April 1999 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 3, Issue 4.

In This Issue:

A Converstion With Jennifer Sawyer Fisher
Don't miss our talk with Jennifer Sawyer Fisher, a Senior Editor at Avon Books who oversees the Twilight Mystery imprint. Jennifer tells us how she got her start in the publishing industry, and discusses some of the recent changes which have rocked the industry. She also gives great advice for aspiring authors, such as what it takes to impress an editor, gives hints for just-published authors who may be new to the book promotion game, and discusses the high concept thriller she's hoping will land on her desk.

A Conversation With John Marco
First time novelist John Marco takes us on a tour of the fascinating fantasy world he created for The Jackal of Nar (Bantam Spectra), the first part of his epic fantasy series Tyrants and Kings, which is garnering rave reviews from everyone from Kirkus to Publishers Weekly. Stop by to see what it takes to create a new world, a new story -- and get it published.

Product Reviews
Looking for a service that will help you time-stamp and protect your work? Having trouble coming up with names for your fictional characters? This month we review two tools that can help alleviate these problems: MediaRegister, an online service for protecting your work with electronic time-stamping and Character Naming Software, a tool for researching and creating character names.

Be Your Own Editor - Part IV
How do you edit your own work? This month, award-winning British literary and crime author Alex Keegan addresses the issue of the theme of a short story or novel, in the fourth part of his continuing series.

Do You Have What It Takes to be a Songwriter?
In her article, "Do-It-Yourself Music Publishing - Part I," nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson tells beginning songwriters how to get started in the industry, and how to work on improving their songwriting skills -- even if they don't have a publisher yet.

Book Reviews

Computers/Web Design

Cyber Rules by Thomas M. Siebel and Pat House.
Guerrilla Marketing with Adobe PhotoDeluxe by Kate O'Day & Linda Tapscott.
Microsoft Frontpage 98 by Laura Lemay.


The Physiognomy by Jeffrey Ford.
The Rivan Codex by David and Leigh Eddings.
Storm of the Century by Stephen King.
The Vampire Armand by Anne Rice.

General Fiction

Esperanza's Box of Saints by Maria Amparo Escandon.


Aquarius Descending by Martha C. Lawrence.
The Big Bad City by Ed McBain.
Blue Rain by Chuck Freadhoff.
Bluebottle by James Sallis.
The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian by Lawrence Block.
Dark Justice by William Bernhardt.
The Death of a Constant Lover by Lev Raphael.
Par Four by Elizabeth Gunn.
The President's Astrologer by Barbara Shafferman.
The Seventh Sense by T.J. MacGregor.
Smoke Screen by Vincent Patrick.


AHS Great Plant Guide by DK Publishing.
Diamonds Under Pressure by Barry J. Farber.
How to Save Big Money When You Lease a Car by Michael Flinn.
The Kensington Way by Stephen Twigg.
The Message of St. Francis.
The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The New Kitchen Garden by Anna Pavord.
Spin Cycle by Howard Kurtz.


Glory by Heather Graham.
How to Marry a Marquis by Julia Quinn.
The Runaway Princess by Christina Dodd.
Taming Rafe by Suzanne Enoch.


Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English by Patricia T. O'Conner.
The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in the Wild West from 1840-1900 by Candy Moulton.
Writing Personal Poetry by Sheila Bender.

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