February 2000 Issue

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

In This Issue:

A Conversation With Dana Stabenow
Don't miss our interview with Edgar Award-winning mystery novelist Dana Stabenow, author of two bestselling mystery series set in her home state of Alaska. Dana talked with us about her latest Liam Campbell book, So Sure of Death (Dutton, 1999) and gives valuable tips on what every writer needs to know: the business details of getting published.

A Conversation With Jeff Herman
What's the worst mistake you can make in your query letter to an agent? How mediagenic do you really have to be to make it as an author? The author of the bestselling 2000-2001 Writer's Guide to Book Editors, Publishers and Literary Agents (Prima Publishing), and You Can Make it Big Writing Books (Prima Publishing), New York literary agent Jeff Herman gives us the inside scoop on getting published.

The Making of a King: How I brought to life events of a half-century ago.
Don't miss our exclusive article from award-winning journalist and bestselling author G. Wayne Miller, whose hot new book from Random House is King of Hearts: The True Story of the Maverick Who Pioneered Open Heart Surgery. The book, which has received rave reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, Forbes and Publisher's Weekly, tells the story of the risk-taking surgeons who performed the first open-heart surgeries and transplants, and paved the way for modern heart surgical techniques. In his article, Miller tells how he created this fast-moving, dramatic narrative.

Left, Right, Left, Right: Character!
Why are some characters exciting, complex and full of life, where others are dull, dry and lifeless? British crime and literary author Alex Keegan takes a look at the all-important skill of creating believable and interesting characters in his latest article.

What Do Editors Want, Anyway?
In his article, "How to Get Ideas for Books and Articles," author and consultant Herman Holtz shares his insights for finding great story and article ideas from everyday life. The author of over 75 books, including his latest release, Getting Started in Sales Consulting (John Wiley & Sons, 2000), Holtz knows all the tricks of the trade that can help you land that next assignment.

Book Reviews

Children's Books

A Big Cheese for the White House by Candace Fleming, Illustrated by S.D. Schindler
Copy Me, Copycub by Richard Edwards, Pictures by Susan Winter
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Illustrated by Chris Molan, Adapted by Jane E. Gerver
Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep by Gail Carson Levine, Illustrated by Mark Elliot

Computer Books

DocBook: The Definitive Guide by Norman Walsh & Leonard Muellner
Javascript Application Cookbook by Jerry Bradenbaugh
MySQL & mSQL by Randy Jay Yarger, George Reese & Tim King
SQL Unleashed Second Edition by Sakhr Youness and Pierre Boutquin
Teach Yourself Perl in 24 Hours by Clinton Pierce


Cauldron of Iniquity by Anne Lesley Groell
The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny
Legends Walking by Jane Lindskold
Wind in the Stone by Andre Norton


8.4 by Peter Hernon
Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden by M.C. Beaton
Atlantis Found by Clive Cussler
The Cat Who Robbed a Bank by Lilian Jackson Braun
A Highland Christmas by M.C. Beaton
Hunter's Moon by Dana Stabenow
Timeline by Michael Crichton
The Victim in Victoria Station by Jeanne M. Dams


CareerXRoads by Gerry Crispin and Mark Mehler
The Coming Global Superstorm by Art Bell & Whitley Strieber
In a Vermont Kitchen by Amy Lyon & Lynne Andreen
Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home by Julia Child and Jacques Pepin
King of Hearts by G. Wayne Miller
Portrait of Great Britain
The Saga of Lewis & Clark by Thomas Schmidt and Jeremy Schmidt
Wonders of the African World by Henry Louis Gates. Jr. with photographs by Lynn Davis


The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
Forever in Your Embrace (Author's Preferred Version) by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
Highland Hawk (Highland Brides) by Lois Greiman
Once and Forever by Constance O'Day Flannery


The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman
Untechnical Writing by Michael Bremer
2000-2001 Writer's Guide to Book Editors Publishers and Literary Agents by Jeff Herman
Writing Television Sitcoms by Evan S. Smith
Your Novel Proposal by Blythe Camenson and Marshall J. Cook

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