April 2002 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 6, Issue 3.

In This Issue:

A Conversation With Alan Dean Foster
New York Times bestselling author Alan Dean Foster is a true Renaissance Man. An award-winning author of over ninety books of fiction, he is also an accomplished screenwriter, short story writer, teacher, film critic and world traveler. He has photographed great white sharks and rappelled into New Mexico's fabled Lechugilla Cave. His imaginative and well-crafted prose is beloved by fans all over the world. His latest books are Diuturnity's Dawn (Del Ray), the latest entry in his popular Commonwealth series, and Star Wars: The Approaching Storm (Del Ray), the novel which bridges the gap between the feature films Star Wars: Episode I --The Phantom Menace and Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones, which will be released in May, 2002. Alan spoke with us about his new books and gives some great advice for aspiring authors.

A Conversation With Dee Davis
Award-winning romance novelist Dee Davis is a rising star on the romance writing horizon. Known for both her time travel romances and her exciting stories of romantic suspense, she is making a name for herself with both critics and readers alike. Dee spoke with us about her move from the public relations business to the world of romance writing, and shares insights about her new political thriller, Dark of the Night (Ballantine).

The Top Ten FAQs On The Business Of Songwriting: #5
This month nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson continues her series of articles, entitled "The Top Ten Frequently Asked Questions on the Business of Songwriting." The fifth article, #5 in the countdown, answers the question: What Are the Advantages/Disadvantages of Co-Writing?

Writing an Article That Sells
Successful freelancer Shirley Kawa-Jump has sold over 2500 articles for national and local magazines, trade journals, and newspapers. In this excerpt from her popular book, How to Publish Your Articles: A Complete Guide to Making the Right Publication Say Yes (Square One Writers' Guides), Shirley shares her secrets for writing an article that is sure to catch an editor's eye.

Flash Fiction: Good Things Come in Small Packages
Flash fiction, fiction that can be read or viewed in a very short timespan, is all the rage now. But is shorter necessarily better? Is it just a product of our sped up, hyped-up society? Professor Jack Goodstein looks at this new cultural phenomenon is his article, "Flash Fiction: Good Things Come in Small Packages."

Book Reviews

Children's Books

33 Things Every Girl Should Know About Women's History edited by Tonya Bolden (Crown)
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? by Eric Carle (Harper Festival)
Emeril's There's a Chef in My Soup! by Emeril Lagasse, Charles Yuen Illustrator (HarperCollins)
The Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Park (Dell Yearling)
The Playmaker by J.B. Cheaney (Dell)

Computer Books

Privacy Defended by Gary Bahadur, William Chan and Chris Weber (Que)
TCP/IP Unleashed by Karanjit S. Siyan, Ph.D. and Tim Parker, Ph.D. (Sams)
Web Usability & Navigation: A Beginner's Guide by Merlyn Holmes (McGraw-Hill/Osborne)


The Approaching Storm by Alan Dean Foster (Del Ray)
Diuturnity's Dawn by Alan Dean Foster (Del Ray)
Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales by Stephen King (Scribner)
The Watch by Dennis Danvers (Eos)
The World Tree (The Daughters of Bast) by Sarah Isidore (Eos)


Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson (Bantam)
Death of the Last Villista by Allana Martin (St. Martin's Press)
Reunion in Death by J. D. Robb (Berkley)


The Extraordinary Voyage of Pytheas the Greek by Barry Cunliffe (Walker Books)
The Middle Path Cookbook: A Vegetarian Awakening! by Jay Disney (The Overlook Press)
The Occidental Tourist by Stan Frankenthaler and Sally Sampson (Simon and Schuster)


Eden Burning by Elizabeth Lowell (William Morrow)
Lost in Your Arms by Christina Dodd (Avon)
The Promise by Dee Davis (Dorchester)
Safe Harbor by Luanne Rice (Bantam)


Be Your Own Literary Agent by Martin P. Levin (Ten Speed Press)
How to Grow a Novel by Sol Stein (St. Martin's Press)
The Writer's Guide to Writing Your Screenplay by Cynthia Whitcomb (The Writer Books)

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