December 1999 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 4, Issue 1.

In This Issue:

A Conversation With Greg Bear
Bestselling novelist Greg Bear knew he wanted to be a writer from the time he was a little boy; his first story was published at the age of fifteen. The winner of four Nebula awards and two Hugo awards for his fiction, Bear is known for his scientific accuracy and his skill at creating memorable characters. Greg spoke with us about his hot new SF thriller, Darwin's Radio (Del Ray, 1999), which is delighting the critics and his many loyal readers. Greg spoke with us about Darwin's Radio, and shares his insights into the writing life.

A Conversation With Patricia T. O'Conner
Former Editor at the New York Times Book Review Patricia T. O'Conner has been making waves on the bestseller lists for several years now. Her two critically acclaimed books, Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, and Words Fail Me: What Everyone Who Writes Should Know About Writing (Harcourt Brace, 1999), are both funny, fresh and informative. Pat chats with us about her new book, and gives some great tips for writing with style.

Advice For Younger Fiction Writers
British crime and literary author Alex Keegan is back with some great advice for younger fiction writers. No one can get the fires of inspiration burning like Alex does, so don't miss what he has to say to youthful writers of all ages.

Help for Beginning Songwriters
In her article, "Build-A-Song Part I: The Idea," nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson starts an exciting new series on songwriting which focuses on how to build a song from the ground up. If you've always thought you would make a great songwriter, but didn't quite know how to start, this is the series for you.

Email Etiquette (Netiquette)
Email correspondence has now surpassed traditional mail in volume. Everyone uses email these days, but are they using it correctly? Your email correspondence can reveal quite a bit about you to the recipient: your intelligence and your writing skill, for example. Don't let that email query letter or routine correspondence mark you as an amateur! Read "Email Etiquette (Netiquette)," excerpted from the hot new reference book, Poor Richard's E-Mail Publishing by Chris Pirillo (Top Floor Press, 1999).

Book Reviews

Children's Books

A Midsummer Night's Faery Tale by Wendy Froud & Terry Windling
The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Brett Hilquist
Space Encyclopedia by Heather Cooper and Nigel Henbest
Touch and Feel Baby Animals.
Touch and Feel Ponies.

Computers/Web Design

The No B.S. Guide to Red Hat Linux 6 by Bob Rankin
Poor Richard's E-mail Publishing by Chris Pirillo
Pure Javascript by R. Allen Wyke, Jason D. Gilliam and Charlton Ting


999 by Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Joyce Carol Oates et al., Edited by Al Sarrantonio
Angel Fire East by Terry Brooks
Lord of the Fire Lands by Dave Duncan
Memoranda by Jeffrey Ford
Sips of Blood by Mary Ann Mitchell
The Star Trek Encyclopedia by Carol Heller
The Stones of Stiga by Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda
Vector Prime, Star Wars: The New Jedi Order by R.A. Salvatore


Appetite for Murder by Cecile Lamalle
Cuba by Stephen Coonts
Death Train to Boston by Dianne Day
The Experiment by John Darnton
The Jakarta Plot by R. Karl Largent
The Lamorna Wink by Martha Grimes
Loyalty in Death by J. D. Robb
Murder for Beltene by Sandra Brewer
Pop Goes the Weasel by James Patterson


Eyewitness Travel Guides London : Millennium Edition by DK Publishing
Healthy Exchanges Cookbook by JoAnna M. Lund
Lord Krishna's Cuisine : The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking by Yamuna Devi
A People's History of the Supreme Court by Peter Irons
The Van Halen Encyclopedia by C.J. Chilvers


2000 Kisses by Christina Skye
The Perfect Gift by Christina Skye
The Proposition by Judith Ivory
A Rogue's Proposal by Stephanie Laurens


2000 Poet's Market edited by Chantelle Bentley
The Complete Guide to Book Marketing by David Cole
The Insider's Guide to Getting an Agent by Lori Perkins
Selling Scripts to Hollywood by Katherine Atwell Herbert

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