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Archive-name: writing/resources/part2 Version: 2.8 Last-modifed: 95/10 Distribution-agent: firstname.lastname@example.org URL: http://bel.avonibp.co.uk/bricolage/resources/lounge/IWRG/index.html Internet Writer Resources v2.8 (10/95) ====================================== (5) A Note to Editors ================= >From the current perspective, you are in one of two categories: a backward Luddite or a visionary pioneer, depending on whether you have never heard of internet email or are utilizing it and supporting submissions through it. (That is a joke.) Sincerely however, in the near future conducting writing transactions over the internet may become the medium of choice for many markets. Of course, there are disadvantages along with the grand incentives to support this capability. Many editors however have found the ability to receive submissions and queries via email to be immensely valuable in cultivating future issues' articles. In some cases, you may be competing with them directly for knowledgeable and interesting articles and writers. If a writer sees two outlets with similar content but one with more ideal rights or remuneration arrangements, which will s/he submit to? The author of this list strongly encourages you to support and solicit articles via email. It may allow you to interact and direct your writers more effectively and less stressfully. It may allow you to improve the quality of submissions by expanding the available pool and increasing the target and focus of individual pieces. Ultimately it may make you more responsive to readers than your competition. Potentially, both the writer, editor, and reader benefit from the dynamic arrangement. All this is written in speculative terms, however, because it is not guaranteed. You may find that irrelevant or useless queries increase, but even so a wider selection pool may render that unproblematic. (6) A Vision of the Future ====================== (By L. Detweiler) I wrote this FAQ for a variety of reasons. The Internet has completely exploded into the collective human psyche and it is radically altering the realm of writing, and writing for money. It is clear that Cyberspace offers unprecedented opportunity for *everyone* to profit from writing and editing, not just a anointed elite clique as is often the case in many existing publishing structures. This threat to the status quo upsets many. But to me the bottom line is that the quality of writing available to the consumer (the reader) is ultimately going to improve, and the cost of that quality is going to decrease, and selling writing will be more accessable and profitable for everyone who truly has something valuable to offer. But the definition of `valuable' is going to be upheaved and revolutionized over the next few years. I feel very strongly that a certain kind of `parasitism' whereby a middleman takes advantage of a writer, reselling the `product' without adding any value himself, is going to become a much more difficult or even impossible niche in the future cyberspatial society, because all writers will have available their *own* unparalleled publishing capabilities. I think we are entering an age where *everyone* will be able to run their own publishing stations at home (sort of like FTP sites but far less complicated!) -- they will become perhaps as common as answering machines. And a structure to allow for transparent, seamless, painless transaction charges will evolve very soon as well. And ultimately, this was partly the motivation in writing this FAQ-- to encourage everyone to market their writing independent of people who seek to take advantage of them by denigrating, underpaying, monopolizing, and diminishing their choice of outlets. I seek to advance this vision of the future where everyone who can type can `publish'. Some people think, or fear, that the role of the writing `middleman' is threatened to the point of extinction. But I must emphasize that most existing editors, critics, proofreaders, etc. *do* add value to writing and deserve to be rewarded and sought by the better writers. In fact, I think these future developments in Cyberspace will also help to separate, more than ever before, the parasites from the truly talented artists (writers) and `meta-artists' (critics, proofreaders, editors, etc.) by rewarding the latter beyond their wildest dreams and making the former an unprofitable and untenable existence. Cyberspace is going to revolutionize publishing *more* than the printing press did, and in amazingly similar ways. One example of this emerging egalitarianism and populism in cyberspatial writing is in the explosion of electronic `zines'. While generally of marginal quality compared to more sophisticated outlets, some 'zines have built up immensely prestigious reputations and quality of editing and writing surpassing many paper-published journals. This trend will continue until an entire spectrum (a sort of `food chain') of magazines will exist in cyberspace from the lowliest free, irregularly published, slapped-together paragraphs to the most professional, slick, typeset, paying, even advertising- and subscription-based outlets all coexist. (7) The FAQ as the Future ===================== (By L. Detweiler) An interesting form of cyberspatial writing has existed for essentially as long as Usenet and continues to gain momentum and prestige, and may be the bridge to the vision of the future I have written about above. The Frequently Asked Question List, or FAQ, a document designed to answer questions that pop up on newsgroups to decrease the annoyance factor in reading them, started out as not even something that was ever archived at a public site-- FAQs were just regularly posted by their authors. (A regular Usenet posting itself represents different kind of publishing that is unique to cyberspace-- somewhat reminiscent of the way an electron beam of a television set displays a picture by continually retracing it.) But FAQs have evolved into extremely sophisticated collections of information on virtually any subject, becoming highly refined over many years and involving whole hierarchies of teams and editors. A FAQ is even superior to many other types of static collections of writing in this way-- they are far more valuable (but also sometimes more difficult to keep track of) because they are continually updated. The most important new development in FAQ writing is that of the `commercial factor'. Buried in that phrase are many multifaceted pots of gold, but also many bugaboos. Very soon, the Internet will have a standard for mercantile commerce, and some FAQs will be one of the first pieces of the pie to be commercialized. I foresee some great, wrenching upheavals in the FAQ structures as the forces of `volunteerism' and `entrepreneurialism' meet face to face. I believe that a certain percentage of all FAQs, which in many ways are a microcosm of the Internet, will remain free and maintained by volunteers. But the rewards to both writers and readers in a fee-based structure for access are great. For even extremely inconsequential fees to individual readers, writers could be compensated, rewarded, and encouraged in their writing quite tangibly. And I believe a commensurate increase in the quality of the FAQs written by them, for their `consumers', will be quite dramatic. The FAQ will continue to be at the forefront of cyberspatial writing frontiers. I encourage you to read about the CRAM service below involved `publishing' the collections of others into the FAQ infrastructure. This removes some of the bothersome overhead to the writer in disseminating their writing by having an `agent' take care of the details. CRAM has propagated over a half-dozen different compilations into the FAQ structure with extremely rewarding benefits to everyone involved. The writers are quite delighted at the increased exposure and the readers are quite delighted at running into the quality compilations they might never have discovered otherwise. I also urge anyone interested in cyberspatial writing to read the news.answers FAQ posted to that group and write a FAQ on their favorite subject of interest if it is not already covered. Even the simple process of taking existing FAQs and reorganizing them into more useful collections of information is an extremely valuable service to the net. Writing a FAQ in many ways is one of the ultimate community services to your fellow cyberspatial citizens. Just browsing the rtfm.mit.edu archives is an extremely pleasureable activity. The FAQ is a beautiful model of the future of writing in cyberspace. As it exists, the current process on Usenet to submit an `official' FAQ is far from Herculean and in fact highly accessable to virtually anyone with a modicum of interest in writing. In fact, the effort is astonishingly less than that required for that of say, a book, but, with newsgroup distributions reaching tens of thousands of readers, amazingly the exposure in many cases can be *greater* than that of a published book. And this exposure will increase tremendously as cyberspace becomes more ubiquitous, and I am convinced the `entrance requirements' will also become even more trivial to pass such that, as I wrote above, virtually anyone who can write can publish. Even the necessity of owning a computer is bypassed! (8) WWW: Cyberspatial Presses ========================= (By L.Detweiler) The World Wide Web has grown at a breathtaking pace, in some ways more so than the actual physical growth of the Internet. There appears to be a great "cyberspatial Web rush" as diverse individuals and organizations work to "broadcast their signal" via home pages, electronic brochures and advertisements, etc. The age of the cyberspatial printing press has arrived. The old cliche goes that "freedom of speech only belongs to people who own presses". Doesn't this strike you as a kind of oppressive sentiment? Why should freedom of speech have anything to do with money or status? Indeed, the invention of the printing press by Gutenberg broke down entrenched barriers in exactly this realm. And the logical conclusion of this "equality, egalitarianism, and populism" in the ability to disseminate ideas is evident in the Web. Suddenly the computer and networks, "cyberspace", is engendering the same type of revolution that the printing press did, with a fundamental difference: the press made available cheap *books* for distribution, i.e. the burden of the *receiver* was diminished greatly, but sophisticated skill and expertise was still required of the *sender*. Today, anyone can set up a "printing press in cyberspace" for a very minimal cost that is dropping rapidly. Let me give an example of how to set up a cyberspatial broadcasting station for about $20 a month such that you don't even need to own a computer. The Internet provider Netcom provides unlimited internet access for $20 a month, including an anonymous FTP directory, and many providers provide a similar service. The anonymous FTP is capable of supporting not only the mundane (sometimes tedious and arcane) FTP access, but the seamless, transparent, smooth access of hypertext browsers such as Lynx and Mosaic. Netcom is going through growing pains, but provides the most universal Internet coverage in the U.S. for the least amount of money, and makes FTP setup a snap, and the system is entrenched with many local users creating their own stops, so I am going to describe this provider here. The steps involved in setting up a cyberspatial broadcasting system to cyberspace are simply: 1. Contact Netcom, 1 800 353 6600 or email@example.com, or telnet to netcom.com as "guest". Set up an account. With a credit card, you can get a login in *hours*. 2. Read their FAQ 119 with the command "faq 119". This tells you how the FTP setup works. Send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org saying "I have read faq 119". In a few days they will send you back a message, indicating they have set up an account. 4. Run "lynx" to access the WWW. Type "help". In the menu you will find help on the subject of HTML, the Hypertext Markup Language. HTML is easy to learn. Or, leap to any site and while viewing a document hit "\" which allows you to see the embedded commands in a file, and you can emulate the style and see how different commands are formatted. 5. In the FTP directory, create a file called "home.html" that contains your own billboard in cyberspace. Add files in subdirectories. Link the files to each other. Link to other sites. Its as easy as editing text files. Make sure rights are ok (chmod command) so people can get at them! No Catholic Church suppression here! 6. Test using the command "lynx home.html". You can also make sure rights are correct by going through the ftp interface, lynx ftp://ftp.netcom/pub/[you]/home.html 7. Voila! You are now ready to unveil your masterpiece to the world. Advertise in a relevant newsgroup. Watch enthusiastic people send you mail. 8. Two people at Netcom provide neat services to help you advertise and monitor the accesses to your files. email@example.com keeps a list of all public pages and short descriptions. firstname.lastname@example.org provides a slick service of counting accesses to your files, and who accessed them. This is all it takes to run your own pseudo-BBS or "broadcasting station"! Imagine being able to bypass and thwart the entire World Media Monopoly with these simple steps! I claimed earlier that you don't even have to *own* a computer to accomplish all this, and it's true. Many libraries and some copier shops have public access terminals that would allow you to accomplish all these steps. If they have floppy disk drives, you could upload your own data! The SF novel about a bleak dystopian future by Ray Bradbury, Farenheit 451, was written on a typewriter in a library in about a week, according to his foreword. Will there be a similar case of a brilliant, fledgling, struggling author dazzling the world with his masterpieces in the same way, in cyberspace? I certainly have done my part to encourage you to do so! One of the fantastic aspects of WWW is that it demonstrates how utterly important the role of *organizing* and *editing* information. In a sense our society is undergoing a fundamental shift from a phase of *generating* massive reams of information to now *organizing* it in cyberspace. And there is hidden gold, all over the place, waiting for the patient, methodical, inspired "cyberscholar" to plug it all together and revolutionize the world. Even the mere act of compiling your "favorite links" to the world is an immense service to your fellow citizens of cyberspace. (9) Other Resources =============== Newsgroups ---------- alt.cyberpunk.chatsubo ``Original science fiction in the Cyberpunk / Shadowrun genre' posted for review. Accomplished and beginning writers as well as fans. Submissions of stories (any length) or poetry related to Cyberpunk themes will get constructive feedback from other writers in this style. Interactive stories with other authors a possibility.'' (Jay Brandt, FAQ maintainer) alt.journalism Journalists and journalism students. alt.journalism.freelance Freelance journalists alt.prose, alt.prose.d Predecessors to rec.arts.prose, lower distribution. Disscussion in alt.prose.d only. alt.zines `zines' or small low-circulation low-cost newsletters of fringe elements misc.writing Accomplished and beginning writers. Submissions, queries, markets, etc. misc.writing.screenplays Accomplished and beginning screenwriters. Submissions, queries, markets, etc. news.answers Also alt.answers, comp.answers, misc.answers, etc. The standard moderated newsgroups for `approved' or `official' Usenet FAQs. rec.arts.prose Posted fiction for review. Discussion of posted articles. rec.arts.poems Posting and discussion of original poetry. rec.arts.sf.written Written science fiction. Great authors. Writing style. (?) rec.mag Magazines (?) rec.mag.fsfnet Fantasy and science fiction discussion, movies and television (?) comp.infosystems.www.users comp.infosystems.www.providers comp.infosystems.www.misc WWW (World Wide Web) information groups. Mailing Lists ------------- - AMFM Topics:Monthly newsletter about broadcast radio in the UK Subscription:send mail to LISTSERV@@ORBITAL.DEMON.CO.UK, `subscribe amfm <yourfirstname> <yourlastname>' Posting: <AMFM@ORBITAL.DEMON.CO.UK> - BOOKNEWS Topics:Reviews of upcoming books, cds, and videos (moderated). Subscription: send mail to LISTSERVER@COLUMBIA.ILC.COM, `subscribe booknews <yourfirstname> <yourlastname>'. Posting: <BOOKNEWS@COLUMBIA.ILC.COM> - BOOK-TALK Topics: Discussions and info about new books, cds, and videos. 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Posting: <MBU-L@TTUVM1.BITNET> Moderator: Fred Kemp - MEDIA LIST Topics: "A listing of newspapers, magazines, tv stations and other media outlets that accept e-mail and electronic submissions." Subscription: send 'subscribe MEDIALIST <YourFirstName> <YourLastName>' in message body to <MAJORDOMO@WORLD.STD.COM> List owner: Adam Gaffin <email@example.com> - nfu-chat Topics: A mail-list of the National Writers Union, firstname.lastname@example.org, is open to any working writer, not only to NWU members. Subscription: send SUBSCRIBE nwu-chat <YourFirstName> <YourLastName> in message body to <email@example.com> - nfu-queer Topics: Another NWU mail-list, nwu-queer, is similarly open to working writers. It focuses on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered issues. Subscription: send SUBSCRIBE nwu-queer <YourFirstName> <YourLastName> in message body to <firstname.lastname@example.org> - online-news Topics: Public Internet mailing list on electronic publishing Subscription: send 'subscribe ONLINE-NEWS <YourFirstName> <YourLastName> in message body to <MAJORDOMO@MARKETPLACE.COM> List owner: Steve Outing <email@example.com> or <firstname.lastname@example.org> - online-newspapers Topics: Private Internet mailing list on electronic newspapers, for newspaper professionals only. (Please write a short desription of your professional affiliation.)." Subscription: send 'subscribe ONLINE-NEWSPAPERS <YourFirstName> <YourLastName>' in message body to <MAJORDOMO@MARKETPLACE.COM> List owner: Steve Outing <email@example.com> or <firstname.lastname@example.org>. - Poetry list Topics: ``This list is designed to be a forum where original poetry (either complete or in progress) may be posted by members interested in critique-style discussion, examination, and analysis of their work. ...It is assumed that all members will at some point post an original piece, and not merely assume an exclusively responsive role.'' Subscription: send mail to email@example.com, `subscribe poetry <yourfirstname> <yourlastname>'. Posting: <POETRY@GONZAGA.EDU> - Purdue Rhetoric Topics: ``Rhetoric, Professional Writing, and Language Discussion Group - a scholarly forum for discussion of rhetoricand composition, professional writing, and language research. Subscription: send mail to listserve@URCCVM.BITNET, `subscribe PURTOPOI <yourfirstname> <yourlastname>'. Posting: <PURTOPOI@PURCCVM.BITNET> - Romance Writers Topics: Romance genre Subscription: send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, 'subscribe rw-l <yourfirstname> <yourlastname>' Posting: <RW-L@NETCOM.COM> - Screen Writing Discussion List Topics: ``a discussion list of the joy and challenge of screen writing for film and TV ... Any topic of interest to writers or potential writers is appropriate (i.e. format, story ideas, dialogue, characters, agents, producers, directors, actors, studios, problems and/or solutions).'' Subscription: send mail to email@example.com, `subscribe scrnwrit <yourfirstname> <yourlastname>'. Posting: <SCRNWRIT@TAMVM1.BITNET> - Small Press Mailing List Topics: ``Concerns of authors and editors involved with the small press, both of books and of magazines. Printers and services, announcements, calls for submissions, bookstores, discussion of acceptance and rejections, book and signing events,readings, `war stories', advice for writers, editors, self-publishers.'' Subscription: send your human-readable *request* to join or leave to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. *Posts* to the list go to <email@example.com>. Moderator: <firstname.lastname@example.org> (Cecilia M Tan) - SfnF-Writers Topics: A mailing list for people interested in writing Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. It is intended for both serious authors and dabblers. Subscription: send mail to email@example.com 'subscribe SFnF-Writers <yourfirstname> <yourlastname> Posting: List Owner: Peter Leppik, <firstname.lastname@example.org> - SPJ-Online Topics: Society of Professional Journalists email list. A resource for journalists or those interested in journalism. It seeks to complement other popular journalism-related lists. It is an open, unmoderated list that can be used to discuss any journalism or SPJ topic. Subscription:</i></b> send 'subscribe SPJ-Online' in message body to <LISTSERV@NETCOM.COM>. Owner: Mike Barker <email@example.com> - The Composition Digest Topics: ``a weekly newsgroup for the study of computers and writing, specifically writing instruction in computer based classrooms." Subscription: send mail to listserve@ULKYVX.BITNET, `subscribe COMPOS01 <yourfirstname> <yourlastname>'. Posting: <COMPOS01@ULKYVX.BITNET> - The Garret Topics: ``The Enclave Writers' Network and Support Group mailing list digest.'' Subscription: send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, `join GARRET'. Posting: <email@example.com> - The Writing Workshop Topics: Fiction, Nfiction, Novels-L and Poetry-W lists are for submissions and critiques, Writing list is for general discussions, new member introductions, and announcements of various sorts. Tone is professional. Most members actually pursue publication. There is a requirement to contribute monthly (critique and/or submission) to retain membership status. Subscription: send mail to LISTSERV@PSUVM.PSU.EDU, `subscribe <listname> <yourfirstname> <yourlastname>' where <listname> is `fiction', `writing', `novels-l', 'nfiction' or 'poetry-w'. The lists are *not* self-serve, one of the list maintainer (Rheal Nadeau) will reply by emailsending the conditions of membership. Membership of the list is contingent on abiding by the non-onerous conditions (no broadcasting of submissions, contribute at least once per month, etc). Posting: FICTION@PSUVM.PSU.EDU, WRITING@PSUVM.PSU.EDU, NOVELS-L@PSUVM.PSU.EDU, NFICTION@PSUVM.PSU.EDU, POETRY-W@PSUVM.PSU.EDU (NB Postings only accepted from list members). - WIOLE Topics: Writing Intensive Online Learning Environment, an archived list for writing instructors. Subscription: send mail to listserve@MIZZOU1.BITNET, `subscribe WIOLE-L <yourfirstname> <yourlastname>'. Posting: <WIOLE-L@MIZZOU1.BITNET> - Write (Writer's Internet Exchange) Topics: similar to a closed newsgroup in which the members post their original work and critiques of other members work. The members e-mail their submissions to WRITE@camcat.com for distribution to the full membership list. Failure to submit three on-topic posts each month will automatically cancel membership. Participation is important! Subscription: send your human-readable *request* to join or leave to <firstname.lastname@example.org> Owner/Moderator: Janet Kent <email@example.com> - Writer's Workshop Topics: The WRITERS list is an open, unmoderated electronic workshop for discussions of the art and craft of writing and sharing of works in progress. As might be expected, writers tend to write quite a lot, so be prepared for plenty of mail. Subscription: The workshop is self-serve - send email to <firstname.lastname@example.org> (or <email@example.com>) with the message SUBSCRIBE WRITERS <yourfirstname> <yourlastname>. Owner: Mike Barker <firstname.lastname@example.org> - Writing Center Topics: ``A discussion list for directors of academic writing centers, including evaluating software for writing instruction, use of tutors, and other issues specific to writing centers.'' Subscription: send mail to listserve@TTUVM1.BITNET, `subscribe W-CENTER <yourfirstname> <yourlastname>'. Posting: <W-CENTER@TTUVM1.BITNET> FTP sites --------- A large collection of electronic `zines' and other miscellaneous electronic text files can be found on the University of Michigan archives, etext.archive.umich.edu. Other writing-related FAQs can be found on rtfm.mit.edu: /pub/usenet/news.answers/writing. The FAQ site is also an outstanding collection of highly refined writing by `amatures' on virtually any topic, highly accessable to both readers and writers. The FAQ maintainers mailing list is available by request to email@example.com. WorldWideWeb sites ------------------ Trevor Lawrence edits/publishes _bricolage_, a WorldWideWeb "trade" e-mag for on-line writers on: http://bel.avonibp.co.uk/bricolage/bricolage.html Debbie Ridpath Ohi maintains a WorldWideWeb page called _INKSPOT_, a resource for children's writers on: http://www.interlog.com/~ohi/inkspot Victory Crayne maintains a WorldWideWeb page reproducing her articles "Career Plan for Fiction Writers" and "How to Critique Fiction" http://www.webcom.com/~victory/ Nancy McGough maintains a WorldWideWeb page called "Finding and Writing FAQs" on: http://www.best.com/~ii/internet/faqs.html Joe Chew maintains a list of Technical Writing WorldWideWeb Pages on: http://www-itg.lbl.gov/~jtchew/STC.pointer.pg.shtml Charles Deemer maintains Screenwriters, the WorldWideWeb pages for the screenwriters mailing list on: http://www.teleport.com/~cdeemer/scrwriter.html Telnet Sessions --------------- Brazilian Dreams Topics: Live writing games for professionals, semi-professionals, and amateurs. Running since February, 1994, the games include a Storytellers' Circle (telling a story in 'round robin' fashion), a Short-short-short story night (telling very short stories), a myth night, and a Variety-filk night. Location: Brazilian Dreams (telnet brazil.tbyte.com 8888). After typing 'connect guest guest' to connect, type 'events' for a current listing. Contact: Brent Edwards (firstname.lastname@example.org) Miscellaneous ------------- A more accurate list of electronic `zines' is posted intermittently to alt.mag, alt.zines, posted by John Labovitz <email@example.com>. See ftp://netcom.com/pub/johnl/zines/ (most recent) or ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/writing/. ``Electronic Writers' Workshops and Online Education in Creative Writing'' (Bowers & Butcher, 1993) is available from gwuvm.gwu.edu: /WRITERS.RESOURC. Compilation of resources for writers and for writing teachers on the national network services, part 1. Part 2, virtual classrooms and tools for collaborative writing projects. Part 3, `a new breed of literatary magazines that are written, published, and read exclusively by network users...finding a readership beyond the best hopes of many professional and academic literatary magazines' editors.' Part 4, copyrights, what constitutes publication in the electronic realm, antidotes to `remarkable examples of misinformation'. \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ | / / / / / / / / / / _______ ________ _____ _____ _____ /// \\\ ||| \\\ /// \\\ |||\\\///||| ||| ~~ ||| /// ||| ||| ||| \\// ||| ||| __ |||~~~\\\ |||~~~||| ||| ~~ ||| \\\ /// ||| \\\ ||| ||| ||| ||| ~~~~~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ / / / / / / / / / | \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ C y b e r s p a t i a l R e a l i t y A d v a n c e m e n t M o v e m e n t In an effort to bring valuable information to the masses, and as a service to motivated information compilers, a member of CRAM can help others unfamiliar with Usenet `publish' their documents for widespread dissemination via the FAQ structure, and act as a `sponsor' knowledgable in the submissions process. This document is being distributed under this arrangement. We have found these compilations tend to appear on various mailing lists and are valuable enough to deserve wider distribution. If you know of an existing compilation of Internet information that is not currently a FAQ, please contact us and we may `sponsor' it. The benefits to the author include: - use of the existing FAQ infrastructure for distribution: - automated mail server service - FTP archival - automated posting - a far wider audience that can improve the quality, accuracy, and coverage of the document enormously through email feedback - potential professional inquiries for the use of your document in other settings, such as newsletters, books, etc. - with us as your sponsor, we will also take care of the technicalities in the proper format of the posted version and updating procedures, leaving you free of the `overhead' to focus on the basic updates alone The choice of who we `sponsor' is entirely arbitrary. You always have the option of handling the submission process yourself. See the FAQ submission guidelines FAQ in news.answers. For information, send mail to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Most Wanted List ================ This list can grow and prosper if you help keep it updated, use the information herein wisely, and help recruit new sources. Please do NOT send random editor email addresses unless those editors specifically approve of advertising them. Currently most wanted: - More popular newstand magazines, esp. paying ones. Asimov's, Analog, etc. - Old discussion on MAGAZINE email list about email submission addresses. - More HTML magazines like GNN and Trincoll. - FTP sites. - any elaboration on places with `(?)' - More Web pointers - Update on newsgroups not listed - Update on mailing lists not listed When submitting updates to the list, PLEASE include all known information in the categories recorded. That is: email address, description of the general content of the outlet, remuneration policies, and the rights involved. The editor of this list prefers outlets that are `well established' and are not likely to disappear. Also, another list by J. Labovitz better tracks electronic `zines'. See `Other Resources' above. Send comments to <email@example.com>. Credits ======= Special thanks to the following people for contributing especially valuable information to this list: L.Detweiler <firstname.lastname@example.org> Kyle Conway <email@example.com> Ed Stastny <firstname.lastname@example.org> Cecilia M Tan <email@example.com> David Abrahamson <ABRAHAMSON@ACFcluster.NYU.EDU> Laura Packard <firstname.lastname@example.org> -- http://www.umich.edu/~lpackard John Bowers <JBOWERS@gwuvm.gwu.edu> Chuq Von Rospach <email@example.com> Special thanks to the forward-seeing editors who have the patience, vision, and expertise to support email submissions. Change History ============== v2.8 (10/95) WRITE added. Obsolete Fortune MCI address removed. Intermix added. Victory Crane's W3 site details added. Blue Heron added. The Garret added. v2.7 (06/95) AMFM, BOOKNEWS, BOOK-TALK, MEDIA-LIST, SFnF-Writers, online-news, online-newspapers, RW-L and SPJ-Online mailing lists added. World Wide Web section created. alt.journalism.freelance and misc.writing.screenplays newsgroup details added. Telnet session data added. v2.6 (04/95) The Writing Workshop title changed. Internet Bulletin for CPAs and Stoneground added. v2.5 (03/95) WRITER'S list LISTSERV address changed. misc.writing files added. bricolage pointers added. v2.4 (01/95) HTML format created. nwu-chat/queer added, PARADIGM, CLIPTEXT, Writer's Workshop Review added. FAQ-oriented WWW site added. v2.3 (10/94) WWW newsgroups. OtherRealms nuked at request of Chuqie. "Hum" Canadian Government Computer added. v2.2 (9/94) New address (sigh). WWW Press section added. Internet Informer, Millenium Magazine added. v2.1 (6/94) New address for updates. (Apologies to all who sent revisions that bounced over this period. Please resubmit.) v2.0 (1/94) `A Vision of the Future' inspired partly by Chuq Von Rospach hostility in email. `CRAM' and `FAQ of the Future' added. Alternate Hilarities (Tales Twice Told), OtherRealms, Intertext, Trincoll Journal, Writer's Nook News added. Mailing list entries modified to indicate list address vs. subscription addresses (apologies for inconvenience, but blame J.B. :). v1.3 (11/93) Grist addition. Fix of the Lansing vs. Ann Arbor (thanks many people!) Fringware Review. Fiction & Writing lists. Bowers papers on cyberspatial writing resources FTP pointers (highly recommended). Poetry list. Screen Writing list. Creative Writing Pedagogy list. Megabyte University. Composition Digest list. Purdue Rhetoric list. Writing Intensive Online Learning Environment list. Writing Center list. (New mailing lists added are from Bowers paper, thanks!) v1.2 (9/93) MCI Mail magazine addresses included. Posting frequency changed. Glitch that posted to `misc.writers' oblivion instead of `misc.writing'. v1.1 (8/93) Writer's Workshop list, Cyberspace Vanguard added. v1.0 (8/93) Wilde Oakes, Lighthouse added. Posted to *.answers groups & archived at rtfm.mit.edu. v0.6 (8/93) Added `rights,' `comments,' `type' categories. Reordered list categories. Added small-press list. Paladin and Circlet added. v0.5 (7/93) Basics of email address, newsgroup list, editor & writer notices, submission protocol, etc. in place after initial query on misc.writing. Distribution ============ FTP --- This FAQ is available from the standard FAQ server rtfm.mit.edu via FTP in the file /pub/usenet/news.answers/writing/resources and also from bel.avonibp.co.uk in the file /pub/bricolage/IWRG Email ----- Email requests for FAQs go to firstname.lastname@example.org with commands on lines in the message body, e.g. `help' and `index'. 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