September 1999 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 3, Issue 7.

In This Issue:

A Conversation with John Saul
Listen in on our chat with New York Times bestselling horror and suspense novelist John Saul, author of nineteen national bestsellers, including The Presence (Ballantine, 1998), The Blackstone Chronicles (Ballantine, 1997) and Black Lightning (Fawcett, 1995). Known for his gripping tales of both scientific and supernatural horror, he is also regarded as a master of complex plotting and style. John spoke with us about his latest supernatural thriller, The Right Hand of Evil (Ballantine, 1999), and describes how he weathered the fifteen long years before he got his big break.

A Conversation With Orson Scott Card
Be sure to read our exclusive interview with science fiction and fantasy author Orson Scott Card, whose long-awaited novel Ender's Shadow has just been released by Tor. Ender's Shadow is a parallel novel set in the universe of Ender's Game, which won both the Hugo and Nebula awards. Orson talks with us about his recent fantasy work, Enchantment (Del Ray, 1999), the challenges of writing Ender's Shadow, and of turning Ender's Game into a screenplay for the highly anticipated feature film. He also gives some invaluable advice which no writer should miss.

A Conversation With Evan Marshall
Every beginning writer should listen to what Evan Marshall has to say in this insightful interview. A former book editor and current literary agent who runs his own literary agency, Evan has just released his first mystery novel, Missing Marlene (Kensington, 1999). Missing Marlene is a wonderfully funny and entertaining book which stars amateur sleuth Jane Stuart, a literary agent, and her helpful detecting cat, Winky. Evan talks to us about his move from agent to novelist, and gives some great tips for writers on finding an agent and getting published.

More Help for Aspiring Songwriters
In her article, "Do-It-Yourself Music Publishing - Part IV," nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson continues her ongoing series for beginning songwriters. Once you have your demo packaged and ready to go how do you get it into the right hands? In Part IV, Mary shows you how to find music moguls and get permission to send your demo to them.

Writing Life Stories for the Inspirational or Religious Markets
Do you have a life story that you think would appeal to a religious publisher? Let Anne Hart help you with advice on what the inspirational markets are looking for, tips on writing for religious publishers and links to religious and inspirational markets.

What IS a Short Story?
Before you can write a short story, you must know what constitutes short story. Alex Keegan addresses the question of what is a short story and gives his analysis in this article for beginning writers.

Book Reviews

Children's Books

Aztecs: The Fall of the Aztec Capital (DK Discoveries) by Richard Platt, Illustrated by Peter Dennis
The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown, Illustrated by David Diaz.
My First Word Book (Revised Edition) by Angela Wilkes, Photography by Dave King and Tim Ridley.
The Pig Who Wished by Joyce Dunbar, Illustrated by Selina Young.
Ouch! by Natalie Babbitt, Illustrations by Fred Marcellino.
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, Adapted by Naia Bray-Moffatt, Illustrated by Ian Andrew.

Computers/Web Design

Javascript Goodies by Joe Burns.
Microsoft Access 2000 Development by Stephen Forte, Tom Howe and James Ralston.
Teach Yourself Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 by Jill T. Freeze.
Webmaster in a Nutshell by Stephen Spainhour and Robert Eckstein.


Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear.
Ender's Game (re-issue edition) by Orson Scott Card.
Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card.
The Haunt by J.N. Williamson.
Lord Demon by Roger Zelazny and Jane Lindskold.
The Right Hand of Evil by John Saul.
Signal to Noise by Eric S. Nylund.
Subterranean by James Rollins.


The Canceled Czech by Lawrence Block.
The Devil's Teardrop by Jeffery Deaver.
The Devil's Workshop by Stephen J. Cannell.
Dirty Pool by Steve Brewer.
The Flower Master by Sujata Massey.
Gideon by Russell Andrews.
Jade Palace Vendetta by Dale Furutani.
Nights in White Satin by Michelle Spring.
The Second Sorrowful Mystery by Jonathon Harrington.
Standing in the Shadows by Michelle Spring.
Tanner on Ice by Lawrence Block.
The Thief of Venice by Jane Langton.


Althorp: the Story of an English House by Charles Spencer.
Cat Breeds of the World: A Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia by Desmond Morris.
DK French Dictionary by DK Publishing.
The Feeling Good Handbook by David D. Burns, M.D.
The Heathful Gourmet Chinese Cookbook by Rose Lee.
How to Survive Your Boyfriend's Divorce by Robyn Todd and Lesley Dormen.
Nefertiti, Egypt's Sun Queen by Joyce Tyldesley.


The Gold Coin by Andrea Kane.
The Impostor by Elaine Fox.
My Beloved by Karen Ranney.
Ports Of Call by Sally Fairchild.
Someday My Prince by Christina Dodd.


Conflict, Action & Suspense by William Noble.
The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing by Evan Marshall.
Words Fail Me: What Everyone Who Writes Should Know About Writing by Patricia T. O'Conner.

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