nelson. Read this informative piece at In addition, Patricia Fry's article on how to gather and write your family history appears in the May issue of Personal Journaling, a publication of Writer's Digest Magazine.

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Note: SPAWNews advises “caveat emptor” when dealing with venues, contests or promotions unknown to you.


Book and Quill Collectibles needs your autographed books to sell on consignment in their new bookshop in Texas. They do not charge fees, including consignment book sales, sponsored book signings and sponsored book festival attendance. The shop is located in a popular tourist area just off the Square in Waxahachie, Texas (about 30 miles south of Dallas). More information about this shop is at If you are an author and are interested in selling your books through them, please read the Submission Guidelines and Consignment Contract,

Roberts Publishing is currently accepting submissions from family and friends for military personnel, in the forms of prayers, poems, essays, letters and notes to our servicemen and women.  The collection will be published as a sequel to the first book.  The new book will be titled “United We Stand.” The sequel will include submissions that were not able to fit into the first book and new submissions from others who wish to contribute. The publishing date is set for June 2003 so that troops may receive it in time for the Fourth of July holiday.  For more information:

AuthorsDen is pleased to announce they now have a growing number of Free Reader Tools. You can now easily find, track, interact with and discover brand new books, articles, stories and poems at AuthorsDen. New AuthorsDen Tools include: Author Tracker - get notified when your favorite Authors post new books, articles, stories, poems, etc. Review Tracker - keep track of and edit all the reviews you've posted. Library Manager - manage all the works you've saved in your library. Message Board - view and reply to messages sent to you from other members and visitors. Forums - interact with authors and readers. For more information:

Opportunity for writers and videographers. Write and/or film American veterans' stories. This is a nationwide effort supported by the US Library of Congress Veterans' History Project. For more information contact Sanford Drucker at 805-646-9562 or

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Join SPAWN now at so that you can use our new SPAWN Metasearch. In one quick run, the SPAWN Metasearch will search six different search engines. You wait only a few moments to get extensive, targeted results to your search.

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Independent Publishers have announced their Independent Book Awards Contest for 2003. Entries will be accepted until April 15, 2003 for titles released in 2002. There are 52 categories of the IPPY Awards, including some new ones this year. All independent, university, small press, and self-publishers in North America are eligible to enter books published with a 2002 copyright or that were released in 2002. Visit the Independent Publisher Book Awards site for FAQ, guidelines, entry form, and a complete listing of last year's winners. For more information: or 1-800-706-4636, extension 1011.

The 5th Annual Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition boasts “The usual suspects: $10,000 first place prize, software and the precious Hollywood contacts which include established production companies and literary representatives such as A Band Apart, Samuel Goldwyn, Evolution, Lawrence Mark Prods. and Marc Platt Prods.”

The competition is sponsored by screenwriting software company Write Brothers Inc. (formerly Screenplay Systems), The Writers Store, Script Magazine and For application and rules visit or call the office 323-654-5809. The final deadline is April 15, 2003.

$2,000 Awaits Winners of the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, created to recognize and encourage the efforts of writers who have not yet achieved major-market success. Writers will compete for a $1,000 first prize, $500 second prize, and $500 third prize in this internationally acclaimed competition. Several honorable mentions are also awarded each year. Stories in all genres of fiction are welcome. Maximum length is 3,000 words, and writers retain all rights to their work. The final deadline is May 15, 2003; winners will be announced at the end of July. For complete guidelines, please visit, e-mail, or send an SASE to the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, P.O. Box 993, Key West, FL  33041.

The 2003 DIY Book Festival has issued a call for entries for its annual program celebrating independent authors and publishers. Award winners will be honored at a ceremony held this October in Los Angeles. The DIY Book Festival will consider self-published or independent publisher nonfiction, fiction, children’s books, how-to, photography/art, comics, fan fiction, zines and e-books released after Jan. 1, 2001. All entries must be in English and have been self-published or issued by an independent house that has published less than 50 works since the entry cut-off point. 

This year the grand prize for the 2003 DIYBF Author of the Year is $1000 cash and a flight to Los Angeles. Other genre category winners will receive software, books and assorted prizes, including a review of their work in the

Deadline: submissions in each category must be postmarked by Sept. 24, 2003. Entry forms are available online at

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Please note: Although SPAWNews does its best to filter announcements and press releases for various events, seminars, and classes, we cannot guarantee a successful experience for all who attend.

Beginning Thursday, April 3, 2003, Club DIY will offer panels and performances the first Thursday of each month at The Derby, the spawning ground for the new swing era and a Hollywood hotspot since the 1920s. The Derby is located at 4500 Los Feliz Blvd., corner of Hillhurst. Each month, Club DIY will spotlight performers from the DIY Music Festival and select films from the DIY Film Festival. The event will also feature panels focusing on hot entertainment issues of interest to the independent film, music and book communities, plus a networking cocktail party. On Thursday, April 3, Club DIY will host a panel discussion on "How To Sell 10,000 CDs In The Next Year." The discussion will focus on practical advice and actual strategies to reach a sales goal that will support a full-time music career and act as a springboard for greater success. For more information: 323-665-8080 or

Robert McKee’s Story Seminar takes place in San Francisco, April 4-6, Boston, May 2-4 and London, May 16-18. Named "Hollywood's Most Wanted Screenwriting Teacher" by Movieline magazine, Robert McKee is the most widely known and respected screenwriting teacher in the world. His sold-out Story Seminars teach the essential principles of screenwriting & story design that studios demand from their writers.

For more information: 1-888-676-2533. In Europe, call Seminar Associates at +44 (0)870 080 8133. Or register online at:

The Action/Cut Filmmaking Seminar announces its Spring 2003  schedule: New York, April 5-6, Los Angeles, April 12 –13;  Times:  9AM to 6PM both days. According to its press release: “In 2 days, you will gain first-hand career knowledge from a working director/writer with an in-depth, audio-visual study of the skills, tools, and industry trade secrets to take any project from page to shooting to finished film.”

For more information on seminars in the US in Spring US and in Europe this summer: or Tel: (212) 922-1555 or

As a SPAN Partner-to-Partner courtesy, the Florida Publishers Association, Inc., is offering both face-out display of titles and handout of promotional materials in the FPA booth at the Florida Library Association show, April 22-25 in Orlando, FL. SPAWN Members may show titles at the FPA-member rate of $50/title (a $10 per-title savings, simply mention you're the member of a SPAN Partner). For more details about displaying your titles with FPA, visit ), or reply by email to and request either a fax (be sure to leave your fax number), or a PDF. Deadline for receipt of materials is April 18.

The National Genealogical Society Conference takes place May 28-June 1 in Pittsburgh. The conference attracts about 2,200 researchers and librarians from across the country. This conference would be an appropriate place to promote local history, biography and regional materials. The attendees come from all across the country. This year, the Godfrey Memorial Library is sponsoring 4 days of book signings at its booth during the NGS Conference. This is a free service. Copies of the book(s) and ordering information must be received by May 19. For further information: Tom Kemp, Godfrey Memorial Library, 134 Newfield Street, Middletown, CT 06457-2534. Phone: 860-346-4375, Cell Phone: 860-670-0175, Fax: 860-347-9874, Email:, Web site:

The 2003 Call to Arts Expo, Conference and Festival takes place April 19 at Cal State Northridge from 10am to 8pm. It is presented by Artists Helping Artists (AHA!) and The Creative Line magazine. For more information: or email:

Writing For Film and Television takes place in Miami, Florida, April 26-27. Reservation deadline is April 23. The conference features best-selling mystery author Stuart Kaminsky, whose screenwriting credits include such films as "Once Upon a Time in America" and "Enemy Territory." His one-and-half-day seminar focuses on dialogue, plot, character, structure, tricks of the trade, and more. Contact Lorin Oberweger, Program Director, Free Expressions, 2420 West Brandon Blvd., #198, Brandon, FL 33511. Phone: 866-497-4832 (866-I-WRITE-2). Fax: 813-689-6952. Email: Website:

April 26-27 and May 24-25: Story Coach – Practical Magic I & II; Storytelling for Storytellers & Power Speak. One-day seminars and two-day tandem packages on The Story Of Transformation & The Transformation Of Story, presented by: Patrick A. Horton, Ph.D, the story coach, Wind & Thunder Productions, North Hollywood, CA.

According to the press release: “Get the industry’s most innovative and immediately empowering seminars AND Movie Magic Screenwriter – the industry’s most versatile, easy to use, and powerfully complete screenwriting software for LESS than the list price of the software alone! Take both seminars in tandem and save more. Pay only $95.00 per one-day seminar – $160.00 per tandem two-day package, get certificate for $100.00 off one copy Movie Magic Screenwriter per seminar (MMS discount price $149.00).” For more information:

Write-to-Publish Conference, June 4-7, Chicago area. Focused on the Christian market, the conference will offer classes for beginners through professionals, meetings with editors, manuscript evaluations and a tour of a publishing house. Speakers include Michelle McKinney Hammond, an award-winning writer, speaker and co-host of the Emmy-nominated TV talk show, Aspiring Women; Clint Kelly, author of 10 books and more than 600 magazine articles; and Jane Rubietta, an award-winning author and international speaker. For more information:

The 16th Anniversary Penumbra Poetry & Haiku Contest, sponsored by the Tallahassee Writers' Association, announces its deadline as June 30, 2003. Cash prizes: Poetry, $200, $60, $40; 3-line haiku, $100, $40, $20, plus publication in anthology of winners and finalists. Juried competition, no entries accepted online or without required entry fees of  $5/poem; $3/haiku. Send entries and fees to: TWA Penumbra, PO BOX 15995, Tallahassee, FL, 32317-5995. Guidelines by mail or at sponsor Web site: Prize notification by August 30, 2003. Winners' list sent only if SASE included with entries. Penumbra 2002 issue available for $7.50 (includes S&H).

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Syndicate Your Articles in Newspapers and Online, PART II

(PART I of this article appeared in the March issue of SPAWNews. You can read it online by going to the March issue in the SPAWNews archives.)

By Eva Rosenberg, EA 

Note: This article is based on a teleseminar conducted by Dan Janal and is available on CD,

Conclusion – the best way to get syndicated online is to sell yourself.

Do It Myself - Online

You can do this yourself. Find the sites that relate best to your subjects. You can offer them a free trial of the service. And if their audience likes it, you can sell them your column on a daily, weekly, monthly or whatever, basis.  Naturally, you want to get paid. You can certainly accept payment by check. That means billing them every month and waiting for the “check’s in the mail.” Or get paid automatically, online.  

Read the entire article at Syndicate Your Articles Part II.

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Join SPAWN now and receive one FREE book by Patricia Fry. See the selection from which you can choose your book at the Member Benefits page. As a member, you can enjoy the benefits of the Members Only Area. There you will find:
  • Member Forum. In the SPAWN Forum, you can discuss publishing with knowledgeable published writers and publishers.
  • Market Update.

    Authors: This month you can read about one author's solution to the problem of being ignored at book festivals.

    Artists: Get contact information for four publications actively seeking artwork!

    Read in their own words exactly how artists are building their businesses.

  • Event Calendar - display your events for all members to see.
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  • Metasearch where you can run a single search and get results from six of the top search engines.
Join SPAWN now

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April, 2003

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Virginia Lawrence

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Patricia Fry

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Book Publicist

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Dan Poynter

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Board of Directors

Mary Embree

Author, Editor, Literary Consultant

Founder of SPAWN

Patricia Fry

Author, Publisher

President of SPAWN

Virginia Lawrence, PhD

Writer, Editor, Webmaster

Secretary of SPAWN

Ruth Hibbard

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Frances Halpern

Author, Columnist, Talk-show Host

Marsha Karpeles

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Author, Publisher, Editor, Consultant


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Members and Nonmembers: Please send your press releases, seminar information, and books for review to Wendy Dager, Editor, SPAWNews, P.O. Box 2653, Ventura, CA 93002-2653 or email

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