December 2000 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 4, Issue 10.

In This Issue:

A Conversation With Barry Hoffman
Don't miss our interview with award-winning author, teacher and publisher, Barry Hoffman, whose latest psychological thriller, Born Bad (Leisure Books), is receiving rave reviews from both critics and fans alike. The talented and outspoken publisher of Gauntlet, the anti-censorship magazine, and Gauntlet Press talks to us about his latest book, how censorship affected his life and why censoring violent content is not the right way to protect our children.

Mothers Who Write: Amy Bloom
In her series "Mothers Who Write," Cheryl Dellasega, Ph.D. talks to National Book Award finalist Amy Bloom, author of Love Invents Us (Vintage Books) and Even a Blind Man Could See How Much I Love You: Stories (Random House). Bloom talks candidly about how motherhood has affected her writing career in this revealing interview.

No Excess Baggage: A Roundtable Discussion
Popular Australian children's authors Hazel Edwards, author of The Frequent Flyer Twins (Random House) Margaret Clark, author of the popular "Hair Raiser" young adult horror series from Random House, and Krista Bell, author of Read My Mind (Lothian Books), log thousands of miles each year on the booksigning and lecture circuit. Listen in on their entertaining and informative conversation about the perils and pleasures of traveling as an author -- and learn which items that they never leave home without.

Strangers in the Write
International journalist and author Neil Marr talks about the new concept of e-co-authoring in his article, "Strangers in the Write." Neil talks about his experience using the Internet to coordinate with British author Tim Fied to create their groundbreaking book, Bullicide: Death at Playtime. Neil talks about the experience of collaborating via cyberspace and gives some great tips for writers looking to do the same.

The Realities of Radioplay: Part II
In her article, "The Realities of Radioplay: Part II, the Mystery of the Listener's Mind," nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson continues this new topic in her popular column on songwriting. This month Mary discusses how the songwriter can connect with the mind and emotions of the listener to create a compelling song.

The Problems of Ebook Publishing -- Part II
In this excerpt from his upcoming book, eBook Publishing: Standards and Technologies (New Riders, 2001), Paul Stork explores the problems of ebook publishing in this fascinating second installment of a two-part series.

Book Reviews

Children's Books

Baby Faces Stroller Book by DK Publishing (DK)
Bonaparte by Marsha Wilson Chall, Illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin (DK)
If You Take A Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff, Illustrated by Felicia Bond (HarperCollins)
Kitten Stroller Book by DK Publishing (DK)
Snowie Rolie by William Joyce (HarperCollins)
Where do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery by Jamie Lee Curtis, Illustrated by Laura Cornell (HarperCollins)

Computer Books

Don't Make Me Think! A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug (Que)
JavaScript Unleashed 3rd Edition by R. Allen Wyke, Richard Wagner (Sams)
Practical Windows ME by Faithe Wempen (Que)


The Crooked House by Dave Duncan (Avon)
Sky of Swords: A Tale of the King's Blades by Dave Duncan (Eos)
Star Trek: Paper Universe by Andrew Pang (Pocket Books)


A Better Class of Murder by Joyce Christmas (Ballantine)
Born Bad by Barry Hoffman (Leisure Books)
To Catch a Cat by Marion Babson (St. Martin's Press)
Road Kill by Marianne McDonald (St. Martin's Press)
The Sibyl in Her Grave by Sarah Caudwell (Delacorte)
Thunderhead by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Warner Books)


The Stingray: The Lethal Tactics of the Sole Survivor by Peter Lance (Shadow Lawn Press)


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Screenwriting by Skip Press (Alpha Books)
Fiction Writer's Brainstormer by James V. Smith, Jr. (Writer's Digest Books)
Guerrilla Marketing for Writers by Jay Conrad Levinson, Rick Frishman, Michael Larsen (Writer's Digest Books)

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