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"The aim of writing is not simply to be understood, but to make it impossible to be misunderstood."

 -- Cicero

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

Back in the saddle again. Even though our initial efforts on the Net will be long forgotten I am thrilled to be here; still excited, still rushing with adrenaline after seven long years of servitude. This is the future. We are marking out how it will be done decades from now. Slowly but surely the pieces come together. And as I've always said, even when no one listened, it's the marginalized literary writers who will show the way because the Net is the friendliest space the literary, thoughtful person has had since they were favored by the elite princes of old.

I praise those crazy nerds in Berkeley who told me, twenty-five years ago, "one day you'll sit at a computer, write your story, push a button, and it will go all around the world in an instant."

"Yeah and, by the way, what is that you're smoking?"

They were right, running around with some of the people who would dart in and out of Berkeley at the time like Gates, Jobs, Wozniak and dozens of other founders of the computer revolution.

It is the first authentic revolution in technology that directly impacts all the things we care about: Knowledge, information, culture, writing, publishing, and communications. So, we are here. And we are happy. And we proceed, in that unforgiving space we have made our own.

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

Books That Help:

Publicize Your Book! by Jacqueline Deval A Perigree Book, published in 2003

This is a good summary of tips and techniques in getting your book moving through that wonderful distribution system known as marketing. And, as she points out, even if you are published by a major house you'll have to publicize your little child. And we all know writers love to write but hate to market. Yet, to get a book to an agent or publisher a writer must do some of the same things. They assume the publisher will do the heavy lifting for them and that is not always the case. At the very least get a web site where you can interact with people who might be interested. Hollywood has found that fan sites are very popular. There are generous resources at the back of the book and it misses nothing. It includes an appendix with sample press releases and tour schedules.

It's not just self-publishers that need to know these things but they would benefit the most. Self-publishers must believe in their book with incredible passion. If they self-publish because they are afraid to try print publishing, then they aren't going to do the necessary marketing to get the book out from the shadows. If you self-publish because you are ornery and want to take full control over your writing life, then read efforts like the Deval book and do some of the things she suggests. Always have confidence in the book you are publishing.

There are more book reviews on Sunoasis X 2004


The satisfaction in writing is saying something that is perfectly yours, no one else's. And it comes out because you've been through love and hate; war and peace. Some try to burn your words, some try to convince you that they are meaningless, some think they are harmless, but the few who have found their spirit signify approval with grace and humor.

The best piece of advice I've heard for a writer is this: Be yourself. Don't write to try and please the editor. Write as it must be written. The editor may reject the piece because it doesn't fit his requirements at the moment, but by being honest in your effort you've created something that will be accepted somewhere, at some time.

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

Of late I've been trying to revive my freelance writing career. I'm a bit more experienced than I was years ago when I was writing for People's Almanac and other publications. For one thing, I consider the business of writing a genuine resource.

The one great advantage the writer has on the Net is that he can "put the world in front of him..." The world is in front of those who organize themselves.

Combine that with a world that flows through the writer and it is a winning combination.

What I wished a wise person had told me long ago:

  1. Prepare for it long before you jump in.
  2. Study the market books.
  3. Make lists of ideas.
  4. Get procedures down that permit you to research, write, complete, submit, follow-up not one but several articles in shorter and shorter cycles.
  5. Prepare for those droughts that occur; when the bills pile up and the money dries up.
  6. You are in business and you are responsible for its survival.
  7. That requires long-term plans with specific goals along the way.

Put that plan in front of you and then do everything in your power to get as close to the goal as you can. However discouraging it can get, as you approach your goal you'll feel good; empowered as they say these days.

And despite everything, it is still a relationship game between the writer and editor. And here's a little secret: Editors on trade magazines not only answer e-mail inquiries themselves they will help a writer find a home in their magazine if they feel the writer is up to it. Large consumer markets get crammed with e-mail and print manuscripts and irate phone calls so the infamous assistant editor keeps the gate while the editor has one last drink down on Montgomery Street.

If you're looking to jump start a writing career try the trade magazines.

In dealing with an editor you are dealing with someone who has been vetted by higher-ups and is fully committed to the success of the magazine. That's why it's always recommended that you read back issues. It's the editor's way of saying, "this is what works best for our audience." And you read several issues so you don't simply repeat or imitate what you might find in one issue.

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How to pitch articles to business editors.

Good tips from editors in the food writing world.

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

The late Michael Kelly lives on in his writing.

If he hadn't started writing, "I would have killed people."


I'm always amazed when I go into a library what I come away with. For one thing local libraries are often connected to the best databases available; ones that would be difficult for a writer to subscribe to. MasterFILEPremier is one. Next time you go to your local library check with the librarian for all the services the library provides online. Tell them you are a writer and they will take special care of you.

Tips on searching with Masterfile Premier

C r a f t :

Some thoughts on the writing craft.
15 craft exercises for writers.
The art and craft of editorial writing.
O r g a n i z a t i o n s :

American Agricultural Editors' Association
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications
National Federation of Press Women
P r i n t P u b l i s h i n g :

Newspapers are getting into selling books of poetry.
A little book that makes it big.
e p u b l i s h i n g :

Web shortcut could threaten content sites.
With the opportunities of new media and electronic literature, fiction is no longer a relationship between the author and the reader.
Print on demand suggestions. They are resourceful.
M e d i a:

A Bonnie Fuller interview about magazines.
Food narrative reviews.

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

Writing and publishing are largely mind games. When a young writer experiences the print publishing system as something that holds up mediocrity and pays it millions of dollars, and marginalizes the earnest effort of a literary mind, the writer can often get crushed and demoralized

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A T    C/ O A S I S

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

Seeking Senior Editor (Located at Stanford University) Job Description: The Stanford Social Innovation Review a new quarterly covering nonprofit and social sector management published by the Stanford Graduate School of Business, has an immediate opening for a senior editor. Join a dynamic new organization with growth plans. You will work with leading academics, journalists, and thought leaders, editing research-based articles on nonprofit and social enterprise strategy.

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POSITION Web Content Writer/Coordinator
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Position will coordinate with all NCMEC departments to ensure timely, accurate, and complete content for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children web sites. Individual will gather, write and edit material.

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Managing Editor of Best Friends Magazine
Location: Kanab, Utah

Manage and edit Best Friends magazine and other literature for the sanctuary and the No More Homeless Pets campaign.

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!

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


Shaw Guide for Writing Conferences in April.

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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