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We apologize for the delay in sending out this newsletter, and
now resume our regular material, in the items below.


        *** Microsoft e-Book Giveaway

Microsoft has a promotion for MS Reader software.  Over the
next five months, they'll allow users to download three free
e-books a week.  The offer includes a number of new titles
including Hillary Liftin's CANDY & ME and Bill Bryson's best-
selling A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING and backlist hits
like THE JOY LUCK CLUB will be offered along the way.  The
free titles are not archived though, so you if you want them
you need to visit weekly:


-- Courtesy of Florrie Kichler, Patria Press
-- http://www.patriapress.com


	*** PW Stats on the National Book Trade

According to Publishers Weekly (http://www.PublishersWeekly.com)
new releases from the big New York publishers declined 5% last
year, mostly in adult fiction and travel.  Travel books are
still down in response to 9/11 -- and fiction is always more
risky than non-fiction, especially in a down economy.

More than 10,000 new publishing companies were established in
2002; there are now 73,000 U.S. publishers!

The big five publishers in New York accounted for 45% of total
market share.  The rest of us released a total of 55%.


        *** Freebie for Subscribers

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-- Courtesy of Raleigh Pinskey
-- http://www.promoteyourself.com


        *** Freebie for Journalists

Poynter's Article Bank: Articles and quotations (great fillers)
that may be used by editors of magazines, newsletters and web



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        *** POD Books in Stores ???

Rumors are circulating that major bookstores may now be stocking
"Print-on-Demand" books.

Possibly true ... but don't jump to conclusions prematurely!

Note our bias: "U-Publish.com" is a POD trade paperback, from
Unlimited Publishing LLC.

POD books must compete with traditional books in the marketplace.
Quality (editorial, book design and printing) must all be competitive,
regardless of printing method.  See guidelines from Barnes & Noble,
as covered here in the December 2002 issue:


Books that contain frequent errors in spelling or grammar, and
those with amateurish designs (often using "one-size-fits-all"
templates or typeset with word processors -- MS Word to PDF)
are at a distinct disadvantage, and rightly so.

Important: for books that meet the quality standards of major
bookstores, TERMS are important too.  Some POD publishers
charge inflated prices, up to $15 -- or more -- for a 200 page
paperback.  RETURNABILITY is also key.  Few stores will stock
books on a non-returnable basis.  Bookstores want books that
are fully returnable, yet few POD publishers accept returns.

Items above are just a few of the factors that stores consider
in deciding whether to stock a book, whether it is printed with
POD, PQN or traditional methods.


        *** Writers Workshop Fiction Contest

Deadline: Postmark by midnight, September 15, 2003.  Submit an
unpublished short story or chapter of a novel, with 5,000 word
limit (typed and double-spaced).  Multiple entries are accepted.
Entry fee is $18 per story.  Attach a cover sheet with your name,
address, story title and phone number.  Use 12 point font size;
paper-clip your work; and enclose legal-size SASE with self-
adhesive flap for judge's comments and winner's list.  Make
check or money order payable to The Writers' Workshop, and send
to: Fiction Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC 28805.
The Writers' Workshop is a non-profit literary center, founded
in 1985: http://ash_works.tripod.com


        *** More Contests for Writers
        *** Courtesy of Rita Mills, The Book Connection

guidelines for the 2003 essay and poetry contest co-sponsored by
the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum and Brazos
Writers in partnership with the Barbara Bush Literacy Corps are
available at: http://www.brazoswriters.org

WOMEN WRITERES WHO ARE BOOMERS -- a.k.a. Dotsie Bregel is
passionate about giving baby boomer women a voice and is looking
for stories to be included in her next book.  For more info:

ANTHOLOGY SEEKING SUBMISSIONS -- Kate Hymes (African American)
and Pat Schneider, (Caucasian) are writers who are compiling an
anthology to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rosa Parks refusal
to get up from her seat on a segregated bus.  The book will be
titled "All That I Remember," from a poem by Countee Cullen, a
black American writer.  It will be a collection of pieces by black
and white women who remember how race was lived before 1955.
Kate and Pat have been working on this project for more than two
years, and have received more than 250 manuscripts.  The call for 
manuscripts will be closed on September 1, 2003.  For details,
e-mail: pat@amherstwriters.com or kate@amherstwriters.com


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