|SUNOASIS 2004 PUBLISHING and WRITING BLOG
"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
-- Thomas Jefferson
T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S
- [Editor Notes; What in the Writing World is Going On]
- [The Writing Life- Breaking Habits; Making Habits]
- [Sunoasis Opinion]
- [Career Advice]
- [At C/Oasis]
Can You Write A Simple Letter?
If yes, you could be in big demand, earning big money,
writing just a few hours a day from anywhere in the world
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this little-known, lucrative business
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
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.
Teen-agers seem to give a lot of credibility to magazines.
They're even telling the kids things their parents don't want them
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
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.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>H a b i t s<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Breaking habits and making habits are two keys of success.
The art is in knowing when to let go of the one and start
Some suggestions for writers:
- Break the habit of thinking you are writing solely
for a publisher.
- Make the habit of getting a presence on the Net with
all your skill and knowledge intact.
- 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
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.
For the fuller article on the writing life,
try the preview by going to this link:
For Freelancers Only
Robert Niles' Journalism Help: Finding Data on the Internet
GuestFinder.com is a place to find guests, experts, or to
become a guest or expert.
The feedback we've gotten is superb. We're proud of the
quality of people who have subscribed to Sunoasis 2004.
So, please continue!
R E S O U R C E S
I've come to the conclusion that of all the types of people
on the Net the two most trustworthy for resource are librarians
The thing so wonderful about resource is that it is embedded
in the democratic creed. Help your brothers and sisters to do
C r a f t :
How to Write a Great Non-Fiction
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
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
Sunoasis Opinion is a new page that contains some of our
responses to things. No thinking man or woman should let
the world pass without a few comments to throw in the way.
C A R E E R A D V I C E
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the past six years. To subscribe just go here.
Ask a question about your career!
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
"Writing About Things That Can't Be Written About" by
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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:
On Sunoasis X 2004 there are market listings for Business and Finance
publications that pay very good rates. Many are directly linked
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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.
Job Links for new leads!
If you have any suggestions about markets you want
guidelines for, just drop a line
C O M M U N I T Y
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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