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You may subscribe or un-subscribe at any time. ================================================================ *** Latest Harry Potter Hits the Street *** The paperback of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" comes out August 9 in the US with a first printing of 2 million: http://www.booktrade.info/nr.php?id=4441 ================================================================ *** News You Can Use from IPO *** Ten Mistakes Writers Don't See (But Can Easily Fix When They Do) http://www.holtuncensored.com/ten_mistakes.html By Pat Holt, book critic and editor - Holt Uncensored Book Promotion Newsletter: http://www.bookpromotionnewsletter.com An interactive newsletter to showcase your work and read how other authors market theirs. -- Courtesy of Jim Barnes, Independent Publisher Online at http://www.bookpublishing.com ================================================================ *** Contests *** OnceWritten.com In The Midnight Hour Halloween Fiction Contest: due August 31, 2004, $10 entry fee per story; $500 prize and publication. http://www.oncewritten.com/Contests/MidnightHour.htm OnceWritten.com Summer Poetry Contest (due August 31, 2004, $10 entry fee per poem; $500 prize and publication): http://www.oncewritten.com/Contests/PoetryContest.htm ================================================================ *** [Sic] Humor -- Editors Take Note! *** No, it's not a typo... an expert in cognitive psychology sent the item below: "I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdgnieg! Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe." ================================================================ *** Quotation of the Month *** "It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot toughter to make a difference." -- Tom Brokaw, NBC News, Author of "The Greatest Generation" ================================================================ Inside tip from Poynter and Snow: ALWAYS READ THE FINE PRINT! Here's ours: This is a free e-mail bulletin from U-Publish.com, the Web site named for the book by Dan Poynter and Danny O. Snow. Bulletins are sent by subscription only. You may subscribe or unsubscribe at any time. 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