SPAWN Market Update – August, 2006
By Patricia L. Fry
Going, Going, Gone – Only 4 to report this month.
Here’s What’s New – 6 new and changing magazines/sites.
Opportunities for Freelance Writers – A whopping 10 of them!
Opportunity for Poets – Boston Review will open to submissions soon.
Opportunities for Authors – 4 publishers seeking submissions and 2 excellent resources for authors.
Book Promotion Opportunities – Airport bookstores and some travel-related book sales stories. Plus 4 important links.
Opportunities for Screenwriters – Some amazing links for you.
Opportunities for Photographers/Artists – 5 opportunities and sites.
Industry Notes – 4 important news bites about copyright, competition in the book industry, a new writing/publishing forum and more.
Bonus Item – 17 More Book Review Resources
Selling Book Excerpts — 11 potential magazines.
Speakeasy has stopped publishing a print edition.
SM The Magazine for Single Mothers
The “ultra-luxe magalogue,” Absolute folded just before its first birthday this year, but it has been resurrected and is about to re-launch. Learn more about the future of this magazine at the Jossip Web site, http://jossip.com. This magazine is billed as being “about all things glitzy.”
AARP The Magazine
Empowering Women Magazine
Also for women is the new magazine, Helen. Named for an early Lafayette, Indiana school teacher, Helen Gougar, (1843-1907), this magazine is designed to showcase the talents, strengths and stories of the women in that and surrounding communities. Editors are becoming more and more secretive as to whether they pay for articles and those at the helm of Helen are no exception. Perhaps editors, Sharon Martin and Susan Woodson will reveal this information via email. Contact them at: email@example.com. http://www.helenmagazine.com
Here’s a new magazine for men. Mark Gleason will produce What’s Next this fall for affluent males over 40. He plans to address some of the challenges that men face at that age. Article subjects will include, careers, health, fitness, travel, finances and so forth. Gleason aims to inform and inspire men who are seeking to build a more fulfilling life. While they welcome article and art submissions, they say they will not return anything that you send. I had an email chat with Publisher, Mark Gleason and he told me that they are only accepting contributions and pitches for their Web site at present. The print magazine launch is still 5 to 7 months away. And the pay scale is in the $300 to $1,500 range. How much you get depends on the assignment and your credentials. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information, or stop in and check out their site at: http://www.whatsnextmag.com.
When you are searching for a place for one of your articles, do you focus on national magazines? Did you know that there are hundreds of regional magazines that are hungry for articles? And some of them pay quite well. WritersMarket.com, for example, lists over 360 regional magazines. You’ll find regional magazines that pay nothing, of course, and some that pay as much as $1,000 for an article. Most seem to pay in the $100-$300 range. If you haven’t checked the opportunities in the regional market, you might make that your project this week.
Speaking of regional magazines, here’s one of many new ones that I came across this month: Sactown Magazine. It’s a publication for 20 to 40-year-old men and women living in Sacramento, CA. And it covers the usual: travel, families, people, arts, politics, fashion, food, business, music and architecture. Editors@sactownmag.com
Are You Singing the Song You Came to Sing?
The Austin Christian Writers Guild
Boston Review reads poetry for possible inclusion in their magazine from September 15 through May 15 each year. Mark your calendar and send your poetry to Mary Jo Bang or Timothy Donnelly at email@example.com. Check out their Web site at http://www.bostonreview.net.
Princeton University Press
Twilight Times Books
Click & Copyright
Book In a Week
A friend of mine (who is also a SPAWN member) told me about Book In a Week. Here’s how she says it helps her:
“If I wake up and think I should really work on a particular article today, then I immediately think—no time this morning, got too many things to do, haven’t even done the research; deadline deadline, deadline! I do have time to play a game of Spider Solitaire, though, because that only takes a minute and lets my brain ease into the day. Sometimes I have to play a few games so my score is decent or if I lost a game, because you have to start the day on a good note!
I do carry legal pads with me so I can think about the article in the car and write when I’m between stops. And that works a lot of the time.
But with Book in a Week, I knew the week started on Monday. Of course, I could write before then but it was kind of nice to know that I didn’t have to! So I kept thinking about what I would write. I thought maybe I had messed up by committing to 10 pages per week. That’s a lot of writing when you say it that way. But on Monday here were lots of emails from other writers saying they had done one page or five pages or four and a half, so I started. I didn’t do too much and was surprised when I checked word count that I had indeed done a page (250 words).
There is no editing or rewriting allowed so it went quickly. I knew that I didn’t have to go back and look at it and fix it up if I didn’t want to, until next Monday. That was nice! And it only took a few minutes to do the writing. That pre-thinking was paying off.
So Tuesday morning, I opened the wrong file and thought I’d lost the first one. As I was figuring that out, I thought of another angle and started writing about that. It seemed to come easier, so I kept on and found that I had over 500 words.
Soon it was Friday. I’d had a stressful week and knowing I didn’t HAVE to write until Monday, was a relief. Knowing that I was on a list and had to post some result by Wednesday made me do something, but it didn’t feel like too much pressure. I have to post something at least three times during the week. And, of course, I don’t want to look wimpy next to the rest of the writers and not make my goal…….Seeing all the other emails from other writers is encouraging.
I am definitely not a morning person. The thought of getting up earlier to write isn’t there. But I have been really tired and incoherent when coming home at night. Consequently, when I got a wrong number call yesterday morning, I didn’t go back to bed. I wrote instead. And this morning, I got another early call. So, again, here I am working on my Book In a Week writing goal.
This might not work forever, but I think it could get me in a routine! And maybe that routine would work for most mornings, not just the official week.
I always do better if I can make a game of meeting my goals. So I am actually getting some writing done and having fun doing it.
Sandy Murphy, SPAWN member in St. Louis
Anyone who flies these days, spends time in airports. What do people do when they’re waiting in an airport? Many of them read. And a large number of those readers purchase their books at airport bookstores. Have you ever considered submitting your book to airport bookstore buyers for consideration? Have you ever wondered how to get your books into airport bookstores?
In a recent article published in the June 22, 2006 NAWW Newsletter, Brian Jud gave some contact information for airport bookstores. Here are a few: HMS Host, Book Buyer, 6600 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20817. Phone 866-467-4671. Paradies Shops, http://www.theparadiesshops.com, and Bookazine at http://www.bookazine.com.
In his book, Self-Publishing Fiction, Gavin Sinclair says that there’s really no way to approach airport and hotel bookstores without a distributor and he recommends the following: Hudson News http://www.hudsongroupusa.com and HMS Host Corporation, http://www.hmshost.com.
If you want to read our review of Sinclair’s book, go to: http://www.spawn.org/books/books_pub_selfpublishingfiction.htm.
By the way, airports provide a great place to promote your book. How? While you’re waiting for a plane, sit there and read your own book. Hold it so that anyone who looks in your direction can see the cover. One former SPAWN member used to fly to other states to speak on the topic of her book. The venue organizer would always post a large sign announcing her presentation and, when the event was over, she would take the sign. She’d carry it on board the plane—print side out. Inevitably, she says, people would notice and ask about it. This gave her a perfect opportunity to pitch her book. Of course, she carried copies with her and often sold several while flying.
We all have some unusual stories to tell about how we sold books. What are some of yours? I would love to do an article about unique, odd, unusual, one-of-a-kind book selling techniques or experiences. I like to tell stories about selling books from the trunk of my car to unsuspecting (but grateful) tourists.
I have a pretty substantial (360-page) local history book that I first penned in 1983 and reprinted in 1999. It has happened on numerous occasions—I’ll see someone downtown looking a little lost or confused and I’ll ask if I can help. Or someone might stop me on the street as I’m rushing from one errand to the next and ask me directions. I like to take these opportunities to share something of historical interest. I might ask, “Are you staying at the Lavender Inn?” If they say, “yes,” I’ll go on to say that this was the first school built in Ojai and it was constructed in 1874 of handmade bricks. If a tourist asks me how to get to the Ojai Valley Inn or the museum, I might offer a historical tidbit about the place. Generally, the tourist will ask me, “Do you live here?” or “How long have you lived here?” That’s my opening to say, “I’m a 5th generation resident of Ojai and my grandchildren are 7th.” And that leads right into my pitch—”In fact, I wrote the first comprehensive history of the Ojai Valley.” Cha-ching! Another book sold. This is especially effective if I am having this conversation in close proximity to my car and can pluck a copy of this beautiful book out of the trunk.
But probably the most unusual book sale I made was in the Middle East. I was sitting on a couch placed at the front of the room for dignitaries during a Toastmaster Convention in Dubai. All of a sudden here comes a crippled blind man on the arm of another Saudi Arabian man—both of them dressed in the long white dishdasha and traditional headdress. They sat down next to me. The blind man struck up a conversation with me during the break and learned that I was the keynote speaker for the event. He asked, “Did you bring any tapes to sell?” I said, “I brought some of my books.” He asked about the book, The Right Way to Write, Publish and Sell Your Book. He asked the price. Next thing I knew, he handed me $100 American money and said, “I’ll take 5.”
I thought it was odd that a blind man was interested in books—especially 5 of them. But, of course, I accepted his money and delivered his 5 books later that day. As if that wasn’t odd enough, the man caught up with me moments before I was to go on stage. (I didn’t even get to hear my introduction.) And he asked me, “Do you have any books left? I want to buy all that you have.” Where was he when I had to lug home a dozen books from the last book festival I participated in?
Actually, I told him, no—that I didn’t have any copies left. I had just handed the remaining books over to someone to handle sales of the book after I spoke and I wanted others to have a chance to purchase them. Within 45 minutes after my speech, all of my books had been sold. And I made sure that the blind Arabian had information about how to order more copies of my book once the convention was over.
Booksforabuck.com offers links for screenplay writers. Check it out at http://www.booksforabuck.com/screenplay/screenlinks.html.
Your Smithfield Magazine
http://www.betterphotos.com is a site for photographers who want information, job leads and other opportunities.
Here’s a great information source for artists and photographers. You’ll find resources, contests, competitions and links. http://www.theartlist.com
Here’s another site that lists opportunities for photographers. http://www.orangephotography.com/opportunities.jsp
Obtaining a copyright just got more expensive. As of July 1, 2006, the fee for the TX, SE, PA, VA or SR forms is $45. Learn more about filing and fees at http://www.copyright.gov/docs/fees.html.
Competition for authors and independent publishers is diminishing. Bowker announced recently that the number of books published in the United States during 2005, decreased by more than 18,000 new titles. It is the first decline since 1999.
There’s a new forum opportunity for writers in all disciplines: http://www.7publishersavenue.com. This is a brand new forum-based community for freelance writers and authors. I’ve been invited to be a moderator for one of the boards. We are still in negotiations about this. I’ll report more once I get the assignment.
The Book Review Club (http://www.bookreviewclub.com) is no longer accepting books to review.
Allison & Busby Publishers now require that you submit your manuscripts through an agent. http://www.allisonandbusby.ltd.uk They publish crime, literary fiction and some nonfiction.
More Book Review Resources
Are you soliciting reviews for your book on a regular basis? You should be.
In the June edition of the SPAWN Market Update, I wrote about how to get reviews. In July, my Bonus Item article focused on how to write a book review. This month, I’d like to provide a few more suggestions for getting book reviews along with more resources. and some book review sites and other opportunities. There are also book review sites and publications posted in previous issues of the SPAWN Market Update. This is just one good reason to print out copies of the Market Update and save them in a binder or go back periodically to the Update postings and do a search when you require some specific information or resources.
Some newspapers have a book review section, some magazines and newsletters publish book reviews and Web sites often post book reviews on topics related to their theme or subject. Of course there are also magazines, newsletters and Web sites devoted almost entirely to book reviews. Some publication and site editors prefer reviewing the book and writing the reviews, while others solicit reviews from outside.
The first step in getting reviews is to locate appropriate magazines or Web sites. For example, if yours is a fiction book or a literary tome, you might seek out review publications and Web sites as well as literary magazines that publish reviews. If you have a book on gardening, you would solicit reviews in gardening books and at gardening sites. I arrange to send review copies of my writing-relating books to writing/publishing-related sites and publications for review. In fact, I review books on writing, publishing, grammar, etc. for SPAWNews.
If you have a book on parenting and you are already familiar with several parenting sites, newsletters and magazines, check to see if they review books. Study their book review Submission Guidelines and follow them and you will probably land a few book reviews for your portfolio.
Once you’ve exhausted all of your known opportunities for book reviews, study the wide, wide array of unfamiliar and unknown magazines, newsletters, newspapers and Web sites that publish/post book reviews both in general and in your genre and category. Research using Writer’s Market, http://www.woodenhorsepub.com, http://www.writersmarket.com and Literary Market Place, for example. I just learned of another good resource, Best of the Magazine Markets for Writers 2006. (It includes 1700 magazine listings.) Order online at Writer’s Bookstore for $22.95. http://www.writersbookstore.com. Use Google or SPAWN’s amazing MetaSearch.com to seek out online magazine directories, Web sites, newsletters and newspapers. For newspaper directories, use http://www.newspapers.com, http://www.newspaperlinks.com or http://www.thepaperboy.com.
Additional review sites include:
Book Review Web Sites
The Loft Literary Center
Book Review Directories
Print Review Magazines
Midwest Book Review
Historical Novel Review
Print Magazines that Publish Reviews
The editors of New Letters occasionally review literary titles that aren’t getting much attention. This would be books with something to say about culture, politics, aesthetics and art—also biographical books. http://www.newletters.org/submissions.asp.
Some magazines publish book excerpts related to the topic of their particular publication. You might offer a chapter from your military memoir to Naval History. An excerpt from your book on fitness and exercise might work for Shape Magazine. Send a couple of chapters from your historical novel to regional magazines where your story is set, to literary magazines and other publications that use short stories. If you have a book covering how to successfully sell your house, home and garden magazines would probably publish your except related to creating curb appeal.
Generation X National Journal
Natural Beauty and Health Magazine
Long Island Woman
Because magazine editors usually pay for excerpts, you are notified when the piece is published. For a review, however, you aren’t always alerted when a review has appeared in a magazine or online. It is a good idea to keep a watchful eye, just in case this courtesy is overlooked. Once a review appears, thank the reviewer for the great job and then get permission from the writer/publication/site to post the review on your own Web site and on your book page at Amazon.com. Also post an announcement about your review at SPAWNDiscuss and the SPAWN Forum and send a notice to Wendy@spawn.org for SPAWNews. This will generate exposure for your book to around 2,200 more people.
I’d like to receive stories revealing your most unusual, humorous, strange or interesting book sales experience. Patricia@spawn.org or firstname.lastname@example.org looking for book excerpts from books on issues of importance to women. Contact A. Nadboy at email@example.com. http://www.liwomanonline.com. Pay ranges from $35 to 150. If you have a book related to travel in the northwest region, contact Vickie Higgins by writing to Northwest Regional Magazine, 4969 Hwy. 101 N., Ste. 2, Florence, OR 97439. http://www.northwestmagazine.com. Pay $100-750.solicits book excerpts related to boating on the Great Lakes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit http://www.lakelandboating.com. Pay range, $100-600uses excerpts from books on the Christian life. They particularly like humor. http://www.christianitytoday.com Contact Cynthia Thomas at email@example.com. Pay is in the $125-600 range.is billed as an alternative Evangelical voice. If your book relates to Christianity and social justice, you might be able to sell an excerpt to this magazine. Contact Kristyn Komarnicki at firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.esa-online.org uses book excerpts from books for young girls ages 9 – 15. They pay from $350 to $500 for features. Contact Karen Bokram at Karen@girlslife.com. http://www.girlslife.com uses excerpts from books on alternative healing practices. Pay is low—under $100. http://www.nbhonline.com uses excerpts from books on almost any popular topic as long as it relates to the X generation (those who came of age in the late 80s and early 90s). http://www.genxnatljournal.com Contact Kathy Stoops, email@example.com excerpts from books related to health, the environment, creativity and wellness. firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.commonground.ca. They pay 10 cents/word. includes book reviews on good books related to personal growth and social change. Contact email@example.com. reviews books related to Texas. http://www.texasescapes.com reviews new work of adult historical fiction books in the U.S. and the UK. They also sometimes review books released from Canada and other countries. And they will, on occasion, review young adult and children’s titles. They review 800 books per year. Learn more about their review policies at http://www.historicalnovelsociety.org/the-review.htm. is easier than most sites to maneuver. From the homepage you can find links to book review information and instructions. And Publishers Marketing Association (PMA) members get priority treatment—so be sure to identify your affiliation with PMA if you are a member. http://www.midwestbookreview.com has links to 224 book review sites. http://www.complete-review.com/links/links.html accepts book reviews for their site. But you can only submit reviews between September 1 and April 30. Mark your calendar and then contact the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit their site at: http://www.Coloradoreview.com. posts book reviews. Check out their review process at: http://mostlyfiction.com/submitbook.htm . is a review site and Ron Hogan is the reviewer. He typically reviews books that he likes to read and right now it is pulp crime, fantasy and science fiction. He will only review fiction. It’s not easy to break in because Ron is the only reviewer, but it costs nothing to try. Contact Ron at email@example.com. Check out his site at http://www.beatrice.com.accepts well-written book reviews. Ask a colleague or enthusiastic reader to send a review to firstname.lastname@example.org. And they also review books themselves. But they are picky. They are most likely to review fiction, classic fiction, romance, mystery, science fiction, thrillers and some memoirs. For information about reviews and reviewing, look at the FAQ section of their site. Send books to The Book Reporter, 250 W. 57th St., Ste. 1228, New York, NY 100107. http://www.bookreporter.com offers programs and services for writers and readers. Coming this fall; the opportunity to have your book reviewed at The Loft. http://www.loft.org . If you happen to live in or around Smithfield, Rhode Island, you might be able to sell some of your local photography to this new magazine. Unfortunately, I don’t find a Web site or email address for them, yet. Stay tuned.. Now there’s a challenge. For real, there is a site called, Book in a Week and it is designed to challenge you to establish a writing schedule. You set your goal and report your progress back to the site. You can work on an article, a book or a research paper—it doesn’t matter. But you are not supposed to go back and edit—just write until you have met your goal. It might be 2 pages per day or 5,000 words per week, for example. If you need motivation—let Book In a Week be your writing buddy. http://book-in-a-week.com (http://www.clickandcopyright.com) is offering a book filled with listings of publishers who are seeking work from new writers. Fresh Voices Wanted contains hundreds of book publishers who want to work with new and unpublished authors. There is a fee for this ebook. It’s $13—a small price to pay for such a volume of resources. According to the promo, there are 252 book publishers listed who exclusively produce fiction and 443 exclusively nonfiction publishers. There are 156 publishers of ebooks, 42 poetry publishers and over 80 publishers who produce children’s books. I haven’t seen this book, yet, but I plan to recommend it to all of my clients who are working on their first book projects. publishes ebooks of at least 50,000-words in the following genres: romance, science fiction, fantasy and mystery. The editors suggest that you query first with a brief summary of the story. You’ll find their, seemingly, unfinished page of Submission Guidelines at http://www.booksforabuck.com/writers/submission_guidelines.html. For more information about this e-publisher, go to http://www.booksforabuck.com/general/authorpage.html. Here, you’ll learn that they pay royalties quarterly, but they do not pay an advance. (This is not unusual for an ebook publisher.) And guess what, they are not a vanity press. Contact the publisher at email@example.com.< /strong> seeks books related to Christian living, discipleship and prayer. They publish inspirational, motivational books and gift books. They produce both fiction and nonfiction books. They are especially looking for men and women authors whose lives and messages are consistent with Christian principles. If you have such a book in mind, send your fiction idea to Terry Whalin at Howard Books, Suite D-3 #481, 23623 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85255. For all other titles, mail your query letter to Howard Books, 3117 North 7th St., West Monfroe, LA 81291. The editors want to receive a query letter only outlining the subject of the book and the approach. Keep the book description to one or two paragraphs. They will also accept queries via email. The link to their Writers Guidelines is as follows: http://www.howardpublishing.com/pcsite/main/writerguidelines.asp. Or go to http://www.howardpublishing.com and click on “Writers Guidelines” in the column on the left. announces that they will accept submissions between July 15 through August 5, 2006 only. They publish both fiction and non-fiction books that are literary in nature. They are especially interested in creative non-fiction, fantasy, historical, how-to, humor/satire, juvenile, magic, realism, military, mysteries, nostalgia, paranormal, regional, science fiction, New Age, women’s fiction and more. Check out their guidelines at http://www.twilighttimesbooks.com/subs.html. To contact: email, firstname.lastname@example.org. They ask that you include the following in the subject line: ttbooks or ttb. Without this, your email will be deleted. plans to publish more titles in 2006 and 2007. This may be your opportunity to get published. Unlike many university presses, Princeton produces books of all types. However, locating their submission guidelines is a challenge. There are bits and pieces of information for authors all over the site. If you go there, plan to spend some time trying to put all of the pieces together. They do make one thing clear—while they give you an email address contact, they do not accept proposals or manuscripts via email. I would advise using this address to request a copy of their Submission Guidelines. Contact, Susan Berizin at email@example.com. Check out their Web site at http://www.pupress.princeton.edu. is new out of Palo Alto, CA. If you can write about and for youth, contact Anne Schukat at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas. What does Anne want? “Insights on crucial issues facing young people as future leaders, pioneers and mavericks in their chosen fields.” They especially like to publish news briefs from around the world and report cool jobs for young people as well as events, books, music, fashion and more. Check out their Web site at http://www.loudmagazine.com. lists opportunities for writers who have a Chicken Soup story. Can you write about experiences related to adoption, Alzheimer’s, cowboys, weight loss, menopause, quilting or nursing, for example? This may be your opportunity to get published. Go to http://home.austin.rr.com/linharris/acwg.html and scroll down. You’ll find over 55 topics to choose from. This is the working title for Joe Sabah’s next book and he’s seeking contributions. He wants your stories reflecting your purpose in this life and how you are living it. As Sabah says, “Each of us is put on this earth for a special purpose. Our biggest job is to find that purpose and express it in the best way we know for the good of all humanity.” He wants your story reflecting how you found your voice and started singing the song you came to sing. He wants to know, “Are you singing the song you came to sing?” “What does this question mean to you?” “What is your song?” “Tell me more.” “How did you know that this was your song?” Keep your story to 500 words or less. Email your contribution to email@example.com. is a new regional focusing on Smithfield, Rhode Island. The editors are Laurence J. Sasso Jr or Ron Scopellitti. If you live in that area, you might be able to learn more before I do. Would someone in Rhode Island let us know how to contact Sasso and Scopellitti?, a UK magazine for professional women across industries worldwide, launched in June. I believe that the strange title refers to shattering the age-old glass ceiling. Contact Julie@shatteredmagazine.com. Web site, http://www.shatteredmagazine.com. is so new that they haven’t had time to build a full Web site, yet. This Dallas publication first appeared on the stands in June. The target audience is entrepreneurial women and it features success stories, and tips from women entrepreneurs. Contact Deborah Heisz for guidelines. You can reach her at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: http://www.empoweringwomen.com. sent me some information this week. They do not want to receive anything by email. Mail your article ideas to Submissions, AARP The Magazine, 601 E. Street, NW, Washington, DC 20049. is in transition. I’m not sure what this means except that their Web site is operating only minimally at present. If you have a book review posted at this site or would like to, contact Cinny or Maureen for more information. 505-988-5185 is newly designed and seeking story ideas. This magazine focuses on outdoor topics related to the Northern Appalachian region. This is one of those publications whose Web site isn’t very writer-friendly. I suggest that you contact Ed Winchester and ask for Submission Guidelines: email@example.com. FYI, here’s their Web site: http://www.outdoors.org. isn’t new, but it is returning. If you like to write about the pop culture, politics and scandal, watch for the resurrection of this temporarily side-lined magazine. It’s due to reappear next year. Keep checking their Web site: http://www.radaronline.com. is new. They publish articles from freelance writers on a broad range of subjects—as long as those subjects are of interest to single mothers. If you like to write about family law, health, diet, exercise, spirituality, money management, co-parenting, interpersonal relationships, lifestyle issues and celebrity interviews, you can probably make a sale with SM. The editors hope to use the magazine to teach, inspire, motivate and inform readers. They want to receive queries for articles of around 800 to 1000 words in conversational tone and that are full of important information. They pay $150 to $1,000, depending on where in the magazine they use your piece and your level of expertise in writing and in the subject. Learn more about their submission requirements at http://www.singlemothermag.com/writers_guidelines.html. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.