J. J. Marino
Nissen brings a backwards uterus
to the launch of Word Smitten's impertinent Quarterly Journal.
author of THE GOOD PEOPLE OF NEW YORK writes a contemporary
short story containing entangled human parts
and weathered hearts for WSQJ's inaugural issue. Word Smitten
Quarterly Journal launches in Winter 2004.
8, 2003 - St. Petersburg FL - Word Smitten Media, publisher
of an online litzine (www.wordsmitten.com) announces the launch
of a new quarterly magazine which may provide more than quality
literature for its inaugural edition.
may provide a lesson in human anatomy.
more than three years, we have been asked to convert the material
on our Web site to print. We considered a 32-page newsletter
format, but decided the magazine format is better suited to
the material," Susan Johnson, manager of Word Smitten Media,
who announced the new magazine.
publication's title is Word Smitten Quarterly Journal.
We're very pleased that Frank McCourt and Thisbe Nissen are
included in our 2004 schedule of venerable authors who are contributing
to the new WSQJ."
only predicament we have is whether to include the entire title
of Thisbe Nissen's great short story on our Winter 2004 cover.
Who will it offend," Johnson says, "and why? And should
our response be - why not?"
notes that the full title of Thisbe Nissen's story is WOMAN
WITH BACKWARDS UTERUS SEEKS MAN WITH SMALL PENIS. "This
is, after all, normal anatomy. And with the word in every third
spammed e-mail that people are getting today, this may not be
a cause célèbre, but much ado about small
body parts, not great literature." Johnson added, "It's
not as if we are featuring the universal pantomimic of the third
digit on our cover."
Word Smitten Media, publisher of the Web site www.wordsmitten.com
and the e-newsletter Storycove, projects an annual membership
of 15,000 for the first year of publication, with a target of
more than 60,000 subscribers by the second year, according to
Johnson. "For a vertical market publication, which we are,
those small numbers are very achievable," Johnson commented.
are a tight niche-within-a-niche. We report on the people in
book publishing - and yet our site consistently ranks high in
Google and Yahoo. If someone searches for literary agent Eric
Simonoff, they'll find that our report on him -and his clients'
projects-appears in the top five listings of each search engine.
Within our niche, we provide the information for which people
are searching every day."
WSQJ launches in Winter of 2004 and is available by subscription
through Word Smitten's online site, www.wordsmitten.com, and
through direct subscription by writing Word Smitten, P. O. Box
5067-S, St. Petersburg FL 33737-5067. For more information,
visit the Web site or call (727) 409-0500.
Nissen is represented by literary agent Eric Simonoff of Janklow
and Nesbit. Read more about his clients and professional author
representation by clicking LitAgent.
Guidelines for contacting a literary agent and a link to The
Association of Authors' Representatives, Inc. (AAR) are found
in our Writing
New in 2004
(Word Smitten Quarterly Journal)
Reporting on The People - The Business - The Books
else do you get when you subscribe? In addition to a monthly
electronic newsletter, you'll be a Charter Member of our new
magazine, the WSQJ. In our Winter 2004 issue,
we feature Thisbe
read a special contribution written by her to help us launch
the WSQJ. In our Spring 2004 issue, our cover
story is Frank McCourt, author of Angela's
Ashes - winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Read about his new work.
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