Saturday, February 14, 2009

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #115

REASONS TO KEEP WRITING – TASHA TUDOR, age 92, children's book illustrator, who illustrated such classics as "Little Women" and "The Secret Garden," wrote or collaborated on nearly 100 children's books after making her debut with "Pumpkin Moonshine" in 1938. Besides "The Secret Garden," she illustrated "The Night Before Christmas" and wrote books of her own, including "Corgiville Fair." In later years, her drawings evolved with more whimsy. 'Well, my eyesight is starting to fail, and I don't have the perfection I used to,' so she'd add more stuff," she said.

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL “WHAT I LEARNED FROM THE CAT - Stories about Life, Love, and Lessons/ Deadline: March 31st. $200. We want cat lovers, both lifelong and reluctant, to share the lessons they have learned about life from their furry companions, stories and poems written in the first person of no more than 1200 words. Stories can be serious or humorous, or both. Remember, these stories should be about lessons learned from your cat rather than general stories about your cat.
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THE INDEPENDENT AUTHORS GUILD - The founding members of this guild are all writers - some have written one or two books and took time to do that from our day jobs - and some are established professionals with a dozen or more books to their credit. The guild believes that the publishing world's current way of doing things does not serve writers well. One of the guild’s goals is to increase awareness among those who buy and read books - whether they are readers, retail bookstores, or in the media - of the rich treasures that are available, outside the mainstream publishing channels. If you self-publish, this is something you may want to check out. URL:

INTERNATIONAL LIVING - publishes postcards from people all over the world, telling us about undiscovered international gems: cities, restaurants, hotels / B&B's, festivals, golf courses, sports facilities or unusual sporting events, fishing, real estate, where to buy bargain goods, get any form of good value etc. $25/50/note used on website, in E-letter, or in the actuality section of the monthly print issue. More for articles published in our monthly print publications. Query: Magazine Editor URL:

KENTUCKY MONTHLY - we rely heavily on free-lance writers, artists and photographers. $25/300/assigned articles, $25/100/unsolicited articles. Guidelines:

MAD MAGAZINE - looking for writers who are clever, offbeat, and, most importantly, funny. We want to infuse new life, energy and a fresh look into the magazine. Up to $400US. Guidelines:

MAISONNEUVE MAGAZINE - considers anything that demonstrates curiosity, energy, elegance across all fields of human endeavor. ARTIFICE [poetry, short & long fiction, humor] and ARTIFACT [essays & reviews on any aspect of the arts or sciences]. Most work is remunerated in the $100/300 range. Guidelines:

7th ANNUAL BK EXPO AMERICA/WRITERS DIGEST BKS WRITERS CONFERENCE - Open to the general public. Admission: $199, Wed., May 27, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, in NY City. A one-day intensive conference, the country's leading writing conference, features name speakers, writers and motivating workshops where aspiring writers learn how to hone their craft in all genres of writing and receive information on getting published. The largest gathering of agents of any conference, providing all attendees an opportunity to personally pitch their book idea to an agent and get immediate feedback. Conference registration is online at For up to the minute news on the conference, visit the Writer's Digest:

MESSAGE MAGAZINE - African-American religious journal addressing ethnic issues in the USA, working hard to preserve our unique role interpreting current events through a Black Christian perspective. Audience is predominantly Black, though increasingly becoming more and more multicultural. When submitting seasonal material, remember our production schedule requires us to work four to six months ahead. Guidelines:

MONDAY MAGAZINE, Canada - independent alternative newspaper concentrating on current events and the arts in Victoria, and specializes in in-depth commentary and reporting. Interested in freelance cover stories 1500/3500/wds, feature articles 800/1500/wds and arts stories 250/450/wds. Payment negotiated. There is no set per-word rate. Submissions by email or hard copy, no phone calls. A brief query is preferred. Form to query:

MS MAGAZINE - Women's issues and news with a political slant to the left. Pays $1/wd. Only nonfiction and queries preferred with clips. Guidelines (scroll down):