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"Writing is a dog's life, but the only life worth living."

-- Gustave Flaubert

T A B L E  O F  C O N T E N T S
  1. [Editor Notes]
  2. [The Writing Life]
  3. [The Professional Life]
  4. [Writing In The News]
  5. [Resources]
  6. [Sunoasis Opinion]
  7. [Career Advice]
  8. [At C/Oasis]
  9. [Markets]
  10. [Community]
  11. [Acknowledgments]

E D I T O R  N O T E S

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This month we focus on researching and how it can improve your writing life. We stick with this basic unit of writing skill because writers who learn to use the beast effectively will have enormous competitive advantage. It's that simple.

The higher paying markets are filled with educated readers who expect more than run-of-the-mill information. You need to bring considerable resource to convince them you can solve their problems. And the editor, deciding on what to buy for his publication, is thinking along the same lines.

T H E  W R I T I N G  L I F E 

When journalists blog, editors get nervous, according to Steve Outing of Editor and Publisher.

Writer Harry Harrison told students interested in careers in writing about his 50-year career and what impacted his writing.

T H E  P R O F E S S I O N A L   L I F E 

A few years ago I found myself a contributing editor for a small energy magazine that published electrical power articles for engineers, managers, and CEO's. The experience of writing at that level of expertise sharpened my research skills. It made me humble as well.

What do you want to know and where can you get it? The art of research is like any other art; look deep and wide between the simplicity of boundaries you've established around the project.

In the process of writing the articles I talked to experts, tapped into electronic databases, read primary, secondary, and tertiary sources. I read informational white- papers from governments and the United Nations; accumulated enough resource material to make 50 articles but wrote only a few.

I discovered one of the magic moments of being a writer. I was considered an expert by the non-experts and a credible communicator by the experts. I learned there is a difference between an expert and one who possesses a lot of information.

I was good, however, at gathering information, presenting it, and knowing who had the best sources. That is not only the key for writers, it is the key to the future in which we will be made dumb by the sheer volume of information available.

Beginning Research:

Approach it with a problem to solve. A topic has been picked, there are innumerable problems associated with the topic; now pick one problem and begin to research all the solutions to the problem.

There's no reason to research everything about a subject. And that is especially true if you are trying to sell an article to a magazine. Research enough to make a credible, interesting piece of writing. One that tries to solve a problem shared by the audience you are trying to reach.

R e s e a r c h   L i n k s :

Information Please
Starting Points for Internet Research from the Online Writing Lab from Purdue University.
RobertNiles.com can help you.
Ulrich's International Periodical Directory: This indexes magazines by subject.

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W R I T I N G  I N  T H E  N E W S

Auckland writer-illustrator Pamela Allen has won this year's Margaret Mahy Medal for children's literature, it was announced today. ...
If there was not a body of literature, then Native people would be invisible. Sometimes the term 'Indian' is an abstract idea. ...
Translating great works of literature is an art and a science.
The story of a small mouse in love with a princess has won the top honor in children's literature from the American Library Association.
A writer's book of days.
The Poetry windfall.


As we have noted elsewhere, librarians are among the first heroes of the Internet literary system because they compile and sort out the terabytes of information locked up in the Net database.

C r a f t :

Interviewing techniques.
Interviewing techniques from a psychologist.
Query letters.
Writing query letters that sell by Alex Keegan.
Conjugate verbs in 100 languages!
O r g a n i z a t i o n s :
American Literary Translation Association
Outdoor Writers Association of America
e p u b l i s h i n g :
If you think e-books are dead you should read this article.
The cell phone is "way past being just a phone" in Japan. The device is commonly used to transmit e-mails, link remotely to PCs, download music and read newspapers and even novels.
Editors Weblog
The pong of electronic publishing
M e d i a:

Blogs are being created that actually monitor reporters on the campaign trail.
A blog by journalism educators.
You leave one of the most successful, best-paying jobs in journalism and you walk away cold turkey and you've just turned 35.

S U N O A S I S  O P I N I O N

The fascinating irony is that the book is a superior technology to the Internet or Computer.

C A R E E R  A D V I C E

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M A R K E T S  A N D  L E A D S

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You have wide journalistic experience, and you can't wait to get your hands on Best Friends magazine! You can cover all the bases, from writing and editing materials, to copy-editing the text as it comes in, to managing the schedule. You're a hound for news, have a nose for detail, and are almost as passionate about rescuing stray commas as you are about stray dogs and cats. Programs like InDesign and InCopy are a breeze to you.

You've done it all in the professional journalistic world, and now you want to do it for the animals. Read full ad.

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Colossal Directory of Children's Publishers

How to find foreign writing markets.

The National Writer's Union has a list of markets that pay $1/word and up.

Job Links for new leads!

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Shaw Guide for Writing Conferences in March.

The American Society of Journalists and Authors has announced the dates and program information for its 2004 event. Scheduled for April 24 through 25 at Manhattan’s Grand Hyatt Hotel, the 2004 ASJA Writers Conference will feature an exciting line-up of editors and writers from around the country. For more info click here.


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