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Archives May 15-30, 2002

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Breaking News

Bowker and Barnes & Noble

Announce Sole-Source

Data Partnership

NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J./5/16/2002—Barnes & Noble has designated Books In Print as the sole source of all bibliographic data for North American publishers. This information will be used by all Barnes & Noble stores as well as Barnes & Noble.com.

The nation’s largest bookseller announced a strategic partnership with R.R. Bowker last March, but the sole source designation was announced this month.

Publishers in the U.S. and Canada can transmit their title information to Bowker electronically or maintain their catalog data via BowkerLink. Bowker will then provide that data to Barnes & Noble in ONIX format. The goal is to reduce the effort and expense of all parties and to simplify the flow of data through Bowker into Barnes & Noble’s bibliographic archive. Click here for complete press release.

In meetings to be scheduled throughout 2002 with individual publishers, Barnes & Noble and Bowker will review how bibliographic information is communicated today. The process will be re-engineered, publisher by publisher, to simplify the flow of data through Bowker into Barnes & Noble’s bibliographic archive. The goal is to reduce the effort and expense of all parties involved in the exchange of data, and to improve the sales of publishers’ titles through more accurate title information. Barnes & Noble and Bowker will also work with publishers to communicate this data in a way consistent with the ONIX standard developed by the Association Of American Publishers and currently administered by the Book Industry Study Group.

“The services we offer in our retail stores and through Barnes & Noble.com are greatly dependent on the bibliographic data we receive,” said Steve Riggio, chief executive officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc. “Through this partnership with Bowker, we intend to greatly improve the quality of our core bibliographic data so we can provide our stores and Barnes & Noble.com customers with more accurate information.”

“Bowker has been a source of bibliographic information in North America for almost 130 years, and has been an important data partner of ours for over 10 years,” said Joe Gonnella, vice president of inventory management and publisher relations for Barnes & Noble, Inc. “When we reviewed the landscape for partners to help us improve and simplify data communications with our trading partners, they were the logical choice.”

“This agreement is an important validation of the critical role that Books In Print plays within the publishing industry,” said Michael Cairns, president of New Providence, N.J.based R.R. Bowker. “Barnes & Noble is clearly a leader in both the retail book sales and online book sales through Barnes & Noble.com, so we’re pleased that they have selected Books In Print to be the database of record for all of their North American publishing sources.”

According to Andrew Grabois, Bowker’s Senior Director of Publisher Relations, publishers in the U.S. and Canada can transmit their title information to Bowker electronically, or log on to BowkerLink, and maintain their catalog data via Bowker’s new password-protected Web-based tool. Bowker will then provide that data to Barnes & Noble as an ONIX formatted file that will be used to locate various titles worldwide.

About Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is the world’s largest bookseller, operating 582

Barnes & Noble bookstores in 49 states. It also operates 328 B. Dalton bookstores, primarily in regional shopping malls. The company offers titles from more than 50,000 publisher imprints, including thousands of small, independent publishers and university presses. It conducts its e-commerce business through Barnes & Noble.com

(http://www.bn.com) in which it owns a 36 percent interest. Barnes & Noble also has approximately a 60 percent interest in GameStop (NYSE:GME), the nation’s largest operator of video game and entertainment software, with 1,011 stores.

About R.R. Bowker

Founded in 1872, R.R. Bowker is North America’s leading provider of bibliographic information, and is also the official agency for assigning ISBNs in the United States. The company’s flagship product, Books In Print, is available on the Internet at www.booksinprint.com, on CD-ROM and in hardbound print format. For more information, visit www.bowker.com

Book Expo Mood

Upbeat Despite News

of Sales DeclinesNEW YORK, NY/5/7/02—Attendees at this year’s Book Expo America (BEA) jammed the aisles and meeting rooms of Jacob Javits Center May 2-5 in New York City. Visitors and exhibitors seemed upbeat despite discouraging sales and membership figures that portend trouble ahead for the publishing industry.

The Book Industry Study Group, a nonprofit research group, reported a 6.4 percent decline in total trade book sales in 2001, and estimated continuing declines in 2002 and 2003. The number of books purchased this year is expected to fall from 2.41 billion in 2001 to 2.39 billion in 2002. In 2003 the figure is expected the drop by 10 million. The forecast for 2006 shows sales will be lower four years hence than a year ago. Growth for mass market paperbacks, religious books, and books from university presses will remain flat, and book club and mail order sales will substantially slide. Juvenile titles are also expected to dive even more drastically than adult books.

Meanwhile, the number of new titles released last year grew to 135,000, a ten percent increase over the previous year, according to R.R. Bowker.

The American Booksellers Association (ABA), which is among key sponsors of BEA, had more discouraging news in its annual meeting during the event.

The ABA reported that total assets dropped by over a third to $20.1 million after the organization recorded an $11.8 million loss for the fiscal year ended September 30. Losses were attributed to investment declines after the September 11 attacks, legal activities which included a law suit against Barnes & Noble and Borders, and development and operating costs for Book Sense and BooksSense.com. About 250 independent bookstores use the services of Booksense and Booksense.com, but the unit needs about 500 bookstore users to break even.

ABA membership has also declined 27.5 percent from 2,794 to 2,191 this fiscal year. Ovitz Sells

Troubled Agency

to Music Company

LOS ANGELES/5/7/02—Powerful media mogul Michael Ovitz has sold controlling interest in his latest company, Artists Management Group, to The Firm, a music management company for an undisclosed sum.

Ovitz, 55, who once declined the presidency of The Walt Disney Co., and later took the post only to be ousted 14 months later, has seen his Hollywood influence erode since he departed Disney with a multimillion-dollar severance package. He started AMG in 1999 with the aim of combining a talent management agency with a movie and television production company.

Despite sporadic success, Ovitz folded his television production company and film unit earlier this year, after losing Vivendi Universal’s StudioCanal USA as a financial backer.

According to Ovitz, The Firm will be “a very strong entertainment and brand management company and will have the resources to build a diverse and creative company.

The Firm was founded in 1997 by Jeff Kwatinetz, manager for Korn, Limp Bizkit, the Dixie Chicks and others. The Firm also represents actors Martin Lawrence and Vin Diesel, is involved in film and music production and owns the Pony sportswear company.

AMG’s film, animation, recording and sports management units will be spun off into individual companies. Though Ovitz apparently will not be involved in their daily management, he will retain a financial interest.

On Monday, veteran Hollywood players said it would be a mistake to count Ovitz out just yet.

Putnam Taps

Rob McMahon

as Senior Editor

NEW YORK, NY/5/7/02—Rob McMahon, formerly with Warner Books, has joined Putnam as a senior editor, focusing on commercial fiction and nonfiction. At Warner, he edited authors such as Donald Westlake and Dale Earnhardt.

McMahon will help strengthen Putnam’s identity, and fill the void left by veteran Phyllis Grann.

McMahon is the second strong new editorial talent to join Putnam, following Jennifer Hershey. The two will build their lists from scratch.

Ingram Reduces

MIS Staff

By 50 + LAVERGNE, TN/5/14/02—Ingram Book Group last week laid off more than 50 employees, most of whom worked in the 300-employee management information systems department.

A spokesman described the reduction as part of the company’s move to “redeploy its distribution facilities.” No other staff cuts were expected. News Corp.

Reports $5 Billion

Loss on Gemstar

5/6/02—Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. will create the biggest writedown in Australian corporate history when it takes an expected loss of $10 billion ($5.4 billion U.S.) on its ill-fated 42.6% investment in Gemstar-TV-International. Gemstar is the electronic program guide company that also owns America’s TV Guide magazine.

News Corp. Ltd’s third-quarter report reflects a recent change in United States’ accounting practices that forces companies to immediately disclose reductions in the value of acquisitions. The company’s reduction in asset valuations this year now totals $7 billion U.S.

News Corp had expected encouraging results from its U.S. television stations during the quarter, but The Gemstar writedown will offset the gains.

News Corp. has seen signs of a recovery in advertising revenues, but newspaper earnings were reportedly flat and ratings for the Fox cable network declined over the quarter.

Gemstar wrote down the value of its acquisition of TV Guide by $5 billion U.S. earlier this year.

Oxford American

May Close;

Grisham Pulls Out

The Oxford American magazine may shut down in a matter of several weeks if it can’t find additional funding, according to editor Marc Smirnoff.

Backer and bestselling author John Grisham, who has funded the magazine since 1994, has apparently withdrawn his support. Smirnoff said in a widely-circulated e-mail that, Grisham has contributed more money than he ever had expected or agreed upon. “One thing I should mention is that the failure here is mine. . . .Over the years I made numerous financial promises to him that I failed to keep. But still he forgave and kept on.”

Smirnoff said the magazine had begun showing a profit until September 11. Americana Changes

Audio Book Prices

at Travel Stops

ALBUQUERQUE, NM/5/2/02–Americana Publishing Inc. (OTCBB:APBH) announced a new strategy in audio book pricing at participating truck stops, rest stops and fuel stations across the U.S. According to Roadstar Magazine, 36 percent of long-haul truck drivers listen to audio books.

Under Americana’s new strategy, the company will offer a three-cassette book for $9.99, the same price for which a competitor sells a two-cassette book. This pricing strategy will be applied to three- and four-cassette books. Americana has chosen titles of recognized authors for this special pricing strategy and believes that they will be strong sellers based on audio book market analysis.

George Lovato, Americana Chairman, said, “We believe this point-of-sale pricing strategy at truck stops will make it almost impossible for an audio book listener not to purchase one of our exciting titles. We understand the audio book marketplace exceedingly well. We know that well written short stories with eye catching packaging will produce consistent sales and that’s what we are delivering.”

Four of the reproduced titles come from the newly acquired Sunset Productions audio catalog. Lovato added, “This pricing makes us unique in the industry. Following the acquisition of Sunset Productions’ audio book masters, we have confirmed that we can produce the same high-quality audio books as other companies but at a much lower cost. The Sunset products are selling very well for us and we hope to report on those sales in the coming weeks.”

Recently, Americana announced a Board decision to forego the proposed acquisition of New Territories. Lovato commented, “The New Territories deal became a simple decision once we were allowed to review the financial records. It was apparent the debt to equity ratio was not the same as it was originally presented. After discussions were officially concluded we were able to attract New Territories’ National Sales Manager to our team. We believe that he is the single greatest asset of New Territories and will announce shortly the terms under which he has agreed to come on board.”

Americana Publishing is a publisher of popular novels, textbooks, music and art. In addition Americana Publishing is becoming a leading supplier of multimedia products, including audio books, CD-ROMs, and e-books. The company’s novels and audio books are available through Amazon.com, bn.com and in most major bookstores and local libraries. Americana is focused on reaching top-tier status by using the same methods that Time Warner, Double Day and other large publishers have used.

Americana Publishing Inc., headquartered in Albuquerque, NM, is raising the bar of conventional publishing by acquiring companies, authors and diversifying its agenda of products and services.

News Circulation

Spiked by Sept. 11

Now Wanes

5/7/02—According to Knight-Ridder News Service, the spike in newspaper circulation that followed the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has waned, and daily circulation across America has resumed a slow decline.

Data released May 6 by the Audit Bureau of Circulation in Schaumburg, Ill and analyzed by the Newspaper Association of America shows that for the six months ended March 31, total paid circulation at U.S. daily newspapers dropped 0.6 percent from the year-earlier period, to 50.7 million. Sunday circulation fell 0.7 percent to 54.3 million.

Major metropolitan papers bucked the downward trend, with many posting daily gains, perhaps because of the increased appetite for national and global news after Sept. 11.

Of the 10 largest U.S. daily newspapers, three major New York papers showed the biggest daily circulation increases, with the New York Post up 15.4 percent, The New York Times up 3.8 percent and the Daily News up 2.2 percent. Overall, half of the top 10 Sunday papers reported higher circulation, while other local dailies saw declines.

The Post’s big gain in daily circulation also may be attributed in part to a price cut to 25 cents from 50 cents in fall 2000, a move timed to coincide with the launch of an afternoon edition by the Daily News.

The Chicago Tribune posted the largest gain of the top 10 daily papers—1.6 percent in Wednesday-Friday circulation, to 689,026, followed by The Washington Post, with a gain of 0.7 percent.

USA Today held the top spot in daily circulation from the period that ended Sept. 30, though its circulation fell 3.5 percent, to 2.12 million.

The New York Times led on Sundays, with a 2.4 percent increase in circulation, the largest of the top 10. The second-biggest gain was by the Chicago Tribune, which was up 1.2 percent, its biggest year-over-year jump in a decade.

The Chicago Sun-Times had a daily circulation increase of 0.5 percent, to 487,480, and a Sunday circulation gain of 0.4 percent, to 382,471.

Palm, OverDrive

Sign eBook

Distribution Deal

SANTA CLARA, CA and CLEVELAND/4/30/02—Palm Digital Media, the leading publisher and distributor of eBooks for handheld computers, and OverDrive Inc., a leading provider of eBook, eCommerce and Digital Rights Management (DRM) solutions, announced they have signed a memorandum of understanding outlining their intention to expand global digital distribution and retail marketing of eBooks in the Palm Reader (TM) format. Palm Digital Media, recently named Best eBook Publisher by Handheld Computing Magazine, is a business unit of PalmSource Inc., the Palm OS (R) subsidiary of Palm Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM).

OverDrive plans to integrate Palm Digital Media’s DRM technology and eBook catalog into its suite of eCommerce solutions, including MIDAS and Digital Kiosk–turnkey retail systems for the secure distribution of eBooks through the Internet. OverDrive would be the first distributor to offer and support eBooks in the Palm Reader format through Content Reserve, OverDrive’s B2B digital content network serving more than 400 publishers worldwide. Palm Digital Media currently has an inventory of nearly 5,000 titles from leading publishers, including HarperCollins, Random House, Simon & Schuster, St. Martin’s Press and AOL Time Warner Book Group.

“Content Reserve already supplies dozens of U.S. and international booksellers who are eager to offer eBook titles to their customers who use handheld devices,” said Steve Potash, OverDrive chief executive officer. “We are delighted that we have the opportunity to explore adding eBook titles in the award-winning Palm Reader format to our growing digital content network.”

“This would be an important step toward making eBooks widely available for handheld users, and as convenient to buy as print and audio books,” said Jeff Strobel, director of Palm Digital Media. “Working with a trusted B2B retail network like Content Reserve would enable us to drive worldwide adoption of eBooks for handheld devices.”

Christopher North, vice president and general manager of Electronic Publishing for HarperCollins, commented, “We’re excited by the possibility of working with two of our key eBook partners, Palm Digital Media and OverDrive, to bring Palm Reader eBooks to an even wider audience. This initiative would make it possible for our retail partners to offer PerfectBound eBooks in the Palm Reader format to their customers and help us continue the rapid growth in sales of our authors’ eBooks.”

Suzanne Cole, business development director of eBooks.com, added, “The alliance between Palm Digital Media and OverDrive would enable us to expand our inventory and meet the needs of our customers, which include thousands of loyal handheld users.”

OverDrive and Palm Digital Media plan to work together to educate publishers, authors and booksellers about the Palm Reader format. In addition, OverDrive would provide broad conversion services for publishers who want to convert their titles into the Palm Reader format for use on millions of handhelds.

OverDrive Inc. ( http://www.overdrive.com/) is a leading provider of eBook, DRM and media marketplace technologies enabling the secure management and distribution of digital media over global networks. As a strategic partner with Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Adobe Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE), OverDrive delivers proven technology for trusted fulfillment and resale of premium content from the world’s leading media companies. As a principal member of the Open eBook Forum, OverDrive is strategically focused on driving specifications and standards for the emerging and rapidly evolving electronic publishing industry. The company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

GENERAL NEWS Technical

Publishers Lose

Market Share

5/6/02—According to a recent report by Folio’s sister publication Technology Advertising & Branding Report, technical publishers experienced huge, double-digit, across-the-board declines, and the top 11 computer/technology publishers reportedly lost one-fifth of their market share. Meanwhile, a growing percentage of business readers have migrated to general business magazines and daily national newspapers.

The top 11 publishers now hold 75.9 percent of the entire computer publishing advertising market, an 18.2 percent drop from the 94.1 percent share they held in 2000. idg tops US tech publishers, with 23 percent market share.

For the first time in years Ziff-Davis slipped from number one to tie with arch rival International Data Group for the number two position in market shares. Ziff-Davis had a shortfall of nearly $260 million in ad revenues. The biggest problem for high-tech publishers, however, isn’t where they’ve been but where they’re going. A recent report by the Media Central unit Simba Information said that, of the leading 45 tech books, first-quarter ad pages declined 27.4 percent, and revenues fell 9.7 percent.

Random House

Awaits Response

on Star Wars Test

5/6/02—Random House Direct Inc. is testing reader interest in the Official “Star Wars” Book Collection with a 50,000-piece direct mail program, the results of which should be revealed this month.

The publisher plans to send out another 500,000 pieces and to mail a million pieces annually to build a database of “Star Wars” readers. The elaborate four-color mail packages cost $450 per thousand to develop and distribute and include six inserts and a brochure.

The latest “Star Wars” movie, “Episode II: Attack of the Clones,” was due for release in theatres May 16. Action figures, posters and other collectibles based on the film came out last month.

The direct mail test dropped April 20 to individuals who had expressed an interest in science fiction and “Star Wars” books at the Random House Web sites and to a segment of the “Star Wars” fans list.

The mailing was accompanied by an e-mail blast to 5,000. The publisher has access to the universe of about 1 million registered users at the official “Star Wars” Web site ( http://www.starwars.com/) for its advertising. However, LucasBooks, a division of Lucasfilm Ltd., producer of the “Star Wars” movies, conducts the e-mail transmissions, keeping its names closely held. A second blast is planned to 100,000.

“This is the first time our division has conducted simultaneous direct mail and online campaigns for the launch of a new continuity,” said Vladimir Damian, marking manager of continuity programs for Random House Direct. “That should significantly expand visibility and hopefully start word of mouth among the hard-core “Star Wars” fans, which we believe are in the range of 45 million in the U.S. alone.

Random House Direct plans modest advertising in fan magazines and banners at affinity Web sites. It set up a dedicated site for the program last month at http://www.starwars.randomhousedirect.com/.

The “Star Wars” series includes 80 books in print with more planned from two publishers with track records of their own. LucasBooks helped define the optimal reading order as well as selected groupings for the continuity program. This marks the first time in the 27-year publishing history of the titles that the entire saga has been collected in one place.

The initial program offers “Heir to the Empire” by Hugo Award action-science fiction winner Timothy Zahn. The hardcover edition can be previewed for 30 days by returning an enclosed certificate in a postpaid reply envelope. Readers can keep the book for $4.95. Subscribers receive books at set intervals for $18.95 each.

The first “Star Wars” book appeared in bookstores in 1976 with modest sales. The motion picture based on the book pushed the science fiction heroes into superstardom.

Lightbulb Press

Launches

E-Learning Unit

NEW YORK/5/6/02—Lightbulb Press has launched a new division, Lightbulb Learning, targeted toward helping corporate trainers, educators and financial services companies deliver financial content via the Internet.

The division launch coincides with the completion of SIA Investor ( http://www.siainvestor.org/), an investor education learning website developed by Lightbulb Press with the Securities Industry Association. Previously, Lightbulb developed http://www.2020green.com/, a financial literacy course for high school students, for ING/Aetna Financial Services.

Lightbulb will develop e-learning modules for its clients from concept to implementation or tailor existing products for Web sites or Intranets. Programs can be designed to fit any learning management system.

Drawing upon its established expertise as a publisher of consumer-oriented financial content and its experience in Web site development, Lightbulb adapts its learning modules to accommodate the individual need of the purchaser. Courses can be hosted on either the purchaser’s or Lightbulb’s server.

SIA Investor is an educational Web site designed to provide individual investors with essential information about investing and to offer access to industry leaders. Hot issues such as the current concern with 401(k) plans––and foundational knowledge are presented in a straightforward fashion with expert comment.

Lightbulb was hired by ING/AFS to develop 2020 Green as part of a philanthropic initiative aimed toward high school students. The ING/AFS program was rolled out to high schools nationwide in the fall of 2001. Users of 2020 Green enter a virtual shopping mall where they learn about paying taxes, purchasing items, banking, borrowing, saving and investing as they visit a restaurant, bank, brokerage firm, library, Internet cafe, stores or a credit union. Lightbulb provides users with print-based workbooks that correspond with each unit.

The company is in talks with several other financial services companies for course development work. In addition, Lightbulb’s expanding library of financial content, including a forthcoming series of eBooks, is available for use in online learning centers.

Lightbulb Press publishes consumer-oriented financial content, clarifies complex topics for consumers and corporate clients in books, Web content, online courseware and applications for digital platforms.

FILM/TV NEWS Spider-Man’s

Debut Weekend

Shatters Records

LOS ANGELES/5/7/02—“Spider-Man” has become the first movie to break $100 million in sales during its first weekend. The movie’s $114 million debut even surpassed sales for the first three days of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

The Marvel Comics adaptation, starring Tobey Maguire and directed by Sam Raimi, also beat the single-day record of $33.5 million set by “Harry Potter” in its second day, according to studio figures.

The live-action “Spider-Man,” playing in 3,615 theaters, drew an average of $31,535 per location, a new high for films opening in 3,000 or more cinemas. “Spider-Man” also was the fastest movie to reach $100 million, outperforming “Harry Potter” and “Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace,” which each took five days to break the mark.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc.were:

“Spider-Man,” $114 million. “The Scorpion King,” $9.6 million. “Changing Lanes,” $5.6 million. “Murder by Numbers,” $3.8 million. “The Rookie,” $3.3 million. “Life or Something Like It,” $3.28 million. “Deuces Wild,” $2.7 million. “Ice Age,” $2.5 million. “Jason X,” $2.4 million. (tie). “Hollywood Ending,” $2.2 million. and (tie). “Panic Room,” $2.2 million. Blade Runner

Tops List

of Best Sci-fi Flicks

SAN FRANCISCO/5/7/02—Science fiction is the most successful movie genre — proven by the fact that seven of the top 10 grossing films of all time come from imagined worlds. The Hollywood issue of WIRED (which hit newsstands on May 13 nationwide), names the top 20 sci-fi flicks ever.

“Blade Runner” — Friedrich Nietzsche meets film noir in this tale of renegade replicants who want to meet their maker. Whether or not genetic engineering and megacorporate profiteering cause an android rebellion, we have seen the polyglot future of LA and it is more human than human. “Gattaca” — Indeed, little stands between us and the strangely stratified society the movie depicts. We have already begun screening embryos for serious disease. We will begin to fix more subtle defects. Anything else is just a judgment call. “The Matrix” — It’s a visually perfect movie, a finely conceived world–from the pod caverns to the light socket in Keanu Reeves’ neck. “2001: A Space Odyssey” — Stanley Kubrick created the modern sci-fi movie in a single blow with 2001, nailing not one but three touchstones, space, artificial intelligence and aliens. “Brazil” — Reality is just graffiti and the never-never present is a mishmash of all the horrors of the 20th century, from the terror of hidden bombs to the banality of advertising. “A Clockwork Orange” — Of all the dystopias out there, this one may be the most plausible in the near term. With bad parenting, lax law enforcement and imaginative pharmacology, the streets could fill with incorrigible degenerates. “Alien” — This haunted-house version of 2001 crawls down your throat and grips your viscera with the ruthless efficiency of its ever-mutating monster. “The Boys From Brazil” — As popular as cloning is in science fiction, The Boys may be the only movie that takes the science seriously–here, Gregory Peck grows a flock of boy Hitlers. “Jurassic Park” — JP takes threads of legitimate science- cloning, DNA mapping, evolution–and knits them into a blockbuster. “Star Wars” — All the elements of the future are here–robots, space travel, flying cars, aliens, ray guns. Only this time, they’re put to novel use and so a sci-fi franchise is born.

11 – 20 are (in order): “The Road Warrior,” “Tron,” “The Terminator,” “Sleeper,” “Soylent Green,” “Robocop,” “Planet of the Apes,” “The Day The Earth Stood Still,” “Akira,” “Barbarella.”

AWARDS Random House

Takes Awards

at Book Expo

NEW YORK/5/6/02—Random House Inc. books published in 2001 collectively received the highest number of awards bestowed at each of several prominent annual literary prize ceremonies held in Manhattan May 2-5 in conjunction with Book Expo America.

Nine titles received Book Sense Book of the Year, Blackboard, and Lambda awards. Also, five Random House Audio productions won Audies from the Audio Publisher Association for outstanding achievement in their categories.

Book Sense Book of the Year Awards

Book Sense is the American Bookseller Association’s highly respected national marketing program. ABA members nationwide voted Random House Inc. titles the top honor for books published in 2001 in three of the five categories:

Nonfiction:

SEABISCUIT by Laura Hillenbrand (Random House hardcover, Ballantine reprint)

Children’s Literature:

THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS by Ann Brashares (Delacorte/Random House Children’s Books hardcover)

Rediscovery:

MY FATHER’S DRAGON by Ruth Stiles Gannett (Random House/Random House Children’s Books)

Audies

The Audies are bestowed by the Audio Publishers Association in more than 20 categories. In the seventh annual ceremony Friday night the Random House Audio Group took home five awards:

Children’s Titles for Ages 8+:

THE AMBER SPYGLASS by Philip Pullman, read by the author and a full cast (Listening Library, Knopf/RH Children’s Books hardcover

Multi-Voiced Performance:

THE AMBER SPYGLASS by Philip Pullman, read by the author and a full cast (Listening Library, Knopf/RH Children’s Books hardcover)

Achievement and Innovation in Production:

THE AMBER SPYGLASS by Philip Pullman, read by the author and a full cast (Listening Library, Knopf/RH Children’s Books hardcover)

Narration by the Author or Authors:

Rick Bragg, AVA’S MAN (RH Audio/Knopf hardcover, Vintage reprint)

Mystery:

TELL NO ONE by Harlan Coben (RH Audio, Delacorte hardcover/Dell reprint)

Blackboard Awards

Random House Inc.’s Doubleday imprint swept the adult publishing awards for outstanding 2001 achievement in African-American fiction and nonfiction:

Fiction

ANYWAY THE WIND BLOWS by E. Lynn Harris (Doubleday hardcover, Anchor reprint)

Nonfiction

Q: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF QUINCY JONES by Quincy Jones (Doubleday hardcover, Broadway reprint)

Lambda Awards

From the 20 categories, Random House Inc. had four winners–the most of any publishing group–of Lambda Literary Awards, bestowed by the Lambda Literary Foundation for exemplary accomplishment in gay & lesbian literature in 2001.

Lesbian Fiction

DAYS OF AWE by Achy Obejas (Ballantine hardcover and reprint)

Gay Men’s Fiction

PRACTICAL HEART by Allan Gurganus (Knopf hardcover, Vintage reprint)

Humor

FRAUD by David Rakoff (Doubleday hardcover, Broadway reprint)

Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Biography

SCARLET PROFESSOR by Barry Werth (Doubleday hardcover, Anchor reprint).

Random House Inc. is the U.S. company of Random House, the trade book publishing division of Bertelsmann AG, one of the world’s foremost media companies.

PEN Offers

New Fellowship

for Writers

PEN, the national writers’ organization, has announced the new PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers. The fellowship provides $35,000 a year for two years (and the writers will volunteer for visits to schools and libraries). Initial recipients are Manil Suri, Carolyn Cooke, and Matthew Klam.

The PEN/Nabokov Award, honoring a writer’s body of work, will be given to Mario Vargas Llosa. Lori Aurelia Williams will receive the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship for her upcoming third novel for young adults. Numerous Awards

Bestowed on Authors

at BookExpo

NEW YORK/5/5/02—A number of awards were handed to authors during Book Expo America (May 2-5) in New York City. On Friday evening winners were announced in five categories for the Book Sense Book of the Year Award. Book Sense is a marketing unit of the American Booksellers Association which serves independent booksellers.

The Charles S. Haslam Award for Excellence in Bookselling, sponsored by SEBA and underwritten by Ingram, went to Becky Anderson Wilkins, Anderson’s Bookshops in Naperville, Ill. She received a plaque and $1,000 check.

Barbara Kingsolver gave out the Book Sense awards and announced the winner of her own Bellwether Prize for Fiction Supporting Social Change. Gayle Brandeis received the $25,000 award for her novel, THE BOOK OF DEAD BIRDS, to be released in 2003 from HarperCollins. The award is given every other year to an author who has not yet published a major novel.

Leif Enger won The Book Sense Book of the Year award for his adult fiction novel, PEACE LIKE A RIVER (Atlantic Monthly). Ian Falconer won the Children’s Illustrated Book category for the second consecutive year, this time for OLIVIA SAVES THE CIRCUS (Atheneum). Ann Brashares was awarded the Children’s Literature category for THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS (Delacorte).

Laura Hillenbrand’s SEABISCUIT: AN AMERICAN LEGEND (Random House), won the adult nonfiction award. Winner of the new Rediscovery award was MY FATHER’S DRAGON by Ruth Stiles Gannett and illustrated by Ruth Christian Gannett.

The Edgar Awards were presented at a gala black tie reception on May 2, and included:

Best Novel: SILENT JOE by T. Jefferson Parker (Hyperion)

Best First Novel by an American: LINE OF VISION by David Ellis (Putnam)

Best Paperback Original: ADIOS MUCHACHOS by Daniel Chavaria (Akashic Books)

Best Critical/Biographical: EDGAR ALLAN POE:: A TO Z by Dawn Sova (Facts on File/Checkmark)

Best Fact Crime: SON OF A GRIFTER by Kent Walker (Morrow)

Best Young Adult: THE BOY IN THE BURNING HOUSE by Tim Wynne-Jones (FSG/Melanie Kroupa)

WEB NEWS eWEEK Redesigns

Magazine,

Online Site

NEW YORK/5/6/02—Ziff Davis Media’s eWEEK, a leading newsweekly, has unveiled a new site design with its May 6 issue.

The redesign of the print publication and Web site ( http://www.eweek.com/) provides readers with expanded news coverage and and an easier to navigate format. Upholding its editorial mission as the authoritative, timely and unbiased source for news, reviews and opinion in the technology industry,

The news section which provides news and analysis of vendors, customers and technologies, will be modified and feature updated “Department” pages, three new sections and a late news column to cover breaking news.

The new design, which will be authoritative in look and feel, will feature additional enterprise-level testing. As a result, evaluation of products will triple in size from the previous design.

The analysis will give readers the context and tools they need to make decisions in a specific technology area. Reviews will now feature improved executive summaries that will include key performance indicators and short lists that point readers to vendor knowledge basis, product information and white papers.

eWEEK.com will be updated to include the same design as the print publication. The Web site will continue to feature breaking technology news that’s posted throughout the day and will function as Ziff Davis Media’s main news destination. The flexible redesign accommodates the potential for improved features and a greater ease of navigation.

eWEEK is a technology information source for builders of enterprise infrastructure. eWEEK enables readers to successfully evaluate, deploy and leverage new technology solutions for competitive advantage. The publication delivers to its readers breaking news, technology evaluations, and strategic analysis on the technologies, platforms, and trends that impact enterprise-wide computing. eWEEK reaches 445,000 enterprise technology buyers who are evaluating and purchasing technology solutions for their company. eWEEK delivers news, analysis and technology reviews in print weekly and on a daily basis on the Web.

Ziff Davis Media Inc. is an information authority for buying and using technology. In the United States, the company publishes 12 industry leading business and consumer publications: PC Magazine, eWEEK, Baseline, CIO Insight, Ziff Davis Smart Business, The Net Economy, Yahoo! Internet Life, Electronic Gaming Monthly, Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine, Computer Gaming World, GameNow, and Xbox Nation. There are 50 foreign editions of Ziff Davis Media’s publications distributed in 78 countries worldwide. In addition to producing companion sites for all of its magazines, the company develops tech enthusiast sites such as ExtremeTech.com. It provides custom publishing and integrated marketing solutions through Ziff Davis Custom Media; industry analyses through Ziff Davis Market Experts; and state-of-the-art Internet and technology testing through eTesting Labs. The company also produces seminars and webcasts.

PEOPLE Highet Named Exec VP, CFO at Reuters-Americas

NEW YORK/5/6/02—Mac Highet has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer, The Americas, for Reuters (Nasdaq: RTRSY), the global information, news and technology group. Highet will have specific responsibility for the finance, client administration, and real estate services groups.

He previously served as CEO of REZsolutions, Inc, a leading provider of hotel reservation and technology services, and executive vice president, corporate development of Reed Elsevier, Inc. He joined Reuters as executive vice president and CFO on April 15.

Highet began his career in financial management and public accounting firms in New Zealand and England. He joined Reed Elsevier (then Reed International) in 1983 and held a variety of positions in finance, operations and management during a fifteen-year period. He was named President of REZsolutions in 1998 and shortly after took on the CEO role. He then spearheaded the successful sale to Pegasus Solutions Inc.

Reuters has more than 19,000 staff in 97 countries, including some 2,500 editorial staff in 230 bureaus serving approximately 150 countries, making it the world’s largest international multimedia news agency. In 2001, Reuters had revenues of 3.9 billion pounds sterling.

Russian Editor Killed for Coverage of Organized Crime

MOSCOW/5/6/02—Valery Ivanov, chief editor of a newspaper in central Russia, has been fatally shot outside his home for what observers say is in retaliation for the newspaper’s coverage of organized crime.

Ivanov, 33, founded the Togliatti Review and served as a member of the city council in Togliatti, an automaking center on the Volga River about 550 miles southeast of Moscow. Togliatti is home to Russia’s biggest car manufactdurer, Avtovaz.

The Kommersant national newspaper reported that police viewed the attack as a contract killing connected to Ivanov’s newspaper work. The Tagliatti Review also reported it a contract killing, said it knew who killed the editor, and that it had informed the authorities.

Ivanov had frequently written about corruption among local officials, and about pressure on journalists in post-Soviet Russia, including criminal threats against news organizations critical of authorities.

A total of 17 journalists lost their lives in Russia last yeardue to similar reportage, according to the Glasnost Defense Foundation, which champions press freedom.

Carr Named as NNN West Coast Sales Executive

NEW YORK/5/6/02—The Newspaper National Network has hired Kevin Carr as a West Coast sales executive.

Carr joins NNN from Foote, Cone & Belding in San Francisco, where he was group media director. Prior to joining FCB in 2000, Carr managed advertising and communications at Fireman’s Fund Insurance. From 1991-1998, he was manager, advertising and media at Nestle USA in Glendale, Calif. He graduated from Pace University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

NNN is a sales-and-marketing organization headquartered in New York City. It is funded by the 47 largest-circulation newspapers in the U.S. and operates under the auspices of the Newspaper Association of America. NNN develops customized marketing packages and provides one order/one bill services for its clients. It can place advertising in any newspaper in the United States, regardless of circulation or affiliation.

NAA is a nonprofit organization representing the $55 billion newspaper industry and more than 2,000 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada.

Pioneer Press Taps Riley as VP-Circulation

ST. PAUL, MN/5/7/02—Lawrence M. Riley has been named vice president/circulation at the Pioneer Press effective May 28.

The newspaper executive, who has a track record for sales growth, joins Pioneer after serving as circulation director at the directly competitive Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune since February 2000.

Riley, a graduate of San Diego State University, spent more than 20 years in the tough Southern California market, working for the San Diego Union Tribune, the Bakersfield Californian, and the Orange County edition of the Los Angeles Times. He began his newspaper career in San Diego, working his way up from district manager.

The Pioneer Press, a Knight Ridder newspaper, is Minnesota’s first newspaper and winner of three Pulitzer Prizes. The publication, with daily circulation of 201,492 and Sunday circulation of 258,427, serves readers and advertisers in the Twin Cities’ East Metro region and Western Wisconsin.

FINANCIALS Net Revenues

Rise 71 Percent

At Crown Media

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO/5/7/02—Crown Media Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: CRWN) reported net revenues of $39.5 million for the first quarter of 2002, a 71 percent increase from $23 million for the first quarter of 2001.

Operating Highlights for the Quarter and Year:

Crown Media’s gross revenues increased to $41.4 million in the first quarter of 2002, a 68 percent increase from $24.7 million in the first quarter of 2001. Net revenue in the first quarter of this year increased 71 percent to $39.5 million, from $23 million in the prior year’s quarter. The difference in gross and net revenues is due to the netting of subscriber acquisition costs and other fees against revenue. Hallmark Channel subscribers increased 35 percent to 91.5 million worldwide as of March 31, 2002, from 67.6 million subscribers as of March 31, 2001. The Hallmark Channel ended the quarter with 44.9 million subscribers in the United States and 46.6 million international subscribers across over 110 countries. Subscribers of our domestic channel increased 55 percent over first quarter 2001 and 3 percent over fourth quarter 2001. Subscribers of our international channel increased 21 percent over first quarter 2001 and 5 percent over fourth quarter 2001. During the first quarter of 2002, the Hallmark Channel U.S. achieved its highest-rated quarter in network history, according to Nielsen Media Research, averaging a 0.6 primetime household rating. This represents a 50 percent increase from the fourth quarter of 2001. The Hallmark Channel U.S. has shown the most growth in primetime household delivery among all advertising-supported cable networks since its launch on August 5, 2001. In March, the Hallmark Channel U.S. announced that it would commission 24 movies to be produced by Hallmark Entertainment. The Hallmark Channel will begin to premier these original movies before Christmas 2002. These films will represent a wide array of genres, including dramas, mysteries and westerns. More recently, the Hallmark Channel U.S. announced a long-term programming agreement with Paramount Domestic Television. Under the agreement, the Hallmark Channel secured the rights to dozens of Paramount’s top films, comedies, dramas and westerns and series, including Perry Mason, Hogan’s Heroes, The Beverly Hillbillies and Rawhide. Crown Media U.S. has purchased an original one-hour non-scripted reality series, Adoption, portraying real-life experiences of people who have been involved in the process of trying to adopt a child. Produced exclusively for the Hallmark Channel U.S. by Hallmark Entertainment Inc., this series will premier in early June. The Hallmark Channel U.S. and Hallmark Gold Crown® stores are teaming up for their first-ever cross-promotional effort in support of the network’s upcoming original miniseries, Stranded, which will air exclusively on Hallmark Channel in June. The cross-promotional campaign will rollout nationally May 13, to coincide with Hallmark Gold Crown stores’ Father’s Day sales period.

“We are very pleased with the continued success of the Hallmark Channel, as is evident by increased ratings performance both in the U.S. and abroad,” stated David Evans, President and CEO of Crown Media Holdings.

He continued, “First quarter 2002 primetime ratings for the Hallmark Channel U.S. increased 50 percent from the fourth quarter of 2001. In addition, the Hallmark Channel U.S. scored its 10 highest-rated primetime telecasts ever during the first quarter of 2002. Meanwhile, in the United Kingdom, ratings increased 69 percent for the first quarter of 2002 versus the fourth quarter of 2001. Clearly, our investments in broad distribution, a widely recognized brand and premier, high quality family-oriented content are yielding benefits.”

On March 15, 2001, Crown Media Holdings acquired the following interests not owned by Crown Media Holdings: the remaining 22.5 percent of the common interests in Crown Media United States; and the remaining 50 percent interest in H&H Programming-Asia, which operated The Kermit Channel, which were held by The Jim Henson Co. Inc. The consolidated historical financial statements of Crown Media Holdings include each of the interests described above from the date of acquisition.

Crown Media reported gross revenue, before amortization of subscriber acquisition fees, of $41.4 million for the first quarter of 2002, a 68 percent increase from $24.7 million for the first quarter of 2001. Net revenue in the first quarter increased 71 percent to $39.5 million, from $23 million in the prior year’s quarter. Gross subscriber fees revenue in the first quarter increased 13 percent to $19.8 million, from $17.6 million in the prior year’s quarter, reflecting increased distribution worldwide, offset in part by the amortization of subscriber acquisition and other fees. Advertising and other revenue increased 104 percent to $14.6 million during the quarter, from $7.2 million in the first quarter of 2001, reflecting the increased distribution, enhanced programming schedule and higher ratings for our channels. The licensing fees of $7 million represent revenues in the first quarter of 2002 from licensing programs in Crown Media’s film library, which was acquired on Sept. 28, 2001.

For the first quarter of 2002, total cost of services increased to $49.7 million from $35.1 million during the same quarter of 2001. Within cost of services, programming expenses rose 18 percent quarter over quarter to $23.8 million. The acquisition of third party programming, particularly series-based programming, was the primary driver of the increase in programming expense. Amortization of our film assets was $7.2 million during the first quarter and was not a component of cost of sales during the same quarter of 2001. We also expanded distribution in our domestic markets, driving an increase in amortization expense related to subscriber acquisition fees of $4.2 million. Operating costs, which consist of playback, dubbing and subtitling, transponder and interstitial expenses, decreased 6 percent to $13.2 million for the first quarter as a result of the use of public service announcements in some of our international markets as a substitute for purchased interstitials. Selling, general and administrative expenses increased to $16.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2002, from $15.7 million in the year earlier period, as a result of escalations in rent and salaries. Marketing expenses decreased to $9.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2002, from $10.5 million in the year earlier. During first quarter 2001, marketing expenses were higher due to the introduction of our brand package, which included branded theme blocks, a new positioning line, on-air graphics and signature music. As of January 1, in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, we ceased the amortization of our goodwill.

The loss before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) totaled $21.9 million for the first quarter of 2002, compared to an EBITDA loss of $35.6 million for the same period last year. The net loss for the three-month period ended March 31, 2002 totaled $56 million, or $0.54 per share, compared to $45.2 million, or $0.74 per share, in the first quarter of 2001.

At March 31, Crown Media had available cash and cash equivalents totaling $8.6 million, an unused $75 million line of credit with HC Crown Corporation and a $320 million credit agreement with a group of banks with $113.5 million being the undrawn balance as of March 31. Capital expenditures for the first quarter of 2002 totaled $1.6 million, while the cost of programming acquired totaled $44.6 million.

Crown Media Holdings Inc. owns and operates cable television channels dedicated to high quality, broad appeal, entertainment programming. The company currently operates and distributes the Hallmark Channel in the U.S.and more than 110 countries. The combined channels have over 91 million subscribers worldwide. Significant investors in Crown Media Holdings include Hallmark Entertainment Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of Hallmark Cards Inc., Liberty Media Corp., DIRECTV Inc., VISN Management Corp., a for-profit subsidiary of the National Interfaith Cable Coalition and J. P. Morgan Partners (BHCA), LLC.

Book/Movie Deals HarperCollins

Acquires Rights

to 3 Major Authors

NEW YORK/5/2/02—HarperCollins Publishers announced that it has acquired Black Sparrow Press’ rights to publish three major literary authors—Paul Bowles, Charles Bukowski and John Fante. The deal encompasses 49 backlist books by all three authors, as well as five yet to be published books by Bukowski. The agreement includes world rights for all of the yet to be published books and for the majority of the backlist titles.

The books, including novels, short stories and poetry, will be published by Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins. As a result of this deal, Ecco, which was already the publisher of a substantial set of Paul Bowles’ works, will now publish the complete works of Bowles and Fante, as well as the main body of work by Bukowski. David Steinberger, President of Corporate Strategy and International for HarperCollins negotiated the deal with John Martin, Founder of Black Sparrow Press.

“We are very pleased to add these unique and important books to Ecco’s list,” said Jane Friedman, President and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers worldwide. “This is an opportunity to publish three exceptional authors and to build on the strength of our Ecco imprint, while furthering our global publishing strategy.”

“I am delighted that we are bringing the two collections of Bowles’ work together at Ecco,” said Daniel Halpern, Senior Vice President/Editorial Director of Ecco. “It is an honor for us to be able to publish all three of these writers. Their books are modern classics that will continue to sell far into the future.”

“I have been committed to these great authors for 36 years,” said Martin. “I see this deal as a great opportunity for their works. I have the greatest respect for Daniel Halpern, with whom I have collaborated with for decades. Bowles, Bukowski and Fante’s books will benefit from the global resources and distribution that HarperCollins can offer.”

Paul Bowles, regarded as the epitome of the 20 th century expatriate writer, was born in 1910 and studied music with composer Aaron Copland before moving to Tangier, Morocco on the advice of Gertrude Stein. He remained in Morocco, which served as the inspiration for The Sheltering Sky published in 1949. This book was followed by The Delicate Prey, Let It Come Down, The Spider’s House and Without Stopping, a memoir that describes his legendary associations with everyone from the Beats to Mick Jagger and Tennesse Williams. Bowles’ prolific career included many musical compositions, collections of short fiction, and books of travel, poetry and translations. Ecco has published seven books by Bowles that will now be complemented by six books from Black Sparrow Press.

Charles Bukowski, one of the best-selling poets of the 20th Century, achieved international fame with his prose and poetry, including the novels Post Office, Factotum and Women, and the screenplay for the film Barfly. He was born in 1920 in Germany to an American soldier father and German mother, and was brought to the United States at the age of three. He lived in Los Angeles for 50 years and died in 1994 at the age of 73, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp. HarperCollins published Run With The Hunted, A Charles Bukowski Reader in 1993 and an audio book by Caedmon, Charles Bukowski Uncensored in 2000. Ecco will now publish 31 books by Bukowski, formerly published by Black Sparrow Press. In addition, over the next few years Ecco will publish five never before published Bukowski books.

John Fante, called “Laureate of the Los Angeles Underground” by the Los Angeles Times, was born in Colorado in 1909. He lived most of his life in Los Angeles where he wrote many novels, short stories and screenplays, including Full of Life, Jeanne Eagels, My Man and I and The Reluctant Saint. His first novel, Wait Until Spring, Bandini was published in 1938. Ask The Dust, first published in 1939, was out of print for decades, but is now widely recognized as an essential L.A. novel. Fante died in 1983 at the age of 74. In March, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, published The John Fante Reader. All 12 of Fante’s books that were published by Black Sparrow will now be published by Ecco.

HarperCollins is one of the leading English-language publishers in the world and is a subsidiary of News Corp. (NYSE: NWS, NWS.A; ASX: NCP, NCPDP). Headquartered in New York, the company has publishing groups in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australasia. Its publishing groups include the HarperCollins General Books Group, HarperCollins Children’s Books Group, Zondervan, HarperCollins UK, HarperCollins Canada and HarperCollins Australia/New Zealand. The HarperCollins General Books Group is made up of four operating divisions: HarperTrade, Morrow/Avon, HarperInformation and HarperSanFrancisco.

PublishersLunch.com

Reports More Book

Deals for MayThese book deals are reported on Authorlink as a courtesy of PublishersLunch.com. For more like these, visit the PublishersLunch.com site. Deals are rated as follows: “nice deal” $1 – $100,000 “good deal” $101,000 – $250,000 “significant deal” $251,000 – $500,000 “major deal” $501,000 and up NA, amount of the deal not available FICTION

Columbia MFA grad and current McSweeney’s writer Vendela Vida’s first novel, RAFT OF THE MEDUSA, about Ellis (named by her first generation parents after the Island), held up as she walks through Riverside Park, and although she escapes before any physical assault can occur, the psychological scars, both from the experience itself and the reactions of her friends and acquaintances, send her on an odyssey which stretches to the Philippines and back (the agent find it reminiscent of Lorrie Moore; there are already quotes from Nick Hornby and David Schickler), to Jenny Minton and Sonny Mehta at Knopf/Vintage, with a “buoyant” pre-empt, by Mary Evans (NA).

Monique T.D. Truong’s novel THE BOOK OF SALT, about the male Vietnamese cook to Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas in Paris in the Twenties, to Janet Silver at Houghton Mifflin, in a significant deal, for publication as the lead fiction title in spring 2003, by Elaine Koster (NA). David Grossman will handle UK rights; Agnes Krup will handle translation.

Nonfiction

Vanessa Leggett’s book, with the working title of THE MURDER OF THE BOOKIE’S WIFE, about the murder of Doris Angleton (and ties between accused killer Robert Angleton and the Houston police department) that earned her a record-setting 168 days in jail when she refused to turn over her records, and will now incorporate her own experiences, to Annik Lafarge at Crown for likely publication in 2004, in a pre-empt, by Suzanne Gluck at William Morris (NA). LEGAL Judge Blocks

Football Anthology

After Baldacci Complains

NEW YORK, NY/5/02—A New York District Court has blocked publication of New Millennium Press’s forthcoming collection of football stories, after well-known author David Baldacci, a contributor to the publication, filed a suit objecting to the book jacket. The two most prominent elements of the cover are the title of Baldacci’s 90-page novella, THE MIGHTY JOHNS, and his name. The author complained that the design is misleading to readers. A small subhead reads, “Plus 4 additional original blockbuster stories by: Lawrence Block, Brad Meltzer, Ridley Pearson, and Anne Perry.”

Judge John G. Koeltl ruled that the publisher “was attempting to deceive the public into buying a misrepresented book. Stores were buying the latest book by David Baldacci, not the latest anthology edited by Otto Penzler.”

New Millennium head Michael Viner plans to release the book in early June as originally scheduled, but with a new jacket. Baldacci reportedly was paid $2,000 and no percentage. According to The New York Times the first printing for the book will be 100,000 copies. Authorlink News, Success Stories,

And Recognition Authorlink Writer

Hubbard Sells Book

to McGraw Hill Second in One Month to Land Contract

5/1/02—Graydon D. (Dee) Hubbard has sold his book, Slim to None, to McGraw-Hill as a direct result of Authorlink. The poignant story of his daughter’s long (and fatal) journey through the wasteland of anorexia treatment is told mostly through her hospital journals. The title will be released in January 2003, leading into National Eating Disorders Month.

Hubbard is the 76th Authorlink writer to sell his work. The manuscript, originally titled, Why Won’t Jenny Eat? had been listed with Authorlink for about a year. Hubbard’s first agent, signed through Authorlink, terminated for health reasons. His second agent, also found through Authorlink, lost her position when her agency drastically downsized after September 11. Fortunately, a few months later, McGraw Hill editor Michele Pezzuti spotted the work on Authorlink, made a direct request for the materials, and subsequently offered a contract.

Another writer, Ginger Hanson, who won the Best of Show and Historical Romance awards in the 2001 Authorlink New Author Awards Competition, has secured a two-book contract with Kensington Publishing Corporation. Her award-winning book, D’ Angelo’s Destiny, will be published as the lead title of two under Kensington’s Ballad imprint next spring.

Ginger is the sixth contest winner to attract a publisher, partly based on having won the Authorlink Award, which turns five years old in July 2002. She’s the 75th writer for whom Authorlink has played a role in helping to become published.

Authorlink, online for more than six years, is the award-winning rights marketplace where editors and agents buy and sell unpublished and published manuscripts and screenplays. The site features publishing industry news and provides serious writers with access and exposure to the broadest range of legitimate publishing professionals.

Authorlink is among the top one percent of most clicked sites on the web, and generates more than 2.5 million page views per year.

Authorlink Sales at a Glance

A Comprehensive Listing of Sold Titles Hanson Signs Two-Book

Deal With Kensington;

Becomes Authorlink’s

75th Success Story,

and the 6th Authorlink Contest

Winner to Publish

DALLAS, TX/ 04/01/02—Ginger Hanson, who won the Best of Show and Historical Romance awards in the 2001 Authorlink New Author Awards Competition, has won a two-book contract with Kensington Publishing Corporation.Her award-winning book, D’ ANGELO’S DESTINY, will be published as the lead title of two under Kensington’s Ballad imprint next spring. Ginger is the sixth author to attract a publisher, partly based on having won the Authorlink Award, which turns five years old in July 2002. She’s the 75th writer for whom Authorlink has played a role in helping to become published.

“I’m still in shock,” said Ginger in notifying Authorlink about the sale. “The editor actually e-mailed me last August, right after I won the contest. But I never received the message. With all the traumatic events in New York last fall, I didn’t contact her until earlier this year, saying that DESTINY had won the Authorlink Best of Show. She’s buying the books from my proposal alone. Nothing but good things have happened to me since first winning Best of Show. I have sold four articles to a regional magazine, and now I have a two book contract with Kensington.”

Other contest winners who have attracted publishing contracts include: June Park, BINGO QUEENS OF PARADISE (Harper Collins); Cynthia G. Alwyn, BEST SERVED COLD (St. Martin’s Press); Michaela August, SWEETER THAN WINE (Neighborhood Press), and Ekaterine Nikas (Katy) Terlinden, DIVIDED CHILD (Avid Press).

Major Publishers

Browse Authorlink

for Manuscripts

Statistical Update

DALLAS, TX/ 05/01/02—Literary agents and editors regularly surf Authorlink in search of good writers. Among major houses making requests and/or visiting the site, are: Random House, Knopf, St. Martin’s Press, Simon & Schuster, Penguin/Putham and many other smaller publishers. More than 700 writers are currently listed with us. Since tracking began, 1648 requests have been processed for requested manuscripts. Of the 346 editor or agent offers we’ve been able to track, 76 have lead to publication as a direct or indirect result of exposure on Authorlink. Additional sales and agent contracts are pending.

On average, about 55-65% of the listed writers have received requests by editors and agents, some receiving multiple requests. Of those who have received interest, about 20- 30% are signed with agents and 15- 20% have directly sold their works to publishers during this time, not including pending sales.

The site, which matches literary agents and editors with writers, has received praise from editors at Penguin UK, Avon, Berkley, Random House, Time-Warner, Bantam Doubleday Dell and other major publishers.

See “What People Are Saying About Authorlink”

Authorlink News Archives Suarez Becomes

74th Authorlink Writer

to Sell Manuscript

Danette Suarez, who has listed her work in the Emerging Writers section of Authorlink since last November, has sold her manuscript, OMEGA, to Brown Bag Books, an imprint of World Holdings Group, Inc. in New York.

World Holdings is a start up publisher with no track record as yet. The company was established in April 2001. The house plans to focus on children’s and ethnic titles.

Suarez’s 85,000 word novel is about a young man who must accept the shameful knowledge of his father’s infidelities and his illegitimate sibling.

Authorlink Writer

Freni Sells Work

to California Press

73rd Authorlink Writer to Land Publisher

MARLBORO, MD/1/1/02—Authorlink writer Pamela S. Freni has become the 73rd author to sell her manuscript as a direct result of the popular online marketing service. Her book, SPACE FOR WOMEN will be released in mid-2002 by Seven Locks Press, Santa Ana, CA (www.sevenlockspress.com) and will be available at major bookstores and online booksellers.

Ms. Freni who lives in Upper Marlboro, MD (twenty miles east of Washington, DC), was listed with Authorlink for about two years and had several queries for the manuscript before Seven Locks offered her a contract. She is represented by the Stefanidis Agency which is active on Authorlink. Seven Locks made the direct request for Freni’s manuscript through the Authorlink service.

In announcing the sale, Freni called Authorlink “a fine and useful service.”

The 25-year-old Seven Locks Press publishes quality books covering a wide variety of contemporary topics that provoke thought, enlighten, and entertain. Its authors include political figures, icons of journalism, and recognized experts including Bill Moyers, Hedrick Smith, Congressman Cecil Heftel, Sir Eldon Griffiths, Jane Glenn Haas, and Alan Bock.

Ms. Freni’s book is about the heated space race between the US and Russia. After Russia sent the first man into space, the US was backed into a public relations corner that could only be answered by sending the first woman into space.

Thirteen enormously talented women tested and trained and were on the verge of being astronauts in 1960 when political pressure forced them off the stage. Even forty-one years later,they are talented and ambitious and some of them are still looking for a ride into space.

Pam began writing the book as a direct result of hearing of the thirteen women discussed in her book. “I was so incensed at how they’d been treated by NASA and others, I decided that the story should be told, so I naively began to write a book,” Pam said. “It’s amazing how much ignorance played a part in the process. I thought if you wrote a book, someone just published it.”

Freni’s favorite authors are Michener and Dava Sobel. They can tell a story that quickly fades from words to mind pictures. You don’t even realize you’re reading, just pictures passing over your mind’s eye.

Does she have any advice for newcomers trying to break into publishing?

“As a newcomer, I have read a thousand documents all reminding writers not to take any rejections personally and to persevere. It’s true. Also, never take ‘No’ for an answer if you believe in your writing.”

Asked why she thinks so many writers get rejected, and so few become published, and what elements of good writing would she guess are missing from an aspiring writer’s work, Pam had this to say:

“It doesn’t seem to be a single element so much as it is the ‘heart’ many of us miss adding into our books. We make word choices that either describe something or that grab the imagination and wrestle it to the ground. We can either say, ‘The fireman raised the flag,’ or we can say, ‘The fireman cradled the scarlet and white banner as he struggled to the top of a small smouldering mountain of debris where he defiantly raised it to the top of the mast of the remains of the World Trade Center.’ I think we have to be honest with our emotions and let them enter into our stories. That gives them heart and catches the eyes of the editors.”

Pam says she has learned her craft from, “Reading, reading, reading. Dissecting word usage from authors I enjoy. Reading every web page targeted at authors such as Authorlink.com. Listening to a really good editor who has worked on two manuscripts for me.

And what’s the funniest thing that ever happened to her on the way to getting published?

“After twenty-three rejections on Space for Women, I mentioned it to a friend from the office. She looked startled and asked if I would like an agent. She then handed me the phone number of an author friend of hers who recommended his agents to me. Thinking that it couldn’t be this easy, I contacted them and they became my agents. See it’s easy! I was so lucky and have felt from that day, that this book was destined to be published.”

Seven Locks Press has won a Benjamin Franklin Award and the Category Bestseller Award from Amazon.com. In the last few years Seven Locks Press selection of books has expanded to include a collection of coffee table books, gift books, celebrity bios, and new age titles. The company has introduced a line of juvenile titles and launching a line of fiction titles. Seven Locks Press is the publishing arm of Chapman University Press and a distributor for other small presses that rely on the marketing and publicity capabilities of Seven Locks Press. This year, Seven Locks Press will be publishing twenty-one new titles and will distribute nine titles for other publishers. In 2001, the publishing program will nearly double to forty new titles. James C. Riordan is publisher.

Joyce Lackey

Sells Book

to Gardenia Press

72nd Authorlink Writer to Land Publisher

A publisher contact made several years ago has finally paid of for Authorlink writer Joyce Lackey. The author who received a request for her novel as a result of her Authorlink listing for, The Ghosts of Buffalo Creek, has at last sold the work to Gardenia Press, a small publisher who plans to release the work in July 2002.

Bemis Becomes

71st Authorlink Writer

to Sell Manuscript

June1, 2001—Michael E. Bemis of Kennebunk, Maine, became the 71st author to sell his work as a direct result of listing his work on Authorlink.com.

His book, Safe & Sound, a nonfiction work about how to buy a safe, private, and quiet home, will be published by Hanrow Press of Rancho Santa Fe, California. The small press, founded in 1982, has specialized in law and safety engineering books until now. The publication date for Safe & Sound has not yet been determined. Michael’s work had been listed with Authorlink for about a year when Hanrow requested a look at the full manuscript. Authorlink interviewed the author about his success:

AUTHORLINK: When did you begin your writing career, and what prompted you to do so? Is there a special story behind your decision to become an author?

BEMIS: I started writing in earnest while serving as Sheriff of York County, Maine. When I left law enforcement full-time I was able to devote more time to my writing. 

AUTHORLINK: Who was the greatest influence on your decision to write, and in what ways did they encourage you?

BEMIS: My mother who is a published author.

AUTHORLINK: How important has your agent been in guiding your career?

BEMIS: I briefly had an agent but due to personal hardship they were forced to close. I presently do not have an agent.

AUTHORLINK: How did Authorlink help?

 BEMIS: Authorlink’s excellent service and support has consistently exceeded my expectations. Without Authorlink, Safe & Sound would not be poised for publication.

AUTHORLINK: Do you have any advice or insights for newcomers trying to break into publishing?

 BEMIS: It sounds monotonous, but they should just keep trying.

AUTHORLINK: Do you perceive New York publishing to be a closed society or an open one?

BEMIS: I think it’s open to good writing and content that’s timely and unique.  

AUTHORLINK: What are publishers looking for today?

BEMIS: What will sell and authors with a passion to sell it.

AUTHORLINK: How did you learn your craft? Through reading? Conferences? A university? Mentoring? A combination of these, or other means?

BEMIS: Nothing formal, just a lot of research, reading and writing.

Jan Letoha Becomes

70 th Authorlink Writer

to Land Publisher

April 15, 2001—Jan Letoha this month became the 70 th Authorlink writer to sign a publishing contract as a result of her listing on Authorlink.com. Her first book, Bury The Past , will be published by Port Town Publishing in August, 2002.

Port Town Publishing (PTP) is a small publishing house located in Superior, Wisconsin. The company was founded in 1999 by Jean Hackensmith, a struggling romance author who got tired of getting rejection letters from the New York publishers. PTP publishes about 4-5 novels per year, including original romance, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and horror.

Bury The Past was listed on Authorlink for 22 months. During that time, Jan also signed with an agent through Authorlink, but the agent closed her agency due to illness.

Jan has also listed her second book, Fire On The Moon, with Authorlink. It’s another spooky, romantic suspense story.

How did Jan feel when she heard that her book would be published?

“Like a genie popped out of a bottle and granted me three wishes! It’s the best feeling in the world!”

Jan began writing about ten years ago. “I read a time travel/historical romance and thought, ‘If this author can get away with such a fantastic story, maybe my ideas aren’t so crazy after all.’ So I started writing Bury The Past. Writing fiction was a lot harder than I thought it’d be, though. Getting the hang of writing dialogue was really tough.

Before listing her work with Authorlink, Jan had tried the traditional methods of marketing — sending out query letters and sample chapters. “I had another agent a few years back,” Jan said. “A word of advice — if an agent asks for money up front, look out! Maybe I’m just jinxed when it comes to agents. Anyway, I’m convinced that Bury The Past would be sitting in a shoe box on my closet shelf if I hadn’t discovered Authorlink.”

When Jan is working on a book, she’s a person obsessed — or possessed. She’ll write 10 – 12 hours a day, especially during the summer.

In the real world, Jan teaches Psychology and U.S. History at a South Georgia high school.

What advice would she give to writers who want to be published?

“Research the requirements for different types of novels. It seems that publishers want to see key elements in a book that will appeal to their specific type of market. Read a book on editing manuscripts so you can delete what publishers don’t want to see. List your book on Authorlink — it’s the only thing that worked for me! Then develop a huge store of patience and persistence and don’t think you’re home free once you sign a contract. That’s when the real work starts!”

Authorlink Writer

Joy Jasper Sells Work

to St. Martin’s Press

67th Authorlink Sale

2/26/01—Joy Waldron Jasper this month became the 67th Authorlink writer to sell a manuscript as a direct result of contacts made through Authorlink. Jasper found her New York agent— Sam Fleishman of Literary Artists Representatives — via Authorlink, and he subsequently sold one of her works to St. Martin’s Press.

The new book, “The USS Arizona: The Ship, the Men, the Attack!,” will be in bookstores November 1, 2001, in time for Veteran’s Day (November 11) and the 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day (December 7, 2001)

“After meeting my agent through Authorlink, we signed a contract in December 2000 to represent my novel. Then we signed a second contract in January to represent my nonfiction book,” Jasper explained. “As is often the case, the nonfiction sold first. St. Martin’s Press bought it in February 2001, and has moved at an impressive speed to release it in less than a year, so as to offer it to readers at the 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day — a mere nine months later, which is stunning in the world of publishing! Kudos to my wonderful editor, Mac Talley at St. Martin’s Press, and to my amazing agent, Sam Fleishman.”

Joy became an Authorlink writer in October, 2000. The fictional work that originally attracted her agent is titled “Betrayal at Pearl Harbor.” While that novel hasn’t yet sold (as of press time), the nonfiction book on Pearl Harbor was rapidly sold through the agent who connected with Jasper through Authorlink.

The USS Arizona book is the story of life aboard the USS Arizona in peacetime, and the survival stories of 10 men who lived through the attack. As a journalist and a diver, Joy first visited the USS Arizona underwater in 1983, covering the story of the photo documentation and scientific illustration of the gallant battleship, the greatest casualty of the Pearl Harbor attack. She was so enthralled with the story, she searched out survivors and began interviewing them, crisscrossing the country for several years to hear their stories. Hearing their emotional tales, she was fascinated by the tremendous bond and affection they felt for their ship, and she felt it was a story that needed to be told.

“I’m a writer who prefers to write every day, in the morning when I’m fresh, and for a period of three to four hours,” Jasper said of her working habits. ” If I’m on a splendid roll, I might write for longer, but I like to achieve 10 pages a day that I’ll keep. It never hurts to stop in the middle — of an idea, a sentence, a chapter. I like returning the next day to something unfinished so that I’m inspired to jump in again. I don’t think there’s any one way to write, but I think it’s important to find your own best period of the day and the length of time that makes sense for you. Writing books is my top priority, and I write full time.”

For the record, Joy’s children are grown, and she lives in New England with her husband and a garden full of perennials

“I’ve completed my second novel in a series of underwater thrillers (the first — working title, Betrayal at Pearl Harbor, which is listed on Authorlink — is under review at several major houses at this time),” Joy said.

I’m currently working on another nonfiction book on the Lewis and Clark expedition, and another historical biography is in the outline stage.

“I want to thank Authorlink for providing me a forum for my work, she added. “I was encouraged by having been selected for the Authorlink web site, and once I had a page there (http://www.authorlink.com/001051th.html), I had confidence to approach agents. I sent a number of Authorlink-listed agents an email, condensing my query to three paragraphs and asking them to look for more information on my page. I got positive responses from eight out of ten queries I sent. Of those eight, I was extremely fortunate to find a superb agent to represent me, and who got a sale within a month at a major press.

“Thanks to all at Authorlink. And I want to say to my fellow writers: ‘”Keep writing, and don’t lose heart! If it happened to me, it can happen to you.'”

Authorlink Writer

Chopra Finds

Publisher for Work

68th Authorlink Sale

4/1/01—Dr. Prem Chopra, author of the new age nonfiction book, “If I Had Known,” has sold his work to Hanrow Press in Rancho Santa Fe, California. The small press, founded in 1982, has specialized in law and safety engineering books until now. Chopra’s book is their first venture into trade books.

Dr. Chopra has been listed with Authorlink since October 2000. He signed a contract with Hanrow Press early this year. He became the 68th author to sell his work through Authorlink in the last 36 months.

Jan Wallace Becomes

69thAuthorlink Writer

to Sign With Publisher

69th Authorlink Sale

4/1/01—Jan Wallace became the 69th writer to sign a publishing contract through Authorlink in the past 36 months in late March. Ms. Wallace, a first-time author, signed a deal with PortTown Publishing for her book, Where Roses Grow Wild. The publisher is a small Wisconsin house that releases about four books per year.

Ms. Wallace had two manuscripts listed on Authorlink between 1999 and 2000. In January 2000, Authorlink received a request from WMG Promotions, a literary agency, requesting the manuscript. She signed a contract with WMG the very next month, and shortly thereafter WMG sold the work to PortTown.

Port Town senior editor Jean Hackensmith wrote to Agents Cary and Sherry Wolf that she found the manuscript to be “funny, romantic and tragic.” She said she had tears streaming down her face in the end.

Jan Wallace credits the editor with giving each writer a lot of attention to make sure the manuscript is everything it should be for the reader.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling knowing someone reads your manuscript and it really has an effect on them positive effect at that, that you make them feel for the characters themselves, because that’s what it’s all about-believing in the story.”

“Authorlink has made it possible for writers to link up with the correct agents and publishers, and gives agents a chance to review works by various writers,” Jan explained.

I started along time ago writing, as child I would write stories and put on plays in the basement of my parents’ home. I’ve always told stories, then one day said, lets see if anyone would like to publish any of the stories. Friends have read them and said they were good, but, hey, these are friends after all.

Jan once worked for The University of Georgia Extension Service in the Fort Valley, Georgia office. Today she is a fulltime writer.

“I start a manuscript and work each day 6 to 8 hours,” she said. “It usually takes 3 months to finish a draft, then another three months to get the bugs out. I edit, fix mistakes and read it over and over, proofing each page until it is correct.

“I can see why books cost what they do and why some people just give up, it is not an easy job to do it over and over, no ones manuscript is correct the first go around, you realize when you re-read it the feeling might not be there so you have to correct it put heart where there was none.”

Jan is married to her childhood sweetheart, and they have four children. Twenty-six years ago they bought an old historic house with 17 rooms in Marshallville, Georgia, restored it and live there today with their family and many dogs, cats, doves, ducks, chickens and rabbits.

“My advise to other writers is: don’t quit dreaming about what you believe in, you have to believe in yourself, before anyone else will, and then you go from there, keep writing don’t give up. “Write from your heart, and let it be about something you know. If you venture into another area you don’t know the reader will know it too, and you’ve lost. So stay with what you feel and understand most about life. “It’ll work for you.

“I am especially thankful for my agents,” Jan said. “They have worked late into the mornings trying to find a suitable publisher. They work with writers because they love the written word.”

Davis’ ‘Twin City’

Nominated for Townsend

Prize in FictionATLANTA, GA/3/14/02—Jerry Lee Davis’ novel, TWIN CITY (Authorlink Press), has been nominated for the Townsend Prize for Fiction. This spring, THE CHATTOHOOCHEE REVIEW, a literary journal, again will award the Townsend Prize, Georgia’s most prestigious literary citation, which honors the career and legacy of Jim Townsend, founding editor of ATLANTA magazine and mentor to a generation of Georgia writers. Awarded biennially, the Prize has recognized distinguished fiction by Alice Walker, Celestine Sibley, Ferrol Sams, JoAllen Bradham, Judson Mitcham, and James Kilgo.

The 2000-2001 winner will be announced at a luncheon in honor of nominees on May 9, 2002 at the Wyndham Midtown Atlanta hotel.

Davis is an established Atlanta playwrite. TWIN CITY is his first published novel. about a young boy struggling for acceptance and peace in a dark and chaotic world. Through his relationship with the young daughter of the only Jewish family in town, he confronts the harsh realities of cruelty, hatred, and misery to discover the power of humor and love. Authorlink’s Goldring

Wins Series Contract

With Berkley Publishing

Kat Goldring, among new writers listed on Authorlink, has signed a three-book contract with Berkley Publishing Group for her cozy mystery series, Crow’s Feet and Lemon Drops, to be released in September 2001. Kim Waltemyer is the Berkley editor who made the acquisition, and Carol McCleary of Wilshire Literary Agency, made the sale for four figures.

McCleary had represented the series 5 1/2 years before the first book sold.

“I already had an agent when Authorlink was kind enough to list me in some of their first presentations,” said Kat. “Ours was a mutual endeavor as Authorlink was just starting up and I had just finished a revision with the first novel under the wings of the DFW Writers’ Workshop. Just as an aside, that DFW Writers’ Workshop stands for that and never has meant “Dallas Ft. Worth” as some like to say. In fact one of the founding members with whom I was lucky enough to work with and helped name the group told me it really meant, Damn Fine Writers.

“I believe the fact that AUTHORLINK listed me was one of the reasons my agent did not give up on presenting my work to top notch publishers. I have a few magazine articles and short stories published but my best and most extensive showcase was writing and illustrating with my original drawings a newspaper column for a year titled ‘THE MEDICINE PATH.’

“AUTHORLINK has been wonderful. My agent and I have always been grateful for the professional format available on the site for presenting my work. We came very close to making a sale through the site with China, and may yet sell the foreign rights with help through AUTHORLINK.

Kat Goldring works full time as a high school foreign language department head and Spanish teacher. She spends an hour to hour and a half per day in editing and rewriting the novels and outlines for the first three in the WILLI GALLAGHER MYSTERY SERIES. During holidays and summer time (8 weeks) that time increases to 3-4 hours a day. This doesn’t include the hours for research, marketing, the time to work with other writers on shared projects, and commitments to two writing groups.

“Not only do I work the 40-hour drill and the writing tight-wire,” Kat explains, “but I also sing and play the guitar in two groups: SISTERS OF THE WIND includes a fellow writer, Shirley McKee. We two do mostly classic/golden country western and cowboy/girl programs for local clubs, groups, schools, city gatherings and such. The HIGH MILEAGE country western band, some seven members strong, includes three law officers, performs for trail drives and city functions.

How does it feel to have a published contract?

“I go back and forth between elation of having a fantastic adventure and panic attacks,” says Kat. “I am so thankful for all the wonderful folks, including AUTHORLINK, who have crossed my path at the right time, and have helped me make a lifelong dream come true. WAKAN TANKA (Great Spirit), of course, I thank for all lessons learned and all paths. This is one of those paths strewn with bluebonnets, soft moss and warm cuddly critters. The panic part has to do with getting to those book signings. I’m directional dyslexic and panic when traveling to new places. So . . . maybe that’s the next adventure and lesson!”

Kat Goldring currently is working on the next two novels in the WILLI GALLAGHER SERIES: SNOW SNAKE and SWEET CHARIOT. She also have a second series, the DELTA PAIGE SERIES, and has finished the first book in that series, COOPER STREET GIRLS.

Authorlink asked the author: How helpful was DFW Writers’ Workshop?

“I would not have cleared out the flaws in my manuscript. The members helped me to develop a selling novel. I would not have met my agent, Carol McCleary, if DFW Writers’ Workshop had not had her as a guest. I would not have had the opportunity to meet my editor, KIM WALTEMYER with BERKLEY PUBLISHING. I interviewed with her during her visit with DFWWW. Although I’ve served as an officer and hosted many dinners as well as parties at my own country home for the members, editors and agents, I still owe DFWWW a great deal.”

Two Authorlink Press

Writers Earn

Top Recognition

Dallas and Atlanta/2/15/01— Jerry Lee Davis, author of Twin City (AUTHORLINK PRESS), and Ginnie Bivona, author of Ida Mae Tutweiler and the Traveling Tea Party (AUTHORLINK PRESS), have recently earned top recognition in two different markets.

Jerry Lee Davis of Atlanta has been nominated for the First Novel Award in the 37th annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards, sponsored by the Georgia Writers’ Association. Ginnie Bivona’s Ida Mae Tutweiler recently climbed to number one on the Dallas Morning News Bestseller List for paperback fiction. Ginnie lives in Dallas.

The Georgia Awards ceremony, hosted by Mercer University Press, will be held at a dinner March 17 at Mercer University in Macon,Georgia.

Among a number of recent review of Ginnie Bivona’s book was an article by Don Johnson on Read-a-Bargain.com.Johnson called Bivona’s Ida Mae “A wonderful,character-driven story that produces open memories we thought we’d forgotten. . . . I expected a typical ‘woman’s’ book but found a story of human beings for human beings. Man or woman your time won’t be wasted on this one.”

66th Authorlink

Writer Signs

Publishing Contract

Charlene Tess has become the 66th author to find a publisher as a direct result of Authorlink. Port Town Publishing, a small Wisconsin publisher, will release Ms. Tess’s THE VAN WINKLE BRIDE as a trade paperback romance in June 2001. The book, originally listed on Authorlink as THE VAN WINKLE CONNECTION, is Ms. Tess’s first published work.

“The senior romance editor of Port Town Publishing saw my posting on the Authorlink website and thought my novel sounded intriguing and suitable for her list for 2001,” Charlene explained. “She contacted Authorlink Editor Doris Booth, who contacted me. Doris Booth forwarded an e- mail to me from Port Town Publishing. I sent the publisher a copy of my manuscript by snail mail. The editor read it and said she could not put it down. She offered me a contract by e-mail and then sent me a written contract by snail mail.”

Charlene listed her novel on Authorlink on April 10, 2000, and sold it on November 25.

“My husband and I met Doris Booth at a SouthWest Writers Conference and decided to advertise our editing business on Authorlink. Two of my novels had won first place at Southwest Writers Conference Contests, and I had been trying to get them published by the old-fashioned way: query, partial, full manuscript, SASE, wait, wait, wait method. Authorlink sounded like an attractive, modern way to market my novels. And it worked! I am delighted with the results,” Charlene said.

“I have been writing as long as I can remember and have published essays, feature articles, short stories, and a nonfiction book, but this will be my first published novel.

“Presently, I am working on a rewrite of a romance novel that my sister and I co-wrote, and I am about one-third of the way through a mainstream novel entitled The Greatest Gift. It is the story of the unshakable bond between a mother and daughter in spite of tragic circumstances that shatter their lives.”

Charlene says her best advice when it comes to becoming published is “to be like the old Timex watch slogan: ‘Take a licking, but keep on ticking.’ In other words, keep trying. And don’t forget to try new ideas if the old ones aren’t working for you.”

Authorlink’s Goldring

Wins Series Contract

With Berkley Publishing

Kat Goldring, among new writers listed on Authorlink, has signed a three-book contract with Berkley Publishing Group for her cozy mystery series, Crow’s Feet and Lemon Drops, to be released in September 2001. Kim Waltemyer is the Berkley editor who made the acquisition, and Carol McCleary of Wilshire Literary Agency, made the sale for four figures.

McCleary had represented the series 5 1/2 years before the first book sold.

“I already had an agent when Authorlink was kind enough to list me in some of their first presentations,” said Kat. “Ours was a mutual endeavor as Authorlink was just starting up and I had just finished a revision with the first novel under the wings of the DFW Writers’ Workshop. Just as an aside, that DFW Writers’ Workshop stands for that and never has meant “Dallas Ft. Worth” as some like to say. In fact one of the founding members with whom I was lucky enough to work with and helped name the group told me it really meant, Damn Fine Writers.

“I believe the fact that AUTHORLINK listed me was one of the reasons my agent did not give up on presenting my work to top notch publishers. I have a few magazine articles and short stories published but my best and most extensive showcase was writing and illustrating with my original drawings a newspaper column for a year titled ‘THE MEDICINE PATH.’

“AUTHORLINK has been wonderful. My agent and I have always been grateful for the professional format available on the site for presenting my work. We came very close to making a sale through the site with China, and may yet sell the foreign rights with help through AUTHORLINK.

Kat Goldring works full time as a high school foreign language department head and Spanish teacher. She spends an hour to hour and a half per day in editing and rewriting the novels and outlines for the first three in the WILLI GALLAGHER MYSTERY SERIES. During holidays and summer time (8 weeks) that time increases to 3-4 hours a day. This doesn’t include the hours for research, marketing, the time to work with other writers on shared projects, and commitments to two writing groups.

“Not only do I work the 40-hour drill and the writing tight-wire,” Kat explains, “but I also sing and play the guitar in two groups: SISTERS OF THE WIND includes a fellow writer, Shirley McKee. We two do mostly classic/golden country western and cowboy/girl programs for local clubs, groups, schools, city gatherings and such. The HIGH MILEAGE country western band, some seven members strong, includes three law officers, performs for trail drives and city functions.

How does it feel to have a published contract?

“I go back and forth between elation of having a fantastic adventure and panic attacks,” says Kat. “I am so thankful for all the wonderful folks, including AUTHORLINK, who have crossed my path at the right time, and have helped me make a lifelong dream come true. WAKAN TANKA (Great Spirit), of course, I thank for all lessons learned and all paths. This is one of those paths strewn with bluebonnets, soft moss and warm cuddly critters. The panic part has to do with getting to those book signings. I’m directional dyslexic and panic when traveling to new places. So . . . maybe that’s the next adventure and lesson!”

Kat Goldring currently is working on the next two novels in the WILLI GALLAGHER SERIES: SNOW SNAKE and SWEET CHARIOT. She also have a second series, the DELTA PAIGE SERIES, and has finished the first book in that series, COOPER STREET GIRLS.

Authorlink asked the author: How helpful was DFW Writers’ Workshop?

“I would not have cleared out the flaws in my manuscript. The members helped me to develop a selling novel. I would not have met my agent, Carol McCleary, if DFW Writers’ Workshop had not had her as a guest. I would not have had the opportunity to meet my editor, KIM WALTEMYER with BERKLEY PUBLISHING. I interviewed with her during her visit with DFWWW. Although I’ve served as an officer and hosted many dinners as well as parties at my own country home for the members, editors and agents, I still owe DFWWW a great deal.”

Former LA Times Reporter

to Contribute Kids’ Book

Column to Authorlink

Laguna Beach, CA/12/15/00—Barbara J. Odanaka, former LA Times sports reporter and columnist, will join Authorlink on January 1 2001 as a regular columnist. Her articles will provide writers with in-depth insights on writing and publishing children’s books, and will include interviews with children’s editors at major publishing houses.

Among upcoming topics for her column will be:

January 1: Rejection 101 February 1: A Crime to Rhyme? March 1: Every Story Tells A Picture April 1: Successful School Visits May 1: Beautiful Noise—Why “Quiet” Picture Books No Longer Make the Grade June 1: Five to Watch: A look at Upcoming Children’s Authors

From time to time, she will provide special reports on major children’s book conferences.

Ms. Odanaka left her career at the Times to write books for children. She is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators.

Barb earned a BA in English from the University of Southern California. She lives with her husband and son in a California beach town, and is a founding member of the Skateboarding Moms Society. She can be reached at bodanaka@aol.com

Authorlink Writer

Lands First Book

Deal With Scribner

NEW YORK,NY/10/1/00—Jimmy Gleacher, who has been listed as an Authorlink writer since October, 1999, has sold his first novel to prestigious Scribner, an imprint of Rawson Associates and part of Simon & Schuster.

Meredith Phelan of Linda Chester and Associates in New York found Jimmy’s novel, “Roll Again,” on one of her frequent searches of Authorlink, signed him on, and subsequently sold the work for five figures. The mainstream fictional work, to be released in 2002, is the 64th title to be sold either as a direct or indirect result of Authorlink.

Agent Wray

Signs Fifteen

Authorlink Writers

9/00—Pamela Wray, owner of the new and growing Pamela Wray Literary Agency, has agreed to represent 15 writers found over the last several months as a direct result of Authorlink.

Among the works now represented by Wray are several thrillers and young adult works. Ms Wray, an aggressive agent, already has sent works by the newest Authorlink ensigns out to key publishers.

In another case, Ms. Wray signed a children’s author who, while not officially listed on Authorlink, connected with Wray through the service. The work is a moral folk tale, similar to Uncle Remus.

“I was so excited about this book that he expressed it to me over night, and I have already spoken with numerous publishers, special merchandising and TV producers, ” said Wray. “I am going to put this book up for auction because there is so much interest.”

“The Authorlink website is the ultimate place for any editor, literary agent or publisher, and I am so thankful the staff’s hard work and diligence,” Ms. Wray said in a note to Authorlink.

Ms. Wray is among a number of agents who regularly surf the Authorlink site in search of good manuscripts.

Clemente Becomes

61st Authorlink Writer

to Sell To Manuscript

New York House Pays Handsome Advance

New York, NY/5/26/00 Authorlink writer Gary Clemente became the 61 st author to sell his work to a key New York publisher.

Lebhar-Friedman, New York has slated a 2002 publication date for ” Confessions of a G-Man: Inside the FBI, originally listed on Authorlink as The Marking of a Hoover. Clemente will be paid a $5,000 advance plus royalties for the work, half up front and half on delivery of the finished manuscript. Sale of the book is the direct result of Clemente’s listing on Authorlink.

“Confessions” will be an inside look at the FBI through the eyes of Clemente’s father, who was a career agent for 26 years. The book will deal with anecdotal stories and inside information about the Bureau, the war on Communism in the Fifties, the mob, and J. Edgar Hoover among other things.

How did he find Authorlink? A writer friend told him about it and spoke highly of the service.

Authorlink seemed to be up front about everything and didn’t present itself as a scheme to make money off of writers,” Gary said. “Doris Booth answered all of my questions promptly and professionally while the book was made available for review. I was pleased with how some of the particulars of the book was presented and listed on-line.”

How long were you listed on Authorlink before the sale Gary’s book was listed on Authorlink for about five months before Lebhar-Friedman Editor Frank Scatoni (formerly with Simon & Schuster) spotted the title and requested a proposal. This was all done through e-mail.

Gary, 48, has been writing full time and semi-professionally since he got out of college. He’s written in a number of different mediums along the way. He has several other projects in the working stage, including a collection of short stories; a humor book based on the newspaper column he writes weekly; and a suspense book in the same vein as Michael Creiton.

How does it feel to be a published author?

“My first and only published book was a children’s piece that came out in 1995, called ‘Cosmo Gets An Ear,’ about a little boy who gets his first hearing aid. Being published in book form is a wonderful feeling. It’s an achievement I’m the most proud of in my writing career.

And does he have any advice for new writers?

“Take it from somebody who has written all of his adult life and even some before as a kid — it’s got to be in your blood, because getting published is not the easiest thing to do. You write because you have to — it’s who you are and nobody’s going to make you stop. One thing that can be valuable is to learn how to distill and recognize exactly what it is on a gut level that attracts people to certain stories and why. There are usually one or two elements working that can make a successful story or book. Examine a well-made movie or book and practice how to recognize the “concept” that made it work. Other than that, as Winston Churchill said, ‘Never, never, never give up.'”

Pamela Wray

Literary Agency Signs

Four Authorlink Writers

5/00—Pamela Wray Literary Agency based in Alabama, has signed four Authorlink writers for representation.

They are Steven Rudd, Midnight Run; Jan Letoha, Bury the Past; J.E. Deegan, In Dark Covenant; Norman Davis, Stonecypher’s Gold.

Authorlink Author

Carolee Joy Takes

Rising Star Award

6/15/00—Carolee Joy, author of Wild Angel (Authorlink Press) won second place in the prestigious short contemporary category of the Rising Star 2000 Awards, a division of the Romance Writers of America.

The winners, including the Grand Prize winner, were offered free registration at the RWA national conference or equivalent cash. Winners were presented at the Sooner Area Romance Authors in Tulsa, Oklahoma May 20.

Fifth Authorlink

Contest Winner Earns

Publishing Contract

Los Angeles, CA/ 5/15/00 —Ekaterine Nikas (Katy) Terlinden, the 1998 Best of Show and mystery winner of the Authorlink New Author Awards Competition, has landed a publishing contract with Avid Press

( www.avidpress.com Her winning novel, Divided Child, will be released by Avid in Winter 2000 under her pen name, Ekaterine Nikas. It is the fifth time in two years an Authorlink contest winner has won a substantial publishing contract.

“Authorlink.com offered a wonderful contest that gave me an important boost to my career, got me access to editors and agents, and provided a very impressive reference for query letters,” said Terlinden.

Katy had been writing for about ten years before she heard about Authorlink on one of her writer lists. She advises new writers to “be persistent, be part of a network, enter contests (they are a great way to get agents and editors to look at your work), and keep your mind open to the possibilities offered by small presses and e-book publishers, especially if your book does not fit easily into the New York mold.”

Katy also says, “utilize the Internet to the fullest. I probably would not have made my sale without it. I think Authorlink is a great resource for writers and an excellent example of how new writers can use the Internet to break through the barriers to publication.

Authorlink Writer’s

New Book Released

by Marlowe, New York

NEW YORK, NY/5/1/00—Beyond Anger: A Guide for Men, by Thomas J. Harbin, Ph.D, has just been released by New York Publisher Marlowe & Company’s Avalon imprint. Author Tom Harbin directly attributes the sale of his book to his listing on Authorlink.

Forensic Psychologist Harbin sold his nonfiction manuscript, originally titled STANCE OF ANGER, to established publisher, John Muir Publications as the result of a direct inquiry by the publisher in May, 1998. Muir was bought by Marlowe Books, a division of Avalon last year.

In his new book, Dr. Harbin helps men understand their anger by explaining what the specific symptoms of chronic anger are and by showing angry men how their actions negatively affect family, friends and co-workers.

Tom is one of nearly 60 Authorlink writers to sign a contract with a publisher since sales tracking began in early 1997.

Tom had been listed on the site for eight or nine months before receiving the request. Generously sharing the sales figures with other Authorlink writers, Tom said he was paid a $1,000 advance upon signing a contract, another $1500 upon delivery of the revised manuscript, and the final $1000 was paid when the book was released.

Tom began writing the manuscript about seven years ago, for use with angry men in his clinical practice. “The book sort of grew over the next couple of years and I guess I have been actively trying to sell it for about three years,” he said.

“At first, I naively sent it to editors who had done similar work. Then, I engaged a New York agent who had promoted books for a friend of mine. Honestly, I was about to put the manuscript away and forget about it or start the self-publishing journey. Then I became aware of Authorlink while absently surfing the net for agents.”

While not officially working on any new titles, he has started writing some short stories about the goings on in his rural North Carolina county, and he’s been keeping copious notes for a possible book about his role as a forensic psychologist.

When asked what he would advise first-time writers, he said I would not presume to offer anyone advice. I think that lucked out so far.

And how important was Authorlink to his begin published? My book would still be sitting on a dusty disk somewhere, without Authorlink, he concluded.

In little more than three years, nearly 300 writers have reported signing with agents as a direct result of Authorlink, and more than 1500 requests from editors and agents have been processed.

The author lives and practices in North Carolina.

Authorlink

Correspondent

Joins LA Times

Authorlink writer, Michelle Lovato, has been hired by the Los Angeles Times to cover special sections issues.

Regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious news organizations, the Los Angeles Times has a full circulation of 1.4 million copies per Sunday issue.

Lovato’s work will premier March 13.

With more than two years experience as an Authorlink California publishing correspondent, Lovato has covered several events, and can be found by searching archives.

Lovato is the owner/publisher of The Silver Lakes Gazzette, a weekly newspaper, and a columnist and reporter for The Inland Empire Business Journal, a Southern California regional business magazine.

Accompanying Lovato in her new post will be her husband, Vince, a 20- year veteran of journalism. Among Vince’s credits are previous LA Times bylines,

the sales of two short stories to Stephen Speilberg, two nominations for California Newspaper Publisher’s Association awards and was the recipient of a fellowship to Rice University in Houston Texas.

Lovato has 10 years experience as a political and business reporter

and specializes in feature stories. She writes a newspaper column entitled, Thank You, Lord and has won several awards for her short fiction.

Both Lovatos are pursuing careers in the publishing industry. Ms.Lovato will continue contributing articles to Authorlink.

Authorlink Author

Carolee Joy Ranks

as RWA Finalist

DALLAS/FORT WORTH, TX/ 3/13/000—WILD ANGEL (Authorlink Press, April 2000) by Carolee Joy has been named a finalist in the Golden Quill contest sponsored by the Desert Rose Chapter of Romance Writers of America. Other finalists include multi-published authors such as Vicki Lewis Thompson, one of Harlequin TemptationsTemptation’s biggest sellers.

In addition to WILD ANGEL, SECRET LEGACY, another novel by Ms. Joy, is also a finalist in the Golden Quill competition for Best Romantic Suspense and Best First Book.

New Author

Ranks #12

on Amazon

ATLANTA,GA/3/10/00—A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO DAY TRADING ONLINE (Adams Media) by first-time author, has risen to #12 on Amazon.com’s top 100.

The book, agented by Deidre Knight of the Knight Agency (listed on Authorlink), was released only a week ago, and began its quick rise after the author appeared on CNBC Today.

American Self

Publishers’ Group

Honors Mitchell

SAN FRANCISCO, CA/ 3/1/00—Ed Mitchell, whose manuscript had been listed with Authorlink before he decided to self publish, has been awarded the National Publishers Freedom Award for Best new Fiction. The honor will be bestowed by the year-old American Self Publishers Association (ASPA) for Mitchell’s novel, GOLD RUSH 2000. Resource Library. The ASPA award will be given in a formal ceremony May 13 in San Francisco. In addition, the work was accepted by the National Steinbeck Center Resource Library.

Mitchell attributes part of his success to Authorlink for having seen “the quality in my book, and having had the courage to publicly declare that assessment.” Authorlink, while not a self publisher, helps writers market their work through promotion to editors and agents, and through listings of their work on its award-winning site, authorlink.com

Third Authorlink Contest

Winner Signs Contract

With Major Publisher

Dallas, TX/1/1/00—Three winners of the Authorlink New Author Awards competition have landed major publishing contracts within the past 18 months. The latest Authorlink contestant to become published is Cynthia G. Alwyn (pen name), who placed among the top three in the 1999 Authorlink awards competition.

Carol Berg of Ft. Collins, CO, the 1999 Authorlink first-place, science fiction/fantasy winner for Song of the Beast, won a three-book contract with Roc (an imprint of Penguin Putnam). And June London, 1998 Authorlink mainstream winner signed a six-figure contract with Harper Collins for her novel, Bingo Queens and a second work-in-progress, tentatively titled Stray Bullets.

Ms. Alwyn won the 1999 competition for a book titled, Tail of the Serpent, but it was her newest work, Best Served Cold, that convinced New York Agent Anne Hawkins of John Hawkins & Associates, to become her agent. Hawkins subsequently sold the work to St. Martins Press for an undisclosed amount. The title will be released in the Winter of 2001.

“I have been surprised how fast things can happen,” said Cynthia. “I met Anne Hawkins, who is now my agent, at a conference in 1998. We kept in contact, and when I visited with her at the 1999 Authorlink Awards presentation in Georgia, we finalized our business partnership with my new book BEST SERVED COLD. A short time later, St. Martin’s bought the project. I’m thrilled and stunned at the same time. It didn’t feel real to me until I started getting mail from them.”

BEST SERVED COLD features protagonist Brenna Scott and her search dog, Feather, a black Bouvier Des Flandres. Together, they search for lost or missing people. In this book, Brenna and Feather race the clock to locate a child before the kidnapper makes good his threat to take the little girl’s life.

“I wasn’t sure the book would sell, but Anne believed in it and in me. Since I’d worked with a canine search and rescue team for nine years, I do have first-hand knowledge of how dogs and handlers work. Although the story is fiction, I believe my experience in this area helped sell the book,” said Cynthia.

Due to the commitment of her day job, Cynthia’s writing time is limited. “I usually write Thursday through Sunday and a solid eight hours a day while on vacation. I frequently work out plot points and tidbits about characters driving to and from work. Most days, I’ll sit in my car during lunch break (it’s the only quiet place at work) and make notes. Although I’ve started writing the next Brenna Scott book, it doesn’t yet have a title.”

The 2000 Authorlink New Author Awards Competition is now accepting entries for this year’s contest through March, 2000. Awards again will be presented at the annual Harriette Austin Writers Conference, University of Georgia, in July, 2000. Top prize is $500.

For details see: http://www.authorlink.com/contest_00.html

Three More

Authorlink Writers

Sign Publishing Deals

8/15/99—Three more writers have won publishing contracts as a direct result of their listings with Authorlink. All three are clients of Elisabet McHugh, McHugh Literary Agency, who discovered them on Authorlink several months ago. This brings to a total of 49 the number of books that have been sold through Authorlink during the past 2 1/2 years.

Chris Spicer has accepted an offer form McFarland & Co. for Frankly, My Dear. . .:The Life of Clark Gable.

Publication will be in 1001, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of Gable’s birth.

Neva Hacker, author of Missing Candy, and Charles Crone, author of The Palestinian Solution, have sold their work as e-books to Fictionworks, through Ms. McHugh.

E.A. Blair Becomes

43 rd Author to Find

Publisher Via Authorlink

7/1/99—Scrivenery Press will publish Authorlink writer E. A. Blair’s A Journey to the Interior, in November, 1999, making Blair the 43 rd author to find a publisher via Authorlink since sales tracking began in 1997. Thirty-one writers have been published as a result of Authorlink, with houses such as Berkley, Tor, John Wiley & Sons, Carol Publishing Group and others. Twelve more titles will be released in August, 1999 by Authorlink’s own imprint—Authorlink Press, bringing the total of successfully published authors to forty-three.

“I had tried sending material to about 50 agents, and though many were favorably impressed, all rejected the work, probably because their slice of an author’s first book might not have seemed profitable enough,” said E.A.

Blair, who holds a Masters Degree in Fine Arts has been writing since 1951. His day job for the past 30 years has been in publications for the aerospace industry. Some time back, he wrote and published a professional book, but turned to serious fiction only about ten years ago.

E.A. had been trying to sell his work through agents for five years, when he discovered Authorlink in May, 1998. He had been listed on the site for ten months when Scrivenery Press Publisher Ed Williams spotted his work on the web site. Scrdivenery, whose titles are distributed by Ingram Book Group, is actively building both its fiction and non-fiction lines.

Asked how it feels to be a published author, Blair said, “Vindicated. The related adjectives will come later.”

Blair’s contract did not include an advance, but does pay standard royalties.

“My impression of Scrivenery is that they are professional, intelligent and use advanced publishing technologies—as witnessed by the use of Authorlink and Ingram Book.

“Finding Authorlink was like a door to opportunity suddenly opening,” said Blair.

He advises the unpublished writer to “Write patiently, critically.”

He has a second title underway.

Authorlink Writer’s

Novel Released

by Berkley Publishing

NEW YORK,NY/6/10/99— LOST RIVER, a novel by Authorlink writer, Pax Riddle, is now on bookstore shelves. Pax made the deal with Berkley Publishing Group (division of Penguin/Putnam) as part of the connections he made through Authorlink. The book is available via: http://www.lostriver.org/, barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com

Authorlink Named

Among Best Education

Resources on the Web

6/10/99—Authorlink has been selected as a featured site in StudyWeb

( http://www.studyweb.com/) as one of the best educational resources on the web.

StudyWeb is one of the Internet’s premier sites for educational resources for students and teachers. Since 1996 professional reviewers have scoured the Internet to select only the finest sites to be included in StudyWeb’s reviews. Each site in StudyWeb includes a detailed review describing it’s merits.

Authorlink Teams

With Lightning to Offer

On-Demand Book Imprint

DALLAS, TX /5/1/99—Authorlink, the award-winning news/information and marketing site for the publishing industry, will launch its own book imprint, Authorlink Press, this summer. The move results in part from a new publishing partnership between Authorlink and Lightning Print, Inc, the print on demand subsidiary of Ingram Book, worlds largest book distributor.

Authorlink Press will carry the fine tradition of New York-style publishing into the digital age, said Authorlink President Doris Booth. We will serve as a market proving ground for the titles that truly deserve to be published and read—titles that eventually may find their way to larger houses, after we establish a solid track for them, said Ms. Booth.

Lower-cost digital and on-demand printing now enable Authorlink Press to publish books once considered economically too risky. The company will aggressively market the titles, establish sales records and then seek to turn them over to larger publishers.

The imprint will use the latest technology to publish digitally-downloadable books and trade paperbacks, printed on demand. Titles will be distributed through multiple on and off-line sales channels, including Ingram, which serves major booksellers such as Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com.

Authorlink has also established an alliance with Peanut Press, to help supply electronic books for 2 million Palm Pilot and IBM WorkPad owners. Authorlink marketing ties also include alliances with the book review site, Bookbrowse.com (280, 000 page views annually), larger publishing houses, and other distribution and marketing resources.

Authorlink Press emphasizes aggressive, targeted marketing and distribution for every title it buys-a vital element often missing from tight production and promotional budgets at traditional publishers. The company’s own loyal audience of 170,000 book lovers provides one the ready audiences of book buyers.

Not only do our readers support fellow writers by buying and reading their work. They provide vital marketing feedback. At Authorlink the end consumer will tell us which books they like and why—not marketing reps, nor retail booksellers with special agendas, but the readers themselves, said Ms. Booth.

Admittedly, digital publishing furrows new ground for Authorlink Our imprint is a test of its own-measuring whether consumers will buy truly good titles through Internet sites, hand-held devices and on-demand, with books printed at the time of their order (one- off). Ms. Booth explained.

In 1999 Authorlink Press initially will release 12 fiction and non-fiction titles, both in digital and trade paperback (on demand), with 12 to 24 titles to follow next year. They will be promoted to targeted, vertical markets, and to horizontal mass audiences via the Internet and traditional channels.

The imprints digital books will be available on the Authorlink.com site and through Peanut Press

( http://www.peanutepress.com/) late this summer. Most titles-and all of the initial 12—will also be available in the Ingram title base and may be ordered through all Ingram ordering systems, accessible to Barnes & Noble, Barnesandnoble.com, Amazon.com and, other major booksellers and libraries.

Both first-time and seasoned authors will be included in the list. Categories include suspense/thrillers, mainstream commercial fiction, science fiction/fantasy, romance, and narrative and commercial nonfiction. No anthologies or short stores are considered, and length ranges from 70,000-80,000 words. The new house is not a subsidy or vanity publisher, and will pay standard publishing industry royalties.

Unsolicited manuscripts are NOT accepted at this time and will be automatically recycled. Prospective authors should, instead, consider submitting their work for possible listing in the site’s Author Showcase section.

Authorlink will continue to showcase listings of ready-to-publish manuscripts, and to market them worldwide to editors and agents, as it successfully has done for thee years. Authorlink has been rated among the top 25% of most useful sites on the web by Microsoft’s One Click Away E- zine.

Web site: http://www.authorlink.com/arch4_files/authorlink.htm

Authorlink Named

Among Writer’s Digest

Top 101 Sites For Writers

Writers Digest magazine has selected Authorlink as one of The 101 Best Web Sites for Writers. The 101 were culled from the Digest staffs lists of favorites, as well as from nominations made by about 1,500 visitors to writersdigest.com.

The 101 Best is the cover story of the May 1999 issue of Writers Digest. The list is also published in its entirety on the Writer’s Digest website, at http://www.writersdigest.com/101sites.

The list of recommended websites is just one of several recent additions to writersdigest.com.

Authorlink holds other distinguished industry awards, and including its ranking by Microsoft’s One Click Away E- zine among the top 25% of most useful sites on the web.

Four Authorlink Writers

Sign With WriterBeck

Agency in Two Weeks

5/1/99—Four Authorlink writers will have signed with a single literary agent within the past two-weeks. Beck Roberts, owner of the Writerbeck Agency, has contracted Mackey Murdock and Andrea Giacomuzzi—both listed with Authorlink and found through the site. Two more writers were polishing their manuscripts, but were expected to sign with Ms.Roberts within days.

Beck Roberts represents 70% fiction and 30% nonfiction, and handles most categories except for erotica and cartoons. She has 30 years of experience as a published writer in both fiction and nonfiction and 20 years in related marketing fields. Ms. Roberts has been an agent for a little more than a year, and has already signed seven writers, including the new Authorlink people.

Her agency is based in South Carolina, where she moved with her husband and two children to have a simpler lifestyle than in Atlanta.

“Being a relatively new agent, I am more eager than some to work with the authors and their manuscripts, sending them out with strong cover letters to publishers. I am tireless in my efforts and truly get excited about seeing good works in print,” she said.

The agency has no sales at present but, as Ms. Roberts said, “Good things take time and I am confident in the authors’ work and my ability to promote it successfully.”

Editor’s Note, 5/11/99: This agent has retired due to a severe illness and will not be accepting other clients.

Update: Authorlink Writer

Sells WOLF’S TALE

To TOR Books

Agent Describes Publishing Recipe

By Sam Hughes

The Dickens Group Literary Agency

3/99—David Holland and his upcoming first novel MURCHESTON: THE WOLFS TALE (TOR Books) is a lesson to all who serve as functionaries in today’s literary marketplace. Success may well depend on an old recipe: a good writer, a persistent agent who is willing to nurture true talent, and an editor who takes his or her job to heart and who will fight for a book. In the case of David Holland, whose work has appeared on Authorlink the factors that traditionally made the publishing industry great came together after seven years of productive author/agent interaction.

The heroes of this story are Hollland, one of the finest writers our agency has seen, agent Bob Solinger, who recognized brilliant writing and spent seven years pounding on doors to sell Hollands work, and Karla Zounek, the TOR editor who fell under the spell of Hollands writing and worked one-on-one with him to produce a fine literary horror story with a distinctive Victorian setting and tone.

For agents and editors struggling against adverse forces in the current marketplace, it is important to recognize the Holland phenomenon. Services such as Authorlink — a sterling example of what Internet marketing can and should be are invaluable to everyone, especially to new writers. And the ultimate lesson for writers, agents and editors alike: eventually, good writing sells.

Writer’s Seven Year

Effort Pays Off,

Authorlink Plays Part

Louisville, KY/1/1/99—David Holland, a writer featured on the Authorlink site, since August, 1997, has sold his novel, THE WOLF’S TALE, with The Dickens Group as his agency. David has tried for seven years to become published, and at last found an agency that believed in his work and found the right publisher. More details of his success will be published here soon.

Psychologist Tom Harbin

Becomes 25th Authorlink

Writer to Sell Work

2/15/99—Forensic Psychologist Tom Harbin has sold his nonfiction manuscript, STANCE OF ANGER: RECOGNIZING AND CHANGING THE PATTERNS OF MENS ANGER, to established publisher, John Muir Publications. Tom is the 25th Authorlink writer to sign a contract with a publisher Since sales tracking began in early 1997.

The title will be released in the spring of 2000, according to acquisitions editor Cassandra Conyers, who requested the manuscript directly from Authorlink in May, 1998. Tom had been listed on the site for eight or nine months before receiving the request.

Generously sharing the sales figures with other Authorlink writers, Tom said he was paid a $1,000 advance upon signing a contract, another $1500 upon delivery of the revised manuscript, and the final $1000 will be paid when the book is released. Authorlink assumes a royalty arrangement is also included in the contract.

Tom began writing STANCE about seven years ago, for use with angry men in his clinical practice. The book sort of grew over the next couple of years and I guess I have been actively trying to sell it for about three years.

At first, I naively sent it to editors who had done similar work. Then, I engaged a New York agent who had promoted books for a friend of mine. Honestly, I was about to put the manuscript away and forget about it or start the self-publishing journey. Then I became aware of Authorlink while absently surfing the net for agents.

Tom said having his first work published feels daunting. Muir wants him to increase the book length by about 67% during revision, and he’s not a full-time author. He hopes he can get it done on time, especially since there are substantial penalties for being late.

While not officially working on any new titles, he has started writing some short stories about the goings on in his rural North Carolina county, and he’s been keeping copious notes for a possible book about his role as a forensic psychologist.

When asked what he would advise first-time writers, he said I would not presume to offer anyone advice. I think that lucked out so far.

And how important was Authorlink to his begin published? My book would still be sitting on a dusty disk somewhere, without Authorlink, he concluded.

John Muir Publications, established in 1969, will release 68 titles in 1999, and 75 in 2000. Main interests are in travel and alternative health.

In little more than two years, 215- plus writers have reported signing with agents as a direct result of Authorlink, and more than 960 requests from editors and agents have been processed.

Writer Cindy Appel

Lands Columnist Job

as Result of Authorlink

2/15/99—Cindy Appel, recently named Cyber Columnist of the Quarter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, attributes her job as a Star Telegram Online Columnist directly to Authorlink and the 1998 Authorlink Electrify Your Writing seminar.

I found out how to become a cyber-columnist from the talk given at the Authorlink workshop last May by Star Telegram Online Marketing Director Bonnie Bradshaw. I became a weekly columnist by July of last year, said Cindy.

Her column, titled, Every Day IS Mothers Day can be found at www.star-telegram.com/homes/cappel/columns/momsday.htm. Cindy takes a semi-humorous look at the world through the eyes of being a full-time mom and struggling writer. She has even developed a loyal following of sorts, too, and takes suggestions from readers on future column topics.

I just thought that others who read Authorlink might like to know how helpful it can be to their writing careers, said Cindy.

Agent McHugh Signs

12 Authorlink Writers,

Sells to Key Publishers

12/1/98—Twelve Authorlink writers have signed contracts within the past couple of years with Literary Agent Elisabet Mchugh, all as a direct result of the Authorlink service. And McHugh has sold many of their works to major publishers.

One of these clients, Roland Jansen, whose first book Profits From Natural Resources was just published by John Wiley, is now working on a second investment book. Linda Swink, Eric Winkler, David Whale and Sam Sackett also sold their books through Ms. McHugh.

In recent months, this agent has added a number of other Authorlink writers, including: Steven Levi, David Dial, S.Alan Hepps, Terry Milton, Jim Norton, Rebecca Spalten, and Lewis Tracy. A thirteenth writer is about to be signed with her.

“Authorlink is providing a great service for agents and editors,” says Ms. McHugh, who works exclusively through the Internet and has clients in eight countries. “I’m impressed not only by the quality of the manuscripts that you have listed, but also the prompt service rendered by your staff when I request a manuscript. And I check out the new listings on your website on a regular basis.”

Authorlink Writer

Sells Nonfiction Title

to Lone Wolf Enterprises

12/1/98—Dale C. Maley, author of Road Map to Retirement: How to Quickly and Easily Develop a Financial Plan for Retirement, has sold his work to Roger Wolf’s Lone Wolf Enterprises, Ltd. ( http://www.lonewolfent.net/) as a direct result of Authorlink

The book will be released both in hardcover and online in the first quarter of 1999. Lone Wolf has more than 60 titles in print.

Maley will receive 15% of gross for printed book and 15% of gross for electronic book sales.

Maley discovered Authorlink when he picked up a paper flier at the Harriet Austin Writer’s Conference in Athens, Georgia last July, then followed up by visiting the site at http://www.authorlink.com/arch4_files/authorlink.htm. (Note: The second annual Authorlink New Author Awards Banquet will be held as part of the 1999 Harriet Austin Writer’s Conference in Athens, July 23-25, 1999).

Dale, who has been writing for about two years, said it took him only 15 months to find a publisher through Authorlink He first found an agent through Authorlink who tried, but failed to sell the title to a large publisher.

How does it feel to have his first work published? “Very exciting, it has been a long, arduous, and perilous journey from writing those first few words of the manuscript until getting it published, “ said Dale.

He advises new writers to “Make sure your book is either the best among all the competition or among the first few books published in a new subject area. Be diligent, patient, and believe in your yourself and your work.

Authorlink Helps

Writer Secure

International Agent

12/1/98—J.D. Wetterling, author of SON OF THUNDER, has sold his first work to domestic publisher, Rivilo Books, Felix C. Lowe, publisher. The title was schedule for release in November, 1998. While J.D. located a publisher on his own, it was Authorlink that helped him find his agent. The Stefanidis Agency based in Geneva, Switzerland, discovered J.D.s listing on the Authorlink site and requested a review of the manuscript. The writer agreed to let Stefanidis handle the foreign rights.

Wetterling , who has been writing for nine years, had tried to locate an editor and agent for the last eight years. He found Authorlink while surfing the net. He found the publisher networking through friends.

How does it feel to have his first work published? “Wonderful!” he exclaimed. Wetterling, whose day job is as a Stockbroker with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, has two more novels in progress. He hopes to write all day, every day, for the rest of his days. Books and the Internet helped him more than anything else to improve his craft.

He advised new writers to “never give up.”

Authorlink Writers

Now Able to Track

Their Own Page Hits

12/1/98— Authorlink writers are now able to track the number of hits to their individual pages each month. We’re now adding individual counters to every page, so writers can determine the level of interest in their listed manuscripts. The counter, which resets at the first of each month, does not show who visited the page, but it gives the writer an idea of how interested editors, agents and general readers are in his or her topic and title.

The counter is now being added to every new writer’s page. Writers with existing listings can request an ID and password for the service by emailing: dbooth@authorlink.com

JLA Agency Signs

Four Authorlink Writers

In 60 Days, Praises Site

11/15/98—Jay Lace, owner of JLA Literary, reports that he has signed contracts to represent four Authorlink writers during the past 60 days.

They include: Michael Sedge, Author of the novel, The Oracle, and a nonfiction work, Fettuccini or the Frustrated Soul; Margaret Brennecke, author of the novel, Seeking Refuge; Miles Twaddell, author of the novel, Victory Day, and Charles Carron, author of the non-fiction work, The Suing Game.

JLA, a new agency actively looking to build a small roster of clients, found all four writers listed on Authorlink

“We are looking for original works with commercial appeal,” said Mr. Lace. “We have discovered that using Authorlink helps us separate the chaff from the wheat, and saves us hundreds of hours that would otherwise be wasted on unsuitable manuscripts.”

The agency adheres to the AAR’s guidelines, although it is not yet a registered member.

Wiley Releases

Authorlink Writer’s

First Book in November

11/1/98—Roland Jansen, who found an agent and publisher through Authorlink, has received the first copy of his new book, Profits in Natural Resources, from publisher John Wiley & Sons. The new release shipped to major bookstore chains in early November.

“It all started with Authorlink, ” Jansen said in a message to Authorlink this week. “The Internet works.”

Agent Signs

Three Authorlink

Writers Within Months

AUSTIN, TX/10/98—Brian G. Clark, Esq., owner of BGC Literary Management, has signed contracts to represent three Authorlink writers within less than two months.

BGC is an aggressive and highly professional new agency headquartered in Austin, TX.

Clark said he has signed Eric Scherer, author of THE OLYMPUS PROJECT; Ekaterine (Katy) Terlinden, who wrote THE DIVIDED CHILD, and Pete Murphy, author of SALAMANDERS. Ms. Terlinden was Best of Show (suspense/mystery/thriller) winner in the first annual Authorlink New Author Awards competition. (See the second annual Authorlink competition guidelines at http://www.authorlink.com/contest_99.html).

“The advent of literary agents came as publishing houses cut editorial staff, allowing agents to step in as the front line arbiters of taste and commercial viability,” said Clark. “Authorlink has become the new additional front line for the busy agent, a source for trusted pre-screened material to pursue at their convenience.”

Authorlink Finalists

Sign Publishing Contract

With Neighborhood Press

8/29/98—Marian Gibbons and Karin Welss, finalists in both the Romance and SF/Fantasy/Horror categories in the 1998 Authorlink New Author Awards Competition, have signed a publishing contract with Neighborhood Press for their historical romance novel, SWEETER THAN WINE. SWEETER THAN WINE is scheduled to be released in May, 1999, under the pseudonym of Michaela August.

In this novel WWI widow Alice Roye must fight to save her Sonoma winery from the threat of Prohibition. She falls in love with her new vintner, a European refugee, not knowing that he served as an enemy soldier during the war.

“We believe that entering our work in contests such as the one sponsored by Authorlink really opened some doors for us, ” said Karin Welss. “SWEETER THAN WINE is definitely a local history novel, highlighting a little-known aspect of Prohibition,” explains Welss when asked about how she and Gibbons chose the subject for their novel . “A lot of hard-working American winemakers and grape-growers lost their livelihoods when beer and wine were outlawed along with hard liquor, and California’s wine industry languished for the next fifty years.”

Gibbons adds, “It was a very emotional time, so soon after World War I and the deadly influenza epidemic. Although the concept of Prohibition was well-intentioned, its effect was devastating even before gangsters and bathtub gin became the popular symbols of its failure. Grape-growers didn’t know, right up to harvest in 1919, whether or not they could legally pick the best crop they’d ever seen. I found the research fascinating.”

How did they make the sale? After finishing the manuscript, Gibbons and Welss spent a year sending out query letters and partials. They also entered several writing contests, including the Authorlink contest. “The romance writing community is incredibly supportive of new writers,” Welss says, and Gibbons agrees: “We got a lot of help and encouragement from the published authors who judged two of the contests.” A major obstacle to overcome in selling SWEETER THAN WINE was its WWI-era setting. “It’s always difficult for new authors to break in,” remarks Gibbons, “and even more difficult when editors are convinced that no one wants to read historicals set in the early 20th century.” Their finalist status helped generate leads for possible publishers, as did their membership on several writing-related Internet listservs.

Welss remembers: “Someone on RWALINK (the Romance Writers of America members-only listserv) mentioned that Neighborhood Press was a fairly new publishing house open to romance submissions, and they spoke very highly of the Senior Editor, Rhea Griffiths. We queried Rhea via email, got a favorable response, and the rest is history.” Marian Gibbons and Karin Welss are working on separate solo projects at the moment, although they have several more co-authored novels in the planning stages, including a sequel to SWEETER THAN WINE.

Gibbons is currently writing a sequel to In a Mirror, Darkly, set amid the turmoil of Berkeley in the 60’s. Welss has another historical romance in progress, a tale of love and blackmail set in Restoration England.

About Neighborhood Press: Rhea Griffiths founded Neighborhood Press in 1995 with nothing but a desktop computer, an America Online account and the belief that “if she built it, they would come…” Now a rapidly growing small press, Neighborhood Press plans to publish twelve novels in 1999 as well as six issues of The Lovers Knot, a new magazine aimed at readers and writers of romance. Additional information about Marian Gibbons and Karin Welss, writing together as Michaela August, is available at the HREF=”http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Square/3524/”Michaela August Web Page.

Another Writer Wins

Publishing Contract

Via Authorlink

EquiLibrium Press Signs Mitchell

NEW YORK, NY & CULVER CITY, CA/ 8/98—Joyce Slayton Mitchell, author of more than 32 nonfiction books published by major houses such as Bantam, Dell, Simon & Schuster, and others, has sold another nonfiction work as a direct result of Authorlink

Ms. Mitchell’s newest manuscript, Pregnant in New Zealand: Mother and Daughter Letters from Afar, will be published in May, 1999 by EquiLibrium Press, Inc. of Culver City, California.

EquiLibrium Press Publisher Susan Goland requested the manuscript several months ago after seeing Mitchell’s listing on Authorlink This will be EquiLibrium’s first title as a new publisher, specializing in all aspects of health and wellness for women.

Pregnant in New Zealand is the story of a courageous and adventuresome young woman who finds an exotic life in the Pacific. This collection of New Zealand-to-Vermont letters is written in the first hours of pregnancy, leads to a dramatic 45-hour labor, and reveals the tensions of midwifery, and differences in generations, race and hemisphere.

Ms. Mitchell, who lives in New York, has successfully listed several works with Authorlink since late 1997. The newest book had been listed on the site for about 45 days or less, when Publisher Goland spotted it. The entire process, from listing to sale, took place within about three months.

Authorlink Winner

Signs Six-Figure

Deal at Harper Collins

7/98—June London, mainstream winner of the 1998 Authorlink New Author Awards Competition, has signed a six-figure contract with Harper Collins for her novel, Bingo Queens and a second work-in-progress, tentatively titled Stray Bullets.

The first title will be released in April, 1999, and the second manuscript will be completed in August, 1999. Both will be released under Harper Collins’ Cliff Street imprint.

Ms. London, whose real name is June Park, lives with her husband in a small Oklahoma town, similar to the setting for Bingo Queens, her first novel.

She met her agent, Robert Tabian of Robert Tabian Literary Agency , four years ago at an Oklahoma writers’ conference. He showed considerable interest in her story at the time, though only a few chapters had been completed.

June sent an earlier novel out to 20 agents, all of whom rejected her. In 1988, early in her career, she took lessons from well-known writing coach, Jack Bickam at the University of Oklahoma in 1988. “He was my mentor, one on one,” June said. She began winning various contests and published a few shorts stories. She also began teaching creative writing at local colleges. “The more I taught, the more I learned,” June told Authorlink.

When she finished Bingo Queens in February last year, she suddenly remembered the meeting with Tabian. A few weeks earlier, she had entered the Authorlink contest. On April 13, 1998 Authorlink notified her that she had won first place in the mainstream nonfiction category. About two weeks later, Tabian notified her that Harper Collins wanted to buy the work.

“While we weren’t responsible for making the direct connection with HarperCollins, “said Authorlink Editor Doris Booth. “we sure know how to spot the winners.”

Tabian is a former editor at Putnam and was with International Creative Management before opening his own agency. Among Tabin’s clients is 1993 Pulitzer Prize Winner Robert Olan Butler.

How does it feel to have her first two novels sold? “I don’t know,” says June. I suppose reality has yet to sink in.”

Asked when she first became interested in writing, Ms. Park, a native of London, England, said that as a child during World War II, she read books while sequestered in bomb shelters to calm her fears and remove her from reality.

For the past ten years she has devoted herself exclusively to her writing career.

Authorlink Author

Tim McGuire Tops

Ingram’s Hot List

DALLAS/FT. WORTH, TX/ 6/30/98—Tim McGuire’s newly-released Western, Danger Ridge (DORCHESTER/LEISURE BOOKS) has been listed by Ingram Book Company among the top ten most requested western fiction titles in the mass market/paperback category for several consecutive weeks in June. The excellent showing was posted even before the title was scheduled to reach bookstores by the end of that month.

Tim McGuire is among writers whose ready-to-publish and newly-released works are listed on Authorlink Danger Ridge is his first novel. Another western, titled, “Nobility,” , is due for release by LEISURE next year. Ingram is the world’s largest trade book distributor.

Authorlink Writer

Pax Riddle Sells

Book to Berkley

6/20/98—Authorlink writer, Pax Riddle, has sold his first novel “Lost River” to Berkley Publishing Group for the mid four figures. Pax joined the Authorlink site in early 1997. Some months later he signed with a top New York agent, whom he found through the Authorlink private agency directory. Berkley Editor Kim Waltemeyer bought the manuscript in June, 1998.

Lost River is the story of a young Modoc woman married to a white man, who struggles to balance her Indian heritage and her family in the face of looming war between her people and the US Army. The book will be released in Summer, 1999.

Pax Riddle writes full time, and lives with his wife and teenage daughter in Connecticut. He is working on a second novel, The Education of Ruby Loonfoot, and recently sold a nonfiction article to Wild West magazine.

Pax advises new writers to join a good work-oriented critique group, and consider their comments closely, while maintaining your style and integrity. “If you wish to sell your work, versus merely write it for artistic, self satisfaction, find out about the marketplace. See where you can find a niche,” he says.

New Author Finds

Agent on Internet,

Sells Six-figure Deal

7/98—First-time novelist William Kowalski of Erie PA. has sold his manuscript, Eddie’s Bastard, to Harper Collins. After receiving offers from several houses, agent Anne Hawkins of John Hawkins & Associates Inc., New York accepted a two book deal totalling in the mid six figures. Marjorie Braman, Senior Vice President for Harper Collins Adult Trade Books made the successful offer. Irv Schwartz of The Renaissance Agency, Los Angeles, CA, will handle film and television rights.

Kowalski first contacted Hawkins with an unsolicited E-mail query. He found her E-mail address via a search of AOL user profiles for literary agents.

In the fictional autobiography, William Kowalski explores the importance of family and the place of the individual in the continuum of history and time.

Living alone in a decaying mansion, Grandpa Mann is the last surviving member of a once-great family. Or so he believes until the day he stumbles drunkenly out the back door and discovers a baby in a picnic basket. A note taped to the handle identifies the occupant as “EDDIE’S BASTARD,” the child of his only

son recently killed in Viet Nam. What follows is the bittersweet story of the old man raising his grandson as the last, proud scion of the Mann family and steeping him in all of its rich and bizarre heritage.

Kowalski braids the story of the boy’s journey to young manhood together with family anecdotes and homespun philosophical excerpts from great-great grandfather Mann’s Civil War diary. The result is a story mixing warm humor with nostalgia and the inevitable sadness common to most American family histories.

Michigan Writer

Sells First Book

Via Authorlink

7/98—David Whale has found an agent and sold his book, HOW SCHOOLS REALLY WORK: AN ACTION GUIDE FOR PARENTS, through Authorlink Before having his work accepted for a listing on Authorlink he had written an agent himself, only to be turned down.

“It seemed like to me there should be a better way to reach potential editors and agents. Authorlink turned out to be the answer,” David said.

He found Authorlink through a search engine while surfing the web. “I liked the way it was laid out and the content,” he said. ” I figured it was worth a try, and the results and support were outstanding all the way.”

Whale said his agent has been great to work with. “We do all of our communicating via email. She is based in Idaho and I am in Michigan. We’ve never met face to face but I feel I know her and we have a very good relationship.”

David waited a number of months before his agent connected with him through Authrolink! But persistence paid off. About nine months after his listing on Authorlink Agent Elisabet McHugh had made a sale for David. That’s less than half the time it usually takes to sell a manuscript.

The hardcover book will be released in September, 1998 by Avisson. While David has published some scholarly papers and continues to do research and writing on the same topic as his book, this is his first full-length published work.

Sam Sackett’s

‘Career Karate’

Finds Publisher

6/98—Sam Sackett expected it would take a long time to find an agent, even with the help of Authorlink His listing first appeared on the site in April, 97, and about six or even months later he signed with agent, Elisabet McHugh, after receiving requests from three different representatives, and subsequently a publishing house.

“Placing the book with a publisher took longer than I thought, “said Sackett. “I think any author feels his work is so good that it will sell immediately, and I am no exception. Reality was, as it usually is, disillusioning.” That process took about four more months.

“Was I skeptical of Authorlink at first? Sure. Anybody who has lived long in this economy has run across enough scams to make him skeptical of anything that sounds like a good deal. It’s a by-product of the free enterprise system that crooks are free to function until they’re caught.

“I found Authorlink very professional and timely. I was particularly impressed with their efforts to make sure that the agents they list operate ethically, ” Sam said. ” I even passed along a couple of names of agents who approached me about whom I was leery, and Authorlink acted appropriately.”

How did Sam Sackett begin his writing career?

“Miss Grassle, my kindergarten teacher, assigned all of us to write a book in imitation of the little reader which was our text. I became hooked on writing and have been writing ever since.”

Right now Sam has obligations that prevent him from the kind of sustained writing effort that he would like to make, so he’s working along at translations of a couple of Flemish novels because he can do them a page at a time in between other chores. When he can free up his time more fully, he plans to finish a book on how to get a job, TWELVE STEPS TO FINDING THE PERFECT CAREER, which his present agent is also interested in representing.

Another agent whom he found through the Authorlink listings, has three of Sam’s novels: ADOLF HITLER IN OZ, AN AMERICAN PRODIGAL, and SWEET BETSY FROM PIKE.

Sam’s book, CAREER KARATE: WINNING STRATEGIES FOR MANAGERS, will be released by The Graduate Group sometime this spring.

“I think Authorlink is a great opportunity for writers. Before I discovered Authorlink, I had used the lists of agents in the Literary Market Place, only to be told by them — at least by those of them that answered at all — that they were not accepting work from new writers. The agents listed by Authorlink are all agents actively seeking new talent. For that reason Authorlink saves writers an enormous amount of time and effort in bringing them together with people who actually are interested in considering their work. So I am really very thankful to Authorlink and will be happy to sing its praises wherever and whenever I have the occasion.”

Eric Winkler Sells

First Work

Within Five Months

6/98—Eric Winkler signed with a literary agent and sold his first manuscript, Partnership Marketing, to Greenwood Publishing, all within only five months. How did he do that? Through Authorlink

“At first, I made the mistake that first-time authors make of trying to pitch my manuscript directly to publishing houses. While searching the Internet for publishers, I ran across Authorlink” Eric explained. “Rather than try and learn the book publishing industry overnight, I thought I’d “borrow some experience” from Authorlink and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.”

Authorlink asked Eric if he were skeptical of the service at first, and why?

“I have to admit I was skeptical at first. There are so many mine fields on the Internet that I worry about paying for any service offered on the ‘net. I was impressed by the list of authors on the site and by the current publishing industry news. It seemed like a gamble worth taking and I’m very pleased with the connections Authorlink made for me.”

Eric had searched for several months and had a number of dead-end conversations with publishers. He made the mistake of thinking he didn’t need an agent. “Looking back, it was a little like thinking I could do my own dental work with a few lessons,” he commented.

Eric said he was surprised how fast Authorlink produced results for him. It took less than a month for him to sign with agent, Elisabet McHugh through Authorlink He agreed to partner with her in October. By December, 97 he had received his first serious offer from a publisher. Then, in February, 98, only five months after Authorlink connected him with an agent, he sold his first book.

Asked if he had any advice for other first-time authors, Eric advised: “Don’t be afraid to admit what you don’t know. Do you need Authorlink? Yes. You can’t possibly expect to learn the publishing industry overnight, so let Authorlink lend you their contacts and their expertise.

“I don’t know about other writers, but I asked myself over and over whether or not I needed an agent. I did. My agent helped me focus my work and helped crystallize the vision for my project. Unless you are fortunate enough to be a publisher writing about the publishing industry, you need an agent to help you navigate this complicated business.”

Eric Winkler said he had “nothing but praise” for Authorlink “This service sets realistic expectations and then exceeds them. I consider myself fortunate to have found Authorlink and even more fortunate that my agent found me through Authorlink This is a service I’d recommend to any first time author.”

Roland Jansen

Finds Publisher

In Six Months

5/98—Roland Jansen has just sold his first book to John Wiley & Sons as a direct result of having secured agent Elisabet McHugh through Authorlink

Unnatural Profits from Natural Resources: How to Make Big Profits, Globally, From Oil, Gas, Grains and Metals will be released by John Wiley & Sons in August, 1998.

Dutch-born Jansen, director of fund management for the oldest bank in Liechtenstein, wrote the book in German in September 1996 and originally titled it, The Coming Squeeze in Natural Resources. A friend who review it told him his German was “hopeless” and suggested he write it in English. He did. In January, 1997 he began surfing the Internet to find information on publishers and came across Authorlink

“I thought Authorlink was a great idea for an aspiring writer living in a remote area and with no contacts in the publishing world. My book was accepted for listing on the service and after only two months, in March, 1997, Authorlink Editor Doris Booth informed me that literary agent Elisabet McHugh was interested in reading the full manuscript. After receiving valuable background information from Doris about the agent, I signed with Ms. McHugh on April 3.”

In the following six months, Ms. McHugh encouraged Jansen to refocus the book and he completed the new version in August, 1997. Only a month later John Wiley & Sons made the offer to publish the book.

His advice to new writers: “Listen to the feedback you get from publishers who don’t want to buy. Your work must be unique and you must be able to tell a publisher why it is so special. Finally, don’t let anyone take away your dream of being published.”

Joyce Lackey

Sells Book

to Gardenia Press

72nd Authorlink Writer to Land Publisher

A publisher contact made several years ago has finally paid of for Authorlink writer Joyce Lackey. The author who received a request for her novel as a result of her Authorlink listing for, The Ghosts of Buffalo Creek, has at last sold the work to Gardenia Press, a small publisher who plans to release the work in July 2002.

News Archives

Bemis Becomes

71st Authorlink Writer

to Sell Manuscript

June1, 2001—Michael E. Bemis of Kennebunk, Maine, became the 71st author to sell his work as a direct result of listing his work on Authorlink.com.

His book, Safe & Sound, a nonfiction work about how to buy a safe, private, and quiet home, will be published by Hanrow Press of Rancho Santa Fe, California. The small press, founded in 1982, has specialized in law and safety engineering books until now. The publication date for Safe & Sound has not yet been determined. Michael’s work had been listed with Authorlink for about a year when Hanrow requested a look at the full manuscript. Authorlink interviewed the author about his success:

AUTHORLINK: When did you begin your writing career, and what prompted you to do so? Is there a special story behind your decision to become an author?

BEMIS: I started writing in earnest while serving as Sheriff of York County, Maine. When I left law enforcement full-time I was able to devote more time to my writing. 

AUTHORLINK: Who was the greatest influence on your decision to write, and in what ways did they encourage you?

BEMIS: My mother who is a published author.

AUTHORLINK: How important has your agent been in guiding your career?

BEMIS: I briefly had an agent but due to personal hardship they were forced to close. I presently do not have an agent.

AUTHORLINK: How did Authorlink help?

 BEMIS: Authorlink’s excellent service and support has consistently exceeded my expectations. Without Authorlink, Safe & Sound would not be poised for publication.

AUTHORLINK: Do you have any advice or insights for newcomers trying to break into publishing?

 BEMIS: It sounds monotonous, but they should just keep trying.

AUTHORLINK: Do you perceive New York publishing to be a closed society or an open one?

BEMIS: I think it’s open to good writing and content that’s timely and unique.  

AUTHORLINK: What are publishers looking for today?

BEMIS: What will sell and authors with a passion to sell it.

AUTHORLINK: How did you learn your craft? Through reading? Conferences? A university? Mentoring? A combination of these, or other means?

BEMIS: Nothing formal, just a lot of research, reading and writing.

Jan Letoha Becomes

70 th Authorlink Writer

to Land Publisher

April 15, 2001—Jan Letoha this month became the 70 th Authorlink writer to sign a publishing contract as a result of her listing on Authorlink.com. Her first book, Bury The Past , will be published by Port Town Publishing in August, 2002.

Port Town Publishing (PTP) is a small publishing house located in Superior, Wisconsin. The company was founded in 1999 by Jean Hackensmith, a struggling romance author who got tired of getting rejection letters from the New York publishers. PTP publishes about 4-5 novels per year, including original romance, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and horror.

Bury The Past was listed on Authorlink for 22 months. During that time, Jan also signed with an agent through Authorlink, but the agent closed her agency due to illness.

Jan has also listed her second book, Fire On The Moon, with Authorlink. It’s another spooky, romantic suspense story.

How did Jan feel when she heard that her book would be published?

“Like a genie popped out of a bottle and granted me three wishes! It’s the best feeling in the world!”

Jan began writing about ten years ago. “I read a time travel/historical romance and thought, ‘If this author can get away with such a fantastic story, maybe my ideas aren’t so crazy after all.’ So I started writing Bury The Past. Writing fiction was a lot harder than I thought it’d be, though. Getting the hang of writing dialogue was really tough.

Before listing her work with Authorlink, Jan had tried the traditional methods of marketing — sending out query letters and sample chapters. “I had another agent a few years back,” Jan said. “A word of advice — if an agent asks for money up front, look out! Maybe I’m just jinxed when it comes to agents. Anyway, I’m convinced that Bury The Past would be sitting in a shoe box on my closet shelf if I hadn’t discovered Authorlink.”

When Jan is working on a book, she’s a person obsessed — or possessed. She’ll write 10 – 12 hours a day, especially during the summer.

In the real world, Jan teaches Psychology and U.S. History at a South Georgia high school.

What advice would she give to writers who want to be published?

“Research the requirements for different types of novels. It seems that publishers want to see key elements in a book that will appeal to their specific type of market. Read a book on editing manuscripts so you can delete what publishers don’t want to see. List your book on Authorlink — it’s the only thing that worked for me! Then develop a huge store of patience and persistence and don’t think you’re home free once you sign a contract. That’s when the real work starts!”

Authorlink Writer

Joy Jasper Sells Work

to St. Martin’s Press

67th Authorlink Sale

2/26/01—Joy Waldron Jasper this month became the 67th Authorlink writer to sell a manuscript as a direct result of contacts made through Authorlink. Jasper found her New York agent— Sam Fleishman of Literary Artists Representatives — via Authorlink, and he subsequently sold one of her works to St. Martin’s Press.

The new book, “The USS Arizona: The Ship, the Men, the Attack!,” will be in bookstores November 1, 2001, in time for Veteran’s Day (November 11) and the 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day (December 7, 2001)

“After meeting my agent through Authorlink, we signed a contract in December 2000 to represent my novel. Then we signed a second contract in January to represent my nonfiction book,” Jasper explained. “As is often the case, the nonfiction sold first. St. Martin’s Press bought it in February 2001, and has moved at an impressive speed to release it in less than a year, so as to offer it to readers at the 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day — a mere nine months later, which is stunning in the world of publishing! Kudos to my wonderful editor, Mac Talley at St. Martin’s Press, and to my amazing agent, Sam Fleishman.”

Joy became an Authorlink writer in October, 2000. The fictional work that originally attracted her agent is titled “Betrayal at Pearl Harbor.” While that novel hasn’t yet sold (as of press time), the nonfiction book on Pearl Harbor was rapidly sold through the agent who connected with Jasper through Authorlink.

The USS Arizona book is the story of life aboard the USS Arizona in peacetime, and the survival stories of 10 men who lived through the attack. As a journalist and a diver, Joy first visited the USS Arizona underwater in 1983, covering the story of the photo documentation and scientific illustration of the gallant battleship, the greatest casualty of the Pearl Harbor attack. She was so enthralled with the story, she searched out survivors and began interviewing them, crisscrossing the country for several years to hear their stories. Hearing their emotional tales, she was fascinated by the tremendous bond and affection they felt for their ship, and she felt it was a story that needed to be told.

“I’m a writer who prefers to write every day, in the morning when I’m fresh, and for a period of three to four hours,” Jasper said of her working habits. ” If I’m on a splendid roll, I might write for longer, but I like to achieve 10 pages a day that I’ll keep. It never hurts to stop in the middle — of an idea, a sentence, a chapter. I like returning the next day to something unfinished so that I’m inspired to jump in again. I don’t think there’s any one way to write, but I think it’s important to find your own best period of the day and the length of time that makes sense for you. Writing books is my top priority, and I write full time.”

For the record, Joy’s children are grown, and she lives in New England with her husband and a garden full of perennials

“I’ve completed my second novel in a series of underwater thrillers (the first — working title, Betrayal at Pearl Harbor, which is listed on Authorlink — is under review at several major houses at this time),” Joy said.

I’m currently working on another nonfiction book on the Lewis and Clark expedition, and another historical biography is in the outline stage.

“I want to thank Authorlink for providing me a forum for my work, she added. “I was encouraged by having been selected for the Authorlink web site, and once I had a page there (http://www.authorlink.com/001051th.html), I had confidence to approach agents. I sent a number of Authorlink-listed agents an email, condensing my query to three paragraphs and asking them to look for more information on my page. I got positive responses from eight out of ten queries I sent. Of those eight, I was extremely fortunate to find a superb agent to represent me, and who got a sale within a month at a major press.

“Thanks to all at Authorlink. And I want to say to my fellow writers: ‘”Keep writing, and don’t lose heart! If it happened to me, it can happen to you.'”

Authorlink Writer

Chopra Finds

Publisher for Work

68th Authorlink Sale

4/1/01—Dr. Prem Chopra, author of the new age nonfiction book, “If I Had Known,” has sold his work to Hanrow Press in Rancho Santa Fe, California. The small press, founded in 1982, has specialized in law and safety engineering books until now. Chopra’s book is their first venture into trade books.

Dr. Chopra has been listed with Authorlink since October 2000. He signed a contract with Hanrow Press early this year. He became the 68th author to sell his work through Authorlink in the last 36 months.

Jan Wallace Becomes

69thAuthorlink Writer

to Sign With Publisher

69th Authorlink Sale

4/1/01—Jan Wallace became the 69th writer to sign a publishing contract through Authorlink in the past 36 months in late March. Ms. Wallace, a first-time author, signed a deal with PortTown Publishing for her book, Where Roses Grow Wild. The publisher is a small Wisconsin house that releases about four books per year.

Ms. Wallace had two manuscripts listed on Authorlink between 1999 and 2000. In January 2000, Authorlink received a request from WMG Promotions, a literary agency, requesting the manuscript. She signed a contract with WMG the very next month, and shortly thereafter WMG sold the work to PortTown.

Port Town senior editor Jean Hackensmith wrote to Agents Cary and Sherry Wolf that she found the manuscript to be “funny, romantic and tragic.” She said she had tears streaming down her face in the end.

Jan Wallace credits the editor with giving each writer a lot of attention to make sure the manuscript is everything it should be for the reader.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling knowing someone reads your manuscript and it really has an effect on them positive effect at that, that you make them feel for the characters themselves, because that’s what it’s all about-believing in the story.”

“Authorlink has made it possible for writers to link up with the correct agents and publishers, and gives agents a chance to review works by various writers,” Jan explained.

I started along time ago writing, as child I would write stories and put on plays in the basement of my parents’ home. I’ve always told stories, then one day said, lets see if anyone would like to publish any of the stories. Friends have read them and said they were good, but, hey, these are friends after all.

Jan once worked for The University of Georgia Extension Service in the Fort Valley, Georgia office. Today she is a fulltime writer.

“I start a manuscript and work each day 6 to 8 hours,” she said. “It usually takes 3 months to finish a draft, then another three months to get the bugs out. I edit, fix mistakes and read it over and over, proofing each page until it is correct.

“I can see why books cost what they do and why some people just give up, it is not an easy job to do it over and over, no ones manuscript is correct the first go around, you realize when you re-read it the feeling might not be there so you have to correct it put heart where there was none.”

Jan is married to her childhood sweetheart, and they have four children. Twenty-six years ago they bought an old historic house with 17 rooms in Marshallville, Georgia, restored it and live there today with their family and many dogs, cats, doves, ducks, chickens and rabbits.

“My advise to other writers is: don’t quit dreaming about what you believe in, you have to believe in yourself, before anyone else will, and then you go from there, keep writing don’t give up. “Write from your heart, and let it be about something you know. If you venture into another area you don’t know the reader will know it too, and you’ve lost. So stay with what you feel and understand most about life. “It’ll work for you.

“I am especially thankful for my agents,” Jan said. “They have worked late into the mornings trying to find a suitable publisher. They work with writers because they love the written word.”

Authorlink’s Goldring

Wins Series Contract

With Berkley Publishing

Kat Goldring, among new writers listed on Authorlink, has signed a three-book contract with Berkley Publishing Group for her cozy mystery series, Crow’s Feet and Lemon Drops, to be released in September 2001. Kim Waltemyer is the Berkley editor who made the acquisition, and Carol McCleary of Wilshire Literary Agency, made the sale for four figures.

McCleary had represented the series 5 1/2 years before the first book sold.

“I already had an agent when Authorlink was kind enough to list me in some of their first presentations,” said Kat. “Ours was a mutual endeavor as Authorlink was just starting up and I had just finished a revision with the first novel under the wings of the DFW Writers’ Workshop. Just as an aside, that DFW Writers’ Workshop stands for that and never has meant “Dallas Ft. Worth” as some like to say. In fact one of the founding members with whom I was lucky enough to work with and helped name the group told me it really meant, Damn Fine Writers.

“I believe the fact that AUTHORLINK listed me was one of the reasons my agent did not give up on presenting my work to top notch publishers. I have a few magazine articles and short stories published but my best and most extensive showcase was writing and illustrating with my original drawings a newspaper column for a year titled ‘THE MEDICINE PATH.’

“AUTHORLINK has been wonderful. My agent and I have always been grateful for the professional format available on the site for presenting my work. We came very close to making a sale through the site with China, and may yet sell the foreign rights with help through AUTHORLINK.

Kat Goldring works full time as a high school foreign language department head and Spanish teacher. She spends an hour to hour and a half per day in editing and rewriting the novels and outlines for the first three in the WILLI GALLAGHER MYSTERY SERIES. During holidays and summer time (8 weeks) that time increases to 3-4 hours a day. This doesn’t include the hours for research, marketing, the time to work with other writers on shared projects, and commitments to two writing groups.

“Not only do I work the 40-hour drill and the writing tight-wire,” Kat explains, “but I also sing and play the guitar in two groups: SISTERS OF THE WIND includes a fellow writer, Shirley McKee. We two do mostly classic/golden country western and cowboy/girl programs for local clubs, groups, schools, city gatherings and such. The HIGH MILEAGE country western band, some seven members strong, includes three law officers, performs for trail drives and city functions.

How does it feel to have a published contract?

“I go back and forth between elation of having a fantastic adventure and panic attacks,” says Kat. “I am so thankful for all the wonderful folks, including AUTHORLINK, who have crossed my path at the right time, and have helped me make a lifelong dream come true. WAKAN TANKA (Great Spirit), of course, I thank for all lessons learned and all paths. This is one of those paths strewn with bluebonnets, soft moss and warm cuddly critters. The panic part has to do with getting to those book signings. I’m directional dyslexic and panic when traveling to new places. So . . . maybe that’s the next adventure and lesson!”

Kat Goldring currently is working on the next two novels in the WILLI GALLAGHER SERIES: SNOW SNAKE and SWEET CHARIOT. She also have a second series, the DELTA PAIGE SERIES, and has finished the first book in that series, COOPER STREET GIRLS.

Authorlink asked the author: How helpful was DFW Writers’ Workshop?

“I would not have cleared out the flaws in my manuscript. The members helped me to develop a selling novel. I would not have met my agent, Carol McCleary, if DFW Writers’ Workshop had not had her as a guest. I would not have had the opportunity to meet my editor, KIM WALTEMYER with BERKLEY PUBLISHING. I interviewed with her during her visit with DFWWW. Although I’ve served as an officer and hosted many dinners as well as parties at my own country home for the members, editors and agents, I still owe DFWWW a great deal.”

Two Authorlink Press

Writers Earn

Top Recognition

Dallas and Atlanta/2/15/01— Jerry Lee Davis, author of Twin City (AUTHORLINK PRESS), and Ginnie Bivona, author of Ida Mae Tutweiler and the Traveling Tea Party (AUTHORLINK PRESS), have recently earned top recognition in two different markets.

Jerry Lee Davis of Atlanta has been nominated for the First Novel Award in the 37th annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards, sponsored by the Georgia Writers’ Association. Ginnie Bivona’s Ida Mae Tutweiler recently climbed to number one on the Dallas Morning News Bestseller List for paperback fiction. Ginnie lives in Dallas.

The Georgia Awards ceremony, hosted by Mercer University Press, will be held at a dinner March 17 at Mercer University in Macon,Georgia.

Among a number of recent review of Ginnie Bivona’s book was an article by Don Johnson on Read-a-Bargain.com.Johnson called Bivona’s Ida Mae “A wonderful,character-driven story that produces open memories we thought we’d forgotten. . . . I expected a typical ‘woman’s’ book but found a story of human beings for human beings. Man or woman your time won’t be wasted on this one.”

66th Authorlink

Writer Signs

Publishing Contract

Charlene Tess has become the 66th author to find a publisher as a direct result of Authorlink. Port Town Publishing, a small Wisconsin publisher, will release Ms. Tess’s THE VAN WINKLE BRIDE as a trade paperback romance in June 2001. The book, originally listed on Authorlink as THE VAN WINKLE CONNECTION, is Ms. Tess’s first published work.

“The senior romance editor of Port Town Publishing saw my posting on the Authorlink website and thought my novel sounded intriguing and suitable for her list for 2001,” Charlene explained. “She contacted Authorlink Editor Doris Booth, who contacted me. Doris Booth forwarded an e- mail to me from Port Town Publishing. I sent the publisher a copy of my manuscript by snail mail. The editor read it and said she could not put it down. She offered me a contract by e-mail and then sent me a written contract by snail mail.”

Charlene listed her novel on Authorlink on April 10, 2000, and sold it on November 25.

“My husband and I met Doris Booth at a SouthWest Writers Conference and decided to advertise our editing business on Authorlink. Two of my novels had won first place at Southwest Writers Conference Contests, and I had been trying to get them published by the old-fashioned way: query, partial, full manuscript, SASE, wait, wait, wait method. Authorlink sounded like an attractive, modern way to market my novels. And it worked! I am delighted with the results,” Charlene said.

“I have been writing as long as I can remember and have published essays, feature articles, short stories, and a nonfiction book, but this will be my first published novel.

“Presently, I am working on a rewrite of a romance novel that my sister and I co-wrote, and I am about one-third of the way through a mainstream novel entitled The Greatest Gift. It is the story of the unshakable bond between a mother and daughter in spite of tragic circumstances that shatter their lives.”

Charlene says her best advice when it comes to becoming published is “to be like the old Timex watch slogan: ‘Take a licking, but keep on ticking.’ In other words, keep trying. And don’t forget to try new ideas if the old ones aren’t working for you.”

Authorlink’s Goldring

Wins Series Contract

With Berkley Publishing

Kat Goldring, among new writers listed on Authorlink, has signed a three-book contract with Berkley Publishing Group for her cozy mystery series, Crow’s Feet and Lemon Drops, to be released in September 2001. Kim Waltemyer is the Berkley editor who made the acquisition, and Carol McCleary of Wilshire Literary Agency, made the sale for four figures.

McCleary had represented the series 5 1/2 years before the first book sold.

“I already had an agent when Authorlink was kind enough to list me in some of their first presentations,” said Kat. “Ours was a mutual endeavor as Authorlink was just starting up and I had just finished a revision with the first novel under the wings of the DFW Writers’ Workshop. Just as an aside, that DFW Writers’ Workshop stands for that and never has meant “Dallas Ft. Worth” as some like to say. In fact one of the founding members with whom I was lucky enough to work with and helped name the group told me it really meant, Damn Fine Writers.

“I believe the fact that AUTHORLINK listed me was one of the reasons my agent did not give up on presenting my work to top notch publishers. I have a few magazine articles and short stories published but my best and most extensive showcase was writing and illustrating with my original drawings a newspaper column for a year titled ‘THE MEDICINE PATH.’

“AUTHORLINK has been wonderful. My agent and I have always been grateful for the professional format available on the site for presenting my work. We came very close to making a sale through the site with China, and may yet sell the foreign rights with help through AUTHORLINK.

Kat Goldring works full time as a high school foreign language department head and Spanish teacher. She spends an hour to hour and a half per day in editing and rewriting the novels and outlines for the first three in the WILLI GALLAGHER MYSTERY SERIES. During holidays and summer time (8 weeks) that time increases to 3-4 hours a day. This doesn’t include the hours for research, marketing, the time to work with other writers on shared projects, and commitments to two writing groups.

“Not only do I work the 40-hour drill and the writing tight-wire,” Kat explains, “but I also sing and play the guitar in two groups: SISTERS OF THE WIND includes a fellow writer, Shirley McKee. We two do mostly classic/golden country western and cowboy/girl programs for local clubs, groups, schools, city gatherings and such. The HIGH MILEAGE country western band, some seven members strong, includes three law officers, performs for trail drives and city functions.

How does it feel to have a published contract?

“I go back and forth between elation of having a fantastic adventure and panic attacks,” says Kat. “I am so thankful for all the wonderful folks, including AUTHORLINK, who have crossed my path at the right time, and have helped me make a lifelong dream come true. WAKAN TANKA (Great Spirit), of course, I thank for all lessons learned and all paths. This is one of those paths strewn with bluebonnets, soft moss and warm cuddly critters. The panic part has to do with getting to those book signings. I’m directional dyslexic and panic when traveling to new places. So . . . maybe that’s the next adventure and lesson!”

Kat Goldring currently is working on the next two novels in the WILLI GALLAGHER SERIES: SNOW SNAKE and SWEET CHARIOT. She also have a second series, the DELTA PAIGE SERIES, and has finished the first book in that series, COOPER STREET GIRLS.

Authorlink asked the author: How helpful was DFW Writers’ Workshop?

“I would not have cleared out the flaws in my manuscript. The members helped me to develop a selling novel. I would not have met my agent, Carol McCleary, if DFW Writers’ Workshop had not had her as a guest. I would not have had the opportunity to meet my editor, KIM WALTEMYER with BERKLEY PUBLISHING. I interviewed with her during her visit with DFWWW. Although I’ve served as an officer and hosted many dinners as well as parties at my own country home for the members, editors and agents, I still owe DFWWW a great deal.”

Former LA Times Reporter

to Contribute Kids’ Book

Column to Authorlink

Laguna Beach, CA/12/15/00—Barbara J. Odanaka, former LA Times sports reporter and columnist, will join Authorlink on January 1 2001 as a regular columnist. Her articles will provide writers with in-depth insights on writing and publishing children’s books, and will include interviews with children’s editors at major publishing houses.

Among upcoming topics for her column will be:

January 1: Rejection 101 February 1: A Crime to Rhyme? March 1: Every Story Tells A Picture April 1: Successful School Visits May 1: Beautiful Noise—Why “Quiet” Picture Books No Longer Make the Grade June 1: Five to Watch: A look at Upcoming Children’s Authors

From time to time, she will provide special reports on major children’s book conferences.

Ms. Odanaka left her career at the Times to write books for children. She is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators.

Barb earned a BA in English from the University of Southern California. She lives with her husband and son in a California beach town, and is a founding member of the Skateboarding Moms Society. She can be reached at bodanaka@aol.com

Authorlink Writer

Lands First Book

Deal With Scribner

NEW YORK,NY/10/1/00—Jimmy Gleacher, who has been listed as an Authorlink writer since October, 1999, has sold his first novel to prestigious Scribner, an imprint of Rawson Associates and part of Simon & Schuster.

Meredith Phelan of Linda Chester and Associates in New York found Jimmy’s novel, “Roll Again,” on one of her frequent searches of Authorlink, signed him on, and subsequently sold the work for five figures. The mainstream fictional work, to be released in 2002, is the 64th title to be sold either as a direct or indirect result of Authorlink.

Agent Wray

Signs Fifteen

Authorlink Writers

9/00—Pamela Wray, owner of the new and growing Pamela Wray Literary Agency, has agreed to represent 15 writers found over the last several months as a direct result of Authorlink.

Among the works now represented by Wray are several thrillers and young adult works. Ms Wray, an aggressive agent, already has sent works by the newest Authorlink ensigns out to key publishers.

In another case, Ms. Wray signed a children’s author who, while not officially listed on Authorlink, connected with Wray through the service. The work is a moral folk tale, similar to Uncle Remus.

“I was so excited about this book that he expressed it to me over night, and I have already spoken with numerous publishers, special merchandising and TV producers, ” said Wray. “I am going to put this book up for auction because there is so much interest.”

“The Authorlink website is the ultimate place for any editor, literary agent or publisher, and I am so thankful the staff’s hard work and diligence,” Ms. Wray said in a note to Authorlink.

Ms. Wray is among a number of agents who regularly surf the Authorlink site in search of good manuscripts.

Clemente Becomes

61st Authorlink Writer

to Sell To Manuscript

New York House Pays Handsome Advance

New York, NY/5/26/00 Authorlink writer Gary Clemente became the 61 st author to sell his work to a key New York publisher.

Lebhar-Friedman, New York has slated a 2002 publication date for ” Confessions of a G-Man: Inside the FBI, originally listed on Authorlink as The Marking of a Hoover. Clemente will be paid a $5,000 advance plus royalties for the work, half up front and half on delivery of the finished manuscript. Sale of the book is the direct result of Clemente’s listing on Authorlink.

“Confessions” will be an inside look at the FBI through the eyes of Clemente’s father, who was a career agent for 26 years. The book will deal with anecdotal stories and inside information about the Bureau, the war on Communism in the Fifties, the mob, and J. Edgar Hoover among other things.

How did he find Authorlink? A writer friend told him about it and spoke highly of the service.

Authorlink seemed to be up front about everything and didn’t present itself as a scheme to make money off of writers,” Gary said. “Doris Booth answered all of my questions promptly and professionally while the book was made available for review. I was pleased with how some of the particulars of the book was presented and listed on-line.”

How long were you listed on Authorlink before the sale Gary’s book was listed on Authorlink for about five months before Lebhar-Friedman Editor Frank Scatoni (formerly with Simon & Schuster) spotted the title and requested a proposal. This was all done through e-mail.

Gary, 48, has been writing full time and semi-professionally since he got out of college. He’s written in a number of different mediums along the way. He has several other projects in the working stage, including a collection of short stories; a humor book based on the newspaper column he writes weekly; and a suspense book in the same vein as Michael Creiton.

How does it feel to be a published author?

“My first and only published book was a children’s piece that came out in 1995, called ‘Cosmo Gets An Ear,’ about a little boy who gets his first hearing aid. Being published in book form is a wonderful feeling. It’s an achievement I’m the most proud of in my writing career.

And does he have any advice for new writers?

“Take it from somebody who has written all of his adult life and even some before as a kid — it’s got to be in your blood, because getting published is not the easiest thing to do. You write because you have to — it’s who you are and nobody’s going to make you stop. One thing that can be valuable is to learn how to distill and recognize exactly what it is on a gut level that attracts people to certain stories and why. There are usually one or two elements working that can make a successful story or book. Examine a well-made movie or book and practice how to recognize the “concept” that made it work. Other than that, as Winston Churchill said, ‘Never, never, never give up.'”

Pamela Wray

Literary Agency Signs

Four Authorlink Writers

5/00—Pamela Wray Literary Agency based in Alabama, has signed four Authorlink writers for representation.

They are Steven Rudd, Midnight Run; Jan Letoha, Bury the Past; J.E. Deegan, In Dark Covenant; Norman Davis, Stonecypher’s Gold.

Authorlink Author

Carolee Joy Takes

Rising Star Award

6/15/00—Carolee Joy, author of Wild Angel (Authorlink Press) won second place in the prestigious short contemporary category of the Rising Star 2000 Awards, a division of the Romance Writers of America.

The winners, including the Grand Prize winner, were offered free registration at the RWA national conference or equivalent cash. Winners were presented at the Sooner Area Romance Authors in Tulsa, Oklahoma May 20.

Fifth Authorlink

Contest Winner Earns

Publishing Contract

Los Angeles, CA/ 5/15/00 —Ekaterine Nikas (Katy) Terlinden, the 1998 Best of Show and mystery winner of the Authorlink New Author Awards Competition, has landed a publishing contract with Avid Press

( www.avidpress.com Her winning novel, Divided Child, will be released by Avid in Winter 2000 under her pen name, Ekaterine Nikas. It is the fifth time in two years an Authorlink contest winner has won a substantial publishing contract.

“Authorlink.com offered a wonderful contest that gave me an important boost to my career, got me access to editors and agents, and provided a very impressive reference for query letters,” said Terlinden.

Katy had been writing for about ten years before she heard about Authorlink on one of her writer lists. She advises new writers to “be persistent, be part of a network, enter contests (they are a great way to get agents and editors to look at your work), and keep your mind open to the possibilities offered by small presses and e-book publishers, especially if your book does not fit easily into the New York mold.”

Katy also says, “utilize the Internet to the fullest. I probably would not have made my sale without it. I think Authorlink is a great resource for writers and an excellent example of how new writers can use the Internet to break through the barriers to publication.

Authorlink Writer’s

New Book Released

by Marlowe, New York

NEW YORK, NY/5/1/00—Beyond Anger: A Guide for Men, by Thomas J. Harbin, Ph.D, has just been released by New York Publisher Marlowe & Company’s Avalon imprint. Author Tom Harbin directly attributes the sale of his book to his listing on Authorlink.

Forensic Psychologist Harbin sold his nonfiction manuscript, originally titled STANCE OF ANGER, to established publisher, John Muir Publications as the result of a direct inquiry by the publisher in May, 1998. Muir was bought by Marlowe Books, a division of Avalon last year.

In his new book, Dr. Harbin helps men understand their anger by explaining what the specific symptoms of chronic anger are and by showing angry men how their actions negatively affect family, friends and co-workers.

Tom is one of nearly 60 Authorlink writers to sign a contract with a publisher since sales tracking began in early 1997.

Tom had been listed on the site for eight or nine months before receiving the request. Generously sharing the sales figures with other Authorlink writers, Tom said he was paid a $1,000 advance upon signing a contract, another $1500 upon delivery of the revised manuscript, and the final $1000 was paid when the book was released.

Tom began writing the manuscript about seven years ago, for use with angry men in his clinical practice. “The book sort of grew over the next couple of years and I guess I have been actively trying to sell it for about three years,” he said.

“At first, I naively sent it to editors who had done similar work. Then, I engaged a New York agent who had promoted books for a friend of mine. Honestly, I was about to put the manuscript away and forget about it or start the self-publishing journey. Then I became aware of Authorlink while absently surfing the net for agents.”

While not officially working on any new titles, he has started writing some short stories about the goings on in his rural North Carolina county, and he’s been keeping copious notes for a possible book about his role as a forensic psychologist.

When asked what he would advise first-time writers, he said I would not presume to offer anyone advice. I think that lucked out so far.

And how important was Authorlink to his begin published? My book would still be sitting on a dusty disk somewhere, without Authorlink, he concluded.

In little more than three years, nearly 300 writers have reported signing with agents as a direct result of Authorlink, and more than 1500 requests from editors and agents have been processed.

The author lives and practices in North Carolina.

Authorlink

Correspondent

Joins LA Times

Authorlink writer, Michelle Lovato, has been hired by the Los Angeles Times to cover special sections issues.

Regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious news organizations, the Los Angeles Times has a full circulation of 1.4 million copies per Sunday issue.

Lovato’s work will premier March 13.

With more than two years experience as an Authorlink California publishing correspondent, Lovato has covered several events, and can be found by searching archives.

Lovato is the owner/publisher of The Silver Lakes Gazzette, a weekly newspaper, and a columnist and reporter for The Inland Empire Business Journal, a Southern California regional business magazine.

Accompanying Lovato in her new post will be her husband, Vince, a 20- year veteran of journalism. Among Vince’s credits are previous LA Times bylines,

the sales of two short stories to Stephen Speilberg, two nominations for California Newspaper Publisher’s Association awards and was the recipient of a fellowship to Rice University in Houston Texas.

Lovato has 10 years experience as a political and business reporter

and specializes in feature stories. She writes a newspaper column entitled, Thank You, Lord and has won several awards for her short fiction.

Both Lovatos are pursuing careers in the publishing industry. Ms.Lovato will continue contributing articles to Authorlink.

Authorlink Author

Carolee Joy Ranks

as RWA Finalist

DALLAS/FORT WORTH, TX/ 3/13/000—WILD ANGEL (Authorlink Press, April 2000) by Carolee Joy has been named a finalist in the Golden Quill contest sponsored by the Desert Rose Chapter of Romance Writers of America. Other finalists include multi-published authors such as Vicki Lewis Thompson, one of Harlequin TemptationsTemptation’s biggest sellers.

In addition to WILD ANGEL, SECRET LEGACY, another novel by Ms. Joy, is also a finalist in the Golden Quill competition for Best Romantic Suspense and Best First Book.

New Author

Ranks #12

on Amazon

ATLANTA,GA/3/10/00—A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO DAY TRADING ONLINE (Adams Media) by first-time author, has risen to #12 on Amazon.com’s top 100.

The book, agented by Deidre Knight of the Knight Agency (listed on Authorlink), was released only a week ago, and began its quick rise after the author appeared on CNBC Today.

American Self

Publishers’ Group

Honors Mitchell

SAN FRANCISCO, CA/ 3/1/00—Ed Mitchell, whose manuscript had been listed with Authorlink before he decided to self publish, has been awarded the National Publishers Freedom Award for Best new Fiction. The honor will be bestowed by the year-old American Self Publishers Association (ASPA) for Mitchell’s novel, GOLD RUSH 2000. Resource Library. The ASPA award will be given in a formal ceremony May 13 in San Francisco. In addition, the work was accepted by the National Steinbeck Center Resource Library.

Mitchell attributes part of his success to Authorlink for having seen “the quality in my book, and having had the courage to publicly declare that assessment.” Authorlink, while not a self publisher, helps writers market their work through promotion to editors and agents, and through listings of their work on its award-winning site, authorlink.com

Third Authorlink Contest

Winner Signs Contract

With Major Publisher

Dallas, TX/1/1/00—Three winners of the Authorlink New Author Awards competition have landed major publishing contracts within the past 18 months. The latest Authorlink contestant to become published is Cynthia G. Alwyn (pen name), who placed among the top three in the 1999 Authorlink awards competition.

Carol Berg of Ft. Collins, CO, the 1999 Authorlink first-place, science fiction/fantasy winner for Song of the Beast, won a three-book contract with Roc (an imprint of Penguin Putnam). And June London, 1998 Authorlink mainstream winner signed a six-figure contract with Harper Collins for her novel, Bingo Queens and a second work-in-progress, tentatively titled Stray Bullets.

Ms. Alwyn won the 1999 competition for a book titled, Tail of the Serpent, but it was her newest work, Best Served Cold, that convinced New York Agent Anne Hawkins of John Hawkins & Associates, to become her agent. Hawkins subsequently sold the work to St. Martins Press for an undisclosed amount. The title will be released in the Winter of 2001.

“I have been surprised how fast things can happen,” said Cynthia. “I met Anne Hawkins, who is now my agent, at a conference in 1998. We kept in contact, and when I visited with her at the 1999 Authorlink Awards presentation in Georgia, we finalized our business partnership with my new book BEST SERVED COLD. A short time later, St. Martin’s bought the project. I’m thrilled and stunned at the same time. It didn’t feel real to me until I started getting mail from them.”

BEST SERVED COLD features protagonist Brenna Scott and her search dog, Feather, a black Bouvier Des Flandres. Together, they search for lost or missing people. In this book, Brenna and Feather race the clock to locate a child before the kidnapper makes good his threat to take the little girl’s life.

“I wasn’t sure the book would sell, but Anne believed in it and in me. Since I’d worked with a canine search and rescue team for nine years, I do have first-hand knowledge of how dogs and handlers work. Although the story is fiction, I believe my experience in this area helped sell the book,” said Cynthia.

Due to the commitment of her day job, Cynthia’s writing time is limited. “I usually write Thursday through Sunday and a solid eight hours a day while on vacation. I frequently work out plot points and tidbits about characters driving to and from work. Most days, I’ll sit in my car during lunch break (it’s the only quiet place at work) and make notes. Although I’ve started writing the next Brenna Scott book, it doesn’t yet have a title.”

The 2000 Authorlink New Author Awards Competition is now accepting entries for this year’s contest through March, 2000. Awards again will be presented at the annual Harriette Austin Writers Conference, University of Georgia, in July, 2000. Top prize is $500.

For details see: http://www.authorlink.com/contest_00.html

Three More

Authorlink Writers

Sign Publishing Deals

8/15/99—Three more writers have won publishing contracts as a direct result of their listings with Authorlink. All three are clients of Elisabet McHugh, McHugh Literary Agency, who discovered them on Authorlink several months ago. This brings to a total of 49 the number of books that have been sold through Authorlink during the past 2 1/2 years.

Chris Spicer has accepted an offer form McFarland & Co. for Frankly, My Dear. . .:The Life of Clark Gable.

Publication will be in 1001, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of Gable’s birth.

Neva Hacker, author of Missing Candy, and Charles Crone, author of The Palestinian Solution, have sold their work as e-books to Fictionworks, through Ms. McHugh.

E.A. Blair Becomes

43 rd Author to Find

Publisher Via Authorlink

7/1/99—Scrivenery Press will publish Authorlink writer E. A. Blair’s A Journey to the Interior, in November, 1999, making Blair the 43 rd author to find a publisher via Authorlink since sales tracking began in 1997. Thirty-one writers have been published as a result of Authorlink, with houses such as Berkley, Tor, John Wiley & Sons, Carol Publishing Group and others. Twelve more titles will be released in August, 1999 by Authorlink’s own imprint—Authorlink Press, bringing the total of successfully published authors to forty-three.

“I had tried sending material to about 50 agents, and though many were favorably impressed, all rejected the work, probably because their slice of an author’s first book might not have seemed profitable enough,” said E.A.

Blair, who holds a Masters Degree in Fine Arts has been writing since 1951. His day job for the past 30 years has been in publications for the aerospace industry. Some time back, he wrote and published a professional book, but turned to serious fiction only about ten years ago.

E.A. had been trying to sell his work through agents for five years, when he discovered Authorlink in May, 1998. He had been listed on the site for ten months when Scrivenery Press Publisher Ed Williams spotted his work on the web site. Scrdivenery, whose titles are distributed by Ingram Book Group, is actively building both its fiction and non-fiction lines.

Asked how it feels to be a published author, Blair said, “Vindicated. The related adjectives will come later.”

Blair’s contract did not include an advance, but does pay standard royalties.

“My impression of Scrivenery is that they are professional, intelligent and use advanced publishing technologies—as witnessed by the use of Authorlink and Ingram Book.

“Finding Authorlink was like a door to opportunity suddenly opening,” said Blair.

He advises the unpublished writer to “Write patiently, critically.”

He has a second title underway.

Authorlink Writer’s

Novel Released

by Berkley Publishing

NEW YORK,NY/6/10/99— LOST RIVER, a novel by Authorlink writer, Pax Riddle, is now on bookstore shelves. Pax made the deal with Berkley Publishing Group (division of Penguin/Putnam) as part of the connections he made through Authorlink. The book is available via: http://www.lostriver.org/, barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com

Authorlink Named

Among Best Education

Resources on the Web

6/10/99—Authorlink has been selected as a featured site in StudyWeb

( http://www.studyweb.com/) as one of the best educational resources on the web.

StudyWeb is one of the Internet’s premier sites for educational resources for students and teachers. Since 1996 professional reviewers have scoured the Internet to select only the finest sites to be included in StudyWeb’s reviews. Each site in StudyWeb includes a detailed review describing it’s merits.

Authorlink Teams

With Lightning to Offer

On-Demand Book Imprint

DALLAS, TX /5/1/99—Authorlink, the award-winning news/information and marketing site for the publishing industry, will launch its own book imprint, Authorlink Press, this summer. The move results in part from a new publishing partnership between Authorlink and Lightning Print, Inc, the print on demand subsidiary of Ingram Book, worlds largest book distributor.

Authorlink Press will carry the fine tradition of New York-style publishing into the digital age, said Authorlink President Doris Booth. We will serve as a market proving ground for the titles that truly deserve to be published and read—titles that eventually may find their way to larger houses, after we establish a solid track for them, said Ms. Booth.

Lower-cost digital and on-demand printing now enable Authorlink Press to publish books once considered economically too risky. The company will aggressively market the titles, establish sales records and then seek to turn them over to larger publishers.

The imprint will use the latest technology to publish digitally-downloadable books and trade paperbacks, printed on demand. Titles will be distributed through multiple on and off-line sales channels, including Ingram, which serves major booksellers such as Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com.

Authorlink has also established an alliance with Peanut Press, to help supply electronic books for 2 million Palm Pilot and IBM WorkPad owners. Authorlink marketing ties also include alliances with the book review site, Bookbrowse.com (280, 000 page views annually), larger publishing houses, and other distribution and marketing resources.

Authorlink Press emphasizes aggressive, targeted marketing and distribution for every title it buys-a vital element often missing from tight production and promotional budgets at traditional publishers. The company’s own loyal audience of 170,000 book lovers provides one the ready audiences of book buyers.

Not only do our readers support fellow writers by buying and reading their work. They provide vital marketing feedback. At Authorlink the end consumer will tell us which books they like and why—not marketing reps, nor retail booksellers with special agendas, but the readers themselves, said Ms. Booth.

Admittedly, digital publishing furrows new ground for Authorlink Our imprint is a test of its own-measuring whether consumers will buy truly good titles through Internet sites, hand-held devices and on-demand, with books printed at the time of their order (one- off). Ms. Booth explained.

In 1999 Authorlink Press initially will release 12 fiction and non-fiction titles, both in digital and trade paperback (on demand), with 12 to 24 titles to follow next year. They will be promoted to targeted, vertical markets, and to horizontal mass audiences via the Internet and traditional channels.

The imprints digital books will be available on the Authorlink.com site and through Peanut Press

( http://www.peanutepress.com/) late this summer. Most titles-and all of the initial 12—will also be available in the Ingram title base and may be ordered through all Ingram ordering systems, accessible to Barnes & Noble, Barnesandnoble.com, Amazon.com and, other major booksellers and libraries.

Both first-time and seasoned authors will be included in the list. Categories include suspense/thrillers, mainstream commercial fiction, science fiction/fantasy, romance, and narrative and commercial nonfiction. No anthologies or short stores are considered, and length ranges from 70,000-80,000 words. The new house is not a subsidy or vanity publisher, and will pay standard publishing industry royalties.

Unsolicited manuscripts are NOT accepted at this time and will be automatically recycled. Prospective authors should, instead, consider submitting their work for possible listing in the site’s Author Showcase section.

Authorlink will continue to showcase listings of ready-to-publish manuscripts, and to market them worldwide to editors and agents, as it successfully has done for thee years. Authorlink has been rated among the top 25% of most useful sites on the web by Microsoft’s One Click Away E- zine.

Web site: http://www.authorlink.com/arch4_files/authorlink.htm

Authorlink Named

Among Writer’s Digest

Top 101 Sites For Writers

Writers Digest magazine has selected Authorlink as one of The 101 Best Web Sites for Writers. The 101 were culled from the Digest staffs lists of favorites, as well as from nominations made by about 1,500 visitors to writersdigest.com.

The 101 Best is the cover story of the May 1999 issue of Writers Digest. The list is also published in its entirety on the Writer’s Digest website, at http://www.writersdigest.com/101sites.

The list of recommended websites is just one of several recent additions to writersdigest.com.

Authorlink holds other distinguished industry awards, and including its ranking by Microsoft’s One Click Away E- zine among the top 25% of most useful sites on the web.

Four Authorlink Writers

Sign With WriterBeck

Agency in Two Weeks

5/1/99—Four Authorlink writers will have signed with a single literary agent within the past two-weeks. Beck Roberts, owner of the Writerbeck Agency, has contracted Mackey Murdock and Andrea Giacomuzzi—both listed with Authorlink and found through the site. Two more writers were polishing their manuscripts, but were expected to sign with Ms.Roberts within days.

Beck Roberts represents 70% fiction and 30% nonfiction, and handles most categories except for erotica and cartoons. She has 30 years of experience as a published writer in both fiction and nonfiction and 20 years in related marketing fields. Ms. Roberts has been an agent for a little more than a year, and has already signed seven writers, including the new Authorlink people.

Her agency is based in South Carolina, where she moved with her husband and two children to have a simpler lifestyle than in Atlanta.

“Being a relatively new agent, I am more eager than some to work with the authors and their manuscripts, sending them out with strong cover letters to publishers. I am tireless in my efforts and truly get excited about seeing good works in print,” she said.

The agency has no sales at present but, as Ms. Roberts said, “Good things take time and I am confident in the authors’ work and my ability to promote it successfully.”

Editor’s Note, 5/11/99: This agent has retired due to a severe illness and will not be accepting other clients.

Update: Authorlink Writer

Sells WOLF’S TALE

To TOR Books

Agent Describes Publishing Recipe

By Sam Hughes

The Dickens Group Literary Agency

3/99—David Holland and his upcoming first novel MURCHESTON: THE WOLFS TALE (TOR Books) is a lesson to all who serve as functionaries in today’s literary marketplace. Success may well depend on an old recipe: a good writer, a persistent agent who is willing to nurture true talent, and an editor who takes his or her job to heart and who will fight for a book. In the case of David Holland, whose work has appeared on Authorlink the factors that traditionally made the publishing industry great came together after seven years of productive author/agent interaction.

The heroes of this story are Hollland, one of the finest writers our agency has seen, agent Bob Solinger, who recognized brilliant writing and spent seven years pounding on doors to sell Hollands work, and Karla Zounek, the TOR editor who fell under the spell of Hollands writing and worked one-on-one with him to produce a fine literary horror story with a distinctive Victorian setting and tone.

For agents and editors struggling against adverse forces in the current marketplace, it is important to recognize the Holland phenomenon. Services such as Authorlink — a sterling example of what Internet marketing can and should be are invaluable to everyone, especially to new writers. And the ultimate lesson for writers, agents and editors alike: eventually, good writing sells.

Writer’s Seven Year

Effort Pays Off,

Authorlink Plays Part

Louisville, KY/1/1/99—David Holland, a writer featured on the Authorlink site, since August, 1997, has sold his novel, THE WOLF’S TALE, with The Dickens Group as his agency. David has tried for seven years to become published, and at last found an agency that believed in his work and found the right publisher. More details of his success will be published here soon.

Psychologist Tom Harbin

Becomes 25th Authorlink

Writer to Sell Work

2/15/99—Forensic Psychologist Tom Harbin has sold his nonfiction manuscript, STANCE OF ANGER: RECOGNIZING AND CHANGING THE PATTERNS OF MENS ANGER, to established publisher, John Muir Publications. Tom is the 25th Authorlink writer to sign a contract with a publisher Since sales tracking began in early 1997.

The title will be released in the spring of 2000, according to acquisitions editor Cassandra Conyers, who requested the manuscript directly from Authorlink in May, 1998. Tom had been listed on the site for eight or nine months before receiving the request.

Generously sharing the sales figures with other Authorlink writers, Tom said he was paid a $1,000 advance upon signing a contract, another $1500 upon delivery of the revised manuscript, and the final $1000 will be paid when the book is released. Authorlink assumes a royalty arrangement is also included in the contract.

Tom began writing STANCE about seven years ago, for use with angry men in his clinical practice. The book sort of grew over the next couple of years and I guess I have been actively trying to sell it for about three years.

At first, I naively sent it to editors who had done similar work. Then, I engaged a New York agent who had promoted books for a friend of mine. Honestly, I was about to put the manuscript away and forget about it or start the self-publishing journey. Then I became aware of Authorlink while absently surfing the net for agents.

Tom said having his first work published feels daunting. Muir wants him to increase the book length by about 67% during revision, and he’s not a full-time author. He hopes he can get it done on time, especially since there are substantial penalties for being late.

While not officially working on any new titles, he has started writing some short stories about the goings on in his rural North Carolina county, and he’s been keeping copious notes for a possible book about his role as a forensic psychologist.

When asked what he would advise first-time writers, he said I would not presume to offer anyone advice. I think that lucked out so far.

And how important was Authorlink to his begin published? My book would still be sitting on a dusty disk somewhere, without Authorlink, he concluded.

John Muir Publications, established in 1969, will release 68 titles in 1999, and 75 in 2000. Main interests are in travel and alternative health.

In little more than two years, 215- plus writers have reported signing with agents as a direct result of Authorlink, and more than 960 requests from editors and agents have been processed.

Writer Cindy Appel

Lands Columnist Job

as Result of Authorlink

2/15/99—Cindy Appel, recently named Cyber Columnist of the Quarter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, attributes her job as a Star Telegram Online Columnist directly to Authorlink and the 1998 Authorlink Electrify Your Writing seminar.

I found out how to become a cyber-columnist from the talk given at the Authorlink workshop last May by Star Telegram Online Marketing Director Bonnie Bradshaw. I became a weekly columnist by July of last year, said Cindy.

Her column, titled, Every Day IS Mothers Day can be found at www.star-telegram.com/homes/cappel/columns/momsday.htm. Cindy takes a semi-humorous look at the world through the eyes of being a full-time mom and struggling writer. She has even developed a loyal following of sorts, too, and takes suggestions from readers on future column topics.

I just thought that others who read Authorlink might like to know how helpful it can be to their writing careers, said Cindy.

Agent McHugh Signs

12 Authorlink Writers,

Sells to Key Publishers

12/1/98—Twelve Authorlink writers have signed contracts within the past couple of years with Literary Agent Elisabet Mchugh, all as a direct result of the Authorlink service. And McHugh has sold many of their works to major publishers.

One of these clients, Roland Jansen, whose first book Profits From Natural Resources was just published by John Wiley, is now working on a second investment book. Linda Swink, Eric Winkler, David Whale and Sam Sackett also sold their books through Ms. McHugh.

In recent months, this agent has added a number of other Authorlink writers, including: Steven Levi, David Dial, S.Alan Hepps, Terry Milton, Jim Norton, Rebecca Spalten, and Lewis Tracy. A thirteenth writer is about to be signed with her.

“Authorlink is providing a great service for agents and editors,” says Ms. McHugh, who works exclusively through the Internet and has clients in eight countries. “I’m impressed not only by the quality of the manuscripts that you have listed, but also the prompt service rendered by your staff when I request a manuscript. And I check out the new listings on your website on a regular basis.”

Authorlink Writer

Sells Nonfiction Title

to Lone Wolf Enterprises

12/1/98—Dale C. Maley, author of Road Map to Retirement: How to Quickly and Easily Develop a Financial Plan for Retirement, has sold his work to Roger Wolf’s Lone Wolf Enterprises, Ltd. ( http://www.lonewolfent.net/) as a direct result of Authorlink

The book will be released both in hardcover and online in the first quarter of 1999. Lone Wolf has more than 60 titles in print.

Maley will receive 15% of gross for printed book and 15% of gross for electronic book sales.

Maley discovered Authorlink when he picked up a paper flier at the Harriet Austin Writer’s Conference in Athens, Georgia last July, then followed up by visiting the site at http://www.authorlink.com/arch4_files/authorlink.htm. (Note: The second annual Authorlink New Author Awards Banquet will be held as part of the 1999 Harriet Austin Writer’s Conference in Athens, July 23-25, 1999).

Dale, who has been writing for about two years, said it took him only 15 months to find a publisher through Authorlink He first found an agent through Authorlink who tried, but failed to sell the title to a large publisher.

How does it feel to have his first work published? “Very exciting, it has been a long, arduous, and perilous journey from writing those first few words of the manuscript until getting it published, “ said Dale.

He advises new writers to “Make sure your book is either the best among all the competition or among the first few books published in a new subject area. Be diligent, patient, and believe in your yourself and your work.

Authorlink Helps

Writer Secure

International Agent

12/1/98—J.D. Wetterling, author of SON OF THUNDER, has sold his first work to domestic publisher, Rivilo Books, Felix C. Lowe, publisher. The title was schedule for release in November, 1998. While J.D. located a publisher on his own, it was Authorlink that helped him find his agent. The Stefanidis Agency based in Geneva, Switzerland, discovered J.D.s listing on the Authorlink site and requested a review of the manuscript. The writer agreed to let Stefanidis handle the foreign rights.

Wetterling , who has been writing for nine years, had tried to locate an editor and agent for the last eight years. He found Authorlink while surfing the net. He found the publisher networking through friends.

How does it feel to have his first work published? “Wonderful!” he exclaimed. Wetterling, whose day job is as a Stockbroker with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, has two more novels in progress. He hopes to write all day, every day, for the rest of his days. Books and the Internet helped him more than anything else to improve his craft.

He advised new writers to “never give up.”

Authorlink Writers

Now Able to Track

Their Own Page Hits

12/1/98— Authorlink writers are now able to track the number of hits to their individual pages each month. We’re now adding individual counters to every page, so writers can determine the level of interest in their listed manuscripts. The counter, which resets at the first of each month, does not show who visited the page, but it gives the writer an idea of how interested editors, agents and general readers are in his or her topic and title.

The counter is now being added to every new writer’s page. Writers with existing listings can request an ID and password for the service by emailing: dbooth@authorlink.com

JLA Agency Signs

Four Authorlink Writers

In 60 Days, Praises Site

11/15/98—Jay Lace, owner of JLA Literary, reports that he has signed contracts to represent four Authorlink writers during the past 60 days.

They include: Michael Sedge, Author of the novel, The Oracle, and a nonfiction work, Fettuccini or the Frustrated Soul; Margaret Brennecke, author of the novel, Seeking Refuge; Miles Twaddell, author of the novel, Victory Day, and Charles Carron, author of the non-fiction work, The Suing Game.

JLA, a new agency actively looking to build a small roster of clients, found all four writers listed on Authorlink

“We are looking for original works with commercial appeal,” said Mr. Lace. “We have discovered that using Authorlink helps us separate the chaff from the wheat, and saves us hundreds of hours that would otherwise be wasted on unsuitable manuscripts.”

The agency adheres to the AAR’s guidelines, although it is not yet a registered member.

Wiley Releases

Authorlink Writer’s

First Book in November

11/1/98—Roland Jansen, who found an agent and publisher through Authorlink, has received the first copy of his new book, Profits in Natural Resources, from publisher John Wiley & Sons. The new release shipped to major bookstore chains in early November.

“It all started with Authorlink, ” Jansen said in a message to Authorlink this week. “The Internet works.”

Agent Signs

Three Authorlink

Writers Within Months

AUSTIN, TX/10/98—Brian G. Clark, Esq., owner of BGC Literary Management, has signed contracts to represent three Authorlink writers within less than two months.

BGC is an aggressive and highly professional new agency headquartered in Austin, TX.

Clark said he has signed Eric Scherer, author of THE OLYMPUS PROJECT; Ekaterine (Katy) Terlinden, who wrote THE DIVIDED CHILD, and Pete Murphy, author of SALAMANDERS. Ms. Terlinden was Best of Show (suspense/mystery/thriller) winner in the first annual Authorlink New Author Awards competition. (See the second annual Authorlink competition guidelines at http://www.authorlink.com/contest_99.html).

“The advent of literary agents came as publishing houses cut editorial staff, allowing agents to step in as the front line arbiters of taste and commercial viability,” said Clark. “Authorlink has become the new additional front line for the busy agent, a source for trusted pre-screened material to pursue at their convenience.”

Authorlink Finalists

Sign Publishing Contract

With Neighborhood Press

8/29/98—Marian Gibbons and Karin Welss, finalists in both the Romance and SF/Fantasy/Horror categories in the 1998 Authorlink New Author Awards Competition, have signed a publishing contract with Neighborhood Press for their historical romance novel, SWEETER THAN WINE. SWEETER THAN WINE is scheduled to be released in May, 1999, under the pseudonym of Michaela August.

In this novel WWI widow Alice Roye must fight to save her Sonoma winery from the threat of Prohibition. She falls in love with her new vintner, a European refugee, not knowing that he served as an enemy soldier during the war.

“We believe that entering our work in contests such as the one sponsored by Authorlink really opened some doors for us, ” said Karin Welss. “SWEETER THAN WINE is definitely a local history novel, highlighting a little-known aspect of Prohibition,” explains Welss when asked about how she and Gibbons chose the subject for their novel . “A lot of hard-working American winemakers and grape-growers lost their livelihoods when beer and wine were outlawed along with hard liquor, and California’s wine industry languished for the next fifty years.”

Gibbons adds, “It was a very emotional time, so soon after World War I and the deadly influenza epidemic. Although the concept of Prohibition was well-intentioned, its effect was devastating even before gangsters and bathtub gin became the popular symbols of its failure. Grape-growers didn’t know, right up to harvest in 1919, whether or not they could legally pick the best crop they’d ever seen. I found the research fascinating.”

How did they make the sale? After finishing the manuscript, Gibbons and Welss spent a year sending out query letters and partials. They also entered several writing contests, including the Authorlink contest. “The romance writing community is incredibly supportive of new writers,” Welss says, and Gibbons agrees: “We got a lot of help and encouragement from the published authors who judged two of the contests.” A major obstacle to overcome in selling SWEETER THAN WINE was its WWI-era setting. “It’s always difficult for new authors to break in,” remarks Gibbons, “and even more difficult when editors are convinced that no one wants to read historicals set in the early 20th century.” Their finalist status helped generate leads for possible publishers, as did their membership on several writing-related Internet listservs.

Welss remembers: “Someone on RWALINK (the Romance Writers of America members-only listserv) mentioned that Neighborhood Press was a fairly new publishing house open to romance submissions, and they spoke very highly of the Senior Editor, Rhea Griffiths. We queried Rhea via email, got a favorable response, and the rest is history.” Marian Gibbons and Karin Welss are working on separate solo projects at the moment, although they have several more co-authored novels in the planning stages, including a sequel to SWEETER THAN WINE.

Gibbons is currently writing a sequel to In a Mirror, Darkly, set amid the turmoil of Berkeley in the 60’s. Welss has another historical romance in progress, a tale of love and blackmail set in Restoration England.

About Neighborhood Press: Rhea Griffiths founded Neighborhood Press in 1995 with nothing but a desktop computer, an America Online account and the belief that “if she built it, they would come…” Now a rapidly growing small press, Neighborhood Press plans to publish twelve novels in 1999 as well as six issues of The Lovers Knot, a new magazine aimed at readers and writers of romance. Additional information about Marian Gibbons and Karin Welss, writing together as Michaela August, is available at the HREF=”http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Square/3524/”Michaela August Web Page.

Another Writer Wins

Publishing Contract

Via Authorlink

EquiLibrium Press Signs Mitchell

NEW YORK, NY & CULVER CITY, CA/ 8/98—Joyce Slayton Mitchell, author of more than 32 nonfiction books published by major houses such as Bantam, Dell, Simon & Schuster, and others, has sold another nonfiction work as a direct result of Authorlink

Ms. Mitchell’s newest manuscript, Pregnant in New Zealand: Mother and Daughter Letters from Afar, will be published in May, 1999 by EquiLibrium Press, Inc. of Culver City, California.

EquiLibrium Press Publisher Susan Goland requested the manuscript several months ago after seeing Mitchell’s listing on Authorlink This will be EquiLibrium’s first title as a new publisher, specializing in all aspects of health and wellness for women.

Pregnant in New Zealand is the story of a courageous and adventuresome young woman who finds an exotic life in the Pacific. This collection of New Zealand-to-Vermont letters is written in the first hours of pregnancy, leads to a dramatic 45-hour labor, and reveals the tensions of midwifery, and differences in generations, race and hemisphere.

Ms. Mitchell, who lives in New York, has successfully listed several works with Authorlink since late 1997. The newest book had been listed on the site for about 45 days or less, when Publisher Goland spotted it. The entire process, from listing to sale, took place within about three months.

Authorlink Winner

Signs Six-Figure

Deal at Harper Collins

7/98—June London, mainstream winner of the 1998 Authorlink New Author Awards Competition, has signed a six-figure contract with Harper Collins for her novel, Bingo Queens and a second work-in-progress, tentatively titled Stray Bullets.

The first title will be released in April, 1999, and the second manuscript will be completed in August, 1999. Both will be released under Harper Collins’ Cliff Street imprint.

Ms. London, whose real name is June Park, lives with her husband in a small Oklahoma town, similar to the setting for Bingo Queens, her first novel.

She met her agent, Robert Tabian of Robert Tabian Literary Agency , four years ago at an Oklahoma writers’ conference. He showed considerable interest in her story at the time, though only a few chapters had been completed.

June sent an earlier novel out to 20 agents, all of whom rejected her. In 1988, early in her career, she took lessons from well-known writing coach, Jack Bickam at the University of Oklahoma in 1988. “He was my mentor, one on one,” June said. She began winning various contests and published a few shorts stories. She also began teaching creative writing at local colleges. “The more I taught, the more I learned,” June told Authorlink.

When she finished Bingo Queens in February last year, she suddenly remembered the meeting with Tabian. A few weeks earlier, she had entered the Authorlink contest. On April 13, 1998 Authorlink notified her that she had won first place in the mainstream nonfiction category. About two weeks later, Tabian notified her that Harper Collins wanted to buy the work.

“While we weren’t responsible for making the direct connection with HarperCollins, “said Authorlink Editor Doris Booth. “we sure know how to spot the winners.”

Tabian is a former editor at Putnam and was with International Creative Management before opening his own agency. Among Tabin’s clients is 1993 Pulitzer Prize Winner Robert Olan Butler.

How does it feel to have her first two novels sold? “I don’t know,” says June. I suppose reality has yet to sink in.”

Asked when she first became interested in writing, Ms. Park, a native of London, England, said that as a child during World War II, she read books while sequestered in bomb shelters to calm her fears and remove her from reality.

For the past ten years she has devoted herself exclusively to her writing career.

Authorlink Author

Tim McGuire Tops

Ingram’s Hot List

DALLAS/FT. WORTH, TX/ 6/30/98—Tim McGuire’s newly-released Western, Danger Ridge (DORCHESTER/LEISURE BOOKS) has been listed by Ingram Book Company among the top ten most requested western fiction titles in the mass market/paperback category for several consecutive weeks in June. The excellent showing was posted even before the title was scheduled to reach bookstores by the end of that month.

Tim McGuire is among writers whose ready-to-publish and newly-released works are listed on Authorlink Danger Ridge is his first novel. Another western, titled, “Nobility,” , is due for release by LEISURE next year. Ingram is the world’s largest trade book distributor.

Authorlink Writer

Pax Riddle Sells

Book to Berkley

6/20/98—Authorlink writer, Pax Riddle, has sold his first novel “Lost River” to Berkley Publishing Group for the mid four figures. Pax joined the Authorlink site in early 1997. Some months later he signed with a top New York agent, whom he found through the Authorlink private agency directory. Berkley Editor Kim Waltemeyer bought the manuscript in June, 1998.

Lost River is the story of a young Modoc woman married to a white man, who struggles to balance her Indian heritage and her family in the face of looming war between her people and the US Army. The book will be released in Summer, 1999.

Pax Riddle writes full time, and lives with his wife and teenage daughter in Connecticut. He is working on a second novel, The Education of Ruby Loonfoot, and recently sold a nonfiction article to Wild West magazine.

Pax advises new writers to join a good work-oriented critique group, and consider their comments closely, while maintaining your style and integrity. “If you wish to sell your work, versus merely write it for artistic, self satisfaction, find out about the marketplace. See where you can find a niche,” he says.

New Author Finds

Agent on Internet,

Sells Six-figure Deal

7/98—First-time novelist William Kowalski of Erie PA. has sold his manuscript, Eddie’s Bastard, to Harper Collins. After receiving offers from several houses, agent Anne Hawkins of John Hawkins & Associates Inc., New York accepted a two book deal totalling in the mid six figures. Marjorie Braman, Senior Vice President for Harper Collins Adult Trade Books made the successful offer. Irv Schwartz of The Renaissance Agency, Los Angeles, CA, will handle film and television rights.

Kowalski first contacted Hawkins with an unsolicited E-mail query. He found her E-mail address via a search of AOL user profiles for literary agents.

In the fictional autobiography, William Kowalski explores the importance of family and the place of the individual in the continuum of history and time.

Living alone in a decaying mansion, Grandpa Mann is the last surviving member of a once-great family. Or so he believes until the day he stumbles drunkenly out the back door and discovers a baby in a picnic basket. A note taped to the handle identifies the occupant as “EDDIE’S BASTARD,” the child of his only

son recently killed in Viet Nam. What follows is the bittersweet story of the old man raising his grandson as the last, proud scion of the Mann family and steeping him in all of its rich and bizarre heritage.

Kowalski braids the story of the boy’s journey to young manhood together with family anecdotes and homespun philosophical excerpts from great-great grandfather Mann’s Civil War diary. The result is a story mixing warm humor with nostalgia and the inevitable sadness common to most American family histories.

Michigan Writer

Sells First Book

Via Authorlink

7/98—David Whale has found an agent and sold his book, HOW SCHOOLS REALLY WORK: AN ACTION GUIDE FOR PARENTS, through Authorlink Before having his work accepted for a listing on Authorlink he had written an agent himself, only to be turned down.

“It seemed like to me there should be a better way to reach potential editors and agents. Authorlink turned out to be the answer,” David said.

He found Authorlink through a search engine while surfing the web. “I liked the way it was laid out and the content,” he said. ” I figured it was worth a try, and the results and support were outstanding all the way.”

Whale said his agent has been great to work with. “We do all of our communicating via email. She is based in Idaho and I am in Michigan. We’ve never met face to face but I feel I know her and we have a very good relationship.”

David waited a number of months before his agent connected with him through Authrolink! But persistence paid off. About nine months after his listing on Authorlink Agent Elisabet McHugh had made a sale for David. That’s less than half the time it usually takes to sell a manuscript.

The hardcover book will be released in September, 1998 by Avisson. While David has published some scholarly papers and continues to do research and writing on the same topic as his book, this is his first full-length published work.

Sam Sackett’s

‘Career Karate’

Finds Publisher

6/98—Sam Sackett expected it would take a long time to find an agent, even with the help of Authorlink His listing first appeared on the site in April, 97, and about six or even months later he signed with agent, Elisabet McHugh, after receiving requests from three different representatives, and subsequently a publishing house.

“Placing the book with a publisher took longer than I thought, “said Sackett. “I think any author feels his work is so good that it will sell immediately, and I am no exception. Reality was, as it usually is, disillusioning.” That process took about four more months.

“Was I skeptical of Authorlink at first? Sure. Anybody who has lived long in this economy has run across enough scams to make him skeptical of anything that sounds like a good deal. It’s a by-product of the free enterprise system that crooks are free to function until they’re caught.

“I found Authorlink very professional and timely. I was particularly impressed with their efforts to make sure that the agents they list operate ethically, ” Sam said. ” I even passed along a couple of names of agents who approached me about whom I was leery, and Authorlink acted appropriately.”

How did Sam Sackett begin his writing career?

“Miss Grassle, my kindergarten teacher, assigned all of us to write a book in imitation of the little reader which was our text. I became hooked on writing and have been writing ever since.”

Right now Sam has obligations that prevent him from the kind of sustained writing effort that he would like to make, so he’s working along at translations of a couple of Flemish novels because he can do them a page at a time in between other chores. When he can free up his time more fully, he plans to finish a book on how to get a job, TWELVE STEPS TO FINDING THE PERFECT CAREER, which his present agent is also interested in representing.

Another agent whom he found through the Authorlink listings, has three of Sam’s novels: ADOLF HITLER IN OZ, AN AMERICAN PRODIGAL, and SWEET BETSY FROM PIKE.

Sam’s book, CAREER KARATE: WINNING STRATEGIES FOR MANAGERS, will be released by The Graduate Group sometime this spring.

“I think Authorlink is a great opportunity for writers. Before I discovered Authorlink, I had used the lists of agents in the Literary Market Place, only to be told by them — at least by those of them that answered at all — that they were not accepting work from new writers. The agents listed by Authorlink are all agents actively seeking new talent. For that reason Authorlink saves writers an enormous amount of time and effort in bringing them together with people who actually are interested in considering their work. So I am really very thankful to Authorlink and will be happy to sing its praises wherever and whenever I have the occasion.”

Eric Winkler Sells

First Work

Within Five Months

6/98—Eric Winkler signed with a literary agent and sold his first manuscript, Partnership Marketing, to Greenwood Publishing, all within only five months. How did he do that? Through Authorlink

“At first, I made the mistake that first-time authors make of trying to pitch my manuscript directly to publishing houses. While searching the Internet for publishers, I ran across Authorlink” Eric explained. “Rather than try and learn the book publishing industry overnight, I thought I’d “borrow some experience” from Authorlink and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.”

Authorlink asked Eric if he were skeptical of the service at first, and why?

“I have to admit I was skeptical at first. There are so many mine fields on the Internet that I worry about paying for any service offered on the ‘net. I was impressed by the list of authors on the site and by the current publishing industry news. It seemed like a gamble worth taking and I’m very pleased with the connections Authorlink made for me.”

Eric had searched for several months and had a number of dead-end conversations with publishers. He made the mistake of thinking he didn’t need an agent. “Looking back, it was a little like thinking I could do my own dental work with a few lessons,” he commented.

Eric said he was surprised how fast Authorlink produced results for him. It took less than a month for him to sign with agent, Elisabet McHugh through Authorlink He agreed to partner with her in October. By December, 97 he had received his first serious offer from a publisher. Then, in February, 98, only five months after Authorlink connected him with an agent, he sold his first book.

Asked if he had any advice for other first-time authors, Eric advised: “Don’t be afraid to admit what you don’t know. Do you need Authorlink? Yes. You can’t possibly expect to learn the publishing industry overnight, so let Authorlink lend you their contacts and their expertise.

“I don’t know about other writers, but I asked myself over and over whether or not I needed an agent. I did. My agent helped me focus my work and helped crystallize the vision for my project. Unless you are fortunate enough to be a publisher writing about the publishing industry, you need an agent to help you navigate this complicated business.”

Eric Winkler said he had “nothing but praise” for Authorlink “This service sets realistic expectations and then exceeds them. I consider myself fortunate to have found Authorlink and even more fortunate that my agent found me through Authorlink This is a service I’d recommend to any first time author.”

Roland Jansen

Finds Publisher

In Six Months

5/98—Roland Jansen has just sold his first book to John Wiley & Sons as a direct result of having secured agent Elisabet McHugh through Authorlink

Unnatural Profits from Natural Resources: How to Make Big Profits, Globally, From Oil, Gas, Grains and Metals will be released by John Wiley & Sons in August, 1998.

Dutch-born Jansen, director of fund management for the oldest bank in Liechtenstein, wrote the book in German in September 1996 and originally titled it, The Coming Squeeze in Natural Resources. A friend who review it told him his German was “hopeless” and suggested he write it in English. He did. In January, 1997 he began surfing the Internet to find information on publishers and came across Authorlink

“I thought Authorlink was a great idea for an aspiring writer living in a remote area and with no contacts in the publishing world. My book was accepted for listing on the service and after only two months, in March, 1997, Authorlink Editor Doris Booth informed me that literary agent Elisabet McHugh was interested in reading the full manuscript. After receiving valuable background information from Doris about the agent, I signed with Ms. McHugh on April 3.”

In the following six months, Ms. McHugh encouraged Jansen to refocus the book and he completed the new version in August, 1997. Only a month later John Wiley & Sons made the offer to publish the book.

His advice to new writers: “Listen to the feedback you get from publishers who don’t want to buy. Your work must be unique and you must be able to tell a publisher why it is so special. Finally, don’t let anyone take away your dream of being published.”