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Date: Fri Mar 02 2001 - 09:35:55 PST

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 If you're a student at the scholastic (grades 9-12) or
 collegiate level (undergraduate or graduate) and have
 an interest in seeing your work published, then
 "Jupiter Sky," an online magazine dedicated to student
 writers, artists, and musicians, is looking for you.
 The magazine, which launched last September, features
 poetry, short fiction, essays, artwork, photographs
 and musical compositions from student contributors.
 Editor-in-Chief Todd Christopher says "As a multi-
 media literary magazine, "Jupiter Sky" provides an
 opportunity for talented students to publish their
 works before an international audience. Our goal is to
 help nurture these young talents by providing them the
 guidance and tools to excel, and a very large and
 public arena in which to share their gifts."
 Although it's not a paying market, students who are
 published in the magazine can look forward to "best
 of" compilations, both in book format to showcase
 written, photographic and artistic submissions, and in
 CD format for musical contributions. As the students
 achieve greater heights, follow-up pieces sharing the
 stories of their success will be published.
 For more information, visit
 or call (703) 204-2004.

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  years as a pro writer, I have learned to TREASURE
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  glad they at least read my work.... I have long since
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  improve my craft."

  Lauren McGuire says: "I took a screenwriting seminar
  by Bob McKee. He offered the best advice on taking
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  pink dancing elephants, don't take their advice
  literally and add pink dancing elephants. The critic
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The New York Public Library recently announced the
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Young Lions Fiction Award" will be given each spring
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AOL Time Warner's Parenting Group will now be handling
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distributed with "Sesame Street Magazine," will be
discontinued after the April issue. Taking its place,
beginning in October, will be "Parenting" magazine.
Also closing down are "Contact Kids" and "Kid City."

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XLibris announced that its core publishing program
will no longer be free. In an effort to conserve cash,
the company will now be charging $200 for its basic
service. Prices will also increase for the advanced
services by several hundred dollars. Further belt-
tightening moves include the layoff of 30 employees
and the closing of its popular writers' website, The site will remain online
until March 14.


Donya Dickerson, former editor of "Guide to Literary
Agents," offers some savvy advice to writers looking
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the Best Fit with an Agent Who Knows Your Market." She
interviews several agents who represent various genres.
Here's a small sampling:

Claudia Cross, William Morris Agency
Christian and Spirituality Markets

Q: Is it becoming more necessary for a writer to have
   an agent in the Christian market?

A: Yes. In the past not every author writing for the
   Christian market had an agent. Now, however, there
   are more agents who represent these authors. In
   general, publishers are relying more on agents to
   determine the potential quality of a manuscript or
   book project.

Q: You represent both fiction and nonfiction. Which is
   currently easier to sell?

A: Celebrity nonfiction sells well if the celebrity is
   well known and has an inspiring story to share.
   Fiction in the Christian market continues to sell
   well, especially for authors with proven track
   records. I do think, however, that selling fiction
   by a first-time writer is getting increasingly

Q: When you look at a manuscript that comes in, do you
   consider the secular market?

A: Definitely. I read a manuscript with an open mind
   and let the writing, the author's approach and
   content determine the appropriate market and
   publisher. There's a fine line between the two
   markets, but, in general, writers for the Christian
   market write about faith as an integral part of the
   plot to encourage readers in their own Christian
   belief, as opposed to spiritual seeking, which would
   fit into the general market.

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If you're a student at the scholastic (grades 9-12) or
collegiate level (undergraduate or graduate) and have
an interest in seeing your work published, then
"Jupiter Sky," an online magazine dedicated to student
writers, artists, and musicians, is looking for you.

The magazine, which launched last September, features
poetry, short fiction, essays, artwork, photographs
and musical compositions from student contributors.
Editor-in-Chief Todd Christopher says "As a multi-
media literary magazine, "Jupiter Sky" provides an
opportunity for talented students to publish their
works before an international audience. Our goal is to
help nurture these young talents by providing them the
guidance and tools to excel, and a very large and
public arena in which to share their gifts."

Although it's not a paying market, students who are
published in the magazine can look forward to "best
of" compilations, both in book format to showcase
written, photographic and artistic submissions, and in
CD format for musical contributions. As the students
achieve greater heights, follow-up pieces sharing the
stories of their success will be published.

For more information, visit
or call (703) 204-2004.


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360 Lexington Ave., 11th floor, New York NY 10017.
(212) 370-0644. Fax: (212) 687-4398. Editor-in-Chief:
Nancy Gagliarch. Senior Editor: GeriAnne Fennessey.
Food Editor: Rebecca Adams. Publishing Assistant:
Jerry Laboy-Bruce. Approximately 70% freelance written.
Magazine published 6 times/year mostly for women
interested in weight loss, including healthy life-style/
behavior information/advice, news on health, nutrition,
fitness, beauty, fashion, psychology and food/recipes.
Weight loss success and before-and-after stories also
welcome. Established: 1968. Circulation: 500,000. Pays
on acceptance. Offers 25% kill fee. Buys first North
American rights. Editorial lead time 3-12 months.
Accepts queries by mail.

NONFICTION: Covers diet, nutrition, motivation/
psychology, food, spas, beauty, fashion and products
for both the kitchen and an active life-style. Articles
have an authoritative yet friendly tone. How-to and
service information crucial for all stories. Send
detailed queries with published clips and SASE. Average
article length: 700-1,500 words.

* Ranked as one of the best markets for freelance
  writers in "Writer's Yearbook" magazine's annual
  "Top 100 Markets," January 2000.

COLUMNS/DEPARTMENTS: Accepts editorial in health,
fitness, diet, inspiration, nutrition.

TIPS: "Well developed, tightly written queries always
a plus, as are trend pieces. We're always on the
lookout for a fresh angle on an old topic. Sources
must be reputable; we prefer subjects to be medical
professionals with university affiliations who are
published in their field of expertise. Lead times
require stories to be seasonal, long-range and forward-
looking. We're looking for fresh, innovative stories
that yield worthwhile information for women interested
in losing weight--the latest exercise alternatives, a
suggestion of how they can reduce stress, nutritional
information that may not be common knowledge,
reassurance about their lifestyle or health concerns,
etc. Familiarity with the Weight Watchers philosophy/
program is a plus."


Lexington KY 40508-4008. (606) 257-8150. Fax: (606)
257-2984. Website:
Acquisitions: Kenneth Cherry, director and editor.
Established: 1943. Publishes hardcover and paperback
originals and reprints. Publishes 60 titles/year.
Royalty varies. No advance. Publishes ms 1 year after
acceptance. Responds in 2 months on queries. Book
catalog free.

* "We are a scholarly publisher, publishing chiefly
  for an academic and professional audience, as well
  as books about Kentucky, the upper South, Appalachia,
  and the Ohio Valley."

NONFICTION: Biography, reference, monographs. "Strong
areas are American history, biography, women's studies,
film studies, American and African-American studies,
folklore, Kentuckiana and regional books, Appalachian
studies, Irish studies and military history. No
textbooks, genealogical material, lightweight popular
treatments, how-to books or books unrelated to our
major areas of interest." The Press does not consider
original works of fiction or poetry. Query.

RECENT TITLES: "A Rose for Mrs. Miniver: The Life of
Greer Garson," by Michael Troyan; "Stroheim," by
Arthur Lennig.


THE PEREGRINE PRIZE (fiction), "Peregrine," the
Literary Journal of Amherst Writers & Artists, P.O.
Box 1076, Amherst MA 01004-1076. Phone/fax: (413)
253-7764. E-mail: Website:
Contact: Nancy Rose. Offered annually for unpublished
fiction. Deadline: April 1. Guidelines for SASE.
Charges $10 fee. Prize: $500 plus publication in
"Peregrine." Open to any writer.

* Entrants who reside in Western Massachusetts are
  also eligible for The Peregrine Prize: "Best of the
  Nest" Prize.


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