Friday, July 9, 2010

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #184

REASON TO KEEP WRITING - PATRICIA WRIGHTSON, age 88, internationally acclaimed Australian childrens author who attracted praise - and then criticism - for entwining Aboriginal mythology into her writing. In 1986, Wrightson was awarded the biennial Hans Christian Andersen Medal - the highest accolade for a writer of childrens fiction - given by the Swiss-based International Board on Books for Young People for an author's body of work. "She was trying to create a kind of pan Australia - a whole new Australian mythology which was part non-indigenous and part indigenous," said Macleod, who edited three of her books in the 1990s. She wrote the first of her 27 books, "The Crooked Snake," by watching her childrens reaction to pages read by her father as soon as they were typed. Her books have been published in 16 languages.

MIDWEST HOME & GARDEN – features stories on beautiful and functional spaces inside and outside Minnesota homes. Looking for examples of fine design in area homes, remodels, rooms, landscapes, gardens. Encourages freelancers to contact w/story ideas about stylish homes, outstanding or unusual gardens, current shelter issues, design trends, entertaining, and gardening ideas. Guidelines:

ST. ANTHONY MESSENGER - Catholic Church; Marriage, Family/Parenting; Social; Inspiration; some Poetry. Majority of readers age 40-70. Also publishes books: seek mss that educate and inspire adult Catholic Christians, identify trends surfacing in the Catholic world & helps Catholics and those who want to be Catholic understand their faith better. Guidelines:

ISLAND – seeks nonfiction market, short stories, poetry, extracts from novels, articles and essays topics of social, culture interest. Guidelines:

GEIST, Canada - mag is intelligent, plain-talking, inclusive and off­beat. Looking for short fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, art, reviews, little-known facts of interest, cartography, and the legendary Geist cross­word puzzle. Guidelines:

ADVISOR TODAY - Life insurance & financial planning mag seeks nonfiction, columns/depts, ideas or techniques the reader can immediately implement in their businesses. Stories should spell out the strategies and methods that work best for the author, rather than give a general description of them. Writers are encouraged to use several examples and case histories when writing sales stories. See Editorial Calendar for 2010. Guidelines:

AGNI online MAGAZINE – founded in 1972 at Antioch College by undergraduate Askold Melnyczuk, a then-aspiring (now accomplished) writer w/his own vision of a vehicle for alternative news, visual arts, and literature. Melnyczuk was interested in creating a mag that would feature a new generation of writers and visual artists. Publishes fiction, poetry, essays between Sept. 1st - May 31st any year. Guidelines:

AMERICAN STYLE - consumer mag focused on contemporary craft, craft collectors, the artists who create studio craft art, seeks nonfiction, columns/depts, photos/artwork relating to Arts travel, profiles of contemporary craft collectors, established studio artists. Contact page for query:

2010 WRANGLING W/WRITING CONFERENCE – Sept 24-26, 2010. Polish those manuscript proposals and bring along your passion for writing, no matter what the genre. Join fellow writers, agents, editors, and an international faculty line-up, for two days of keynotes, workshops, agent pitch sessions, and book signings at the beautiful Tucson Radisson Hotel and Conference Center. This year’s conference promises to be the very best ever. Info and registration:

ALLWORTH PRESS - Book publisher. Subjects: business, self-help books for artists, designers, photographers, writers, film & performing artists. Guidelines:

BALCONY PRESS – book publisher, interested in mss on art, architecture and design topics. Books normally take a historic or cultural slant as opposed to technical, biographical or how-to. Guidelines:

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2010 WRANGLING W/WRITING CONFERENCE –Sept 24-26, Info & registration:

ONLINE WORKSHOP: 10 Commandments of Grammar 4 Fiction Writers - July 26 - Aug 8

ONLINE WRKSHP: From Sabers 2 Winchesters: Arming Your Historical Hero - July 26 - Aug 1

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Life in a Medieval Castle - Aug 2 - Sept 11

ONLINE WORKSHOP: A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter - Aug 2 - Sept 5

ONLINE WORKSHIP: How Goal, Motivation, Conflict, Disaster Factor in - Aug 2 - 30

ONLINE WORKSHOP: 3 Secrets to Creating Dynamic Dialogue - Aug 2 - 8

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Self-Editing 4 Pub/d & Unpub’d Authors - Aug 2 - 16

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Undercover Ops for Writers - Aug 2 - 29

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