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"Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money."

-- Jules Renard

T A B L E  O F  C O N T E N T S
  1. [Editor Notes]
  2. [Resources]
  3. [Sunoasis Opinion]
  4. [Career Advice]
  5. [At C/Oasis]
  6. [My Virtual Space]
  7. [Markets]
  8. [Community]
  9. [Acknowledgments]

E D I T O R  N O T E S

We dangle resources out there each month amazed by the amount of guides, tips, dictionaries, and lists still embedded in the belly of the beast.

It reminds me of the Watts Towers, taking shape with a lot of mad slap-dashery thrown into the mix.

The best resource is the imagination of the writer peeking through the architecture of the publishing world. It's a maze that sticks the writer into the universe that matters.

Imagine one piece of writing moving through the publishing and literary system. Who does it move through? What decisions are made in relation to it? How many transactions can be made with that piece of writing? What use do you want made of it? What actions can you perceive as a result of it?

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What allows the mind to persevere in the face of abject ignorance or uncaring? What keeps the heart of writing going when the market is as bad as it is?

It keeps going when the writer is not ignorant or uncaring. He may be driven to the brink but it's a good brink. After all, if a writer didn't write, what would he do? One thing that helps is a good system of moral support. Stay around people for whom writing, reading, books, and magazines are significant parts of their lives.

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Whit Burnett mentions the five motives Robert Graves ascribed to this powerful desire to write: Money; Fame; Fun; Escape; Dire Need; and Miscellaneous. He believed that well over half of writers write for money.

In a material world, the only bliss is making money doing exactly what you want to do. The writer is divided between her desire to write what pleases her and what the market is demanding. Nothing is easy. Exercise the best in yourself at all moments and let the chips fall where they may. There's some bliss in that too.

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They mention the keeping of journals and diaries. I'm interested in this because I've kept one for many years. It probably has five thousand pages to it and I liken it to a mind I've grown outside my brain. A good notebook is necessary for any writer.

It doesn't matter whether you write fiction or non-fiction. You need to have a good, honest, secure place where you can write at will, write without censor, write to experiment with descriptions or use of language. And it is amazing how the diaries accumulate over the years, like compound interest.

Looking over my journals, I'd say that 10% of the material is very useful. Those 500 pages can be extremely valuable if handled right.

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Spirit is the key word. Much of the function of grammar and spelling can be programmed and done by a machine.

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The feedback we've gotten is superb. We're proud of the quality of people who have subscribed to Sunoasis 2003. So, please continue!

I come to a piece of writing, as a reader, in a variety of ways. It presents useful information that helps me in my job or personal life. It is describing an activity that draws my attention, like a war. It offers up an opinion based on the sensibility of the writer and I joust with it. It is a complex creation that seduces me to a new point of view.

The reader, then, is a resource.

C r a f t :

Fiction Writer's Resource Page
The Book of Cliches
Cliche Finder
Phrase Thesaurus
Seven Lessons Writers Don't Want to Learn.
FAQS about freelancing
O r g a n i z a t i o n s :

American Society of Journalists and Authors
Federal Copyright Office
National Writers Union
National Association of Women Writers
Short-story Group
Horror Writers Association
International Reading Association
American Society of Indexers
American Screenwriters Association
Society for Technical Communication
e p u b l i s h i n g :

The results of a survey conducted by Survey.com among more than 2,800 senior executives about their web activity shows that the web is a pervasive presence in their lives.
The Web is enhancing community publishing.
The Web can be a valuable tool for journalists and publicists alike. Reporters can use it to research companies, and PR people can use it to find editorial contacts.
Younger consumers are open to seeing content on non-traditional channels like the Internet and mobile phones, and like to be in control of their media, something the Internet affords them.
A look at a recent study that found that 66% of the 4.12 million blogs created on eight leading blog-hosting services have been "abandoned'' by their creators - not updated for at least two months.
A writer starts a regional publishing press.
Is online journal creating a revolution in science publishing?
UK web publishers are optimistic again.
"...the shift to internet-based technologies may have an impact on the cash returns, growth outlook and risk profile of the publishing industry."
M e d i a:

"The Achilles heel for the newspaper industry is that young people aren't reading the newspaper," says Fred Searby of J.P. Morgan. "They get their (information) somewhere else."
Henry Jenkins, director of the Program in Comparative Media Studies at MIT, looks at how politicians are using the Internet in new and innovative ways and starting to deliver on the hype a few years back that the Internet might become a decisive factor in elections.
Perry de Havilland says blogs won't replace journalism but that they are changing it in important ways. "...blogs are primarily about opinion, not reporting per se...
A new analysis delves into "we media" -- journalism created by citizens empowered by digital technologies -- and advises media companies on how to respond.
Newspapers are "losing touch with real people," said former New York Times managing editor Gerald Boyd to editors at the Associated Press Managing Editors conference.
"I assume there will be a time when newspapers will die in favor of wirelessly connected tablets," says John Markoff, who has covered technology and the Internet for the New York Times since 1988.
The experiences readers ascribe to magazines greatly influence their readership of magazines, says a new study scheduled to be released next week at the American Magazine Conference.
According to his new book, "Autumn of the Moguls," Michael Wolff "thinks modern media companies control reality," yet the CEOs who run them are "fantastic ninnies," writes Stephen Metcalf.

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

The digital writer is an entreprenuer with boundless optimism about the success of his project. No matter how many failures and discouragement come his way, the path he has taken sees him through.

There is the vortex of the crowd, there is the cool working out of details in the work-a-day political world.

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

Most of the questions we get at Sunoasis have to do with marketing. "How do I find out who wants my material?" This question initiates a writer's career. The cyncial and rude answer would be, "the little blue bird of paradise isn't going to take it in its beak and fly off to a nice editor somewhere." I do recommend this: Spend a full-year studying the market books and other sources of information. Take notes, make files. Don't stop everything else but make time a few hours a week and work those market books over. Know what and who you are dealing with.

The gatekeepers are always human beings who are dealing with assorted motives. If they feel your material can please their audience, you're in.

Despite the inhuman nature of things today, the relation between a writer and an editor should be professional and personable.

The professional writing community is dependent on the health of the economy. Writing jobs are driven by a strong advertising environment. When budgets swell, writers are added because publications want to increase the variety of features they can entertain and inform their readers with.

That's why, at the Sunoasis Joblog, we keep monitoring the jobs situation and overall health of the economy. And everything points to a recovery, with jobs being added in 2004 around election time. Hmm.

S u n o a s i s   Q & A

I'm a freelance journalist who would like to write social and political stories about Zimbabwe for any online publication. How can I get in touch with those interested in receiving such stories?

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Okay, here I go! This is my very first shot at obtaining information about a career change. I've established what my dream job would be, writing about golf; golf courses, golf equipment, etc.

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I'm a senior with aspirations of writing for profit. I'm looking for a mentor. Can you help direct me to one?

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I am presently working for an airline. I am also a freelance sports reporter for two sports websites. How can I get into a paying job for sportswriting whether it be for a newspaper or magazine?

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I keep reminding people that Sunoasis Jobs is filled with a great deal more resource than it first appears. On every regional page there is a link to an association or group that hosts free writing, journalism ads.

Take advantage of the fact!

Ask a question about your career!

A T    C/ O A S I S

I had the good fortune to see Salman Rushdie give a talk this month. Rushdie is from Mumbai and had decent insight into the problems of the Middle-East. He also talked a good deal about writing, writing fiction, and the identity of a writer. He told jokes and was witty.

He spoke of two types of writers. One is rooted to a single place, and "creates a world from that place." He mentioned Faulkner and Welty as examples. And then there's the rootless writer. This is a creature who lives in different regions of the world and is always trying to find his place. Finally he surrenders to the rootless condition as his peculiar fate. Rushdie envied the Faulkner rootedness but accepted his fate as the rootless type.

The sense of place is key in the writer's imagination. And what about that vast maze known as the Net? Is it a new planet in the solar system? Is it some kind of de Chardin noosphere?

I now have seven years of memory on it. That was the precise time my great, great...grandfather Maturin served to pay off his farm in the Providence Plantation of Roger Williams. I have entered and exited many worlds. Yet, it all happens through the screen; the interface. All that matters are the qualities on either side of the interface.

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The Ukrainian writer, Troy Morash, has a place centered in the universals of human expereince; with folklore and myth. He gives us a delightful tale in The Juggler and the Bet.

And Marty Castleberg has decided to abandon the work-a-day world and "emptying his regret box by traveling the world with guitar and pen in hand." He writes a piece any writer can relate to, mulling over some rejection notices. Why Write is his contribution to C/Oasis this month.

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Halloween; Witch; Uptopia; Aura

There's always an assortment of surprises so look around and enjoy yourself.

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

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


Online News Association Conference and Awards Banquet Chicago Nov. 14-15

Digital Story Master Class, Dec. 7-11

Shaw Guide for Writing Conferences in November.


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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:
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