60 Calls for Submissions in June 2021 – Paying markets

RESOURCES-TIPS: For writers of all genre who want to write, and the readers who love them.

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.
- Somerset Maugham

All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary -- it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
- Somerset Maugham

Anecdotes don't make good stories. Generally I dig down underneath them so far that the story that finally comes out is not what people thought their anecdotes were about.
- Alice Munro

If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.
- Edgar Rice Burroughs

Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil -- but there is no way around them.
Isaac Asimov

To write fiction, one need a whole series of inspirations about people in an actual environment, and then a whole lot of work on the basis of those inspirations.
- Aldus Huxley

Get it down.  Take changes.  It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good.
- William Faulkner

Books aren't written, they're rewritten.  Including our own.  It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it.
- Michael Crichton

Any man who keeps working is not a failure.  He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he'll eventually make some kind of career for himself as a writer.
- Ray Bradbury

60 Calls for Submissions in June 2021 – Paying markets

PUBLISHED TO DEATH

“This June there are more than four dozen calls for submissions. All of these are paying markets, and none charge submission fees. As always, every genre, style, and form is wanted, from short stories to poetry to essays.

I post calls for submissions on the first day of every month. But as I am collecting them, I post them on my page, Calls for Submissions. You can get a jump on next month’s calls for submissions by checking that page periodically throughout the month. (I only post paying markets.)

Also see Paying Markets for hundreds of paying markets arranged by form and genre.

Happy submitting.”  https://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/


AUSTIN MACULLEY PUBLISHERS

We accept manuscripts across all genres, with or without an agent, from anywhere in the world. Whether you are a new author or have been previously published, Austin Macauley Publishers™ would like to hear from you. The review process may take up to six weeks. We will contact you once a decision has been reached.

https://www.austinmacauley.com/am-publishers-submissions


INTERNATIONAL WRITERS’ COLLECTIVE

Great places to submit for new & unpublished writers.  It can be intimidating sending out your writing for the first time (or even the 10th time), so this month we decided to focus on literary journals and online magazines that are extra friendly to new and unpublished writers. Some will even pay you! In order to make our list, journals also had to accept flash fiction, short stories, poetry and creative nonfiction; charge no fees; accept simultaneous submissions; and respond with a yea or a nay within a reasonable timeframe. We also made an effort to pick journals that haven’t appeared on one of our previous lists so make sure to check our other suggestions of great places to submit.

https://internationalwriterscollective.com/great-places-to-submit-for-new-and-unpublished-writers/

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RESOURCES-TIPS: For writers of all genre who want to write, and the readers who love them.

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.
- Somerset Maugham

All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary -- it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
- Somerset Maugham

Anecdotes don't make good stories. Generally I dig down underneath them so far that the story that finally comes out is not what people thought their anecdotes were about.
- Alice Munro

If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.
- Edgar Rice Burroughs

Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil -- but there is no way around them.
Isaac Asimov

To write fiction, one need a whole series of inspirations about people in an actual environment, and then a whole lot of work on the basis of those inspirations.
- Aldus Huxley

Get it down.  Take changes.  It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good.
- William Faulkner

Books aren't written, they're rewritten.  Including our own.  It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it.
- Michael Crichton

Any man who keeps working is not a failure.  He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he'll eventually make some kind of career for himself as a writer.
- Ray Bradbury

20 Literary Agents Seeking Writers

Earlier this week, I updated our list of 20 literary agents actively seeking writers with our most recent new agent alerts. Newer agents are great, because they’re the most likely to be interested in your project if it’s good and a good match for what they’re seeking. So let’s get into this. Read the full article…

 

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NON-FICTION:  For writers of all genre who want to write, and the readers who love them.

Ironically, in today's market place successful nonfiction has to be unbelievable, while successful fiction must be believable.
- Jerry B Jenkins

Words are a lens to focus one's mind.
Any Rand

There are two kinds of writer: those that make you think, and those that make you wonder.
- Brian Aldiss

I get up in the morning, torture a typewriter until it screams, then stop.
- Clarence Budkington Kelland

Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind.
- Rudyard Kipling

The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.
- Mary Heaton Vorse

Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry.  Writers are like dancers, like athletes.  Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.
- Jane Yolen

Writing nonfiction is more like sculpture, a matter of shaping the research into the finished thing.  Novels are like paintings, specifically watercolors.  Every stroke you put down you have to go with.  Of course you can rewrite, but the original strokes are still there in the texture of the thing.
- Joan Didion

In fiction, when you paint yourself into a corner, you can write a pair of suction cups into the bottoms of your shoes and walk up the wall and out the skylight and see the sun breaking through the clouds.  In nonfiction, you don't have that luxury.
- Tim Robbins

Publishers Tip Sheets

Since this information changes often, it is recommended that you visit the publisher’s website and search for their tip sheet information.

 

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RESOURCES-TIPS: For writers of all genre who want to write, and the readers who love them.

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.
- Somerset Maugham

All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary -- it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
- Somerset Maugham

Anecdotes don't make good stories. Generally I dig down underneath them so far that the story that finally comes out is not what people thought their anecdotes were about.
- Alice Munro

If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.
- Edgar Rice Burroughs

Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil -- but there is no way around them.
Isaac Asimov

To write fiction, one need a whole series of inspirations about people in an actual environment, and then a whole lot of work on the basis of those inspirations.
- Aldus Huxley

Get it down.  Take changes.  It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good.
- William Faulkner

Books aren't written, they're rewritten.  Including our own.  It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it.
- Michael Crichton

Any man who keeps working is not a failure.  He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he'll eventually make some kind of career for himself as a writer.
- Ray Bradbury

Writing Groups List

COMIC WRITERS

HISTORICAL FICTION

Momwriters – Trying to launch or keep your writing career afloat amidst Barbies and Hot Wheels? Looking for support in a writing forum? Friendship? Conversations that consists of more than, “Why, Mommy?” Momwriters is a forum for discussion of parenting, writing, and anything and everything that affects our lives in between. Momwriters members offer each other support, resources and caring. We actively support each other in various projects and events all year round. Please visit our web site: www.momwriters.com

National Writers Union – The union for freelance writers working in U.S. markets.

National Writers Union Job Hotline – The NWU Job Hotline is a nation-wide, non-profit alternative to job shops, temp agencies, and brokers. The Hotline is a way for employers to locate the writers they need, and writers to find jobs. The Hotline is a project of the National Writers Union and is run by, and for, the writers who use it. Employers list contract jobs for free. Writers contact and deal with employers directly.  Must Join

Romance Writers of America – Romance Writers of America is the professional association for 8,400 published and aspiring romance writers. Members of RWA write the novels that make up 55% of all popular paperback fiction and that generate more than $1 billion in sales each year.

Work for Writers – This list is for professional writers, staff or freelance, to find job leads, share information on job searches, writing contacts, contracts, writers’ organizations, etc. The list also posts jobs from employers for print, screen and tv writers, journalists, editors, book indexers, etc.

Write From Home – Whether you’re a freelance writer, author, or writing from home but employed by a publication, this site strives to offer work-at-home writers tips, information and resources to help you balance your writing career and children under one roof. You’ll also find lots of writing and marketing resources to help you achieve the success you desire. It features a chat room, email discussion list, and a Monthly E-zine featuring articles, markets, guidelines, tips and more.

Writing Contests – Want to know about the latest contests but don’t want to spend precious time cruising the net searching for them? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Our members share the best and warn you of the worst.   The Writing Contests list is where you’ll find new contests announced and occasional publisher submission requests.

Writer’s Way  – This site is full of well-organized links.  If you want to find something it won’t be hard here – all links are categorized.

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RESOURCES-TIPS: For writers of all genre who want to write, and the readers who love them.

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.
- Somerset Maugham

All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary -- it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
- Somerset Maugham

Anecdotes don't make good stories. Generally I dig down underneath them so far that the story that finally comes out is not what people thought their anecdotes were about.
- Alice Munro

If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.
- Edgar Rice Burroughs

Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil -- but there is no way around them.
Isaac Asimov

To write fiction, one need a whole series of inspirations about people in an actual environment, and then a whole lot of work on the basis of those inspirations.
- Aldus Huxley

Get it down.  Take changes.  It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good.
- William Faulkner

Books aren't written, they're rewritten.  Including our own.  It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it.
- Michael Crichton

Any man who keeps working is not a failure.  He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he'll eventually make some kind of career for himself as a writer.
- Ray Bradbury

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RESOURCES-TIPS: For writers of all genre who want to write, and the readers who love them.

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.
- Somerset Maugham

All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary -- it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
- Somerset Maugham

Anecdotes don't make good stories. Generally I dig down underneath them so far that the story that finally comes out is not what people thought their anecdotes were about.
- Alice Munro

If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.
- Edgar Rice Burroughs

Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil -- but there is no way around them.
Isaac Asimov

To write fiction, one need a whole series of inspirations about people in an actual environment, and then a whole lot of work on the basis of those inspirations.
- Aldus Huxley

Get it down.  Take changes.  It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good.
- William Faulkner

Books aren't written, they're rewritten.  Including our own.  It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it.
- Michael Crichton

Any man who keeps working is not a failure.  He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he'll eventually make some kind of career for himself as a writer.
- Ray Bradbury

Magazine Links

The magazines in the list below offer advice to aspiring and established writers.  Several of the magazines and ezines listed below are accepting submissions from new and established writers.  Some magazines and ezines are listed for the research material they provide.

Writing Corner offers this list for your use, but in no way recommends or endorses any of the magazines or ezines listed, and is not responsible for their content.

Air & Space Magazine  – flight and space travel magazine of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

American Songwriter Magazine  – covers the craft and business of songwriting, with interviews, songwriting tips, news, and a song lyric contest.

Aphelion: The Webzine of Science-Fiction and Fantasy  – forum for amateur writers to hone their skills and present their work to the public.

Arabian Horse World Magazine

Archaeology Magazine

Arizona Highways Magazine  – photography and writing about Arizona.

Artist’s Magazine, The  – resource for beginning, intermediate, and advanced artists to learn how to paint and draw better, as well as how to sell their work professionally.

Aspiring TV Writer and Screenwriter Blog  –  how do you get an internship or assistant job? How do you make connections in Hollywood? What is a script reader? How do you get an agent or manager?

Audubon Magazine

Baltimore Magazine

Bartender Magazine  – recipes, message boards, the “baroscope” (a sort of alchoholic horoscope), a bartenders’ crossword puzzle and more.

Black Enterprise Magazine  – business service publication for African-American entrepreneurs, corporate executives, professionals and decision makers.

Bloomsbury Review  – community for everyone who is interested in literature and writing.

Booklist Online selection of reviews from Booklist, a selection tool for librarians. Reviews of books for adults and children.

Career Magazine  – resource center with job openings, employer profiles, resume posting, articles, and more.

Circle Magazine, The  – quarterly literary magazine featuring poetry, short stories, and articles.

Crayola Kids Magazine  – offers a selection of storybooks, puzzles, and craft actvities.

Creative Screenwriting  – magazine for writers of feature films and television.

Crime Magazine – provides a brief biography and a timelines of real crimes.

Dance Magazine

The Dabbling Mum.com – The on-line magazine for busy parents

DesertUSA Magazine  – travel and recreation guide to the American southwest and its deserts.

Discover Magazine monthly magazine of science and technology; their wonders, their uses, and their impact upon our lives.

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine – brings you the best in short mystery fiction.

Emergency Medical Services Magazine  – Monthly publication for emergency medical technicians, paramedics and other EMS providers.

Entrepreneur Magazine  – features daily news, chat rooms, message boards, interactive coursework, the SOHO Mall and more.

Exceptional Parent Magazine  – providing information, support, ideas, encouragement and outreach for parents and families of children with disabilities, and the professionals who work with them.

Exploratorium Magazine Online: Paper  – articles on origami, making paper airplanes, creating handmade paper, and more.

Fade In: Magazine  – film magazine for screenwriters. Interviews and articles covering the creative and professional aspects of working, writing, and sucking up in Hollywood.

Fairfield Review  – online literary magazine for Fairfield County, CT writers and students of poetry, short stories, and essays.

Family Corner

Family Tree Magazine  – for beginners as well as more experienced family historians and family heritage hobbyists.

Flash Fiction Online – complete story in 1000 words.  To serve flash fiction readers and writers with a professional, sustainable market for flash fiction stories. To promote the general population’s reading of great short stories in general and of great flash fiction in particular.

Foreign Policy Magazine  – a leading quarterly of international affairs.

Fortune Magazine  – market and business news updated throughout the day, feature columns, screening tools, and more.

Girls’ Life Magazine  – magazine for girls ages 8 to 15.

GQ Magazine Fashion, sports, women, journalism, fitness and more for the modern man.

Happy Woman Magazine  – we think so you don’t have to.

Harper’s Magazine  – includes a preview of the current issue and the last three months of the Harper’s Index.

Hello! Magazine  – photos and features about royals and celebrities.

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) – the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content.

Irish Dancing Magazine  – monthly international, full colour magazine devoted to Irish Dancing. From Riverdance to absolute beginners. Subscribe from the website.

Just Laugh magazine  – features humorous columns, comics, links, and more that are all aimed squarely at the funny bone

Kepler’s Books and Magazines  – independent bookseller since 1955 featuring new and selected titles handpicked by staff, online ordering, and author events calendar.

List a Day – over 1,800+ unique issues about email newsletters that we thought was worthy of your attention.

Literary Times, The  – complete program of services for readers and writers of romantic fiction. Also find the latest info on your favorite authors.

Mad Magazine  – includes madimations and madness of the week.

Magazine Publishers of America (MPA)  – industry association for consumer magazines, representing hundreds of companies, publishing thousands of titles.

Marketing Journals and Magazines  – links to marketing and related journals or magazines, provided by the Marketing and Marketing Research group of Tilburg University.

Make-Up Artist Magazine

Modern Humorist  – daily humor and satire magazine.

Ms. Magazine  – feminist magazine founded in 1972 by Gloria Steinem. Now woman-owned and operated by Liberty Media for Women, LLC.

NanoTechnology Magazine  – window into the emerging technology whose awesome power mankind will acquire, for good or evil, very early in the next century.

National Geographic Magazine

National Geographic Kids  – fascinating facts, interesting kids and cool games. All you need to bring is curiosity

National Geographic Traveler Magazine  – subscription information, travel resources and summaries of current features.

National Parks Magazine  – an award-winning, full color magazine that offers spectacular photographs and articles on national parks

New Frontier Magazine  – New Age consciousness magazine

Newslink Magazine from the American Journalism Review.

Parade Magazine

Parents Magazine  – offering fun and informative information for young parents and families.

PC Magazine

PEN America  – journal featuring award-winning fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translation, as well as symposia on topics of concern to writers and readers alike.

Pen & Ink  – Philippine literary journal dedicated to providing a venue for writers and artists who want to share their works with a sympathetic audience.

Pif  – dedicated to publishing quality poetry and short stories by new and emerging writers. Book, CD, movie reviews and political commentary also welcome.

Poets & Writers  – focuses on the source of literature, providing support and exposure to writers at all stages in their development.

Pointe Magazine  – source of information for a career in ballet.

Police Magazine  – a resource for the street cop.

Potluck Children’s Literary Magazine  – publishes poetry, stories, book reviews, and artwork from writers and artists ages 8-16.

Qwerty  – lit-zine for readers, writers and other dysfunctional personality types.

Readers Digest Magazine

Renaissance Magazine  – articles on the history of the Renaissance and Middle Ages for Arthurian fans, medievalists, roleplayers, and re-enactors.

Rhapsody in Black  – showcasing up and coming African-American writers and artists.

Rolling Stone Magazine  – includes current cover story and the table of contents from the print mag, as well as exclusive online content.

Science Fiction and Fantasy World

Science Fiction Weekly

Science Magazine global weekly journal of research which serves the scientific community as a forum for the presentation and discussion of important issues related to the advancement of science.

Screenwriter’s Utopia

Script Magazine  – includes contests, live chat events, and online classes.

Skeptic Magazine  – The Skeptics Society and Skeptic magazine investigate claims by scientists, pseudoscientists, and pseudohistorians on a wide variety of theories and conjectures

Slipstream  – yearly anthology featuring the work of both new and established writers.

Smithsonian Magazine  – magazine of the Smithsonian Institution that explores art, history, and science.

Speculations  – for writers who want to be read.

Star Magazine  – entertainment news, celebrity features, gossip, and fashion.

Stone Soup  – the magazine by young writers and artists.

Storyteller Magazine  – Canadian quarterly short story magazine which welcomes new writers.

Surfing Magazine  – includes magazine ordering information, forecasting, weather information, photo/video gallery, and more.

Time Magazine

Time For Kids  – version of the popular news magazine for children.

Time Magazine: The Year In Pictures  – looks at the most interesting photos of 2000.

Topics Online Magazine  – for learners of English as a second or foreign language to express their ideas with writings and illustrations. Also has a section for teachers that discusses technique and methodology.

TV Guide Magazine  – feature articles, reviews, gossip and more.

Women Today Magazine  – features on fashion, beauty, health, childcare, career and religion.

Victoria  – includes articles and subscription.

Web del Sol  – experimental, literary, mainstream, international poetry and fiction, novel excerpts, interviews, essays, author web sites, writers’ resources, and more.

Western Horseman Magazine

Write Markets Report  – publish magazines and an annual directory of writers’ markets

Writers Digest

Writers Post, The  – features stories, essays, and poetry, with an emphasis on Vietnamese literature translations.

Zeotrope – Short  Stories and anthologies – offers many contests with prizes from $250-$1000

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RESOURCES-TIPS: For writers of all genre who want to write, and the readers who love them.

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.
- Somerset Maugham

All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary -- it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
- Somerset Maugham

Anecdotes don't make good stories. Generally I dig down underneath them so far that the story that finally comes out is not what people thought their anecdotes were about.
- Alice Munro

If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.
- Edgar Rice Burroughs

Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil -- but there is no way around them.
Isaac Asimov

To write fiction, one need a whole series of inspirations about people in an actual environment, and then a whole lot of work on the basis of those inspirations.
- Aldus Huxley

Get it down.  Take changes.  It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good.
- William Faulkner

Books aren't written, they're rewritten.  Including our own.  It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it.
- Michael Crichton

Any man who keeps working is not a failure.  He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he'll eventually make some kind of career for himself as a writer.
- Ray Bradbury

Submission Tracking

By Linda S. Dupie

Recently a writer asked me how I keep track of my submissions, this is something I hadn’t thought about often, but something I do day after day.

There are as many ways to track your submissions, as there are writers, for simplicity we’ll look at three of the most common systems I have found while talking to writers. Some writers use their computers, others use index cards, notebooks, and some write the information on the files they keep for each project. Others use all of the above.

Whatever system you choose, make it work for you. When I first began, I was terrible about writing down where I sent my work. I thought I could keep it straight in my head. In the beginning, I tried every way but what worked best for me. I am a detail-oriented person, I like to have information available wherever I am, and I like it to be portable. I like to use file folders; I have a file for the project and a file for the publication. When I finish a project and choose a market I write that market on the front of the project file with the date submitted and the editor. I also place a copy of the manuscript and cover letter in that file. For the Publication file I place the writer’s guidelines and a copy of the cover letter in the file, and write the title of the project and date submitted to the publication on this file too. This system makes it easy to see what I have submitted, whether I look at the publication or project file. This system works well in the office or home but is not very potable. For portability, I use a notebook and index cards.

Organizing A Submission Notebook
I know many writers who use this inexpensive and portable way to track their submissions. The most common set up I have seen is the seven-column format. For example, your columns may look like this:

[Title][Magazine Publisher/Editor][Word Count][Date sent][Date Returned][Published][Pay Date/Amount]

As you send out each project fill in the appropriate columns, and as you hear from the publications fill in your open columns.

Using Index Cards
Index cards are as simple to use as the notebook. One advantage to index cards over the notebook is your ability to reorganize them. If you were to look in my box of index cards, you would see five categories:

1. Project (Index card used)
2. Publication (Index card used)
3. Outstanding Submissions
4. Ready To Submit
5. Published

I use two index cards similar to the way I use file folders. On one index card, I write the project name with word count, publication name, editor and date sent. On the second card, I write the publication name, contact information, and the title of the project and date sent. I keep the publication cards in alphabetical order at the back of the box. Then I have a section for Outstanding Submissions also in alphabetical order; as I receive responses I either move the cards to the Published category or to the Ready To Be Sent category. For a simpler approach to this system freelance writer Carol Sjostrom Miller does this, “When I finish a piece, I write the title on an index card. On the back of the card, I list possible markets for the piece. Then when I’m ready to submit, I write the magazine I submitted to and the date on the front of the card. If I get a rejection, I just cross off the market and put the next one beneath it, and keep going until it gets accepted…I just file the cards alphabetically by title.”

Using Your Computer
If you do the majority of your writing at the computer this may be the best and easiest way to track submissions. Using a database program like Access or your word processor with a table inserted allows room for more information and cross-referencing.

A database program like Access allows you to add columns that your notebook doesn’t have the room for such as the address of the publication and the time you spend on the project. You also have the ability to cross-reference your work. For example, you have the publication entered into the system you can cross reference the manuscript to the publisher to eliminate entering your information twice.

There is no one right way to track your submissions, be as detailed as you want. The key is to find the system that best suits your needs.

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RESOURCES-TIPS: For writers of all genre who want to write, and the readers who love them.

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.
- Somerset Maugham

All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary -- it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
- Somerset Maugham

Anecdotes don't make good stories. Generally I dig down underneath them so far that the story that finally comes out is not what people thought their anecdotes were about.
- Alice Munro

If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.
- Edgar Rice Burroughs

Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil -- but there is no way around them.
Isaac Asimov

To write fiction, one need a whole series of inspirations about people in an actual environment, and then a whole lot of work on the basis of those inspirations.
- Aldus Huxley

Get it down.  Take changes.  It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good.
- William Faulkner

Books aren't written, they're rewritten.  Including our own.  It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it.
- Michael Crichton

Any man who keeps working is not a failure.  He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he'll eventually make some kind of career for himself as a writer.
- Ray Bradbury

Publishing, Writing Terms, Acronyms

Note: The majority of these terms came from the glossary in How To Publish Your Articles A Complete Guide to Making the Right Publisher Say Yes”  by Shirley Jump

A

acquiring editor – The person at a publication who has the power to make article-buying decisions.  The editor who performs this job may not have this actual title, but may instead have the title of editor in chief, managing editor, section editor, submissions editor, or executive editor.

advertising schedule – The calendar for advertisers that details when ads need to be placed for particular issues of a publication. This schedule often runs parallel to the editorial calendar.

all rights – A type of rights, granted in a contract, that gives the publisher legal permission to reproduce the article, or do anything else he wants with it, forever. The author of the article can never resell that particular piece to another publication.

angle – The defined approach taken in an article by the writer. Also called a slant, this is one facet of the larger topic on which the writer has chosen to focus.

AP style – The preferred writing style of the Associated Press. This is the predominant style used by newspapers. The details for this style–which include the formatting of numbers, capitalization, abbreviation, etc.–are found in the Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual.

APA style – One of two main styles used in academic papers, the other being MLA style. APA style is established by the American Psychological Association. Information on this style can be found in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

art – The industry term for any graphics, photographs, or other images that might accompany an article.

ASCII format – Also known as text only, this format strips a file of all formatting–boldface, italics, etc.–and converts it to a single-spaced, plain document that can be read by most software programs.

assignment – An article that is given to a writer by an editor, with a specific deadline. Assignments usually result from query letters and are accompanied by a contract or a letter of agreement.

attachment – A file attached to an e-mail message. With the number of viruses floating around, most editors don’t want attachments. They would prefer you to save your article as an ASCII (text only) file and paste it into the body of the e-mail message.

audience – The readers of a specific publication. These are the people you are directly trying to reach with your article.

audience profile – An analysis of the average reader of a targeted publication. Compiled using demographics and a market analysis, an audience profile helps the writer determine exactly which angle to take with the article.

author biography – A list of a writer’s credits. Also called an author bio, most are a page in length and list only the most relevant or prestigious publishing credits. See also curriculum vitae.

author copies – Copies of a publication that are given to the author of an article printed in that issue. See also tear-sheet.

  

B

banner – The title and publication date of a newspaper, magazine, or other periodical. The banner appears on the front cover of the publication.

beat  – A subject area or industry that is assigned to a newspaper staff reporter. For instance, the reporter can be assigned to report on all crime activity, on political happenings, or on specific news for one town or region.

billboard paragraph – The paragraph that sums up the general angle of an article, providing the essential points that the piece will cover. This is also referred to as the nut graph or theme graph.

body – The main portion of an article. This is where the writer provides solid information, answering the reader’s questions and illuminating the subject. The body follows the lead and precedes the conclusion.

byline – The name of the author as printed at the top or end of an article.

    

C

catalog envelope – An envelope that measures 10 inches by 13 inches. Because this envelope is large enough to enclose a long article and keep it flat during mailing, it is perfect for a submission package.

Chicago style – The style set by the University of Chicago. Most consumer publications use either Chicago style, detailed in The Chicago Manual of Style, or AP Style when making decisions regarding punctuation, spelling, abbreviation, and other elements of writing style.

circulation – The number of people who buy and/or receive a given publication. This can be either a closed circulation or an open circulation.

clips – Copies of published articles submitted by a writer to an editor. Usually, a writer includes two or three photocopied samples of work with asubmission package or query letter to demonstrate his experience in a particular area of writing.

closed circulation – Readership that is limited to subscription or membership. This is the case with many trade journals and academic journals. See also circulation;open circulation.

contract – The formal written agreement between a writer and publisher that defines the rights and responsibilities of each party. The contract should spell out what rights the publication is buying, along with the deadline for the article; any kill fee; any extra material the editor wants the writer to provide, such as art or a sidebar; and other important terms.

contributing editor – An honorary editor who also provides articles for a publication. Contributing editors are usually given a position on the masthead, and are often recognized experts in a given field

copy – Actual lines of writing. This is the text in an article or other piece of writing.

copyeditor – The person at a publication who is in charge of correcting and proofreading articles. This editor makes changes in the copy and double-checks it for grammatical errors, spelling problems, and other possible mistakes.

copyright – The legal overall right granted to an author or publisher for ownership of a written work. Under this ownership comes a number of specific rights, including the exclusive rights to print, sell, distribute, or translate a work. Putting a copyright notation on your work reminds others that it is your creation.

copywriting – Providing copy for corporations or marketing and advertising agencies. This can range from the writing of press releases to that of brochures and website material, depending on the needs of the client

cover letter – A short letter written to an editor to spark his interest in an article. The cover letter is accompanied by a copy of the already-written article. If the article has not yet been written, the writer sends a query letter instead.

curriculum vitae – A summary of an academic’s educational and professional background.  Usually, a vitae should be only a couple of pages in length and list only the most relevant and prestigious credentials.

   

D

defamation – Damage of a person’s reputation, character, or good name via something that is written (libel) or spoken (slander).

demographics – Statistics that profile specific characteristics of a human population, such as age, gender, income level, level of education, and region of the country.

dramatic, television, and motion picture rights – The right to sell an article or story for dramatic adaptation. Writers who have written human interest articles should try to retain these rights when signing a contract with a publication in case other media representatives are interested in the piece.

    

E

editor – The person at a publication who works with the writer, shaping the article and making it fit the publication. The editor also gives out assignments, sends out contracts or letters of agreement, and serves as the writer’s main point of contact. See also acquiring editor; copyeditor; editorial assistant; editor-in-chief; managing editor; section editor.

editorial – A first-person consumer or academic article that expresses one individual’s view of a topic. These pieces are usually less than 900 words in length and are sometimes called op-eds when they are written for newspapers.

editorial assistant – The person at a publication who helps an editor by making photocopies, filing, etc. The editorial assistant is the first to see unsolicited material and usually makes the first decision regarding the material’s appropriateness for the publication.

editorial calendar – A publication’s internal schedule in which the editors lay out their themes for the coming year’s issues. These calendars are generally created at the end of the year. Writers can request a copy of the editorial calendar along with the writer’s guidelines, or can search for the calendar online. Often, the editorial calendar is the same as or runs parallel to the advertising schedule.

editorial lead time – The amount of time between an article’s deadline and its publication date. This can vary from two to nine months, depending on the publication.

editor-in-chief – The person at a publication who oversees the editorial staff and ensures that all articles fit the publication’s editorial focus. The editor-in-chief has the final say over everything that runs in the publication.

electronic rights – A blanket term that encompasses all reprints of an article in electronic form–on websites, in online magazines, in CD-ROMs, in databases, etc. Any of these existing technologies, as well as any emerging technologies, can be lumped into this category.

e-query – An electronic query. An e-query is less formal than a traditional mailed query, and gets to the point of the letter faster. The language can be somewhat less formal but should accomplish the same goals as a regular query letter.

e-submission – An electronic submission. In general, these are pasted into the body of an e-mail (to fend off potential virus attachments) in ASCII (text only) format.

evergreen – A story or article that is recycled year after year, and is usually run to coincide with certain seasons. Almost every consumer publication carries some type of evergreen, whether it is an annual story on weight loss or one on Christmas baking.

e-zine – An online magazine. Some of these have print counterparts, but predominantly, they are limited to web distribution.

    

F

fact checker – A staff member employed by a publication to check the facts in every article before it is printed. Fact checkers use the source list submitted by the writer to verify the quotes, statistics, and other information that appear in the article.

fair use – A provision in the copyright law that allows for limited copying of published works without permission. Because the law is subject to different interpretations, it is generally best to avoid quoting fromcopyrighted material.

feature article – An article that is presented as a special attraction in a magazine, newspaper, or journal. This piece is usually the cover article, meaning that there is a mention of it on the cover of the publication. It is similar to a news story, and is usually written in the third person. In an academic journal, a feature article is designed to provide in-depth, comprehensive information on breakthrough thinking and its application in the reader’s world.

fiction – A story invented by the imagination. Can include elements from real life. Example: A story you made up about your dog.

filler – A short article of 200 words or less that does exactly what its name implies–it fills a space. Depending on the publication, fillers can range from news stories that don’t merit feature treatment to humor pieces, anecdotes, puzzles, jokes, and poems. These articles are usually written in third person and represent one of the best opportunities for a new writer to break into a publication.

First North American Serial Rights – The rights most commonly granted in a contract. Also called First North American Serial Rights (FNASR), these rights grant the publisher of a periodical (a serial) the exclusive right to print an article first. After these rights expire, the writer is free to resell the article.

first person – Writing that has the “I” viewpoint, meaning that it is seen from the writer’s point of view. First-person writing is used often in personal essays, humor pieces, and other articles that describe the writer’s direct experiences. This style builds a relationship with the reader, as if the writer were telling the story to a friend.

first serial rights – The rights most commonly granted in a contract. Also called First North American Serial Rights (FNASR), these rights grant the publisher of a periodical (a serial) the exclusive right to print an article first. After these rights expire, the writer is free to resell the article.

FNASR – The rights most commonly granted in a contract. Also called First North American Serial Rights (FNASR), these rights grant the publisher of a periodical (a serial) the exclusive right to print an article first. After these rights expire, the writer is free to resell the article.

format – The manner in which a submitted article should be physically set up on the page. This information is often found in the writer’s guidelines, and covers such parameters as margins, line spacing, and font. When in doubt, use the standard one-inch margins, double-spacing, and an easy-to-read font like Times New Roman (12pt) or Courier (12pt)

    

G

genre – A French word meaning sort or kind. A distinctive type or category of written work; epic, tragedy, comedy, novel, science-fiction, mystery, young adult, biography, etc. Example of use: “I write in the mystery fiction genre.”

    

H

header – The information printed at the “head” of a submitted article, running along the top of the page. The header should include the article’s title or a keyword for the title, the writer’s last name, and the page number.

headline – The title of an article. This short line should be kept to seven words or less, and use strong, active phrasing to encapsulate the piece and attract the attention of the reader. It is sometimes followed by a “subhead” that further explains the focus of the article.

homogeneous readership – A readership in which everyone shares common beliefs and interests. This is often found in trade journals and other publications that are distributed to readers who work within the same field, but may also be found in small local newspapers.

hook – The opening of an article or query letter that draws the reader in and interests him in the material.

how-to article – A consumer-oriented article that provides step-by-step information on completing a physical or creative project–fixing a car, planting watermelons, or decorating a cake. Usually written in second person, these articles can range widely in word count.

human interest article – An article that touches the heart of readers. These are often stories of people overcoming tragedies, learning from setbacks, or caring for others

humor piece – An article designed to entertain people and make them laugh. Most humor pieces are written in first person and run no longer than 1,000 words in length.

     

I

in-house – Within a specific publication’s staff. Editors, for instance, may refer to “in-house style, “or specific articles may be written “in-house”–by the staff of the publication.

interview – A conversation conducted by a writer for the purpose of eliciting facts and statements form another individual.  Interviews may be conducted in person, on the phone, by e-mail, by postal mail, or by fax.

invoice – A bill sent to a publication by the freelance writer of an article after the piece has been completed and approved. Writers should always submit an invoice so there is a paper trail for all business transactions.

     

J

jargon – Language that is used by a particular group, profession, or culture, especially when the words and phrases are not understood [meaningless] or used by other people such as “typesetters’ jargon”

    

K

kill fee – A fee paid to the writer of an article if the publisher changes his mind and decides not to use the piece. Not all publications have the budget for kill fees.

     

L

lead – The opening paragraph of an article. There are many different types of leads, but every lead should outline the story that follows and inspire the reader to read further.

lead time – See editorial lead time.

lead time – The amount of time between an article’s deadline and its publication date. This can vary from two to nine months, depending on the publication.

letter of agreement – The letter from the editor buying or accepting the submitted or proposed article. Sometimes, this letter is used in lieu of a contract. When that is the case, it is important to make sure that all the usual terms of the contract are spelled out in the letter.

libel – A written statement that damages a person’s reputation, character, or good name. The statement can appear in a letter, in an article, or even in a posting on an e-mail list or bulletin board. See also defamation; slander.

lifestyle section – The section of a newspaper or other publication that deals with gardening, books, home interiors, food, and other topics that are not hard news.

     

M

managing editor – The person at a publication who coordinates the different departments–such as the editorial department, art department, and typesetting department–to maintain a smooth production process and meet deadlines.

masthead – The list of staff members–including editors, designers, and more–usually printed in the beginning pages of a magazine or newspaper.

MLA style – One of two main styles used for formatting academic papers, the other being APA style. MLA style is the one preferred by the Modern Language Association. Information on this style can be found in the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing.

morgue – The industry term for a newspaper’s archives. A morgue usually has print or microfiche copies of articles that reporters can use for background research.

motion picture, television, and dramatic, rights – The right to sell an article or story for dramatic adaptation. Writers who have written human interest articles should try to retain these rights when signing a contract with a publication in case other media representatives are interested in the piece.

multiple submission – The practice of sending out one article to more than one publication at the same time. This is also called a simultaneous submission.

    

N

news story – A consumer-oriented article that provides serious coverage of a topical subject. Written in third person, these articles generally run 200 to 1,500 words in length, and rely on at least three sources to provide unbiased coverage.

newsletter – A short collection of articles–usually four to eight pages in length–designed to provide quick information about a subject, giving readers an easy way to stay current on trends or literature. There are four main types of newsletters: consumer, professional, marketing, and association.

newspaper – A publication that is issued on a daily or weekly basis, and contains current news, editorials, features, and usually advertising.

niche – A well-defined area of interest or audience that is addressed by a publication. Often, secondary magazines hit niches by focusing on a specific industry, region, hobby, or profession.

non-fiction (nonfiction) – A factual account of a person, place, thing or event. Must be completely true. Example: An article that you wrote about how to buy a skate board.

nut graph – The paragraph that sums up the general angle of an article, providing the essential points that the piece will cover. This is also referred to as the nut graph or theme graph.

     

O

off the record – Comments made by an interview subject that are not part of the formal interview.  Comments made off the record should not be printed by a writer without permission from the interview subject.

one-time rights – Rights granted in a contract that allow the publication to print an article only once. This is the best deal for the writer but is not very common.

op-ed piece – A first-person article that expresses the writer’s opinion on a particular topic. Formally called an opinion-editorial, these articles usually run 400 to 600 words in length. Some op-eds offer a supporting viewpoint on an issue that was covered in an earlier article; others are written to inform readers about issues facing society or the neighborhood.

open circulation – Readership that is not limited to subscription or membership In general, publications found on newsstands have an open circulation. See also circulation; closed circulation.

opinion-editorial – See op-ed piece.

outline – A written summary that details how a proposed article will be constructed. Sometimes submitted with a query letter, the outline gives the editor a thorough picture of the research that has thus far been gathered, the interview subjects that will be contacted, and the angle that the writer will take. Large-circulation publications often require outlines or detailed query letters.

    

P

payment on acceptance – A type of payment plan in which the writer is paid for his article when it is submitted to and approved by the editor.

payment on publication – A type of payment plan in which the writer isn’t paid for his article until it appears in print. Because an article may not appear in print until months after its acceptance, this arrangement is not as beneficial to the writer as payment on acceptance.

periodical – A magazine or journal published at regular intervals such as weekly, monthly, or quarterly.  Also called serial.

personal essay – A first-person consumer-oriented article on either a personal problem that the writer has faced and overcome, or a meaningful event. Sometimes referred to as a personal experience piece, these articles generally run 400 to 1,000 words in length

photo feature – An article that is light on writing and heavy on photos, with the text serving only to explain the graphics. In general, the photographer or a staff writer is assigned to write the text for a photo feature.

pitch – A letter or conversation in which a writer tries to persuade an editor to buy his article.

plagiarism – The act of copying another person’s work and passing it off as your own.

press kit – A folder–provided by a company, organization, or association–that provides information on the group itself. Such kits usually include industry statistics and lists of potential interview subjects, as well as explanations of industry terms and trends.

print rights – A publisher’s rights, granted by contract, to print an article on paper, but not to distribute it in an electronic manner or post it on a website or e-zine.

publisher – The person at a publication who oversees the entire operation.  At some publications,  the publisher may also serve as editor-in-chief.  Also, the business entity the edits, produces, markets, and otherwise makes available a printed and/or electronic publication.

    

Q

query letter – A letter of inquiry sent to a publication by a freelance writer as a means of proposing an article idea to the publication. The query letter is designed both to sell the idea of the article and to convince the editor that the writer has the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the article. See also cover letter.

query package – A package sent to a publication by a freelance writer for the purpose of selling an article idea. The package generally contains a query letter; published clips; and a self-addressed, stamped envelope; and may also include an outline of the article and an author biography. See also submission package.

    

R

refereed journal – An academic journal at which all submitted articles are rigorously examined by an editorial review board before being accepted. Because the standards of refereed journals are so high, most new academic writers have greater success submitting their work to non-refereed journals.

reprint – An article that previously appeared in one publication, and is later printed in another publication.

reprint rights – The rights, granted in a contract, that permit the publisher to sell an article to another publication after it has appeared in the first one. These rights are also referred to as reprint rights.

round-up – A short, consumer-oriented, third-person article that compiles responses from a variety of people on one subject, or in answer to a particular question. These articles generally run from 500 to 1,000 words in length. Sometimes, these articles are referred to as surveys and incorporate statistics, such as a percentage of respondents who gave one answer over another.

     

S

SASE (SAS) – Self Addressed Stamped Envelope —When asked to include an SASE with a submission, make sure you use the proper postage. There are different rates for outside the U.S., so check with your post office. Never send money for someone to read your work.

SASP – Self Addressed Stamped Postcard —When asked to include an SASP with a submission, make sure you use the proper postage. There are different rates for outside the U.S., so check with your post office. Never send money for someone to read your work.

second person – Writing that has the “you” viewpoint by addressing the reader. This is common in how-to articles–pieces that give advice or information.

second serial rights – The rights, granted in a contract, that permit the publisher to sell an article to another publication after it has appeared in the first one. These rights are also referred to as reprint rights.

secondary magazine – A medium-sized consumer magazine that focuses on a specific niche, or area of interest, and therefore covers a secondary market. Secondary magazines usually fill the gaps left by large magazines, which try to address the needs of many different kinds of readers.

section editor – An editor in charge of one section of a publication, such as health or books.

serial – A magazine or journal published at regular intervals such as weekly, monthly, or quarterly.  Also called periodical.

Self Addressed Stamped Envelope – When asked to include an SASE with a submission, make sure you use the proper postage. There are different rates for outside the U.S., so check with your post office. Never send money for someone to read your work.

Self Addressed Stamped Postcard – When asked to include an SASP with a submission, make sure you use the proper postage. There are different rates for outside the U.S., so check with your post office. Never send money for someone to read your work.

service piece – A consumer-oriented third-person article that falls into the how-to category, but goes further than just explaining how to do something by informing, educating, and advising the audience about an important issue or life skill like investing, working, or making a purchase. A service piece generally runs 500 words in length or more.

sidebar – A short piece that accompanies an article and provides helpful hints, resources, or a summary of the article’s main points. These boxes of information are set apart from the main article and are usually less than 200 words in length.

simultaneous submission – The practice of sending out one article to more than one publication at the same time. This is also called a multiple submission.

slander – A spoken statement that damages a person’s reputation, character, or good name. See also defamation; libel.

slant – The defined approach taken in an article by the writer. Also called an angle, this is one facet of the larger topic on which the writer has chosen to focus.

slush pile – The term used to describe the stack of unsolicited articles–articles that were not requested by an editor. Articles in the slush pile are usually read by an editorial assistant.

solicited (Requested) – A solicited article has been requested by an editor, usually in response to a query letter sent by a freelance writer.

source list – The list of sources used by a writer in researching an article. The list should include contact information for all interview subjects, as well as bibliographic data for each website, book, newspaper, or other publication from which the writer gleaned information for the article. This list is often submitted to the publication’s fact checker so that he can verify all information.

staff reporter – A writer hired by a newspaper to cover a particular beat. In the early days of newspapers, this person was sometimes called a “stringer.”

style sheet – A sheet that details the style and format preferred by a publication. Academic publications usually use either MLA style or APA style. Consumer and trade publications usually prefer either AP style or Chicago style.

submission guidelines – The set of rules for submitting articles to a particular publication. Sometimes referred to as submission guidelines, they provide specific information about formatting, grammar, and style, and also provide payment information and contract terms. It is important to always study a publication’s guidelines before submitting. By writing in the style prescribed by the publication, you can increase your chances of acceptance. Writer’s guidelines can be obtained by directly contacting the publication itself, and in some cases may also be found on the publication’s website or the website of Writer’s Market. See also  writers guidelines.

submission package – A package that is sent by a freelance writer to a publication for the purpose of selling an already-written article to the publication. Generally, this package includes a cover letter; a copy of the article; published clips, if any; and, in the case of an academic article, a curriculum vitae. See also query package.

syndicate – An agency that sells the same article simultaneously to different newspaper outlets. These articles are then printed in numerous publications throughout the country. Most syndicate writers are established experts who have built up years of experience in their chosen area of focus.

      

T

tear-sheet (tearsheet)- An original copy of a printed article “torn” from the publication’s pages. Most editors send writers complete copies of the publication, known as author copies, instead of tear-sheets.

technical article – A third-person article, written for a trade journal, that covers issues which the typical layman’s publication wouldn’t examine in its articles. Technical articles vary in length, depending on the material being covered, and always use industry-specific language.

television, dramatic, and motion picture rights – The right to sell an article or story for dramatic adaptation. Writers who have written human interest articles should try to retain these rights when signing a contract with a publication in case other media representatives are interested in the piece.

text only format – Also known as ASCII format, this format strips a file of all formatting–boldface, italics, etc.–and converts it to a single-spaced, plain document that can be read by most software programs.  You can save a document as text only in MS Word, or use Notepad to create the document.  See ASCII format

theme graph – The paragraph that sums up the general angle of an article, providing the essential points that the piece will cover. This is also referred to as the nut graph or billboard paragraph.

third person – The most distant of all writing forms. In this type of writing, “he,” “she,” and “they” are the pronouns used. Third-person writing is generally employed in objective articles such as news stories and feature articles, and is sometimes used in interview/profile pieces as well. It is appropriate when the writer is trying to present important information or show an unbiased front.

tips article – An article that provides readers with hints and advice in a quick, easy-to-read format. Specifically, these pieces tell the reader how to do something better or more economically. They are common in consumer magazines.

topic – The subject of an article. This should be narrowed and tightened until the writer develops a specific angle that will appeal to the readers of the target publication.

trade journal – A magazine or small newspaper published specifically for people in certain businesses or professions to increase career and business knowledge. Unlike an academic journal, a trade journal is designed to help readers better run their business or perform their job.

    

U

unsolicited – Not requested. An unsolicited article is sent by a freelance writer to a publication without being asked to do so. It then remains in a slush pile until someone–usually an editorial assistant–is able to review it and determine its suitability for the publication.

    

V

No terms at this time.

    

W

website (web-site, web site) – A server computer that makes documents available on the world wide web (www).  Most commonly thought of as a group of informational pages belonging to a person or organization with a domain name [their dot-com address] that are available on the world wide web.  See also our computer terms, jargon and acronyms page.

wire service – A service, such as Associated Press, that electronically distributes news and articles to newspapers and magazines around the country. For many publications, buying a story from a wire service costs a fraction of the price paid to a freelance writer, making wire service stories an economical choice.

word count – The number of words in the article, not including the headline or byline. Because space is such an important commodity in the article world, it is vital to provide the editor with an accurate word count that comes within a few words of the requested count.

work for hire – A contractual arrangement in which the employer or other person or company for whom the writing is prepared is considered the author, and owns all of the rights to the work. Many staff reporters and copywriters sign such contracts, preventing them from reprinting any of the work they produce while employed with that company.

writer’s guidelines – The set of rules for submitting articles to a particular publication. Sometimes referred to as submission guidelines, they provide specific information about formatting, grammar, and style, and also provide payment information and contract terms. It is important to always study a publication’s guidelines before submitting. By writing in the style prescribed by the publication, you can increase your chances of acceptance. Writer’s guidelines can be obtained by directly contacting the publication itself, and in some cases may also be found on the publication’s website or the website of Writer’s Market. See also submission guidelines.

       

X

No terms at this time.

    

Y

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Z

No terms at this time.

    

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