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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Military Writers May Love Call for Submissions

Call for Stories From Disaster Healthcare Workers

Kaplan Publishing, the publisher of a broad range of educational and consumer books by and for nurses, physicians, paramedics, and other healthcare workers, is now accepting stories for a new and exciting anthology, To The Rescue: Stories from Healthcare Workers at the Scene of Disaster.

About To The Rescue

Devastating fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters are ongoing concerns in every part of the world. The personal stories of people who go to the scene and interact with survivors will be of great interest to both the world community and to people who work in these fields.

To The Rescue: Stories from Healthcare Workers at the Scene of Disaster is an anthology of stories by healthcare workers, from a variety of specialties, who have gone to the scenes of disasters, whether in their hometowns or across the world.

Story Guidelines

Kaplan wants to tell your story.

§ If you are a nurse, physician, paramedic, or other healthcare professional, please share your unique experience of working during a flood, a fire, a hurricane, a tsunami, a mudslide, a famine, an earthquake, or a conflict, and what it was like to interact with those directly affected by these disaster events.

§ Tell us how disaster response/relief work has helped to shape you into the person that you are today. Your story shouldn’t be a medical report—make us laugh, make us cry; allow your words to open the doors to your experiences for the reader.

§ All stories must be true and previously unpublished stories from your personal experience. Exceptions for previously published stories may be made if you retain the copyright.

§ The tone of your story should be inspiring, poignant and, when appropriate, humorous.

§ Submit stories in Microsoft Word, 12-point Times New Roman, double-spaced with a story title and word count.

§ Each submission should include your name, address, phone number, and email address.

§ Tell a story that has a beginning, middle, and end. Write from your heart about a life-changing or life-defining experience.

§ Authors may submit multiple stories.

§ All manuscripts selected for publication will be subject to editing.

Before final acceptance, you will receive an agreement that outlines the terms and conditions of publication.

Submission Guidelines

§ Submission Deadline: February 21, 2009

§ Submissions can be sent via email or mail to:


Cite the story title in the subject line. You can type the story into the body of the email or send an attachment in Microsoft Word as outlined above. Only one submission per email.

(Mail) Kaplan Publishing - To The Rescue P.O. Box 51, Wever, IA 52658, USA

You can send more than one story per envelope. Include one self-addressed, postage-paid envelope for each submission. Send only a paper copy of the story; do not send computer disks or CDs. We cannot accept any phone calls.

§ Payment: $100 if published, along with two complimentary copies of the book

§ Story Length: 1,000 – 2,500 words

§ Point of View: First person

Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we cannot acknowledge receipt of submissions or provide status updates. You will be notified by e-mail if your story is selected for publication. Manuscripts will not be returned

Submitted by Carolyn Howard-Johnson. For more info on writing visit by Writer's Diges 101 Best Websites award-winning blog a

Thursday, December 25, 2008

How To Get Your Book In Armed Service Venues

Here is a Christmas gift to you from new MWSA member Phyllis Zimbler Miller, author of Mrs. Lieutenant:

It's by a well-known marketer of books, Brian Jud: (scroll down to the 5th article)

From Phyllis Zimbler Miller and Carolyn Howard-Johnson who are collaborating on a new book on book promotion.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers, The Frugal Book Promoter and The Frugal Editor. She is also author of the Amazon short "The Great First Impression Book Proposal."

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Get Your Book Mentioned by Participating in Podcasts

Here's your opportunity to get your book mentioned and maybe learn something about editing and query letters, too! (-:

Carolyn Howard-Johnson ( and Yvonne Perry ( will be facilitating a one-time class to air on Tuesday, January 13, 2009.

"Conversation with Editors" will cover some of the common mistakes writers make and how to correct them. We will also provide helpful tips for impressing a publisher with your query letter.

If you would like your questions about editing and querying answered in this audio class, please post them by using the comments feature beneath this post. If you are an editor and would like to chime in on what mistakes you see most often, please contact Yvonne.

There is no need to register for the class. To get an e-mail with the link to the recording on January 13, simply sign up for the RSS feed ( our blog or contact Yvonne ( on her Web site.

Carolyn is an editor and author of The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward To Avoid Humiliation And Ensure Success (How to Do It Frugally).

Yvonne is a full-time freelance ghostwriter and editor, and the owner of Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services (

Participating in podcast like this is a great way to get the title and Web address of your book mentioned!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Mrs. Leiutenant Lauds MWSA

I thought you'd all like to see how one author admires MWSA. Phyllis Zimbler is author of Mrs. Lieutenant. As authors, I know you'll all want to look her up. Especially as she was so generous with her time to benefit the rest of us. (-:

Sunday, December 7, 2008

West Point Launches New Center for Oral History - Telling Soldiers' Stories

Although countless works of fiction and journalism have examined the soldier’s life in wartime, there has never been an archive of soldiers’ experiences, spanning historic conflicts and other missions, told in the soldiers’ own words.
Now there is. The United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, has established the Center for Oral History, an online research center gathering the personal stories of American service men and women of all ranks – beginning with those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and going back to veterans of Vietnam, Korea, World War II and other campaigns.
Housed by the History department at West Point, the new Center – which will officially launch in 2009 – is advised by a board that includes documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and 1947 West Point graduate and former Presidential advisor Gen. Brent Scowcroft, among many other eminent historians, journalists, and educators.
Gen. David Petraeus, who recently became head of U.S. Central Command, welcomed the new Center: “Our army has a proud history, one that is chronicled in innumerable books and films. This Center aims to record our army's history in a different way, through the personal oral histories of our soldiers captured by thorough, thoughtful interviews. This is an exciting prospect,” General Petraeus said. The Center was conceived to help educate West Point cadets, through the stories of soldiers who preceded them into conflict; but also to create a trove of personal testimony that will assist the work of scholars and historians; and to help build a bridge of greater understanding and empathy between the military and the civilian population it serves. The Center’s web site will be open to all users.
“Oral history delivers a spontaneity and intimacy that you can’t draw from any other research sources,” said the Center’s director, Todd Brewster, a journalist and co-author of two best-selling books with the late Peter Jennings of ABC News. “In the best West Point tradition, we hope our recorded interviews will speak directly to the soldiers of tomorrow while contributing to the policy dialogue going on right now.” The choice of Brewster, who has served as senior producer at ABC News and has written for Time and Vanity Fair, underscores the Academy’s intention to make its new oral history center a resource for the general public as well as the military community.
Among the early projects undertaken by the COH: an oral history of the Iraqi conflict as well as a look back at the West Point Class of ’67, most of whose graduates were immediately sent to Vietnam. The Center will also interview former U.S. Secretaries of State and Defense whose decisions have been so pivotal to the fate of American soldiers.
The Center’s ambition is captured in its motto: “Every soldier has a story. Here is where the story is told.”
Here is a link to additional material about the Center – including a 12-minute video that includes some early interviews of soldiers featured in the news announcement below:
Let us know if you’d like to speak with Mr. Brewster or others associated with the Center for Oral History.
James Bourne 212 262-7470 Allan Ripp 212 262-7477

James Bourne

Allan Ripp

Friday, December 5, 2008


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