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.

What's New On The Bookshelves?
Visit our Book Review section to see what our reviewers have to say about the latest books. See our new reviews this month in these genres: mysteries, thrillers, nonfiction, computers/web design, fantasy/SF/horror, romance, writing and children's.

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).

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