Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Magazine Articles

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You’re no idiot, of course. You have a reporter’s eye, a poet’s touch, and you absolutely love to write. Stories, journal entries, letters to the editor—you name it, you know you can write it. But when it comes to selling your ideas to magazines, newspapers and web sites, you feel like the less said, the better. Seeing your words and wisdom printed in black and white seems like a lot more trouble than it’s worth.

Don’t write yourself off just yet! The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Publishing Magazine Articles will help get you where you belong—in print. In this Complete Idiot’s Guide®, you get answers to all your questions:

  • Who hires writers?
  • What newspaper, magazine, and online editors want from freelancers—and how much they might pay for it!
  • How to write effective query and pitch letters.
  • How the Internet can help your writing career take off.

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"Freelance writing is not easy, but it is doable," say the authors of this primer. There will be times, they add, when there is no work. When there is no money. When no one returns your calls. Hardly sounds alluring. But if you've got the bug, or suspect you do, this is as fine a place as any to get a feel for the freelance life. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Magazine Articles features interviews with freelancers and editors, and chapters on generating ideas, querying, writing, interviewing ("there's no such thing as a stupid question"), and developing a niche. Other sections give the inside skinny on the industry: who the big players are, who the top editors are, what firsthand accounts are worth reading. And there is even advice for dealing with taxes and contracts. Breathe easy: "The new media world still needs the old-fashioned writer." In fact, writing for the Web, the authors say, can be quite lucrative. Just be sure, for writing online as well as in print, to avoid committing any of the authors' "Ten ways to turn off an editor" (including: be a stalker, misspell the editor's name, balk at changes). And remember: "Persistent people make it as writers." --Jane Steinberg

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Take the mystery out of selling your ideas to magazine, newspapers, and web sites by reading this book. It explains who hires writers, what editors want from freelancers, how much you can expect to be paid, how you can write effective query and pitch letters, and how the Internet can help your writing career take off.

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