May 2001 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 5, Issue 4.

In This Issue:

A Conversation With Gayle Lynds
She's smart, successful and beautiful. But New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds once wondered how she was going to make enough money to put food on the table for her children. Don't miss our exclusive interview with the author of Masquerade and Mosaic (Pocket Books), and co-author (with the legendary Robert Ludlum) of The Hades Factor (St. Martin's Press). Gayle talks with us about her hot new thriller, Mesmerized (Pocket Books), and how adversity helped propel her into the career she'd always dreamed of.

A Conversation With Jeffrey Veen
With web companies filing bankruptcy by the hundreds, now more than ever, is it crucial for websites to understand how their design attracts -- or repels-- their readers. Internationally known speaker and writer Jeffrey Veen, consults with major companies about how to make their content and advertising more effective. Jeffrey spoke with us about his new book, The Art & Science of Web Design (New Riders), the biggest web design mistakes that webmasters make, and what every writer and journalist should do to make himself more marketable in the New Economy.

Mothers Who Write: Martha Tod Dudman
In her ongoing series "Mothers Who Write," Cheryl Dellasega, Ph.D., talks to author Martha Tod Dudman, whose memoir, Augusta, Gone: A True Story (Simon and Schuster) has taken the critical world by storm. Janet Maslin of the New York Times, describes the book as ". . . a wrenching mother's-eye view of the kind of family crisis seen . . . in countless households where teenagers find chemical means of amplifying the rebelliousness they already feel." Booklist says, "Dudman offers a gripping first person, present-tense account of living through the crisis created by a drug-addicted child." Cheryl talks to Martha about how motherhood affected her writing career -- and her life and how her hard work as a writer led to a major book contract.

The Power of Principles, Part II: the Greer Guideline
In her article, "The Power of Principles: the Greer Guideline," nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson continues her new series on songwriting that is guaranteed to keep your creative juices flowing. This month, Mary discusses "The Greer Guideline," and how it can help you defeat the songwriter's curse: performance anxiety.

How I Write: The Process of Creating a Book
Have you ever wondered how an award-winning author really creates his books? Garth Nix, author of the critically acclaimed books Shade's Children, Sabriel, Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr, and the bestselling Seventh Tower books for George Lucas' venture with Scholastic, Lucasbooks, lets us in on his thought process in this fascinating peek into the creative process.

Hire The Publicist To Get The Publishing Deal
Looking for a New Way to Get a Book Contract? Every writer knows how hard it is to land that first publishing contract. In this article, veteran PR expert Scott Penza offers up a new way to land that hot deal: have your publicist pitch the work for you.

Book Reviews

Children's Books

Desser the Best Ever Cat by Maggie Smith (Knopf)
Drawing! (Sesame Street: Elmo's World) edited by Apple J. Jordan (Random House)
Gaspard on Vacation by Anne Gutman, Illustrated by Goerg Hallensleben (Knopf)
It's Simple, Said Simon by Mary Ann Hoberman, Illustrated by Meilo So (Knopf)
The Seventh Tower #3: Aenir by Garth Nix, Illustrated by Steve Rawlings (Scholastic Lucas Books)

Computer Books

Photoshop 6 Effects Magic by Rhoda Grossman and Sherry London (New Riders)
PHP and MySQL Web Development by Luke Welling and Laura Thomson (Sams)
Special Edition Using Adobe Illustrator 9 by Peter Bauer (Que)
XHTML by Chelsea Valentine and Chris Minnick (New Riders)


The Beyond by Jeffrey Ford (Eos)
Krondor: Tear of the Gods by Raymond Feist (Eos)
Lirael by Garth Nix (HarperCollins)
Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins)


The Babel Effect by Daniel Hecht (Crown Books)
The Death of a Dustman by M.C. Beaton (Mysterious Press)
Flight by Jan Burke (Simon and Schuster)
Mesmerized by Gayle Lynds (Pocket Books)


Angel Whiskers edited by Laurel E. Hunt (Hyperion)
The Circle of Healing by Cathy Holt (Talking Bird Press)


Charming Lily by Fern Michaels (Kensington)
The Indiscretion by Judith Ivory (Avon)
Time After Time by Constance O'Day-Flannery (Avon)


Everyday Life in the 1800s by Marc McCutcheon (Writer's Digest Books)
Everything You Need to Know to Write Publish & Market Your Book by Patrika Vaughn (A Cappella Publishing)
Get Organized, Get Published by Don Aslett and Carol Cartaino (Writer's Digest Books)
Get Your First Book Published by Jason Shinder (Career Press)

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