April 1998 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 2, Issue 4.

In This Issue:

Interview with G. Wayne Miller
What's it like to go behind the scenes of the largest toy company in the world? Is it really as viciously competitive an industry as the computer software industry? Award-winning journalist and author G. Wayne Miller talks to us about his immersion reporting experience at Hasbro that provided the background for his hot new corporate exposé of the toy industry, Toy Wars (Times Books, 1998). You'll never look at G.I. Joe or Barbie the same way...

Interview with Evelyn Coleman
Why does an acclaimed children's author turn her hand to writing thrillers? What challenges does an African American female face writing in a genre that is traditionally dominated by white males? Listen in as we chat with journalist and author Evelyn Coleman, whose exciting new thriller What A Woman's Gotta Do (Simon & Schuster, 1998) has critics and fans buzzing. Evelyn shares her thoughts about her change in careers, her new book and gives some helpful hints to aspiring writers.

Interview with Douglas Cooper
Has modern architecture failed in its mission? Are the Internet and new media the new frontier for artists and writers? Be sure not to miss our conversation with Douglas Cooper, author of the critically acclaimed novel Amnesia and the compelling and chilling new novel Delirium (Hyperion, 1998), which was first serialized on the Internet by Time Warner. Doug has some fascinating insights on the state of modern architecture, the Internet as an outlet for artists and writers and what aspiring literary novelists should avoid at all costs.

An Inside Look At....Atlantic Unbound
This month's Inside Look feature spotlights Atlantic Unbound, the popular online incarnation of The Atlantic Monthly. Listen in as we chat with Wen Stephenson, the Editorial Director for New Media at The Atlantic Monthly. Wen gives us the lowdown on what it takes to create the Internet version of one of America's most respected and popular magazines -- and how writers can improve their chances of seeing their work published there.

How to Write A Query Letter That Sells
British crime novelist Alex Keegan shares his tips for writing a query letter that will get the attention of an agent or editor and get your work published.

Having trouble getting inspired to write that magazine article or novel? How do you find great ideas?
In the second installment of his two part article, "Where Do You Get Your Ideas...?", Michael A. Banks, prolific and successful author of over 30 popular books in genres ranging from science fiction to computers to writing, shows how to develop the ideas you have into multiple saleable articles or stories.

How Do You Monitor Your Submissions?
Greg Knollenberg shows you how to track your submissions, efficiently and painlessly in his article, "Tracking Your Submissions."

Book Reviews

Children's Books

Change. Fear. Separation. Unity. Division. Elation. Boredom. Excitement. Loss. Death. Renewal. Forgiveness. War. This month, two award winning books for middle grades cover the subject of war through the eyes of two very different, yet very similar young girls on the cusp of adolescence. Though the Civil War tore our country asunder, and World War II brought our country together, the drastic and dramatic impact on the children who lived through them is quite the same and often forgotten or overlooked.

Pre-adolescence also is a kind of war: a war fought within a young person yo-yoing between baby and adult while searching for her own identity and the war without that each child/adult wages with the ones who love them. I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly is a story that takes place as the Civil War draws to a close, and Lily's Crossing is a book about World War II. Though worlds and many years apart, Patsy, a newly freed slave girl and Lily, a white, middle class girl have much in common. They both have big secrets. They both are motherless. They both are grappling with major life changing events. They both are scared. They both are seeking themselves.

-- Nancy Littleon

Do You Know New? by author Jean Marzollo and artist Mari Takabayashi
Lily's Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff.
I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly by Joyce Hanson.
Wake Up, Goodnight by Charlotte Zolotow, artist Pamela Paparone

Computers/Web Design

The Cold Fusion Web Application Construction Kit 2nd Ed. by Ben Forta with Steven Drucker, David Watts.
Presenting XML by Richard Light.
Teach Yourself CGI Programming in a Week by Rafe Colburn.
UNIX Internet Edition by Robin K. Burk and David Horvath.
Using Microsoft Word and Excel in Office 97 by Ron Person.


The Face of Apollo by Fred Saberhagen
Holy Fire by Bruce Sterling.
The Stranger by Eric James Fullilove
The Sword and the Miracle by Melvyn Bragg
The Wiz Biz by Rick Cook

General Fiction

Out to Canaan by Jan Karon.


The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr.
Angle of Impact by Bonnie MacDougal.
A Corpse By Any Other Name by Neil McGaughey.
Dust by Charles Pellegrino.
Hasty Retreat by Kate Gallison.
King Con by Stephen J. Cannell.
Murder Takes a Break by Bill Crider.
Once Too Often by Dorothy Simpson.
Soma Blues by Robert Sheckley.
The Strange Files of Fremont Jones by Dianne Day.
What A Woman's Gotta Do by Evelyn Coleman.


Anam Cara by John O'Donohue
The Complete Guide to Consulting Contracts by Herman Holtz
George Bush: The Life of a Lone Star Yankee by Hebert S. Parmet.
The Guerrilla Girls Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art by The Guerrila Girls
Making the Most of Your Money by Jane Bryant Quinn.


Eternal Love by Alice Alfonsi
The Heartbreaker by Nicole Jordan
Indiscretion by Margaret Allison.
Stolen by Penelope Neri.
This Time for Keeps by Kathleen Kane
The Wild One by Danelle Harmon


Devil's Rim by Sam Brown


1998 Children's Writer Market and Illustrator's Market Edited by Alice P. Buening.
How To Write a Book Proposal by Michael Larsen.
The Writer's Guide to Creating a Science Fiction Universe by George Ocha and Jeffrey Osier
Writing Romances Edited by Rita Gallagher and Rita Clay Estrada.

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