Friday, November 6, 2009

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #151

MORE REASONS TO KEEP WRITING - VIDAL SASSOON, age 80, retired from the beauty industry and now spends much of his time on philanthropy. He established a charitable foundation and supports the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Sassoon, whose career spanned more than four decades, became famous for his modern, low-maintenance styles and is the founder of the worldwide brand of shampoos and salons. At age 80, he is helping build Habitat homes for Katrina victims.

WATERCOLOR ARTIST - bi-monthly mag for artists of all skill levels working in water-based media. Must inform, instruct or inspire the water media painter. Readers want specific ideas and tips Seeks nonfiction, fillers, photos/artwork. Writers are paid depending upon the length and complexity of article submitted. Usually does not exceed $500. Guidelines:

FLASHQUAKE (Global) - independent, quarterly, web-based publication that focuses on flash fiction (very short short stories), nonfiction (such as memoirs, essays, creative nonfiction, humor) and poetry. All submissions must be under 1000/wds, and poetry less than 35 lines. Shorter works will be reviewed more favorably. By e-mail only, to Place manuscript in body of text. No attachments. USD5 to USD25 depending on length and quality. All rights remain with author. See editorial calendar Guidelines:

BUST MAGAZINE - women's lifestyle mag, seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, photos/artwork. 250-2500/wds. depending on section. Guidelines:

PARROTS, UK - monthly, full-color consumer mag for parrot and parakeet enthusiasts. Seeks articles on members of the parrot family, including budgerigars, amazons, cockatoos, cockatiels, macaws, lovebirds, lories, lorikeets, conures etc. Provides readers w/variety of articles dealing w/veterinary health, breeding, pets, conservation, bird behavior and general parrot info. Considers pet stories sent in by readers. Inclusion of good quality photos or artwork will increase chance of acceptance. 600-4000/wds. Paying market. Rates & rights negotiable. Gilly Lloyd, Editor Guidelines: Use “contact” link.

ALASKA AIRLINES MAGAZINE - in-flight mag for Alaska Airlines, 80% freelance. Columns include Journal (arts and culture), Business, On Location, Profiles, Sports, Technology and Travel. Rates begin at $50-100 for shorts through to $300 for columns and $500 for features. Guidelines:

SATURDAY EVENING POST - nonfiction needs include how-to, gardening, pet care/ training, financial planning, subjects of interest to family-oriented readership. For nonfiction articles, indicate any special qualifications you have for writing about the subject, especially for technical or scientific material. 2500-3000/wds. We buy all rights. Up to $400. Guidelines:

YOUTH TODAY – features businesses that provide services to youth, evaluation of programs for youth. Seeks nonfiction, photos/artwork. Stories run from 600/wds-2500/wds. $150 to $2,000. Payment depends on story length and complexity. Guidelines:

CAPPER'S - nationally distributed monthly tabloid publication, emphasizes home & family to readers who live mainly in rural Midwest. CAPPER'S uses historical, inspirational, nostalgic, family-oriented, travel & human-interest stories; unusual accomplishments, collections, occupations, hobbies, etc. 500/1500/wds. Up to $300. Guidelines:


WRITING WORLD: HOW TO CRAFT A GREAT ARTICLE - Part I: Structure, Focus, Unity and Flow Part II: Hooks, Leads and Endings.

HOW TO RESPOND TO FALSE CLAIMS OF COPYRIGHT OR TRADEMARK - One of the favorite tools of both cults and corporations seeking to take embarrassing information off the Internet is to falsely claim a violation of a copyright or trademark. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, enacted in 1998, set out a notification procedure that can be used to request an ISP to remove allegedly infringing material from a web page. However, there is a defense against this attack if you feel you’ve been targeted: it's called a COUNTER NOTIFICATION LETTER. Most people don't know how to write such a letter, which is why Dave Touretzky put together this helpful form. URL: