Friday, July 23, 2010

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #186

REASON TO KEEP WRITING: DEDE ALLEN, age 86, film editor whose pioneering work on movies like "The Hustler" and "Bonnie and Clyde" brought a new approach to shaping the look and sound of American movies. Allen became the first film editor to receive sole credit on a movie. She was nominated for Academy Awards for that movie, 1975's "Dog Day Afternoon," "Reds" in 1981 and "Wonder Boys" in 2000. Allen was the first American to embrace European methods of editing by beginning sequences with close-ups or jump cuts and using the sound from the next shot while the previous scene was still playing. Greg S. Faller, professor of film studies at Towson University in Maryland, said "The Hustler" and "Bonnie and Clyde" "must be considered benchmark films in the history of editing." Many of her techniques are now standard in modern filmmaking. Allen edited or co-edited 20 major films over four decades. She began working on television commercials before getting her first big break in the late 1950s editing Robert Wise's "Odds Against Tomorrow." In 1994, Allen received a career achievement award given by American Cinema Editors. In November 2007 she received the Motion Picture Editors Guild's Fellowship and Service Award.

ALASKA AIRLINES MAGAZINE – monthly in-flight mag reaching more than 1.8 million travelers in Alaska, California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Nevada, Western Canada and 10 cities in Mexico each month. Recent additions include Denver, Chicago, Boston, NY, Washington, D.C., Miami, Orlando, Hawaii. Mission to inform and entertain a well-educated, sophisticated, affluent audience w/high-quality writing/striking photography. Guidelines:

ALBERTA VIEWS, Canada – about culture, politics, economy of Alberta. Accepts feature ideas as well as reprints from various media of up to 1000/wds for ‘Eye on Alberta’. Guidelines:

BALTIMORE MAGAZINE – focus is on local people, events, trends, ideas. The best way to break into Baltimore is through shorter articles that run before and after features. Guidelines:

THE BARK - about man's best friend, dogs, a literate and entertaining spectrum of dog-centric articles and stories. Commentaries, essays, stories, fiction and well-researched non-fiction will be considered but all work must prominently include dogs. (long response time) Guidelines:

BAY NATURE – quarterly mag dedicated to educating the people of San Francisco Bay Area, celebrating the beauty of the surrounding natural world. Aims to inspire residents to explore and preserve the diverse and unique natural heritage of the region, and of nurturing productive relationships among the many organizations and individuals working towards these same goals. Guidelines:

2010 RWA GATEWAY TO THE BEST CONTEST – for unpublished authors. Deadline Sept. 10, 2010. (submissions accepted beginning Aug. 2) Categories: Contemporary Series; Historical; Paranormal; Single Title/Mainstream Romance; Suspense; Young Adult. Official rules/instructions:

2010 SinC INTO GREAT WRITING - Oct. 13, 1010. Conference being held one day prior to Bouchercon By the Bay in San Francisco. Hyatt Regency. You do not need to be registered for the conference to attend this one day workshop. Sisters in Crime has discounted this workshop for its members. The cost for the entire day including dinner is $50. Charge for non-members is $150 so join Sisters in Crime and save money. Info:

2010 BOUCHERCON BY THE BAY - To make reservations for Bouchercon go to


ONLINE WORKSHOP: The Selling Query Letter & Synopsis - Aug 16 - 30

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Problem Words, Phrases & Punctuation Aug 16 - 29

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Going to the Dark Side: Paranormal Types - Aug 16 - 27

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Developing an Active Voice Aug 23 - 30

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