July 1999 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 3, Issue 6.

In This Issue:

Talking Romance With Christina Dodd
Listen in on our chat with New York Times bestselling romance novelist Christina Dodd, author of A Well Favored Gentleman (Avon, 1998), The Runaway Princess (Avon, 1999), and her most recent release, Someday My Prince (Avon, 1999). Known for their passionate love scenes and snappy dialogue, Christina's award-winning books are a perennial favorite with both readers and critics alike. Christina shares her story of how she made the move from engineering draftsman to mother to bestselling author in this candid interview.

A Conversation With Susan Wittig Albert
After a successful career in academia, Susan Wittig Albert shocked friends and acquaintances when she decided to leave it all behind to write novels. Now this author of the popular China Bayles herbal mystery series is living the life she's always dreamed of in the Texas Hill Country. In addition to the China Bayles series, she has also written over 80 novels with her writing partner and husband, Bill Albert. Susan talked with us about the current China Bayles mystery, Chile Death (Berkley, 1998), how she created her popular heroine, and even gives some great tips for writing with a partner.

More Help for Aspiring Songwriters
In her article, "Do-It-Yourself Music Publishing - Part III," nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson continues her ongoing series for beginning songwriters. You've written the song, you have your demo, now how do you present your package to a music publisher? In Part III, Mary shows you how to get your demo noticed.

Writing Sketch Comedy That Sells
Have you Always Dreamed of Writing Television Comedy? Let Brian Luff of Planet Comedy be your guide. In his article, "Writing Sketch Comedy That Sells," you'll learn the basic types of sketch comedy, how to approach a sketch, and what to avoid when writing for television.

Give Your Writing Buzz Appeal
In her article, "Give Your Writing Buzz Appeal," novelist and biographer Anne Hart shares her secrets for giving your manuscript that "buzz" that can help get it noticed.

Book Reviews

Children's Books

Bunny (Fold Out Floor Books) Photography by Steve Shott, Illustrations by Pierre Caillou
Panda Big and Panda Small by Jane Cabrera.
Star Wars Epsiode I: Incredible Cross-Sections by David West Reynolds.
Star Wars Epsiode I: The Visual Dictionary by David West Reynolds.
Touch and Feel Kitten by DK Publishing.
Why Do You Love Me? by Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Martha Lambert, Illustrations by Daniel McFeeley.
William Shakespeare & the Globe by Aliki.

Computers/Web Design

Linux in 24 Hours by Bill Ball.
Special Edition Using Microsoft Frontpage 2000 by Neil Randall and Dennis Jones.
Special Edition Using Microsoft Office 2000 by Ed Bott and Woody Leonhard.
Unix Hints and Hacks by Kirk Waingrow.


Enchantment by Orson Scott Card.
End of Days by Dennis Danvers.
Vittorio the Vampire by Anne Rice.
Warstalker's Track by Tom Deitz.


Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham by M.C. Beaton.
The Burglar in the Rye by Lawrence Block
The Company of Cats by Marian Babson.
Death al Dente by Peter King.
Death of an Evangelista by Allana Martin.
East of A by Russell Atwood.
The Face Changers by Thomas Perry.
Fade to Black by Della Borton.
Missing Marlene by Evan Marshall.
Mood to Murder by Joyce Christmas.


American Horticulture Society Gardening in Shade (and other gardening guides) by the American Horitculture Society.
The Cottage Garden by Christopher Lloyd and Richard Bird.
Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen.
Latin American Spanish in Three Months (And Other Languages Including French, German, Portuguese, etc.) by Isabel Cisneros.
Puffy, Xena, Quentin, Uma and 10,000 Other Names for Your New Millennium Baby by Joal Ryan.
The Way of Aikido: Life Lessons from an American Sensei by George Leonard.


The Cowboy and the Vampire by Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall.
Jade Island by Elizabeth Lowell.
Joining by Johanna Lindsey.
Priceless by Mariah Stewart.


Beginnings, Middles and Ends by Nancy Kress.
Creative Nonfiction by Philip Gerald.
Jump Start Your Book Sales by Marilyn & Tom Ross.
You Can Write For Magazines by Greg Daugherty.

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