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"If writers were good businessmen, they'd have too much sense to be writers."

-- Irvin S. Cobb

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
A brief note on what is going on at Sunoasis.com. We want to make the newsletters we offer to serve the different facets of the writing world. We are charging a nominal $10 fee only for an expanded Sunoasis X 2004. The new C/Oasis and Sunoasis Career newletters are free. This good old lady, Sunoasis 2004, will continue to be a free resource. We want to be more modular and responsive to what is going on in the writing world and the needs of writers and editors.

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

It's clear that the Web is getting more and more mainstream. Blogging and the Howard Dean phenomena point to it. All the studies coming out show a geometric relation between the increase in Net usage and decline in TV watching.

The fact that the younger people don't read newspapers or watch TV news, unless it's Jon Stewart, points to an ineluctable trend.

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

There are three qualities needed by a freelance writer. Good writing, knowledge of markets, and speed. This comes home everytime I communicate with writers about freelancing.

Knowledge of markets is the most crucial and the one writers usually resist the most.


That's the equation for many writers. So, it touches a difficult nerve. But, if you apply a bit of study it's something that you can deal with, even master.

Even if you can't afford the big market books, every good library has last years copy. You never want to take the information for granted. Editors move on, rates change, the magazine shifts its focus. So, make sure you get a recent copy of any magazine, newspaper, newsletter, or journal that you want to write for, go to the masthead and get the contact information of the Editor who will look at your query, and any guidelines they may provide on the Web site.


Self-syndicating your column by M. Allen

Self-syndicating your Weekly Column by Elizabeth Laden

Some advice about syndication.

Read about this very interesting enterprise.

Click on the article link, "How To Get Syndicated."

Between Writer and Editor:
Editors say they can sense when someone has taken the time to research the magazine and its needs and it impresses them. This is part of the sublime connection a writer can make with an Editor.

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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.


The heart of the Net is the ability to harvest top-notch information resources for the benefit of a defined group; writers, for instance. One thing we recommend. As you get your Sunoasis issues, copy and paste the links you find useful on a blank Notepad or send them to yourself in an e-mail. It's very convenient to have clickable links right there.

You, in the final analysis, determine what is important. What we offer are choices picked from the bright and healthy limbs that exist on the Net. If you have ideas about resources you want to see featured just let us know.

C r a f t :

Wisdom From the Grammar Goddess: Back to the Basics, Darkly Diane Sandford offers a commentary on the eight parts of speech...
New sites fact-check politicians and journalists.
Good story about self-publishing.
Web skills are becoming more and more mainstream.
Newsroom Training has tips and articles for those who work or want to work on newspapers.
O r g a n i z a t i o n s :
Newsletter And Electronic Publishers Association
e p u b l i s h i n g :
Edit-Work.com is for web content editors
A columnist details what blogging has done for him.
M e d i a:

Newspaper publishers, advertisers and even readers are anticipating the demise of the broadsheet, writes Jim Chisholm. "Who wants a newspaper that can only be read on a table?" Has a UK slant.
The future of newspapers is multimedia, says David Card of Jupiter Research, describing a hybrid strategy in which a company owns similarly branded newspaper, TV and Web operations.

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

As the Muse keeps whispering to me, "this is the most liberated period in human history, why not write it all out? Why not be brazen and sure of ourselves? Why linger in the shadows?"

We like to believe that democracy belongs to the mystical tradition and not that of religiosity. It is the fantastic, nearly hopeless belief that any man or woman can attain to their potential and live life with great dignity. The hypothetical citizen knew that it was more than money.

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

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Copywriter, Freelance
Monarch Design, a design and advertising agency, is in need of writer for websites and brochures. Copywriter must have advertising/design agency experience. Must be located in Los Angeles, CA area.

Please submit Resume and PDF or URL of samples to: jobs@monarchdesignsite.com

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Location: Bradenton, Florida
Gevity, the leading provider of outsourced human capital solution, has an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, talented individual to join our Marketing team as a Content Producer. This role is integral to our marketing department and communications, both internal and external. This position pays a salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include: medical, dental, vision, paid vacation, paid holidays, 401K, short and long term disability and other benefits.

The Content Producer will be responsible for writing, managing, and editing content for Web sites, online publications, and marketing collateral. We are looking for an individual who is able to write for various audiences and styles, including marketing communications, business-to-business and employees. For full ad click here.

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Job Links for new leads!

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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.

Story on the coloring and activity book market.

Job Links for new leads!

If you have any suggestions about markets you want guidelines for, just drop a line


Shaw Guide for Writing Conferences in February.

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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Experienced editor, currently employed with major U.S. publishing house. Will proofread, copyedit, develop, and/or critique your manuscript. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry. Electronic or hardcopy. Reasonable rates. Contact (317) 336-6377 or e-mail: alphaexpert1@yahoo.com

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Freelance writer and editor. Author of two business books. Former managing editor at Datapro Information Services. Current managing editor of "Security Management Practices," an online security journal. Expensive experience in business continuity (disaster recovery) planning and documentation. Presently seeking engagements writing business features, white papers, and business continuity plans. Contact:
James Barr
Email: jgbarr@msn.com
Phone: 856-435-2068

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What's the difference between good writing and great writing? Professional editing. Let me help you get your book-length manuscript into shape for submission to an agent or for self-publication. Structural, stylistic and copy editing are my specialties; inspiration is the energy my clients say I bring to the process. Reasonable rates, timely service!

Email me at gaylv@yahoo.com

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Freelance pro available for any and all writing challenges. Writer with over 15 years experience and over a dozen books and 250 articles published ready and willing to write for you. Experienced in press releases, ad copy, marketing material - you name it, he's probably written it! Fast, accurate, and easy to work with.

Extremely reasonable rates. You could do worse looking for a writer but you can't do better! Contact Russ Roberts at 609-298-9652 or russrob@erols.com

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Team of experienced professionals, which includes a Pulitzer Prize nominee and several published authors, will edit your fiction or non-fiction manuscript for today's tough market. Reputable firm. References. First-time writers our specialty. See us at http://www.a1editing.com

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