Friday, October 29, 2010

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #200

REASON TO KEEP WRITING: DAME BERYL BAINBRIDGE, age 75, maverick, unique and horribly funny, according to her fellow authors. One of the grand dames of the UK's literary scene, Bainbridge was a prolific writer whose short, dark comic novels – which invariably included a streak of tragedy - landed her five shortlistings for the Man Booker prize (and the label of perennial Booker bridesmaid), made her a two-time winner of the Whitbread award and saw her awarded a DBE in 2000. Bainbridge's literary career can be divided neatly in two: her earlier novels, from ‘The Dressmaker and Sweet William’ to Guardian fiction prize winner ‘The Bottle Factory Outing’, drew on her own life – her upbringing in Liverpool, her time working as an actor (including a stint on Coronation Street), her life in Camden in the 1960s. She then began to write historical novels, tackling Scott of the Antarctic in ‘The Birthday Boys’, Samuel Johnson in ‘According to Queeney’ and the voyage of the Titanic in ‘Every Man for Himself’, and died with 18 novels, two collections of short stories and a handful of plays for stage and television to her name. Bainbridge was "putting the finishing touches" to a novel – her 19th – which she had been working on for the last six months when she died, ‘The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress,’ about the assassination of Bobby Kennedy.

AMERICAN FORESTS MAGAZINE – nat’l mag w/stories and photos about trees, forests, forestry issues, to foster appreciation for trees and forests and to offer a responsible, science-based discussion of the trends, issues, policies, and management of America's forest resources. Seeks to educate, entertain, and enlighten audiences. Guidelines:

enROUTE, Canada – in-flight travel mag, source of relevant, entertaining and thought-provoking info for an on-the-go, global reader. Interested in everything from wine to design and popular science to pop music, celebrates the excitement of travel and, as many travelers’ first introduction to Canada, is proudly Canadian but never parochial about Canadian content. Guidelines:

MINNESOTA CONSERVATION VOLUNTEER - magazine of the Minnesota Dept of Natural Resources looking for features, essays, and reprints relative to Minn. Guidelines:

THE PARIS REVIEW – looking for well-written fiction, essays, poetry in English. Guidelines:

BAJA LIFE MAGAZINE - glossy coffee-table mag devoted to promoting tourism, education and protection of the environment and earth-kind economic development on the Baja peninsula, Recreational Activities, Marine and Desert Ecology, Tourist Interests, The Native People of Baja, Environmental Issues, Historical Figures and Events, Retirement and Living, Cultural and Tradition, Arts and Music and Business and Resort Development. Guidelines:

CANADIAN BIKER MAGAZINE, Canada - offers a uniquely Canadian take on the sport and lifestyle of motorcycling, delivers experiential-style accounts of life on two wheels in our ten provinces and three territories. Motorcycling is about having fun and enjoying life. Guidelines:

EQUUS MAGAZINE - horse health publication for laymen, features articles on health care, behavior, training techniques, veterinary breakthroughs and exercise physiology. Guidelines:

GOLF EVENT – nat’l trade mag, resource for golf outings, events, provides readers w/invaluable insight from industry experts, updates on products,services, destination spotlights, planning tools and much more, from the latest trends in golf to what's hot in food and beverage. Offers specific ideas, tips, resources readers can use to take their events to the next level. Guidelines:



INDIE READER SELECTS (IRS) - a service of, the only source for branded indie books, is the first distribution program to combine the selling power of the independent bookstore with the vast community of self-pub’d authors. Books on IRS are searchable by zip code, author and book category. For further info go to

TO FIND YOUR TITLE or to see if a your new mss title has been overused




ONLINE WORKSHOP: Casablanca w/Humphrey Bogart Nov 1–7, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Storm Front by Jim Butcher Nov 8–14, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Creating Bad Guys and Girls - Nov 15-Dec 19, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Dance w/the Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon Nov 15-21, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Weaving Together Characters & Plotting Nov 15 - Dec 5, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: The Proposal w/Sandra Bullock Nov 22-28, 2010

LITERARY SCAMS – Suggest writers bookmark these links & check lists before embarking on any writing venture. A search will give you more links.