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    The Ailment: Recently a number of sites have closed down that were providing me with an income from my writing. Although I have never contacted an editor previously, do you have any ideas of other publications I could query about publishing my work?

    The Cure: Go to mailing list providers such as Topica and Yahoo!Groups and search for "writing" or "freelance writing." There are a number of publications there that you can subscribe to free such as "writersweekly." Sign up to any of these that you think will provide you with information for the kind of writing you are interested in. These eZines are not usually interactive; they are a publication that is delivered to your in-box.

    Do a second search for the kind of writing you do - for example horror fiction, or historical fiction, or travel writing, and see what other groups come up. By joining a couple of these, you may find other markets and advice from writers who write in your field. These groups allow networking between writers that can be invaluable.

    A note on mailing lists - check how much mail they usually generate. EZines that are delivered via mailing lists are usually weekly, bi-weekly or even monthly - other mailing lists could have hundreds of messages per day so you may want to start off on digest so that you receive all the mail but it doesn't overflow your in-box.

    If you want to continue writing for on-line publications, three books you should check out from the library are:

    In all of these books you will find information on what markets are available, what they are looking for and whether or not they pay. You will also find a wealth of other information about being a writer for the on-line community, for example how a query for an eZine differs from a query for a print publication. Be sure to check out the website before sending in your work however, as in print publications, because the information may be out of date.

    For print publications, two books I would recommend you to look at are:

    Try and obtain the most recent your library has. Once you have browsed through these, you may find that you prefer to have your own copies that you can make notes in. Both of these books are precious to freelance writers, especially if you are trying to get published in the magazine arena.

    Hope that some of this information helps.

    Copyright © 2001 Katie Gustafsson

    Katie Gustafsson is an English freelance writer/translator/poet who lives in Sweden with her soul-mate/husband (whom she met online), Mikael, and their baby son, Jake. Her writing credits include print and on-line publications in short stories, articles and poetry. Recent articles include work for Amateur Chef magazine, and Dreamguide.com where she is the guide for the USA for Foreigners section. She is owns the Wake Up Writing site.

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