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Mason, Walt, 92
Mavity, Nancy Barr, 90
Meigs, Cornelia, 140
Metropolitan Magazine, Fiction in, 119
Miller, J. Corson, 44
Motion Picture Rights, 69
Mott, Frank Luther, Current Conditions in the

Short Story Market, 130
Movies, Writing for the, 155
Moving Pictures, William Allen White's Exper.

ience with, 53
Mundy, Talbot, 140:
Music Publishers and Composers and Lyric Writers,

Deadlock Between, 70
Music, Society for the Publication of, 27
Necrology, 16, 32, 48, 64, 80, 96, 112, 128, 144, 160,

176, 188

News and Notes, 15, 31, 47, 63, 95, 79, 111, 127, 143,

159, 176, 187

Newspaper, What Making a Fifty.page Means, 61
Newspaper Work as Training for Novel-writing, 68,

109

Newspaper Work, Fitness for, 124

Norton, Brayton, 108

Note-taking, Advantages of, Kulzick, 67

Note-taking, Good Rule for, 6

Novel, The Shortest Chapter in a, 86

Novelist, Art of the American, 93

Novelist on Novel-writing, A, 60

Novelist, The Responsibilities of the, 155

Novelists, Maturity Needed by, 29

Novel-writing, Newspaper Work as Training for, 68,

109

Novels, Publishing in Paper Binding, 68

Owen, Jennie S., Publicity Work for Schools, 82

Ozaki, Madame Yukio, 44

Paper, Technical Terms, 149

Penwritten Manuscripts, Prejudice Against, 148

Personal Gossip about Authors, 91, 140, 169

Pitz, Henry C., 108

Podhaski, Harold F., Trade-Journal Writing as

Profession, 5

Plagiarism, 28

Plots for Juvenile Stories, 85

Poetry and Doggerel, Difference Between, 21
Poetry and Verse, Difference Between, 53
Poetry, Publishing, 84
Poets, An Editor's Tip to, 37
Poet's Own Valuation of His Work, A, 52
Poole, William C., Writing as a Side-Line for Min-

isters, 115
Porter, Rebecca N., 26
Porter, Verne Hardin, What the Editor of the

Cosmopolitan Wants, 114

Prints, A Way to Copy, 11

Prize Competitions, Hancock, 165

Prize Offers, Concerning, Gest, 81

Publication. Unprofitable, 27

Publicity Work for Schools, Owen, 82

Publisher, How Not to Write a Letter to a, 101

Publishers' Difficulties. 100

Publishing at the Author's Expense, 149

Public Library, New Services of, 77

Queries, 7, 53, 69, 101, 149

Work, 85

Short Stories, Tingling. Ones Wanted, 191
Short Story, The American, 28
Short Story Market, Current Conditions in the,

Mott, 130
Sketches of Writers, Temple Bailey, 133
Song Poems, Not in Demand, 101
Song-Poem Sharks, 132
Stanley, Wallace P., 53
Stevens, A. Borden, Thinness and Point in Manu-

scripts, 53

Storrs, Marguerite Lusk, 44

Stories, Appeal for Pleasant, 118

Stories, Unwholesome, 149

Story-Construction, Practice in, 180

Story with Two Endings, A, 60

Stott, Roscoe Gilmore, Artificial Stimulants for

Writers, 97

Syndicating, 69

Tarkington, Booth, 141

Trade Journals Want Facts and Ideas, Bentley, 113

Trade. Journal Writing as a Profession, Podhaski, 5

Trollope's Popularity, Anthony, 70

Type, The Point System, 149,

Typewriting Manuscripts, Rules for, 164

Typewriting, Tips about, 119, 165

Urner, Mabel Herbert, 171

Value of One's Work, Appraising the, 85

Verse, Children's, Gaylord, 131.

Verse, Self-instruction in Reading It Aloud, 148

Verse Writers, Suggestions for, Graham, 83

Wallingford, L A., A Literary Enlightenment, 4

Walton, Ednah, Literary Clearance Sales, 145

Walton, Emma Lee, 90

War Stories Barred, 133

Watson, Virginia, 108

West, Roscoe S., Writing for Construction Publi-

cations, 178

White, William Allen, Experience with Moving

Pictures. 53

Winslow, Thyra Samter, 27

Words, Color, Littell, 33

Words, Estimating, the Number of, 69

Words, Fashions in, , 109, 133

Words, Words, Words, McFarling, 3

Wrath, Caleb, 91

Writer, Detecting a, Remont, 17

Writers, Artificial Stimulants for, Stott, 97

Writers, Brief Suggestions to, Huling, 65

Writers of the Day, 26, 44, 59, 74, 89, 107, 140

Writing as a Side-Line for Ministers, Poole, 114

Writing, Fashions in, Downie, 98

Writing Name, Choosing Your, Bird, 163

Writing, Self-Consciousness in, Ellingson, 161

Writing, Thinness and Point in, 21, 53

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The Writer's Directory of Periodicals,

The information for this Directory. showing the manuscript market and the manuscript requirements of many publications. has been gathered directly from the editors of the periodicals, and is strictly up to date.

The second printing of the Directory, which is constantly being revised and enlarged, began in The WRITER for February, 1916, and a five-years' subscription beginning with October, 1916, will give the Directory complete, together with much other valuable matter. The third printing is progress,

Before submitting manuscripts to any publication, it is advisable to secure a sample copy.

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length limit at 2,000 words ; buys photographs of poultry subjects which have instructional and illustrative value ; prints no fiction ; and pays

on acceptauce. Poultry Success (M), 4. D. Hosterman Co., Springfield, Ohio. 750.

Devoted to pure bred poultry and country liie

interests. Vor in the market at present. Power Boating (M). Penton Building. Cleveland, Ohio. $2.00 ; 200. Robert E. Power, editor.

Uses manuscripts on yachting subjects, new yachis, cruises, etc., but no fiction : buys phuto. graphs of

new
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races, power-boating events, etc., sets length limit

3.000 words: pays on publication. Power Farming Dealer (M), St. Joseph, Michigan. $1.00. Raymond Olney, editor.

Uses articles based on personal interviews with dealers, confined to merchandising and ser vice problem ; service and repair helps ideas which have been found economical 112 saving of time, money, and labor. This includes everything pertaining to methods, equipment, tools, short-cuts, etc., used in repairing of giv ing service in both field and shop powerfarning equipment. Pays on acceptance at rate of one or two cents a word, Sketches paid for

extra. Power Plant Engineering (SM), 537 S. Dearborn st., Chicago. $2.00 ; 15€. Arthur L. Rice, editor. Uses short stories, of not

than 1,500 words, based on power plants, with didactic in. terest. Does

buy photographs. Pays on publication. Presbyterian Advance (W), Presbyterian Building,

Nashville, Tenn. $2.50 ; 46 James E. Clark, D.D., editor.

Uses stories, serials, and special articles i sets length liinit at 3,000 words per article or chapter for one issue ; rarely buys photographs ; prints fiction suitable to religious weekly, paying regularly about one dollar a column only for stories for the Home Department, with occasional purchase of serials and special arti.

cles. Presbyterian Banner (W). 105 Federal st., N. S. Pittsburgh, Penn. $2.50;

5C. Joseph T. Gibson, editor.

Buys short stories, serials, and juvenile matter, paying from $2.50 to $3.00 for a short stoay for children, and from $25 upward for short serial, the tenth of the month following month of publication.

ADDITIONS AND CHANGES. Advertising & Selling (W): 471 Fourth ave., New York $3.00; 150. j. M. Hopkins, editor

Reads only selected manuscripts from advertis. ing and sales workers of tried experience, and a

few selected professional writers. Junior Joys (W), Editorial Department. Nazarene

Publishing House, 2109 Troost ave,, Kansas City. Missouri. 6oc. Miss Mabel Hanson, editor.

Uses interesting, uplifting stories and serials with a moral for children. Also general articles describing processes of manufacture, nature scenes, and foreign lands, with some verse, Sets length limit at 3,000 words ; does not buy photo

graphs ; and pays on publication, Moving Picture Age (M), 418 S. Market

Chicago. $2.00 ; F. E. Gooding, managing editor.

Vot in the market. Caters to the non theatrical users of film the church, the school, and the industrial clubs, and gets all material froin the users of the film.

fiction story section. Musical Digest (W), 239 West 39th st., New York, $10.00 ; 250. Pierre V. R. Key, editor

Vol. I, No. 1 October 23. Designed to reflect impartially the consensus

expert critical and public opinion concerning the pro fessional performances of musicians and musical organizations'

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( Continued from December WRITER.) Policeman's News (formerly the Policeman's

Monthly ) (M), 251 West 19th st., New York. $1.50 ; 15. L. G. Loeb, editor. Popular Educator (M-10 nos. ) 50 Bromfield st.,

Boston, $1.50 ; 200. Mrs. Margaret A. Whiting. editor,

A publication for school teachers. Popular Engineer (M), 1027 Race st., Philadelphia.

$1.50 ; Ioc. J. Geo. Heilman, Bernharts, Penn., editor.

The Journal of the American Order oí Steam Engineers. Uses general articles, short stories, and technical serials, limiting length of manu. scripts to one page. Buys photographs, only with technical ma:ter. Wants fiction that is bright and spicy ( for relief to the engineering

mind). Pays on publication. Popular Magazine (S-M), Street & Smith, 79 Sev

enth ave., New York. $3.00 ; 150. Charles Agnew MacLean, editor.

Uses only fiction stories of adventure, detective stories, humorous stories, business stories

all of the highest class. Buys no photographs,

and pay on acceptance. Popular Mechanics Magazine (M), 6 N, Michigan

Boulevard, Chicago. $3.00 ; 250. H. H. Windsor, editor ; J. L. Peabody, managing editor. Covers

developments in the field of science, mechanics, industry, invention, and dis. covery, using non-technical articles covering these fields. Can use anything in the nature of constructive development anywhere, provided it is new, practical, and interesting to a large num. ber of people. Buys photographs in large numbers, using any size, if sharp and clear. Passes upon

material promptly, and pays acceptance. Popular Science Monthly (M), 225 West 39th st.,

( New York. $1.50 ;

150. Waldemar Kaempffert, editor.

Uses general articles covering the latest development in science, new inventions, and mechanics, illustrated with good photographs hav. ing technical point and human interest. Sets length limit from 200 to 1,000 words, Pays one cent a word upward, and $3 apiece for photo

graphs, on acceptance. Porcupine, New York. Publication suspended June,

1918. Postage (M), 18 East 18th st., New York. $2.00 ; 25C.

The official magazine of the Direct Mail Ad

vertising Association. Poster (M), 1620 Steger Building, Chicago. $3.00 ; 250. Roy O. Randall, editor.

Uses only such manuscripts as have with poster advertising

poster art. Might use a brief story, if the theine centered about the uses of posters or poster advertising. Prefers articles of from 1,000 to 1,500 words: casionally buys photographs of modern posters. arranges payment with the writer submitting material, paying from one-half cent to a cent a

word, based on general value and timeliness, Poultry Herald (M), St. Paul, Minn. 500. ; 5c. H. A. Nourse, editor,

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A MONTHLY MAGAZINE TO INTEREST AND HELP ALL LITERARY WORKERS.

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solutely hopeless material every magazine of

recognized standing receives. By this I CONTENTS :

mean illiterate manuscripts, written badly, AN Editor's TALK ABOUT EDITORS. A Magazine spelled badly, written on lined note-paper, Editor

often in bad English, wholly without paraWORDS, WORDS, WORDS. Lloyd McFarling A LITERARY ENLIGHTENMENT. L. A. Wallingford graphing. They are apt to be accompanied Trade-JOURNAL WRITING

PROFESSION, by a note to the effect that the author is very Harold F. Podhaski

poor and needs money, and would gladly sell EDITORIAL Publishers Do Road Manuscripts, 6 Good

the story cheap, and, please, won't the editor Rule for Note-taking

try to like it? LITERARY Shop TALK

Handling letters of this kind is one of the The Unpublished Kipling Story, 7

most painful tasks that can come up in the Universal Lyceum and Booking Bureau, 7To California Writers

course of editorial work. Thackeray, I beQUERIES

lieve, has an essay on this subject. It may THE MANUSCRIPT MARKET

seem heartless to send a mere rejection slip CURRENT LITERARY

in response to such a plea, but on the other William McFee Gets Encouragement, 11

hand, since one hesitates A Way to Copy Prints, il Regular Hours

say bluntly Brain Workers

“Your work is hopeless," a letter of any BOOK REVIEWS

kind gives encouragement in itself. In the LITERARY ARTICLES

vast majority of cases, therefore, a speedy NEWS AND NOTES

rejection and the hope that a course of rejec

tions may in time prove discouraging, is all AN EDITOR'S TALK ABOUT

that lies in the power of an editor. EDITORS.

Of a very different type are the stories that

editors receive from old ladies charming, Editors seem very unpopular. Before I

cultivated old ladies. One can fairly see was an editor I did not think much of them

them telling their little family story or joke myself. Now, however, having studied the

to a circle of admiring friends, and hear the subject from every point of view, I think I

admiring “Oh, Mrs. Brown! How perfectly am qualified to discuss this subject impar- delightful! You should send that to a magatially.

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indeed you should !" And Mrs. The manuscripts upon which editors must Brown writes out her pet story in her pretty, pass are, like everything else in the world,

old-fashioned handwriting it is usually a divided into three classes good, bad, and

nice little story, too, but evidently just what indifferent. Of these, the latter greatly pre- it is — the work of a delightful and cultidominate, and every editor has, accordingly, vated woman who has never done anything the ill-will of all their authors, to whom he is of the kind before. And writing, as very few forced, in more or less diplomatic methods,

people seem to realize, to be good requires to give his opinion of their work.

a finish that practice and practice alone can It is amazing how great an amount of ab- give. Mrs. Brown being the sort of person

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she is, it is obviously impossible to say to times causes an editor qualms of conscience. her : "You charming person,

The answer to this, of course, may be that sorry to hurt your feelings," so we mail an- Mrs. Jones' Second Husband' was an acciother rejection slip - and we hate to do it. dent. These things do happen sometimes,

There is one class of persons, however, to you know. The aim of a magazine is not to whom it is a real pleasure to send rejection publish more mistakes, it is to publish the slips, and for their benefit a harassed editor best work it can get. Compare your rejected wishes at times that slips might be worded story with an average story in the United more harshly than they are. This class is States Magazine, and don't feel hurt unless composed exclusively of young men, and they you cannot, honestly, see any points in which run to poetry. The poetry is intended to be the majority of the accepted stories are not amusing, but is always cheap and often vul- superior to yours. Faults do glare dreadfully gar. It is accompanied by a note to this in print. effect : "I am sending you some stuff which Next comes the last class of stories I dashed off ... If you like this kind of those that get in. Roughly speaking, they are junk, let me know, as I can send it to you till not more than one per cent, of those we ediyou get tired of it.” Leaving out of con- tors read. Most of them come from agensideration the tact involved in seeking to cies, or from authors the editors know. This tempt an editor with "junk” – which is, I as- is not because “pull” counts. It is simply sume, an effort of modesty — there are, with- because successful authors are successful as out doubt, some 100,000,000 other people in the result of long practice, which has brought the United States who could write it equally them in touch with the personnel of the ediwell. If the authors would only not send it torial offices. As for the agencies, those of in with such patronizing assurance !

the better class get an author a hearing beThese are a few of the more striking varie- cause they will not attempt to sell stories that ties of the worthless manuscripts, from the do not come up to a certain standard. Their magazine editor's point of view. Such backing means that a story is a good one. manuscripts are so fundamentally hopeless Agencies which do not do this are more of a that the question of the values of the ideas hindrance to an author than a help. embodied in them, or the method of their And if editors are funny things, authors treatment, does not arise.

are funny, too. We love them and need Next come the manuscripts which, like the them, but they are funny. They complain gentleman in Mr. Kipling's poem, can be as- because their manuscripts are returned to signed to neither Heaven nor Hell. They are them too promptly ; they complain because of two kinds stories which have no par- their manuscripts are kept too long. If you ticular idea but which are well written, and want anything from an editor it would seem stories which are not well written but are the part of wisdom to treat him kindly, at based upon a good idea.

least until you are sure you are not going to Usually, nothing can be done with stories get it ; but "treat 'em rough

appears to be in the first of these divisions. If a story is the motto of many authors. I especially renot based upon a good idea, no amount of member one letter (which came, I admit, good writing will pull it through. Stories of after a rejection ) from a gentleman in Oklathe second class, however, can occasionally homa who described himself on his letterbe rewritten by the author in accordance

a “Literary Artist.” He told with criticisms by the editor, and pulled into what he thought of us in the plainest lanthe acceptable class. These are

the manu- guage for eight long pages, ending with the scripts which call forth objurgations from information that he was rapidly becoming unsuccessful authors. “I read 'Mrs. Jones' famous (in proof of which he enclosed a Second Ilusband' in the United States Maga- laudatory editorial from a paper which I will zine for September," they write. “My story here designate as the Kansas State Farmer ), is every bit as good as that"

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