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SPAWNews, May, 2004

Wendy Dager, Editor

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Table of Contents

- Editor’s Note

- SPAWN Hits the Airwaves

- SPAWN Makes WD’s Top 101

- Kids’ Writing Project

- Writing Student Writes Award-Winning Poem

- Market Update

- Chapter Reports

- Book Review

- Feature Article: Guide to a Publisher’s Web Site

- Report: Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

- Guest Columnist: First You Wait

- Member Web Site of the Month

- Special F.X.

- Member News

- Opportunities

- Contests and Awards

- Events and More

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Editor’s Note

My dad and I were discussing my 12-year-old’s report card. The kid had gotten an "A" in physical education. Dad and I agreed that the top grade wasn’t for athletic prowess, but for effort. The 12-year-old has a foot problem that may eventually require corrective surgery. Because of her disability, she has a difficult time "running the circuit," a distance run required of all students at her middle school. But she tries, and, according to her teacher, she’s respectful and polite, so she got an "A" in the class. My dad said it’s too bad that, in the real world, you aren’t rewarded for effort, but for results. This is where dad and I disagree.

As artists, writers and publishers, the work we offer to the public is, at the time of its presentation, our best effort. In my job as a biweekly newspaper opinion columnist, I always try to construct a thought-provoking piece. I would never send my editor a column that was not my best effort.

And the reward? Besides personal satisfaction, there are often kind words from others who like what I do. And there is a paycheck, but freelance writing is not making me a millionaire. Yet, to some folks, generating a lot of money is the ultimate reward. They believe that simply attempting to "run the circuit" isn’t enough and that in business, one must run it, around and around, and faster than everyone else, in order to be successful. To them, results, not effort, are what count. Certainly, skill and outcome are important, but, as my 12-year-old and I have learned, putting forth genuine effort in everything you do can be a reward unto itself. –Wendy Dager is editor of SPAWNews. Visit her Web site,

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SPAWN Hits the Airwaves

On April 17, "Beyond Words" radio show host and author Fran Halpern spoke with guests Polly Bee, author of "The Silent Voice of Bosie Bosell," and SPAWN President Patricia Fry. Writers in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties tune in to Halpern’s show on KCLU public radio each Saturday, and call in with their questions. Bee talked about her book, then led a lively discussion about book promotion during which Fry offered tips for new authors. Two listeners called in to say that they had read Bee's book and highly recommended it. We’re hoping this publicity helps sell more books for Bee and creates a greater awareness of SPAWN as a resource for publishers, artists and writers.

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SPAWN Makes WD’s Top 101

SPAWN was among the "101 Best Web Sites For Writers" listed in the May 2004 issue of Writers Digest. Check out our write-up on page 49 of the magazine!

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SPAWN Kids’ Writing Project

The SPAWN kids’ writing project has ended. Virginia Lawrence, Executive Director of SPAWN, attended the last class and shared information about ebooks. The kids also finalized their cover design and posed for pictures for their book cover and publicity for the class. They asked Virginia and Patricia to pose with them in some of the photos.

After the work was done, the students presented Patricia with a huge bouquet of beautiful flowers, a thank-you card with handwritten sentiments from each of them, and a gift certificate at a local restaurant from their parents.

While the students and Patricia will always have warm memories of this experience, the tangible result of the 8-week program is a wonderful book of the students’ work. Twelve students submitted enough stories, poems, letters, riddles, drawings and articles to fill 136 pages. The 9- to 12-year-olds designed the entire book themselves, from the pages to the title to the cover, and did the majority of the editing and proof work. They kept SPAWN going back to the drawing board with the cover until it was exactly as they envisioned it. The book’s title is "Tuesday Afternoons, Creative Writing By Ojai Valley Homeschoolers."


See the article from the Ojai Valley News.

Thanks to a generous donation from SPAWN member Eva Rosenberg at, SPAWN is paying for the publication of the book. Fidlar Doubleday Printing is printing 5 copies for each student.

There will be a book signing celebration for the students, their families and friends in May. We’ll announce the date in a SPAWNDiscuss message, should our members wish to meet these talented children.

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Writing Student Writes Award-Winning Poem

11-year-old Katy Barron, a SPAWN writing student, won first place in her age group in the Free The Verse Student Poetry Competition through the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley and the California Poets in the Schools. Here is her winning poem.

Everything Goes Through the Window

By Katy Barron

Through the window, night takes shape.

Streets calm down, silence meets the trees.

Children open their minds to many dreams, unknown.

A hawk finds rest, unseen.

Pinpricks of light on a moonless night.

Towering rain clouds blacken the Earth below,

Eliminating every hint of sky.

Silence doesn’t end when it chooses…

And though one may still sleep, another just awakens –

Closing off one world, only opens another.

Now seeing through the window

Means filtering blazing light from your eyes,

Taking in the excitement of the day:

Skyscrapers through chunks of aquamarine sky into a crowd.

Looking through the window, seeing our falling sky,

Waiting for more…

Dusk arrives, feeling rather tired.

It falls more quickly than ever, not knowing when to stop.

In response, the busy world tried to lengthen its stride—

Blurring highways never waiting for a fox to cross,

While a vulture takes flight, drawn to the smell of decay,

And silence begins, only when it chooses.

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SPAWN Market Update

Each month since December 2001 we’ve posted an 8- to 14-page update reflecting industry trends and information for writers and publishers. We include interviews with editors, publishers, agents and other writers and a tip for authors and/or writers. This month, members can learn how they can best benefit from the huge array of material featured in the Market Update. This month, we’ve published the tip in SPAWNews for our subscribers.

Tip of the Month

Who can benefit from the information published in the monthly SPAWN Market Update? Anyone who writes, whether it is for fun, fame or money; artists, photographers, graphic designers, independent publishers and anyone else interested in the publishing process. Whether you are an author with one or 101 books, you can benefit greatly from this publication. Following are some of the categories we run in the Market Update and how to use them to your advantage.

Changes in the Industry

Maybe you’ve made many attempts to get your work published in a particular magazine or to have your manuscript accepted by a specific book publisher. A new editor could mean success. Watch for editorial changes and act on them.

New Magazines and Publishing Houses

Authors and freelance writers should always be on the lookout for new possibilities for their work. It makes good business sense, which is why we’ve announced over 200 new and changing markets.

Out-of-business notices

We include this category to help save time when you’re seeking an active publisher for your articles, stories or book manuscripts. The industry has lost over 221 publishing businesses within the last two and a half years.

Interviews with publishers, editors and agents

Here you will learn exactly what publishers, editors and agents are seeking so that your work is more likely to be considered. While there are some general submission rules and guidelines, each publisher, editor and agent has a different twist on what they want and how they want it presented. These interviews are extremely valuable to those who want to build a successful career. A savvy author will listen closely to what a publisher or agent wants and do his or her best to provide it. Reading these interviews is like talking to a publisher yourself. We’ve given nearly 60 interviews so far.

Interviews with writers and authors

This feature gives you ideas for your own writing business. It’s encouraging and inspirational to hear how other writers have made it, what sacrifices they made along the way and what steps they took to achieve success. Read every interview and you’ll gain greater insight into the publishing world. We’ve interviewed about 30 fascinating writers.

Featured sites for writers and small publishers

Here we list news about writers’ contests, National Novel Writing Month, the SPAWN member forum, Funds for Writers, Sites for Artists, how to choose a printer for your book and more.

Research/reference and grammar sites

There are many useful Web sites for the author, freelance writer and independent publisher. We do the research so all you have to do is check out the site. Past research/reference sites include databases for freelance writers, an encyclopedia of writers’ terms, sites that list experts you can interview, newspaper databases, jobs for writers, Information Please, book publicity services, literary agents’ list, forms for authors and so much more. Over 85 sites featured to date.


We list opportunities for authors, artists, photographers, graphic designers, young writers, cartoonists and freelance writers in all genres. Print out the Market Update each month and circle those opportunities that apply to you. Be among the first to submit the material that this market requests and maybe you’ll get published. The May edition of the Market Update has a large listing where you can get your book reviewed. Nearly 100 opportunities for small publishers, artists, writers, photographers, etc.

Author/Writer Tips

Tips are based on questions asked of SPAWN. Follow this column and you might learn about the special deal that Literary Marketplace is now offering writers, how much to charge for your work, when to start promoting seasonal magazine articles, how to sell books at a book festival and new ways to promote old books.

Join SPAWN for access to the Market Update. All back issues of the Market Update are also available in the Members Only area of the SPAWN Web site,

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SPAWN Chapter Reports

Many of you have expressed an interest in joining a SPAWN Chapter. If there is no Chapter near you, join with other members or nonmembers and start one. It's as easy as planning a get-together with friends, only more informative and inspiring. Recently, people have asked about Chapters in the following areas: Santa Barbara, CA; Sacramento, CA; North Carolina; New Orleans and Orlando, FL. If you live in any of these areas and would like to meet with other SPAWN members, contact us about the possibility of starting a Chapter.


Brad Fregger, CEO of 1st World Library, was our guest speaker for April. He spoke about the changes in the publishing industry as a result of digital printing technology and what those changes mean for authors. He explained how an author-services publisher differs from a vanity publisher and how to work with an author-services company like his to publish a quality book. Brad provided us with one of our most informative sessions. Thanks to Brad and all who attended! –Tamara Dever is the Austin Chapter Leader and a SPAWN board member. Contact her at


If you are interested in attending SPAWN chapter meetings in the Baltimore, MD area, or wish to be a guest speaker at a meeting, please contact Ramona Davis, Baltimore Chapter Leader,

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Book Review

By Patricia Fry

Word Work

Surviving and Thriving as a Writer

by Bruce Holland Rogers

Invisible Cities Press

Montpelier, Vermont

ISBN: 1-931229-17-1

Read the full review.

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Feature Article

The Clear Guide to a Publisher’s Web Site: First Two Steps in Developing a Web Site

By Virginia Lawrence

When you’re starting your new publishing Web site, you want get off to the best possible start with a good domain name and an outstanding Web hosting service. You’ll be living with your domain name and Web host for a long time, so let’s choose wisely.

Read the full Feature Article at

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Report: Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

SPAWN went to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books April 24/25 at UCLA and what a time we had. It seems as though every writer in southern California stopped by the SPAWN booth to talk about their projects. We handed out over 300 brochures and business cards during the two-day event and more than 200 of the SPAWN Catalog of Member Books and Services. We signed up 3 new members and over 140 new subscribers. We're pleased to announce that we sold 50 of our members' books and distributed hundreds of pieces of promotional material for members. It was good exposure for our books and our organization.

Virginia Lawrence, Patricia Fry and Kathy Schultz were on hand throughout the entire event to promote members' books and talk to visitors about SPAWN. Members Polly Bee, Janice Baylis, Maurine Doerken and Bob Cullen were also there to help as needed. We were visited by some of our SPAWN members, too. Thanks to each of you for your part in making this event the success that it was.

We're already making plans for next year. We're hoping to purchase multiple booths in order to afford participating members even greater exposure and opportunity. Let us know if you're interested so we can get our reservations in early.

See a short slide show of the SPAWN booth at the LA Times Festival of Books.

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Guest Columnist

First You Wait

By Barbara Neal Varma

As a beginning writer, there have been a lot of "firsts" for me. First drafts, first tries, first "Will you read this please?" questions—mostly to my husband who’s committed to be kind. Seemed safer. As did submitting my work to contests instead of magazines and reaping a stack of rejection letters. So I ironed out a few of my short stories, packaged them in proper format and waited for the results.

I sent five entries altogether, one to a particularly enticing listing in "Writer’s Market" called, "The $5000 Short Story Competition." I heard nothing for almost five months, then, finally, word of life came back. First, a welcome nod from "Writer’s Digest." Seventh place! Was that good? Their letter assured me it was. Next came "Anthology" – second place! My story would be published in their annual winners’ issue, plus I’d won an "Anthology" T-shirt. I would wear it with pride.

A few weeks later a manila envelope arrived fairly bursting with good news. The return address read "Scribendi." Scribendi? Then I remembered. The $5000! Short! Story! Competition! "Scribendi" was the sponsor—based in Canada, I recalled, because I had to buy an "international coupon" for my SASE. I tore open the envelope. Third prize! Cool—but how much? It didn’t say, only that my winnings would be arriving shortly in the form of a check. That sounded good. I ran back to my files and found my copy of the entry form. First place was indeed five grand—but wait, "up to" five grand. And third? "Up to fifty dollars." Hmm.

The prodigal check arrived a few days later from Canada for a grand total—after currency conversion—of $14.90. My husband was consoling. "That’s lunch at Nordstrom’s, honey." I’m only slightly embarrassed to admit that worked.

I never did hear back about my other two contests. It’s been three months now since all the excitement and as I write this it occurs to me: three months gone and still no T-shirt. Guess that’s a "first" that’s still pending.

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SPAWN Member Web Site of the Month

SPAWN member Gerald Schiffhorst, Ph.D. says he developed his Web site,, because of his recent book, "Writing With Cats." The Web site, like the book, reflects the author's experience as a writer and editorial consultant. He taught English for 33 years at the University of Central Florida and is now Professor Emeritus there. He is the author of several other books, including McGraw-Hill's "Short Handbook for Writers," a college textbook.

Schiffhorst believes that cats are a writer's secret weapon since they have inspired hundreds of famous authors, some of whom give credit to their felines for the inspiration they provide. His lectures and book use humor to help emerging writers overcome inhibitions. A favorite quote, from the French author Colette: "Time spent with cats is never wasted."

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Special F.X.:

The Good Old Days

By Richard F.X. O’Connor

The annual blowout where booksellers meet publishers used to be called the ABA. Now it is the BEA. The letters are not as important as the changes in the 4-day affair, traditionally held on the Memorial Day weekend.

I attended my first ABA in 1962, which was held in the underground parking garage of the Shoreham hotel in Washington, D.C. Cars were cleared out and carpets were placed over oil residue, and the overhead was rife with vents, ducts and exposed wiring.

We publishers (I worked for Doubleday at the time) had red ID badges and booksellers were recognized by blue. Blue badges were very important to us. After all, we were showing off our wares in May for the upcoming fall publishing season, hoping to have that smash Christmas bestseller somewhere therein.

Fewer than 400 publishers had booths and blue badges actually spent time in those booths discussing books, trends, and writers. There was no such thing as a "chain" back then. Bigwig blue badges included department store buyers, since their book departments might order as many as 300 copies of a given title. Not quite like a Sam’s Club order today, but what the hey!

Fast-forward four decades to the present. An email that crossed my screen this week noted that one of the chains, Borders I believe, will be sending regional reps to the ABA this year and that publishers can buy time to meet with them face-to-face. The cost of said time is on an upward sliding scale to $1,000 plus, depending on the amount of time and the number in attendance.

What’s wrong with this picture? Publishers both small and large pay a fortune to buy booth space, staff it, and house and feed that staff. It’s nearly as depressing as buying the Lincoln bedroom for an overnight stay.

I think Tom McCormick (former CEO of St. Martin’s Press) had it right when he pulled out of the ABA for several years, saying he’d rather spend the tens of thousands of dollars on promoting authors’ books instead. Now there’s a concept. –Richard F X. O'Connor is the published author of seven books including the best selling "How To Make Your Man More Sensitive" (E.P. Dutton/ Fawcett) and "Ident-A-Kid" (S&S). His self-published work is "How to Market You and Your Book." His writers’ Web site is

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SPAWN Member News

Note: Please send your Member News to It must be received by the 15th of the month for inclusion in the following month’s SPAWNews.

Dr. Katherine Poehlmann received the 2004 Excellence in Literary Arts award at a reception hosted by the City of Torrance at the Cultural Center on April 25th. The award is based on her accomplishments in several genres, notably nonfiction, but including poetry and short stories. The judges also considered her monthly health column for the "Inland Adventurer" newspaper that serves cities along the Highway 395 corridor in California. Her book, "Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Infection Connection," was a finalist for Book of the Year and continues to garner five-star reviews. See for details. Dr. Poehlmann has just returned from a 3-state book tour (LA, MS, AL), where the high point was a full day of health presentations on April 15th in Huntsville and an appearance on WAAY-TV. This month, Dr. Poehlmann will be teaching two courses for the Learning Annex, one in San Diego on May 11 and the other in L.A. on May 13. The course title is "How to Get Arthritis Relief," with information based on her book and her ongoing health research.

Tonya Marie Evans of FYOS Entertainment, LLC, announces that their title, "Literary Law Guide for Authors" is up for a Publishers Marketing Association (PMA) Benjamin Franklin Award for cover design. The 2004 Benjamin Franklin Award winner will be chosen from one of the three finalists and will receive the Benjamin Franklin Award during a ceremony on Wednesday evening, June 2, 2004 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown, located at 40 N. Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago, IL.

On April 17, Pat Cuellar,, was honored by the Sacramento Publishers and Authors with two awards for her first book, "Your Life in Print Story by Story." She received the 2003-2004 Best Self-Help Book Award and the Best Nonfiction General Book Award.

Write Here, A Sanctuary for Writers, is happy to announce that its founder and director, Rochelle Brener, has won first place in the Writer's Digest International Competition for Self Published Authors in Poetry, for her book "Snap Shots: Photo Op Poems From An Everyday Life."A celebration and book signing will be held at Write Here, behind Sedona Books &Music in Bashas' Center, West Sedona on Monday, May 3, from Noon to 7 PM.

Chuck Hillig tells us: "As well as my publishing adventures with Black Dot Publications, I'm now also marketing myself as a Speaker-Author-Consultant." Chuck’s new Web site is E-mail:

Every writer needs a cat. For more information, visit, the Web site of Gerald J. Schiffhorst. To read more about Dr. Schiffhorst, see the Member Web Site of the Month in this edition of SPAWNews.

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Note: SPAWNews advises "caveat emptor" when dealing with venues, contests or promotions unknown to you.

The critically acclaimed and bestselling "Cup of Comfort" book series provides a welcome home—and an ongoing paid and bylined publishing opportunity—for compelling creative nonfiction stories. Written by people from all walks of life, Cup of Comfort stories are carefully selected for publication based on originality, creativity, emotional impact, and substance. For guidelines:; SASE to P.O. Box 863, Eugene, Oregon 97440, USA; or

Writers can check out the types of ebooks that are selling by going to The list covers the bestselling eBooks by unit sales for March 2004.

To receive a free issue of Working Writer by e-mail, send your request to, or go to

Seeking an artist to work on a graphic novel: Looking for a traditional superhero style but giving the artist room for his take on the story and the world surrounding the characters. Contact Patrick Moug,

The Women’s Review of Books extends special discounts to small presses and self-marketing authors taking display advertising space in the July 2004 fiction and poetry issue when payment in full is made with delivery of advertising materials. For more information:

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Contests and Awards

Deadline for The Writers Network 11th Annual Screenplay and Fiction Competition is May 29, 2004. For ore information:, or call 800-646-3896.

Michael Levy, author, poet and philosopher, runs a Quarterly Poetry & Essay contest. Now in its fourth year, the contest winners and three runners up are published for three months at The winners are also published in the monthly "Point of Life Global Newsletter," with over 3,000 subscribers. For information:

For information about The 11th Annual Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition, or call 1-800-310-FEST(3378).

The Power of Purpose Awards: A Worldwide Essay Competition, is sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, which will award a total of $500,000 to the nineteen essay winners. The grand prize winner will receive $100,000. The submission deadline is May 31, 2004. For more information:

To celebrate dog stories and the human-dog bond, is holding its First Annual Dog Story Contest. The contest is for nonfiction stories of dog heroes, favorite dogs, and interesting or funny dog stories. The winner will receive $100 and a Canine Courage T-Shirt, second place will receive $50 and a Canine Courage T-Shirt, and third place will receive $25 and a flying disk. Fourth and fifth places will receive a flying disk. Winning stories will be posted on and all stories will also be considered for publication in an anthology of dog stories. Entry deadline is June 1, 2004. Visit for contest details.

The 17th Anniversary Penumbra Poetry & Haiku Contest, sponsored by the Tallahassee Writers' Association. Deadline: June 30, 2004. Cash prizes. Guidelines by mail at TWA Penumbra, PO BOX 15995, Tallahassee, FL, 32317-5995, or at their web site Prize notification by August 30, 2004.

The 2004 DIY Book Festival has issued a call for entries for its annual program, which celebrates the success of independent authors and publishers. Award winners will be honored at a ceremony held on October 2, 2004 in Los Angeles in conjunction with the 2004 DIY Book Festival. Entry forms are available online at or call 323-665-8080 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pacific time.

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Events and More

Please note: Although SPAWNews does its best to filter announcements and press releases for various events, seminars, and classes, we cannot guarantee a successful experience for all who attend.

The NY/NJ Chapter of the National Association of Women Writers will have a meeting on Sunday, May 16, at 1:00 p.m., at Suffern Library, 210 Lafayette Avenue / Route 59, Suffern, NY.

Literary Law Boot Camp, Saturday, May 1, 2 pm to 6 p.m. in Philadelphia. Learn from the experts, Tonya M. Evans and Susan Borden Evans, about copyright, trademark, and contracts in a comprehensive, lively, engaging and informative half-day seminar. Receive a free one-on-one intellectual property consultation (valued at $200). Registration information:

Successful Self-Publishing, Saturday, July 31, 2 pm to 6 pm in Philadelphia. Join publishing guru Dan Poynter, and other industry professionals at this exclusive seminar for writers who want to get individualized instruction and feedback, and take their writing to the next level. Registration information: Or e-mail to request information on the teleclasses offered for these sessions.

Take a beautiful writing vacation and make your publishing dream come true at the Mountain High Writer's Conference in Denver, Colorado, May 6-8, 2004. For more information, Digi-Tall News & Media,,

The Heartland Writers Conference and writing competition is sponsored by the Heartland Writers Guild at and will be held at the Coach House Inn in Sikeston, MO June 3-5, 2004. For information: 314-631-1329 or

The Santa Barbara Writers Conference, now in its 32nd year, takes place at Westmont College in Montecito, California on June 25 to July 2, 2004. Special guest speakers include Ray Bradbury, Christopher Buckley and Neil Simon. For more details and registration information:

The Mid-Western Christian Book Fair (MCBF) takes place Iowa City, Iowa on October 1-2, 2004 and will confer awards to Christian authors, publishers, bookshops, media houses, and Christian book patrons. For more information:

Just 35 professional travel writers will be accepted for the Travel Classics West Writers Conference, November 18-21, 2004, at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona. The conference is open to top level travel writers who have published at least 2 full-length features in major magazines within the last 18 months. Register at

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Join SPAWN now and receive one FREE book by Patricia Fry. See the selection from which you can choose your book at the Member Benefits page. As a member, you can enjoy the benefits of the Members Only Area. There you will find:

  • Member Forum. In the SPAWN Forum, you can discuss publishing with knowledgeable published writers and publishers.
  • Market Update. This valuable Market Update will appear every month, letting us know exactly what is going on with magazine and book publishers.
  • Event Calendar where you can submit your events. After approval, your events will be available for all members to see.
  • Member Webpages where you can upload your HTML pages to build your own Web site. Your Web pages will be viewable by everyone on the Internet.
  • Member Catalog where you can list your books and services
  • Member Discussion list where you can discuss your triumphs and questions with your publishing peers.
Join SPAWN now by clicking on the "Join SPAWN Now" button at the top of this page.

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Wendy Dager

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Virginia Lawrence, Ph.D.

SPAWN Webmaster


Virginia Lawrence, Ph.D.

SPAWN Executive Director


Patricia Fry

SPAWN President


Advisory Council

Carol Doering

Dallas Glenn

Rosalie Heacock

Literary Agent

Andora Hodgin

Writer, Editor, Publicist

Irwin Zucker

Book Publicist

Jim Lane


Marcia Grad-Powers


Melvin Powers


Dan Poynter

Author, Publisher

Jean Wade


Board of Directors (as of December 1, 2003)

Patricia Fry

Author, Publisher

President of SPAWN

Virginia Lawrence, Ph.D.

Writer, Editor, Webmaster

Executive Director of SPAWN

Ruth Hibbard

Treasurer of SPAWN

Richard F.X. O'Connor

Author, Publisher, Editor, Consultant

Tamara Dever

Book Designer

SPAWN Founder

Mary Embree

Author, Editor, Literary Consultant of SPAWN


To promote the literary arts and provide education, information, resources and a supportive networking environment for artists, writers, and other creative people interested in the publishing process.

Submission Guidelines

Members and Nonmembers: Please send your press releases, seminar information, and books for review to Wendy Dager, Editor, SPAWNews, P.O. Box 2653, Ventura, CA 93002-2653 or email

SPAWN membership dues are $45 per year; spouses, half-price. Make your check payable to SPAWN and mail to P.O. Box 2653, Ventura, CA 93002-2653. Or click on Member Application to fill out the secure online form and pay your dues by credit card.

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