June 2002 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 6, Issue 5.

In This Issue:

A Conversation With Jane Yolen
She is "the Hans Christen Anderson of America" according to Newsweek, and "a modern equivalent of Aesop", according to The New York Times. Jane Yolen, the author of over 235 books, has written in all genres, from mystery to fantasy, and for all age groups, from adult to toddlers. She has won numerous awards for her work, and is a New York Times bestselling author. Her latest book, The Firebird (HarperCollins) is a retelling of the famous Russian folktale, which was also made into the George Balanchine ballet, in which Maria Tallchief danced the role of The Firebird. Jane spoke to us about her incredible career and the reason that the firebird myth holds such a special place in her heart. She also shares the seven rules that every aspiring writer must know.

A Conversation With Janny Wurts
Bestselling fantasy author and award-winning artist Janny Wurts is known for her vivid characters, imaginative worlds and lyrical writing style. The co-author with Raymond Feist of the blockbuster Empire series, Janny Wurts has drawn praise from critics and fans alike for her own epic series, The Wars of Shadow and Light, which has spanned over twenty years in the planning. In this exclusive interview, she talks to us about her dual careers as artist and author, and her latest release in her bestselling series, Peril's Gate (Eos). She also gives some in-depth writing advice for aspiring authors.

The Top Ten FAQs On The Business Of Songwriting: #3
This month nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson continues her series of articles, entitled "The Top Ten Frequently Asked Questions on the Business of Songwriting." The third article, #3 in the countdown, answers the question: I have written lots of poems....where can I sell them? Or how can I turn them into songs?

Collaborating: Right or Wrong
Is there a right or wrong way to collaborate as co-creators of scripts? Australian children's authors Hazel Edwards and Goldie Alexander found out when they collaborated on their children's play, Copyright or Wrong. In their article, they discuss what worked, what didn't and how two successful solo authors can collaborate -- and still remain on speaking terms.

The Debate: Freelance Gigs vs a Staff Job
You like the freedom of being a freelancer, but the stability of a staff position is somehow appealing. How to choose the best career choice for a budding writer? More understanding of the peculiarities of editing for websites is clearly in order. Let experts Jonathan and Lisa Price be your guide in this must-read excerpt from their new book, Hot Text: Web Writing That Works (New Riders).

Manufacturing Inspiration
Can inspiration actually be manufactured? Chris Gavaler, author of Pretend I'm Not Here, the upcoming romantic suspense novel from HarperCollins, says yes, it can. In Chris' new article, you'll find some practical tips and tricks to help you find the motivation to get that manuscript written and ready to submit.

Book Reviews

Children's Books

Butterflies in the Garden by Carol Lerner (HarperCollins)
Daughter of Venice by Donna Jo Napoli (Wendy Lamb Books)
Dinosaurs Big and Small by Kathleen Weuidner Zoehfeld, Illustrated by Lucia Washburn
The Firebird by Jane Yolen, Illustrated by Vladimir Vagin (HarperCollins)
Little Bear's New Friend by Else Holmelund Minarik (HarperCollins)

Computer Books

Creative Thinking in Photoshop by Sharon Steuer (New Riders)
Skip Intro: Macromedia Flash Usability and Interface Design by Michelangelo Capraro & Duncan McAlester (New Riders)
XML and ASP.net by Kirk Allen Evans, Ashwin Kamanna and Joel Mueller (New Riders)


Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones (Greenwillow Books)
The Homeward Bounders by Diana Wynne Jones (Greenwillow Books)
Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey (Tor)


Act of Mercy by Peter Tremayne (St. Martin's Press)
The Cat Who Went Up the Creek by Lilian Jackson Braun (Putnam)
Catch as Cat Can by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown (Bantam)
The English Assassin by Daniel Silva (Putnam)


Dim Sum: The Art of Chinese Tea Lunch by Ellen Leong Blonder (Clarkson Potter)
French Lessons by Peter Mayle (Vintage Books)
How to Become a Great Boss by Jeffrey J. Fox (Hyperion)
Potluck at Midnight Farm by Tamara Weiss, Photographs by Nina Bramhall (Clarkson Potter)


Dark Guardian by Christine Feehan (Leisure Books)
The Secret Lover by Julia London (Dell)
Running Scared by Elizabeth Lowell (William Morrow)


Flip Dictionary by Barbara Ann Kipfer, Ph.D. (Writer's Digest Books)
Thinking Like Your Editor by Susan Rabiner and Alfred Fortunato (W.W. Norton & Company)
Writing Mysteries edited by Sue Grafton with Jan Burke and Barry Zeman (Writer's Digest Books)

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