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"To the press alone, checkered as it is with abuse, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression."

-- Thomas Jefferson 

T A B L E  O F  C O N T E N T S
  1. [Editor Notes; What in the Writing World is Going On]
  2. [The Writing Life- Breaking Habits; Making Habits]
  3. [Resources]
  4. [Sunoasis Opinion]
  5. [Career Advice]
  6. [At C/Oasis]
  7. [Markets]
  8. [Community]
  9. [Acknowledgments]
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E D I T O R  N O T E S

There is a very extensive article in Folio about the outsourcing of magazine jobs to the Philippines, India, and other nations. This impacts freelance copywriters and copy editors.

It's something no one thought about as the new computer-based economy started to develop. And, as a rule, companies will always go for the lower cost when it comes to contract players, unless those players demonstrate an indispensable talent. Something to think about. Read the article. There is now a free registration at Folio but it's worth it to get access to the magazine.

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There is some question about how much the new focus on "indecency" will affect magazines, if at all. The key in this is not the government but the people who buy magazines. Editors and publishers seem to be concerned about a shift in cultural mores and reining things in a bit. Some advertisers may be cautious about placing ads in racier magazines and newsstand issues may not be as provocative.

Sounds fun.

Teen-agers seem to give a lot of credibility to magazines. They're even telling the kids things their parents don't want them to know.

According to MediaWeek.com, "Accessories and jewelry (are) showing strength in lifestyle and fashion titles. Retail and fashion (are) warming up for August/September issues. End of third quarter also steady with automotive."

An interesting point by writer Jeff Bercovici: Russia is one of the fastest-growing luxury markets in the world, and U.S. magazine publishers want a piece of it.

We can't overlook Mr. Magazine and his fascinations for the medium. He lists all the new titles from the link above and tracks them.

Check out his "What's Hot & What's New" section as well.

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Infoworld's Jon Udell has some useful advice on creating blog/print synergy. "For almost a decade I've used the Web -- and most recently my blog -- to research, develop, and enhance the articles I write for magazines....The basic pattern is simple: a story gestates in blogspace, appears in print and online, and then matures in blogspace."

I have fun with the blogs. There are three of them at Sunoasis.com and they serve to allow a free and easy space to develop for the writing mind. It's like stepping into a great ocean and reciting every dream you've ever had. No one listens but the dolphins and they suffice.

So, are they revolutionary? As I said in 1998, if the Net is a revolution, where are the revolutionaries? Throwing material up on the blog does not make a revolution.

And we don't mean all the political nonsense spread through the Net by every idiot in the world. Rather, what transforms the publishing and literary system?

You can get the more extensive article on market ideas from Sunoasis X 2004 by subscribing today. You pay what you believe it's worth to you for a whole year of resources, articles, tips, and market information.

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

Interesting tale of a writer who won a major money prize and gave it back. A writer "giving money back" is something beyond grace.

Of course, then there is the one about the New Zealand novelist who has decided to give his sixth novel away for free. There's an angle, no question about it.

If we were kings for a day we would make all things art. And we would teach the people the difference between truth seeking, which is an art, and clever manipulation which is par for the course.

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Breaking habits and making habits are two keys of success. The art is in knowing when to let go of the one and start the other.

Some suggestions for writers:

  1. Break the habit of thinking you are writing solely for a publisher.
  2. Make the habit of getting a presence on the Net with all your skill and knowledge intact.
  3. Make the habit of going to every company website that produces information you are expert at or have experience with and see if they need content. They usually do and and if you have clips and a cover letter you can get assignments.

The reader too has to break a lot of habits. Among them are the passive acceptance of what is handed out in terms of information. And a great instrument to break that habit is an aggressive use of search engines and librarians.

These habits will be broken and formed in the next two generations by people who have little plastic keyboards thrown into their cribs.

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I've come to the conclusion that of all the types of people on the Net the two most trustworthy for resource are librarians and journalists.

The thing so wonderful about resource is that it is embedded in the democratic creed. Help your brothers and sisters to do things.

C r a f t :

How to Write a Great Non-Fiction Book Proposal
How to score a great interview.
The art of the interview.
Thoughts on interviewing and writing.
Dictionary.com has launched its official website, a multilingual dictionary which allows users to add words themselves.
O r g a n i z a t i o n s :
National Education Writers Association
Inlandpress Association
Journalism Education Association
National Center for Business Journalism
P r i n t P u b l i s h i n g :
A story about people starting niche newspapers in Kentucky.
Author of DaVinci Code has tips to sell a novel.
Anyone can publish! So?
"Economic chaos" will inevitably occur when electronic paper does to books, magazines and newspapers what downloaded MP3 files did to the music industry, writes James Fallows.
Self-published print-on-demand books are becoming more and more popular with writers. It's all about control.
e p u b l i s h i n g :
TodaysPapers Turns RSS Feeds into community.
Want to grab an RSS feed for TIME magazine?
"E-publishing is still a self-defining medium, so choosing the literature of the e-book is a daunting task."
M e d i a:
Blogging and journalism from American Journalism Review.
New technology, economics and consumer demand will lead to the creation of a new class of "micro-niche" magazines -- shorter-run, targeted one-shots and spinoffs, say industry observers.
'A Lot of Magazines Today Exist Almost Without Sentences'

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

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A T    C/ O A S I S

"Dancers" by John Henry Fleming
It is said that the Lakas are natural dancers because when they walk from hut to hut or village to village they must spin, shuffle, and slide over treacherous, cliff-hugging paths and the knife-sharp rocks that stipple...

"Writing About Things That Can't Be Written About" by William Stimson
For me, when writing happens in a way that's real- when it comes out in rich fluid gushes- it's always the case I'm writing about things that can't be written about It's not really writing that's happening, then, but something more.

Where Have All the Standards Gone? by Rhonda Eudaly
All writers have a single mantra burned into their minds from an early age - never submit something that isn't in proper, or standard, format. What many beginning writers, and even established writers, find is that there is no cut and dried definition of "proper" and "standard".

Hey, we even have a new literary newsletter and you can get it free if you click here!

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

LEGAL EDITOR - Employment Law
Research, write and edit compliance books, newsletters and web-based products for legal publisher located in Old Saybrook, CT. Monitor employment issues, legal, regulatory and industry trends and developments.

Required: excellent writing and communication skills. Detailed understanding of employment law, including FMLA, NLRA, employment contracts and unemployment compensation. Law degree or equivalent experience required. Strong verbal, writing, analysis, research and communication skills, including computer aided legal research and Internet navigation skills. Ability to handle multiple assignments in a deadline oriented environment. Ability to work both independently and as a team member.

Please send resume to sschoenfeld@blr.com

Economist/Communications Specialist
Salary range $100,231 - $130,305
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)
(U.S Department of Commerce)
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is seeking a dynamic individual who possesses a unique combination of skills as an economist and a communications specialist. This individual will become BEA s Editorial Program Manager, leading a team of editors in the development and dissemination of a variety of economic and related publications in electronic and print formats. The successful candidate will also perform as Editor-in-Chief for the Survey of Current Business, BEA's monthly journal of record that presents summary estimates and analyses of U.S. economic activity. For full ad go here: www.sunoasis.com/bea.html

Senior Copywriter-- Information Services (Product Detail)

QVC, Inc., a $5 billion company, is an e-commerce leader, marketing a wide variety of brand name products in such categories as home furnishings, licensed products, fashion, beauty, electronics and fine jewelry. QVC reaches over 85 million homes in the United States. The company's world headquarters is located in West Chester, PA.

To help continue our success, we are in search of a talented and experienced Senior Copywriter for our Information Services Product Detail Division in West Chester, PA.

For Full AD go here: www.sunoasis.com/qvc3.html

On Sunoasis X 2004 there are market listings for Business and Finance publications that pay very good rates. Many are directly linked to their writer guidelines. Subscribe today and get a year's worth of resource for only $10.

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.

Job Links for new leads!

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


The international Cat Writers' Association (CWA) announces its 11th annual writing competition for published writers, photographers and editors in print, on-line and broadcast media. The CWA offers corporate-sponsored special awards of $500 to $1,300, as well as its own Muse Medallions to winners in 38 categories.

More information on the CWA competition!

Shaw Guide for Writing Conferences in July.


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